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Fun Office Accessories (October Afternoon)

Hi Everyone I am Guest Designing for October Afternoon this month and I will be sharing my creations here over the next few weeks. I have been having great fun with the 9 to 5 Collection! I worked in a corporate office for many years and I have so say there was more than a touch of the Mad Men about it and I just love the imagery of the vintage office theme. I made these pieces just for me which is a real rarity – read on to see a little more about how I created them. Craft Tools Box This box from Kaisercraft comes as a flat packed mdf kit and measures a huge 14.5″ x 6″. I started by covering the edges with the 9 to 5 washi tape which makes for a fast and bright alternative to painting and then I then fully lined and covered the box in patterned papers from the collection. I suggest using a solvent based glue when creating these types of project as it dries quickly, will not warp the paper and it cleans up very easily with an adhesive eraser if it seeps from the edges. After I covered the […]

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Pull-Out School Days Album (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone. I know it is Teacher Appreciation Week in the US and I thought I would share a couple of school themed projects today. School Days Album I made this album over a year ago and I am only now getting around to sharing it. It uses the School Days Mini Theme from Echo Park Paper, one of the Echo Park Circle Albums and some great School Stickers from SRM. Each page has a pull out section which means lots of space for photos and journaling. This album was quite consuming and required a lot of measuring and patience – but the end result was definitely worth it. You can either trace around the page to get the paper to fit or glue the chipboard page onto a large piece of paper and use a sharp knife to cut around the edge. I tried both ways and preferred the latter – mainly because that is the technique I always use to cover my altered projects with paper. The photo below shows the album pages facing each other with the pull-outs closed. Treat Box and Card This box and card are also made from the same Collection: See all the details on […]

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Mother’s Day Card Ideas (Echo Park Paper)

Hi Everyone It sure has been a quiet month on the blog as I have been busy planning all kinds of exciting things! Starting tomorrow we will be taking the PaperVine Shop to the Dunkleys Craft Show and there are classes to plan, guest projects to complete – it’s been a crazy time! I have a quick idea for a card to share today – perfect for Mothers Day. It’s matchbook style card that can be filled with any message you like and it would be easy to tuck a little gift card or voucher inside too. I am not really a pink paper person, so I was a little offput when I first saw this gorgeous collection – but it was a great lesson in looking closer! This fabulously bold grey paper goes really well with the green and the bees are great bold but feminine accents too! The lovely brads are from the This and That “Graceful” Collection.   This was one of those projects that came together through a little bit of trial and error! I do love it though as it is a little more substantial than a card and would make a great keepsake if you added some photos to the pocket. […]

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Paper Mini Album Tutorial – Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Hi Everyone Mother’s Day is coming up soon and today I am sharing a tutorial for making a mini album that would be sure to brighten up anybody’s day. Maybe it’s your Mother, a friend who is a Mum or just someone you know who just needs a little boost – Mother’s Day is a GREAT excuse for breaking out the craft supplies! This mini album looks perfect when presented in a vintage tin! A really economical project – this will only take a single sheet of paper plus a small strip for the cover. Creating the book is a simple process but you need to be precise with your measuring and cutting. Tutorial 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″ 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 […]

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Paper Strawberries & Washi Winners!

Hi Everyone A quick post to share today to recap another project from last year that would be great for Easter PLUS I am announcing the winners of the recent Giveaways! These paper strawberries are perfect for hiding sweeties inside, or you could make a bowlful for some colorful Easter decoration. They are simple to make and I have made them using both a paper template and an electronic die-cutting machine – the only difference is that with the machine they are quicker to cut out! There are a few patterns available online – try this one here which you can print onto plain cardstock for a template or if you have an electronic die-cutter – you can purchase the cutting file here.  With either method it is easy to shrink or enlarge to create the size strawberries you want. I tucked some treats inside before using strong paper thread through all the holes in the petals to close. Don’t worry about how it looks as you are going to be covering the top with the leaves of the strawberry. You can decorate the top with a brad or sticker for a great finishing touch. The decorative box was created from the Yardsticks paper and this file, […]

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Tutorial Recap (Scrapfest Hop)

Hi and welcome to my stop on the Scrapfest by the Sea blog-hop. Please note that the contest previously detailed here has now closed. Winners can be seen here. Tutorials Here is a quick recap on a couple of tutorials I created last year. They would all make fun Easter or Spring projects. Be sure to link up a comment if you make something using one of these! Click on the link below to go to the complete post. All of these have full color tutorials showing exactly how to re-create the projects shown – great for trying as the weather turns cold! Paper Mache Bowl Tutorial Stamped Icing Tutorial Butterfly Card Tutorial Paper Bead Tutorial Please post a comment with any questions. Lowri

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