Shellye McDaniel's Blog Posts

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Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Tombow & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Shellye McDaniel joins us with this awesome holiday planner -


Hello!  Shellye here to share my version of the "Claus & Co." Planner featuring many of the goodies from the collection, as well as several of the great adhesive products from Tombow!  Because the Holiday SN@P! Album is nice and large, it will work double-duty as a holiday planner and as a December-daily-style album...I cannot wait to fill it up!  To get a jump-start, I decided to have all of the cute pre-planned pages in place and then added a few embellishments that I'll share today.

To begin, I cut the "Oh Joy" (side B) paper down so that it covered the chipboard portion of the album front.  I used the Tombow Xtreme for attachment.  When you want something to really stay PUT, the Xtreme adhesive is what to reach for!

I wanted to create a fun 'bridge' between the fabric binding of the album and the patterned paper, so I used various sized circle dies to cut the motifs from the "I Believe" paper.  The circle sizes ranged from 1.5" to 2". 

After deciding placement for the circles and other embellishments, I used the 3D Foam Tabs, Multi and Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and Stamp Runner to adhere the different pieces.  The Mono Glue was perfect for adding the Wood Veneer pieces and small sequins (from my stash).

Here is a look at the completed album front:

As I said earlier, I did go ahead and add all of the inner workings to the album: the Claus & Co. SN@P! Journal Pages, Holiday Planning Inserts and the clear pocket pages that come with the album.  I mixed in some fun embellishments to some of the pages:

The introductory page to the album is the "Holiday Planner" tabbed page from the "Holiday Planning Inserts" packet.  I decorated it with some of the leftover circles that I didn't use on the cover.  Notice the two half-circles at the top and bottom...I just cut one of the 2" circles in half and glued it in place with the Stamp Runner!  The holly berry die-cuts were attached with 3D Foam Tabs.

Here I dressed up the banner insert page with one of the 4X4 Elements.  Again, I used the Mono Liquid Glue for attaching the sequins.

3D Foam Tabs were used when adding stickers and die-cut pieces.  I found the the Multi or Aqua Mono Liquid Glues worked best for the veneers.

The decorative insert pages are great places to add a splash of personality!  I tried to leave the pages, where a lot of writing would be done, without too much bulk so writing would be easier when the time came.

One last peek at the album cover.  I'm so in love with how this turned out...what fun! 
Thanks for letting me share it with you today!

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Create this pumpkin duo with your favorite pieces from the "Pumpkin Spice" Collection, a couple of recycled glass jars and burnt orange acrylic paint!

Before decorating either jar, a generous amount of burnt orange acrylic paint was squirted into the bottom.  After reattaching the lid (securely), the jar was shaken and rolled around until the interior was completely coated.  Next, I placed the jars upside down onto a thick mat of newspaper and allowed the excess paint to drip off.  You may need a sponge brush just to touch up some spots if needed.  I also used a heat tool (or hair dryer) to complete the drying process.

The largest pumpkin is a standard Mason jar size.  To it, I cut a strip of "Autumn Splendor" paper to 3.75"X12" and taped it in place around the jar with high tack adhesive.  I used a couple of dies that I had on hand to create a cute tag for the front.  The tag was distressed around the edges with a walnut ink and then embellished with goodies from Pumpkin Spice.

The second pumpkin is a smaller 2.75"X5" jar.  The same paper was cut to 2.5"W and just enough to wrap around the jar completely.  After threaded the chipboard buttons with jute, they were attached with a glue dot.

The bands of the lids were covered in a strip of the turquoise barn wood paper from the Simple Basics pack.  A wooden spools was inked with walnut ink and added to the top for the stem.

What an adorable display or gift for the upcoming Autumn season!  I can't wait to share them with my visiting guests soon.  I hope you've enjoyed!


Hello!  Shellye with you today with a "So Fancy" tag-desk calendar for the upcoming new year!

I started with a set of six kraft tags that measure 3.75" X 5.5", the "So Fancy" SN@P Cards, various patterned papers and embellishments from the collection and a free printable calendar that I found here.

To begin, I cut the patterned paper down to 3.5" X 4.5" and corner rounded them at the bottom so that they matched the kraft tags.  Next, one of the 3X4 SN@P cards were added with foam adhesive tape.  The calendar was cut down to size, glued in place and then each month was embellished with various pretties!

The backs of the tags include a continuation of the calendar months, July through December:
The calendar is sturdy enough to stand up for display, or add it to an easel.  With holiday gift-making right around the corner, this would make a quick and fun gift for friends on your list!