Upcoming Disney layouts!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let you all know that I have some scrapbooking tips to share in the near future.

I visited Disneyland for the first time this past July and have been slowly scrapbooking the entire trip! I’m really excited to share it all with you guys. Ever since Disneyland, I have gone Disney crazy. I have bought so many Disney-themed craft products and have enjoyed using them in my scrapbook.

I decided to try out the pocket page scrapbooking style to record this trip. This is my first experience and I wanted to see if this method is as quick and easy as many claim it to be. I haven’t decided whether or not I like it more than the traditional single page layouts. It has certainly tested my perspective and creativity and my method of scrapbooking. I find it more difficult to try and spice up each page, but I am slowly learning a few ways to make up for it. Plus, this experience has made me more appreciative of the traditional style. I find that I am enjoying doing one page layouts more than I ever did before. It certainly has boosted my creativity up a notch.

Anyway, keep an eye out for future posts of my Disney pages and learn some tips along the way!

Thanks for reading!

Hally

 

Minion Card Tutorial

I absolutely love the minions from Despicable Me. They are just too cute and funny for their own good. That’s why I decided to make a tutorial on how to make a minion card for my FIRST EVER crafting video!

I decided that it’s time to move to the next step in sharing my cards, and that means making videos! It will most likely be slow since I am a bit camera shy. I will try to make as many videos as I can, but the videos will probably be spaced a few weeks apart. I’m hoping this experience will help me hone my teaching and speaking skills so that if I ever get the chance to teach a group of people, I will be able to clearly communicate my ideas.

Anyway, this was a pretty simply video overall, but the editing took FOREVER! I’ve learned a lot about producing a video by doing this first one and I hope my videos become more professional and higher quality as my experience and knowledge grows. I’ve always disliked watching long videos, but now I can see how difficult it is to keep a video short while showing a card tutorial! I applaud those who have the skills to do manage that!

My video is below. If you have any tips/advice/comments on how to better improve my videos or what I should keep doing, please let me know – either by commenting on here or on the YouTube video page.

 

MINION CARD TUTORIAL:

Material List:
Denim Pattern Paper – 2″ x 3″ & .5″ x 3″
Yellow cardstock – 8.5″ x 5.5″
Black Cardstock – Hair, Pupil, Buttons, Mouth, Goggle Band (4.25″ x .5″)
Pink/Red Cardstock (Optional): Tongue
White Cardstock – White of the Eye, Card insert (4″ x 5.25″)
Brown Cardstock – Iris
Gray/Silver – Goggle Rim
Scissors
Glue
Foam Tape
Optional: Black Brads (2), Black Buttons (2)

Product List:
Sizzix Framelits: http://www.sizzix.com/product/657551/sizzix-framelits-die-set-8pk-circles
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue: http://tombowusa.com/mono-multi-liquid-glue.html
Tombow Mono Adhesive Permanent: http://tombowusa.com/mono-adhesive-permanent-190.html
Front Porch Treasures Foam Mounting Tape: http://www.supergluecorp.com/front-porch-treasures/front-porch-treasures-foam-mounting-tape
The Paper Studio: Dark Denim (Item #422352) pattern paper from Hobby Lobby

1. Make the base. Cut a 8.5″ x 11″ yellow sheet in half to get 8.5″ x 5.5″ and then fold in half to make 4.25″ x 5.5″.

2.  Make the eye. Using two circle punches or two circle dies, punch or die cut the goggle rim out with gray or silver cardstock.

3. Use the LARGER size circle punch/die and punch/die cut a circle out of white cardstock.

4. To make the iris and pupil, get two smaller size punches/dies that are smaller than the two you used to make the goggle rim. Use the bigger punch/die on brown cardstock for the iris. Use the smallest punch for the pupil. Glue all four pieces together in this order – White is the bottom, gray/silver goggle rim on top, brown iris on white, black pupil on brown iris.

5. To make the overalls, cut out a rectangle (2″ x 3″) out of the Dark Denim pattern paper (or just blue cardstock). Cut out a strip that is 3″ x .5.” Adhere the rectangle to the bottom of the card horizontally. Then cut the strip in half and glue them on each side to make the straps of the overalls. Cut off the excess.

6. Use a circle punch/die that is smaller than the width of your straps, and punch out two small, black buttons. Put foam tape on the back and stick them on the ends where the straps and the front of the overalls overlap.

7. For the mouth: punch out half a circle using the 1″ punch on black cardstock. If you want a tongue as well, punch out half a circle using the 1″ punch on pink/red cardstock, then with the 1″ circle punch, punch out a small area on the round side of the pink half-circle. You will end up with a leaf-shape pink piece. Adhere that to the half-circle black piece.

8. Glue on the mouth, then use the eye  to help you determine where to glue your black goggle band [in relation to the mouth and overalls]. After that, adhere the eye.

9. For the hair, get a scrap of black paper that is at least .75″ – 1.25″ and put adhesive on one end. Cut off small strips and adhere to the top of the card above the eye.

10. All that is left is to glue/adhere a white [4″ x 5.25″] insert inside the card and you are done!

Here is my version.

Minion

I will try to take pictures for my next tutorial since I know it is more helpful when there are visuals. I forgot to do it with this one. I apologize.

Thanks for reading and watching my video!

Hally

Cutterpillar Pro V3 Review & Revised Copic Chart

Hi everyone,

I feel like a review of the Cutterpillar Pro V3 is in order. I talked about it briefly in a past post, but now I can more accurately discuss it after having it for a few months.

The Cutterpillar Pro V3 is a great cutter. Its blade is sharp. I haven’t gotten any dull cuts. The fact that it doesn’t have a mechanism to hold down the paper is still annoying at times. Sometimes, if I am not careful, the paper does move a bit as I move the blade.

I did have to get mine replaced. It was never exactly the same width on both ends of the paper when I put them together. It was maybe .1-.2 mm off (I suck at reading rulers but if you look on the mm side of a ruler, it is about the space from one line/mark to the next line/mark). I know I didn’t move it anywhere or hold it by the bar so I don’t know what could have happened to make it suddenly crooked. Perhaps I was too excited when I first got it to notice that it was crooked to begin with. I did try fixing the ruler on top, but that did not work for me. Cuts still came out crooked. However, I emailed their support. It took a few days for a reply, but once I did, the process was pretty fast and simple. The person who worked with me was great and replied back quickly. She directed me to a rep who works with the company that ships the Cutterpillars. The rep emailed me a shipping label and exactly 7 days after I sent it, I got the new one in the mail.

I tried the new one out immediately. I must have the worst luck or something because my cuts still came out crooked. BUT it wasn’t as bad as my previous one, so I decided that I will just have to work with it. I notice that sometimes the paper slides under the ruler a tiny bit on the end that is closes to the cutter. Sometimes that helps make the cut straighter but sometimes it doesn’t.

I am a perfectionist so the fact that it is a tiny bit off gnaws at me every time I use it. It is a high expectation to have every single machine be 100% accurate, but at about $100-120 a machine, it is disappointing when you end up with a machine that doesn’t work exactly as stated. My Fiskars trimmer that led me to buy the Cutterpillar Pro because of its tendency to dull blades pretty quickly is actually able to cut exactly straight and it cost me $15.

Overall, the Cutterpillar Pro is a great cutter…if you end up with one that cuts accurately. I still like mine, but that one flaw puts it below my Fiskars trimmer. Nevertheless, their customer service/support is fantastic. If you have problems with yours, definitely email them. Maybe you will have better luck and get one that cuts perfectly.

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As of  06/03/14, I have edited a number of mistakes that were discovered on my Copic Marker Color Chart. Thanks to those who helped me catch them.

Please, if anyone else catches more, let me know!

Thanks for reading,

Hally

Graduation Season!

It’s finally happened. I finally graduated with my Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree! It has been 2 weeks since the ceremony, but it still feels surreal. My brain tells me I should be signing up for classes and worrying about tuition. What a relief that I don’t have to be concerned with tuition anymore, but I will miss the excitement of going to new classes. Nevertheless, I am excited to see what the future holds.

In celebration of my friends and I graduating, I decided to make a graduation card for them. I had a hard time deciding on the layout and after 3 hours of brainstorming, this is what I ended up with.

The gold is shimmery gold cardstock from Michael’s. The diploma I colored with Copics (W1 and W3). The cap I used black Stazon. The stamp sets I used were  TPC Studio Valedictorian (cap and diploma) and CTMH Little Reminder (S1201) for the “2014”, which I inked in black Stazon and then heat embossed in Kaleidoscope embossing powder (Stampendous). I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Two for the die cuts.

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I also received this wonderful card from a close friend of mine (who will be graduating next year!). She used the Valedictorian stamp set for some of her stamping as well.

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Since graduating, I’ve landed a part-time job where I can explore working in the arts and craft industry. Lets see how it goes…fingers are crossed that I will be able to find other great opportunities to work within the crafting field!

Thanks for reading!

Hally

Senior Drawing Exhibition

It has been a busy few weeks as the semester draws to an end. I’ve been swamped with keeping up with school and unfortunately, haven’t had any time to work on any cards. However, I want to share what I’ve been up to recently with some pictures of my senior art exhibition. I got to work with 6 other very talented artists. Our show was called “Organic Intricacies.” I have to say it takes A LOT of work to set up a show. We only had 3 days and it took hours and hours to properly hang up the work (at least for me). Our opening reception was last Tuesday, April 22. We had a pretty successful turnout. A lot more people than I thought showed up to see our work (the free food was probably a big incentive!).

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This is a big milestone for me since I am now one step closer to graduating this upcoming May! All I have to do now is keep working hard and pass all my classes. I still remember being a freshman, thinking how long 4 years will be, but now I am so close to obtaining my bachelor’s degree! I have to say it’s been a great four years; I’ve met so many wonderful people. Hopefully, I will find opportunities in the near future where I can continue to use  and hone my artistic skills.

Thanks for reading!

-Hally

Easy Way to Protect and Display Your Cards!

Not sure if crafty people have discovered this yet, but I went to Staples and found these 8.5 x 11 inch page protectors that were divided into four sections, making them 4.25  x 5.5 inch  per section. They appear to currently be out of stock on Staples.com, but perhaps you will have better luck in store, or try another site.

MSPageProtectors

I figured these would make great protectors for cards that you’ve done. Plus, if you’re the type to showcase them often to people, they are great to use as a catalog type of thing. These would also make great “reference pages,” so you can always look back at cards you’ve done and make more of them!

I’m using these to hold sample cards, so that when I try to sell cards it would be easy for people to skim through and see each card without worrying about them getting dirty or damaged! Or if I need a card for an occasion, I can just look through them and pick one that fits and make it!

The only thing you would have to remember is that these won’t hold A2 cards exactly. You will have to cut about 1/16th to 1/8th of an inch off the regular A2 size to fit them nicely.

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Another nice feature is that they have flaps on them so they won’t fall out easily! Brilliant, Martha Stewart. The flaps are the slightly darker strips in the picture below.

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All in all, these protectors make everything look so professional!

On another note, I bought a Cutterpillar Pro V.3! Luckily for me, I didn’t have to wait long to get it. 7Kids happened to have one in stock so I didn’t have to wait till April to get it!

I was getting frustrated with how quickly my Fiskars blades would get dull and how even with a new blade, the cut was never clean. I finally gave in and bought the Pro. I tried it out as soon as I got it and LOVE it. It really does cut crisply. It felt a bit awkward at first because there is nothing to hold the paper down, except your hand. However, because it so sharp, it almost feels like you’re cutting butter!

I can’t wait to start using it more!

Thanks for reading!

Hally.

(Click on images to enlarge).

Love [Cards] is Never-ending!

I know, I am soooo late in posting this, but I have been feeling dispassionate about writing (or being productive) for a few weeks now. I’m having my senior art exhibition in April (graduation is just around the corner!) and have been working on a few drawings and slowly preparing for the show. But to be honest, I’ve been mainly occupied with playing on my new 3DS XL that I got for Valentine’s Day. Don’t [mentally] scold me for being such a slacker! I couldn’t help it! Blame it on senioritis. Darn disease.

Anyway, here are some Valentine’s Day Cards that I had made to sell at a high school fundraiser. Please click on the images to enlarge.

Instant Love Valentine Card Key to My Heart Valentine Card

Man in My Life Valentine Card 2 My Man Valentine Card 2

 

I am always trying to improve my card designs, so don’t be shy to share your input on these card layouts.

Thanks for reading,

Hally