Four Frames & Paisley Petals Sneak Peek (Part 1)
Four Frames & Paisley Petals Sneak Peek (Part 3)

Four Frames & Paisley Petals Sneak Peek (Part 2)

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[Edited to add a "missing link" that was forgotten in the narrative below.]

Here's another project that uses the Four Frames stamp set, a Sneak Peek item from the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog.  It's only available for purchase during the month of April and then it goes back into hiding until the release of the new catalog in July.  These scrapbook pages also feature two items from the Occasions Mini Catalog; the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper and the You're A Gem stamp set.  The Occasions Mini Catalog sales period ends on April 30th, so as with the Sneak Peek items, you only have a little over a week to make your purchases.

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We'll begin our discussion with the left hand scrapbook page.  I really like the banner effect created by "notching" the bottom of the banner.

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A strip of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper was layered over a slightly wider piece of Always Artichoke cardstock.  Wrapped around these is a piece of Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim which is knotted on front near the top of the border strip.  Hanging from the Chantilly Crochet Trim are two tags created by "punching apart" a single stamp image from the You're A Gem stamp set.  The stamp image was stamped twice on Very Vanilla cardstock; the first time using Perfect Plum ink and the second time with Always Artichoke ink.  The Medium Jewelry Tag punch was used to punch "love life" from the Perfect Plum stamped image and "live life" from the Always Artichoke stamped image.  The punch was used again on scraps of Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke cardstock.  Linen Thread was inserted through 1/16" holes punched at the top of each stamped tag and its corresponding color cardstock tag was added before knotting the Linen Thread over the top of the Chantilly Crochet Trim.  You'll note that the "love life" tag sits slightly higher than the "live life" tag to add some interest.

Both lengths of a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock were punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch.  Before adhering the paper and cardstock layer, I drew the "notch" on the back.  The space between the punched borders is 2".  I placed a ruler 1" above the bottom edge and made a pencil dot at the center point (also 1").  Then I drew a line from the pencil dot to each corner.  After the paper and cardstock layer were adhered with SNAIL on the unmarked side of the Very Vanilla cardstock, I used Paper Snips to cut along the pencil lines to create the "notch."  The border strip was adhered to the Perfect Plum Textured cardstock base page with SNAIL.

Here's a 3" x 6" card made using the same design.  A different piece of Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper is used, but the results are identical.  That's the best part about Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper:  you can always count on the color coordination within each pack of paper.

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You can see the stamped image is repeated, alternating Perfect Plum and Always Artichoke inks, on the Very Vanilla liner placed at the inside sentiment area of the card and along the left front side of the Small Open End Envelope.

For the right hand scrapbook page, a more traditional page border was created.  This time, the flip side of the Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper used on the left hand page is revealed.

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As with the left hand page, the Designer Series Paper strip was adhered to the Always Artichoke cardstock.  Only one long edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock was punched with the Scallop Trim Border punch prior to adhering the paper and cardstock strip.  This border was placed near the bottom edge of the Perfect Plum Textured base page.  The rose frame image from the Four Frames stamp set was stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using Always Artichoke ink.  A Blender Pen and Perfect Plum Watercolor Crayon (Subtles Collection) were used to add color to the flowers.  The frame was punched out with the Decorative Label punch and matted with Perfect Plum cardstock.  (See this post for more information about how to create the mat for the frame.)  A 1/8" hole was punched near the lower right corner of the frame using the Crop-A-Dile to add a Clear Rhinestone Brad to correspond with the "you're a gem" sentiment stamped at the center of the frame using Perfect Plum ink.

A piece of Chantilly Crochet Trim was added to the back of the frame and the ends folded back to create a "bow" to finish the border.  To do this, place the matted frame face down on the tabletop.  Run a line of SNAIL across the center length of the back.  Fold the Chantilly Crochet Trim in half lengthwise and place the center at the center back of the frame and allow the Crochet Trim to fall open and press along the SNAIL line with your fingertips.  Put a small area of SNAIL on top of the Crochet Trim approximately 1/2" inside each edge of the Crochet Trim and then fold the Crochet Trim back on top of itself so that the end of the Crochet Trim can be pressed into the small spot of SNAIL.  The frame is attached to the border with Stampin' Dimensionals.

This border treatment makes an attractive 3" x 6" card, too.  The Designer Series Paper you see here is the flip side of the paper used for the 3" x 6" card shown above using the design for the opposing scrapbook page.

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Again, the inside sentiment area of the card is lined with a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.  However, this time a slim piece of matching Designer Series Paper was adhered along the bottom edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  The "you're a gem" sentiment was randomly stamped on the envelope flap using Perfect Plum ink.

I'm always looking for quick and easy scrapbook page borders that can set the tone for the layout without overpowering the photos or the story I want to tell.  These pages can do just that for a Mother's Day layout or to recognize someone who holds a place of honor in your life story.


Stamps:  Four Frames, You're A Gem; Inks:  Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum; Cardstock:  Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Perfect Plum Textured, Very Vanilla; Designer Series Paper:  Springtime Vintage; Embellishments:  Chantilly 1/2" Crochet Trim, Linen Thread, Clear Rhinestone Brads; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals; Tools:  Paper Cutter/Scorer, Paper Snips, Bone Folder, Crop-A-Dile, 1/16" hole punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Decorative Label punch, Medium Jewelry Tag punch, Ruler, Pencil; Other:  Page Protectors, Small Open End Envelope


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Karen Gilbert

Hi Mickey. Love how you took the same design, papers and stamps and showed how they can be show cased both on scrapbook pages and on a card. Great ideas for both scrappers and card makers


Those are absolutely gorgeous, both as pages and as cards!

Tanya Boser

Cute pages! And I always love how you convert one into a card too.

Adriana Benitez

Beautiful projects (as usual)! Love how you took the pages and made them into cards. Awesome!

Holly/Rubber Redneck

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it!!!

Jen Timko

My heavens these pages are pretty! I love the colors and the layouts!

Sara Mattson-Blume

Great ideas for scrappers and card-makers alike!

Heidi Baks

I love the color combos here! The plum makes it so yummy!

Diane Simpers

Beautiful projects!

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