Cards always look better in sets. It is a fact. You can take a card that you like and add it to a collection of similar cards and the WOW factor goes up. As you know, the new Stampin Up 2015 Annual Catalog recently came out and I have been eyeing a few stamp sets. The stamp set From Land to Sea has been sitting on my desk for a couple of weeks now and I haven’t had a chance to play with it. I have been so preoccupied with things going on at home (the Hubs is running for State office in Virginia. You can check it out here: www.brandonwaltrip.com or our FB page here: BrandonWaltrip) that I haven’t devoted any time to crafting. Last night after everyone was in bed, I went to my craft cove. I grabbed the Land to Sea stamps and came up with a simple, easy to reproduce card that could be made assembly line for the hundreds of Thank You cards I will be needing in the near future to send out to donors, customers, and friends who have been an invaluable help to us.
Here is what I came up with- a 2″ x 4 ” Soft Sky sponged block with the images stamped in Early Espresso stamped images. I used one of each large image from the stamp set and added a Thank You sentiment from One Big Meaning. (The supply list is below for your convenience).
Tips for sponging: I took a piece of black scrap card stock that measured 3″ X 5″ and measured in 1/2″ on each side and cut out the center to form the negative space that I would sponge. I started with the 3″ side along the top of my Stampin Trimmer. I started the blade at 1/2″ and cut down to 4 1/2″ and stopped. I then flipped the card stock over to its back and repeated. You will have two vertical lines. Turn the card stock 90 degrees so that the 5″ side is along the top of your trimmer and connect the two cut lines which start 1/2″ from the top. Flip the card stock to its back and connect the remaining two lines. This gives you a sturdy template to sponge within on each card.
And finally here is the entire set, because again, card sets are amazing! How beautiful did these turn out?!? The simplicity of this card makes it easy to duplicate and because it is a single layer, it goes even faster.
Tips for making a set: Score all Whisper White paper at 5 1/2″, then cut all pieces at 4 1/4″ first. Then sponge each card front (I did 20 at once) and set them in a pile. After you have sponged every card, stamp the image on each card (I started with 4 of each image, i.e. stamp four turtles, stamp four jellyfish, etc.). Lastly, stamp the sentiment on each card. Ta-Da! You’re finished.
I know I would love to be on the receiving end of one of these handmade cards. Would you!? Comment below for a chance to win a set of these beauties.
I have been trying to keep up my scrapbooking this year and I must say that keeping it simple with Project Life has been the key. I have successfully documented the last 6 months of our family in a couple of mini albums, recording everything from special events (Christmas, doctor visits, playdates, mini vacations, trips to the museum, and daily activities). Don’t underestimate the every day- you will be happy you jotted down the funny things they say or snapped a picture of a cute activity.
Last week I gave a few pointers on how to start Project Life. I’ll recap them here and you can read the original post here:
How to Start Project Life
What you Need:
Pocket Page Protectors
Project Life Cards
What to do:
Decide where to start- Today or Past Photos
If starting with old photos, pick ONE subject to work with. Pick your favorite with many fondmemories- it will make it easier.
Suggestions: Holiday, Vacation trip to Disney, Graduation, Summer of 1999, Baby’s First Year, Summer spent with Grandchildren, Photos of your childhood home, a specific year that had many events.
Collect the photos you have of that event or occasion/year and separate them by type of event, category or in order from January-December, whichever makes most sense for the duration you chose to work on.
After you have put your photos in order, select your favorites- the ones that HAVE to make it into your album. If you are like me, you will have thousands of photos, but narrowing down the photos will help simplify the process. *This doesn’t mean you have to leave out priceless photos of family members past, or that you don’t see, it just means, you don’t need 20 of the same exact child with 20 facial expressions, in the same outfit, on the same day, that all convey the same thing. Keep grandma, limit the same photo of your child (I know, I love mine too, but let’s keep it simple- a few photos of that cute kiddo are enough for one day).
Okay, now that you have pared down your photos, you are ready to get started. I like to use this format for my spreads (two pages facing each other)- Photos, Title Cards, Decorative Cards, Journaling Cards. Each spread needs a journaling card, a title or filler (just decorative) card, and photos.
Start from the top of your stack of preselected photos, pick a few journaling cards, your favorite or coordinating filler card and then fill in the photos for that page.
Cut & place photos in pockets as desired
I have a new video for you today to show you how to put together an album. I use this method when working with current photos. You will have to have your mini album, page protectors, and Playground card kit ready to go. I tend to prefill the pages with what I think I will use, then fill in photos and move things around as needed.
Are you ready to see a few samples made from BRAND NEW Products from the upcoming 2015-2016 Stampin Up Catalog? I had the opportunity to get some products early (one of the demonstrator perks!) and here’s what I came up with!
Meet Mint Macaron & Watermelon Wonder- a new IN COLOR. Another favorite is the Cherry on Top DSP stack, which now comes in 6×6 sheets.
Sprinkles of Life Stamp set and Tree Builder Punch- This stamp set is our exclusive Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set- $3 from EVERY purchase goes straight to RMH- which provides free or almost free housing for parents with long term hospitalized children. It is a great charity and this stamp set is the perfect way to support it! You’ll have to have it.
Meet the New In Colors 2015-2017
Starting from the bottom of the Candles working my way up the NEW In Colors are:
Tip Top Taupe
Delightful Dijon (flame)
What do you think? Don’t you love them!! I just adore the bright Watermelon and Cucumber!
Paper Pumpkin Deal
For the next two months, Paper Pumpkin is on sale for NEW subscribers. I love Paper Pumpkin so much that I am offer a free sample to you. So all you have to do is Fill Out this Form and I’ll send you a project sample so that you can see what it’s all about.