Scrap Rehab – Card Front Stock

Joe is home from a month long trek across the US.  He’s had about as much fun as he can stand with moving old and decrepit trucks from one place to another.  I know my time at home is limited and it will be back out once again for a few weeks.  :/

Operation Write Home Card Sketches.

I have been using my stash of scrap papers to create card fronts.  Not the whole entire card(s), just fronts.

My stash of scraps

My stash of scraps

Click on the image(s) below to enlarge the photos to see the details.

OWH Sketch #1

OWH Sketch #1

I used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (don’t know the name of it) to add texture to the background for Card Sketch #2.

OWH Sketch #2

OWH Sketch #2

I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the background texture on the bottom most card front in the following photo.  The next card front features a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I think it is Damask).  The second one down is another Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and I don’t remember the name of it either.  This top card front has a texture made using a Fiskar’s Texture Plate titled “Fabric”.  These card fronts are OWH Card Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

For Card Sketch #4 I used a Thin Cuts “Drill and Bits” die on the bottom card, a Stampin’ Up! embosslet titled Beautiful Wings for the butterflies, a Sizzix Thin Die titled Buttons #5 for the second card front, and finally I used stickers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip that I’ve had for a while.

OWH Sketch #4

OWH Sketch #4

I’ve made a video featuring the making of Operation Write Home Sketch #4 and the reasons why I make them as you see them.

My thinking is to have a stash of ready made card fronts available.  When I need to have a card for some reason all that would be necessary would be a stamped sentiment added to the front of the card then attach the assembled front to an A2 card base then add a piece of white card stock and another stamped sentiment to the inside of the card.  Kind of a “Wham Bam” thing.

Personally, thinking up a concept design and sentiment to make a complete card is not my forte.  I don’t think well on my feet in this type of creativity.  Seems to add more stress to me and take all the fun out of making cards.  Having a visual already in front of me will make choosing a sentiment easier.  All I need to worry about is getting the stamped images straight and clean without worrying about having to remake the card all over again because I screwed up the inking and stamping.

I got to get into my die stash.  I was reminded of the tools I have had for years and years and not use.  I also got to get into my embossing folder stash to create some really great background texture.  I have not been so happy to be crafting in quite a long time.

Christmas cards!  This would be a fantastic way to make Christmas cards.

If you would like to have access to the Operation Write Home Card Sketches you can click the link  above, or HERE, to get the downloadable PDF files.  One day, when I’m not having to leave home for long periods of time, I will get cards made for our military service people.  If I would have known that I could have this much fun I would have done this so much sooner :/.

I would like to know:  Do you like to make full cards?  Do you make card fronts already?  If not, would you consider trying this type of creative design and just let the papers and tools take you where ever they will?

Leslie

 

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My Dirty Little Secret.

We all have a secret we don’t want someone to know.  We even hide it from our close friends.  Well, I’m about to open up and tell my secret to the whole world.

I have a lot of mistakes and bad creations that are shoved away in my craft room.  Some can be fixed and recycled into future projects.  Some mistakes are just way too bad and there is no hope for them.

Currently I am using the layouts I had made using the Club Scrap Assembly Line Scrapbooking (ALSB) formulas.  These layouts were created in 2008 and 2009.  They have been tucked away and out of sight all these years.

Watch this video to see more of my “Dirty Little Secrets”.

Do you have a stash of once promising projects?  What is in your “Secret” stash?  What projects do you have that have gone awry?

Leslie

The day you were Born.

Currently, I’m working on a 2-page layout of the day my grand-daughters were born.

Working on a 2-page layout

Working on a 2-page layout

This layout began life from this creation.

Layout style 3

Layout style 3

The second page is the “business page”.  After the girls were born and handed off to the delivery room nurses to be weighed, tested, and then tightly wrapped before being presented to the new Mom.  There are a couple shots of them from within the nursery.  They are so adorable I can barely stand it :D.

Page 2 of the layout

Page 2 of the layout

The page featuring the 8×10 photo of Mom with the babes had been sent to me, via text message, from the new Dad.  Joe and I were in a Village Inn restaurant in Grand Island, Nebraska that morning having breakfast.  The both of us had been worried about our daughter during the delivery.  Both Joe and I were in knots.  Oddly, both of us have been through the birth process several times before and we both lived through it.

Wait…that sounds really strange.

Joe had been IN the delivery room when most of his children were born.  Depending on the hospital rules at the time of the children’s birth whether the father could be present or left to exile in the waiting room far away. He had experienced both of these situations of his five children coming into this world.  His tales of being in the delivery room with his oldest daughter is one he loves to tell frequently.  Enough so that I think  I can quote (verbatim) :/.

I have also been in the delivery room as my children were born.  I know first hand the mix of emotions that run riot through the new mother’s head and heart.  Excitement to be a “Mother” and hold the tiny baby that had been kicking my bladder causing inopportune wet spots to appear on my clothing.  Or being punched in the lungs which lead to a period of gasping for air which seemed like eternity.

I was terrified.  Would I be a good mother?  Would my baby be healthy?  Frantically thinking back the nine months to find a point in time where I may have eaten or drank something that would forever damage this new life?  Hearing the baby was in good health as it was placed upon my chest brought more panic.  Will I break this little wriggling thing?

When the photo of the new Mom and brand new babies appeared on our phones, both Joe and I had tears running down our cheeks.  The wait staff at the restaurant were concerned, even a bit taken aback at seeing the sorry state we were in.  We both had to reassure all who came to check on us that we were fine.  Just brand new grandparents.

As it happens, the birth of our grand-daughters was on Father’s Day – June 12, 2014.  Joe, so overcome with gratitude of this wonderful event, stood and tapped his water glass and asked for everyone’s attention.  He loudly announced that we were new grandparents of twins just a few minutes old.  He went on to wish all the Fathers gathered in the restaurant with their families on this special day a very Happy Father’s Day.

These photos are special to me.  I was in the middle of Nebraska while my daughter was hundreds of miles away from me in central Arizona.  Having photos sent to me by my wonderful Son-In-Law and a few updates via text messaging were almost (not quite) as good as actually being there in person.

I’ll have the finished layout in a few days.  I’m trying my hand at some “Typography” to add to the layout.

In the meantime….get prepared for a video I have in the works about having “Dirty little secrets” in your crafting space you don’t want anyone to know about.

Leslie

 

Welcome, little ones, to our world.

I’m in the process of using one of my old, and nearly tossed in the trash, scrapbook layout pages from way back in 2009.

One of the old forgotten layouts

One of the old forgotten layouts

This 2-Page layout will be about all of the family and friends that came by to welcome our new grand daughters into the world.  Some were anxiously waiting their arrival at the hospital while others came to the house after the girls had a chance to settle in.

Working on the layout

Working on the layout

Long forgotten stencils were used to create the matted tags that designate each of the pockets.  This stencil doesn’t have a name showing the manufacturer or even what the font is.  I’ve had this stencil since about 2007.  For all these years it, along with the rest of my stencils, has been in a three ring binder and hidden away in a cupboard.

Alpha stencil

Alpha stencil

I penciled a line 2 inches from the top of the card stock for the first line.  Then I penciled in a line 2 inches further down the card stock for each succeeding tag title piece….thing-a-ma-bob, doo hickey, whach-a-ma-call-it.

Creating the tags

Creating the tags

Using my Stampin’ Up! markers I chose colors that would be sort of in the color range of these old papers.  None of these papers are from Stampin’ Up! so there was no hope of getting actual coordinating color for the tags.  Just a touch close is all that was necessary.

Coloring the tags

Coloring the tags

Another stencil I have from Club Scrap was used on the pockets.  I also have a stencil for the Library Card pocket.

Library card pocket from a stencil

Library card pocket from a stencil

I used my Stampin’ Up! markers in colors sort of (maybe not so much) close to the colors of the card stock mats to trace the stencil.

Once I get a full set of layouts completed on the birth of my grand daughters it will be easy to duplicate another set.  I have enough of the blank layouts that are getting new life breathed into them, as well as photos.  It is my intention to make a scrapbook album for each of my precious little grand daughters to look through when they get older.  We grand parents may no longer be alive by that time so they will get to see who these people were that loved on them when they were newborn babes.

I hope I have inspired you to create a layout or two for your scrapbooks.  If anyone has questions on how to make layout bases ahead of time leave your question in the comment section below.  I would be happy to answer your questions.

Leslie

Time to get some baby photos on layouts!

Poor sleep deprived new Mom and Dad

Poor sleep deprived new Mom and Dad

Get your seat belt tightened.  We’re taking a trip in the “Way Back Machine” to 2009.  That is how long this bare layout has been relegated to a dark hole.

The original layout design

The original layout design

I hope that wasn’t too bumpy of  a ride, and your hair didn’t end up standing on end 😀

My first attempts at making scrapbook layouts was pretty bad.  Mostly because I didn’t know what I was doing and I had no one but myself to teach me how to do it.  (You know the old adage about being your own lawyer – having a fool for a client?  Well this saying fits here as well).

I just remembered I have a video from 2009 showing my “skills” :/.  The lighting is bad because I didn’t know anything about taking videos for YouTube.  (Guess you can say that I don’t know much of anything).

Over the winter of 2009 I did some research, if you can call it that, about making scrapbook layouts that look good and have a design quality to them.  I found Club Scrap and their “Assembly Line Scrapbooking”. The term is Trade Marked.  There are pictures of layouts complete with PDF’s of the cutting directions for their paper in each kit they sell.  Check out the different layouts and directions.  You will find a listing of all the items you will need to make one of their layouts.  These include:  Card stock, text weight paper, design paper and/or card stock, along with detailed diagrams and cutting directions to put together a similar layout.

So, armed with this knowledge and being totally stoked and excited…..I went crazy.  I have about 30, 2-Page, layouts just waiting in a few plastic sleeves.  I didn’t have any of the Club Scrap paper at the time so I used what I had on hand.  I’ll show you just a few of them.

Layout style 1

Layout style 1

Layout style 2

Layout style 2

Layout style 3

Layout style 3

Layout style 4

Layout style 4

The papers are all wrong, as far as weight goes.  I have very thin card stock as the base of some of these and others is only text weight design paper.  Everything was attached using a glue stick.  When the pages bend I hear popping and snapping of the old dried glue.  No matter.  These layout pages will be tucked in album sleeves and their contents will be safely stored.

I journaled next to each photo.  and added some rubber stamp images at the bottom.  I filled the images in with Twinkling H2O’s water color paint.

Left of the 2-page layout

Left of the 2-page layout

I used Versa Mark with black embossing powder on that monster of a Letter Press Plate from Stampin’ Up!.  Cut the word “Love” out a few times and attached it to the layout.

Right side of 2-page layout

Right side of 2-page layout

One of the old layouts down and a few more to go!

What are  your embarrassing secrets shoved into the dark holes of your craft space?  Do you have items lurking around from your beginning days of creating?  Take a look at them with your experienced eyes and see if you can make those old embarrassments into beautiful art pieces 😀

Leslie

Ms. Snotty Pants is trying to use the Stampin’ Up! Letter Press Plate

Before I get into the “meat” of this blog post I want to take a minute to thank all of you that have come to my blog and had a look around.  For those of you new subscribers I want to thank you for doing that.  I appreciate everyone of you that stop in.

Okay – here we go.

I have spent the last three days getting this video created, edited, and uploaded to YouTube.

“Ms. Snotty Pants” is the part of my personality that tells me I’m a loser and can’t do anything right.  I think we all have one of these people lurking in our brains.  The “Know It All” who doesn’t really know anything.  The part of us that we give way too much head space to in our daily lives.

Maybe I should not include you in this because I don’t know what you have going on in your head.

When I leave the house with no makeup and just in  my comfy clothes I get this voice that says it is not correct to go out in public looking like a frump.  I do it anyway and don’t get attacked by the “Frump Police” or scolded by the “Fashion Police”.

Ms. Snotty Pants is my constant companion :/.   So I figured that maybe I could exorcise this demon and get to the point where I like myself better if I have a way of seeing that part of me in real life and outside of my head.  So you are going to be privy to my homemade remedy of “Psychoanalysis”.  This should prove to be an experience :/

If anyone has been looking through my older videos…..way older.  From 2010 and 2011 you will notice that nearly all of the references to Stampin’ Up! have been eliminated as best as I can.  The link to my former Demo site has been deleted from the Description Area and I have “X’d” out all of the tags for that same Demo site address at the end of those videos.

At last!  One thing scratched through on my To Do List!  (big heaving sigh of relief)

Now I have assigned myself the task of reworking those old videos and getting them deleted.  Ms. Snotty Pants will be playing a huge roll in these new videos.  Aren’t you just so excited?  NOT.

I hope you all are getting ready for this long weekend in the US – Columbus Day.  The British would call it a “Bank Holiday” since all the banks and post offices will be closed.  Those of you that get the extra day off I hope you enjoy the new fall weather.  Those of us grunts that have to work that day I hope it is a great one.

Talk to you soon.

Leslie

 

What does the “Wave” Mean? Joe asked.

Currently my husband, Joe, is far away in Massachusetts moving trucks to western Pennsylvania going to auction.  He has been gone for nearly two weeks now and he misses me and home.  I miss him being here as well.

While I was on the phone, last night, I told him to watch my newest video on YouTube.  He could see me.  I had been telling him that I am trying something new in my videos.  Being two different people.

Let me tell you.  When I first had that brilliant idea it seemed like it would be so easy to do.  Film me dressed as I normally am on a day to day basis demonstrating something and then filming me better groomed and dressed.   (You can see it in yesterday’s post if you haven’t already seen it – Trying something new.) This video was an attempt to show the differences in paper used in crafting.  Which papers are better used as bases in card making and scrapbook layouts.

I wrote a script so I could stay on track.  I almost didn’t upload the video.  I had some qualms about it and really felt quite stupid after seeing the choppy editing job I did.  I’m in the process of learning how to better use my iMovie program.  Filming as two different people is way more tricky than I first thought.

The intent of my video was totally lost on Joe.  I am going to have to rethink my concept in the future and keep in mind that not everyone is familiar with paper crafting.  Joe watched the video while we were on the phone.  It was good to hear  him laugh while he was watching.  He did ask “Is this supposed to be funny?”  Poor guy, I could almost feel him cringing thinking I had been all serious and he mistook my intentions.  I did tell him it was supposed to be funny and I was glad to hear him laugh.

After the video was finished he asked “What does the WAVE mean?”  Since I had to explain to him the different paper densities and qualities available out there then I was not successful in getting my point across.  I was not totally thinking about the new crafter just getting exposed to the different types of paper used.  It seems that my frame of reference came from the view of someone familiar with the different paper types and not geared toward those that don’t have the first clue on what to purchase.  I’m thinking I need to do a follow up of some kind.  Maybe even from a craft/hobby store where the aisle of paper is more intimidating.

Currently, I’m working on a new video.  I’ve had several questions on the “Stampin’ Up! Letter Press Plate” that I filmed well over three years ago.  I hope to have it uploaded by Friday of this week – October 17th.

Letter Press Plate from Stampin' Up!

Letter Press Plate from Stampin’ Up!

Okay, it is time to get back to my editing my next video.  I hope that everyone is enjoying the cooler fall temperatures.  I can’t believe Fall is here already.

Leslie

 

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