Finished the last two tags in my series of six (pop back a day or two to see the other posts and all the tags in the series), and now working on the book that will hold them. It’s no special construction, but I am trying something with fonts that I have high hopes for.  But then I always do start out with HIGH HOPES, it’s just whether or not they are fulfilled that is the question right until the bitter end!

The swirls are Inkadinkadoo, the owl is Tim Holtz, and the little vine is from a set of stamps designed by Debbie70 (I think!) for a class maybe at a ScrapManic crop, maybe 6 or 7 years ago? I have no idea at this point, but they are still in their little CD case holder and I have a layout SOMEWHERE that used them, but the facts are lost in my head someplace.  Anyone reading this have any idea?

My desk looks quite tidy today, but  am still working on my TV tray.  That background is what I substituted for my craft sheet, as that is on the ironing board, with the fabric, for the iPad cover sewing and I really didn’t want to have to keep trotting back and forth and worrying if I had cleaned it completely of ink before I used it to iron fusible web! It’s a cork floor tile in a plastic bag.  It works great for the smearing and misting of the inks, and has great “give” but is still quite firm for stamping, but I do have to take care not to use my heat gun over it – that could be a disaster! I may just make it a permanent fixture on my desk, it works so well.

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Another Kraft-Folder book

A word to my sister – LOOK AWAY NOW!

You may recall a little kraft-folder book I made a while back using some folders I got at Staples. I wanted to make a little gift book for one of my nieces to give to her when we see her (soon, soon!) and I did!  Started at a crop yesterday, run by Bev of Banana Frog , it (quite shamefully) doesn’t actually include any stamps but I think my next one will! I will also probably have to do a little video for it, although I suspect the vast majority of my YouTube subscribers are actually in the USA and not the UK I am thinking I will have to bring back a pack of manilla folders and work out how to do one in that size as well to avoid frustrating people who can’t get A4 folders.

I used some paper I had laying around (I think it was sent to me by Scrapbook Inspirations, probably intended for use in a feature that never came to be once the mag folded) from Cloud 9 called Cinnamon Stick.  I also had a set of glittery die cuts that I used.

The little clip just holds the left side of the book closed as the ribbon tie really doesn’t.  I can have wrapped the ribbon around and tie it on the left, which works better, in reality, but not with her name where it is.  That was placed as it was to use the open area of the patterned paper on the cover, but I always learn something, and refine my projects with each one I make.  So next time I will take this into consideration!

Something else I did on this one that seemed a good idea at the time, was to stick down the sides of the pockets.  Still a good idea, but it does mean the “tags” need to be thinner to accommodate – and the middle two are slightly wider than the outer two, as the way the ribbon threads means the outer two pockets are just that smidge smaller widthwise.  All part of the learning curve!  Each tag can hold one or more photos, depending on the size, and additional photos can easily go on the body of the folder behind the tags. I really didn’t want to force any particular sizes by adding photo mats so I will leave that up to her.

The back is just plain patterned paper – fine for adding photos or leaving it as it is.

One thing I have been using a lot recently is this site. It’s been on the UKS Homepage and is in the Library entry on printable papers.  I love it to death!  You can make a variety of selections, like style of grid, size, colour of lines, then generate a PDF which will download to your computer.  The PDF is either 150 DPI for graph paper or in the case of the storyboard paper, 300 dpi, so very easily edited in something like Photoshop. The papers are great for journaling blocks, all the lines are spaced properly, and in this case the storyboard spot makes a nice place for another photo.

The storyboard is nice as it gives you a block at the top with journaling lines under it.  I played around with many different set ups to get just what I wanted (and then had a further play and got something I really liked better, but wasn’t going to take the whole thing apart to replace what I had!) then printed it onto ivory cardstock to back each of the tags.

So what SHOULD happen when you click this is you will get the .jpg which you can use (like the tags from the other day the lines LOOK patchy on the screen but print fine).  It should print at 3.5 x 8 but you can resize it.  I made this one black although the one on MY tags is actually a sort of maroon-y brown to match the paper – I thought the black was more useful. Better still have a play on the site.  By setting the columns and rows you can force the box bigger or smaller and thus the journaling lines longer.  There is a bit of waste at the top and a bit of site advertising at the bottom, but I just made mine bigger than A4 then test printed it to see what came out.  But in the end I did mark one of the columns of the PDF and copy it over to a new Photoshop file where I could delete the empty bit at the top and the site advertising at the bottom then fill a 12 x 12 file with the strips and print.

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More file folder fun!

I am still trying to get caught up on a lot of projects that seem to have been on my TO DO list for too long! A few years back DH had to go on a business trip to Tokyo. as it was getting close to when DS would no longer qualify as a “kid” we decided he would accompany him. We also arranged for have my in-laws fly over and sent a ticket so they could bring DSs best friend from the US with them. They accompanied the boys around while DH was in his meetings and then they all did a few touristy things for the rest of the time. My MIL took a load of good photos (but oddly, 98% were landscape, which made for some interesting design choices) and I have been meaning to do something special with them for AGES. Well, getting those handy kraft folders gave me a great idea.

Another couple of bits from Staples (like the ACCO fasteners and the plain kraft guide cards) and a bit of luck (compliments of Amy at Willow Tree Crafts – a bunch of the just bigger than 12×12 sheets of cardboard that come in every paper pack to keep the papers flat and nice) and I had almost all of my supplies.

I had a collection pack of Basic Grey BOXER (OK, OK, so BOXER = China and these are Tokyo=Japan, but the papers were the perfect colours and still oriental enough to work so I decided to throw cultural correctness out the window and use them anyway) and used make this 12×12 folder for all the photos. The plan is to use the same trick as with the folded mini-book from last week, and add lined or gridded paper to the back of all the flip-book pages. I thought it would be a fun thing for DS and the in-Laws to fill in recollections of the photos together, in their own words and own writing, rather than me doing my usual computer journaling.

These are the basics for making the folder – I’ve not decorated it or added the photos yet, but that will hopefully get shown here at some point! Oh, and that really should be 10 (TEN) sheets of Boxer paper, not 8!



Hope that makes sense but if not pop a comment on and I’ll try to help. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t so this with manila folders, or any other style folders, you just need to use the basic idea and have a play – and let me see what you do!



Kraft folder book

This was just so easy to do and a perfect little gift for an Auntie and Uncle – just enough space for a few photos and journaling (or space for the kids to write a little note on the back.

Basically, it is the standard file-folder mini-album, which you can see lots of places (this one is clear enough and the final product is very pretty), although the size of the UK ones are obviously different to the US letter size folders. I’ll try to post the specifics for the UK A4 size folders tomorrow, but honestly you may waste one folder having a play but you would soon quickly figure it out (the words “granny” and “suck eggs” spring to mind, but I am happy to save you even the one wasted folder if I can find time to do it)

All the papers are Cosmo Cricket and these are the Early Bird range.

Here is the cover:

and here are some inside shots:

I cut one of the 12×12 border strips (“Start the day with a song”) to fit – luckily the break between the words was just abut perfect for the size of the tags. I am planning to add a round pull tab to them, which only came to me as a good idea as I was photographing it LOL! It’s hard to see in the smallish photo but I used the great Fiskars ribbon slot punch to punch a border on the top of the fold up after I decorated it with patterned paper (the red&white dotty one) then threaded the ribbon thru. I made a small slit in the front and back covers too so the ribbon threaded thru that and became both the decorative element and the way to tie the booklet closed. The grid paper on the back is actually from a grid paper notebook (I got mine from the local Tiger shop but a £ store will have something similar I bet) lightly edged with Antique Linen Distress ink.

All in all a quick, satisfying project. I like that you can get a great look from the Cosmo Cricket papers and elements sheets without the need to add a lot of dimension. For things that you want to mail, that is a good thing!


WOYWW – on Wednesday!

Well, I finally managed it LOL!

Every week I miss posting WOYW on W but I was determined not to let another W slip by undocumented. Not a fun day as between the grocery shopping and a long drive to collect DD for an eye doctor appointment I will actually have little time to finish up my projects.

Let’s see – what can you see? The very dark project top left is the card keeper – I’ve made variations of this before, turning it into an “album” of sorts, with divider cards decorated and slipped inside, but I found this version which adds a little string to hold the accordions in place (much, much easier than my own version, although this has just a big open pocket in the middle rather than sub-divided sections) and will house a selection of cards {shudder} – yes, I will have to just bite the bullet and make some – as a Christmas gift. It went together fairly easily and seems relatively sturdy (especially as I added a strip of cardboard to the bottom, covered with cardstock.


You can see one of my experiments too, a double CD case box, made a while ago, that has stamps in it – part of my attempt to actually USE some of the many stamps I have but that tend t be the last thing I think of when scrapping or papercrafting. I can’t really recall how it differs from the standard CD case box but it worked.

The big pile of papers is something I am rather excited about – I have been longing for manila folders. They are abundant in the USA but seem to be rather hard to find here. Well, I went to Staples yesterday to get some envelopes and a new desk chair and found THESE:

They are much thinner in weight than manila folders, but with a couple of layers of cardstock and patterned paper covering them they are sturdy enough to turn into an album. Hopefully I’ll manage to finish it in the next day or so and can share. But I already have 10 ideas for these folder, at least, so I suspect I’ll be playing about with them for a while.

But first, I have to clear a place to work on that desk, which is going to take too long. I may just shift it all on to the floor and craft down there! So technically that will then make this a WOYFW post !