Paint cans are lots of fun to alter.  They can hold a wide variety of items and are great for gifts.  They can be purchased at your local hardware store or at a craft store.  I purchased this can at a craft store, decorated it, and filled it with scrapbook supplies for a friend.

I love acrylic letters but these clear embellishments can be hard to challenging at first.  This layout shows many different ways to attach acrylics without your adhesive showing…stitch them on your page, attach with brads or staples, or use glue dots and then cover it with ribbon, buttons, or other embellishments.

Your challenge this week is to backup all those photos that you now have organized.  I can tell you from experience that one if the worst feelings is the one you have when you think you have lost all your photos.  There are many options here – online storage, CDs, external harddrive, etc.  Whatever you chose, make a point to do it this week.  It will give you peace of mind and there may come a time when you will be very glad you did this.

Although I do not use them very often because of their cost, overlays can add a lot to a layout.  On the page below I added pictures underneath the overlay and on the top I added the title and chipboard flower.  I then stitched the overlay to the background paper to hold everything in place.

Remember making these as a kid?  Using a cutting system like sizzix and shrinky dink you can make some cute and inexpensive embellishments.  That’s exactly what I did for the flowers on this card.  I added the color with chalk before baking.