Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Scrapbook and Cards Today

3 x 4” journal cards have been around for a while now but they seem to be popping up as part of almost every new collection.  Whether in a package on their own or as part of 12 x 12” patterned paper, they’re so fun and can be used on just about anything you create or slipped into pocket pages too !!

A favorite way for me to use them is to cut them up.  It is super rare to find them on my layouts or cards in their original 3 x 4” format.  I love to trim, punch, cut and shape them as much as possible to make them look great with whatever I’m working on.

I fell in love with the ‘Hello Sunshine’ collection from Pink Paislee and the journal cards are so seriously cute …..

For this 12 x 12” layout, I chose (4) cards and trimmed them each at a different  points, splitting them between the words and graphics.  The corners were already rounded so I just gently sanded the edges to show the white inner core of the paper.

All my photos were trimmed to 3 x 3” and adhere flat across my patterned paper base. I cut (2) 12” borders from the grey pattern, border punched along the top and bottom and then gently sanded the edges of these pieces too. To adhere them, I put a piece of narrow double sided tape along the straight edge and then slightly overlapped the edges of my photos.  Remember not to adhere the borders down completely as you will need to be able to tuck your journal cards under the edge to hide your ‘seams’ :)
When I started tucking the journal card pieces under, I made sure to mismatch them so their tops and bottoms don’t go together.  I liked the look of this separation rather than having them too matchy matchy or straight across.

Once I had all my journal cards in place I went back and added chip shapes, stickers, my title and some typewriter journaling onto a piece of patterned paper the same as my base !!

Journal cards are the PERFECT addition (or start :)) to any card too !! They absolutely can be used as they come with some embellies added to them but again …. I like to cut them up :)


This journal card came with the cloud graphic just underneath the phrase ‘be the rainbow in someone elses cloud’ and I decided I wanted it on the top of the card.  I trimmed it off the bottom and adhered it flat at the top edge with the phrase .


There was a space in between these 2 pieces, so I cut up another journal card that had multi colored stripes and used the blue/grey bit at the top as my ‘sky’ and then added a puffy rainbow sticker and a button with twine to finish it off !!

This card was super quick and cute.  The original journal card was black and white and came with the phrase ‘don’t worry be happy’ ….. So I cut ‘love and’ from another card and added it to make up my own phrase …. A few coordinating heart die cuts and buttons and ta da !! Perfect for those moments when you need a card and are leaving for the party in 5 minutes 
( …. and yes, this happens to everyone :))

TFL ..... Talk soon.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Happy National Scrapbookin' Day !!!

I love this day that is ALL about us crazy crafters !! I would love to tell you that I was in my studio all day creating amazing projects using nothing but pretty paper and embellishments .... BUT .... I was doing the usual - running my kids here and there in the rain :))

It's all good though because tonight is the night .... I have a date just me and my favorite room !!

Though I didn't create today, I still have a fun layout to share ..... This was up over on the Bella Blvd. blog a few weeks back but I hadn't shared it here yet .... so here you go :))

The Molly collection just screams Emma to me !!  This girl is the best and I am forever calling her my favorite girl.  These photos were taken in the spring a few years back and she looks sooooo young !!  She just turned 13 and has had braces for the past year ….. Her face has changed shape so much so these pics seem like so long ago.

I am finding the ‘Molly’ collection so easy to work with as there truly is a paper and embellishment for all my girly picutres.  Yes – I even find it easy to work with Em’s horsey pics too !!

I am LOVING the Die-Cut packs and can’t get enough of the new ‘Treasures & Text’ Cardstock Stickers just to add that little extra something to every project !!! 

I hope where ever you were today and whatever you were doing, that it was a fabulous day and that you made time to do something creative :))

TFL ..... Talk soon.