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In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 22

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 22

Advent Calendar Day 22

  • Stamps Used; Artylicious; Mistletoe Script UDLGW0067
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle, Espresso
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold. Twinkling H2Os
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia

I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Welcome Back

In today’s post I’d like to share the latest page created for my advent calendar project.

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 17

Advent Calendar 2010; Day 17

Advent Calendar; Day 17

  • Stamps Used; Artylicious; Holly Script UDLGW0066. Flowersoft; The Lampost
  • Inks Used; Adirondack; Bottle
  • Paint Used; Adirondack Acrylic Dabber; Gold
  • Cuttlebug Alphabet; Olivia
  • I’d love to see your results if you are making daily pages for a similar advent calendar. If you missed the tutorial at the start, here’s Part 1, which contained a download for how to create your calendar. Hope you like this project and will join me tomorrow for the next page.

    Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

    Billie :)

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    Before you run in fear from the above title, read on….you just might find that digi crafting isn’t as scary as it first sounds.

    There are a lot of different kinds of digi crafting, just like there are many kinds of paper crafting.

    • You can buy CDs of images and background papers, print them and use them just as you would paper from a shop.
    • Software is available for you to layer images together on your machine, so you create your card on your computer and just print out the result.
    • Or a blending of the two, where you create/modify images on your computer and print the various elements out so you can assemble them ‘In Real Life’

    So why am I encouraging you to try this kind of crafting? Well apart from the fact that it is a lot of fun, you can also save a lot of time and money printing your own papers, but the CDs often include embellishments, to print and layer as well.

    I admit I did learn one of the more tricky pieces of software for my digi crafting journey, by choosing Photoshop Elements. Mainly coz it was on DHs computer and I could play, I took Free online classes run by Hewlett Packard the printer people and learnt how to use the program for digital scrapbooking. Thanks to that class I can now use their shapes, textures, bevel’s etc to make realistic looking embellishments, either to print or to use within the program to create an entire page.

    Like a lot of us at the moment, funds are tight and paper crafting can get expensive. Pretty papers, stickers and embellishments soon add up and the downside for them is, it’s a use once and they are gone kinda thing. I fancied trying scrapbooking but the expense of putting each page together, mixed with the fear of ‘getting it wrong’ have always put me off. By using software like Photoshop Elements I can colour pic a colour from within my photograph to create a coloured background paper, add textures, drop shadows and have lots of fun. If I like the result I can save/print it. If it all goes a bit wrong, I can play with colours or position of things without having wasted a lot of money. Of course you can do the same with making cards, tags, invitations all kind of things.

    Beginner’s

    For the newbie, I’d suggest starting out with the kind of CD where you just choose an image and print. No need for lots of prior learning for those ;) You can get CDs of background papers, some specialise in cards and you have the option of printing background papers, a main image and then a decoupage sheet to add dimension to the project. Going digi doesn’t mean you never get to play with the paper, you can get as hands on, or hands off as you like.

    If you have a particular kind of style that you like have a look online, there are often people selling CDs with particular themes. Cute, heritage etc. Here are a few sites worth investigating for the kinds of print and play kind of CDs.

    • Artylicious; Glenda Waterworth form Graphicus, makes the most stunning CD ROMs of printable papers and designs. Do check them out.
    • Crafters Companion Flower Fairy’s, Beatrix Potter, from classic illustrations to cute. If you are a Pro Marker/Copic pen fan, you’ll love her matching stamp ranges too.
    • Joanna Sheen; Joanna has all kinds of different styles of CD, do check out her online shop

     

    Intermediate

    If you are happy playing with software on your computer then you can get dedicated programs for creating Scrapbook pages. These often require a bit of time to learn what tools do what and how to get the best from them, but its worth the investment in time as you will get more flexibility over what you can do.

    A few in between packages that would give newbies to digital crafting more options with their images include

    Scrapbook Factory Deluxe; Pre made pages you can just drop in your own photos

    My Craft Studio; has its own themed images that you can layer on the screen and print a finished card, or print elements to layer ‘in real life’ for more dimension. These also allow you to add your own images, in some cases. Their latest version of the software, includes the option of sending your finished card as an E card. They are moving more towards a simplified version of the more complex programs like Photoshop, but are still easier to navigate if you are new. If you follow the link, click on the ‘shop’ button for a listing of the themed CDs.

    Advanced; that computer doesn’t scare me

    If you are already confident on the computer the most versatile, and there for it will take a while to master, is Photoshop Elements by Adobe. Within this program, you really are in charge, you can edit your own images and create whatever you like, with so many effects like textures etc. If you are bewildered (as I was) do check out the free online classes by Hewlet Packard. They do a digital Scrapbooking class, every so often and it takes you every step of the way.The classes expect no prior knowledge and really teach you a lot.

    The best thing about crafting like this, is that you never run out of that special paper! No more long drives to the craft store, if you mess something up, you just print another one. Need another sheet for the morning??? Craft Store closed? No worries, just press print and carry on ;)

    Here are a few of the CDs/ DVDs that I use for Digi Crafting.

    Digital Crafting Software

    The larger programs often have free 30 day trials, so you can get started and see if you like them without spending a penny ;)

    Do you have a favorite CD or digital software programs that you, like? Do leave a comment and tell me about it. This blog is all about sharing and it would be great to share programs from around the world with the readers of this blog.

    Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

    Billie :)

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    Today I would like to share a tutorial for making great table decorations. You may remember some while ago I posted a tutorial on how to make a Bon Bon box, well this is the same idea on a smaller scale.

    The finished piece will look something like this;

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    You Will Need

    • Square Card stock; any size but 6×6″ is best for a table settings
    • Scoring board ( I use a Scor It )or steel ruler and embossing tool
    • Crop-A-Dile or other hole punch
    • Cutting mat; to protect your worksurface
    • Co-ordinating ribbon
    • Scissors

     

    Method

    • Score your card into thirds
    • Rotate card 90 degrees
    • Score card into thirds again
    • You now have 9 squares scored on your card
    • On each of the four corner squares, score a line diagonally, from the corner of the square in toward the centre.

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    • Fold along the diagonal lines 
    Folding in the corners

    Folding in the corners

    • Punch a hole in each of the four corner squares

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    Showing the holes in the corner squares

    Showing the holes in the corner squares

    • Take a piece of co-ordinating ribbon and thread it through the punched holes.
    • Draw the ends of the ribbon together and tie a bow. Your finished box will look like this;

     

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    Extras

    Use cardstock that will suit your chosen theme, if you have craft CDs that print background papers try using those. The finished sample was created from papers printed from the Season’s Greetings CD in the Artylicious range produced by Glenda over on Graphicus. (see links below) One side printed green the other red using the Smudgy Holly design and the square background image, this prints a square just smaller than 6″. For this size I scored at 2″ and 4″. I edged the paper with gold metalic marker which finishes the edges nicely. You could use red or green pen as an alternative. It is best to ink the edge with something as without it you will be left with a white cut edge.

    If you start with cardstock 6×6″ and add tags with your guests names and these make perfect place cards to which you can add the confectionary of your choice. Use a die cutting machine to create perfect tag shapes every time. I used a Cuttlebug and Nestabilities dies made by Wizard to create my tag. Embellish with additional artwork to your hearts content.

    I have not included specific measurements with this tutorial as you can make this project any size you wish, as long as your starting cardstock is square. These are really quick and simple to make, and you can co-ordinate them to the rest of your table. With a little supervision even the kids could help make these ;) keeps them busy during the holiday ;)

     

    Links

    Graphicus; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/

    Season’s Greetings CD; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/

    Wizard; http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/

    Cuttlebug; http://www.provocraft.com/products/index.php

    Scor It; http://www.scorit.com/index.html

     

    Have fun and I hope you have enjoyed this series of tutorials on boxes. Thanks for reading and see you soon.

    Billie

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    I would like to share a picture with you of the origami sachet that I made using instructions from the Paper Fold It book that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago.

    Add a name tag for a place setting for the Christmas table

    Add a name tag for a place setting for the Christmas table

    I made the decorative paper using the Season’s Greetings CD from the Artylicious range made by Graphicus. I printed different designs on each side of the paper and used the preset square background paper from the CD. This prints out to just under 6″ square and is perfect for small projects like this.

    Here is a different view of the sachet once it is open, if you want to fill it with confectionery it makes a wonderful open box. It’s an either or arrangement as if you want to tie it closed you can only put flat items inside, its a sachet not a TARDIS ;) The alternative being having it as an open box which gives more opportunitues for gifts or treats inside.

    Filled with chocolates

    As an open box filled with chocolates

     

    This project could be used for all kinds of messages or gifts, co-ordinate your papers to what ever occassion you are using it for.

     

    Links

    Graphicus; http://www.graphicus.co.uk/prodpage.asp?ProdID=2262

    Paper Fold It; http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paper-Fold-Exquisite-Folding-Projects/dp/071532585X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226072228&sr=8-1

     

    Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

     

    Billie :)

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    Today I would like to share a tutorial for an exploding box. It’s still a paper craft project for those of you getting worried!

    The finished box will look like this;

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    You Will Need

    • Template. I created templates for 3cm and 6cm Boxes with full instructions. You will need to download these to follow this project, links at the end of the article.
    • A4 card stock that will go through your printer
    • A printer
    • Steel Ruler
    • Craft knife
    • Scissors
    • Cutting mat
    • Scoring tool

    If you only have plain paper use craft CDs to create the patterned paper that will suit your finished project.

    The template has been designed to fit within an A4 sheet. For the 3cm box, print one A5 background from Artylicious CD, the box and it’s lid will fit within it. The 6cm box with the lid and inserts will require 2 sheets of A4 backgrounds from the CD.

    Method

    • Open the PDF of the size of box you wish to make.
    • Read through the instructions on the screen.
    • Print your designs on to your chosen card, then put the card back into the printer and print the box template directly onto the card.
    • Follow the instructions within the PDF for how to cut, fold and assemble your Exploding box and it’s lid.
    • Add additional images as toppers to your basic box, and embellish you box to your chosen theme.

    Ideas for your box

    I am using these one’s as place settings for our Christmas table. These are also ideal for anyone with dexterity problems who can’t manage crackers :) Due to RSI I cannot pull a cracker so it will be nice to be able to join in with these instead. I’m sure there are shops that sell paper hats and you can print your own jokes if you really want to use these as alternatives to crackers. You could add a special small gift or the confectionary of your choice to the smaller inner box. If you have larger gifts, come back next Friday for the next installment of Exploding Boxes, there I will show you how to make these boxes without templates and you can modify them to the size of your choice ;)

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    If you made this box in different styles of card, it could easily be adapted for;

    Birthdays, Weddings, Christenings, Baby showers. It is a perfect size for place settings and enables you to tailor your choesen gift to the person you are giving it to.

    Links

    Here are a few suppliers who produce CDs of papers and toppers that you can use to create your background papers.

    • Graphicus;  I used their Season’s Greeting’s CD from their Artylicious range to create the sample shown in this tutorial. http://www.graphicus.co.uk/brokerage.asp?SubCatID=43 Check out their full range of CDs inthe CD section from the home page. Artylicious is a truely wonderful range of artwork that is even better when you see it in real life.
    • Joanna Sheen;  Joanna has a wide range of CDs on all kinds of topics, they all include bacground papers, as well as toppers.
    • Crafters Companion;  All kinds of images on a variety of CDs

    The Templates

    Here are PDFs of the templates you will need for the Exploding Boxes.

    Angel policy on templates

    These templates have been made with love and given to you for free, they are for your own personal use. Please do not print them to sell.

    You are welcome to sell any projects you make from these templates.

    I’d love to see the projects make.

    Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

    Billie :)

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