Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vintage-style photos on Cherry Blossoms collection

When my daughter Emma was small, my friend Kay took photos of her using vintage props. Afterwards, Kay printed three favorites in sepia, hand-tinted them, then placed them in a triptych frame as a gift to me. The frame hung proudly on the wall of our family room.

Fast-forward a few years: Emma's rambunctious brothers were playing football in the house, and the frame came crashing down. I was one sad (and very mad) momma.

For too long these photos stayed tucked away. However, when I saw the Cherry Blossoms collection from Club Scrap, I knew I had finally found an ideal way to showcase these special memories.

I strayed slightly from Tricia's formula for Cherry Blossoms Deluxe Layout 3 & 4, in order to accommodate the 5x7 photos. Since the photos are originals (and very precious), I used white photo corners to attach them to the page.

You never know, I might want to put them in a frame again some day!

To see more of my Cherry Blossoms pages, visit my post at the Club Scrap blog.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Turn your junk mail into something beautiful!

Handmade paper. Magic in a blender. The ultimate in recycling. Turn that junk mail into something beautiful!

If you want easy, use a kit like Arnold Grummer's Papermill PRO. Their online shop has a variety of kits to meet every budget. I've owned my PRO kit for over thirteen years. My kids loved making paper when they were younger. It can be a very fun (and educational) activity.

I recently put my kit to use making eleven sheets of handmade paper for a special card making project.

Here's how it's done:

Follow the instructions included with the kit to make paper. Let the sheets dry overnight. Use a press or weigh down with heavy books so the sheets stay flat. (Unless you like "curly" paper, of course.)

Each set of four cards required a 5.5 x 8.5" sheet. Use a grid ruler to measure the horizontal half-point of 8.5 x 11 sheet, draw a line with a water brush. Gently tear along the wet line to preserve a deckle edge.

Continue dividing into smaller panels with the ruler and water brush. Use panels to decorate four cards.

I chose papers inspired by Club Scrap's Transformations collection. Don't you just love that "natural" handmade paper edge?

Cherry Blossoms Greeting stamps

I just love the look and texture of handmade paper! It's a neat way to recycle, and you can customize it to match just about anything. You can even add dried flowers or wild flower seeds for special occasions. Give it a try some time!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Lock & Key Greeting Cards

While planning my visit to the "Do Your Own Thing" Retreat at Silver Birch Ranch, I had to decide which photos, kits and supplies to bring to work on over the weekend. My friend Rita and I tried to coordinate a bit so neither of us would have to bring every tool we own. We also wanted to work on some kits together if we could.

One of those kits was Lock & Key from October 2013. While she made pages, I tackled my Lock & Key Club Stamp kit.

I love using Tricia's Assembly Line Card Making (ALCM) instructions. The only caveat is she didn't start creating the ALCM for the Club Stamp kits until 2014. 

Rather than start from scratch, I used one of my favorite ALCM formulas: Oopsie Daisy (July 2014). By simply substituting prints for prints, and plains for plains, I was able to create thirteen gorgeous Lock & Key cards!

I'm really happy with how they turned out! Have you ever tried the Assembly Line Card Making method? I'd love to hear what you think!