Monday, December 17, 2012

Fancy Pants and Scor-pal!

One last project before the holidays, this week it is Fancy Pants teaming up with Scor-pal, so be sure to check each of the companies blogs for lots of inspiration and of course prizes are to be won!
My inspiration for my holiday/home decor project was inspired by a childhood memory I fondly remember of the holidays.  They were the Lifesaver candy books.  I've seen the newer ones in stores today but they are only one sided and the books I remember were two sided where you opened up the box and both sides were lined with rows of Lifesaver candy.  I have not come across Lifesavers books in the stores, the candies now are Skittles, Big foot, Gummie bears....sigh...oh well at least my diet and dentist are thankful for that, lol!

Inspired by the box book construction I created a one-sheet shadow box template (you will need 2 of these to make the 'book').  This shadow box template I had ran through several revisions before coming to an end result I was happy with.  My project is a 6 x 6 square shadow box and you could definitely adapt the template to any square or rectangular size.

Anyhoo, here is a sneak peek of my box book project featuring Fancy Pants Home for the Holidays paper collection.  Full details and tutorial will be posted on Scor-pal's blog this Tuesday ( I will also post tutorial steps here too but not until the blog hop is finished through the week).

Just recently our family was blessed with the arrival of this sweet baby pea!  In this photo he is just an hour oldHe is so tiny, so adorable, so c-u-t-e !  okay thanks for indulging me tee hee, back to business now...

Supplies: Fancy Pants pattern paper, Scor-pal, Scor-tape, silver jewel diamond wrap, Websters Pages rose trim, dies/punches: Sizzix, EK success, Accucut, Memory box,

To make the box book base I created a one-sheet-shadow box template.  You can create one 6 x 6 shadow box from one 12 x 12 paper and you will need two shadow boxes to create the book.


Start with a 12 x 12 double side pattern paper score at:  ¾, 1 ½ , 2 ¼ , 3, 9, 9 ¾ , 10 ½ , 11 ¼ .
Rotate 90 degrees.  Score at ¾, 1 ½ , 2 ¼ , 3, 9, 9 ¾ , 10 ½ , 11 ¼

Now score at 3 ¾  and  8 ¼ just to where it meets the lowest horizontal scored line 3 inches down.  
Turn paper 180 degrees and repeat.

Step 2:Cut as shown marked with the solid lines below.  The hatched areas are to be discarded.
Note there is a centre line cut down the middle of the tabs.

Step 3: Fold along all the the scored lines first to train how the edges will roll in.  

Step 4: To start securing the shadow box together, apply Scor-tape to the outside 3/4 inch panel of the shorter edges first (this is side edges WITHOUT the tabs).  Roll them in and secure them to the base.

Step 5: Apply adhesive to the outer end flaps, roll and secure them to the base.  The tabs are still loose at this point.

Step 6: The top flap of the tab is folded over and secured underneath.

Step 7: The flap remaining is wrapped around the corner and secured along the edge.  Repeat for all four corners and you have just created the shadow box base.

Step 8: Repeat steps 1 to 7 to create another shadow box.

Step 9: After you have made 2 shadow boxes, cut a 1 1/2 x 6 inch strip, score in half vertically and mountain fold to make a hinge.  Adhere both boxes to this hinge with Scor-tape.

Step 10: Decorate as you wish!  Cut 3/4 strips of pattern paper to cover the outside edges and 6 x 6 pattern paper to cover the outside top and bottom.  You can use photo corners to cover up the joints or use borders around the edges of the box. 

Thanks for staying with me through all these steps.  I hope you give this project a try, I would suggest making your first one out of plain card stock so that you see the score-lines better better for cutting around the tabs.  Once you've mastered the template, go to town with your pattern paper!

Wishing you and yours and wonderful Christmas and Holiday season!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Scrapbook and Cards Today Winter issue!

It's here, it's here!

Also, check out their blog everyday because starting this week Catherine has put together an amazing 12 days of Christmas- you do not want to miss this!!

I cannot wait to curl up on the couch in my jammies, cup of tea, some biscuits and soak this Winter issue in!

I was thrilled to be asked to create a set of holiday and valentine themed cards using Pink Paislee's beautiful City Sidewalks collection, and to add that extra sparkly finishing touch I used Queen & Co. twinkling brads and pearls- love these!

My absolute fav product to use were the postage journal tags and banner shapes (I didn't use them as banners but I did string twine through them as accents).  Also, the names of the papers like 'special delivery' and 'Santa's workshop' found on the bar code strips were perfect to use as labels too. 


This tag fits perfectly matted under the window diecut from Memory Box giving you the impression you are looking out the window to a Christmas scene of Santa and some children.

Had fun with my circle punch to create this scalloped tree, I added the Queen &Co. jewels to the circle centres.   The subway graphic under the tree is a pre-printed tag that I trimmed to a banner shape.

And finally, a Valentine themed card.  I used the pre-printed journal tags as the words do fit the theme.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Core'dinations and Scor-pal week!

It's Scor-pal teaming up with Core'dinations this week to share with you some fun projects!
Be sure to visit both the Scor-pal blog and Core'dinations blog each day this week to see more project ideas and to enter for chances to win some great prizes.

I love polka dots and the Core-dinations Tillie Dot card stock is super cute!  You can use the embossed texture card stock as or sand them down to reveal the white core.  I decided to do a bit of both for the base of my scrapbook page.

I placed green Tillie Dot cardstock (embossed side down) on to my Scor-pal tool and scored a random grid pattern.  I knew I was going to use 2.75 square inch photos so I just made sure I had some 3 x 3 squares in my grid pattern which will frame my photos.

After scoring, I flipped the dot card stock over and sanded the dots in a swirling pattern.  I am trying to mimic a bit of snow falling as my page is about my daughter having fun building her North Pole village houses.  

I used the light brown woodgrain Cosmo Cricket Core Impression pack and Cosmo Cricket's Jolly Days pattern papers to embellish my page.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Cartes en blanc

Inspired by the simplicity, elegance and spontaneity of what I have read about Diner en blanc, here is my scrappy version, let's call it Cartes en blanc.  It really was spur of the scrappy moment, I was clearing my table for my next dt project assignment and while putting these stamps away I thought about making some quick holiday cards 'en blanc' style.  

In keeping with the white , simple, and elegant theme, I dry embossed the background and stamped the sentiment in black.   In no time, these cards were made and could definitely be easily reproduced assembly style for some quick gift card sets.


Thanks for stopping by...gotta get back to starting my project assignment.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bling it on with some diamond wrap

With all the festive lights and sparkly decorations I see this time of year I can’t help but to add a little bling to my holiday paper crafting! A really kewl  product I recently came across recently is called diamond wrap. This sparkly jewel backed mesh is available in a range of beautiful colours (all you need is to enable a few scrappy friends, make a few swaps and you can collect some every colour, that’s what I did!).   I purchased these from Creative Bag in Mississauga and they have reduced their  price for 10 yards of diamond wrap to $24.99.  That is a lot of diamond wrap to play with, 4.5 inches wide x 30 feet of bling!  Cut them into individual strips, square mats, diecut them into shapes -oh my the possibilities are endless!  If you are in the U.S, just google 'diamond wrap ribbon' for sources.

I’ve seen diamond wrap used for home d├ęcor projects and in event decorations and I thought if you can wrap these jewels around a candle, a pen holder, or napkin ring than surely use them on our paper craft projects too! When I first played with diamond wrap I noticed that the jewels were plastic and can easily be cut with scissors (love my Wescott sharp tipped scissors) so then my mind immediately zoomed to my Sizzix dies. Sure enough the Sizzix dies can cut through diamond wrap like buttah! One tip, I would stick to larger and simpler die cut shapes. 

To adhere diamond wrap to my scrappy projects I used strong double sided adhesive tape like ATG or Scor-tape . You can also use glue dots or a Beacon 3in1 adhesive too.

Here is a fun and simple round holiday tag topper using diamond wrap and the round Sizzix circle die. I can also use the negative as a nice frame too! 

I used it here on the JOY word die cut for my December Daily album.  

You can also use diamond wrap as little mats under embellishments, trim into individual strips as candy sticks, or hand cut banners for extra sparkle!  

Hope you have fun adding a little bling to your scrappin', like they say diamonds are a girl's best friend (tee hee).  Have a wonderful day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Happy December!

I have a winter holiday project posted on Scor-pal's blog today, it's a Holiday themed squash book.
I used Echo Park's really cute Christmas collection papers for this booklet.

Here's a quick peek at the cover. For the complete pics of the project just hop on over to Scor-pal blog at this link here.  Have a wonderful week!

This is a very easy project to make and is so much fun as it opens to reveal photos and journaling to tell your story.  My inspiration for this project comes from the squash book tutorial found on the Scor-pal website.

Echo Park pattern paper, Bazzill card stock, Scor-tape, Scor-pal tool, Creative Memories circle punch, Accucut die

I changed it up a bit by changing the base dimension of the squash book and I used a pretty scalloped square which is smaller than the base for the 'squashed' parts. 

1) Take 9 x 9 inch square and score evenly into quarters at the 4.5 inch marks, then mountain fold along the diagonal from left to right.
2) Take 7 x 7 inch square scallop and score into quarters evenly at the 3.5 inch marks.  Mountain fold on the diagonal from left to right.  Repeat again for second scallop square.

3) Place the two smaller scallop squares as shown and adhere using Scor-tape to the larger base.
The two smaller squares squash into the book when closed. You are now ready to decorate and embellish your squash book.

Tip: when embellishing the triangle sections, your tags can overlap the fold line without gluing it down so that it will fold up with the section is 'squashed' up.


Hope you enjoyed the project and have fun making your own squash books! Virginia