Monday, October 20, 2014

Got scraps? Make mats!

Calling all paper crafters! You've got scraps! I know you do!

I'd like to share with you an idea I saw in a youtube video some time ago: Scrap Mat Tutorial. This person made what she calls Scrap Mats from the scraps of a leftover project. What a great idea! You know the papers go together and you know you already like that combination. Why not collage it together? (To see more of her lovely creations, you can check out her blog!)

So, I finally tried it out but I did it a little differently. She uses tape on the back to hold the mat together before adhering it to her project. I ran a mat piece through my Xyron 5-inch Creation Station. Then, I layered my strips on to the sticky mat and then trimmed the edges. I don't sew, but some paper crafters do. I think a stitched edge on these mats would be a great finishing touch!

I made these three cards.
On the first one, I used a stinkin' cute sentiment from Your Next Stamp and bat die cuts that I designed myself for my electronic die cutter.

Then I got the idea to cut the mat into a shape. So, I used my Victorian background die on the next card. The stamps are from Close to My Heart and I watercolour painted the bear with Tombow Markers.

On the last one, I used a Santa Claus stamp from Your Next Stamp. I didn't mat the scrap mat, since I liked the white and red contrast.  I used Copic Markers to colour Santa and a Copic Green glitter pen to colour the sentiment. It took a long time to colour such a tiny image! But I do love the result.

I used a thin cardstock as my mat base, but you could use ugly patterned paper. (You know it. We all buy paper stacks that have a least one ugly design!) If you use a patterned paper as the base, then it won't be as heavy when you layer the mat on a card.

Other ideas for scraps include:
  • Quilt blocks, instead of strips
  • Paper piecing. Stamp on your scraps and cut them out to piece on to the stamped image
  • Ribbon flags (like on this robot card for a boy)
  • Mini buntings
What are your ideas?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Tutorial: Journaling Lines for Scrapbooking

Happy Thanksgiving! I had the urge to make a mini album. So, I went ahead and did it. It's not yet done, but I've made the mats and tags for it. I haven't decided if I will further embellish them. The smallest tags however, are meant for journaling. They are too small for pictures but just right for a small snippet of a story: a place, time, date, title or quote.

I needed a way to make lines on them and I read about masking the sides and drawing across them. So, I pulled out some graph paper to help me line it up and I really liked how it turned out.  I made a (silent) video tutorial of how I drew the lines on my scrapbook tags, including masking off some stamping on them.

You can find it on my Vimeo channel:
Tutorial: Journaling Lines for Scrapbooking

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Shaker Card Merriment!

We made some hand made Christmas cards this weekend in my workshop. We used the shaker card style of cards. We've made a shaker card before using a frame made from cookie-cutter dies that graduate in size. I wanted to show my crew how you can make a shaker card with just one die. We basically made a face plate for the front of the card.

I made two Christmas shaker cards and two, more general, winter shaker cards. Here are the Christmas ones. The buildings are from a gorgeous Close to My Heart stamp set called Christmas Village Holiday. The sentiment on the red and white card comes from the same set.

You see? The cut out acts like a snow globe and the snow is made of micro beads. You shake it around and the beads go everywhere - like a snow storm (plus it makes a fun sound). The poinsettia in the first card is an Accucut Craft die cut.

"Merry Christmas" on the second card came from a sale bin at Michaels Craft Store. I also used a technique shared by Gina K. Designs on how to partially emboss a border with your embossing folders. I love this idea! I used it on the two winter cards too:

These adorable penguins are a Stampendous stamp. I coloured my Penguins with Copic warm grays: (W1, W3 and W6). I coloured the hats with BIC Mark-Its: Misty Blue and Lime Sorbet. The string of lights came from a holiday set of dies from Lifestyle Crafts (once Quickutz; now part of We R Memory Keepers). Actually, the giant ornament snow globe cut out shape is from that same holiday set.

The last one I did is this snowman. I snagged the Snowman Delight stamp set from Your Next Stamp at their booth at Scrapfest this past weekend. I had to try him out right away as he was a perfect fit for the ornament.

A great thing about using a themed punch or die is that a) it's less fussy than getting the frames nested just right and b) you can use both pieces! We used the negative for the shaker card but you can also use the positive to embellish another card.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Video - 5x7 Dog Mini Album

A while ago, I posted about a 5x7 dog-themed mini scrapbook album that I made and submitted to the Accucut Craft Grandemark challenge. [Didn't win anything though.] I finally fixed up the video for it so you can see a live walk-through of the pages.

I really like how the pocket pages have the V-neck cut out in the die that I used [A7 Jacket Card #1 from Accucut Craft]. Feel free to click on over to my Vimeo Channel to see this album.