Monday, October 27, 2008

Let the Crafting Begin....

I love the Holiday season. I also love crafts. Every year I say I am going to do a bunch of crafts for the holiday season but somehow the time slips away. I think this is becuase I face the season unprepared. Well, not this year. I already have a list of things I want to accomplish. I want to do lots of homemade gifts this year. Here is how my list is shaping up:

Homemade tree ornaments
Christmas cards
Homemade Jellies
gift baskets for neighbors
Journals and journal covers
Soaps, salts and more
Gift tags

I am hoping to start my cards tomorrow. I have all the supplies and the stamps, just need to find the time to sit and do them. I also want to start on Mardi Gras table decorations. I have already started a few things for Mardi Gras, purchased the main item for my centerpiece. And it feels so good. I think that being prepared is the key for me this year. Not letting myself being overwhelmed and just enjoying the process as well as the end result. I hope to share a few more items with you between now and Christmas.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Mini Album Tutorial

Trading Card Star Album
Instructions written by Donna Lanclos


2 mat or chip boards 3 5/8” X 4 1/2"
2 pieces patterned paper about an inch larger that the boards
2 pieces solid cardstock 3 3/8” X 4 ¼” to complete inside covers
Coordinating ribbon 16” long
Layer 1-7 pieces solid cardstock 3 5/8" X 9"
Layer 2-7 pieces solid cardstock 3 5/8" X 6 1/2"
Layer 3-7 pieces patterned paper 5 1/2" X 7 1/4"
Paper Trimmer
Bone Folder


To cover the mat/chip board: Take one mat or chip board cut to 3 5/8” x 4 1/2”. Cover the mat/chip boards with patterned paper. Miter the corners and secure with adhesive. Cut the ribbon in half. On the short side of each cover, adhere 2” – 3” of ribbon to the inside of the cover. Make sure that the ribbons are on the open side of the book and not the spine. Adhere the inside cardstock cover panels (3 3/8” X 4 ¼”) over the patterned paper covers.

First Layer (Largest) Cut 7 pieces of cardstock 3 5/8” x 9”. Fold each piece to 3 5/8 x 4 ½. Set these aside.

Second Layer (Middle) Cut 7 pieces of cardstock 3 5/8 x 6 ½. Fold to 3 5/8 x 3 ¼. Set these aside.

Last Layer - Photos are labeled 1-4 above - (smallest) Cut 7 pieces of patterned paper 5 ½ x 7 1/4 1. Fold to 2 ¾ x 7 ¼. 2. Open and fold to 3 5/8 x 5 ½. 3. Open and refold to 2 ¾ x 7 ¼. Cut from the bottom corner up to the fold in the middle on both side. 4. Fold the pointed end up to form the pocket page.

If you did not use double sided patterned paper reserve the two triangles that you cut off, and adhere them to cover the white side when folded. Ink the edges to hide any misalignment.

To Assemble the Book:

Take 1 of the bottom/larger pieces and run adhesive along both of the short ends. Take 1 of the middle pieces and line the left short edge with the left short edge of the bottom piece. Then adhere the right short edge with the rights short edge of the bottom piece. Next, run adhesive along both of the short ends on the top of the middle layer. Take 1 of the top/shortest layers and line the left short edge up with the left short edge of the middle layer and adhere. Then adhere the right edge of the middle layer to the right edge of the top layer. Repeat with remaining 6 pieces.

You now have 7 booklets with 3 layers each. Adhere the back of one booklet to the front of another booklet. Repeat with remaining booklets. Run a line of adhesive one all four edges of the top of the booklet. Adhere the top cover to the booklet. Repeat with the back cover. Make sure your ribbons are facing the open pages of the booklet and not the spine.

Your Star Album is now completed and should look something like this when opened.

This is a shot of my album filled with ATCs.

Happy Scrappin, Hope you enjoy making one for yourself.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sassy Suzi Cards

I have been in a card making frenzy lately but keep forgetting to take pictures of the little buggers. I purchased the cutest set of stamps form Stampin Up over the summer. It is called Sassy Suzie, Retired.

Anyway, I find that this stamp set is soooo versatile for girlfriend cards. Here are a few pictures of some that I have made. If you look back on my blog you will recognize this same coffee drinking girl from a couple of ATC's I made over the summer.

They look a little fuzzy here, sorry bout that. I stamped the word Bonjour on the front of the pink and black card then stamped the sentiment inside.

I love the sayings that come with this set. They sound like something I would say. She has a bit of a sassy mouth. Anyway the saying on both cards is "Your friendship is the most uplifting thing in my life without underwire!" Don't you just love it!! Some of the other sayings are "We are such good friends because surprisingly you're not intimidated by my beauty" along with a very generic "Happy Birthday". Just gotta love it.

Tomorrow I will post a Mardi Gras card I created using the Glimmer Mist Resist Technique. I might even do my first tutorial. Check in tomorrow to find out.