Potato Masher Rescue! (3 Kids, 2 Looms)

Hi Everyone

If you have kids over 5, you are probably completely over picking loom bands out of the vacuum cleaner, the cat, your dinner etc etc.

My kids have gone loom band crazy - which is kind of cool as it's got them thinking about their own designs and generally being creative HOWEVER we are one loom short for the number of kids we have! 

NO PROBLEM - I just checked around the kitchen for some suitable implements! 

This potato masher makes the lumpiest mash ever - but who would have thought it would be saved from the dreaded "second drawer" graveyard for useless kitchen implements.  It's perfect for little fingers that find the hook and loop of the loom a bit tricky. 

This band is in SENZ Colors - and we will have a contest at the show for the best band in the same colors. Stay tuned on our Facebook page for details!

Fortune Cookie Tutorial & Valentine's Dates for a Year!

Hi Everyone

Another fun idea for Valentine's today! These fortune cookies look great in pink - but once you get the hang of making them you can use them for all sort of occasions!

Valentine's Fortune Cookies

You may have seen my idea from last year where I created a Dates Jar for the year as a Valentine's Gift, with one date to be opened on the 14th of each month. I wanted to create something similar - so I have made 12 fortune cookies - each containing a date idea and we will open one on the 14th of each month for the next year!

To create the box I used one of the files from this set by SVG Cuts and decorated it using some scrapbook paper from Echo Park. I used a sticker for the seal on top and some twine adds just a little more color.

Fortune Cookie Tutorial
First of all I created the little dates to put inside the cookies. I simply printed them onto on a sheet of matte photo paper and then used some stickers from the Collection Kit to decorate them. I set these out in PowerPoint using a simple pink banner shape for the background and a matching Windows font called PlayBill.

To create the cookies following the tutorial below, I suggest using a 6x6 paper pad (as opposed to 12" paper) as the paper is a slightly lighter weight which makes it easier to form the cookie shape. This is also a great way to use up scraps too!

  1. Cut circles from the paper - these are about 3 inches wide
  2. Fold paper circle in half - make sure you have your fortune tucked inside!
  3. Use finger to bend at the midway point
  4. Continue to bend paper to form the cookie shape
  5. Place a small blog of strong glue near the fold 
  6. Use a small peg or clip to hold together until glue dries

I suggest trying these out with a few scraps of paper first to get the technique right - if you are having trouble the most likely reason is your paper is too thick. Thinner paper definitely works better for these.

This is such a simple idea and really fun to make. Once you have mastered the technique you could easily use these for wedding or party favors, table decoration or packaging for a small gift.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions

Lowri :-)

Valentine's Date Night Jar (Tutorial)

Hi Everyone

I will be showcasing some Valentine's ideas over the next couple of weeks. This is a fun idea that will work with any papers. It's a great way to use up scraps too!

Each little paper container inside the jar contains a date idea. Each month we will pick one out and we have four weeks to make sure we set aside an evening to do whatever is on the card.

If you have read my blog before - you will know that these "Sour Cream" containers are one of my favorite projects to make.  

You can see a detailed tutorial on how to make the containers here and the measurements I used for these particular mini containers were 2"x4" or 5x10cm. 


  1. Print and cut out 12 ideas for dates for you and your partner
  2. Roll the date up and insert into the container (see here for the detailed tutorial)
  3. Seal up the other end 
  4. Make 11 more!

The plastic jar I have used was one I picked up at a dollar store and I used some of the stickers from the Elements Sticker Sheet to decorate. A few small rhinestones, a paper circle in the lid cut with my Cuttlebugand Spellbindersand it's all done!

I have lots more Valentine's ideas to share - and please post a comment with any questions.


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Perfect Petite Packaging (Tutorial)

Hi Everyone 

A quick post today to show you one of my favorite tutorials - perfect for the festive season...

"Sour Cream Containers"

Once you know this technique, you can use them for party favors decoration or wrapping.  You can  make them any size and below you can see my full tutorial showing how to create them. All of the papers and embellishments I have used for this project are from the "All is Bright" Collection from MME. This festive collection is fun, bright and modern with a big twist of vintage!


After I created the containers, I just used matching tape, brads and buttons to decorate - but you can use anything you would like. Lets the kids go crazy with glitter, stickers - whatever you have on hand. You can use ANY paper to crate these - and if you have been storing your kids artwork all year - cut it up and make a bowl full of treats for the Grandparents - fill each container with a chocolate and I guarantee Grandma will thrilled!

Sour Cream Container Tutorial

  1. Cut paper into 3” x 4” rectangles (7.5cm x 10cm)
    You can get 12 of these from one sheet of scrapbook paper
  2. Place very strong double sided adhesive tape along the two long and one short sides. I used JEJE Extra Sticky Tape
  3. Remove the backing from the tape
  4. Form a cylinder, joining the 2 shorter sides together with the adhesive. Press adhesive very firmly
  5. Pinch one end of the cylinder together.Press adhesive firmly and fill with little treats. Use a paper crimper or scoring tool to really seal edges
  6. Pinch other end of cylinder together at right angles to form this shape - repeat the crimping process
I have also made these as Valentines Date Holders, Wedding Favors and Halloween Treats. It's a really versatile technique!

Post a comment with any questions
Lowri :-)
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Advent Calendar Ideas (Kaisercraft & Echo Park)

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Christmas is fast approaching so this week I thought I would share a couple of Advent Calendars I have created over the last couple of years.  It's such an exciting time for kids - counting down to the big today and these are sure to keep the excitement levels sky-high.

Advent Calendar Shadow Box

This Advent Calendar I made last year looks so festive with the traditional Christmas colors.  The calendar base is from Kaisercraft and is easy to put together. If you follow this short video here on YouTube you can construct the frame in about 10 minutes. For a full list of materials used - see here.

To cover the boxes in paper I glue each box individually then cover the 2 sides and back of the box with one strip of paper, cutting a separate piece for the front face. Other people have quicker ways of doing this but I do not think they give as nice a finish. You just need to try and see which works best for you.

This particular calendar has a shadow-box central area which is a great place to create a Christmas Scene. 

To create the woodgrain effect, I inked the edges with Distress Ink and used a woodgrain stamp over the top with brown ink. You can see this technique in more detail on this post here. 

You can also see this Advent Calendar from 2010 here.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
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Halloween Ideas: Treat Bags, Decor Card and Candy Ideas!

Hi Everyone

Here are some Halloween ideas I have published previously. You can see the original post with heaps more pictures and detailed information by clicking on the title of each project.


I have plenty more to share and don't forget there are lots of Halloween items in the online store here.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)

Kitchen Album (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone 

Here is another class I taught recently at the Scrapfest by the Sea event in Nelson. I was tutoring with Trina McLune and Karola Witczak and we had an amazing time. If you are in New Zealand and would like to learn more about the event or just be part of a great group of ladies - join our Facebook Page here.

Cozy Kitchen Memories Class

This class was lots of fun, with the ladies learning to incorporate a few different media pages into the album. For many, it was the first time they had made a mini album, and as always - I really broke the class down into simple step-by-steps.

The blank pages of the album were created from chipboard, paper, corrugated flute paper, envelopes, acetate and even a plastic table runner!

In a 2.5 hour class of this type - it's fun to learn some new techniques  play with some new products and at the end of it you have a decorated album - -ready for photos, recipes and anything else you would like to add.

The branded products used are from the Farm Girl Collection by October Afternoon and it's a very versatile Kitchen/Garden Collection with the usual fabulous paper prints from OA.

We are very busy preparing for our Christmas Launch in the PaperVine Shop - so make sure you follow along on Facebook to keep up with all the latest releases.

Please contact me if you have any questions :-)

Vintage / Modern Drawers (Echo Park Paper)

Hi Everyone

I have been teaching at a couple of events recently - and I want to share a few of the classes over the next couple of weeks. I taught this first class at the Scrapfest by the Sea event in Nelson last weekend. I was tutoring with Trina McLune and Karola Witczak and we had an amazing time. If you are in New Zealand and would like to learn more about the event or just be part of a great group of ladies - join our Facebook Page here.

Vintage Modern Drawers Class

This fun class was enjoyed by all the ladies who attended. For many, it was their first time trying an off-the-page project and I really focused on breaking down the process into manageable steps. The silver butterfly can be found in the PaperVine store here

The drawers are made here in New Zealand to my own specification and I carry them in my online store. We are currently re-ordering so please email here if you would like to order any. (Sorry but we are unable to ship overseas)

Creating the decorations on top was one of the best parts of the class!

  1. We created a little sewing ensemble using wooden reels from Maya Road and some twine and washi tape
  2. We threaded some small beads onto some Maya Road pins and secured using the Glossy Accents in the kit
  3. We stamped the large spool with some Prima Stamps to give it an authentic vintage look.
The papers and stickers are from the For the Record "Tailored" Collection from Echo Park Paper. You can see detailed pictures of the sides below. I kept the decoration simple as for a 2.5 hour class - I want people to be able to complete the majority of the project.

Stay tuned for more ideas from the classes coming soon!

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
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Project Life / Journaling Folder (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone

I am sharing my final projects for October Afternoon today, and once again I am using their wonderful Travel Girl Collection.

“Journaling Folder” 

This journaling card folder is packed with blank notes for you to tuck into your bag and fill in whenever you like! For those that do Project Life – these all measure 3” x 4” too. I created the folder using this file here from Lori Whitlock.

This picture above shows the folder opened up. You can see there are two pockets stuffed with ready to go journaling tags.

This cute dog and taxi are a great example of the fun imagery included in this collection.

I have created a few different elements to add to the folder:

  1. I have simply cut out and corner rounded some cards from the Journaling Cards paper
  2. These are mini envelopes cut from plain cardstock and decorated with cards from the Miscellany Pack – they will be great for storing all those ticket stubs and receipts!
  3. These folded cards are blank inside and will hold a lot of journaling text
  4. The folder will easily fit inside your bag – however light you choose to pack.
I hope you have enjoyed these ideas - please contact me if you have any questions.


Travel Girl Journal (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone

It's been a crazy old time here at PaperVine in the last couple of months! I recently attended SENZ (New Zealand's Largest Scrapbook Expo) with my PaperVine Shop and I have really been focusing on growing that business. I did have time to complete a couple of final projects for October Afternoon using their simply stunning line Travel Girl and I have the first of those projects to share today. 

“On the Go” Album

This album was created as a “Smash” style project. It’s all ready to go – just slip it in your backpack when you set off on your travels and journal like crazy as you go along! 

Before we take a look inside – I will show you quickly how I made this button on the front. It is simply threaded onto some elastic and tied at the back – but having a closure like this keeps everything together and makes it less likely your treasures inside will be lost.

I used this simply gorgeous stamp to create the button. Before starting – gather your supplies:
A stamp, Stayzon ink, a small piece of cotton fabric and a brayer/roller. You will also need a handmade button blank – available at any sewing store.
  1. Ink your stamp really well
  2. Gently lay your fabric on top
  3. Carefully and firmly pass the roller over the fabric – ONCE ONLY
  4. Remove fabric – and Voila! 

All you need to do now is use that fabric to cover your button blank as per the manufacturer instructions. Let’s take a look inside the album:

I have used many elements to create and decorate the pages – see below for more details:
a)The inside cover tells the start of the story – jetting off on an adventure. The Airplane card is from the Miscellany Pieces.
b) I have added some glassine envelopes throughout the album – which can be used to contain maybe a boarding pass or a memento from your flight
c) Small tags are great as you can use them to jot down a quick thought or memory you want to preserve. 
d) I have used elements from the Word Stickers and Banners to decorate these.

e) You can use tags horizontally and vertically to create a layered effect
f) Plain cardstock folded in half makes a great showcase for larger stickers and can be left blank so you can add some favorite photos at a later time
g) Some of these elements are so playful! These cards from the Miscellany are so cute!
h) I have also used blank postcards and pieces of patterned paper cut to size to create pages.

One of my favorite things to do in albums like this is to create little folders to tell a story within a story. They are “self contained” within the album as a whole – here is how you can easily do this:
  1. Using a larger element as the front and back “cover, thread only the back onto your binding
  2. Thread on your other elements, largest first down to the smallest
  3. Finally – thread the front cover page on and continue assembling the rest of the album
(Note: the bottom three pictures depict the technique only and are not the exact same elements as in the main picture!)

Tune in later this week for a journal cards holder made with the same collection!

Please post a comment with any questions.


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