In the beginning of March, Wade and I took Avery to Disneyland and California Adventure for 3 days. It was amazing and SO much fun.
Not surprisingly, I took a lot of photos. Not as many as I thought but still a lot.
That deserves a whole scrapbook about the trip. I just finished my very first scrapbook for my family for 2012. It is a book with one layout a month to give a snapshot of the year. I wanted to easy myself back into scrapbook with that one because I hadn’t worked on one since before I was even pregnant with Avery. BUT I finished it !
I knew I wanted to make a whole book for the trip so it has been really difficult to walk by all the Mickey books at Joanns. With a coupon I could have gotten one for under $20 but just for the book, that is quite the investment to me. I had decided to just use one I had and started looking in my stash. I have a bunch of started books that I wouldn’t mind taking apart and I found a plain red one.
Then I thought about it for a bit- duh, I am a CRAFT BLOGGER. What we want, that we can’t have… we MAKE!!
So I did. Here is what I came up with:
It was super simple, took much less than a half hour and saved me $20. AWESOME!
I did it with heat embossing, if you didn’t have any of the tools or heat gun, you could get the supplies for this for under $20 but you would be able to use them over and over and over again. It is a different kind of investment.
First, I made a Mickey shape, I still have my friend’s Mickey Cricut cartridges, but for the sake of a tutorial that everyone could do, I made my own shape out of a paper plate and mason jar lid as templates. Then I cut it out.
The embossing ink I buy comes as a set with the pad and an extra refill bottle. I just poured a bit out of the refill bottle so I could use the sponge brush.
You could choose to use either piece, you could even use this as a stencil to paint the Mickey on with acrylic paint. It is really up to you. I chose to use the piece I cut, I taped it a bit in place.
Then I used the sponge brush to put a line about an 1/8th of an inch thick of the embossing ink around the outside of the Mickey shape.
Then I sprinkled on the embossing powder, I used red as a tone on tone- it is kind of like the one I saw at the store I liked. Put a paper underneath so you can add a lot.
Then you just dump off the extra and pour it back in the bottle.
I used another, dry, sponge brush to brush off the extra. It is not as big of a deal when they are the same color, but it looks cleaner. Whatever you leave on when you use the heat gun will melt and be there permanently.
Last step was to use the heat gone to melt the powder! I couldn’t get an action shot but I did get a before and after, there is the slightest difference in the before and after.
It is done! And ready for memories!! I have already made 3 pages, I am so excited!