Tool Tip Tuesday
Welcome to my new blog series, Tool Tip Tuesday. Each Tuesday, I’ll post how I use some of my favorite tools and supplies for memory keeping and papercrafting. Have tools in your stash and need some tips on how to use them? Leave a post on my blog or Facebook page, and I’ll see what I can do to help.
There are so many ways to create really fun, interactive scrapbook pages. Close To My Heart’s how-to book, Magic, has lots of ideas to make your albums more interactive. Even when you keep your interactive layouts simple, as I’ve done in this project, you need some basic tools:
- Self-Healing Mat
- Craft Knife
- Stylus or Bone Folder
- 3-D Foam Tape
- Eyelet Tool
- Flip Flaps
- Page Protectors
Keep It Simple with WOTG
I like to keep my purchasing habits simple by getting a Close To My Heart Workshop on the Go each month. The kits come with a full paper pack, extra cardstock, two full packs of embellishments, a D-size stamp set, and an instructional brochure. All this for only $29.95! Most kits range in value from $40-42, so these kits are a huge savings. Plus, it takes me the whole month to use the kit—that’s always my goal, anyway—since it comes with so much product.
The kits are only available for the life of the Idea Book or while supplies last, so I suggest getting your favorites early. Also, some kits such as Sparkle & Shine (shown here), are only available for a short time when we have special mini-catalogs. I stocked up on extra Sparkle & Shine paper packets, so I’ll be good for awhile…LOL!
Get More Photos on the Page with Flip Flaps
One of the easiest ways to make your layout interactive also helps you get more photos on the page! I use the Close To My Heart Flip Flaps to add more photos or additional journaling. In this case, I printed a bunch of 2×2 photos to remember our Christmas 2012 photo shoot. One of the hidden photos is of me being a total goof ball and another is a bit blurry. I still wanted to include it in the layout, because it tells the story of my mom, sister, and me marching around the house to Christmas music.
Tool Tip Tuesday: Flip Flaps
Flip Flaps come in a variety of sizes. I like the Small Assortment, because it comes with 4 each of 2×2, 3×3, 3×4, and 4×4. Those really are perfect sizes for adding photos to regular or pocket-page layouts. I do have a few tips for working with Flip Flaps:
1) There is additional plastic on the adhesive side of the Flip Flap. Use your paper trimmer to trim that bit off. I also use my scissors to snip the corners to get rid of additional plastic and make the adhesive a little less obvious. I forgot to do that with this project which bums me out a little.
2) When adhering the Flip Flap directly to your page protector, make sure you know exactly where you plan to place it. The adhesive is strong, so you don’t want to move it around once it has been placed. Also, really rub the adhesive strip so you don’t see as much adhesive on the page protector.
3) My preferred method is adhering the Flip Flap directly to the project and sliding it through a slit in the page protector. This is where the tools come in handy!
Slicing Your Page Protector
I don’t recommend this technique on cheap, flimsy page protectors. The Close To My Heart page protectors are very sturdy and don’t rip or tear easily. Even so, you can minimize ripping by following these instructions:
1) Place your layout in the page protector.
2) Mark the start and end points of your Flip Flaps with a stylus or bone folder.
3) Remove the layout and insert a small, self-healing mat.
4) Use an eyelet tool to punch a small hole on the spots you marked.
5) Using your craft knife and ruler, cut a slit between the holes on top of the self-healing mat. You only want to do this on one side of the page protector, so make sure it is facing the right direction and that you have a mat inside the pocket.
6) Repeat as often as needed. I did this three times for my little Flip Flaps.
7) Place the layout back into the page protector and gently feed the Flip Flap through the slit. If using large Flip Flaps (e.g. 4×6 or 6×6), it is better to add the photos/journaling AFTER feeding the Flip Flap through the slit. The really large Flip Flaps (e.g. 6×12, 4×12 & 8×12) work better on the outside of the page protector.
Make Any Page Interactive with Hidden Journaling
One of my go-to techniques simply requires a bit of 3-D Foam Tape. Create a pocket by mounting a photo with foam tape on three sides only. Put another photo or journaling on a piece of cardstock and slide it into the pocket. I cut a small pull tab with the Artiste Cricut cartridge (page 37) so my reader will know there is something hidden behind the photo. I decided not to put a slit in the page protector since it is so close to the top of the page.
Leave a Comment!
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope will leave a comment letting me know what you would like to see on Tool Tip Tuesday. Also, let me know how you make your pages interactive. I would love to see your creation posted on my Facebook page.
Pam LandisSeptember 30, 2015 at 5:05 am
Thank you for your suggestions regarding attaching the flip flaps to the project instead of the page protector when using the smaller flip flaps and feeding them through the page protector. I have been making waterfall pages using the Fuse Tool offered by We R Memory Keepers, but have been very disappointed in the product. For whatever reason, the pages do not fuse strongly enough, and after flipping the sheets several times, pop loose. So, the flip flaps are my last hope. I would love to keep in touch – and will send you pictures of my completed projects. I am 66 years old, a newlywed, and had just finished my wedding album when I found the flip flaps. I may have to re-do some of my pages that I have already completed as that is the album I want to be as perfect as possible. Thank you –
AmySeptember 30, 2015 at 3:59 pm
Congratulations on your recent nuptial; I’m so happy for you! I’m also proud of you for getting right in there and creating your wedding album. I’ve been married for 25 years and still haven’t scrapbooked our wedding day…LOL!
I haven’t used the Fuse Tool, yet, but I really want to try it. What brand of page protectors were you using? I wonder if you would have better luck with a different brand.
I’m looking forward to seeing your wedding pages and all the creative ways you use the Flip Flaps!
Pam LandisOctober 1, 2015 at 7:03 am
Made my mind up last night that I am going to re-do several of my wedding pages when my flip flaps arrive, because I am just not happy with the way mine have turned out, and I can add more pictures now! Thank you for all of your help and I definitely will post when they are finished!!
Pam LandisOctober 1, 2015 at 7:17 am
One last question – if I was to either become part of your team, or become a consultant, is there a minimum amount you must order each month, or is there a place I can read the qualifications and requirements? Sounds interesting and I have several scrapbooking friends here who might love the product too. Don’t know if I will – but would like to know more.
AmyOctober 1, 2015 at 4:49 pm
Visit http://amyulen.ctmh.com/ctmh/what-we-do/be-a-consultant.aspx for more info about becoming a consultant. The quarterly minimum is only $300. What I recommend to my team is starting a club where people order a certain amount each month and take turns collecting the hostess rewards. This ensures consistent sales for you and the meeting of the quarterly minimums. Plus, who doesn’t love to earn FREE products?! As a consultant, you will earn 22% on all sales and discount on your own purchases. October is a great month to join as you’ll get a DARLING bag (http://amyulen.ctmh.com/ctmh/promotions/campaigns/1510-its-in-the-bag.aspx) that we got at Convention last year. I LOVE this bag…I use it as an every day purse. 🙂 Also, we have a new incentive program for new consultants that started today. I can tell you more about it if you decide you are interested in joining my team. We would love to have you!
P.S. Look forward to seeing your before and after wedding layouts!