Altered Clipboard – Nicole Mullen

Hi all,

Nicole here with a project for you today. I have had a wooden clipboard going from junk pile to junk pile in my house for ages. (Everyone knows those junk piles I speak of, right?!) So I decided to finally turn it into something useful for my house. It was pretty boring as it stood so out came the supplies and I got to altering it!

What you will need:

  • Clipboard
  • Gesso
  • Papers and paints to decorate
  • Embellishments
  • Adhesives – I used gel medium and glossy accents

Step 1

I covered my clipboard with a coat of gesso. This was to prime the surface for painting and decorating.

Step 2

I tore up a page of text printed paper to apply to the background. I was quite rough in my tearing and aimed to make the page roughly centered in the middle of the clipboard. I applied  the paper with gel medium.

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Step 3

I applied a thin wash of gesso over this to knock back the pattern of the paper a bit.

pic 2 Step 4

I used a palet knife to spread some teal paint onto the clipboard. I wanted the texture that this gives rather than using a paintbrush.pic 3 pic 4 Step 5

I stenciled in white paint over some parts of this.pic 5 Step 6
I used tissue paper to cover the metal clip on the board. I also applied some to the background of the board. I used gel medium to adhere it all.
pic 8 pic 9 pic 10 Step 7

I fussy cut an image from some Graphic 45 papers and glued this down with gel medium also.

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pic 11 Step 8

I cut some notebook paper down to size for note pages. I liked the grid pattern on the note paper so I used it instead of plain paper.

pic 7Step 9

I die cut a key from grunge paper and inked it black. I then added a layer of crackle paste. When dried I added some gold leaf gilding over this.pic 12 I added the note paper on using the clip from the board. I added the key to this section also.pic 13 I adhered a post it note block to the board for shorter quick notes that I can grab and take with me if needs be.pic 14 The bigger list if for more long term projects or commissions and keeping me on track!pic 15

I hope you enjoyed this and it gave you some ideas for creating to do lists from some odd materials!

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Project Life – Week 29 – Timi Konya

Hi everyone,

It is Timi back with another quick Project Life page.

Recently I discovered a blog with lots of label print and cut files. I love adding labels to my PL pages, so I was delighted when I found this blog.

I use my Silhouette Cameo to print and cut out all the labels and it really only takes a couple of minutes to have lots of different labels.

As always  I started with placing my photos on my desk.


Then I filled the gaps with some Project Life cards. Most of the card are from the Dear LizzyDaydreamer Collection.


The next step was to place some of the labels on the photos. I like to place some of the label a little bit off the page to add a bit more interest.

Labels are great to use when you have lots of photos in a spread and you don’t really have space left for journalling.


Photography tip: There are lots of colourful walls, doors and gates in Dublin. I like to use them as background in my portrait photos.


I also added some woodveener shapes.

The next step is then to add some letterstickers, rub-ons and some more embellishments.



Some close ups:

You can use the labels to anchor a page element, so that those elements don’t just float on the page. I used two labels and place under my title.



If you use a piece of memorabilia (like I did with this screen-print) don’t be afraid to add some decoration to it. Here I added one label sticker that already had some text on it, and I drew some lines with a ruler for my journalling.



You could also add stamping details to journalling card that has a title already printed on it.


This is my final Project Life spread for Week 29




I hope you liked these pages and found some inspiration in them.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team


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Art Journal Page – Andrea Kovacs

Hi everyone,

Today Andrea is bringing an art journal page where she used lots of her border punches and dies.

What you will need:

old book to turn into an art journal


acrylic paint

border punches and dies

flowers and other embellishments


First, apply gesso with a pallet knife. Try to add texture with lots of gesso.


When the layer of gesso is dry then you can start adding layers of acrylic paint. let it dry.


And now comes the fun part.

Andrea tried to use only card stock to punch and die cut different broders.


She built these fantastic layers with just using white and orange cardstock. On the top of the layers of borders she added the title and some bulkier embellishments, like the paper flowers.


On one side she left space for a quote and on the other side for a photo. To make sure that you incorporate the quote or the photo in the composition, you have tp treat it as one of the layers and preferably add one more layer on the top. This could be a frame or some butterflies on the side of the photo.



It is nice to keep the two pages in balance with each other, this way they will create a composition together.


This is the finished art journal spread.


We hope you like the idea of using those border punches again!

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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What are our DT up to??

Hi all,

We thought it was about time for another design team recap post. You know we love peeking over at our teams blogs and seeing what they have been creating and sharing with you all!


Aideen Fallon -

Aideen has some really fun haul photos and videos over on her blog that are a must watch – who doesn’t like lace and flowers! She also had the exciting news of being featured over on the Graphic 45 blog, so exciting!!


Katya Ivanova –

Katya has some stunning creations up over on her blog. She has an adorable Bambi card here that is just the sweetest. She also has an adorable cook book she made as a gift for her nana.


Abby Henderson –

Abby has an adorable layout with tutorial up here. It is in celebration of her 5th wedding anniversary too! She also has a really cute canvas bag and tutorial here. This was a gift for a friend and it is just beautiful!


Andrea Kovacs –

And last but by no means least we have Andrea. She has a gorgeous page here from her art journal book – it is really beautiful! There is also a perfect bright and summery mini album from her that you can see all the details on here.

So there you have it, a quick recap on what our amazing team has been up to. Check out their blogs and stop by and leave them a comment if you like their work!

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Craft room Tour – Gill Comerford

Hi everyone,

We are back today with a peak into one of our readers, Gill’s craft room. Gill lives in a small town near Dublin and we are delighted that she si going to show us her very own, creative space


This is my little crafting haven!  It was originally a very small bedroom, but with some careful planning and numerous trips to IKEA, I managed to make the most out of the small space.


I have (almost) completely converted over to pocket scrapbooking so my room layout is set up with that in mind.



My most recent purchase is the Raskog cart.  I use the first two shelves for storing Project Life cards.  I have a segregated storage box in the top one which was a lucky find in TK Maxx, and I used pieces of chipboard to make dividers/labels.  The second shelf has an IKEA Antonius insert which stores 3×4 and 4×6 cards perfectly.  I keep the cart beside my work desk so I have easy access to my Project Life cards.  This would also be a good storage solution for anyone who doesn’t have a room specifically for crafting, as it has coasters for moving it around from one room to another.






The Antonius insert is also a handy storage system for small crafting items like washi tape, embellishments, adhesives etc.  I have two of them at the end of my main desk and I love them as I have all the items I need close at hand and nicely organised.





I keep my collection of Project Life page protectors stacked in a large box at the other end of my main desk. This way they are easy to flick through to find the layout I need.



On the opposite wall, I have an Expedit Unit from IKEA in the 2×2 format.  The sections are perfect size for storing albums (both Project Life and traditional). 

In the top right section I have a Kvissle Letter Tray It is actually designed to hold A4 sized paper but I use it for 12×12 scrapbooking paper – the trays pull out so I have them all pulled out slightly from the holder so that the bigger sized paper will fit. It works perfectly for keeping my papers in some sort of order. I have a fairly big collection of paper/cardstock and I find this unit great for sorting the different patterns in loose categories (floral/stripes/multi-colour etc)



Beside the Expedit Unit is a Norbo Table which is a drop-leaf design.   It works well in the small room as it can be lowered against the wall to open up the space if necessary.


The organisers on the wall with the baskets and holders are from the IKEA Bygel range. They have two different lengths of bars which you mount on the wall and then a selection of different attachments for them. It’s a really great way of getting storage into a small space without using up vital workspace on the desk. I also have a few of them hanging on the sides of the Raskog cart.


Bygel Rail
Bygel Basket
Bygel Container



The thick shelves on either wall are from the Lack series and the cute glass jars are yet another IKEA bargain perfect for storing small embellishments!




So, in short, my solution for craft storage in a small room is a trip (or two!) to IKEA  :)

This is fantastic!! We love the great space saving ideas in this beautiful craftroom. We love IKEA for all the great storage solution and of course their prices range is affordable which is an added plus.

Big Thank you to Gill, who let us into her crafting haven!

Crafting Ireland Team


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Fall Harvest Tag-Abby Henderson

This is fun Fall/Harvest themed tag I created that can be used as a gift tag or you can place it on a 12×12 layout and journal about your Fall photo.

What you will need:

  • Kraft Tag
  • Sprays/Glimmer Mists (colors of your choice)
  • Cardstock-patterned paper
  • Burlap (I used DCWV Burlap Paper)
  • Distress Tool
  • Distress Ink
  • Ribbons/Trims of your choice
  • Fall themed embellishments
  • Flowers
  • Heat tool
  • Embossing Powder
  • Perfect Medium
  • Chipboard Banner Pieces
  • Smooch Gold Paint
  • Adhesive of your choice
  • Muslin-Cheesecloth Fabric (or fabric of your choice)
  • Additional embellishments of your choice

 Step 1

I wanted to add some extra texture and dimension to my chipboard banner pieces so I used some two-toned embossing powder after coating them with some Perfect Medium.

Step 1
Step 2

For the letters, I knew they needed to stand out a bit from the embossed background on the banner pieces so I painted them with the Gold Smooch paint.

Step 2

Step 3

While the letters were drying, I went to work on the tag. I chose to cover the entire tag with some burlap. I used Scor-tape to adhere it to the tag and then cut away the excess with my craft knife. I knew this would give the base of the tag some added texture.

Step 3 Pic 1

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Step 4

For another texture element, I took some vintage muslin type fabric I had in my stash and sprayed it with some color spray after I distressed the edges with my tool (Insert Step 4 Pic).

Step 4

Step 5

Before I assembled the tag, I wanted to give it another layer of texture and dimension so I used more of my color sprays and dabbed them on the tag using a brush. This way I had more control of where it went which I wouldn’t have had I just sprayed directly from the bottle.

Step 5

This is where creative play comes in, my favorite part. Once all of the letters and elements for the tag were dry, I began layering them on the tag. I used a variety of flowers and feathers to add some extra texture and to really tie in the Fall theme I was going for. This is a fun project to create that you can either attach to a bottle of wine or a hostess gift or you can simply add it to a 12×12 layout, which is what I will be doing with this tag.

Final Pic 1

Final Pic 2

Final Pic 3

Final Pic 4

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Project Life Insert

Hi everyone,

It is Timi here today, and I am bringing you and idea on Project Life inserts. I have recently made my first trip overseas, we visited a friend in Toronto. I wanted to document this in my PL album. I decided to use a 8.5 x 11″ page protector and I was inspired by all the square shaped Instagram photos.

What you will need:

  • photos printed in 4×4″, 2×2″
  • patterned paper
  • cardstock
  • PL cards
  • embellishments


Step 1

Print and cut out all the photos you want to use.


Step 2

The first page of the insert is the title page. Arrange the photos into a grid composition on a lightly patterned paper. Cut a 3×4 PL card down to 3×3 to match the square shapes.


Step 3

Add embellishment and stamp the date.


Step 4

Do the same to the back of the insert. Arrange all the photos on a cardstock and add a PL card that was cut to 3×3″ size. Use this card as the journalling spot. To connect the two pages together add a strip of patterned paper to the edge of the cardstock.



I didn’t want to over embellish these pages, because there is a lot going on them anyway. For some more visual interest I used two pictures of two high buildings and cut the photos into two 2×2″ pieces. I added them to my pages like this.

This was a very quick way to document a whole trip, so it is well fitted to the Project Life ethos.

I hope you try something similar in your albums,

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team


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Pop up box cards – Aideen Fallon

Hello everyone,

I have a video today of these fun pop up box cards that I made using a tutorial from splitcoaststampers which you can find here.

aideen photo 1
These are cards are easy to make and so much fun too! They look great on display and would be perfect for any occasion-the two I made are using our Autumnal ‘Harvest’ theme.

aideen photo 2

Enjoy the video which you can find here:

Thanks for visiting,


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Honeycomb Tag – Katya Ivanova

Hi everyone,

Today we are back with another cute tutorial from Katya. She is going to show you how to honeycomb tutorial. This tag could be a great addition to a summer birthday gift.

What you will need:

  • cardstock
  • scrapbooking paper
  • chipboard
  • stamps
  • flowers
  • raffia
  • leaves
  • twine
  • brads
  • eyelet


Step 1

Cut out the base of the tag measuring 9 by 16cm. And papers, I cut the papers 5 mm smaller than the base.

Step 2

Distress the edges of the paper using scissor blade or distress tool. Then I covered the edges with Antique Linen distress ink. Then I decided to use up some of my scraps and ripped some papers and layered them up.

step 2

Step 3

Then I attach the chipboard to the tag using a stapler.


Then I make a raffia bouquet, glue in onto the tag.

Katya step 3

Step 4

Then I started layering some flowers and leaves.

Katya step 4

Step 5

I stamped some tiny bee images and cut them out.

Katya-step 5Step 6

The final step is to attach an eyelet. I put some twine through the loop and added some beads.



This is the final look of the tag.


We hope you liked this tutorial.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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Week 25 Project Life – Timi Konya

Hi everyone,

It’s Timi here today with a Project Life spread. Sometimes I have so many photos for a week, it’s hard to decide which to include in my spread. And then, there’s no space left for journaling.  In this spread instead of adding lots of journaling I added some mini title to my photos. This way I could share the atmosphere of photos.

What you will need:


PL cards



Step 1

Lay down the photos on your desk.



Step 2

I added PL cards to both sides. I chose one card for my title and started with adding the letter stickers. ( Later I changed the whole thing around though )



I like to take my box of labels and cards out and try to find something that would suit each photo. I also don’t mind cutting cards into little pieces if there is only a small bit that I want to use from it.

In this picture you can see that I used one packaging from Studio Calico. I keep everything that might be useful later on a spread. This was just the perfect colour.




Step 3

I glued down the labels and mini titles and added some washi tape here and there. As you can see I changed the title card.

Photo idea: Recently I really like to take photos of house numbers. They can be really cool.



I also added a flair button and pieces of chipboard.



Step 4

Last step is to add little embellishment like enamel dots and the journaling. I wish I had a sewing machine I would then add some stitching too.




Here is the whole spread



I hope you like this Project Life page and if you feel like sharing your PL spreads with us, leave a comment below with a link of your creation.

Happy Crafting,

Crafting Ireland Team

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