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For today’s post, I made a video tutorial to show you around the new Wink of Stella pens by Zig. Earlier in the week I shared a finished project and a review of the pens. In this film I’ll also show you some techniques using them.

These are some simple techniques, to get you started and I do hope you give both the pens and the techniques a try. I’d love to hear how you get on with them and see your finished projects too.

Links

 For stockists near you, check out the Kuretake website for more details.

  • Kuretake UK; Manufacturers of Zig Memory System products.

Here are my earlier posts about Wink of Stella pens

Many thanks to Kuretake for giving me the opportunity of trying these pens, they are superb and have become among my firm favorites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Wanting to use some of your favorite papers or new Papercraft CDs for a quick n simple project? Didn’t get a diary for Christmas and wanting something a bit more original than the run of the mill, high street options? Read on :)

I’ve been wanting to do this tutorial for months but Microsoft have only just published this template. Did you know that Microsoft have loads of really useful templates that you can download and print? I found some great calendars on there a couple of years ago.

BIA Calendar Tutorial

BIA Calendar Tutorial

You Will Need

Tools & Materials for BIA Calendar Project

Tools & Materials for BIA Calendar Project

  • Microsoft Word 2007 or later
  • A Calendar template, I’m using 2011 Cal Blue Border 3pg
  • 3 sheets of card stock
  • A4 sheet of decorative paper
  • A5 sheet of co-ordinating paper
  • 2 pieces of  mount board 10 cm x 14.8 cm
  • Glue stick
  • Steel Ruler and Craft knife
  • Hole punch and binder rings OR Bind It All and wire.
  • Cutting Mat

Method

  • Print off the calendar template onto the three sheets of card stock.
  • Cut the printed sheets in half so that the two months next to each other stay joined.
  • Score the card in half down the short sides. If you wish you can glue the pages together but they will stay together once bound.
BIA Calendar; Inside Pages

BIA Calendar; Inside Pages

  • Place the printed cardstock into the BIA and punch holes in the blank area next to the named month.

For the Covers

BIA Calendar; Inside of Covers

BIA Calendar; Inside of Covers

  • Take your sheet of A4 decorative paper and cut it in half to A5. Cover each sheet of mat board with a piece of decoartive paper and glue in place using the glue stick. Give a wider fold in of card on one edge, where you will be punching the holes to join the book together.
  • Once the glue has thoroughly dried, punch the short side of the mat board using the BIA.
  • Cut the A5 cardstock into two pieces measuring; 12 cm x 8 cm. (End Papers)
  • Glue one piece of co-ordinating cardstock to the uncovered side of the mount board. Align to the un-punched end, leaving a 1cm gap on three sides. This will leave a 1 cm gap before the punched holes.

Assembly

BIA Users

  • Hold the two covers in your hands as if they were already on the book. Now turn the front cover around to the back (as if you were folding it back to read).
  • Place the covers onto the O wires
  • Stack you calendar pages in the order you wish to view them and place them on top of the covers, on the O wires.
  • Set your BIA machine to match the guage of O wire used, and then place your calendar o wire down into the BIA.
  • Place the open ‘feet’ of the o wire toward the bottom of the machine, and press the BIA handle to close the wires.

**New users check out this video tutorials on You Tube ;)**

New to the Bind It All? Have I confused you with the written instructions. Check out this video by mrspaturzo

Crop A Dilers

  • Your best tool for punching holes in mat board and chip board is definately the Crop A Dile.
  • Set the depth of bite to 1/4″. The size of hole you cut will depend on the thickness of your binder rings.
  • For a three hole book, mark the centre of the short side and punch your first hole there.
  • Mark the centre of the short side between the last hole and the edge of the board and punch at the top.
  • Repeat this for the lower hole.

Optional Extras

For a Ribbon Closure

BIA Calendar Tutorial

BIA Calendar Tutorial

Tie a length of ribbon around all the pages and the front cover. Glue the centre point of the ribbon underneath the co-ordinating lining paper. Once the glue has dried close your book and use the ribbon to hold the book closed.

Belly Band

Not a pretty name but it can be a pretty result.

  • Cut a piece of card stock to the desired with and long enough to wrap around your book and overlap itself.
  • Use decorative scissors or punches for pretty edges.
  • Wrap the band gently around the short edges of the book. Lightly pressing the edges, remove the band from the book and use a bone folder to reinforce the scored edges.
  • Allow a half to 1″ over lap and trim off access length of card. Place the band back on the book loosely and glue the ends of the band together. This can be slid off the calendar to open the it or put back on with the calendar set to the current month, to hold the calendar open to the right place.

Embellish the covers with images and text to suit your project. I’ve left mine plain, as I especially liked the paper and it was going to get a lot of use and I didn’t want it to get bulky. I hope you have enjoyed this project and will give it a go. It would be lovely to see your results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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A special free gift for you today. The tutorial for gift tags from a few weeks ago seems to have been very popular. I spent the weekend putting the finishing touches to my own gift tags, and decided my handwriting might not be as elegant as I would like, so I created a printable sheet for the back of the tags, which I could fill in. It looks pretty good so I thought you might like to use it too.

Elegant Tag Backers to Download

Elegant Tag Backers to Download

Christmas Gift Tag Backers 2010 There are nine tag backers to an A4 page.

BTW: Your tag backers won’t have my copyright logo on the tags themselves ;)

All you do is click on the link and it will open a new window, the backer opens up a PDF which you can print immediately or save to your computer for later. The greeting on this backer is green, as my tags were green, if you ask me REAL nicely I might make you a set with the greeting in red.

These backers co-ordinate with the gift tags created in the following film;

Decorate the front of the tags using your favorite designs of papers & stamps. You could also use printed toppers from a craft CD. Here are my finished tags, decorated with images from Joanna Sheen’s Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD.

My Finished Christmas tags for 2010

My Finished Christmas tags for 2010

Hand made, elegant and not that time-consuming ;)

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In todays post a video to show how to create a simple greeting card and gift tag, to co-ordinate with the rest of the Gift set.

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

You Will Need

  • Pearl Card stock
  • Scoring Board
  • Steel Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Craft Knife
  • Ribbon

 

Method

Links

Here are links to the earlier parts of the tutorials in this series.

Hope you have enjoyed these tutorials, I would love to see the results if you have made any of these projects.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post a tutorial for how to create a gift box for your desk top calendar project. These videos I’ll show you how to create this box, which would also work well for other gifts.

Desktop Calendar Gift Set - Gift Box

Desktop Calendar Gift Set - Gift Box

You Will Need

  • Pearl Cardstock, or decorative papers
  • 6 x 6″ decorative cardstock
  • Scor It board (or scoring tool/ cutting mat and steel ruler)
  • PVA glue
  • Ribbon

Method

Part 1; Creating the Gift Box

Part 2; Decorating the Box



Optional Extra’s

  • Dimensional embellishments on the top of the box and calendar
  • Create your own decorative paper with your favourite techniques.
  • Add a handmade gift tag to complete the look

Links

Joanna Sheen. This is Joanna Sheen’s website, she has a selection of CDs you could use for your calendars

Joanna Sheen Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD. Direct link to the CD, which I used in the project.

Here are links to the earlier parts of the tutorials in this series.

  • Desktop Calendar This is the first part of the gift set tutorial series, where I created the calendar you see at the end of today’s video.
  • Greeting Card & Gift Tag – Desktop Calendar Gift set [coming soon].

 Be sure to check back here next Friday, this theme will continue in a tutorial series to make a complete gift set.

Hope you have enjoyed this project and give it a try. I’d love to hear your comments and see the results if you make one of these.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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In today’s post a  tutorial for how to create a Desk top calendar. There are PDF’s at the end, for you to print your own calendar and a video to show you how it all comes together.

Desktop Calendar

Desktop Calendar

 

You Will Need

12 x 12″ Cardstock Patterned or plain if you wish to stamp your own designs on.

Decorative papers, main images I used Joanna Sheen’s COuntry Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD

Calendar, see downloads in the links section.

Method

Calendar Templates

Basic Calendar – Original. This is a modern yet classic font, which will compliment most styles of project.

Basic Calendar – Oriental Style This is an oriental style font which will compliment Eastern projects.

Basic Calendar – Elegant Style Font. This is a classic style font, it suits the Edwardian Lady themes and would work well with Anna Griffin styles too.

Why not ‘collect’ all three. These templates are for personal use, you are welcome to create projects using them for gifts or as completed projects to sell. If you use these templates for projects you publish in print or online, please link back to me here.

Would love to hear what you think of these, and to see your finished calendars :)

Links

Joanna Sheen. This is Joanna Sheen’s website, she has a selection of CDs you could use for your calendars

Joanna Sheen Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady CD. Direct link to the CD, which I used in the project.

Be sure to check back here next Friday, this theme will continue in a tutorial series to make a gift complete gift set.

Gift Box Tutorial plus video

Greeting Card & Gif t Tag Tutorial plus video

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Regular viewers will remember my altered baubles from last Christmas, these proved so popular I decided to film a tutorial so that you can make them too.

You Will Need

  • Plastic Baubles, Gloss or mat finish
  • Alcohol Inks, three colours
  • Alcohol ink applicator tool
  • Craft Sheet
  • Blending Solution
  • Something to hang bauble on while it dries
  • String
  • Decorative Ribbon
  • Protective gloves (It will get messy)

Optional Extras

  • Golden Polymer Medium Gloss
  • Paint Brush

Method

I hope you have enjoyed this film and will give these a go. I’d love to see your results.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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