Rolled Paper Heart Frame

With Valentine’s Day coming in a couple of weeks I thought it would be fun to share a heart frame decor project. This project looks great, uses up your paper scraps, and requires minimal supplies.

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I started by creating a frame base from a couple of thin 12×12 chipboard sheets I saved from some old patterned paper packs.  I used a heart template I cut from scrap paper to trace and cut out a solid heart shape for the back of the frame, and a heart frame shape for the front. Then l traced and cut out the same shapes on plain cardstock to cover the chipboard sheets. I covered the front and back of the solid heart shape, and just the front of the heart frame shape (since the back side of it will be facing the front of the solid heart shape).

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I adhered the heart frame shape on top of the solid heart shape using foam squares, leaving the top of the frame pieces detached so I can slide 6×4 photos in and out and switch them as desired. Then I hot glued a small loop of ribbon to the back for hanging.

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Next, I cut several small blocks of patterned paper from my Crazy For You paper scraps and from the 6×6 Crazy For You paper pad.  My paper blocks varied in size from 2-4 inches wide, and 2-3 inches long.  I rolled them up (some tightly and some loosely) and hot glued them. Then I hot glued them to the heart frame starting with the longer paper rolls, and then filling in the gaps with the smaller ones.  I finished off my project with some metal flower accents and a chipboard tag.

Designer tip: to make sure I left enough space in the center for my photo I slid a 6×4 inch piece of scrap paper inside to use as a guide while gluing on the paper rolls.

This project would be great for any holiday or occasion.  You could use your favorite seasonal We R paper collection, and make a frame of any shape or size.

~Aly

Supplies:

Crazy For You Paper Pack
Crazy For You 6×6 Paper Pad
Crazy For You Layered Chipboard Tags
Crazy For You Metal Flowers

Framed Heart Specimen Art

I love all the specimen art I’ve seen floating around the internet. It’s such a cute and classy project, but so easy to make yourself. I made this framed heart specimen art for Valentine’s Day to add a little touch of Cupid to our home.

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With the Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies, specimen art can be as easy as two passes through the Evolution. I cut sixteen 1.5 inch hearts out of some Crazy For You patterned paper using the Heart Punches Die.

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Then I arranged the hearts in a grid on an 8×8 piece of white cardstock and placed it inside an 8×8 shadow box I picked up at my local craft store.

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I scored and folded some of the hearts to add some dimension and visual interest to the project.

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With so many different punches dies you could create easy and classy specimen art for almost any season or theme in minutes.

~Aly

Supplies:

Heart Punches Die
Evolution
Crazy For You Paper Pack

Calendar Cinch Books

There are so many fun projects you can create with The Cinch binding tool.  One of my favorite projects to make with it is a calendar.  They make great gifts, and are super handy to keep around for yourself as well.  Here’s a fun DIY birthday calendar project with a video tutorial below.

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I trimmed a piece of 8×8 chipboard in half to create the covers, and I printed the inside pages using the free printable calendar pages you can download HERE.

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To learn how to make this calendar using a few of our awesome tools, watch the video below:

Here’s another great Cinch calendar idea: at the CHA trade show in Anaheim this month we released some new Cinch Kits, one of which is a 12×12 Calendar Kit. This kit includes bare chipboard covers, blank calendar pages, binding wire, and fun stickers to help you fill in your calendar pages.

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Use your creativity and your favorite We R paper collections to alter this calendar.  It makes a great gift!

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Watch for the Cinch Kits to start shipping in April.

~Aly

Supplies:

The Cinch
8×8 Chipboard
Gold Binding Wire–.75″
Wire Clipper
Corner Chomper–1/8″ & 3/8″
Evolution
Pennants Shape Dies
Notable Paper Pack
Washi Tape

Quick and Easy Gift Tags

When I need a quick and easy tag for a birthday gift, neighbor gift, or a gift for any occasion, I often reach for my stash of Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards.  There are so many choices in each kit, that it’s easy to find the right color and design to fit my needs.

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Many of the cards include journaling lines and beautiful designs so you not only have room to sign your tag, but it looks lovely as well.  You can add a bit of washi tape, some brads, or other embellishments; or you can leave the cards as they are and simply add an eyelet and baker’s twine to tie it to your gift.

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I used the Magnetic Circle Cutter to make a circular tag from my Captured Journaling Cards, and tied it to my gift bag.  These journaling cards are so versatile–they’re the perfect starting point for simple gift tags, and they embellish beautifully if you’d like to get more creative with them.

~Aly

Supplies:

Captured Albums Made Easy Journaling Cards
Washi Tape–Sea Foam
Baker’s Twine–Black
Wide Shimmer Eyelets–Aqua
Crop-A-Dile
Magnetic Circle Cutter and Mat
Gift Bag Punch Board
Gift Box Punch Board

Bachelor Party Invitation

Yay! I’m so excited to be here with you today… my name is Jen Carreiro and I write a super crafty wedding blog called SomethingTurquoise.com. I am a very proud new member of the new Lifestyle Studio Design Teams… I’m on the wedding team of course! I started my blog early in 2011 and over that time I have shared over 140 DIY tutorials specifically for weddings, over 150 real weddings, lots of inspiration, etiquette tips and much, much more. Stop by today to check me out… and tell all your aisle bound friends how much fun my site is! I’m thrilled to be able to share our latest DIY tutorial with you today, how to make these super fun and totally silly ‘bachelor party invitations’… with FREE design downloads… we are sure that these will have your groom and all his friends chuckling at the sight of them! Happy Crafting!

We LOVE our guys, right!?! So why should us girls have all the cute ‘Pinterest’ type fun with invites, will you be my bridesmaids, and bachelorette party goodies? Today’s project is for the BOYS! A fun and silly tutorial for a touching ‘bachelor party invitation’… guys will always be excited to party, but we think this will get them cracking up!

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SUPPLIES:

  • Lifestyle Crafts Evolution Machine
  • Lifestyle Crafts ‘mini-pizza box‘ die cut template
  • your choice of cardstock (cut to 6″ wide and at least 10″ long)
  • FREE design download below
  • 8.5″ x 11″ text weight paper for design printout
  • Krylon Metallic Spray paint in Silver
  • manly-looking washi tape
  • scrapbooking adhesive
  • silly boy toys and maybe headache medicine… maybe a bottle opener… the gifts that you put in your bachelor invites will depend on what type of guy you have!

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Dress up the usual silly boy toys with a coat of Krylon metallic silver paint (front and back), we think it makes them look more grown up! **After these have been painted, and you see them sitting on the dresser or counter – they look like they are made of stainless steel – it’s awesome!

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While the paint on the toys is drying you can cut out your fun mini-pizza boxes! Perfectly appropriate for a bachelor party invitation… place the pizza box cutting template onto the die cut platform for the Evolution machine. Place your paper (6″ x at least 10″), design face down over the cutting template, then cover with the platform top. Place into the machine and roll it on through…

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In a matter of seconds you will have a perfectly punched template. There is a random tab on the bottom of the template, which I found it easier to fold the box without – so cut it off…

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Then using a firm scrapbook adhesive, fold and secure your darling pizza box!

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The finished, folded size of this adorable mini-pizza box is: 3.75″ x 3.75″ x .75″

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/////    It’s Time to Party with the Groom!   /////

Download the design above, three to a sheet. Print onto 8.5″ x 11″ text weight paper, either at home or your local print shop. Cut out each invite card on the lines… then fill in the party info!

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Attach the card to the top of the box using scrapbooking adhesive like Glue Dots…

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..and then attach the other card to the inside flap of the box.

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Gather up your freshly painted silly boy toys…

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Fill your bachelor party boxes with whatever you please…

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I think it might be time to party with the Groom…!

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To seal the box, use a few pieces of manly-colored washi tape… and your done!

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To save 20% off any Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers products please use the code TURQUOISE during checkout at www.shopwer.com.

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Photography // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Lifestyle Crafts Evolution and Mini-Pizza Box Cutting Template: courtesy of We R Memory Keepers // Kryon spray paint, both shades of gray paper and silver striped washi tape: Michaels // travel size pain relivers, all boy toys and bottle openers: Target // nail polish: Essie – Turquoise & Caicos, and Mint Candy Apple

Kids Craft: Hot Cocoa in a Bag

Combat the cabin fever at your house this winter with a fun and tasty hot cocoa kids craft.  My kids love to enjoy a warm cup of cocoa when they get home from school on cold winter days, so my daughter and I prepared some ready-to-go kits for them to add to a cup of warm milk or water.

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We filled each clear treat bag with a packet of hot cocoa, and a handful of chocolate chips and mini marshmallows.  Then we stapled the bag shut and added a simple topper labeling the contents.

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To create the toppers we punched the corners of 4×6 Memo Cardstock Cards with the Scallop/Cloud Corner Chomper, folded the cards in half, and stapled them to the treat bags.  We then cut out some printed labels from the Cardstock Cards with the label die from the Drink Sleeve Template Die set and adhered them to the toppers.

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Next we cut out some snowflakes from the Cardstock Cards with the Snowflake Punches Die and added them as well. We finished off the toppers with Washi Tape, Baker’s Twine, and some bling. This craft is perfect for kids–my daughter and I had a blast making these.  You could also use these for playdates, winter class parties, or kids’ nights.

~Aly

Supplies:

Evolution
Snowflake Punches Die
Drink Sleeve Template Die
Corner Chomper–Scallop/Cloud
Memo Cardstock Cards
Washi Tape–Aqua
Baker’s Twine–Aqua

Gift Idea: Seasonal Letterpress Cards

With the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress it’s easy to create professional looking cards that make fabulous gifts.  I used several of the seasonal Printing Plates for this card set, and added a touch of Washi Tape, and other minimal accents.

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Each set of printing plates includes the perfect mix of sentiments, backgrounds, borders, and accents making it easy to design your project.  There are plenty of ink options, so finding a couple of seasonal colors for each card is a snap. I also love that the A2 Fold cards come pre-cut and scored.

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It was so fun and easy to make this card set as a gift, that I might need to make a set for myself too. 😉

~Aly

Supplies:

L Letterpress
Ink–Light Pink, Red, Orange, Teal Green, Dark Green, Light Blue, Black
A2 Fold Cards–White
Printing Plates–Petit, Posy, Spooked, Wintertide, Ruffles
Washi Tape–Pomegranate, Sea Foam, Red
Baker’s Twine–Red

Scrapbooking with the Tab Punch

While the Tab Punch is super handy for keeping albums, files, and documents organized, it’s also great to use on scrapbook pages.  For this layout I had one favorite photo I wanted to include, and several supporting photos that I wanted on the page as well.  I didn’t want to create a 2 page spread, so I decided to create an interactive element on my page instead.

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I created a photo flip book and used the Tab Punch to organize and give subtitles to my photos.  I simply printed my subtitles on coordinating textured cardstock from the Chalkboard collection, punched them out, and added them to my photos with the Tab Stickers. I love that the Tab Punches each have a viewer on the bottom so you can line up your paper just right and see where you’re punching.

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I layered my photos, staggering them to allow room for the tabs, and then I attached them with Washi Tape at the top so I can flip through them.  Once I store this page in my album I can either pull it out to view the photo flip book, or I can cut a window the size of my flip book into my page protector with a craft knife to allow for easy access.

You can also use the Tab Punch to include dates or small bits of journaling, to create accents or embellishments, to add layers and clusters, or to create unique borders by lining tabs up side by side.  Get creative with your Tab Punch and share your ideas with us!

~Aly

Supplies:

Tab Punch–Index
Tab Stickers–Index
Chalkboard Paper Pack
Chalkboard Journaling Cards

Washi Tape–Coral, Onyx

Scrapbooking with the 3×4 Card Punch

The 3×4 Card Punch is a great time saver for your Albums Made Easy layouts, cards, tags and mini albums.  But did you know it can also save time when creating traditional scrapbook pages?  I used my square corner 3×4 punch to create the page below, and it helped this page come together in minutes.  Love that!

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I knew I wanted to create a grid-based design, so I used my punch to cut out several 3×4 blocks of patterned paper.  I also needed to crop my 4×6 photos, and the punch made that super easy too!

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The 3×4 punch can also be used on traditional scrapbook pages to make custom journaling spots, photo mats, layers, tags, and more.  Give it a try on your next page!

~Aly

Supplies:

3×4 Card Punch–Square Corner
For The Record Paper Pack
Brads–Green, Aqua
Eyelets–Yellow, Orange Shimmer
Sweetheart Distresser

Using the Cinch for Memories

We had a big birthday in our house this December, the husband turned 30! We love to celebrate birthdays and we love to do them up big! So this year I started planning early. I sent out an email to friends and family asking them if they would send a fun note about a memory or good time had with my husband. He grew up in Alabama and many of his friends he hasn’t seen in many years. I reached out to high school soccer coaches, past church leaders, family from all over and very very old friends. I wanted 30 memories for his 30th birthday. I needed a cute way to present them to him but not “too” crafty. (Is there really such a thing?)

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I decided The Cinch was the best option, I put all the memories in envelopes and wrote the names of the “submitter” on the outside. I covered the outside of my chipboard with Arc Crafts adhesive backed wood paper. It’s kind of my favorite things right now and you don’t get much more manly than wood paper.

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I arranged them sporadically and even threw in a few random envelops, tabs, and little notes from me to spice things up a bit. People submitted letters, drawings, photos and even little mementos. The Cinch made it so easy to compile all of these memories into a simple book but I was able to sneak in a little of my craftiness without making it girly.

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It was a success, the husband loved it and said it was truly the greatest gift he has ever received. I loved watching him turn through the pages and holler out names of people he hadn’t talked to in years. Total cost was around 19 dollars for the chipboard, envelopes and a few embellishments.

Now that I have seen how easy it is to compile a book in just a couple of hours I’m trying to think of my next project! What would you do?

Thanks for letting me pop in today!

Ali

Products used:

The Cinch

Designer Book Board 8×8 Chipboard

Binding wire

Arc Crafts adhesive backed wood paper