DIY Gifts #4

I’m back as promised and have a DIY gift to share. I made it for my friends on Valentines’ Day this year and thought there might be a few points that I could share to those of you who like this idea. So for this gift, the tutorial is over at Crème de la Craft and she provides a step-by-step guide on how to create it.

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Her guide is pretty comprehensive, and the gift is relatively easy to do especially since the materials are easily available. This is a really sweet gift cause it is filled with so much wonderful memories! Some points that I could share would be as follows:

  1. So the printer I have at home doesn’t exactly print out well and so I went to get my photos printed at the shop, in 4R. So for those who are going to get them printed in 4R size, your pictures would be at 4″ by 4″ and your cardstock should be 8″ by 4″. It’s still a good size and
  2. For the chipboard, you’ll be wrapping it up anyways, so it can be any cardboard. I used cereal boxes and cut them at 4.5″ by 4.5″.
  3. Something to keep in mind when wrapping the chipboard is that the edges have to be presentable too. So you might want to take note the overlapping wrapping paper.
  4. When measuring the length of the string, make sure it is done when the book is closed. If not, the string might be too short!
  5. When pasting the chipboard onto the book, you might want to note that if you place it right in the center, opening the book could be a bit of a problem cause the spine would overlap. Therefore, pasting it a bit more outwards might be better.

That’s about all I have to share for this lovely momento. If you have any questions or something to share, please feel free to! ((:

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Christmas Cards 2013 #3

For the card(s) that I have to share today, I actually saw the design from somewhere awhile back. I think it’s from Anthropologie or Rifle Paper Co, but I can’t seem to find it on their website anymore. Anyways, when I saw the design I really liked it, but as I have terrible handwriting, I have been procrastinating about making it into a card on my own. But I’ve finally found the courage and here they are.

First Attempt

First Attempt

So I basically wrote out the words roughly with a pencil, then go over it with a black fine point Sharpie pen. But I realised that the lines don’t seem to flow nicely cause they weren’t drawn over too well. And so, I decided to go over it with the gold glitter glue. It made it look much better and I really liked the effect, though it’s still no where near perfect.

And in my attempt to perfect it…

Second Attempt

Second Attempt

I wasn’t too pleased with the spacing of my lines at the end. So…

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Third Attempt

And then I thought… This is actually my lowest cost card and since I like the design so much…

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Fourth Attempt

HAHA! This one I had the most difficulty with, the spacing gave me a headache and I re-sketched quite a number of times. But as you can see, it is still no where perfect. But anyways, I still like it a lot.

So I hope you all like this design as much as I do and try it out sometime! ((:

Card making session #4

I have 2 cards to share today. I’ve used scrap paper that I’ve kept from previous projects to create them. Hope you will like them!

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First up, we have a really colorful birthday card! I sifted through my pile of scrap papers and managed to find these papers with dots of varying patterns and colors. So I decided to use them. The tricky part, I thought, was to find the angle and decide which color to overlap which, which to go underneath, etc. After all the adjustments and rearrangements, I managed to come up with this. I pasted flowers from Fancy Pants: Be You collection. And the happy birthday sticker is from crate paper.

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This next card is a simple LOVE card! I’m sure you’ve seen many pictures/advertisements with 4-lettered words arranged this way. That’s actually where I got my ‘inspiration’ from. So I got 4 pieces of flowery papers, cut to a rectangular shape and pasted them 2×2. The fabric chipboard is from American Crafts Thickers: Doll. To complete the card, I used my corner punch to create the round edges.

So that’s all for the day!