Wednesday, 27 June 2012

DIY Mod Podge

Cilenia is kindly allowing me to share some of her hints, tips and tutorials with you all here. You can check out her wealth of experience in mixed media on her blog here.

I keep seeing and hearing the two words "Mod Podge" about the crafting community and haven't found any anywhere. Guess what! Cilenia makes her own! Here's how.

You don't really need anything special.  School glue from the dollar store, a left over jar from a sauce you've used and water.  Yes, that's it!

Squirt your school glue into the jar.  Fill the glue bottle with warm water and shake it up really good.  Squeeze that into your jar and shake to mix.  Yep, that's it!  Works beautifully!  And at about 1/10th the cost, you can't beat it!

Thank you Cilenia.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Warping Text in Craft Artist

Hello everyone, I have another technique tutorial to share with you today for Serif's Craft Artist Professional (CAP) software. I'm playing with text again, and this time I'm going to show you how to warp a block of text.

I was scrapbooking with a new kit from Aria called Follow Your Art - Discover, and wanted to add some text to this lovely book element she included in the clusters pack.

As you can see, just putting text across the top doesn't work. So how did I warp it to make it look right?

  • Select the text and look at the handles on the selection box.
  • Click on the one in the centre of the top and drag it left or right (right in my example).

  • Repeat with the central handle at the bottom.
  • Move both handles until you get the side of the text running as you want it. In my example I now have the left edge of the text box parallel with the edge of the page.

  • Click on the central handle along the side of the text box and move it up or down to change the angle of the text lines.
  • Adjust the handles on both sides until you get the result you want.

You can see the completed layout in my gallery here.

Have fun adding creative journaling to your layouts.
Blessings to you all from Angela.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Kids Craft - Smash Books

This is a crafting activity I did with all three of my kids, we made smash books. What is a Smash Book? It's a cross between a journal and a scrapbook. The idea is to stick, draw and doodle in it on the spot when things happen. They can be prayer journals, everyday life scrapbooks or special occasion books. We made some coastal themed Smash Books for taking on a trip to the coast. The kids can fill them up with pictures from leaflets, drawings, rubbings and writing etc about what they discover and enjoy about their time there.


  • Large Cheap Old Fashioned Kids Scrapbook
  • White paper
  • Lined and Squared Paper
  • Themed Images
  • Activity or Spotter Sheets
  • Tags
  • Envelopes
  • String/Yarn/Ribbon
  • Scraps or Old Stash
  • Hole Punch (I used a Big Bite)

For the themed images you could gather together stickers and images from magazines. You could sift through your stamps collection and stamp some themed images etc onto white paper to cut out and add. I found some colouring book pages to add to my pre-schooler's book.

For our Coastal Themed Smash Books I printed out some items from the Water World Printable Jotter by Toucan Scraps.

Step By Step
1. Remove the coloured pages from the scrapbook and cut them in half
2. Cut the covers in half too

3. Add white, lined and squared papers to the paper pile. It doesn't matter if they are different sizes.

4. Add themed colouring and activity sheets, and maybe some patterned papers from your old stash or larger scraps.
I made some spotter sheets to add to these books (tutorial here)
5. Mix them up
6. Decorate the Covers

8. Line up everything along the left edge and punch holes for the fastening

9. Thread strips of ribbon through the holes and Tie with knots. Be sure to leave space between the edge of the book and the knots.

10. Stick an envelope to the inside front cover

11. Cut out themed images etc.
12. Put the images, stickers, tags and mini envelopes into the envelope.

I put some supplies in a pencil case to take with us on our trip including

  • pencils
  • wax crayons
  • pencil crayons
  • scissors
  • glue stick
Have fun making some smash books with your kids for them to fill this summer.

Monday, 4 June 2012

Kids Spotter Sheets - Hints & Tips

Spotter Sheets are a great learning tool for adventures and home schooling. They can be used for anything from birds, fungi and trees to landmarks and even artefacts to look for on a museum trip.

Here are 2 spotter sheets I made for my kids when we were planning a trip to the coast.


Hints and Tips

  • Think of where you are going and create a list of things to see, both common and rare.
  • Look it up on Wikipedia
  • Make sure any images you take from the internet are public domain - that means you can grab the images from there to use on your spotter sheet free of charge. Otherwise you would need to request permission from the copyright holder who might charge.
  • Wikipedia images are public domain as part of their user agreement.
  • Collect together your pictures
  • When creating your spotter sheet use a nice easy to read font. I used Beatnik SF
  • Add a little square for the child to tick when they've seen it.
  • For young children use photos, but for older children you could use line drawings for the images