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Old 02-11-2014, 12:22 PM   #1
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Serendipity ~ the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. The word was coined by Horace Walpole in 1754. In a letter he wrote to a friend Walpole explained an unexpected discovery he had made by reference to a Persian fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip. The princes, he told his correspondent, were “always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things which they were not in quest of”.

This week I have a fun challenge for you - it's a little bit time-consuming but needs no special supplies, and is a wonderful rewarding way of using up all those scraps of paper we accumulate!! It's an old scrapbooking technique called Serendipity Squares, which I first came across even before I signed up here on SCS, so some of my creations aren't even in my gallery here.

I've attached a tutorial in both PDF and Word format, and HERE's a link to a Google Docs PDF version.


Basically the steps are as follows:

1: Choose some heavy paper/light card for your base. It won’t really show, so the colour doesn’t matter too much.
For the photo tutorial, I used a half sheet of kraft. I wouldn't recommend using less than a quarter sheet, and normally I take the time to do a whole sheet.
Also pick out some scraps of patterned paper – they should coordinate with each other for the best end result.

2: Tear them into small pieces. My base piece, for this, was half a sheet of kraft, and my torn pieces are about the size of the top joint of a finger.

3: This is the slow part – stick them all onto your base layer, overlapping them. A glue stick works well – if you have a large Xyron you could use that.

It looks like a total mess – don’t worry!!

4: Start stamping and embossing randomly on it. I used a text stamp, a leaf stamp embossed with gold EP, a flourish stamp embossed with blue, and I stencilled some chickenwire in orange. If you emboss, make sure the ink on regular stamped parts is dry before you add the EP . Even with using a heat gun, I still ended up with a bit of EP where I didn’t want it, but for this project that's no big deal, it's all part of the serendipity! Let your imagination run free here – you’re not limited to stamping or stencilling. You can see on the attached photo of a (very old) album cover that I made that I added some punched shapes - leaves on the autumn square, a butterfly on the summer one.

It still looks a total mess – still don’t worry!!

5: Now – cut it into small pieces and all of a sudden your mess doesn’t look like a mess any more, each little piece is a work of art.

Obviously they don’t have to be square – I cut squares, some rectangles, ric-rac and a leaf from mine.

Here is a montage showing photos of each step. (If you click on it, it will take you to Photobucket (no need to log in or sign up), where you will be able to see it in full glorious technicolor by clicking on the little Zoom icon under the bottom right corner of the image, and then clicking on it once more on the image that opens up).


Below I've attached a photo of part of the cover of a Four Seasons album I made my sister 8 years ago.

Have fun creating - then use some of your Serendipity shapes - square or otherwise.

When you've created your card, upload it to the gallery and then come back and link it here so we can all see it! You get more views and comments if you link on the thread .


TLC470 SERENDIPITY gallery.

My Butterfly Dream sample
My Emerging Bird sample


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1. Open 2 windows or tabs: one window for your card and one for this thread.
2. In this thread, click on reply and type anything you want to show before the link.
3. Go to your card window. Highlight the address for your card. (It says www. splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showphoto..... and so on)
4. Click EDIT. Click COPY
5. Go back to this thread. Click PASTE.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:48 PM   #2
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What a delightful challenge...and your examples are enchanting!
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I'm at work this morning, but I'm subscribed to the thread so if anyone has any questions, please just post and I'll try to respond! I get home about 9 am EST anyway, so it's still early in the day over in the States .
I hope you'll have fun with this, even if the pasting does take a little time!

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Thanks for a fun challenge! Here´s mine;

TLC470 Hello by Biggan - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

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I loved this one, and hope to play again when I have more time to fuss over those snippets of paper! Until then a happy serendipity with the Magenta tulip!
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Fun memory: years ago, when I was still teaching, a colleague and I conspired to anonymously RAK other staff members, signing each gift as Sarah N. Dippity. It took the others months to figure out who, and it was good sneaky fun for Peggy and me.
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Oh, that is so cool! It will probably take me a week to get one done, though, LOL!
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Sabrina, this looks like so much fun! Can't wait to try it.
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Thanks for the reminder. This really is a fun and worthwhile technique. After first learning this technique, I started a drawer to store the 'scraps' for use in serendipity. I've got this! LOL
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What a cool technique Sabrina!!! Your cards look awesome!!
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Thanks for the reminder. This really is a fun and worthwhile technique. After first learning this technique, I started a drawer to store the 'scraps' for use in serendipity. I've got this! LOL
Use 'em or lose 'em. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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Wow Sabrina, this was worth all the work. Thanks for teaching me another new technique. I'm glad I made a half sheet of this so I can make a few more cards. Here's my card .
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Really FABULOUS and FUN technique, Sabrina! You are most creative. Due to you, your technique and your heritage, I started my cards for St. Patrick's Day. : ) (Love Ireland.....a beautiful place)

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A little messy, but fun!! TLC470 Serendipity Birthday by muscrat - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Hope this was okay. I used old postage stamps instead of DP scraps.
TLC470 CAS261 Classy Serendipity by Mrs Noofy - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

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This technique is an oldie but goodie for me...but a great way to use up those scraps you can't bear to throw out. Here are my cards: TLC470, Asian Serendipity by parknslide - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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I didn't do the first step with paper pieces, but brayered on some acrylic paint as my first layer. I hope to have time to go back and do a full on use of the technique but I'm sharing what I had time for in the meanwhile!
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This looks super fun! I think some extra wide score tape might work beautifully for this technique. Hopefully I'll be back later with a happy result.
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Sabrina, this one was a fun one, but it took me all day to get it done. I posted several cards because I was determined to not leave any scraps on the table. I think this one is my favorite.
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I cut my squares into circles!

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Had to play with the negative too! TLC470, Serendipity Blossoms by parknslide - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Sabrina, thanks for such a fun technique. Here is my card:

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I said, " I got this!" then it took me forever to put this card together. It wasn't difficult, I just struggled with the design for some reason. It really is fun! Thanks for the challenge!

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Love this old scrapbook challenge, works great for lots of crafty style projects.

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I've done this before and really need to do it again. As you can see each sheet becomes a work of art. When we did it in a class, we used sticker paper which worked great; we also had some gold leaf which added some bling to our creations. This inspires me to take the time to do this once again since I loved seeing everyones' creations.
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This was such a fun technique to do. I thought I'd done it wrong after I was done stamping and embossing - it really was gaudy, but magically when I cut it up it became beautiful! Thank you for sharing this technique. I posted my card in my gallery - lindapekrul, but the forum isn't allowing me to post the link because I'm a new poster here and haven't made three posts yet.
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Finally finished!

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Here is my very late card!!
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This was such fun to do, Sabrina! Here is my card -

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Sabrina it took me until today for an idea to gel, but here is my Manhattan Fabulous card.
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I made some serendipity circles!!

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ART - just do it!: Flowers with Serendipity circles

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