Friday, January 19, 2018

Sweet on You Valentine's Day Cards

Transform Club Scrap's Sweet on You collection into sixteen Valentine's Day cards using Club Scrap card making formulas. You can visit the Club Scrap blog to see which ones were used.

Complete the cards in just a few easy steps:
  1. Start by choosing a Club Scrap card making formula. Assign paper selections according to the "Gather List". 
  2. Use the cutting diagrams on the back side of the card to trim papers. 
  3. Trim Cutaparts included in the kit using the printed artwork as a guide.
  4. Once your papers are cut, assemble each card according to the diagram.
For each card, select Cutapart artwork that fits the card style. Pre-cut photo mats can be trimmed for additional matting or die cut for embellishments.

The Love Frame Woodcut fits perfectly into the open space on the front of this matchbook style card. Creative trimming of the 12-inch long Cutapart produces the "All you need is" portion of the sentiment, which is cleverly placed over the journaling lines on the heart Cutapart.

Trim floral "love" border strip into two 5.5" sections. Adhere to near edge of tri-fold card. Add XOXO charm tied with a bit of ribbon.

When following the cutting diagrams on the back side of each card, be mindful of how you position the prints onto your trimmer. For example, when trimming the White Prints, be sure to rotate the paper so the larger heart cluster and the word "love" remain intact.

Mat the "love" panel with a white photo mat tied with champagne ribbon.

Separate "you're my favorite" from the 12-inch "Besides chocolate..." Cutapart. Trim strip to create a banner effect.

Frame a heart panel with a white photo mat tied with red ribbon.

Die cut the word "love" from a red photo mat, adhere to dotty border strip.

Add texture to the Pink panel with an embossing folder. 

Trim hearts from a red photo mat using a set of nesting dies. Add texture to the hearts by running them through a wood-grain embossing folder. Highlight the raised areas with Club Scrap Hybrid ink in Earth.

Add texture to the red heart and pink panel with embossing folders.

For more info about the formulas used with the Sweet on You kit, see my post on the Club Scrap blog.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

I {heart} Club Scrap layout formulas!

Being a member of Club Scrap has numerous benefits. In addition to instructions for every monthly kit, members receive a BONUS page layout formula. Each formula is designed to create a two-page spread using papers from your stash. (You DO have a stash, don't you?)

I recently did a two-part blog post on the Club Scrap blog sharing layouts created with all twelve layout formulas from 2017.

Part One (January - June 2017)
Part Two (July - December 2017)

I made a layout using the January 2017 page formula. After downloading the file, I followed the instructions for trimming three sheets of paper (A, B, and C). After all of the pieces were cut, I used the sketch to lay out the pieces and adhere them to the base papers (D).

Sample sketch from the 0117 Layout Formula. Cutting instructions included with download.
To finish, add photos, journaling, and die cut letters to create the page title. Voila!

Layout created using papers from the Color Me Happy collection.
The cool thing is you can use these page formulas again and again with different papers for a whole new look. Such a great tool.

Did you know you can download formulas from past years in our digital store? You get twelve formulas for $2.95! It's instant gratification, too, because the files are sent right to your email box. Sweet!

Happy scrapping!

Monday, January 15, 2018

More Scandinavia scrappin'.

I was on a roll after scrapping my Scandinavia Lite layouts, so I kept the momentum going by finishing up some pages from the Deluxe kit.

Over the summer my friend and I took the kids for a day trip to Door County. One mandatory stop was Pirate's Cove for mini golf. It was fun, but let's face it, I suck.

Scandinavia Deluxe Layout 1 & 2
Everyone (but me) got at least one hole-in-one. Of course that was cause to celebrate...with photo documentation. (In case you were wondering, Max and Emma tied for first place, Edie in second, and well, you guessed it, I was dead last.)

Scandinavia Deluxe Layout 3 & 4
I have been collecting photos from past Club Scrap Retreats for years, but never scrapped them. It was about time to get these pics from the 2016 Retreat into a scrapbook!

Scandinavia Deluxe Layout 7 & 8
More fun shots of some of my favorite people, this time from the 2017 Club Scrap Retreat. I must say, I'm feeling quite accomplished now!

Scandinavia Deluxe Layout 9 & 10
We toured a few universities this summer for my daughter. The photos below are from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Their journalism and creative writing programs were already high on her list, so after the campus tour, it became her top choice. (Momma is happy, too, because Milwaukee is less than 2 hours from home.) I'm pleased to report that as of November, she was accepted and will head to Marquette this fall. I'm one proud Momma!

Scandinavia Deluxe Layout 11 & 12
Whew! I love it when I get "on a roll" whipping out pages like a crazy person. (The only downside is when I have to stop and make dinner, LOL.)

Happy scrapping!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Scandinavia Lite Layouts

Now that the madness of the holidays is over, I'm getting caught up on my scrapping. My most recent project was putting photos on layouts made from Club Scrap's Scandinavia Lite kit.

I get to travel as part of my job, and I am blessed to have good friends all over the country. When doing a Creating Keepsakes Convention in July in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, I had an amazing group of people supporting me. Let me introduce you to Julie, Lisa, Tracey, Cathy, and Cindy, otherwise known as the "A" team. We worked hard, but we know how to have fun, too!

Scandinavia Lite Layout 3 & 4
My daughter graduates from high school in May. (Yikes!) We spent several weekends over the summer touring college campuses for schools at the top of her wish list. Columbia University is located in downtown Chicago, so we stayed an extra day to see some sights around the city. The photos below were taken at Millenium Park.

Scandinavia Lite Layout 5 & 6
I mentioned I get to travel for work, and in February 2016, Tricia and I headed for Grapevine, Texas, for Stamp & Scrapbook Expo. Tricia was so gracious to humor me in my quest to get to Waco to see the silos at Magnolia Market. Check one off the bucket list!

Scandinavia Lite Layout 1 & 2
Extra photo trimmed to fit journaling box.

The Grapevine Expo was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. That place is HUGE! The center of the property is home to a beautiful atrium with all kinds of fun stuff to explore.

Scandinavia Lite Layout 7 & 8

The sentiment on this cutapart wasn't quite right for my pics, so I covered it with a trimmed photo.
It's fun to revisit photos and the memories associated with them. Getting them scrapped in my albums is even better!

Happy scrapping!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Scandinavia Cards--with a twist.

Tricia Morris writes new card making formulas for the Club Stamp kits every month. I think that's pretty incredible. She's been doing it for over three years. Math is hard, but I do know one thing, that's a LOT of formulas!

She does a great job of varying the ALCM instructions: Some make just a batch of cards, others make cards AND a box (or other card storage). The boxes are perfect for gifting handmade cards. So useful!

I couldn't wait to dig into my Scandinavia Club Stamp kit. This month's card formula makes twelve cards and a handy storage box. Only this time, I didn't really have a need for the box. By skipping those cuts, I was able to make 17 cards instead.

Darice embossing folder.

Scandinavia Pine Washi Tape and Art Nouveau stamps

Scandinavia Greeting stamps

I know owls are trendy, but I'm not really a fan. Except this guy. THIS owl is so cute--especially the one expressing his individuality!

So remember: Be different. Be you. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Assembly Line Card Making Mash Up

One of my favorite Assembly Line Card Making (ALCM) formulas was designed for the Oopsie Daisy (July 2014) Club Stamp kit.

I've used the formula a few times now, substituting papers from different collections, much like the Lock & Key cards I made earlier this year. This time, I created a mash up pairing the Pattern Play Club Stamp kit with the Oopsie Daisy card formula. I simply substituted prints for prints, and plains for plains. I love how all thirteen cards turned out.

There were a few scraps of the quad print left that weren't used in the original formula, however, I managed to find a use for them!

Don't be afraid to try a mash up of your own. Happy crafting!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Adirondacks Envelope Book

The Club Scrap YouTube channel is an amazing source of inspiration. There are so many great video tutorials available, it's nice to have a reminder from time to time!

My envelope book was inspired by a video tutorial by Tricia Morris. Her Shades of Winter version made from coin envelopes was adorable, but I wanted something a bit larger. Therefore, I adjusted the project measurements to work with a 6 x 9" manila envelope.

Tricia wrote a blog post including a list of supplies and details for a coin-sized envelope. My materials list below has been adjusted for a larger 6 x 9" envelope size.

6 x 9" Manila Envelope
12" Elastic Cord Closure
18" Waxed Linen Thread and Needle
(3) 6.25 x 9" Inside Pages, Folded
(2) 4.5 x 6.25" Front and Back Cover Papers
6.25 x 3.5" Pocket Flap Cover, Folded Vertically
4-7/8 x 6.25" Pocket Insert
(12) 4 x 5.75" Photo Mats (optional)
Corner Chomper
Piercing Cradle
Bone Folder

Follow the steps outlined in Tricia's video to assemble the envelope booklet, with the following adjustments:

  • Before assembly, gently remove prong from manila envelope, if applicable.
  • Use 1/4" hole punch setting on the Crop-A-Dile to re-punch prong hole after adding pocket flap cover.
  • Skip trimming closed end of envelope to create a second pocket.
  • Reinforce envelope flap with layers of card stock, threaded with black elastic cord to create the closure. (In lieu of the ribbon used in Tricia's project.)

Once the book is assembled, decorate inside pages with elements from the Adirondacks Deluxe kit: EP Cutaparts, mats and kraft envelopes tied with checked ribbon.

Kraft envelopes tied with ribbon are great for hidden messages or storing memorabilia.

Add photos and enjoy!

The next time your creative mojo needs a kick in the pants, visit Club Scrap's YouTube channel for ideas. Happy crafting!