Five Easy Steps to Alter an Object

Altering an object is a great way to create original gifts or gift boxes, but how does the altering process take place? What steps are needed? Today I’m sharing five easy steps to help you on your way to alter your own cute gift objects!

For this particular wooden box I used some black acryllic paint, some gilding wax and two sheets of the Vintage Hollywood paper collection by Graphic 45. 

  1. Remove any closures and hinges
  2. Paint the object, inside and outside
  3. Optional: apply gilding wax – the video shows you the very simple technique I always use
  4. Mat – check out the video for some elaborate instructions on how to take measurements for that, including on the insides of the box
  5. Decorate

Oh and don’t forget the final step: Have fun! 🙂

 

Don’t forget to check out my earlier altered gift box with Graphic 45’s Worlds Fair:

Gift Idea: Upcycled Jewelry Box

Sometimes that accessory you buy comes in a small jewelry box. My recent such purchase sported the name of the shop on its lid, but apart from that the box had a very nice antique bronze color, which inspired me to re-use it as a gift box.

So I thought I’d share this idea with you today, for this is the perfect little quick scrap gift idea, which you can finish in about 15 minutes (tops). Simply alter the lid, covering the shop’s name or logo, by decorating it with some design paper, a brad, and some embellishments.
It’s very easy to do, it’ll cost you hardly any time at all, and you’ll have a uniquely customized gift box for your present. 🙂

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Travel Light Folio Sequel: Say Cheese!

My first Say Cheese projects utilized a mix of the first and second versions of the collection, but this week it’s all about Say Cheese IIIThe Say Cheese collection by Simple Stories has been so successful that they came out not only with a second iteration (Say Cheese II) but also the abovementioned third. All three are very modern and fun collections with a black, red, white, yellow and skyblue color palet. They’re centered around – though subtly – a Disney theme, specifically, Disneyland.

I chose to recreate my Travel Light photo folio with the Say Cheese (III) papers. I designed it last year and it was aimed at an easy way to store and enjoy vacation memories. The papers that I incorporated then had a very vintage feel, thanks to the older K&Company collection called simply Travel. As always it was a wonderful surprise to see what that same design looked like with a completely different paper collection.

This project was sponsored by Scrapworld (also known in Dutch as Scrapwereld), whose owner is also the brand ambassador for Simple Stories in Europe. She was very kind to supply me with the materials for this folio.

This time I created the folio with 12×12 inch cardstock, instead of A4, which is why I added a companion tutorial to the original one in my shop. This comes free with my Tutorial #21: Travel Light, so all of you who already purchased that, check out your Purchases tab on Etsy and download the companion with no extra cost!

 

 

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Free tutorial: Wrapping, Matting & Wire Binding (+ printable pages!)

Hi all,

New year, time for new things – as I think I mentioned in my first blog post of 2018 🙂

So I designed my first printable, namely the pages for a so-called networking booklet. This booklet is perfect to keep with you on your (new) job, as an easy little notebook to jot down all of your networking connections: their names, position titles, departments/companies, and their connections to your own work and position. It offers page layouts in SIX color schemes (the video shows four, but I designed two more: black/gray and blue/red), plus matching title pages. It’s available in my Etsy shop as of right now, and comes both in English and in Dutch (in 1 purchase).

As I’m still a hardcore paper crafter, I also did a video tutorial on how to create the covers & binding, and threw in some matting technique as a bonus. Freely available for you all, as a thank you for your ongoing support. 🌷

Feel free to let me know what you think, and what kind of future printables you might be interested in!

 

 

 

Soccer-themed Birthday Card

What birthday card to make for that soccer-loving friend or relative? How about a soccer-themed card, decorated with a custom-printed birthday wish, a Johan Cruijff tag and a wooden letter ‘K’ for his first name. With Stickles, of course.

This time the video contains a super short overview. More details in the pictures below 🙂

 

The 14 rules of Johan Cruijff

 

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Three All Occasions Folios

As I promised you last week, I have now made the tutorials available for the three photo folios I shared with you in my previous blog posts. Two of them were part of a pre-made collection folio – you can check out last week’s video to refresh your memory. And the third and smallest one went with my Box Pocket Mini Album, which you can find in last year’s Christmas album post.

I’ve actually listed a tutorial set in my shop, for your convenience. It contains two tutorials plus a cutting guide with some different measurements & extra instructions – so three downloadable files, one for each of the folios in the picture above!

Please let me know if you like these kinds of projects, for like you, I too am always looking for some inspiration 🙂

 

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Pre-made Collection Folio Idea

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂
And let’s start off with a new craft idea, why don’t we 🙂

So I bought what I’m calling a collection folio, a sturdy folio to keep your paper documents neatly ordered around the office and at home. I altered it a bit, that is to say I expanded on it, decorated it and then filled it up with two handmade folios of my own.

I used the beautiful Madeleine paper collection by Bo Bunny plus several of its decorative elements.

Hope you like this idea, it was pretty fun to work on it! As for the other two folios, next week’s post will focus more on them, plus I’m now offering a tutorial set for them.

Let me know what you think!

 

How to color glass with alcohol ink and wax paint

Here’s a quick little gift idea: buy a nice little colorless tealight glass, and color it with two or more colors of alcohol ink. Add some extra decorations with wax paint and an art stencil, and you’re ready to go.

I think this took me less than 1 hour to make, including drying time 🙂

 

 

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What to do with a Christmas mini album

Frequently I get asked what to do with this thing called mini album. I tell everyone it’s for pictures and other memorabilia, but I find that showing an actual picture-filled mini album is the best explanation I can possibly give 🙂

So here’s my 2013 Tis the Season mini album, filled to the brim with my own family Christmas pictures. If you feel inspired to create such an album yourself, check out my mini album tutorial, it has hundreds of clear pictures and elaborate explanations. And for the many scrap mats you’ll see in the video, there’s a free video tutorial here.

Enjoy your Christmas holidays, have a very merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!

 

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Christmas cards: What to do with your stickers

So, I’ve got a lot of stickers – through no fault of my own mind you 🙂 They’re usually added complimentary to a paper collection or some such. Or they come so incredibly cheap that I simply cannot help myself 😳

I find that although I like the idea of them, I don’t use very many of them. I mean, what do you do with those flat sticky things that in most cases turn out not to be even that adhesive in the long run.

Since I had an especially large number of stickers to go with my All is Bright paper collection (by My Mind’s Eye), I decided they should be used up – or at least 75% of them anyway.

So, here are some ideas for those of you who, like me, don’t know what to do with their darned stickers. 🙂

 

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All is Bright: A Box Pocket (Christmas) Mini Album

As my first Christmas mini has been completely loaded with family Christmas pictures since last year’s holiday season, it was time to create a new one – yea! 🙂

I rummaged through my (by now fairly impressive) stash and came back out with the beautiful vintage-yet-fresh All is Bright papers, a 2012 collection by My Mind’s Eye. With its 18 x 25 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/8″) it’s larger than its Tis the Season predecessor. It sports nine interactive page layouts, plus what I’m calling a box pocket on the inside front cover.

I created one of these box pockets before, in my large Girly Girl’s Precious mini (see picture below), but this time I incorporated it in a tutorial! It’s already waiting for you in my Etsy shop 🙂

Since the box pocket can hold all kinds of nice things, like a stack of photo mats, cards, a mini folio or even an entire hardcover notebook, I have not included my mini folio in the album tutorial. Instead it’s part of its own – very affordable – tutorial set, including a bonus cutting guide for a larger version!

Check out the video if you’d like to see all the fun & interactive page designs, and sing along with the Christmas tune: “Aaaaall is calm, all is bright….”

I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

 

Two Christmas Card Tips

In my last blog post I showed you my first ten Christmas cards, created with two so-called card art stencils.

This week I have two extra tips for all of you who are preparing to get your craft on and make your own Christmas cards for this year:

  1. Combine leftover die-cuts & cutaparts from one collection, with papers from a fairly neutral collection. Like in my case, the 6×12″ Wood Texture paper block by Joy Crafts;
  2. Create a large card, e.g. A5-sized, and create elaborate layouts without it getting to ‘busy’ to look at.

There’s actually a third tip hidden inside the video, namely to use what I have dubbed scrap mats, in other words: meticulously paper-pieced background mats. Check out my free video tutorial on how to make them – you’ll get a lot more paper real estate from your leftover papers!

 

Stitches: stamp by Crealies