Thursday, March 28, 2013

Xyron and Imaginisce Blog Hop

 

Welcome to the final day of the Xyron and Imaginisce Blog Hop!  I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE LOVE LOVE Imaginisce.  Their designs are always so cute and bright which is totally my vibe.  And their sticker and chipboard stackers always make embellishing any type of project a breeze!

For this blog hop, I got to play with goodies from the Childhood Memories Collection to create two scrapbook layouts and two altered frames.  With the awesomeness which is Xyron, all of these projects came together so easily.  And...if you make it all the way to the bottom of this post, I promise you an AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!!

1.  Altered Picture Frame {a tutorial}.  




Using a Xyron machine (in my case, the Xyron Creatopia) is probably the fastest and easiest way to cover any picture frame.  Coupled with the awesome stickers by Imaginisce, you can create the most adorable frame perfect for any home.

For your supplies, you will need an unfinished picture frame,



...the Xyron Creatopia with Permanent Adhesive,



...Imaginisce Patterned Paper (Childhood Memories), Imaginisce Chipboard Stackers, Craft Knife.

Run your picture frame through the Xyron Creatopia.  Remember to place the front of the picture frame facing DOWN.  Also, remember to adjust the rollers to "2" or "3" to allow for the thick frame.



Remove the plastic and then the frame from the backing paper.  Place the frame sticky side down onto the BACK SIDE of your patterned paper.  Press down firmly to make sure the adhesive is secure.  Then, using a craft knife, cut off the excess paper.


You know have a beautfiully covered picture frame.  (Does anyone else get the humor in covering an unfinished wood frame with a wood grain paper??!?!)


Next, you embellish the frame with the Imaginisce chipboard stackers.


And now you have a beautiful, class, clean and simple picture frame ready for all your photos.

Supplies:  Patterned Paper and Chipboard Stickers (Imaginisce - Childhood Memories); Xyron Creatopia with Permanent Adhesive; Martha Stewart Craft Knife; Ikea Unfinished Frame.

It was so easy, that I created a second frame just to use that adorable banner sentiment, "Just be Little."



2.  Hopscotch Memories {a scrapbook layout}.  When planning a scrapbook layout, I am often inspired by the product itself.  While working with the Childhood Memories collection, I was drawn to the hopscotch image.  Maybe it was because I loved playing that as a child or that my daughter has a hopscotch rug in her bedroom.  Regardless, I really wanted to mimic the look of a hopscotch board on the blacktop surrounded by chalk drawings.  This is what I came up with.

Supplies: Patterned Paper (Imaginisce - Childhood Memories); Chalkboard Paper (DCWV); Stickers (Imaginisce - Childhood Memories); Stamps (Imaginisce - Childhood Memories, Scenic Route); Ink (Versamark); Embossing Powder (Hampton Arts); Brads (Oriental Trading Company); Adhesive (Xyron Mega Runner, DIY Foam Tape); Other Tools (Photoshop CS5, Heat Gun by Darice, Fiskars Stamp Press).

For my background paper, I used chalkboard paper from DCVW and stamped images throughout using versamark ink and white embossing powder.



The photo collage is meant to look like a hopscotch board.  I created the collage in photoshop, printed it out on my printer, and simply cut it out with my scissors.


At this point, it was just a matter of layering on some patterned paper (which I cut into banner strips) behind the photo collage and embellishing with the Imaginisce stickers and color coordinating brads.


And how fun is that, right?!?  Here are some closeups...



3.  Forever Young Friends {a scrapbook layout}.  Finally, here is a layout I created inspired by the Polaroid paper in the collection. 


Supplies:  Patterned Paper (Imaginisce - Childhood Memories); Cardstock (Neena Paper); Stickers (Imaginisce - Childhood Memories); Stamps (Lawn Fawn); Ink (Memento, Ranger, American Crafts, Uni-ball); Adhesive (Xyron Mega Runner, DIY Foam Tape).



Make sure to visit the Xyron and Imaginisce blogs for more inspiration!!! Both blogs will be featuring giveaways throughout the week!

Now, here are the details for my own personal giveaway.

XYRON CREATOPIA GIVEAWAY!!!  So, I accidentally ordered a second Xyron Creatopia when I meant to just order refills.  DOH!  Don't ask me how.  Sigh.  However, you are totally going to gain from my HUGE mistake.  Get this.  I am going to be giving away a XYRON CREATOPIA preloaded with permanent adhesive.  Did you hear me??  YOU CAN WIN A FREE XYRON CREATOPIA!!!  You want one?  You should because it's pretty awesome.  How can you win?

Make sure you are "following" my blog and leave a comment by April 7 at 12:00 AM PST and I will randomly pick a winner.  To get an additional entry, you can "like" my facebook page and leave a comment to let me know!  Because of the large size of the prize, I am only opening this to US residents.

Best of luck to everyone and as always, thanks for stopping by!!

110 comments:

  1. Your hopscotch layout is AMAZING! And you make covering a frame look SO easy, love the woodgrain... ;)Thanks for a chance at an awesome giveaway! <3

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  2. Amazing work Van! Your projects are always so amazing.

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  3. Van, you continue to amaze me! Your hopscotch layout is brilliant and the frames are perfect! I love how you did the polaroids to mimick the paper on the second layout. Want to scrap some of my pictures for me? ;)

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  4. Already following you on fb. :)

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  5. how am i so lucky to have such an amazingly brilliant and talented friend...ohh and super military spouse??? love all that you do.....xo

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  6. All of your projects are absolutely amazing Van!!! I am always so inspired by everything you create!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  7. Already following and LIKE your FB page!!!!

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  8. Wonderfully crafty!!! I love your work - Thanks!!!

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  9. Wonderfully crafty!!! I love your work - Thanks!!!

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  10. This comment is for Lorrie A Nunemaker!!

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  11. fantastic...as always!!! Love it all!!!

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  12. That Hopscotch layout is AMAZING!!!! Complete awesomeness!

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  13. Amazing Van! I love the frames!!

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  14. you are an amazingly creative person. Can't wait to look around your blog

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  15. You are so talented! I love the frames.

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  16. Beautiful picture frames Van! You make it look so easy! And your layouts are absolutely inspiring, as always!

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  17. I'm a long time fan and follower. I LOVE your work and am overwhelmed by your awesomeness. Thanks for the chance to win an amazing prize!

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  18. Amazing, amazing, amazing. I am awed by your creativity!!! LOVE

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  19. I want to just be you. Would you be okay with that? Your creative brain amazes me each and every time!I love it all! Wonderful work!

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  20. Oh, and I've follow your FB page for a while too:)

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  21. Absolutely amazing Van as always!!!!!!!! LOVE EVERYTHING!

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  22. And I have followed your fb page for a while! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

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  23. I am in LOVE with your Hopscotch layout. It's just so stinking adorable!!!! And I love the frames. Hee Hee, woodgrain paper on wood :)

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  24. Amazing giveaway, Van! I love the chalkboard/stamped background on your layout, really a great look. Your projects are always so inspiring, thanks for sharing them.

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  25. Of course I already follow you on fb!

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  26. SO AWESOME, Van. Seriously, you are incredibly talented.

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  27. I am a new follower! Such wonderful inspiratioN!

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  28. Love the framing work! Thank you for the wonderful chance to win!

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  29. Love the frame work! You make it look sooo easy! Thank you for the wonderful chance to win!

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  30. LOVE the creativity of the frame and hopscotch page...Awesome!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  31. FB follower now and amazingly awesome projects!! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. The hopscotch page is tooooo cute. I'm going to look at it again..... sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

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  33. I just joined as a FB follower. I'm a different sharon from the one that just uses sharon as her name. I'm sharon g

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  34. Great idea with the frames. thank you for showing the Creatopia in action. the hopscotch idea is awesome! Headed over to facebook to like your page.:)

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  35. great projects!! love, love, love the picture frames!! would love to be able to make my own. thank you for chance to win :)

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  36. Love your ideas! I can always use more inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

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  37. The background you created for that hopscotch layout is amazing! I love it. I am so glad I found you through this hop. Your creativity is fabulous.

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  38. what an amazing idea for the frames I love it:)They would make gifts for that special someone or whatever!

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  39. I found and liked you on facebook too. Can't wait to see more.

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  40. Very inspiring work - LOVE the pages & adore the frame!!! I found you & liked you on FB. Looking forward to seeing more of your delightful designs.

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  41. Your layout is amazing. I love the look in every way!

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  42. You are such a talented, lovely person. Thanks for sharing your creativity. And a big THANKS for having this amazing giveaway.

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  43. Such a talented, creative woman! God bless you. Also following you on FB.

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  44. I just became a follower on Facebook. I would love the Creatopia. I didn't know it was so versatile.

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  45. following you! Love the frame and the layout.

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  46. great projects. thank you for sharing.

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  47. i have liked you on facebook. thank you for the opportunity to win. rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  48. I love your projects! You are one very creative women. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. I am following you on Facebook.

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  50. Gorgeous projects-very different from the run of the mill! I follow your blog.

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  51. I also follow (like) you on FB

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  52. Wow, I find inspiration in all of your projects. Your creations are beautiful!

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  53. I am so glad I found your blog - I am a new follower. I loved this post so much - you make the frame look so easy - now to investigate your older posts. Thank you for the opportunity to win such an amazing prize and for the inspiration you provide!

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  54. Great ideas! How crazy is that to order another whole Creatopia? I thought only I would do something like that! lol Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  55. Love your creative projects! The frames are a great gift idea.
    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  56. I am now following you via GFC. I love the chalkboard background and white embossing powder technique you shared. And thanks for showing how to use the creatopia. I really didn't know how that worked.

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  57. Oh, and I followed you AND liked your FACEBOOK page!

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  58. Hi, I'm a new follower.
    Really enjoyed your
    projects.
    Carla from Utah

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  59. I liked your FB page.
    Thanks for the chance
    to win!
    Carla from Utah

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  60. Loved the hopscotch memories layout. It is so bright and colorful. Great job.

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  61. I love your frames - so cute and simple. And ordering the wrong thing - that is soooo something I would do! Awesome giveaway!! ALready a follower.

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  62. wonderful job on all of these. Great details and I love that you used white for the stamps on the one layout.

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  63. Always love your work and creativity Van! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

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  64. And I like your Facebook page.

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  65. I liked your FB page too. Amy Jones.....left you a comment on your wall too. HUGS and thanks for offering up such a wonderful prize.

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  66. I love the hopscotch layout! So creative! Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
    I now follow you via Google

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  67. Amazing giveaway! I'm so glad you posted about it on the Hawaii craft FB page! :) I now follow your lovely blog!

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  68. And I liked your facebook page! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  69. Love the chalkboard design and all the cute stamps. Great projects.

    marg0006 at verizon dot net

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  70. I loooove the hopscotch!! Great inspiration,as I am now following you gladly :)...Thanks for the giveaway! Happy Easter!

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  71. Love all your projects. They are beautiful!!! I am happy I saw this and I can see all your projects. Mahalo!!!

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  72. Love the frames and your hopscotch layout is such a neat idea! Thanks for the chance!

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  73. And I already "like" your facebook page! Thanks again!

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  74. Wow! Didn't know you could do all this with the Creatopia! Definitely NEED one. LOVING your ideas - lots of pinning to do just from this one post.

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  75. Definitely now following the blog and liked on FB. Thanks!

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  76. Wonderful projects. Love the paper you created.

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  77. Liked your FB page and left a comment. I'm a new follower.

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  78. Love the picture frame, I had no idea you could put that through the Xyron! Will be spending some time having a look around your blog!

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  79. OMG! That's CRAZY! But yay for us! :) Thanks for the chance to win. I follow your blog. Your layouts are AH-MAZING!!!

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  80. I don't think I've seen your work before; beautiful! I like the different ideas you have on using the Xyron products. Very clever!

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  81. Love, love, love, the hopscotch layout! Enjoyed looking at all of your projects! Thanks for sharing your creativity! I love Xyron products. They make paper crafting so easy and fun!

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  82. Oh my scrappy goodness! The hopscotch layout is awesome. Hope it is ok to lift it! I now follow your blog.... Your projects are all stunning, when do you have the time to make everything?

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  83. Also following you on FB and Pinterest:-)

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  84. i became a new follower
    thanks for the chance to win

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  85. I'm following you on Twitter and Liked your Facebook page. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway.

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  86. LOVE that hopscotch layout! And the frames you decorated are awesome! :)

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  87. Amazing! I love your work and inspiration! I am big into altering frames.... Thank you for the great tips!

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  88. I liked your FB page! Thank you so much for the chance to win!! I have been wanting one for so long now... Thanks again!

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  89. wow! you've taken this line to a whole new level!
    simple elegant frames, rich inventive hop scotch layout.
    amazing! thanks so much for these ideas!

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  90. Love the frames - what a great idea.

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  91. I *adore* the hopscotch layout - so fun!! Following your blog now! :)

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  92. I liked your Facebook page too. :)

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  93. I especially like the hopscotch layout!

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  94. I especially like the hopscotch layout!

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  95. I have already liked your FB page! Thanks again for the Awesome giveaway,and all the Super inspiration! "Happy Spring"

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  96. Eek...what an awesome giveaway!!!! I am thinkin' I'll be scrapliftin' your Hopscotch layout, it is WAY too cute! Thank you for all your amazing inspiration, you are so stinkin' talented!

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  97. Oh ya, I forgot to mention that I already "like" you on Facebook :)

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  98. Love your blog, now I gotta like the FB page :)

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