Thursday, 30 April 2015

Owl stationery - how to make a co-ordinating gift set logo

Hi Craft Addicts

Here is my latest idea (not new I know but I have put my own "spin" on it and as it is National Stationery Week I thought it would be an idea to keep to that particular theme!

So... I have taken a plain shorthand notebook (this is an 80 sheet), an A7 spiral bound notebook and a pencil and have added co-ordinating papers to make a cheap but stylish gift set - great for young and old alike (also it is quite unisex so would be good for anyone!

Owl stationery gift set Shorthand Notebook
First of all, I covered the front and back covers with background papers from the Craft Asylum "Into the Woods" 12" x 12" pack. I then have taken one of the die-cut topper with the hello banner matted on to some black cardstock (I used Creative Crafting World option) to make it stand out from the spotty background.

I then stuck it to the cover using Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue (but Collall All Purpose Glue works just as well) as it gives you a bit of time to make sure it is in the right place. I then used one of the smaller owls matted once again on to some black card and then glued that on over it.

Pencil Holder section
Owl shorthand notebook with pencil and A7 notebookI cut a section of the spotty paper approximately 6 x 2.5cm and then matted it on to black card - it is good if you keep all your scraps for this type of thing! and then placed it near to the bottom of the notepad (checking that the pencil fits into it of course!

I used a FSC environmentally friendly pencil that I had and covered it with the matching spotty paper using red tape (the extra sticky type) to stick it to the pencil.

A7 spiral bound notebook
Using the same spotty background paper, I covered both front and back and then used another of the owl die-cuts (this time the one with the two of them) matted on to black cardstock and placed it on to the front. I liked the Hello banner style sentiment in the pack so matted it again on to the black cardstock and glued it at a "jaunty" angle at the bottom.

And there you are Craft Addicts - a fun, cheap but stylish gift stationery set.

You can buy this set here on my website 

Products you might use

  • Into the Woods papers from Craft Asylum
  • Black cardstock from Creative Crafting World
  • Shorthand notebook of your choice
  • A7 notebook of your choice
  • Pencil - environmentally FSC friendly where possible
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue
  • Collall All Purpose Glue

So if you think this sounds interesting then why not:-

Follow us on Twitter  follow me on twitter  Like us on Facebook follow me on facebook   Follow us on follow me on google plus         Like us on Pinteresfollow me on pinterest         

 Watch us on You Tube (coming soon) follow me on youtube  See our work on Instagramfollow me on instagram

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

A7 notebooks with Nursery Rhyme theme from Graphic 45

Hi Craft Addicts!

I really love the variety that Graphic 45 offers - their papers are an excellent quality and can be used for a host of different products.

A7 spiral bound notebook = Mother Goose from Graphic 45
This time I have used the Mother Goose papers to decorate these 2 A7 notebooks (bought cheaply off a well known auction site) - they have plastic covers and are in a variety of colours so have tried to match the papers to the original colours!

You could buy the more expensive Europa A7 notebooks which are better quality but these will do nicely for inexpensive gifts/party bag fillers...and the person who gets one will know that you have definitely made the effort to make them more cheerful.

To decorate these notebooks, I have selected the background papers that co-ordinate with the toppers I wanted to use (there are so many to choose from) - and covered both back and front with it (having rounded the bottom corners to match the notebook) - as these notebooks have an elastic band paper holder you have to make sure that this isn't covered when doing it! - I used Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue as it really does stick almost everything!
A7 spiral bound notebook = Humpty Dumpty from Graphic 45

After leaving them to dry I then added some border peel-offs which I got from Craft Creations in black at the top of the notebook to add an extra detail.

For the Humpty Dumpty notebook I added a border of the mini "postage stamps" on the front (you can do the same on the back if you want) and then added the Humpty Dumpty topper which I had matted on to black card to make it stand out.

I quite like them to be at a jaunty angle but you can put it on straight too!

As these are small notebooks, I haven't added a sentiment on these ones but you can do (see my next blog for ideas).

For the Girl skipping I have done the same as above but this time added some orange and white dotty Washi tape as a border.

You can buy them on my website here  - but if you would like to buy them now - just get in touch...

Products and items you need to make these
  • A7 spiralbound notebooks
  • Graphic 45 background papers and toppers from the Mother Goose series
  • Black cardstock - I really like Creative Crafting World's (Lynda Chapman's card) (you can buy it here)
  • Peel off border stickers - there is a wide selection from Craft Creations
  • Cosmic Shimmer PVA glue
  • Collall All purpose glue
  • Orange and white spotty Washi tape

So if you think this sounds interesting then why not:-

Follow me on Twitter  follow me on twitter  Like me on Facebook follow me on facebook   Follow me on follow me on google plus         Like me on Pinterest follow me on pinterest         

 Watch me on You Tube (coming soon) follow me on youtube  See my work on Instagram  follow me on instagram

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

How to make a fun Post-it note holder as a gift

How to make a Post-It Note holder and matching bookmark revisited

Hi Craft addicts!

Today I am revisiting a Post-it note holder and matching bookmark that I wrote about last year - it would make a great gift for a teacher or just for yourself!

   Post-it note holderMatching bookmark

 Products you will need to make this...(see below for more information)


TO MAKE THE BASIC COVER (see below for dimensions)

  • Cut your card so you have all the pieces ready - you can use any guillotine/paper trimmer to do this or even an electronic cutter which would make it much easier)

  • Score card at 9cm and then at 11cm and fold into a book shape

  • Glue the 2 9x10cm panels into the both sides of the inside cover

  • Glue or tape the 6.5x9cm panel on to inside back cover on bottom and left and right sides leaving enough space for the post it note to slide in - this is allowing for the paper backing to slide in so that the sheets are easy to get to.
  • Glue 1 strip of 2x10cm on to the inside spine (optional) - you can also put this on the outside spine instead
  • Glue one piece 2x10cm on the right hand side of front cover 

  • Stick your ribbon around the holder in the centre of it - making sure it is straight  
  • Thread the button with the matching bakers twine – either making a knot or a bow (whatever takes your fancy)
  • Then place the button on one of the tags using a glue dot or foam tape so that it is raised up from the card so the loop can go round it 
  • Glue the tag in the centre of the front cover over the strip and make sure it is at the same level as the top of the inside flap (for the Post-it Note holder)
  • Cut another length of bakers twine which is long enough to make sure that it will loop round the button comfortably and be “slack” enough to be able to open it with ease – once you are happy that it is ok – tie a knot in it and sellotape it down on the back outside cover at the same height as the button on the front cover. 
  • When you are happy with it being at the right tension and height, then glue/stick the 2x10cm strip over the twine making sure it is covered –
  • When that is done then glue/stick the tab over it making sure it is the same height as the “flap” and the front tab
  • Then slide the post it note pad backing sheet in the flap and position it so it fits properly 
Post it note holder - black and white floral pattern


And there you go… One lovely present!

**STOP PRESS** - our new website landing page is now up and running - why not visit and sign up to hear when new products are available

Tools and products you will need for project
  • Post-It note pad 70x70mm - colour of your choice
  • Cardstock - Colour of your own choice that either matches or co-ordinates with the pad 
  • Dimensions and pieces you will need are:-
  • 1 piece - 10x20cm (approx 4 x 8ins) (if cardstock is less than 240gsm then you might want to have 2 layers - there are so many companies that offer a wide range of cardstock available at reasonable prices or you can use what you have in your crafty stash!
  • 2 pieces - 9x10cm (for inside covers) 
  • 2 pieces - 2x10cm (for front and back covers)
  • 1 piece - 9x6.5cm for the inside back where the Post-it Note pad will slide in
  • 1 piece - 1x10cm for spine (optional)
  • 2 tag shaped pieces of card for front and back 

  • 1 co-ordinating button
  • Ribbon - co-ordinating or matching (optional) 1cm wide 20cm in length
  • 1 length of Bakers twine (again co-ordinating or matching)
  • Glue dots, adhesive (I have used both Crafter's Companion adhesive and 1/8th inch Scor-tape
  • Crafter's Companion Clever Cut or any other guillotine (such as the Tonic paper trimmer) 
  • Crafter's Companion Top Score Multiboard and scoring too or Big Score
  • Woodware Craft Collection Tag punch
  • Scissors, Rulers 

So if you think this sounds interesting then why not:-

Follow us on Twitter  follow me on twitter  Like us on Facebook follow me on facebook   Follow us on follow me on google plus         Like us on Pinterest follow me on pinterest         

 Watch us on You Tube (coming soon) follow me on youtube  See our work on Instagram (coming soon) follow me on instagram

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Pukka pad to a Steampunk one... from Graphic 45

Hi bloggers! well this is the 3rd blog - and it hasn't been a month or so since the last one - am definitely going to keep this up (fingers crossed!

I made this item using the papers from the Steampunk Spells series from Graphic 45 some time ago and  have made some others using Graphic 45 - but will do another blog about them later on.. Their images are incredibly colourful and vivid and bring back memories (well not actual ones) of the 20's and 30's... see their website for their work..

Steampunk Spells notepad..                       From this....
A5 Pukka pad - My notes with Steampunk Spells from Graphic 45   


Products and tools you will need to make this project:-

Products for the A5 pad

  •   Pukka A5 project pad (or any other A5 pad)
  •   Steampunk Spells 12 x 12ins black cog on the cream background
  •   Steampunk Spells alphabet stickers
  •   We R Memory Keepers Washi tape or any of the others available or even paper    borders
  •  Black and gold zig-zag peel off sticker

For the matching bookmark

  •  Any white cardstock measuring  57x117mm or bookmark from Craft Creations - see here
  •  Steampunk Spells black cog on the cream background paper (left over from the pad)

Tools you will need for both items

  • Glue (Collal all purpose glue or Pinflair glue will do fine) - or 
  • Roller tape adhesive - there are many options out there - I use either the Crafters' Companion Double sided adhesive tape or C&C Tape Roller
  • Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper (Deco) - optional - 
  • Crop-a-dile eyelet setter tool (and eyelet) - (I bought mine from Handy Hippo)
  • Raffia or Bakers Twine 
  • Liquid Pearls - White opal (optional)
There are many wonderful images in this pack but the plainer patterned papers made me think a bit harder but it came to me that they would be ideal to cover an A5 pad - luckily I had an A5 Pukka Project hardback pad spare and thought that would do nicely!
  • You have to be quite frugal with the paper as there are only 2 or 3 sheets per pad but it is definitely worth it - you can find many of their designs on a well known auction site at reasonable prices.
  •  You can either measure the paper to fit the covers but what I have done is put some adhesive tape or glue along the edges of the front cover and placed the paper on it and then cut it to fit it! and then repeated it for the back cover.
  •  Once the glue has dried (if you've used it), then add some contrasting tape - I used Washi tape as it lets you see the pattern underneath it. (There are lots of other varieties available - some plain and some patterned 
  •  I have then added some black and gold zig zag peel off stickers (or any other ones you may have) around the edges adding a border to it on both the front and back so it matches.
  • I have used the letters you find on the Graphic45 Steampunk Spells Alphabet stickers to make the words MY NOTES (but you can obviously choose whatever sentiments you like).
  •  Finally, when you are completely satisfied with the way it looks, you can add some Liquid Pearls (or even self adhesive ones) in each of the corner on the front cover - though with the first you must wait a few hours before it has hardened!

Now to make a matching 
Bookmark using Steampunk Cogs paperstock from Graphic 45 

  •  Either use a precut bookmark (I have used the plain white one from Craft Creations or cut out some plain cardstock to 51x178mm
  • Cover it in the remaining card that you have used for the pad - once again I have made sure that the card is matching the left hand side and the bottom of the bookmark
  •  Once it is secure, I then cut the remaining sides to fit
  •  I then added a strip of the black and gold ziz zag border peel off stick on the bottom of the bookmark to add a bit of interest.
  • You can then use the Crop-a-Dile Corner chomper to round the corners or keep them plain - but if you do use one, then do it after you have stuck the paper on!
  •  Once done, then mark lightly with a pencil on the back where you want the hole to go and use your Crop-a-dile and punch your hole (you could also use one hole from a normal punch) 
  • Fix an eyelet (colour of your choice) to it - if you don't have an Eyelet setter then you can just fix it with a pen... (see a great video from Stamp.TV here as to how to do it)
  •  Then add whatever sentiment you want - I have used a Happy Birthday one but it could be anything!
  •  Finally use raffia or ribbon to add that extra touch...
  • And there you go - a matching Pad and bookmark set that I think would be a lovely gift for anyone!

NB - you could also add a matching ballpoint pen if you want - by taking some of the matching paper and undoing the barrel and placing it inside - this is a bit fiddly but would look lovely!

Also, I have just had another thought - you could also cover a strip of card 80x120mm with the paper and stick 3 sides of it to the front of the pad and put the MY NOTES on that instead  and then put the bookmark inside it so that it is secure!

So if you think this sounds interesting then why not:-

Follow us on Twitter  follow me on twitter  Like us on Facebook follow me on facebook   Follow us on follow me on google plus         Like us on Pinterest follow me on pinterest         

 Watch us on You Tube (coming soon) follow me on youtube  See our work on Instagram (coming soon) follow me on instagram

Monday, 20 April 2015

So many Craft products to choose from - what to do?

So many choices of craft products - what to choose?

Looking at the various craft magazines, browsing the various craft shops (such as Handy Hippo,DoCrafts, CraftCreations, you can find online and now watching the Create and Craft TV channel (the only dedicated 24 hour Craft channel in the world and now showing in the US too), it gets more and more confusing as to products I should be using for different projects from "am I using the right sort of paper", "which dies would be good to use", are digital stamps better than real ones to "should I embrace CD or paper crafting"?  The list goes on and on...

It is hard to find a definitive answer as we all have our own preferences (I like all of them which makes things harder)  - there are also limitations as to what we can and can't use when selling our cards - does the Company have a flexible Angel Policy or is the license a strict one so that we can only make them to give away?
Is it best just to stick to card making or go down the mixed media/altered art route - must admit having just got some Imagination Crafts Sparkle Medium and a couple of stencils, I am now having great fun trying these out! There are some fantastic papers out there - just one being Graphic 45 - I have made a simple pencil holder (or whatever you want it to be) from an old powdered potato tin which looks really stylish having been covered with a paper from their Raining Cats n Dogs series.
Pencil holder covered with Raining Cats n Dogs paper from Graphic 45
Graphic 45 Raining Cats n Dogs paper making a stylish pencil holder
So I am going to start a regular spot which I hope will be useful and it would be also really great if you could share your thoughts too!
Coming up (not necessarily in this order)...
  •  Dies, Dies and more dies...
  •  Digital stamps versus clip art
  •   Digital stamps versus normal stamps
  •  Glue - when to use a "wet" glue such as Collal or do you use a tape pen? Silicon versus PVA 
  •  Angel policies - what is an Angel policy and who allows you to do what
  •  Punches - various makes from Woodware, EK Success, Martha Stewart and many more...
  •  Cardstock - what is the best cardstock to use for various projects and what weight paper/card is best for the various layers
  • CD papercrafting - from Serif, My Craft Studio, Creative Card World, Crafter's Companion, Creative Crafting World and many more...
  •  Terminology - what does Matt and layering mean? 

So if you think this sounds interesting then why not:-

Follow us on Twitter  follow me on twitter  Like us on Facebook follow me on facebook   Follow us on follow me on google plus         Like us on Pinterest follow me on pinterest         

 Watch us on You Tube (coming soon) follow me on youtube  See our work on Instagram (coming soon) follow me on instagram