Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Cape Cod Meets Serenity on the Hop

You have arrived at a stop on the hop. We started out at Club Scrap Creates, just in case you're lost!

Cape Cod is one of my favorites, but I say that about every kit because it's impossible for me to be objective. I realize this and have come to accept it.

I stumbled upon this nifty card structure designed by Susie Prendergast and illustrated by Penny Wessenauer, and I've had it on my "things to try someday" pile. Well, today was "some" day!

The basic supply list:
5.5x12 Serenity Light Blue
5.5x12 Serenity Dark Blue
5.5x8.5 folded Come Sail Away Dark Blue card
8.5x11 Serenity Yellow Plain

You will also need the following:
Bone Folder, Craft Knife and Cutting Mat, Adhesive, Faber-Castell Big Brush Markers, Scorel-Pal, and those amazing Cape Cod Unmounted Stamps (Borders & Backgrounds, FontArt, Greeting and Collection)

Here is a peek at the cutting/folding diagram you can find via the link. It may take a few minutes to sort it all out, but it's worth the effort.

My best advice is to arrange the papers on your work surface exactly as shown in the diagram and follow the slit-cutting indicators carefully. (I had to piece one of the sections back together with tape!)

I love how the card flattens completely, so you can easily drop it into a standard envelope and send it off to Operation Write Home!

For the inside of the card, I stamped the awesome Father's Day sentiment from the UM Greetings plate. I love that one! (I think I just completed the card I'll give my dad!)

Hope you like! Thanks for stopping!

Your next stop on the hop is across the globe in the Netherlands at Hetty Sanders' place called Craft Chaos.


Saturday, May 25, 2013

OWH Sketch #B-10

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Memorial Day Weekend Blog Hop! I want to offer a special shout out to military families who have foregone the blessing of being together this weekend. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Crazy thing. I printed the OWH bonus sketches and selected #B-10 for my cards/formula of the day. (Thus, the super-fancy title of today's blog entry.) After completing my cards, I walked over to Kay Williamson's desk and saw a handful of 1x4" paper strips. Would you BELIEVE that of the 170+ sketches available, we chose the SAME one? Hello? It's a pretty great sketch! Keep that in mind when you hop to Kay's Keepsakes to see our different interpretations!

Before I get further, be sure to leave a comment for some blog candy! (Details below.)

Let's get started with our formula. I chose five different papers and a few rubber stamps from the Club Scrap Cape Cod collection.

  1. Trim each 8.5x11 paper horizontally at 5.5". Score one 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 4.25" and fold to create the card base.
  2. Cut the other 5.5x8.5 horizontally at 8.25, 6.25 and 4". Trim the 4x5.5 horizontally at 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1".
  3. Trim the 2.25x5.5 horizontally at 3.25".
  4. Cut the 2x5.5 horizontally at 5 and 3".
Note: You will have a .5x4 strip, 2.25" square and 2" square that will not be used on your finished cards. How 'bout using the nesting squares and anchoring strip on another set of four cards? (Heavens, I dislike wasting beautiful paper. Can you tell?)

Once you've sorted all of the pieces into piles by size, place the card bases onto your work surface and arrange the components according to the sketch, alternating the colors.

I wanted to create a cohesive stamped background with my nifty Cape Cod images, so I came up with a way to stamp all five strips in one move with one image.

Place a piece of painter's tape horizontally on a Desk Blotter, sticky side up. The printed grid helps with alignment. Secure the tape with a small piece on each end.

Temporarily place the five 1" pieces side by side across the strip of tape.

Stamp with an image, remove the strips from the tape, and adhere to the card base in the same order.

Nifty, right?

So, check out the fun cards after final assembly . . .

Will you give this formula a try? Just take it step by step if you're new to this type of thing. You'll love it!

Leave a comment below, and I'll enter your name into a drawing to receive this gorgeous sheet of unmounted Cape Cod images from Club Scrap! Good luck, and have an awesome weekend.

Update: Laurie, comment #43, was the lucky winner of the blog candy this month. Congratulations!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Efficient Scrapbooking

Welcome to another awesome Club Scrap Creates blog hop!

One of my favorite things to do is to find something fun to listen to watch on Netflix, cue it up on my laptop, don my wireless bluetooth headphones, pour a glass of red wine, and scrapbook. I always stand up while I'm scrapbooking. Do you do that?

But sometimes I get myself all set up, and nothing happens. Like, "Okaaaaaay. I'm ready!" Nothing.

That was today.

Enter: The Layout Card. That super-handy, efficient lifesaver that rescues me from the dreaded "staring zone."

I browsed and downloaded the Bold Blooms layout card from August, 2012. (Normally this is available to Club Scrap members only, but I really want you all to see how it worked out and give you the opportunity to try it, too!) I thought it would be a good one for the Cape Cod collection that I absolutely must use immediately.

This is my approach:
1. Study the distribution of papers on the layout sketch.

2. Look at what you have on hand and imagine those papers being on the pages.

3. Assign colors to each paper; be flexible. I just write it in with a pencil, and make changes as needed.

4. Trim the papers according to the detailed cutting instructions. Note: I rarely look at the sketches during this process, but simply follow the written steps. Put all of the pieces on a big, beautiful pile.

5. Assemble the puzzle; be flexible. Once you've decided on your arrangement, adhere the pieces. 

For this particular layout design, I used a ruler to help maintain a margin of .5" on all four sides of the collaged section. That worked swell.

6. Add photos; be flexible. I ended up rotating the pages, eliminating and changing elements, swapping the right side with the left side, etc. The point here is that the layout card got me started!

Sip, sip. What should I do next? I'm on a roll!

Meanwhile, you're hopping along to see what my favorite Dutch crafter, Hetty Sanders, is up to at Craft Chaos.

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!