Thursday, May 5, 2011

Joy Beyond Words....




Adhesive {GlueArts of course!}


These are the items that keep us together...hold us to our family and lives.

"This I know: the act of getting my hands, heart and soul into making & inventing something brings great pleasure. Where there was once a neatly folded flat piece of cloth, suddenly there is a dimensional garment. In spite of setbacks (buttonholes gone bad, unintended puckers, 2 left sleeves.......), I return to the studio with passion and hope. Some days the act of stitching something together, smoothing out wrinkles, shaping an edge, tweaking a pattern, screening in a bit of color, all add together to make a feeling of joy that is almost beyond words. " Marcy Tilton

Today's projects are made of fabric, photos, thread, adhesive and both are beautiful ways to show your love. Whether you make it and keep it for yourself {yes that's allowed} or share with someone special!! Designers Ania Lexander and Grace Tolman capture joy beyond words...

A Mantelpiece-booklet

Designer: Anne Jo Lexander

This is an extra sturdy "card" which can be placed upon your bookshelf, or mantelpiece, as it can be displayed opened to show the images inside this booklet.

Size: 5x5,5"

GlueArts Supplies:

GlueGlider Pro - extreme cartdridge, Mini Adhesive Squares, Extreme Adhesive Squares, U Cut It 3d foam adhesive, 3d Raisen's

Other: Cardboard, patterned paper (Pink Paislee - 365 degrees), Martha Stewart Double Loops Punch set and butterfly punch, Maya Road tags, ribbon and fabric flowers, chalk glimmer mist, Fancy Pants Designs rub-ons, heartshaped doily, eyelets, patterned scissors, corner rounder, crop-a-dile

Gather your supplies - including photos and 2x pieces of cardboard (mine is cut from a shipping box). As my photos were approx 2x3", I thought 5x5.5" cardboards would be perfect for my purpose.
I used the Extreme cartdridge for pretty much almost everything on this booklet. Cut the patterned paper a bit larger than your cardboards, add like at least 1,5" all around.
Cut the corners like this - a bit above the actual corner.
I like to add adhesive to both the patterned paper and the cardboard.
This will be the inner pages of your booklet. Repeat for the other piece of cardboard.
I decided my inner pages would be quite simple-looking - one background, images + tags with the kids names on.
And I decided the kids would get to write their names, mistakes and all..;p
I used my crop-a-dile to punch holes on each side like this.
And added some adhesive to the eyelets before pushing them into the holes..
As for the cover, I wanted the tag to stand out some, but not too much. The 3d Raisen's were perfect for my purpose - a bit dimensionable but not as thick as the 3d U-cut-its.
The fabric-flowers were attached using the extreme adhesive squares..
And the tag for the back-cover was attached using 3d u-cut-its.

Finally, thread the ribbon through the holes, hold the booklet opened when tying so you know you don't have the ribbons tied too tight.

Notions Sewing Jar
Designer: Grace Tolman

Glue Arts Glue gun
Glue Arts High tac
Glue Arts Extreme Squares
Ribbon- American Crafts
Pattern papers- Green Stack, Die Cuts with a View
Letter stickers- KI Memories
Cardstock- Bazzill
Heart die cut- Cricut, Provo Craft
Fabrics- Source unknown
Sewing notions- Singer
Others- fiber filling, Jar and Cardboard

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Trace the lid of the jar onto cardboard and then cut out the shape. 
3. Bunch up some fiber filling and glue gun onto cardboard. 

4. Cut out fabric that is 3 times bigger than the circle cardboard. Wrap the fabric around the fiber filling and cardboard. 
5. Cut out another piece from fabric that is ½” bigger than the lid. Use pinking shears to cut out the shape to give it a design and also, the zigzag edges will keep it from fraying too much. Adhere onto the top of the lid with a glue gun.
6. Adhere a strip of ribbon onto the lid. 

7. Cut out a piece from pattern paper that will fit into the inside of the lid and glue gun to the lid. This will give hide all of your glue and give it a finished look.
8. Next, adhere the homemade pin cushion on top of the jar lid. Let it dry compeletely.
9. Cut out two pieces of circles from red cardstock that’s the same size. Adhere onto blue cardstock and trim the blue cardstock with scallop scissors.
10. Adhere these circles with Extreme Adhesive Squares onto the jar. 
11. Add some letter stickers. 
12. I added a heart die cut to the back side of the jar and placed my initials on it. I also added a pen framing inside the heart die cut. 
13. Then add your goodies inside the jar and placed pins on the pin cushion.

We'd like to help you with a little joy! Simply leave us a comment today! We'll select a random winner next Monday who will send a box full of joy too!

In honor of celebrating Mom's and National Scrapbook Day this weekend...we'd like to offer to you a special giveaway this week.... a Glue Glider Pro, refill of YOUR choice, our Extreme Adhesive Squares and our GlueArts Hot Glue Gun. Plus as an added bonus...we're including the brand new, Cricut Wall Decor and More Cartridge! 
Compatible for all Cricut Expression and Imagine die cut machines! Simply leave us a comment today  and we'll select a random winner next Monday!

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And just a note we'll be announcing the winner of our Poetry contest this Saturday...National Scrapbook Day!   


  1. Oh wow such beautiful projects....

  2. love both projects! enjoying this week.

  3. Each and every project is so beautiful! Great job Ania and Grace!

  4. Love the projects! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the fabric ideas. Fun ways to use up scraps!


  6. Oh my gosh, I just LOVE that card!!!! It's adorable! (And I've never even HEARD of the 3D Raisens or U-Cut Its!! Sounds like something I definitely need to find!!)

  7. What a cute keepsake. Great projects!

  8. All your projects are so cute! Thanks for sharing them with all of us. Keep them coming!

  9. Thanks for all the creativity you share. I enjoy following your blog to see what all your designers come up with!!!

  10. Very cute notions sewing jar and I love the idea of a mantelpiece booklet.

  11. That is such a cute pin cushion! I love the photo book too! I must try those Extreme Adhesive Squares! Happy Mother's Day Ladies!

  12. I love that pincushion! And it's so easy!

  13. The decorated jar is perfect. So, creative with minimal supplies needed and big on the WOW useful this one

  14. "SEW" cute! The little pin cushion is adorable :)

  15. Two perfect gift ideas, love the mantle booklet and the fact that the kids wrote their own names it really adds something special.
    Kim xXx

  16. What a great idea for a cute, useful project. No one can ever keep track of all those straight pins. Linda S. in NE

  17. Great projects. Love that little jar pin cushion.

  18. Love your projects thanks for showing how you made them and for the chance at a great giveaway.

    later tater,

  19. Great job on the projects!

    Carol B

  20. Crafty handmade gifts are so sweet and Mother's Day is one of the best occasions to give a handmade gift because you can really make it 'heartfelt' as we all love our mom's so much! Not to mentions the fact that mom's are sooooo appreciative of both 'handmade' and 'heartfelt' :)

  21. My first post did not post. I can see these made for many gifts throughout the year. TFS

  22. What an adorable booklet, and I love the sewing jar. I have not tried the Extreme Adhesive Squares, they are now on my shopping list

  23. love the projects! the sewing jar and pin cushion top a favorite!

  24. To win a Glue Glider would not give me "a little joy" but a LOT of joy. I feel so inspired, but I don't have one of these to enhance my pick me :)

  25. Oh I just love and collect pin cushions! This one will become a new one in my collection SOON! The photo album book is also a unique idea. I love how much I can do with my Glue Glidder Pro!!!

  26. Cute and simple ideas. Thanks for the how-to notes.

  27. OHHH! What a super album--and I LOVE that little jar/pin cushion! LOVE LOVE LOVE visiting here:)

  28. So creative! Love that book! Great jar also!

  29. I love the little album; thanks for the fun ideas!!!

  30. Cute, cute projects. Must get crafty this NSD weekend, thanks for the inspiration

  31. As always, more great projects. The best part of your projects are the step by step instructions, great for those of us whose brain have a little more gray matter than others.

  32. Thanks for the easy instructions. These projects are awesome!

  33. lovely projects....picture frame is wonderful and the pin cushion jar is creative.
    stamping sue

  34. Love the pin cushion jar and the frame!! But the pin cushion jar is next on my to do list.


  35. I love all of your projects! The pincushion is amazing!

  36. these are great recycling projects - can be for any occasion. love them!!!

  37. What a fantastic projects, ladies!! Love recycling too

  38. I love this idea! What a cute little gift!

  39. Love these projects! We have a family photo shoot soon and the Mantle Book will be a perfect way to share the photos with grandparents - thanks for the idea!

  40. Any mom would LOVE to receive one of your projects. Especially a crafty/sewy mom!