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CTMH December SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial

By Helen | November 30, 2009

It’s time for another CTMH Stamp of the Month (SOTM) blog hop!  We’ll be featuring D1378 Notice the Details.  This set of 41 stamps is sure to make an impression when you use it to add all the little journaling touches to your scrapbook pages or cards.

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Grab a cup of your favorite beverage, sit back and join us on a journey of amazing things you can do with this stamp set.  There are over 60 CTMH Consultants joining in on the fun.  If you arrived here from Jena’s blog, you’re on the right path.

When I saw this stamp set, I thought – Project 365!  This stamp set is PERFECT for adding journaling, dates, and tidbits of information.  This is this week’s Project 365 in progress.  I wanted a format that would be easy to add to, something that wasn’t overly complicated and that gave me flexibility…thus, I used the photo storage pages.  I love using these photo storage pages to create interactive scrapbook pages.

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Here are close ups of the different sections…Dax looks so cute when she pops her head through the banister on the deck – it’s like she’s “in jail.”

Tip:  Adding a ribbon knot to the binder clip gives it more dimension.

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Instead of using this spot for a photo, I used it for my title block.

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Adding a strip of patterned paper to the top of the “today:” journaling spot, gave me a place to stamp the “Notice the details” sentiment.

Tip: Stamp the “today:” journaling spot and cut out as close to the outline as possible.  Apply adhesive to the inked bar at the top and attach to patterned paper.  Trim what overhangs – makes it super easy to get the rounded corners and line everything up!

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Little boxes and tiny numbers make it a snap to add the date on your pages.  Here I made it look like a tab along the edge of the photo mat.

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A blank section for a photo from tomorrow.

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Another altered “today:” journaling spot – turned upside down.

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Tutorial follows…

For those that want to skip the tutorial, ”hop” on over to Nona’s blog to see what she’s created.


If you get lost on the “hop” or find links that aren’t working, check out this post for a complete list of participating consultants & their blogs.


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I used papers from the Aspen Paper Pack, a 6 pocket photo storage page and the new Flip Flaps.

Cut two pieces of Twilight cardstock into 4″ x 12″ pieces and fold them in half.  These will be forming the “flip” section.

Tip: Cardstock has grain.  To make it easier to fold, hold the cardstock in the center – it will naturally bend in one direction.

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Place two of the folded sections so the spines are toward the middle.  This is how they will be positioned when they go into the 6 pocket photo storage page. 

Tip:  Temporarily adhere two folded pieces together to form a 3-page mini album.  This makes it easier for decorating.  Using temporary adhesive will make it MUCH easier when you go to put the decorated pieces into the photo storage page.

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Now…decorate as desired.  I now have this layout, with the flip to the right side.

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And…this, with the flip to the left side.

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Now…to put these mini albums into the photo storage page.  IF you used temporary adhesive, you can separate the pages and then slide them into their respective pockets and reattach to each other after they are in place.

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Ok…so, what if you used permanent adhesive?  Then…you do what I do…after a few deep breaths, you figure out there’s got to be a way!  All you need to do is bend the photo storage page in half (gently…we don’t want any creases) – then, you coax the pages into their pockets.  Hang in there…you can do it!

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Once each of the sections is in place, half of them are protected by the pockets of the photo storage page.  The other half is not protected.  There are a few different ways you can cover these sections.  First you’ll need to decide if you want each section to flip on their own, or if you want to have that section flip as a whole.

If you want each section to flip individually, then take a Flip Flap – shown here just placed over the flip page.  Cut off the adhesive section, leaving a Flip Flap mini page protector.  Just slide that over the flip and voila!

Tip:  You may have to trim down the Flip Flap, making sure you keep the seams intact.  This will prevent the Flip Flap from catching on the one that’s above or below it.

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I want to make the complete section flip all at once.  To do this, take a second photo storage page and cut it in half, along the openings of one side of pockets.

Tip:  You’ll be able to use the remaining half as another cover by cutting off the extra 1/2″ and the post holes.  Just keep the seams intact to preserve the pockets.

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Now to get this onto the flips…start by putting the first flip about 3/4″ into the pocket.

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Hold the next pocket open and slide in the next flip.  The key is to take it slow and easy and get each flip section into it’s respective pocket roughly 3/4″.

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And…here’s the layout with the flips in their protectors!

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Now ”hop” on over to Nona’s blog to see what she’s created.

Remember, the December SOTM is only available during December…so, get yours today!  Click here to see how you can get this stamp set at a discount or even free!

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Topics: Aspen, blog hop, CTMH Product Highlight, Scrapbook Layouts, Tutorials | 19 Comments »

19 Responses to “CTMH December SOTM Blog Hop & Tutorial”

  1. Amy Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Oh what a cute little puppy dog. I love the way you keep flipping the journaling around and using it. Cute ideas.

  2. Cibele Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    What an awesome project! Love the tutorial and I love your use of this stamp set.

  3. Paige Dolecki Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Helen -

    Great tutorial as always – you really excel at these! Dax looks like a really sweet doggie!


  4. Kathleen Androlewicz Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    What a funny dog with his poor little head stuck in the fence. How darling!! Wonderful pages and tutorial!

  5. Michelle Nist Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    Whoo-hoo! great project Helen! I love it!! :)

  6. Lori Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    What an adorable book. Love how you used this stamp set.

  7. Wendy K. Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    What a great idea Helen! I have been needing a way to use up some of those page protectors and I love interactive pages!

  8. Beth Naumann Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Great project – and CUTE puppy! :-)

  9. Jena Says:
    November 30th, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Fun use of the stamp set – love how you used the ‘today’ journaling tag in a new way, I’ll have to remember that! And don’t you just love those photo storage pages – love what you’ve done here with them. TFS!

  10. Carla I. Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 12:28 am

    Love your creative use of the stamps! Great work on these interactive pages.

  11. Mary Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 2:01 am

    What a great layout and instructions.

  12. Cindy Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Great Layout and tutorial….love the cute little bows on the binder clips!

  13. Sara Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 6:58 am

    Thanks for the great tutorial. I’m going to have to try that.

  14. Krista Ritskes Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Neat idea and a great tutorial!

  15. Haley D. Says:
    December 1st, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Dax is so precious! Our beagle Shadow would love to meet her. I love, love, love what you’ve done with this stamp set, and your tutorial totally rocks. I am totally going to have to try this one out. Thank you so much!

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    December 2nd, 2009 at 1:31 am

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  17. Jill Says:
    December 2nd, 2009 at 9:58 am

    What an INGENIOUS way to use this stamp set! :) Great tutorial, and Dax is a cutie pie!

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  19. Barbara Says:
    December 3rd, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I love the project…and this paper pack is one of my faves. ;-)