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Laura_s Loft Shop & Hop

This blog post is part of the Laura’s Loft October Shop and Hop.  You probably arrived here from Jasmine’s blog.  If you need to go back toLaura_s Loft Previous button her blog, just click on the Previous Hop Stop button.  To start at the beginning of the hop, head on over to Laura’s Blog. There are some amazing products featured by our cardmaking artists, so be sure you visit every stop along the way!

Guest designers for October:
Jasmine Burgess-
LeeAnn Mckinney:

And now, for my card…026

The video I made while I was creating this Teacher Thank You card was plagued by a comedy of errors. Camera troubles, audio difficulties, just plain human error: you name it, I dealt with it while trying to make this surprisingly simple card. So the YouTube video for the card is a bit slap dash (you’ve been warned) and doesn’t show the entire process of making the card like I usually do. My most sincere (and most definitely irritated) apologies.

Despite all the troubles, I love how this card came out.

It’s fall-inspired even though I didn’t use “traditional” fall colors. For me part of autumn is back to school, parent-teacher conferences, teacher appreciation days, etc.  It’s always nice to thank our teachers early in the year!

This quick card would be perfect for that.  It’s 027simple, pretty, and a little different from my usual cards. The stamped Gorjuss girl is a lot more cutesy and feminine than my typical choice and I’m okay with that. Sometimes it’s good to step out of the comfort zone.

Using the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse (and Fuseables) to make this card was another step on the off-ramp of my comfort zone.

Prior to making this card, I’ve generally used the Fuse for scrapbooking. I’ve fused two page protectors together to get a look of continuity in a two page spread. (See my video and blog post on that, here.) I’ve used the Fuse to close the tops of pocket page scrapbooking protectors to seal in embellishments. I’ve also divided page protector pockets into smaller sections. But using the Fuse in cardmaking is a definite departure for me.

I also admit to some trepidation in using only the Fuse to adhere down most of the elements. I’m a confirmed Scotch ATG aficionado, with dabblings in Tombow, Scor-Tape, Glossy Accents, Ranger MultiMedia, and Zig 2-Way glue.  Using almost no adhesive of any kind on this card just seems horribly wrong!

But the simplicity of the process more than quelled my anxiety on the adhesive front. I filled the acetate FUSEable pocket with sequins and adhered it to the back of the card front using the Fuse.  Then I attached the card front to the card base, also using the Fuse.  I went over the edges several times with the Fuse roller and rolled the Fuse along in random places on the card front to add that bit of e20151012_105929xtra texture. It’s a little like adding a stitched detail with the sewing machine but so much faster.

For my stamped image, I used Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock and Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I used Copics to color in the Gorjuss Dear Apple stamp and adhered it to the card using my trusty ATG gun. That was it!  Aside from the Copic coloring, which still takes me an incredibly long time, the card took 5-10 minutes to complete.  (Quick note: all the paper products except the Gorjuss stamped image are We R Memory Keepers FUSEables – card base, card front, embellishments, and the sentiments.  I got my bundle from HSN.)

You can check out the full video for my card here:

If you have any questions or just want to say hi, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be eligible for the giveaway!  (Details below.)

Laura is hosting a giveaway for her October blog hop! Click on the link to head over to her Facebook page and check out the giveaway prize! The giveaway begins on 10/14/2015 at 09:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 10/20/2015 at 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada).


1. Follow Laura’s Loft on IG @InLaurasLoft, like the IG Hop/Giveaway post and tag a friend. Tag as many people as you like but only one tag per comment, please.
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3. Leave a comment at each stop on the October blog hopLaura_s Loft next button

The next stop on this hop is Emma’s blog, so click the Next Hop Stop button to head over there and see her amazing creation.

If you get lost along the way, here are the full list of hoppers:

1. Laura’s Loft-

2. Deana Benson-

3. Robbie Rubala-

4. Jasmine Burgess-

5. Cindy Dooley – YOU ARE HERE

6. Emma Hall-

8. Joy Hadden –

9. Lisa Bedigian –

10. LeeAnn McKinney –


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Cardmaking, Stampin' Up!

Stampin’ Up! Best is Yet to Come Card

For today’s card, I used a technique I first learned about on Amy R’s blog, Prairie Paper and Ink.

I started with a  sentiment from the Best Thoughts Stampin’ Up! hostess set, stamped in Versamark Ink and heat embossed with American Crafts Zing! Clear Embossing Powder.

After creating a simple “smooshed” watercolor background using Peacock Feather Distress Ink, I removed the heat-set embossing powder with a regular household iron, revealing the unblemished, white watercolor cardstock.

I adhered the stamped hydrangea image that I watercolored with more Distress Ink–Barn Door and Cracked Pistachio–onto the front of the card with foam squares and then attached the watercolor card front to the red Doodlebug cardstock card base using 3M foam tape.

I kept the inside of the card simple – just Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110 lb. cardstock stamped in Ranger Archival ink with the same hydrangea image from the front of the card.

I love the high contrast of the color palette and the dimension achieved from the foam adhesive.


Watch how I created this card on my YouTube video:

Cardmaking, Silhouette Studio, Tutorial

Bird Crazy Birthday Card and PixScan Mat Tutorial

This week, I put together a birthday card using the Stamper’s Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp set by Tim Holtz and the Stamper’s Anonymous Crazy Things Stamp Set, also by Tim Holtz, but designed by Kristina Werner.  I used the Silhouette PixScan mat on the Silhouette Cameo to cut out the images after stamping each of them onto Neenah Solar White Classic Crest cardstock, built a card base using a Stampin’ Up! designer series paper stack and some Doodlebug cardstock, did some simple Copic coloring, and then embellished with Ranger Glossy Accents, Hemptique black twine, and a Wink of Stella glitter pen.  I used a Hampton Arts miniature alphabet stamp set for the sentiment and colored in the letters with a Copic marker.  You can see the full tutorial for using the Silhouette PixScan mat with the Silhouette Cameo in the video below.  Enjoy!



The 5-7 Formula Layout System to Create Scrapbook Pages Quickly and Easily

A few years ago, I became completely obsessed with the concept of Phi.  Some people call it the ratio of beauty, some call it an emerging property, some call it the Golden Ratio.

It’s a ratio that appears repeatedly in nature, in things like seashells and flower petals.  It’s connected to the Fibonacci sequence.  Basically, Phi is to lines what Pi is to circles.  It’s a special number found by dividing a line into two parts so that the longer part divided by the smaller part is also equal to the whole length divided by the longer part.

What I learned from my obsessive reading is that the ratio results in sections and spaces that are uniquely appealing to the human eye and I knew I could apply it loosely (very loosely) to scrapbooking layouts.

Take 12″ and divide it by 1.618 and you have 7.41″  The remaining section is roughly 4.65.” I trimmed a piece of pattern paper down to 5″  (remember, I said I applied the concept of Phi quite loosely) and laid it along the bottom of a 12″ piece of pattern paper.   That gave a good space for photos, a nice clean horizontal line for photos or a border, and it was appealing to look at.

I discovered I could rotate the page for a different look, but the same use of overall space.  I put the 5″ strip directly in the center of the 12″ page and found that it gave a completely different look again, but again, the same use of space.  In other words, the 7″ space visible of one pattern was the same no matter where I placed the 5″ strip of the second pattern.

I quickly put together 5 different layouts, without photos or titles.  Just the 5″ strip over the 12×12 background paper, in various configurations. At the top.  Along the bottom.  On the right.  On the left. Directly in the center.

What I discovered was that even though I used different papers on each layout, because the layouts were similarly balanced with 5″ showing of one pattern and 7″ showing of the other pattern, the five layouts seemed to work nicely together.  I started calling it my 5-7 Formula. I created a baby album and used variations of the 5-7 Formula for all the monthly, double page spreads.  I used two different collection packs.  The resulting album went together very quickly and created a sense of continuity throughout the album. I used it again….and again. Because it’s worked so well for me, I thought I would share the basic principles with you in this video:


I now use the 5-7 Formula often and have for several years.

  • When I’m short one time but have some photos I want to get scrapbooked.
  • When I’m not feeling particularly creative but have time set aside to scrapbook.
  • When I have a lot of photos that represent a progression of time, like school pictures or the first 12 month’s in a baby’s life.
  • I also use it when I have pictures in which my child or grandchild isn’t necessarily the focal point: school field trips, class group pictures, etc.  Those are the photos that I want to include in my scrapbook, but I don’t want to necessarily want to take the same amount of time as I would for, say, a beloved candid shot of a toddler asleep in a swing.  (I have one of those.  I love it.  It’s been scrapbooked.  Twice.)

Please let me know in the comments below if you try the 5-7 Formula and how it worked for you.  I’d love to get your feedback.