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Spring Inspiration | Layouts, Cards and Mini-Albums

Enjoy some spring inspiration for your scrapbook layouts, cards, and mini-albums! Here are a few project ideas all using the “Spring Charm” Paper Collection by Craft O’Clock.

Mini-Album

A while ago, I created a basic beginner mini-album tutorial with four easy interactive pages. I like making the album because it is quick and easy (even for beginners), but it can also be “jazzed up” to look quite detailed. So I used my own tutorial and made a nice and fancy spring-inspired album.

Scrapbook Layouts and Cards

I love using Craft Outfitting™ patterns to create base scrapbook layouts and cards. These patterns use full sheets of 12×12 paper and end up with finished projects (and almost NO scraps!). Now I have my spring layouts done (except for photos) and I also have 12 cards on hand for the season.

Shop Spring Paper Collections at Sandpaper Road!

Here are a few MORE springtime paper collections to get the creative juices flowing!

Happy Spring and thank you for looking!

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DIY Texture Paste

Easy, 4-ingredient go-to texture paste mixture you create at home! Great for trying your hand at mixed media techniques, and excellent to use in a bind when you suddenly run out of your favorite texture paste mid-project.

The recipe:

  • Baby Powder 1/4 cup
  • White School Glue 1 Tablespoon
  • White Matte Acrylic Paint 1 Tablespoon
  • Water spray bottle

Watch this short video to learn more!

Mix together the baby powder, school glue and acrylic paint. The mixture will be powdery and weird. After mixing for about a minute or so, spray with a few sprays of water. Mix again. Continue to mix and spray until the paste is thick and shiny. For best results, use immediately after mixing. Store unused paste in a tightly-sealed plastic container. Lasts about 3 weeks or so.

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Converting Wood-Mount Stamps into Cling Stamps

If you have been stamping for a while, you might have been around for the dynamic shift from wooden rubber stamps to cling stamps. Although veteran stampers still might use their wood-mount stamps, it is almost impossible to use them with a stamping platform. So, converting some or all of your collection of wood-mount stamps to cling stamps is logical, but time-consuming and sometimes frustrating.

Here is a “hack” to help smooth out the process…

First, invest in some Un-Du Adhesive Remover. You will be glad you did, as one bottle lasts a long time. It won’t damage photos, paper or scissors.

Next, invest in some Crafter’s Companion EZ Mount Foam (the gray kind works much better than the black). I found a 10-pack on Amazon (which seems like a lot, but compared to the cost PER SHEET, this was the best deal).

The foam features one “cling” side (leave the release paper ON) and one super-sticky side (leave the release paper ON at first). Simply pull the red rubber stamp off of the old wooden block and separate the rubber stamp from the OLD FOAM. Then, with your hand, HOLD the rubber stamp against the new foam and cut the new foam (do NOT stick it yet). When you cut, leave about 1/8″ or so around the perimeter of the old rubber stamp.

THEN, stick the rubber stamp to the new foam.

Apply a bit of Un-Du to your scissor blades and CLOSELY trim the super-sticky foam against the rubber stamp.

Watch this short video to see what I mean

…and learn this EASY HACK in action!

Who knew?!

The Un-Du keeps the scissor blades from sticking to the foam. It’s just like cutting regular foam! Keep re-applying the Un-Du as needed until you are finished trimming.

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