Wednesday, February 25, 2009

It's been a while...

since I posted, so I thought I'd update today!

I have been working on the challenges at ScrapCity for their sketch fest! All LO's are due by Friday. I created two sketches for the crop, one of which I posted earlier, and this one below. This particular one is designed to get people to use their scraps!


I have 5 LO's done for the crop, so I will scan them and post soon!

A few weeks ago at 2ScrappyChicDesigns we had a "Crop Your Heart Out" weekend crop. I made a little mini album out of tages and envelopes as a tutorial. I thought I'd share:

Tag & Envelope Mini Album
I bought these tag and envelope sets from Hot Off the Press
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http://www.paperwishes.com/

but I have seen them at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

Here are the instructions for making this album:
1. Remove the tags from the envelopes and cover the end with a piece of patterned paper. I cut a piece of PP about 3 inches, and had 1 ½ inches on one side, and it wraps around the back to the other side.
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2. Ink the edges of the envelopes.
3. Measure and punch out holes along edge for binding. I used my crop-a-dile for this.
4. Glue ribbon at the end of the PP around the envelope.
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5. I wanted to just put photos on my tags and have journaling on the envelopes, so I used some small journaling stamps and stamped on the front side of the envelope.
6. I cut out some shapes from some PP that I had and glued them to the front.

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7. When the front of each envelope is completed, thread twine, string, or ribbon through the holes and tie in the front.
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8. Now it is time to decorate your tags. I used some coordinating papers and I had a little inspiration help from Tag Maps! http://www.pagemaps.com/ I inked each tag at the edges, and added a different ribbon to each one, too.
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I haven’t added in the photos yet on my tags, but I plan on giving this as a gift to my mom for her B-day in March!

You don’t have to go out and buy bags and tags. You can easily make your own tags from cardstock, and then make bags to match. I would suggest using vellum or old paper bags to make your smaller envelope bags. There are many sites with some great tag and bag and envelope templates:

http://www.stampington.com/html/tempting_template_index.html
http://www.ruthannzaroff.com/mirkwooddesigns/templates.htm

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