Thursday, October 20, 2011

Domestic Violence Awareness

The tutorial I barely followed. I personally didn't like the tutorial. Its HERE

Some of my October Creations

I have been doing some for Little Monster Designs. others are just designs I wanted to make to share.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Altered Clipboards

I was looking at for Teacher Gifts and I decided to research Altered Clipboards. 
I found this article but didn't follow much of it because of time/money

I used 
A simple cheap regular sized clipboard (mini ones will work too!)
Mod Podge (available at Hobby Stores)
Paint Brush
Coordinating Paper (Scrapbook stores, Target, Hobby Stores)
Ribbon (Scrapbook Stores or Hobby Stores -- less than $1 a yard for each)
Stickers (Scrapbook Stores or Hobby Stores)
and Chip Board Lettering (I found these at Target for 99 cents)
craft Knife (hobby stores)
Cutter (Hobby stores & Target for about $10)
Prima Flowers (Scrapbook store or craft store) mine were about $5 for 6
You can also use if you want to
Acrylic Paint, Sandpaper, Vinyl or Paper lettering, Stickers, or Stamps

I got a cheap pack of clipboards from my office supply store "Staples". I got the cheapest ones that are brown and simple. I suppose if you want to go all out you can paint the entire clip board first with acrylic paint. Tip** it might be easier to clamp the clip open by using a paperweight or chip clip from your kitchen.
I didn't paint mine.

I wanted to make the clip board as level as possible not too bumpy. The School Word Paper is glittered and raised that's why its at the top over the pencils as seen on the "Davis" clip board... as well as the butterflies on the "Aycock" clipboard. The Chip Board Letters do make it raised so these are probably best for decoration. You can also find someone or if you have a Cricut make vinyl or other type of lettering. Or use alphabet stickers or stamped letters. Again if I had more time and resources I would have gone another route.

I got two pieces of coordinating paper for each clip board. I measured the high light piece and cut it for the strip across the top and then cut the second sheet of paper to line up to the rest of clipboard. Be careful not to over lap the two pieces too much or it will cause a ridge. You will need to cut the high light piece (or top strip)  with the craft knife to fit around your metal piece unless it detaches. 

I had Skylar help me to spread Mod Podge glue on the clip board with a paint brush. I carefully put down the bottom sheet of paper sliding it to fit as perfect as I could before it could dry. Then I smoothed it and pushed the air bubbles out of it. I did the same thing for the top piece. I slid it under the clip. I let the glue dry.
To hide the line where the paper met you can use a die cut border, make your own paper border, I used ribbon or a sticker boarder (Auburn is a sticker and so is the "Aycock" & "Davis" clipboards) You can glue it down or if it already has adhesive. 

After an hour or two of drying. I tied on a few ribbons to the top and glued on the chipboard lettering.
You can use sandpaper to sand down the edges of the paper on the clipboard and gives it a nice effect. 

Friday, April 8, 2011

StormyAries Creations or Army Wife Designs...

Hey Ya'll I may be morphing! I learned how to make simple things using Paint Shop Pro over 10 years ago. Over time I have gotten more and more into it. The more my family grows the more my priorities change and I loose interest in Graphics for awhile but I do it on demand... based on when I need something or inspiration tickles me... Like Scrapbooking. I guess I have Hobby ADD.. I don't stay with one and get intense with it for one reason or another. My friend over at Steph's Designs needed a new blog header/ Etsy Banner/ and of course while I was digging around in there I made her a bunch of other stuff too! She's been really pushing me and encouraging me to do this for real.. like a small business venture? Dare I? I HAVE been doing it for ten years.. mostly free to my friends etc and as gifts. I worry about the Graphix police and copyright infringement when working with companies for a new design. So I try my best to do it based on my knowledge of what that particular Terms of Service is. I don't want them or I to get into trouble. Especially them... that would be embarrassing! I know of a few people that do it. The beautiful Masto Mama & some forums Chubby Cheeks Graphix : Crumb Snatchers : VIP Signatures too... Like I said I have been doing this for ten years the good, the bad, the ugly and ohmigoodness there were some ugly ones in the times of the unexperienced or uninspired me.
Here is my Gallery or Portfolio... whatever you want to call it... Here. Look to the right for the sub menu's...
I have a design blog already in place here... StormyAries Creations. I put in there my scrapbook creations, my PSP and Graphic creations, and anything else I may create. I may start there and move to grander scale once I figure this all that... I am considering Army Knights Lady Designs as a future part time business if it goes well. Of course its a hobby and always will be a hobby I can share... but what's a few extra dollars in my Paypal account? LOL

I am thinking the price menu may go like this

Simple Siggy with a doodle, simple graphic etc small in size $1 - $2

I do not make the graphic normally (I might have to learn how) it is borrowed or bought!

A Graphic Siggy (for blogs, websites, forums, email) using Pictures or digital scrapbook parts. May or may not contain these but is more complex and may or may not be animated $5- $8

Extra's might be because of the price of the scrap kit etc
Need your photos watermarked? Ask for a quote
Blog Banner or Layout: I haven't made buttons yet... but I will try soon! So a complete Blog Banner, Back Ground, Button and Siggy is $12 again price could go up depending on if the graphics you want cost me anything. Just the Blog Banner and background $10, Blog Banner by its self is $8

Etsy banner ask for a quote 

Custom printables (I make you print!) ask for a quote... This would be for a picture, Birth Announcement, Invitation, or Greeting Card... etc

Logo Design  ask for a quote

Sorry I don't make blinkies yet. I have tried for years and I haven't mastered it... or even close.
Any questions just ask.. Oh yeah and feedback would be great too. Tell me do you think I am worth it?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Blog Accessories

I designed my own blog set for this blog I might want to redo it with the same pictures a little later (or now) but I know I need a button and a sig tag. Can anyone recommend designs for these for me? Should I stick with the Army theme or is it okay to not have too much matchy matchy? I like the Army Theme but I also like tulips. I like Simple with just a simple name design with a small graphic and some added basic info.. I don't know I am so confused! I would even do a normal picture tag. What do you suggest? Where did you get your blog graphics?