Monday, October 16, 2017

Trick or Treat?!

If you are looking for the Graphic 45 October Folio Tutorials, please check back on October 18th or 19th. 

Welcome to another Conie Fong Art and Design inspiration project! For my project today, I am using the NEW RELEASE Candy Sally. Sally comes with or without her cat, Trixie.  You also get the image facing right and facing left! That is FOUR images total for under $3!!
I colored Sally as a little girl, going trick-or-treat dressed as a pumpkin. She is so cute with her striped socks and elf shoes! (Some of the team have colored her as a Christmas or Birthday elf!)
I created a 6" x 5" card to showcase the image, which is printed at just under 4 1/2" tall.  I embossed a piece of gray cardstock with a leaf folder, then cut an oval out of the center so that the image will show through. 
I created a fantastic, loopy bow decoration from ribbons and twine. (For links to all that fabbie ribbon, see the supply list below!) I had a cute witch hat charm in my stash to add to the top of the bow. I love how the tiny jack 'o lantern dangles from the hat! Super cute!
I die cut the sentiment from black and orange paper for the inside of the card. 
Thanks for looking! For more inspiration, visit the Conie Fong Facebook Group!   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

Really Reasonable Ribbon #173 - Anything Goes with Ribbon
QKR Stampede #265 - Pumpkins
That's Crafty - Get Your Spook On
Color Throwdown #464 (orange, gray, black)

Digital stamp: Conie Fong Art and Design Candy Sally

Copic markers: G05, G07, G14, E0000, E000, E00, E44, R00, R20, R22, YR04, YR09, YR16, C00, C1, C3, C5, V09, V15, V17, Colorless blender
Cardstock: Hammermill 100# Digital Color Copy White; CutCardstock Basis Grey, Flavours Gourmet Squid Ink; Orange unknown
Ink: Colorbox Pigment Wild Hare
Ribbon and twine: Really Reasonable Ribbon Apple Green Double-faced Satin, Isty Bitsy Spiders on Tangerine Grosgrain, Black Burlap String
Printed paper: Echo Park Happy Halloween (Costume Party)
Dies: Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Papertrey Ink Halloween words
Embossing folder: Couture Creations Endless 
Charm: Funkie Junkie Boutique
Adhesive: ATG tape, hot glue, Ranger Multi Medium

Friday, October 13, 2017

Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog Hop

Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon October Blog HopYou should be coming to my blog from the Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog. (For the complete blog list, scroll to the bottom of the post.) After visiting me, hop over to the spectacular Ginny's Blog next!

At the end of the hop, comment on the RRR Blog post, answering the question listed, for a chance to win the October Ribbon Club Assortment shown below. (The Design Team appreciates your comments, too!)
This month the collection is called Christmas Assortment, and is a traditional collection of red, green, and white. Just seeing these colors together makes me want to sing carols and put up the tree...even if it is 85 degrees outside! {grin}
Everyone knows that I have a HOARD of Christmas papers, right?! Well, I did have to purchase one pad of the NEW Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland paper! It is stunning, and in all the traditional colors that I love. After I saw this image of the reindeer mamma and baby, there was no way I was passing this collection by! 

I created a 6" x 5" card, and ended up copying THIS set of cards that I made last year with the St. Nicholas collection (scroll down past the mini album in the post, the cards are at the end).  
I only used ONE ribbon from the October Ribbon Club! (I know. I am surprised they keep me on! ha ha ha!) In all honesty, I want the ribbon to do a GREAT job of "tying up" the project. I don't want to add every ribbon in the collection just to add it. I want to make a composed card, so this time, only one ribbon made the cut!
First, I wrapped a length of Forest Green Taffeta Ribbon around the card, which I then topped with one of the word borders from the paper collection. With the rest of the Forest Green Taffeta Ribbon I made a triple-loop bow and attached it to the card. The ribbon was stunning on its own, but I had to add more bling!

I added a few Gold Double Head Stamens, which you can find in the RRR store. The strings are white, but I used a gold pen to color them. Then, I cut apart a floral pick and glued the tiny pine cones and red berries to the card. I also found some very sad looking brown velvet and glitter hydrangea petals in my stash, so I glued them together with a rusty bell to make a flower embellishment for the center of the bow. And finally, I added a metal stocking charm.

(I also want to say that the ribbon is reading a bit blue/green in some of the photos, but in real life it is not so blue! I am not sure why the camera picked it up like that.)
I added one of the ephemera cards to the inside of my card, in place of a stamped sentiment. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Have fun on the hop!!

I am entering my card into these challenges:
Simply Papercraft #51 - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Ribbon or Flowers - I used ribbon because, let's face it, I have ribbon to last me dog's years and beyond! I also used a flower and some other floral items, because...ok, yes I have gobs of those too! Plus, I love ribbons and flowers on cards!
Crafting with an Attitude #32 - Anything Goes
Merry Christmas #38 - Anything Goes plus Christmas

Thanks for stopping by today! Now, hop over to Ginny's Blog to see what she has for you!

Here is the RRR Blog Hop Order in case you get lost!


Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon October Ribbon Club (Forest Green Taffeta Ribbon)
Stamens: Gold Double Head Stamens
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Midnight, Natural
Designer paper: Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland
Flowers: Petaloo
Rusty bell: unknown
Floral pick: Michael's Crafts
Stocking charm: Funkie Junkie Boutique
Adhesive: ATG tape, Ranger Multi Medium, hot glue

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Cute Bats?! Yes, Very Cute!

Welcome to the Conie Fong Art and Design October Facebook Challenge! The challenge this month is to use a Conie Fong image and the theme - Make it Spook-tacular! (As always, the challenges are Anything Goes, but you get an extra point for using the theme!)
The image I used this month is this adorable image called Bats Friends. (Which is a play on "Best Friends," get it?!) These little bats are just so cute. And who would ever think bats are cute?! 

I did something new for me...I colored a DARK background for my image! I have never done that before. It was SCARY! And it took me three tries!
I printed the image slightly smaller than 5 1/2" onto white cardstock. Then, using Copic markers (B39, B37, B26, B24, B21, and BV29) I colored the background. I wanted to have a soft glow around the moon, getting darker as you move away from the moon. It was really hard for me to lay down all the DARK color, let me tell you! 

As you can see, I colored the background first, just in case I made a mess. I did make a mess my first try. Then I tried pencils, but that was worse, so I came back to Copics and tried HARDER. Sadly, the camera picked up my maker strokes. It is not as bad in real life, but I do need to blend better next time...if there IS a next time!
After the background dried, I colored the rest of the image. The hardest part was the little bats. I really struggled with those guys, too! But in the end, I think they are just so funny and cute! 
Since my image is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" I made an 8" x 8" card using some paper from my stash. I found that cute jack-o-lantern charm in my bin of goodies, too. He was perfect for my card! 

Please play along in the Conie Fong FaceBook challenge. If you don't have a Conie Fong image, you can download one for free once you join the Facebook Group! Click HERE for that.   

I am entering my card into these challenges:

Stinkin' Inkers - Monster Mash
Make My Monday #56 - Animal Antics (closed)
The Crazy Challenge #258 - Add an Animal (closed)
Colour Crazy Challenge Wk 39 - Anything Goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon #172 - Anything Goes with Ribbon (closed)

Conie Fong October 2017 Facebook Challenge

Your project needs to be uploaded into the designated Facebook album (click HERE) in order to be considered for the prizes. Make sure to read all the RULES on the Challenge Page.

Digital stamps: Conie Fong Art and Design 
Bats Friends

Copic markers: B39, B37, B26, B24, B21, BV29, E42, E43, E44, E47, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, YR09, YR16, YR18, YR24, YG93, YG95, YG97, Y00, Y02, Y06, R04, R20, R22, R30, R59, Colorless Blender
Pens: Sakura Gelly Roll White
Printed paper: Carta Bella Trick or Treat (The Big Night, Halloween Words)
Cardstock: Hammermill Digital Copy 100#, Worldwin Midnight, Orange (unknown)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbon Orange Plaid with Black Stitching
Stamens: Wild Orchid Crafts Black
Charm: The Funkie Junkie Boutique
Adhesive: ATG tape, 3M foam tape, hot glue

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Mini Album Makers October Challenge

The Mini Album Makers Challenge will feature a monthly challenge, with each Design Team Member posting a link to a mini album tutorial, tip, or trick on the 1st of each month.  Then, one team member will post a full tutorial on the 14th of each month! (My BIG tutorial month is not until February, but I will post smaller tutorials monthly.) In addition, there will be guest makers each month!

Click HERE for the October Challenge! You will have all month to make a NEW project and enter the challenge for a chance to win a prize. (See prize details at the end of the post.) Winners will be posted on the 7th of each month on the Mini Album Makers Blog.

I have made a brand NEW project to share with you this month! If you are a long-time follower of mine, you know I love to make a mini album! However, it has been four or five months since I made a proper mini album! It was a blast to get back to my one true album making!

I created a sweet little mini that is 6 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" wide, with a 1 1/4" spine. This is the perfect size for 6x4 photos! Graphic 45 is a sponsor of the team so I used Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood papers for my book, plus some bits and pieces of Artisan Style and Curtain Call (quite old and quite retired). 
I had such fun with this theme and style of mini album. When my husband saw it he said that it was "classic Gloria"! Which is a pretty great thing to hear!

I make this style of mini most of the time, but for this particular mini, I had an idea for making folded pages. My dear friend Wanda is always showing me what she makes by folding a 12x12 piece of paper, which is usually something genius. I wanted to try her ideas for making mini album pages, but I could not remember how she showed me to fold and cut the paper. Since Wanda does not have a blog, I took myself to Pinterest, and in my search to discover how to fold the paper, I ran across THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL by Ginger Ropp (My Sisters Scrapper), which was just the idea I was looking for! My measurements, dimensions, and methods are a bit different than what Ginger used, and I have added more page sets than she used, but if you would like a great video for this style of book, give hers a look!
I generally stuff my mini albums too full for the spine I create, but this time, I was careful to make my spine the correct size, with the correct number of pages! The mini closes the way it was designed to do! I tend to make very chunky minis, so this skinny mini was a lot of fun to do!
I kept the embellishment on the front of the book to a minimum. I really wanted to make something practical and eye-catching without gluing the whole kitchen sink to the front of the album!
You can see from the back and the spine that the book does not bulge out! I still had a bit of an issue with the black cardstock wanting to crack, but I painted a thin layer of gel multi medium over the weak areas and that seemed to keep the paper from trearing. This is the first time I used plain cardstock for my base layer. Normally I wrap the chipboard with printed paper - which ALWAYS cracks! So, I am learning what works and what does not. (See the tutorial below for how I constructed the album base.)
The mini has three tab (or accordion fold) hinges and three page sets. I would normally try to cram twice that many pages into a book. I hope I have learned my lesson about hinges, gutters, and page number restraint! But I doubt it! 

I still have lots of pockets and some flip outs, but it is less bulky than usual. Each page is the perfect size for the dazzling Graphic 45 Ephemera Cards!
If you wish to see every page of the mini, see the video at the end of the post. I take a jazzy walk through the mini so you can see all the pockets and flips. 
Let's get started with the tutorial. I will show you how to construct the book and the base pages, then you are on your own to decorate.

This is the same style of mini that I always make. The size of the covers and spine varies from book to book, but it is the same basic construction that I use for most of the minis that I make from scratch.
Cut three pieces of chipboard for the covers and the spine. The front and back covers are 6 1/2" x 4 1/2". The spine is 6 1/2" x 1 1/4". Place adhesive on the back of each piece. I used Scor-tape, but you can use what works best for you.
Cut black cardstock to approximately 8 1/2" x 12". Remove the adhesive backing from the back of your covers and spine and place the pieces in the center of the cardstock. Make sure you have a 1/8" gap between each cover and the spine. Trim the corners at an angle and place adhesive on the cardstock flaps and on the spine.

Each time I make a mini album I learn more and more what NOT To do. Back in August of last year, I made four little minis (see the post HERE) and they turned out cute, but I had some issues with the spine, as I was trying something a little different with the construction. This time I had a better experience with getting the base of the book together.
Remove the adhesive backing and fold the excess cardstock in toward the center and burnish everything. Trim a piece of printed paper to 6 3/8" x 1 1/8" and attach it to the spine, then burnish. (The area with the printed paper is where the hinge mechanism will be attached.)
I make a style of hinge that I was taught to call the accordion fold or tab fold hinge mechanism. I learned to make this from a book about, what else, book binding, that I purchased way back in the early 1990's! {Yes, I have been paper crafting for a LONG time!} There are other variations of this hinge floating around, but I still make mine this way. 

To make the hinges, cut black cardstock to 5 1/2" x 6". Score on the long side at 1", 1 1/2" 2", 2 1/2", 3", 3 1/2", 4", 4 1/2", and 5". Accordion fold on the score lines and burnish. Place adhesive on the 3rd, 6th, and 9th sections, as shown.
Remove the adhesive backing and fold the sections together to form three "tab" hinges. You should have a 1" section at the front, then a hinge, then a 1/2" gutter, a second hinge, a second 1/2" gutter, a third hinge, then the 1" back section. 
Flip the hinge mechanism over the place adhesive on the back.
Remove the adhesive backing and attach the hinge mechanism to the spine as shown. Burnish everything and gently work the hinges from side to side.

Use your bone folder to GENTLY score the space between the chipboard covers and the spine. You do NOT want to tear or puncture the cardstock. You simply want to stretch the fibers of the paper.
Gently fold the covers closed. Fold each cover and gently work it open and closed to stretch the cardstock fibers and keep the paper from tearing. 

I do not normally use cardstock for my covers. I normally paint the chipboard, which often causes it to swell or warp. Or, I use printed paper to wrap the chipboard, but it tears dreadfully. I still had a bit of an issue with the cardstock wanting to crack, but I painted a thin layer of gel multi medium over the weak areas and that seemed to work. 
Trim printed paper to 6 3/8" x 4 3/8" to decorate the inside of the covers. I like how crisp this looks with the black cardstock. Your cover base is finished. You can move on to the page sets. 

To make the pages, I folded some sections of cardstock to make three page sets, one to fit over each of the hinges. This is a bit different from how I have made my page sets in the past. I wanted to try this folded method, so I thank both Wanda and Ginger for their inspiration!
You can cut three pieces of cardstock in the same manner, but depending on how you fold the cardstock, you will get various styles for each page set. I will show you one way to fold the paper.
Cut black cardstock to 8" wide by 12" long. Score at 4" on the 8" side. Rotate the paper and score at 6" on the 12" side. You will have four panels, each one 6" x 4". 

Orient the cardstock so the 8" side is on top. Cut along the score line from the top edge to the center score line.
Use your craft knife to trim next to the original cut line to remove a 1/16" section of cardstock, as shown. Trim 1" from the right-hand, top panel, and round the corners. 
Fold the cardstock in half on the score line so that you have a 12" long by 4" wide folded piece. Burnish the fold.
 Fold the top section down, along the center score line.
 Flip the page set over and fold the rounded edge flap down, as shown. Burnish all folds.
This is what the back page looks like with the flap lifted up.
Turn the page set over again to the front, and open the flap. Use a 1" circle punch to punch a notch in the upper right edge. Place double-sided tape along the bottom edge, as shown.
Fold the flap down, securing it at the bottom. You will have an open pocket. The left edge of the pocket will attach to the tab hinge. The right side will become the pocket opening.
Open the page set. You will have two pages that measure 6" tall by 4" wide. You may create a pocket for one or both of these pages. 
I created four pockets for my mini. To make a pocket, cut black cardstock to 4 3/4" x 3 1/2". Score at 1/2" from the edge on three sides. Angle the bottom corners and add adhesive to the tabs. Fold on the score lines and burnish.
Place the pocket on the page as shown. For the sample, I placed a pocket on both pages in the first page set. The other page sets have just one pocket each. 
If you wish to create a flip page instead of a pocket on your page cut cardstock to 6" x 3 1/2" and score at 1/2" from the top edge. Round the bottom corners.
Place adhesive above the score line, fold on the score line and burnish. Attach the little flap to the top of the page.
This is what the page looks like with the flap added (the blue panel above).
As I finished each page set, I labeled the open edge where the hinge would be inserted. That way I would not get confused and have things upside down! I have put things together with upside down pockets one too many times! 

Place adhesive on both sides of your hinges.
I attach my pages to the hinges BEFORE I decorate. You may decorate first, but I always make mistakes when I do it that way, so I attach my pages first. Each page will have an open space that slides over the hinge so that the hinge is tucked up inside the page set.

(If you make a different style of page, you can simply attach a page to each side of the hinge, which gives you three pages or 6 sides.)
Attach one page set to each hinge. My pages fold open so that there are actually seven (7) pages(14 sides) in total. Depending on how you fold your cardstock, you may have more or fewer pages than I do. 
I also created pockets for the inside front and back covers. Cut black cardstock to 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score at 1/2" from the edge on three sides. Angle the bottom corners and add adhesive to the tabs. Fold the tabs and attach the pockets to the inside covers.
I decorated each pocket and slipped a decorated a Graphic 45 Regular Black Tag into the pockets. 

The pockets on the inside covers are slightly wider than the pockets in the mini album, which means the tags fit into the larger pockets, but not into the page pockets. If I make this book again, I will make every thing a tad wider so that a regular or square tag will fit the interior pockets!
I repeated the process for the inside back cover.

The photo mats that fit each side pocket are made from black cardstock and measure 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". I rounded all four corners and attached decorative paper to both sides.

If you want to see all the inside pages, see the attached video.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that you are as excited as I am about this new challenge blog! Below is a full list of the Design Team, with links to their blogs!

Gloria Stengel (you are here)

Our Prize Sponsor this month is....

I was on the Gypsy Soul team for a few years, and they have incredible chipboard elements! HERE is a mini I made when I was on the GSLCuts design team. It not only shows the amazing chipboard elements, but also shows you that this basic album construction can work for any size covers or spine.

Our challenge follows a few simple rules:

Any Handmade Book Goes.  Enter any form of handmade mini albums, scrapbooks, journals, and book arts. Our focus is on completed works, so no layouts or journal spreads that are not part of a complete handmade book project. You do not have to provide a tutorial, but we wish you would. Feel free to use one of the DT tutorials to make your project and give proper credit where due. No back links allowed.  Combine with any other challenges as applicable. No limit on entries. Share the love by visiting and commenting on other entries. Please become a follower. That's it - have fun! Click HERE to enter your project!

Come back on  Noivember 1st for a new set of tutorials from the team!

Plain chipboard: WorldWin Papers
Cardstock: WorldWin Papers Midnight (80 pound)
Printed paper: Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood, Artisan Style, Curtain Call
Ephemera cards: Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood
Decorative chipboard: Graphic 45 Vintage Hollywood
Tags: Graphic 45 black and kraft Regular and ATC sizes
Film strip ribbon: Tim Holtz
Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
Jewelry findings: Michael's Crafts
Circle punches: Stampin' Up (1/2" and 1")
Border punch: Martha Stewart
Corner rounder: Creative Memories
Score board: Martha Stewart
Adhesive: Liquitex Matte Gel Medium, Scor-tape, Tacky glue, ATG tape, Hot glue