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Friday, October 31, 2014

Men at Work by Wendy Kats

This project has been calling my name for a while now but I had to finish my Halloween projects first ;)
There are a few people in my life who are very important and the hubby and my son are two of those people. I wanted to make something just for them that shows not only how much them mean to me but also how much they mean to each other.
So I started looking for something that would fit that idea. I found the Beyond the page toolbox while I was ordering some basic supplies at Scrapadabadoo and it was just perfect!
Hmmm I have to be honest and say that I am proud how it turned out and the boys just love it...I hope you all will like it as well...

I just love the whole father and son idea behind this. They both have their own side but they are still one piece, working and playing as one and the Good ol' sport paper from Graphic 45 is the finishing touch.

The boys both have their own album but with a little twist I will show later on. Don't ask me how but somewhere along the line my brain had the weird idea to use some shoelaces for the binding of the album instead of the's a bit twisted but I actually think it's kind of cute haha.

The base for both albums are the same as I used the long 5 ring chipboard album. The little twist is the pockets on the inside. Dad has the full page pockets and the son has 2 small pockets per page. Hmmmm I guess you can call them Senior and Junior  Hehe. The chipboard pieces from the collection give that little bit of extra.

In the Senior album I used the  Tim Holtz on the edge gear die to create extra pockets. Because this is an album for the guys I decided to go for twine on the tags and skip the ribbon ;)

I am seriously thinking about making this project again for two other very important men in my life. My dad and granddad deserve one as well. I better start looking for a good paper...they both loved fishing....

This project has a small tutorial I will post the link for it at the end and of course you can always buzz me on Facebook or pop me a mail trough my blog if you have any questions.

Well I better get back to work as Thanksgiving and Christmas are closing in on us..ohh and before I forget here is the link to the tutorial.

For now I say stay safe...scrap on and till next time.



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Christmas Joy Folio by Debi Schnabel

I was sent the small Tim Holtz folio and some of the beautiful FabScraps Christmas Joy papers to play with. I decided to make a Christmas Folio using the Tim Holtz Glassine envelopes and some Kraft policy envelopes from my stash and some other stashed items that I’m sure we all have hidden somewhere. LOL! What I came up with is super easy to put together and quick too!
Here is the list of supplies I used: (You can find all these items and more at Scrapadabadoo Crafts)
Fabscraps Christmas Joy Paper Pk
TH Folio Small
Tim Holtz Kraft Glassine Pocket Tag Envelope 6pc
Policy Envelopes
6x9 Manila envelope
paper bag
This is the completed project… I have videos showing what I did on my YouTube channel here.
This is the front of the folio and inside the front cover. I used the glassine envelopes and policy envelopes throughout this project. Here you can see the belly band I made to hold photo mats and the glassine envelope.On the right side I used a policy envelope, sealed and cut off just a small slice of one long side to open it up, for a pocket.
On the inside front I made an insert using a paper bag and a 6x9 Manila envelope. There is a great tutorial for this on youtube, I included the link in the description of my video.
For each of the pockets I used both, the policy envelopes and Glassine envelopes. For the kraft policy envelopes I opened the bottom, or side in the case of the first pocket, and folded them. This created another pocket to add tags or photo mats. For the Glassine bags I ran them through my Big Shot with embossing folders to give them some character.
I attached them to the included folio hinge and covered both sides of the exposed areas with the FabScraps Christmas Joy papers.
There really are so many more options for the very versatile folio. I can see this being done for Birthdays, Graduation and much, much more!
I used one of the cut-apart  papers to make tags and as photo mat place holders. To see more of this project take a look at the videos below.

Putting together my Christmas folio


Finished Christmas Folio

Thanks for stopping by! Please feel free to leave me a comment too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Season of Change

Ecclesiastes 3:3
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven There are seasons in our lives that bless us, make us think, some are sorrowful, some are reflective, some which stretch us, some that see us moving in a different direction. As one door closes another door opens.  Sometimes the journey to the next door requires time and patience.  That is where my journalling helps me and I needed something to put these things together. Changes, for me mean journalling thoughts to help me. So in this vein the Spiritus Album was born.  clip_image001 (Please don’t be put off with the Christian theme I have included some positive thinking thoughts you can use for this album :)  ) the Paperline I used was the Prima Princess A4 paper pad.  This is lovely paper, suited the theme very well. I covered the tags and extension binding with the papers first then went back to add bits and pieces. As this is a journalling type of album I did not put a lot of embellishments on it as I tend to doodle as I journal making that my embellishment.   There are lovely embellishments in the Prima Princess line in the Scrapadabadoo store.  Nooooooo just saw the ATC pad, rats I would have used that for the album, ok need to get them and do the sequel to this.  I also find things along the way and I add them as I see fit so like to leave areas for that to make it more personal.  I do that a lot and it gets pretty decorated by the time I am finished.  I used three pages as inserts, for the themes I used.  I have at least another three themes but want them in a separate album.  The three I used are Blessings, Hope and Prayer.  The others are Weary, Troubles/Fearful and Worry.  I have included them in the handout which I will add to the bottom of this blog. I decided to go with 2” rings, but you could use ribbon or twine to keep the album together.  I sometimes want to take the page out so the rings suited me best. I used the black tag album from Scrapadabadoo.    I wanted to extend the tags so I can bind it and Ashliegh (scrapsbuttonsnbows)  had a great idea idea to extend it.  Instrtuctions can be found here   The front cover I dived into my stash, could I find my thickers, of course not, so found an ooooold spellbinders alphabet set that fitted, have some others but they were too big.  I used copper mirror card for the letters and came across a key (oooh I do love keys), the metal flower was a gift and popped a small rose in the middle.  And guess what, after applying the letters I found my thickers doh the usual in other words.  Those blessed gremlins! clip_image001[1] Oooh did I tell you, I used gilding paste on the edges of the tags to give it a lovely finish like a bible edge lol. Inside of front cover: We all have a favourite verse/positive thought and for this album I decided to put my favourite verse with a wee extension, love this.  This has great meaning to me, so you can put something that means a great deal to you on this side.  Psalm 23 explained - I popped it onto chipboard so it would stand out.  Thanks Gwen (crafty lady) for this fab idea. clip_image002 Blessings page The next page can be what you decide, when I take the pages out I don’t always put them back in the order I had originally lol (too much like thinking – that hurts!!!)  So this one is Blessings. clip_image003 I made a heading and popped in onto chipboard.  Well I do have a lot of bits of chipboard and needed to use them up, so its all Gwen’s fault you know lol.  She is such a lovely lady with great ideas. clip_image004  see what I mean lol. I made a pocket out of patterned paper so I can place my verses/positive thoughts into to give me a starting point for reflection.


I cut a piece of patterned paper 4 1/2” x 3 1/4”, I scored at 1/4” on one long side and the two short sides and attached it to the tag.     On the front of the pocket I put lines of a song on each page, for me worship and praise lifts me up and these came to me instantly.  Put your version on here, its amazing what singing a song can do for you no matter what kind.  Below that I added some verses as a starting point. I cut out the verses and made them into little tags.  I loooooooooooove the WRMK Power Punch Euro Hook.  It lets me add ribbon if I want, but more importantly I love how it can be put onto a ring very easily when I want to change the verses around.  I put a little ribbon to keep the verses together.   That way I can change them round to suit my mood/situation. On the back I made a folding pocket, I think it is called the Rose Pocket, saw this on utube but can I find the video, can I chookie birdie. clip_image005 Rose Pocket instructions can be found here I attached it to the tag using ribbon to hold it together.  I made journalling tags and used the WRMK Power Punch Euro Hook.  I didn’t put ribbon on these, as I found the lovely punch out area was fab for pulling the tags out.     The next page was Hope. Same as before, made a pocket and tags to insert inside.  Song line and verses placed onto pocket. clip_image006 back of the tag I did a cascade of #3 coin envelopes.  I do love cascades they give you great area for journalling, pictures and so on.  I used the patterned paper as hinges to make it look lovely. clip_image007 Again I used some ribbon to keep it closed.  Added some lace at the bottom, the flowers on it reminded me of the verse ‘Faith as small as a mustard seed’ for prayer, beautiful things come from it. I extended the flap of the coin envelope (3 3/4” by width of envelopes)  to give more journalling space.  I used the WRMK Power Punch Euro Hook for my tags, gives great purchase to get it out of the envelope without need a tag pull. clip_image008 The next Page is Prayer. I changed the front of this page when I found some lovely pictures on google so decided to go with that (I put in   The first picture the word prayer has words within it with what prayer means and I loved it so decided it was going to be my banner for this and the gorgeous wee bairn spoke of having childlike faith so went with that one.  Choose pictures that have meaning for you to personalise your album. clip_image009 the back of this one clip_image010 I took some large pockets from the Paper Accents Assorted pockets but they only had two of each size and I needed three so hauled out my Lifestyle Crafts Treat bag die and cranked one out for the middle.  I also used the Lifestyle Crafts Tab It die kit to use to attach the pockets to the tag.  These dies along with the Label It dies are my go to dies for such a lot, they are so versatile.  I also used magnets to keep the pockets closed. I also decided when added the patterned paper I would use it as a pocket on the front to give me more space.  Also when I attached the middle pocket I glued it down so that I would have a pocket behind it as well. clip_image011 I have always loved this picture with the boy and the dog, so had to use it lol. Again I used tags and used the WRMK Power Punch Euro Hook.  Lol I think you are getting the message that I really love this tool. Inside Back cover I added a bible study leading up to Christmas.  Choose your own study/mediation/thoughts to help you.  Again I used chipboard to pop it up on the tag.  Of course some gilding paste had to go onto it lol. clip_image012 For me the time with  Design Team has blessed me wonderfully.  I learned a great deal from a great bunch of gals.  I had to dust off thinking outside the box – that hurts lol but was such fun. So as I leave the Design Team I wish them all the best, they are fab ladies that I am pleased to call friends. I will never stop crafting er I bleed paper and glue lol.  I pop up everywhere. So keep peeking into my blog for more crafty things. vereses and some pictures in pdf document click here

Saturday, October 25, 2014

SILLY BOY by Patti Sylvia

Hi, Patti here with another layout, this time I featured these adorable photos of my 2 year old grandson, Cash being absolutely silly while eating chocolate ice cream at the Ghirardelli soda fountain in Downtown Disney.  He thought his chocolate moustache was just the funniest thing and had us all cracking up.  He is quite the silly little boy.
I also featured the gorgeous Bo Bunny SOMEWHERE IN TIME Collection.  I wanted to take this rather vintage, grungy collection and put a more youthful, modern spin on it so I went for different size circles and put them in a vertical line.

I cut my photos to 3 x 3 square then double matted them to form a rectangle to breakup all the circles.

Silly Boy 005

In order to further enhance the youthful modern look I was trying to achieve I decided to keep this layout clean and used minimal embellishments opting for doodling some dots and circles outlining the circles using a copic multi liner .08 marker.  I used to do this on a lot of my layouts when I first started scrapbooking 6 years ago.  It felt good to re-visit an old technique that I hadn’t done in along time.  Next time you get stuck for an idea for a project, go back to an old tried and true technique.
I inked the edges of everything in Charcoal chalk ink.
I used some sticker letters I had in my stash that matched the collection and were circles to keep the title fun and playful and it helped to balance out the overall design.
This was a super fast and fun layout to do.
Thank you for looking  ~Patti ~

Friday, October 24, 2014

Arsenic & Lace Halloween Cards~by Zandra

Today, I bring you my Halloween Cards using my scraps from Echo Park’s collection Arsenic & Lace:
This is my first card, as I created this from the front sheet of the collection pack and is super easy and made for someone who you know will not keep the card…lol  I also, used twine, scotch quick dry which I keep in the fine line bottles black stickles and for the top of the pumpkin the wood grain paper.
I added a little more layers to this card:  I used the EK Success Zig Zag Chain punch, which I used intertwining the bottom border and the negative pieces for around the 3 x 4 Happy Halloween.  Black Diamond and Crystal sticklesPrima 3 Scallop Doily Die, glossy accents and SS Frankie Enamel Dots.
Now this card is for someone you know is going to keep it…lol   I created this card with lots of texture and layers: 
First, I used some textured paste, on the acetate sheet I inked with white staz on, used gel medium and then crackle accents on top of that which takes overnight to dry.  Also, flowers, seam binding and Prima sprays
So, these were made from my scraps and I think they turned out so cute!  It is always hard for me to throw out any of my scraps.  It is always so fun to see what you can create from your scraps.
~♥Hugz, Zandra♥

Arsenic & Lace Cauldron Mini~by Zandra

Today I share with you my Cauldron Mini album using Echo Park Arsenic & Lace collection.

I love this collection it has made a great Halloween album and if you would like to make this album I do sell the pdf file which you can purchase for $7.00 just email me at:  Each page also, has a pocket for more added photos or journaling and I created the tree from paper towel and Lindy’s spray.  I also, used scor tape, black pop dots, black soot distress ink as well as plastic sheets.
Be sure to check back and see how I used the scraps from this collection to create my Halloween cards.  ~♥Hugz, Zandra♥

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oh Baby Insta- Brag Book Mini By Carol

Hey all Carol here..  I have another fun mini album to share with you today. This is Made using the  Insta- Brag Book  Tutorial from Paper Phenomenon. This is a fun mini to make and uses the Kraft Tex, Snaps and The Simple Stories Oh Baby Collection.  I had not yet worked with the Kraft Tex and did find that it was a lot easier to use than I thought it would be, and the Snaps are the perfect closure for it
. Oh Baby Mini

The Oh Baby Paper collection lends itself to both a boy or a girl and I have mixed them up in this album to show a bit of both


There are so many elements on this paper to make an adorable album, and the bundle we have put together is more than enough to make this album and more. Each page has  a pocket with tags for pictures or journaling

There are a total of 6 pages in this album, and each page has a pocket.  Each page that I did will document 2 months with room on the tags for pictures and journaling.

The wood grain papers that come in this collection are perfect for the tags, and enamel dots add so much fun too !

You also can not go wrong with the adorable brads , stickers and other elements in this Bundle
We have put all of this together (with the exception of the snap tool and snaps) You can use it for the Insta-Brag Book or for other albums you have tutorials for.

(just click on the link)
to take you right to the store.
The Insta-Brag Book Tutorial must be purchased separately from
And take it from me.. this is an easy tutorial to follow