Fussy cutting and Layering on a card, Oh my!

May 7, 2019

Good Morning,

I am working through the simple Stories Vintage Bliss 6×6 pad like a kid at christmas with a new toy. I am loving for the cards and projects I am making for teacher appreciatation.

Today’s card used about 5 different pattern papers but some were scraps from yesterday’s card. here is the link: https://themorningscrapper.com/2019/05/05/garden-theme-teacher-appreciation-card/ I love all these patterns, they all work perfectly together, one of the reasons Simple Stories is one of my favorite manufactureres.

I used the large floral design and cut out the beautiful big flowers that remind me of peonies. they looked lonely so I cut a few smaller flowers and tucked them around them.

Then to highlight as well as pull all the colors together I built it on the wood and flowers paper, adding the blue strip and a layer of pink. I really liked the base pattern with the muted gold tones. I felt it picked up the little flowers in the pattern as well as the suble shading in the large yellow flower.

Then I added my stamped sentiment from the Stamps of Life set I just received as part of their Die Hard club. The stamp2garden set is cute and it looks like you can get a second set with paterns for some of the stamps. I will add a link in the supply list.

I also wanted to add this Vintage Bliss paper pad was part of a warehouse box I purchased last June from Simple Stories. This is why I purchase them, I would have never given this a look but so glad I received it!

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you think of this card series.

Here is my supplylist:

Garden Theme Teacher Appreciation Card

May 5, 2019

Good Morning,

Today I have a quick share of a garden theme teacher appreciation card. I was inspired by my latest “die hard” club set that just arrived from Stamps of Life Die Hard club. At the bottom, I stamped “Thanks… followed by the inside sentiment ” for helping me grow” it is the perfect statement.

I also enjoy creating a little more when I get to use pinks and flowers. The vintage bliss 6×6 paper pad was perfect for this project. It was hard to choose just a few papers. Luckily the paper is reversible so I could use every bit of scrap.

All the die cuts were double layered except for the flowers, which were triple layered. The stems were so delicate I wanted to make sure they had extra support. I propped up the watering can on dimensional tape to keep it on the same level of these “bubbles”. I thought the “bubbles” gave a nice water drop effect, What do you think? They are flat backed and come in various sizes but I went a little uniform trying to create a “sprinkled” look a watering can some times create.

I thought the “wood plank” paper made a nice frame for the pink paper. I added a 1 inch border of the plaid to pull all the colors together. My one blue flower looked lonely but the little flower pattern seemed to help balance it. Did I mention I loved working with this paper? It is so easy to play with as everything looks great together.

Thanks for looking. I always appreciate your thoughts on my projects.

Supply list:

  • Vintage Bliss by Simple Stories
  • Buttermilk Nuvo crystal drops
  • Stamps of life Garden2stamp
  • Stamps of Life Garden2stamp dies
  • Luxury adhesive by Nuvo
  • Big shot die machine
  • Scotch dimensional adhesive tape
  • Nuvo grey ink

Photo and Page Planner Folio

April 23, 2017

Good Morning,

I have a new project to share today I am calling a photo and page planner Folio/Organizer. The basis for this idea came from my needs for storing larger pictures with standard size pictures, my notes and page layout ideas for each project.

Years ago Creative Memories had a fantastic 12×12 photo box with a pouch on the lid to put larger photos and memorabilia, but they stopped offering them.  Since then I have tried many methods, but always run up against an issue with larger photos. If my picture issue was solved, I then had a problem with keeping all the memorabilia, notes or ideas for pages altogether.

Hence the inspiration for this tri-fold folio for the month of January. I didn’t have many pictures from this past January, so I made the folio with less depth than I would typically need.  The Folio/Planner measures 9.5 x 11. I wanted this to be reusable and sturdy to hold the weight of the pictures, so I used chipboard then covered it in black cardstock. Then decorated it using a mix from older Simple Stories Collections; “24/7”, “Daily Grind” and “Snap! Color Fusion”.  These collections offered monthly calendars, 4×6 and 3×4 cards as well as some matching pre-made pockets.  However, I had to be careful as I didn’t have the depth to use a lot of embellishments. I think the next one I create will have at least a 2-inch depth to allow for more pockets, flaps, and content.

Let’s get into this project…

The Front Cover

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The cover is made out of chipboard and covered in black cardstock with large magnets used as a closure.  On the cover is a couple different papers, I used the 6×12 from the 24/7 collection and then a 12×12 sheet of the brown grid from the same collection. For embellishments, I added the “January” from the sticker sheet, a 3×4 card for the camera and some ephemera pieces. Then added some red grosgrain ribbon from my stash. This opens to the right to reveal the second panel.

2nd Panel of Tri-Fold

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This panel has the opposite sides of the magnets hidden under the papers. The “snapshots of our life” is a 6×12 cut out as well from the 24/7 collection, matted on the brown grid paper.  For continuity I added more of the grosgrain red ribbon, I also like how it hides edges and calls out the red in the camera paper. This panel opens to the left to reveal the center panel and inside of the folio.

The Center Panel with the half page with a flip

The center section holds a half page layered on top of two large pockets. The front of the half page has the general January calendar in which dates can be circled in pencil to keep track of events that happened.  The calendar is a hidden flap with a magnetic closure. It opens to reveal a January card for notes that is also a pocket. The pocket holds 3×4 cards for more notes. For embellishments, I added a 3×4 card “Insta Love,” for additional color, on the pattern paper.

The Center Panel – Half Page Backside

 

The back side panel was created out of several 6×6 papers including this note paper found on the “b side” of the solid  “Snap color fusion” 6×6 papers. Given the busier titles, I only added a couple of chipboard embellishments for decoration.

 

Pockets and Insert

 

I made two pockets layered one on top of the other measuring 7×11 and 8 1/4×11.  The first pocket will hold scrapbook page or project ideas. The second pocket is to hold my larger photos. To protect the pictures, I made a file folder insert for the pocket measuring 8 1/2 x 10 1/2.  The only embellishments are the pattern papers.

 

Left Side of Tri-Fold

 

On the left side, I made a large pocket to hold more page ideas or ephemera from the month. The “Daily Grind” Collection had calendar papers that broke the month down by week. I liked it for a guide to remind myself of what I had and what I didn’t have to finish the month.

For embellishments, I added some chipboard tags and one of the pre-made pockets. It is a little smaller than 3×4, but I think it would be perfect for 2×3 photos.

Right Side Panel of the Tri- Fold

 

The Right side has a pocket as well as photo sleeves stacked in a waterfall design. This area is a quick visual reference to each event of the month. I used adhesive photo sleeves from Simple Stories to create the waterfall. This allows for (2) 4×6 or (4) 2×3 pictures in each sleeve.  To the side, I created a long shallow pocket on which I wrote my panel title using the 12 x12 sticker sheet with different fonts along with chipboard stickers from the Daily Grind collection.

Thank you for stopping by and reading the walkthrough.  If you have any questions or thoughts, please leave me a comment.

Until next time….

 

 

P.S. I am not compensated by Simple Stories, just a big fan of their products.  If you are interested in learning more about them you can check out the company and their products here Simple Stories

 

 

New Washi Tape Addict

November 22, 2016

Good Morning,

Today’s post is rather quick since those of us in the U.S. will be celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday. This year I am cooking so I need a couple of days to prep.  Not to mention, I have a valid reason to be on Pinterest for hours.

For today’s scrapbook page I am still working on last year’s pumpkin patch pictures. I seem always to be behind in my scrapbooking, perhaps when I am 80 years old, I will be caught up. However I am using a current collection so that evens everything up, right?

The idea for this layout came, when I was creating the fall card a couple of weeks ago, I previously posted when I only had the 6×6 pad.  I couldn’t wait to receive the rest of the collection from Steals.com after scoring a great deal.

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I liked the idea of creating dimension with a frame and tucking pictures behind it and using the word/phrase paper.  I just wish the dimensional tape I used was thicker for more depth. Given the odd sizes of these pictures, my usual scrapbook style would not have done them justice.  I feel the tight cropping needed to fit in the frame allows the viewer to focus on the action happening in the pictures.

This layout marks a milestone for me; it is the first time I have ever used washi tape on a layout. I now understand what I have been missing all this time; this tape is so versatile.  For someone like me, who needs a few tries to get items straight on a page this tape is the answer. It didn’t tear my paper nor lose its adhesive properties when re-sticking it. I used the orange tape on the top and bottom as a defining border on the phrase paper. Aside from the multiple uses it in my craft room it will start to make its way into layouts and cards as borders…baby steps.

Simple Stories “Hello Fall” Collection colors inspire me, so putting together this layout along with other projects is easier. Which means I might finally finish these pumpkin pages not only this year but while it is still Fall.

If you’re interested here is my supply list:

Simple Stories Hello Fall Collection

  • 12×12  sheet of Sweater Weather (plaid paper)
  • 12×12 sheet of 12×6 cut apart
  • Bits and Pieces (die cuts pack)
  • orange washi tape
  • Hello Fall Chipboard Stickers

Thank you for spending a little time with me today, I appreciate your thoughts or comments.

Until next time…..

**Please note I am not compensated or affiliated with  any of these companies. I am just passing on information about companies who produce either quality product or service.

 

 

Part 2: “My Boys”Album divider -using flaps and pockets

August 11, 2016

Good Morning,

Today I have an update to the 6×8 album titled ” My Boys” I shared in my previous post Celebrating the “Everyday” with a Simple Stories 6×8 Album.  I have been spending a ton of time editing pictures to print for all the projects I have in the works. I am so behind that it has been time-consuming. However, this past week I  was able to find a little time to work on one of the album dividers.

These albums are made with the idea to keep things simple, but this collection inspires me so much its hard not to want to do more with it. I decided to divide this album by each son. This divider is for my oldest and where he is at in 2016. All these sections will highlight their favorite sayings, activities or just life in general at this age.

I made the divider a double pocket that holds this adorable iPhone piece from the card collection along with a 3×4 journaling/photo. Then added a larger 5×5 tag at the top.Simple Stories %22So Rad%22 Album  inside

The “You are all kinds of Awesome” 4×6 pocket holding the iPhone and 3×4 card doubles as a flap that opens down to reveal a 4×6 photo mat. Simple Stories %22So Rad%22 Album  inside-2 On the inside flap itself, I thought this was a good place to put this cute 4×6 card titled  “Random Facts.”  I used it as a way to highlight his current interests, inside jokes with us and facts about him at this moment in time. To give it some interest and personality, I thought it would be fun to use two of the smaller alphabet fonts included in the kit along with some of the image stickers.

The page stays closed and hides the hidden flap by using two magnets on each side toward the top. I used the chipboard pieces as a reminder as well as a place to open the flap.

To make the 5×5 tag and pocket I used the cork and this super cute stripe/star paper from the 6×6 pad. Normally for a larger tag, I would use cardstock to give it some strength and pop, but I couldn’t decide between designs.  I decided just to keep it as is and let my mood decided on which side faces out.

After cutting the tag with a Spellbinder, border dies this can still hold a 4×4 photo or a 3×4 with a mat on each side. I added their “Bradz” to each side by the ribbon for the “brad effect.”  Their brads do not have the metal tails, so they are effectively enamel/metal sticker.  I used larger ones on the cover of the album as well. ( it can be seen here Celebrating the “Everyday” with a Simple Stories 6×8 Album)

Here is an another look with the stripe side showing in the pocket. Simple Stories %22So Rad%22 Album  inside-5

Thanks for following along with this project, hopefully, I will have more to post soon.

In case you are interested or a hoarder of this collection like me who is ready to start using it, here is the product list (all products are from the Simple Stories “So Rad” Collection):

  • 12×12 orange honeycomb from the Basic Kit Collection
  • 6×6 paper pad for tag, pocket, inside photo mat and blue tab.
  • 12×12 Icon sticker sheet
  • 12×2 alphabet sticker sheet
  • Snap Cards collection (3×4 and 4×6)
  • Chipboard sticker sheet
  • Clear photo stickers (Yolo)
  • “So Rad” Bradz

Until next time……

 

 

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