Friday, April 15, 2016

Magazine Files with the Downton Abbey Papercrafting Collection

Looking for a place to store your small magazines in style, or a fun way to package a set of notecards? This tutorial will show you how to create both a small & large magazine file using elements from our Downton Abbey papercrafting range, available on our website Monday, April 18th.

Using the Downton Abbey elements gives this project a timeless, vintage feel. If you wanted to update it for a teenager, choose brighter patterned paper, or decorate plain white cardstock using stamps and ink (or color images with our Spectrum Noir range!)

Inside the small magazine file, she made a card set using coordinating supplies and included envelopes for each card. Wouldn't this make an amazing gift?

Crafter's Companion Supplies:

also featured: Downton Abbey Papercrafting Collection (Stamps, Patterned Paper, Dies, Toppers, Embellishments) -- links coming soon!


Template for Small Magazine File

NOTE: Scoring and trimming measurements are listed on the template above.

Step 1: Trim two pieces of Construction cardstock 8" x 8".

Step 2: Along one side of the cardstock, using The Big Score, score a line at 1" & 6".

Step 3: Flip the cardstock to the other 8" edge, score at 2".

Step 4: From the top left corner, measure 2 1/2" and score at an angle to the 1" score mark.  Leaving about 3/4" as excess, trim off the triangle piece with paper trimmer.  The excess will be folded inside to create a nice finished edge. (when scoring and cutting the second piece of cardstock - begin from the top right corner)

Step 5: Trim the notch markers along the left side (2) and bottom (for the piece on the left). For the piece on the right, trim the two notch marks on the right & then cut off the bottom corner (see above).

Repeat steps 1-5 on the other piece of cardstock.

Step 6: Add strong adhesive to the inside of the magazine file (see photo above).

Step 7: Add strong adhesive to the outside of the magazine file (see photos above).

Step 8: Glue the middle sections of the left and right sides together so they are now one large piece.

Step 9: Begin folding the magazine file together by gluing the 2" bottom center flat to the right side bottom flap.

Step 10: Glue the left side bottom flap to the bottom of the magazine file.

Step 11: Trim a piece of Construction cardstock 10" x 2" for the front finishing. Score at 5"& 9".   Glue that piece on the bottom & front of the magazine file and then the top 1" flap, fold and glue down for a finished edge.

Step 12: Decorate with colored cardstock, patterned papers and trims.  Finished size is 6" tall, 5" deep, and 2" wide. Perfect for a set of cards with envelopes.

Recently we had a customer request the dimensions for this same project in a full magazine file size.

This file requires the use of 16" x 16" Construction Cardstock. The finished size of the project below is 12" tall, 10" deep and 4" wide. (see template below)

TIP: It is very important to use a strong construction cardstock & adhesive for this project because magazines can be heavy so strong materials are needed.  

Full Size Magazine File
NOTE: Use this template to cut two pieces.

The piece for the front flap should be 15" x 4" and scored at 1" & 5".

Both magazine files are decorated with supplies from the Downton Abbey Papercrafting Collection.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Make a Garden Shed Gift!

Looking for a unique way to package a gift, or something special for a friend who is a gardener? Alexia has a fantastic tutorial, showing you how you can create this garden shed gift box!

This little shed is adaptable for so many occasions and themes... it could be a little schoolhouse, a winter cottage, a gingerbread house, a summer beach hut, a treehouse. a gift for new homeowners.... the possibilities are endless! What will you create?

recommended Crafter's Companion supplies:

Other Supplies: craft knife | patterned paper | heavy card stock | cardboard | heart-shaped felt trim | charm 


Step 1: Prepare the base for the house. You can use the template that comes with a ginger bread house that sold in store or refer to the given template, available as a free download here on our website.

Step 2: Measure and cut the door & windows for the house with a craft knife.

Measurements are as follows: Door: 2.5" x 4.75" Windows: 3.5" x 5.75"

At the same time, cut a 7” x 8” to close the bottom of the house. Glue shut the opening with a hot glue gun.

Step 3: Create the base support for the compartment holders; you will need one full size and two smaller ones for each of the windows.

To create the full size base, place 8.5" x 9.5" heavy card stock on a scoring board and score at 0.75" on all sides. Fold and glue flaps to form a cover.

Repeat the step with 3 7/8" x 8 1/8" heavy card stocks and score at 5/8" on all sides (as shown in Picture B above).

Place the full size card board into the bottom of the house followed by the two smaller ones on top as shown in Picture C. 

Step 4: Glue patterned paper all around the outside of the house.

Step 5: Create the compartment holders for the door and windows. For the door compartment, place a 10 5/8" x 10 3/4" cardstock on the scoring board and score at 4 1/4", 6 3/8", rotate card stock 90 degree to left and score at 2 1/8" and 8 5/8". (note from Crafter's Companion US: although not pictured, we suggest using our heavy-weight Construction cardstock for these drawers, and decorating as desired!)

For the window compartments, place 9" x 10.5" on a scoring board and score at 3 1/4" and 5 3/4", rotate card stock 90 degree to the left and score at 2 1/2" and 8". Fold to form a holder, glue the flaps. Slide in compartments into the house, as shown in Picture A in this step.

To prevent the compartments from sliding off the gift house easily, cut a larger piece of cardboard and glue them to the front and back of each holder (do this while the holder is in the house). This will act as a stopper for the drawers. See picture B for details.

Step 6: (optional) To avoid things from tumbling around in the gift house, place and glue a piece of cardstock right on top of each compartment holders but DO NOT seal the opening.

TIP: Glue the two ends of card stock to the wall of the house instead of directly on the compartment holder. This will help keep things where you intend inside the compartments!

Step 7: Making the roof. Take two 6" x 8.5" cardboard pieces and connect them together with patterned paper. For more a secure join, do the same to the other side too.

Step 8: Make die-cut embellishments and decorate the house as desired.

Stamp and color images for decorations on the windows. Also, create the front door with a piece of rectangle cardstock and decorate with a charm as the door knob.
Step 9: Glue the roof to the gift house with hot glue gun.

All finished!

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Butterfly Lullaby Purse Tutorial

Want to make a wonderful handmade purse using gorgeous patterned paper from our Butterfly Lullaby collection? Lori will show you how in this tutorial! These little purses are perfect for teacher gifts, thoughtful presents for your friends, or to package a small set of notecards.

You could change out the paper you used to make this work for more than just springtime occasions like Mother's Day or Easter... add some bold colors for summer, use leaves in the fall, or use festive elements to make wonderful hostess gifts for the holidays!

Crafter's Companion US supplies:

Other supplies:
ribbon | rhinestones | glitter | glue pen | hole puncher


Step 1: Emboss and cut out the purse using a piece of paper from the 12” x 12” Paper Pad. Make sure to cut the bottom side tabs, as indicated in picture.

Step 2: Fold and burnish score lines.

Step 3: Add glitter to the front flap.

Step 4: Assemble the purse using glue. Use ribbon to create a handle and bow. If desired, punch holes through both the flap and purse, then thread ribbon through and tie to secure flap.

Step 5: Emboss and cut out the tag using a piece of paper from 6” x 6” Paper Pad. Trim a flower from one of the purse scraps, adding glitter around edges. Adhere to tag with dimensional foam tape.

Step 6: Embellish tag with a rhinestone in center of flower, and then tie to handle with string. Cut a thin strip of matching paper and adhere to front of purse.

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