Emma Squared Designs

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Old stuff

I am working on a photo album (mini, that is) for my Israel trip that I took in July 2011. Because it is taking me a long time to finish that, I don't have time to make other things to post. So I decided to add a few projects I have done in the past. Here you go.

Candy apple card: I got the pattern last fall from http://confessionsofaribbonaddict.blogspot.com/

"Sending a hug" card: I made this card myself. I got the idea from somewhere and came up with the pattern one night. Also, made a stamp set that is "Sending you a ____ hug!" and you can fill out the blank with any number of stamp options I cam up with too. This one is a fun card to make.  

Baby cards: I came up with these from various ideas, some mine but some from other websites that I have used as inspiration.

You are looking at a Turkey Tower...made for Thanksgiving 2010. All the turkeys are small boxes that I filled with candy. It took forever to make the turkey boxes but they were well received...totally worth the effort. 

Now back to my Israel scrapbook!

Thanks for stopping by. 
Emma #1

Monday, October 10, 2011

Do over?

Hi everyone,
I know that a couple fo posts ago, I said I would put stuff on here for sale but haven't yet. There is one reason for that: I haven't cleaned yet! I can't sell stuff if I don't know what I have to sell! But when I do have stuff to sell, I will post it.

Now onto new business: The Coupon Holder redo...
If I were to do this again, there are a few things I would change:
1)thinner envelopes - the envelopes I used were thinker metalic-like paper and it does add stability to the pockets but I think it is a little too stable. When I put the coupons in, it was hard to open the pockets.

2)Less Paper - I lined many of the envelopes front and back with high quality thick cardstock paper. When I did that, it made the pages stiff...again, difficult to open the pockets.

3)List Pocket - I made a shopping list pad that I put on my fridge but now that I think of it, it would be great to have made a place in the coupon holder to tuck that list in when i go shopping.

Oh well, you life and you learn. Right?

So next time I make a coupon holder (maybe for someones Christmas present...) I will make it better than the first on.

Thanks for stopping by!

Emma #1

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Coupon holder

Hi everyone,
I finished the coupon holder I created using at least three different craft blogs I have come across.
First, I learned how to make book covers, which I used the technique to make the external part of the coupon holder, from www.clubscrapcommunity.com.
Then, from Laura Denison, www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com, I learned how to use envelopes to make mini albums.
Finally, from http://tina46klix.blogspot.com/, I learned how to make a book using the accordion fold. That was actually the project that inspired the coupon holder.

The outside paper is just a plan white watercolor paper.
The stamp is from Versailles paper collection I bought from Club Scrap. 
The inside envelopes are from Recollections Number 10 pack. 
The paper inside is also from Club Scrap. 
I used a variety of adhesives including glue sticks, tacky tape, and book binding glue. 

 It was easy at first to make but the more detailed I got, the harder it was to make. I think if I were to make this again, I would not cover the envelopes with paper. it does add stability but I am not sure it needs to be all that stable. The cover is make out of thicker cardboard and the paper I used to cover the cardboard is thick watercolor paper.

I used two Ranger Distressed Inks on the cover. The are Vintage Photo and Forest Moss. 

The tabs are cut using the Fiskars 1" and 1 1/2" circle punches. I covered the front with a clear shelf liner so I can write what I want on each tab and erase as needed. I used the Xyron sticker maker to adhere the circles and the backing onto the envelopes. 

So, now that I have made this really cool coupon holder, I should start collecting and USING coupons, right???
Thanks for stopping by!

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