Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sunflowers Blog Hop

This is a stop on Club Scrap's monthly blog hop. We're featuring the beautiful Sunflowers collection!

View Karen's post at Club Scrap to see the entire hop. If you arrived from Pam's blog, you're on the route.

What is it about cute little folios that hold greeting cards? I think I'm addicted to them. Perhaps it's because I make more cards in a month than I can send, so they're fun to give away in a set.

This little notecard holder has a bi-fold cover and holds eight 3x4" notecards and envelopes. The cards store safely in a tray made from paper and are held securely in the folio with a band closure.

Follow these easy steps to make one of your own...

1. Trim two 12x12 Gold Plains at 6". Cut each 6x12 horizontally at 6".

2. Follow the measurements on an Envelope Punch Board to make a set of eight 3x4" envelopes. (Score and punch at 2-5/8".) Fold prepared envelopes on score lines and secure flaps with adhesive.

3. Trim two 12x12 Sunflower Prints at 11.75 and 8". Score the 8x12 horizontally at 3 and 9". Trim the 8x12 vertically at 4". Cut each 4x12 horizontally at 6". Trim the 3.75x12 horizontally at 11, 8.25, 5.5 and 2.75". (If you score before trimming the cards, you only have to score twice instead of four times.)

5. Fold each scored 4x6 in half to make eight cards. Add a 2.75x3.75" panel to each card in a contrasting color.

6. Decorate the cards with stamped images and embellishments. I made two each of four card styles.

7. Trim Sunflowers Brown Plain to 7.5x8.5. Score 1 and 2" from each outside edge. Cut along solid score lines as indicated in the diagram and fold into a paper tray.

8. Trim a Sunflowers Lite Green to 4-5/8x10-5/8". Score horizontally at 2.5 and 3.5". Temporarily place the paper tray next to the 3.5" score line and mark the next two score lines to properly accommodate the tray. (I was so excited about finishing the project that I forgot to take a photo of this step.)

9. Adhere the tray to the base of the folio, centered from top to bottom. Decorate the flaps of the folio. Insert the cards and envelopes into the tray. Use a 1.25" paper strip to make a band to hold the stack of cards and envelopes together. Make a second band to secure the flaps of the folio.

I have a special friend in mind who will love having these cards on hand! I hope you like this project enough to give it a whirl.

Your next stop is with Roni. Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Zig Zag Mini Album

It's time for the Club Scrap Office Space blog hop!

The Top: Club Scrap
Previous Stop: Pam
Next Stop: Roni

I stumbled upon a how-to video on Pinterest to make an adorable Zig Zag Mini Album, and I thought it would be perfect with the retro-style Office Space collection. (The irony of the "think big" title is that the finished size of the book is roughly 3x6".)

The framework for the album came together quickly and easily. For the basic structure, here are the following supplies used:

  • (2) 6-1/8x2-3/4" Coral Plain Covers, scored at 5-3/4"
  • (7) 5-1/2x2-1/2 Avocado Plain Pages, six scored at 1"
  • (2) 2-1/2x3-1/2 Orange Plain Pockets, scored 1/2" from two short edges and one long edge
  • Ribbon Closure
  • Decorative Papers, Handmade Tags, Cutaparts and Embellishments
  • Score Pal and Bone Folder
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive

Adhere the 1" scored area of an inside page to the non-scored edge of the previous page to build the book and create the clever zig-zag effect.

Make a handmade tag to insert into each pocket.

Fill the album with photos. I plan to use mine as a retirement gift for someone special!

I hope you have fun with your Office Space supplies and that you give this easy project a try! Click HERE to make your way to Roni's blog!


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Save Time with Layout Recipes!

It's Club Scrap's Boardwalk Blog Hop time! Here's the itinerary:

Previous Stop - Pam
Next Stop - Roni
The Beginning - Club Scrap

I've been having some fun with my Boardwalk layout recipe card. (Every monthly collection includes a layout recipe card with membership. I hope you use them for inspiration now and then...)

This is the image of the layout . . .

I like that it has room for eleven photos, but still allows for some "white space" with plenty of decorative potential.

Here is the finished layout with Boardwalk papers:

The recipe called for 8.5x11 Paper A (Deep Blue), 8.5x11 Paper B (Sage), 12x12 Paper C (Red) and I chose a Sea Blue Print for the left base, and a Sea Blue Plain for the right base.

After following the trimming instructions, I simply assembled the layout according to the sketch and made it my own with a title and embellishments.

I added a border along the right edge of the layout with the nifty Boardwalk stencil, CS® Ink Applicator and CS® Earth ink.

I couldn't resist adding my little die cut lobster from Memory Box.

Take a "look" at him with wiggly eyes!

I slid the 1.25x12 Red border strip behind the vintage swimsuit with the help of my handy dandy craft knife.

A few stamped images do a great job of wrapping up this layout.

Club Scrap layout cards are efficient crafting at its best! Don't forget to use them when you're at a loss for ideas.

Next, let's see what Roni has in store...


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Easy Cards for Dad

The Creative License collection from Club Scrap is perfect for making simple Father's Day or "Dad-themed" greeting cards, and that's what I've been up to for today's blog hop.

Previous Stop: Pam
Next Stop: Esther
The Beginning: Club Scrap

This technique was inspired by a set of cards by Teri Zwicker. She trimmed contrasting strips of paper in various widths, adhered them onto an art panel, embossed with texture, and added to a card base. Brilliant!

When I observed how beautifully the Chrome paper in this collection worked with an embossing folder, I knew it was time to steal mimic Teri's great idea.

With an important Dad's Day on the horizon, I used the alphabet featured on the Jumbo UM sheet to make a custom "dad badge."

Here's how to make the cards:

1. Trim four pieces of paper to 4.25x5.5". (Because it's more efficient to make four of these at a time.) Generously cover each panel with adhesive.

2. Trim papers from the Creative License and Hypno collections into randomly-sized strips. (My strips were all about 5.5" long.) Place a strip onto one edge of the panel, and continue to adhere contrasting colors to the entire panel, rotating vertically and horizontally.

3. Repeat for the other panels. Trim excess paper strips from the outside edges of the panels.

4. Insert the prepared panel into an texture embossing folder.

5. Rub ink directly onto the raised surfaces, if desired. Trim each panel to 3-7/8x5-1/8". (Since embossing can slightly change the dimensions of a panel, I waited until this step to trim to the final size.)

6. Prepare a "badge" with a folded ribbon and die cut circle.

7. Adhere badges to the panels. Nest the panels onto a 4x5.25" black panel and a 4.25x5.5" folded card base.

Aren't they sweet? I happen know some great dads who will receive these cards in a few weeks.

Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend!

Your next stop is with Esther. See you there...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crisscross Stitched Book

I'm excited to share my handmade book project created with Club Scrap's Dahlia collection for this month's blog hop. If you arrived from Pam's blog, you're right on track.

This project is quite literally a "scrap to treasure" transformation. I still have some work to do on this big pile of paper end cuts that has accumulated by my paper trimmer, but I reduced the stack by a few sheets when I made this project.

All of the inside pages in this mini album came from the big stack of paper.

The signatures were stitched into the spine with three rows of crisscrossed black linen thread.

Let's take a quick look at the book making process.

1. Trim two 4.25x4.5 covers and one 1-3/8x4.5" spine from chipboard. Use an empty cereal or cracker box or a sheet of the stabilizing board Beth uses to protect your papers when shipping Club Scrap orders to your door.

2. Mark a vertical line every 1/8" on the chipboard spine with a grid ruler and pencil totaling ten lines. Measure and mark horizontal lines at .25, 1, 1-7/8, 2-5/8, 3.5, and 4.25".

3. Trim a 12x12 White Dahlia print to 6x11.5". Adhere the chipboard covers and spine onto the paper with a 1" flap on all sides. Maintain a gutter of approximately 3/16" between the covers and spine. (The gutter should be slightly larger than the thickness of the chipboard, which can vary.)

4. Use a paper piercing tool or push pin and cork board to pierce a hole at every intersecting pencil mark on the spine.

5. (Twenty minutes later . . . ) Miter the four outside corners of the paper, wrap the paper flaps around the chipboards and adhere with CS® Bookbinding Glue

6. Trim a White Dahlia Print to 9-3/8x3-3/4" and adhere to the inside of the wrapped cover; burnish carefully and gently make creases for the spine.

7. Flip the book over and pierce through each hole once again to transfer the stitching holes through the inside spine cover and flaps.

8. Create ten signatures of five sheets of 4.5x8.5" white text weight papers and fold in half. (The size of my scrap pile dictated the size of my book. At this rate, I can make about 245 more books.) Pierce holes into the folds of each signature at .25, 1, 1-7/8, 2-5/8, 3.5, and 4.25".

 9. Thread a needle with black waxed linen. Enter the first stitching hole from the inside of the first signature, and exit the first hole of the first column on the outside of the spine. Stitch down into the second hole, second column, while adding the second signature. Continue adding signatures, stitching up and down through the first and second rows only. Once you've added the tenth signature, sew your way back to the first column, adding the "x" to every stitch. Be careful not to miss any holes, or you'll have to pull the thread out and try again. (Don't ask me why I know this.)

10. Once the first row of "x" stitches is completed, finish the book by adding the second and third rows in the same manner. Each signature will have a double layer of stitching on the inside of the fold.

11. Finish the book with a stamped sentiment matted with Orange and Black papers from the Dahlia collection.

I've got tons of room for note-taking!

Next, visit Esther's blog to see what she's created with this gorgeous collection.