Saturday, January 20, 2018

Explore 2018! - Jeanne's 'Exploring with Friends' Loaded Envelope

Hello Crafty Friends!
It's another melting hot weekend down here in Oz, so time to close up the house, turn on the air con and craft, craft, craft!
Today we have a fun project that is just perfect to make as a gift for a special friend......  Jeanne's 'Explore with Friends' Loaded Envelope.........

Hi crafty friends!! I'm pretty excited that I'm able to use not only the adorable colorful paper collection from this months Kit but also the adorable Santoro Kori Kumi memory pockets and Santoro Gorjuss girl ribbon bows. I also used the colorful washi tape

There is still somewhat of a craze for these "Loaded Envelopes", I had previously made a variety of themed loaded envelopes. I hadn't actually made one recently so thought I would use some paper & embellishments from this kit for this. 

I had previously made my other Loaded envelopes using this same tutorial from YouTube that was done by Michelle Randolph. 

 I hope you find my picture tutorial easy to follow.  Here are the supplies you will need
  • 3 sheets of 8.5 X 11 paper
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Scoreboard
  • Score Tape
You will begin by cutting the papers to the sizes below:

  • 8.5 X 9.5- Front piece
  • 7 X 9 - Back piece
  • 7 X 6.5 - Front pocket
  • (2) 7 X 4.5 - Smaller pocket
Then you will start scoring your cut papers to the following: 

(A) right1.5 in. , 1in.     (B) 1.5 in                     (C) 1.5 on                        (D) 1.5 in.
 left- 7, 7.5, 8in                   ea. side                     each side                          horizontally
          (A)                               (B)                               (C)                                (D)

       (trim off squares                                   (trim off corners w/out
         both ends)                                             cutting over lines)

Add design paper:

    FRONT                                                           BACK

Add pockets with score tape:

 Then add design paper to pockets:

I added the leftover border paper: (NO PAPER WASTE) On the front pocket I also added flat back pearl bling and a cutout image with a paper clip (See finished project for this)

 Make a slit down the center with scissors and add design paper on back:

I then added small round velcro pieces to the Envelopes & made stickers out of some of the images from the cut out sheet with my Xyron machine (I then added these inside one of the envelopes as a gift along with other embellishments.)

I made a paper rosette using some of the left over scrap from my previous project. I added one of the bows from the kit and a prima paper flower in the center.

Finally, I added one of the Santoro Ribbon Large Bows in the middle of my envelope, I added another on my finished rosette and I also altered  a small notepad with some of the scrap paper from my previous project and I added one of the images from the cut outs 'Find Joy' paper & some of the Washi Tape and added another of the bows and white cotton lace on the spine of the notepad. I also made a medium tag for my back pocket. I used scrap paper, an image from the cut out sheet and adhered it with the adorable washi tape. I also added one of the scrap border paper for the bottom and lastly added a piece of seam binding. As well as added variety of laces on the loaded envelope. 

Click HERE to view my Project Share Video on YouTube

I hope that you were able to follow this step by step tutorial & are inspired to make your own loaded envelope for that special friend!! 
Thank you for checking out my blog this week and I hope you will return next week for my 3rd Design Team project!! 

Thank You,

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Explore 2018! - Sarah's Adventure Wall

Hello Crafty Friends!
Our January Kit is full of goodies to start off your year and explore everything 2018 has in store. And what better way to explore the year ahead than with an Adventure Wall!! Join Sarah as she creates this fun piece of home decor with plans for many adventures ahead!

Hi Everyone! Sarah here, excited to share my next project with you.

As soon as I saw the gorgeous Kori Kumi Memory Pockets in this month's kit, I knew I had to make a project to show them off. I decided to grab a canvas and put the pockets on display.

First I applied a layer of antique white paint to the canvas. I didn't want it plain white, but I knew I was going to cover most of it and I didn't want too much colour on the background. To add some interest I used the Tim Holtz Traveler Stencil with the Dina Wakely Blushing Paint to stencil some words as a border. I love all the different ways you can use this stencil! I also added just a few small paint splatters so that the background wasn't completely blank.

Next it was time to add the pockets. Like my last project I decided to cut the tops off the pockets to use later. As cute as the flaps are, they just didn't work with this particular project. I used my handy hot glue gun to stick 6 pockets to the canvas, using different images from the front and back of different pockets so that each ones showcased a different picture.

To cover all that blank space at the top I set to work creating a title for the project. Using one of the papers from the Star Gazer collection I cut out some strips, folded them in half and then snipped the corners into little flags.

Using some big stamps I've been dying to use from my stash, I added the flags to some twine to create this adventure banner for the top of the canvas.

Nearing the end of the project, it was time to fill those pockets. I'd been wondering how to use these cute Gorjuss Ribbon Bows and decided to make some paperclips with them. Aren't they cute?

But what do the paperclips attach to you ask? Why, adventures of course! I cut some plain kraft cardstock to size and set about creating some little adventures I could have with my husband. When boredom strikes we now have no excuse not to go on a little adventure! I love how these are attached to the paperclips, so when we feel like changing things up we can just swap the cards for new ones.

To finish the project off I couldn't resist using some of these beautiful Ken Oliver Charms.

You can see a close up of some of the embellishments here.

And here's the finished project hanging on my wall!

This project was so much fun to make and adds such cuteness to an otherwise boring patch in my home. It's also a great way to put the gorgeous products from this kit on display.


BUY Aunty Vera's Monthly Kits HERE

January Monthly kit is available for $46.20 which is a saving of 20% on buying the items separately.

Postage is $9.00 anywhere in Aus. 
For internationals, please email for accurate prices.

C O N T A C T:


I hope you've been inspired today to enjoy your own little adventures - and incorporate them into your craft!

Until next time,

Sarah xx


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Explore 2018! - Donna's Three Cards - Exploring

Hello Crafty Friends!
Donna has a fabulous post for us today... especially for the card makers who have been asking for inspiration creating more 'simple' cards (me! me!! ME!!!).
Though I don't like that word 'simple'....... these are beautiful... ACHIEVABLE.... and really great if you need to post a card as they will sit nice and flat in an envelope!

Hi all, I created three cards with the January kit from Aunty Vera Scrap and Craft.

I also had a couple of lovely ladies tell me that while they think the 
Creative Team creates wonderful projects they are intimated because their work would never look like ours and so they don't try.. The other thing was they only like cards and
would like some simple ones to try so this is what I did..
For you ladies:
Clean, simple, mostly embellishment free, and easy to complete..

No 1. Collect Moments not Things

I simply matted the paper on to Navy cardstock then onto the embossed white card base. I die cut three tiny flowers and using the paint from the kit I dotted the centres..

Card 2. Hello

Using the embossing folder as my base I again matted the cut away quotes
with Navy Blue. I used the bottom of the paper as a strip along the centre.

The note came in the December Carousel Christmas kit HERE which I covered with the washi tape from this kit.. Looks brilliant I reckon. 

Card 3. Have a Beautiful Day

My favourite of the three cards, I love how clean and simple
this card is.. Again using minimal embellishments and Navy cardstock to highlight
the cutaway panels, all it needed was some Kindy Glitz
and Dimensional Magic to finish it off..

I love this panel of birds..


All Three cards together..

Floral Wishes is the embossing folder and stamps I used for this set..
I think it came off the front of a magazine (England).
My granddaughter gave it to me so not totally sure.
You could use any embossing folder and stamps you have..

BUY Aunty Vera's Monthly Kits HERE

January Monthly kit is available for $46.20 which is a saving of 20% on buying the items separately.

Postage is $9.00 anywhere in Aus.
For internationals, please email for accurate prices.

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I hope I have inspired you to create Glorious things..
Thank you for stopping by..

Friday, January 12, 2018

Explore 2018! - Jeanne's "Take Me Away" Travelers Notebook

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today Jeanne joins us with her first project of 2018... an adorable Traveler's Notebook.....

Hi Crafty Friends!! Jeanne here sharing with you my very first attempt at making a Travelers' Notebook! I'm pretty excited about sharing it and had lots of fun making it! 
I immediately thought of making this when I did my unboxing of this 1st kit of the Year from Aunty Vera's monthly kits. I figured since this month's kit name/theme is "Explore 2018" , I would do this project! I definitely loved the double sided papers in this kit. Which were 12 of American Crafts - Dear Lizzy 'Star Gazer' Collection  So I picked out the papers and items from this kit I would be using on this project and leaving me with plenty for more projects this month. 

So here is my finished project!! Enjoy!!

I started by looking for a tutorial on YouTube and I did watch a very easy to follow tutorial from Bona "LiveLoveScrap" .
 I had  purchased the Scotch Self -Seal Laminating Sheets from Target which I found very easy to use. *Note: I now will be purchasing the Scotch Thermal Laminator Machine, since I love making these notebooks!! 
The first paper I used on the cover is the "Happy" sheet of paper. 

In the inside cover of the base page I adhered a "2018 Calendar" that I was gifted from a swap. I was looking for the Adhesive Label Pockets from the Target Dollar Spot but was unable to find them but did manage to find something similar in my crafty stash. I adhered it sideways as it was too big to adhere it right side up. In this I added some small cut outs from one of the papers from the kit, that I ran through my Xyron sticker machine. 

The second paper is called "Cruisin'" , that I selected,  I made it as a journaling/doodling notebook insert. I added 15 sheets of printer paper, scored in the center. In between the printer sheets I made a divider using the 3rd paper called "Sun Setting" .  With the 4th sheet called "Be Free" I made a double pocket folder insert. . On the back inside cover I added the lined notepad that came with the calendar I used on the inner front cover. 
I adhered both calendar and notepad using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. 

On the elastic closure I decided I would use one of the Ken Oliver Vintage Compass Charm Embellishment that came in the kit as well. I added some of the Colorful Washi Tape that came in this kit on the 1st page of the printer paper. If I sell this journal I will include a swatch of some of this same washi along with some from my stash. I also used one of the super cute Santoro Gorjuss Large Bows from this kit to make an altered paper clip that matched very well with this paper collection! Lastly I added some Gold thickers from my stash for added embellishing on the cover to go with the theme. 
I added extra gold paper clips as well. 

I hope that you enjoyed reading the process of how I made the Travelers' Journal and that you feel inspired as well with this kit to make some journals of your own and track all those memories that you experience while on your EXPLORATIONS!!!  

If you choose to purchase this amazing Jan. 2018 kit, please click on to the following link: . 

Here you will find lots of goodies including available past kits, new arrivals and sooo much more! 
Again I thank you for checking out my post and I hope you will follow me and my fellow designers for a wonderful year of lots of inspirational projects! 


Check out my video for this project HERE and please feel free to comment, like & SUBSCRIBE!! 

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