Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Blast from the Past...

Our Guest Blogger from a couple of weeks ago, Roni Johnson, originally wrote this post on the Stamper's Quest Blog in July 2010. Now we know that was quite a while ago, but some projects are timeless, and this is one of them! Roni took the Pure & Simple Pocket Page Album Stamper's Project, and created several smaller projects with her own twist. When we discovered we still had some of these in inventory, we just KNEW it was worth revisiting the original album project (for those who might have missed it the first time), as well as share Roni's variations. Roni made her projects by adding cardstock and stamps from the full Pure & Simple Club Stamp kit (no longer available), but you can add your favorite rubber stamps and coordinating cardstock from your stash. We just put the Pure & Simple Pocket Page Album kit on sale for a ridiculously low price, so you'll want to pick up several to make albums, gifts or cards of your very own! 

Here, in her own words, is the original post Roni wrote all those months (years) ago.

I was so excited when "The Box" from Club Scrap arrived. If you've never had the pleasure of working with a Club Scrap Kit before, they all come in a neat "pizza box" with a hint of what's inside...usually a stamped image pertaining to the kit enclosed. Once you open the box you're greeted by a gold Club Scrap seal which secures the tissue paper that is used to protect the precious goodies inside!
After careful removal of the seal (you know us crafters...gotta save every little bit of usable paper!) I was so excited to see LIME GREEN!!! This is one of my favorite colors. The paper and stamps were from a kit called Pure & Simple from April 2009 and features orchids, simple flourishes and leaves. The kit colors consisted of Lime Green, Grey, Black, White, and  translucent white vellum papers; stamps that match the theme; and, a complete kit, which if you followed their instructions, would create a nifty little 5" x 7" pocket album with inserts. 
Not one to follow directions I decided to find other ways to use the album pages and inserts! So here's what I did....

Hello Pocket Tag Card
All Projects By: Roni Johnson,  Artistic Guide
Finished Size: 5" x 8"
Pure & Simple Unmounted Stamp Set (Club Scrap)
Pure & Simple Kit - April 2009 (Club Scrap)
1 - Grey Pure & Simple Pocket Page - April 2009 (Club Scrap)
Inks:Distress Inks: (Ranger Industries)
     Forest Moss
     Bundled Sage
     Pumice Stone
     Victorian Velvet
Black Archival Ink (Ranger Industries)
Other:Ink Blending Tool (Ranger Industries)
#12 Shipping Tag (4"x8") (for pattern) (Uline)
Crop-A-Dial (WeRMemory Keepers)
Paper Trimmer
Niji Waterbrush
Double Stick Foam Tape
Corner Rounder (Fiskars)
Eyelet (unknown)
Ribbon (unknown)
  1. Randomly stamp the square line stamp image over the entire the small pocket flap using Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone Distress Inks.
  2. Apply Bundled Sage Distress Ink to the edges of the small pocket flap using the Ink Blending Tool.
  3. Again, using the Ink Blending Tool, apply Bundled Sage Distress Ink around the printed orchids on the front of the pocket page
  4. Fold the pre-creased pocket tabs on the pocket page.  Apply adhesive and attach to the orchid side of the pocket page.  Fold the second half of the pocket page to the plain side of the pocket page, apply adhesive and attach. 
    You will now have a double pocket card, a small pocket on the front and a larger pocket on the back.
  5. Stamp the orchid/square design image on a piece of white cardstock with Black Archival Ink.
  6. Color the stamped orchid image with Distress Inks and the Niji Waterbrush.  For the example I used Forest Moss, Bundled Sage and Victorian Velvet.  Carefully trim the colored image and mount it on the small pocket using double stick foam tape.
  7. Cut a piece of grey cardstock 4.25" x 4.5" and a piece of green cardstock 4" x 4.25". 
  8. Stamp the simple flourish image along the bottom and right sides of the green piece of cardstock.
  9. Stamp two leaves on scrap green cardstock using Forest Moss Distress Ink.  Trim and mount one leave directly on the green cardstock, use double stick foam tape to mount the second leaf over lapping the first.
  10. Ink the edges of the grey cardstock with Pumice Stone, ink the green cardstock with Bundled Sage Distress Inks.  Mount the green to the grey. This fits into the small pocket on the front of your card.
  11. Trace the #12 shipping tag onto a piece of green pattern cardstock and trim.  Mount the green tag on grey cardstock and trim leaving .25" around the edges.
  12. Stamp "Hello" sentiment around the entire edge of the tag using Forest Moss Distress Ink.
  13. Punch hole where desired and add a decorative eyelet using the Crop-A-Dial hole punch/eyelet setter.
  14. Tie a bow in the tag using a piece of sheer grey ribbon.
    This tag fits into the large pocket on the back of your card.
After I finished this card I thought it might be fun to add a bit of dimension to one of the pocket pages.  What do I mean by dimension?  Well, with a few creases here and there I created an ATC holder! 
And what good is an ATC holder without some ATC's to tuck inside?!?!
I also thought the pocket pages might make a cute little greeting card envelope. A snip here and a snip there and this is what I came up with...
and I made a card to tuck inside!
I still had lots of cardstock left so I made a few more cards....
As you can tell I had lots of fun playing with this kit!  I hope you've enjoyed the various projects!
Happy Trails!

(Reprinted with written permisson from author Roni Johnson)


  1. This is super! This kit is one of my faves and Roni did such a wonderful job coming up with her own ideas on how to use the components! Way to go Roni! Thanks for sharing this blast from the past.


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