Saturday, May 7, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day

The sun was so bright shining in our kitchen window Friday afternoon - I had to grab a quick photo to share.  I will tell you more about what is in the vase another day.  I thought the colors were so pretty in the strong sunlight - almost like stained glass.

Today is National Scrapbooking Day.  There are events planned all over the internet and in local stores.  I have events planned morning , afternoon and evening - and none of them involve scrapbooking.  It is just a very busy weekend with our town's spring recycling day in the morning, an Eagle Scout ceremony this afternoon, and a musical  (The Secret Garden) that we are attending tonight.  I hope that some of you will be able to participate in crafty activities.  Have fun!

I made some more flowers - just trying out different methods of adhering them and varying the number of petals in the circles.

I decided to use a ten petal flower which was the size used for the bouquet I received.  I found one on the Forever Young cartridge (this was only the second time I have used that cartridge!).  I filled up an entire mat in Design Studio to make good use of my paper.  The key pieces are, once again, 5 - 4 inch flowers and one each cut at 3 inches, 2 inches and 1 inch.

The folding and assembly are just the same as I described yesterday.  You will have to fold the center flowers with a crease or at least a bend in one petal.  You can also add some glue dots to hold the folded layers together so the flowers can be "fluffed" a little.  

I used a punched one inch circle instead of the smallest flower layer for the red and white flower above.  The brad is a five petal flower that works perfectly on this shape.

You can find a nearly identical flower on the Serenade cartridge if you don't have Forever Young.  My friend Susan used this flower to make her version of the bouquet.  There are probably more ten petal flowers if you look carefully at your cartridges.

You can also make your own flower with ten petals using the oval on the George cartridge or another cartridge. The degrees of rotation are 72, 144, 216 and 288. To resize the flower, draw an imaginary box around the shapes by dragging your mouse across the mat and then hold down the control key while using the lower right handle to resize.

Once the pieces are cut, these flowers go together very quickly.  It took me far longer to write up the directions than it did to actually put the flower together!  I hope you have been able to make some more flowers and will keep trying lots of variations.

It would normally be the start of a new Discussion Day today, but since so many people have lots of plans for the weekend,  I am going to let the current question run a bit longer and change things out next week.  Have a great weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all who are mothers!

link to discussion Day #3 - Time to Craft

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  1. Such a pretty picture! Thanks for Sharing!!

  2. Happy NSD. Love the tutorial on making these flowers. I have definitely going to give it a try. I have the Serenade and Forever Young cartridges and they are calling my name. :)

  3. Happy NSD!!!!! That picture is fab!

  4. Such a bright happy picture. I am loveing these flowers. Thanks for reminding of the one on Serenade. I want to do some of these for a friend who just lost her mother.

  5. Love the vase with all the colors. Happy Mothers Day........

  6. Hi, I love the flowers & how you are taking the time to show others how to create them. Thank You.

  7. Awesome photo! I also love your flowers I enjoy your creative process TFS

  8. especially love the blue one
    thanks for the details

    Happy Mother's Day

  9. Can't wait to hear about the vase!

  10. what an awesome Photo and such Striking colors!! I Love it!! And Love the sun,when it decides to make an appearance!! I have not even planted anything as far as my vegetable garden yet!! I hope that wednesday is a good day!! I just wanted to let you know that I am giving away some blog candy on my blog...Try and stop by and check it out!!! It is only the second time I have given anything away on my blog, so I am Kinda green at it... Happy Mothers day and Happy National Scrapbooking Day!!
    ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

  11. Love these Diane! Especially the red and white polka dot one! It screams "Disney!"


  12. Very cool photo! Those look like glass olives in the vase. :-) You inspired me to take some flower tulips and daffodils were the stars of the show and I'm pleased with the results. Thank you!

    ~Sharon C.


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