A Board Book tutorial!

Okay, I am not quite sure how this happened, but I am two months behind cross-posting my CropChocolate tutorials here at Scrappy Canuck Studios.  While you can always find them over on The Crop, I like to have them here as well for all my crafty friends who don’t make it over to CropChocolate.  So, it is time to get the rear in gear and get them posted for you (before the May project is posted and I am three months behind).

First up – A Board Book Tutorial

A top view of the completed book - binding and all!

When Amber posted this month’s challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to create.  With the Christmas season behind us, and many empty boxes to show for it, I thought it would be great to put all that fantastic chipboard to good use and create a board book for my girls.  I headed straight to Pinterest to check out the board book tutorial I had pinned back in the fall, but was shocked to see that the website that once held the tutorial was now lost in cyberspace somewhere. So, out came the trusty ruler, paper and glue, and after three attempts, here’s what I have to share with you!

Materials:

  • Approximately 7 sheets of chipboard cut from old boxes (5 ½” X 5 ½”) – This will depend on the number of pages you would like for your book.  I wanted a total of 5 pages on the inside, so I cut 7 squares for the pages and the cover (front and back)
  • 1 piece of chipboard cut at ½” X 5 ½” (this will be the spine of your book)
  • 10 pieces of plain coloured cardstock cut to 5 ½” X 5 ½” (to cover each page)
  • 4 pieces of patterned paper cut to 3”X 5 ½” – I used my favourite MME collection Fine and Dandy for all patterned paper.
  • 1 piece of patterned paper cut to 12” X 6”
  • 2 pieces of patterned paper cut to 5 ½” X 7”
  • Liquid adhesive (such as Modge Podge)
  • Brush to apply adhesive
  • Optional – Distress Inks (BrokenChina, Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick)

Instructions:

  1. Cut paper and chipboard to the listed specifications.

To create the pages:

2.  Start by taking your 10 sheets of plain cardstock and apply them onto 5 pieces of cut chipboard – front and back.  Be generous when applying the adhesive, and place under a heavy book to dry flat.  I also added a bit of extra adhesive to the edges of each finished page to ensure that the little finger that will soon love the pages will not be able to peel off the paper from the chipboard.

3.  Take the four pieces of 3”X 5 ½” patterned paper and score them at the 1 ½” mark.  Fold in half.

Steps 4 and 5 - Connecting your pages together

4.  Apply adhesive to the wrong side of one of the four pieces and glue to the inside edge of one of your pages- being careful to line up the fold with the inside edge of your page.  These four pieces of paper will be what binds one page to the next.

5. Once you are confident with the placement of the paper, apply adhesive to the second side of the folded paper and glue this to the next page of your book.  You should now have two pages that are attached to each other on the inside edge.

6. Repeat with the remaining 3 pieces of 3”X 5 ½” patterned cardstock and the 3 pages.

7. Lay everything under a heavy book to dry. The inside pages of your book are now complete.

 To create the cover:

1.  Lay out your piece of 12” X 6” paper with the wrong side facing up.

2. Place your last two pieces of 5 ½” X 5 ½” chipboard on top, evenly spacing with the chipboard spine in between.  Each of your chipboard squares should be lined up with the left and right edge of your paper

Steps 2 and 3 - Creating the cover

3. Before gluing down, fold over your completed pages to make sure the cover is a good fit. Depending on the thickness of your chipboard pages and the number of pages you use, you may need to modify the width of the spine.  This is the time to do it!

4.  Glue all three pieces down onto the patterned paper.

5.  Fold down and glue the top and bottom edges of the paper over the chipboard.

To attach the cover to the pages:

1.  Take a both pieces of your 5 ½” X 7” and score 1 ½” from one edge (on the long side).  Fold.

Step 2 - Connecting the cover to your first page.

2.  Using your liquid adhesive, glue the 5 ½” x 5 ½” square that was created by the fold into the inside cover – there will be a 1 ½” flap not attached to anything.
3.  Take the loose flap and apply adhesive.  Careful line up this flap with the first completed page.  The first page should now be attached to your cover.
4.  Repeat with the final piece of paper and the last page of your book.

Your board book is now ready to decorate and embellish with a story, photos, letters, numbers – whatever you would like to share with the little people in your lives!

Owl Always Love You – A Candy Bar Slider tutorial

Project Title: Owl Always Love You – Candy Bar Slider
Before I started scrapbooking and chatting with crafters all over the world, I had no idea there were so many owl fans!  I agree that there is something endearing about these little creatures, and their cute sound is full of sentiment potential!  So this month, in honour of all of my CropChocolate friends who are fans of owls, I decided to team up owls and chocolate! Oh, and few hearts too!

Materials:
  1. 1 candy bar (Ritter Sport used in this project)
  2. 1 piece of plain colored cardstock for body
  3. Scraps of black and white cardstock for eyes
  4. Adhesive
  5. At least 1 piece of patterned cardstock for feathers / beak / feet
  • Blue Owl – MME Good Day Sunshine collection
  • Pink Owl – MME Quite Contrary
Instructions:
Slider:
1. Cut a piece of cardstock that is 4″ high by 9 1/8″ long.  If you are using a different candy bar, measure the wrapper to determine the height and length you will need to cover your bar (see video for description of included measurements)
2. On the front, top edge of your wrapper (the widest section), cut out a half moon shape that runs from one side to the other.  This will give your wrapper an “owl shaped” head.
3. On the same top edge, find the middle and measure down about 1/4″.
4. Press the front section down so that it lines up with the back section and punch a hole at the marked location, making sure the hole goes through both sections.
5. Measure out a piece of ribbon that is 4X the height of your wrapper. If you are using a Ritter Sport bar, your ribbon would need to be 12″ in length.
6. Thread the ribbon from the front section through to the back section.  Center the ribbon so there are equal amounts sticking out the front and the back.
7. Place your candy bar in the wrapper, pushing the ribbon down as you insert it into the wrapper.  Tie a bow at the top. Your candy bar should now slide up and down into the wrapper when you pull up on the ribbon.
To embellish:
1. Cut out at least 15 1/2″ hearts.  Apply the hearts upside down with adhesive starting at the bottom edge of the wrapper and working your way up  - 3 rows of 5 hearts.  Adjust according to your candy bar dimensions.
2. Cut out 2 hearts that are at least 2″ in height.  Apply upside down on the side edges of your wrapper for wings.
3. Cut out 2 – 1″ hearts and attach to the bottom edge for feet.
4. Cut out 1 – 1/2″ heart and attach as a beak.
5. Using overlapping circles, cut out eyes and adhere to wrapper.
6. If desired, add a message to the back of the wrapper.

Yup – I’m nuts!

A Pink Cat Studio cutie!

A few weeks ago, I entered one of my cards over on the Do You Stack Up challenge blog and was lucky enough to win 5 free digis (digital stamps) from Pink Cat Studio.  Now, I have to tell you that I always feel a bit like I am cheating when I use digital stamps, but the stamps at Pink Cat Studio are so cute I couldn’t wait to use them (once I narrowed down my choice anyway – it took me a week!).

This little valentine was actually made for the CropChocolate weekly challenge, which happened to be about using no traditional colours to celebrate this event!  I was happy to pull out my beautiful Crate Paper Portrait collection, a collection that happened to be a great compliment to this woodsy little guy (who was coloured with Copics, I might add)!  The best part is that this was my first attempt at a tilt card.  What is a tilt card…well, check this out:

ooooh - he's looking a little unsteady!

Careful now little guy...

All right - now he's got it together!

That’s right, when you tilt the card back and forth, the squirrel looses his balance!  I guess that’s what happens when you get into the nuts a little too much!  Oh, and if you’re wondering how this little guy got his moves, stay tuned for a little tutorial later this month!

Thanks for stopping buy today!  I am going to try my luck again over at DoYouStackUp, and maybe you can join me for the fun!

I’ve had some time for a few challenges lately…

Inspired by the lastest MME card sketch challenge and made with their fantastic Good Day Sunshine collection. The larger circle folds in so that the upright component can slide back down and into the card.

And it’s been a lot ot fun!  With a couple of design team commitments lately, I have been up to my eyeballs in deadlines, videos, photographs and blog posts.  So it has been so much fun to just have some time again to create and craft without too much pressure!  I thought I would share one of my fun projects with you today!

One of the nephews in my husband’s family turned 18 this last week, and I have to admit that I was a little bit stumped when trying to come up with some ideas for his card.  Then, I came across the latest card sketch challenge over at the My Mind’s Eye blog, and voila – I was set to go.  The sketch reminded me of a fun stand-alone pop up card that I tried recently, so I thought I would give that another go.  With my Good Day Sunshine paper in hand (this paper is fantastic for masculine cards) and the tutorial from SplitCoaststampers to help, this little creation took shape.

This is the cosed view - the way it would look straight out of the envelope.

Now, let me just say that I love this interactive card for a couple of reasons – the first is that, well, it’s interactive, and you all know I love any card that pops, pulls or twists.  The second reason is that this fun card shape is the perfect size for a small card envelope, so there is no fuss when I needed to find an envelope. I also think it is great that you can play around with the two different views of the card – closed and open.  It’s almost like planning the coordination of the inside and outside of a card, but with the need for more planning and consideration as the outside is part of the inside view and the inside is part of the outside view (how’s that for a brain teaser this fine Saturday eveining).

Recycled for toy packaging the girls received at Christmas, this twine seemed like the perfect texture to compliment the paper.

But I also have to admit that it challenged me quite a bit.  I love adding multiple layers and fibres to cards, even when I know it will cost me extra for postage. But you just can’t do it with this design – too may layers and the slide out component just simple won’t come out (or go back in for that matter). So the trick was to try to create the illusion of a lot of layers without doing too much overlapping.  So what do you think – does it look to plain without layers of paper, buttons and fibres?