Thursday, April 4, 2013

My First Post on the New Dreamweaver Team!

Welcome to a new year with Dreamweaver Stencils!  I am proud to say that I am carrying over my term as a  Design Team Member for another year.  This year, the commitment requires only alternate week posts, so I may not be posting every week.  Then again, I am used to the old schedule, so I might continue to post weekly......
Anyway, this month our challenge is Mists, Drizzles and Showers.  If you can come up with a project that fits, don't forget to email a picture to for your chance to be published on the blog and possibly win a prize!  You don't HAVE to make a card.  As an example, here is my project this week:
I got the sketch from Disneyscrappers.  It was the February challenge, and was created by Susan Stringfellow.

MATERIALS for the whole project:
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 905 Rain
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 908 Umbrella Background
Dreamweaver Stencil LG 737 Umbrella
Medium Blue Mercart Metal
Double Sided Mounting Paper
Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat
Manual Die Cut Machine (I used the Cuttlebug)
Manual Alphabet Dies (I used Lifestyle Crafts Oatmeal)
Patterned Paper (Mine was from the DCWV Old World Stack)
Card Stock
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Stormy Weather and Salty Ocean
Non Stick Craft Sheet
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink in Sail Boat Blue and Pebble
Tim Holtz Ink Blender with One Felt and Two Foam Pads
Vellum Writer Pen
Xyron Machine with Permanent Adhesive
Mickey Head Punch

DIRECTIONS for the metal portions only:
I am only including the metal parts in the directions.  You can probably decide how to put together a scrapbook page, based on the photo and materials list.

1)  Use the manual die cut machine to add texture to the metals.  The "sandwich" for the Cuttlebug is A Plate, stencil face down, metal, rubber embossing mat and the two B Plates.  You will need to use the Rain stencil once, with the metal in the sandwich blue side down.  The Umbrella will use the metal blue side up, and the Umbrella Background will be run twice, with the blue side up.  To run the stencil twice, simply run it and scoot the metal down so that the Umbrella Background will be above the previous one.  Just make sure that the rubber embossing mat does not cover the already embossed area.  There will be a slight flat area in between, that is what the pink card stock strip is for......

2)  Cut the Double Sided Mounting Paper into a 1" strip and a 1/4" strip.  Also, use the Mickey punch on the mounting paper.

3)  Use the scissors to cut strips from the rain metal and attach to one side of the mounting paper.

4)  Attach one side of the Mickey head to the back of the rain metal.

5)  Cut the rest of the rain metal in half and attach to the mounting paper, half blue side up, half silver side up.

6)  Attach the umbrella background metal and the umbrella metal to Double Sided Mounting Paper, silver side up.

7)  Put three drops of Sail Boat Blue Alcohol Ink and two drops of Pebble Alcohol Ink on a felt pad and "pounce" the color on the umbrella and umbrella background metals.

8)  Use the scissors to cut scallops on the bottom of the 1" strip.  I cut around the raindrops.

9)  Cut several raindrops out of the extra metal on the adhesive sheets.

10)  Sand all the metal.

Assemble the page.  With the mounting paper on the back, it is easy to adhere the metal to the page!
I hope you feel inspired.  Check out the rest of this week's blogs, including our guest blogger, Alison Heikkila!  You will be glad you did.

Dream It Up!

Alison Heikkila

Laura Drahozal

Lyn Bernatovich

Pam Hornschu

Heidi Erickson

Louise Healy

Jessica Griffin

Cyndi Bundy


  1. What an amazing layout. You certainly captured the feeling or rain! Just love the way you can maneuver that metal!

  2. Love the metal work! I have the exact same photos from Disney World from a past vacation bags and all!!!

  3. those pix...when it rains at disney is the best time to lines great colors for the design

  4. Great page, Laura! Love how you created the banner from the embossed umbrella background!

  5. Great layout! I love all of the metal accents you've used. Congrats on your first post with the new team!

  6. You are off to a great start! Clever use of the umbrella stencils. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Laura, your metal work always inspires me and this layout is definitely top notch.

  8. Gorgeous page!! And such a clever idea really to scrap the rainy day at Disney...afterall when there, you really have to keep going rain or not...LOL. We were there in Feb and had a rainy day so I may CASE your idea for my scrapbook! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Cool page Laura, you are the metal master!

  10. Great page...very creative. I've only been to Disney one time and that was a million years We were there the first week of July and it was HOT, HOT, a little rain would have felt good.