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BEST YEAR EVER JOURNAL CARD PORTFOLIO

Planner-lovers, cardmakers and scrapbookers alike would love to receive a handy "Journal Card Portfolio" such as this!  Yesterday, at SIMPLE STORIES,  I shared this fun spin on the traveler's notebook to create this unique gifting project.
To begin with the cover: I started with an 8.5"X11" piece of double-sided patterned paper and Scotch laminator with a laminating sheet.  After lamination, I scored the piece at 5" and 6" and folded along the lines.  Next, I used an 1/8" hole punch to make two holes at the top and bottom of the "spine". The holes were then threaded with a piece of 20mm white elastic cording and tied to create two loops for holding the inserts.  I also punched a hole in the middle of the spine and made a loop of elastic to make the closure band. 


For the two inserts: eight sheets of heavyweight cardstock (I used Neenah cardstock), were cut to 9.75"X8", scored in the middle and folded.  The sheets were then divi…
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Washi Tube Happy Mail

Oh my HAPPY MAIL! 
Today I'm sharing an upcycled project using an empty
 washi tape tube and other various goodies from Doodlebug Design.
Here are a few supplies that I used from my stash:

First, I wanted to create my own 1" circle stickers using the  new Doodle Stamps.  To do so, I added an adhesive backing to a sheet of  Neena cardstock.  Next, I die-cut 1" circles from the sticker paper and  then stamped various images with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink.

After coloring the images with alcohol markers, I embellished with itty  bitty pieces such as shaped sprinkles and very small stickers from the Mini Icons.
Before starting on the tube transformation, I cleaned away the  adhesive residue and dirt with glass cleaner.  The stickers on the lid  of the tube were also peeled away and cleaned.
I knew that I wanted to add a couple rolls of washi tape  to the container, so I found the measurement needed with that in mind.
I cut a piece of lightweight chipboard (from the back of a …

Luggage Style Treat Boxes

Whether you need a bitty box or a big box, this luggage-style
 design is quick, easy and adorable! For today's project I'm using Doodlebug Design's "Love Notes" Collection,  a couple of the mini create-a-cards and sprinkles.   I doubled the paper to create a sturdier inner box.




To begin I started with a 12X12 sheet of patterned paper, which creates two 4X4 boxes.
Score paper at 3"and 9"Rotate paper and cut in halfScore each half 1" from each sideCut a tab into at each corner by cutting along one of the 1" score linesFold along the score lines to create the box.  Glue tabs in place

The cover is as easy as cutting a 4.25" X12" strip, scoring  and wrapping around the box.   I would suggest wrapping the paper around the completed  inner box to determine where the scores are needed.   You will want to create enough 'give' so that the box slides  easily from the cover. 

For the handles, I cut a 3/4" X 4" strip of paper and…

Gifting Milk Container & Caddy|Simple Stories

Oh the joys of gifting!  Today I'm sharing a project at  SIMPLE STORIES  that I fell in LOVE with making:  "Milk Containers & Caddy" featuring the I Am Collection!
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I love crafting gift sets and happy mail and spotted this pretty-popular project while perusing Instagram recently.  When I set out to grab ideas, I look at the main photo and then go to my own drawing board to recreate in my own way :)  So, let's get started with how I constructed the "milk containers":
First I used a very heavy cardstock paper that measured 5.75" X 8.5".  I scored lengthwise at 2", 4", 6" and 8", which leaves a 1/2" tab.  Next, I turned and scored at 1/2" and 4".  Placing the paper in front of me, I have the 1/2" tab to the right (as shown above).  I used a 1/4" corner rounding punch to punch all of the corners on the top flaps. Apply adhesive tape to the side tab and fold the box along…