Sunday, August 24, 2008

Project Hope

I was taking an overdue peek at Sharon Johnson's blog recently and saw this beautiful accordian card she made using stickers of all things. (Only Sharon could make something this beautiful with stickers!) A few days later, Sharon had a link to this gorgeous coupon keeper that Sharon Harnist made from a file folder. The wheels began to turn in my little head. I wondered how it might work to make some kind of accordian book with pockets to hold either some bookmarks or tags using the new Hope set from Our Daily Bread Designs. This is what I came up with:

Each pocket holds a bookmark/tag. On the first, I left some extra white space for a personalized message:

The other three tags each have a Bible verse of encouragement:

I folded the two outside panels in, gate-fold style, then added a decorated belly band to hold it all together. So this is what it looks like all folded up.

Finished size is 5 1/2" square. You can see from the photo that it's a little thick when it's folded up. It kind of bothers me that it doesn't lie flat, to be honest. If I make another one of these, I think I'll try to design the base into a thin box to accommodate the thickness a little more neatly. On the other hand, it's like a thick scrapbook that doesn't close all the way ... you just can't wait to see all the good stuff inside!

This was really simple to make. I started with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of Pixie Pink card stock. From a landscape orientation, I scored at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", and 8 1/4". Then I switched to a portrait orientation and scored at 5 1/2" (so I'm scoring down the long side). I folded that long side in to create the pocket, and punched the edge with my Stampin' Up scalloped edge punch. I used Sticky Strip to adhere just the left and right edges of the pocket. The accordian folds do a pretty good job of keeping the bookmarks/tags in place. After that I just embellished the outside with some designer paper and added the bookmarks/tags. If you have any questions, just let me know and I'll update this post with the answers.

Don't forget that with the purchase of the Hope stamp set, you'll receive a free "Hope Pack" (while supplies last). Check out the details HERE. The Breast Cancer Awareness designer papers I used on this project, as well as the pink ribbon brad on the belly band, are both included in the "Hope Pack." [Update: These papers and the brads are also available for purchase. Just click the link above and scroll down past the set and the picture of the Hope Pack.]

Have a great Sunday!


Jessie/knightrone said...

This is amazing Amy!! I love it!!

Anonymous said...

Amy this is beautiful!! It would make a very thoughtful gift that I sure would see lots of use!

Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

Amy, I love accordion fold projects and this one is fabulous!!! LOVE that you did the folds to fold into a square card. It never dawned on me to do that, but it is a wonderful idea, especially for mailing purposes!!! Love it!!! Also, I find this project sooooo inspiring as I am starting on a little tag project tonight myself!!! Thank you so much, and thanks, too, for the link and kind words!!!

Melissa said...

So lovely!

Many Blessings,

Christine (Craftling) said...

As someone who has been through the breast cancer experience twice (once on either side) and recently had a double mastectomy, and experienced God's graciousness throughout... (the prognosis is excellent)... I really appreciate this beautiful 'Hope' project. :o)

Chris xx

Bonnie said...

Amy, this is beautiful! As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor (6 years- yay mom!)I think this is such a positive project - which is so important-next to prayer, of course! in the healing process!!

Sandy said...

I love accordion cards too...this one is just gorgeous!

Psst I've awarded you the "I love your blog" award, should you choose to serve as da Queen, lol. Click and scroll down past my TANKS challenge!

Marti - Pez-A-Doodle Design Studios said...

hi amy!! wonderful project! just gorgeous! and i think we have all been touched by this - my grandma (whom i drove to radiation every day for 6 weeks) and my step mom - who is now one year cancer free!

Dawn Easton said...

Amy, this project is girl! I love the bulky look of it...I would be excited to crack it open to see all the goodness inside!!

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. What a great project and it would so encouring for someone to receive this.
JoAnn B.

Conniecrafter said...

what a wonderful idea for this project, great inspiration!

Kelley Holland said...

Hey, never cease to amaze me!! What a totally awesome project!!!

Ashley said...

This is awesome! Great project!