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Pleated Pocket Ladder Card

All images ©Stampin’ Up!;  Patterned Paper and Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, and Very Vanilla card stock by Stampin’ Up!;Versamark Ink by Tsukineko; Chocolate Chip Ink by Stampin’ Up!; Horizontal Slot Punch & Tag Punch by Stampin’ Up!; Mini Brads; Lt. Glue Gingham by Stampin’ Up!
Download pleated_pocket_pattern.pdf

I’ve had some inquiries about how the pleated ladder pockets were created on this design, so, since I was suffering from insomnia last night, I spent some time working out the details.  By alternating mountain, then valley folds from the first score line to the next (start at the one indicated at the bottom of the strip on the diagram, making a mountain fold, then the next one is a valley,and so on), you create the pleats.   Caution:  When scoring text weight paper, you do want to be more gentle than you would with card stock or you can actually cut right through the paper with the scoring blade.

Apply adhesive along the pleats on the back side to anchor and secure them, then mount the finished pocket ladder onto a panel of card stock.

Keep in mind that this diagram is just a guide–you could create deeper pockets by adjusting the distance between each of the score lines.  On the prototype, I actually folded the very last pleat to the back so I’d have a nice finished edge at the top of the ladder, but if you are working with double sided paper, you could fold that least pleat towards the front so the pattern on the opposite could be seen and appreciated, as well.

After mounting the ladder to the chocolate card stock, I embellished the upper corners with mini brads.

The tags are inserted into the pockets and can be removed by the recipient; I anchored ‘em down with a just a smidge of adhesive because my pockets ended up being shallow enough and the tags just short enough, that they kept falling out.  In hindsight, I would have made longer tags, and a little deeper pockets.  But, this works because the sentiment is easily seen/read on the tags, and do not need to be removed.

This would be fun to tuck a love note, money, or gift cards into, depending on how deep you made the pockets, etc.  You could even make a larger one for a scrapbook page and tuck memorabilia into it, like ticket stubs and whatnot.

I had seen this idea on display in the booth of a company that produces beautiful Asian images and vellum papers and was absolutely enchanted with the concept! I have NO idea what it’s called, so I just call it a Pleated Pocket Ladder, ‘cuz that’s just what springs to mind. LOL!   I was permitted to take a photo, but I didn’t get to actually examine it.

They’re so easy and fast, especially if you use patterned paper, so I hope you’ll try one and let me know if you enjoyed it. 

 Isn’t it just a neat little thing???? (grinning with my nose crinkled over how dang cute this idea is)

A CASE of Jenn Balcer

Good buddy Jenn Balcer sent me a card a few months ago that saved my Heineken (that’s beer talk for "arse"–ppppfffffttttttt!!!), when I needed a speedy quick card for 2 birthday parties my son was attending this weekend.  Jenn’s brilliance gave me an idea I could re-create with supplies I had on hand.  Jenn’s is the stylish long one in pumpkin tones, and mine is the 3" square "birthdays are the best" design.

All images ©Stampin’ Up!; Patterned papers, ribbon, markers all by Stampin’ Up!  Jenn’s version uses pumpkin and turquoise, and mine used orange and teal as the central colors.

Lightning struck me as I was thumbing through, Paper Crafts Remodeled, special edition issue from Paper Crafts that takes previously published favorites from Paper Crafts and Stamp It! magazines, and shows the original piece as a blueprint, and then subsequent variations done by other artists.  Check out p. 18! chuckle!  I was tickled to death to see a journal I’d created, called "Letters to My Daughter", published in Stamp It! Summer/Fall 2005, featured prominently as a blueprint!!!!  Yea!!!  This publication is more than likely still on the racks at Michael’s, and other scrapbook stores.

Anyway, I glanced up from the magazine to see Jenn’s card perched on the shelf, and BAM!!!!  "Helloooooooooo, ding dong!!!!  Use Jenn’s card as your blueprint!!!!!"  I must smoocheth Jenn’s tootsies; in 10 minutes flat I had 2 cards finished and ready to go!  Yeah, baby!!!!

Here’s another design I finished.  It’s a birthday card for a dear, dear friend of mine whose sense of humor always lifts me when I need it most.   I met Gail over the internet when SU! first launched its demonstrator website.   We instantly connected and formed a friendship, through our conversations in the forum there, as we shared ideas and talked shop with other demonstrators.  Gail was actually the very first SU! demonstrator in the state of Maine.  We finally met in person at the San Diego SU! Convention.  There was a serious amount of shrieking at that moment!  (chuckle!)

Gail recently left SU!, but continues to share her beautiful creations at her blog, A Dragonfly Garden.  I love visiting Gail’s blog, because it feels like sanctuary there–peaceful, serene, comforting.  I don’t know any other way to describe it.  She has an amazing knack for propping her artwork out in her gorgeous garden, as well as in her studio.

So, Gail, here’s to you, and all the laughter and joy you infuse my life with–love ya’ BIG TIME, girlfriend!


"Eunice" ©Art Impressions; Sentiment is hand lettered; Watercolor Paper; Vanilla, Amethyst, Eggplant card stock by SU!; Staz-On Jet Black Ink; Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Lavender; Watercolor Crayons; AquaPainter; Ribbon by May Arts; Mulberry Paper Flower by Prima; Mini brads by SU!; Coluzzle Oval Template; SU! larger Oval Punch; SU! Horizontal Slot Punch; Mini Scallop Scissors by Provo Craft; Dimensional Foam Adhesive by 3M.

I’ve had Eunice for quite some time.  She CRACKS me!!!!  One of my all-time favorite people stamps, from the Art Impressions Golden Oldies Series.  I think they also make her in a ballerina tu-tu; I’m gonna hafta get that one.  She is a hottie and a hoot to boot!!! (chortle!)

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