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Three Cards, Three Tricks

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Hello there: it’s Sian today, trying something new for my turn here, with a few cards I’ve made. I had been scrapbooking for several years before I even tried to make a card; and now cardmaking has turned into my favourite way to use up tiny scraps left over from layouts.

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And it has to be the tiny scraps! I come completely unstuck if I try to put cards together from fresh, untouched supplies. So with my first card today comes this trick: if you don’t think cardmaking is for you, stop! Don’t clear your desk after a scrapbooking session. Instead, gather up the pieces you love but didn’t get to use and try putting them together on a smaller canvas.

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Ah: that canvas. With my second card today comes this trick: if you don’t think cardmaking is for you, try with the very nicest card base you can find. The first couple of cards I ever pulled together I made with some cardstock I’d had for a while, folded by hand because I didn’t have a scoreboard then. They just didn’t feel right. Now I like to keep on hand a big pack of specially chosen, heavy, slightly textured, crisp white ready made card blanks and they help me to make cards I’m happy with.

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So then I pull out a card base and I have a handful of bits and pieces to use and it can be hard to know where to start a design. So with my third card today comes this trick: if you don’t think cardmaking is for you, make yourself a frame on that card base and then challenge yourself to fill it. I’ve discovered that it’s easier for me to begin placing elements on the background if I have something to contain them.So I either stitch or draw a frame first before I add anything else. You can see my hand drawn black lines on each of these cards. That frame helps me to make a start.

Why not give it a try? And please share if you do, in the gallery or on the FB page. We’d love to see!

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Inspiration – Make Your Own Pocket Cards

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Hello! It’s Kasia “Antilight” Petrus and today I want to show you some inspirations for your own pocket scrapbooking cards. When someone is about to start their album, they often ask a question about core kits, cards and so on, but I’m sure they have a stash of scrapbooking supplies of their own. If you are afraid of commitment, but want to try some pocket scrapbooking then this post is for you.

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Supplies:  July 2016 Main kit; July 2016 Main Ass-On kit; July 2016 Life Pages kit; July 2016 Bits & Pieces kit

In this spread only 5 cards are not DIYed and they come from Junes’ Life Pages and Main kits. The rest is made from scratch using other June kits.

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For the bigger cards I used the 6×6 paper pad from Julys Bits & Pieces kit, the papers just needed some trimming. I also used blank pieces of paper and embellished them with some scraps of color paper, and die cuts.

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After assembling the cards I used ruler and pencil to sketch the lines for journalling – without it my writing is really wobbly wobbly 😉

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Now it’s time for some writing. Also I used some stamps from Life Pages kit. I like to do it at the end, so I have a good feeling of space and composition 🙂

Now you see, that you don’t really need a big core kit to make your spreads. If you are a scrapbooker you probably already have everything you need to start making some pocket album magic. And after a while if you know this is your game, you can treat yourself with a subscription or a kit 🙂

I hope I got you inspired for some scrapbooking action. Cheers!
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Design Team Inspiration

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Hi everyone! I love the bright fun colors and designs in the kits this month. The heart washi tape in the Life Pages Main Add-On is super cute and I knew I wanted to use it in a big way on one of my projects. When I saw Eunyoung Lee’s “Today” layout in the June gallery, I took inspiration from her strips of paper at the bottom of her layout for the washi tape.

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It is such a fun and whimsical design. I set out to make something inspired by her design using the supplies from the July kits. Here is what I came up with.

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I loved everything about Eunyoung’s layout from the paper strips, speech bubble die cuts and the cute cat. I was able to incorporate many of the design elements of Eunyoung’s layout with supplies from the July kits, like the speech bubble, arrow die cut at the top of the layout, paper strips, a piece of flair, and an animal sticker too. I did covert my layout from 8.5×11 to 12×12. 

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Who were you inspired by this last month? Make a layout using the elements you love and post them in the gallery. Thanks for stopping by and happy creating!

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