Monday, 15 March 2021

Cards and scrapbooking using Dandy Garden Memories & More Cards

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Over the course of the past year I have welcomed some new ladies into our little crafting community who just happen to be scrapbookers. They make cards, of course, but scrapbooking is their first love.

I used to be a keen scrapbooker but fell out of the habit but I am happy to say their enthusiasm is reigniting mine. At last week’s Crafty Friday class on Zoom we were chatting about Memories & More cards. These are packs of 6"x4" and 3"x4" cards and sticker sheets which co-ordinate with some of our most popular Suites. They are designed to go with our Photo Pocket Pages which makes scrapbooking REALLY quick and easy, but as the ‘& More’ part of the name suggests, they can be used for so much more.

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With this in mind, one lady asked how they could be used on a 12x12 scrapbook page, while others said they’d love some ideas for using them on cards.

Challenge accepted! Over the weekend I made several projects using Dandy Garden Memories & More Cards. A 12x12 scrapbook page, as promised, and a few simple cards.

I say simple because there are genuinely no fancy techniques here. Other than the cardstock, few bits of ribbon, the ladybirds, the odd image from the Dandy Laser-Cut Paper and one stamp, everything comes from the Dandy Garden Memories & More Cards.

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This scrapbook page was my first project and it came together so easily. I followed the principles outlined by Stampin' Up!® CEO Sara Douglass in her Facebook Live a few weeks ago. She simply made all her elements the same width as the Memories & More Cards and her page came together easily. 

You can watch Sara’s video here; you don’t need a Facebook account

I used Crumb Cake cardstock as my backing, because it’s a good neutral background – but mainly because that’s what I had (I really must get some more 12x12 cardstock!). 

Using a VERY old picture of my daughter (which I have actually scrapbooked before I think!), I found  the purple of her outfit was picked up beautifully by the Blackberry Bliss of the Memories & More Cards. But I found I could introduce strips of cards in other colours as long as I balanced them out. There are so many colours in the Dandy Garden Suite that you’ll find something to go with almost any photo.

I kept the page pretty simple, with some some of the sticker elements, Ladybug Trinkets and a leaf and dragonfly from the
Dandy Laser-Cut Paper as decorative elements. The ‘smile’ is cut out from a Memories & More card and all I can say is I’m glad you get two of everything as I completely messed up my first attempt!

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There’s only one element I’m not happy with and that’s the sticker saying “A very special day”. I didn’t want to use it there but had a smudge of glue which pulled up the paper when I tried to remove it. Still, there are no mistakes, so the sticker did the job. 
 

Before popping up the stickers on Dimensionals, make sure you “de-stick” them first. You can do this using the old Embossing Buddy, some talc or cornflour, or simply by pressing them repeatedly onto your clothing to pick up the fluff. This will stop them from sticking down where they aren’t lifted by Dimensionals. Alternatively, you can stick them to a Foam Adhesive sheet and cut them out.

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This card is a lovely celebration of dandelions, which are excellent for breeding butterflies. I chose various elements in Mossy Meadow and Bumblebee. 

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Just as I’d added some Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, I remembered I was saving it for my Butterfly Bijou Kits, so swapped to Mossy Meadow Braided Linen Thread instead. I quite like the contrast. 

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For this card, I suddenly remembered I have some Basic White Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes, which are perfect for making quick cards. For super-fast cards, simply stick the Memories & More card on the front and you’re done, as they are sized to be slightly larger.

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But I felt that was a bit of a cop-out so made slightly more effort with this one, fussy-cutting the greeting label from one of the Memories & More cards as my focal point and using some co-ordinating Calypso Coral-based cards as my background.

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The Basic White Assorted Memories & More Cards & Envelopes come in two sizes, to co-ordinate perfectly with the Memories & More Cards themselves, so there are these cute little cards, too. For this I just used some leftover strips to decorate the card front, finishing off with a sticker label which I stamped using Sweet Strawberry.  

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I hope you have been inspired to take another look at the Dandy Garden Memories & More Cards and consider their many possibilities. If you are in the UK and would like to order them, please visit my store and, if you use the March host code HYEBNWP3, I’ll send you a thank you gift in April!


Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 

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