Monday, 27 February 2012

How to use up left over papers and offcut scraps - ideas.

Hi all I have spent my evening being creative – sort of. I decided to make some embellishments for my current spring/summer inspired album using dovecraft 6” by 6” papers called “Sugar & Spice”.

I recently bought a 1” circular punch by dovecraft (weirdly I have a whole bunch of stuff by dovecraft now – never intentional!!). So I decided to use the scraps from my pages as my pages are 4” by 6” and so I have a lot of 2” by 6” paper left over and so decided to punch out some circles from this left over stuff and to also use other left over scraps from the last project and from recycled paper from misprints and all that type of stuff and of course left over sides of cereal boxes (cardboard / chipboard) and so I then stacked these circled like this:

1 piece of chipboard and using a glue stick glued a circle piece of recycled paper to the bottom, and repeat to have 2 papers on the bottom of the chipboard. I then flipped this over and using the same method glued 5 pieces of circular recycled paper on to the top. Finally on top of that I glued a nice piece of the left over scrap paper (pattern paper) to create something interesting.

Now I have found that these fit perfectly inside bottle caps!! I may do some of those and see if I can’t add gloss to them! Although my original idea for this was to create some large “buttons” and simply to create these thick circles and add 2 or 4 holes in them’s a work in progress. But that’s my thoughts of what to do with left overs, small bits, offcuts etc… Good way to use up them small left overs?!! In my opinion, as they can be reused in jewellery, scrapbooking, on cards, sold etc etc as appose to just storing and storing and storing or even throwing it away!!

I have made about 20 of these and it’s taken an hour but mostly due to my punch not being worked in yet and being very stiff and difficult to use!! Also planning and thinking!! In truth you could easily be on your way to 50 in an hour and it’s relaxing to the point where you don’t even realise you’re doing it!!

In addition other sized circular punches could work for “buttons” such as a half inch …well up to you. I currently don’t have loads of money to spend on scrapbooking stuff so I buy what I can when I can plus it doesn’t help that in the UK these items are not only hard to find but when you do find them they are stupidly over charges for these items such as punches, embellishments, craft papers, glimmers, inks, stamps etc etc etc :(

Imogen xoxox

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Flipbook Mini Pocket Album - Tutorial & Information

Hey all,

So I decided to start on my second proper mini album which is coming together nicely! I have done 4” by 6” and used the dovecraft 6” by 6” papers called “Sugar & Spice” which is a very pastel spring/summer set of papers and there’s 72 in a pack I bought these from Ebay user ella_card_creations I am also going to use pastel papers which you get 20 pink, 20 yellow, 20 blue and 20 green for £1 from Poundland here in the UK. Additional accessories will be misc flowers, charms and embellishments of which I made/make out of Polymer clay and other bits and bobs or buy from various places.

Due to the masses of tags I made in the last mini album (steampunk, vintage, old with a twist of my style) I decided to make this one more about empty pockets, photo places and journaling spots. So I have been looking up and creating various pockets and such when I came across a very interesting pocket page flip book which is crazy and interesting. This is a YouTube video of which I did not create however I did create one of the books (please look below the video for how I did it!!)

Items needed for this project:
1. Trimmer of some kind or a steady hand, craft knife, rule and self-healing mat.
2. 3 envelopes in a size of your choice.
3. Pattern/Craft Paper
4. Double sided tape or your choice of adhesive
5. Glue stick or again your choice of adhesive
6. Scissors
7. Pencil
8. Rule/Rulers
9. Time
10. Additional embellishments etc

YouTube Video by user TracysTreasures24

What I simply did to create mine (I’m including it into this mini and so will be in the finished piece video on YouTube hopefully next week if not sooner!! And of course I will link the video onto this blog!)

1. I took 3 envelopes of which measured 162mm (6½”) by 114mm (4½”) in white. (I bought a pack of 55 of these for £1 at Poundland here in the UK) and I sealed them shut with a glue stick to ensure they’d stay stuck.

2. I them turned the envelopes upside-down and measured 3¼” from the upside down top – so I cut off the bottoms.

3. I then folded each envelop in half to create a folded 3¼” by 3¼” squares.

4. I then took one of the envelopes and opened it out and folded it ½ and inch back on itself and the same on the other side to create a V in the middle of the paper. (As seen in the video).

5. Then due to not having an ATG or anything fancy I just stuck two strips of double sided sticky tape (which I have in ½” thickness) down both sides of the inside of the V shape from top to bottom. Then checking which way up the open envelope is to make sure that’s now at the top for pockets I then took the other two envelopes making sure they too were right way up also and sat them back to back to form an upside down T shape or generally this shape _||_ and then carefully stuck them one to each of the inside of the V shape.

6. Shockingly it all worked out and I was able to create the flip book from the video. I then went ahead and cut covers in fancy paper to match my mini album to place over the naked-ness of the envelopes these were:
6x 7cm by 7cm squares
6x 6cm by 7cm rectangles
2x 1cm by 7cm rectangles
In matching and contrasting papers / colours and then using a glue stick I put glue on the cut out shapes and then centred them appropriately in the center of each flip out sections being careful of the folds and which way the book sits.

7. I am still to decide if I want to create tags as this is already quite a thick little book which I am going to make a pocket for although you could just create 5x 7cm by 7cm squares and glue the last one down to your page to make it a permanent feature.

It’s actually a lot lot easier than it looks in truth! Anyway, I just thought I would share this with you in my blog as I like to collect things of which I think might help people as it helped me – just thoughts.

Imogen xoxox

Monday, 20 February 2012

First Mini Album Video Plus Introduction To Me & My Tags!! Enjoy!

Hi all, well due to several YouTube uploading issues its taken way over 24 hours but I can finally present what I promised!!

First of all though, I’d like to say I had my first MRI scan yesterday on my hip and the whole thing went really well, wasn’t as bad as I thought in truth!! So now it’s preparing for part 2 the injections of which due to many reasons including the results of the MRI it’s be postponed from Thursday 23rd Feb to Thursday 22nd Mar.

Anyway, without further waiting I would like to say that I did go ahead with YouTube and in truth was very nervous throughout. I did record my first scrapbook album first, then the introductory second which I’ve uploaded first for obvious reasons and then I did the how I make my tag video last. Please leave comments and such as I am hoping to become a part of the community regarding the things I am doing.

So here’s my introduction video to who I am!!

Here's my first proper mini album tutorial!

Here's my thoughts on how I make my tags!

I'm back on YouTube!! Check me out!!

So pretty much as the title says!!
Now go and check me out!!


...psst. I also jazzed up my blogspot here - see how much better it looks!!