Doing Double-Duty: Scrapbooking and Card Making

Want to put your scrapbooking tools, papers, embellishments and newfound skills to work on another fun paper craft?

What about card making?

I started scrapbooking first, then quickly became a card maker too. Why? Well, it’s a natural way to for me to use my scrapbooking supplies on something other than making albums. Card making is a great way to be creative with a smaller, less time-consuming project. While a scrapbook can take weeks or months to finish, you can make a handmade card in as little as ten minutes.

Plus, everyone loves receiving a cute handmade card! Here’s my advice: If you start making handmade cards, just know that you can never go back to purchasing a plain old store-bought card. Your friends and family become spoiled by your handmade greetings and expect one every time! (Which is kind of nice, don’t you think?)

Use Your Scrapbooking Paper
Maybe you just used a quarter of that great 12”x12” sheet of patterned paper on your scrapbook page. Save your paper scraps in a “scrap drawer” so you can use them on a card. Or maybe you bought a really cool sheet of paper that you just don’t have photos for. You can get at least two cards—possibly three—from that sheet of paper!

Use Your Scrapbooking Techniques
Think of a card as a mini layout. All your scrapbooking skills work for cards too: Creating balance, color choice, creating a focal point. In fact, the only difference between a card and a scrapbook page is the size and the fact that a card doesn’t have a photo (but it could!).

Use Your Scrapbooking Supplies
All scrapbooking supplies can be used for card making: Paper trimmer, glue, scissors, embellishments and any other cool stuff you’ve picked up.

The Only Investment You’ll Need
Sometimes scrappers feel they don’t have the time or money to invest in a whole new hobby. I think they feel they’ll need to buy a lot of new tools or supplies. Actually, that’s not true! The only investment you’ll need is a blank card. I like the Cardmaker’s™ Blank White Cards & Envelopes because they’re a nice size (5”x 6 1/2”), they’re sturdy and they come with envelopes. Don’t have blank cards? Don’t worry—you can fold a piece of cardstock in half to make a blank card.

Want to see how easy it is to create a card from your leftover scrapbooking supplies? Just take a look at the album page and card combo I made—both are fast and easy to do, and you can make both of them using supplies from the same Paper Pizazz® book of paper and Embellish-abilities™ kit. Even better, after making both of these projects, you’ll still have a lot of materials left over!

A Card & Album Page

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I started with a blue floral background paper, layering a 5” wide strip of pink paper vertically on the right side of the page. Then I cut a 3” wide strip of green striped paper (making sure the stripes run vertically) and glued it about an inch and a half from the bottom of the page. I placed a piece of blue grosgrain ribbon along the pink strip, attaching it at the top and bottom of the page with white brads and wrapping the ends of the ribbon to the backside of the page and securing them with tape.

I matted my photos, did my journaling and added two blue silk flowers. Those flowers just attach with brads so they’re really easy to use. What I like about this page is how pretty it looks with the various layers of paper—while being an easy layout to do, and easy to adapt to different page themes. The ribbons, flowers and brads are such an easy way to add texture and dimension.


scrapbook project

Even with all the layering I did on my scrapbook page, I sill have a lot of paper leftover from my book of papers. I also have plenty of embellishments. This card took me about 15 minutes to make.

Same as above, plus one 5” x 6 1/2” blank white card, a fine point black pen and Mini Glue Dots™ I applied glue stick to the card front, making sure to get the glue on the corners and edges, since those are the parts of the card that get handled the most. Then I placed the green floral paper, white side down, on my work surface. I placed the gluey side of the blank card in one corner of the paper. Smooth it down, then trim around the outside edges of the card and voila—your card is covered with patterned paper!

After covering the card with the green paper, I really didn’t worry about specific measurements for the blue rectangle and paper strips. I just used paper scraps left from the page and cut them down slightly to fit the scale of the card. Measuring isn’t necessary with this type of card. (But if you’re the type who wants precise measurements, here you go: The blue strip is 5”x3” and the green strip is 1 3/4” wide!)

Glue the blue strip to the card front. Punch a hole at each corner of the blue paper and secure a white mini brad at the back of the card front.

Glue the strip of striped paper on the left side of the card, on top of the blue and green floral papers. Trim the paper strip even with the card edges. Cut out the tag from the paper book and personalize with a message. Glue the tag to the paper strip at an angle. Tie a bow in the ribbon and use a Mini Glue Dot™ to attach it to the top of the tag. Cut a thin strip of green paper and thread it through the button. Glue the ends at the back of the button and use a Glue Dot™ to attach to the tag.

Inside the card: Cut a 3/4” wide strip of blue floral paper and glue it to the inside back of the card. To make the edges of the blue paper stand out, I used a black pen to draw a line on either side of the blue paper edge. Cut out the small pink tag. Personalize and embellish with a small bow and paper threaded button.

That’s all there is to it—and I’ve got tons of paper and supplies to make even more cards, layouts and other projects! For even more card making tips, tricks and ideas, where you’ll learn all the basics of covering a card, choosing a focal point, inking and more—plus read reviews of my favorite card making supplies!

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