Technique Tuesday

Sweet Hogsmeade Layout


I have another traveler’s notebook layout for you today. I’m guesting at Technique Tuesday for the next few months; I’m focusing on the newly released Sweet as Candy Stamp set & dies and the Candy Jar crafting dies.

To make the spread:

  1. I used a 8.25 inch by 4.25 inch insert (standard size) and cut 2 panels (8 inch by 4 inch) out of cardstock with a fancy script on it.  I painted a faint amount of white acrylic paint over the areas that were going to focus my photos.  The photos always drive my design; I had chosen those first and die cut small polaroid-type frames which I adhered on top of each photo.
  2. I stamped and die cut each of the images from the Sweet as Candy Stamp set & dies onto to Neenah Solar White Class Crest 110 lb cardstock, which I then copic colored and put highlights on with a white gel pen.  I die cut the jar out of vellum and had extra hearts that I had cut out with the Candy Jar crafting dies.  I adhered everything to the page, including cardstock alphas and glitter stars that I had in my stash.
  3. I thought the Candy Jar crafting dies would be perfect for making a shaker clip that would further highlight the spread.  To make the shaker clip, I had to adjust some of the die cuts as shown in the photos:

    I die cut the entire jar out of blue cardstock, white cardstock, blue vellum, acetate and foam; I cut the lower part of the foam piece off as shown in the photos so that the jar would fit with the lid. I also had to make impressions with the die cuts so that I could cut out the outline of the entire jar in white cardstock and acetate. For the bottom part of the jar, I adhered the blue cut cardstock to the acetate piece that spanned the entire bottom of the jar, which was then adhered to a foam piece- this creates a capsule for the shaker that contains all the shaker pieces.  The foam lid was adhered to a white cardstock piece that spanned the entire candy jar (again I ran a piece of cardstock with an embossing pad so that the outline of the candy jar could be impressed on the paper that I could fussy cut by hand.  I adhered the inner vellum piece to the same white cardstock piece.  Now was it was time to fill the shaker, so I die cut lots of hearts out of heavy cardstock that I had on hand and then applied some glitter glue on top for shimmer.  Once dry, I put the shaker pieces in and adhered the jar shut.  To make it into a clip, I impressed and fussy cut 4 more pieces of the entire jar onto the Neenah 110 lb cardstock and fussy cut a notch for the paper clip into 3 pieces.  I glued the 3 pieces with the notch onto the back of the shaker first, then hot glued the clip in and then sealed the entire shaker clip with the final un-notched piece.  This is definitely easier to show in a video, than describe in a blog post, and if there is a lot of interest, I can make a video.

Thank you for stopping by- I hope that you will give the traveler’s notebook method of memory keeping a try!

Trinity Stamps

Floral Scrapbook Layout


Today I decided to make a totally different project- a 12×12 scrapbook layout.  I haven’t made one in a while and it felt good to take one of my daughter’s photographs and make a layout with it.

I only used one stamp set- the Trinity Stamp Spring Fling Florals stamp and die set!   I made a video for the Trinity Stamps YouTube channel: link, that details everything, so I’ll keep the blog post concise.

  1. I took a piece of 12 x 12 white cardstock, placed the photo where I wanted it to be in the layout and then traced the corners with a pencil (the tracing gives me an idea where I should stamp) and then I stamped away- lots of floral images with Memento tuxedo black ink.  I started with the larger images and then filled in holes with the smaller images.
  2. I wanted the flowers to have the essence of watercolor, but having very limited time, I didn’t want to actually watercolor this time, so I stamped some images on watercolor paper from My Favorite Things and then die cut them.
  3. I always place images first on a card or layout to make sure I like where they are before I adhere them down.  That being said, I do still glue things down only to rip them off later- lol!  Here though, I did not have to rip anything off later, but I did have to adjust my layout, by cutting 1/4 inch off each side of the white 12×12 page and then originally I had planned to have the photo in the upper left side had to change it to the lower right.
  4. Finally I adhered all images, photos and thickers down with some sequins in between.  I am very happy with the way it turned out.


I hope that you are inspired to do your own 12×12 scrapbook layout!

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