Welcome to our Technique Blog Hop!

“Purposeful Plastic”

Each month we share with you a different technique, featuring Close To My Heart products. This month 11 of us are showcasing “Purposeful Plastic”.

This blog hop is one big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork. Just keep clicking the link in each post to go to the next page. The page just before me is Marciava Warrell so if you are coming from there, you are on the right track! From here you’ll visit Kimberly Bower‘s page. In case you get lost, you can get a complete list of participants at the bottom of this post.

This month we’re all talking about how to make use of plastic in your paper crafting. I’ve chosen to feature three “flip flaps” in my one-page layout about birds and ducks in our neighbourhood. Flip flaps come in many different sizes and are perfect for adding photos to your layouts without having to create another layout. To use them you just slide photos or other artwork into the pocket and use the adhesive strip to attach. Here’s a close up look:


And here is the project that I completed to show you flip flaps in action. I always like to include some sort of cue that lets you know to look for something different. This time I used gold gems as my cue for the flip flaps. See if you can spot them!

If you found all three of the 3 x 3″ flip flaps down the centre of the layout, you’re absolutely right! I have had the honour of discovering many, many birds and ducks in our neighbourhood and I wanted to be able to use as many different types as possible. This layout design allowed me to do that. Look more closely at how I made use of the flip flaps:

I wanted to be able to tell a story about a few of these birds, so I picked three interesting ones and adhered them down the centre of the layout directly onto the layout/photo mat. I attached the flip flap right to the back of the photo matting, so it was completely hidden. Then I wrote the story above each picture so it would be hidden from sight unless you purposefully went looking.

I saw a card created using these three colours and knew that I had to try using them together too. I think they work so well together!

If you did not want to do any hidden journaling, you could use those spaces for even more photos.

Thank you so much for stopping by! Before heading to the next page, please consider leaving me a comment to let me know what you think of the technique or the layout. I always love hearing from you. After that, keep following the links in each post and check out what we have to share with you. I hope you enjoy your time with us, see some cool projects and get some terrific tips and ideas!

Now…go see what  Kimberly Bower has to share with you and happy crafting!

Close To My Heart products used for this project:
  • Stamp Set: Fresh Air Scrapbooking (D1783)
  • Exclusive Inks: Archival Black (Z3271)
  • Cardstock: White Daisy, Willow, Raspberry and Black
  • Paper pack: Fresh Air (X7232B), Documented (X7234B)
  • Embellishments: Gold Glitter Gems (Z3312), Gold Arrows (Z3379), White Twine (Z3216), Fresh Air Shapes (Z4185), Fresh Air Complements (X7232C)
  • 3 x 3″ Flip Flaps (Z3234)
  • Tools: Paper Trimmer (Z3396), Photo Trimmer (Z4211), Tombow liquid glue, 3-D Foam Dots (Z3342), Adhesive Runner (Z3326)


  1. Melissa Robinson
  2. Michelle Loncar
  3. Debi McBain
  4. Catherine Farnsworth Nowak
  5. Haley Dyer
  6. Darlys Recker
  7. Michelle Johns
  8. Marciava Warrell
  9. Valerie Kapsha *you are here*
  10. Kimberly Bower
  11. Vandra Stenton
Until next time
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