Wednesday 26 February 2014

Beautiful Scraps

Hi there,  I hope you are all having a fun week.  Our weather seems to be giving slight hints that spring might finally be on its way which as I listen to the birds singing outside reminds me we must get our hedge cut before the birds start nesting.  The hedge has gone a bit wild and if we have to leave it a couple of months our garden will be considerably smaller due to the width of the hedge!!!!

Today I am sharing another video tutorial and I hope it inspires you to look at the scraps you have left from a project and to make a card with them rather than store them away!

Here is my project which is a scrapbook page:

As you can see I used some gorgeous Graphic 45 Papers, namely 1 sheet of Happy Hauntings Enchanted Garden paper and 1 sheet of ABC Primer (also called ABC Primer!)  I also used a sheet of Black and Green Bazil that coordinated with my patterned papers.  This is quite a simple layout and could be made using any patterned papers you have in your collection.

As I wanted to keep the focus on this lovely photo of my son Callum and our friends daughters Kereagh, Stephanie and Hannah with sunflowers towering overhead I created a pocket behind the photo to hide the journaling and a couple of other images of the lovely day we spent together in the sunshine. Using a single photograph on a busy patterned paper means one does not overpower the other.

So once I had created my scrapbook page I had some lovely left overs to play with and that gave me the idea for this video tutorial.

I really enjoy the challenge that using pretty paper scraps brings with it.  You only have a certain amount of paper to play with so your design needs to be adaptable.  I wanted to share a tutorial featuring a double easel card so that along with my pretty paper scraps was my starting point.

And this was my finishing point - one pretty layout with matching card!  Why not try this out for yourself.  There is no tutorial for the layout but I am going to give you the dimensions as I am sure it is easy enough to work out and I have also included the cutting guide for the card below.  Substitute two patterned papers for my sunflower and tartan ones.  It helps if they will be complimented by one sheet of black card stock and then pick one coordinating colour to replace the green and you have all you need with the odd embellishment, strip of ribbon and a greeting stamp thrown into the mix.

Scrapbook Layout Materials:

2 sheets of Green 12" x 12" Bazzill (one is used for the card)
1 sheet of Black 12" x 12" Bazzill
1 sheet of Graphic 45 Happy Haunting, Enchanted Garden
1 sheet of Graphic 45 ABC Primer, ABC Primer

Scrapbook Cutting Guide and brief directions:

Bottom Layer Black Card 12" x 12" carefully remove the centre leaving a 1/2" frame

Second Layer ABC Primer Paper 11 3/4" square  carefully remove the centre leaving a 3/4" frame

Third Layer Green Card 11" square

Forth Layer Enchanted Garden Paper 12" x 6 3/4" angled across green card stock and trimmed to fit - approximately 3/4" from bottom left corner and 1 3/4" from bottom right corner of green card stock - trim away excess paper to fit green square.

Pocket first layer Green 4 1/2" x 6"

Pocket second layer ABC Primer 4 1/4" x 5 3/4" remove centre leaving a 3/4" frame

Photograph 3 1/2 x 5 1/4" framed using the strips of green card removed from 11" square

Tag Black Card 3 1/2" x 6 3/8"

Back of tag ABC Primer 6" x 3"

Use a 1/2" strip of the reverse of Enchanted Garden paper to decorated the top and bottom of the front of the tag and use the remainder folded in half to make a pull tab for the tag

Use a 1/4" strip of ABC Primer also on the top and bottom of the front of the tag to decorate.

Pocket was raised using 1/4" strips of other scrap card to create room for the tag.  Check out this video link to see how this is done.

Fussy cut 4 sunflower head and 6 sunflowers with leaves and stalks to embellish - Alternatively look at the papers you are using and fussy cut elements from them or use other embellishments in these areas.

Cut one title from black card stock - alternatively use letter stickers or stamp the title.

Cutting Guide for Card:

Card Base - Green Card 12" x 6" in landscape position score at 6" and 9" rotate into the portrait position and score at 4" up to centre scoreline.

Green Cardstock:

2" x 6" and 4" square

Black Cardstock:

1 13/16" x 5 13/16", 3 13/16" square and 3/4" x 5 13/16"

ABC Primer:

3/4" x 1 13/16", 3/4" x 3 13/16" and 3/4" x 5 13/16"

Enchanted Garden (Sunflower)

3/4" x 5 13/16"

Enchanted Garden (Leaf)

1/4" x 1 13/16", 1/4" x 3 13/16" and 1/4" x 5 13/16"

The greeting I used was from Creative Expressions Natures Sentiment stamp set.

I hope you are inspired to play along and to use up some of the pretty scraps I know you have been making!  Here is the full video tutorial for the Double Easel card.

I have a very busy couple of weeks ahead of me and this project is a bit of a hint!  Sssssshhhhh!  I'm keeping it under wraps for now ;-)  What a tease…..

Have a lovely rest of the week and thank you for popping by X


  1. Hey! No fair! I can't watch this now I have to go sleep :( Haha - OOh, yummy, a new video to watch over breakfast ;)
    Now - a hint, huh? I wonder if it has anything to do with aaaaaa..........*sigh*
    I have no idea, haha. Don't keep us waiting too long for the reveal, or I'll burst!
    Sleep well :o)) *hugs* Mo x

  2. The layout is so bright and cheerful Helen, it does make me wish Spring would come sooner rather than later. Your double easel is so clever, I love it! Anne x

  3. Hi Helen, I love your coordination of colour and design, a lovely idea of joining the photo of Sun flowers with the paper. I also love your idea for the double easel card, I'm going to make one for my daughter's 30th birthday in May.
    I've been trying to make the endless card but I can't get all the pages to be the correct way up.
    I stamped a message on the back page, and when I opened the card, at some point, the stamp was upside down. But if I stamp it the other way up, it will be upside down on the back page. Doh!!!! Have you made one, if so where am I going wrong? Denyse x

    1. Hi Denyse. Glad you like the card. I think it will be considerably easier to decorate than the endless one. I have never tried it but I do love the concept. I can imagine it is very difficult to decorate - sorry I can't be of more help. mmmmm light bulb moment!! It might be worth making one out of scrap card and stamp a greeting on all the sides all the right way up. Then start moving the card and each time tick the stamp that looks right in that position and cross if it doesn't. When you are back to the start position see if any side has all ticks and that is the one to put your greeting on. I hope it works. Don't forget to keep the prototype one for future reference! ;-) I know your daughter is going to love it which ever card design you choose in the end. I posted a pretty one yesterday that you may also like if you like shabby chic. Hugs Helen x

    2. Hi Helen, thank you, that's a really good idea. I'll have a practise, and maybe my sister-inlaw will benefit from it because I know my daughter will adore the double easel card. Many thanks for listening. Denyse x


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