June 29, 2010

Tag Pocket Tutorial for Mini Album

HI everyone..
I've been sitting on my ba-hoooooty all of last weekend watching how to video's on youtube.. As you all know I love making mini albums and sometimes need a little help with coming up with page ides..So, I ran into this lady she can be found on youtube under the name "FollowThePaperTrail!". Well, she has this wonderful video on how to make a multiple tag pocket that she made out of a business size envelope..
So, yesterday I went to my local craft store to see if I could find these longer envy's and well, I ended up paying over $4 for only 10 envy's..Cause they are invitation envys and can be found in any color, the normal envys here are big ones, which can be used almost the same way, but need some trimming..
So, that got me thinking "How can I make these pockets without the envys?" and figured out that I can use the same concept but with a regular piece of printing paper..
This is what the pocket will look like.  This one measures 5" x  4.5"
will look fab in the 6x6 mini I'm working on..
I have placed just little pieces of paper in the pockets to show you that it has three pockets on top and 1 small tag pocket on the side.. That little tag pocket would be great on any layout..
so, I took some photos today as I made a pocket, just letting you know that this is only the second one I have made using this technique..  I have not seen anyone else make it this way.. So, here we go and hope you get a chance of using this idea in the future...

So for Supplies needed:
1 sheet of printer paper ( 8.5x11), paper trimmer, distress inks, sponges, adhesive and about 5 to 6 papers (6.5"x 4.5") in prints of your choice.  I used the Garden Party Matstack by DCWV..

 Here are the steps to how you will fold and trim the printer paper: 

Bring the long ends together, meaning fold it in half to where it will measure 5 3/4" by 8.5"
Keep the paper folded and trim :
Cut along the open side of the paper.  Measure the width to be 5"
and the lenght down to 8"
Crease the paper so that you have a long side and a shorter side. I creased a seem at 3 1/4" and then folded the paper together as follows:
Its kind of hard to see in this photo.. But, I used a Popsicle stick the same way as you would use a bone folder.. by running it along the seems and making nice clean crisp creases..
Then you will ink the edges of the paper..
I first used Antique Linen by Tim Holtz
 and then rubbed some Spun Sugar which is a nice soft pink.
In the above photo you can see the layers that will be the pockets..
So, then we will cut some of the decorating papers..
I think you can see the measurements by clicking the photo and making it bigger..
I noticed that the cuts I had made for the edge trim, I had cut different sized for all cuts..LOL 
but, you can make em all the same size.. I normally just use the scraps for those cuts and I just don't care what the backs look like, cause those won't be visible..
I then took some inks and inked all of the visible edges before gluing every thing down.
I also bent the creases on the edge trim and the little side pocket.
Now for assembly..Finally right?..LOL
first you want to add the little pocket.  I attached it to the bottom of the inside of the pockets, making sure not to get too close to the bottom crease..
Then I glued in the back piece of printed paper..these papers are pretty thick, which is great. It will add a lot strength to the pocket.
I then added the edge trim on the top front of the pocket..I am holding it so you can see that I only attached it to the front and then will add another one to the back..
then I flipped the front over and added the printed paper on the font of that and the green trim only to the front of the pocket.. will add another to the back..
In these two photos you can see the back edge trim on both pockets...
I then opened up the whole pocket, laid it on its face and ran adhesive along the right side only. .
Folded it over onto itself and then ran adhesive along the right and left side of the bottom pocket. make sure the little pocket flap won't get in the way.  We want that flap on the front ..
Then flip pocket up and glue tab down to the front cover..
Like so...
I hope you liked my tutorial on this cute little mini album pocket.. You can glue it to a page or just punch some holes on the side and add binder rings.. Up to you!!
I would love to see what you can come up with using this technique, so please leave me a comment linking back to your project..
I personally think this is a great way to use up old printer paper, even if it has been printed on.. No one will see anything but the beautiful front cover..LOL
thank you all so very much for looking..

June 24, 2010

She's All That-Sous

Another Friday has rolled around, Gees!! these warm summer weeks are just flying by..LOL
We are having our Friday reveal again today at SOUS and this week we have a two page sketch for ya..
I have such a hard time with two pagers..LOL
Here is the sketch:
I found this sketch to be very inspirational,
even though I wanted to make it my own and not follow it exactly.

The photos are of my DD Amber when she was about 4 years old with her brand new two wheeler. She was so proud of that bike.  And I love these photos cause it looks like she's almost modeling it..LOL
Hence the title..  :)

Oh and I finally got the chance of using flowers again..LOL
Here are some close ups of the layout:

For the title:  I cut the ALL from white cardstock, removed the letters and attached the cut away to a piece of white cardstock, sprayed it with pink glimmer mist and dried it using my heat gun:
I then inked the edges of the ALL with worn lipstick and chalked them with glitter chalks, added pop dots and placed them onto the sprayed cardstock. I did the word SHE'S the same way, used Frost glimmer mist but did not add the lettering back onto the sprayed cardstock and then sprayed the word THAT, which I then just glued to cardstock, inked the edges with worn lipstick and broken china

I used some rub on's by Melissa Frances

and for supplies Used:
Cricut cartridges:
Graphically Speaking:  Title and scalloped circle for journaling
Accent Essentials: Flourish, flower (shadow cut) for roses cut twice at 3", 2.5", 2", 1.5" and 1"..

Papers : Bella Bella by My Minds Eye
cardstock: white, brown, pink and light blue
Martha Stewart edge punch
Glimmer mist spray: bubble gum pink, suede and frost
Tim Holtz distress inks: Worn Lipstick and Broken China
heat gun
pink Stickles
jewel drops
Small flowers by Prima
Pink leaves by Prima
Rub on words by: Melissa Frances at Heart & Home Collections
pop dots and glue dots
Glimmer chalks: pink and light blue

I think that about does again for today. I hope I remembered everything..
Thank you all so much for looking and do stop by SOUS to see what the other design team members have created using this same sketch.

June 20, 2010

Fathers Day Card

Happy Father's Day to all fathers out there.. Mine is in the hospital preparing for liver surgery that he will have tomorrow.. I called him just a hour ago (long distance) and he's hanging in there..
I wish him a happy father's day and told him that we would see each other at the end of next month. Habanero and I will be visiting him in Florida July 28th till August 7th.. I will be there for my birthday..hope to have lots of fun..LOL
I don't have any close ups of this card, its my very first one using the cuttlebug (thanx again Sabrina and girls at Cuttlebug blog)
I'm so new with the cuttlebug that I can't recall the name of the embossing folder that I used. I'm sooo sorry for that.. i
I also used my cricut for the marquee and title..
chipboard for the buckle and some Emphemera <--how ever you spell it..LOL 
for the star and pocket watch..
alrighty then ladies..
Do stop by the cuttlbug blog and join in.. Its a beginners blog for us cuttlebug beginners..LOL
Thank you all so much for stopping by ..

June 18, 2010

Discover-Crystal Lake Cave

I know I say it every week, but Thank God it's Friday..LOL
it's been a very long working week for me this week, between my own job and having to stop by hubby's garage to help him out a bit.. I take care of some of the office work and the cleaning, Oh joy!!! LOL
Here is the layout:
I only had a few afternoons to work on this layout, I struggled a lot with the photos that I used and wasn't exactly sure which theme to go with until my best friend lent a helping hand..LOL
She suggested using bats and I just kind of went from there..
It was fun trying out something new.  I've never distressed corrugated cardboard before and just went to town on it..I really love how this layout came out, although the lanterns could of been just a bit bigger..
ok, I'm rambling on and on again..LOL
here is this weeks sketch:
so, lets get to the close ups:

talk about extreme close up..LOL
I found some history on the cave on the internet and decided to write a little bit about it..

alrighty then, now for supplies used:

Cricut cartridges:
Old West: shovel, photo frames, pic axe's, bottle, lanterns and journaling squares
Graphically Speaking: title "discover"
George and Basic Shapes: circle
Paper Doll Dress up: Bats and upside mountain side.

Linen Closet by DCWV
cardstock: gray, dark gray and cream
corrugated cardboard

Tim Holtz distress inks: black and walnut stain
Tim Holtz crackle paint: Walnut stain and picket fence
white pearl drops
glimmer mist: Suede

Black gem drops
white gel pen
yellow wire
mini brads
Chalks: tan, orange, black and gray

well, that should about do it again this week.. Thank you all so much for stopping by and taking a look. Hope you all get a minute or two to join us gals at SOUS this week.. But do stop by to check out the rest of the design team. Their work is always such a pleasure to see..

June 11, 2010

Boys at Play

TGIF everyone..
Been a super busy week for me this week and I hardly had time to catch my breath...LOL
Us gals at SOUS are having our weekly reveal and this week we didn't have a sketch, but were challenged to emboss on our layouts, cards or altered projects..
I chose to emboss the title base..
here is a close up:

I didn't use any cricut cuts on this layout.. (I know, I can't believe it either...LOL)
I just wanted to see what it felt like not using the cricut and I think the layout turned out ok, but it would of looked so much better with some choice cuts...LOL  :O)
Here are the supplies used: (it will be a short list)
Papers by Imaginisce
cardstock: red, black, blue and yellow
alphabet stickers by Basic Grey
white gel pen for doodling
pop dots

that's it...Told ya it would be a short list..LOL
thank you ladies so much for stopping by and checking out my layout..Hope you get a minute to stop by SOUS as well this week..

June 8, 2010

Engaged Mini Album

One of my daughters best friends just got engaged and is having a get together/party to celebrate the engagement and I really wanted to make her something special..
I got these wonderful Papers by "IMAGINISCE"  To Love & Cherish from Generations Crafting.. So in love with the papers and to go along with fab papers I also got some Rub-on's by Bo-Bunny, which of course got me addicted to run-on's now..LOL  and I'm not even going to tell you how addicted I am to Prima flowers .  :O)

Here are some close-up photos of the Mini I made.. 
I absolutely love this little mini album and it got me thinking that I should make more of these.. This one was actually pretty quick and easy, only took me yesterday morning to complete the whole project..

For supplies used:

Imaginisce To Love & Cherish line
black, white, gray, green and pink cardstock
Bo Bunny rub-on's

Cricut cartrdiges:
Songbird: Font
Heritage: leaves and photo frame(welded flourish)
Storybook: 4EVER

cuttlebug embossing folder: Tiny Mosaic
Heat gun and embossing powder: black sparkle
glimmer mist: pink
Prima flowers
jewel drops
lace ribbon
Basic Grey Fibers
Binder rings
Well ladies, that about does it for me for this project..
I really enjoyed making this little 6x6 mini album, I hope enjoyed looking at it..
Hugs to you all
P.s. Please do check out Generations Crafting, she really does have a great line of products..

June 4, 2010

Perfect Preemie! SOUS

TGIF everyone..I love thats its Friday.
and especially this Friday cause my oldest son is graduating today.. 
We have a spring party at his school Saturday and he will get his diploma with the rest of the graduating class..I have plans on charging up the batteries for camera and taking lots and lots of pictures Tomorrow..
For a minute there, I thought this day would never come...LOL  :O)
I'm so proud of him for sticking it out and staying in school.  On June 16th we will find out if he has been accepted to a career based school starting next school year for the next 3 to 4 years..(*The educational system is so different here in Finland than it was when I went to school in the States)
Keep your fingers crossed everyone..
well, I could go on and on about what a proud mom I am, but lets get to the other good stuff..
We had a great sketch this week by pagemaps and here is my take on the sketch.

Here is my layout:
and here is the sketch:
I had big plans on adding journaling strips to this layout with a cute little poem that I had found, but my printer hates me and refused to cooperate..LOL
So, in all of the frustration, I even ended up misspelling PREEMIE, but decided to just leave it be.. :O)
here are some close ups of the layout:

and for Supplies Used:

Cricut cartridges:
Home decor: flourish
Home Accents: Leaves and butterflies
Songbird: marquee
Tags, Bags and Boxes: Tags
Opposites Attract. Title
Papers by: DCWV Nana's Nursery Baby Girl
Cardstock: White, light pink, yellow and white
All Flowers by Prima
Stickles: Green and baby pink
Tim holtz distress inks: Shabby shutters and worn lipstick
miniature plastic hearts
White Gel Pen for hand doodling
pop dots, zig two way glue pen and glue dots

that about does it for this week.. Thank you ladies so much for looking and I truely hope you stop by SOUS and see what the other design team members have created for you..

Oh and before I forget, for those of us Facebook users, you might want to hook up with Generations Crafting this weekend.. She is having a contest that will run all weekend...
You can find her profile by clicking HERE

Have a creative weekend everyone