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Update: I will be attending the Grovertown, IN Spring Craft Fair on April 18 (Saturday). Craft Fair will be at the Community building, right off Rt 30 and 23, about 20 minutes west of Plymouth. So if you are in Indiana come out and find my booth.

I’m currently working on products for the show. I have started making a few birthday cards for my pre-packaged items (pics above), as well as, some mini-mini albums (back-in-the-day, we called these brag books) that you can throw in a bag (purse). They make great gifts for mom, grandparents, bff-s.

Anyway, that is the mini (it needs to be embellished), but you get the idea. It will hold about 4 to6 pictures and makes a nice little gift. Next to work on some of the a-la-carte cards that I have on my mind (mother’s day, thank you). Any ideas for cards, drop me an email, I’d love to hear them.

This ends my update, have a good week, crafting and otherwise!


Simple Explosion Box

It’s late and I am hoping that there are not too many typos in this tutorial ( I also hope it make sense) I have read through it a couple of times, but you know what they say about a fresh pair of eye (right now mine are not). So, anyway, I have finished my first explosion box. And….I am very happy with the way it turned out. And very excited to share the how-to as it is was really very easy!

I kept it simple as it was my first explosion box, and here is the tutorial for anyone who would like to try their hand at making their own. This is a super easy way to make a gift box for a SMALL gift as the box measures 4 x 4 when finished. Many people use these boxes as mini albums as well (just put pictures in the pockets on each flap. Ok, enough babbling, let’s get to the making.

Materials you need:

  • 2 pieces 12 x 12 card stock (box base and lid)
  • 2 pieces 12 x 12 patterned paper (contrast)
  • embellishments
  • glue/tape
  • paper cutter
  • score board

To make the box: start with the color you are using for the box (12 x 12) and score at 4 inches and 8 inches, turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 4 inches and 8 inches. See pictures below…

Cut the outside corners as shown in the picture below (this will be the beginning of the inside pocket, and is shown in the last two picture above). Fold these flaps over, your paper should look like the picture A, then use your ruler to mark a diagonal line Picture B and cut as shown, picture C.

Now you need to cut the contrasting paper at 3 7/8 x 3 7/8. You will need 4 pieces one for each flap *picture D* glue this piece onto the flap then add tape or glue to the button edge of the pocket and fold over (this will form your pocket) *picture E and F* , you also need 2 of the 3 7/8 squares cut on the diagonal (you will have 4 triangles, these pieces will be glued to the front of the pocket).

Take the four triangle pieces you have cut and glue one piece to the front of each pocket, then embellish with whatever fits the theme of your box. I used glitter paper for the pocket fronts (a little sparkle is always fun, and hearts for embellishments). Inside of box is done!

I have also added a piece of glitter paper to the center of the inside of the box for added sturdiness (your choice).

For the outside of the box you will need 4 more pieces of card stock 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in the contrasting color (mine was red, since this was for Valentine’s Day). These four pieces will be glued to the four flaps. Picture to left shows the placement of the papers for the outside of the box. The outside of the box is compete except for embellishments. Below you can see the completed out side of box.

The lid: you will need your other piece of 12 x 12 paper ( the color you used for the box base, I used red for mine). Cut this to 6 1/8 x 6 1/8, and score at 1 inch on all four sides. Picture A. You then need to cut the outside corners as shown Pictures B, then miter the flaps and C & D. Add glue/tape to the mitered flap. Picture E. Now form your box lid, by folding the flap and the side of the lid together Picture F.

From the contrasting paper that you have left cut a 5 x 5 inch square and glue this to the top of the box. You will also need to cut four strips of the contrasting paper at 5 x 7/8inch to be glued on the flaps/sides of the box. Picture to left shows contrasting paper and embellishments on the lid.

To put the box together you gather up three sides and put the lid over, then add the fourth side/flap. When the recipient takes the lid off the sides of the box will fall (the explosion) and they will see the contents inside (inside my box I will put gift cards and a brownie {this is my hubby’s Valentine’s surprise).

So there you have it, a super easy, fun project. Great for beginners! I will be making a video tutorial for this project and posting it on my Facebook page: PlayWithPaper and if I can figure out the whole IGTV thing I will also post there.

Happy Crafting, Stephanie

This Week 2/3/2020

Another busy week on the crafting home-front. I have been gathering information about a few upcoming craft fairs that I will be attending. I will post the dates for these once they are confirmed.

All of the posts from the old blog are now up and running on this new platform and I will be back to my regular posting schedule of Wednesday and Sunday, starting next week 2/12/2020.

Also, I have joined Stampin Up and I am in the process of getting that up and running. I have added a Stampin Up here on the blog where I will be posting projects specific to Stampin Up, they will use Stampin Up materials and their will be a link to my Sampin Up website where you will be able to shop with me for the products highlighted in each project’s post.

Watch for local workshop classes using stamping up products, and Facebook live class projects (yep, new facebook page, look for the Playin With Paper page on Facebook, like the page to stay up to date on Playin With Paper events!

And, I am finally done reorganizing my craft room. I have taken over the family room and still have a few projects lingering in the kitchen and also the living room. Is there ever enough room for all of ones craft materials and projects?? I think not 😂.

As Always, Happy Crafting Stephanie

PS. New project tutorials coming soon. Teepee card and Keep it Simple Explosion Box. Stay tuned

Mini Album Tutorial

Last week I posted the video I found on Youtube (from: MySistersScrapper) that explained how to make a page base for your mini album. Today I will give you the measurements and try to show how I put my Christmas Mini album together.

As you will notice I am not using Christmas paper, but the design is the same and the way to put the album together is the same (just different papers).  This also shows you how versatile this design is, it can be used for any occasion, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination.  So, if you are not looking to make a Christmas album, get creative, grab some different papers and let’s make a mini!

I made two page bases for the Christmas Album they were 5 x 5  to do this start with a 10 x 10 square and score at the five inch mark, then turn and score again.  Once that is done you need to cut on one (1) of the scored lines to the middle of the page where all of the lines intersect.  Fold the two(2) sections away from you onto the remaining are that was not cut, then, fold this in half.  

This is what you need for the rest of the Album:  (everything is in inches)

2 pieces chipboard 5 3/4 x 5 3/4

1 piece chipboard  5 3/4 x 2 inches

2 pieces card stock 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 (cover)

1 piece cardstock 6 3 /4 x 4 1/4 (spine)

2 pieces cardstock 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 (same color as cover)

1 piece cardstock 5 x 5 7/8 (binding for pages to sit on)

12 pieces pattern paper 4 3/ x 4 3/4

1 piece pattern paper in the following:

   4 7/8 x 2 1/2, 4 7/8 x 1 7/8, 4 7/8 x 1 5/8 

   (these pieces are for the two pockets and the strap)

1 piece card stock 4 7/8 x 5 1/2 (tag)

2 pieces pattern paper 4 5/8 x 5 1/4 (tag mat)

small piece of ribbon

Embellishments to your liking!

Next we need to close up the page base.  I cut a 1/2 inch x 5 inch (this is not in the  materials listed above) scrap of paper and folded this in half (lengthwise), put double sided tape on the outside parts of the fold.  This will be placed between pages 3 and 4 and will produce a side pocket for a tag.  Pic 1

For the last page of this page base I cut a scrap to 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 inches and scored each short side at 1/4 inch.  I then attached this to the side of the last page to form a side pocket for cards or pictures.  Pic 2

On the second page base I cut a piece of scrap to 2 1/2 by 5 1/2 and scored this on three sides at 1/4 of an inch (this will be your pocket) for page 3 or 4.  For this page base I put double sided tape on the back side of page three (3) and stuck page four (4) to this (there is No side pocket for this page base).  I then attached the pocket to page 3.  Pic 3

For the last page of this page base I cut a scrap to 5 1/2 x 1 3/4 and scored on each short side at 1/4 (this is a strap that cards or pictures can be inserted behind).  Pic 4

Now, for the binding.  Cut a of card stock in whatever color you are using for the inside of the album cover to 5 x 5 7/8 and score landscape (the long side) at 1/2 inch intervals. 

Next fold all the score lines and then unfold.  Now skip the first two sections and on section 3 and 4 apply double sided tape skip the next section and apply tape to sections 6 and 7 skip the next two sections and cut away anything that is left.  Go back and remove the tape paper and stick the two sides together.  you have just made the peaks that the page bases will sit on.  Set this aside and we will come back to this later.   Pic 5 & 6

For the Cover of the album you will need to cut two (2) 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 squares  from chipboard and one 5 and 3/4 x 2 inch for the spine of the album.  you will also need your cover paper (cardstock) for the album cut to 6 3/4 x 6 3/4 and one cut at 6 3/4 x 4 1/2.

To put the cover together, put double sided tape on the chipboard squares (5 3/4 x 5 3/4 pieces) and lay one edge on the edge of your cover paper, centering the best as possible, then you will cut the corners down to 1/8 of an inch from the chipboard.  Put tape on all edges of the chipboard and paper, then fold over and stick the paper down to the chipboard (repeat this process for the other piece.  Pic 7

For the spine place tape on all sides of the chipboard (5 3/4 x 2 piece) and center on the pier of paper you cut for the spine 5 3/4 x 4 1/4).  Then you will put double sided tape on the outer edge of this paper and right next to the chipboard.  Take one piece of your cover and center on the spine paper lining up with the chipboard and leaving an 1/8 of an inch space between the two (press down to attach the pieces together.  Repeat this process for the other side.  

We will now go back to the binding.  Place double sided tape on the back side of the binding (the flat part) and on the spine.  Center the binding on the spine both side to side and top to bottom, press down to adhere.   You will now fold up the top and bottom of the spine paper to cover the binding. Pic 9 

Cut two pieces of cardstock  (5 1/2 x 5 1/2) in the same color as used for the cover of the book, I attached these to the inside of the album taking care not to go over the into where the book cover and spine fold.  I attached these two pieces with liquid glue (whatever glue you usually use, as long as it dries clear).

The cover of your album is now complete. Pic 10

To mat the pages for the album I cut pattern cardstock (in Christmas print, but you can use any paper you wish) to 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 this will leave you with 1/8 of a border when these pieces are centered on the page (I also used my liquid glue  to attach the mats to the pages).  You will need 12 mats as there are 12 pages in this album.  You will also need a three pieces of pattern paper for the  two pockets and the strap these should be cut at:  2 1/2 x 4 7/8.  4  7/8 x 1 7/8 and 4 7/8 x 1 5/8.  When centered on the pocket and strap you will have an 1/8 of an inch border around each.

I have found that it is much easier to mat the pages before you attach them to the binding.  Once your pages have been matted and you are happy with them you will attach them into the album:

To attach the first of the page bases,  you first need to put double sided tape on both sides of the  binding that stick up, this is what the pages will be mounted on.  Now take your first page and attach it to the first spine  (remove the tape paper and attach the back part of your page to the spine) go over the where the page and spine meet a few times to make sure there is good adhesion.  Repeat the process for the other page use.  Pic 11

To make the tag that fits in the side pocket of the page base, cut a piece of cardstock 4 7/8 x 5  1/2 (I rounded the corners of my tag).  Cut the mat at 4 5/8 x 5 1/4 and also rounded the corners of the mat before attaching to the tag (attach with liquid glue).  Before placing the tag into the side pocket I punched a hole in the middle of the tag and added a piece of ribbon.  Pic 12

The album is now complete, embellish the front cover of the album and gift or embellish the pages as well before gifting, unless of course you are keeping the album for yourself!

The album is now complete, embellish the front cover of the album and gift or embellish the pages as well before gifting, unless of course you are keeping the album for yourself!

This is my first tutorial and I am sure there are things that could have been explained better.  I have included pictures, if there is part that you have questions about please contact me and I will try to clear up the confusion.

As Always, Happy Crafting Stephanie

Valentine Cards

Well, this week has been busy! I’ve been reorganizing my craft space ( a work still in progress) and I decided to switch where my blog is located (learning curve required!)but in the midst of all that chaos … I also finished Valentine Day cards for the grankids, and worked a bit more on the wedding album that I will be gifting. What have you been up to, hopefully you have found time to get some crafting in.

tutorial to come

Base Page for Mini Album

I had been making mini albums that were attached to the binding in some difficulty ways, then I found this video on Youtube. It is from MySisterScrapper and it is awesome! I have made a few different albums using this page base and I LOVE it! The page base uses one sheet of paper and you end up with 6, that’s right 6 pages to decorate for your mini from this “one” page base. So, here is the link to the video, “watch it”, really, you will be amazed at how simple and quick it is to make pages for your minis!

I used this page base to make my Christmas Mini Album. I cut my 12 x 12 paper to 10 x 10 in order to have 5 inch pages. I personally do not cut my pages down under 8 x 8 (which gives you a 4 x 4 page) as I like to use at least four inch pictures in my albums.

I will be posting the binding system that I used and how I did the cover for the Christmas Mini album next week.

As Always
Happy Crafting,

A few more pictures of the Christmas Mini…

A Little About Me

Hi, I am a busy Gma (granma), who teaches virtually, watches two of my five granbabies, gardens in the summer (fresh veggies and fruit =yum!) and loves paper crafting. I make cards, mini albums and more. I love to share my projects, tips, new techniques and whatever else I think may interest or help you in your paper crafting process. I hope to inspire you to try your hand at one or many of the projects you see on the blog. And remember there are NO mistakes in paper crafting or any crafting only Happy Accidents! As Always, Happy Crafting Stephanie

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