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.