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Technique Tidbit Thursday: Gift Tag/Mini Card

By Michelle V.

This is so easy: The instructions are as follows…


Cut a piece of pattern paper (double sided is nicer) to 3″ x 6″.
Fold at 2.75″.
Staple sides to close and form the pocket.

Decorate the front as desired.


Cut a piece of cardstock to match (or pp if you choose) to 2″ x 6″.
Fold accordion style at 2″ and 4″.
Decorate the front of the folded tag with a tab at the top so you can see it when it’s in the pocket.

Place in the pocket.


Technique Tidbit Thursday: Gift Bags!

By Andrea W.

Supplies for each bag…
1 – 9 X 5 piece of pattern paper
2 – 5 inch strips of ribbon
Wet adhesive
Paper Trimmer
Scoring Blade/Stylus
Hole Punch

Score your paper horizontally at ½, 1¼, 2, 4¾, 5½, and 6¼ inches.

Score the vertical lines at 1, 4, and 4½ inches.

Now we’ll need to create some diagonal score lines. Measure ½ inch down from the top left side. Draw a diagonal line to your 1 inch score horizontal line. Measure 3, 3 7/8, 7 3/16, and 8 inches on the top edge and draw diagonal lines to the 1 inch horizontal score.

Crease all score lines except for the 4 ½ inch vertical score (this will be used as a guide to punch our handle holes).

Punch holes at 2¾, 4, 7, and 8¼ inches along the 4 ½ inch vertical score that you didn’t crease.

Glue down diagonal folds. You should be gluing down 5 “triangle” shapes.

Glue down your ½ inch score mark.

Glue the bottom of your bag together.

Add ribbons to your punch holes and your bag is complete!

Technique Tidbit Thursday: A Webby Delight!

coffee filter cobwebs

Aren’t those cobwebs just da bomb?  What a clever idea!  Megacrafty has a great tutorial on her blog on how to create these fantastic spiderwebs.  If you have coffee  filters and a craft knfe, you’re pretty much on you’re way.  See the tutorial here.

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Glimmer Mist Masking

By Allyson B. Meyer

Hey everyone!

I hope you enjoy this online class. This is a super-fun, easy technique that yields great results. I wish this had photographed a bit better…the tiny, glittery details are a bit hard to capture.

I’m going to teach you this technique by creating a card, but you can use this with layouts and other projects, too.

All of the supplies I used are from Scrapbooker’s Club House! You’ll need: cardstock, glimmer mist, chipboard shapes, and embellishments of your choice.

Start with a blank card cut from cardstock:

Arrange chipboard shapes on cardstock. Do not adhere.

Spray glimmer mist over chipboard shapes and card.

Let dry completely. Lift chipboard shapes off and set aside.

You now have a beautiful, metallic card background with a unique design showing where you placed your chipboard shapes.

(The photos make this look a bit more “blotchy” than it is in real life, which is metallicy goodness!

Embellish your card as desired:

As a fun bonus, your chipboard shapes will now be all glittery:

Feel free to use them on another project. Watch for my layout at the end of the month featuring these pieces!

I hope you enjoyed this fun & easy technique!

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Stamping Tips

Use “Post-Its” for masking. They are sticky and thin so they work perfectly for masking…

Store your dye ink pads upside down to keep the ink at the surface of the pad. Its also easier to stamp with them that way. Just grab the bottom of the pad, pat on overturned stamp and place back on the cover which is upside down on your work space. This is easier because you can do it with one hand…

If you store your stamps in drawers, make sure that you do not stack them more than 2 inches high.  Stacking them higher than this squishes the rubber on them and is not good for the stamp…

When picking a art stamp, you can choose one with a design cut evenly and deeply into the rubber. These will produce a sharper more detailed image.

Technique Tidbit Thursday: Fabric Flowers!

By Noella A.

Alrighty ladies! I have a fun fabric flower you can make to use on a card or on a layout..You can also make lots to incorporate as many as you like to your designs.

Here are the supplies you need:

Scrap piece of Fabric
Needle and Thread


Step 1:

Cut your fabric into 5 – 2″ x 2″ squares.

Step 2:

Iron each square shaping them into triangle peices.

Step 3:

Thread your needle with enough thread to go through all your pieces. Sewing with a very loose stitch weave your needle through the two raw edges. Pull the thread tight creating a petal and continuing onto the next 4 petals doing the same.

Step 4:

When you have finished all 5 petals, sew the two end petals together creating the flower.

Step 5:

Flip the flower over and sew on your button making sure to catch any loose fabric and making sure to catch a piece of each petal from underneath making sure of a even center of the button.

And whaa laa! There you have it..a cute little fabric flower to use on your layouts, cards or on mini albums.

You can create these flowers any size from adjusting the squares you cut out from the fabric..just as long as you keep the measurements square you can use 1″ x 1″, 2″ x 2″, 4″ x 4″ etc….

Have fun!

Technique Tidbit Thursday

Today I am passing on some words of wisdom from Ali Edwards:

1. Get over what you “think” it should be and just allow it to be (“it” will be something different for every person).

2. Examine how you look through the lens of your camera . What do you really see? What are you looking for? Next time you pick up your camera let yourself play a bit more by looking up, down, to the sides, etc. of your subject. There are so many interesting things out there in the world. I am particularly interested in the ways things meet together – people, places, things.

3. White cardstock is always a solid choice for the foundation of your layout. I love it. It is my go-to color of choice.

4. Mix up your page sizes. For the last year I have been experimenting with all sorts of different sizes – this is a huge creative boost. Online lately I have seen really cool pages that are 6 inches x 12 inches, 4 inches x 12 inches, 8 inches x 8 inches, etc. Don’t limit yourself to one size.

5. Keep an inspiration journal. This is the one of the best things you can do for your creative self. Don’t judge what you write in it or put in it – just use it and abuse it and let it be a place for the things that are scrambling in your head. For a long time I have had too many of these and it began to feel way to scattered. Recently I have combined it into one notebook – forcing myself to use just one and go with it.

6. Repetition. Probably my favorite design principle: do something once and then do it two more times. Three is a very nice number. Repeat colors. Repeat shapes. Repeat accents.

7. Expand yourself. Find something else to learn about next: a new interest, a new subject. Learning stuff fills you up, gives you more to draw from when you sit down to create.

8. Note to self: there is no perfect layout. Forget about perfection; rather adopt an attitude that you will learn something from each layout you complete. Maybe it will be a new way to combine colors, create embellishments, or crop your photos. Maybe it will be that you totally dislike the way you did something. Make a mental note and move on to the next thing.

9. Alphabet stamps in classic typefaces are great for the long haul

10. Layer.
When you are putting a layout together think in terms of layers: cardstock, patterned paper, transparency, stickers, stamps – what can you add on top of the last layer to make the piece more interesting? 

11. Learn how to be self-critical without putting yourself down. How do you do this? As you create stuff ask yourself “does this really need this accent? Am I adding to the overall story or am I adding it just to add it?” There’s no right answer – it’s more about developing a general awareness and connection with yourself as you are creating. Be ok with stopping yourself and moving on to the next piece.

12. Just stick it down. If you have been looking at a single layout for days and days and days it is probably time to just stick it all down and move on the next. Isn’t it awesome that there is always another story to tell?

13. You can never go wrong with circle or square punches.

14. Collect stuff (and not just scrapbook supplies). Mail pieces. Tags. Bits of stuff. Cut it up. Grab a manila folder or a basket or a box (don’t make it complicated) and stick stuff in there. Regularly dip back into that spot for ideas and inspiration.

15. Read more about the Art of Finding.
16. Make sure you are in your scrapbooks
. Take photos of yourself. Set your timer. Hand over your camera. Get together with friends to take photos of one another. Your kids and your family will thank you.

17. Bring your scrapbook talents into your home environment (also known as living with your art). Create collages to hang in your home. Enlarge and frame your favorite photos or layout. Create cool accents for your mantle with your supplies. There is so much that can be done with all those supplies you have collected to bring your hobby into the living areas in your home.

18. Take some time to go back over all the layouts you have created and give yourself a hug for all the stories you have told. Taking a look at the body of your work will give you a whole new perspective on what you have done and where you want to go next.

19. Create less. Rather than doing a bunch of layouts just for the sake of filling up an album, spend more time on just a few stories that really have meaning for you and your family.

20. Go make something right now. Stop whining. Stop coming up with excuses. Start now.