Saturday, May 4, 2013

VCMP - Cards out of scrapbooking sketches!

To join in the rest of the VCMP, click the image!

Welcome, all you card-making rebels on National Scrapbooking Day!
I'm giving you permission to go ahead and go make a scrapbook page. *sigh* But we all know that Operation Write Home is all about the CARDS! Today, you're in luck. I'm going to share a fun little thing that got me into making cards in the first place! I'm so excited!

 Last week, I had another card-making party with a group of young ladies from my home town. I love working with scouts, young men and ladies' groups - they always make the very best "Any Hero" letters and cards! I always ask if it's OK to take photos of my ladies while they are working, and I love to keep little snapshots of every party I have. I thought it would be fun to make a page for my album with a few photos from last week's event!

So first, I went in search of a nice scrapbook page layout. I use lots of sketches from Pagemaps. (They have great card sketches there too... and it's their Birthday celebration this month, so please do stop by and say hello!)

Here is my page about my girls. They made such cute hero cards and wrote such nice letters! I can't wait to get them mailed off!

So, we all know what happens when you are done making a scrapbook page! You're left with a few inches of leftover papers, a scrap of ribbon, a few stickers or embellishments and maybe there is still some floss on your needle from where you did a little stitching!

I used to have a tendency to save these pieces for "later"... meaning that I ended up with all sorts of odds and ends that just kind of got jumbled in a basket together. Eventually they got mixed in with other pieces and parts that didn't coordinate, and then I just had a basket of mess that I never really did anything with. So here is your a-ha moment for the day! While you've still got this matching pile of scraps, make a quick card out of it, and be done with it!

Best of all, there is no need to go in search of another sketch or argue with your muse about ideas. Since you already went through the trouble of arranging your pretty scrapbook page, just stick with the same layout idea, or something very similar! Here is the card that I came up with, to show you an example.

I used part of the same sort of layout, putting a sentiment where my photos once were. I used the last of my scrap of ribbon and a little bit of leftover floss for stitching. To the left edge, is a scrap of marquee sign that I cut from the bottom of my journaling element. I even used up some tiny pieces of patterned paper and a leftover sticker and a few die cut stars. To be truthful, I probably had enough leftover scraps to make two cards like this.

Using scrapbooking sketches to make cards can be a fun way to challenge yourself, not only to use up your scraps, but to make very detailed, fancy cards. Scrapbook layouts are also fun to turn into cards because they sometimes give ideas about incorporating fun elements such as stitching, layering, and fancy border punches. Just put sentiments or images where the titles or photos are supposed to be, and think... smaller!

What a way to stretch your sketches!

Don't you think that you could also make a fancy card out of scrapbook sketches like this...

... or this ...

... or this?

Your scrapbook layout sketches don't have to be the 8.5 x 11" kind, but that size seems to be good for making cards because it is the most similar to our preferred A2 card size. And doesn't the one above give you fun ideas for incorporating things like staples, stitching, stamped swirls and a border punch?

If you would like to play along, I'll leave an Inlinkz thingy so you can share your creations. You don't have to make a scrapbook page, but if you do, share both! I will pick a random participant to send the last of my MFT stamps to. I've still got a bunny and an alphabet set to give away and I'll even sort through my other goodies and see if I can find some fun papers to throw in too. :)

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Carmen O. said...

Fabulous layout and awesome card! What a great take on a PageMaps sketch!!

Dotti's Hobbies said...

What a great idea Nancy! Thank you for being a part of the VCMP today and for ALL your support of OWH! You rock! :)

Sarah said...

Yikes-- I am going to need to get my thinking cap on for this one :) What an awesome challenge! Can't wait to see what everyone creates!

Paula S. said...

Great post Nancy! It's great that you showed your scrapbook page too. I have to admit I found this challenge the hardest today but I totally agree that it's a good way to get beautifully detailed cards and I am now going to be taking a closer look when I come across scrapbook pages to see how they could become a card. Thanks for hosting a stop in the VCMP!

Tery L said...

i loved the layout of little blocks - got me thinking about photo squares and metallic paper!

Carol L said...

I love your layout and card using the same paper and design! That tiny bit of stitching on the top of the card really catches the eye! This has been a real challenge, and I loved participating! Thanks for the inspiration!

Penny Ward said...

I use pagemaps for my card inspiration also. Off to make a scrappy card.

Rufus said...

Great idea to go ahead and use the scraps and the layout! Thanks for supporting OWH and our Heroes!!!

Esther E. said...

I just finished using your idea to make two cards from some leftover scrapbooking paper. I write to my 93-year-old dad and my mother-in-law every day and have only enough cards to get me through next week. So I'm glad you passed on a useful idea about card making. Still have more scraps and more cards to make for May.

Linda said...

Thanks for the inspiration to try something new! Great party!

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