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!

Friday, October 20, 2017

What a Ride!

Club Scrap's What a Ride collection is one of the special releases from the 2017 Retreat. Tricia blogged about all three new collections on the Club Scrap blog yesterday.

The colors of this collection are so versatile. The first four pages feature photos from our family trip to Universal Studios Orlando.

What a Ride Layout 1 & 2
I love colors in this spread. Inspired by the wood accent on the first layout (included in the What a Ride collection), I added the wooden word "Awesome" from my stash.

What a Ride Layout 7 & 8
For the remaining four layouts, I used photos of my friend's grandson. The What a Ride Stencil creates a cool car accent on the pages. You can customize the color by changing the ink used. No other embellishments were needed!

What a Ride Layout 3 & 4
This time I used Ruby ink on the stencil for a tone-on-tone look. The Cutapart sentiments are perfect for these photos from the Thomas the Train exhibit. I added the "So much fun" Color Me Happy Lite Wood Frame to the dark brown square on the right page.

What a Ride Layout 5 & 6
I just love Club Scrap's eight page collections...they make it easy to whip up gorgeous pages in about an hour. I've been having a great time pairing photos with each collection and filling up my albums in the process.

Happy scrapping!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sweet on Sweet Tooth

Club Scrap's Sweet Tooth collection is one of the special releases from the 2017 Retreat. Tricia is blogging about all three new collections on the Club Scrap blog today.

The Sweet Tooth pages were perfect for photos of my friend's grandson enjoying a variety of tasty treats. (Now, I hate to give the impression he only eats sweets...he eats lots of healthy food, too.)

Sweet Tooth Layout 1 & 2
All I added were photos and journaling to each page, except the one below. Those chocolate brown mini mats were just crying out for a die cut cupcake--especially since I purchased the die knowing this collection was coming. The cupcake is even topped with "sprinkles", which are actually the smallest of the enamel dot stickers included in the kit.

Sweet Tooth Layout 3 & 4
The design team really outdid themselves on the goodies for this collection. The super-cute candy charms, resin wrapped candies, and enamel dot stickers couldn't be a better match. Fun ribbons and baker's twine are also included in the kit.

Sweet Tooth Layout 5 & 6

Don't you just love those facial expressions? I wish you could see those dimples in person!

Sweet Tooth Layout 7 & 8
Now I'm craving something sweet to eat, darn it. Oh well, happy scrapping!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Photo Drop Box

I had the pleasure of teaching a very cool project at the 2017 Club Scrap Retreat in October. The Photo Drop Box was designed by my friend, Julie. (Read more about her inspiration here.) It was an awesome project to put together, and it was perfect for showcasing my dad's daily "walkabout" photos.

Here's a quick video to show you how the finished project looks:

Each of the three hand-stitched booklets holds 24 standard 4x6 photos. I chose to add photos that represent the seasons in our local park: winter, fall and spring.

The three booklets are housed in this clever storage box--built from book board and wrapped in gorgeous text-weight paper. The outside of the box can be decorated to suit your tastes.

The front of my box features an amazing eagle photo Dad captured, along with the wooden word "dream" (Crewel & Unusual February 2016).

Everything you need to complete this project is included in the Photo Drop Box kit. I added "feet" to mine--craft store wooden knobs (painted black) adhered to the box base using Bookbinding Glue.

You can easily customize your box with three sheets of 12x12 text weight paper from your stash. My friend Ron covered his with this amazing hammered copper paper, also offered at Retreat.

Photo and project by Ron Perry.
This project makes an incredible gift (just ask Dad!) It would also be a great way to store and display photos from a special event or trip. I already have plans for two more boxes in the works!

Happy crafting!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fun with Orchard and watercolor techniques.

The artwork and images of the Club Scrap Orchard collection are a perfect pear-ing (LOL) for faux watercolor techniques. Here are a few of the cards I created with this collection.

For details about these cards and more, visit the Club Scrap blog.