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Everything ABC’s Blog hop – S is for SIMPLE!

Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

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For this hop we will be featuring the letter S. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy 

If you came from  Lauren Moore – CTMH Craftings youu are in the right place. 


S is for Super Simple!

I recently have been watching from a distance on FB the success of my nephews in their sporting activities this year and that got me thinking about how we might scrapbook the stories of a teenage boy and his almost double figure younger brother and their awesome season. This is what I came up with. I will be giving one of these nephews this page layout when he visits in the school holidays.

Completed super simple and very fast page.

Super simple PML page layout in the traditional way. Picture My Life cards are truly very versatile! Close To My Heart have a lovely range for us to choose from too!

The page is built on our awesome Picture My Life Scrapbooking Program. The design used here is Later Sk8terZ1945.  While we do not have the paper pack of this design we do have these cards and the card stock to match! PML cards are the source of titles, embelishments, photo mounts and journalling boxes all rolled into one! You can use them to pocket scrap, make cards and do more traditional layouts like this one. The price of them makes them very cost effective for a themed album too.

Each card is double sided. There are 22 of each 6 x 4 design (44 cards)  and 3 of each 2 x 4 design cards (78 cards) giving you a total of 122 cards to play with. Each set comes with a title page and a variety of pocket pages for your album. You can mix pocket pages and normal pages up in your album using layouts like this one..

Sand the base cardstock to match the texture of the cards. The extra white little bits come from paper crumbs (corner rounder bits) under the cardstock - a happy accident!

Sand the base cardstock to match the texture of the cards. The extra white little bits come from paper crumbs (corner rounder bits) under the cardstock – a happy accident!

I decided to use the same colours that are in the set – Outdoor Denim and Pear. To get ‘the look’ of the cards I have scrubbed the card stock with the sanding tool in our sanding kit. I did smudge the pear strips with a little outdoor denim ink using a sponge, but this is the only ink on this layout!

Fussy cut embellishments from a card or use them whole. Here I have taken a big card, cut the banner embellishment away and turned the remainder into a title card.

Fussy cut embellishments from a card or use them whole. Here I have taken a big card, cut the banner embellishment away and turned the remainder into a title card.

I have fussy cut 2 of the cards for embellishments, chosen a journalling card and a title. the rest are pure decoration. The suggested photo sizes for the layout especially on the right could really change according to what you have on hand.

And there is more!!! While I was at it I used these cards to creae a birthday card and some congratulations cards for both my nephews since they had had such an awesome season.

Later Sk8ter PML cards

Front of the congratulations card!

Front of the congratulations card!

Many consultants are offering PML Buffet classes for page layouts like this and I am one of them. If you would like to host a Picture My Life Buffet workshop, or come to a class to make one of these layouts and see how simple it is let me know!

Shopping List

Use some of your cards for quick card notes. In this example I have done some little notes to congratulate my nephews. The journal cards were perfect for the inside and ther cards work for the outside of the card.

Use some of your cards for quick card notes. In this example I have done some little notes to congratulate my nephews. The journal cards were perfect for the inside and ther cards work for the outside of the card.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is  Melissa Hegwood- Scrappin’s More Mom

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop R is for Remember this Day

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter R. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy  If you came from “Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy ” then you’re on the right track!

R is for Remember this Day

Recently I my family lost someone we loved dearly and I wanted to give all the members of the family a card to express both condolences and the encouragement to remember a great lady with love. I created this card for all the immediate family and granddaughters who were effected by the loss.

Remember this Moment

Remember this Moment

In our range of stamp sets we have a lovely Cameo set called ‘Sweet Moments’ C1467. I fell in love with it and got it as soon as possible and stashed it into my card making pile, to wait for a day of inspiration for using it. (I love doing heritage work!) I needed little inspiration when I had a need to express my love for a beautiful lady and the loss the family were suffering. On this stamp set I found the Cameo and all it represents in femininity, lace, delicate and nostalgic and sentiments such as ‘Remember this day’, a butterfly, and a lovely tiny saying ‘It’s moments like this we want to hold in our hearts forever’.

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Sweet Moments C1467

I have teamed all of these with two core (I think at least) card making stamp sets. Sincere Expressions A1146 and D1584 Big Hug. The card itself can be simply stamped but I decide to be a little creative and have embossed with Cameo with clear embossing powder. I finished the work with Clear Sparkle flourish, Small Sparkles and Silver Shimmer trim. I stamped the Rose on the envelop as an added touch of elegance.

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Big Hug D1584

It is hard to say I hope you enjoy this project, but sincerely hope you are inspired by it to give this stamp set a go for when ‘Remembering’ a special someone really matters.

Products Used in this project

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is Lauren Moore – “CTMH Craftings” 

In case you get lost along the way…go to Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Jen

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop N is for Northern Lights

 

 

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter N. This may be the name  of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their N element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from “Ren’ee Musgrave~ReneesCreativeQueens ” then you’re on the right track!


 

N is for Northern Lights technique. 

Hello readers! I have landed back in Australia safe and sound after my awesome adventures overseas and I am looking forward to sharing more of that adventure with you in coming weeks. For now I am back on board with the everything ABC’s Blog hop and I hope you enjoy my N project, northern lights which I took with me to Convention in Anaheim for the Consultant Showcase. There are number of videos about this technique and I watched a few before trying it myself. I hope you enjoy my instructional video in and will have a go at replicating the technique of scrubbing and rubbing just with your $2 sponge!

Let’s get started by looking at some samples! Bring on the eye candy!

Always Grateful C1559

Always Grateful C1559

 

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint or the Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

Always Grateful C1559 Use a toothpick dipped in pearl paint (NLA) or use the  Chalk Marker to create the sparkle of stars.

 

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!)  This is one of the pieces I had on show at Convention 2014.

Cityscape C1563 retiring July 30 2014 so be sure to grab this one!) I had this one on show at Consultant Showcase at the Convention.

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420

Do something really different. Hello Tweety B1420 – (NLA. It appears to already have been retired!)

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

Hello Tweety B1420 with a background using the Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

So how is it done?

You start with your inks all lined up – Honey, Topiary. Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock, Outdoor Denim and Black. You will need the sponge to apply the ink and you simply rub the sponge on your inkpad and rub the ink onto your paper. You are rouging it scrubbing the ink into your White cardstock. Rub and buff!!!  It is easier to show you how so here it is!

 

Tips!

  • Work on scratch paper so you can work well over the edges
  • Do a bigger piece than what you need
  • Work one colour then the next
  • Begin with a kind of diagonal line
  • smudge colours into each other to create more colours including purple! This works especially well if you are quick
  • don’t fuss too much with placement – every time you do this it will be different to the last
  • Change it up – make it lighter and brighter, leaving out the dark colours, adding more of one colour than another and more.
  • It is recomended to use sihouette type stamps for this technique hence the trees and the city scape. But I challenge you to try other stamp sets such as Hello Tweety, Fast and Furious and Born to Ride!
change it up - leave out the dark colours!

Change it up – leave out the dark colours! This was an experiment – it is currently a UFO! I am in temp accommodation with a temp craft room so it is unfinished as yet!

Here is a picture of the finished artwork I was working on in the video featuring Born to Ride C1483. It is finished off with the Durable Studs Z1836

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Born to Ride completed- as shown in the Video

Shopping List

You have reached the end of the blog hop but you can start over or continue at your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop – Linda Norman of Scrappy Therapy

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop Letter I

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter I. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their I element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy

If you came from “Joy McHargue- Studiowow” right track!

Ivy Lane Card Collection

Collection of 12 cards all made with Ivy Lane Card Making kit and extra papers and stamp sets

Collection of 12 cards all made with Ivy Lane Card Making kit and extra papers and stamp sets

With mother’s day coming up for the mother who has everything consider making her a box of cards. These cards are all making use of the Ivy Lane Card Making kit, additional Ivy Lane papers and various other stamps sets and tools. The card box is also decorated with Ivy Lane papers, the Ivy Lane Assortment, Ivy Lane Complements and the stamp of the month we had earlier in the year called Happy Place. This project is one which should have you diving through your stamp sets!

Ivy Lane Card Making Kit – The ONLY way you can get that awesome gold Shimmer trim at present.

 

Aside from three of the cards being exactly as they are in the kit I made additional cards, first varying the card making kit deigns, then diving into my stamp stash and using my scraps and leftovers. All card are on Colonial white cards and since having these in my possession I have fallen in love with the quality of these cards, and the price.

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This is another that follows the designs in the card making kit but makes use of a different sentiment. Once again you can see the soft flourishes stamped in the background.

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In this card I have followed the same design that is in the card kit but used an alternative sentiment.

The following two cards focused on using up some zip strip and chipboard pieces.

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The Chipboard piece came with Art Philosophy Cricut Collection. Sentiment is from Joyful Birthday. I glued the Ivy Lane Green to the chipboard first.

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The banner is one of the colour ready pieces that comes with the Art Philosophy Cartridge. Sentiment is from Joyful birthday. I used the zip strip from the papers to trim this card.

Emboss any scrap and trim it to fit!

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For this card I used the Damask Embossing folder and then sanded. The Sentiment is in the Flourishes stamp set.

Make specific design choices with stamp sets from your stash.

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Background stamp the Flourishes from the inspiration flourishes stamp set, and stamp the hearts from the dreamer stamp set once on the card and once on scrap card to cut and mount on top. Sentiment is secondary stamped in chocolate and then stamped in hollyhock. The end result is a very pretty card.

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The Cup Cake is Cut with the Cricut Art Philosophy cartridge and layered up. The sentiment is from Joyful Birthday B1419

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Joyful Birthday B1419 Flourishes from Inspiration Flourishes C1581 in Bamboo and Hollyhock. Damask Embossing folder has also been used.

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I used the cuts suggested in the Ivy Lane Card making kit and gold shimmer trim. The title and chipboard piece came with the Artiste Cricut cartridge, background stamped with Inspiration Flourishes in Bamboo Ink. The edge distressing is in Hollyhock and the sentiment is stamped in Cocoa ink

I hope you have enjoyed this little trip down Ivy Lane! Now Hop on over and see what Pam Trostle has in store for you

 

Product list – All products available online at my Close to My Heart Online store– Don’t forget it is National Scrapbook month so you can get the Free to be me paper pack with every $75 order!

Ivy Lane Card Making Kit G1079

Ivy Lane Paper pack X7178B

Ivy Lane Complements X7178C

Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001

Colonial white cards and envelopes value pack X1410

My Creations Card Box z1647

Cricut Collection Art Philosophy Z1686

Cricut Collection Artiste z1790

Damask Embossing Folder Z1927

Exclusive Inks – Bamboo, Chocolate, Hollyhock and Cocoa

Additional Stamp sets

Joyful Birthday B1419

Dreamer B1439

 

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Everything ABC’s Blog Hop H

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Welcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop! For this hop we will be featuring the letter H This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post

If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy  If you came from “Pam Trostle ~ Pam’s Crafty Creations”

H is for HEXAGONS

Our idea book and Catalog is not only a catalog but a wonderful source of inspiration! There are many places to find Hexagons in Close To My Heart products. For this project I have chosen the Honeycomb Stamp set, Artbooking Honeycomb overlay, and Ariana papers.  The project is inspired by the layout featured on Page 95 of the Idea book and Catalog. I simply have switched papers, and embellishments. The rest is very much the same. Cricut Collections like Arbooking really open up the creative possibilities for our scrapbooking. You can follow the Artbooking Made Easy videos  too. Each week CTMH brings us a new episode to inspire us!

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination.

Artbooking Hexagon Overlay and Honeycomb hexagon stamps make a beautiful combination. I love Mr Mower – behaves himself. Ms Snippety is so nasty she doesn’t behave so she isn’t in a photo of my garden!

To create this layout I have used the honeycomb overlay key on page 67 using the 11 inch setting and the title spring is from page 63. I created the word ‘garden’ by grouping and linking letters in Cricut Craftroom.layered papers on mat readyfor four different colours of hexagons.

Next I did as many  Hexagons as would fit on 3 inch strips on my mat using different papers, some printed, some plain. This is cut at 11 inches from page 66. Remember these keys have images adjusted to suit the sizeof the artbooking layout they are intended for. This is the perfect size for the Honeycomb stamp set. The plain ones were stamped with Honeycomb stamp set C1537 I love the versatility of this stamp set and think it is a must for every crafter who stamps!

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Next I had to get those hexagons onto the overlay. This could be a really really sticky business but doesn’t need to be with Bonding Memories Glue pen, Tweezers, and a piece of non stick baking paper. Using this paper underneath as you work will avoid things sticking where you do not want them to stick! Draw with the glue pen and stick the pieces down. Give the glue time to ‘take up’. Once it grabs, it stays stuck!

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

Bonding Memories Glue pen, baking paper and tweezers.

It is not necessary to fill all the spaces. You can skip some and stamp directly on the background. I also only wanted to fill those places that would be visible as the rest is covered by photos. So I focused on top and bottom. Allow this to dry really well before adhering it across 2 12×12 pages. Allow this to dry if you have used Bonding memories glue, then split into two.

To decorate I have used other strips of Ariana paper, the exclusive consultant only Petite Perks stamp set to put on some butterflies and dragonflies, (If you Host a Gathering you can be cheeky and ask for this stamp set as your gift for hosting! It is really cute. It also has a bird and a flower.) Don’t have a nearby consultant? Join and you will get these AND YOUR FREE CRICUT CARTRIDGE  if you join our family in April ready to create and do business.

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. Talk to your consultant today!

During April when you join us at Close To My Heart you will get one of these Cricut Collections Free. This adds $130 value to your already fabulous $400 value kit. (Australia) Talk to your consultant today!

Here is a close up of the completed pages

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I decided to use the Rose and title bars from Ariana complements and the leaf design is from Art Philosophy Cricut Cartridge page 43. For the leaves and titles I have added dimension by daubing Olive exclusive ink to them. One stem of leaves is given dimension with Foam tape. The background paper is Sorbet Cardstock and the little images are stamped with Sunset and Sorbet. I have mounted the photos on Cashmere card stock after chalking the edges up with Chocolate distress ink. I have used the sanding kit to distress the outside edge of the pages.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is “ My Heart’s Design – Cary Magnani” and see what she has done with H. .In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy for a complete list of participants!

Products used in this layout

Cricut® Artbooking Collection Z1906

Cricut® Art Philosophy Collection Z1686

Honeycomb C1537

Bonding Memories™ Glue 1512

Ariana Paper Packet  X7179B

Ariana Complements X7179C

Distressing Inks Z1296

Sponge Daubers Z726

Sanding Kit  Z1294

3-D Foam Tape Z1151

Tweezers Z1382

Exclusive Inks Sorbet Z2164 Olive Z2137 and Sunset. Z2191

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Everything ABC’s Letter G- GLAMOUR!

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter G. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their G element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy If you came from Darlys Recker – Crafty Happy then you’re on the right track!

G is for Glamour!

Close up of some of the Glam with CTMH

Close up of some of the Glam with CTMH

We have plenty of Glamour at Close To My Heart! There is of course lots of shimmer and bling to choose from. We have glitter papers that do not flake everywhere. We have a whole range of colours in sparkles and gems including the Sparkle Black Flourishes. I also I love our alphasets and I especially love the Glamour sets D1537 and D1522. It is this alpha set that was the starting place for my project.

Glamour Upper Case Stamp Set

Glamour Lower Case set

From this decision and selecting the photo I then went for a browse through my Cricut Collections and found an overlay in Artbooking which has doubled as a stencil and glamour icons  Artiste. There is the Eiffel Tower, a Dressmakers manikin, a dress, a coat hanger, a chandelier and more on p 40-41. I cut the overlay from page  of Artbooking p 47. Then I did a bit of everything else. I tried a few different pieces and not all made it to the completed page. But that is ok – that is what Mixed media is about!

In my stash I had gold ribbons, paper clips and some other bits and pieces along with my Gesso, Texture paste and Spray pens.

Finally I grabbed my Base and Bling rhinestones ( I could have chosen more!) and I had a rather large assortment of Glamour pieces to choose from for my page to go with the Glam look of my girlfriend and I celebrating in style.

Of course red an purple are hard to work with. By sticking with neutrals of Black, Bamboo, and Desert Sand in both Ink and cardstock I was able to back this photo and not create too much competition.

Here is the final page I came up with

The finished page  minus some journalling

The finished page minus some journalling

The How

I began with a white cardstock base and first sealed it with gesso. (Available from art supply and craft stores) CTMH cardstock is very absorbent for any wet techniques so this step is important. I then used my overlay as a stencil and added texture paste.  (Available from art supply and craft stores). Wipe the excess paste off the stencil and you then have the overlay ready when dry for inking. This step was left overnight to dry.

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Use a spatula, knife or tongue depresser to spread texture paste over the stencil.

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Lift the overlay (stencil) away, wipe off excess and leave to dry. Baking paper is excellent for this as nothing sticks!

 

I then sprayed black ink onto the surface. It looked more grey than black when dry but that was ok. You can see a touch of green in this when sprayed too.  I rubbed the dried texture paste with the ink pad and got  a nice strong black as a stark contrast. I then smudged the background with Bamboo Pigment in and then background stamped the page with Bamboo and Black. For the black I used secondary stamping technique. This means you stamp once on scrap  then on the project. This took the ‘strong’ black out so it did not compete with what was to come. The stamp set for  this section of the work is from Inspiration Flourishes Stamp Set C1581. I also used this stamp set in the embellishments on the page.

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Get some nice big drips, hold the page ertical and let it run for a little more fun!

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I rubbed the overlay piece with bamboo pigment ink. I also smudged this into the background.

. Next I had to bling up the Paper for the photo so I used Versamark ink and some Silver embossing powder. You could easily use Silver Glitter paper to do this without all the fuss!

Dress Ups! This is the funbit. Play around with your elements and where you may place them on the page. Once you are happy with it you can begin to stick it down.

Dress Ups! This is the fun bit. Play around with your elements and where you may place them on the page. Once you are happy with it you can begin to stick it down.

Now I finished off elements ready for the page. I used liquid glass on the Chandelier and Eiffel Tower, distressed the edges of the dress, put overlay on the manikin and stamped and distressed the title and other elements.I found the overlay needed black behind it so I did that and my piece of scrap silver was too big so I made it smaller. I added and took away bits of ribbon and things from my sewing stash too. You get the idea. play dressups and see what you come up with.

My Gold ribbon was wired. To stick it down I used Liquid Glass and a bit of weight thanks to a craft knife and scissors while the glue dried. I also used foam tape to help with height for the other pieces.

Weight used to allow liquid glass time to dry and hold the ribbon

Weight used to allow liquid glass time to dry and hold the ribbon

I then went ahead sticking all the other bits down. At last minute I decided to add the ivy lane flowers and therefore needed a bit of green – I had some other pieces I had cut and the negative spaces from these so they did the job. The finished arrangement is not like the first – the dress or the tower….I wanted the Eiffel Tower to fit in. I also needed to sponge a little more black under the dressmakers manikin so it didn’t get lost.

Finally I decided the page needed an edge so with the help of daubers and Bamboo and Desert sand I got a distressed edge.

Here is another look at the finished piece.

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I hope you have enjoyed this project and are inspired by this way of taking your scrapbooking to a new level with mixed media and the help of the Cricut Collections. I hoe you know by now you can get a Cricut Collection Free this month if you join us at Close To My Heart.Discover the Art of Business Promotion. That is a whopping $130 AU extra for your kit to get started. Please chat to your consultant  about the April 2014 CTMH opportunity!

This is the final stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hopfor the letter G. I hope we have inspired you! You can go back to the beginning  Linda Norman- Scrappy Therapy . If you have just entered the hop be sure to head over there and go through all the posts. Hop on over there and See what she has done with G!

CTMH Products used in this project are available to purchase online. 

  • Glamour Upper Case Alphaset D1537
  • Inspiration Flourishes C1581
  • Inks: Black Bamboo Desert Sand
  • Black and silver Glitter paper  Z1829
  • Cricut Collection Artbooking Z1906
  • Cricut Collection Artiste Z1790
  • Spray Pen Z1380
  • Liquid Glass z679
  • 3D Foam Tape z1151
  • Ivy Lane Assortment Z3001
  • Sparkles Black Flourishes z1745

In case you get lost along the way…go to Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc) for a complete list of participants!

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Everything ABC’s letter E is for Envelopes

abc bloghopWelcome to the Everything ABC’s Blog Hop!

For this hop we will be featuring the letter E. This may be the name of a paper, a stamp set or an embellishment. Whatever the crafter has chosen as their # element will be featured in their post. If you have just hopped onto my blog, please start at the beginning at Linda’s blog ~ Scrappy Therapy (link: found on signup doc)

If you came from “Pam Trostle Pam’s Crafty Creations

Today I bring you a project which begins with Envelopes and their cards from the CTMH Bulk Colonial White card and envelope pack.

Jubilee envelope mini album

Jubilee envelope mini album

I have used 4 envelopes and cards to make this fun mini album. The idea springs from envelope mini albums posted by Kathy Orta on You Tube, but I have made this slightly differently. I trust you will find these directions adeqaute, but if not by all means head over and watch her video, especially if you have never made a mini album before. This mini album should fit 20 trimmed 6×4 photos – or the equivalent if trimming or using smaller photos. There are a number of pockets you can add more photo and journalling cards to too. I would expect, if you have a go at this, that yours will turn out differently from mine, making each and every mini album and individual work of art because of our choices in paper and embellishment. The best results for a beginner will come from using a coordinated collection.  If you wish to skip right to a video walk through click here.

All of my decoration has been done using the one paper pack, making it easy to ensure everything coordinates nicely. I chose Jubilee simply because it celebrates summer time and because some lucky person will get this as a gift! It would look just as nice with any of the paper packs. Envisage it with Ivy Lane, Ariana, Balloon ride – or use White daisy and try Lollydoodle. Have fun with the decoration using scraps, stamps, complements and assortments. Dig through your stash for pretty laces and florals if using Ivy Lane or Ariana for example. Whatever takes your fancy!

We are going to make this mini book in 2 sections. Each is the same – the second is simply a repeat of the first. If you want a bigger book – add another 2 envelopes and off you go.

Here are the steps.

  • Measure your envelope and your card. Write these down for reference. In this case we have envelopes 4 3/8 inches wide x 5 3/4 tall (sit them vertical at all times) Cards are 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 on each face.
  • Lay two envelopes vertically with flaps up together. Bond the two flaps of envelopes together.
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Step 1 join 2 envelopes

  • Trim the closed edge on each side a smidge with a craft knife on the metal edge side of your ruler. This will form a pocket your cards will slide into. This is your foundation for everything else.
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The CTMH ruler is perfect for this task.

  • Now we need to make a center pocket. Our card is 4 1/4 wide. We need to add a half inch to each side so cut a  piece of Colonial white card stock at 5 1/4 inches wide. Trim to 10 inches long. Score 1/2 inch in down the length of both sides.  From one end score at 5 3/4 (the height of the envelopes) across the middle. The shorter portion will get folded up , with the short side to the front and form a pocket. You need to make a little dart in the sides where this fold will go – this will help folded flaps sit neatly and reduce bulk.
  • Fold the scored flaps in the side at the small section toward the cente. Flip it over and fold in the long flaps. Use your bone folder for a crisp edge. Turn it back over and secure the front fold(smaller) up onto the long side and secure the fleps. I used double sided tape for this right on the edges.
  • To complete the pocket we need a back. Cut a piece of colonial white card stock 4 3/8 wide x 5 3/4 high. Attach this to the back forming another pocket. Do not be afraid to cut a smidge more off it if needed. Now you should have 2 pockets. (one with no bottom – yet)
  • Attach this pocket section to the envelope flaps. Use secure adhesive such as double sided tape or wet glue such as bonding memories glue. (BMG)
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Now we begin to make the pocket that gets adhered to the envelope flaps

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Once you have made this pocket attach it to one side of the envelope flaps.

You can now begin decorating all of the page faces.

  • Now we need some of your print pieces cut at a smidge less than 4 3/8 inches  wide x 5 3/4 tall. Just nudge  1/16 to 1/8 of an inch less on your trimmer so they will sit just inside all of the colonial white bases.
  • Cover the left inside envelope taking care not to put any glue where we do not want it in the gap left by the flap. Run tape on the envelope edges top, left, bottom and centre. Use a fine line of bonding memories glue on the inside edge near the middle. Adhere your print paper. Repeat the same for the right side and do all four sides and across the middle of back of the pocket piece.
  • To decorate the pockets we need bits of paper to fit inside – especially the first so tags we put in don’t get caught on the paper when you pull them out. Make sure you cut  piece to fit a bit down into the pocket and cover the flaps. So a smidge less than before – Approx 4 1/8 wide and about 3 inches long for the cover of the top pocket. Measure your bottom piece. I used a scrap that didn’t quite reach the bottom but this isn’t a problem because it gets covered.

I apologise there is no photo of the next step but you will see it in the video.

  • The piece to finish the bottom was cut with the cricut. There are many borders you can use. I used the Cricut Craftroom board. Copied the border. Flippeit, Welded it, stretched it so the whole piece was 3 inches wide. I cit it at 11 inches because I needed two. One for this half and one set aside for the next.You can see this in the video.
  • Score this in the center. Score again left and right of the center by about 1/8th inch. (CTMH ruler grid has 8ths making this easy. Fold at the 1/8 score lines – the little gusset will allow for the widths of the papers here and fit snuggly, Adhere this at the side and bottom on the front to the pocket. Flip it over and adhere to the back. You now have a third pocket to tuck in tags and tickets!
  • Now you need a gusset. This is a 3 inch x 5 3/4 strip. Score at 7/8 and 1 1/8. This is the gusset – allowing room for bulking up your album with tags and photos without straining the spine. CTrim the top and bottom with a slight angle to reduce bulk in the top and bottom. Adhere one side of the gusset to the back of your mini book section being careful to be nice and straight.
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That is it – decorate inside, make tags and then go ahead and make a second one (or a third if you are game – the principles are the same)

  • Congratulations you have finished the first section of your book. Do the sam again with the second one.
  • Join the two books together by adhereing the gusset flap of the second to the back of the first half. You front gusset should still be loose.
  • The cards can now be inserted and decorated as you please. Sometimes I had a theme run over three spaces, other times each panel is diffrent. I also decorated inside cards as well as the flap that shows as a page.
  • Carry on decorating – filling the pockets and making tags. Stamp designs on, add some bling, some string and more.

Once you are ready to put the two (or more) pieces together strong bindings and covers need to be considered. I located great tape, a stiff piece of cardboard (Chipboard in USA language – in Aussie speak this is a timber that requires cutting with a saw!) and a bit of ribbon from my stash.

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Binding

  • Now we need to add a closure. In the original video series  the closure is done with chain. I prefer ribbon so that is what I have used. A good bit of BMG or even modge podge will enable you to wrap a length of ribbon right around from font to back. be sure to leave enough length to tie off.
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Use your stash for the closure

  • The cover is now needed. If you have good strong cardboard you can stick dome of this down and decorate with paper. This is a small book and not to weighty. I decided our cardstock would not be enough. I found stiff cardboard. Once this was on I added a strong tape hinge here. I inked Cranberry cardstock with Colonial white for the back cover and got a bit clever with the front (see below)   You can of course go bigger just like a book cover is bigger than its pages if you have the nice stiff cardboard (or chipboard as it is called in the USA) . I also put red on the front as my carefully selected piece is about to be fussy cut with the dovetail flags and ticket being mounted with foam tape. I needed red underneath. At first I tried it as one piece but the book didn’t open well. Two pieces were better.
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I have covered the tape on the spine with a piece of hemp – CTMH burlap ribbon would look just as good

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  • After adhering the cover cardstock and images it is time to decorate the outside – ribbons, bows, washi tape, lace, buttons and charms are all options you can use.
  • Here is a video flip through of my mini book made with Envelopes. It isnt brilliant but will supplement the above instructions.

I hope the video has filled the gaps and if not, I strongly suggest watching some videos on making envelope mini albums. They look fabulous and make a great gift and I really like the size of our CTMH envelopes!

Leave me a link in a comment so I can come and give you some kudos!

Supply List

You will need

  • 4 cards and envelopes and 2 sheets of colonial white card stock.
  • Your selected paper pack (in this case Jubilee) and embellishments
  • Bonding memories glue (BMG)
  • double sided tape if you have it – it really sticks
  • Trimmer, ruler, bone folder, microtip scissors, a craft knife  and versamat.

Close To My Heart Supply List – All Items are available to order online at my store.  Once you are done shopping it will be shipped right to your door.

Your next stop on our Everything ABC’S blog Hop is ” Anita at Cards and Coffee

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10. Cary Magnani – My Heart’s Design

11. Stephanie Feist-The Quilted Scrapper

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