Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Easel Mini Calendar and Note Holder

It's Club Scrap's Orchard Blog Hop time! Check out their blog for an entire listing of inspiring projects and to participate in the Linky Party.

The chill of fall is in the air, and that gets me thinking about upcoming holiday gatherings. Here is an adorable mini calendar and note holder perfect for a hostess gift! I made it with Club Scrap's beautiful Orchard collection, but it would be gorgeous with any themed kit.

The inspiration and instructions for this project came from a helpful tutorial on LeeAnn Greff's blog.

I used the following materials for this mini calendar/note holder project:

  • 3.75x10.5" Easel Paper
  • 4.75x7" Pocket Paper
  • ScorPal and Bone Folder
  • CS Bookbinding Glue in a Needle-tipped Applicator
  • Orchard UM Stamps
  • Scissors and Craft Knife
  • Brown, Orange, Green, Ivory and Red Papers (for notecards and mats)
Score the 3.75x10.5" Easel Paper horizontally at 4, 8, 9 and 10".
Score the 4.75x7" Pocket paper vertically at .5 and 4.25". Score horizontally at 4 and 4.5".
Follow the tutorial on LeeAnn's blog for simple assembly.

Download and print a 2018 calendar onto an 8.5x11 sheet of Orchard Yellow. (Adjust your printer settings to print "16 images per page" to print the miniature calendar.) Trim the months into pieces of the same size, secure with binder clips, and top with a generous application of CS® Bookbinding Glue. When the glue is completely dry, you'll have a handy notepad.

Trim an assortment of 3x3" pieces of Orchard paper and stamp with small images from the Jumbo and Greeting unmounted sheets. Insert the papers into the pocket and add a small pen or Sharpie.

An alternative option is to skip the easel portion, add a magnet, and place onto the fridge. Unless it's a stainless steel fridge.

Isn't it sweet? Looking at it just makes me happy.

See you at Pam's blog for your next batch of inspiration!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Slider Card Tutorial and Lagoon Blog Hop

Create a fun slider card with materials from Club Scrap's Lagoon collection by reading on!

What's the Lagoon collection, you ask? Learn more about it HERE, and participate in an inspiring blog hop featuring the kit starting HERE.

I created a 5x7" version of the slider card structure by following a tutorial that involved scoring first and then cutting the score lines.

I installed the art panel to the front of the slider and placed adhesive only on the lower portion of the mechanism to create a pop-up.

I experimented with revising the method of construction and chose to create a standard 4.25x5.5" card by using one of my favorite tools: the 2x8"Acrylic Grid Ruler. Make an adorable pull tab for the slider with the Vintage Botany mini sticker tags.

The fun greetings for the card came from the Lagoon Greeting sheet. The cute fish is included on the Art Nouveau UM stamp sheet.

A video tutorial is worth a million words, so tune in below to learn how to make the card!

And now it's time to swim over to Pam's blog to see what the tide brings in.

Have a creative day!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Handmade Business Card Holder

Welcome to another inspiring blog hop featuring Club Scrap's Vintage Botany kit! (To view the full listing of participating bloggers and join in the fun with our Linky Party, hop to Club Scrap. Hopefully, you just arrived from Roni's blog.)

This collection is gorgeous, and I wanted to carry its beauty wherever I go! While on my international travels, I was wishing I'd had a nice stash of business cards on hand to share with new friends . . .

As necessity is the mother of invention, I consulted my past blog tutorial to create a business card holder. I took an additional step to make it more sturdy so it can handle the intense battles that seem to occur at the bottom of my purse. (Can anyone relate to this?)

Trim one 4.75x10" Ivory Print and one Dk. Green Plain from the Vintage Botany collection. Apply a thorough layer of CS® Bookbinding Glue to one of the papers and laminate them together to create a sturdy double thickness.

After scoring and trimming the laminated paper according to the instructions in the tutorial, punch a notch into the center with an envelope punch board and round the corners of the top flap.

Before gluing the paper into the box shape, cut a .75" strip of Dk. Green paper and wrap around the top of the box. Glue only the sides and back of the strip, leaving a clear space between the front of the box and the strip. Instead of cramming the flap into the box, simply slide the flap beneath the strip.

Load the box with a generous pack of business cards, and you'll always be prepared to keep in touch with new friends!

Stamp the friendship sentiment from the Art Nouveau sheet onto a Lt. Green panel and adhere to the strip.

This is an easy gift to make and will look gorgeous in any of the papers from this collection. You can also adapt the measurements to create a custom-sized box to fit your needs.

Now it's time to hop along and see more inspiration from our friend, Pam!


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mini Two-Ring Album

Club Scrap's "Blog Hop Time" at the end of the month is bittersweet because it is my final item on my task list for every collection. Today it's time to feature June's Pattern Play kit and then I have to jump right directly to the next collection . . . Vintage Botany!

(If you'd like to view the entire blog hop line-up, click HERE. And if you're playing along, you've hopped over from Roni's blog.)

I unearthed a box of album component kits in the warehouse and decided to make a mini book with these cheerful Pattern Play papers.

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

With the snap ring closure, thick book board, and fastening hardware included in the project kit, this little album came together in a jiffy! Well, more like an hour or two.

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Trim your favorite Pattern Play papers to wrap the cover boards and spine at the following measurements:

  • 6x7.5" Outside Spine Cover
  • (2) 5x7.5" Outside Covers
  • 5.25x6" Inside Spine Cover
  • (2) 3.875x5.25" Inside Covers

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

To aid in the assembly process, simply follow along with Karen's video from the original "Twinchie Album" workshop! Substitute with Pattern Play papers, and you're all set to make a gorgeous book. Be sure to have your basic bookbinding supplies on hand including our awesome Bookbinding Glue, a bone folder, Grid Ruler, scissors, pencil, and Crop-A-Dile.

In lieu of the page protectors, trim the desired number inner pages to 5x5". Measure and mark a spot to punch holes for the binding 3/8" from the edge. Punch between the 7/8 and 1" mark for the top ring, and between 4 and 4-1/8" for the bottom ring. Test the page to ensure it fits into the rings properly.

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Use the first punched page as a template to punch the remaining pages for the book. Alternate the page colors to add variety.

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Decorate the album with rubber stamped images from the Pattern Play collection.

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Trim a 3.5x7.5" Dark Gray Plain to create a pocket for the inside back cover. (Instructions for the pocket are included in the video.)

Club Scrap Pattern Play Mini Album by Tricia Morris. Includes video instructions! #clubscrap #handmadebook

Don't forget to purchase your album components (or several sets). At this incredible price, they won't be around for long!

Your next stop on the tour is with Pam at APeeling Paper Crafts.

Happy album making!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

One Paper, One Photo - Scrapbook Page Challenge

This month, I decided to challenge myself to create a layout with a single sheet of 12x12 paper. And, while I normally incorporate many photos on a page, I decided to feature only one image.

But first, some bookkeeping. If you're hopping with Club Scrap, you can start at the beginning to see all of the splendid creations made with the Adirondacks collection!

One Paper, One Photo Challenge
(It's not an official challenge, but you're welcome to give it a try!)

One Paper, One Photo Challenge by Tricia Morris; Adirondacks Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #bloghop #scrapbooking #eclipsetape

Begin the project with the 12x12 Adirondacks Mint Plain. It's the perfect base for the single sheet layout because of its hefty 100# cover weight.


Place a mask 3" from each outside edge of the paper. (I used Eclipse Tape by Judikins, but you could also use paper held in place with tape). The grid ruler ensures the paper is level with the mask.

Apply a soft layer of Earth and Sapphire inks into the upper right and lower left corners of the unmasked opening with an Ink Applicator. When inking, land the applicator on the mask, and pull beyond the mask in an upward motion. Remove the masks.

Place a vertical mask on the paper to create a 2" vertical opening. Ink the edges. 

Remove the mask.

Continue to relocate the masks to add more edges and dimension to the background.

Stencil and Stamp

Stencil and stamp images from your stash with the same ink colors. The arrows and "journey" from the Adirondacks stencil combined well with the Delft Cracked Porcelain Stencil and Garden Shed Words Stencil. The script image is one of my favorites from the Paris Flea Market stamps.


Temporarily place a photograph on the layout, and use a fine-tip pen and grid ruler to draw a double line around the perimeter of the photo. (This takes the place of a photo mat.)

Remove the photo and add watercolor splatter to the page with coordinating Gelatos and a water brush or toothbrush.

Allow the page to dry completely and adhere the photo.

One Paper, One Photo Challenge by Tricia Morris; Adirondacks Collection from Club Scrap #clubscrap #bloghop #scrapbooking

That's all there is to it! I could have kept playing but, alas, the task list beckons. It's time to hop along and see what Pam at APeeling Paper Crafts has in store . . . 


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop

Thanks for bouncing by on the Club Scrap Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop!

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter

Sometimes it's fun to breathe life into past Club Scrap projects and create them with our latest collections. I uncovered the instructions from the 150th Kit Celebration Event back in 2011 and adapted them with the beautiful Cherry Blossoms papers.

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter

I used eleven sheets of 12x12 paper and seven sheets of 8.5x11 paper to create sixteen cards and two boxes with lids.

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter

Each box has two inner pockets. The drop-down side walls of the box are held in place by the lid.

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter

Stamp your handmade card sets with the Jumbo, Greeting, and Art Nouveau stamps from the Cherry Blossoms collection.

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter

All of the paper trimming/scoring diagrams are included in the instructions, and with a little imagination and the Cherry Blossoms kit in hand, you have the makings of two very meaningful gifts completed in just a few hours.

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop #clubscrap #theefficientcrafter
(Handmade paper flower embellishments from my stash.)
Thanks for coming by! Your next stop is with Roni at Ink Stains. Happy hopping!


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Get Well Tissue Pack

Club Scrap's Delft collection is one of my favorites, and it's been inspiring some wonderful creativity all month long! Go to the first stop on the Club Scrap Hop to tour all of the awesome work, and be sure to submit your own projects to the Linky Party.

Meanwhile, I'm always on the hunt for a practical project or gift idea, and I stumbled upon a tutorial at Split Coast Stampers to make a get well gift from a travel size tissue pack. It's adorable in Delft!

I created the base unit according to the original concept and then added a sliding tray to hold the tissue pack.

Score a 4.25x11 Delft Dk. Blue Plain horizontally at .5, 3, 4, and 6.5". Create an opening for the tissue with an oval die cut or ruler and craft knife.

Score a 6.5x8.25 Delft Dk. Blue Print horizontally at 1, 2, 6.25 and 7.25". Score vertically at 1, 2, 4.5, and 5.5". Cut along solid lines as indicated in the diagram to create tabs and side walls. Apply glue to the outside walls. Fold in the long walls first, turn in the tabs at a 90-degree angle, and wrap the short walls around the tabs to form the tray.

Trim panels from the Delft 8.5x11 Quad Print were trimmed to the following measurements:

  • 7/8 x 4-1/8" (front edge of unit)
  • 2-3/8 x 4-1/8" (top of unit)
  • 3-3/8 x 4-1/8" (back wall of unit)

To create a nested opening for the tissue, first cut or die cut a larger opening into the center of the 3-3/8x4-1/8" panel. Then, center the panel onto the base unit to determine the placement of the nesting die for the smaller opening. (It took me a few tries to realize the proper order of things.)

Nest the panels onto the base unit, slide in the tray with the travel size pack, pull out the first tissue, and decorate as you wish. I stamped the "Get Well" sentiment from the Shades of Winter Greeting stamp sheet.

Now you're off to see Roni at your next stop on the hop.

Be well!