Monday, December 11, 2017

A Month of Christmas Craft - Amira's Laminated Mini Paper Doris

Hello Crafty Friends.... oh where are the days going?!!
If you're trying to think of some special hand made Christmas gifts that you can make, have a look at Amira's laminated paper doris...... they. Are. GORGEOUS!!!

Hello Crafty friends,

I am officially in the Christmas spirit with these GORGEOUS papers by Bo Bunny!

Pink Christmas?
Yes please!

Today I am making laminated mini paper Doris!!

It all started when I was admiring the 3x4 journaling card sheet. 

I left 2 journaling cards together (6"x4") and scored them down the middle (at 3") to create a booklet cover.

Next, I cut regular copy paper down to 5 3/4" x 4" and I added approx 10 sheets into each booklet. 

To bind, I used a long arm stapler but you could always pamphlet stitch bind if you like.

You will need 4 of these booklets for our dori.

Next, you will need to select the pattern paper of your choice to be the cover of your dori.
I went with the holly paper. 
It just seemed right.

I cut this paper down to 8 1/4 " W x 4 1/2"H.

Score at 3 7/8" , 4 1/8" and 4 3/8" but DO NOT FOLD / BURNISH along here.

In order to keep my paper dori sturdy, I decided to laminate it.
I use the Lowell brand laminator from Office-works
I buy the A4 laminating pouches from there too.

Once laminated, you are ready to bind.
Watch the video to see how I did this.

I use hat elastic by Korbond which I found at Coles and Farmer Jacks here in WA.

I got my binding method from Bona's video which can be found HERE

Watch my video to see where I punched the holes along the score lines.

You end up with 4 elastics on the inside which look like this.

This is by far the BEST method which I have found and I am sticking to this formation from now on.
The outside looks very neat and it can hold lots of booklets.

Also watch the video to see how I attached the closure from the spine.
To poke the hole I used a Tim Holtz pokey tool (which releases die-cuts- but you can use an awl if you have one).

Next all you have to do is insert your booklets.

And your beautiful laminated mini paper dori is ready!

Once you have made this mini size, you will probably want to make some larger sizes.
Here are some sizes I ended up making

4 1/2 W"x 6" H

Dori on right is finished with elastics and booklets so it looks fuller than the laminated cover on the left.

Cut your cover to 10" x 6"- score @ 4.5", 5" and 5.5 "
Cut your booklet covers to : 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" (Score at  half@ 4 1/4")
Cut your booklet papers to : 8" x 5 1/2" H (score at half @ 4")

4 1/2" W x 8 1/4" H

This size came about due to the Xmas papers I had and I could not bring myself to cut them down any shorter and thereby losing the beautiful pattern of the paper.

Cut your cover to 10" W x  8 1/4" H- score @ 4.5", 5" and 5.5 "
Cut your booklet covers to : 8 1/4" W x 7 1/4" H (Score at  half@ 4 1/8")
Cut your booklet papers to : 8" W x 7 1/4" H (score at half @ 4")

Don't forget to add a gorgeous charm for some extra embellishment

Here are some more stranger sizes

The mini dori on the right : 4 1/8" W x  4 1/2" H
The wide midi dori in the middle: 5 1/2" W x  7 1/4" H
The large narrow Dori : 4 1/2" W x 8 1/4" H

There are SO MANY sizes you could try

Watch my tutorial video here.

Thank you so much for stopping by and I would love to know if you have made one of these before or if you plan on making one soon.
Happy crafting.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

A Month of Christmas Craft - Deb's Cards and Replica Post Box

Hello Crafty Friends!
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. And maybe getting into some Christmas Cardmaking. Today Deb joins us with some lovely Christmas cards ranging from traditional to tropical beachside themed. And a cute little post box for those embellished cards that are just too thick for standard envelopes.

This is my replica post box, well that is what I tried to do. I made it to fit cards with baubles on them, as envelopes are just not fat enough!

These cards are made using Stampin' Up! inks, and watercolour paper. I have versamarked the beach hut and palm tree with white embossing powder......

Another Christmas Card, using Woodgrain DSP, and stamps from Stampin Up!.....

A set of 3 Christmas Cards, all using Stampin Up stamps and dies. The cute little bauble is also Stampin' Up!

Thank you for joining me today
xx Deb xx

Friday, December 8, 2017

A Month of Christmas Craft - Donna's Magical Christmas Bag

Hello Crafty Friends!
Today we have a fabulous project from Donna..... a Christmas gift bag using our December Kit!

 Hi all, well I cannot believe Christmas time is here already..
What happened to the rest of the year?
Firstly I would like to say a huge Thank You to Aunty Vera for staying with me with all the hassles and muck-ups (is that a word?) I have had through this year and for being such an understanding person when I deserted ship to go travelling..
I do appreciate it and Thank You also to the wonderful team for
picking up the slack I left behind and
A Gigantic Thank You to YOU the members, for helping the creative team
challenge themselves to become better crafters...
Now on to my project with this gorgeous December Kit..
Magical Christmas Bag..

Cut the base at 2 1/2inches x 5 1/4 inches and score 1/2inch on all four sides
Cut up to the score line as shown and place a little double sided tape on each corner.
( I cut a bit off the corners as shown to make it easier to fold).

Cut two handles at 12inches x 3/4inch and two pieces of this glorious paper
at 12inches x 1/2inch.
( I ink all the edges of the designer paper, though not the white)

A Hint: Using a bone folder/scorer/ruler, gently but firmly pull it along the paper as shown to break the fibres. It helps the paper to curl. 

Cut the bag at 12inches x 5inches and again break the fibres by using your hand or ruler to bend the paper. Place a strip of double sided tape on the inside bottom of the bag. (I really did not want to cut this paper sighh) 

Cut two pieces of contrasting paper at 12inches x 1/2inch and adhere to the top and bottom of the bag.

Peel off the adhesive on the inside and wrap it around the base as shown.

Because of the fibres breaking, it is quite easy to put together.

It should look like this..

Attach the handles with brads on the inside of the bag..

Cut another strip of contrasting paper at 12inches and 3/4inches and adhere on the inside of the bag covering the prongs of the brads..
Don't forget to ink ALL the edges of the designer paper.. I used Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, it is perfect with this paper..

Poinsettia die from Doohickey.. Season's Greetings from the kit.

I painted some Glimmer mist on the stars and bells..
I also added some 'snow' around the edges and a little over the bag..
I love the paper so much I only wanted minimal embellishments.. 

The bag finished..

The back of the bag. I fussy cut two tags and the bow from the paper in the kit and using foam tape adhered as shown.. 
I didn't like the white handles on the inside being bare so I cut up some scraps into strips and adhered them to the handles.

My apologies for poor quality of photos but I do not have the full use of my studio as my daughter has all her furniture in there and I can only use my desk which is now chockers full of things I could reach lol..

BUY Aunty Vera's Monthly Kits HERE

December Monthly kit is available for $54.85 which is a saving of 20% on buying the items separately.

Postage is $9.00 to 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..

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Month of Christmas Crafting 2017 - Jenni's Little Gift Boxes and Tree Decor

Hello Crafty Friends
Join Jenni today for some super cute Christmas gift boxes, and a Christmas Tree decor piece to brighten your home.....

I used a die to make 25 of these little boxes for our daughter to give the children in her grade 5 class upon completion of her work experience as a 2nd year Teachers College Student
They were filled with lollies and had a pencil/eraser through the top
The children loved them!

I cut the boxes from Christmas cardstock then cut Christmas shapes from shiny cardstock to stick on the front of the boxes. I added a bow to the top of each box and used tiny pieces of velcro to secure the tops so they sat nicely.

This decor piece is made from Kaisercraft MDF trees. I painted the trees with Inka Gold to give them shine, then covered with Christmas cardstock and decorated with embellishments from my stash.......

Thank you for joining me today 
xx Jenni xx

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