Printable Escape Rooms!

 


Escape rooms are all the rage right now, but they are not always a good idea for younger chidren, depending on the theme, and they can get expensive, too.  If you have kids or grandkids, I think you're going to love these Escape Room Printables.  Have an Escape Room experience at home by solving challenging puzzles and ciphers to unlock the secret code.  You even get to see if your secret code is correct which will give you the ending to the secret mission.  

At the Zoo


Into the Great Wide Ocean



Out of the World!

Check these out on Etsy, and please forward this email to someone you know who would also love this product. Super easy to set up.  Print, cut in half, play.  It's that easy!  And the price is amazing!  Baseball and birthday editions coming this weekend!

P. S.  All printables from Crafteverly are 25% off until Saint Patrick's Day!

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Quick Tip Tuesday - Cardstock Weights


When making a cardstock project, shadow box, scrapbook page, card, or other papercraft, weight matters.   The most common weights in the U.S. are 65# (light), 80# (medium), 100# and 110# (heavy).


65# is thin and a little floppy. It is good for the top parts of layering projects, die cutting, and making paper flowers.

80# is heavier and is good for scrapbook pages, handmade cards, die cutting, and cake toppers.

100# and 110# are good for invitations, card bases, scrapbook pages, business cards, the base of layered projects, cake toppers, and party favors.  It is also great for stamping and embossing.

Heavyweight for the base.  Ligjtweight for the two top layers.

Choose your cardstock based on the type of project you want to do. Make sure you choose a quality product that is acid and lignin free (as mentioned in a previous tip).

I hope this tips helps you get crafty!

Quick Tip Tuesday - Choosing Cardstock


 Most cardstocks and craft papers available now are lignin  and acid free, but, you want to double check. 

Why?  Lignin is a wood product that is often found in unpurified wood-pulp paper.  Over time, lignin will cause discoloration of photos and papers.  Acid will cause your cards or scrapbook papers to disintegrate over time.  Always opt for archival paper that won't discolor or break down.

I hope today's tip helps you get crafty!  Join me on my free facebook crafty group and invite your friends!

Valentine Pop-up Card

 Today I am sharing a Valentine card I made for a family member.  It uses Echo Park Valentine paper on the front as well as a Crafter's Companion/Gemini stamp and die set called Everyday Phrases.


Inside, it has a double pop-up feature as well as a heart garland at the top using a pinkish cardstock and foil cardstock. If you are making a pop-up card, remember that the horizontal lines are scored and the vertical lines are cut.  Your main score line should line up with the middle of the card.  


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Birthday Card with Alcohol Inks

 As I mentioned a few posts ago, I'm so in love with alcohol inks right now.  Recently, I took one of my alcohol ink creations and die cut it into small squares, die cut a sentiment, then I made this card.

The very top kind of looks funny because the green at the top of that square is so similar to the card base.  Anyway, I am pleased with how it turned out.  I hope you like it!  Would it make a good cart kit for Etsy?  Thanks for stopping by and come back soon for some scrapbook pages!

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Giraffe Birthday Card


 One of my favorite places to purchase paper online is 12x12 cardstock shop.  They have any and everything you could want or need for card-making, scrapbooking, paper crafts, and more. (No, I am not an affiliate, but I stand by their products.

I received an email with a tutorial for a cute "floating card," and I decided to give it a try.  Here is a link to the tutorial, and here is my card:

Visit the tutorial link to see up close pictures of why it's called a floating card.

The funny thing about using a giraffe is that my family has a joke about the time I thought I saw a giraffe.  I really thought I did!  What I actually saw was a tall, closed beach umbrella with a pattern similar to a giraffe.  I will never live it down!  But I'm pretty pleased with this card.  I hope you like it.

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Quick Tip Tuesday - for scrapbookers


 I love scrapbooking!  In fact, I'm leaving for a scrapbook retreat tomorrow with my sister.  We have been doing once or twice a year scrapbook trips that started the year our father passed away, so for the last almost 20 years.

My tip today is for beginners.

The first thing you need to do when you start your journey into scrapbooking is decide on a size of album because that will influence the decisions you make when selecting layouts, embellishments, and photos. Read on if you need information about the different sizes available.

I chose the most common size (here in the US) which is 12 by 12 inches.  This gives you plenty of room to create lovely layouts with multiple photos on a page.


Next is 8.5 by 11 inch, standard notebook paper size (here is the US).  You still have a decent amount of room for your layout, but it is slightly more portable.

Some scrapbookers choose 8 by 8 inches.  There is space for approximately one photo per page unless you trim your photos to smaller sizes, and it's also a fairly common size.

Last, you could choose 6 by 6 inches.  If you prefer to do smaller, quicker layouts, this is the size for you.


The size you select is completely up to you, but choose one to stick with, at least for a while, rather than purchasing supplies in multiple sizes. Base your size on the amount of content you want for each page as well as your personal style.  Happy scrapping!