Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Never Ending Card technique

Hi Friends!
I love Instagram (IG). I'm posting over there at least once a day (my moniker is @scrapcollectr) but I'm realizing that if I want to say more, it's best to get this blog going again.

Like today. I pulled out a fun card that I made awhile back because it is so appropriate to use as a thank you for a recent giveaway I won. A souvenir box filled with items from Tokyo from the lovely @maybelleimasa over on IG.

What's fun about this is that it is a Never Ending Card. It flips over and over four times until it returns to the original image. Below my four photos, I'll give you a link to the tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers, a wonderful free source for cardmakers. When you get to the tutorial, don't be overwhelmed by the step by step instructions. It's worth the effort.

So here are my photos. It was fun to cut the papers so that the flower image was still continuous. I've tried to track down the name of the stamp set that includes these lovely little geishas but I haven't yet. I'll keep you posted.

So now, give it a try. Here's the link. Have a great time. I'd love to see what you do with it!
Thanks for stopping by.... *smile*

Oh, and if you'd like to see it in action, I did a VINE post of it. My ID there is also Scrapcollectr.

Friday, January 31, 2014

A little visit to HSN

Hi friends!
It was my turn to post over at The Crafting Journals, so here's a little sample of what I'm writing about today.

It's a mini Smashbook that I made about a recent trip to HSN. Come to the blog to read more! Also, I'm pretty active over on Instagram and Twitter (@scrapcollectr) so check out my photos for the daily prompt game that I was playing this past month. For those of you not on Instagram, I'll try to come back soon and post them here little by little.
Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Envy is setting in of all those crafty souls headed to CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in warm Anaheim soon. It is so cold outside, the house is struggling to keep up with the drafts seeping in. I guess I can take heart that I'm headed to Tampa to help behind the scenes at some HSN broadcasts. It's gotten a little cool there but it will be about 60 degrees warmer than here!

I did a little prepping this morning for a Project Life card swap with a new friend. These kits are so generous, you could swap with about 4 people and still have a complete set of all the journaling card designs.

I used to put a sample of each design in pocket pages and store them in binders but as cool as it was to flip through the binders and see each one, they got heavy fast. Now I'm just going back to a card file system. The 3x4's store nicely side by side in these card files that I got a while back at Staples. I'm not done with the converting yet so I may need two of them but I'm happy that I can see them pretty easily this way also.

Hope you have a crafty day and stay warm and toasty!
Check out The Crafting Journals too, for a little pom pom tutorial over there. *smile*

Monday, January 6, 2014

Project Life 2014 Album and News

Hi Friends,
I have to admit, I can more often be found on Instagram. Are you an IG'er? I use "Scrapcollectr" as my moniker. I just love taking photos of daily life because I then upload them and my journaling into my CollectPhotoApp with the intention of printing them in a 4x6 format and then slipping them into a binder. Lately, I'm following monthly prompts provided by another Instagrammer called @FatMumSlim. Check her out if you'd like to play along.

If that wasn't enough, I'm enrolled in a Studio Calico class called Day by Day that's enabling me to keep a more traditional Project Life Album this year. On this 6th day of January, I've already created a title page and a first page that illustrates two of their prompts. I decided to use one of Becky Higgin's Project Life kit that I bought through HSN awhile back that changed up the sizes of pockets in the page protectors. It's called Just Add Color and I'm having fun with the little 2x2 cards included in the kit.

Here are the two pages I mentioned, as well as a closeup of the first page. Just wanted you to see that I snuck in little features like a wood veneer word bubble (Studio Calico) and wood veneer bird (Recollections) and a paper clip shaped like a magnifying glass (Literary Set by Barnes & Nobel) and a red gem. I was illustrating the fact that I spied little red berries on the snow covered tree next to my garage and that made me happy.

The NEWS I mentioned in the subject line is that after working for EK Success for a year and a half, I finally get to go to HSN this week to help with the setup of 3 spots that will air this Friday (the 10th) at 7am, 3pm and 6pm EST. They are Martha Stewart Craft spots that celebrate the upcoming Valentine season with loads of fun punches, stickers, papers, glitters and more. I hope you will tune in. Just imagine me somewhere back beyond the studio lights. *smile*

Have a crafty week and don't forget to check out the group blog that I participate in: The Crafting Journals. There is always crafty fun going on over there!

Friday, August 23, 2013

New way of making cards...

Hi friends!
Did that pique your interest? Being the crafty frugalista that I am, I'm always scouring dollar stores and the clearance sections of office supply stores and big box stores. I popped into the Michaels near work the other day and found a 50 piece set of Recollections 3x4 Journaling Cards for a mere $2. (Did I forget to mention that there were 4 different sets of 50 cards for $2 each?) I've been collecting similar Project Life cards enough that I reasoned there have to be more ways to use them than just in albums. See this previous post for other ideas I've come up with. Today's idea is to use them on greeting cards. One of the sets is birthday themed so it's natural to use them on cards. I made this card for my niece using Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook 12x12 pad (I got that at TJ Maxx for $5.99), Tim Holtz' Ideaology Paper Stash Pad, Paper Smooches' Birthday Buddies stamp set, Lawn Fawn's A Birdie Told Me stamp set and matching die and Spectrum Noir markers. The pink card is one of 10 styles in the 50 piece set so I have 4 more to use on other cards. It's fast and easy to add a little pre-made item to a card.

Here's another one I made the other day for a co-worker using an old Unity stamp set (the owl) and the same paper pads.

Oh and those envelopes? I made them with the new Envelope Maker by We R Memory Keepers. It works like a charm.

Thanks for dropping in. For more inspiration, don't forget to visit my my friends and I at our joint blog, The Crafting Journals. I contributed the most recent post about stitching on a layout.

Have a great day!


Saturday, August 17, 2013


We are busy little bees over at EK Success. Working on projects for the Martha Stewart spots on HSN on Sept 17th. Mark your calendar and come watch. Lots of Halloween and Christmas/Winter inspiration throughout the day.

I may have mentioned that the Creative Design Team that I'm on has started a blog of fun crafty topics. Today was my turn to post.

Check out my installment about stitching on a layout.

I'm hoping to put a little crafting time at home soon because a friend's birthday is coming up and I have a germ of a card idea.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

One more graduation card....

Hi! Just when you think you're done with graduation cards, you find yourself needing one more. A long-time neighbor that moved out of the neighborhood has an upcoming party planned to celebrate her son's college graduation. I knew the card had to be a little special because he grew up with my boys and there were lots of special times spent together.
That's not to say that I had a lot of time to spend on it. I remembered a paper pad that I have by My Mind's Eye called Academy. It has lots of funky school-themed papers that are collaged and embossed and glittered. I found one that has lots of nice features to it but the collage covers a large area and I didn't want to cut much of it off. So I devised a design for a 4"x9" card that would fold over to include an inner pocket for his gift check. (This size of card fits in a legal envelope.)
I pulled out my Paper Smooches set called Smarty Pants because the little professor seemed the perfect compliment to the word collage. Stamped, colored with Copics and fussy cut so that he could stand on one side. (I also stamped him directly on the card so that the pointer he held in his hand didn't have to be fussy cut. I just placed my cut out version of him directly on top of the stamped one.)
I matted the inside pocket with the same paper and added the grad's name with letter stickers. I'm glad that I didn't have a second lower-case "r" because it looks cool with the upper-case one. Serendipity.
To make it even more special, I'm going to also tuck in a 4"x6" photo of him with my boys when they were toddlers and pictures from their recent high school and college graduations.
I'll add a note and call it done.

Thanks for dropping by. Hopefully, I can put the graduation stamps away now. *smile*