Friday, May 9, 2014

At the seashore

Hi everyone!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!  I wanted to share a layout about a cruise to St. Lucia, in which I used some great Miss Kate Cuttables files!


I love the .svg files that Miss Kate Cuttables creates!  I used the 'At the seashore' set of .svg files which you can purchase for the very reasonable & very low price of $0.50!  These .svg files can be used with both Cricut Explore & the Design Space program or with the Silhouette die-cutting machines & the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition program.  They are easily downloaded and installed into either of these programs. Her site has so many files to choose from and I'm betting you could find a file for any occasion you are scrapbooking or cardmaking for!  Please check her out, you will be so glad you did!


Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, May 5, 2014

If you like Digi stamps then you're gonna love these blogs and doodle store!

I took some time today to do a blog hop and I was so impressed by all the blogs, the talented people writing the blogs and the fabulous PolkaDoodle Store!  Check out the blog hop for yourself!

Kath's Blog
Lulu Card Making Blog
Going Buggy - Enfys
Tip Top Toppers Things
Polka Doodle & Me
Polkadoodles Challenge Blog

Then check out this store!
Polkadoodles - Cardmaking, Papercrafts & Inspiration!

Don't forget, digi images are downloaded so you don't have to worry about 'across the pond' shipping :)

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, April 28, 2014

Question about refreshing die-cutting machine mats

I received a question from a viewer of my you tube video on refreshing die-cutting machine mats so thought I would share the answer here as well...

I am having problems with it staying sticky and I spray it about every time I use it.  Any help on this issue?  How often do you clean your mat?  Do you have any problems with the cutting blade not cutting right on the recommended settings?  I have to adjust it and when I do usually my text gets cut up bad that I have to throw my whole project away because the other things I try to cut doesn't cut right.


Think of the mat in a side ways view, on the bottom you have the mat, then each time you add glue you put another layer on the height of the mat, moving your paper even closer to the blade and once it gets too high the blade will begin to scare the paper as the blade moves between cuts.  When I notice the blade marking my paper as it travels between cut then it's time to completely clean the mat of all glue.  

You can completely remove the glue from any mat do with Goo Gone which you can purchase in most big box stores. Pour it on, make sure all of the mat is covered, soak for about 20 mins then use a mat scraper or other tool to help lift ALL the original glue.  Scrape it all off then wash with dish soap & water then dry off (don't skip this step because if you do the remnant Goo Gone will compromise your new glue.

Now cover the outside edges with painters tape to ensure glue doesn't go where it's not supposed to.

 Now you have two options:

#1. Use  Elmer's Repositional glue (temporary) spray glue to coat the mat.  Let dry a few minute then give it a second spray.  Remove the painters tape & you're ready to go.

PROS of this method - this is quick to do, start to finish, so you could have a couple of mats ready to go within an hour.  

You can respray the mat many, many times before you have a build up enough to cause paper scaring and have to repeat the entire 'complete cleaning & gluing sessions'

CONS of this method - much of the spray is removed with each use so you have to respray every couple of uses.

When you respray you cover the whole mat and if you have only used on corner of the mat when you spray you cover the whole mat and therefore this can leave an uneven surface of glue which causes its own problems.

#2. Get the big barrel Close To My Heart blue glue or big barrel Zig blue glue.  This glue is permanent when applying paper to paper etc, however left to dry overnight it is Repositional (Temporary). Stroke the glue in rows across the entire "clean" mat, trying not to overlap your strokes, so you will have one, even, level coating of glue.  Let dry 24 hours before applying paper to the mat.

PROS of this method - this application of glue lasts a very, very long time, almost like a fresh mat from the store would.  Not much glue comes off with each paper application so you can go months between the complete cleaning & gluing sessions.

You can add another layer of glue ONLY to the areas you see the glue is diminished because you see where to apply the glue precisely and therefore you won't have uneven lays of glue.

CONS of this method - It take longer from start to finish because the mat MUST sit overnight before you can apply any paper so this is not the 'quick fix'.

You can only apply 1 or 2 applications of the glue over the last application, before the build up of glue layers puts the paper too close to the blade and the paper scaring will happen as the blade is moving between cuts.

My theory, I use method #2 most often as I like that I can just pile up non sticky mats and then plan a day to do several at a time and they last so long.

When I have a project to get done and I need to add a bit more stick to get to the end, I employ the spray, get it done then throw it in a pile for later.

Mats are expensive and to throw them away when they're just not sticky is just so much money wasted!  I have a crafting budget and don't like to use it up on mat!

Please don't hesitate to email if you have any further questions!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How I inventory my stamps

Hi Everyone!

Well I got into the craft room yesterday and prepared a video of how I inventory my stamps using my scanner and the free program Picasa 3!  I was asked about this many times but just hadn't got around to getting it recorded for you.  You was watch the videos below  click here to be taken to my YouTube Channel directly.  Hope this helps or gives you some ideas of how to inventory your own stash of stamps or images!





Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Friday, January 3, 2014

Do you have those bulk paper pads that more than half the papers scream "What were you thinking?"


Hi Everyone!

I have to admit I'm a lover of a deal & those paper pads with anywhere from 50 to 200 sheets seem like a 'deal you can't pass up' but once the money has left my bank account and the paper has made its way to my scraproom I have that 'What were you thinking?' panic attack!!  10 - 30 pages will work on your layouts and cards but what to do with the rest???

Marry those 'unsuitable' sheets to your We R Memory Keeper's Envelope Punch Board!!  Those paper stacks are almost always single side graphics so use the white side for the outside of your envelope and the inside makes an instant 'trendy envelope liner' look!  With the pattern on the inside, no one will care about it's beauty as they will see only the inside flap of the color and the outside is clean and white ready for the address labels.  The other great thing is that these papers are slightly heavier than text weight paper (the kind in your printer) so it will be sturdy enough to handle the post office machinery and the pattern on the inside ensures the content can't be seen from the outside :)

Use tape runner etc for construction securing the 3 flaps that form the envelope & then use some inexpensive double-sided tape roll (I use some from my local dollar store) on the closure flap...just don't bare the tape until the envelope is ready to be sealed.  That way you can make lots ahead of time to store or to provide with card sets as gifts.






Thanks so much for stopping in today and allowing me to share my ideas! Hope you find them useful!
Happy New Year!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, December 23, 2013

All Smiles Layout

Sharing another layout about our 25th Anniversary vacation.  Very simple layout, photos inside those file folders on the right, used a Sakura Gelly Roll pen to add glitter & glitz to the water, fish and tag (clear glitter that doesn't add color just shimmer), added a few tags, images & ribbon from scrapbook kits that were purchased on the Carnival Cruise Ship.  The beautiful paper is from the Club Scrap Cape Cod kit and work great with these photos!  That cool sea turtle is from the Close To My Heart Footloose Kit.  Thanks for stopping by my blog today!




Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog

Monday, December 16, 2013

Want even more ribbon storage??

Whenever I go on vacation, visit theme parks or perhaps attend a class we often get lanyards...being a scrapbooker makes me a 'non waster' so I have diligently kept each and every lanyard, rehung them every time they spilled off the hook....and now I have found a use for them!!

I have to simple ribbon holders purchased at Michael's Craft Store...each shelf has 2 ribbon rods and each holds plenty of ribbon however, I still had ribbon stashed in cupboards, baskets, bags, containers etc as they just don't make a ribbon rack big enough for it all!  Well as they say, out of sight means out of mind and so my ribbons stayed hidden in their cupboards instead of on my cards and layouts :(  Then I was struck with a billion watt spotlight lightbulb moment!  I got out my mini ribbon spools, strung them on the lanyards (the hooks or tag holders stop them from falling off the lanyard at the bottom) then I proceeded to evenly space the lanyards between the rolls on the ribbon rods!  Walla!  An amazing amount of additional ribbon storage!

(If you don't already have lanyards to do this, allow me to enable you to get an alternative...
1.  Dollar stores sell lanyards for $1 a piece!
2.  Tie a knot at the bottom of an old necktie string the rolls on then loop the end over the ribbon rod and staple, tie a knot or use an elastic to stop secure the tie to the rod.
3.  Use inexpensive cord from the bargain bin at the fabric store, add a noose at one end to thread onto the ribbon rod then add an embellishment to the end of the cord to stop the spools from falling off the other end!
4.  Got an empty ribbon spool and some 'ugly' ribbon?  Tie one end of the ugly ribbon around the empty spool thread on the spools you want to display then tie a large paper clip to the opposite end of the 'ugly' ribbon to stop the threaded spools from exiting :)

Ok here's a photo!

Thanks for dropping by today!

Have a SCRAPtastic day!

Blessings,
Melitta

Canadian Paper Shaper Blog