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Just wanted to share a quick picture of my latest marbled paper project. It was one of those times where I liked the pattern too much to want to stamp or further embellish the cardstock, so I trimmed the top and punched a hole to create a bookmark. Great for gifts. I can see me making more of these bookmarks for birthday or Christmas gifts. Ideal if you want to post a small gift to someone without too much bulk in the envelope.

Bookmark. Marbling onto Pearl Card stock

Bookmark. Marbling onto Pearl Card stock

This was created using the Marbling 4 Fun marbling kit and pearl cardstock about 250 gsm. I was worried that the pearlised coating would prevent the paint drying but this wasn’t a problem and I like the results, what do you think.

Links

  • Check out the Art supplies tab for details on where to purchase this kit.
  • My review of this kit can be found on the Art Review Tab.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie :)

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Do you have lots of craft CDs or photographs on your computer? Would you like to make hand-made gifts for the special people in your life? Read on for Tutorials and tips for making your own handmade calendars. They are quick and simple to make and if you have youngsters at home they can help to make them too.

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

Desktop Calendar Gift Set

Desktop Calendar

Greeting Card & Gift Tag - Desktop calendar Gift Set

Use your favorite crafting CDs to modify the styles to your own taste, and download the calandars from the links  below.

Links

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 :)

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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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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For those of you who follow my witterings on Twitter, you may have heard me mention that I bought a sewing pattern for making owls. I collect owls, and when I saw the pattern for them on Etsy, I couldn’t resist. I used some of the lovely fabric my friend Crafty Nanna gave me earlier in the year and made this.

My first Little Owl

My first Little Owl

Isn't he adorable

Spent a crafty afternoon with my neighbour’s grandaughter and helped her make the following owl.

Little Owl Keyring

Little Owl as a Keyring

Used Tim Holtz keyring findings, sewn to the little owls head to change him into a key ring. He’s dead cute and this was made from the Large owl pattern. I’m going to enlarge the pattern further and make a much bigger owl, then fill him with lentals so he can sit on my book and hold the page open for me. I struggle to hold books open for long coz of the RSI, so he will be a really useful helper.

To make your own adorable owls, check out The Little Owlery on Etsy, where you can purchase the pattern.

Best wishes and thanks for reading

Billie :)

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