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Enjoy Life

Hi there!  It's been a busy week this week.  How about you?

I've been seeing the news blurbs about the rescued Chilean miners during the day today and am so thankful that so many people from so many walks of life came together to find a solution to save all these men.  The joy on their faces and the faces of their family members says more than mere words can convey.  It's always such a tremendous feeling when you see prayers answered in such a magnificent way.

Today's project showcases the scrapbook pages designed for the October SASS Stamp Club meeting.  This month, I wanted to incorporate the great stencils that Stampin' Up! offers and realized that scrapbook pages are the perfect way to demonstrate how simple they are to use.


The base pages use Baja Breeze Textured cardstock.  The border along the sides and bottom edges of the pages comes from the Vintage Frames Decor Stencil available in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  The ink color used within the stencil is Soft Suede applied with a sponge dauber.  I like the sponge dauber rather than a sponge for working with stencils because you avoid finger pressure prints and you get a more even application of ink.  To create the stenciled border, just lay the corner of the stencil image over the base page (lower left corner for the left page and lower right corner for the right page).  If you're worried about the stencil slipping, just apply a bit of Dotto repositionable adhesive on the center of the base page to hold the stencil in place.  You can easily remove the Dotto with your fingertips or an adhesive eraser when you've finished applying the ink and removed the stencil.

(click on scrapbook page to see larger image)

For the left page, two rounded tabs of Sahara Sand cardstock were stamped with the tab frame from the Perfect Punches stamp set using Cherry Cobbler ink and then punched.  A word from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set was added to each tab using Soft Suede ink.  The "life" tab was adhered to the Soft Suede mat prior to adhering the mat to another mat of Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The "enjoy" tab was then adhered over both mats just to the left of the "life" tab.  You'll notice that on the left page the edges of the two mats are lined up with the right edge of the base page.

Vintage_Frames_6x6_Right (click on scrapbook page to see larger image)

To make sure that the mats on the right page line up with the mats on the left page, I laid both pages side-by-side on the tabletop.  I adhered the Cherry Cobbler mat first and then the Soft Suede mat.  The intent with the continuous mat is to showcase a panoramic photo or a series of photos laid side-by-side.

I chose to add some dimension to the right page with a couple of Big Designer Buttons in the Deck the Halls assortment.  The large button is Cherry Cobbler and the smaller button is Very Vanilla.  Both buttons are threaded with Hemp Twine.  For the Cherry Cobbler button, I threaded twice through opposite corners and then twice through the opposing opposite corners (hmmm...sounds strange, doesn't it?) then tied off the twine on the back of the button.  I added a couple of Stampin' Dimensionals cut in half on the back of the button to compensate for the bulk of the twine on the back of the button so that the button could be adhered to the page.  The Very Vanilla button is embellished with a piece of Hemp Twine folded into a double bow shape and laid between the two button holes.  Then I inserted the ends of a smaller piece of twine into the button holes from the front and tied them on the back to hold the loops in place on the front of the button.  As with the Cherry Cobbler button, Stampin' Dimensionals were placed on the back of the button.

(click on collage to see larger image)

It was easy to translate the scrapbook page design for these 6" x 6" pages into a 3" x 6" greeting card.  For this card, I changed the words on the tabs to "love" and "you."  The mats are smaller and since there's no photo on this card, I added a flourish (also included on the Vintage Frames stencil sheet) to the Soft Suede mat.  The colors of the buttons are reversed, but you can see tha they provide a splash of color and complete the design element.  The inside sentiment area of the card was lined with a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  The upper and lower edges of the Sahara Sand cardstock were stenciled with Soft Suede ink.  The left edge of the open end envelope is stenciled with the flourish; again using Soft Suede ink.

The words on the scrapbook pages and on the coordinating card seem to be well chosen considering the amazing events unfolding in Chile today.  You can imagine that the rescued miners and their loved ones have a renewed vision of how to "enjoy" "life" and for making sure that those they care about most know how very much they are treasured.  A good reminder for all of us.


Stamps:  Fabulous Phrases, Perfect Punches; Inks:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede; Cardstock:  Baja Breeze Textured, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede; Embellishments:  Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons, Hemp Twine; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Dotto, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Vintage Frames Decor Elements stencil, Sponge Dauber, Rounded Tab punch; Other:  Small Open End Envelope, Page Protectors


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Holly / InkPaperStamps

You are rockin' the stencils, Mickey--very nice!

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Very nice I like how you showed off the stencils!

Tanya Boser

Wow! what a gorgeous set of projects! You did a fantastic job with these.

Karen Gilbert

Great idea Mickey to use the stencils in embelishing the scrap pages. Your instructions seem easy to follow, I should try.

Diane Simpers

Very pretty! I love how you used the stencils!

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