Friday, August 25, 2017

Altered Jumbo Wooden Clothespins

Today I bring a Pinterest inspired project with one of Authentique's latest collections--'Beginnings'.  I found this collection to be especially versatile because the colors in the collection can be used for either a boy or girl.  They are are neutral colors such as pastel greens & yellows with just hints of blue & pink. 

So when I saw this large wooden clothespins being altered as photo holders on Pinterest, I thought 'what a great idea!'  I've seen these oversized clothespins at my local craft store for ages & never really thought on how they could be used.  So as soon as I saw this idea on Pinterest I ran down to my craft store & bought three of them.  The best part is that they're only $1.00!  What a great bargain!

 This is what the clothespins look like prior to altering them.  They're just plain oversized...well, clothespins!  They measure approximately 6" inches in height & just a tad under 1 1/2" inches in width.  The best part is that they can stand & display the photos on any shelf or desk.  Love it!

You can actually pull the pins apart from the metal hinge which works out perfectly for painting purposes.  So in doing so, I was able to paint the pins both on the outside & inside.  I painted each wooden pin with acrylic paint.  I used Americana acrylic paint--Lemonade.

Once they dried (TIP: I use a heat gun to speed up the drying process because I'm very impatient!) It was time to embellish them which is the best part. 

I used a variety of different stickers from the sticker sheet that comes with the 'Beginnings' collection along with a few other bits & bobs from my own stash such as the mini flocked teddy bears, glitter chipboard stars & other baby themed embellishments. 

I have to say that I loved how these turned out.  I then printed three different photos of my little guy & have these clothespin photo holders currently sitting in my craft room.  The best part is that you can change up the photos at any time.  These make for unique decorations and/or as quick & easy gifts!

I hope this inspired some of you to alter those jumbo wooden clothespins found in various craft stores--usually in $1.00 bins.  Enjoy!

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Paint - Americana - Lemonade, Chipboard Stars - Freckled Fawn, Other: Jumbo Wooden Clothespins, Mini Flocked Teddy Bears

Monday, June 26, 2017

A 'Heroic' Star Shaped Mini Album with Shaker Cover

 For today's project, I have a star shaped mini album complete with a shaker cover!  I've been wanting to give a shaker anything a try for the longest time & I finally found the opportunity to do so with this project.

I've used the 'Heroic' collection by Authentique for this mini.  With it's patriotic images & color scheme, this collection is ideal for those 4th of July or patriotic themed projects.

Mini is available for purchase at my Etsy shop, The Kraft Nook.

My shaker is composed of several sequins in red, white & blue along with star shaped sequins & a dash of tinsel added to the mix.  The mini measures approximately 5" x 5" inches & is held together with a book ring.  I've added several pieces of ribbon, twine & tulle to decorate the book ring.

I've added two small kraft pockets that store two tags per pocket.  These tags can be used for journaling or for storing names, places & dates.

To create the base of the mini I've used a star die to cut out the pages from 110 lbs black card stock.  To create the shaker cover I've used the die to cut out a star from black foam.  This is the basic foam you can find at any craft store, usually in the crafts for kids section.  I found that this foam makes for a great shaker border since foam has a bit of dimension to it.  Dies don't seem to have a problem cutting through the foam.  At least, the die I had cut through the foam with no issues.

All of the red glitter circle photo mats are adhered to black foam in order to make them 'pop' off the page a bit & add some dimension to the mini.  These circles can be used to store/display pictures measuring up to 2 1/4" inches in diameter.

The inspiration for this mini came from a YouTube video that I found by Tanya Pyshchyk:

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Star Die - Diemond Dies, Flowers - Petaloo, Star Spray - Petaloo, Other - Small Kraft Bags, Tulle, Ribbon, Foam, Red Glitter Card Stock, Book Ring, Sequins

Below you'll find a brief video showcasing the mini.  I hope this inspires some of you to create some patriotic themed projects for this upcoming 4th of July.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Springtime Easter/Spring Tri-Fold Mini Album

Hello once again fellow scrappers!  Today's post is a project that I made about a year ago & have never posted.  Now that we're in Spring & with Easter just around the corner, I felt that the time had come for me to finally post this project.

It's a small Easter themed tri-fold mini album made with Authentique's 'Springtime' collection.

The mini has several pockets & tags that can be used to store photos and/or journaling.

Mini measures 6" inches in height by 4 1/4" inches in width. The inside is composed of a 3 part fold out that can hold up to 6 photos measuring approximately 5" x 3 1/4" inches. The base of the mini--including covers--is made out of white card stock.

What I found really cute about this collection were the bunny images & the pastel color scheme.  It all just came together so well.  The bunny images were so adorable & made for such an eye catching way to decorate this mini.

 On the cover, I've used a mini flocked bunny, a couple of flowers, a bit of bling & two mini Easter eggs

I have this mini available for sale in my Etsy shop, The Kraft Nook.  If interested, you can visit my Etsy shop here.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Flowers - Prima, The Kreative Korner,  Punch - Martha Stewart, Other: Mini Flocked Bunny, Mini Eggs, Bling Swirl, Ribbon

I followed a tutorial by papercrafter45 on YouTube in order to make this mini.  Her tutorial was for an insert that can be used inside a larger mini album.  But I thought it was cute just by itself & made for a quick project & small keepsake mini.  If interested in the tutorial, you can find it here.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

'Beloved' & 'Eastertime' Pop Up (Twist and Fold) Mini Albums With Tutorial

Hello again fellow scrappers!  Today's project is one that is my fave by far.  While browsing through YouTube, Pinterest & other online sites I noticed several tutorials & images for the 'Pop Up' cards--I've also seen them called 'Pop & Twist' cards.  However, I'm not a card maker, so even though I thought the idea was original & unique--I didn't give it much thought.

Then I came across a fabulous tutorial by a fellow crafter named Alagaina.  Alagaina lives in Spain & has a YouTube channel full of fabulous tutorials, project shares & ideas.  She was clever enough to take the 'Pop Up' card technique & use it to create a mini album.  At this point I was hooked & had to try it!

I absolutely LOVED it!  It's such a creative twist to the 'Pop Up' card technique & you end up with a unique keepsake for yourself or for someone else.  I believe that these mini albums make for fabulous gifts as well.

So for my first 'Pop Up' mini album, I used one of Authentique's latest Valentine themed paper collections called 'Beloved'.
The mini measures 4" x 6" inches when closed & it has three different pop up panels.  For both of my minis I've used an elastic ribbon as a 'belly band' for the closure.

How you decorate the inside is really up to you.  You can make pockets, belly bands, adhere envelopes, add a flip page etc...or just simply leave them blank.

Here's a second 'Pop Up' mini album made with Authentique's 'Eastertime' collection. 

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Flowers - I Am Roses, Prima, Petaloo, Other - Mini Flocked Bunny, Shimmery Elastic Ribbon, Washi Tape

Both of these mini albums are currently available for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'.  If interested, feel free to stop by my shop here.

As previously mentioned, I followed Alagaina's tutorial which is in Spanish to make these mini albums.  When my mini album was shared on Authentique's social media, it caught the eye of many people & the requests for a tutorial started flooding in.

Even though Alagaina does provide her measurements in both inches & centimeters, we still had many requests to have the tutorial in English.  So I reached out to Alagaina & asked for her permission to translate her tutorial into English.  She graciously gave me permission to do so.

Below you'll find the link to my translation of Alagaina's 'Pop Up Mini Album' tutorial.  In the description box below my tutorial in YouTube, you can also find links to Alagaina's YouTube channel & to her original 'Pop Up Mini Album' tutorial.


Friday, January 20, 2017

'Explore' One Sheet Mini Album

Today's project is a mini album that was created from just one sheet of 12"x12" inch card stock.  You gotta love these little mini wonders that can easily be put together in just an hour or two!  I've used papers from Authentique's 'Explore' collection to create this mini.   

This was a DT project for Authentique & is available for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'.  If interested, please feel free to visit my shop hereUPDATE: Mini album has been sold.

The mini measures 4" x 6" inches.  It has a couple of fold out pages & several areas to store photos and/or journaling.

In the center of the mini there are two pockets that holds tags measuring 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" inches.

The back fold out mimics the front & also consists of a pocket where I've tucked in a few more life cards from the collection.

The front folds out to reveal an inner pocket where I've tucked in a couple of life cards from the 'Explore' collection.

I've also used a bull dog clip to hold a small booklet & a tag.  The booklet measures 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" inches & can hold either photos our journaling.

While prowling Pinterest I came across a tutorial that inspired me to make this mini.  I altered it slightly from the original tutorial.  The tutorial is in on a French blog--but it does have English translations.  You can find the tutorial here.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Flowers - Petaloo, Ribbon - Petaloo, Other - Charms, Bull Clip, Washi Tape

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A 'Wintery' Tri-fold Mini Album With Tutorial

Hello once again fellow scrappers & Happy New Year!  I hope everybody had a memorable, happy & safe New Year.  I know I spent it quietly in my PJ's along with the rest of my family snuggled up in bed while watching the festivities in Times Square on TV.  :-)

Let's start off the New Year with this project share conveniently made with Authentique's 'Wintery' collection.  The weather is cold outside & this collection conveys those feelings with images of mittens & snowflakes plus a color scheme of blue/grey with pops of red here and there.

I've decided to make another tri-fold mini album--this time complete with a tutorial.  I've made this sort of mini before & have gotten several requests asking how this mini is made.  Let's start off by saying that this was not my original idea.  I ran into this tutorial on a French blog about a year ago & that's where I got the idea from.  With my first tri-fold mini I included a link to the tutorial I used, but it was brought to my attention that the owner took down the tutorial.  So I decided to do my own take on a tutorial for this tri-fold mini.
The mini measures 9 1/4" x 3 1/4" inches & opens up accordion style.  It consists of several 3" x 3" inch squares that can be used to store photos, journaling, sentiments, embellishments etc...

The back of the mini has additional squares for more photos, plus I've included one pocket that holds a tag meant for journaling & one square that I've used to place a sticker element from the 'Wintery' collection.  Mini is held closed with ribbon.

This mini is up for sale in my Etsy shop 'The Kraft Nook'.  If interested you can visit my shop here.

Supplies: Paper - Authentique, Embellishments - Authentique, Flowers - Recollections, Other - Ribbon, Fabric Poinsettia, Mini Pine Cone Spray

I'm sure there's probably another tutorial out there for this type of mini album--but for now I've decided to create my own version.  Below you'll find the tutorial.  Enjoy & thanks for stopping by!