Aug 31, 2011

Simply Inspiring!!!

Hi Everyone,

Barbara here with my altered Main base and Upper Tier Clip It Up. Everything except the lace and bling, was made entirely out of the Graphic 45 Renaissance Faire collection. I love their papers and I love how this came out. Almost everything is modge podged.

To start take your CIU completely apart. Then trace the bottom of the CIU on the paper you are going to use. Cut out the circle, no need to worry about being even since you can cover it with some trim.  Adhere to the top of the Clip It Up base and modge podge the top. Next measure and cut the strips for the side of the bottom. Adhere them and then modge podge. Now you need to cover your pole with paper. Once you have that done, I suggest modge podging the outside while it is still on the pole. On to the flowers and leaves. Cut or punch out whatever flowers you want to use. Apply modge podge to the top and shape immediately. Do each piece this way. When they are dry, turn them over and put a light coat of modge podge on the back. After they dry, adhere them to the paper on your pole.

Do the Upper Tier of the Clip It Up the same way. Add a middle piece or top piece if you like, or make dividers. My dividers are not anything fancy. I just wanted to use my scraps of leftover paper.

Now here is my altered Clip It Up:

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another bottom view of CIU

close up

middle of ciu

top of ciu


another divider

I had a lot of fun with this project. I hope it inspires you! Have a great day!!


Aug 29, 2011

Quote of the Week

If you find yourself lacking inspiration, ask your inner child what it would like to do today. ~author unknown

Aug 24, 2011

The Wall Mount Graphic 45 Style!!

Hello everyone, it's Barbara again!

Today I want to share my alteration of the Clip It Up Wall Mount.

First of all, I want to say how easy it was to assemble. I had it hung in a matter of minutes! I think it took longer to find my tools! Anyway, when it came to altering the Wall Mount, the first thing I thought of was adding a shelf to the top of it. Well, it ended up being a two tier shelf for my deep edge punches. To start this project I went to Lowe's and purchased a 7.8" D x 23.8" W white shelf made by Rubbermaid. The next step was to cut the shelf in half lengthwise. Then I put one of the halves on top of the Wall Mount. I then marked how much I needed to cut off. Then you cut that part off. I did the same to the other board. Use the pieces you cut off to put between the two lengths and then glue or screw. Whichever you prefer.

You now have a two tiered shelf. I used Graphic 45's Le Cirque collection and covered my shelf. I used Mod Podge to seal it. I also added some lace and trims. I really love it, and now I have created even more storage for my goodies! I can't wait to make another one for my other Clip It Up Wall Mount!

Here it is without the punches:


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Last I have a layout to share with you using the same collection.


Hope you have a wonderfully inspired day!!


Aug 22, 2011

Quote of the Week

"Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier." ~ Mother Teresa

Aug 17, 2011

No Paper? No Problem!

Well since I have arranged all of my favorite things on my Clip It Up, it’s time for me to start using them (cause let me tell ya, stuff is comin’ in faster than stuff is goin’ out!). So I decided to really challenge myself on this one. My challenge was to create a layout using ONLY things from my Clip It Up and a white piece of cardstock. Yup, that’s right…no papers. And since I wasn’t sure what I was going to be using, I decided on a photo that was black and white so that it would go with anything.

I started by going through my CIU and finding some things that I really liked, and some packages of things that were almost gone and that I wanted to get rid of. So this is what I pulled off: (Note: I scrap at night, so it was hard for me to get good lighting on these photos!)

I went through each package and pulled out things that I wanted to use. I started to notice that there were certain colors in the items I had chosen: blue, green, and purple…not a combo I usually use, but I liked it! One of the items I pulled off was this old ephemera pack from Making Memories. It has some small pieces of corrugated cardboard in there, so I decided to take those out and use them.



I wanted to add a bit more color to the page since I wasn’t using patterned papers, so I painted the cardboard pieces using some paint daubers from Ranger (which I LOVE). I also had pulled out some tiny chipboard pieces from Maya Road, so I painted a few of those as well.


Then came the arranging. I spent a little time just pushing the elements around the page until I was happy with the balance and the placement. And here is my finished layout!





I have to tell you that this honestly came much better than I thought it was going to!!! I was so please with the result; I might challenge myself to do this again!

I was so in the mood for using up things on my CIU, that I created a few other small projects, too.

I used some crocheted flowers and ribbons to make these cute hair clips for my daughter (that got rid of another package on my CIU!).


I also decided to condense things on my CIU and get rid of excess packaging. The boxes that the Maya Road chipboard and kraft pieces come in are a bit bulky, so I decided to transfer them to some CIU zipper bags. It made SO much more space!



Well I believe that this is my last post for Clip It Up and I want to thank Renee and all the other ladies for letting me be a part of such a great team!!! I seriously have taken a new approach to organization, and this position has made me critically look at my “stuff” and how I can be more efficient in organizing and using it. I have had such a wonderful time and will think of you all every time I look at my Clip It Up!


Aug 15, 2011

Quote of the Week

"Listen to the voice inside that says "You Can". Ignore the other one."
-Author Unknown

Aug 10, 2011


Hello everyone! 

Natasha here with a 7 Gypsies Shadowbox Tray that I created using Bo Bunny's Gabrielle collection.  The tray originally comes in a wood stain color, but I 'whitewashed' it to coordinate with the papers.



The large flower was hand-made and all of the chipboard elements, including this baroque corner, are manufactured by The Dusty Attic.


Most of the flowers used for this project are either made by Prima or hand-made.


The photos are of my children several years ago.  They are very close and I am so grateful for that.  I love how content they look in these photos.


This chipboard element was inked, painted and decorated with white embossing powder.



The title is made up of Thickers foam alphabet stickers that were inked and covered with Stickles.


In one of the narrower sections, I punched a border and added hand-stitching for texture.  In the section beside it, I laced tulle through holes that I drilled through the tray.


I love these little vials made by Tim Holtz.  Each vial holds special fairy powers and magical spells... or  in other words... glitter, micro beads and torn paper.  :o)


I am truly blessed to have such wonderful children, and as the journaling reads, I couldn't have asked for anything more perfect.

As you have probably noticed, I am seriously addicted to chipboard and bling.  With such a large collection of these products, I had to find the best way to organize them.  Believe me when I tell you that there is no better way than with Clip it Up Products.  After receiving my first Clip it Up, I immediately fell in love and I now have eleven!  My chipboard collection hangs from a Base Unit and my bling collection completely fills up two Mini’s.  When I say filled, I mean so jam-packed that I couldn't get anymore clips on.  And these Clip it Ups hold A LOT of product!  I believe that is when I realized I had an addiction LOL.  NAH!!  I just need another Clip it Up!  LOL.  I regret not being able to photograph my Clip it Ups for you, but I am experiencing a camera malfunction.  However, I do hope to share photos of my entire craft studio with you in a future post!

Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your summer!!  Many hugs!


Aug 8, 2011

Quote of the Week

"Life was so much easier when your clothes didn't match and boys had cooties!"

Aug 5, 2011

Congratulations Audrey!!!

Simply Renee would like to congratulate Audrey on the birth of her son!  What a handsome little guy!

Kyler Alan Yeager born July 19th weighing 5 lbs. 12 oz and 18.5" long. He was 23 days early, but is now doing great!!!

Audrey and Kyler are home doing well. He is eating like a champ!!!

Look at this adorable picture!!


Audrey enjoy every moment!!!!

Thanks again for you all your hard work on our Design team!!!

Simply Renee

Aug 3, 2011

All At Your Finger Tips!!!!

Hi Everyone,

My project today is a layout that I’ve created using themed embellishments. My favorite part of having a Clip it Up in my scrap room is that I have all of my themed embellishments organized by theme and grouped together on my Clip it Up for easy use.

Clip It Up view1-1 Clip It Up view2 Creating a themed project is so easy for me now because I can see all of my products at once for each theme, and then easily chose the products that I will be using. No more missing embellishments tucked into a drawer or bin that never gets used because of being buried under a mountain of other embellishments. I used my outdoor/camping stickers and embellishments on this layout to compliment the photos of my son on one of his walks through the woods with Daddy…one of his all time favorite things to do! I added a couple of pine tree dimensional stickers and also a compass to the center of my paper flower. I love that I could see all of my outdoor themed embellishments at once, and then easily chose the perfect accents for my page.

Memories Of The Woods (resized)

Memories Of The Woods view1

Memories Of The Woods view2

I hope that you have enjoyed this layout, and that you also enjoy the organization that the Clip it Up will bring to your crafty space!!


Aug 2, 2011

Quote of the Week

"I'd much rather be a woman than a man. Women can cry, they can wear cute clothes, and they are the first to be rescued off of sinking ships."
---Gilda Radner
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