Thursday, May 21, 2015

DIY: Mason Jar Pencil Cup Holder

I am very excited to share a DIY Mason Jar craft with you. This DIY is dedicated to 2 fabulous ladies - Laura Kelly Walters of Laura Kelly Designs and Angie of The Country Chic Cottage as they are sponsoring this fun SNAP Crafts with Jars Contest.


My DIY is a Mason Jar Pencil Cup Holder - this craft is great because it's lovely and functional - and you can use scraps to make it. You can make this as a gift or for your craft room or office!

Here is my supplies list:
*The pink doilies are so cute and I got these from the booth at SNAP!  They are by DoodleBug Design and come in a pack of 75, I love pink so when they said I could pick something from their booth I was excited to find these cute doilies.  
**The the kraft color tag was made with a Sizzix die cut (Tags, Scallop 2).

Here are the steps to make this Mason Jar Pencil Cup Holder:

Step 1:  GATHER SOME SCRAPS:  I suggest that you find some fun embellishments to use for your project.  I started out with my pink doily, ribbons and flowers.  

Step 2:  GLUE:  Get your glue gun ready to go and you can use the hot glue to adhere the doily to the jar, I applied glue in 2 spots and then placed the doily on top.

Step 3:  RIBBONS & FLOWERS:  I then added my ribbons and flowers, be careful to tie the ribbons on the back side of the jar.  For the white pom pom I used hot glue rather than a knot.  For the flowers, you can slide them in behind the ribbons and do your best to not tear the doily.

Step 4:  TWINE & TAGS:  You can stamp your tags and then use twine to wrap around the top of the mason jar.  My tags are meant to be inspiring - I plan to give this craft project as a gift to a friend and I want it to make her happy when she reads the stamps each day!  We can always use a happy thought and motivation throughout our days - right?
I hope you like this quick DIY Mason Jar Craft.  Let me know what you think in the comment - would you make this for yourself or as a gift?

Happy Crafting!

Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Monday, May 18, 2015

Crafty Happy Hour at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (Downtown Riverside)

You are invited to 
Mothership Scrapbook Gal's
Crafty Happy Hour

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
3712 Mission Inn Ave
Downtown Riverside

Date: Thursday, June 4
Time: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:  $5-10 per project & Pop Up Gift Shop

Theme:  Best Dad Ever & Graduation

The first 30 customers to purchase a craft project will get a FREE FABRIC COFFEE COZY to color during Crafty Happy Hour!

Crafty Happy Hour is an awesome crafting event.  It's your time to create, enjoy and unwind. No crafting experience is required. All embellishments such as pre-punched papers, stamped sentiments, stickers, buttons and adhesives are provided. Make a special handmade card in about 7-10 minutes.

This event is open to everyone - all ages - crafters and non-creative gals and guys - my crafty team and I will help you!!! Bring a friend!  Parents are welcome to bring their children too.

In order to make sure that Crafty Happy Hour continues to appear in fun venues please show your appreciation for our host venue by considering a food or drink purchase.  

Crafty Happy Hour is proud to be a Cre8time event.

Friday, May 15, 2015

DIY Personalized Journal and Riverside Art Museum's "The 52 Project"

I am so happy to share my latest "creative" endeavor with you - I am part of the Riverside Art Museum's "The 52 Project".  The project is a 52 week commitment and encourages creative goals and daily journaling.  The project kick off was very inspiring and I started my journal the next day.  There are a few guidelines to get you started - but for the most part the project is as much as you make of it - and I'm excited because it really has motivated me to be more artful and creative on a daily basis.

In 2015, my goal has been to "doodle daily" in an effort to hone my drawing skills.  So, the 52 Project was a great way for me to keep myself accountable to my doodle daily goal!

Here are the 52 Project Guidelines:

  • Write a commitment statement. (A simple contract with yourself)
  • Do a self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses (Ironically weakness are often strengths)
  • What is your story/ passion? (What differentiates your work)
If you are interested to be part of The 52 Project - there is still time to join in, check out their Facebook page at:
This brings me to my DIY craft for May - I decided to create a new journal to doodle in!  I love to take composition notebooks and give them my own personal flair using scrapbook paper, tape and Collage Pauge.
Here are my supplies for a DIY Personalized Journal:

- Composition notebook
- Scrapbook paper (I used 3 different patterned papers.)
- Paper trimmer (I use Fiskars brand.)
- Scotch Expressions Masking Tape (yellow - they carry a low of fun patterns!)
- Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner
- Paint brush
- Bumblebee stamp by Close to My Heart
- Alphabet stickers

Step 1:  Select your scrapbook papers that you will trim to adhere to your composition notebook.  I picked 3 papers out and cut them to fit the front side of my notebook.  Once you have them cut, you can adhere them with double sided tape - I used Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner.  

Step 2:  For the smaller pieces of scrapbook paper I adhered them with the Scotch Masking Tape and Collage Pauge.  The Collage Pauge will dry clear and you should be sure to use a paint brush and apply a couple of thin coats to seal down your papers.  I also used the Collage Pauge to further seal/protect the alphabet stickers that I used to spell "Journal".

Step 3:  Once you get your papers adhered you can then work on further embellishments.  I used my Bumblebee stamp and Colorbox ink to add an additional texture and pop of color to my journal.  

Step 4:  Begin journaling (or in my case... doodling!) daily.
Please join me at my next Crafty Happy Hour event on Thursday, June 4 at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, 3721 Mission Inn Ave, Downtown Riverside, the theme is "Best Dad Ever" and "Class of 2015 Grads".  The cost per project is $5-10 and we will also have Card Kits, Scrapbook Kits and a Basic Journal Starter Kit!  

For further event information, please check out my website:

Happy May Days to you!

Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Eileen Hull Inspiration Team: Blooming Flowers Spring Wreath

Disclosure: Mothership Scrapbook Gal is a member of the Eileen Hull Inspiration Team and received craft products from DecoArt and Sizzix craft companies in order to create this blog post. 

This month the Eileen Hull Inspirations Team is having fun with our theme of Mixed Media "May-hem" with DecoArt Media Paints. It is sadly true that I am somewhat afraid of paints. If you follow my blog, you know I'm all about paper crafting. So, it was a delight and new adventure to get an awesome shipment from DecoArt with a variety of mixed media paints!

I decided to use my "mixing" skills to paint some clay pots for my blooming flowers wreath. 

Here are my supplies: 
 - Wreath 
- Yellow wired ribbon (approximately 5 yards) 
- Glue gun and glue sticks 
- Sizzix Mat Board 
- Sizzix Die - Eileen Hull Flower Layers with Heart Petals
- Sizzix Die - Eileen Hull Clay Pot
- Sizzix Big Shot 
- Kunin Felt (yellow) 
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Titan Buff
- DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylices in Quinacridone Gold 
- Paint brush 
- Cardstock 
- Buttons 
- Aleene's Turbo Tacky Glue 

Step 1: When I make a wreath I generally wrap it in ribbon first. Wrapping the wreath takes a bit of time in order to tightly wrap the ribbon. As you wrap the ribbon you can also hot glue it as you go, or at the last point you wrap it. 
Step 2: Make your blooming flowers and clay pots. You will need your Sizzix Big Shot and Eileen Hull Dies. 

For the flowers: I ran card stock to get the yellow, pink and green flowers. Once you get the flowers you can fold them to make them 3D. Once I folded them, I glued the flower layers together and added buttons for the flower centers. I then added a wooden pick to the completed flower which makes it easier to place them into the clay pots and adjust the flower heights. 

For the clay pots: This is where I used the awesome DecoArt paint - I used 2 colors Titan Buff and Quinacridone Gold to get the terracotta clay pot color. The mat board is easy enough to paint and does not take too long to dry. I painted 2 coats of paint for the clay pots. Along with the mat board, I die cut Kunin Felt in order to have it for the base/back of the clay pots which are hot glued to the wreath. This makes the project look very polished once completed. 

Step 3: Once the clay pots are dry, you can add the flowers to the pots. I took the finished flower on wooden picks and decided on the heights for each pot. I hot glued the wood picks onto the non-painted side of the clay pot. Once the flowers were adhered and the hot glue dry I then added the Kunin felt piece to cover the backside of the clay pot. This will not be seen from the front of the project, but it will make your wreath look more polished if it's on a door and someone picks it up to admire it. 

Step 4: After your clay pots are assembled, you now can hot glue them to the wreath. I glued them to the bottom portion of the wreath. 

Mothership Crafty Tips: This wreath is a more advanced craft project, I would encourage you to modify this project to your own craft skill and decor needs, you could also make these flowers and clay pots and adhere them to a frame or handmade card, or make a banner from them! I am actually tempted to use a chalk pen to write "WELCOME" on the clay pots of my wreath.
Happy May days to you and I hope you will enter the Eileen Hull Art with Heart Challenge. To enter the challenge, click here.

To follow DecoArt and for more mixed media inspiration, check them out here:

Sunday, May 3, 2015

CRAFTERNOON at Packinghouse Brewing Co.

Join Mothership Scrapbook Gal for

Saturday, June 13, 2015
2 pm - 5 pm
Packinghouse Brewing Co.
6421 Central Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

Cost per person:  $50
**Early Bird Cost is $45 before June 7**

Click here to buy your ticket:

What is C R A F T E R N O O N?

Mothership Scrapbook Gal's 
C R A F T E R N O O N 
is a 3-hour event that will include:

- 3 Craft Projects 
- All supplies and materials are provided and
you will have enough time to complete all 3 craft projects.
- Light Appetizers & Sweets Table
-Delicious Craft Beer is available for purchase for those 21 and over

- Sponsored Swag Bag with goodies from
Laura Kelly Designs
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Elisa Bilios, Mary Kay Consultant

- Raffle Prizes from
Mothership Scrapbook Gal
Crafty Amiga
Beth Wright, Wellness Advocate for DoTerra Essential Oils
Angela Munoz, Owner of The Pilates Retreat


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