Friday, May 15, 2015

"Blossom" Club Projects - May 2015

I'm absolutely in love with the brand new "Blossom" paper from Close To My Heart (found HERE).  I decided to create a couple of really simple cards and a fun, easy, interactive scrapbook layout to feature these beautiful products.  My monthly club members get to create these projects during the month of May.  Enjoy!

This is the two-page layout.  The left page design comes from our "Reflections" How-To guidebook (look up the 'Front Center-Mosaic' template), which you can purchase HERE.  Our how-to books are fantastic, as the page design is there, along with cutting sizes and full-color page examples.  A MUST for all scrapbookers!

The right hand page is one of my FAVORITE things to do when I have a lot of pictures to scrapbook, but don't want to make multiple pages and layouts.  The base of this is a clear pocket page protector, with horizontal pockets to slide 4x6 pictures, decorated papers, and Picture My Life cards in to make FAST scrapbook pages.  You can find this product HERE.  With this ONE page protector, you have room for six items to tuck in each 4x6 slot.  Here comes the fun part!  Check out the next picture...

Here's a technique for making each of the six slots interactive, AND adding a ton more space for more pics and journaling.  Simply cut a 4x12 strip of cardstock, fold in half at 6", and slide the bottom half into the pocket.  This will leave the top half outside the pocket as an extra flap.  Decorate as desired, but now instead of room for ONE 4x6 item, you have THREE.  This now gives you a total of eighteen 4x6 areas for photos, journaling, or Picture My Life cards (found HERE), all on one page.  Perfect!

If you'd like to protect the outside flap, you can slide one of our 4x6 "Flip Flaps", found HERE, right over it.  Simply cut off the adhesive strip that you would normally use to adhere extra pictures right to the front of a standard page protector, so that you're just left with the open 4x6 pocket.  See pics below...

4x6 Flip Flap, with white removable strip to reveal clear adhesive beneath.

Two fingers inserted into the clear pocket.

Simply take scissors or a paper trimmer, and cut off the adhesive strip, lining scissors up with the edge of the clear pocket.  This will leave you with a 4x6 pocket, ready to slide onto the outside of your 4x6 interactive piece shown above.  Easy!  For the above layout, you'll need a total of six flip flaps.  These are really inexpensive...only about $.26 each!

Want a quick tip on how to get THREE cards from one sheet of 12x12 paper?  Instead of creating a standard 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" card, make your cards 1/4" smaller, so that the finished size is 4 x 5-1/2.  The easiest way to do this is take a 12x12 sheet of cardstock for the base of your card and cut off just ONE inch to bring it to 11".  Then turn your cardstock to the 12" side, place in your paper trimmer, and cut at 4" to create three 4x11 strips.  Then simply fold them in half at 5-1/2" for your card base.  This is a minor change but makes better use of your paper, and still fits into a standard envelope.

The base of these cards is created using Glacier Blue cardstock from CTMH, found in the 'Blossom' paper packet HERE.   Layer a white piece of cardstock, cut to 3-1/2 x 5 on top of that.  Then embellish using the following products (click each to bring up the link):

Shower Flowers Stamp Set
Stamp Pads:  Smoothie, Honey, Lagoon, Pear, Black
Blossom Complements (chevron border sticker and floral embellishments from the layout shown above)

The Smoothie flower is stamped directly onto the white cardstock, while the Honey flower is stamped on scrap paper, scissor cut out, then adhered with a pop dot over the smoothie flower for dimension.  This is a great five-minute card with clean lines and lots of color.  The Glacier blue chevron border is a sticker - just peel it from the Blossom Complements (link above) cut to the edge of the white cardstock.

Happy creating!  Remember that you can purchase any of the items shown here by clicking the links above.  Shop directly from my website at and have your order shipped right to your door!  :)

Want the a 1-page full color handout of these projects?  Includes basic photos and cutting sizes/instruction, for just $3.00.  Simply click the link below to purchase and they will be emailed to you.