Hello stampers! If you know me at all, you may know that I can be quite a forgetful person. I made this squash book many months ago and had every intention of doing a blog post on it, but I searched through this entire blog, and there is no post on this beautiful book. So now there will be one! I have also made a video on how to do it, but sometimes a few pictures can be helpful as well. The video is most helpful in teaching you how to “squash” it together the first time. After you do it a few times it just opens and closes naturally the way it should. I used the wedding pictures from my son and daughter-in-law, but you could make this book for any occasion. It is such a nice little book and very portable. I used the Falling in Love designer series paper and gold satin ribbon as well as the new doilies which are unfortunately sold out.
The cover of the book uses the chipboard that you get for free when you order specialty designer series paper, so be sure to save it for this purpose!
You can lightly sand the edges of the chipboard if you like. If you prefer a cleaner look you can also choose to “wrap” them in designer series paper. I just put a 4″ square piece of paper on and then sponged the edges with soft suede ink to finish it. Here are the other pieces you will need to make the book.
I outlined the score lines with pencil so that you could see it more clearly, you don’t need to do this when you are making the book! You will need three of these pieces.
Use fast fuse or tear and tape to adhere the pages together. You can see by the photo how it is done. Put one square in the middle and then the other two are adhered on the bottom left and top right “unscored square”. You will then fold along all the score lines, do it both ways to “limber” it up and then if you are not a logical person (I am not) watch the video to see how I folded it up into a book shape. Once you have conquered that step you can adhere the covers. Don’t forget to put the ribbon on first!
Here is another close-up of the inside of the book:
A great trick for cropping your pictures is to use a vellum triangle. Just take a four inch square piece of vellum and cut it in half diagonally. Then you can place it over your picture to see how it will work to cut the picture. Some work better than others. Your pictures will either be a four inch square or a triangle just the same size as the vellum one.
You also use this technique and this measurement to cut your patterned paper triangles. I find it pleasing to the eye to keep all your pictures going in the same direction and also to not add too many embellishments to the inside of the book, or to the outside for that matter. They distract from the beauty of the pictures and on the outside they are just things that could get caught on people’s clothes, on the inside of your purse, you name it. An accident waiting to happen!
I think that gives you enough details to be able to make this book on your own. Here is the video that I think will also be very helpful. I would love for you to share your success stories when you get your book made. What event are you wanting to document and share? This would make such a lovely gift for just about anyone. Father’s Day is around the corner, bring a tear to his eye with some special photos just for him in this little book.
Baby Bear has a very important job to do. He is helping to welcome our first grandchild into the world! I am thrilled that our oldest daughter Stefanie and her husband Andrew are expecting their first child. So we used Baby Bear to make baby shower invitations. At first Stefanie wasn’t sure, but when she saw how this beautiful vintage bear just pops off the page she was smitten. Look how he transforms!
Stefanie’s favourite colour is crushed curry so that was our accent colour. The bear was stamped first in black (this is actually image number three) then in basic grey (image number 2) and then in smoky slate (image number 3) The numbers are actually right on the acetate sheet that the stamps are on to make it super easy.
Here is a look at the complete set. It is only $32 Canadian for 12 stamps. Did you notice that you can also use it for wedding cards or Valentine’s Day?
Here is a cute Valentine’s card I found on Pinterest by Rita Mootz. And yes, the cable knit folder is still available!! Here is the holiday carryover list so you can see what is still available from our beautiful Holiday catalog.
I am very excited about becoming an “oma” even though it means not being able to go to OnStage live in Amsterdam. That might happen again, but being a grandma for the first time only happens once. April 7 is the due date.
In case you were wondering why it has been a while since my last blog post, it is because I was just gone on an amazing ski vacation in Mont Tremblant, Quebec. When I work, I work hard, and when I play, I play hard, so I try not to combine pleasure with work, so I didn’t bring a laptop along to blog. I knew you would understand. Here are a couple of pictures:
Stamping hugs, Jackie
Hello stampers. Just two days before Christmas and if you still have shopping to do, be ready to brave the crowds. Most likely I will be one of them. Now if you have teenagers in the house you have probably been mocked for how you shop. I have been rightly accused of being a lazy shopper. My ideal way to shop is to walk in the store and see what I want on the mannequin. Then I buy the whole outfit. Easy. Fast. But then my girls would say, “But, mom, you don’t have to wear it together all the time, you can mix it up a bit.”
Well, the same thing goes for stamping. We have gorgeous suites now that make coordinating your projects very easy. Everything matches and coordinates. So I was pretty proud of myself when I decided that the Sprinkles Embellishments from the Cool Treats Suite (aka birthday confetti) would pair very well with the Carousel suite. In fact I wanted to make a shaker card with it. So yes, I can mix it up and it is actually a lot of fun. So here you go, what do you think of my card??I also used the coordinating paper pack to make a very simple card. This card also used the Cupcakes and Carousels embellishment kit.Here is the ultimate simple card, one that we will be making at the Bingo Party on Friday January 13 at 7pm. It is a notecard size and uses the paper pack from the suite as well as the embellishment kit.Here you have all three projects and I also scattered the pieces from the embellishment kit in front of the cards so you can get a better look at them. I made myself a promise to not hoard these kits but to use them in classes. Usually they are just so darn cute that I can’t bring myself to use them in a class. Also there are limited pieces in a kit so I have to plan ahead to make sure I have ordered enough…not my strong suit.I am going to finish off this post by sharing the video I made on how my bingo parties work. I meant to put in yesterday’s post but I got so excited I hit “publish” before I realized my mistake.
That’s all for today, wishing you happy last minute preparations for Christmas. Remember, I offer gift certificates in any denomination and I also have some stocking stuffers on hand including the no longer available 2 1/2 inch circle punch!