Monday, March 25, 2013

Birthday Album

Hello! did you know that Scrapfest Kitchener is just weeks away, yippee!   I am teaching a few classes again and very excited to seeing some familiar faces and meeting new people.  My classes sold out within the first hour of opening registration,  I am truly humbled and honoured for the tremendous response and I cannot wait to get crafty with you!

So don't forget to mark April 12 and 13th in your calendar---> hope to see you at Scrapfest!

Today I wanted to share with you a fun little birthday mini album.  The album construction is the same as the Disney album that I will be teaching at Scrapfest.  The basic construction of the album uses file folders.  I chose file folders because these supplies are readily available making it easy to recreate the album for other occasions such as vacations, wedding, new baby etc.  This mini can hold 20+ photos which is wonderful way to capture your story.  The album is put together in such a way that can be expandable if you like to use lots of 3D embellies.  I used mainly October Afternoon's Midway papers.

Sometimes people shy away from making minis thinking they need to specially crop their photos into mini sizes.  I don't like to spend a lot of time photo editing either, rather spend the time doing the fun crafty stuff.  This album has many regular sized photos.

There are two very large pockets for you tuck in lot of fun tags.

Thanks for dropping by,  hope you have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Mini Pizza box is so versatile!

Sometimes we need a quick way to wrap little treats and this mini pizza box is so versatile and so easy to make from just one sheet of paper!  You can find the scoring template here.  This mini pizza box holds 4 rolls of pretty washi tape, a cute little goodie box for your scrapping friends!

The washi in this box are from Downtown Tape- an awesome online store to buy washi, their delivery and service are excellent!

Supplies: My Mind's Eye pattern papers, Bazzill card stock, Scor-tape, American Crafts embellishments, Reasonably Ribbon

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Washi Storage Solution!

Desperately seeking an easy DIY washi display & storage idea this was one of those light bulb moments that hit me like a truck!  After the Christmas holidays I decided to save all my cardboard wrapping tubes.  To be honest I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with them, it just seemed like a missed crafting opportunity to recycle these perfectly clean and crisp round tubes.   After all, it would be another 12 months until the next opportunity to collect them again, a little voice inside of my head kept telling me that they would be put to good use one day!

I keep my washi collection in this wooden box, it works but not ideal as I still need to rummage through looking for the right pattern or colour.  Hmm…if only I could line and stack up tape rolls showing off the patterns at an easy glance.  Ring ring ring ring! the little bell goes off and I am so excited to share with you my super easy way to make washi stacks!

Take a cardboard tube, and trim about 6 inches in length.  I squish the tube down and wiggled it under my trimmer.  It is important to have one straight edge but if you do not have a trimmer to cut the end, just use scissors and trim straight later.

Cut the tube vertically.

Roll the tube tightly to make a spool and slide your washi rolls onto the spool.  Try to place washi rolls with the same inner spool diameter on the same stack.  Once you have a few rolls on, release and the tube will automatically adjust to the tension needed to keep its shape (no glue needed).  Stand up your washi stack (this is why it is important to have the bottom cut straight to prevent the stack from falling over) and admire your beautiful washi collection.   Try making varying heights of washi stacks by colour, pattern, or manufacturer.

One last tip, to prevent the rolls from slipping off when you lift the stack, place something at the bottom as a little stopper.  You could use ribbon, twine, buttons, even wrap washi around a few times.  In my example, I used a strip of rhinestone jewels.

These washi stacks would look so adorable on your shelf, in the middle of your scrap table, and even if you don’t display them it makes for a wonderful way to keep the rolls organized in a box!

If you don’t have cardboard tubes on hand, try gluing two pieces of pattern paper together for a heavier weight and roll it into a tube.  If anyone tries this, let us know how it works!

Hope you enjoyed my little DIY idea, have fun making your own washi stacks!

Have a wonderful week! Virginia