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I have some very important news to share with you today. Earlier in the year I was contacted by the wonderful people over at Ampersand Art, the makers of Stampbord, and invited to create a project for their website for September/ October 2010. Of course I jumped at the chance, I love stampbord. 

Here is the finished piece I designed and created for them.

Perpetual Calendar, created for Stampbord WebProject

Perpetual Calendar, created for Stampbord WebProject

Now head over to the Stampbord website and download the project sheet and you too can create your very own calendar. This would be the perfect gift for a special friend or family member, and make one to inspire you in your creative space. 

Links

Stampbord How to September October 2010  Perpetual Calendar

Stampbord 

Crafty Individuals Wren Stamp Swirl Stamp

Graphicus: Words of Inspiration

I’ve really enjoyed this opportunity of working with new Stampbord surfaces. This larger size of block was a challenge, but one I’ve enjoyed and it does give you much more scope to design on. 

Thanks to 

Stampbord for giving me this opportunity to try more of their products. Glenda Waterworth from Graphicus & Crafty Individuals for their permission for me to use their images in this project. 

Let me know what you think 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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Last month I shared a few pictures of the Card Storage Journal, that I made using a Bind It All. Today I would like to share a tutorial of how it was made. It would make a perfect gift for friends and family.   

Card Storage Journal; Cover

Card Storage Journal; Cover

You Will Need

  • Mat Board/Chip Board etc
  • Bind It All and 1″ O wires OR Crop A Dile and Binder Rings
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative Papers
  • White cardstock; I used 160 gsm card from Rymans
  • Cream/Ivory coloured cardstock 160 gsm
  • Glue Stick
  • 12 Envelopes
  • Tim Holtz School Days stamp set
  • Dye inks; I used Distress ink but you could use Adirondack Dye ink
  • Versafine Ink in Sepia
  • Alphabet set; I used; Making Memories; Rummage
  • Calendar Stamps; I used Making Memories Calendar Set
  • Distressing Tool

Card Storage Journal; Materials   

Method

  • Cut matt board cover boards to the same HEIGHT as your envelopes, and 1/8th inch wider than the envelopes.
  • Cover the boards with the decorative paper and allow to dry. For a ribbon closure, add this before you apply the end paper (inside cover paper).
Card Storage Journal; Cover Boards

Card Storage Journal; Cover Boards

  • On the white card, stamp the lined paper design from Tim Holtz Schools Days stamp set, using the (grey) Distress ink. Repeat this until you have 12 of the little pages.
  • Use an Edge Distresser to distress or fray the edges of your pages. Use your favorite colours of ink to distress the pages further and then heat set to dry inks.
Card Storage Journal; Distress inks used on inside pages

Card Storage Journal; Distress inks used on inside pages

Card Storage Journal; month pages

Card Storage Journal; month pages

  • Use the Alphabet stamps to stamp a month onto the top of each page of the lined paper; January, February etc. Set aside to dry.

For the decorative panel 

  • Cut a strip of cream card to slightly smaller than you envelopes. Colour using Dye inks and stamp background using the Anna Griffin background stamp. Edge with dye ink for depth.
Card Storage Journal; Decorative Panel

Card Storage Journal; Decorative Panel

  • Create a set of tabs from cream coloured cardstock, fold them in half and stamp a month on each one.
Card Storage Journal; Month Tabs

Card Storage Journal; Month Tabs

  • Attach a tab to each envelope and then add the decorative panel on top to hide the join.
Card Storage Journal; Month Tabs

Card Storage Journal; Month Tabs and decorative pannel

  • Make a Binding Template [see instructions below] and punch holes into each of your envelopes and cover boards.
  • Glue a month page to each envelope, allow glue to dry before continuing.
  • Cut a length of O wire to fit your punched holes
  • Layer your book up as you would like it to appear once bound. Take the FRONT cover page and (pretend it’s already bound for a moment) and fold the front cover around to the back of the book. Insert your O wires into your punched holes and use the Bind It All to close the wire.
Card Storage Journal;

Card Storage Journal; Binding the book

This is a great way to keep cards together and not forget birthdays and special occasions. Write names and dates on the front of each envelope on the lined paper you made, to keep track of upcoming events. When you buy or make cards, just pop them into the appropriate envelope, ready to go.   

Making a Binding Template 

Measurements will vary depending upon your size of envelope, so I have kept the instructions generic so they can be used by everyone.   

  • Cut a piece of cardstock to the same size as your envelopes.
  • Place your cardstock on top of your envelope.Measure down from the top of the envelope to where the edge of the closed envelope flap comes too. Mark this distance on your card stock.
Binding Template for Card Storage Joural

Binding Template for Card Storage Journal

  

  • Draw another line at the bottom of your cardstock the same distance from the bottom, as the top line was from the top. You now punch your holes between these two marks.
  • Punch first set of holes to just below the first line on the cardstock.
  • Move the setting guide to ‘B’ continuous and punch till you reach the next line.You now have a guide to place on the top of each envelope and cover board as you punch it, this ensures everything will line up nicely at the end of the project.

  

Binding Template for Card Storage Joural

Binding Template for Card Storage Joural

If you don’t have a Bind It All machine

Make a punching guide using a Crop A Dile, again so that all your envelopes and covers will align at the end of the project. Connect your journal using Binder Rings; 

Optional Extra’s

  • Add an extra envelope to the back of the book to keep a list of addresses in.
  • Add a pocket to the inside cover to hold stamps 
Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

  

So there you have it, it takes a while to make but I think the results are worth it. If you are making more than one, you can easily have a bit of a production line going. Do the inking and stamping parts while waiting for covers to dry etc. It would be lovely to see your results if you have a go at this project. Feel free to change the stamps and images to suit your own favourite styles.  This would make a great present for all ages and genders, hope you have a go and will share your results.  

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon   

Billie :)  

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In today’s post I would like to share the first of this years Christmas card designs.

Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

This card features

Stamp: Anna Griffin for main motif and holly from Flowersoft Lamp Post stamp sheet.

Base Card; Paper Mill

Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Stickles in Red

Nestabilities: Labels 1

Here is the inside of the card;

Inside the Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

Inside the Anna Griffin style Christmas Card 2010

This is a simple quick design for making bulk cards. I like simple and elegant designs. What do you think?

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Originally this project started out as a way to collect together memorabilia from a holiday, it then evolved into a handy storage journal for hand-made cards.  

Card Storage Journal; Cover

Card Storage Journal; Cover

This is my first major project with the Bind It All machine and after working out how to make a cutting template so I got the holes just where I wanted them I was much happier. I used mat board for the covers (the kind picture framers use for layering) and added my own stamped papers to decorate the pages.  

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

Card Storage Journal; Inside Cover

On the inside cover I added a pocket to hold stamps, and then each envelope pocket holds a different month’s cards. I made little tab labels to easily navigate to the month I was looking for and the Making Memories Calendar stamp set made a nice finish to them. On the note page on each envelope I’m going to write the date and name of the person who needs a card, then when I’ve made a card I just pop it in the envelope ready. No more scrabbling around at the last-minute. I was going to add a ribbon closure then forgot when I pasted on the end papers DOH, now I’m waiting as I’m saving up for one of Tim Holtz Sizzix dies and hope to make a fancy closure with it and some grunge paper.  

Card Storage Journal; Inside Pages

Card Storage Journal; Inside Pages

This would make a great present for a friend and if you would like a detailed tutorial on how to make one leave me a comment and I’ll try to get one up in good time so you can make some as holiday gifts for friends and family.  

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon  

Billie :)

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In today’s post I will be reviewing; Tim Holtz Grungeboard

Tim Holtz Grungeboard

Tim Holtz Grungeboard

Purpose

This paper based surface is very versatile for all kinds of crafting. I bought a pack of this and it was AGES before I got over my fear of wrecking it, and just had a go. It is actually a very forgiving surface.

Pros/Cons

  • Light yet Durable
  • You can ink it
  • You can paint onto it
  • You can punch holes into it using a Crop A Dile tool
  • With GrungePAPER you can die cut shapes using a Cuttlebug

Cons

Not really got any. Grungeboard can be quite thirsty, gesso the surface to stop is guzzling quite so much paint, if it bothers you ;)

Build Quality

For such a light weight material it is actually very strong, you can easily use it for book covers.

Value for Money

You get more product for your money with the Grungeboard than you do with the card, but that is probably a weight thing. Great product and worth the investment.

Would I buy it Again?

YES

Summing up

If you love working with inks and paint and are looking for a new surface, do give grungeboard a go, all the things you can do to the surface of paper seem to work on the grunge board. A more durable surface than paper for tactile projects like book covers. Great for making embellishments too. Go for the Grunge Paper if you want to use it in your die cutting machines.

Links

Tim Holtz

Tim Holtz Ideology; Grunge products

Tim Holtz; Video Demonstration of Grungeboard

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post a picture of another grungebord bracelet I made a while ago, this piece also works for this months ‘G’ theme, on The Virtual Crafting Challenge. 

Blue Grungebord Bracelet

Blue Grungebord Bracelet

Stamps Used: Hero Arts Ancient Writing 

Colours Used: Adirondack Acrylic Dabber, Pool, Purple Twilight & Silver 

This thinner style bracelet is nice and quick to put together. Check out my Bracelet Video, on You Tube for the larger version. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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In today’s post I’d like to share a picture of the grungebord bracelet I made a while ago. 

Purple Grungebord Bracelet

Purple Grungebord Bracelet

 

Stamps Used: Hero Arts Ancient writing 

Colours Used: Purple Twilight, Pool and Silver Acrylic Dabbers by Ranger 

It was fun to make and this smaller size of bracelet and it is much quicker to put together too. Great for last-minute gifts :) This is my first piece, for this month’s ‘G’ theme for The Virtual Crafting Challenge. Check out my Bracelet Video, on You Tube for a tutorial series, on making the larger version of bracelet. 

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon 

Billie :)

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