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Cut@Home Blog - Scrapbooking & Card Making Ideas

How to do Recipe Journals

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This week I decided it was time to do something about the pile of recipes that I’ve collected over the years.  You know the ones I mean — the odd recipe cards, scraps of paper, newspaper clippings, etc.   I found a cute Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collection Folio that I thought was perfect for the job.  It is the small size (measures approximately 9″x7″), and has a little room to expand.  I also found a small journal in a dollar bin that can be used when there is time to consolidate those little scraps of paper into something more permanent.

recipe folder  book front

Of course the key to a project like this is having the right paper and embellishments.  My kitchen is kind of retro — a little farmhouse mixed in with 50′s kitsch.  I found a wonderful collection of paper, stickers and assorted embellishments by Cosmo Cricket.  The name sold it — “TV Dinner”.  It had an assortment of 12″x12″ papers, a tablet of 8″ paper, lots of stickers, brads and other cute stuff.

The book was very simple to complete.  I selected one of the 12″x12″ patterned papers, and cut a panel for the front and back covers.  I also cut a very small strip to run along the spine of the book.  The book itself was kraft colored and matched okay, but I thought it would be better if it was a little more yellow-gold.  I grabbed one of my Copic markers (Y26) and colored the spine of the book, and each of the outer edges (front and back).  I only needed one coat to get to the color that I wanted.  Note that you don’t need to color the entire book — just about 1/4″ from the outside edge.  I was also careful to keep the marker from the inside of the book — the inside edges remain the original kraft color.   I added a small-sized recipe card to the inside cover, along with a “From the kitchen of” label   These are some additional pictures of the book and inside cover.

book front  book back

inside cover

For the folio, I wanted to keep the outside pretty plain as it is the side that will have the most wear and tear.  I simply added a few of the stickers to the front panel and flap (I will seal those later on so that they stay intact as long as possible).  On the inside I selected one of the 8″x8″ papers to do the lining.  It really doesn’t take much – four 8″x8″ sheets and a border were enough to cover all of the exposed panels.  Because of the way the folio is structured, it wouldn’t be appropriate to cover the accordion parts, etc. so it made sense to me to just center the patterned paper on each panel and make that a part of the design.  (That is why I could use 8″x8″ paper on a 9″x7″ folio.)   This is a photo of the interior –

recipe folder in

This short video gives a better description of both projects, and a more complete view of them.

or view directly on

For both projects, the key to keeping everything in place is a good strong adhesive.  My “go-to” adhesive for these types of projects is always Scor-Tape.  I lined each edge with 1/2″ Scor-Tape.  For those pieces of cardstock that were a little larger (book covers, full pieces on the inside of the folio), I also added a piece of Scor-Tape in the center.  The Scor-Tape gives a good strong bond — I’m not worried about anything coming loose, even in the “icky, sticky” summer weather.

I also completed a few recipe tags and recipe cards.  The recipe cards are from the TV Dinner paper collection, so I only needed to cut them apart.  The tags are made by The American Tag Company, and I just added a little ribbon.  Each of these can be easily tucked inside the folio.  Here’s a picture.

recipe card

This project was quick and fun.  This is for my personal use, but it would make a great gift.   Two of the Penny Black stamp sets, “Homemade” and “Spice of Life” are perfect for further decorating the folio, recipe cards, and recipe book, etc.  Both sets are available at Cut at Home – you can use this link to shop Penny Black.


Supply list

Tim Holtz Idea-ology small Collection Folio

Small (approximately 6″ x 8″) journal

Scrapbooking paper/embellishment collection — I used “TV Dinner” by Cosmo Cricket

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal (I used mostly 1/2″ for extra holding power)

Copic marker to match paper – I used Y26

recipe tags



Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Detailed Flower Dies Scrapbook/Journal

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

As you may have noticed, I really love the detailed flower dies that are on the market.  To assemble them, you almost always need to download a set of instructions from the manufacturer’s website.   I’m always losing them so I thought I would put them all together, perhaps in a binder.  Then I realized that scrapbooking journaling is what “we” do — so I decided that I would make a scrapbook/journal to hold all of my flower instructions.

decorated journal

Like most scrapbook/journals, the first step was to find a good album to work with.  I found one almost immediately that is burlap-covered, with a little lace.  It is a good size to hold the instruction pages (approximately 7″ x 9″), and the book is bound in such a way that it will lay open flat so the instructions can be easily read.  This is a picture of the journal as it was when I purchased it (the interior pages are kraft paper — so there are lots of possibilities there too). See some other die-cutting flower projects !

plain journal

Now for the decorations . . . .  It is a flower journal, so it makes a lot of sense to have flowers on the cover.  The Leane Creatief flower dies are beautiful when made in felt, and fortunately they have my favorite — Daisy.  With the help of my Sizzix Big Shot I was able to quickly cut the pieces needed for three daisies.  The packaging for the Leane Creatief dies always shows instructions (and a photo) for felt flowers on the back, and I was able to quickly assemble them with a needle and a little thread.  Here’s a picture of the easy-to-follow instructions from the reverse side of the Daisy package –

felt instructions

I decided to add a few beads to the center to add a little interest.  I was able to do this easily with a regular needle (no beading needle needed)  and some thread.  If you’re not into sewing, you could also assemble the felt flowers with a little fabric glue.  Here is a close-up photo of a finished daisy –

flower close-up

With the flowers completed, I pulled out some additional beads and treasures, and tried placing various things on the cover of the album until I was happy with it.  Ultimately I decided on something simple – three daisies and a little brass word (“blessed”) on a piece of lace in the center.  I attached each with needle and thread so it would stand up to some wear and tear.  I love how it turned out!   Here’s a close-up of the finished project.

journal close-up

Please see the short video for additional information on the Leane Creatief felt flowers, and my process for decorating the cover.

It will probably take me a while to complete the book.  Instead of cutting apart all of the instructions, it will be easier to just re-print them at about 75%.  This is a size that will fit on the page, and it is still readable.  I printed the Sizzix Susan’s Garden basic instructions and the Primrose instructions and placed them in the book so you can see how well it will work out (I used a glue stick to attach them).  There is even space left for some embellishments, and perhaps some pictures, etc.  Here’s a photo –

sample page

Supply List

Scrapbook, photo album or journal

459630-Leane Creatief Daisy Flower and Leaves

felt — I used a medium green, gold, medium brown and antique white (mine was the inexpensive felt from the craft store — wool felt would work beautifully for this project)

657900-Sizzix Big Shot (I have several machines, but the Big Shot seems to be the best when it comes to cutting felt.)

Needle and matching threads


Small beads

Assorted embellishments

Lace (small piece)

Glue stick (to adhere the flower instructions)

You can check out all different flowers we’ve got here:


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Graphic 45 Botanical Tea Strip Card

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Hello, today we are working with Graphic 45 Botanical Tea in a 6×6 paper pad. After all those mother’s day gifts, I wanted to make something special to say “thank you”. The Botanical Tea paper pad features two of each of all double-sided papers. Botanical tea exudes vintage elegance. We are creating a card using this paper pad and sentiment “thank you”  from In’spireby Spellbinders. So lets get started.

Celebration dies from In'Spire by Spellbinders

Celebration dies from In’Spire by Spellbinders

Let’s begin by cutting our strips of paper from the Graphic 45 Botanical Tea paper pack. You will need 6 strips .5in by 3in. All are to be the same length.


Next proceed to cut your background mat 4.25 x 5.25, then cut a second sheet 4in. x 5 in.

Here comes the tricky part as these strips over lay. Begin with gluing one of the strips 1/3  of the sheet to your right, then “cross” with a second strip. These will be your bases then from there following my card weave the strips.

Using your Sizzix Big Shot, die cut the “thank you” sentiment, and place off to the bottom right of the card.

To finish, place 3 pearls to give the card that finished look.



I think this thank you card can be given to anyone as it is not too feminine. For a step-by-step video please below:



Card Recipe:

Graphic 45 Botanical Tea 6×6 paper pad

In’spire by Spellbinders “Celebration dies”

Sizzix Big Shot




Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Bo Bunny Our Lil Monster Layout!

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

I have been dying to do a Bo Bunny Our Lil Monster layout ever since I first saw the collection at CHA in January! I knew it would be perfect for scrapping the MANY photos I’ve taken of my little grandson (who can be the most adorable little monster at times).

If you have young boys around then you’ll love using this collection to capture the energy and fun of your little boy. The color palette is full of bright greens and yellows with silly monster designs and wild geometrics. and there are a ton of coordinating embellishments that enable you to quickly create layouts or cards for that special little guy in your life from chipboard to buttons.  There is even a darling mini album that you can add your photos to as it is or add embellishments as you like, but either way it is an easy album to put together.




Today, I just want to show you the double page layout I did. I like to keep my layouts cleaner and let my photos stand out. The products are listed separately below. Sorry that my lighting wasn’t a bit better!




Product list:

Bo Bunny:

15816306 Our Lil’ Monster 12×12 Collection Pack

15817230 Our Lil’ Monster 6×6 Paper Pad

15813227 Our Lil’ Monster Noteworthy Die-cuts

15803222 Our Lil’ Monster Combo Stickers 12×12

15809226 Our Lil’ Monster Self-Adhesive Layered Chipboard

15815229 Our Lil’ Monster Self-Adhesive Chipboard 12×12

15807224 Our Lil’ Monster Self-adhesive Jewels

Adhesive  to apply 6×6 paper and photos.

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!





Darice Easter Bunny Embossing Folder

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Today I want to share a card using the Darice Easter Bunny embossing folder.  I also want to give you some tips on using things that you already have in your stash in different ways so you can “stretch” both your supplies and your craft budget.


A successful card always has a good focal point — here I’ve used the bunny face from the Easter Bunny embossing folder.   (The entire embossing folder is darling too, but it doesn’t leave much room for embellishment.  Click here to see the full embossing folder design.)  To isolate the part of the design that I wanted to use, I first cut an oval using my Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals (the largest die), and then carefully placed the oval in my embossing folder and ran it through my Sizzix Big Shot.  I added light (or subtle) color to the embossed image using various colors of Memento ink, applied with small Darice craft marshmallows.  Very quick and easy!  Note that you could also emboss the entire image and then place the oval die on it and cut the appropriate section.  Here you risk losing some of the raised image because it may flatten somewhat as it goes back through the die cutting machine.  It can also be wasteful if you aren’t using other parts of the full embossed image.  I generally only use that method when I’ve embossed something that turns out not suitable for the card in its entirety (it is crooked or off-center, etc.).

Sometimes the hardest part of putting together a card is choosing the right cardstock for the accents and layers.  I try to pick the patterned paper first, and then find a coordinating solid.  Sometimes I have a solid color that I want to use, and then have to work backwards to find a coordinating patterned paper.  That was the case with the bunny card pictured above.  This season I just love the soft peach color, but it can be sooooo hard to find.  I had this A-2 sized (4.25″ x 5.5″) piece of cardstock left from another project, and so just needed to locate a coordinating patterned paper.  Done.  Yay!  The patterned paper was cut 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″.

The scalloped oval behind the embossed bunny is also cut using a Spellbinders Nestabilities die, “Big Scalloped Ovals” (small).  The largest size die fit nicely with the embossed bunny oval.  Rather than reaching for another sheet of my “precious” stash of soft peach paper, I cut the scalloped oval from the bottom card layer.  Yes, it is okay to do this — just stay in the center of the card so that your patterned paper will completely cover the hole.  No one will know that you did this — and it is a great way to “stretch” each sheet of paper for maximum use.  I also conserve colored papers and patterned papers by making card fronts, and then mounting them on plain white cardstock.  White cardstock is almost always sold at a lower price.

Now it is time to embellish.  Soft peach coordinating embellishments are almost impossible to find.  This is one of the many reasons why I am so grateful for my stash of Copic markers.  With so many colors to choose from, there is always something that will work.  Copics (or another alcohol ink marker) can be used to color lots of different kinds of embellishments — ribbon, pearls, rhinestones, ribbon roses, etc.  Try this with any white or clear embellishment.  Note that other alcohol ink markers will also work (Copic is my preference because of the beautiful, vibrant ink colors).  Some other examples are Spectrum Noir markers, Shin Han art markers, and Sharpie markers.  Yes, you read that right — Sharpie markers!  Sharpies will work, although I don’t like the result as well since the ink and the colors can be a little intense.  Please see the short video for information on how I added color to the various embellishments that I used on the card.

I repeated the bunny card in a number of different color combinations to show you just how easy it is to change the look and match the embellishments.  The embellishments all began as white or clear, and were colored with various Copic markers.

016  017

015  014

019  018


It is very difficult to have a ready supply of all of the “right” colors of ribbons and other embellishments.  I always keep plenty of “colorable” supplies on hand, and then purchase additional colors that I use frequently or are difficult to reproduce, etc.  You can also use your Copics to “tone down” a color of ribbon  that is too bright, etc. or to change the shade to just the right color.  Just experiment on a small-scale first to find the look that you like.  (Toning down the ribbon often involves using one of the gray markers rather than a color coordinating one.)

Assembling the card is also very easy.  Attach the patterned cardstock to the background layer (the one with the hole in the middle) using Scor-Tape.  Attach the embossed bunny oval to the scalloped oval using low dimensional adhesive.  Be sure to use some of the dimensional adhesive in the center too — sometimes an object this large will sag over time if there isn’t a little dimensional adhesive to support it.  Use Scor-Tape to attach the ovals to the patterned paper.  Attach the ribbon, bow and ribbon rose with Scor-Tape.  Add the pearls or rhinestones to the ribbon (if you use the “cheap” ones like me, you may need to glue them in place).  Mount the card front to an A2-sized card, and stamp a sentiment inside.  Done.  Easy peasey.

Supply list:

Die cutting machine — I used my Sizzix Big Shot

Oval dies — I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Classic Ovals and Small Big Scalloped Ovals

Darice “Easter Bunny” embossing folder

various cardstock

paper trimmer

white ribbon – I used May Arts 1/4″ sheer ribbon (white)

White ribbon roses

pearls – white or natural

rhinestones – clear (not the ones that are iridescent and shine in various colors — these don’t take the ink very well)

Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal — I used both 1/4″ and 1/8″

low dimensional adhesive

Assorted Memento ink — I used Toffee Crunch, Lulu Lavender, New Sprout, Cantaloupe

Darice craft marshmallows – small

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!



Bo Bunny Booth CHA 2014!

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Today is crazy, so it will be a quick view of Bo Bunny Booth CHA 2014. Sorry BB! I hope I can still capture the essence of their fun new products!











A little while back our designer Patti Senter showed us a wonderful video in her blog post using Bo Bunny’s Head over Heels Collection which was a lot of fun. You can refer to it HERE if you want to see what she did with her mini album. It turned out darling!

Unfortunately, this booth was so busy by the product that I couldn’t get in there well enough to video, so I just took some photos of the different product to show you. I hope you can see it well enough, but if not, you will soon be able to go to our Bo Bunny Category to the individual lines. The new lines are not being released until February, but we are getting products on our site as soon as we can!

Pop Quiz














Our Lil’ Monster (Can you tell I really like this one?)


































Happy Tails













Modern Miss












I may have missed a couple because it was busy and I was in a frantic rush, so I apologize if I missed one that you wanted to see. I really tried!

There’s much more to cover from CHA, so we’ll do one more tomorrow along with one of our newest designers, Crystal Thompson, and then we will resume next week!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

SpellbindersSizzixTim HoltzHeartfelt CreationsGraphic 45Silhouette AmericaElizabeth Craft DesignsMagnolia StampsSpectrum NoirJustRite Stampers