A Fall Card with a Rolling Ink Water Technique

September was full of challenges, meetings, online training, travel, a car wreck, and sickness. With everything going on, I have missed out on Craft Roulette. When I heard that my sweet friend, Julie the Great, was on the show, I made a point to be home and decided to let the creative juices flow while I watched. When the show was over, I was pleasantly surprised with the result.

This card may look overwhelmingly complicated, but it is just a stack of paper layers that have been decorated using some simple stamping techniques. One of these is the rolling ink technique – also known as rock’n’roll stamping.

In my video tutorial, I share how these layers came together and show you how to create those beautiful leaves with a few inks, a roll of the stamp, and a spritz of water. After you have viewed the video, you can read more about how it came together.

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Each week, Craft Roulette doles out a set of parameters that must be followed. Here is what the wheel chose for all the creators this week. (I love Julie’s face! She already has a few ideas flowing.)

While Julie and Mary created live online, I started pulling out paper scraps from my bin. I grabbed some vintage yellowed Noteworthy paper, some distressed watercolor cardstock, a few leaf stamps, a postage cancelation stamp, a stencil, and some waterbrushes.

For my yellow background, I chose the Noteworthy paper. This paper pack is a really fun one to have in your collection. One side of the paper has an aged look while the other is clean and white.

I knew that I wanted to make a vintage-looking fall card with some of my favorite leaf stamps. One of my favorite stamping techniques to use with leaves is the rolling or rock’n’roll technique.

This involves inking your stamp into one color of ink, then rolling the edges into another.

I decided to take it a step farther by rolling the stamps into a third color and adding a spritz of water before stamping it onto my watercolor cardstock.

The water allowed the inks to blend a little and meld together forming a beautiful variation of color on each of the leaves.

The rest of the card came together using paper scraps and a stamped leaf image. One of the parameters was a postage stamp, which I didn’t have, so I ended up using a postage cancellation stamp on the leaf. It reminded me of some of those aged, retro stickers you find in the craft stores.

I am so glad that I was able to watch my friends create and join the fun. I hope that this project inspired you to try something new and give this technique a try. If you have any questions about this project, feel free to post them in the comments below.

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Back to School with a Cut File & Pocket Cards

It’s time to be inspired by the Creative Design Team! This month, we are showing you a variety of projects with a Back to School theme. We are so excited to share all the designs with you, and teach a few new techniques you can use on your own creations.


At this stage of my life, I do not have many Back to School themed projects. My kids are grown and almost all gone, so this month’s video collab project was a challenge.

Thank goodness I have a daughter who enjoys posting photos of her milestones. I loved this photo of her and am so proud of all her accomplishments these past five years.

My inspiration for this page came from a PageMaps Sketch and a Cut File design on the Scrapbook & Cards Today blog. When I saw that adorable little backpack created by Paige Evans, I knew that I needed to use it on this page.

I love how Erica Thompson used the backpack image with patterned paper and chose to dig through my scrap stash of mix-ins and seasonal patterns.

To create the backpack, I uploaded the cut file into Cricut Design Space and used the Contour Tool to create the various patterned images. At the end of my video, I have a quick tutorial showing you how to use Contour on your SVG images.

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The pattern papers I chose for the backpack match the designs in the As You Grow collection. The papers and pocket cards in this collection appear to be baby-themed, but they matched my photo, well, so I chose to use them.

I really liked how versatile this collection is. All the patterns, florals, and images can be used for so many projects that are not baby-related. On my page, the background gingham paper, the charcoal woodgrain, and the plaid paper are all from that As You Grow paper pack.

I also added a few pocket cards to the page to create the look of patterned paper. Pocket cards are great for photo mats and allow you to expand your product collection when you are on a budget. I use them for card fronts, photo mats, scrapbook page strips, journaling, and so much more.

All of the elements on this page came together beautifully. The flowers, the die cuts, and the charming backpack complement the photo so well and allowed me to share the story of our daughter’s first day of school.

I hope that today’s project inspired you and that you enjoy all the projects in this month’s Creative Design Team video collab.

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Add More Photos With Interactive Layouts

In April, our daughter had photos taken by Charlotte Sophia and sent the album link to me. There were over SEVENTY stunning photos, and I could not decide how to scrapbook the photos. Do I create a mini-album or make multiple pages? Do I just pick my top ten then frame a few?

Now I know that you have all faced a dilemma just like this. As I was trying to decide what to make, I was inspired by a layout in the Magic How-To book and I was determined to create a layout with interactive pages.

Can you believe that I was able to place twenty-two photos on this layout? This was achieved through the use of flip-flaps. Now if you have never heard of flip-flaps, you are going to want to run over to my website as soon as you learn about them.

These wonderful little inventions allow you to add more photos, journaling, and memorabilia to your scrapbook layouts AND they come in multiple sizes and orientations. When designing this layout, I had planned to use some 3″ Flip-Flaps to create a mini-book, an 8×12 Flap on the left side, and retro-fit a 6×12 Flip Flap on the right. Unfortunately, like most of my ideas, it didn’t go as planned.

As you watch the video, you will see the little mistakes that I made and how I fixed them.

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My goal was to create a clean, simple layout using a large number of photos. I didn’t want it to feel jumbled or be too much for the eye to handle. How do you think I did?

On the left side of the layout, I retrofit an 8.5×11 page protector to fit my page to create the interactive flap. I added two focal point photos on the front with a few floral elements and pattern papers. This is the page you see first, so I wanted to keep it clean and match the theme of the photos.

On the back, I added some more photos with a few pocket cards. I love using pocket cards on my layouts. On this page, I cut one down for a sentiment and used three others as photo mats. In the video, I share how I cut the pocket cards so that I could use the rest on the other side of the layout.

It is important to remember to create visual triangles and repeat patterns and colors throughout your interactive layouts. As I was planning these pages, I wanted to create flow and a cohesive feel.

I added floral images on every page, duplicated patterns and colors, and created visual triangles with stickers and pocket cards.

On the right side of the layout, I added a large floral sticker with kraft-colored leaves. On all of the pages, you will see these floral images repeated on both the open and closed flaps of the layout.

I added even more photos to this layout by creating a little book with three-inch flip flaps. It opens up to reveal some beautiful images of my daughter and her fiancΓ©.

As I was planning these pages, I wanted to make sure that I had room for journaling. I decided to create little pockets behind the smaller photos with tags inside. On each of the tags are facebook posts that they wrote to each other talking about how much they care for one another.


Twenty-two photos on one scrapbook layout, and it turned out beautifully!

I want to thank Charlotte Sophia once again for such beautiful photos. I hope that this page does them justice. If you have any questions about the video tutorial or the layout, please feel free to comment below.

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