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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Susan's Style File

I am so excited to finally be able to show you this fun creation I did for Glue Art & Paper Studio. This is my third project for them as a design team member, and I have to say I am so thankful to be a part of their business. Both Kelli and Vicki, the owners, are super sweet, gracious, and always show their appreciation for all of us on the team. That seems hard to come by sometimes and it really means a lot to me to be treated so nicely. So this is one of the products they make. It is an unfinished wood Rolodex (Crafter's Card File) that can be used any number of ways! (Recipes, an actual mini Scrapbook, Scripture file, addresses and phone numbers--obviously, and I plan to do another one for Valentine's Day with Love notes in it for my family). You can check out the other designer's ideas through the links provided on the Design Team Page HERE! It comes in two different sizes, too. A standard size, holding 3x5 rolodex cards (which they also carry in several great colors), or this mini size, holding 2.25x4 rolodex cards, just to give you an idea of how big this is. I made this one to go on my craft desk to remind me of ways to use certain craft elements and to house papercrafting tips I run across here and there. (Several of these were borrowed from Kim Hughes over at Paper Hugs--Hi, Kim!) Just jot them down and file them under whatever embellishment or technique tab, or even add more tabs as needed! They can be painted, stained, you name it! I decided to Mod Podge (modge-podge for Sheila) some of my FAVORITE paper (because it's all about me!) to the outside of it, after painting the whole thing white with just a sponge brush and some Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic (the inside would be a bit hard to do in paper, I think, so paint was the easiest and fastest option). By the way, this project only took me about 3 hours to complete, so it's totally doable in an afternoon, so don't be intimidated! Once the paint dried, I took Julie Brooks' advice over at Paper Blessings, and instead of doing a bunch of measuring (may-suring--hi mom!), I just pressed the paper onto the file (doing this, even as hard as you can will not make it stick, Lindsie {my 7 year old thought I was trying to make it stay on there with no glue}--teehee!), to just get in impression of it and then cut it out. Julie sells the Card Files in her online store, Doodliedoo, when you're ready to make yours!See the impression in the picture? I made that all one piece for the little sides (and it's the reverse side of the princess crown paper, so it matches nicely!). After all the paper was on, I did another coat of Mod Podge since it may get handled quite often (btw, I like the Matte finish the best). Next came the little chipboard scallop (Cosmo Cricket)--Mod Podged it in the same fashion after stamping the words on there and inkin' up the edges to bring out some of the blue-green flecks of the paper. Stuck it on the front with big Glue Dots. Still with me? See, we're already to the cards part...Brainstormed the categories and came up with some simple ideas:

I covered the first card and the last card with the princess DP just by gluing a card to the back of the paper and cutting it out (not as hard as it looks!) Punched some File Tabs using my SU punch (what else?) and stamped a crown and the names of the categories on each white card. I just put an actual element on the file tabs to denote each heading and also to make it amazingly CUTE!!
Then printed off some of my saved "Tips", matted them and stuck them to the pink cards for "future reference"!! I also feel like this could be something valuable to my girls later on, when they are more "crafty"--sort of a "crafting legacy" to hand down (They can look at it and say, "This is the way mommy did it")! I think that's pretty cool...

TIP: Make a Rolodex File to store your favorite tips! Teehee.

FOR REAL TIP: When stamping a word letter by letter, figure out which letter is the middle letter. Then, to center it, stamp that middle letter first, in the center of the piece of paper or whatever you are using, where you want your word to be. Then go out from there to either side to complete the word, stamping letter by letter. It doesn't always come out "perfect", but it beats the alternative!

Stamps: Playful Lower Case Alpha (Hero Arts), Bold Alpha Lower (SU), Polka Dot BG (SU), Kings (smARtworks)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black, Craft White, Cranberry Crisp, Cool Caribbean, Rose Red
Paper: Bohemia (My Mind's Eye), Whisper White, Pink and White Rolodex Cards (Glue Art & Paper Studio)
Other: Mini Card File from Glue Art & Paper Studio, Chipboard Flower (Cosmo Cricket), Mod-Podge (Matte finish), Foam Brush, Adhesive Rhinestones, MM Brad, MM Buttons, Chipboard flower (Unknown source), Office Clip (OTC), Heart Eyelet, MM Flowers, Flower Brad, CM Heart Punch, Skinny Heart Punch, SU File Tab Punch, Heidi Swapp Pink Bling Borders, Grosgrain Ribbon, Staples, String, Dimensionals, Cricut with George Cartridge, Twinkly Embossing Powder, Heat Tool


  1. Susie, how SASSY is this?? I didn't even think to do something for my desk:) After seeing yours, I'm thinking the larger one would make a great "sketch book?" I especially love the colors you used! Ohhh, it is such a blessing to play for a great company:)


  2. that is AMAZINGLY cute.. i cant believe that it turned out that fabulous.. mine NEVER doo

    does it actually keep you more organized?

  3. AWESOME>..I love how this turned out and that you created it for your stamping tips. Clever and beautifully done!

  4. AAhhh! It's SO cute I can hardly stand it! Great job SusieQ!

  5. This is spectacular! I love all the little details and it is so girly - yet queenly of course :)

  6. wonderful idea! I wonder if I would actually use it if I made it? I would probably just show it off and then never let anyone touch it so it wouldn't get ruined! LOl!

  7. Oh my gosh -- this is a fantastic project! I love all your details and embellishments! I can see so many ways to use this -- thanks so much for sharing it! :)

  8. I absolutely LOVE it Susan! It's just adorable!

  9. I LOVE this!! Sure would be a great birthday present. Hint, hint. You have until August!

  10. I love it!! That is the most adorable idea. It's a true work of heart!! I love that crown on the front.....soooo cute.

  11. WOWZERS!! Neat project there kiddo ;)

  12. This is so cute, Susan! I've been thinking of making one of these myself. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Smart idea, & love how you used each thing on the tab!


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