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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Geometric Pillow

Geometric Pillow

 

Geometric  Pillow

Fall is on here and it’s time to break out some autumn-themed decorations!

One of my favorite ways to decorate is to use seasonally colored pillows. A few months ago, I created a geometric pillow that took me virtually no time, and I think I’m going to make a few more with a fall feel.

I love how something so simple ties in the season. And if you use your ScanNCut then cutting out the pattern takes virtually no time at all.

Check out my time-saving tutorial for a modern geometric pillow using the Brother ScanNCut.

Don’t forget to change the colors to match your theme! Watch my tutorial on how to make a Black and White Geometric Pillow now!

See it. Scan it. Cut it. Create it. #Brother #ScanNCut #brothercreates

Disclaimer:

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

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DIY 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.

Tropical Serving Tray

 

Whether you are having a relaxing weekend or entertaining guests, this Tropical Serving Tray will be very handy. A purchased inexpensive plain wood tray can be transformed quickly with a built in ScanNCut2 pattern design and a little paint.

Supplies

Brother ScanNCut2 Machine
Brother ScanNCut2 Standard Mat 12″x 12”
Brother ScanNCut2 Standard Cut Blade
Brother ScanNCut2 pattern AR-0030 & BO-A001
Wood tray, approximately 9” x 11”
White acrylic craft paint
Scrapbook paper, one 12” x 12”- tropical design
Thin acrylic sheet, cut to fit interior of tray
Craft knife
Ruler & cutting mat
Craft glue
Paintbrush

 
Instructions

View video here

Place scrapbook paper design side up onto the Standard 12” x 12” Mat. Load mat into the ScaNCut2 Machine.

With ScanNCut2 Machine, set pattern design #AR-0030.  Adjust size to fit the interior of the tray.   Touch OK then cut, and start.

Repeat, cutting two of border design #BO-A00, measuring 11” x .75”.

Using the paintbrush, paint wood tray with diluted white acrylic paint (1 part paint to 2 parts water). Let dry.


Apply dots of glue to the back side of the cut doily design and center onto the inside bottom of tray. Repeat adhering one border design to each side of tray.
Using a craft knife, ruler and mat, cut acrylic sheet to fit the inside dimensions of the tray. Place ruler against acrylic sheet and score with craft knife.  Repeat several times.  Using hands, gently apply pressure to scored line, and break.  Repeat with other sides.  Remove film from both sides of the sheet and insert into the tray, covering the cut design.  Acrylic sheets can be purchased at home improvement, art,  and hardware stores.

Refer to photo, glue one border strip to each long side of tray.

 

Tips:

If you have room on your paper, cut additional sizes of border strips and save for future projects, such as card making.

Cut an additional doily shape to use as a stencil for another project.

If you have your own doily or other design, scan into the ScanNCut2 and cut.

 

 

Happy St. Patricks Day Placemat

 

final shamrock placemat
Happy St. Patricks Day Placemat

by Rebekah Meier

Materials:

Brother ScanNcut Machine

Brother ScanNcut Standard Mat

Brother ScanNcut High Tack Fabric Support Sheet

Brother ScanNcut Blade dedicated for fabric

Copyright free image of Shamrock printed from computer, approx. 4” x 4 1/2” 4

Fat Quarter fabric pieces, various shades of green 1/2 Yd.

green on green dot cotton fabric 1/4 Yd.

cotton quilt batting

Cotton thread, 3 shades of green

Basting spray

Pins

Fabric glue

Acrylic craft paint, green

Cosmetic sponge

Sewing machine

Spray starch

Iron

Ironing surface

Paper towel

Scissors

 

Instructions:

1.Scan Shamrock image into ScanNcut and save to saved data.

2.Insert dedicated blade for fabric into the ScanNcutblade holder. Set Blade to 4, and pressure to 4.

3.Following ScanNcut package instructions, apply High Tack Fabric Support Sheet to Standard Mat.

4.Set up ScanNcut for cutting fabric. Use blade setting of 4, and cut pressure to 4.

5.Press green solid cotton fabrics with starch, to keep them crisp.

6.Apply fabric onto High Tack Fabric Support Sheet/mat. Using ScanNcut and scanned Shamrock image from saved data, cut eight Shamrock shapes from assorted solid color green cotton fat quarters.

7.Layer cut Shamrock onto a 5” square of batting and 5” square of cotton green fabric, in that order. Spray the back of Shamrock with basting spray so it will not move, creating a sandwich of shamrock-batting-solid cotton fabric. Pin sandwich together for extra security. Machine stitch around each Shamrock 1/4” from the raw edge of fabric. Trim 1/16” from raw edge of fabric, allowing batting to show.

8.Cut one 1.25”x1.25” heart from the ScanNcut library, using watercolor paper as the stencil material. Remove solid heart and keep the negative piece to use as a stencil. Center stencil onto middle of Shamrock. Load cosmetic sponge with green acrylic paint. Blot excess paint off sponge onto a paper towel. Gently apply paint through stencil. Carefully lift stencil, set aside and let paint dry. Repeat for each Shamrock, using the same stencil.

9.To create the base of the placemat, cut one 11.52”x11.52 circle from the ScanNcut library. Place circle onto 12” square of cotton batting and green dot fabric. Using the sewing machine and green thread, stitch around the entire circle ending up in the middle of circle, creating texture and more design. Trim around edge with scissors as done with each Shamrock. Arrange finished Shamrocks around circle base overlapping slightly, and secure with a dot of fabric glue. When completely happy with how the placemat looks, permanently secure Shamrock in place with more fabric glue.

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.

Easy Shamrock Confetti

Have you ever needed a quick party favor? All you need is some glitter paper and the ScanNcut! These simple Shamrocks can adorn a cupcake or sprinkle them onto a place setting for added sparkle.

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                   Easy Shamrock Confetti

Easy Shamrock Confetti

By Rebekah Meier

Supplies:

ScanNcut Machine

ScanNcut Standard Mat

Copyright free Shamrock image

1 sheet green glitter paper

Instructions:

1.Scan copyright free shamrock image into the ScanNcut.

2.Set the size of the Shamrock to cut 1.89H x 1.85W and decide how many to cut.

3.Apply glitter paper (glitter side up) onto Standard Mat.

4.Scan Mat into the ScanNcut.

5.Doing a test cut first, continue with cutting Shamrocks.

6.Use Shamrocks as a decoration or embellishment.

 

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.

Lucky You St. Patrick’s Day Tag

 

 

3-9-17 beauty shot tag

Since these tags are so easy to make, create a lot of them and share with friends! These tags would also make a super party favor.

 

Lucky You St. Patricks Day Tag

By Rebekah Meier

 

Supplies:

ScanNcut Machine

ScanNcut Standard Mat

Paper, 4 complimentary colors green printed card stock weight

Buttons, 4 green

Lace 1/8”, half yard

Ribbon, 1/2 yd. green stripe
Green ric-arc, 3”

Stamp letters spelling “Lucky You”

Ink pad, green & black

Glitter glue

Craft glue

Scissors

 

Instructions

ScanNcut Pre-installed Shapes :

Heart, BA-A067 – size .98 x 1.02

Sign, ARK017 – size 3 1/2” x 2

Tag, BA-A162 – size 6 1/4” 3 1/4” and 6” x 3”

 

1. Pick coordinating papers and decide what shapes to cut for each color.
2.Doing a test cut first, cut twelve heart shapes, one sign, and two sizes of tags.

3.Layer and glue smaller tag to larger one.

4.Using sponge and green ink, apply to edges of hearts.

5.Referring to photo, Decide upon and arrange shamrocks on tag. Glue in place.

6.Glue one green button to center of each shamrock.

7.Using stamps and black ink, spell “Lucky You” onto sign.

8.Use cosmetic sponge to apply green ink around edges of sign and tag.

9.Refer to photo, and glue ric-rac to bottom of tag. Tie ribbon through button and glue to sign.

10.Wrap lace around tag and tie into bow.

11.Tie ribbon into bow and glue to top of tag.

12.Apply glitter glue to highlight edges of shamrocks, sign, and tags.

 

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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