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The Design Team at Scrap It Girl has a fun challenge: choose our favorite journal, calendar or notebook for the Favorite Things Friday Challenge.
Was this ever easy for me! I love this mixed media travel journal that I actually made a few years ago on a scrapbooking trip.

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It’s my favorite.
I have a lot of great memories creating this too. I met new friends and also learned new techniques.
My absolutely most favorite page is this one, where the kid leather glove (an estate sale find) holds tickets.

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Here are more pages:

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And a closeup of the cover. Super cool, techniques and elements, all thanks to a little scrapbooking trip.

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Want to get in on the fun? Enter your favorite journal, notebook or calendar in the Scrap It Girl Favorite Things Friday!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless.

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My friend sent me a pin from Pinterest of a banner that said: “Happy Camper”. Well, I just happen to have been planning a trip with Ninja Man and since we were taking the RV, I figured what better time to create a banner for our little home away from home?

Disclaimer and spoiler alert: I do not like the blue flag and will change it when we return home where all my nifty supplies are. I brought only the necessities (ok, really, I brought enough materials to create two banners PLUS a bag of knitting, and wouldn’t you know I “need” more stuff!)

So here’s the finished banner with the pitiful and soon-to-be-changed blue flag:

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Here’s how it all came together:
I used this kit from Stampin’ Up and may I just say for $19.95, it’s so much fun!

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Love it? I understand. I do too. You can order it HERE
Ok, so while you’re in my store, search for “ink”. You’re gonna need it. Just in case you are curious, I used Island Indigo, Soft Suede and Cherry Cobbler.

Here’s how I made it:
I used painter’s tape to secure the stencil to the pennant panel. Unless you want to complicate this by using rulers and (gasp!) math, you will need to do some “eyeballing” here. Mine isn’t perfect- but I try to just put the stencil in the same position each time, looking at top, bottom and each side of the pennant.

Because I’m in the RV, the lid to the banner kit worked great. At home I’d put paper down on my studio desk.

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I use THESE sponges from Stampin’ Up. Three for $3.50 goes a long way. I cut them in several triangles and usually staple a little tab so I’ll know what color is on them.

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Since the pennants are canvas and kinda white in color, I decided to ink the backs as well. Note the little handmade tab stapled onto the sponge.

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Once the front and back is stenciled, I added the letter to the circle on front.
I LOVE this kit. Really, I made one of these with 7 letters in ONE HOUR! I’ll post that later, as it’s a gift and a BIG SECRET.
Anyway, there’s a stencil that covers all but the circle. All you have to do is make sure the stencil covers the circle evenly.
Tape it down.
Now for the letter: eyeball the stencil edges to center the letter. You want to have the same amount of stencil on the left as you do on the right and the same amount on top as you do on bottom.

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Here’s a close up of the sponging. Want more? Sponge more. Want less? Sponge less. Make it as dark or light as you want.

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In no time at all, you have a GREAT banner panel suitable for PINNING ON PINTEREST FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE!

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String them all together (easy since the grommets are already there!) and you have a banner! I used Krylon UV Clear spray (3 coats, front and back) because it’s going to be used outdoors.

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It was raining when I finished, so I had to hang my banner inside to see if I loved it. Well, I do- except for that blue panel- but it will be fine for now.

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And it is purely coincidence that it matches our RV exterior! Really serendipity.

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Thanks for visiting my blog!
God bless.

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Here’s another super cute notepad! Supplies came from my stash, and most is Stampin’ Up. Though some is discontinued, you can make it too! Just dig out some of your favorite papers, embellishments and maybe print some imagery from the web!

Here’s a link for the basic tutorial

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Check out my Stampin’ Up! page! $99 and you can join my team!

I enjoy making these and sharing with friends and family. What a neat, creative and useful gift!
Thanks for visiting! God bless!

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A quick share tonight- I’m pretty tired after traveling to the GrandLittle’s birthday!
Today’s technique is CASEd (copy and share everything) from www.stampwithtami.com
It’s a chalkboard effect Valentine’s Day card.

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What did I use? Well, here we go:

Stampin’ Up! (SU) cardstock, SU Cherry Cobbler heat embossing powder, SU Hearts A Flutter bundle, SU Tiny Tags clear mount stamps, SU Elements Cute Clips, SU Whisper White ink, Pen-Touch white paint pen.

That’s it! Easy peasy.
Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Kathy Bo

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This was my first Leadership and it was incredible!

Besides the surprise announcements, besides the Prize Patrol, beside the sneak peeks and previews, you know what is hardest to believe? That for only $99, anyone can be a part of this AMAZING famiyl called Stampin’ Up!

I know. It’s crazy. BUT it’s true!

Let’s get on with some coverage of day 3, the final day (sniff, sniff) of this awesome parTAY!

First, we all gathered at the Chapin Theater for General Session. We enjoyed presentations from several, including Shelli, again with super adorable clothes! She wasn’t feeling well but persevered and continued to “share what she loves”, a true inspiration!
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Here are some other pix from the day:

Rich shared a touching story that had us wiping tears! What a strong and brave young son he has.

Rich shared a touching story that had us wiping tears! What a strong and brave young son he has.

Everyone received something! Next pix will show you what's in the package! Have I said how much I LOVE what I do?!?!?

Everyone received something! Next pix will show you what’s in the package! Have I said how much I LOVE what I do?!?!?

Silver Glimmer Paper and embellishments. SUH-WEET!

Silver Glimmer Paper and embellishments. SUH-WEET!

Well, Hello!

Well, Hello!

Um. What can we say about Scott? All I can do is exhale! LOL!

Um. What can we say about Scott? All I can do is exhale! LOL!

Scott took this of us. One of us is a real Stalkie McStalker. I'll let you figure out who!

Scott took this of us. One of us is a real stalker. I’ll let you figure out who!

Outside of General Session, we toured the projects area, visited with Demo Support team members, had a chance to talk with the MDS gurus and saw great product demonstrations!

Outside of General Session, we toured the projects area, visited with Demo Support team members, had a chance to talk with the MDS gurus and saw great product demonstrations!

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Gee! Did I leave anything out? TONS!!! I just can’t post it all! Not only did we receive a preview of upcoming 25th Anniversary stamp set, but we enjoyed fun, fellowship, creativity and so much inspiration that I can’t possibly contain it all! Stampin’ Up! is a dream come true for me. If you want in on that dream or if you just want to make and share the amazingly beautiful things that we enjoy as Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, then I want to share it with you! wwww.kathybo.stampinup.net Maybe we will all go to Convention in Salt Lake City in July! Until then, I’ll be posting on a regular with the latest in products and techniques!
Thanks for stopping by and God Bless!

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I wanted some very cool banners for a wall in my house so I came up with this.

 To me, it’s old world… my rooster thinks he’s kinda old world too, so I figure it’s a nice match.

Recipe:

Cricut Potpourri Basket (see more info below)
Salvaged wrapping paper, scraps and cardstock
Tulle (that scratchy stuff that makes you think of bridal veils… you can get it on spools)
Tiny buttons
Oxford Impressions stamps. (These stamps are my very favorite in this genre.)
Zip Dry glue
Zig 2 way glue pen
Provo Craft fancy edge scissors
Staz-On ink pad
standard hole punch
Stampin’ Up ribbon

I started with my Cricut and the Potpourri Basket cartridge. The pennant shapes (little triangles) are actually from a Christmas tree image on the cartridge. I just cut the bottom off. It was hard to believe I didn’t have a triangular shape on any other carts that I could use. Maybe I didn’t look hard enough!
 I cut three sizes, starting with 3 inch “Christmas tree”. I cut everything out of salvaged papers that I have collected.  The one above on the Cricut mat was actually wrapping paper from a gift from my friend Angela.  Seems that most of my most favorite finds come from something she has given me! I cut the bottoms off (see original shape above) and then cut 2 3/4 size and finally 1 3/4 size “trees”… again, cutting the bottom detail off.
 Here you see them laid out on a tray (this is my favorite vintage dinner tray. I use it often, and for a zillion things!) First, I glued the large and medium triangles together with my zig 2 way pen and placed the smaller sized ones between each larger one.  (See completed banner if this doesn’t make sense).  I then put the stamps on them to decide how I wanted the images to flow on the banner.  Once that was decided, I stamped with black Staz-On (by the way, the special cleaner is worth buying) and then punched holes with a standard hole puncher.  The holes are carefully punched in each corner.  Why carefully? It is easy to go outside of the corner and you have to recreate that piece. 

 Above, you can see where the holes are punched.  I used the red excess paper on the right to test stamp a few images I’ve never used before.  That’s a good idea so you’ll know how to properly stamp it.
 Adding the ribbon and tulle:  I used ribbon from Stampin’ Up! of which I am a distributor. (hint! You can order from me!) First I ran the ribbon through and strung the entire first banner. Then I came back with the tulle and strung it behind the ribbon.  As you can see, the small pennants are glued behind the larger ones to give the banner more dimension. Here’s where I used the Zip Dry. It’s pretty serious glue and I enjoy working with it.
 First banner completed. See first pix for both displayed!
Feel free to post a comment or question! Have a blessed day!

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