Monday, May 31, 2010

June SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to the June Stamp of the Month Blog Hop! Wonderful Friend is a set of 9 stamps that include nice texture stamps an sayings.

If you have come here from Michelle Loncar's Blog you got a taste of the talent represented in this hop! We have over sixty Close To My Heart Consultants sharing their creations, using this month's SOTM and other great CTMH products. It is simple to hop along - just click on the link at the end of the post to move to the next one!

Here is what I made this month.  More out of the pocket ideas for page protectors. 

The cardstock is twilight and the ink colors are twilight, tulip and creme brule.  The argyl stamp was used to create a border for the clear card front.  Dimensional "d" was sponged with creme brule and then stamped with tweed stamp in tulip as were the  Color-ready Alphabet letters.  I took a six pocket Photo Storage protector and cut it down to obtain two sets of two pockets.  These I sewed together and then sandwiched between a cut apart clear card (I cut down the fold to use one for the front and one as the back cover of my accordian fold book).  The attached pockets then create nice pockets for pictures.
The first picture is in the left side of the two part page protector.The buttons attach the clear cover front to the first of the photo storage page protectors (there are four pockets in all and a total of 6 pages with the front and back of the clear card).

Here is a detailed picture of the sewn together photo pockets (I used my sewing machine on zigzag but you could do this by hand):

Remember, the June SOTM is only available until June 30th! Contact your CTMH Consultant to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

If you get lost along the hop, click here for the complete list of participants.

Now "Hop" on over to Angela Tutton's Blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all the Consultants at their Blogs to see all the great crafting ideas!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Page Protector Bag

To make a bag using a page protector start by cutting off the binder section (the part that goes into the album).
Make sure that you have the scoring tool in the trimmer! Then place the protector in the trimmer with the opening at the top. Line up the left side of the page at 11” or less [the larger the section you score, the wider the bag will be – at 11” you are scoring at 1” and you will have a very narrow bag (2” depth and base)]. Note that I have shown the opening with a white bracket }.
Next, turn the page protector ¼ turn to the left (note where the opening is – it is marked with the bracket}). Score again after lining up the left hand side with the same distance and the first score (so if you line up the 1st one at 11” all side will line up at 11” so that you have equal score lines).

Make the final ¼ turn to the left and score one more time. At this point you should have equal scores across the three bound sides of the page protector.

Fold along each score line to make sure that you have crisp lines.

The next part is the hardest part to do (and it isn’t bad). You want to create the bag bottom and will need to create the corner. If you have ever made a bagalope it is the same process!

Crease the score lines and make the bottom corners come to a point as shown

This point will then be folded back onto the bottom of the bag.

Punch a hole in the triangle at the bottom of the bag with our silent setter punch (which is great for this project) and then set an eyelet by placing the right side on the bottom of the bag and setting the eyelet from inside the bag.

Repeat the eyelet setting on the opposite bottom side.

Decorate the bag and the top closure as you see fit. Here I folded the top over, clipped with bulldog clip and a card.