Author Archive | Tracy McLennon

Altered Tea Box

Warm up someone specials day with this Altered Tea Box.

It’s something that many of you out there may see everyday, a simple tea box filled with that glorious beverage that soothes as you drink it. Why not take this simple drinkable pleasure and make it into a pretty and inexpensive gift to brighten someone’s day.

Altered Tea Box

I covered this Altered Tea Box with patterned papers and embellishments by JilliBean Soup, Cold Avocado Soup Collection.

The beautiful gold button is from the Vintage Gold Button pack by Buttons Galore & More.


Covering the Altered Tea Box was fairly simple, just use a ruler to measure all dimensions and cut accordingly.

Altered Tea Box Project Recipe:


An Altered Tea Box would make a brilliant gift for so many occasions. Get Well, Just to Brighten Your Day, Missing You, Mother’s/Father’s Day, House Warming, or a Hostess Gift.


Thank you so very much for stopping by and checking out my Altered Tea Box, check out some more great gift ideas while you’re here.


“Hello” Scrapbook Layout

This adorable photo was the inspiration for this “Hello” Scrapbook Layout.

When I sit down to craft, I let the subject be my inspiration. Who wouldn’t want to showcase this handsome little fellow on a Scrapbook Layout. Once I have chosen a photo, then I choose the papers and embellishments accordingly. Some find it a little harder to embellish a little boy or more masculine page, buttons are where I ALWAYS turn. They add texture and dimension without being feminine or too distracting.

Hello Scrapbook Layout

The patterned papers and embellishments are from JilliBean Soup were the perfect match for the photo on this project. The blue buttons from the Nautical button value pack and the bling from Want2Scrap finished it up nicely.

Hello Scrapbook Layout Close Up

Scrapbook Layout Project Recipe:

Hello Scrapbook Layout

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my “Hello” Scrapbook Layout. Take a peek at some more of our crafty inspiration while you’re here!


Winter Button Layout

A Winter Button Layout to get your crafty juices flowing for 2014.

Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has gone for another year, it might be time to get a start on scrapbooking your holiday photos. My photo was the inspiration for this layout. Taken during our 2013 Christmas break while visiting family in PEI. A winter wonderland this time of year, begging for lots of cozy, bundled up photos to be taken. That is what inspired this Winter Button Layout.


I used a variety of sizes of white and blue buttons that coordinated with this winter collection of papers by SEI.


I created a look of strung buttons for my border on the Winter Button Layout. I attached a piece of embroidery floss the full length of the layout. Then added the separate pieces all the way down. Each piece is a little different consisting of buttons, flowers, chipboard snowflakes and clear plastic snowflakes. I tied floss through some of the buttons.


The title is created using Thickers stickers and a coordinating die cut from SEI. The buttons become the perfect accent for the title of this Winter Button Layout.


For the largest snowflake, I layered 2 buttons on top of the chipboard snowflake. Tied together with white embroidery floss from Plaid.


Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my Winter Button Layout. I hope that your 2014 is a crafty one!


Simple Christmas Cards with Buttons

Do you need some Quick and Simple Christmas Cards to finish your Holiday To Do List? Well as luck has it, I am sharing some Quick and Simple Christmas Cards with Buttons.

These first few Simple Christmas Cards were created with a very simple concept. My thumbprint using brown ink. I then added some simple doodles to create them into cute little reindeer. Once I added a single button for the nose, it was complete.


The images on these Simple Christmas Cards could also easily be Christmas Tags for someone special.


If you thought the little reindeer was cute, how about this sweet little bear? I added a plain cream button for his little bear belly. My sentiments are handwritten. “Wishing You a Beary Merry Christmas”


Project Materials for Simple Christmas Cards with Buttons:


This final card of my Simple Cards started with a doodle of a car. I just added buttons for tires, and one of the tree shaped buttons from the Noel Button Mix on the top.



Thank you so very much for stopping by, and all the best in your Holiday crafting!


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Simple Button and Clay Snowman

What is more festive than this little Button and Clay Snowman?

I have loved working with Sculpey Clay these past couple of weeks. Being in the midst of this busy holiday season, I have found sitting back and creating with Sculpey clay to be ever so relaxing. A great way to wind down at night. This little Button and Clay Snowman is my most recent creation.

Sculpey and Button Snowman, clay snowman

This little Button and Clay Snowman is pretty easy to recreate. Just a few rolled clay balls, and a cute little hat. The smaller details of the Button and Clay snowman are also not hard to recreate. I added the buttons after baking the clay. I found hot glue works best, and then this Button and Clay Snowman is sweet and complete.

Project Recipe:

  • Harvest Button Mix
  • Sculpey Clay
  • Sculpey Essential Tool Kit
  • Sculpey Project Mat
  • Beacon Hot Glue


Snowman, clay snowman

Thank you for stopping by to check out my Button and Clay Snowman. I hope you’ve been inspired to create something for the holidays with Buttons & Clay as well.


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Buttons Clay Scrapbook page idea

Buttons Clay Paper?

Who says you can’t use Buttons and Clay on a scrapbook layout?  I was up for the challenge and decided to create this holiday themed layout that features buttons and clay as embellishments.

I have LOVED creating with Sculpey clay the last few weeks, and creating this Buttons and Clay embellishment for this layout was fun and easy. My embellishments were created by hand and the use of my Sculpey Essential Tool Kit.



I created the “F” and the holly leaves and baked the Sculpey clay as per the instructions. I added the buttons once cooled with some Mini Glue Dots. I did the same with the holly and scrolls. The buttons were all from a nice red mix from Buttons Galore.

scrapbook page ideas with buttons

Button Clay Paper Project Recipe:

sweet, simple embellishments using buttons and clay. DIY embellishments with red buttons.

Thanks for stopping by to check out this Buttons and Clay Layout and I hope you have a Happy Crafty Holiday Season!


Autumn Button Border Layout

This Autumn Button Border Layout shows so vibrantly exactly why I love the season….the stunning colors! I knew from the start of this creation that I wanted the embellishment focal point to be the Autumn Button Border.


Here is what you will need to create this Autumn Button Border layout.

Project Recipe:

  • DoodleBug Designs- Happy Harvest Collection


I wanted a true mixture of all of the rich colors of this paper collection, when creating this Autumn Button Border. I think the combination of the buttons and the coordinating embellishments from the paper collection were a perfect match.


Thank you so much for stopping by. If you would like to check out more of my button and paper crafting creations, please check out my blog Scrappy Chick Designs.


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