Hello! And Happy Sunday Afternoon!  After having lunch with hubby and going to the sporting goods store with him for something for his boat, I got to go up into my crafty room and finish up a mini album project I started a few days ago.  This is a Mini Gate Fold album.  It opens up by lifting the ring tab (magnets keep it closed).  It has flip up album pages. This album is held together by ribbon binding at the top.  It was quick and easy to make.  It just took me a few days to finish up the front decor and to decide on how to make or rather what to use to lift open the book.  I used patterned papers from Three Bugs in a Rug collection “Lazy Summer.”  At least I think that’s the name of the collection.  I say it on the video and the video is correct.

Since it’s hard to photograph the inside pages of a mini album like this one, I did another video for you.

Okay, I’m going to go work on that little Itty Bitty Halloween album that I shared a snippet of in the above video.  I have a couple of other mini albums I’d like to start on and then of course I have two cards to design for Digi Haven which you’ll see on Friday.

Have a wonderful day!

I’m the host of a challenge blog called Cards in Envy. I post a card challenge twice a month with various themes and all the cards created for the challenge must be A2 size (4.25″x5.5″) and relatively flat so they will fit in an envelope for first class postage and that’s how we got the name of the blog…Cards in Envy. Anyway, I also have a facebook page for the challenge and if you haven’t visited and liked the page I’d love for you to check it out.  We’re always wanting new followers and likes!  This week I shared a video on using Washi tape (aka Trendy Tape and other brand names) to make cards.  Hmmm…I’ve use a strip of tape here and there on a card but never made one with the tape (and several designs of tape) being the main focus, so yesterday afternoon I decided to play around with it and I came up with these 6 cards which I’ve also shared on the Cards in Envy Facebook wall.

For the card below, you weave the tapes to get this pattern. This is shown in a video I found on Youtube and the link for it is on the Cards in Envy Facebook wall too.

This last one, below, is my favorite of the six cards.  So simple, so beautiful and so much fun to make!  I put the Washi tape on white cardstock in an area big enough for me to punch out the butterflies on an angle. Then I put down one coordinating strip of Washi tape on a white card base and attached the butterflies.  The center one is attached with foam tape so it sits up above the other two a bit.  Then I stamped the sentiment on the card base.

So, have you used Washi tape on cards yet?  If not, give it a try.  You’ll love it and it’s a bit addicting!

Happy crafting!

I work from home (hubby’s construction business office is in our house) and I never have to pack a lunch but for some reason I have brown lunch bags in the pantry which is a good thing because that’s what I used to make this mini album over the weekend.  While browsing the internet, I came across an older post on the Pink Paislee blog featuring a mini album created by one of their designers, Shellye McDaniel.  I loved the look of her album and it inspired me to create this one.  Now, my album has no Pink Paislee product on it (I don’t think) as I created this entirely from scraps of paper that I’ve had for quite some time.  Shellye’s album was made from kraft gift bags and coin envelopes.  I had the coin envelopes but not the gift bags so I rummaged around in the pantry and found the brown lunch bags.  The thickness and quality of the lunch bags is not the greatest but it did work and the edges of them just add to the shabby chicness of my album.  I did stitch the folded lunch bags and coin envelopes in the center with my sewing machine for the binding on this album.  The edges of the bags, coin envelopes and papers were inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.

For a peek inside the album, check out my video below.

I’m also linking this post to Cat’s Creations Scrapbooks Wow! Wednesday which runs for 2 weeks.  There’s a prize for one random winner chosen from those who link up a project to Cat’s blog and those who leave comments on the linked blogs and Cat’s Wow! Wednesday post.

I have the urge to make some cards today.  So I’m hoping to sneak up to my crafty room this afternoon and play around with making some simple cards using Washi tape that I can send to Operation Write Home.  I’ve been pretty slack in making cards for our troops and need to get re-inspired with that worthwhile project.

Have a wonderful, crafty day!

I finally got around to taking a video of my video set up in my craft room!  I kept forgetting because I needed either my iPhone or my iPad to film the video because my video camera would be in the video and I kept forgetting to bring them upstairs and/or they needed charged when I thought about it. But tonight I got it done.  Please excuse the lighting as inside the iPad lighting is not as good as my regular video camera also we have to deal with the narrow image but I think you can see how I’ve got it set up.

I have two ways that I edit my videos.  If it is a short video sharing something I’ve created., I will go ahead and talk as I make the video.  I don’t like doing that because if others in the house yell up at me or someone rings the door bell or a hungry cat comes in meowing a lot, then I’ll have to start over but it is quicker and I don’t have to edit.  For this one I just uploaded it straight to Youtube from my iPad.  If it’s a short video taken with my video camera, I take the video card and install/upload it through my PC and add transitions and a title and text if needed.  If it is a LONG video with instructions or for a tutorial, I will edit it on my Macbook Pro so I can do voice over and talk as I WATCH the video rather than trying to remember what to say as I work on the project and film it.  This does take longer to do but the iPhoto software on the Macbook Pro is MUCH easier to learn and remember how to use than the software on my PC that does the same functions.  It is during editing that I can speed up a long, boring section which is a huge help with long videos.

I hope this gives you some idea on how to set up a video area for your own crafts if that’s something you’ve been wanting to do. The extension arm was ordered from BH Photo and it cost around $75 plus shipping.  I already had my tripod and it is a really heavy, pro type which you could get by with a smaller one for a video camera as they are not as heavy as a full frame size digital camera.  I’ve also seen some crafters use this set up with their iPhone but I’m not sure what adapter you’d need to attach the iPhone to the extender arm.  Leave a comment if you have any questions and I will answer it in the comments as well as via email to you.

EDITED TO ADD:
Shopping info for Extender, price from B&H Photo $79.95 + shipping

Photek
  • Lateral Side Arm with Ball Head
  • 38″ Long Telescoping Arm

    Tripod, same brand as mine but less expensive good for camera up to 11 pounds, price from B&H Photo $107.95 +shipping

    Manfrotto
    • With Wing-Nut Leg Locks

    I love how this card turned out! I never would have thought that so many different dotted papers and ribbon would work so well together.  This card is made 100% from stash stuff, well except for the adorable digital image “Flower Jar” by Bugaboo.  I’ve been cleaning out my scrapbooking papers and doodads a bit and came across all of these items that were leftovers from some 12×12 layouts several years ago.  I put them aside on my workdesk thinking they’d work great for a card and they did!

    Anyway, today is the start of another new challenge at Seems A Little Sketchy and this card is made following the current challenge sketch (#44) created by designer Tess.  Our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and I picked out this cute “Flower Jar” image to work with and I’m so glad I did!  Bugaboo will be giving a prize to a random winner from those who participate in the challenge, so I hope you take a look at the sketch and create a card! You’ve got two weeks to get it done!

    Here are the details of my card creation:

    Papers are from my stash, including the purple scallop on chipboard.  The ribbon for the bow is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.  I used a Wobble Spring underneath the “Flower Jar” which I colored with my Copic Markers and also stamped “Enjoy” on the jar with a Papertrey Ink Stamp from their Vintage Picnic Sentiment set.

    Copic Coloring List:

    • Flowers V12+V17 and Y13+Y15
    • Leaves & Stems YG03+YG05
    • Jar Label YG01 and V12
    • Jar B60
    Hope you are having a fabulous Monday!