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FloraCraft® Brand Products:
Make It: Fun® Foam Blocks, two 1 15/16″ x 3 7/8″ x 11 7/8″

Hampton Art®
∙ Ki 12″ x 12″ Scrapbook Paper – Vintage Charm, “Blue Ledger”, “Numbers”, “Elegant Graph”, “Rulers” and “We are Family”
∙ Ki Ruffle Stickers – Mini Celebrations, “We are Family”
Ink pads, Brown and Black
7 Gypsies® library drawer blank file cards with tabs,  4 1/2″ x 6″, eight
Seven 1/4″ diameter x 12″ long dowels
Seven 3 1/4″ long wood pinch clothespins
3 yds. 24 gauge black wire
Ribbons, twine, jute, cords, etc.
Assorted embellishments: Nail heads, buttons, charms, paper clips, memo clips, pins, hinge clips, metal accents, etc.
Elmer’s® CraftBond™ Products:
∙ Dot Runner, Permanent
∙ Foam Mounting Tape
∙ Quick Dry Glue
∙ Extra Strength Glue Stick
X-ACTO® Products:
∙ 12″ Rotary Paper Trimmer
∙ 8″ Scissors
∙ 12″ Metal Ruler
Family photos as desired
Misc.: Glue gun and glue sticks, pencil, fine line black roller ball pen, 1/4″ paper punch, sandpaper, transparent tape, stapler, paper towels, wire cutter


  1. Use glue gun to glue together Foam Blocks, with long sides back to back, to make one (approx.) 4″ x 4″ x 12″ block. To cover block base, use paper trimmer to cut four 4″ x 12″ and two 4″ square pieces of “Rulers” print paper (brown side). Use glue stick to attach paper pieces to completely cover block. Let dry.
    To shade black on all edges, gently wipe black stamp pad with small piece of paper towel and smear towel along block edges, spreading out onto paper. If ink pad is not too “juicy” rub edge along edges of block to distress. Let dry.
    Similarly stain dowels and clothespins, using brown ink pad and paper towels. Hot glue dowels to backs of clothespins. Use 6″ – 8″ length wire to wrap around and twist glued area to secure. Wait to trim dowel lengths. Set aside for now.
  2. Plan the look for all cards, such as using two smaller-cropped photos or one trimmed photo. Use paper trimmer to cut papers: some as horizontal pieces that cover most but not all of the card, smaller pieces as accents that run vertically or horizontally and others that cover only part of the card.
  3. Before gluing, use same ink pad distressing technique on cards and paper pieces. Decide placements of tags, large embellishments and photos. Plan to place things at angles, running off edges and overlapping for a casual look. Use dot runner to attach papers, and tags and foam mounting tape on some photos for dimension.
  4. Refer to photo and plan embellishments starting with ribbons, twine and cords that can be wrapped and tied, stapled or glued using quick dry glue. (There are no rules! Express yourself!)
  5. For smaller embellishments, glue buttons and charms. Attach paper clips, memo clips and hinge clips. Write names on each card tab. (Tip: For nail heads, use pliers to cut off points and glue.)  Decorate front of block base, as well.
  6. Place cards in pinch clothespins and hold over base, planning where holes should go in base. (Sample has dowels inserted into two front corners, two front middle, one center of block and two toward back of block.) Use pencil to start holes through paper and press dowels in place, at slight angles on outside dowels. Get all dowels in place before trimming for height. Then remove dowels one by one and use pliers to snap off bottom of dowel, where desired, leaving enough dowel to be inserted into base. Hot glue in place if needed. (Note: If you make a “wrong” hole, simply cover it with scrapbooking embellishments, and decorate the rest of the top, too.)



(800) 253-0409
One Longfellow Place
Ludington, MI 49431

7 Gypsies®
(866) 376-9961
Los Angeles, CA 90040

Hampton Art, Inc.
(800) 981-5172
1481 W. 2nd St.
Washington, NC 27889

Elmer’s® Products, Inc.
(888) 435-6377
460 Polaris Pkwy. Ste. 500
Westerville, OH 43082

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