Thursday, January 31, 2013

Calendar Ideas

It's a New Year and I thought it would be fun to share a project on Scor-pal's blog that incorporates a mini calendar card and room for seasonal photos.  This will look pretty on your desk and keep you organized at the same time!  The inspiration for this project is the easel card construction.  My easel card is sized A9 which measure 8.5 x 5.5 inches when the project is flat.

Supplies: Pink Paislee and Crate pattern paper, Scor-tape, Twinery twine, Creative Impressions brads, Washi Downtown Tape, Calendars (saved from advertising mail).  Or you can download a calendar for free at Pinecone Press (thanks to Melissa Craig, guest poster on Scor-pal, for sharing the link to Pinecone)

Here's how to make the A9 sized Easel card:

1. Score 11 x 8.5 inch cardstock at 5.5 and 8.25 inches.

2. Valley fold on 5.5 inch score line and mountain fold on 8.25 inch score line.

3.  Apply Scor-tape on the top panel only.

4.  Adhere a separate 8.5 x 5.5 inch card stock piece, lining it up to the top edge of the folded panel and adhere together.  You have just finished your the easel card construction.

5. The easel part of the card only stays up when it is positioned behind a raised element (positioned about halfway) on the horizontal panel of the card. 

6. The calendar was a marketing mailout that I had saved, if you do not have a calendar you could download mini calendar templates off the internet or substitute a post-it pad instead.

7.  Making the project sized to A9 gives you plenty of room to include a favorite photograph.  Here I just used washi tape to tack down a photo that would slip under the belly band.

8.  The easel card easily lies flat so that you could place it into a mailing envelope.

Hope you enjoyed the project steps and that a making a calendar easel card in in your future!
Cheers, Virginia

Monday, January 28, 2013

Cropfest Barrie May 3 to 4

Don't you just love weekends, especially when it's a weekend that is dedicated to scrapbooking!
May 4 is National Scrapbook Day and many around the world will be spending some time craftin!
Cropfest Barrie can help with your NSD plans, they are hosting a wonderful crop  at the Holiday Inn.  Karen Ellis and I will be having some mini workshops planned to keep your creative mojo flowing!!

Registration for Cropfest is open NOW at

Here's a peek at my Cropfest classes on Friday:

1. Fancy Folds Birthday cards:

One can never have too many birthday cards, we will be using the Scor-pal tool and you will see how easy it is with a few scores to create some dynamite cards.  This is just a one hour class so we will cover the scoring and folding techniques for 3 (a side step, easel, and triple pocket) cards and you have enough bonus supplies and instructions to create 3 more fun birthday cards PL|US I have included an exclusive wafer thin cupcake die for each participant.  Die cut as many cupcakes and ice cream treats to make your projects extra sweet! (note: the card designs in this class are similar to Kitchener 2012 card class)

2. Two double page Family themed layouts and Glitter cards:

We will have lots of fun layering beautiful pattern papers, diecuts, glossy chipboard, jewel brads, and rub-ons to create pages to capture all things family.  I love the colour combinations here, greens, blues, and yellows.   You may think this is cray, when I was designing this class I was thinking apple pie!  I felt I was creating something yummy, comfortable, cozy, with lost of family goodness, etc.  okay I better stop before you think I am totally nuts!

This is a 2 hour workshop, the first hour we will focus on our family themed layouts.  For the 2nd hour we will clear away our tables and get sparkly for a burnished velvet mini techniques introduction.  I have taught this at prior Scrapfests and it's normally a 3 hours workshop so I will be teaching the Cole's (shortened) version of this at Cropfest Barrie.  You will still be amazed at this mess free micro-fine glitter!  (I mixed up the date of the workshop at the end of the video, this workshop is offered in Barrie on Friday May 3, 2013)

Click image for YouTube video link
Well, that is all for now, thanks so much for hanging with me in this long post. I hope you enjoyed the class peeks.  I will update with some more videos of my inter-active workshops for Kitchener.  Until then, stay safe and warm!

Simple Stories and Scor-pal!

My inspiration for today’s post is the 3 x 4 format inspired by all the fun pre-printed journal cards by paper manufacturers and the ever so popular Project Life trend.

Adapting the well known  'meandering book folding technique'  I could not find one for a 3 x 4 size so after a few sample trials I created my own 3x 4 mini album template.  The result is a compact journal booklet (with pockets) made from just one sheet of paper!

For those who are doing Project Life books, this little journal booklet would be perfect to tuck into the 3 x 4 divided page protector for some fun inter-active detail. If you are looking at ways to present gift cards, this would make a fabulous card holder too. 

I love Simple Stories Sn@p Life collections as this paper line was perfect for my project!

Supplies: Simple Storeis Snap Life, W R Memory Keepers cinch and o-wires

Here are the steps to make a journal booklet, in my project example above I made 2 booklets bound together with o-wires.

Step 1: Take a 10 x 8 sheet of card stock and score at 1, 4, and 7 inches. Rotate 90 degrees left and score at 4 inches. Cut along the vertical centre scored line from the bottom until you reach the intersection of the scored lines 3 inches from the top. Trim and discard the bottom right hand piece measuring 4 x 1 inches.

Step 2: To fold your booklet (using the ‘meandering book’ folding technique), start from the left side: skip the 1 inch scored line from the bottom and make your first mountain fold on the 2nd score line, then valley fold, mountain fold as you go to right side, valley fold and then a final mountain fold. (Each time you fold you should be keeping all the previous folded sections together along the way) Once you have the panels folded, wrap the 1 inch width panel around the pages and secure the last opposite flap to close the booklet for a seamless bind. For pages 1 and 3 seal the bottom edges and on page 2 seal the side edges to create the pockets. If you wish to pre apply tape and seal as you fold the booklet, I have shown where you need thin double-sided tape in the last photo below.


Here is another journal booklet I made with a few freebie downloads:

Supplies: Scor-pal, Scor-tape, Reasonably Ribbon, Washi tape (Downtown Tape)
Journal cards (free print-ables from blogs by Holly McCaig and Robin Sampson)

Thanks for stopping by, don't forget to make time for some journaling because when we look back the words we write will be just as important as our photos!

Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Greetings!

It has been awhile since I posted, I am still here, 'here 'as in my craft room keeping busy!  I have been working on a few assignments, class samples, and scrapping albums for others so it has been a little c-r-a-z-y!!  

I've noticed camera icons are popping up alot in some of the new scrapbooking releases from CHA, here is a camera card I had made awhile ago and never posted it.  (this was a project submission I made to join the Sketch Support team earlier last year).

In the camera lens I made a tropical ocean view.  Ahh...sun, beach, and tropical drinks, this view will be my reality soon, I cannot wait!!