Friday, October 18, 2013

"Gratitude" Layout Kit for York Street Baptist Church "Cre8te and Take"

Hello, Gorgeouses!

Today is the day!  I'll be hosting the free "Cre8te and Take" at York Street Baptist Church's monthly scrapbooking crop tonight from 6:30pm - midnight.  Find out all the details HERE.

This is the last of three posts revealing ways to reinvent your Sizzix Bigz Pro dies for your layouts.  They've really come alive with the BoBunny "Forever Fall" designer paper collection and "Memento" and "Brilliance" inks by Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko! Find the the complete details of the first two layout options HERE and HERE.

We'll be featuring a 3 x 5" photo as we work with Sizzix's "Frame, Ornate" Bigz Pro Die.  We begin by cutting and 8.5 x 11" semi-opaque paper in half and and laying it over each end of the steel-ruled design.  As you can see, the design is angled on the die, so the paper needs to be placed accordingly.

Place the BoBunny "Forever Fall Stripe" on the die.  Place the striped piece of paper face down on the die, angling the pattern to follow the steel-ruled "Frame Ornate" design of the die.  (If this was a randomly patterned paper, we would just square it off even with the die.)

We make our "Sizzix sandwich," ensuring the cutting pad comes out over in front of the die.

BoBunny is premium, heavy-weight paper, so we tape the excess over the top of the cutting pad in order to run it through the Sizzix Big Shot Pro.  (This step would be unnecessary if the paper was squared off with the die, which we would do if this was a randomly patterned paper, versus the stripe we're using here.)

We're doing a bit of paper-piecing here, which is one of the wonderful attributes of using the Sizzix dies.  The patterns will all cut exactly alike, so they layer beautifully and easily.  We add our semi-opaque paper with tape adhesive as shown, being careful to keep away from either sides.

Flip the layers over and bring them together, so the scallops are just touching.  Begin creasing both sides by pressing out from the middle, over the fold.

Continue the crease by running up and down the fold from our mid-point.

Crease both sides.

We turn our folded layers over and complete the crease both sides with a bone folder.

Using the edge of our table so that we don't have to open the layers flat, use the smaller hole punch of your Crop-A-Dile . . .

 . . . to punch holes in our design, as shown.

Add coordinating BoBuny "Forever Fall Brads" to the punched holes.

Run a 5.5 x 8" BoBunny "Forever Fall Leaves" through the Sizzix Big Shot Pro, face side down, over the top middle of the Sizzix Bigz Pro "Frame, Ornate" die.

Trim the excess off the sides, so just the five scallops remain.

 We trim our choice of large journaling box from "Forever Fall Cutouts" to 5.75" x 6"

Die-cut Sizzix Bigz Die "Branch with Leaves" from BoBunny's "Turquoise Journal," taking advantage of the Sizzix Big Shot Pro so that we do not need to trim our paper to fit a smaller die-cutting machine ~

Trim BoBunny "Forever Fall Impressions" to 3.75 x 5" and mount our 3 x 5" photo, leaving it weighted at the bottom.

Adhere our BoBunny "Forever Fall Foliage" by first aligning it to match across the top of your Sizzix "Frame, Ornate"die-cut.  Attach our "Forever Fall Cutout" by aligning it to match across the bottom of  the "Forever Fall Foliage."

Mount the photo in place, across the bottom only.  Slide the "Branch with Leaves" die-cut in behind the top of the photo, bringing the top branch over the front of the photo.  Tack the die-cut in place and glue the top of the mounted photo down to the page, ensuring the top of the branch is still out over the front of the mount.

Slide a sleeve of adhesive dots to each of the three top branches and secure to the page.

We pick our embellishment strip of choice from BoBunny's "Forever Fall Noteworthy" collection and mount across the bottom of our photo.

We pick our quote of choice from BoBunny "Forever Fall Cardstock Stickers" or "Forever Fall Combo Sticker" sheet, mount on BoBunny "Forever Fall Impressions" and trim corners.

 Add dimensional mounts to the back.

Adhere quote to the bottom of your layout.

Use a 1" circle punch to cut two BoBunny "Forever Fall Stripe" covers for the back of each brad and align the grid pattern to blend in with your layout.

We prepare a BoBunny "Forever Fall Trinket" with a ribbon.  Adhesive mounts may be necessary to even up the layer around the knot of the ribbon so that is able to be attached to the layout securely.

Using Imagine Crafts / Tsukineko "Memento Rich Cocoa," prepare additional embellishments with BoBunny "Forever Fall Noteworthy"

We finish our layout on BoBunny's "Forever Fall Sunflower" with our choice of a large die-cut from BoBunny's "Fall Foliage Noteworthy," add string for a closure, embellishments from "Fall Foliage Combo Sticker" and additional customized embellishments we customized ourselves . . .

 . . . changing this Sizzix Bigz Pro die "Frame, Ornate" layout . . .

 . . . into this {NEW} interpretation!

Oh, yes, I'm excited to join my friends tonight, October 18th, 2013, at our monthly community scrapbooking at York Street Baptist Church!  Find out the complete details about the event HERE.

We all dearly appreciate the amount of volunteer hours that go into preparing these events - the scheduled make & takes, the tool tables FILLED with Sizzix dies & cutters, stacks of inks and stamps, and plenty of scrap-worthy paper to work with.  The registration, the set-up, the take-down.  The inspirational message and the array of pot-luck refreshments available to everyone. It's all coordinated by the Ladies' Group of York Street Baptist Church.

I'm thrilled to be joining these fine ladies by hosting the "Cre8te and Take."  I look forward to seeing you there - but, don't forget, the ladies appreciate hearing from you if you're joining us so they can ensure they prepare a spot for you in advance of your arrival!  Contact Sherry Boyd directly at: Sherrilla (at) aol (dot) com.

Again, thanks so much to our sponsors: Sizzix, BoBunny, Imagine Crafts and Cre8time.  It really has been a pleasure for me to work with these industry leaders to bring the newest tools and techniques to engaged paper crafters in our community.

Do you have a community crop that you attend?  We'd love to hear about it!  Leave a comment and tell us how the community of paper crafting enriches your life ~

Happy Day, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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