Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Pavé and Decoupage

Happy Tuesday everyone! I had the chance yesterday to experiment with a new medium...tile grout. I have been wanting to make a pavé box for quite some time now and while I was out and about, I came across some mosiac tile grout to do the job. I think these boxes are so cute and though they can be time consuming, they are actually quite easy as well. All it is, is a wooden box, some paint, left over scrapbook paper, clear gem accent beads, glue and tile grout. Take a look...

I used some very light colors of scrapbook paper. Soft blues, and greens. It reminds me after it was all grouted together of the ocean.

It's a combination of some of the accent beads with paper under them and some that I left clear. I love this box, and will be willing to teach how to make them or make them for others! They are so fun and can have a variety of different results. At the dollar store (where I bought the beads), they also had little bags of sea glass and other really pretty pieces that I want to try as well. 

The second thing I did was go decoupage crazy! This is the season of everyone being pregnant and getting ready to have babies {so it seems anyway!}, so I wanted to come up with a creative gift box for a baby shower gift. I happened to have a left over box from the journal box activity and thought about how long it had been since I had done a decent decoupage. So, that's just what I did. I decoupaged the box in different shades of pinks and I am going to find a little pair of pink booties to stick inside the box as well. I am also making one in different shades of blue. I am debating whether or not I want to put on "It's a Girl or It's a boy". or anything relating to that. But you can let me know what you think...
So that's what I have been up to. Tomorrow night I am teaching some of the teenage girls from my church
Explosion Boxes. It will be fun! Thanks for coming in and hope you enjoyed yourself. If you want instructions or for me to make you the
pavé box, let me know! I would be happy to.


Friday, June 11, 2010

Activity Day +The Importance of Journal Writing=Journal Boxes

I promise I am not averaging a week between posts...I have my own car now and I have been enjoying getting out of the house lately!
 Yesterday the little girls from my church (ages 10 and 11) came to my house like they do twice a month for what's called Activity Day. I am the leader for this age group and I wanted to teach the girls the importance of keeping a journal to record their thoughts and dreams for future generations. I know that sometimes for me it is hard to constantly thing of something new to write, so we made journal boxes. It's a box that the girl got to decorate any way they wanted and then they filled it with prompts and ideas to pull out when they are having a block. I had seen something similar before in a glass jar, but while I was at the dollar store, I found these cute, plain little boxes. Perfect for a Thursday craft project. So, I threw different colored pom-pom puff balls, colored glue paint, glitter glue, ribbons, decorative scissors and a whole big file folder of my scrapbook paper scraps and let the girls go to town. Here's what the results were...

One box filled with the prompts...

The girls had so much fun decorating their boxes but they used soooo much of the colored glue that I kept the boxes at my house over night to dry so that they wouldn't ruin their parents cars! 

Oh yeah, I made one too....just for fun....

Thanks for coming by!!!

Friday, June 4, 2010

Finally another {premade} scrapbook page!

I have done it! I have been working hard towards my upcoming MemoryWorks party tomorrow and decided that some of the giveaways I plan to do should be homemade. So I have completed my very first premade layout to giveaway. I made it somewhat simple, but still cute and fun. I love the colors, this particular piece of paper always kind of scared me when I would see it in my scrap closet. I have only done one other layout with it and that was a cowgirl theme. I just happened as well to have the multicolored ric-rac that matched perfectly to the paper. Have a look...


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

I'm the winner!

The other day I was taking a stroll through a variety of the different blogs that I follow. I happened across the word "Giveaway" on Candy Shoppe Designs and of course, this peaked my interest! Anytime I see the word giveaway, I become interested. So off I scampered to the blog {which is such a CUTE blog full of challenges and ideas and beautiful papers and kits} to check out what was being offered. I saw that Lynnette Davis, the founder of the blog was doing a giveaway for the blog reaching a certain amount of Sweethearts {followers}. And then I saw something strange....the name Aubrey in bold black standing out against the bright pink background. Must be some other Aubrey...right? Well, of course the temptation to see just who this Aubrey was was overwhelming and so I clicked the link and then another strange thing happened....I was suddenly at my OWN blog. Must be a mistake, because you see, I NEVER win anything! So, I tried again. Sure enough, I was directed back here. Whoa! I was super excited, and still had no idea what I had even won! That was my next step. Turns out I did pretty well, I won a kit from Generation Crafting and two big paper packs from Lynnette's stash. I haven't received them yet, they are in the mail. But I thought that I would share with you that as of currently, I am a giveaway winner! Hurray!