Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I scream for Ice Cream

The cicadas are buzzing, we are definitely feeling the heat of August here in southern Ontario. Are you keeping cool scoop by scoop? My fave flavour is pralines'n cream. yummh!

Speaking of cool, here's a neat delicious treat for you- an ice cream cone mini album. It's really fun to make and would be a great project to make with the kiddos to scrap their summer memories. Wouldn't it be a cool show and tell album when they return to school to show all their friends their favourite summer stories.

The album I created shows off Anna's kool shades. I admit they are pretty kool and every where she goes, she gets the 'two thumbs ups' from everyone, young and old alike.

1. You will need 1 large circle (this will form the cone portion of your ice cream cone) and 4 smaller circles (these are the ice cream scoops). In my example the large circle measures 11.5 inches and the smaller circle measures 4 inches in diameter. If you do not have a circle cutter to cut these exact sizes then use the largest circle you have (tracing out a dinner plate will work) and then refer to step 2 to calculate the measurement for your smaller circles. You will also need 15 inches of ribbon or twine.

2. Once you have cut out your large circle. Fold into 8 equal parts and open up the circle again. You should have a circle with creases showing 8 equal pie segments. Measure across one pie segment and this is the diameter of the 4 smaller circles you will need to cut out.

3. Choose two opposite points and bring towards the centre, bring the back flaps around to create your front and back covers.

4. Press down on the creases to form the cone.

5. Unfold your circle again.

6. Punch two holes along the crease of the back and front covers. Refer to photo for the hole positions. Thread your ribbon or twine through the holes. Fold up your circle into its cone shape again.

7. Place some adhesive on the bottom of the smaller circles and place into the top pocket of each cone page. Tip: glue the ice cream tops from back to front so that when your album is closed the ice cream scoops are lined up.

8. Voila! You’ve just made your ice cream cone album

Supplies: American Crafts pattern paper and chipboard, Making Memories tiny alpha letters. Accucut die, EK success circle cutter
In my finished example I used a large scalloped circle for the cone, bright and cheerful pattern paper for the ice cream tops. The story of my album celebrates my daughter’s latest ‘goto’ fashion item, her cool sun shades.

There are so many fun ways to use the ice cream cone album- how about birthday invitations or dedicate each ice cream cone page to a family member and their favourite ice cream flavour? The ice cream book can also be a fun accent on a scrapbook layout for extra photos or journaling. You could turn the ice cream cone into a cupcake by simply trimming across the middle of the cone. Ooh- imagine all the yummy ways to decorate your cupcake tops- think glitter, tinsel, and flocking!
Hope you have fun creating your own sweet treats