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Accordion House Scrapbook Layout – Inspired by Somerset Studio Magazine

Today I am reviewing the March-April 2017 back issue of Somerset Studio Magazine from Stampington & Company and then creating an “accordion house scrapbook layout” inspired by that issue. Somerset Studio features the art of paper and mixed media, and it is FULL of inspiration! Special thanks to Stampington & Company for sending me this issue of Somerset Studio to review!

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The March-April 2017 issue of Somerset Studio is 144 pages of inspiration, including amazing photography, detailed project descriptions and full product lists. A full year’s subscription includes six issues, and even the back issues are trendy and motivating. There’s just something about relaxing with a magazine, actually turning the pages, and looking at good-quality photography that proves to be cathartic. Even if you’re not into mixed media, your tour through the pages of Somerset Studio would seem like walking through an art exhibit.

Each issue includes Artist Papers, which are specially designed tear-out papers perfect for cardmaking, scrapbooking or other papercrafts. These Artist Papers have a smooth, lightly glossed feel, and are sized at 8-1/2″ x 11″ (perfect for running through your printer)! Each issue also includes project templates and easy-to-follow instructions for creating something new. For my inspiration, however, I left the Artist Papers and the project template intact, and created a project of my own. I was inspired by two featured contributions to Somerset Studio, both of which had a “house and home” theme.

So, I found a pile of mixed media papers I had made a while back, and let my imagination go! Watch the complete magazine review and process video HERE:

First I used Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to attach 2 mixed media pieces together accordion-style.

Next, I used more Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive to glue more mixed media paper on the back of my little accordion. I scored and folded them firmly (however I wanted… no particular pattern or measurement). Then, I used a Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black to draw guidelines for myself before I trimmed out little rooftops. The Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black at this stage will be handy in creating the look I want later on.

I punched out little squares for windows, and trimmed and glued little triangles for rooftops. All of this was solely based on my imagination and my own mixed media papers I had created months earlier (but hadn’t used yet). I adhered everything down with the Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

When I was happy with both sides of the accordion house, I used a water pen and a baby wipe to drag against the marks made by the Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black. This is no ordinary pencil! It smudges, smears and drags, and it writes on plastic, glass, metal… almost anything you can think of! MUCH better than a marker for achieving the look on this project that I had in mind. I outlined my doors and windows as desired.


Stabilo All Marking Pencil — Black

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I used Ranger Ink – Tim Holtz – Distress Crayons – Set 2 an old cross-stitching stencil from my stash to create little houses on a sturdy piece of cardstock.

Also, I wanted the top corners of my cardstock to be torn at an angle (to accent the angle of the rooftops), but I also wanted the torn corners to reveal a surprise patterned paper underneath. ALL of the cardstock was pulled from my personal stash.

Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces works great to adhere heavy things on all sorts of surfaces, so I used that to adhere my accordion houses to my scrapbook page.

Behind the houses, I adhered a large black torn piece of journaling paper from my stash. I accented the edges with some inexpensive white matte acrylic paint (dragged over the page with a palette knife), and found adhesive letters from my stash to add a title to the page.


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This would be so cute as a first page of a family album! You could add little pictures inside the windows and rooftops of the fold-out houses. You could tell stories about a special house on the journaling section. I enjoyed this layout so much, and I was SO inspired by the Somerset Studio Magazine!

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Lighthouse Card Using Creek Bank Creations stamps & dies

Today I am making a lighthouse card with the Lighthouse stamp set and slim stitched rectangle dies by Creek Bank Creations. The dies caught my eye first because they are considerably longer than a standard A2-sized card. In fact, these stitched rectangle dies accommodate cards created to fit inside a regular #10 business envelope! And the long lighthouse stamp set fits perfectly!
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Creek Bank Creations Lighthouse Stamp Set
Creek Bank Creations Slim Stitched Rectangle Die Set

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I quickly realized that in order to use the LARGEST slim stitched rectangle die to create my card base (the dies measure approximately 9” x 3.75” down to 6.5” x 1.25”) , I would need my Sizzix Extended Platform and my Sizzix Extended Cutting Pads. The “regular” sized platform and pads included with the Sizzix Big Shot would not be large enough to accommodate the largest slim stitched rectangle die, but they would work just fine for all the other nesting slim stitched dies.

Using a stamping platform works great on this stamp set because it is so large. I use the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, and I love it! I also used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for coloring. Here is a breakdown of my color choices for this project:
Reds: CR8, CR11, DR7, CR7;
Light Gray Accents: IG1;
Lighthouse Top: IG10;
Balcony/Gate: EB2;
House Bottom: EB2, GB8;
Roof: TN7, TN8, EB2;
Sun: CT3, EB2, OR1;
Water: TB2, TB1, BT1;
Stone: IG1, IG4, IG5, IG2;
Grass: LG3, CG2, LG5, GT2, BT1.

For my stamping ink, I used Memento Tuxedo Black Ink for the lighthouse and Ranger Archival ink in Coffee for the sentiment. I used Stampin’ Up! ink in So Saffron to stamp a nautical background image on a piece of So Saffron cardstock for a background for my sentiment. Then, I die cut the sentiment and the yellow background with a scalloped oval die from my stash and mounted it up with some dimensional fun foam, using my Scotch  Advanced Tape Glider.
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I realized that I had a white gap at the bottom of the image, so I hand-tied a triple bow with some ribbon from my stash, wrapped a small piece of ribbon around the white cardstock, and secured it in the back with 2 ZOTS Adhesive Dots. Then, I adhered the bow to the front with another ZOTS Adhesive Dots

I added some Ranger Distress Ink along the sides of the card and some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White for finishing touches.

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Altered Altoid Tin Using Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays

Today I am playing with Surface Sprays from Brutus Monroe, testing out their ability to alter metal. I love altering metal tins, and glass jars and all sorts of interesting mediums.Snapshot_127

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First, I removed the lid of the tin using a butter knife. Snapshot_116Then, I lightly sanded the lid. I used Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces to adhere various plastic and metal pieces to the lid. This gel is PERFECT for mixed media projects because it holds heavy objects onto all types of surfaces and dries totally clear.


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After the gel dried, I placed the lid in an old scrap plastic tray (to keep my area clean!) and sprayed the Brutus Monroe Surface Sprays. For this project, I used the colors “Oz”, “Phone Book”, and “Wagon”.

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After drying, I tapped just the stem of the “Phone Book” (yellow) spray bottle here and there on the lid and sprayed it with water to encourage the yellow to move. Snapshot_123Snapshot_124

When that was fully dry, added paint spatter with white matte acrylic paint. Then, I used more Prima – Finnabair – Art Basics – 3D Matte Gel – 8 Ounces to adhere my “final touch” metal embellishments to the surface, and returned the lid of the tin to the base. The results were amazing!

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