How to Preserve Leaves

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Preserved Leaves

 

 

How to Preserve Leaves

By: Rebekah Meier

 

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Mixed Media Foam Sheets

I found a way to preserve leaves and flowers I collect every fall.  Follow along and I will show you how I used Mixed Media Foam Sheets to permanently save them.  I made a trio of leaf squares of different varieties.

 

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Maple Leaf

 

Leaf Collection

Here a just a sample of my leaves.  The “raggy” the better.  I like them to have character!

 

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Peel one side of Mixed Media Foam film

Peel off one side of the film to reveal a very sticky material.

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Center leaf onto sticky Foam

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Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background

Apply one coat of crackle glaze onto leaf and background.  Let dry completely.

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Paints

I used a variety of paints and applied the color with a cosmetic sponge.

 

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Apply sepia to cracks with cosmetic sponge

 

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Keep adding paint colors, drying between applications

 

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Once paints are applied, add a coat of satin varnish to seal the project.

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Outline leaf with black pastel pencil

 

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Maple Leaf

 

For the maple leaf, I also incorporated my Rosetta stencil from The Crafters Workshop.  Simply apply molding paste through the stencil before applying the crackle glaze.

 

 

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Forever Card

Forever Card

by Rebekah Meier

easy diy card

Materials:
ScanNCut Machine

Standard Mat

2 Coordinating Patterned Papers

Markers (2) any kind

Lace embellishment

5”x7” pre-cut watercolor card blank

Paper adhesive

Pigment Inkpad

Instructions:

Set the ScanNCut to draw a pattern design using one of the markers.

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Set the ScanNCut to draw the word Forever #LO-AO22 from the Menu screen.

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 Cut one sheet of patterned paper 4 3/4”x6 3/4”. Center and adhere cut paper onto the pre-cut card.

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Cut one 5 1/4” x 7 1/2” sheet from remaining patterned paper. Adhere paper to the inside of the card.

 Cut around Forever to measure 1 1/2” x 4 3/4”.

 Cut paper that was designed with the marker to measure 2 1/4”x4 3/4”

 Ink edges of Forever and marker designed paper. Mat Forever with marker designed paper.

 Center Forever onto the card. Refer to photo and adhere lace.

easy diy card

Disclosure: Rebekah is a paid consultant and has received products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

Mini Pincushions

Have you ever lost a pincushion? It’s so frustrating, especially when something so small is something so very necessary. Thankfully, you can make a beautiful pincushion sachet using the ScanNCut 2 from Brother. It’s as easy as cutting felt, adding some stuffing, and stitching it up. Plus, the finished product makes an adorable and easy gift for your crafty friends.

Check out my crafty tutorial on how to create this pincushion gift!

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Materials: 

Brother ScanNCut Machine

Standard Mat

Dedicated Standard Blade for Fabric

ScanNCut High Tack Adhesive Fabric Support Sheet

Felt (assorted colors + green)

Polyester Fiberfil

Needle and Thread

Lace, Beads, Buttons, or Felt Balls

Fabric adhesive

 

Directions:

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Step 1.  Follow package instructions for applying High Tack Adhesive Fabric Support Sheet onto Standard Mat.  Apply a 10”x10” piece of the felt to the Mat.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Step 2.  Set the ScanNCut to cut two  4”x4” squares.  Cut the felt squares.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Step 3.  Machine stitch around the felt square 1/4” from the raw edge.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Step 4.  Trim edge and corners of machine stitched square.  Cut a slit in the center of the square.  Turn right side out.  Stuff with polyester fiberfill.  Slip stitch opening closed with needle and thread.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Step 5.  Set ScanNCut to cut flowers and leaves.  Set sizes as desired.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

Step 6.  Cut many shapes and sizes of leaves and flowers to pick from.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Step 7.  Wrap lace around the pincushion hiding stitched slit and secure with fabric adhesive.  Layer flowers, and secure with bead and thread.  Pinch leaf shape and tuck under flowers, secure with fabric adhesive.

 

DIY Mini Pincushion Sachet

 

Disclaimer:

I am a paid ambassador for the Brother ScanNCut.  All projects and opinions are my own.

Easy DIY Sticker Tutorial

 

Do you have someone who loves to scrapbook in your life (like yourself)? Using my ScanNCut2, I can create custom stickers, quotes, and phrases to add to my current scrapbook project. Watch my tutorial to see how quickly I created my stickers! I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did!



Stickers 

By: Rebekah Meier

Materials:   

 Directions: 

 

Step 1.  Remove film from one side of Mixed Media Adhesive Sheet.  Place book pages onto the sticky adhesive sheet. 

 

 

Step 2.  Place book page face down onto Standard Mat.   

  

Step 3.  On the ScanNCut menu, select desired sticker shapes.  I chose several but did not use all of them.  Scan mat into the ScanNCut to make sure all stickers will fit onto the book page sheet. 

Step 4.  With cutting blade set to 7, touch cut button.  Remove stickers from the sheet. 

 

Step 5.  Apply paper to tag using Mixed Media Adhesive Sheet.  Wrap ribbon around the center of the tag.  Ink edges of flowers with the loaded cosmetic sponge.   

Step 6.  Remove remaining film from the back of the sticker and place onto the tag.   

 

 

Disclaimer:   

I am a paid ambassador for the Brother ScanNCut.  All projects and opinions are my own. 

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Black and White Geometric Pillow

Black and White Geometric Pillow

by Rebekah Meier for Brother

I love creating projects that look complicated and time-consuming, but in reality are simple to make.  Case in point is this easy and trendy geometric pillow design.  I created the pillow using the drawing feature with my Brother ScanNCut2 machine.  Using the drawing feature with a fabric marker, I was able to have the ScanNCut draw a perfect circle and fill in the design with the “Fill Pattern” option for the ScanNCut2.  I hope you enjoy making your pillow as much as I did mine!

 

Supplies:

Brother ScanNCut Machine 2

Universal Pen Holder

Standard Mat

Fabric Marker

Black and White Canvas Duck Fabric 1/2 Yd. Each

Sewing Machine

White or Black Thread

Needle

Iron

Ruler

Scissors

Polyester Fiber Fill

 

Instructions:

Watch this video here!

Step 1.

First, cut one 12” square from white cotton duck fabric.

Step 2.

Apply 12” square to Standard Mat and load into ScanNCut2.

Step 3.

Set up the ScanNCut2 to draw one 8” circle and select the “Fill Pattern” option.  Make sure circle is centered on the mat.  Place the universal pen holder in the blade carriage, and then select the “Draw” tool, place the universal pen holder in the blade carriage, and draw the circle and fill design.  Tip:  use the grid lines on the screen to accurately center the circle.

Step 4.

When the drawing is done, remove the universal pen holder and marker. Unload Standard Mat.

Step 5.

Cover the design with a pressing cloth (a scrap of fabric or muslin), and press with hot iron.

Step 6.

Cut the following from black cotton duck fabric:  2- 2 1/2”x12” and 2- 2 1/2”x15 1/2” strips, 1- 15 1/2”x15 1/2” square.

Step 7.

Place one 12” strip on top of the pillow with sides even.    Machine stitch 1/4” from the edge.  Finger press strip away from pillow top.  Using iron, press strip.  Repeat using the remaining 12” strip to the other side of the pillow.

Step 8.

Following step 7, machine-stitch the remaining two strips to pillow top.  Cover with pressing cloth and press well.

Step 9.

Place black canvas duck fabric square (edges even) with the right side of pillow top.   Using a 1/4” seam allowance, machine stitch around pillow leaving a 3” opening to turn right side out.  Trim 1/8” from corners and seams.  Turn right side out.  Use a chopstick or other tool to push corners out.

Step 10.

Stuff pillow with fiberfill to desired firmness.  Use a needle and thread to hand stitch opening closed.

 

Disclosure: Rebekah is a paid consultant and has received products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

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