Pocket Page Swaps

PP9It’s the latest and the greatest!!  It’s a what?  It’s something my LLS is doing with their regulars so I thought I’d give it a whirl.  It’s a simple concept, you need a pocket page.  Right now, the pages used for baseball cards is go-to product to have on hand.  We were encouraged to use our scraps, left overs and bits & pieces.  Many out there follow a format shared on Janette Lanes blog but there are not real rules.  Once complete, you fold it and it fits into a #10 mailing envelope.  I’ve enjoyed it so much I’ve done two now.  The above is my second and is currently enroute to Texas to once of my scrappy friends.  The first, I don’t want to spoil the fun for my recipient.  So, I’ll follow up with a pic later!

PP8Now in the swap group I play in, we too did a pocket letter swap.  But we changed it up.  Since many of our members enjoy the Project Life format, it was decided to use page protectors we’d have on hand, 12×12 dimensions.  So the cards are actually bigger.  3×4 and 4×6 are the actual dimensions.  My swap partner is from Texas.   HOW FUNNY and cool is that, considering I just moved from Texas in June.  The hand written letter is hidden in a fold card.  For me, I don’t think I want people reading something that could have potential of being highly personal or confidential.

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I made two 3×4 cards and reconstructed one glassine pocket to hold some goodies.  The fourth pocket, I slid some cute little Tim Holtz charms and chalk board tags into.  Seeing things “float” in the pockets really goes against my nature so I did my own thing.  I hope my partner forgives me!

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On my 4×6 cards I did “hidden journaling” (it’s the left card) and on the right card I played with white ink and white embossing powders on dark papers.  I feared the watercolor pencils wouldn’t be vibrant enough, but was happily surprised.

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I also tried to build as many layers as I could, using inks, stencils, embossing paste, fussy cutting, veneer cutouts and pop-dots.  I really LOVED these last two cards and I think I’m gonna need to recreate them for a personal project!

Well it’s time to clear the deck for the next challenges.  Thanks for stopping by!

Washi Rolo’s WHAT?

Recently I had the pleasure of taking a class on How to Make Your Own Washi Tape at a local scrappy store, Soul Sentiments, LLC. It was such an enjoyable afternoon, making some new friends and learning new techniques.  [WR6] [WR7]

I brought my new art home and put away my gear.. and it sat.  I tend to save things for that “perfect occasion”.  When I was invited to a friends swap group, not only was I honored, I thought to myself… “Oh maybe I can play with my washi!” So, I have two options; I can cut them to width of washi I desire and adhere with Score Tape or…… create outside the box.

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I applied my new “washi” to some 2×3 business card Rolodex cards.  Who knew that swapping Rolodex cards would be so popular and fun?  It’s quit addicting! I had fun creating and building my embellishment to create this card.  I pulled out my manila tags, stamps, inks, embossing powders and started to play.  Some things worked, other things reacted differently from what I expected.  Those pieces are stashed away for another project.

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After much trial and error, stamping, inking and just plain playing I finally figured how I wanted my “rolo” to look like. But I don’t think I’ll reveal the finished product yet.  My swap isn’t due until the 1st of September and I don’t want to ruin the reveal.  So enjoy my journey and peeks! Thanks for stopping by! 😀

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Pocket Cards

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First day with no errands, no band practice, no running.  It’s been an enjoyable afternoon playing with some projects.  I recently joined a group that does Pocket Card swaps.  Oddly, I don’t actually scrapbook using this style but I adore the cards and use them on page layouts or incorporate them into mini-albums.  The theme for the this swap is Pamper/Spa which works well with my Stamping Bella stamps!!  This stamp is called uptown girl Sabrina loves the spa.  It’s so fun to color, but it’s a bit of a challenge for fussy cutting!!  Well, there’s much more work to do before this card is finished.  Pop back by to see the finished card!  😀

Bumpy Starts..

There I was all gun ho on a new blog, filled with good intentions of being dedicated and attentive.  Yeah, well I am consistent at least.  Spent the last week getting the eldest registered and ready for her Junior year at a new school.  Will spend next week doing the same for the youngest.  In between, school shopping, family reunions, family time, parent meetings, well checks and your day to day living stuff.  BEFORE all the crazyiness started I did finish one itty bitty project.  I’ve been following another blog: Tammy Tutterow and her tutorial series; Background Basics; Medicine Cabinet Mixed Media.   They are fabulous.  I’ll admit, I’m still hung up on the first tutorial; Toothbrush Painting.  I love this technique and the more I play, the closer I get to obtaining the look I desire.  I absolutely love the look of old metal distressed with aged peeling paint, you see it on buildings and equipment.

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