Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Adirondacks Midori

Welcome to the Adirondacks Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap.  Each month the talented Club Scrap owner, employees and members present a project, card or layout using the monthly featured collection. The  purpose of the blog hop is to demonstrate the beauty of paper and digital crafts.

If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can  start back at Club Scrap. If you're already hopping and linked to me from the talented Kelly's blog, you're in the right spot. 

Today each member is pulling inspiration from the Adirondacks collection. I knew this outdoor collection would rival the National Parks collection which made #1 on my Top 10 favorite kits. I may have to order seconds because this first kit is nearly gone.

The stamps inspired me to make a Midori traveler's notebook.  One of my long time BFF's is turning 50 this month and I thought this would be a fabulous gift for her.  Several years back we did a 5 day backpacking trip through Yosemite and we both still share a love for the outdoors. In fact we both applied to do the trek again this year but didn't get chosen (it's by lottery only).
This is quite a lengthy blog post with lots of pictures so if you're short on time please continue on to see what Tina has created for you using the Adirondacks collection.
1. Start with a 8.5" x 9" piece of Kraft-tex. This rugged paper feels and looks like leather but sews, cuts and washes like fabric. In fact I washed this piece first to give it that wrinkled look.   
2. Punch a small hole at .5" .75" from the top and the bottom in the horizontal center. Punch a small hole at 4.25" from the top.
3. Stamp and decorate outside cover with the Adirondacks stamps and stencil.
 4. String elastic cording starting from the inside of the top hole, through the adjacent hole.  Continue the cording to the inside bottom and thread through to the bottom hole. Bring the ends together inside and tie a tight knot in the center.  The book cover should bow quite a bit. Place an elastic band with barbs through the center hole. This will be used to hold your book closed.
5. Score 10 pieces of 7"x8" ivory paper at 3.5".
6. Pierce holes at .5", 1", 7" and 7.5" using a piercing cradle.
7. Bind 5 pages together by stitching from inside the top hole in and out down to the bottom hole though the entire stack and tying the two ends together inside. This makes one signature. Repeat with the second signature.
8. Trim a manila folder (still folded) at 7" vertically and 11" horizontally. 9. Open the folder and score at 8" vertically. Fold in right side and turn so fold is folding up from the bottom.
10. Score 3.5" in from both sides and fold inward and burnish the edges.
11.Unfold the paper completely and then fold in half horizontally.
12.  Make an arrow by trimming 1" down from bottom fold to 1" of center fold.
13. Unfold and open up. Fold bottom "arrows" up and fold from the center backwards. This will give you folded pockets.
14. Round the corners with a corner chomper. This rounded area will help the folders to stay in the book.
15.  Decorate and stamp as desired.
16. Slide in your pages and pockets into the midori cover using the center elastic bands.  I like lots of space at the top, bottom and sides of my midori notebooks for tabs and post it notes.  
17.  I added small envelopes to the back with bookbinding glue.  

Whew! That was a lot of photos and instructions.
Please continue on to see what Tina has created for you.
Here are links and videos for further instructions on how to create a midori.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Botanicals Past & Present

May's Past & Present challenge was a bit difficult for me to complete.  Botanicals 2000, Simply Beautiful 2007 and Botanicals 2015  are this month's chosen kits. Of all three kits presented this month I only had two 12x12 sheets left of the newer Botanicals. I just happen to have some Wisteria Greetings to Go bases that needed love and the purple was a great match for these prints. I didn't want to cover up much of the Botanical design but wanted to add some artistry. The last two cards have splattered gelatos on the mats.

I'm already looking forward to June's Past & Present challenge!
I'm sure you can tell by now that I'm not a CS Hoarder.
Here are more previous creations from Botanicals

Monday, May 29, 2017

Remembering Your Sacrifice.

Thank you to all our military personnel and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Take the Trails

I was really unsure on what to do with May's Card sketch. It's no secret that I like the Tall & Long cards but the circles were really throwing me.  I had to wait for others to post their examples before some ideas started going through my head. I've been using burlap, feathers and wood embellishments to compliment the Adirondacks collection and wanted to stick with that.  I found these wooden circles from Farmer's Market and had a "ah-ha" moment. I stamped the map image on the circles to give them personality. I then die cut circles from burlap for the bottom layer. Tip: Coat the back of your burlap with bookbinding glue and let dry.  This will keep them from fraying when cutting.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Artist Team Mash Up

Welcome to May's Artist Team Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap. Each month the team presents a themed challenge or technique. The  purpose of the blog hop is to demonstrate the beauty of paper crafts.  Today we'll be showing you a "mash-up" of ideas.  The idea of a mash-up is to combine elements and papers from any of your Club Scrap kits.
If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at Club Scrap. If you're already hopping and linked to me from Tina's Blog, you're in the right spot.
This is a challenge made for me.  I love combining kits!  So when Karen asked us to combine two or more collections I got carried away.  In total...there are over 10 different kits on this layout. Can you name them all? Answers are at the bottom.

How sassy is this little princess?! Just look at the half grin.  I get that look too just before I'm about to do something rotten.  She soooo takes after me!
Club Scrap papers, ribbons, frame, charm, stamps, envelope, washi tape and jewels. Recollections burlap. 

I used May's sketch, with a little rotation, from Let's Get Sketchy to help design this layout.  

Thank you for joining the Artist Team today.  Please continue hopping to see how Kelly "mashed" things up for you.

1.   Adirondacks wood grain paper.
2.   Academy textured paper for photo mat.
3.   Papillion sparkle paper in frame.
4.   Navigation envelope edges cropped to open.
5.   Paris Flea Market ribbon and frame.
6.   Transformations quote stamp.
7.   Concrete Jungle crown stamp.
8.   The Blues washi tape.
9.   Dahlia washi tape.
10. London Calling key charm
11. Woven Strands jewels

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Paper Smooches Flowers

Last month I created several art panels on photo paper using Color Bursts.  I decided to use up some of those amazing panels for Paper Smooches flower challenge. I don't have many Paper Smooches stamps or dies with flowers so I made do. This first card I used the rose from the Hope stamp set, colored with pencils and Wink of Stella. I also die cut "Hope" on craft foam for dimension.  So in love with this card! 
Paper Smooches sentiment, rose and die. Wink of Stella. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts. Club Scrap papers, background stamp.
Enjoy life's flower is made with Paper Smooches heart balloon die. I just stacked the balloons in a circle and curled the "petals". Add a cute little button for the center. 
Paper Smooches die and stamp. Club Scrap papers, background stamp, jewels and button.
A simple card with a simple tag with so much oomph. I'm always saying "OMG" so this Paper Smooches stamp from the Slang Gang always make me giggle. 
Paper Smooches stamps. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts. Club Scrap papers, tag, ribbon and jewels.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


I love a silly pun and was super excited to see Pam's NBUS (Never Been Used Stuff) topic of Snarky & Punny. I've got tons of stamps that make me giggle but only a few of you (you know who you are) that appreciate this wit.
While visiting my fellow Club Scrap Artist Teammate Pam's blog I came across the Snarky Stampers. Where have these ladies been all my life?!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Explore Everything Fusion

This is the last art panel with my favorite handmade paper sheet. :( I just love how the stamps barely survived the blending process. It gives the paper just a little extra oomph. Fusion Card Challenge is hosting a challenge allowing you to pull inspiration from a sketch, a photo or both. I used mostly the sketch but the navy blue and kraft colors of the photo played a part as well.  
Club Scrap papers, tag, ribbons, stamp and burlap. My handmade paper.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Never Stop Exploring_Mojo Monday

This week's Mojo Monday sketch #497 is a perfect fit for this faux leaf ribbon I unearthed in my craft closet. Wish I found this about a week ago! The front of wooden button didn't really match the theme of my card so I improvised. I stamped the small mountain scene on the back.
Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbon and tag. Recollections feather.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Vintage Exploring

Are you getting tired of feathers, burlap and handmade papers? I just can't help but to use them. They seem to go really well the Adirondacks collection. Card Concept is hosting a Vintage Notes challenge.  I was inspired by the old book pages from the photos. I just happen to be cutting apart a dictionary and had these random pages lying around.  I crumpled up the section, flattened it out and ran a brown ink pad over the top to give it that vintage feel.
Club Scrap papers and stamps. Recollections feather. Elizabeth Craft Designs frame die. Unknown paper ribbon. My handmade paper. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I love Yosemite!  I've backpacked through the High Sierra's twice and would love to do it again. It might take me a little longer than last time but I just love the outdoors. I stole these photos from my sister-in-law's trip to Yosemite last summer. They're perfect for the Adirondacks deluxe collection. I didn't do anything fancy in designing the layout. In fact the design is part of the Adirondacks ALSB layouts. The cutting and assembly instructions are free every month to anyone.
Club Scrap papers, stencil, tags, book plate, ribbons and borders. 
I even did the stenciling which I seem to ignore since I'm generally not very good at it.  My newest trick it to add washi tape to all the edges and cover the holes I don't want ink in.  The less chance for mistakes the better.  I just use a washi tape that I'm not fond of.

The original layout.

I wish I knew where these patches came from. I would really like more!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Light Up My Life

Sunday Stamps is hosting a sketch challenge. Luckily for me I had a few extra burlap circles I die cut for another project. I came across these wooden charms in my stash and decided to stamp on them to give them a little personality. I'm really enjoying using up my outdoorsy embellishments this month with the Adirondacks collection.  Wood, burlap and feathers...oh my!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Stamping on the Edge

May's technique challenge over at Club Scrap is Stamping on the Edge. Stamping on the edge gives you a chance to look at all your stamps in a new way.  I have three examples using different stamps on different edges.  I could have easily gotten carried away! Simply stamp on the edge of your card and trim away.

Club Scrap paper, stamps, ribbon and brown burlap. Charm from my travels. Ashland burlap.

Club Scrap papers, stamps and twine. Stickles.

Club Scrap papers and stamps. Nuvo crystal drops. Unknown wooden heart.

You should give this a try. When you're finished share your creations via the Linky Party at Club Scrap for your chance to win a Club Scrap gift certificate!

Happy Hour Color Challenge

Happy Sunday! Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is hosting a coloring challenge   which was a perfect opportunity for me to use my new Tim Ho...