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Jacki — Marjorie Towers


Wild & Free

March 15, 2014

in Design Team, Jacki

Here’s a great layout by Design Team member Jacki Rettke:

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I love the watercolor look of the papers in this set.

Supplies used:

Glitz Designs Wild and Free papers:

Arrows, Horses, Small Hearts, Dream Catcher, Drips

Glitz Designs Wild and Free Large Rhinestones

Tim Holtz Rosette Dies

Kiwi Lane template

die cutting machine

foam adhesive

glue dots


hot glue gun


Use two of Glitz Designs Wild and Free Dreamcatcher paper for backgrounds

Fussy cut Glitz Designs Wild and Free Drips paper along the drip line.

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Trim a strip 3 X 12 inches from the edge of Drip paper

Using foam adhesive, mount remaining fussy cut piece of Drip paper to Dreamcatcher paper, (covering up the dreamcatcher), and make this the top of your right hand page.

Mount 3 X 12 iinch Drips piece to other Dreamcatcher paper, also covering the dreamcatcher.

Using the backside of the Arrows paper, cut using the Kiwi lane template, both pieces.

From the Horses paper, cut 4 ½ inch by 12 strips.

From the Small Hearts paper, cut two pieces 1 ½ X 12 inches.

Also from the Small Hearts paper, cut out the hearts in a rainbow of colors, I have 10 hearts per page.

From the Horses paper, cut 2 2-inch strips and run through the die cutting machine using the Tim Holtz Rosettes die, I used both sizes of die.

Form rosettes using glue gun and add large rhinestones to centers.

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Mount Small Hearts paper between the Gray side of the Horses paper and add inked hearts with foam adhesive down the middles (I had the left side going vertical and the right side horizontal.)

Attach the curved pieces, right against the bottom edge on the right hand page, with the drips coming from the top edge. Mount it peeking under the vertical heart strip on the left side.

Mount the horizontal hearts strip over the curved pattern on the right side, up slightly so the color from the curved piece shows at the bottom edge.

Add more Large rhinestones to heart strips as desired.

Attach rosettes along left side.

We have these papers and the awesome rhinestones in the store.  And Jacki’s layout is also there for you to see in person. Hope you get a chance to stop by and take a look!




October 20, 2013

in Design Team, Jacki

This beautiful layout was created by Design Team member Jacki Rettke. I thought the colors gave it a nice fall look.

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Here are her instructions for making this page yourself:

Products used:

Reminisce Autumn Harvest papers

Bo-Bunny Autumn Song Melody papers

Heartfelt Creations Distressed Leaves Precut Stamp Set

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Nested Leaves die set

Twinkling H2Os in Indian Copper, Olive Vine and Lemondrop

water brush

watercolor paper

Ranger Library Green Archival Ink

Ranger Adirondack Butterscotch spray

Dylusions sprays: Lemon Zest, Pure Sunshine and Sweetened Orange

Prima Lyric flowers


heat tool

Cuttlebug die cutting machine

glue dots

tape runner

dimensional adhesive

1. Using watercolor paper, stamp the second largest of the Heartfelt Creation leaf stamps with the green archival ink, six times.

2. Using the Twinkling H2Os and water brush, color the leaves as desired

3. Heat leaves to speed dry time

4. Cut colored leaves with Spellbinders Shapeablilites matching leaf die using the Cuttlebug.

5. With remaining watercolor paper spray with Dylusions spray in shades of yellow and orange, misting with water to blend more. Heat with heat tool. Spray additional layers of color with Ranger Butterscotch spray, adding more or less as you like, heat to set.

6. Cut 13 of the large size tall, slender leaves from the Spellbinders Nested Leaves set. Cut 28 of the same shaped leaves in the smaller size also.

7. Trim Bo-Bunny Autumn Song Melody paper to 11 inch square. Distress and ink edges. Center on Reminisce Autumn Harvest paper.

8. Make flowers using the large die cut leaves, folding some forward and some back for dimension. I used seven petals for one flower, eight for the other.

9. Using dimensional adhesive, tuck three of the stamped leaves behind large flower.

10. Using the small petals, form a center for larger flower, again one of mine has six petals the other seven. The remaining petals are scattered over the pages as falling leaves.

11. Attach Prima flowers to center of flower.

12. Add photos and title

Here are a few close up photos so you can really see the design details and the great photos.

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Love this photo because you even see the goldfish in the pond. The cat who is watching that little fish so closely is named Tucker.

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Tucker’s twin sister Lindsley is peeking around the rock.

Hopefully Jacki will teach this layout in her Saturday morning scrapbooking class, The Creative Page. Thanks for a great layout, Jacki.



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:

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

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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:

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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.



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:

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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!

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

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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.