Monday, May 22, 2017

Leather Look on Card Stock 5/22/17

Happy M.O.M.

Did you ever what the look and feel of leather for your scrapbooking ?? I stumbled across this easy way to change your plain card stock into a beautiful leather look-a-like, complete with the feel of it too !!!!

Start with plain card stock. I used an Ivory white. Lightly spray it with water. Don't saturate because your paper will fall apart and not hold the creases.

Squish the paper together to form a ball. Gently open up the paper and squish it up again. I did this 3 times.
  Till I got to the point where I was happy with the creases.

Use your heat gun  or craft dryer and dry the paper. Now apply your Distress Ink to the entire sheet. I started with Vintage Photo.

The I added some Spiced Marmalade and the went over it again with the Vintage Photo

Once you have the look you want, go over it with Mod Podge. This gives the paper the feel of leather as well as seals the Distress Ink.

I made this photo extra large so you can see the slight gloss on it especially in the upper right hand corner.

Now you have paper that looks and feels like leather. So now what do you do with it. Believe me there are a lot of things to do with this. Here is what I did with it.

I glued it to dark teal card stock.

I tore off the edges then used my distressing tool by Prima to distress it even more.

Next I cut (2) strips of the same Ivory White card stock, 1/4" shorter than the height of my teal card stock and 1/4"  shorter than the overall width. I Distressed both side of the papers, scored them in the center and added (2) holes in the center of them. I also added the center holes on the teal card stock. Yes, I am turning it into a book.

Next I used one of my darning needles and threaded some brown twine and ran that through all the holes starting from  the outside of the book cover, to the inside, then back to the outside.

I tied the twine  in a knot and created the book or booklet that can be used for journalling or photos. I also distressed the inside and outside of the teal card stock. 

I finally added a piece of chip board from Graphic 45's Enchanted Forest. I am currently working on a mini album using that paper line. This is going to be perfect in that mini album.

It looks old enough to be from that era and even feels like well worn leather.  Once I get the album done I will be sending it off to my shop Scraps For Sanity at

Happy Scrapping !!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mini Envelope Paperclips 5/15/17

Good Day and Happy M.O.M. Day

Arent' these the cutest envelopes you have ever seen ???? Tiny but so much fun to make with leftover bits and pieces !!

Teny Tiny envelopes to enhance your planner, mini albums, cards, even a layout.  These measure between 1-1/2" wide x 1-3/4" hi down to  1-1/4" x 1-1/4".    Two of these even have little tags inside of them. They are great for adding  that little extra something to everything.

I cut these from my Cricut using the "Creative Everyday Cards" cartridge. If you don't have a Circuit or that particular cartridge, don't worry I have included the templates for cutting them out. Just cut out each of the templates, trace them onto your designer paper and cut them out.  You can tell where to score them. I used Scrappy glue to attach them to the paperclips.  So trace, cut, fold, glue and stuff !!!

The numbers under each template is what is listed on the Circuit cartridge handbook. When you print it, scale it to 28% or just let it print out as it. Your envelopes will be slightly larger. Play around with the sizing in the print menu and you will get a variety of different sized templates to use.

 I must give credit where credit is due and I found this super cute idea on Pinterest via

I really enjoyed making these and I am sure you will start seeing some of them in my mini albums in my Etsy shop  "Scraps for sanity", and I just know you are all dying to make these, so get off the computer, iPad whatever and go scrapping !!

And Happy Scrapping!!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mother's Day greeting 5/13/17

To all you Mom's and Grandma's,  A very Happy Mother's Day.

And to those of us who have lost our mother's, my heart goes out to you because I know that even though you may be celebrating Mother's Day with your children, you are still thinking about her, I know I am. It has been 9 years since she went away and to this day I still think about picking up the phone to call her and tell her something exciting, or share with her an accomplishment by one of my grandchildren. Then I remember, she will not be at the other end of the phone. Even as I write this, there are tears coming to my eyes and I guess that will never stop.

She is the one who taught me strength, compassion, my endurance for the tough times, and the ability to love unconditionally. I was fortunate enough to be able to thank her for all she taught me before she went away. If your mom is still around, thank her for all she has done for you. I mean even child birth was difficult thing for her to I right, you've been there too !!!

Here are two of my favorite photos of my Mom. 

Please don't ask me what is in her hand. My father loves taking photo's of the family while we were eating.

As you can tell, we're at a dinner table. This was taking while we were on a cruise and yes that is me on the left. 

Once again HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!!!!

What to do with left over chipboard

Good Day !!!

A while ago I showed you how easy it was to re-cover your unused chipboard pieces using your left over designer paper, as well as covering them with embossed foil. Well here are a few more ideas.

1. Use the left over base piece of chipboard that your pieces came in. This is from the Scrapbook Expo's website.

2. Have some nail polish that you absolutely love,  paint the chipboard.

3. Use them as a photo mat or like the foam squares to raise the photo. (Scrapbook Expo's website.)

4. Recover them (see my post "Don't like the design on your Chipboard...Change it!!") and use several of them to create a banner.

5. Get out your embossing powder and emboss them.

6. Cover with glass glitter for that splash of bling.

7. Great for using in a mixed media projects. This is from It doesn't matter what you start with because you will eventually repaint all of it.

8. If you really like the design that is already on the chipboard but no room left for the piece to go on a layout or album, add a magnet to the back of it and stick it to the refrigerator.

9. Wait, maybe you can squeeze one more chipboard piece on the layout, especially since you added Glossy Accents to it. Most chipboard has a matte finish to it. Why not go glossy?

  Before Glossy Accents

After Glossy Accents,
Yes, I know, I have bubbles in it!!!

10.  Glue them to a paperclip and use them in your PLANNER !!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

How to make a spline for your album.

Good M.O.M. Day to all.

Last week I showed you how I covered the front and back of my mini albums. So as promised, here are the instruction for adding the spline.  But first, last Sunday, while I was teaching a class on making one of my mini albums, I referred to the spline of the book and one of the ladies asked if it was called a spine or spline. After some research, it seems that the piece of material holding a front and back cover and attached sheets of paper, for a book, is called both a spline or a spine. Just for reference, I call that piece of my mini albums, a spline. So let's get started!

First thing first, you need to determine how wide your spline needs to be. For me I usually make a 2" thick album. 2" allow for thicker embellishment  and it also allows for a 1/4" gap between the pages, when I am  creating a 6 page album.  For the purpose of this technique, I used a 1-1/2" th. spline. So I cut a piece of chipboard that measures 5-1/2" x 1-1/2". It needs  to be the same height as your front and back cover.
The paper I am using is double sided with  two different shades of green.  This will help you see better what I am doing.

Cut a piece of card stock that is 2" wider and longer than your chipboard. The color on the outside should be the same as the outside paper on your covers, or mix it up a little. I haven't done and I think I will on my next album. Apply glue to your chipboard and center your paper. 
Gently fold the paper over the chipboard. 
Apply score tape to the paper, clip your corners (like we did on the covers) and fold over the long edges first.

Next you want to squish in those little corners  (like we did on the cover) and fold over the end pieces. We really don't care what this looks like as it will be hidden. 

You need to cut a piece of your card stock that is the same height as your album but is 4" wider than the spline. Example, my spline is 5-1/2" x 1-1/2" wide. My card stock measures 5-1/2" x 5-1/2" wide. If you are using a double sided card stock, you will want to be sure you put the spline on the correct side. My cover pieces have the dark green on the outside, so I want to be sure that side is laying flat on my table. Glue or tape your spline piece to the  card stock. 

After the glue has dried, gently fold the card stock in towards the spline piece and then fold it backwards.

Now get one of your cover pieces and butt it up next to the spline. Notice that the spline on on top of the table.

Peek under the flap to locate the miter corner of the cover and fold over the card stock so you can cut where you folded it.

Apple score tape to the cover piece, close to the edge. Apply score tape to the flap on the spline piece. Add some glue where there is none on the flap but do not put glue or tape 1/4" from the spline.

Butt the cover up next to the spline and glue down the flap. Do the same for the other cover piece.

Now you have a mini album cover and spline that you can add your designer paper to, inside and outside. This design allows the album  to close and open as much as  the pages need. It will also lay flat when fully opened. (as shown above) This design will work well with channels for attaching your pages or with the binding rings. 

Please excuse the mess on my scrapping table !!!!!

Thanks for taking a look and HAPPY SCRAPPING !!!