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Monday, March 31, 2014

Perfect Papers Crafting Blog Hop & Smeared Ink DT project: Perfect Layers Mini Tools Introduction!

Howzit Everyone!
As a Perfect Paper Crafting Brand Embassador I'm excited to be participating in this blog hop introducing our newest tools the Perfect Layers Mini Border Tool set and Perfect Cutting Mat! 

The hop takes place today and is open for commenting from 9am PST, but you've got until April 4 midnight PST to hop your way through the blogs and comment on ALL of them to be in the running for some awesome prizes!  We are giving away a $50 gift certificate to our online store and Wendy Ramlakhan of SugarPea Designs is giving away a $25 gift certificate to her new online stamp store too.  Her stamps are super cute so be sure to check them out!!! We will announce the winner Sunday, April 6!

 If you're not familiar with these awesome tools you're going to want to hop with us and see what you've been missing out on!  You can now say goodbye to buying personal paper cutters and wasting your paper and cardstock to wonky cuts!  First Perfect Papers Layers tools blew our minds with how easy it is it to cut perfect sized mats time and time again without the need to measure and now we've got the new Minis which are the perfect travel companion too!  It's now easier than ever to take your favourite tools to a crop or a friends house to create!

 Perfect Paper Crafting also has a cutting mat too.  It's a nice workable size that works perfectly with the original Paper Layers and the Minis!  Have I said the word "perfect" enough yet, LOL!  Check out my project to see just how PERFECT these tools really are ;0)  Click the picture below to visit my Ambassador page and use my special coupon code Leigh5% to get 5% off your entire order!

NEW Mini Perfect Layers tools and Cutting Mat
The blog roll is below my project if you need to start the hop from the beginning or if you get lost along the way :0)

My project today is also my Smeared Ink design team project for this week!  I've created a bound loose page "Intellectual Musings" Journal and I hope you like it :0)

showing the front and back of the covers and pages
 I'm recovering from surgery at the moment that effects my right arm and I'm right handed so I started out my project by colouring 6 of Smeared Ink's Septem Liberalis digi images in Photoshop CS6.  I printed two out in full colour for the covers and then lightened all 6 images to create the pages of my journal.  The lightened ones are now perfect for writing on.  I cut all the images out with scissors and distressed the edges with Tim's Tonic Paper Distresser tool.  I used a Marvy punch to decorate all 4 corners of all the images and applied Black Soot Distress Ink to all the roughened edges.

please click to enlarge - sorry about the size!
I adhered all the images to black cardstock with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive and used my Perfect Layers Mini tool to cut the 1/16" black mats.  The way these tools work is there's a a lip on the tool that corresponds to each border measurement.  The lip butts up to the edge of the stamped panel or photo and the stainless steal edge on the tool lets you cut with a craft knife perfectly every time.  There are 4 different size border measurements on each mini tool that allow you to create mats/borders for your projects ranging from 1/16 to 5/8 of an inch!  The original Perfect Layers tools start at 1/16 but go up 1 inch!  Now you can decide which tool set is best suited to your needs!

I then adhered the cover panels to DCWV Heirloom Stack decorative paper and cut 5/8" borders and did the same to all the pages.  I punched each corner with the Marvy punch again before adhering them all to black cardstock and cut 1/16" borders.  I punched a 1/16" hole with a punch into the cover and added a tiny brass Bead Landing Found Objects ruler charm with a tiny black brad before adhering the cover back to back with the first page.  All the remaining pages and back cover where adhered back to back to form the loose journal pages.

back and side view of the bound journal
 I then stacked them and bound them together with black cord tied in a bow.  I do plan to further decorate the cover with assorted embellishments but I need to wait a while until I can operate my Cuttlebug ;0)  Thank you for visiting with me today!  Now off you hop to Nancy!

   Perfect Paper Crafting and Laura Lynn
   Wendy Ramlakhan
   Pam Sparks
   Roxie Glaza
   Jenny Gropp
  Susie Moore
   Kim O'Connell
Jeanie Witmer
Heather Hudson
Lori Brown
Kat Ancheta
Dana Joy
Kristie Maynard
Kim Bush
Diane Bove
Patti Gilliam
Linda Kaiser
Cathie Rigby
Linda McClain
Leigh Brunton -YOU ARE HERE!
Nancy Baier
Jenn Cocran
Lezlye Lauterbach
Faith Abigail Prado

  Happy Stamping!
I design for Smeared Ink * Lost Coast Designs * About Art Accents


  1. Wonderful Journal Leigh, love it!

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    1. It sure is, I can't imagine creating without them now, ever LOL!

  3. Wow - you did this all with only one good hand? You are amazing! Love your cards, and you've showcased the Mini's beautifully - it's been fun hopping with you today!

    1. Thank you Patti, limited use of my right arm so it was slow going but still loads of fun ;0)

  4. WOW....you have great styling....love your cards...great job!

  5. Your journal is super cool...and beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  6. so gorgeous Leigh and you used my favorite angels...I love smeared and smudged angels ...beautiful my friend and you are in my thoughts and prayers
    susan s

  7. Your journal is beautiful, love it.

  8. Love the new tools and how they layer everything so beautifully. ANd if you are doing this with an impairment, there is hope for me yet. Hope you heal as fast as possible.

  9. I love the pop of black around all your pages. Now I know how you got it sooooooooo perfect.

  10. Hope you recover soon. Amazing job even if your right hand weren't affected by the surgery. Beautiful work.

  11. Beautiful job. Thanks for sharing your journal with us on this hope. just beautiful!

  12. I have never seen anything like this before, but I love it! Thank you for sharing!

  13. What an elegant journal, for someone with a bad arm you did an awesome job on this project and it looks like the tools really helped

  14. Your style is really inspiring, I love your journal pages.

  15. Very unique and inspiring journal. Thanks for sharing! Hope you recover quickly

  16. great cards, terrific tutorial

  17. Very beautiful journal! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Enjoyed the tutorial and the use of your tools

  19. Love your journal and explanation on how you use your tools.

  20. Awesome journal with fab instructions! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! Your journal is stunning!

  22. What a beautiful journal! The whole layout is fabulous and of course the layers are awesome!

  23. Love your creation...it's stunning!

  24. You have made a lovely journal here, and thanks for showing us how to use the tool which seems to work excellently.

  25. Wowza...what a beautiful journal! Absolutely love the images and the colors. Just gorgeous!

  26. Wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing and for all the details you provided. Hope your recovery is speedy!

  27. These look awesome!


  28. You may have convinced me that I need another fab tool!! Beautifully done project, one handed out of sorts and all. Your journal/s is and are amazing.


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Leigh S-B