How to Make Sandpaper Last Longer

A way to extend the life of sandpaperDo you work with sandpaper? Do you get upset when the sandpaper breaks so easily and quickly when working on a project? ME TOO!    I hope you enjoyed your weekend, mine was busy as I decided I didn’t like the yellow chalk paint I had painted the dresser in what I call “Mom’s Room”.   I knew right after I painted it a few months ago I didn’t like it and had picked up a new color based on the comforter I bought for that room. The problem was, now that I had pulled it out, I thought it was too dark. So on my trip to Walmart to pick up allergy meds I wandered into the craft section – I had originally planned on a stop at JoAnn’s –  I picked up a really pretty chalk paint Waverly Pool. It was a baby blue with cool undertones, and some sandpaper.

I had started sandpapering the dresser on Friday and was really getting frustrated with the sandpaper. I kept thinking there had to be a way to increase the life of the sandpaper when an idea came to mind. I went and got the packing tape!  This wasn’t going to be an easy fix since I bought a sander that had holes so you can contain your dust. (I thought I would be using it more in the craft room than outside).  I punched the sandpaper with the plate included in the box so I knew where the holes were suppose to be, then put packing tape across the back of the sandpaper. then I used a phillips  head screwdriver and poked the hole markings through. It was a bit clumsy but the solution worked. My sandpaper lasted twice as long as without the tape.

Page maps to make scrapbooking easyToday is Motivational Monday and I know you are looking for the sketch to start your week. Today I designed a single page sketch for 1 – 3 photos. The two squares could also be places to put embellishments. There is hidden journaling behind the chevrons. If you need help with how to create the hidden journaling box behind so many pieces – stop back by tomorrow for a tutorial.  Add some extra depth and dimension by sanding each one of the arrow pieces going down. You can choose to sand either with a downward motion or a cross hatch motion, either way applying sanding on your page with add a great look.

Don’t forget to snap a picture and send to me at Contests@CreativelyCarol.com for your chance to win a stamp set no longer offered by Close to my Heart!

Happy Sanding,

 

 

It’s Motivational Monday – Single Page Sketch for 3-4 Photos

Happy April!

Are you ready for today’s scrapbook sketch? I don’t know about where you live, but April has certainly come in like a lamb here in Utah, but I hear the lion is about to rear his ugly head with rain and wind today. Sounds like a perfect day to get a long awaited scrapbook page completed. In today’s single page scrapbook sketch we have a great page for beginners. There is no need to crop your photos down as this sketch features 3 of your standard 4 x 6 photos. a simple scrapbook sketchYou will want two vertical and one horizontal if your are going to follow the scrapbook sketch exactly.

When I completed this sketch I used a paper tearing technique to add some depth to the upper side of the layout and a middle strip for contrast.

While my finished layout has the who, what, where and why it is missing the when of the journaling. While this page is part of a vacation series to Nashville in the 90’s I neglected to reference the actual date anywhere.

Now as you may recall, I have a strict rule against re-doing scrapbook pages I am not opposed however to adding to them when part of the story is left out so I will go back today and add the date (as soon as I can find it).

Scrapbook sketches or page maps as they are also referred to can be a great wake up to your own creativity. They give you a base but leave lots of room for your own additions. How will you interpret this scrapbook sketch? Don’t forget to send me a picture of your layout so you can be entered into the April Layouts giveaway.  Leave a comment below and tell me how you made this sketch your own.

Motivational Monday – A Special Birthday Sketch

Today my daughter turns 37. This is my first child and the person whom I began my scrapbbooking journey with 15 years ago. So today I will use a sketch taken from a single page layout I did for a scrapbook challenge about 10 years ago. The challenge was to use flowers on a scrapbook page. I know, you are thinking “how hard is that?” but I didn’t want to just stick a couple flowers on the page as accents.

Here is the simple skeMotivational Monday - Don't forget to enter your layout in the contesttch for you to work with today, I will post my finished page at 2pm MST.

I want to see how creative you can be using flowers on the page. Send your finished layout to me to be entered into the monthly contest for a free stamp set. You can also text 801-597-4896.

 

Are You Ready for Motivational Monday?

I hop1 page scrapbook layout with 3 photose everyone had a great weekend. I was not in the office this weekend but I came down to hit the ground running this morning. I am creating cards for the first Creatively Carol Card Buffet.  I look forward to sharing those with you as they get done.

Today’s sketch has been in my computer for ages, so I can’t begin to tell you where it came from, but thought it would be fun to do.  As you can see in the illustration the picture sizes are 4″ x 6″, and two 2″ x 3″ pictures so the 4″ x 6″ will be your focal picture.  This sketch shows your journaling on the bottom right.. where will you put yours? Here is a post to help with coming up with journaling on your pages.  I am heading off to find pictures that will work for this layout so I can complete it as well.

Did you know I offer a drawing every month for anyone who completes the layout AND sends me a picture so I can post it here? Since some of the best scrapbook ideas come from sharing I want to share as many different layouts using this scrapbook page map as I can.  There are only 5 days left in the month… will YOU win a very useful stamp set?

Text your finished layout to 801-597-4896 or click here to e-mail it. Don’t forget to put your contact information in the e-mail so I can call you when your name is drawn!  Why are you still reading this? Go find your pictures and create this layout today!

 

 

Motivational Monday Sketch for a 4 x 4 Photo

You can add more photos to this layout

Whether your style is a one page layout or a two page layout, you will always find sketches here at Creatively Carol that you can use.  In this layout I have included the picture sizes, and you can add the extra size to the matte as your personal style dictates.  If you like to work with sketches, but prefer to have cutting directions. I would like to suggest “Cherish” by Jeanette Lynton and put out by CLOSE TO MY HEART.  As we start to think about Christmas, This awesome book makes a great gift and is available for just $14.95 in the soft cover form.  This is much better than hardbound because with a spiral edge you can flip the book and only see what you are working on.

Cherish Scrapbooking How to Book by Close to my HeartJust click here to order your copy of this book to order today!

You will be making beautiful scrapbook layouts in just a few minutes!

 

I offer a monthly drawing when you do the weekly sketch and send me a copy to post for others to derive inspiration. Please send your layouts to 801-597-4896 or Contest@CreativelyCarol.com

Time to get motivated and do the sketch!

Circle of Buttons on a Scrapbook Page

Scrapbook sketch using buttonsHappy Motivational Monday!

Here is a single page sketch you start your week. It will use 2 3×4″ pictures and 1 4×6″ one. What I like about this layout is the big circle for buttons!  Buttons add interest to a page and help bring whatever colors are in your pictures to the page.  Use the journaling tag to hide your journaling too.

I really would like to see what you do with this sketch, so please take a picture of yours and either send it to Carol@CreativelyCarol.com or text it to 801-597-4896. I will them post them so others can see your take on the sketch!

Have a Creatively great day,

Carol