Category Archives: Tutorials

Quick & Easy Notebook!

Hello, hello, hello!

I am very happy to be bringing you my inspirational post for Little Miss Muffet  Stamps today!

And a little tutorial too! Smiles.

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How would you like to make this noteholder?

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The quickest part is the notebook itself. You can make your own in around 15minutes tops.

The longest part (and also the fun part) is decorating it once your done!)

Here is  your quick and easy step by step.

STEP ONE:-

For this I recommend Thick Centura Pearlescent Card (or at least no less than a 300gsm for making this.)

Cut your A4 piece of card to measure 10 1/2” x 6. 1/2”.

STEP TWO:-

Now lay it lengthwise on your score board.

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You need to score lines at 4 1/2” – 5” &  5 1/2” like so:-

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And score a VERY LIGHT line (for guidance later) at 6”.

STEP THREE:-

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Turn once clockwise so that it is now in portrait (as in standing tall with the short edges top & bottom in front of you.)

Score where your cut lines will be at 2” in from the right edge and again at 4” – Between your FIRST scoreline and  your THIRD scoreline.

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Now cut where you scored.

STEP FOUR:-

Now fold your score lines and be sure to burnish them with your score tool to make them crisp.

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STEP FIVE:-

Next – add double sided sticky tape below & above where your cut out part is –  place your tape between the third (deeps score) and fourth (faint score) scores lines like shown:-

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STEP SIX:-

Remove the tape backing and  fold your third score line to the faint fourth line and press down onto the tape firmly to stick in place.

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When you open it back out it should now look like thi:-

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Okay now we need to fill it! Smiles.

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STEP ONE – INSIDE PAGES:-

First of all you need to decide how much paper you’re going to stick inside. Then you need to cut roughly a half inch to an inch smaller than your completed cover.

Then you set this aside, and take another 300gsm piece of card and cut it to measure 2” x 3”.

STEP TWO – INSIDE:-

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Score lengthways at 1/2”. 1” & 1 1/2”.

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Add double sided tape between your scores.

STEP THREE – INSIDE:-

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Burnish the two outer score lines and fold as above.

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Peel off your tape backing and stick to your pre cut sheets of paper.

STEP SEVEN – INSIDE:-

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Place double sided tape to the back of your paper pad. Stick it to the bottom of your inside cover.

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You are now ready to decorate! Smiles.

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For mine I added some gorgeous flower ribbon I have in my crafty cupboard.

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I also added this gorgeously sweet image from Little Miss Muffet Stamps.

She is called Jnr Hatter Charlotte and I adore her!

To bring her to life I used my Copics in the following shades:-

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Skin.

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Hair.

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Tulip.

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Yellow.

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Pink.

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My paper is an old one from my Tanya Whellan Floral Pavillion Paper Pack.  And my layer card is from my Roy G Biv Core’Dinations Card Pack.

The die is my Spellbinders Timeless Rectangles.

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Of course you can cover these any way you choose.

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These are two others which I created at the same time.

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(I first posted this tutorial here a while back on my old blog.)

The challenges I would love to enter into with my notepad and pen holder are:-

1.  Digi Choosday – Punches/Dies.

2.  Papertake Weekly – Spots or Stripes.

3.  Through The Craft Room Door – Always Anything Goes.

4.  Craft Your Passion – Always Anything Goes.

5.  The Papershelter – Ribbon and/or Lace.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

Glue-less Box Revisited.

Good afternoon everyone!

I hope that your Sunday is nice and relaxed and that the weather is being kind!  Smiles.

This afternoon I’m taking a trip down memory lane with you all.

I wonder how many of you will remember my famous Glue-less Box which I very first showed you all how to make way back in … ooh.. I think 2011! 

Well I figured it was time to create this again.  As it’s almost Christmas (I know, I know) and these boxes are so very easy to do – And they make amazing gifts too!

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The box I have chosen to create today for you all is using a rather beautiful little image available from All Dressed Up Stamps.

She is part of a double image which is called “A Time To Share” – this digi image is such fabulous value for money too.  As you not only get the two girls sharing the umbrella, but each girl as a single as well!  Smiles.

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I chose this particular image because I’m creating a ribbon & button box as a small Stocking Filler for my daughter for Christmas.

She loves to craft so she will love this.  Smiles.

The button headband in this girl’s hair made it seem like the perfect image to go with a box filled with ribbons & buttons. :0)

To bring her to life I used my Copics in the following shades:-

SKIN TONES

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HAIR

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CLOTHES

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Okay, on to how you actually create this fabulous no glue box.  Smiles.

It truly is very, very simple to create and once you have made a couple, you’ll be putting one together in around 5 minutes.  (I kid you not!)

STEP ONE..

(On previous occasions I have always printed my design paper out onto A4 card.  But this time I started with 12 x 12 pattern paper.)

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This is the paper pad which I used – as you can see it is 200 gsm thickness..  Really this is the very thickest that you want to use. 

Ideally between 120 and 180gsm works best.  If you go any thicker than the 200gsm I have used then you do run the risk of your card tearing on you.

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Take two sheets of the same (or matching) pattern paper and cut them down so that they both measure A4 in size.

Now take just ONE of your sheets, and trim a half centimetre off ONE short edge and ONE long edge.

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Put together your sheets will look like this.

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The smaller of the two sheets will be your box base, and the larger your box lid.

STEP TWO..

Starting with your smallest sheet,

Gently bend/fold your card towards the middle lengthways, without creasing or scoring.  When you have the long edges lined up, make a crease at the top and bottom edges of your card –  so that you can easily see where the centre line of your card is.

OR you can very gently put a small/light score mark at the centre top and bottom of your card instead.

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(I find it gives a much neater finish if I score as in the picture above rather than crease.)

STEP THREE..

Now fold your card so that each long edge meets in the centre of the card, at the creases/score marks you just made.  Burnish with your score tool.

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Now your other long edge.

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Burnish both folds with your score tool. You need all of your folds nice and sharp!

STEP FOUR..

Open your card back out flat, turn it around and now fold your short edges in so that they meet in the middle.

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Again, burnish those folds with the flat edge of your score tool.

KEEP these short edges folded together.  DO NOT open your card back out this time!

STEP FIVE..

Begin to fold your corners in, so that they line up with the score lines already present.

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Can you see how I’m using that score line as my guide?

Again, burnish with your score tool.

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Once all four corners are done it will look like this.

STEP SIX..

Now I want you to fold those two long edges back on themselves.

Like so..

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Use your triangle/corner edge as a guide to help you keep it level/straight.

(See picture below.)

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STEP SEVEN..

Now put your fingers inside and gently open out your box.
You also need to pinch the side and bottom creases with your finger and thumb to redefine your folds a little now that you are done.

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Your finished box base will look like this.

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TOP TIP!!

If you find that your sides are “bowing” out a little – simply pinch inwards (gently) the top edges whilst re-creasing all of the folds with your finger and thumb.  This will solve the problem instantly for you! :0)

Now repeat from Step Two with your largest sheet.

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This will be your box lid.

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Once complete, it’s time to decorate!  Smiles.

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Add your ribbon, sticking it to the top of your lid.

Next you add your topper and any other embellishments you would like.

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I made my topper extra large for this one, so I kept it simple and just added a fluffy feather as an extra.

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Fill with goodies for your lucky recipient and you’re done!

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I really hope that you give my little Glue-less box tutorial a try.

It was a firm favourite when I posted this on my old blog a few years ago.  And I still use this every Christmas (and sometimes Birthdays too.)  Because it is so quick & simple, and always looks great when it’s done!  Smiles.

I would be so happy to see what you create with yours, so be sure to leave a link for me in the comments section.

Hugs n Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx

The challenges I would really like to enter into with my Box & tutorial are:-

All Dressed Up Stamps – Always Anything Goes.

A Crafty Mess (Challenge 1!) – Anything Goes.

All Sorts – Anything But A Card.

As You Like It – Favourite Gift Wrapping & Why.

Brown Sugar – Anything Goes.

Sweet Stampin’ – To Die For.

Through The Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.