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Friday, May 21, 2010

May Technique Class - Travel/Father's Day Journal

Our May technique class is scheduled for this evening, May 21, at 7:00 PM.  We still have room, email me right away to join us.  Plus, those who have been to previous classes will get to see our new laminate floors!  A sneak peek is in the photo on the right.  They turned out great.  Next, we tackle the family room carpet. 

We will be using the new Briefcase Board Books to create a fun squash book.  These books are great for either a travel journal or Father's Day gift.  For detailed squash book directions, visit Splitcoast Stampers.  For this project, you will need:

  • Stamp Sets:  In a Word, Sentimental Journey, and Totally Tool (if you prefer a Father's Day theme for your book)
  • Designers Series Papers:  Travel Journal
  • Card Stock:  Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green
  • Stampin Pad:  Night of Navy, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie 
  • Accessories:  Circle Designer Brads
  • Tools:  Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive, SNAIL Adhesive, Sticky Strip, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sanding Blocks, Sponge Daubers, Bone Folder
  • Other:  Velcro
As I mentioned, Splitcoast offers a tutorial for squash books that will help with the paper folds, just follow the link if you need additional details.  Start by embellishing the outside cover of the book, the briefcase board book.  You will use two "pages" from the board book for each squash book you make.  The briefcase board books replace the coasters in the Splitcoast tutorial.  I traced punched out the book covers and then traced them on the Night of Navy and pieces of the Travel Journal Designer Series Paper.  Cut to size and make sure each properly covers the book. It may be necessary to use a stencil knife to cut out the opening around the handle.  Before adhering to the board book, use a sponge dauber to add Night of Navy to the edges.  You can heat set with your embossing gun or air dry.  Once dry, cover the book with the card stock and designer series paper.  In my photo, you'll notice that I punched the holes in the paper.  This is not necessary and should not be done for this book since you do not need to bind the book using the holes.  I wanted to create a suede look for outside of my suitcase so I brushed the card stock with my sanding block in one direction and then in the opposite direction.  This makes it feel like suede.

Now for the "squash" part.  Cut three pieces of Bashful Blue card stock to 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch square.  Score each piece at 3 1/4" vertically and horizontally, creating four equal squares.  Then score on just one diagonal.  Fold on the score lines with the 3 1/4" scores folded in the same direction and then fold the diagonal in the opposite direction.  Repeat for each piece of Bashful Blue.  Stamp the background as desired.

Place one piece with the diagonal fold pointing down, facing you like a diamond.  Add Sticky Strip to the two complete diamonds to the left and right of center.  With the diagonal fold pointing up, adhere a second piece to the first (lining up the two side diamonds.  Repeat with the third cardstock.  This is steps 10-12 of the Splitcoast Tutorial.  Then fold the inside pages of the book; squash so that it is a square. 

Apply Sticky Strip to both sides of the book.  Adhere the front and back covers to the pages.  Embellish pages with designer series papers, stamps and add your photos.  Cut a 1 x 12 inch strip of Chocolate Chip.  Add a brad to one end and wrap around the closed book through the handles.  Close with velcro.  You can also add a luggage tag with a sentiment inside.

Father's Day Variation:  Use the Totally Tools stamp set and make the case look more like a tool box. 

Remember, there is still time to join us!  Email if you'd like to come!  The cost is $10 for supplies.

God Bless and Happy Stampin!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

True Friend - Digital Studio Project

My husband and I are in the process of putting laminate floors down in our living room and dining room.  This means our house is in chaos, including my crafting area.  We are about half way through the process but I'm not able to work on papercrafts right now.  But, I do have access to my laptop and My Digital Studio so I thought it was time for a few Digital Studio Projects. 

This project is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card using the Simple Friendship and For All You Do stamp sets.  I started with a base of Chocolate Chip and added Regal Rose Soft Flower Designer Series paper as a page layer.  I then added my remaining page layers and embellishments before adding any stamp images. 

To get the Regal Rose behind the flower block, I added a punch and stretched to fit behind my image.  Using the same technique for the circle, I added a circle with a mat of Pink Pirouette around the Chocolate Chip.  I also added a shadow behind the circle to give more of a 3D appearance.

Expect some more Digital Studio projects later this week as it will be another day or two before my crafting area is reassembled.  For those of you who participate in my monthly technique classes, look forward to seeing our completed flooring project.  It's looking beautiful so far!

God Bless and Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Welcome to National Scrapbooking Month

May is National Scrapbooking Month--the perfect time for you to enjoy some scrapbooking and earn free merchandise from Stampin’ Up!™ From May 1 to 31, purchase a qualifying scrapbooking stamp set or My Digital Studio software and you will receive your choice of designer brads for FREE!

Qualifying products are listed below:

Stamp sets
  • Extreme Elements (115181)
  • Framed with Love (114389)
  • Certified (113706)
  • Circle Circus (113706)
  • Elements of Style* (Wood: 118611, Clear: 120045)
  • Mementos* (Wood: 119910, Clear: 120105)
  • Rough Type* (Wood: 118659, Clear: 1120072)
  • Sentimental Journey* (Wood: 118513, Clear: 120075)
  • First Day* (Wood: 118521, Clear: 120051)
  • Camino a la Escuela* (Wood: 120152, Clear: 120154)
*From Summer Mini Catalog

My Digital Studio software, Item 118108


Then pick from one of these Designer brads:

  • Flower Designer Brads, Item 112579 
  • Filigree Designer Brads, Item 112577
  • Circle Designer Brads, Item 112571
  • Star Designer Brads, Item 112572