Friday, February 26, 2021


What is a Triple Whammy Fold? Is it a card, a book, or ???  Here is a preview of what our member from the UK, Margaret Beech, will be sharing with us.

We'll call this example a book because it has signatures sewn in.

Card or book?

Book or card?

Margaret said these are pretty quick to make, so we will also make a "Pocket Wrapper," a fold that can contain a signature or explosion fold as well as having pockets on the outside. The following Triple Whammy materials list will make one (or two if you wish, see note) card/book.

Materials for Triple Whammy:

  • Three (3) 6" squares of colored or white construction or multi-media paper, colored one side or both. These are your pages. Please decorate them in advance of the workshop.
  • Six (6) 3 3/4" x 1 3/4" strips of construction or multi-media paper. These are the decorative strips which will be added to your pages. Decorate them on one side, in advance of the workshop. To decorate, use lettering, rubber stamps, used postage stamps, punched shapes, collage, gift wrap, but nothing with any bulk. When you are decorating your pages think about what message you might like to send--you could turn it into a Random Act of Kindness. The world needs kindness more than ever.
  • One (1) piece of text weight paper, 8 1/2" square for an envelope for your book/card. This book/card stands very well and would make a good greeting for a friend, hence the envelope.
  • NOTE: To make a second Whammy with pamphlet stitched signatures, please have ready another three 6" squares and six 3 3/4" squares (both sides decorated to become the signatures).

Materials for Pocket Wrapper:

  • Two (2) sheets letter size (8 1/2" x 11") good weight paper - decorated on both sides
  • Two (2) sheets copy paper
NOTE: To see a photo of a Wrapper, go to, scroll to bottom of page, and click on page 8. Scroll down to "Congratulations for Chloe").

Tools for both projects:

New glue stick, pencil, ruler, bone folder, scissors, needle and waxed thread

When:   Saturday, March 13 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    To Dolores Guffey by March 5 to receive password and instructions
Workshop questions: Margaret Beech
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes

Contact information for everyone will be in the newsletter.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


The February card workshop taught by Diane Williams was a big hit with the 48 participants. Making the cards was easy and quick, which left plenty of time for the fun part of embellishing the cards. Our amazing members always come up with different ideas to personalize their work and this was no exception. Many thanks to Diane for sharing these structures with us. Here are some examples of the cards we made.

Bridge Cards

Rosie Arenas chose a Valentine theme.

Margaret Beech's card celebrates Puffins.

Margaret's cute houses are on display.

Betty Steckman also chose a Valentine theme
for her beautiful papers.

Stephanie Weigel added a whimsical graphic.

Bonnie Julien added a window to place a pressed flower.

Tent Cards

Mary Elizabeth Nelson created windows to display
pressed flowers in her tent card.

Tent card flat

Margaret Beech also made a Valentine tent card.

Stephanie Weigel made a collaged tent 
and added stitching.

Thank you to everyone who shared photographs of their cards.

Sunday, January 31, 2021


Traditionally, the February NORBAG workshop has been to make Valentine cards for people in care and rehabilitation homes. This has been a project led by Lorraine Miller-Wolf for many years, but due to Covid restrictions, those who wish to make and donate Valentine cards will need to do so independently and deliver them to Lorraine. Her contact information is in the newsletter.

Instead, NORBAG will host a card making workshop at our regular February Zoom meeting. Please join us as Diane Williams shows us how to create two 3D structures that are able to fold flat and fit into an A2 envelope. The first structure is a Bridge Card.

Bridge Card

A Bridge Card is much like a tunnel structure where you can layer elements on to the bridge to create depth. Since we will be making a prototype, we will keep with a simple Valentine theme.

The second 3D card is a Tent Card. This card easily stands alone for display and lends itself to being embellished on the outside with cut out shapes glued to its sides. Again, this card can be folded flat for easy mailing. Both cards are fun to create and easy to share by mail or in person.

Tent card shown flat and for display

Materials for the Bridge card:

  • Card: 1 piece of cardstock 4 1/4" by 8" (grain short)
  • 1 piece of cardstock 1/2" x 5 1/2" (this is the bridge piece)
  • 1 piece of cardstock 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • 1 piece pattern paper 2 7/8" x 4 1/4"
  • 2 pieces pattern paper 1 1/4" x 4 1/4"

Materials for the Tent card:

  • 3 pieces colored cardstock 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
  • 1 piece of cardstock 1/2" x 1/2"

Tools and Supplies:

  • Bone folder
  • Paper cutter, or ruler and x-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue or double stick tape (adhesive of your choice)
  • Optional: score board for scoring folds
  • Optional: pictures, cut shapes such as hearts, and pieces of patterned paper to embellish your cards

Here are more examples of the cards

Bridge card

Bridge card

Tent Card flat

Tent Card displayed

When:   Saturday, February 13 at 10 a.m. PST
Where:  On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP:    YES, to Dolores Guffey by Feb. 5 to receive password and instructions
Workshop questions: Diane Williams
Zoom questions: Bobbie Hayes - contact information for everyone will be in the newsletter.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021


NORBAG's January Zoom workshop had our largest attendance to date - 52 members joined us for Michele Kamprath's excellent presentation of making a Star Book. This was our first workshop at the new time of 10 a.m. PST. We had our papers pre-cut and essential materials at hand so Michele was able to lead us through step-by-step on constructing the book. At the end of the workshop members shared what they made and the creativity of our group certainly came through in the different color schemes and variations that were made. Thank you Michele for a workshop that will inspire us to make this book again and to try out some of the alternative ideas that our members shared. This workshop was recorded and is now available for viewing. To receive the link and password contact Dolores. This recording will be deleted on February 13, 2021 at midnight.

Photo Gallery

Some of the books featured here are still in the process of being completed.

Edge Gerring

The cut-outs and pop-outs beautifully showcase the other layers.

Molly Millman's book is so cheerful.

DJ Gaskin

DJ's papers add a whimsical touch.

Dolores Guffey used a starburst punch to create
a design on some pages.

Mary Elizabeth Nelson used a circle punch to showcase
her beautiful cyanotype papers.

The French Link stitch was used
to bind Mary Elizabeth's book.

Margaret Beech added pop-out and collage elements.

"Busy" hands are featured in Margaret's book.

Stephanie Weigel added stitching to the edges on her book.

Vibrant paper colors enhance Stephanie's book.

Sherrill Story

Sherrill's book had different cut-outs
to show off inside layers.

Donna Gephart
The final layers are not yet attached. This is a memory book
to celebrate her daughter's European trip in 2019.

Some pages are blank for photographs and some 
have pockets for ephemera.

Jill McInerney

Beautiful blue & green colors enhance the star.

Thursday, December 24, 2020


 We will kick-off the new year with a Star Book structure taught by Michele Kamprath. 

This is a fun little book to make but a bit involved, so Michele asks us to please do some prep a day or so before the workshop so that we will have time to finish our books.

PLEASE (1) cut your papers; (2) cover your coverboards with decorative paper; and (3) weight your covered boards overnight. You might also want to label the different cut papers so that you will know which layer is which. The finished book size is 3 1/2" high x 5 1/2" wide. If you decide to make cards for your pockets, the cards will be about 3 1/4" wide by just short of 3 1/2" tall.


For the layers: cut cardstock to the following dimensions, grain short. Cardstock color can vary or be the same. Layer 4 is the main layer in the front so you might want to use printed cardstock for it. You can also showcase artwork, collage, photos, etc., on the Layer 4 papers and/or in the pocket enclosures.

Layer 1: 7 pieces 3 1/2" x 11"

Layer 2: 7 pieces 3" x 7" (YES, 3", not a typo)

Layer 3: 7 pieces 3 1/2" x 8"

Layer 4: 7 pieces 3 1/2" x 7" (This is the front layer that you look at when opening the book).

NOTE: If you want pockets in layer 4, the paper size would be 7" x 7". You can have some or all of your Layer 4 pages with pockets, or some with pockets, and some without.

For the covers:

2 coverboards - 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" (use matt board or book board)

2 decorative papers to cover the boards: 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"


  • Piercing cradle or old phone book
  • Cutting mat
  • Sharp knife with extra blades
  • Steel ruler
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • 1/4" - 1/2" double stick tape (both sizes if you have them), red tape is best
  • Several paper clips
  • Pencil
  • Awl
  • Sewing jig paper 3 1/2" x 3"
  • 2 pieces of ribbon for the ties, 10-12" each
  • PVA & glue brush; or other glue, glue stick
  • Needle and waxed linen thread if you have it or crewel embroidery thread and beeswax
  • Optional: pictures, artwork, patterned cardstock for layers, collage, or cards to go into the pockets 
Another example of how to "decorate" your fourth layer

Fourth layer pockets

    Saturday Jan. 9 NEW MEETING TIME 
at 10 a.m. PST
Where?   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom
RSVP?     YES, by Jan. 4 to Dolores Guffey to receive the link and password and workshop instructions
Workshop Questions: Michele Kamprath
Zoom Questions: Bobbie Hayes
(Contact information for these members is in the newsletter)

Sunday, December 13, 2020


 The 2020 annual NORBAG holiday exchange was a bit different this year. For those of us who have attended the event in the past, we missed the warm hospitality of being together at Sandy Vrem’s lovely home. On the other hand, we were able to be together on Zoom with our out-of-town members. Jill and Margaret joined from England, several from Pennsylvania, as well as members from Michigan, Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and throughout California. There were no snacks to share, but it was fun to see all 30 of the exchange cards and hear about each of them from the artists. We are thankful to have the ability to use Zoom to bring us all together. Photographs of all of the beautiful and creative exchange cards are on our Flickr site (the link is on the top left of this page).

Here is an example of one of the wonderful holiday cards.
This was made by Donna LaVallee. For more views of this
card and all the others, check out the Flickr site.


Now that we are using Zoom, we have more flexibility than we had with our face-to-face workshops. We sent 72 email queries to members who regularly attend our Zoom meetings asking if a change to 10 AM PST would be acceptable. Of the approximately 31% of respondents, the vast majority of members liked the idea. Starting in January 2021 our meetings will start at 10 AM PST (1 PM EST and 6 PM in England). Occasionally we may have a workshop at a different time because of the needs of the artist, but we will give you ample notice of the time changes.

One more holiday card to share Edith Fuller's wishes for 2021!

Monday, November 30, 2020


 This year's Holiday card exchange will be quite different from previous years. For the local members it means they won't be enjoying the hospitality of Sandy Vrem for a festive get-together of food and card sharing. But, for those of us who live out of town, we will benefit by visiting together via Zoom and seeing and hearing each other describe our cards. We invite all of our members to join Dolores Guffey at the December 12th Zoom meeting as she presents the 30 cards in this year's exchange. 

Many thanks to everyone who participated in making cards. We hope you will be joining us at the Zoom meeting to share your inspiration, structure, and design, etc. Those unable to join us will have their colophon read as the card is shown on the screen. If time permits after the sharing of the cards, we will be able to "visit" and exchange greetings. We hope to "see" you there! Details about the December meeting are at the bottom of this post.

A collection of cards from previous years.

More cards from the past

Becky McAllister

Becky Luening

Bobbie Hayes

Ellen Golla

Ellen Clague

Andrea Penn

Bonnie Julien

Miriam Hall

Michele Kamprath

Peggy Marrs

Sandy Hansen

Vicki Van Horn

What:     Holiday Card Exchange

When:    Saturday, Dec. 12 at noon, Pacific Time

Where:   On your computer, tablet or smartphone via Zoom

RSVP:    YES, to Dolores Guffey by December 8 to receive password and instructions

Zoom:    For questions, Bobbie Hayes 

Contact information for Dolores & Bobbie can be found in the newsletter.