Plants You Grow In Your Garden Can Be Used As Embellishments!

I thought some of you, my faithful readers AND scrapbookers, would LOVE this interesting information! Let me know what you think in the comments section.

ARTICLE by John Yazo

Capturing and preserving the natural beauty of your garden can simply be done by creating a scrapbook and journal of your memories. Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve these memories and to share them with friends and family members for generations to come. There is no better feeling than to look back at these precious times and to be able enjoy their memorable moments.

Preserving flowers and plants from your garden can be done by drying or pressing them. They can be saved for years to come and can be used as embellishments in your scrapbooking and card making projects. It is a unique way to add your own personal touch and feelings to your crafts.

Small flowers and leaves can be pressed to make embellishments and larger flowers like sunflower pedals, or leaves can be dried and pressed to create a unique natural background for your scrapbook pages. Other plants like herbs can also be used to add accent when they are dried.

There are many other ways that your preserved plants can be used, such as dried flower arrangements, framed and hung on a wall as natural wall decor. The ideas are endless and the only limit is your imagination.

There are many ways you can create unique, natural scrapbooks that will keep the memories of your gardening experiences alive and able to be passed on to members of your family and friends for years to come.

Drying and pressing your flowers and plants is simple to do and can be done with common household supplies that are already available to you in your home.

Both environmentally friendly and healthy, Organic Gardening is a way of gardening in harmony with nature. Growing a healthy and productive crop in a way that is healthier for both you and the environment.

John Yazo

Big Shot Die Cutting Materials Information

I was just doing a little research for an upcoming class and I found this great information I wanted to share with you!  I am planning a class on March 11 using the Big Shot Die Cutting Machine by Sizzix, and found this extensive list of materials you can use with your machine.  This is directly from the Stampin' Up! website (

Big Shot Materials List for Bigz and Originals Dies

The following materials work well when creating die cuts with the Big Shot machine and Bigz and Originals dies. Please note the maximum thickness of several materials. As a rule of thumb, you can cut a material with your Big Shot machine and Bigz or Originals dies if you can cut it using your Craft & Paper Scissors.

  • Thick corkboard
  • Thick chipboard (59 mil)
  • Colored magnet
  • Ruffle board
  • Paper wood
  • Balsa wood (3/32")
  • Bass wood (1/16")
  • Metal mesh
  • Aluminum (.016)
  • Tin (.008)
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive mat board
  • Drawer liner
  • Shelf liner
  • Vinyl
  • Static cling vinyl
  • Shrink film
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Clear acetate (20 mil)
  • Vellum
  • Card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Flocked paper
  • Contact paper
  • Textured paper
  • Metallic paper
  • Linen paper
  • Suede paper
  • Embossed metallic paper
  • Basketball embossed paper
  • Faux alligator textured paper
  • Self-adhesive glitter paper
  • Fabric
  • Canvas
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Soft plush fabric
  • Burlap
  • Velvet
  • Corduroy
  • Lace
  • Heavyweight denim
  • Terry cloth
  • Funky fur
  • Thin leather
  • Quilt batting
  • Warm & natural batting
  • Fusible fleece
  • Self-adhesive craft metal
  • Self-adhesive cork
  • Self-adhesive foam
  • Self-adhesive magnet
  • Self-adhesive felt
  • Adhesive and non-adhesive rubber
  • Pop up sponge
  • Poly foam
  • 100% pure beeswax (cut with parchment paper on top & bottom of beeswax.)

WOW! So, I really DID know that you can use a LOT of different materials in your Big Shot, but I had NO idea you could use this many!  Contact me if you have any questions.

If you are interested in coming to the class, visit my class page and register!  I hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting-


My Decor Elements Project!

I've had this adorable Decor Elements lion and matching frame for a LONG time, and I'm finally starting my project!  This will eventually go into my 2-year-old son's room. The first picture is what the pieces look like just out of the wrapping. Then I have a photo of how I plan to use them together.

decor elements lion and frame
 decor elements lion and frame

The frame is approximately 11"x11" and the lion is approximately 7-1/2"x9". It's hard to tell since they are still in the packaging, but they are both Chocolate Chip (brown) in color.

Decor Elements are designed to go directly on your wall (or other smooth object) but I want to be able to move it around – so I plan to mount it on paper and then frame it or mat it.  See, I haven't ironed out all the details yet!

So watch this space for updates on this project!

Happy Crafting!


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Using the Catalog as an Idea Book (aka CASE the Catalog)

In this post, which I like to call "CASE the Catalog," you will see just how valuable the Stampin' Up! catalog can be as an idea book.  CASE stands for "copy and steal everything" and is a commonly used term in the stamping, scrapbooking & papercrafting industry.  CASEing is perfectly acceptable, as long as you give credit where credit is due!

In this sample, I've used the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalog from Stampin' Up! for my inspiration.  On page 96 in the IBC, and highlighting the adorable stamp set called Fox & Friends (W117020, C118565), I've recreated the card at the top of the page.

Fox & Friends CASE the Catalog


I've made only subtle changes on the card.  I've used an "L" rather than an "A" image, but both use the stamp set called Defining Alphabet (114952) on page 160.  I've used a different color brad on my card, and I've omitted the scalloped accent.

In future "CASE the Catalog" posts, you will see just how different my projects can become from their original ideas!  Contact me if you need a catalog, or view the catalog and samples online!

Where do you LOVE to get ideas from?  Share with me in the comments!

If you have a project you would like to see featured on my website, then please let me know! I'd love to have you as a "guest blogger" some time!

Happy Crafting!