Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Oh What Beautiful Morning ATC Swap

   Not too long ago while browsing the internet I bumped into what I thought was a really great technique for card making called "Starburst".  It looked like so much had gone into making the card and yet it was as easy as pie. By that I mean that all you do is cut pie shaped pieces of paper and glue them down on a piece of card stock with a glue stick. When "Oh What A Beautiful Morning" was announced as a swap I knew just what I wanted to do.  

THIS IS THE ATC THAT I MADE

   This card was made by gluing pie shaped scraps of scrap book paper onto card stock. Then I went along the edges with gold glitter glue. I drew around a quarter to make a sun. Then I drew the arms onto the sun and gave it a smiling face. On the bottom of my ATC I added some yellow ribbon that said "Fun In The Sun".


THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED

 Hollie Fox

 Marna Bennett

Kathy Scholl

   These are great ATC's. They are cute and pretty. I like cute and I like pretty. So I am so happy with my new ATC's. Thanks so much ladies. I hope that if any of you received one of my ATC's that you're as happy with it as I am with yours.

Take Care
Kathy

Friday, May 23, 2014

Gate Fold Album Loaded

  I won't waste your time by telling you all over again how to make this album. I just wanted to share it after I had the pages trimmed and the tags finished with ties.

MY LOADED ALBUM

 Album Fully Opened.

 Open On Table.

 Standing On Edge Showing Trimmed Pages.

 View Looking Down Into Album.

Album With Ribbon Tie.

   Yes it is bulging. But I make a lot of really thick ATC's. I love to embellish them. So sometimes they are quite bulky. This album holds more than 100 ATC's quite nicely. I am going to have to make another one day. This album only has room for two more ATC's and I am making them for swaps at this time. This really isn't hard to make. All I need is the time to make another.
   When I make another I will make the spline deeper. Other than that this album is all that I hoped it would be. The tags in the pockets work great. Actually I'm really not disappointed that it bulges. It kind of makes me happy. I made all these ATC's and I made this album that is stuffed with my art.

Take Care 
Kathy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May Flowers ATC Swap

   I entered a swap called "May Flowers" a few weeks ago. I love making paper flowers. So this was a want to do for me. Usually I make a different kind of flower, more dimensional. I wanted to try something different so I decided to use a Silhouette cutting machine file.
  
THIS IS THE ATC THAT I MADE



   I decided to do a decoupage type flower so I resized a clump of tulips and cut them out. I then hand painted them and glued them onto the background. I made the background when I made my April Tag called "Spring Fever". The background was made by crumpling tissue paper and using Mod Podge pressing it onto a piece of white card stock, and then putting another coat of Mod Podge over the top of it. After it dried I painted it green with acrylic paint. All that was left to do was cut another copy of the tulips out and cut away all but the center of each tulip. I then painted the centers and using foam adhesive I layered them over the top of each tulip. I enjoyed making these. It was not my usual flower. I know that I will make flowers like this again sometime.


THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I RECEIVED

Lucie Horowitz

Ann Jensen

Kathy Scholl

   Wow! Aren't these gorgeous? Thank you ladies for your creativity. I really love my new paper bouquet. I will display them proudly on my wall, and later they will find a home in one of my albums. Once again thank you.

Take Care
Kathy  

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Children ATC Swap

   I recently joined a swap that had children as the theme. I have been sitting on this really cute silhouette of two little kids playing for quite some time. I got it for the little girl. I plan to use it as I scrapbook my granddaughter. 



   For the background I selected a scrapbook paper that looks like sand. I then tore another piece that is sparkling water and using a glue stick I sloppily glued it down. I wanted excess glue to hold embossing powder in place. I then embossed it with sapphire embossing powder using a heat gun. I then drew a small castle and covered it with sand. When I put it in place I realized that it was nearly impossible to see so I painted it. I cut the children with my Silhouette cutting machine and painted them the same color as the sand castle.

THESE ARE THE ATC'S THAT I RECEIVED

 Sandie Hamel

 Laureta Linett

  Donna Staton

   Thank you ladies for your enchanting "Children" ATC's. I really love each and every one of these. I couldn't be happier with them. After I display them on my wall for awhile it will be a real pleasure to add them to my collection of ATC's. 

Take Care
Kathy

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Gate Fold ATC Album


   I have quite a nice ATC collection and no way to display them. So I decided to make an album just for my favorite ATC's. I wanted to make it capable of holding many ATC's without taking up a lot of space. I decided to make an album that would fit nicely on my coffee table. That way anytime that I wanted I could pick it up and browse through them. I decided to make a gate fold album sized for ATC's. I decided to make mine 9"x9". I cut the 9"x9" bottom of my album out of chipboard. That would allow the two sides to close together without touching each other. I know that I will as I fill it with my ATC's want to drop a few embellishments on the pages. I love embellishments. Some I might even allow to hang over the edge of the pages. To me there is no such thing as too many embellishments. If you are not into that kind of thing then cut your bottom 9"x8 1/2". I cut the two chipboard spines of my album 2"x9". For the cover I cut two pieces of chipboard 7"x9".

MY ATC ALBUM


     This is my finished album. I guess that you can see that I go over the moon decorating. I love flowers and butterflies. I love the idea that my card stock paper pack had so many bright colors. It let me create a beautiful bouquet using only the colors of the paper in my album. I have said that I love making paper flowers. I've had some emails asking if I love making paper flowers why do I use so many artificial flowers on my albums? The answer to that is durability. Paper flowers are fragile. They tear, fold, and wear out with a lot of handling. Artificial flowers can even be left outside, you can't do that with paper flowers. After spending so much time on a project I want it to last a long time. 



After cutting my cover pieces out of chipboard, I started assembling the cover. First I started by applying Tyvex to the spline pieces.


 I applied a strip of double sided tape next to the splines after I taped them to the Tyvex pieces. It is important that you use this piece of tape in place as a spacer so that later your cover can fold. Now I was ready to start putting the cover together.


    The cover ready to assemble one side.


 The first side in place.


 Ready for the other side.


 The other side of the cover. I used a metal ruler to help keep the pieces alined.
 

 The inside of the cover completely assembled.


 The outside of the cover.


 Outside of cover. Ready to apply card stock.


 Apply both sides of the top cover first. Making sure that they overlap the bottom by a few inches. Cut the bottom last making sure that it doesn't overlap onto the spline pieces.


Trim the cover to about 1/2" to 3/4" outside the edge. This measurement depends on two things, how thick is your chipboard cover and your cover paper. Now is the time to remove the covering from the score tape spacers. Apply double sided tape and fold over to inside edge. Carefully flex the cover not more than 90 degrees so as not to tear the paper.


Outside of the cover.

   Now that I have the outside of my ATC album done it was time to work on finishing the inside. The first thing that I needed to do was make the accordion fold inserts to hold the pages. I started with a standard 8 1/2"x 11 1/2" size piece of card stock. Using my score board I made the first score on the 8 1?2" side at 2", then 1/2", then another 1/2", then 1/4" I repeated the 1/2",1/2",and 1/4" until I was at the end of the paper.


Accordion fold page holder.

 
  Then I applied score tape to the back side.



I attached them over the spline pieces of the inside cover. Now is the time to press them against the score tape strip between the cover pieces. Be careful not to tear them. Then once again carefully flex the cover making sure not to tear it.


Measure the center cover piece and cut it out. Apply score tape and put it in place. Make sure that you don't allow it to enter the crease between the cover pieces. 



Finish the other two sides the same way.
 


Now it was time to cut my pages out. I cut 12 pieces of card stock out each being 8 1/2"x 8 1/2". Then using my score pad I scored and folded each at 4 1 /4".



 I then removed the score tape on the back of the accordion and lined my page up and pressed it down. I then added a strip of score tape at the bottom to make a pocket. I then folded it closed against the score tape.


 This is with all the pages attached.



 Then using a circle punch I cut a notch at the top of each page pocket.


Then using one of the pieces that I had trimmed off cutting my 8 1/2" pages from 12"x12", I punched a hole at the top. I colored page reinforcers and applied one to both sides of my tag. I made one for each page pocket.


 I then decorated the outside edge of my page.


 I then attached two ATC's in their sleeves using score tape. I added a fiber tag tie.


I attached two ATC's to the front of each page and inserted the tag.


 ATC's on inside front cover.


ATC's on the bottom cover.


ATC's on the other inside front cover.


   Now that my album is done I know that if I put ATC's on both sides of the pages, the tags, and on the inside of the cover, that it will neatly hold 115 to 116 ATC's depending on how I arrange them on the inside covers. Now I will start transferring my ATC's out of their ring binder notebooks and into my beautiful new coffee table book, decorating the pages and tags as I go along. I started this album last October. I took it up to the cabin in November and never found any time to work on it. Finally after all this time I have all the pieces out of the plastic scrapbook paper storage box that I stored it in. It is a wonderful feeling to finally see it finished. This album is a spin off of an album that Kathy Orta shared in a video. I modified it for ATC's.
   I hope that you will consider making one of your own. It is extremely easy and fun to make.

Take Care
Kathy 

























Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lauren's Sweet Sixteen Scrapbook Page

   You know what I love about scrap booking? You don't have to do pages in order. A few weeks ago I blogged Lauren's first scrap book page, she was just a promise at that time. Now I just finished her "Sweet Sixteen" scrap book page. Last weekend was her sixteenth birthday. Instead of downloading the pictures to my hard drive and then sometime later spend days looking for them, I decided to do them now before they were lost on my computer.
   Not only that but I brought some cupcake toppers for the cupcakes that I made and thought "How easy will this be to do?" After all I could use them for the page embellishments. So I collected a few and brought them home to use. Then I went about choosing the background paper. I laid them onto it and knew that they weren't enough. I needed more.

LAUREN'S "SWEET SIXTEEN"
SCRAP BOOK PAGES





   After seeing the flowers and butterflies on the page I knew that I needed some leaves to pull the flowers together. So I cut some out of green card stock with my Silhouette cutting machine. I laid the flowers over them and knew, Glitter. The flowers were glittered and the leaves needed it also for them to look like they matched the flowers. So I glittered them. After the glitter was dry I once again assembled them on the pages.
The minute that I saw them I knew. The flowers and butterflies have little tiny lines on them that look like stitching. To look like they matched, the leaves needed those same little stitches on them. So I got out a yellow gel pen and then started drawing all those little tiny stitch lines. This isn't going to be as easy as I thought! Next I moved on to doing the words. Using my cutting machine I cut out the letters and the outline. I glittered the outline and then dropped the letters in place. Oh No! The letters needed to be outlined, too. So I got out a white gel pen and started drawing the tiny little stitch lines. By now I'm really tired of sitting and drawing little lines. Finally they were done. I really liked the way they matched the rest of the page. Now I could pick out the pictures that I would use. First I laid out pieces of paper on my page to see how many pictures that I needed and how big I should make them. I decided to make the pictures three inches to allow a frame around them. Did I say frame? Yes, I said frame. So I picked out a scalloped frame that I felt matched the rounded edges of the flowers and butterfly wings. I created an outline and cut out four frames and outlines of both pink and blue card stock. I glittered the outline of the frames to match the rest of the page embellishments. Then I grabbed my white gel pen and once again started drawing all those little stitches on the inside edge of the frames. I spent hours drawing all these little stitches. I hope that I never have to do that again...at least not for a long time. A real long time. Now it was time to select the pictures and print them out. Once the pictures were printed out I started putting the frames together and putting the pictures in them. I decided that I would use one of the picture frames as a journaling tag. So using a picture that I snapped at the movie theater, of the carpeting. Yes, I took a picture of the carpet. It reminded me of fireworks. I knew that one day I might want to use it for a background. Using a photo program and the same text that I used for the "Sweet Sixteen" lettering I wrote out the tag using the carpeting photo as the background. Now I had all the pieces together on my page it was time to attach them. Sometimes what you think will be quick and easy is anything but. I spent four days working on this page only stopping to eat and sleep. It ended up being labor intensive but I am really happy with the way that it turned out. I only wish that I could take pictures of them that really showed the true colors and the sparkle. I really hated drawing all those little stitch lines but in the end I'm really glad that I did. I feel the extra effort was really worth it.
   I have a Yahoo group called ScrapbookNook. I would love to have you join. Just leave a comment or email me at ozmudder@hotmail.com and I'll send you an invite.
   If you are wondering what I'm up to next...I'm going back to finish a handmade album that I started last October for my ATC collection. Hopefully in no time at all I will be sharing pictures of it with all of you. For now I am going to clean up my studio so that I have time to work on my new album. Thanks for visiting and come back again soon.


Take Care
Kathy