Monday, 27 July 2015

Tutorial for Notepad and Pen Holder

Cut 2 pieces of cardboard (or grey board or mount board)  measuring 5 inches by 7 inches
and 1 piece measuring 7/8th inch by 7 inches

Glue the pieces to a piece of 12 x 12 paper, remember to leave a gap of approximately 1/8th inch between the covers and the spine, so that your paper does not tear when you fold the covers

Add caption
Trim off the excess paper 

Trim the four corners as shown, don't cut it right up against the board, leave about an 1/8th inch of paper showing in the corner.

Fold all four edges up around the board

The glue the edges down with a wet glue, You can use double sided tape if you wish, but if you do use a strong one such as red line tape.

You should end up with something that looks like the picture below

Next using a second sheet of 12 x 12 paper, cut a strip that is 6 3/4 inches wide. The from that strip, cut 2 pieces that measure 4 3/4 inches x 6 3/4 inches. You will then be left with a piece that is 2 1/2 inches by 6 3/4 inches.

Using the thinner strip, cut a narrow slit in the middle about two inches doen from the top (I cut a larger slit shown  in the photo below, just to show you where it goes) The cut a piece of ribbon or seam binding approximately 3 inches long. (This will be used to make the pen holder)

Fold the ribbon in half and thread both ends through the slit, Then secure the ends on the reverse using strong red line tape. Make sure the loop is big enough for your pen to fit through

Glue or tape the paper to the middle section (or spine) of your notebook holder.

Take one of the other pieces of paper that you cut and glue it to the left hand side of the inside cover

Take the other piece of paper and fold about half an inch back on itself

Then glue the folded strip down (using glue or double-sided tape)

Place a line of glue around three edges of the paper as show , don't put any glue on the strip you have already glued down

Then glue this piece of paper to the right hand side of the inside cover. This will then form a pocket into which you can slot your notepad

Depending on what type of pen you have, you might want to decorate it to match. I simply cut a small strip of paper to cover the central section, wrapped the paper around tightly and glued it into place

Then add your decorated pen to your holder

From the paper you have left, cut a square  4 inches by 4 inches, and cut in half - corner to corner - making two triangles

Glue one triangle to some coordinating cardstock

Trim leaving an equal border of card stock all around.

Place glue or tape on two side of the triangle.

Then attach to the bottom corner of the inside cover to form a small pocket

Fold your cover and close your notebook holder 

Decorate the cover how ever you wish

Hope this tutorial is easy enough to follow. If you get stuck please feel free to message me via the comments box below and I will try to help you.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Notebook and Pen Holders

Having been inspired by watching one of Claire Chavills fabulous videos, I thought I would try to make some notebook and pen holders.

The notepads are just cheap A6 notebooks from a supermarket (50p each) and the pens come in a pack of 10 for 80p, (8p each). I recycled the cardboard covers from an A4 notebook - one cover is enough to make one note book/pen holder. The papers are a selection of odd sheets of 12 x 12 Graphic 45 that I had left over from other projects. I used 2 sheets per notebook/pen holder. So for a little under £3 you can make a really lovely gift. Hope you like what I have made.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

I Painted, Masked, Sprayed, and then Stamped and I finally Conquered my Fear

A couple of Sundays ago I was very lucky to be able to spend a few crafty hours with Roy Pakeman - Mr Candy Box Crafts, in his craft unit in Studley where he designs and produces all his amazing mdf kits.

I can't tell you about all the crafty items I got to see, as some are as yet "Top Secret", but all I can say is that you are all going to need at least one of them if not all of them!!!!!

Anyway abort from catching up on all his fab new items, we also had a play with some paints, sprays, masks, and some stamps ... Roy very patiently showed me how he created his own backgrounds using various acrylic paints and sprays etc, and when I got home I was brave enough to have a go myself.and guess what I actually got messy and loooooved it! yaaay

This card was made using various masks with some fabulous new stamps by Lavinia Stamps. Can't wait to have another go at getting messy very soon - thanks Roy, wouldn't have been able to make this card with out your help. xx

Long Time No Blog!

Hope you will all forgive me, but it's ages since I posted a blog post! Nothing has been wrong, just been very busy at work, in my garden and in my house. But having had a fabulously crafty Sunday I though it the perfect time to share a few photos of some little gift items I made recently to send to a crafty friend.

Having carefully watched one of Sam Donald's SU You Tube box making videos, I managed to figure out how to make a handmade to fit each little item. I love making and decorating the boxes so much I was a bit upset when I got to the last gift to box up!

Anyway i hope you like them:

Mini Tissue Box


Wax Tart

Mini Bath Bombs

 Mini Squirrel Soap

Lip Butter

Herbal Teabag Pouch