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SCRAPBOOKING & CRAFT IDEAS

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Here are a number of Scrapbooking and paper craft ideas that you can try yourself.

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Idea#1: Paper Circle Gift Bag

A simple gift bag is so easy to create using only 1 sheet of scrapbooking paper. You'll save lots of money over the store-bought variety! Try different size circles for different size gifts.

      

Instructions:

  1. Cut three strips from your square of paper. One strip will be 11" x 3" and two strips will be 10" x 1/2"
  2. Glue the two narrow strips together, wrong sides together to create one double-sided strip for the handle with the ATG 714 1/4" Applicator and scotch atg refills.
  3. Clips the long edges of the wide strip, cutting at 1/2" intervals and 1/4" deep. This will be the gusset for your bag. You can vary the depth of your bag by inceasing the width of the wide strip.
  4. Cut two 5" diameter circles, using your Olfa Circle cutter.
  5. Apply glue to the unprinted outermost edge of the circles using the ATG 714 1/4" Applicator.
  6. Attach the gusset to the circle, matching the outermost edge of the circle to the clipped edge of the gusset strip. You will be slightly curving the gusset to fit the circle.
  7. Press the edges together gently with your fingers. The gusset will be attached to approximately 3/4 of your circle, leaving an opening for attaching your handle and inserting small gifts.
  8. Glue the handle to the top inside edges of your bag with your ATG applicator.
  9. Attach any ribbons or trim to decorate with Mini Glue Dots.
  10. Insert tissue paper and fill with gifts.

Materials and Tools Needed:

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Idea#2: Valentine Blossom Notecards

Create a lovely flower-shaped Valentine for that someone special with four interlocking paper circles. Using lovely papers this special blossom with convey your true feeling.

Instructions:

  1. For the outer blossom, cut 5-1/2" circles from your decorative paper using the Olfa Circle Cutter. We used a red vellum
  2. With wrong sides up, fold each circle in half and crease. Unfold.
  3. With right sides up, overlap circles, so that cease form a square in the center.
  4. Glue overlapping flaps in place with the ATG 714 1/4" Applicator and scotch atg refills.
  5. Repeat using 3" and and 1-7/8" circles to create inner blossom. Glues these in place in center of the largest circle, turning each blossom for interest with the ATG 714 Applicator. Attach a small sticker, button, ribbon trim, whatever you like to create a flower center using Mini Glue Dots.
  6. Add charms, stickers, ribbons, embellishment as desired.
  7. Write your message or invitation on the inside of the smallest blossoms.
  8. When complete, fold circles down towards centre, alternately one on top of the oter
  9. Fold the fourth side down and insert behind the first circle to create an interlocked wrap. Seal with sealing wax, stickers, or other decoration as desired.
  10. For an interesting heart shaped envelope, create a single blossom using 6" circles. Fold and glue only 2 of the flaps to get the heart shape. Insert your note or invitation, seal, and mail. Please note: Only the largest size blossom envelope will be enough to mail. The smaller sizes will not meet postal requirements.

Materials and Tools Needed:

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Idea#3: Paper Quilted Scrapbook Pages

Add a bit of quilting charm to your scrapbook pages by creating your favorite quilt patterns in paper. A great way to showcase your much loved photos.

Instructions

  1. Start with 8 1/2 x 11" scrapbook page as your base.
  2. Center on page.
  3. Begin by using 1" strips of one color/design of scrapbook paper.
  4. Place one strip to the right of photo, and one strip to the top.
  5. Choose another color/design, add one strip to the top.
  6. Continue in this fashion around photo until design is desired size and shape.
  7. For interest, slightly angle photo.
  8. Using your 45mm rotary cutter, cut out a variety of small hearts. Place around design. Add lettering as desired.

Material needed

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Idea#4: Holiday Travel Journal

Holidays offers the perfect time for new adventures to add to your family's story. Create a Holiday Travel Journal to hold all your memories.

Instructions

  1. Start with 3 lunch size paper bags. Fold down the bottom flap on each bag. Fold bag # 1 so that the open end meets the edge of the bottom fold. Fold bag #2 in half. Fold bag #3 along the edge of the bottom fold and cut 2” from the open end.
  2. Lay bag #2 on top of bag #1 with the closed ends on the left. Lay bag #3 on top of bag #2 with the open end on the left. Fold along center creases to form the closed book.
  3. Cut a piece of cardstock the same height and about 1 ½” wider than the closed book (from step 2). Place the cardstock under the folded bags, lining up the right edge with the furthest right edge of the bags. Fold the left edge over the top of the bags. 
  4. Remove the cardboard and punch a few holes near the folded edge, going through both layers. Use the punched cardboard as a template to punch holes into the paper bags. Make sure all the holes line up by reassembling the book with the cardstock and pulling ribbon through each of the holes. It is easier to decorate the pages if you take the book apart again.
  5. Decorate the cover and pages with cardstock, patterned papers, stickers, and rubber stamps. Leave lots of open spaces for your journaling and don’t forget about the small spaces in the bottom flaps.
  6. Reassemble the book and tie together with the ribbons. Find the 3 pages made from the open ends of the bag and use the ATG 714 gun adhesive to glue the fold together along the top and bottom of the page. This will make a more secure pocket to slide a tag into. Make tags by cutting cardstock to fit into the page and decorating the edge to make a pull tab. Slide the tag into the page. Now your travel journal is complete and ready for your holidays!

Material needed

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Idea#5: Flower Shaped Note Card

Create a lovely flower-shaped note card to share your thoughts with 4 interlocking paper circles. This inventive design is also suited for a sweet party invitation or to wrap any small, flat gift such as a scarf, cd or gift certificate. Using only simple materials and very little time, this special blossom will be sure to Wow its recipient.
 

Instructions

  1. For the outer blossom, cut 6” circles from your decorative paper using the Olfa (CMP-3) Circle Cutter.
  2. With wrong sides up, fold each circle in half and crease. Unfold.
  3. With right sides up, overlap circles so that the creases form a square in the center. 
  4. Use ATG 714 Applicator to glue overlapping flaps in place.
  5. Repeat using 4” and 2” circles to create inner blossoms. Glue these in place in center of largest circle, turning each blossom for interest.
  6. Add center to blossom using contrasting color paper cut to 1 7/8” circle. Fringe circle using scissors. Glue in place. You may also attach a small sticker, button, ribbon trim, whatever you like to create a flower center.
  7. Add charms, stickers, ribbon, embellishments as desired.
  8. Write your message or invitation on the inside of the smallest blossoms.
  9. When complete, fold circles down towards center, alternately one on top of the other.
  10. Fold the fourth side down and insert behind the first circle to create an interlocked wrap. Seal with Mini Glue Dots 3/16", stickers, or other decoration as desired.
  11. For an interesting heart shaped envelope, create a single blossom using 6-1/4” circles. Fold and glue only 2 of the flaps to get the heart shape. Insert your note or invitation, seal, and mail. Please note: Only the larger size blossom envelope will be big enough to mail. The smaller sizes will not meet postal requirements.

Material and tools needed

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Idea#6: Holiday Gift Tags

Your family won’t be able to miss their gift when you add these unique gift tags to their packages!
 

Jumbo Holiday Gift Tags

Instructions

  1. From Bazzill card stock, cut a tag base 4 x 6 ½”. Angle two corners 45° to form a tag.
  2. From holiday paper, cut another tag shape 3 Ύ x 6 Ό”, angling the corners as above.
  3. Use ATG 714 Applicator to bond the paper to the tag, allowing 1/8” of the card stock to show. Punch a hole in the center of the tag Ό” down from the top edge.
  4. With the Olfa 45mm Rotary cutter, cut a rectangle 2 Ύ x 5 ½” from the cardstock.
  5. With the Olfa 45mm Rotary cutter, cut a rectangle 2 ½ x 5 Ό” from decorative paper.
  6. Ink the edges with chalk ink. Glue to the center of the tag.
  7. Use Mini Glue Dots to embellish with chip board letters and shapes. If the chip board doesn’t already have a design on the front, paint it or glue it to decorative paper with the ATG 714 Applicator and cut away the excess with an art knife.
  8. Add rick rack to the bottom or side. Stamp phrases on paper and adhere with brads.
  9. Loop the fibers through the hole in the top of the tag. 
Materials and Tools Needed:

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Idea#7: Decorator Pillow with piping

A quick method to create two professional looking decorator pillows
 

Instructions

  1. Cut fabric as follows:
  2. Beginning at upper right corner, cut two 19” squares, top edge of each corner will be on the 68” length of the fabric
  3. At lower left corner of fabric, cut two 19” squares, bottom edge of each corner will be on the 68” length of the fabric
  4. Fabric for your cording must be cut on the bias to allow some give to the fabric. Using the 45Ί diagonal on your rotary mat for guidance, cut three strips 1 1/2” wide along the diagonal. Your cuts do not begin at the far left corner – but they will come close.  
  5. Construction - Create your piping by first cutting one of the three strips in half, and sewing one half strip to the end of each of two the long strips. You will now have two long strips of fabric, 1 1/2” wide, and roughly 80” long.
  6. Cut your decorator cording in half, giving you two pieces 81” long.
  7. Lay the strip of fabric on your sewing machine, wrong side facing up. Then lay the end of the cording right on top of the fabric and fold the fabric over the piping. Make sure the edges of the fabric are even, and begin stitching the piping. If you have never done this before, you may find it easier to stitch slowly so you can keep the decorator cording in place as you sew. Note: this is where using a zipper foot will come in handy, the offset pressure foot will allow you to get your stitches tight up against the edge of the cording.
  8. Once you have finished both sets of piping, the hard part is done! 
  9. Lay the piping down over one of the 19” squares of fabric – with the right side of the fabric facing up, and the flat edge of the piping facing outward. 
  10. Pin the piping to the fabric and begin sewing. For a professional look, curve the piping at the corners – you never want square corners in your piping. To achieve an easy bend at the corners, cut small slashes into the flat side of your piping in 3 - 5 (depending on the weight of your decorator fabric) places at the corner.
  11. Place the second square face up on your work surface, and the square with the piping sewn to it face down (so the piping is between the two squares). Using the stitching from the previous step as a guide, sew just outside that stitch line, stitching around all four corners and leaving an opening of about 9 inches on one side to insert the pillow form. Note: you are stitching outside the line used to add your piping, so the seam that will show on your pillow will not show the second stitch line.
  12. Turn project right side out, insert pillow form and complete, top stitching the open side together. Repeat the last 4 steps for second pillow.
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Materials and Tools Needed:

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Idea#8: Paper Covered Stacking Storage Boxes

These charming paper-covered boxes will help you keep your home organized in every room! Use your scrap book supplies and imagination to make each box different. 

Instructions

 

  1. Instructions for all boxes – boxes will vary in size and shape so no cutting measurements are given.
  2. Crop paper to fit sides of box using 45mm rotary cutter, ruler, and rotary mat. Measure the perimeter of the boxes with a fabric tape measure, piecing the paper together as needed.
  3. Using a decorative blade, ruler and mat, cut coordinating paper to create a “rick-rack” look. Apply to the sides of the lids or as joiners if paper isn’t long enough to fit around your box. 
  4. Cut lid piece using the 45mm rotary cutter straight blade. If the lid is round, use the Circle Cutter, remembering that the cutter measurement is half the diameter of the circle.
  5. Apply the ATG 714 Applicator to apply a thin line of adhesive to the back side of the paper and attach to the box.
  6. Ink edges of box and paper with a chalking ink pad.
  7. Instructions for Tags: Using the straight blade, decorative blades or circle cutter, cut tags, any size.
  8. Add different cuts of paper using your decorative blade, applying behind the tags or on top to create different sizes.
  9. Ink edges and then use the ATG 714 Applicator tp bond the pieces together.
  10. Embellish with stickers, chipboard, fibers or ribbon using Mini Glue Dots.
  11. Punch holes through the tags and the boxes and tie on to the box. Embellish with fibers.
  12. Use glue dots to hold tags or labels on to the front of the boxes or lids.
  13. Tie ribbon or fibers on the labels before attaching to the boxes. 
 

Materials and Tools Needed:

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