What to do when you can’t follow instructions :-(

I have been working on a scrapbook for one of our daughters.  It has been a couple years in the making since I’m not home much.  I’m using DCWV “Street Lace” paper to create this album.

Okay, I’m sure I’m the only person that watches YouTube videos; gets totally stoked by a project someone has come up with and want to replicate, only to find that I didn’t follow the instructions properly.  😦  I have a really bad habit of writing the instructions on a piece of paper then losing those essential instructions underneath the pile of papers I have on my work surface.  A few hours later, or even the next day, I find the instructions and what made sense while watching the video no longer makes sense to me.

Case in point.  This lovely thing I made.  To see any of the photos larger click on them with your mouse – or tap on the photo to view in the browser of your smart phone.

Scrapbook album mini insert

I was so proud of myself for getting all the pieces cut, corners rounded, papers adhered, lace and pearl embellishments applied.

Opening the mini insertYay!  Opening the mini insert works like it is supposed to!

Crapazoid!  I put it on upside downCrapazoid!  It was working fantastic until I notice that I’ve put the front cover on upside down 😦  Try as I might, I could not figure out how to fix this.  Turning the piece to open the other way will make the insert open to the bottom and be difficult to get at.

This part of the process came out right.  I guess when there is more than two steps in a project it is one too many for me 😦

Click this link to MyLilTreasureTrove to see the right way to do this.

Instead of throwing the whole thing away I’ve created a “pocket” to  house the piece that I’ve screwed up on.

I cut a piece of the DCWV Street Lace paper (12 x 12) to 4″ x 12″.  I laid it horizontally on my Martha Steward Score Board and scored at 2-1/2, 2-3/4, and 3″.

Turn the paper around and do the same, horizontally, to the other side.  Making your score marks at 2-1/2, 2-3/4, and 3″.  My messed up insert measures 6″ wide.  I have a 6″ gap between the two sets of score lines on the paper I just worked with.

Now, flip the paper vertically and score on the left side ONLY at 1/2, 3/4, and 1″.

Fold on all of the score lines.  Now it is time to cut away the excess along the bottom.  Cut the horizontal 1″ fold all the way to the 3″ vertical fold.

When you get finished cutting it will look like this.

Refold this piece to make it look like this.

Add adhesive of your choice to the bottom of the two flaps.

Attach the two flaps to the bottom fold and secure in place.

Decorate the front before you attach it to your page.  Give yourself about 2-1/2 inches clearance from the bottom of the layout to make it easier to reach in to take the mini out of the pocket.

Once you have the front of the pocket decorated add the adhesive of your choice to the bottom of the pocket and the two flaps.

Adhere this pocket to your page and insert your mini.  This is how to fix an oopsie without tossing all your previous hard work out.

Now, no one will ever know that you put this mini album insert together backwards 😀  No, the pocket is not glued on crooked.  I am NOT proficient with hot glue.  My yellow and black ribbon piece is what is crooked and I don’t want to tear it all apart and damage the dang thing.  So…..it’s supposed to be crooked 😀

Take the pressure off yourself to be PERFECT!  You will never be perfect BUT you will be fantastic!

Leslie

Gusseted pockets and a dimensional T-Rex.

Heather came over today, after I got Joe on the road.

Today’s lesson was making a “Gusseted” pocket for special things in a layout or two.  She can tuck a lock of her boy’s hair, held in a protective envelope, inside the pocket or just about anything else she would like to stuff in there.

A “Gusseted” pocket is one that spreads out for thick items while allowing the pocket to retain its original shape.  I had her do it the “Hard Way” and the “Easy Way” since she would be making two pockets.

I cut two pieces of card stock to 6″ x 4-1/2″.  After being scored and folded the pocket WAS supposed to be 4″ x 4″ but I had a bit of trouble with the math part so it is 4-1/2″ x 4″.  If you wish to make a gusseted pocket for your layout and the final pocket measure 4″ x 4″ you will need to cut your card stock at 5-1/2″ by 4-1/2″.

On the wide side of the paper, measure along one edge 1/2″ and use a bone folder to score a line.  Move the ruler 1/8″ and score a second line, then move the ruler another 1/8″ and score the third line.  Do the same with the other side.  This will take up 3/4″ for all the fold lines on each side.

Scoring fold lines with a ruler and bone folder

Scoring fold lines with a ruler and bone folder

Crease each of the score marks into fan folds.   Do this to both sides.

Crease the scores into fan folds on both sides

Crease the scores into fan folds on both sides

Using the bone folder, press the folds firmly for sharp creases and flatten the folds closer together.

Use a bone folder to flatten the creases

Use a bone folder to flatten the creases

Score and fold 1/2″ at the bottom of the pocket to close it so your precious items don’t fall out and get lost.

Once all the folding and creasing is finished, cut the corner out of each side from the 1/2″ square in the corner in to the second score line.

Cut the corner out to remove some of the bulk

Cut the corner out to removed some of the bulk

Do this to both sides.  You will have a tab at the bottom.

Tab at bottom of pocket

Tab at bottom of pocket

Fold everything together bringing the tabbed bottom up last.  Add a bit of glue in the bottom corners.  Sorry I forgot to take a picture.  Only put a small amount of wet glue in the corners where the bottom tab meets with the side gussets.

Fold your pocket together and glue only the bottom corners

Fold your pocket together and glue only the bottom corners

I have some small clothes pins that I use as “Clamps” on things like this.  Prying up the other side, after you  have glued one down, usually opens the other.  A paper clip will work in this instance if you don’t have any of these pins.

Use a paper clip or small clothes pins to hold the corners for the glue to set

Use a paper clip or small clothes pins to hold the corners for the glue to set

For the “Easy Way” I had Heather use my Martha Stewart Score Board to make the crease lines.

Using the Score Board to make the score lines for the folds

Using the Score Board to make the score lines for the folds

This is the “Easy Way” because the scores are more defined and easier to manipulate the paper than using the slippery and sliding ruler and bone folder.  Folding on these score lines is easier to do because a person can actually SEE where the line is as opposed to using the ruler and bone folder trick.

The rest of the process is exactly the same.  Fold on the score lines, cut out the bottom corners to create the tab, glue the corners and hold them down for the glue to set.

Next is to decorate the front of the pockets then apply them to the pages.

Decorated fronts of pockets and attached to layout pages

Decorated fronts of pockets and attached to layout pages

For Tommy’s page Heather wanted to use some patterned paper she got from Maureen.  This next bit was from a question posed by Heather.  She wanted to know how to make the dinosaur be 3-D.  Now don’t tell her that this was the first time I have attempted this.  I’ve read about it but have not done it myself.  Shhhhh, I want her to believe that I am the “Wizard” 😀

I had her cut out four of the T-Rex images.  Lots of “Fussy Cutting” is going to be happening.

Heather cut out the T-Rex images from the patterned paper

Heather cut out the T-Rex images from the patterned paper

The first image will be the base that all the rest of the images will be mounted to.

First image is the base layer for all the other images

First image is the base layer for all the other images

The second image I had her whack off T-Rex’s head.  Foam tape was applied to the back side of the second image then it was stacked onto the base image.

Second image was cut out - minus the head - and attached with foam tape

Second image was cut out - minus the head - and attached with foam tape

Next was to cut out the hand and arm piece.  That needed a bit more care taken since the image was so small and the surrounding paper to be cut away was very intricate.  Heather used her brand new craft knife she excitedly showed me when she first came over today 😀

Using a craft knife to cut out the fine details

Using a craft knife to cut out the fine details

The arm was then attached to the top of the second layer using foam tape again.

Arm attached to second layer using foam tape

Arm attached to the second layer using foam tape

The tail piece was attached using foam tape then the head was attached using a double thickness of foam tape.

Tail and head attached using foam tape

Tail and head attached using foam tape

The final result turned out cute, c-u-t-e!  Some of the foam tape is peeking out from the really small areas but it is hidden enough that it won’t be sticking to stuff.  Other dinosaurs were cut out from the edge of the paper and applied to the pocket so T-Rex would have friends to talk to 😀

Completed 3-D T-Rex along with some friends

Completed 3-D T-Rex along with some friends

Last thing to do is add glue to the tabbed edges of the underside of the pocket.  Applying glue ONLY to the edges.  This will allow the pocket to remain open and not be glued shut.

Apply glue to the tabbed edges of the back of the pocket then adhere to the page

Apply glue to the tabbed edges of the back of the pocket then adhere to the page

Now the pocket is ready to hold treasures of all kinds and keep them safely stored for later viewing.

Completed pocket on the page

Completed pocket on the page

Heather will be adding photos and mattes to her pages.  The left one – T-Rex pocket – is for Tommy.  He watches a program with a singing dinosaur and loves it.  Hmmmm, the only singing dinosaur I know of is the purple one.  Is that “Barney”?  I don’t know.  Anyway she is waiting for Tommy to say “Roar” and make his hands into claws.  Once she has a photo of that she will be adding it to this page along with other items.

For Duston’s page, the one on the right, she is waiting for him to take his first steps and getting photos of that exciting event.  She has decided “First Steps” will be the title for Duston’s page and “Roar” will be the title for Tommy’s page.

Pages ready for Heather's finishing touches

Pages ready for Heather's finishing touches

The next lesson will be more “Fussy Cutting”.  She will be cutting the boys out of the photos.  The outline of their bodies will be the cutting guides and we’ll do some fun placement.  I also think it is about time to teach her  how to ink the edges of her papers to give them a distressed look.

I think she is advancing along very well and it is now time to get into the “Artsy” part of crafting.  I have been working her towards”Page Structure” and it is now about time to get her going in that direction.

So, until next time with Heather, enjoy your crafting and give this 3-D thing a try.