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No more scrapbook alphabet frustrations!

Digital Scrapbooking freebie below!

I reckon alphabets are one of the major frustrations of scrapbooking!

You know how it goes. You’ve completed a gorgeous scrapbook layout and you need just the right letters to make your title. You go to your alphabet stash and either you don’t have any with the right look and feel for your scrapbook layout design or else you’re missing a few vital letters.

Of course if you’re a digital scrapbooker you just feel a little smug as you go to your digital alpha stash and select the style you want and change the color to suit your scrapbook layout.

But here’s the thing for paper scrapbookers.

Why not combine the best of both worlds?

Hybrid scrapbooking lets you combine digital elements with your paper scrapbook layouts. And you can get some stunning effects.

I made this birthday card for a friend’s daughter. The word ONE is a totally digital element which I created, printed out on photo card and cut out for my card.


To make it more interesting I clipped one of the papers from The Garden Party Mega Freebie Kit onto it. With Photoshop Elements you just place the paper layer on top of the template and press Ctrl+G then Ctrl+E. You can learn how to do it with my Step by Step Digital Scrapbook Intermediate Tutorial 5 here.

If you don’t have a graphic editing program like Photoshop Elements you can type your word into your word processing program and choose a color for your font that matches your layout. Print it onto good quality card and cut it out. It’s not as snazzy as clipping a patterned paper to the word but it can get you the title you need.

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Christmas Card Ideas – Quick and Easy

OK. So in spite of all the promises you made to yourself Christmas is almost upon you and you haven’t started making your Christmas Cards yet.

You’re actually starting to think about using store bought ones this year.

Damn! you know your friends and family will be disappointed if you do.

So you need some Christmas Card ideas that are quick and easy so you can get all your Christmas cards made in the shortest time possible.

Well here are some Christmas card ideas that will help you do just that.

It doesn’t get any easier than this card.

  1. Cut a sheet of A4 card in half. Then fold one of the halves length ways to form a long skinny card with a top fold.
  2. Stick a strip of wide ribbon across the front or you can use a Christmassy paper.
  3. A shorter strip of contrast card goes on top.
  4. Then I printed out some elements from a digital scrapbook kit and cut them out to stick on the front. I used foam squares just to give them a bit of dimension.
  5. The great thing about this card is that you can print off a whole sheet of elements at once and you will be able to make a lot of cards in a very short time.
  6. Need some digital elements? Look no further than here.

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Christmas Card Ideas

Making ‘Production Line’ Christmas Cards

I have been going nuts over the last few weeks, as the realization of Christmas has fully dawned on me, making the dozens of cards I need for the season.

Normally I start my run in mid-year so I’m not under too much pressure as we get to the pointy end of things. But sadly, not this year.

But I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And the good news is it’s not an oncoming train.

I’ve pulled together a good mixture of simple ‘production line’ type cards that are easy to repeat as well as some more individual ones. I like to have a good mix as not everyone values handmade cards in the same way.

“Production line’ type cards don’t need to have a mass produced look about them and they don’t need to bore you witless as you churn out same card after same card.

By ‘productionizing’ a key element of the card you can incorporate it into different designs with a minimum of fuss and effort.

Super simple Christmas Card idea

These Christmas trees came on a sheet of 8. I just cut them out and mounted each on a matt. Then stuck the feature element on the front of my cards.

But by varying the background treatments a little and the shape of the cards they all have a different look. And it took no more time to do this than if I had made them all look alike.

Christmas Cards ideas with a little bit more

In the set of cards below I made a bunch of decoupage elements from a freebie I received with a magazine (thank you DoCrafts). So they’re all based on the same element principle, although the actual pictures are different.

But all these cards look different because I made changes in how I used the decoupage element. And the backgrounds for all of them are pretty simple so it didn’t take too long.

And your digital scrapbooking skills can be a real blessing as you do some Christmas Card production lines.

Print out some Christmas elements and use them on your cards like I’ve done here.

I made the NOEL element using an alpha from a digital scrapbook kit I’ve had for a few years and the Christmas trees are printed and cut from another kit.

The great thing about these elements is that you can color them to suit your Christmas card background or theme. And of course you never run out. Just make as many as you need.

Tip: Make sure you come back to Scraps of Mind on December 1st. I’ll have links to a humungous Christmas Freebie site where you can pick up heaps of digital Christmas kits and element all for free. It will be AWESOME!!

Christmas Cards personal and productionized!

And finally, of course, you can go the ultimate in productionzing your Christmas Cards by making completely digital cards like the one I’ve made here.

The wonderful thing about this approach (apart from being able to print off as many as you like or need whenever you want them) is that they’re so very personal. I used a photo from a previous Christmas of my daughter to make a unique card.


How to make an Easel Card

Today is my daughter’s birthday (Happy Birthday Seona) and following our five year tradition I have hopped on the big silver bird to Sydney (Australia) to spend her birthday week with her.

And also following our five year tradition I have made a special birthday card for her and I’m sharing it with you here. I reckon you are practically one of the family by now.

I love all the different cards I’ve made for Seona’s birthday over the years and I particularly love the challenge of coming up with something fresh and new each year.

This year I took my inspiration from a card design I found in my DoCrafts Creativity magazine, which is my favourite papercraft magazine as it shows you projects that are beautiful, interesting and – most importantly – easily doable.

I’m a bit in love with these easel cards at the moment because they look complicated but they’re actually very easy to make.

How to make this Easel Card

  • Open your blank card and fold one of the sides inwards to the centre fold.
  • Cut three strips of patterned paper and stick them to three strips of cardstock that are just slightly larger than the paper. Tip: make sure your cardstock strips are no longer than the width of your card.
  • Create a background piece by layering another piece of patterned paper onto some the same card stock you used for your three strips. Tip make sure that the size of the finished background piece is wider than the size of the three strips when laid on the card front. You want to be able to see see it peeking out behind them.
  • I then made a custom background to sit immediately behind my focal image. Cut a piece of white cardstock to size. On a smooth non-porous surface (a sheet of acrylic transparency is perfect) make a couple or three swipes across with different colors of water based distress ink pads such as Tim Holtz Distressed Inks.
  • Now the fun part. Start swiping your white cardstock around the inked surface until it’s covered by the inks. You should have a lovely marbled effect. If you’re a bit timid the first time you do it, don’t worry. Just do it over again until you’re happy with the result.
  • Dry off the cardstock: either leave it to one side until it dries or speed the process along by using your heat gun. Don’t get too close with the tool and if the card curls up with the heat just turn it over and give it a burst on the back to straighten it out.
  • Apply one of the colored inks around the edge of the cardstock to give it some extra definition and voila, you’ve made your own patterned background.
  • I didn’t stop there though. I put the card through my embossing machine to add some extra texture. If you don’t have an embossing machine or hand embossing tool don’t worry. You’ve still got a great looking card without it.

I used some die cuts for the focal image of this card but you can create your own focal image by stamping onto cardsctock, coloring in the image and cutting around it.

  • Place your blank card in front of you with the fold at the top. Mount the horizontal background strip onto the front.
  • Now mount the three vertical strips on top of the background strip making sure that you only glue the bottom half so that nothing is stuck above the fold you created in the top of the card.
  • And now mount the background you made yourself on top using foam mounts or foam tape to add dimension.
  • Finally mount your focal images including a sentiment which you can stamp on a separate piece of cardstock and cut out.

For the inside.

  • Cover the inside of the back of the card with a patterned paper.
  • Stick a strip of grosgrain ribbon across the card just below the centre (remember the fold is at the top)at the point where you want your front panel to be supported.
  • Add some little flowers and some bling and you’re done. I used white paper flowers which I colored by dabbing with the inks I used for the front of the card to coordinate the elements.

You may not have all the equipment I used to make this card. But even without it you will still get a magnificent looking card and it’s really quite simple to do.

Let me know what you think in the comments below. Oh and don’t forget to wish Seona a Happy Birthday.

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The Invisible Scrapbook Magpie Strikes Again

If you’re a follower of Scraps of Mind you’ll know that this is generally a pretty upbeat sort of a place.

But sometimes you just gotta vent.

So I’ve decided to make this post a place for you to vent about your pet scrapbooking or cardmaking peeves. Here’s mine:

Disappearing scrapbook items

You know. You’re using a scrapbooking tool or element and you put it down to do something else. Then when you go to pick it up . . . IT”S GONE!

Now maybe I’m haunted by the dreaded Invisible Scrapbook Magpie, but this happens to me all the time. And it just drives me nuts.

My latest hair tearing event was last weekend when I was making this 1st birthday card for my girlfriend’s son and one for my girlfriend who’s just found out she’s pregnant. I peeled the acrylic teddy bear stamp I needed from its acetate sheet and made my card. Then I went to use another stamp from the set for the inside of the card, and the acetate sheet with the rest of the stamp set had disappeared!

Now I realise that when I’m working on a project my desk is not the tidiest place in the World. But even when I cleaned it all up I still couldn’t find the stamp set!

I felt sure that it would magically reappear over the next day or so, in the strange way that these things happen. But no. It’s gone. Damn! The Invisible Scrapbook Magpie strikes again.

Does this bird visit you too, or is it just me?

And what’s more, I think this bird has a cyber cousin that lives in my computer too.

How else can you explain how I can save files and then when I go to look for them they’re not there? And after spending twenty frustrating minutes poking into every different folder I can think of I remember the search tool and find my file in some obscure place where it clearly doesn’t belong.

So I end up spending more time phaffing around looking for things than I spend getting the job done. (Excuse me whilst I just bang my head against the wall for a few minutes. Ahhh, that’s better.)

Well, I feel much better after letting go of all that. There’s nothing like a good vent to clear the emotional sinuses.

So how about you? What are your pet papercrafting peeves?  Air them in the comments section below. You’ll feel a lot better when you do.

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