Saturday, August 22, 2009

Butterflies-tutorial and challenge

Who doesn't love butterflies? Even though it might not be the latest thing in the scrapbook industry, I sure love them.

Here's a card I made using my Slice:

And here is an old layout ( scraplift from PhoebeJo over at where I used store bought butterflies from K and Co:

But even though I have my Cricut and my Slice I sometimes still prefer to hand cut.

Print out this template on a 8 1/2" x 11" white card stock, and then cut out the shapes and you will have some handy butterfly templates that you can use over and over again.

Here are some I made using the template.

Easy tutorial :

Cut out two sets of wings and one body. I cut one set of wings slightly bigger than the other. Add 3D- dots to the bottom wings.

I used paperclips for the antennas. Attach them on top of the 3D dot.

Then put the other set of wings on top and adhere the body.
Just the fun part left; to decorate the butterfly. Use whatever you have. I cut out small pieces of card stock, doodled of course and added some pearls.
I got my inspiration from these fabulous felt butterflies from K and Co.

Now to the challenge;

  • Create a scrapbook layout or a card with butterflies ( one or many) on. They can be stickers, die cuts, rub ons, stamped or handmade. Your choice!

  • Leave a comment to this post with a link to your creation, so that we all can take a peek.

  • Due date for this challenge is October 1.

  • I will draw a random winner October 2, who will receive a nice prize.

  • If you add a link to my blog you will get a extra vote and if you use my template you will even get one more.So you can get your name in the hat 1,2 or 3 times.

  • I will post the prize soon.
Happy scrapping and I can't wait to see your creations!
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Origami flower tutorial

Just when I thought I could not come up with any more flowers, of any kind, I surprised myself. I came across an interesting-looking Japanese pillow and immediately wondered if I could turn it into paper flowers.
Here's the result- I call them origami-flowers, just because I can't think of anything better...

You'll need scraps paper, a bone folder and a glue stick. That's it!

As always the measurements are not very important.

Here I used:
4 papers 1 1/2" x 3"
4 papers 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"

You can use single or double sided paper and it's up to you if you want them all the same color or mix it up. Try to avoid heavy card stock paper. It's very hard to make nice folds with it.

Fold all the papers in half just to get a guideline.
Fold all the corners in towards the middle. Try to get them to slightly overlap, so that there will be no gaps.

Use glue or tape and put on the sides before you fold those in, meeting in the middle.

Now you will have this:

Glue them on top of each other 4 and 4.

And then glue the two layers on top of each other.Add something to the center and then bend all the "pedals"up.
This example turned out a bit crazy looking, but you'll get the idea!

Here is one where I used 16 strips rather than 8. I like that look, but I'm afraid it will look a bit bulky on a layout. I will try it on a card (someday)

I promise, I promise that next tutorial will not be any kind of flower. I'm gonna move on to some card tutorials.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Layouts and organization

It's just an awesome feeling to be sitting at my scrap desk and be surrounded by all my supply again. I couldn't wait to start scrapping for real. Here's three layouts I did the last couple of days:

I bought those stackable paper trays that I wanted. Actually I bought a whole bunch of them, because my plan is to open a little scrapbook store here in our tiny house:)
I just LOVE those shelves and I'm surprised how sturdy they are. I TOTALLY recommend them. I bought them from's superstore. I did not find them any cheaper anywhere else, plus they ship all over the world.
Right now I filled the shelves with my own supply, but once I start to get my whole sale shipments I have to reorganize again.

Another thing I totally recommend are these cello bags that I buy from Ebay. I have all my papers organized by manufacturer and then I have all the different lines from that manufacturer separated in these bags. They are 12 7/16" x 16 1/4" and are resealable.

I also buy the smaller sizes to use for all the cards that I make, just in case I would sell some, someday. It looks so much more appealing in a cello sleeve I think.

Click here to get to Uniquepacking's store at Ebay.
Now I'm off for some more scrapping:)
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