Wednesday, February 18, 2015

3d Patchwork and Pleating Paper

Today I am sharing two more techniques I use in my scrapbook pages.  They are also from the talented Anna Griffin.  I was them the first time on the DIY Scrapbooking show.

scrapbook paper folding technique

You can change the feel of this design just by the paper you choose to use.  It can be fun or formal, what ever the picture calls for.

scrapbook folding technique

The paper pleating technique also makes for a pretty frame.  It takes time to do these layouts but the results are worth it.

scrapbook paper folding technique

As I look at my old scrapbook pages it comes as no surprise to me that I evolved into doing the 3d paper crafting I so love today!  I still scrapbook, but making my 3d crafts is my favorite.  Here are the links to the directions for the 3d paper quilt and the paper pleating.

Do what inspires you,
Cyndy G.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


The next scrapbooking technique I'm going to share with you is bargello.  Bargello was originally a needlework technique that used rows of color to create geometric shapes.  Quilters and paper crafters have adapted it resulting in stunning scrapbook layouts.

Bargellos paper folding technique

I can't believe its been 10 years since my daughters and I took this picture.  They were just young ladies.  They are now beautiful women!

What you will need:
Six sheets of coordinating paper
Bone folder
Paper cutter
Metal ruler

Cut four 1.5 inch strip out of each paper, score length-wise .25" from the edge and fold, and layer on your 12x12 piece of card stock alternating patterns.  Turn project over and trim the excess off.  Finally, mat your photo and you have a very eye catching layout that looks like you spent hours putting together!

You can create any design with these strips that you like.  You are only limited by your imagination.  I hope you will try this technique you will be happy with the results.

Do what inspires you,
Cyndy G.

Once Upon A Springtime - Book

I was very excited when Graphic 45 started releasing Collector's Editions.  I knew it was only a matter of time before Once Upon A Springtime would be released.  Luckily I didn't have to wait very long and I knew just what I wanted to make.

3d paper book with dimentional flowers and faries

close up of 3d paper book with spring scene on it

I used the Santa's List Gift Card Book from SDS Santa's Workshop.  I love all the dimensional projects I have seen using this paper and I felt this book set off the title page perfectly!

Inside of box with fairy scene

I left out the gift card holder and eliminated the center side of both halves.  This allowed me to use the book as a frame.

Close up of fairies

 I hand cut the pieces I wanted to add dimension too and used foam tape to pop them out.

Close up of fairies

I just love how everything turned out!  Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my project.

Do what inspires you,
Cyndy G

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dress Maker Details

I was nominated by the sweet and talented Angeline Choo, who just won for the Best Paper Crafts Photography for the Craftsy Blogger Awards, to share some of my art with you in the #artchain.  So I thought I would dig through my old scrapbooks and share what first inspired me to travel down the road of paper crafting.

How many of you remember the show on DIY - Scrapbooking.  I couldn't wait for a day off from work so I could watch the show!  I even bought the DVDs.  I still watch them.

This layout is one from Anna Griffin - Dress Maker Details.

Scrapbook page with eyelets and lacing

I love this layout.  It took a lot of time to set all these eyelets but the beauty of the page was worth all the work!

close up of picture book on scrapbook page
Each little book opens and I selected photos that highlight the details of my wedding dress.  Wow how time flies.

close up of lacing and eyeletsclose up of lacing on scrapbooking page

I used the DCWV Luxury stack.  I just love all the shimmer and elegance of the paper.

Luckily I was so obsessed with the show that I downloaded all the project sheets from their website (they are no longer there).  Here is the project sheet for this layout.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Sweets For My Sweet

I can't believe Valentines day is just twelve days away.  Are you still looking for that perfect valentine?  SVG Attic has just what you are looking for.  Today I'm sharing the Heart Shaped Tin Box from the JGW Vintage Valentine kit and the Love Card from SDS Blooming Love.

Scene with heart candy box and Love Valentine card

If you look closely at the box you will see that it has straight edges all the way around.  I love that and for anyone who is circle challenged like me, this is the box for you.  For an extra touch I added roses from the Be Mine kit.

close up of tag on heart candy box that says Love.

I love how quickly the Love card went together and it looks amazing.  Honestly, it took me twice as long to pick out the paper for this.  There are just four layers to put together and "bam" you have a beautiful card to give to your loved one.

Love Valentine card

I used some beautiful paper from Heartfelt Creations that I picked up at a scrapbooking convention a couple of years ago.

Kits used:
JGW Vintage Valentine kit
SDS Blooming Love
Be Mine kit

I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's day.

Do what inspires you,
Cyndy G