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Mini Album featuring Mother Goose by Graphic 45

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Today my project is a mini-album featuring papers from Mother Goose by Graphic 45.   This paper is so fun, and makes a perfect baby mini-album.  The colors are very vibrant, and in the 8×8 paper pad there are journaling cards, borders, stamps of various sizes, and other depictions of Mother Goose characters.  There are also chipboard stickers and stamps, etc. in the collection if you’re interested.

F with ribbon  b with ribbon

If you have the right tools and inspiration, mini-albums are actually pretty quick and easy.  It is best to start with a good die set to cut your pages.  For this project, I chose Creative Book Pages Two by Spellbinders.  I like the detail around the cut and embossed edges, and the size is perfect for a small album.  The largest sheets are 6”x6”, with a little extra along the side for binding.  The next largest die is 5”x5” and would also make a good mini-album.  Of course you could also choose to layer the two together.

Next, it is important to have a good theme or inspiration for the mini-album.  The Mother Goose paper is just too fun, and I knew that it would be perfect for a mini-album.  I looked at the colors in the various papers, and decided that black and white would be the best colors to use for the pages of my mini-album.   At this early point I wasn’t sure quite how to put them together, so I cut a few plain black and white pages with both the 6”x6” and the 5”x5” dies.  Then I chose a couple of patterned papers and used the 5”x5” dies to cut them.  I also cut out some 3”x4” squares from the patterned paper in the Mother Goose pack, as well as some of the journaling cards and other elements.  After trying a few lay-outs with these pieces (at this point they can just be scrap papers), I was able to decide to make my pages white on the front and black on the back.  Then I tried a few of the patterned papers on top, and decided to use the black and white diamond 5”x5” squares.  Please see the short video for a description of how I “plan” a mini-album.

Once you’ve made the key decisions, it is just a matter of cutting out the pieces you’ll need for the album.  I use 110lb. cardstock for my pages.  This is heavier cardstock, but not quite heavy enough to be used alone for a mini-album page.  It is perfect, though, when you tape two of them back to back.  I used Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal to do this.  Scor-Tape always gives a good strong bond, and you don’t have to worry about the pages coming apart.  I punched two holes in each page, and used my Crop-a-Dile to place a white eyelet at the top of each page, and a black eyelet at the bottom.  I also attached the patterned paper on the interior pages and the borders on the covers with Scor-Tape.

Once the pages were built, I laid out the scrapbook and began decorating.  The hardest part was choosing which of the cute elements to use.  There are just so many . . . .  and because they represent nursery rhymes they are appropriate for either a boy or a girl.  I tried to keep either the colors or the theme consistent with facing pages – but there really are no rules on this.  Just do something that you like.  I also used Scor-Tape to attach these pieces, although you might want to use removable double-stick tape until you decide which pictures to use (that may affect placement, etc.).  Pictures of the front and back covers and some of the interior pages are below.

F&B covers  page 1

page 3  page 2

page 7  page 5

The final step is to add the book rings and the ribbon.  To add the ribbon, I cut 3-4” pieces and tied them to the book rings.  If you just use a single knot, it will be easy to untie them if you ever need to pull the book apart or add pages, etc.  You don’t want to fully cover the ring, or you won’t be able to turn the pages, etc.  Just cover it about half.   With the wider ribbon I used (the white is about 1-1/2″ wide, and the black about 1″ wide) it only took 5 pieces of white and 4 pieces of black for each ring.  That gave pretty full coverage of the rings from the front view, but still kept enough of the ring open to allow the book pages to be turned.

F with ribbon  b with ribbon

Supply List:

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 8×8 paper pad

Graphic 45 Mother Goose 6×6 Patterns & Solids paper pad

110 lb. cardstock – black and white

Patterned paper – I used Black and White Diamonds by Canvas Corp.

Paper trimmer

Die cutting machine – I used Spellbinders Grand Calibur

Spellbinders Grand dies Creative Book Pages Two (other sets that work well for mini-albums are Creative Book Pages by Spellbinders and Nesting Rounded Squares by Lifestyle Crafts)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Black and white eyelets

Crop-a-Dile by We R Memory Keepers

2 book rings

Ribbon

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Happy New Year

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

new year

Happy New Year, everyone!  I can’t believe that 2013 is coming to a close – the year seemed to go by very fast.  I’m also excited about the promise of a new year – I hope that 2014 is the best ever for all of us!

I have a couple of simple projects to share with you today.  The first is a cupcake wrapper.  This is a Lifestyle Crafts die (formerly Quickutz), and is just too much fun!  The wrapper piece has the “Happy New Year” at the top, and you only need to add the numbers for the year and the stars (all of the dies that you need are included).  It can be cut from almost any kind of paper – patterned or plain.  I chose a heavyweight metallic paper.  I decided on the black/gold color combination based on the napkins that I purchased.  So its just a simple cut of the wrapper and the appropriate numbers and stars.  The set includes numbers 0-9, so you can use the die for many years to come.  The die set also includes the small and large stars.  Adding the numbers and stars is easy with a couple of small pieces of Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal.  The wrapper has a slotted closure in the back that is secure, so no adhesive is needed there.  You can make 2 cupcake wrappers with one 8-1/2” x 11” piece of cardstock (you can make 3 or 4 from a 12” x 12” piece of cardstock).   Pictures of the undecorated and decorated cupcake wrappers are below.

wrapper 3  wrapper

wrapper 2

My second project is a candy/treat holder made using the new Candy Box Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.   To make the candy box, you need a piece of paper or cardstock that is 7” wide, and it can be anywhere from 4” to 12” long (will make a longer or shorter candy box).  I think that these are so fun and kind of look like the “crackers” you can purchase that are filled with little candies and other surprises.  You just follow the simple step-by-step directions that come with the Candy Box punch board to complete the box.  All that involves is some very easy punching and scoring – I think that this punch board is one of the simpler ones that We R Memory Keepers makes.  I cut the paper 7” x 8” for my boxes.  I used Scor-Tape to assemble the box, and attached a simple gold ribbon to keep the ends closed (after filling it, of course).  This is a close-up picture of the candy box.

cracker

For me, cupcakes are a bit much for a New Year’s Eve celebration – I usually serve munchies and other “finger food”.  These wrappers will be perfect for muffins served the next morning for brunch.  And why not extend the fun a little by serving the orange juice in plastic champagne flutes?  Holidays come just once a year – why not make them special.

Supply List

Lifestyle Crafts die – Happy New Year

Cardstock – 2 coordinating colors for the cupcake wrappers; 1 sheet of 7” x 8” cardstock for each candy box.

Die cutting machine – I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur

We R Memory Keepers – Candy Box Punch Board

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal – I used 1/4″ width

Gold ribbon

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’

Cheryl

Christmas Countdown Box

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

countdown  box decor  box side view

December 1 is almost here, so this week it was time for me to finish a Christmas Countdown box.  Christmas countdown boxes are a fun way to spread the joy and anticipation of Christmas through the entire month of December.  The drawers can be filled with any small gift – candy, money, ornaments, etc.

I started with a pre-made countdown box, so this project was quick and easy.  I knew that I wanted to use the Santa’s List decorative brads by Theresa Collins to number the boxes.  These brads are so cute, and were just so perfect for my project.  I placed a 2” length of red grosgrain ribbon (folded over) underneath each brad to create a pull tab for each of the drawers.  My Crop-A-Dile punch by We R Memory Keepers punched right through the cardboard box (and the ribbon) with no problem.

To decorate the sides of the box, I used strips of the Theresa Collins Santa’s List washi tape set.  I think washi tape is so fun, and is a quick and easy way to decorate just about anything.    This set includes a red and white striped tape, a countdown tape, a holly tape and a “Merry Christmas” tape.

I wanted to decorate the back of the box so that it could be a decoration itself.  To do this, I selected a piece of lightly patterned cardstock.  You have to be a little careful in selecting the cardstock — if it is too busy the decorative elements won’t show up (for example, I first chose a red/white polka dot cardstock, but the decorations just faded into it).  To decorate the back of the box, I cut the words “Merry Christmas” from green cardstock using a Quickutz die.  The Santa face was cut from a piece of Anna Griffin cardstock.  To pop it, I taped it to a piece of green cardstock and added an approximate 1/8” layer.  The bow was the most fun part of the project.

This year a number of companies have introduced dies to make bows — Sizzix, My Favorite Things, etc.  It is so much fun to be able to make beautiful dimensional bows, and they are so simple to make.   Generally the dies consist of three elements – a piece that creates the loops, a flat backing piece, and a small wrap to hold the other two sections together.  The bow I used for this project is the Jumbo Beautiful Bow by My Favorite Things.  You can see the die pieces below.

die pieces

You need to cut one of each shape.   I cut mine from the red flocked floral or craft ribbon  that is used so much around the holidays.  I like to use Scor-Tape to assemble the bows, although glue would also work.    I placed a small piece of Scor-Tape in the center of the shape to make the loops, and one on the “wrap” piece.  Please see the short video for instructions on how to assemble the bows.

This picture shows a close-up view of the two bows – one made from cardstock (left) and the other from flocked ribbon (right).  Both are dimensional – the cardstock bow retains a rounder shape, while the bow made from the flocked ribbon relaxes a little more.

bows

To finish my box – I trimmed the patterned cardstock, and attached it to the back of the box with Scor-Tape.  Because of the detail in the letters, I used a product called “Sticky Dots” to attach the words “Merry Christmas”.   I used Scor-Tape to attach the bow and the Santa face.

Another quick and fun project!

Supply List:

Pre-made countdown box

Red grosgrain ribbon (I used 3/8″ wide)

Santa’s List decorative brads by Theresa Collins (1-25)

Santa’s List washi tape set by Theresa Collins

Assorted cardstock – red, green, patterned

Jumbo Beautiful Bow die by My Favorite Things

Red flocked craft (or floral) ribbon

“Merry Christmas” die by Quickutz

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal

Sticky Dots adhesive sheets by Therm O Web

Crop-A-Dile punch by We R Memory Keepers

 

 

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Cheryl

Want2Scrap Leaf Album!

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the USA and no matter how you celebrate this Want2Scrap Leaf Album is perfect for storing those captured moments with family, friends or even personal thoughts for future generations. See HERE for all of our chipboard albums!

What are you thankful for? Of course, my first thoughts are of my family, but when I really think about it, there are so many simple things I am grateful for, that my list could go on forever!

I created this album using Want2 Scrap’s Chipboard Album Leaf by Joe Rotella as a fun way to store our Thanksgiving photos and I would like each of us to write down what we are grateful for, so I can scrapbook those thoughts in the album next to their photo, just to make it more personalized.

It was fun, but I’m not done yet. I will finish embellishing the inside when I get the photos and individual gratitude sheets placed, so I have plenty of room for those, then embellish around them.

I started out tracing the pattern on paper and cutting with scissors, but quickly discarded the scissors for an X-acto Knife and my cutting mat.  That was much better! Here are a few of the pages.

 

Other products used were:

DCWV Harvest Gathering Stack and Cardstock Stack (from my older paper stash)

Want2Scrap 6105 Frilly Flourish Swirl-Silver Rhinestones

Want2Scrap 4306-S Silhouettes-Garden Motiff

Want2Scrap 3177 Chipboard Sentiments-Moments

TIM32823-Tim Holtz Distress Ink Gathered Twigs (See more color choices HERE)

This is also a fun project to do with kids (let them cut with scissors), as a family Thanksgiving activitiy when you are to stuffed to do anything else!

As we head into this holiday season, let us all keep in our minds those things which we are truly grateful for. If we do that, we are more thoughtful of those less fortunate.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Cut@Home! May you all have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

Crop A Dile III Main Squeeze Tool!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Let your main squeeze be this We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile III Main Squeeze Tool! It  has interchangeable plates for die cutting, attaching, corners, & embossing! Plates just slide on, then give the handles a squeeze for embellishments on any project! You will go embellishment crazy with this handy-dandy tool!

The Crop A Dile III Main Squeeze tool is to be used with the specially designed plates called Squeeze Plates. All you do is slide them on and you will hear them snap into place. All plates have debossed words on the end of them stating TOP or BOTTOM and also on the ends above the plate slips as seen in the image 4.

A good tip for more squeeze pressure is to hold the handles near the ends. This also helps users with small hands! The Squeeze Plates have a special soft pad that protect the squeeze tabs when squeezing. The great thing about Squeeze TABS are that they have designs on BOTH sides!

*Die Cutting and Embossing plates can be ordered separately*

As for the embellishments for the Main Squeeze III, I personally love the corners! We carry a variety of these chic photo corners, such as Copper Corners, Black Shimmer Corners, Crystal Gem Corners,  and Holly Corners to name just a few!

I also really like the Squeeze Tabs! They are fun accents for both cards and layouts! The Gold Squeeze Tabs are great for a Best Buds layout! Then you have the Memories Squeeze Tabs for vacations, and Smile Squeeze Tabs for a girly look!

We also carry a variety of Cutting Plates and Embossing Plates that create fantastic embellishments! If you don’t already have one of these babies, you should take a closer look at what it can do!

There will not be a blog for tomorrow as I am off to San Fransisco to help my son move to start his new job! See you on Monday!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

Take A Bite With The Corner Chomper III!

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

How many of you have to have every tool out there for your paper crafting needs? Well, this blog is dedicated to you! We R Memory Keepers brought us the Crop-A-Dile, the Crop-A-Dile II Big Bite Punch, the Corner Chomper, and now they present us  with the Corner Chomper III Main Squeeze Tool!

This nifty little tool has interchangeable plates for die cutting, attaching, corners, & embossing Plates just slide on, then give the handles a squeeze for embellishments on any project.

The Crop A Dile III Main Squeeze tool is to be used with the specially designed plates called Squeeze Plates. All you do is slide them on and you will hear them snap into place. All plates have debossed words on the end of them stating TOP or BOTTOM and also on the ends above the plate slips as seen in the image 4.

A good tip for more squeeze pressure is to hold the handles near the ends. This also helps users with small hands! The Squeeze Plates have a special soft pad that protect the squeeze tabs when squeezing. The great thing about Squeeze TABS are that they have designs on BOTH sides!

*Die Cutting and Embossing plates can be ordered separately*

I adore the fun corners that you can apply to your projects with this fun tool! For example, Aqua Shimmer Corners for some of my Caribbean layouts, or Chocolate Shimmer Corners just to say that I had my chocolate for the day and didn’t get the calories!

For a floral look, go with Cosmos Corners! Emerald Gem Corners are just one of the gem corners! There are even holiday corners like the Ho Ho Ho Corners! Something for everyone!

These are so much fun! You should check them all out for yourselves! They are fantastic embellishments!

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!

Carrie

 

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