Friday, May 17, 2013

Making Project Life Tabbed Cards with the WRMK Envelope Punch

I just received the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch yesterday and couldn't wait to play with it. I saw this You Tube Video showing how you can make file folders. I thought I would apply that concept towards making tabbed Project Life cards.

Below you can see a sample of some different types of cards I made. All I needed was my WRMK Envelope Punch board, a kraft knife and a ruler. Directions and measurements for each card are below the picture.

(You can click on the pictures to make them larger.)

The pink card is a 4"x6" card with a tab that goes above the page and sticks out 1/2" over the top.
 Cut your cardstock 4-1/2"x6". 
Line up the left corner with the 1" mark on the Punch Board and punch. Then flip the cardstock over, move the corner to the 2" mark and punch. You will need to line up your ruler and cut off the excess cardstock with the kraft knife, like in the video. This will give you either a right or left sided tab, depending on which side of cardstock you use. I thought the tab on top like this would be great to use as a place mark. You can stamp or write a title, month, year, school grade...whatever you want!
(If you don't want the tab to stick out of the page protector, cut the cardstock 4"x6" insstead.)

This is the basic 3x4 card with a tab on top. Start with a 3"x4-1/2" piece of cardstock. Line up the right side of the paper so that it is in the very center of the upside down "V" that the score line and the score guide makes. Punch. Flip the cardstock over and line up the left side to the 1" mark. Punch. Cut the excess off with a kraft knife or scissor.

Here is a basic card with tab that stays inside of the 3"x4" page protector. Cut a piece of 3"x4" piece of cardstock. Follow the same directions as above for the basic 3x4 card with a tab on top.

 Notice the rounded corners? I just used the corner rounder on the WRMK Envelope punch. And as a plus, it's a perfect match to the Becky Higgins rounded corners on her PL cards.

For this Bifold card with a tab, you will need a piece of cardstock that measures 4-1/2"x6". First score it at the 3" mark. (This will help with lining up.) Line up the left side of the cardstock at 2-1/2" and punch. Then flip the cardstock over and line up that score mark at 2-1/2" and punch. This gives you a centered tab.  

Then you can add a photo or a journaling card or embellish how you wish. You can also round the corners with the corner rounder in back.

This next card is like the bifold but it is made like a flap. I am showing what it looks like opened. For this flip flap card your cardstock will need to be 3"x8-1/2". Line up the right side of the paper so that it is in the very center of the upside down "V" that the score line and the score guide makes. Punch. Then flip over the cardstock and line up at the 2" mark and punch. Use your kraft knife (or scissors) to cut off the excess paper. Measuring from the un-tabbed side, score at 4" and fold. You can then round the corners if you prefer. And this card can be used as a flap so your page has some 3-D effect, or put the entire card in the pocket for some extra or private journaling. 

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment.

I would LOVE to see any cards that you make using my tutorial!! Send me a link or picture!

Thanks for stopping by. :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Project Life 2013

I am ready for the new year!!! Last year I attempted Project Life but it was an epic FAIL. For so many reasons. This year I've resolved to get to it, keep at it, and enjoy the process. I've been collecting things and I'm raring and ready to go!!

We R Memory Keepers Album in Aqua

Becky Higgins Olive Edition Core Kit

My Process

I will be doing my weeks from Monday-Sunday. I want to keep the weekends together in one spread. Plus on Mondays I have to house to myself and can concentrate on putting the weekly layout together. I will take notes in my planner and transfer them onto journal cards or layouts.


Organization is very important to me. Especially visually. If my craft room is a mess, I tend to lose all motivation. I like to have things in their place when I'm done creating. I've been able to successfully organize the basics: stamps, inks, PL journal cards, pens, markers, dies, adhesives, ribbon, washi, tools, cardstock and patterned paper. So far I'm very happy with the homes I've made for them.

One thing that I was mulling over was how to keep my weekly spread organized. I know me...if it was just sitting in the album waiting for me to add stuff to it, it would end up not getting done. The weird thing about me being so visual is that I need to see it, BUT it has to be in some orderly fashion! So I came up with this idea. I'm using a magnetic wipee board for my weekly spreads. I altered some magnets with washi tape. The magnets hold up 2 of the Project Life  Page Protectors (design A). I'm able to slip in photos or journal cards pretty easily. I intend to pull out the journal cards throughout the week and play around with them to see how I like them set up. For the area surrounding the pages I will be putting up misc items, maybe write down some ideas that pop up. I hope to utilize this baby as much as I can!

You can see a bit of a closer look here. I am really loving the days of the week washi magnets. It will be a great way for me to keep track of what day the journal card is for. I have many other ideas swirling around!

So that's it for now. I just wanted to pop in and show y'all how I'll be spending my crafty time this year.

Happy and Healthy New Year to you!! xo

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

thinking of you Rainbow

Yes, I've been MIA. I haven't visited any blogs in months. I'm a horrible blogger. :(

But I just wanted to pop in real quick to post this card. I thought it turned out cute.

I used my circle Nestabilities to create the rainbow. So easy and so much fun!

I've been working on Operation Write Home cards. Trying to make as many as I can for the Oct. 10th deadline. I hope to share those cards soon!! xo

Stamps: PTI Banner Builder, Hero Arts sentiment
Ink: SU Real Red and Pumpkin Pie
Paper: PTI White and Spring Rain
Misc: Circle Nesties, PTI Cloud dies and banner die, Amuse butterfly die

Friday, August 31, 2012

MIM #80 Baby Garland Card

Yesterday I made another Garland card. A very special friend of mine just had a baby and I wanted to make a cute card. I used a few different stamp sets from a few different companies.

On the inside I used the Seed Packet die to hold a gift card. I wanted to show you guys how perfectly the new Counting my Blessings die fit on top of it.

That's it for now! Off to go scrub some floors. Fun stuff. 

Stamps: PTI Counting my Blessings, Through the Trees, Commumique Sentiments, Tag its #3, Hanging Out, Pink Cat Studio Sweet Pea 
Ink: SU Limeade, Pumpkin Pie and Crumb Cake, Amuse Grass, Versamagic Turquoise Gem
Paper: PTI Hawaiian Shores, Rustic Cream, White
Misc: PTI Seed Packet Die, Twine, pop dots

Thursday, August 30, 2012

MIM # 80: Making Garland

Now that the girlies are in school I can spend some time in my neglected craft room!

I was excited to see this week's MIM and ran right for my TT: Christmas set.

I used the boughs from Bells and Boughs and then sponged the edges a bit to soften it up.

I had a lot of fun with this card and hope to make a few more before the week is up!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps: PTI Tiny Treats Christmas and Bells and Boughs
Ink: SU Real Red, Memento Bamboo Leaves
Paper: PTI White and Pure Poppy
Misc: Twine

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Project Life-Step One Organization

I've wanted to get back into scrapbooking for a long time now. I just haven't been able to dedicate the time it takes. I've been a fan of Project Life for a couple of years but never fully jumped on the bandwagon for a few reasons. Sure, I bought all the supplies, hoarded them, but never used them. I finally took the plunge and bought the Clementine Core Kit pack on Amazon when it was for sale a couple of weeks ago.

I like the new packaging it comes in. It keeps everything all neat and tidy. But I am a visual person. I need to see things in order to use them. So I scoured Pinterest and Google images for ways to store the kit. The only thing that caught my eye was this organizer, which of course is discontinued. And this neat wooden box.

What I wanted needed to be able to hold the 3x4 cards, the 4x6 cards, my patterned paper packs and scrapbook stamp sets. It also must be portable.

Enter Target. Aaahhh!! {angels singing} I brought one of the 3x4 cards with me to see where it would fit. I tried a few different organization trays. I found one that I liked okay. It fit the 3x4 cards perfectly and the 4x6 would fit too, but it still wasn't perfect. It was only $5 so I brought it home to decide.

But when I was on my way out I walked by the Itso aisle. I found something that has everything that I needed! I was so excited!! Yes, organization thrills me. Hehe! (Here is the online link for what I purchased.)

In the above photo, you can see how it fits the 4x6 cards side by side nicely.

Here are all the cards from the Clementine Core Kit. On the left are cards that I found online as free printables. Love that!

The Itso container fits perfectly in my Ikea Expedit shelf. I had to squeeze it in there, but it fits!

 Here is the beginning of my Project Life area. It will sit near the printer for easy access. It's also going to be in the family area so that the girls can make their own pages. I plan on having my scrapbook album on top of the shelf open to the current page so I can add to it as the week goes on. 

I just love the Expedit series. Actually, I'm going back to Ikea today to return this small one and get a larger one! 

I hope you found this somewhat helpful! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask in the comment section or email me. :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

PTI Blog Hop July 2012

It's been a while since I've hopped with Papertrey Ink. I just couldn't resist the challenge of using these beautiful colors and this gorgeous picture.

The Sweet Life is by far, my favorite flower set. EVER. I have played around with it every day since I got it.

It goes perfectly with the Mega Gracious Vases set.

Hope you are enjoying the hop!!

Stamps: PTI Sweet Life, Communique Sentiments
Ink: PTI Melon Berry, SU Calypso Coral, Amuse Papaya, PTI Summer Sunrise
Paper: PTI Summer Sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, White
Misc: PTI Mega Gracious Vases Die, SU leaf die, PTI Woodgrain Impression Plate, pop dots

Thursday, July 19, 2012

My stamp storage

Today I received my PTI July Release order. That's the fastest my release order has arrived in a couple of years! I was so excited to see it today!!

I thought I would take this opportunity to show you how I store my stamp sets now.

I switched all of my clear stamps from CD cases to binders. It wasn't as intimidating or as overwhelming as I thought it would be. As a matter of fact, it is such a perfect storage system for me, that the hours it took me to switch it all over was definitely worth it.

So this is how the stamp set arrives. Index label, stamps on acetate and tip sheet.

The first thing I do is line up the index label with the stamps.

I cut the index label down to size and cut off the name of the stamp set.

Next, I adhere the index label right onto the acetate.

I smooth it down carefully.

Then the stamp set name label goes right onto the tip sheet.

I slip it into my Martha Stewart page pocket. The $15 sets only needs half of a page, the $24 sets use both upper and lower pockets.

Then it goes into the proper binder. 
(Right now my Flowers/Butterflies binder is stuffed to the gills. Shocking, right?)

So when I use the set, I just flip through the pages, find my set and take it out to use it. Once I'm finished, I have the tip sheet in the pocket with the stamp set label on it.

This system is SO quick and EASY. 
And cheap! My only expenses are the binders and the pocket pages. Each costing about $3.
Plus, it's condensed down so much that it gives me much more room to hide, er, 
I mean store my stamp sets.

Now, if my kids either go to bed early tonight, or stay occupied enough in our A/C house tomorrow, I might be able to blog the cards I am making.
Hope you are all staying cool in this heat!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Teacher's Card set

I've posted this card before...I decided to make a set for my kids' teachers.

Please excuse the terrible photos.

I'm mostly posting this for myself so I can reference them later on. :)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dynamic Duos #9 My Home

Real quick card I made this morning. 
I saw this week's Dynamic Duos and knew I need to use pink as my choice. 
I absolutely LOVE the Kraft ribbon.
I just ordered some Crumb Cake ink last night.
So today I used PTI's Kraft ink which I love, but I cannot get used to the odd shape.
If you look closely you can see the vellum clouds.
Sending this one to Operation Write Home also.