Monday, April 24, 2017

Perfect Mini Album Cover Corners 4/24/17

Good Morning and Happy M.O.M. Day. 
   (Modus Operandi (a why of doing something) Monday.

Today I am going to show you how I get perfect corners on the covers of my mini albums.

First you need to know the size of your chipboard piece. This one was 5-1/2" x 5-1/2". Then you need to measure and cut your paper. You need to allow 1" on all sides. So I cut my paper to 7-1/2" x 7-1/2"

Next I want to make sure my chipboard is centered on my paper and I put a small mark 1" in on each side of the paper.

I then score the paper where the pencil marks are at.

Now is when I do a pre-fold to verify that the chipboard is centered and scorelines are in the proper place. If everything has been scored properly, I will add some glue to my chipboard and glue it in place on top of my paper.

You will need two small pieces of the same thickness of chipboard you are using. These will be your spacer for marking your cut lines. Butt them up against the corner of  your chipboard and diagonally (as shown below), Using a pencil, draw a line on the paper, straight across the front of your spare chipboard pieces.

Now you want to cut those corners of diagonally, along your pencil marks.
Now apply score tape to the edges of each flap. Remove the score tape from one flap only and apply glue where there is no score tape. Fold the flap over onto the chipboard.

Now you will want to do the opposite side. 

Now with your thumb nail or whatever you have, gently push in the corners of the next flap. Do this on both sides.

Expose your score tape and add glue where there is no score tape and fold the flap over onto the chipboard. So the same for the opposite flap. Use your boning tool to push down on your corners to flatten them out.

A perfect front or back cover for any album.

Now just do the same for the back cover and this can be use on any mini album that you will be using the binding rings or the Zutter Owires.  
The rings on the second album are a little hard to see, as I wrapped them with ribbons.

Next week I will show you how to add a spline to your mini album, the easy way !!!


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Flowers using a corner punch. 4/17/17


I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter like I did.  Spent a long weekend on Catalina Island with a  some of my family. Great time.

Now for our Modus Operandi project, using your corner punches to make flowers. It can be a little tricky. Not all of the corner punches work well for this technique. I used Martha Stewart corner punches.

First you need  to cut (2)  pieces of card stock. It can be a designer paper or just a plain color.
Cut (1) 2" x 2" and cut (1) 1-3/4" x 1-3/4"
Insert one of the pieces into the corner punch, as you normally would. and punch each of the 4 corners.

Don't worry if yours comes out a little off. As you can see, mine did. The 1-3/4" sq. ones are the harder ones to punch, because of their size. Just trim off the little end pieces.

Next you want to cut where  the two corner punches meet, and remove the center section. Notice the rectangular sections, where is was not punched?  Cut these sections at an angle, but do not cut all the way through the flower. You need to leave a section in the center. If necessary, draw a small circle in the center of your flower, so you know exactly how far in to cut.
When you are done removing the excess paper, your flowers will look a little like this. Depending on the corner punch you used.

On this one, I used a pair of tweezers. I put the tweezers in the center of one of the petals and used my thumb and fore finger, I squeezed the petal together.

When I was done squeezing all the petals together, they looked like this.

I put some glue on the bottom flower and glued the other flower on top of it. 

This is the Martha Stewart Corner Punch I used on this one.

Here is the next one I did. Again I started with (2) pieces of card stock. 
(1) 2" x 2"  and (1) 1-3/4" x 1-3/4"

I punched all the corners.

Notice  unpunched sections, again these need to be cut away, the same as we did on the flowers above. Cut off at an angle but do not go though the whole flower as you need a center section.

                             Here they are all punched and the unpunched sections cut away.

Now I rolled the petals over a 1/4" dowel. You can use a pencil, pen or anything that is small, round and tubular.

Notice, I rolled these backwards and put them together using the other side.

This is the Martha Stewart Corner Punch I used for this flower.

Here are some others I made. Same paper (except of the first one, where I used plain yellow card stock on it). Same punches, just put together with the other side of the paper showing.

         For this one (below) I actually used (3) pieces of  papers, The third one was 2-1/4" x 2-1/4"

One these two, I simply added a small, colored rose to the center.

So now that you know just how simple it is to create one of a kind flowers using your corner punches, for your layouts, cards and mini albums, get out all your corner punches and see what you can create !!!

Happy Scrapping !!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Vintage Hollywood Mini Album Preview

Just a quick photo and info about this beautiful lady that will be going off to Esty on Monday to my shop Scraps For Sanity.

Graphic 45's beautiful paper collection "Vintage Hollywood" was used.  When you get a chance next week stop by my shop at Etsy and take a look at her !!!!  I'll have more photos of the entire album.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pocket, Coin Envelope 4/10/17

Happy M.O.M. Day !!!

This s a very simple and easy technique. In fact it really isn't a technique but a useful tidbit of information that you may or may not be aware of. So here it is!

For those of us who use Graphic 45 papers pads, we are lucky because they print templates on the covers of the paper pads.  On the back page they print a template for a Bookmark, ATC cards, 4" x 6" File Folder, Tag &  a Gift Tag Pocket. Since it is on the back page, you can cut out the templates and use them as actual pieces for your layout, card or album. The ones on the front cover, not so much. I like the back cover selection, as they are printed on heavy, heavy cardstock and they have a one of the designer papers printed on the back.

For this technique, I just simply cut out the template

Placed the template on the backside of my card stock and traced around the template. 
Then I cut it out.

Using my scoring device by Fiskars, I score along each edge. the two long ones as well as the two shortchanged ones.

I folded it on all edges and made a pencil mark where I wanted to add the circular tabs. ( I cut these on my Cricut Machine only because I don't have a 3/4" circular punch.)


I punched all the holes and put the brads through the circles, the top flap and the center of the body of the envelope.
Then I applied a thin strip of glue along the side edge, just to the right of the brad and glued it down. Then I glued the bottom flap in place and wrapped the bakers twine around the circles. I did tie a knot in the bakers twine at the top and cut off the excess twine.

There you go, an envelope for all sorts of little goodies, memories, tags and more. This only took me about 5 minutes to create. From start to finish.

So next time you are thinking about throwing away the cover to a pad of paper, remember to look for the templates. They may not be the  paper design  you want but keep them in your files for use later for that perfect additional to any layout or mini album 
Another thing to remember is that even though it is the cover of the paper pad, Graphic 45's cover has a slight gloss to it, so you can cut those design out and use them too !!! 

Happy Scrapping !!!