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Making Letter Stickers Go Away

Making Letter Stickers Go Away

You know what’s frustrating? Using up all the E’s in a set of letter stickers before you’ve even used up half the letters. Or the T’s or S’s. My pile of partially used alphabet stickers is growing and growing. I’d really like to get rid of some of those packages of Q’s, X’s, and J’s, how about you?

What are some ways we could do that?

We could play scrabble with the rest of the letters in a set, and come up with words that we could use for titles. That’s always a fun challenge.

alpha letter soup||

We could mix and match letters from multiple sets to create ransom style words. You do want to keep the letters in the same ballpark size wise when you do this. If you really don’t like having mismatched colored letters, you could even paint or ink them to help the letters go together better.

recipe for disaster||

I think you’ve seen this page a lot lately!

If they are flat stickers, you can add them to a piece of cardstock to create a one-of-a-kind patterned paper. With both flat and dimensional stickers, you can use them with mists or inks or paint to create a background. Coat the backs of the stickers with cornstarch to reduce their stickiness, arrange them on a piece of cardstock, and ink or spray away. When you lift the stickers up, you’ve got the letters showing up as the original color of the cardstock. (I haven’t done this yet myself. I’m still having trouble letting go of my letter stickers.)

I’m sure there are a ton more ways to use up letter stickers. Do any of you have any suggestions?

Of course, there is always the final solution: the garbage can. When you’re down to a 2, a 5, three Q’s and a W, there really isn’t much point to holding on to it. I’ve got to remind myself of that, and throw out some stickers. Hold me. This is going to be hard.

Color Me Done!

Color Me Done!

Yesterday’s color inspiration from Design Seeds was just what the doctor ordered. The colors and the composition were so inspiring they helped me use some not very good photos in a fun way. Just in case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, this is the color palette I started with.

And this is what I made:

recipe for disaster||

The ferns from the photo inspired the green spoons and whisks along the bottom. One of my goals for the year is to use my silhouette portrait more. I love how easy it is to use. Another goal I have for the year is to use up more of my stash, and to get rid of things that are mostly used up. Like letter stickers.

I think the title came out really well. And it made my husband snort-laugh when he saw it this morning. Since that’s the kind of reaction I was aiming for, I’m calling this layout a win.

How about you? Are you inspired by this photo or color palette at all? What are you going to do with it?

Documenting My Summer

Documenting My Summer

In order to document my summer, I need a plan. Something small, easily carried, and visually inspiring. Luckily I have a stash that will help me do this.

Are you all familiar with Amy Tangerine’s little mini-albums? I think she called them daybooks. (Check some of them out on Amazon.) Way back when, when there was a local scrapbook store here, they carried many of her mini albums, and I stocked up on them.

I used one to make an album about the summer of 2012, and now it’s time to use one for this summer.

A peek at a few of the pages:amy tangerine daybook ||

The product packaging for this album consisted of a heavy cardstock actually on the spiral spine, so rather than cutting it off, I cut the hang strip off the top, and covered the product description on the back with the first piece of scrap paper I found that was big enough to cover it.

The plan for this is to use only papers from my scrap bin, project life cards, and whatever embellishments are lying around handy. I’ll print small pics at home, and bug my kids to add their two cents in occasionally.

The point is to make this as free-flowing and unconstrained as possible. we’ll see how that turns out. 😉

Apparently I’ve never shared the previous daybook, so I’ll share that with you all next week. It’s one of my favorite albums ever.

Go make something! I’m going to go play too!

Two Quick Ways to Use Up Patterned Paper

Two Quick Ways to Use Up Patterned Paper

Before we move on to other things (Like this month’s Project Life update!) let’s talk about two simple ways to use up patterned paper.

You’ve seen the first one before: the gift card holder.


This involves using a template, which you can get here. (I originally found it on Spoonful, but it has since been taken down. This is a copy of it from Family Fun magazine.) Print it out, and cut along the solid lines, then tape the two halves together, and place it on top of the reverse side of the patterned paper you’re going to use. Use a bone folder and ruler to trace the dotted lines onto your patterned paper, making sure to press firmly, but not so firmly you break the paper. (If you’ve ever pressed too firmly, you’ll know exactly what I mean.)

After you’ve got your folding lines traced, cut around the outside of the template. You’re now ready to fold. With the reverse side of the paper facing you, fold each half circle towards the center along the dotted line, crease well, and then open the flaps back up. Then fold the long line that runs across the width of the wallet and both flaps towards you,  crease it well and open it, and repeat for the square flap.

Now comes the tricky part. For the rest of the folds on the round flaps, you are going to reverse the direction of the crease for each fold. So the long fold was folded towards you, and then the next fold will fold the flap away from you, and then towards you, and then away from you, and then you’ll be at the center of the round flap, which was already folded towards you. Keep going to finish the circle, and repeat on the other side.

That’s the hardest part of the whole thing.

You can use a couple pieces of magnetic tape, a rubber band, washi tape, a ribbon, or even tape runner to close your gift card holder. You never have to buy a gift card holder again! (At least if you have as much paper lying around as I do.)

The second quick use for patterned paper? How about envelopes:

The easiest way to do this is with a scor board. I’ve got the Martha Stewart version, which even has a spacer to help get your paper in the right spot when scoring your folds. Just follow the directions included with the scor board for quick and easy envelopes all the time. I’ll link you up with that down below.

However, if you don’t have a scor board, or if the card or letter you’re covering is a bit larger or odder shaped than average, you can try this method.

Start by lightly drawing two lines from corner to corner on the back of a thin piece of patterned paper. The older and uglier the better.


Then place your card, or whatever else you’re mailing on the center of that X. This way, you’ll be able to have even flaps all the way around. Keep in mind, it doesn’t have to be perfectly aligned in the center, you’re just using the lines as a visual guide.


Fold in the sides so the points meet, or at least point directly at each other.


Bring up the bottom. At this point, you’d add glue or tape along the bottom edge of the side flaps to hold the bottom flap in place, but since this is only for demonstration purposes, you’ll have to make do with my fingers.


Finally, fold down the top flap. If there’s lots of overlap, you can fold under or cut the tip of the top flap so it doesn’t extend past the edge of your envelope.


See? Quick, easy, and done. To make your postal carrier’s life easier if you’re sending your card or whatnot through the mail, use a plain white label for the addresses.

So, do you have any quick and easy ways to use up patterned paper? Share it in the comments!

Also, Martha Stewart’s scor board: (affiliate link)

Basing It On The Paper

Basing It On The Paper

Some days, when you’re wandering through the scrapbook aisles in your local Joann’s, you find something you have to have, even though you don’t know exactly how you’re going to use it. For me, that’s usually paper.

This paper was one of the things that reached out and jumped into my basket. I was powerless against it. As a family with a huge stash of Lego blocks, how could I not bring it home?
last day of nine ||

When you start your page based on the paper, building up from it is fairly easy. You can choose photos and story based on the colors and theme of your paper, as well as the embellishments.

What made me really happy about this page? Finally using up some of these Boy Oh Boy die cuts, that I got a long time ago while visiting my brother in California. I had bought them to go with a certain paper I knew I had back home, but when I got home, the two blues clashed so much I couldn’t use them together. Ah, the trials and tribulations of a scrapbooker.

One other thing of note before we move on for the day.

Be creative with your letter stickers. This title consists of one L, two Vs, an 8, a T and D, an X, an O, 2 Fs, 2 Ws, and an I. Some days you just have to make what you have work. Today was one of those days.

Do you have any paper that just jumped into your stash without you noticing? What are you going to make with it?