This blog features ATC's, scrap booking, card making, and other handcrafted items.
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.
This double page spread was a bit harder than I thought it would be. I wanted to highlight my granddaughter's last years of school. I started out with the school scrapbook paper background and then wandered from there.
THIS IS SCHOOL YEARS
I printed and cropped the photos. That was the easy part. I pulled out yellow, red, green, and purple card stock for the photo mats. I layered all combinations of these colors as photo mats. Nothing worked! Then while laying in bed stressing over what to do now, a brilliant idea came into my head. "What about a plaid?" The minute that I thought plaid I remembered a plaid scrapbook paper that I had brought about ten years ago. I jumped up and went down to my studio and found it. I couldn't believe it. It even was purple where I had thought it had been blue. All the colors matched perfectly! I went back to bed. Now I could sleep. The next day I got a fresh start. Using my die cutting machine I made the photo frames. I mean I made the photo frames, I didn't use a ready made cutting file. It took quite awhile to work things out right. Then I cut the plaid frames out and placed them onto the page. They disappeared on the page. The colors were such a perfect match that the frames didn't stand out like I had hoped for. Worst yet the photos blended into the plaid photo mats. So it was back to my cutting machine to work out the white inside and outside edge. Now I was happy with the look. The frames popped from the page and the photos popped from the frames. I assembled the photo mats and photos and attached them in place. I used a cutting file to cut the year titles. It started 7th grade so I duplicated the 9th grade and then disassembled one of the cutting files and cut the 9 and turned it upside down to make the 6th grade title. After all of that it still didn't seem finished. I thought about making apples with worms like on the paper but that would mean having them placed by the apple and worm that was already on the background paper. Then I thought "Why not an owl?" so I decided that I would make owls. The next day found me at the Dollar Store to grab a few items. While I was there I thought that I would look around a little. So I did and I couldn't believe what I found. A page of embellishments for school with an owl already made. It was even the right size. Wow! I brought two packages and took them home. On white card stock I traced around the owl and then cut outside the tracing lines creating the white edge. Then I done the same with the globe. I put the owls and globe in place. Then I put a book on one owl and a diploma on the other owl. All of these were included in the package. What a Dollar Store find!
Another page spread down and more yet to go. Well, my celebration is over, now back to work.
I joined a swap called Rubber Stamp and Sticker. Both were to be used on the card that you made. I thought it would be good to use a rubber stamp once again, and stickers...I have a ton of those. So I jumped in.
THE ATC I MADE
I started with a plain white card stock background. I first heat embossed with white embossing powder the tulip and leaves. Then using a toner pen I wrote "Be Happy". I placed a piece of gold foil over it and then ran it through a laminator. This was a new experience for be because I had never done either process before. Then using chalk I lightly colored the background light blue. I then chalked the tulip and leaves. Then using an ink pad I colored the outside edges. In finishing I placed a butterfly sticker hovering above the tulip. It was fun making this card because I got to experiment with processes that I had never used before. I think that my experiment worked out just fine. Everything worked out the way I had hoped.
THESE ARE THE ATC'S I RECEIVED
I think the cards that I received show that the others enjoyed this swap as much as I did. I hope that you enjoyed seeing them as much as I did.
I think that this may be a one of a kind page spread. My granddaughter went to New York on a class field trip in 2014. She returned with 254 pictures. I asked her to choose the pictures that she most wanted to see in her scrapbook. She reduced the number to 100. OMG! How can I ever get that many pictures in one scrapbook double page spread? What a challenge. I wasn't sure that I was up to it. This is what I came up with.
Double Page Spread
While I was in NC. visiting a friend we learned to do foiling using a laminator. We also made a template using a cutting file and expanding it to 12"12". We cut it in four pieces. When I got home I taped the template together and traced it onto the back of glitter paper. Then I used a craft knife to cut out the picture openings. Since the black glitter had white paper on the back once I cut the openings, the white showed on the edges of the openings. I used a permanent marker to make them black. She had a printer that used toner so we printed and foiled the Statue Of Liberty that is in the left upper corner of the left page. Once again using my craft knife I cut it out and used the marker to color the edges black. Then it was time to crop and print the photos. I went between two photo editing and printing software programs to get the images the size I needed to fit my openings. I then attached them on the back using tape. The pictures didn't pop like I wanted them to, so using a ribbon punch I punched pieces of the silver foil and assembled two pieces in each corner making mock photo corner mounts.
I reversed the template to make the right page. I used a cutting file that I made to make the lettering in the right lower corner. It was cut from toner paper and then foiled. The New York charm was printed on shrink film. I cut it out and then using my oven I shrank it down making the charm. Then I ran a piece of tin foil through my sticker maker and applied to the back of the charm making the clear areas silver.
Revealing Opening Side Page
The charm is used to open the right page revealing the hidden pictures. I made this page that opens by welding two 12"x12" together using my Fuse Tool. This is a great tool to have and to use. To make this page I carefully slit the outside edge of a scrapbook sleeve. Then using another scrapbook sleeve I trimmed off the edge that is used to put a scrapbook page in a book leaving a half inch edge. I notched the bottom and inserted it into the outside edge of the sleeve that I had slit the outside edge of. Then I carefully used the Fuse tool to join the top side of the outside edge together. Then I turned the joined pages over and once again ran the Fuse tool over the outside edge of the joined pages sealing the edges together.
Left Interior Page
Right Interior Page
Now I needed two more pieces of glitter scrapbook paper. I could not find any so I made two sheets myself. I used spray adhesive on two pieces of black scrapbook paper and then sprinkled black glitter onto them. After drying I found that a lot of the glitter fell off so I repeated the process. Once again the glitter fell off. I then went to Michael's and brought a spray glitter sealer. This solved the problem of the falling off glitter. I used silver photo corners and double sided tape to mount the photos. They fell off! So I put a drop of gel glue on the corners and the center of each photo and pressed them down by placing a weight on each page. When I removed the weight and held each page up once again the photos began to fall off. So once again I had to remount each photo. This time I used Glitter Glue and they stayed on to the page.
This unique page spread was a real learning experience for me. I learned how to use silver foil using a laminator. I learned how to make a template using my die cutting machine. I learned how to use two new photo software programs. I learned how to use my new Fuse tool to make custom page sleeves. I learned how to make glitter paper and make the glitter stay on without falling off. Last but not least I learned which adhesive to use when mounting pictures onto glitter paper. I also learned how to make an unique scrapbook page that displays 64 photos. I didn't use all 100 photos but I did include the photos that my granddaughter most wanted. She loves this page. Thank God because it was a lot of work to create.
I try not to fall into a rut while working on scrapbook pages. I have been working on a page since the end of February. It has been a real challenge so there are times that I just had to walk away. Not too far away, I was still working on my granddaughter's scrapbook just a different two page spread. I try to keep the pages interesting by trying something a little different on each spread. I also made and joined a couple ATC swaps.
TIGER BASEBALL GAME
Does this ever look like fun? Well it was fun making this two page spread. Since my printer can only make 8"X11" prints I made the large photo in two parts and then cut them into strips and mounted them to the baseball scrapbook paper. I love a challenge. I've been told that it keeps your mind young. I have my doubts, seems I'm turning into an absent minded old woman anyways. Then I double mounted my granddaughter's picture using the "Tiger's" team colors and dropped it into the bottom right corner.
For the right page I printed photos in two sizes and double matted them and mounted them in place. The real challenge here was to make the layout more than photos placed into even but boring rolls. This took some time. Before printing a lot of pictures that wouldn't work I made a 12"X12" re-useable template. That allowed me to cut scraps of paper into different sizes and move them around until I was satisfied with the way they looked on the page. Then I made the photos and printed my pictures. Then I placed them onto my page. This scrapbook paper was so interesting that I wanted to make sure that I enough background paper showed adding to the focal impact. Using my die cutting machine I made the cut out baseball trim and the date. It was finished and it was fun. Now it's time to make some ATC's before getting back to what is becoming my taking forever scrapbook spread.