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Paper Bead Tutorial – SUMMER FUN!

Hi Everyone Here is a fun activity for a Summertime Camp, party or sleepover – a necklace made from paper beads. I created this post for Design Dazzle – so hop on over there and see what other fun things they have in store for you at their Summer Camp! First, using a sharp knife or scissors, cut your paper to the shapes shown below. I like to cut a template from an old cereal box and then draw multiple images by tracing onto scrapbook paper lightly with a pencil. Then use a knife or scissors to cut out (your kids may be able to do this depending on age – but you DO need to be reasonably accurate).   Using a cocktail stick, wrap the wide end of each strip around tightly and secure using a tiny spot of glue (I used Tombow liquid glue which holds and dries in a couple of seconds). Keep on rolling using the occasional spot of glue until  you reach the end – and you are done! You can see below several examples of each bead – you don’t have to worry at all about them all looking identical – they won’t!   […]

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Paradise Beach Bookends (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone I have an altered project up on the Echo Park Blog today. These bookend drawers using the fabulously colorful Paradise Beach Collection are sure to brighten up any child’s bedroom (or your own desk if you can’t bear to part with them..) I painted and assembled the drawers, but decided the plain blue color was too bold so I took a paint dauber and some white paint and just softened the stark color a little. It actually looks like surf too which was an added bonus! Each drawer is decorated with a few handmade embellishments – and you can see below just how I made these.   Many of the Echo Park Collections consist of papers and stickers – which leaves plenty of room for incorporating other tools you might have in your scrap-stash. I bet heaps of you have got Cuttlebug dies lying around and might not use them much now, especially if you have a digital die-cut machine, but I love them as they can cut quite thick material such as cardboard. Here is how to make your own glossy chipboard embellishments. Cut two layers of cardboard and one of paper from your chosen shape Glue the […]

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DIY Dino Fossils for the Kids – TUTORIAL

Hi Everyone  I love this project – I do this every so often for my kids and they just always think it is so much fun!  It involves making your own dinosaur “fossils” with small toys and Plaster of Paris OR read on for instructions on how to make a GIANT fossil in the sandpit… Mix up the Plaster of Paris according to instructions Place your mold onto a solid surface Pour a little of the plaster mix into the mold Add your mini dinosaur into the mix Top up with plaster and leave to harden as per instructions Give your little one a few tools and let them get excavating! To make this an economical project I bought a HUGE 20kg bag of Plaster of Paris from my local builders merchant for about $20 – which was a great buy seeing as it was $13 for 500g at the craft store… You can of course use anything as a mold (yogurt pots, ice cream containers) and below you can see a series of pictures showing how you can make a really big one in your sandpit! Here is how I made a BIG fossil in the sandpit which took […]

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“This and That” Mini Album PLUS Tutorial (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone My first official Design Team Post is live at Echo Park – check it out here! For regular readers of my blog you will recognize this technique as one of my all-time favorites, but I have updated my tutorial and this fabulous new This and That Charming Collection really shows it off 🙂 I have used the latest This and That Charming Collection to create this simple mini with some recent photos of my family. I have a tutorial below showing how I created it and as you can see from the following picture, the weight of the Echo Park paper is perfect for this kind of technique as you can get a crisp fold without absolutely no paper cracking.  After I created the base, I then used strips from the Elements and Alpha stickers to decorate the tops and bottoms of my pages – don’t forget to use the negative pieces left over too, or you can cut the wider strips in half to stretch them further. The camera sticker looks great on the cover against the Chevron print of the Border Strips (reverse) paper and this fabulous Snapshots flag from the Elements Stickers. For each page […]

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8 Page Mini – 1 Sheet of Paper (Tutorial)

Hi Everyone Last week I shared this mini-album idea and today I am sharing a detailed tutorial showing how I made it! Following the exact directions below will result in an album measuring 2″ x 2.5″ containing 11 double-sided pages but you can adjust the dimensions of the folds to yield an album of any size. The starting size paper for this exact album is 10″ x 12″ Mini Album Tutorial Score at 2″ intervals along the 12″ long side of the paper Rotate paper and score at 2.5″ intervals along the 10″ long side of the paper Fold at score marks to define the creases Make cuts as shown (details in diagram below) Begin to fold into pages, alternating pages of the book Continue folding each page until all are complete Leaving one page at each end, create album pages by gluing pages together Continue gluing until all pages are complete Cut a strip of paper 2.5″ wide Adhere one end of strip to front of book Wrap strip around book and glue onto back Your book is complete! As with all projects like this – I suggest you practice on scrap paper a couple of times so you […]

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Valentine’s Bookmark Album with Echo Park

Note – please follow on Facebook as in January 2013 there will be a free pdf and cutting file download with full instructions on how to create this project! Hi Everyone Today was an exciting blog day for me today as I reached the 1 million page-views AND 1500 followers mark. A HUGE thank-you to everyone who reads along and comments on my projects!  Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and I have a few more ideas to share this week. I saw this idea at the weekend and I just had to try it! It’s a 3-D, open-up card, love message bookmark kind of thing – and it’s a really fun idea! I based it on the great tutorial shown here on the Word Up, Nerd Up blog. I used 3 sheets from the Echo Park Yours Truly 6 x 6 Paper pad (trimmed to exactly 6 x 6 inches) to create the pages, Elements Stickersfrom the Echo Park “Yours Truly” Collectionalong with a few Rhinestonesto decorate The bookmark is based along the same lines of a “squash” album and instead of hand cutting the hearts as shown in the tutorial, I used my Cuttlebug and 3″ heart die to […]

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Valentine’s Dates with Echo Park

Hi Everyone I have a few Valentine’s Day ideas coming up in the next week and this one is heaps of fun to make. 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. I used the Yours Truly Collection from Echo Park. You can use either the 6×6 Paper Pad or the 12 x 12 papers   Print and cut out 12 ideas for dates for you and your partner Roll the date up and insert into the container (see here for the detailed tutorial) Seal up the other end  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 […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 4 – Favors

Hi Everyone Today I have an idea for Wedding Favors. SO simple and easily adaptable to any theme. Please note that the contest previously detailed here has now closed. Winners can be seen here. Wedding Favors Your guests could either open these or keep them as a little memento of your day. I like to fill them with after dinner mints! These really are one of my favorite projects to make and I have a new and simplified tutorial to share today!  Cut paper into 3” x 4” rectangles (7.5cm x 10cm) You can get 12 of these from one sheet of scrapbook paper Place very strong double sided adhesive tape along the two long and one short sides. I used JEJE Extra Sticky Tape Remove the backing from the tape Form a cylinder, joining the 2 shorter sides together with the adhesive Press adhesive very firmly Pinch one end of the cylinder together. Press adhesive firmly and fill with little treats  Pinch other end of cylinder together at right angles to form this shape. Use a paper crimper or scoring tool to really seal edges Note – the papers are from the Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee. I have […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 3 – Confetti

Hi Everyone Today I will show you how to make the Confetti Bags I created for my sister’s wedding – SO EASY!! Confetti Bags Your guests can either use these to shower you with love or keep them as a little memento of your day. Note – the punch I used was the Fiskars Butterfly Punch and the papers are from the Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee   These are super simple to make with scraps of paper and dollar-store baking paper and organza bags! Gather up any paper scraps you would like to use and using a decorative punch, create lots of colorful shapes Using cheap baking paper and the same punch, create lots more shapes. Eight layers of paper at a time was perfect with this punch but you might need to experiment Gather them together in a pleasing ratio! I used cheap organza bags ($2 for 5 from the dollar store) as my confetti holders, but you could use cello bags or the favor containers here! You can see all my wedding related tutorials by following the links below: Placecards Tutorial Flowers Tutoria Confetti Tutorial Favors Tutorial Please post a comment with any questions. Lowri I am […]

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Wedding Tutorials Day 2 – Flowers

Hi Everyone Today I will show you how to make the Rolled Flowers decorating the Placecards shown yesterday, plus some other flowers for decoration Rolled Flowers These flowers look stunning and are very easy to make – see below. Cut a spiral of paper. You can do this using a die cutting machine or you can simply draw a spiral shape directly onto the paper (See note below) Working from the outside in, wrap the paper around a wooden skewer Be sure to keep the inside edge neat. Once you reach the centre, slide the flower off the skewer Place a blob of hot glue or other strong adhesive on the base as shown. Press the Flower into glue and hold until firm (one reason for using hot glue is that this will take about 5 seconds!) These flowers can be used on all your decorations or scattered on your table Note: These flowers are made using the Nantucket Collection from Pink Paislee. I cut the spirals using a Cuttlebug machine and a die similar to this one here. Decorative Flowers  These flowers were created with the same Nantucket Collection and this time I used a Nantucket Chipboard Tile for the […]

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