Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Birthday Tote

Hi everyone, Steph here today working with  a canvas tote.  I have had this tote for awhile, but just couldn't figure out what I wanted to do with it.

With a friend's birthday coming up, I thought it would be fun to decorate this tote and use it as the gift's wrap.  So, with that in mind, I die cut a birthday cake using SEI fabric paper and my Cricut Expression.  Using a bonding material, I was able to iron the fabric birthday cake to the tote bag.

So now to decorate.  After thinking about how to "bling it up", I decided to use Dew Drops from The Robins Nest  and The Best Glue Ever is the perfect adhesive for these little guys.  I randomly scattered Dew Drops around the cake top just like sprinkles!  Since I was using a lot of Dew Drops, I found it was easier to place a drop of The Best Glue Ever on a piece of scrap paper then dip my Dew Drops into the adhesive.  For the flame of the candle, I put The Best Glue Ever directly on the flame, then used tweezers to place the Dew Drops.

The lace helped add a little dimension and definition to the cake and The Best Glue Ever holds the lace in place.  Since it dries clear you don't see any left over adhesive.

For the tag, I stamped the floral print on scrap paper first to lighten it, then stamped it on my tag.  The birthday sentiment was inked with a darker pink and stamped on top.  I lightly inked around the tag with brown ink, then added a few Dew Drops  with The Best Glue Ever for a little more sparkle.

I used a stencil to create the border under the cake and along the tote handles, then tied the tag to the handle with some beautiful May Arts ribbons.

Who knew that decorating a tote bag could be so much fun and so easy with The Best Glue Ever!!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Embellished Gift Tags from Collage Sheets

One of the things I love about Best Glue Ever is that it works for every surface and every material, so I don't have to get out a whole bunch of different adhesives. I've used my own Collage Sheets to make some beautiful embellished tags that include in the materials: Paper, rice paper, cardstock, chipboard, plastic and silk ribbon. I even glued plastic to plastic with great ease - and confidence.

Here is the back of a couple of the tags, with stamped journal tags and stickers

Chipboard shapes and Dew Drops placed with Embellie Gellie and 
adhered with Best Glue Ever.

I tried crumpling and ink distressing one of the collage images. It's OK,
but I think I prefer the flat ones. Of course once it was securely down, it was down!

This shows Dew Drops dropped into the center of small
plastic buttons. Embellie Gellie of course.
I used the label from the Collage Sheet on this little Buddha.

Fun Tip: It's been said before, but I'm going to mention it again. To adhere plastic to plastic (non-porous surfaces) or heavyish embellishements, put a drop of Best Glue Ever and let it turn clear so that it is super tacky. Also let your tiny row of dots turn clear before adhering ribbon, like on the "Unforgettable" tag below.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Mrs. Fix-It with the Best Glue Ever

I have a group of small pictures on my dresser. Occasionally they get knocked over, usually by a pile of laundry that needs to be put away. But for this particular frame, the last time was one too many.

Here's what I started with. You can see the old, dried out adhesive.

I got out my bottle of the Best Glue Ever and made two thick lines on each side of the back. This glue is perfect for this project because it will bond paper to metal effortlessly.

After the glue had been drying for a while it looked like this. Most of the glue had dried until it was clear and tacky. Perfect!

You can use the Best Glue Ever wet or dry (i.e. tacky), but I like waiting until at least half is tacky. That way I can adhere my pieces together and not worry about them sliding around while the rest of the glue dries.

Now, it's just a matter of carefully putting the two pieces together and pressing together.

And, right after pressing them together I reassembled the frame. No waiting. No mess.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

More from the same sketch.

I hear that today is National Scrapbooking Day. Here's another super fast layout from my vacation - a variation on the same sketch. Again this was layered cardstocks, some rub on borders and flowers, and a small collection of chipboard embellies. Don't forget the souvenir pocket.

As usual Best Glue Ever handles every type and weight of material, while Perfect Crafting Pouch instantly dries my inked edges and stamps (I stamped the journal box and a design on my small tag).

Fun Tip 1: You can cut rub-ons before using them. My border rub-on was only about 7 inches long so I cut it in half and used the two pieces on either side of my next layer. It gives the illusion of a complete border.

Fun Tip 2: Don't forget to mix and match your papers and embellies - the repetition of general shapes, related colors, text and calligraphic "pen and ink" style, creates unity even though the individual elements are from different kits, sets and manufacturers.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!