CTMH Gymnastics

Hello friends! I have something totally different to share with you today! It isn’t often I get to mix ‘work’ with ‘play’. I’m not sure which is which, but here I am, killing it for our gymnastics club!

I used CTMH Play Hard B1512 and Gymnastics B1304. These are both retired items, but I’m so glad I finally got the chance to use them on a project! It helps that I’m on the gymnastics board, too! See- stamping and creativity can be applied in many areas of our lives- not just card making and scrapbooking! What off the page or out of the norm project have you created using stamps or other media? What was the result?

I’m waiting on approval of this flyer from the rest of the board, but once its approved, I’m off to Staples to have it printed. Wish me luck!

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DIY Envelope Tutorial

Hello, friends! 

As promised, I will share a quick and simple tutorial today for making your own envelopes!

To start, you’ll need one sheet of 12×12 cardstock or patterned paper and glue. I like using CTMH Liquid Glass for a strong bond, but you can use whichever glue you have on hand or like to use.

Decide which side of the patterned paper you would like to face outwards (in this case it’s the floral pattern), then make two folds approximately 1- 1.5inches from each side (fold inwards, towards the centre of the paper). 
A trick I like to use is placing my letter in the bottom centre of the patterned paper, and fold each side around it. I use this trick to also roughly guesstimate the bottom fold (next step).

Apply glue to the bottom portions of each 1-inch fold, then fold paper upwards (pictured below). The bottom fold should be approximately 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. This will become the bottom of your envelope. (Place your letter inside, for reference). 

This is how your envelope should look now. Next, you’ll want to fold the top edge of the patterned paper envelope approximately 0.5- 1 inch inwards, and again nearer the top of your letter (approximately 2-3 inches from the top edge fold).
*Note: I say approximately, because I haven’t measured exactly each of my folds. I’ve created my envelopes strictly by feel and by my naked eye.

Measurements will be different, dependent on what size paper your letter is written on. I currently use standard loose-leaf paper, which I assume measures 8.5×11 inches. My envelopes were created around this standard size, folded in three). 

*Another Note: before gluing any corners, mock up your envelope to avoid making any mistakes. I always make all my folds first, and then go back and glue where appropriate.  

(Top edge folded down, 0.5-1 inch from top edge); glue the thicker, corner portions. Here’s how it should look completed (below):

(I flipped the envelope over, so the front is facing outwards.) The backside of your envelope will have a clean edge where you’ll adhere it closed with glue. This is unlike a standard card envelope that has the V-shaped flap. 

Lastly, decorate to your hearts desire! I’ll sometimes add washi tape to the back fold after I’ve glued it closed for a little more pizzazz. That’s not necessary.  Do whatever feels right!

I hope today’s tutorial made sense and was clearer than a load of mud to you! If not, please let me know, and I’ll do my best to clarify it!

Western and Beach Theme Cards

Hello everyone! It’s a blustery day in my neck of the woods today. Yuck. I woke up around midnight last night from the wind, and it’s still blowing now. The sun is trying to shine in between all the clouds filling the sky. Hopefully tomorrow will be a more sunshiney day than today is.

I have a couple custom cards I whipped up yesterday to show you, and later this week, I’ll return to sharing all the great stuff I’ve been trying to post over the last month or so. Slow and steady wins the race.

If you missed it, I accept special requests for cards and custom scrapbook albums- all at a reasonable price. You can read more about it here.

The person that requested these cards is a returning customer- I made Princess and the Frog themed wedding invitations for her. While I’m pleased she’s asking for more cards, I’m also pleasantly surprised. I made the wedding invitations over a year ago!

No matter. I’m pleased she remembered me and asked for more hand made cards. The two cards I made have very specific themes- one is western themed and the other is beachy. 

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To create the western card, I first turned to Pinterest. I needed some ideas- which, there was lots! I came across horse shoes, horses,  stars, cacti…I really liked the cacti, but I have nothing of the sort in my stash, so settled on a unicorn turned horse.

(I plan to remedy the cacti problem. CTMH carries adorable stamps and coordinating dies that work with most non electronic die cutting machines!) View them here.

I had burlap left over from a banner I had made for a dear friends’ wedding, so trimmed the pennants off and layered it on top of the card base. My liquid glass (CTMH) worked well to adhere it.

Next, I adhered black lace to white cardstock (to help it pop against the kraft background better)- once again using my liquid glass. I thought burlap and lace worked well for a western theme.

To finish, I inked the edges of the image mat and card base using CTMH Barn Red and Cocoa inks, and added a bow beneath the image.

(The inside of the card has Best Wishes stamped on it).

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I also searched for beachy card ideas on Pinterest too. I immediately thought of using CTMH Seaside, but I don’t have the entire collection. Then I remembered that I’ve had a SU nautical stamp set in my stash for quite a few years. That would work!

I stamped the background using CTMH Whisper, Flaxen and Juniper inks, then layered the anchor on top, using CTMH Basic Black ink.

I used long retired CTMH sticker alpha stickers for the title, and the button and twine have been lurking in the depths of my stash for quite a while.

(I want to make the beachy/nautical card again- but smaller). Stay tuned for it sometime in the future!)

Holla at me if there’s a special or unique card you’d like made. If not, how do western and beach themes inspire you? I’d love to see! Share what you make when you’re done!

Customs, Anyone?

Hello everyone! Today is the first day in awhile that my husband actually had work! Which meant that I could finally get back to my regular routine. 

Boy, it feels good ­čśâ

So, y’all know that I’m crazy for paper crafting. I established that fact a long time ago.

And y’all know that I am proficient in card making and layout making. Also a long established fact.

It’s also well known that everything I’ve shared- to date- is meant for my personal use.

But, did you know that I accept custom requests, as well?

Times are tough, and I’m actively looking for ways to creatively supplement our income- hence the reason I am a Close to My Heart consultant and create and sell custom requested cards and albums.

Now, I know this craft isn’t popular and in high demand like other handmade products are. Scrapbooking and papercrafting is a lost art- “snail mail” is a lost art. Needing a card for different occasions in our lives never goes out of style. We’ll always need them.

Not very many people have requested hand made items, and of the ones that did, even fewer have come back for more than one purchase. I’m OK with that. The ones that have returned, I’m incredibly thankful for and sincerely appreciate their kindness. I know there are more of you out there- the trick is finding you!

They haven’t returned not because of the poor job I’ve done, or lousy customer service. It’s solely because there’s very little interest in this type of art these days. It’s a dying breed.

If anyone wants a scrapbook or handmade card, they usually can (and do!) make it themselves. I’m looking for the people that love the way it looks, or would love to create something themselves, but don’t have a the time, know how or patience to paper craft! I know you exist, and I know you can have pretty paper-made things with very little effort. The question is, are you willing to give in?!

In turn, help support a local, home-based business.

All cards and scrapbooks are made from high quality products (mostly Close to My Heart), and are affordably priced. All the work you’ve seen here are indicative of what your finished projects will look like. Scrapbook albums can be purchased through CTMH if you don’t currently own one; if you do, kindly send it along with your printed photos, so each page can be created around the theme of each photo/group of photos.

As I alluded to above, in order for a scrapbook album to be created, I kindly ask for your pictures to be printed and sent to me (I will pick up if you’re in or around Edmonton!) along with your scrapbook album and any other mementos you’d like included in your custom scrapbook album. If you opt to purchase a scrapbook album via Close to My Heart, the price of it will be included in your total. (Albums are $100 + cost of album and shipping from CTMH).

Cards are $2 each, but can be bundled into packs (of any denomination) at a discounted price.

All prices are in Canadian currency. I will ship across Canada; shipping charges will be included. If you live in or near Edmonton, I am willing to meet you to pick up and drop off all orders! ­čśâ

Comment here or email me at theeverydayscrapbooker@gmail.com for more information.

I hope this appeals to someone out there. If it does, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m here and more than happy to help you out!