Spoilers ;)



(But only if you’re several years behind. Otherwise you’re good.)


I love it when people get excitedly into something I love – in this case, Doctor Who – so that I can see these kinds of reactions as they see big things (from my sister, watching “Last of the Timelords”) :


One Last Look Back

Hi everyone! Remember last week when I said I’d have one more Halloween project to share? This is it! It’s an album I made for the Basically Bare Design Team, and it’s full of photos from our Halloween at Disney World.

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I used a Delightful Doors album since it has loads of pages and surfaces to work with. All of the chipboard and corrugated pages are covered with papers and accented with Art Anthology paints.

The bats are adhered only on one of the door panels so that, you know, it can open and whatnot.

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The first page up when the doors are opened is a pocket page, perfect for flat mementos like tickets and pictures.

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Next comes a nice, sturdy corrugated cardboard page. Perfect for a standard 4″ x 6″ photo.

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Then comes this great big chipboard page. I just love these big open areas when making photo books since you can use bigger pics without feeling super crowded.

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Now we have two smaller pages, which are this great policy envelope – again, great for saving little papers and bits…

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…and this acrylic page. I cut a couple of inches off of the acrylic page so that I could have some embellies hanging off of the edge of the page. I matched each piece up on the front and back so that no bare edges were visible through the clear acrylic.

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Finally, there’s the back cover, which has all kinds of space for larger photos.

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That’s it for today! Thanks for indulging me on this one last bit of Halloween before I dive head-first into Christmas.

See you again soon!

x Beth

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Basically Bare Delightful Doors Album

Art Anthology Sorbet Paints

Papers by Graphic 45 and Prima

Embellishments by K & Company, Idea-ology, and Recollections

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Christmas 2013…And so it begins

Good morning, guys!  I have a project to share today that I made for the Basically Bare Design Team Blog.  It’s Christmas-themed, but don’t start throwing things at me yet.  I know that none of us are at all happy to see people putting up Christmas decorations or running Christmas themed commercials before we even get half way through November, but we crafters all know that starting on Christmas early is a necessity.  Who wants to be working on their Christmas cards on December twenty-something?  Not me.  So, I’m off to the races with my first batch of Holiday crafting.  (This is, of course, not to say that there won’t be another Halloween project sneaking in before Christmas, but that’s how I spookily roll.)

So, here is my first Christmas project for this year.  It’s a mini I made using a Basically Bare Plain Jane Krafty Keepsakes album.

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I covered the front and back, as well as the chipboard center page, with Basic Grey papers and edged them all with Art Anthology Sorbet paints.  

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On the front cover, I added lots of Prima poinsettias and a transparent tag by Making Memories.

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I painted the back of the transparency with a small amount of Art Anthology Sorbet to make it look a little like a frosty piece of glass.

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The “2013” on the front cover is made with little wooden circles.  I put a little bead of Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal on each one and then smooshed two of them together to spread the paint over the surface.  When I pulled them apart, it left an  ice-crystal like texture (although now that I look at the pictures, they look like little frosted sugar cookies, which is a pretty neat accident!).  I let this dry, and then covered it lightly with Art Anthology Sorbet in Frost for some extra glitter.  Then, I added the numbers using Dimensional Crystal in Bluebird.

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The back cover and the center chipboard page are each covered with paper but not embellished any further.  Yet.  There will be some photos added as they are taken, but I did not want to add any dimensional embellishments since I plan to pack the envelopes with little bits and pieces of Christmas mementos that I accumulate during the season, and I don’t want it to be too bulky to close.

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Each of the four policy envelope pages are wrapped with a silver paper doily.  I really like the contrast between the kraft paper and the sparkly metallic doily.

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The doilies are fastened at the back of the envelopes with a different sticker on each one.

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On this album, I tied one big ribbon bow on the binding instead of my normal loads of little ribbons so that it would look kind of like a present.

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That’s all for me today.  I hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful fall weather and getting ready for a fantastic Holiday season.  I’ll see you again soon.

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Thanks for visiting!


Basically Bare
Krafty Keepsakes album (Plain Jane)

Art Anthology
Dimensional Crystal – Blizzard, Bluebird
Sorbets – Baby Blue Eyes,  Big Dip O’ Ruby, Frost, Trolly Grey

Basic Grey (Aspen Frost)

Misc Embellishments
Prima Poinsettias, Making Memories transparency (“Fa La La” collection), Jingle bell brad, ribbon, Tree House Studio wooden shapes (1 1/8″ circles)

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Good morning everyone!  I’ve got a layout to share today that I made for the Basically Bare blog using Bare Basics Hearts and some wedding papers that were kindly provided by Ruby Rock-it.  My husband and I will be celebrating our 4th anniversary tomorrow, so when I got these papers I pulled out the wedding photos and went to town!

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I used the Ruby Rock-it papers for the background and the mats behind the photo.  The hearts are also each covered with them.

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I used Art Anthology Dimensional Crystals in Blizzard to edge each of the hearts (and brushed it all over the littlest one) to define their edges a bit.

BB RR Wedding Heart Detail

Among the papers was a sheet of cut out-able bits, which is where the little round tag came from.  I tied some silver ribbon around and topped it with the tag (which is stuck on with pop-up adhesives).

BB RR Wedding  Tag

That’s it for me today!  Be sure to check out the Basically Bare Blog for new projects from the team – and meet our brand new members!

Thanks for visiting!

x Beth


Basically Bare:
Bare Basics Hearts

Art Anthology:
Dimensional Crystal (Blizzard)

Ruby Rock-it

Ranger Distress Ink (Black Soot)

Misc. Embellishments:
Recollections Floral Embellishment, Prima Say It In Crystals flourish, Wired ribbon

Getting Spooky with Basically Bare, Art Anthology, and Authentique

Good morning, y’all!  This week, all of us on the Basically Bare blog are doing a Design Team swap with Art Anthology and Authentique, and I’m super excited about it.


As soon as I got my hands on the great Thrilling paper collection from Authentique and some great paints from Art Anthology, I set right down to work on this Halloween decoration.  Let’s get right on into the paper-y, paint-y details, shall we?

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I used some paper board letters and a wreath form for the base of this project.  I painted them all black, then covered the letters with lots of great Authentique Thrilling papers.  Each letter has some Art Anthology Sorbet paint and/or Dimensional Crystal paint for texture and shimmer.

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The wreath is painted with Art Anthology Sorbet paint in Black Leather Jacket and Vegas Gold.  Once that was dry, I added some spider web designs with Art Anthology Dimensional Crystal in Blizzard.

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On the bottom of the wreath, I added three Basically Bare Happy Little Houses and a couple of Happy Little Trees.  The houses and one of the trees are also covered with Authentique paper.

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I absolutely loved working with this great paper line from Authentique and some great dimensional and glittery paints from Art Anthology, and you will too!  Be sure to go get plenty of both to scrap all of those Halloween pics you’ll be snapping over the next weeks!

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Thanks for visiting!  See you next time!

The Macabray

Hello, everyone!  It’s Beth here with another Halloween project to share.  This one features a picture from the “Boo To You” Halloween parade at Disney World and a line from a fantastic spooky book for kids (and awesome adults) called the Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman.

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In the book, the living people of the little town and the ghosts from the graveyard get together and dance “The Macabray.”  I re-read the book all the time and almost have it committed to memory, so every time I see one of these pictures of the dancing ghosts from the Haunted Mansion section of the parade, the Macabray bit from the book comes to mind.

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 This layout features two Basically Bare Fanciful Frames and some Art Anthology Sorbet paints.  I painted one side of the frames with a nearly-solid coating of Black Leather Jacket Sorbet.  Once it dried, I layered on some Linen Sorbet on the thinner frame and Vegas Gold Sorbet on the larger one.

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I also smudged some Black Leather Jacket Sorbet on the gold paper doily behind the picture.

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And how fantastic is that stamp?  Man, do I love Halloween.  Have I mentioned that?  I do.

Next, I added some ribbon and lace and a big lace flower.  I know pink lacey flowers don’t scream “Halloween,” but it matches the ghost dancer’s dress nearly perfectly.

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The little tarot cards were cut from some DCWV paper (the Dark Romance stack, which is where the background paper came from as well).

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Inside the smaller frame, I used some Tim Holtz word stickers to piece together a line from the Macabray song from the book.  Of course, I had to puzzle a few of the words together by dissecting some other words, as they just didn’t include some of them in the pack for some reason.

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That’s all for today!  I’ve got a great spooky project that’ll be coming up really soon, so come back again!

Thanks for visiting!


Basically Bare Fanciful Frames 2

Art Anthology Sorbet paint (Black Leather Jacket, Linen, Vegas Gold)

DCWV (The Dark Romance Stack)

Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black), Ranger Distress Ink (Black Soot)

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Chitchat stickers, Recollections embellishments

Halloween Tiny Tabs

Hi, y’all!  I’ve got a quick look at a tiny little adorable Halloween album I made for the Basically Bare Design Blog recently.  It’s covered with some great Halloween papers and loads of ribbon, and it’s all ready for some Disney Halloween photos!  Hope you dig it as much as I do!

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Halloween Tiny Pages

(Did you know the acrylic embellies and album pages from Basically Bare can be embossed in the Cuttlebug?  They can, and it makes a really great effect.)

Halloween Tiny  Tabs


Halloween Tiny Cover Detail

Thanks so much for looking!  I’ll be back soon with more Halloween projects!