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Too many Craft Magazines?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Ready to take on the challenge of organizing your scrapbook magazines?

It doesn’t have to be a chore… In fact, even a little organization can go a long way in de-cluttering your scrapbook space. If you have stacks of magazines all over your house, or Magazine Holdersin growing piles on your scrap room floor, the quickest thing to do is get yourself a set of magazine holders. Using magazine holders, you can easily organize your scrapbook magazines (and idea books) by publisher and date, as I have in this picture.

Over the years, I have collected a TON of magazines (well…maybe not a ton, but close) of scrapbook magazines and felt like they were taking up a little too much space, but I didn’t want to lose some of the valuable information contained within.

If you’re like me and you’ve already taken the first step towards organizing your scrapbook magazines, and want to go one step further, head out to your local Target, Wal-Mart or office supply store and pick up the following items:


  • D-Ring Binder (either one big one or several smaller ones)
  • Page Protectors
  • Tab Section Dividers


Why?… If there is a helpful article, favorite section or great layout that you would like to save, do what some will consider the unthinkable and remove those pages from the magazine. That way, you save the “good stuff,” but get rid of the extra bulk, leaving you with extra space once you replace all the magazine holders with just a few binders.

There is one additional option that you could use to organize your scrapbook magazines and that is an altered journal. If you’re looking to save entire pages of an article this won’t work for you, but if you prefer to keep only small clippings of a page, or summarize an article so you only keep those core ideas, then this could definitely work for you.

To make an altered journal, simply select a traditional journal and then decorate with patterned paper, ribbons, buttons and tabs to separate the different sections. Once you’re ready to throw out your magazine, simply clip away and adhere to your journal pages.

So, as you can see, organizing your scrapbook magazines doesn’t have to be chore. In fact, it may just give you one more reason to be creative.

‘Til next time,







How do I make shaped cards?


Dear Fellow Crafters,

I often find myself getting bored with the same old 5″ x 6 1/2″ shaped card. Oh, there are lots of die cuts and papers out there to cover the size of the blank card but the shape gets boring after a while. So, one day I surfed the web to find out how to make shaped cards. The following are some ideas I found. Enjoy!

‘Til next time,


PS: see part 2 for more in-depth instructions.

Draw or sketch a shape onto your card base using the fold to your shape’s advantage, then cut out, making sure not to cut the fold. You can use clip cart, templates found on-line or rubber stamps. I have Rubbermaid round containers that are perfect for round cards. You can use an old CD also. Then I found that I could use my Sizzix die cut shapes – and I really ‘went to town’ with my larger frame sets and BigZ dies (old Jaloppy, Haunted House and Sleigh). Another suggestion is Stencils and Card Shapes by Paper Flair from Hot off the Press. These are really easy to use! Just trace and cut.

Hang your shape over the edge of the card, for example if your card base is 4.25” x 5.5”, cut your base down to 3” x 5.5” and allow your shape to hang over the 3” side.

Use an image/large stamp, adhere it to your card front, and cut around the shape.


Technique Essentials #9 Shaped Cards byJennifer McGuire

Creating a Shaped Card From Pre-CreatedArt

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Adventures in Card-Making

Question -Shaped cards- Part 2

Dear Fellow Crafters,

There are lots of card designs out there, but if you are getting bored by the straight-edge cards try shaped ones. The following article may help you:

Technique Essentials #9 Shaped Cards
By Jennifer McGuireI love making handmade cards. There is no greater joy than sending a card to a loved one. However, after a few years of sending cards, I was looking for a fun way to be a bit more creative than decorating a plain rectangle card. I started out by making a circle card and loved it! Before I knew it, I was creating cards in every shape, from hearts to flowers to stars. Here are some tips on creating your own unique shaped cards.
CREATING A SHAPE FOR YOUR CARD:First, people often wonder how to come up with a creative shape for a card. It is easier than it looks! In fact, there are several options.The simplest way is to just hand draw a shape. (Don’t worry, you don’t have to be a sketch artist to do this! Just give it a try.) Try starting with a Hero Arts note card. Draw the shape onto the note card with a pencil. By starting with the note card, you can be sure the final card fits nicely in the envelope. Cut along the line and you are good to go!.

Another option to make shaped cards is to first create something to trace. Try enlarging a clip art image on your computer to a size slightly smaller than the envelope. Print the shape and use it as a template for your card. Be sure to keep the template so you can use it again in the future. You can also trace shapes from around your house, such as a CD for a circle card.

If you are interested in simple ways of altering a regular note card to give it a new look, there are several things you can try. First, it can even be as basic as using a corner rounder to round the corners of a plain card. This results in a card with a soft, finished look. Another option is to cut the length of a note card down to the width of your envelope. (You will end up with a small, square card.) Create a stamped piece that hangs over the crease of the card. This is just a different option.


Even with a shaped card design, your card can still open and close like a regular card. There are a few ways you can make sure of this. One way is to keep the regular crease of the note card in tack. Start with a regular note card and draw or trace the shape onto it, leaving it hanging slightly off the creased edge. This way, when you cut it out, part of the crease will still be in tack so it still opens and closes like a card.

Another option is to cut two separate pieces, exactly the same shape. Then, you can join the front and back pieces with some sort of creative attachment. Try using a line of stitching, a few staples or eyelets. One fun option is to attach them with one brad so that the front can swing open to reveal the inside.

Finally, the easiest way to create a shaped card that opens and closes nicely also starts with two separate pieces cut exactly the same. At the top of the back piece, create a fold going backwards, approximately ¾” from the edge. Generously apply adhesive to the folded flap and line it up with the top piece. Allow to dry. This method allows the person to easily open the card and read your message inside.

And, remember, there are many variations to this technique of creating shaped cards. Be sure to try different substrates besides paper, such as fabric and clear note cards (available through Hero Arts). Have fun!




Dear Fellow Crafter,

The following is a piece written by a writer for my Journal Blog, “G”. It was written in 2011 and is entitled “My Favorite Pic of my Dad.”

I have been thinking a lot of my own Dad, now gone over twenty-five years. This piece is about my favorite picture of him.

My Dad, as I’ve mentioned in this forum many times, was a man of simple tastes and wants. Dad’s idea of a “fun time” on Saturday afternoon was tinkering around on his car and its’ engine. He just LOVED doing that. All Dad needed for complete happiness was a pack of Camels (unfiltered of course. No wonder I NEVER took up smoking) and a six-pack of Schaffer beer. (Do they still even make that anymore. Yes, I did take up beer drinking, but NEVER Schaffer!)

Anyway, one Saturday slightly before his death, I joined Dad, just to watch, because, as everyone knows, I have NO mechanical ability. He handed me one of the Schaffers, and told me to listen carefully. He then proceeded to give me a list of seven things which I either Must do, or must NEVER do after he died. I wrote them on the back of an oil filter box he was changing.

“I won’t tell you how to do these things, you’re far too intelligent for that, and can do that much better than I can, but you must understand that I want them done. You hear me mister?”

Now Dad only called me MISTER when giving an order that left no answer but yes

“Gotcha’ Dad!”

Dad nodded his head in satisfaction.

About the time we were done, Dads’ friend and neighbor Ernie came by. He had a new camera.

‘Take a picture of my son and me” Dad said.

Well, someone must have made some funny remark just as the camera went off. The picture shows Dad, all 5’9” of him, his already slight build made that much smaller because of the cancer that had been eating away at him for over a year, slightly bending over, his hands around my waist, mine over his shoulder, him howling with laughter.

Despite this “Mutt and Jeff” “Godzilla and the Midget” image, it is my favorite all time pic of me with my Dad.

After Dad died, I faithfully did each of the things he ordered, going down the list until I could check each one completed. He’d be pleased.

I have this feeling that after I die and get to the pearly gates, stand at attention in front of St Pete, salute, and say “Another Marine reporting Sir, I’ve already spent my time in hell!” He’s going to say:

“OK kid, come on in. Your Father is over there waiting for you.”

Then, as an aside, he’ll put his hand to the side of his face, and say:

“Look out! He still smokes Camels and drinks Schaffer!”

OK Dad, I’ll see you when I see you. Wait for me. BUT PLEEEESE, have something for me other than Schaffers!

Happy Father’s Day!