Organizing Pocket Scrapbook Cards

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There’s been lots of “talk” on the Project Life/Pocket Scrapbooking forums and groups about separating kits by color or leaving them together. In my opinion, there’s no right or wrong. Do what works best for you. I like to be color coordinated so separating was definitely for me…it’s just how my brain works.

To start, I needed a container to store my cards. I absolutely LOVE photo boxes. They’re big enough to fit lots of stuff but not so big they take over my tiny craft area…and you can get them at Michael’s for cheap, cheap, cheap! They’re perfect! Since there’s no dividers with the photo boxes, I made my own using materials I had lying around the house. I’ll show that in a different post.

First, what themes and colors should I divide my cards into? I decided to separate my cards not only by color but match journal cards by color and also holidays/themes. I ended up with 11 colors and 9 themes/holidays…pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue/aqua, purple, brown/kraft, gray, black/white, multi, birthday, christmas, easter, halloween, thanksgiving, valentine’s, wedding, seasons, and travel. In hindsight, I should have added a school theme but since I don’t have any kids…it’s no big deal right now.

To make the dividers, I chose thick file folders I bought at the local dollar store…6 in a package for $1.25. I was afraid using card stock would be flimsy and tear when flipping through my piles of cards. I cut the file folders into 30-4×6 cards and 30-3×4 cards. Using Silhouette Studio, I created the tabs, printed and cut. So easy!!

Divider cards cut from heavy file folders.

Tabs designs, printed and cut using Silhouette Studio.

Tabs designs, printed and cut using Silhouette Studio.

Since I’m a visual person, I stamped each tab with a matching color or theme so I can pick it out easier. I then glued the tab to the folder and voila…done!! 🙂

Tabs printed, stamped and cut. Waiting to be attached to divider cards.

Tabs printed, stamped and cut. Waiting to be attached to divider cards.

Pocket scrapbooking dividers – both 3×4 and 4×6 cards.

I absolutely LOVE how this turned out! It’s so easy to find the perfect card without having to flip though boxes and boxes of cards. Now…off to create my first layout! 🙂

All done! Pocket scrapbooking cards organized by color and theme.

All done! Pocket scrapbooking cards organized by color and theme.

Until next time…


Valentine’s Day Card = Love!

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Happy belated Valentine’s Day! I hope your day was filled with lots of love…and candy! I spent my day with my mother and darling fiance. It was filled with flowers, chocolate, take-out and laughter…so nice!

Since the holiday of love is officially over, I can post the card I made for my hunny bunny. So quick and easy and it’s one-of-a kind…I love it!

I started by designing the heart and sentiment in Silhouette Studio making sure it was sized to fit my card. Since I wanted to watercolor the heart, I decided embossing would be the best way to go. Embossing makes thing so easy since it resists the color and I didn’t have to worry about painting within the lines. I used the Silhouette pen holder and a clear Ranger embossing pen to sketch the design on white cardstock. Watercolor paper would have been ideal but I HATE that all my watercolor paper has a yellow tint. My next Simon Says Stamp order will definitely have white watercolor paper.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

After my design was sketched out, I embossing using Stampendous Stamp-n Stuff White Pearls embossing powder. I had this embossing powder sitting in my stash forever but when I heated it, it turned a semi-transparent yellowish color. Does embossing powder go bad? Do they still make this brand? (Note to self…add white embossing powder to craft NEED list.) Next, I watercolored the heart using Distressed inks. I wanted to make sure the card was “manly” so I decided on Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

One-of-a-kind greeting designed in Silhouette Studio and embossed in White Pearl.

Now…time to put it all together! I used a piece of pattered paper from the Pink Paislee “Pen Pals” paper pack and mounted it on a a plain white 5.5″ x 4″ card. After the heart was dry, it was cut down to 3.75″ x 3.75″ and the edges distressed with a pair of scissors. Using foam tape, I mounted the heart to the right on the card giving it some dimension. Cutting a teeny, tiny slit in the top of the card let me wrap twine around the card and secure it with a knot. Using the Simon Says Stamp “Paper Hug” stamp set, I stamped the heart cluster on a scrap piece of the patterned paper in Simon Says Stamp Island Blue dye ink and fussy cut a bunch. Then I attached clusters of 3 hearts with Ranger multi matte medium and gave them some dimension and gloss with Ranger glossy accents.

One-of-a kind Valentine's Day card all finished. Can you say love?! <3

One-of-a kind Valentine’s Day card all finished. Can you say love?! <3

On the inside of the card, I stamped the greeting from the Simon Says Stamp “Paper Hug” stamp set using Momento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I attached one of the hearts I fussy cut earlier on top of the heart on the greeting to give it some color. And viola…Done! 🙂

Stamped sentiment on the inside of card.

Stamped sentiment on the inside of card.

I hope you like this card. If you use it as inspiration for one of your projects, I’d love to see it! As always, post your link in the comments below so I can have a look.

Until next time…


I Have Issues…Paper Issues!!

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It’s official! I’m truly, absolutely in love with everything about Paper Issues! The cost, the amount of stuff in each bag, the shipping time, the handwritten thank you note…LOVE IT ALL!!

In my last post about the “Swag Bag” I admitted to getting a little carried away and ripping off the tissue paper in my excitement before taking a picture. This time I remembered and look how cute it is! Who wouldn’t get excited after receiving a this pretty little package…right?

Paper Issues "Swag Bag" is wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow!

Paper Issues “Swag Bag” is wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow!

So here’s both the January and February “Swag Bags”. How awesome are they?

The January 2015 Paper Issues "Swag Bag"

The January 2015 Paper Issues “Swag Bag”

Contents of the Paper Issues February 2015 "Swag Bag"

Contents of the Paper Issues February 2015 “Swag Bag”

This is one subscription I’ll be sticking with! Now to convince myself to use these goodies in my projects and not just look at them! 🙂

Until next time…