Words of Wisdom and a Tutorial

Hi everyone and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to my fellow U.S. folks.

 I hope that you are enjoying the day with friends and family.  I plan to head to my church this morning for our Thanksgiving service and then enjoy a lovely Turkey dinner there. I'm so thankful for this community! Then, I'm coming home to veg out and do some creative stuff. 

It would be easy for me to get depressed by not being near family right now. But, I get to go home for the entire week of Christmas!!! Having that to look forward to is exciting enough! So I'm very happy to spend tomorrow with new friends while I anticipate seeing my family and friends in a few weeks. :) 

Now... onto a layout I have to share!  

On the Scrapbooking from the Inside Out blog, I am sharing some "Behind the Art" information about this layout:

Click HERE to go there now.

In the meantime, I wanted to share how I made the pockets for the journaling tags.

I LOVE using my Silhouette Cameo. I really do. In fact, I use it for most "folding" type projects, like the pockets shown here. 


I made those bad boys from scratch. No die cutting machine. No template. With my raw, power-craftin' hands folks! :)

Here is how:

First, I scored a 3.5" x 4" piece of paper a half inch, from the edge, on the longest side.


Then, I scored a 1/4" from the edge on ONE of the shorter sides.

Third, I snipped the corners off of where the creases meet on the long and short sides. This helps with folding.

It was very simple to fold all the corners down after that. I used my ATG to adhere the tabs down to my layout. Then, I simply tucked the tags inside, after journaling.

To figure out the size I wanted, I simply measured the tags and added a half inch. This ensures room AND not too much room that the tag would slide around.

Pretty nifty, right? 

Part of me felt guilty for not using my machine.

But, a larger part of me felt empowered to be able to make my own! 

Happy crafting to you!