Monday, December 1, 2008

Tuesday's Tutorial #10

Tuesday's Tutorial #10

Molded Handmade Paper

Supplies List:

  • Blender

  • Water

  • Shredded paper scraps, newspaper, unprinted computer paper

  • Liquid starch (optional)

  • Bathroom Tissue (from now on referred to as Artist Paper or AP)

  • Towels plus one piece woven fabric or flannel receiving blanket

  • Some sort of mold: chocolate mold, cookie mold, soap mold

Step One:

Start by adding paper shreds to the blender, pack in loosely then cover with water.

Blend until pieces are just pulp, or less if you want chunks of color. News paper will turn the paper gray, I used a bunch of colors and it came out sort of purplish, use only white paper if you want to end up with a white item to color later.

Pulp should be loose and watery to fit into detailed molds.

Step Two:

Using a few drops of water on your finger tips, place one or more sheets of Artist Paper on top of the mold. I only used one as it covered the entire mold that I was using. When I used the whole pan to make all of the images I used 2 layers to cover the whole thing.

Step Three:

Scoop up enough pulp to cover your fingertips and place on top of the AP in the mold. Continue scooping this amount until the image in your mold is covered in about 1/4" thick of pulp. There should be water seeping out of the pulp at this point.

Step Four:

Place woven fabric piece or flannel blanket on top of pulp in the mold. If using a towel place it on top of the fabric, this is so the loops of the towel don't get stuck in the pulp, if using the flannel, fold several times before placing on top. Put a generous amount of pressure on the blanket or towel, as they become soaked add others on top. Then slowly peel off and use a dry towel to finish soaking out as much water as you can.

The pulp should be as flat a paper and may be indented, if you would like it to be thicker, repeat from step 3 until desired thickness.

Step Five:

Carefully pull away any excess paper around the edges of the image, be careful not to tear the image, or you can wait till it is dry and cut it off with scissors.

Step Six:

Carefully remove paper from the mold and leave out to dry or put them in a low temp oven, about 200 degrees for about 15 min. Mine came out a little curled up from the oven. Don't know if would have been different air drying, I'm too impatient, lol.

Here is my finished project, the images dried white and I rubbed them with Club Scrap hybrid ink on a sponge brush.

Trimmed the edges, glued to a 3x3 square and used toothpicks as drum sticks. These are for a 12 days of Christmas swap :)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Friday, October 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Tuesday's Tutorial #9
Ruth Ann's Tag Swap Book
Supplies list:
  • 8 1/2"x11" Club Scrap® papers, printed or plain, as many papers as you want pages, I used 6
  • Club Scrap® grid ruler
  • Club Scrap® Bookbinding, Padding and Laminating Adhesive
  • Scor-it® board or ruler and bone folder
  • Zutter® Bind-it-all with 5/8" or larger wire binding or hole punch and 1 1/2" or 2" binding rings
  • Bone folder
  • Craft Knife
  • 2 Matte board pieces 6 1/4"x 5 3/4"
  • 2 pieces of Club Scrap® papers cut to 6 3/4"x6 1/4" to cover the outside of the matte board
  • 2 pieces of Club Scrap® papers cut to 6"x5 1/2" for the inside of the matte board.
  • Foam brush
  • Scrap paper to make 1"x6" binding strips
  • Scissors
  • webisode called Card Keeper for instructions on how to cover the matte board. This episode is about 12 minutes but the instructions are in the first part of the show.
These great books have so many uses. Ruth Ann at came up with this book to store her tags that she received in swaps. You could use this to store cards, sort photos or make a smaller size for ATCs. Send me a pic of your book at by OCT 1. and I'll drop your name in a drawing for a box of Club Scrap goodies from me!
1. Score each 8 1/2"x11 paper in half at 5.5" horizontally, turn the paper vertical and score at 2.5" In Ruth Ann's orgiginal design she scored this section at 1.75"
2. Fold the vertical fold towards the printed or textured side of the paper, be sure to reinforce the fold with your bone folder on both sides of the fold.
3. Fold the paper back to back so the first fold makes pockets on both sides of the page. Again reinforce the folds on both sides of the fold.
4. Score each of the 1"x6" binding strips vertically in half. Reinforce these folds also.
5. Place glue on both inside sides of the 1"x6" strips and apply it to the open edge of each page to seal the pocket and reinforce the holes that will be put there.
6. When all of the pages are ready you will need to put together the matte board covers following the instructions in the link listed in the supplies.
7. The book can then be bound with Bind-it-all or punch holes in the binding strip area and bind with binding rings (see sample pics in the slide show below)
8. Don't forget to get in the drawing for Club Scrap goodies from me, send me a pic of your book by Oct.1 at

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Do you want to take your scrapbooking to the next level?

Paper Crafting Class at the YMCA downtown branch

Come and enjoy evenings of crafting and fun!

We will be making the following paper crafts throughout the 7 week session:

  • Book making
  • Greeting cards
  • Scrapbooking
  • Stamping techniques
  • Paper beads
  • Drop spine boxes
  • Journals
  • Home d├ęcor items

Thursdays 7pm-9pm, starting Sept. 11, 2008 for 7 weeks

Fees are $40.00 members

$55.00 non-members

Register by calling or visiting the Findlay YMCA at

300 E. Lincoln St.

(419) 424-4424

Registration begins Aug 13 for members and Aug 14 for non-members.

Please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Tuesday's Tutorial #8
Single Panel Embossed Greeting Card
  • 1 each Club Scrap POPs in sizes 5x7 and 4x6
  • 3 Club Scrap photo mattes.
  • Favorite removeable adhesive.
  • Club Scrap BBP&L Glue
  • Embossing stylus
Step 1: Glue the 3 photo mattes together in a stack.
2: Apply removeable adhesive to one side of the matte stack.
3: Stick the matte stack in the center on the 5x7 cardstock and then flip it over.
4: Use your
fingers to feel where the matte stack is then apply pressure all the way around it with the embossing stylus.
5. Flip the 5x7 over and remove the matte stack.
6: Add embellishments and greeting to the 4x6 cardstock then glue to the front of the 5x7 panel.

I used a stencil and ink, greeting stamp, glitter pens and scrap paper strips to embellish my card :)
These also make great invitations.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pages of Pictures

Dog Days of Summer Open Crop

Join us!

Saturday Aug 23, 2008


at FINDLAY INN 200 E. Main Cross St., Findlay, OH, downtown

Crop all day for $15

Please RSVP to:

with subject line: "crop" and

include your name, address, & phone #.

Or call Erin at 419-420-7725
Or Sign up at and leave your RSVP there.

To save your seat you may pre-pay with a check or paypal,

include preference in the email.

  • Open Cropping All Day
  • Optional Classes
  • Shopping
  • Make 'n'takes
  • Goodie Bags
  • Door Prize Drawing
  • Tables near electrical outlets for all to use
  • Cricut with numerous cartridges available for all to use
  • Fun & Friends

***Please send comments and questions to***

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

More Paper ribbon bound books

These paper ribbon bound books are made by Nancy (nancine) at using my tutorial. Thanks for the pics Nancy!

Sunday, July 20, 2008


A huge thank you to all the croppers and shoppers who attended Saturdays Open Crop!

I had a blast and hope you did too!

Save the date for Saturday, August 23 for the next crop. I know we discussed a date in September, but I just can't wait that long :) Hope you all will join in again and bring some more croppers. I plan on offering some stamping and card making classes along with some more Assembly Line Scrapbooking. Watch here for more details. Register at

Friday, April 25, 2008

Pages of Pictures National Scrapbooking Month Celebrations

Thanks to all who joined us May 24th in Findlay!
Save the date for our next open crop : July 19th

Kim-CTMH & Dawn-SU


Lynnsey, Pat, Gloria, Roberta, Karen, Nina, Stacy, Meg & Theresa

We look forward to hosting future open crops! All are welcome!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

5x7" Paper Ribbon Bound Book Entries

Congrats Christy, You Win! Watch for your box of CS goodies!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Tuesday's Tutorial #7

Tutorial: Paper Ribbon Bound Book

& A Challenge


LISA O.!!!

These books are completely made of paper! The finished size is 5x7 making it easy to add full size pics and still have room for journaling. This would be a great project if you were to give it as a gift to a group and needed to make many of them. Add photo corners or double sided adhesive tabs to make it a snap to put the pictures in. I went ahead and added photo mattes to all of the inside pages. The top example is mostly CS® Refresh Kit paper and embellishments. I used Adirondack Inks. The bottom example is mostly CS® Serengeti paper and embellishments, I added a Friendship twist tie and some Gomlets, and punches.

I challenge you to make one and send me a link to your creation. Again a random drawing for Club Scrap goodies from me. And you get to use up some of the stash you have been hoarding :) Deadline is March 10, midnight EST.


1 sheet of 12x12 cardstock

6-8 sheets of 5x7 POPs - You could cut these yourself if you don't have POPs. See cutting diagram below.

3/16th inch hole punch (Crop-A-Dile works great)

Tonic Paper Trimmer

Scor-it Board

CS® Grid Ruler

Bone Folder


CS® Bookbinding Glue

Embellishments & photo mattes.

Step 1. Score the front cover page and all inside pages 1/2" in from the left side. Don't score the back cover. This process is made very easy with the Scor-it board, but can also be done with the grid ruler and bone folder.

Here is the cutting diagram to get four 5x7 pieces out of a 12x12 cardstock sheet.

Step 2. Measuring, ugh! Ok, here we go, use the centering guide on the grid ruler to find the middle of the left side of the cover, go in 1/8' from the left keeping the ruler centered. Use a pencil to mark the center and 1/2' spaces out to the top and bottom of the edge. These are where your holes are going to be punched.

Step 3. Stack the front cover and 3 inside pages together and use binder clips to keep them together while you punch the holes on the marks that you just measured. I found I could punch 4 sheets of cardstock at a time with the Crop-a-dile II.

Step 4. After punching the first set of holes stack all of the covers and all of the pages together, clamp with the binder clips, and use the first set of holes as the guide.

Step 5. Crease all of the score lines in the direction that the pages will open.

Step 6. Cut two 1/8" wide strips from the 12x12 piece of cardstock.

Step 7. Run the strips through your fingers several times until you have conditioned them to stay in a loose coil.

Step 8. Embellish the front cover and place photo mattes on the pages as desired.

Step 9. Start the binding by bringing one end of the "paper ribbon" up through the back of the top hole and gluing down the end. Bring the other end up from the back and down through the next hole. Continue until you get to the last hole. You may wish to trim the paper ribbon. I simply adjusted the size of the coils and left the full length in the binding. Glue down the end to the back of the cover.

Step 10. Start the next paper ribbon at the top hole going from front to back and gluing it to the back. Take the other end to the back of the second hole and bring it up to the front. Continue until you reach the bottom and trim or adjust the ribbon. Glue end to the front cover. This should give you a criss cross design.

Step 11. Enjoy ! Fill with pics and keep , or give away!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Club Stamp™ Stamper's Project: wooden ampersand

This is my completed Club Stamp™ Stamper's Project: Wood ampersand. This was altered with Club Stamp™ Bridges papers, stamps, project cut outs, ribbon, brads, beads & fibers. Adriondak acrylic paint in espresso and distress ink in courdoroy were used for stamping and additional distressing around the edges. The embossing powder, also on the edges is a mixture of gold, silver and black from JoAnn's. Other embellishments include: From Club Scrap®, Friendship twist tie, Tie Dye clothes pins, Be Still ribbon slide, Study in Red stamps, From the Heart stamps, Bistro and Sparkle sequins, hour glass charm, To You With Love stamps. Other embellishments include Fastenators from PC, O-rings from Karen Foster, Gromlets from We R Memory Makers, Charms from the CSC charm swap, and stuff that's been in my stash so long I don't remember where it came from.
I thoroughly enjoyed putting this together. I spent about 2.5-3 hours, spread out over 2 days working on it. The colors will coordinate well in my living room. Please feel free to post questions or comments in the comment section.
You can get a more detailed look by clicking on the picture.
Thanks for Looking :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday's Tutorial & A Challenge

Tuesday's Tutorial #6

Tutorial: Use Your Tools!

& A Challenge

I challenge you to a duel, lol. Just kidding. Today I would like you to think about all of the tools you have that you have not used in a while, or maybe you have never used them. I think at one point we all had a paper crimper. I still have mine and took it out to play with it last week. So if you have one, take it out. I have heard alot of discussion on the ClubScrapChat board about regrets of buying the Fastenator. So if you you have one, get out the staples. When was the last time you used your markers on a page/cards for other than jounaling? Get the markers out. One in every color.

I'll start by showing you what I did with my misfit tools, then I want to see what you can do with yours. Have something that I didn't mention? Dig it out and show me what it can do, or what YOU can do with it!

Post a link to your work in the comments section and I'll post them on here or at photobucket if there are alot of entries.

THE PRIZE: a random drawing for a winner that will recieve a mini pizza box full of Club Scrap goodies. Enter as many times as you like.


  • Cardstock, I used Club Scrap papers (the papers from CS are cardstock weight) from many different kits
  • Paper crimper
  • Fastenator staples
  • Cork board
  • Small hammer
  • Markers- in every color that you have not used recently
  • Stamps
  • Circle Scissor and glass mat
  • Blade runner

This is a pic of some of my misfit tools. There is the Blade Runner I gave up trying to use because the learning curve was just too great for me. I think this one may be obsolete for what it was intended since the Cricut came out.

Then there is the Border Buddy that goes with the runner. I have some markers from Slick Writer that are broader than what I normally use but they all came together with the fine tips. I have a Circle Scissor DH bought for a project he was doing and I ended up with it when he was done. Last but not least, the paper crimper. I have actually had the most fun and success playing with this one :)

In the upper left corner of the pic is a great storage container made by Darice. I found it at Hobby Lobby for under $5. I mention this because it has been great for sitting on my desk to remind me of all the little embellies that I have and often forget to use. Kinda goes with the theme of unused tools.;)

1st. crimp the paper in one direction. You can put it in horizontal or diagonal. Mine only goes up to 4" wide so the piece of paper I used is a 3" square and it fit diagonal.

After the first run through turn the folds so they are vertical and run it through again. You will end up with a sort of "waffle" texture.

I added ink direct to the papers to show off the ridges. In the example of the white paper I ran the whole piece through horizontally first then only half way on the diagonal. The crumpled up pieces I ran through in every direction until I could see the layer of the paper seperating and then pulled them apart and crumpled them. These are the pieces I used to decoupage onto the stamper's project ampersand (pictured in a post below).

Also, another example of how I used the squares is at the top of this tutorial. I used it as an embellishment matte on a POPs trifold card.

Ahhhhh, the circle scissor I inherited from DH. He needed it to draw circles for a hockey rink he put on DS table. It's great when I need a circle, lol. I kept thinking there must be some way to use it to make a spiral, but I can't figure out how. Here are some circles I cut out today with the idea that they could be embellishments or frames. The circle in the top right side of the pic didn't cut all the way through so I folded the inside out and figure I will use it as a frame/journaling circle combo. What else can you do with a circle scissor?

The Blade Runner is one of those tools I think is going to be obsolete since I have the cricut. I never could get it to cut along the templates like it was supposed to. I think it just has way to big of a learning curve for me. I was able to free hand the cuts in this pic. It works way better on the glass mat then on any other cutting surface, same with the circle scissor. Have you done anything great with this tool? I would love more ideas of what to do with it. I will continue to play with it also.

The last tool I mentioned above is the Fastenator. I have found that the staples work great with the Fastenator on text weight papers but not on the quality thicker CS papers. My solution is to hammer them through the CS paper with a cork square underneath and then turn the paper over and flatten the legs. I also was able to hammer them into the wooden ampersand project pictured below. I used them to hold on a printed twist tie.

Ok, your turn, let's see what you can do. Post links to your work in the comments section by midnight(EST) Monday, March 3rd.

PSL participants, if you use any of these techniques on your entries I'll accept them here too. Just make sure you post em on ClubScrapChat first!

Ok, here is a good example of what to do with all of the pieces you just cut up! I used the wavy pieces cut with the blade runner to make the "sand". I distressed the edges with my mini tonic distresser and then inked them. I also added embossing powder. The "sun" is a circle cut out with the circle scissor and added ink to that also. The title is from PC Art Accentz, its a double sided adhesive cut out and I added glitter to it. The stamps are from CS and all of the paper too. Photo corners from K&Co. Inks from Ranger, Technique Tuesday and colorbox. TFL, Hope to see some of your work soon!