This cute little Accordion Pocket Mini Album is super simple, with the accordion part inside made from 2 business sized envelopes….or if you’re especially crafty, you could make your own envelopes in coordinating colors :). You can’t get any simpler and faster and this is great for just a stand-alone album or added to a scrapbook page as an interactive element. I made a closure for mine with Velcro and added a simple decoration to the outside with lace, labels (I used Spellbinders Label 6) and a flower. Add some little mats with pictures and so on for the pockets, and you’re finished!
In September, we celebrated my mother-in-law and father-in-law’s 50th wedding anniversary. One thing we did was have the attendees write down memories they had. some of them were hilarious! I’m so glad we did that because it was a hoot to read through all of them :).
Anyway, now some months later, I finally got around to putting the memories into a book. I was looking for ideas, and saw several albums made from a pattern by Kathy Orta, called a mini album. I just love the look. Everything is handmade, from the covers to the binding system to the pages. The pages are awesome because they are filled from one end to the other with pockets which makes tons of places for tags and photo mats. I also added some handmade flowers that I’ve been learning to make.
Here are my results in a quick slide show on YouTube with their favorite song, Theme from A Summer Place.
Here’s another card that you can make with no special supplies. You don’t even need a circle punch if you have the patience to trace around a nickel or a quarter 18 times and cut them out 🙂
Otherwise, what I used for this card was Ranger Distress Ink and flowers with a brad. That’s it!
Wow, time flies and October is the 4th Anniversary of Dinglefoot’s Scrapbooking! To show our appreciation to you, we have a fantastic sale going on.
Everything is 10-50% off in the store! So hurry on in and get the things you’ve been wanting 🙂
Have you ever wanted to make a gift for a friend and wished you new about something more than just scrapbooking? Scrapbook making techniques can be used to do more than just scrapbook.
I’m often surprised by the crossovers between hobbies, but never more so than recently when I discovered I could use scrapbooking and stamping techniques to make jewelry, and in lots of different ways.
Although scrapbookers use stamps on paper, there’s no reason to feel restricted. Stamps can be used on many things, and depending on the stamp they can look great stamped into something soft just like the seal on a signet ring.
The scrapbooking method for doing this is to use many thick layers of embossing powder and keep them hot before plunging a stamp into them. You can do this onto card and then seal the card with enamel or PVA glue, but of course you can do exactly the same thing with any form of clay.
Most craft shops have clay cutter molds, but you can use normal household cookie cutters, it’s just that the size may be larger than you really need to create jewelry. Ideally roll out the clay until it is a thin and even layer, many people recommend using a pasta machine. Then cut out your shape and decide how you are going to use it. If you are making a pendant, drop earrings or a key-chain you’ll need to make a small hole in the clay in the center at the top. A cocktail stick works quite well, but make sure the hole is large enough to allow you to use a jump ring. If you are making a necklace or bracelet you’ll need to make two holes at the sides. If it’s clip earrings you’re creating you can relax. No holes required.
Once you have your cut out piece of clay, you need to find a stamp the right size and stamp into it. The easiest way to do this is to ink the stamp before pressing it into the clay as deeply as you can without coming out the other side. The ink should allow the stamp to make an impression without sticking. Then be sure the clay is flat and either dry it in the oven or leave it to dry. It depends on the type of clay. Once the clay has dried you have a lot of options, you can decorate it with ink, with perfect pearls or with enamels. You don’t need to do anything fancy, just rubbing a finger tip with some ink over the clay should pick up all the highlights. You can use glue and add tiny beads to the design or you can create several small stamped plaques of clay and use them together to make a necklace or a bracelet. Some clays come in wonderful colors like black with a sparkle finish, stamp into that with gold ink and then embellish with gold once the clay is dry and you can have a spectacular piece. Coating with clear enamel makes them stand up to the rigors of use and of course you need to add findings to create a brooch or pin, a bracelet or earrings or necklace, or if you want to do something very simple, a keyring or cellphone charm. For something like a key-chain you can create two pieces and glue them together with a weight in between, then finish the hole off with clear enamel or even just several coats of PVA glue.
As a final step you can add your stamped ‘jewel’ to other beads or even pearls to create something really unique. The divisions between crafts are entirely artificial, spread your wings and enjoy a walk on the wild side!
I’m so excited! There are over 200 new products at Dinglefoot’s Scrapbooking! Lots of Ranger products, like Stickles, Distress Stickles, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Distress Embossing Powders, Distress Crackle Paints…so much fun!
But wait, there’s more! Dazzles Outline Stickers and some new Hot off the Press Templates, as well as new Echo Park Scrapbook Paper! Phew, need to catch my breath after all that, so how about coming on over checking it all out!
Whether it’s a card, die cut, flower or just plain paper, I think Stickles are my favorite accent for my projects that just need something extra. Several years ago when I saw my scrapbooking friends talking about them, I wasn’t sure even what they were. Then they said it was glitter glue and that didn’t impress me much. I mean, all the glitter glue I ever had, I would open it up squeeze it, and out would come a big runny mess of wet without really any glitter. So anyway, thankfully I made the plunge, got some Stickles, and I was immediately hooked! My favorite part is the small tip that makes writing easy and it comes out solid glitter every time, no wet messy junk first before I even get the half glue/half glitter hopeless mess that I was used to. I use them for the local nursing home bulletin board a lot, just to brighten things up on the different die cuts. They love it! So today I will show you this quick card that I made on my Cricut 🙂
Have you ever heard of Iris Folding? Well, I hadn’t until a few years ago. Turns out that it’s so easy but looks fabulous. You can go online and look for free iris folding patterns. You will get a pattern, and all you do is lay out ribbon or papers in order (it’s numbered) and tape them down as you go.
This is a bridal shower card I made recently. In fact, I have the privileged of playing the piano at the wedding this Saturday! I’m sorry that I don’t have permission to give you the pattern. I used satin ribbons to make the bells and bow on top. The corners were punched with my southwest corner punch, and the beautiful silver accents are simply peel-off stickers.
What scrapbooking eyelets are great for is attaching vellum or other specialty papers that glue tends to show through. They are also great for lacing ribbons and fibers through, make great centers for flowers, adding a cute touch to paper clothing die cuts, and myriads of other uses.
Eyelets are also easy to set. There are specialty tools available, but all you really need is a hard surface, a hole punch, eyelet setter and a hammer. I’ve made a short video below showing you just how easy it is to set an eyelet. Happy scrapping!