Sunday, August 30, 2015

Laura's Refold Paper Bag Album in 2 sizes

I was looking for a quick and easy album to introduce a friend to album making. So I looked through Laura Denison's mini-albums and came across this one, Re-folded Paper Bag Album Pattern using paper lunch bags as a base for each page. One of the things I appreciate is that Laura has videos of how to make her projects available on her website such as these for the Re-folded Paper Bag Album.

I ended up making two versions of the album. The first album was made just as written using Graphic 45's Artisan Style collection. The second album was re-sized to enlarge the tag size to 5 x 7 using Prima Marketing's Garden Fable collection.


My objective in making this first album was to show a basic album. I used fussy cutting to add dimension to the cover. Since I fussy cut the same image as the background I did not need to cut fine details like the vines on the roof or peacock frills. Still I keep things simple and did not ink any edges.

Graphic 45 Artisan Style Refold Paper Bag Album
  • 8x8 Graphic 45 Artisan Style pad 
  • 6x6 Graphic 45 Artisan Style pad 
  • Graphic 45 Artisan Style journaling cards
  • Twill Ribbon
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch Geometric Frames
  • EK Success Large Edge Punch Palm
  • We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper Angle/Photo Corner and Rounded
  • Teal and Black Paper Bags
  • Cardstock in black, blue, and white
  • Chipboard
  • Scor-Tape adhesive and glue 
  • Colored brads
  • Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters Die

Front Cover and Front Page 1

 Back Page 1 and Front Page 2

 Back Page 2 and Front Page 3

 Back Page 3 and Front Page 4

 Back Page 4 and Front Page 5

 Back Page 5 and Front Page 6

 Back Page 5 and Inside Back Cover

Mats and Tags from One Paper Bag Page


My second album was made by re-sizing the basic album. I deviated from the instructions for cardstock bags to allow for 5x7 tags and to used the patterned cardstock for pages.

Re-sized Paper Bag Album

I added a lot of detail on the cover.  The blue birds in the upper left and several chipboard shapes were colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. I inked the edges of the Prima chipboard shapes, Prima embellishments (flowers and butterfly) as well as the punch leaves. The small flowers and branch from Heartfelt Creations were stamped, colored with Pan Pastels, and die cut before shaping. 

Front Cover Detail
  • A4 Prima Marketing Garden Fable pad 
  • 4x6 Prima Marketing Garden Fable journaling cards
  • Prima Marketing Garden Fable chipboard stickers and more
  • Prima Marketing Garden Fable Flowers Embellishments
  • Prima Marketing Garden Fable Cling Mount Stamps
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch Lace Flowers
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch Crochet Loop
  • We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper Angle/Photo Corner and Rounded
  • We R Memory Keepers Power Punch Euro Hook
  • Tim Holtz Sizzix Paper Punch Medium Leaf
  • Cardstock in white, cream, kraft, parchment, and pastel in yellow, blue, green, and pink
  • Chipboard
  • Distress ink vintage photo
  • Scor-Tape adhesive and glue 
  • Adhesive Pearls
  • Twine and teal tulle
  • Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals
  • Club Scrap Random Doorways Stamp
  • Pan Pastels
  • Heartfelt Creations Leafy Branch Die, and Birds and Blooms Die
  • Heartfelt Creations Birds and Blooms Cling Stamp

Inside Front Cover and Front Page 1

 Back Page 1 and Front Page 2

 Back Page 2 and Front Page 3

 Back Page 3 and Front Page 4

 Back Page 4 and Front Page 5

 Back Page 5 and Front Page 6

 Back Page 6 and Inside Back Cover

Mat and Tags from One Re-sized Paper Bag Page

This shows just how many spots for pictures and journaling are contained in one 'page'.  I hope you will check out Laura Denison's many beautiful and detail packed creations at her website Laura Denison Designs.

Thanks for stopping by and if you enjoyed this post please leave a comment,

Happy Crafting,
 Debby H

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Stamped Cards, Woven Strands Style

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Welcome to the Club Scrap Woven Strands Collection Blog Hop! To return to the start of the hop here. I especially loved the Celtic image stamps in this collection. I used them with my new stamping tool, the MISTI to make these cards. The MISTI is an wonderful tool and I posted a summary of the top five reasons I love to use it, here.  

Woven Strands Card 1

Card 1 - The stamped frame was aligned using the MISTI. The collection white ribbon was dyed purple with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. 


Woven Strands Card 2

Card 2 - The stamped border and sentiment were stamped using the MISTI. The stamped border was heat set and colored with Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals. 


Woven Strands Card 3

Cart 3 - Multiple stamping with the same stamp was done using the MISTI. 


Woven Strands Card 4 Closed

Woven Strands Card 4 Open

Cart 4 - The stamped images were aligned using the MISTI. The collection wood corner is used as closure. It was inked with peridot and then heat embossed in two layers of clear embossing powder. 


Thank you for reading and comments. For more on stamping with the MISTI see my post from yesterday, here.  Your next stop is with Donna at Hawthorne Hills and the beginning of the hop is here.

Happy Crafting,
 Debby H

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

My Top 5 Reason to Stamp with MISTI using Unmounted Rubber Stamps

I've have a new tool that I have fallen in love with. It is the MISTI, from My Sweet Petunia. M.I.S.T.I. stands for the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented. Today I have compiled a list of my five reason I love the MISTI. (Just so you know. I paid full price for my MISTI and receive no compensation for my endorsement.)

I've learned a lot from blogs and YouTube videos.  Below are some I've found most informative, but there are many more out there:

Prep and getting started:
MISTI Stamping Tool - Introduction & Getting Started by Taherrah 

Overall Review:
Review of the MISTI Stamping Tool by Darlene DeVries

Using diecuts and stamp combos:
Multi Step Stamping with the MISTI by Maureen Wong

Mulit-color stamping:
Stamping with Watercolor Markers (with MISTI) by Virginia Lu

Aligning multiple images from a single stamp: 
Repeat Stamping with the MISTI by Maureen Wong

Then I began experimenting on my own. The techniques I show have already been given in the video's above and probably in others out there as well. One thing I have not see in looking on the web is an example of using the MISTI with unmounted rubber stamps. I've only seen rubber stamps with foam attached.

I'm a fan of Club Scrap's unmounted rubber stamps. These are rubber stamps that do not have foam mounted on the back side. Instead they have a remove adhesive and a foam pad is place under the stamped surface. Turns out MISTI works great for unmounted rubber stamps, too since it includes a foam pad to place under acrylic stamps. For my samples I've used:

So let's count down, 

The Top Five Reasons to Stamp with MISTI:

No. 5:  Making an all over pattern using a single stamp - The pattern below was made used a single border stamp and off-setting the stamp for each color to make this background.

No. 5 - All over patterns

No. 4:  Stamping a single stamp using multiple colors - Instead of trying to layer all the inks for one stamping, I was able to color and stamp each part one at a time to get perfect placement of ink colors.

No. 4 - Stamp coloring

No. 3:  Stamping in white pigment ink - A single stamping of white ink on a dark background is not bright white enough for me, even with a high quality ink like Club Scraps' white ink. Now I can stamp the image multiple times with perfect alignment. See the difference below for a single stamping and a triple stamping.

No 3 - Stamping White Ink (left single stamped, right triple stamped) 

No. 2:  Exact placement of stamped images - When making an all over patterns from a single stamp I usually use a random pattern, since it is so hard to line up. Now I can align stamps perfectly every time. The following patterns were made from single stamps.

No. 2 - Exact stamp placement

No. 1:  Re-Stamping solid area stamps - For solid image stamps getting a completely solid image is sometimes difficult especially on colored paper. Now I just stamp again to fill in the image. Below compares a single stamping with a double stamping on a colored paper.

No. 1 - Re-stamping perfection (top single stamped, bottom double stamped)
To see how I've used these stamped images to make cards check out by blog post, Stamped Cards, Woven Strands Style, for tomorrow's Club Scrap Woven Strands Blog Hop. So glad you've stopped by my blog and read all the way to the end. Your support and comments are greatly appreciated.

Happy Crafting,
 Debby H