Craft Outfitting, Inspiration to get more done

What is Craft Outfitting™?

Craft Outfitting™ can help you transfer awesome projects out of your mind and onto the paper or surface, even when you don’t know where to start. Craft Outfitting™ helps you create “that look” you see in craft magazines and online, but still leaves room for your own creativity and design. And best of all, there are no kits to purchase or supplies to have shipped — Craft Outfitting™ uses YOUR OWN SUPPLIES!

With Craft Outfitting™, you will simultaneously give your mind a creative rest AND a creative recharge. How is this possible? Use your personal craft stash as your “closet”. Then, based on the “outfit” you choose, select a few pieces of cardstock and a few tools and follow a series of step-by-step instructions. In a few hours, you will have completed a series of 12″x12″ SCRAPBOOK PAGES and several A2-SIZED GREETING CARDS all IN ONE SITTING!

Here’s how it works: I used the The FREE SAMPLE pattern below to make two (12″x12″) layouts, five (8″x8″) layouts and six (A2) top-folding cards. I wanted to work on my oldest son’s sports album, so I chose basketball-themed paper (several sheets according to the pattern). The pattern let me relax at my craft table and follow simple instructions to create lots of projects at once. I made TWO (12″x12″) layouts:

I also made FIVE (8″x8″) layouts:

And, I also made SIX cards:

When I followed the pattern, I was in control of the paper I chose and the embellishments I chose. I could have made these projects any way I wanted, for any occasion I wanted.

Check out the same exact “outfit” using different paper. I made TWO (12″x12″) layouts:

I made FIVE (8″x8″) layouts:

And I made SIX cards:

Same exact pattern. ONE SITTING. Different paper. Different embellishments. No subscription kits. No fancy tools. Just you and your stash and one Craft Outfitting™ pattern. Imagine if you did the pattern again with holiday paper, baby paper, wedding paper! Imagine graduation paper, school years paper, beach vacation paper! Think of the possibilities using cat or dog paper, Halloween paper, winter paper, spring flower paper… anything you have in your stash already will FINALLY get used!

How is Craft Outfitting™ different from a layout sketch or challenge? First of all, a layout sketch always begins with the sketch, the picture of the end result. Craft Outfitting™ always starts with the materials, the papers you are in the mood to work with. Secondly, with a layout sketch, you pull papers and supplies and end up with one project. With Craft Outfitting™, you pull papers and supplies and end up with several projects! Finally, a layout sketch requires you to try to figure out as you go how to achieve the end result, but with Craft Outfitting™, you just follow the instructions and almost like magic, the projects appear! Then you can really use your creativity to make those projects fit YOUR occasions.

Sandpaper Road offers Craft Outfitting™ patterns for purchase. Visit and click the SHOP button or click HERE: SHOP Craft Outfitting™ by Sandpaper Road

What will you get with your purchase? Your purchase includes ONE easy-to-follow, downloadable, printable pattern with step-by-step instructions to create several projects in one sitting (with over 50 full-color photos to accompany the steps), plus a private link to a companion video tutorial which walks you through the pattern every step of the way. Once you purchase a pattern, you can watch the video again and again. You can also print or download the pattern (with the full-color photos) to take to a crop (especially handy if your crop location’s WiFi is spotty or unreliable).

The above pattern is only a short sample of what you will make with a Craft Outfitting™ pattern. Typically, Craft Outfitting™ patterns yield FOUR (12″x12″) layouts and TWELVE (A2, top-folding) cards. Imagine… with FIVE patterns, you will be able to make a 20-page (12″x12″) album and 60 cards in no time! Plus, you can use the patterns again and again for different holidays, seasons and occasions!

STILL NOT SURE? Give it a try! Check out this PRINT-FRIENDLY FREE SAMPLE Craft Outfitting™ PATTERN by Sandpaper Road HERE: Craft.Outfitting.FREE SAMPLE PATTERN.A.1.print.friendly.version

VIEW the FREE companion video on YouTube HERE: Craft Outfitting™ FREE SAMPLE VIDEO

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Craft Outfitting, Use What You Have

Sample Layouts Created From DIY Scrapbooking Kits

Making your own scrapbooking and cardmaking kit with the Sandpaper Road Formula™ not only saves you money, but it saves you time, as well. Plus, it’s easy and foolproof! Just pull a few sheets of cardstock according to the formula, and you’re ready to go! You have everything you need to make base layouts for several 12″x12″ scrapbook pages and and several A2-sized, top-folding cards (all in one sitting)!

CLICK HERE for a link to making your own DIY Scrapbooking and Cardmaking kit using the Sandpaper Road Formula™! Don’t worry, it’s free (for real).

Today, though, I want to share the projects I made with one of the kits. First, I made my kit by pulling patterned paper and cardstock according to the Sandpaper Road Formula™.

CLICK HERE to view the formula. It’s super easy! You literally just pull sheets of paper you already have in your stash. It’s how you choose the pattern ARRANGEMENT that makes the formula unique.

After I made my kit, I made 4 scrapbook pages (12″ x 12″) and 6 top-folding, A2-sized cards, all in one sitting (I chose to add the photos to my pages later). The stamps I used are from Issue 51 of Creative Stamping Magazine. I used Memento Tuxedo Black stamping ink and Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for coloring the stamped images.

Watch the complete “show and tell video” here:


LAYOUT 2 (double-page spread):


CARDS (I made 6 cards total, but I since I made 2 identical cards with the hedgehog stamp, I only will show one image of that design):

SPECIAL NOTES: I added a stamped image of a top hat to the hedgehog using The “Crazy Things” (CMS237#) stamp set from Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous. After I made the 6 cards and 4 scrapbook pages, I still had a few decent-sized pieces left from my kit, so I pulled a piece of cardstock I had gel-printed a few weeks earlier to use as a base and I made an additional 12″ x 12″ page.

I still had some big pieces from the kit, so I pulled ANOTHER piece of previously-gel-printed cardstock and made ANOTHER 12″ x 12″ page. On this page, I added Prima Marketing Art Alchemy-Sparks-Butterfly Spells Acrylic Paint and also flowers from my stash. This scrapbook page will hold four 4″ x 4″ photos.

PRODUCTS USED are pictured below (NOTE: the patterned paper and 12″ x 12″ cardstock were from my personal craft stash. The products below are additional items I used):

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Use What You Have

DIY Scrapbooking and Cardmaking Kits- EASY, foolproof formula!

I used to hate making my own scrapbooking and cardmaking kits because it messed up my organization system. I worked so hard to separate my supplies by manufacturer, brand, or occasion only to pull out random items and set them aside in a kit. Until I actually worked with my kit, my embellishments sat there, apart from the rest of my carefully organized stash. Then AFTER I worked through my kit, I had to RE-SORT the embellishments BACK. I did that a few times, but I always seemed to have embellishments everywhere, and it made me crazy. I never felt organized.

Then I thought, what if I made my kits differently? For me, the part that took the longest was deciding on paper and cardstock for my scrapbook pages and cards. The embellishments always seem to speak for themselves. But the paper… If I could get my paper choices under control to form a kit of my own, making the projects would be easy.

So, I came up with a formula that works for me EVERY SINGLE TIME. I have yet to experience failure with the Sandpaper Road Formula™. And it works for EVERYONE, from the beginner to the seasoned papercrafter. FIRST, forget the idea of putting embellishments in your kit. Instead, put your kits together with a paper-only formula as follows:


  • 2 – pieces light cardstock (exactly the same color);
  • 2 – pieces dark cardstock (exactly the same color);


  • 2 – pieces patterned paper (exactly the same pattern);
  • 1 – coordinating piece patterned paper different from the two “sames” above (it should be a relatively “plain” pattern – not too busy or crazy);
  • 1 – additional coordinating piece patterned paper with a DIFFERENT relatively “plain” pattern;
  • 1- coordinating piece patterned paper with a crazy, wild, busy pattern;
  • 1- additional coordinating piece patterned paper with a DIFFERENT crazy, wild, busy pattern; AND FINALLY,

CHOOSE at least 6 pieces plain white cardstock, 8-1/2″ x 11″ or larger (for best results, choose cardstock with a weight of #110 or higher. I recommend Neenah Paper Exact Index #110, which costs around $8.00USD on Amazon for a ream of 250 sheets).


Just remember your solids are: 2 whites, 2 lights, 2 darks.

Your patterns are: 2 of the same, 2 ‘differents-plain’, and 2 ‘off the chain’. YOU determine what is “different-plain”and what is “off the chain”. It is completely up to you. AND, your choices may change from kit to kit. But it is ALWAYS your choice, based on what you have and your preferences.

The formula works BEST with 12″ x 12″ paper stacks or with open-stock paper from one single manufacturer, and it works GREAT with double-sided paper!

Here are a few REAL EXAMPLES of my own patterned paper choices, and how I labeled them. I ALWAYS label my papers on the back or with a sticky note, because once I start cutting, I tend to forget which was my “different-plain #1” and which was my “different-plain #2”.


Here is a look at the finished kits, complete with solid colored and white cardstock:


See how I chose EXAMPLES of my own DIY scrapbooking “kits” using the Sandpaper Road Formula™ (including examples of patterned paper choices) in this video:

It is MUCH easier to stay organized creating paper-only kits. You can focus on making the basic pages all at once and worry about embellishing afterward. I have found that with this method, I get lots more done in less time, plus it is easy to store pages in-progress when I am only worrying about paper. AND, these paper-only kits travel extremely well. Imagine how much you can accomplish in one sitting or at a crop if you are only making the base pages! AFTER you make your basic pages, work with one page at a time to embellish it. You’ll know for sure later what embellishments to use or what embellishments you need to buy. You will no longer have to clutter your workspace or haul around bulky scrapbooking kits filled with EVERYTHING you “might” use.

Give the Sandpaper Road Formula™ a try. Create your own DIY scrapbooking and cardmaking kit TODAY! Enjoy!

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Use What You Have

DIY 8×8 Scrapbook Album – Use What You Have

Create an 8″ x 8″ scrapbook album (WITH page protectors!) using a few basic items you probably already have on hand. This album is perfect for quick and easy gift-giving, commemorating a particular event, weekend or sports season, and it even makes a great display or conversation piece for a milestone birthday or retirement party! And it’s EASY to make!

Watch a complete video tutorial HERE:


Supplies you will need:
10 pieces strong but lightweight cardboard cut into 8″ x 8″ squares for the pages (I recommend using empty beverage bottle boxes);
2 pieces strong but lightweight cardboard cut into 9″ x 9″ squares (for the front and back covers);
1 package (or more) clear document page protectors sized 8-1/2″ x 11″ (sealed on 3 sides and open at the top);
1 roll duct tape;
paper trimmer;
2 pairs scissors (1 large and 1 medium-small);
1 piece strong ribbon (about the length of your entire arm);
4 pieces patterned paper cut to 9″ x 9″ (to decorate the inside and outside covers);
sandpaper or sanding block;
scrapbooking adhesive of your choice.


1. Use a paper trimmer to cut 10 page protectors horizontally at the 8-3/4″ mark (NOTE: you are trimming off the OPEN TOP END ONLY). Set aside all the skinny “scrap” cuts of page protector to use as you go. These scrap cuts will be used later to temporarily lay on top of the sticky side of the duct tape so you can cut it easily with scissors.


2. Before you begin the next step, make sure you have a large space cleared, apart from your craft space (an empty counter-top, couch space, floor space, portable table or TV trays, etc.). On the table in front of you, stretch open a large piece of duct tape at least 10 inches long. Lay the large scissors flat on the table, inside the roll of duct tape to keep it from rolling while you work.12.8x8

3. Hold one of the 8-3/4″ x 8-1/2″ cut page protectors over the duct tape, making sure the open end is at the top. “Eyeball” the inside edge of the page protector to line up with the edge of the tape (often this inside edge is white and has holes punched to accommodate a 3-ring binder). You don’t want tape to stick to any part of the page protector where your actual scrapbook page will be seen. Starting with the edge closest to you, lightly lay the page protector on the tape. If you mess up, you can pull it up again. Lay one page protector on the right and another on the left. MAKE SURE that the open end is at the top AND that the page protectors line up with EACH OTHER HORIZONTALLY. You will have a sticky space of duct tape exposed in the center of the 2 page protectors.13.8x814.8x8

4. Locate one of the small scrap pieces of page protector. Lay the scrap on top of the duct tape exposed below the 2 page protectors. Use your smaller scissors to cut through BOTH the scrap clear piece and the bottom portion of the duct tape at the same time. Cut “tabs” in the tape that meet with any page protector edge that sticks out into the piece of duct tape (see photos below).15.8x816.8x8

5. Peel off the clear scrap piece and throw away. Then, carefully fold the two outside tape tabs upward and press firmly into the white edge of the page protector. The folded tabs should line up with the horizontal edge of the bottom of the page protectors. You might need to leave a little “lip” as you fold the tab to get it to line up with the page protectors (depending on the brand). Repeat for the left and the right sides. You will be left with the bottom center tape tab exposed.17.8x8

6. Locate another scrap piece of page protector and lay it across the tape exposed at the top (in between the 2 page protectors and the full roll of duct tape). Remove the large scissors from the middle of the tape roll use them to cut through BOTH the clear scrap piece and the tape (releasing it from the rest of the roll). 18.8x8Then turn the page protectors around, so the clear scrap piece is closest to you, still stuck to the exposed tape. Cut through the clear scrap and the tape simultaneously, creating tabs just as you did on the other side. Remove the clear scraps and throw away. Fold the 2 outside tabs upward, as you did on the opposite side. Remember, you might need to leave a little “lip” on the tape to get it to line up with the bottom edge of the page protectors. Leave the center sticky tab alone for now.20.8x8

7. Repeat this process until you have all your page protectors taped securely. Don’t forget to make sure the open ends of the page protectors are at the top and the closed ends are at the bottom. I lay out all my sets of 2 taped page protectors with the sticky side up until they are all done. Next, keeping the sticky side UP, carefully lay one set of 2 on top of another, making sure the actual page protectors line up with each other. Repeat until you have a little “stack” of page protector sets. One tape side of the stack should be smooth and the other tape side of the stack should be sticky. Then, set aside this whole stack.21.8x822.8x8

8. Now assemble the front and back cover in the same manner. Locate two 9″ x 9″ pieces of cardboard box. Use a ruler to mark with pencil 1/2″ from the left edge at the top and at the bottom of one 9″ x 9″ cardboard piece. Repeat on the right side of the other 9″ x 9″ piece. Stretch out a piece of duct tape in the same manner as you did for the page protectors. Lay down the cardboard pieces, lining up the 1/2″ mark with the edge of the tape (as you did with the white edge of the clear page protector). Use a scrap clear piece to lay on top of the bottom of the tape, and cut tabs as you did before. Fold the 2 outside tabs flush against the cardboard, and leave the center sticky tab alone for now. Repeat with the top of the cardboard.24.8x825.8x827.8x8

9. Leave the newly-assembled cover where it is on the table and locate the stack of page protectors. Lay the sticky middle of the stack of page protectors against the sticky middle of the cover (STICKY AGAINST STICKY). Smooth the tape middle firmly.28.8x8

10. Trim off the long center tabs. Be careful not to cut any of the clear page protector!29.8x8

11. Stretch open a piece of duct tape at least 10 inches long (or more). Cut apart the seam of a scrap piece of page protector and lay it against the long length of the tape. Cut the tape and the page protector scrap into thirds (“eyeballing” the size of thirds). Choose the “best” cut of one of the thirds, pull off the scrap page protector, and lay the strip carefully against the INSIDE-middle of the tape. Fold the edges over, and press firmly against the outside tape of the scrapbook album.30.8x8

12. Lightly sand the glossy surface of the cardboard covers (both front and back). Locate a length of strong ribbon, and cut it to 2 equal lengths. This will serve as a “tie” to tie the album closed, so be sure you have enough to secure the ribbon to the album AND to tie it comfortably. Use duct tape to secure the ribbon to the outside of the front and back covers.32.8x833.8x8

13. Cut patterned paper to 9″ x 9″ and adhere to the front, back and inside covers of the album with your choice of scrapbooking adhesive. I recommend using some kind of tape runner or other non-liquid adhesive for this step. Embellish with washi tape around the edges, if desired, although you may need to secure the washi tape with additional adhesive).35.8x836.8x8

14. The remaining empty box cutouts (measuring 8″ x 8″) will be used in one of two ways (your choice):

  • Create your 8×8 scrapbook pages separately on cardstock and then slide them into the page protectors with a cardboard center-piece loose in between two pages, OR
  • Create your 8×8 scrapbook pages separately on cardstock and then ADHERE each page to the front and back of a cardboard center-piece (don’t forget to sand or buff the glossy side of the cardboard before you adhere!).40.8x838.8x8

Either way, no one will see the cardboard 8×8 pages, but your album will be nice and sturdy. Plus, the page protectors themselves have plenty of room for bulky embellishments, metal, chipboard, bulky flowers, etc. And because the album was constructed with about a 1/2″ yield in the center (plus a ribbon-tie), you will find this sturdy album actually will strengthen AS it bulks up.37.8x8

Don’t forget to make decorate your album cover! Get creative! Use paint, make a “shaker” accent, use bling or flowers, and have FUN!42.8x839.8x841.8x8

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