Saturday, July 26, 2008

Directions for Criss-Cross Cards from Yesterday's Post

Here are the cards again.
Criss-Cross Happy Birthday0001
Criss-Cross Thank-Yoy0001


Two 4 1/4" x 11" pieces of cardstock 

One or two 4" x 5" piece of patterned paper  (*If you are using double-sided patterned paper, you will need one piece.  If you are using single-sided paper, you will need two.)

One 3 3/4" x 5" piece of cardstock

One 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of cardstock




Scraps of paper for embellishments (or ready-made embellishments)

Corner rounder

Directions for Holder Portion:

1.  Score both 4 1/4 x 11" pieces of cardstock at 5 1/2".

2.  Take one scored piece and cut it diagonally from center top to bottom left.

Take the other piece of scored cardstock and cut it diagonally from the center top to the bottom right.

Add adhesive to the rectangle part of the back of one cardstock piece.

Tape both pieces together. Make sure both long edges of the diagonal sections are on the bottom.

6.  Fold the triangle flaps toward you to create the "criss-cross."

7.  Cut the patterned paper in half diagonally.  If you are using single-sided paper, have one patterned face up when you cut it and the other face down.  THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.  If you are using double-sided paper, you don't have to worry about this.

8.  Align the triangles to the front flaps of the card, and adhere them to your card front.

Add adhesive to the bottom of the middle panel and on the bottom of the triangle flap that will be the top flap. Tape the card base together.

Directions for Card Insert

Take the 3 3/4 x 5" and 3 1/2 x 4 3/4" pieces of cardstock, and round the top corners.

2.  Layer and adhere them together.

3.  Stamp and embellish as desired.  I used embellishments from my "stash." 

Please Note:  Adding a tab on top of the insert makes it easier for the recipient to
remove the card from the holder, but it is not necessary.  If you do
add it, you will need to make a custom envelope, because it won't fit
in an A2 (invitation size) envelope.  You can email me for a template.

Be warned:  These can become addictive!  Have fun, and don't say I didn't warn you!

Friday, July 25, 2008

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately.

Shocking, isn't it?  But, yes, lately I really have been thinking about how I spend my time. I've been re-evaluating my priorities, and I've come to the conclusion that I need to spend more time on things that I really enjoy, and that I "get something out of." I'm not talking about monetarily. I mean things that I find gratifying.  I've been spending too much time on forums that I no longer enjoy, or at least don't enjoy as much as I used to. Since I'm not a member of the in crowd, or a yes, you're so wonderful, I want to be just like you bunch, or famous, I really don't have much to offer at those places.  I'm going to be using that time to pursue the things I do enjoy.

Apart from my family (of course), one of those things is this blog.  I started it with the hopes of sharing paper crafting tips with my fellow stampers and scrapbookers.  While I've tried to keep that going,  sometimes I've let other things get in the way.  Well, not anymore!  Starting this week, I will be posting weekly crafting tips again, along with updates on how things are going with Repeat Impressions. Speaking of Repeat Impressions, ; I just received my first batch of stamps to create with. Wow!  They are simply gorgeous!  I have lots of plans for them, and  I encourage you all to check out RI to see all the wonderful stamps and accessories Wendy has.  Working on the Design Team for Repeat Impressions is another priority that I plan to devote a lot of time to.

I've been doing a lot more scrapbooking and stamping, and I'll be sharing some of those projects with you as well.  Here are some of the cards that I've made lately.  My first new paper crafting tip will be how to make these cards, and I should be posting it this weekend.

Happy Crafting!

Criss-Cross Thank-Yoy0001 Criss-Cross Happy Birthday0001

Thursday, July 17, 2008

I've been accepted!

I have some exciting news!  I've been accepted onto the Design Team for Repeat Impressions Rubber Stamps, a wonderful stamp company with a variety of fabulous stamps and accessories!  Check them out here:  The DT isn't posted there yet, but we will be soon.  I'm so excited!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Summer in the Sixties

This weekend I completed a layout that I had been thinking about for awhile.  It's about my favorite summer memories from childhood.  A few years ago, my mother gave me a whole bunch of photos from my childhood, and I've been wanting to scrapbook them ever since.  I don't remember where I read about this challenge, but the challenge was to scrapbook your favorite summer memory from childhood.  Well, here it is, in all its glory.  I worked a little differently with this one, writing the journaling first, and then moving on to the photos.  I hope you like reading and seeing it as much as I enjoyed creating it.  Thanks for stopping by!

Summer in the Sixties (L)
 Summer in the Sixties (R)

If you'd like to find out how to get the .cut files for the flower border and large scalloped circle, just email me.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Fitting 9 photos on a 9 x 12 2-page layout

A few years ago, my husband bought me a Hallmark scrapbook for Mother's Day.  Since the theme of the cover is family, I decided to use it to scrapbook the different things we do as a family.  Really.  No kidding!  The size has proven to be a challenge, but I think this layout is proof that you CAN fit multiple photos on a smaller size layout. I think the most important principle to keep in mind is symmetry.  Make sure that your layout is balanced on both sides, and be sure to crop and arrange your photos so that they balance each other and are lined up as straight as possible.  Perfection isn't necessary, though, as life isn't perfect.  Right?

Happy scrappin' and Happy 4th of July!