Thursday, June 25, 2020

Fairie Wings Journal Tutorial Now Available!

I've got a brand new tutorial up in my Etsy Shop for you and it's a biggie! I've created a 6 1/8" x 8 5/8" hard cover, hollow-back bound journal made from Graphic 45's newest Fairie Wings collection. As you can see in the photo, I made two of them. The one on the left in all the photos here is very vintage and shabby, and the one on the right is clean and bright. The beauty is that YOU get to decide how you want to make yours.

If you like vintage/shabby, then you'll want to gather up some vintage looking lace, kraft card stock, Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and some Antique Linen Distress Oxide Spray. Get ready to tear paper, create faux tea-stained pages, and give your journal a beautiful, aged look.

If clean/bright is your thing, skip all the inking, tearing and spraying and gather some white cardstock and trims and keep it modern and pretty.

I've included directions to make the pages AND how to hand-stitch this book yourself using the simple 5-hole pamphlet stitch and hollow-back binding technique.

Included in the 17 page tutorial, you'll also get templates for the punching and stitching, as well as the fold-over tab. Please take a moment to watch my video below, as I tell you what supplies you'll need and so you can get a really good look at each style journal. The two journals I created already have sold out in my shop (they went pretty fast!) but you can make your very own with my easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions. There's a photo for every single step to help you along.

After watching the video, visit my Etsy Shop to get YOUR tutorial.
Thanks for watching!

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Father's Day Pick-up Truck Card

Need a quick, easy, and cool card idea for your man, your Dad, or your Grandpa? I'm sharing a fun tutorial today for this great Father's Day card using dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs and papers from Graphic 45. Here we go! (Be sure to check out more great Father's Day ideas from the other designers over on the ECD blog today.)

Begin by cutting a black card base for a 5" x 5" card then a 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" kraft card stock piece. I folded my card at the top, but you can decide which way you like yours to open. Then, use the rounded corner square from the Planner Labels die set (1658) to cut a bunch of diamonds from your favorite paper. I used Graphic 45's Good 'Ol Sport 8" x 8" papers. (Note: pay attention to the print direction on your papers, as you'll be cutting diamonds rather than squares.)

Start at the center with your first diamond and adhere it slightly hanging off the top. (Note: you can measure and figure this all out mathematically if you like. I just eye-balled it.)

Using your first diamond as a guide, start adhering more diamonds leaving a scant 1/8" inch between. (Tip: it's helpful to lay out all your diamonds ahead of time off to the side so you can plan the placement of colors and prints.)

It's also helpful to lay a ruler down to keep your diamonds straight, neat and tidy.

Keep on going. Before filling in the smaller spaces around the perimeter, trim off the overhanging pieces. These extra bits are just enough for those smaller spaces.

Trim off all the overhanging pieces, ink the edges and adhere this unit to your card base. You can adhere it flat or pop the whole thing up with foam adhesive. Your choice.

Die cut the pick-up truck pieces shown using the Planner Essentials 16 die set. (This is actually part of a Christmas die set!) The solid truck should be a slightly darker shade than the intricate one. 

If you plan to pop up your truck with foam adhesive like I did, you'll need to punch two 5/8" circles from scrap paper to go behind the open black circles.

Adhere the scrap circles behind the black one, then adhere in the "rims" and the centers as shown. I love using my Fine Pointed Tweezers for detail work like this.

Add foam adhesive to the back of the truck and the wheels and adhere to your card front.
(Tip: You can put some scrap acrylic or vellum behind your window for a fun effect. I left mine open.)

To make a side-stitched pennant, die cut the label from the Planner Labels die set, then trim off the bits as shown here. Ink the edges.

Die cut another of the same label from black card stock. Add DAD stickers if you have them. (If your card isn't for Dad, you can always modify this step as needed.) Tie some black ribbon through the chipboard tag, then add black card stock behind your pennant.

Layer the elements onto your card front, using foam adhesive for added dimension as desired. 

Don't forget the inside of your card. The accents I used here are from the Good 'Ol Sport sticker collection.

Your card is done! 

Thanks so much for stopping in today. Below are links to the products I used for your convenience. I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"Officially Moved to Greenville" planner pages

Hi again everyone. Thanks for stopping in. I've got another couple of fun planner pages today for my Greenville planner and have all the steps over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. By adding two tag pages, I was able to get nine photos into a two-page spread. I love documenting the special moments in life as well as the every day things like this. I hope you get a chance to check it out.

Comments are not enabled on their blog, so feel free to come back here and let me know what you think. A list of products I've used are listed on their blog and also below.