Sunday, January 23, 2011

Working with Vellum

Vellum papers add a unique touch to any album page. From formal wedding and anniversary photos to frosty winter wonderland layouts, vellum can transform solid papers and customize patterned paper.

Because vellum is such a specialty paper, there are tricks to working with it. Vellum is not as porous as your other scrapbooking papers, so adhesives and inks won’t be absorbed as quickly. And because vellum paper is so transparent, most adhesive will show through. Once you know the tricks, you’ll find that creating wonderful vellum pages is pretty easy.

A few tips:

Handle with care. Vellum is beautiful because it is so delicate. And because it’s so delicate, it also requires special attention. As with any light–colored paper, smudges and creases show up more easily than on dark paper; vellum will be protected if stored inside the book it came in or in a file folder.

Picking Paper. When selecting paper to place under a white vellum overlay, choose the brightest patterns and colors. These will show up more clearly than a pale or very dark color. White vellum is also perfect for softening a paper pattern that’s too bright for your photo.

Pastel vellum transforms solid and patterned papers—slip a few different papers under your colored vellum sheet to discover just how many dramatic looks there are. Part of the fun of working with vellum is the delight of finding just the right combination, so play and experiment with your papers to see what you like best.

Vellum for journaling. Vellum provides a wonderful journaling option, as it allows for perfect tracing. Simply lay the sheet of vellum over the alphabet you want and trace with a pen. Because vellum isn’t as porous as regular paper, the ink often “sits” on top. Try journaling with Zig Writers, Sakura pens, Zebra’s Jimnie Gel Rollerball and Pentel Gel Rollers. Whatever you do, always let the piece dry for a few minutes before working with it.
For an extra-special effect, color with chalk, markers or colored pencils on the reverse side of a sheet of white vellum. Chalks and colored pencils will give a soft, muted look, while markers can produce a stained-glass effect.

Vellum and computer printers. Yes, you can run vellum through a computer printer. Just be sure to let the ink dry for a few minutes before handling. And if you’re printing multiple sheets, be sure to remove the vellum from the tray after printing.

Tearing vellum. Vellum can be torn for really beautiful borders. Torn vellum lends a soft look to a page. Go ahead, try it!

Friday, January 14, 2011

A "WORD" for the New year

a few weeks ago i saw a challenge to choose a word for the year. after thinking about it for a while, and knowing my slacker habits, i came up with my word -

i figured i needed to DO lots of things, get up off my arse *i mean computer* and do something.
more than what ive been doing.
then this morning i googled the meaning of the word ~do~ , and quite the interesting list came up! here it is partially...there are a LOT more definitions in the list that are very applicable! lol

1. to perform
2. to execute
3. to accomplish
4. to put forth
5. to be the cause of
6. to render, give or pay,
----and here is the doozie
7. to deal with, fix, clean, arrange, move, etc., as the case may require. lol as in DO the dishes! snort!

there are a ton more meanings and is where i found mine-

i'm happy with the word i chose, its gonna really suit me.

what would YOUR word of the year be?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

An Introduction to Tea Bag Folding

I found this fabulous guide at Card Making Inspirations and I just had to share it! I am going to try this and will post my finished photos when complete!

An introduction to tea bag folding

Tea bag folding uses some of the techniques of Origami combined with tiny squares of patterned paper. Once folded these squares are combined in attractive geometric patterns to form a larger design.
The art of tea bag folding is said to have been born when a clever Dutch crafter decided to work with the decorative envelopes used to hold fruit tea bags. As the craft developed specially printed sheets have been produced with patterned squares ready to cut out and fold.
Any patterned paper could be used but part of the attraction of the assembled tea bag patterns is the repetition of the design elements.
Equipment for tea bag folding together with a sheet of "Leaf Aurora" tea bag paper.

Equipment for tea bag folding.

  • Cutting mat
  • Metal edged ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Paper adhesive
Cutting a squareLay your sheet of tea bag paper on your cutting board. Line up with the grid on the cutting board. Cut a strip of squares using a metal ruler and a craft knife.

Cutting a squareCut a single square.

Folding the paper.

On the diagram the green shaded areas represent the right side of the paper, the white areas the wrong side of the paper.
The dotted lines represent folds you are about to make, the solid lines represent folds you have already made.
FoldingFoldingStep 1.

In step 1 and 2 you are creating creases by folding and unfolding.
1. Fold the paper into half and then unfold it. Fold in half the other way and unfold it.
FoldingFoldingStep 2.

2. Turn the paper over and fold from corner to corner then unfold it. Fold the other two corners together then unfold it.
FoldingFoldingStep 3.

3. Fold the lower half up and the outer edges into the centre, manipulating the creased paper into shape 4.
FoldingFoldingStep 4.

Fold a total of eight shapes to this stage.
Assemble the shapeAssemble the shapeStep 5.

5. Slide a second folded sheet between the V of the first shape. Note the way the V's of each piece go together.
Fix with adhesiveFix the pieces with paper adhesive as you assemble the shape. If this is your first try it might be best to assemble it dry to start with, then fix it with adhesive when you are satisfied you have the correct method.

Fix with adhesive6. Continue sliding new pieces into the V of the previous piece until the design is complete.
The last piece of the set will take a bit of manipulation to get it into the correct position. Study the finished diagram to see how it should look.

Assemble the shape Assemble the shape

The finished card
Mount the finished design on the front of your greetings card.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Wishing you all the very best in the forthcoming year.
May it bring you health, wealth and happiness ...........or lots of craft goodies :D

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Craft for Charity – and a chance to win $500!
I wanted to let you know about a really cool charity movement that Scrapbooks etc. magazine
has just launched! It’s called Craft It Forward and it’s a great way to use your passion for
crafting to make a difference in YOUR community. A handmade card can bring smiles to kids in
crisis, a fun banner can brighten the day of adults in residential facilities and a bookmark can
encourage someone learning to read.
Here’s how it works: throughout 2011, visit the Craft It Forward website each month for a new
down-loadable pattern and suggested recipients. Make the project and donate it to a charity that is
near and dear to your heart. Then, add your story to the Craft It Forward gallery for a chance to
win $500 in cash and a $500 donation to a charity! They’ll be looking for stories to feature in the
magazine and on the website, too.
So join me and Craft It Forward throughout 2011. This month, I’m going to make Birthday Cards for the teens to use for family and friends and donate them to Homeless and Runaway Street Outreach Center

For more information, visit the Craft it Forward website:

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Black Friday shopping is not a fun activity for me but I needed to go out to pick up a new furnace filter and thought I would check out the Cricut Cartridges that this store was selling.....well to my surprise I started talking to the nicest woman who was just given her first Cricut Expression and couldn't wait to get started on albums for her grandchildren, but had no idea where to start.  I told her to open the box and take it slow.  This got me to thinking....there may be others out there that need some ideas on where to start and what to do when first starting to Cricut.  Here are some basic ideas for the Cricut Machine.....
 1)  Cricut Setting Chart for Cutting

One thing that is absolutely critical to making the Cricut cut properly is to have the pressure, speed and depth of blade correct for the type of paper you are using. This, by far, is what makes or breaks your Cricut experience. No one wants to ruin expensive paper by accidently having the wrong settings in place and then shredding their paper! It's certainly happened to me enough times, especially when switching amongst different types of paper like going from heavy cardstock to thin patterned paper.

2) How to Condition your New Cricut Mat

Have you ever noticed that when you get a new mat, it's really sticky! I mean, REALLY sticky! In fact, it's best to only use heavy cardstock initially as the mat will not let the thinner paper come up.

To combat this, after opening the mats up, I usually press the mat against a clean T-shirt (or the one I'm wearing, ha ha!) and this removes the excessive stickiness.

But, Cricut Dan has an even more interesting idea and people on the yahoo group say this prevents those little paper stickies from clinging to your mat!

Look HERE to see Cricut Dan's video about this!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

What's the Difference

What is the difference?

There are differences in Scrapbook Retreats, Scrapbook Weekends, Scrapbook Classes and Scrapbook Crops. Though they are all similar there are some distinct differences. If you enjoy Scrapbooking , all of these Scrapbook Events are great ways to get more involved with your craft while spending time with others that are interested in the same hobby of your interest.
I would like to put together a facebook page that allows people to post Scrapbook Events that they know about in their area for free. This helps encourage people in the scrapbook community to share every scrapbook event they know about. If you know of an event in your area such as upcoming crop or retreat would you take the time to share the information on my facebook page?