Friday 8 May 2015

Quick Mini Album Tutorial

I wanted to make a mini album that was not only quick but economical. I also wanted it to have lots of pockets and places for photos, journaling and memories. I am pleased with the result.

To make this you need:

6 sheets of A4 cardstock or 3 sheets of 12x12 cardstock

4 sheets or 12x12 patterned paper

For the mini album:

Sheet 1 = 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 (width of A4)

Sheet 2 = 10 3/4 x 8 1/4

Sheet 3 = 1- 1/4 x 8 1/4

Each sheet is scored on the long side at 5 inches - rotate 180* and score again at 5 inches

Each sheet is scored on the short side at 2 inches - this will form the pockets

For the Mats for the pages:

12 pages - 6 x 4 3/4

6 pockets - 1 3/4 x 4 3/4

For the tags:

6 tags - 15 cm x 10.5 cm

For mats:

6 mats - 14.5cm x 10 cm

6 tag tops using what ever punch you have.

Scrap left overs for embellishing tags

Took less than an hour to make :-)

Sunday 26 April 2015

Project life storage

I wanted a desk top storage system for project life. One that would hold the colours/cards/photos/embellishments for the page I was working on. I have loads of little shipping boxes from Stampin Up! Deliveries and they are really strong boxes so thought I could do something with them. The 6x4 cards fit just snugly in them as well - unfortunately two 3x4 cards sit side by side with a divider but I managed anyway. 

I used the flaps for the dividers and secured them with extra card stock that I made 'L' shaped tabs with and stuck one side to divider and one to box.

Then covered in pretty paper - edged with washy tape and painted Mod Podge all over.

I really like how it's turned out :-)

Friday 24 April 2015

Stampin Up! Butterfly card tutorial

I made this card the other day after work - I was really exhausted as I'd been up since 3am and wanted to make sure I didn't go to bed! I used a standard C6 card blank - I cut the 3 panels from a piece of card stock measuring 13cm x 9.5cm - I cut 3 even rectangles (well as each was 4.3333cm it was hard to make them identical) - I could have made it slightly taller than 13cm then it would have been easier to accurately measure but as I wanted 0.5cm around all sides this worked.

I used the Stampin Up! in colours, butterfly stamp and punch - very easy to make and very effective - even my 17 year old son thought them pretty and wants to send them to his friends on their birthdays!

If you would like to buy any of the products to make this card or any of my other cards then head over to my store.  Right now there is a half price clearance sale as a new catalogue is due out soon.  Go pick up a bargain!

Sunday 12 April 2015

Stampin Up! Bloom & Hope Card

I have been suffering for about 6 weeks now with my Rheumatoid Arthritis :-(

To help me forget and also as gentle exercise for my hands I have made lots of cards.  I even sold some which is very exciting!

Of the cards I have made while poorly this is my favourite - hope you like it too x

Tuesday 10 March 2015

Fancy Drawers

I salveged these drawers from my last school when we were having a clear out. It has taken me years to get around to transforming them but better late than never! 

I chose different patterned paper, stuck it on with mod podge, distressed with vintage photo ink and then coated in mte mod podge. 

Now all I have to do is carry on with my craft room organising! 

Before & after

Monday 23 February 2015

Stampin Up! Mini Treat Bag Mini Album

Here is a video tutorial of a mini album I made using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlit Die.  I love this die set and I love the bags it makes.  When I made a bag I though that they would make a lovely album page in a mini so I set about working out how I could do it and here is the result.

Here is what you need:

If you have a binding tool then you can use that instead of making the hinge section - this makes the process even quicker.

Sunday 25 January 2015

Stampin' Up Lotus Blossom Trifolded Card

Here is the Video of how to make the trifolded Lotus Blossom card.  Had to film it a second time as the editing in the first one caused the video to have a few hiccups :-(

Here is one I made earlier!

Saturday 24 January 2015

My First Project with Stampin Up!

It's been a while - been busy graduating with a Masters Degree, having a big birthday, Christmas and joining Stampin Up!

My kit arrived a week ago and I couldn't wait to dig in a get started.  I was really excited about the trimmer as this was going to allow me to cut inside the edges of the paper which will extend the projects I can do.  Hence this first card - I have wanted to make one of these for ages but having a guillotine would not allow me to do it.

I could only chose one colour with Whisper White so as its almost valentines day I decided to go with Cherry Cobbler because I thought that the Lotus Blossom stamp would look like a rose bud. The Lotus Blossom stamp set is a free off at the moment with Stampin up - it is part of the 'Sale-A-Bration promotion - when you spend £45 you get to choose one item in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue free. If you are interested in buying any of the product please leave a comment and I will direct you to my website.

I had to adapt the measurements I found as they were for 6x12 and I had A4 sheet - so I recalculated to fit the dimensions of A4. I cut the A4 sheet down - see picture below for measurements - score lines and cut lines:

I used Cherry Cobbler card stock for the actual card but that would not have shown up very well in the picture! Then I worked out the dimensions of the mats for the decoration,  here is another picture to show the dimensions of these:
No idea why this is in this orientation as this is not how it was saved! I have included both metric and imperial measurements

The score lines were creased alone the top section and bottom section separately using valley and mountain folds and middle section was folded in the opposite direction missing out the first and last score line.  The video will make this clear .
The 3 large mats were stamped with the 3 step lotus Blossom stamp, the 2 long mats were stamped with the long leaf stamp and 4 of the 8 small mats were stamped with a smaller section of the leaves.  the remaining 4 small mats were stamped with the Lotus Blossom stamp but this time in a 2 step method using stamp 2 and 3 to give a different affect.
The stem was stamped with a Tim Holtz distress ink in Peeled Paint and this was also used to ink up all the edges of the mat and also to water colour the leaves. 
All the mats were stuck down with tacky glue and an extra mat on the back to write a message on.
Here is the end result:-
I will post the video here when its uploaded to YouTube - it went a bit funny in places so I need to edit it again ;-(