If you haven’t noticed, lately I’ve been into Mini Albums. Well, actually mini albums were my first love in paper crafting; and I did mention early in the year that I would try to get back into making these beautiful works of art, as time permitted. I’m so glad I did! Memory keeping is special to me, as I’m sure it’s special to you too. I have tons of pictures, stored in shoe boxes, from when my kids were babies; and I’m on a mission to making Mini Albums so that I can leave behind “the story of us”.
This particular Envelope Pocket Mini Album measures 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 and it holds 6 pocket pages. Each one of the pocket pages includes a photo mat. And yes, the die for the photo mat is included in the Tammy Tutterow Spellbinders Paper Bag Envelope die set! I used my Cinch for the binding, made a chunky charm, with items from my stash, to clip on the spiral binding. I die-cut two large corners with Spellbinders Die D-Lites Garden Weave die, to adorn the top corner on the front, and the bottom corner on the back; and I used Ribbons, Lace, and Bling from Spellbinders A Gilded Life.
Summer Party Themes and Ideas Using Dies from Spellbinders
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Summer Party Themes and Ideas – Summer is in full swing and I have some amazing, fun and super easy Summer Party Ideas, using dies from Spellbinders!
Whether you’re planning a barbecue, a block party, a birthday party or even a backyard summer wedding, I have some great tips and easy DIY’s that won’t break the bank! When you have the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting & Embossing Machine, a handful of fun, decorative papers, and your collection of dies from Spellbinders, you don’t need to spend a fortune at your local party decor store!
From invitations to thank you cards, Spellbinders has a wide array of dies you can use for every occasion and event.
Add some pizazz to your Summer Party tablescape with these cute parting treat boxes.
Create a 12×12 layout to present your Summer Party Theme. The beauty of having a Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting and Embossing Machine, along with dies from Spellbinders is that you don’t have to have years of crafting experience to use them! You can get your party to look like you hired a party planner or decorator when you use products from Spellbinders!
How about having the best dressed drinking straws on the block? These straws were super easy to DIY! Just use one of the many frame dies that Spellbinders carries, along with their sentiments die befitting the occasion and voila! Instant conversation piece!
Summer parties and barbecues are a great opportunity to break from the routine and the monotony of every day life. It is a chance to bring friends and loved ones together and enjoy each other’s company. Summer time festivities are also an opportunity for kids to meet and make new friends and practice their social skills in a nourishing and fun environment. Make these fun and pretty rosette wands for the kids! They will love you for it!
So what do you think of my Summer Party Themes and Ideas? I hope you are inspired to make your own decorations. It was a heck of a lot of fun…. and oh… sooooo…. easy!
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Spellbinders Products I used for this Summer Party Theme and Ideas Post
Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album Using Spellbinders Dies and Trims
This Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album was a cinch to make! I used 10 black paper bags, chipboard for the spine, glue to glue down the outside gusset and the pocket folds, double sided tape to adhere the inside gusset to the binding system, several dies from Spellbinders and Trims and Bling from Spellbinders. I also used papers and other embellishment pieces from my stash.
Paper Bag Mini Album Ten Page Binding System
This Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album measures 7 x 4 3/4 x 2 1/2. How I wound up with a two and a half inch spine is the following: I knew I wanted to make a ten page mini album, so I used the Hidden Hinge Binding System, with my own variation.
I simply took an entire piece of 12×12 card-stock, cut it in half, and began scoring at the half inch mark. The scoring process I used is: half inch, half inch, a quarter inch, half inch, half inch, a quarter inch. I do this all the way to the end of the paper. The very last score mark will leave you with a gusset that’s a bit smaller than a half an inch; but it still works. You then do the folds in peaks and valleys. The half inch score lines make the peaks, and the quarter inch score marks are the valleys. You then use STRONG double sided tape to adhere the inside of your peaks. What was once a 12 inch wide piece of card-stock, is now about 2 and a half inches!
Once you’ve done this you will use double sided tape all through the back of your binding system to adhere it to the spine. If you are more of a visual learner, and would like me to make a video tutorial on this ten page Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album, let me know in the comments section below.
How I Made the Front and Back Covers
Once you have adhered your binding system to your chipboard spine, it is time to adhere the pages (paper bags). Tip: It is always a good idea to adhere your papers or card-stock to your paper bags before you adhere the bags to the binding system. However, refrain from decorating them at this time.
I began with my back cover. To adhere your back cover, you will use strong double sided tape. You must be precise at placing your first “page” down. This back cover will be your guide. Tip: You don’t necessarily have to slip your page all the way in the gusset. By leaving a little bit of room, it will be easier to turn the pages once it’s complete.
You will do this for the remainder of the pages, always matching placement to the last page you adhered, until you get to the last page. Now that you have the front and the back covers to your Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album, it is time to decorate. Suggestion: Decorate or embellish your inner pages before you do the covers.
Beautiful Mini Album Tags Using Dies from Spellbinders
It was fairly simple to create these elegant Mini Album Tags. I decided to cut my tags using the Spellbinders Amazing Paper Grace Cascading Grace Pockets. These mini album tags sit inside the top paper bag pockets and peek through to adorn the mini album beautifully! You can glue a singular flat-back pearl on top for that additional touch of elegance!
So much detail went into the making of this stunning Shabby Chic Paper Bag Mini Album. I encourage you to watch the video for the album flip-through. I absolutely LOVE making these! And with dies, trims and bling from Spellbinders, I know my next mini album will be just as beautiful!
Full List of Spellbinders Dies and Embellishments Used
Hi friends! I’m making this post short and sweet! I’m announcing my very first Spellblogger Blog Hop! I’m soooooo excited as Spellbinders Paper Arts has asked me to participate in their Spellblogger Blog Hop! The Blog Hop starts promptly on Monday, July 17 at 8:00 am Mountain.
There are a total of 9 Spellbloggers you will visit. I will provide you with their links on the day of the hop. Each Spellblogger will have a Spellbinders entry form embedded in their blog post. You will enter through that entry form. You may enter as often as you wish.
Spellbinders Card Making Kit Review – June for me has been all about using up items from my stash and killing kits! It was not until early this month that I decided to do some “spring cleaning” in my craft room, and I came across past Spellbinders Card Making Kits. The Card Kit I’ll be discussing in particular is the Blue, Navy & Silver Card Making Kit.
Although this kit came out during the winter months, the way this kit was put together you don’t necessarily have to wait until the winter holidays to use it. It’s cool and crisp colors, from the papers to the embellishments are perfect for today’s vibrant and youthful color trends. The number of greeting cards you get from just one kit will blow your mind! I’ve been known to get over 20 beautiful handmade cards from one Spellbinders Card Kit!
Funny thing happened, my husband mentioned in passing that he had gone to get a birthday card for his step-father but was disappointed at the number of nice cards available for men, not to mention the price. He was floored when he realized he wasn’t going to be able to get a beautiful greeting card for under $7.99. He even mentioned how the more elaborate the card, the higher the price was, all the way to $15.99!!! Yes! For just ONE CARD!!!! Sorry about the shouting; but can you believe that??? I’ve been paper crafting for several years now; and truthfully, I haven’t had the need to go out and buy a greeting card because I make my own. But sixteen dollars for one card? Geez!
For me, Spellbinders Card Making Kits wins hands down just on price alone! Like I mentioned, I get a lot of cards from just one kit. And if you add them up, for how much each card would sell at any local retailer, these kits are saving me a bundle.
Ever wondered how to make your own artwork using your crafting supplies? In this tutorial, I will show you how you can create your very own works of art using your dies from Spellbinders!
Some of you may be aware that I have a second crafting channel for my Spanish speaking audience. I called it Manualidades. (You’re more than welcome to subscribe to Manualidades by clicking here.) For this weekend’s project, I decided to create this bright and happy 12×12 layout and use it as artwork for my craft room. Although the video is in Spanish, you can see every step I take in the making of this home decor project. I’m listing the dies I used below.
That’s right! It’s not a typo! I did indeed made 20+ Handmade Cards from just 1 Spellbinders Card Kit! As we paper crafters like to call it, I KILLED THIS KIT! If you follow me on YouTube, you would’ve seen my un-boxing for this month’s Spellbinders Spellblogger package. As I mentioned in the video, I decided on Maker’s Mart February Card Kit of the Month for this month’s project. And just so you know, it doesn’t have to be February for you to order this specific kit.
I used about 98% of this February Card Kit of the Month. It rendered 20, yes twenty Handmade Cards and three 3×3 note cards! With the exception of a stamped sentiment here and a strip of washi-tape there, I stayed true to the kit. I wanted to show you how you can create all these beautiful cards with just one Spellbinders Card Kit.
What I enjoy about the Maker’s Mart by Spellbinders card kits is that you get several dies to go along with your card kit; and once you have gone through your kit, you still have your Spellbinders dies to use over and over and over again! If you would like to get your hands on your very own Maker’s Mart by Spellbinders February Card Kit click here.
It was a lot of fun working with this kit! And friends, I’m not going to lie to you. I did have to set aside a major part of my day to create all these beautiful hand made cards. I knew I didn’t want to leave one strip of paper, one strip of card stock behind. I planned my week, setting aside a day of rest and relaxation ( which you and I very well know it means a day of crafting) and went to work on this kit! And I killed it! I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was when I saw the fruits of my labor and how there was almost nothing left!
If you love to send out snail mail as much as I do, you are well aware of how costly this practice can be. You can’t walk into your local supermarket or big-box retailer and buy a greeting card for under $5 or $6 dollars anymore. And those little 3×3 cards, they’re what… 99¢ to $1.99? As you’ll be able to view in the following video, I made TWENTY beautiful, one of a kind greeting cards, with just one kit. You do the math.
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Creative Ideas using Spellbinders Blooms Three Die D-Lites
Hi Friends and welcome to yet another great Giveaway! In this post I’m featuring one of my favorite go-to dies. The Spellbinders Blooms Three Die D-lites!
It was not too long ago when I made a video response showing how I stored my dies. One of my viewers made a comment as to the amount of dies I own. Now I gotta tell you. I really don’t have that many; but for this viewer, I had plenty! I remember being in her shoes at one time. The wanting to have what others have. The wanting to make what other paper crafters make, but never having enough of the supplies one needs to make all sorts of beautiful crafts! When I first started crafting no one ever told me, or no one ever mentioned on any of the videos I watched, how you don’t need a room full of supplies to make a range of beautiful projects. And this is what this week’s post is about.
I have found that when I’m in need of creating embellishments (especially the floral type), I always go to one particular set of dies. My Spellbinders Blooms Three S2-046. I really like these dies and you have seen me use them in a number of projects. To me the flowers are sized just right. They are easy to put together. You can make them as dimensional as you want, or just glue the medium and small flowers together, add the stamen and you’re good to go! These are soooooo super easy to work with, I just love them!
If you’re just starting out in the world of paper crafting, I highly recommend you get your hands on the Spellbinders Blooms Three dies. Trust me. This set of dies will save you a bundle on paper flowers! The only paper flowers that I now own are leftovers from past design teams; and if you’re a long-time follower (oh I hate that word… follower. Let’s just say friend okay?) of mine, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I only use the ready made paper flowers to show case a design team project for xyz retailer. But for the rest of my projects…. you’ll find me going back to my Blooms Three! That’s how much I love using them!
Here are some of the items I have made using just my Spellbinders Blooms Three dies:
As I mentioned earlier, this is a giveaway. I’m calling it the Glam Pack Giveaway! This giveaway is open from today, June 4th and ends Friday night, June 9th. To enter is very simple. Write down a comment below. That’s it! Now for the rules: You must be 18 years or older to win. You must be a subscriber to my YouTube channel. Click here to subscribe real quick. Although I’m familiar with many of you who visit my blog, please let me know what you go by on YouTube. This giveaway is held by me; and Spellbinders is not responsible for nor do they have anything to do with this giveaway.
Elegant Handmade Cards using Spellbinders Shapeabilities Victorian Medallion Two S4-443. Today I’m sharing these beautiful elegant handmade cards I created as part of my Spellblogger projects for the month of May. These hand-made cards were super easy to make! They are blank on the inside and non-specified. Meaning, they’re perfect for any occasion! You can use these to hand out a graduation sentiment, as thank you cards, birthday cards and even wedding cards! I purposely left these gorgeous glam cards blank because I want you to be able to use them when the occasion rises.
These 5×5 cards are dimensional, yet not bulky. As you will see in my video, I like to use full size foam (cut down to size) so that you can have a sturdy backing. Quite too often I’ve made layered cards with foam squares that in time tend to bend at the parts where there’s no backing. This new full foam backing technique takes care of this issue.
In my Elegant Card Tutorial video you also get to see exactly how I go about in creating these glam cards with very little effort. Whether you’re a novice or have been scrapping for ever, the use of Spellbinders Dies and quality card stock and scrapbook papers will have you paper crafting like a Pro!
As I’ve mentioned in my past videos, I just can’t possibly keep everything that I make. In my efforts to give back to the crafting community, I am holding giveaways of the handmade crafts I design for Spellbinders Spellblogger. For the month of May, I will be giving away this beautiful set of three 5×5 handmade cards, along with two more projects that will be revealed in my YouTube Channel in the next two days. My giveaway is open internationally. You MUST be a subscriber to my YouTube channel; and friends… please check your YouTube settings. Make sure your subscriptions are set to public. If I can’t see that you’re a subscriber of mine, you are not eligible to win. Also, you must be 18 years old or older to win.
To enter to win this giveaway (and I say “this” because I have another one brewing… hint. HINT…. ), all you have to do is leave me a comment on this and the two additional blog posts that are being released in the next two days. You’ll know you’re in the right blog post because I will tell you. One comment per blog post will suffice. Each comment will get you one entry, for the maximum of three entries. Although I know a number of you, it’s always a good idea to let me know who you are on YouTube so that I’ll know who (from YouTube) is coming to visit my blog. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator. This giveaway is open until Midnight Friday and I will draw the name of the winner on Saturday the 27th. Sound easy enough?
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Mini Journal Tutorial | Becca Feeken Amazing Paper Grace Filigree Booklet Die Set
Mini Journal Tutorial – This elegant Mini Journal was created using the Spellbinders Filigree Booklet Die Set. It’s easy to create your very own mini journal using your Spellbinders Vintage Elegance Filigree Booklet dies. All you have to do is follow the die templates. To create the cover for this mini journal, use the largest of the two rectangular dies (the one without the middle bar).
For the pages of your mini journal, use the die with the middle bar. You will notice that this die template already has the holes that you need to thread in your binding. Since I am creating a mini journal, I decided to cut five pages.
To add elegance to the cover of the mini journal, I use gold-foil card stock to die cut the elegant filigree cover designs. To do this I lay down the die with the middle bar on the paper, then I include one filigree rectangular die on one side, and the other filigree die on the other side. To ensure that these dies don’t move I use washi tape to adhere them to the card stock temporarily.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a pro when it comes to ruining gold-foiled card stock! Once the die-cuts where made, what I decided to do was to cut the pieces in two. I lined each piece up so that the holes where cut off the frame. (watch my YouTube video tutorial, it will make more sense).
I then aligned one of the inner pages to the cover, penciled in the holes, and used my Spellbinders Tool n’ One to puncture the binder holes to the cover. All that is left to do is to thread your twine through the holes, tighten your binding and tie a knot. Yes! It was that simple!
I hope you found this Mini Journal Tutorial helpful. Let me know what you think of this mini journal in the comments section below. Thanks! Until next time!
Step 1 – Cut four pieces of the basket sides, plus the one bottom side. I used strong double sided scrapbook paper to cut my pieces for this project. Because I enjoy using intricate dies, I have found that the Spellbinders Tool n’ One is a must-have in my die-cutting arsenal. It is easy to use and it’s a time saver!
Step 2 – For a nice and elegant contrast to your gift basket, you may want to consider using gold foil card stock as I have done here. Notice how I used the gold-foil card stock on the handle and open flower pieces and regular card stock on the closed flower pieces. I have cut a total of ten large flowers and sixteen small flowers. The open flowers are then glued down to their enclosed counterparts. Just a drop of glue at the center is all you will need.
Step 3 – I recommend that you use double sided tape to adhere the basket sides together. Also when you are adhering your sides, go right up to the edge of the following side, but not right on the edge. This will ensure that you are able to fold your sides when enclosing your basket.
Step 4 – Once you have enclosed your last side, it is time to add the bottom die-cut to your basket. Then add your flowers on each of the hanging flaps. In my case I added one large paper flower, and the two smaller ones on either side. This die set also includes the dies for the leaves. One large and one small. However, I chose not to use them on this particular project. I also added a large flower at the center of the handle, then adhered the handle to the inside of the basket. I finished the embellishments off with a flatback pearl centered on every flower.
So what do you think of my Elegant Gift basket? Don’t let the number of dies in the Spellbinders Garden Party die set intimidate you. There are a total of eleven pieces. However, I was able to complete this project in one morning, while streaming some of my favorite shows! It goes by quick! Especially when you have the right tools to help you along. Thank you for following me along. Please leave me a comment below and tell me what kinds of projects you would like to see. I have a couple of other Spellbinders projects I will be posting soon. So keep an eye out for those! My next two projects are in conjunction with this basket you see below….. kind of …. a Mother’s Day Gift Set I’m creating…. (hint! hint!) LOL Until next time! Bye!
Spellbinders Spellblogger – Hello friends and welcome to Decor8yourlife! You’ve heard me say my intro tag in countless numbers of videos! Now I have something new to add to my intro! I’m a Spellblogger for Spellbinders!
The good folks at Spellbinders have asked me to join their Spellblogger team, and I’m sooooo super excited to have been given this amazing opportunity!
Each month I will be demonstrating a product(s) from Spellbinders right here on my blog! I will share with you informative how-to’s, inspiration and ideas! I will also have the opportunity to bring to you contests, hops and giveaways!
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