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Design Team — Marjorie Towers — Page 2

Design Team

Drum roll please – it’s time to see the first project of the 2013-2014 Design Team.  The projects this month are from a variety of different companies using the items in their May kits. Jacki made this fantastic Configuration Box using all sorts of Tim Holtz and Ranger product. Here’s a photo of her creation:

config box

This is what the box looks like when you open it:

box open

Now isn’t that just so cute?  You could of course make it any theme you want. I also thought it would be nice to add some photos and even some personal memorabilia.  Here is Jacki’s step-by-step instructions:

1. Cut the three 12X12 papers down to fit the front and backcover, and slightly smaller for the inside front cover. Apply Beacon glue to backsides and attach the front and back covers.

2. Before adhering the inside front cover, attach curio knob from the front side and screw down tight, apply the patterned paper to cover hardware.

3. Cut remaining pieces of covers in fit the book binding and edges.

4. To cover individual compartments you will need to measure each size box. Cut paper by adding the depth + width + depth X depth + length + depth.

5. Once paper is cut, score all four sides on the scoring board, at the depth measurement, example: ¾ inch all the way around.

6. Cut notch out of each corner where score lines intersect. Fold on score marks and adhere to compartment using Beacon glue.

7 Continue covering insides of all compartments.

8. Using tissue tape or washi tape, apply to top edge of box so it hangs over edges evenly. Notch the corners with Xacto knife and press down all edges.

9. Use tissue tape to cover seams along the all three covers and outside edges as well.

10. At this point I needed to apply another kind of adhesive over the tissue tape. The tape looked really nice but it wasn’t holding, the edges continued to come up, so go over with a matte glue and brush, I used some decoupage glue.

11. Now comes the fun part: the filling of the individual compartments. I will give instructions on what I put in my box, however you may choose to substitute or go another route, have fun with it. I choose to use mostly Tim Holtz products to decorate my book.

12. Using Specialty Stamping Paper and Archival Black Ink, stamp the Tim Holtz bunny, the nest, (twice), the butterfly (twice), and three small butterflies. Heat with heat tool to make sure ink is completely dry before coloring.

13. Using Distress Markers and Distress Inks with the water brush, color the stamped images. Let dry.

14. Cut the butterflies, all sizes, and the nest out carefully, including the word “Nest”, on the second nest, just cut out the eggs. Leave a surrounding white edge of about an inch on the bunny.

15. Add a small piece of tape to the back side of the middles of the small butterflies, so the brads won’t tear through, and poke a small hole for a brad. Add a small game spinner to each butterfly for the body.

16. Attach piece of foam adhesive to back of butterflies and adhere one to each of the three smallest square compartments.

17. Attach foam adhesive to the eggs and adhere to the nest. Adhere to top right compartment with additional foam adhesive.

18. Die cut the chipboard using the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Bunny, and Heart and The Sewing Room Bigz Die. Die cut the Real Wood Paper with the Artful Dwellings Die and part of the branch only from the Bird Branch Bigz Die (I cut two pieces of branch)

19. From the Bird Branch Die, using the cardstock scrap, cut out the bird, and from the Caged Bird Bigz Die, cut out one wing. Cut bird from branch, ink the edges and attach wing to bird.

20. From a scrap of pattern paper punch 5 flowers with the small flower punch. Attach with mini glue dots to the branch.

21. Using the Archival black ink, stamp the script on the heart. Heat to dry, color heart with Distress Stain. Using Distress Stain or Acrylic Dabbers, apply color to plaque, wipe off excess. Let dry.

22. Put brads through holes in plaque. Adhere plaque to top left compartment, apply glue dots to heart, apply over plaque. Fold small banner and attach over heart at angle. I also added a word across the banner from Tim’s word stickers.

23. Spray chipboard bunny with Melted Chocolate Dylusions Ink Spray. Heat to dry. Ink edges. Attach ribbon to neck and use foam adhesive to adhere chocolate rabbit top center compartment.

24. Using Beacon glue, attach birdcage and bird in flight to left second row compartment. The cage could be filled with whatever you would like, maybe some beads, or pearls? I left mine empty however.

25. Attach large crown from regal adornments to right second row compartment.

26. Using Sewing Room Die, cut canvas tag into dress shape. Color canvas with Dylusions Ink Sprays or Distress Stains. Heat to dry thoroughly. Cut down dress stand to fit inside compartment, ink edges. Attach canvas dress with Beacon glue, tie ribbon into bow around dress and use foam adhesive to adhere to bottom left compartment.

27. Ink edges of chipboard spool and wrap twine around. Adhere with foam adhesive. Use Beacon glue to attach 3 buttons to side of dress.

28. Tie ribbon through hole in key, use pop up glue dots to attach to center bottom compartment.

29. Using paper trimmer, cut ¼ to 3/8 inch strip from corrugated cardboard. Bend around Real Wood house for roof on birdhouse, attach using Beacon glue. Use 5/8 inch punch to make hole in birdhouse. Ink edges. Use foam adhesive to adhere to compartment, Attach flower branch to slightly cover from top left edge, using Beacon glue. Attach bird to bottom edge of compartment using Beacon glue.

30. Use Beacon to attach small wings to bottom right compartment, attach small fractured doll on top of wings, place small crown above head. Attach word stick to left side of doll.

31. Use Beacon to adhere metal photo corners to the two right edges of configuration book.

32. Using pearl pen add centers to flowers on birdhouse branch. Let dry.

33. Now we finish the outside of the book: Cut a piece of light brown cardstock to 4 X 51/2 inches. Using the largest oval on the Fiskars oval template, cut the middle of the cardstock out, leaving a frame. Adhere to colored bunny stamped image using foam adhesive.

34. Using green cardstock, cut the grass using the Sizzix die, cut in half and add to bottom of frame, overlapping slightly. Add flowers as desired. Attach one of the large butterflies to the top left of frame with foam adhesive.

35. For banners, cut four or five patterns into pennant and banner shapes, apply with foam adhesive and string twine underneath foam.

36. For the inside front cover, cut brown piece with Spellbinders label die and attach a 3 inch cream circle to middle, add remaining large butterfly.

37. Lastly, I added my title with American Crafts Thickers and metal corners on the inside edges.

Here are a couple of close ups of the box contents:

closeup 1

closeup 2

If you are interested in making one of these for your own, but find the instructions intimidating, Jacki will be having several step-by-step classes in June.  The first two classes are Thursday, June 20 & 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Call the store or stop by to sign up. The configuration box is on display on the counter by the register so you can get a look at it in person.



Last, but certainly not least of our Design Team Members, Trisha Easley is a super talented artist and I am so thrilled she was willing to be on the team.  Her medium of choice is watercolor and she has done some amazing paintings. But she also loves Creating Lasting Memories and our little unique forms of art. I can always count on her to try all the new products and techniques. I know she won’t be intimidated.

She helps me teach the 12 Tags of Christmas classes, where we use lots of Tim Holtz stuff. Not surprisingly, her Challenge project, using the Prima Hello Pastel papers and embellishments, was this tag:

challenge tag

Here’s how she went about creating it:

  1. I took an extra large tag and dragged it through 3 colors of Distress Paint and water. I sprayed more water on the tag and moved it around to get the look I wanted. (I left some areas without paint to show the background). Then I dried with a heat gun.
  2. When the tag was dry I distressed the edges with a distress tool.
  3. Using a Dylusions 5×8 stencil that I taped to my tag, I filled in the design with a white pen.
  4. I then used a Stampington & Co. stamp and archival ink.
  5. With a Vintage Photo distress ink pad and applicator I went over the tag.
  6. I adhered flowers, leaves and butterflies to the edge of the card.
  7. I used a pearl pen to embellish the flowers and the butterflies.
  8. The last step was to add the ribbon to hang the tag.

For a “favorite” piece, Trisha submitted these two canvases:

Trees on Canvas

Trees on Canvas

Bird and frame canvas

Bird and frame canvas

And if you are able to come in the store, I have her “bug” canvas up on the wall near the register. Her work is truly marvelous. Can’t wait to see what Trisha will come up with each month.



MaryRuth is the other “valley girl” on our Design Team. She lives in Grants Pass, Oregon. She loves paper crafting and especially enjoys a challenge. She says crafting is a part of her soul and hopes her projects will bring a smile or some comfort to others.

She submitted several ATCs and unique cards for her challenge projects using the Prima Hello Pastel collection.

bird cage card

Here are the instructions for her birdcage card;

  1. Cut grey floral paper to desired size.
  2. Fussy cut around some of the flowers. Layer to pink panel.
  3. Ink edges with pink ink.
  4. Layer to an aqua side-folded card.
  5. Cut birdcage and bird from Spellbinders dies, using white for the birdcage, pink for the bird and aqua for the bird’s wing.
  6. Assemble bird and glue to card front.
  7. Attach birdcage with foam mounting tape.
  8. Fussy cut flowers from grey floral paper. Attach with glue and some with foam mounting tape for dimension.
  9. Attach pink organza ribbon to top of birdcage.
  10. Adhere some rhinestones. Add music notes with white gel pen. A little stickles and you’re done!

Here are some of the other projects she submitted using the challenge papers:

Mother's Day card

Mother's Day card

Bird house card

Bird house card

3 little ATCs

3 little ATCs

For a favorite project, she submitted these three wooden houses all decked out for Christmas.  I just love them!

Christmas houses

Christmas houses

I will be looking forward to what MaryRuth comes up with for the Design Team.  I am feeling quite certain there will be a few smiles.



Ruth Moody is a long time volunteer at Creating Lasting Memories. In addition to working at the store on Wednesdays, she taught a beginning scrapbook class called Scrappin’ Wednesday for years.  These days you will find her at her “real” job as office manager at KURY radio. And she still runs the Friday night crop at Creating Lasting Memories.

Ruth began scrapbooking years ago when her first grandchild died of SIDS. It was a way to document and honor his life and share what he had meant to her. She has three other grandchildren that often are the subject of her layouts, in addition to her grown daughter and son and their spouses.  Like Jacki, she loves cats and you will see one of them in the layout below.

Ruth loves simple pages that focus on the photos and the journaling. She has a great sense of design and color.

Here is her layout that she designed for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel designer papers and embellishments:


To make this layout Ruth used one sheet of Bazzill Butter Cream, and one sheet each of the Hello Pastel Cupcake, Powdered Petals and Sugar Cube papers.

Mat photos and attach as shown.

Punch 3 photos into 3″ circles and attach to 4″ doilies.  Here’s a close-up of a doily (and one adorable cat!):

challenge close up

For embellishments, she added the spray of flowers as shown and some brads to her journaling block.

She also cut 4 small strips and made banner tabs, each with a brad. She attached two to the top left and two to the bottom right.

Finally, she added a bit of ribbon to the flower spray.  The flowers and brads are from the Prima Hello Pastel collection. She edged her mats with Versamagic Aspen Mist chalk ink.  Beautiful job Ruth.

For a favorite layout, she submitted this one:

project fav

Isn’t that a great layout for Father’s Day?

I appreciate all Ruth does to support Creating Lasting Memories.  Keep watching for more of her wonderful layouts.



Cheryl, along with Mary Ruth, is one of our Design Team members who lives over in Grants Pass.  I think I will call them the “valley girls”.  Actually, I was pretty excited that someones outside of our local community was interested in making the commitment to drive over to the coast every month just to be part of the store’s Design Team.  It was very honoring. Cheryl has a lot of experience doing booth demos and teaching classes at CHA.  Maybe we can even get her to come to the store and do a class here. She loves Graphic 45 and you will see their influence on a couple of her projects.

Here is one of her challenge projects using the Prima Marketing Hello Pastel

pink card

Isn’t that just a lovely lacey look? Here are the instructions:

  1. Cut pink cardstock to 5 1/2″ x 11″
  2. Score center to create a 5 1/2 ” square card.
  3. Cut paper doily (Spellbinders Gold Elements), adhere under each side of a 5″ x 5″ piece of printed paper
  4. With fold on top, adhere a 5″ x 5″ piece of printed cardstock in center
  5. Cut out floral decor and adhere to the center of the printed cardstock
  6. Die cut four corner pieces and adhere to each corner with foam tape
  7. Add floral embellishments and brad to left side of lattice-like window
  8. Punch decorative corner on a 5″ x 5″ piece of white cardstock, adhere inside.

envelope card

This card has an envelope look. I love the gray tones.

  1. Cut two pieces of contrasting card stock 11 3/4″ x 6 1/4″
  2. Score at 3 1/4″ and another score at 7 1/2″
  3. Cut angled corners on the 3 1/4″ piece to form the flap
  4. Cut two 5″ border strips from Spellbinders Floral Doily Accent
  5. Adhere between the two pieces of patterned paper on each side of the flap.
  6. Die cut the flap overlay from Spellbinders Gold Elements One from a soft tone of blue-tone cardstock
  7. Cut out additional pieces for the inside from the same sets, layer for dimension.
  8. Add flowers and brad elements to the front flap.


This is a picture of the notebook she submitted as a favorite project.  Here’s what it looks like when you open it up:

notebook open

notebook open

She also submitted this wall hanging that uses last year’s Graphic 45 summer line (sadly all sold out):

wall hanging

But you could certainly use another beachy line and perhaps add a photo or two for a personal look. Love the corrugated cardboard for the background.  I’m sure you are as excited as I am to see what Cheryl will be contributing to our blog this year.



Jill and her husband and two teenage sons just recently moved to Brookings.  She started coming to our Thursday Make ‘n Takes and I could see right away that she was a talented card maker. She has a lot of experience with Stampin’ Up and especially loves kinetic cards – that is, cards that move when opened.

Here is one of two cards she submitted for the challenge using the Prima Hello Pastel:

jill challenge outside 1

She didn’t ignore the inside, but included a nice piece of the patterned paper there, too.

jill challenge inside 1

Here are her instructions for making this card.

  1. Cut 6 strips of various lengths and widths of the Hello Pastel decorative papers.
  2. Clip the ends into triangular shapes, making them into banners.
  3. Curl up the ends and attach to card stock base.
  4. For decoration, tie an organza ribbon into a bow, attach a button with a piece of white string.  She used a couple of glue dots to attach to the top of the strips.
  5. Then cut a piece of decorative paper slightly smaller than the size of the card for the inside.

With her second challenge card, you’ll see her love of unique openings:

jill challenge 2

It opens to look like this:

jill challenge 2 inside 1

Then you open again to reveal this:

jill challenge 2 inside 2

To make this card, follow these instructions:

  1. Start with a 4 x 12″ piece of card stock.
  2. Score at 4″ and 8″.  Rotate paper and score diagonally on the two outside 4″ squares from the bottom left to the top right corner. Make sure the two diagonals are going in the same direction.
  3. Fold the left side into the middle then fold down the triangle. Repeat on the right side except fold the triangle up (see photo).
  4. Cut two 3 1/2″ squares of decorative paper. Cut one on the diagonal for the two triangular flaps.  Use the second for the inside. She sponged this one with brown ink.
  5. Using Spellbinders Label One, cut 2 pieces of solid card stock with the #3 die using your Big Shot, Cuttlebug or Vagabond. Sponge both pieces with brown ink.
  6. Cut three pieces using the #4 die using decorative paper. Stamp a saying on one of them for the first opening.
  7. When she attached the bigger labels to the card, she made sure they lined up witb each other and then she knew where to put dimensional adhesive to keep them attached on the outside label.
  8. Run 24″ of ribbon underneath the outside label before attaching. This makes a nice big bow.
  9. Decorate the outside with the Hello Pastel flowers and leaves. She also added a flower and leaf to the inside. A few pearls is a nice addition.

For her extra “favorite” projects, she submitted these two cards:

Easel card

Easel card

Easel card opened

Easel card opened

window card

window card

Window card opened

Window card opened

Window card opened - back side

Window card opened - back side

I love the net on the back side of that fish! Can’t wait to see what Jill will be coming up with for the design Team.  So glad you moved to our beautiful coastal town, Jill.  By the way, Jill just started working at Fred Meyer as a checker.  Look for her smiling face the next time you check out!


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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Design Team.

Katrina Parke is one of the younger members of the Design Team.  She is active in the Pelican Bay Art Association here in Brookings, creating their monthly newsletter. A multi-media artist, Katrina is best known at Creating Lasting Memories for her wonderfully creative ATCs (Artist Trading Cards).  For her primary area of interest, she said she would like to do cards and ATCs – she just can’t choose one or the other.

Here are a couple of ATCs she submitted for the challenge, using the Hello Pastel collection from Prima Marketing:

katrina 1

Spring had Sprung

katrina 2

Life by the Sea

I love this ATC.  So be beachy.  Here’s her description of how she made it:

  1. Photo copy your image on to watercolor paper in black and white. Lighter is better.
  2. Color you photo copied image with alcohol based markers.
  3. Once it is dry, highlight your image with the Gelly Roll pens. As you do this, use the water brush to spread the Gelly Roll ink around like watercolor paint. Use the paper towels to dab your brush clean between colors and to soak up excess water.
  4. Set image aside to dry.
  5. Take the Prima paper, blue and white side up, and wrap hour ribbon diagonally across the front. Glue the ends down on the back.
  6. Trim any excess ribbon overhanging the edges.
  7. Take your canvas diamond and distress the edges by running your fingernail or the blade of your scissors over the edge to make them fray. Then lightly run one of your markers over the frayed edges.
  8. Glue the diamond to the center of the card.
  9. Adhere a button to the center of the card.
  10. Adhere a button in each of the corners opposite that of your ribbon.
  11. Cut out your image you colored.
  12. Glue the image to the center of the diamond.
  13. Embellish with sea glass and remaining buttons.
  14. Adhere white cardstock to the back of your card.

Now, here are two of the cards she submitted using the Hello Pastel designer papers:

Thanks a Bunch

Thanks a Bunch

On the Road

On the Road

I love this card, too. Here are her instructions if you’d like to make it. Once again, it uses a photo copied image.  Katrina does this a lot.  I’ll try and get her to tell me her internet source for some of these images!

  1. Photo copy image.
  2. Decorate photo copy with Gelly Roll pens and set aside to dry.
  3. Fold yellow card stock on half.
  4. Take a 4 x 5 1/4″ Prima paper and punch one of the longer sides with an edge punch. The grey side will be up on your card.
  5. Adhere it to the center of the face of your card with the punch side on the outside edge.
  6. Take the “Sugar Cube” Prima paper and select a square of roses. Cut it out.
  7. Spray your selected square of roses with Dylusions ink spray. Blot with paper towel.
  8. Once dry, glue if off center on the face of your card.
  9. Cut out the photo copied image you decorated earlier.
  10. Adhere it to the center of your card face.
  11. Take the original image and cut out the focal point.
  12. Layer it on top of the photo copy with pop dots.
  13. Cut the heads off of your Prima flowers.
  14. Arrange them around your image, gluing them down with Beacon 3-in-1.

Katrina said that she wanted to be on the Design Team because she thinks outside the box and would guarantee us that we would get something that is different every month.  I know this will be the case with Katrina and really look forward to what she will be contributing to the team.


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Welcome to the 2013-2014 Design Team.

To many of you, Jacki should be no stranger.  She has been a teacher at Creating Lasting Memories since 2009 with her popular The Creative Page class which meets on Saturday mornings at 10:30 am.  She also volunteers at the store on Thursday afternoons.  Needless to say, she is very well informed on the latest products and loves to showcase them on her pages.

For her two personal entrees, Jacki sent in one of her Christmas layouts:

jacki 1

As those of us her know her well, here is a die cut of a house and a deer, which often surround her home here in Brookings.  She is a big fan of her deer pets.  I love the images she put behind the windows of her house, straight from a Tim Holtz seasonal papers line.

Her second “personal favorite” entry is this one with the giant rosette.  Again, for those who know her well, we are not surprised to see the rosette.  Jscki loves these bulky but fabulous embellishments! For those of you who don’t know Jacki, she loves cats and calls no less than 7 of them her pets.  I was honored to meet them.  Believe me, you have never seen a cleaner home.  I left wanting one of my own.  So cute!

jacki 2

For her Design Team Challenge, using the Prima Hello Pastel collection, here is Jacki’s fantastic layout:

jacki 3

To recreate this layout, here are her instructions for this layout:

  1. For my project is used the provided papers plus a scrap of SEI paper I had in my stash.
  2. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and a Sizzix Big Shot scallop die fot the strips.
  3. The cardstock and the pattern paper shpaes were cut out on the Cricut.
  4. For the butterflies, I used Ranger foil and Ranger alcohol inks in several different combinations until I found two pieces I liked.   After inking the foil I used the Tim Holtz Movers and Shakers butterfly dies to cut them out.
  5. I added the flower accents that were included in the kit and took them apart for more interest.
  6. And of course, everything was either distressed or inked  before assembling to the page.

I feel blessed to have Jacki on the Design Team.  You will too, I am sure.