Gift idea: Mini Album Card!

Special occasions require special cards, and with this interactive wallet card you can go many directions. To give you some examples, my first card of this design had an Encouragement theme, the second version commemorated the first year since my father’s passing.

This week I’m sharing a third way you can use this card: as a mini album card, to send (or give in person) someone some pictures of dearly remembered moments you shared with them! Which is perfect for someone who really already has everything they ever wanted – I mean do you really need to give them more ‘stuff’? I’m convinced that memories in the form of pictures – nicely done up – will always be much appreciated, and also add that extra personal touch to your gifts.
This design offers room for 6-8 pictures and of course a personal message.

So, hope to have inspired you, let me know what you think in the comments! ūüôā

 

 

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Photo Gift Booklet

From a very sunny Portugal ‚ėÄÔłŹ I’m sharing this new Photo Gift Booklet, which I created with some cardstock and a couple of sheets from DCWV’s Colorful Life¬†paper collection. It is custom-fit to hold four 9×13 cm (3¬Ĺ x 5‚Öõ”) pictures. You only need four pieces¬†of design paper of that same size for the covers, and your’re done!

Being a hybrid between a card and a small photo album this little booklet¬†is the perfect¬†gift to send over the mail to your far away friends & relatives! ūüéČ

If you’d like to create one yourself, go to my¬†Autumn Time Ultra Mini Album¬†for a quick explanation on the page technique.

Have fun, see you next week!

 

 

Photo Explosion Box: Golden Wedding Anniversary

An explosion box is a really great gift to surprise someone with. You can make it interactive with tags & pockets, using design paper to decorate. There are several examples of these on this blog, and there’s a tutorial in my Etsy shop.

Another way to decorate is to use pictures only. This way it will become a treasure trove¬†of someone’s dearest memories, always easy to keep nearby and peruse them. This kind¬†I’ve dubbed a¬†100% Photo Explosion Box. And this week I’m sharing one of these, which I created for some people’s golden wedding anniversary.

So enjoy the video & pictures! Please like this post – and of course subscribe if you’d like to receive weekly¬†updates of my work. ūüôā

 

 

30th Wedding Anniversary Explosion Box

A short while ago a lady asked me to create an explosion box to suprise her husband for their 30th wedding anniversary. She had seen my Still in Love explosion box, and hoped I could create a similar one, but of course customized to her specific likes and wishes.

Since I still had enough of¬†DCWV’s Natural¬†stack, I set out to create another one of my explosion boxes. It has two layers with¬†an altered miniature treasure chest hidden inside. The lady sent me some thoughts and feelings about her beloved husband, and some pictures of her family and their dog, all of which I incorporated as creatively as I could.

I was very happy to hear that the lady and her beloved loved it and are continually adding little personal memorabilia to it!

Like to create an explosion box yourself? Check out my tutorial, explaining the process of creating a three-layer explosion box in 80 pages and 190 pictures!

So, here’s the end result, enjoy!

 

The first two tags of these three were made with some tag die sets by Crealies:

 

Mini Layout with Ma Cherie

Today I’m sharing a¬†little¬†layout with my lovely mom as its center of attention ūüôā .

I used¬†Kaisercraft’s¬†wonderfully feminine and slightly oriental¬†Ma Cherie¬†paper collection¬†for¬†this fun little project, which has a chipboard base and measures¬†only 6×6 inches (15×15 cm) instead of¬†the usual¬†12×12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm).

This smaller size makes it a very practical gift, for not everyone has room in their homes and hearts for a relatively large addition to their interior decorations Рespecially when the gift is a complete surprise. A smaller size is a lot less threatening and Рmore importantly Рa lot easier to assign a nice little spot to somewhere in their house.

On the creator’s side, the small size¬†makes for the perfect opportunity to use the 6×6″ (15×15 cm) cutaparts that sometimes come with collections, like the Fine¬†sheet in this¬†Ma Cherie¬†paper line.

I used the top-left cutapart of the sheet called “Fine” for my layout

I embellished my mini layout with some Ma Cherie Collectables die-cuts, some flowers from my stash and some Stickles. I also fussy-cut two butterflies from the Exquisite sheet of the collection.

Exquisite

All in all¬†I was very pleased with the end result – and more importantly, so was my mom! ūüôā So enjoy the video and pictures, and feel free to let me know what you think!

 

Curled up the lower left corner, added the word “treasured” that I cut from one of the sheets, then decorated the rest of the corner with some flowers and die-cut leaves. I also added two Collectables die-cuts right above the curled up paper.

Added a simple hanging mechanism, which I got in a home improvement store (very affordable!)

 

 

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Micro Album ‘Fresh & Bright’

As you may have noticed by now I love to collect older paper collections that are difficult to come by. Lush by Kaisercraft  is one such design paper collection, stemming from 2010!

I used this lovely paper to create a micro album, following the design of my very first micro pretty much literally in order to write a tutorial for you all.

So have fun watching the show & tell video and Go Create! ūüôā

 

December Deluge 5: Decoupaged Candle & Box

This December month I’ll post many projects on my blog, to give you some inspiration and ideas for your Christmas projects – and also to help you spend your holiday time creatively. In my previous posts I showed you a¬†quick Christmas Mini Album,¬†a¬†1-sheet Micro Wallet,¬†a set of¬†Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Cards¬†and some Trishutter Christmas Cards.¬†Today:¬†Part 5¬†of this December Deluge of creative ideas¬†ūüôā

Decoupaging is a great technique for altering projects, especially when you’re out of paper crafting ideas and want to switch materials a bit to stir things up again ūüôā

This decoupaged set of a Christmas candle and a matching box is quite easy to make and will make for a great Christmas holiday¬†afternoon. Plus, they’re a great little emergency gift set for that one neighbour¬†you forgot ūüėČ

The only materials you need are:

  • one or two¬†Christmas napkins (the regular, layered paper ones),
  • some mod podge (and a brush to apply it)
  • the objects you wish to alter

And: some patience while it’s drying ūüėČ

Note: if you wish to alter a candle like I have, please use special candle podge.

You can watch my free video tutorial on how to decoupage a candle to see how it’s done, and how easy it is!

Here’s the little Christmas set I created!

 

Next: December Deluge 6 – Candy Cane Lane – Twice! ūüôā

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December Deluge 2: A 1-sheet Micro Wallet

This December month I’ll post many projects on my blog, to give you some inspiration and ideas for your Christmas projects – and also to help you spend your holiday time creatively. In my previous post I showed you a quick Christmas Mini Album. Today:¬†Part 2 of this December Deluge of creative ideas¬†ūüôā

There’s a particular 1-sheet mini photo wallet of which¬†I’ve created several by now. It’s created from only one sheet of double-sided 12×12″ design paper, and it ¬†looks something like this:

If you click on the picture, it will link to my free video tutorial for that kind of mini wallet.

This week I’m showing you a new¬†micro¬†version of this design, created with a¬†6×6″¬†sheet of paper! So cute! They measure only 2‚Öú” (6 cm) and can hold little pictures, or you could write little notelets with personalized messages, as I have.

These are quick to make and would make great alternatives for your standard Christmas present tags ūüôā

Next up: December Deluge pt. 3: Nutcracker Sweet Christmas Cards! 

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December Deluge 1: Quick Mini Album “Caramel Christmas”

Hi guys!

This December month I’ll post many projects on my blog, to give you some inspiration and ideas for your Christmas projects – and also to help you spend your holiday time creatively. This week, Part 1 of this December Deluge of creative ideas ūüôā

I’ve got a cute little Christmas mini album to share with you all: it’s¬†kind of a¬†mini¬†mini album. For with its 4‚Öõ x 5‚Öõ” (10,5 x 13 cm) it’s not quite¬†micro¬†yet, but smaller than average nonetheless. It’s fairly easy to make, for each page has the same design, and there’s only four pages.

I’m calling this one¬†Caramel Christmas,¬†mainly because of the¬†color scheme of the paper pad I was using (some nameless¬†Dutch brand) – it just reminded me of Christmas sweets like toffee, or coffee candy. Or caramel! ūüôā

Both the album’s¬†size and its small number of pages guarantee that you’ll only need one 6×6″ design paper pad btw – probably only about half at that.

All in all¬†this is what you might call¬†back to basics,¬†or perhaps Mini Album 101 ūüôā If you’ve never created a mini album before, I hope this one inspires you to try your hand at it after all! No time like the present right? ūüôā And if you’d like to know how to create this, you can¬†check out the tutorial in my shop – which has 60 pages and 126 pictures.

Enjoy the video & pics below!

Btw, as stated above, ¬†I’ll be posting a lot more Christmas projects this month, so stay tuned!
Next up: December Deluge pt. 2 – A 1-sheet Micro Wallet!

 

 

 

Christmas gift idea: A Paper Craft Skin for Your Gadget

I don’t know about you but I love my gadgets. I’m always online and have various devices that I work with. I always love to personalize these devices, and no doubt you’ve seen or owned your share of cases, sleeves, bumpers and what not yourselves.

Today I’m sharing yet another way of personalizing a smart device: skin it, and use pictures of your own craft projects to make it really You!

Or, and here’s a Christmas gift idea, design a skin for someone else! You’ve probably made cards or mini albums with beautiful sentiments or very pretty design elements. Why not turn¬†a picture of such a¬†lovely detail into a skin for your best friend’s favorite smart phone to say Thank You, or Happy Birthday – or even I Love You ūüôā

There are many companies out there that can create skins for any gadget you may have in mind, except perhaps the very ancient ones. You can think smart phone, tablet, ereader, but also laptop and game controller.

They are fairly easy to adhere to your gadget – and very removable too if you’re totally done looking at it – and that’s why I’m demonstrating how to apply a skin in¬†this video. I’m working with¬†my own iPad Mini, which I skinned with a detail of my Treasured Memories Keepsake Album Deluxe.

There’s a new paper craft skin for my phone in the making as well, and although it hasn’t arrived yet I’ll post the screenshots below, so you get a second version to hopefully inspire you. I’ll also post pictures of the original projects on which I based the skins.

And last but not least, if you want to see still more skinned devices, and even an extra video tutorial, check out an earlier blog post of mine, over at my – somewhat sleeping – other blog Comics and Gadgets.

Hope you enjoy it, and hope you’ll find it inspiring! See you next week!

 

Original project: Treasured Memories Keepsake Album:


iPad Mini – skinned with the Forever Memories project:

 

Original project: Step Card ‘Deeply Loved’:


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Enjoying the Little Things – A Miniature Display

Hi guys,

Today I’m sharing a¬†blog only¬†project with you all, so no video this time. Several pictures though, so check it out!

Recently I created a¬†little display with a picture of one of my aunts.¬†It’s¬†made of chipboard and cardstock, but is very sturdy nonetheless and can stand all on its own. It sports design paper on all sides and some cute little embellishments on the inside.
For this particular one I used some Mariposa paper by DCWV.

These little frames are very cute and are a great way to use up all of your leftover pieces of chipboard and paper. On top of that, they make awesome little personal gifts!¬†Because they won’t take as much time as, say, a mini album, and I find them perfect for rainy Sunday afternoons ūüôā

Check out the pictures below, and if you’d like to create some yourself, check out the (affordable) ¬†tutorial!

See you in a couple of days with a video post again – until then,¬†stay crafty! ūüôā

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Explosion Box for a Man – Still in Love

Recently a lovely lady ordered a customized explosion box as a gift for¬†her beloved, to celebrate their love. Today I’m sharing the end results with you, for not only is this the first love-themed explosion box I created, it’s also the first that is intended¬†for a man!

It’s a two-layer explosion box, created out of cardstock and decorated with the¬†Natural¬†paper collection by¬†DCWV.¬†It has several quotes and sentiments about love and family; some I came up with myself, based on what she shared with me about her beloved and their relationship. Others were copied from the¬†Heirloom¬†sticker sheet by¬†Kaisercraft,¬†which is a great source of inspiration for projects about¬†family.

In the center of the explosion box is a tiny wooden treasure chest, super cute, that I altered with papers from the same Natural stack, on top of a copper-colored paint base.

If you feel inspired to create one yourself but don’t know where¬†to start, check out my¬†explosion box tutorial¬†in my Etsy shop, based on my Explosion of Joy version. As a bonus, this tutorial covers a¬†three-layer¬†explosion box, so that’s a whole extra layer compared to this one!

Enjoy the video!

 

These tags were made with some tag die sets by Crealies: