Hybrid – Coupon Organizer + Free template

October 12th, 2011

Well hello there!  My name is Angie Hinksman and it’s my turn to share some crafty goodness here at The Project Girl’s Blog.  Thank you so much Jen for having me !  For my first post I thought I’d share with you my ideas for creating a simple way of keeping track of those discount coupons and vouchers.  I’ll show you how to make a two printable Coupon Organizers.

There are two ways you can create these Coupon Organizers.  If you have either photoshop or photoshop elements and are experienced with working with layered templates, I have included layered psd files that you can use to clip your digi-papers into and print out.  I have also included pdf versions that you can use as templates for your traditional scrapbooking papers; either by printing them onto white card and then using as traditional templates or you can print these straight onto your scrapbooking paper.  You can download these templates here.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Your printed Coupon Organizer Documents, printed onto white card – The larger organizer; 1 center/main part and 2 accordion sides. For the small organizer, just one all-in-one document. I’ve used Jen’s Nostalgia 2 papers, available at Design House Digital.
  • For the large Organizer, 1 piece of 12×12 inch card stock (for the dividers and lining)
  • For the small organizer 1 piece of card stock (I’ve used 1 piece of A4 white cardstock)
  • Glue or double sided sticky tape
  • Velcro or magnetic tape (to keep your organizers closed)
  • Scissors, Craft knife or rotary cutter
  • Rolling pin to help your glue stick good and tight!
  • Embossing tool, Ruler or Blunt butter Knife (to score folded edges)

I have set up the psd files so that you can easily ‘clip’ your digi-paper straight into the.  Once you have prepared your digi prints you can just print the finished documents onto white cardstock.  Alternatively you can print the pdf versions onto traditional scrapbook paper by first trimming your paper to fit a standard A4 sized page.

Now you are ready to assemble your Coupon Organizer. First, cut out all of your pieces.  Using the center, patterned piece as a guide, cut out another center piece from your cardstock. This will be the lining of your organizer. Cut the remaining card stock into 3 6 x 3 ¼  inch pieces. These will be the ‘dividers’.

Next fold the ‘accordion sides’ as illustrated in the images below.  I’ve included a ‘Black & White’ version to help illustrate this.

Next, glue the sides of 2 accordion pieces to the sides of the main piece as shown below.  Leave this to dry and then glue the lining to the other side.

Once the whole thing is completely dry (I’d give it an hour or so), fold up your organizer as shown and  add the either your Velcro or magnetic tape, as shown. Finally add your dividers.  You can secure the sides with a little glue at the accordion edges  if you like but it’s really not necessary!

The smaller organizer is even quicker. Simply printout the all-in-on sheet, assemble in a similar way to the large organizer (folding at the dotted lines). Cut out 3 5×2 ¾ inch rectangles from your white cardstock. No need to line this one just fold, glue, insert your dividers and your good to go!

And there you have two easy ways to keep track of those oh-so-useful vouchers and coupons!

Have a great day !

Halloween Decorations Part 1 + Free SVG files

October 1st, 2011

How many parts will there be? That I am not sure yet! But I do know that I’ve been having so much fun decorating!

TA DA! My fireplace is almost done being decorated. I stayed up way too late last night getting my eclectic halloween banner finished.  I do have a few things still left to do – the chalkboard will have a creepy recipe or saying on it, and the burlap frame will have some sort of art pined to it, but really it’s ALMOST done, and it looks fantastic. I am so happy with how it’s turned out.

If you would like a detailed step-by-step tutorial on the banner, visit my halloween banner tutorial blog post at Design House Digital. I didn’t want it to get too wordy over there so I saved a few things for my blog. First thing was that I used burlap ribbon for the base-layer. I took this bolt of ribbon that I had (bought it clearance from Ballard designs last year for like $6), and basically hand pleated and fed it through my machine in a very sloppy manner. I wanted the whole thing to look spooky and unkempt.

Once I had a bunch of it pleated, I hung it on my mantle to make sure it was a good length.

Once I was happy with the length and draping, I cut it to size and then started building my flags.

You can read a bit more about that process on the Design House Digital blog. But basically I used my new Vintage Findings Halloween digital papers, printed them out and made some super cute flags using the printed out papers, plus some doilies, ribbons, and My Mind’s Eye brads. I did take some pictures about the process of staining the doilies, but I’ll post about that later next week.

What I wanted to share with all my readers is an awesome free download of the .SVG files (cutting files for digital cutters) for the banner shapes and the letters for this project (If you don’t have a cutter that will cut SVG files, I’ve also included a template that you can print out and use to cut your shapes by hand).

Click image below to being downloading zip file.

Click on the image above to download a PDF and SVG version of my printable banner project . The downloadable files in this article (and across my entire site) are free for personal use only. If you would like to blog about this free download, please accompany and images from my site with a credit and link back to this article. As a courtesy please do not link directly to a downloadable file but rather to this page.

Come chat with me!

September 30th, 2011

I’m hosting a 90 minute chat at Design House Digital TODAY starting at 4pm MST. So if you are around, come and chat with me in the Chat Room! I am going to be doing a giveaway in each half-hour of the chat. Not sure what yet… but it might be parts of my new digital halloween collection! Come and ask me questions about digital scrapbooking, crafting, designing, home renovations… whatever! If you’re a digi scrapper, there is a 25% off sale on all of the kits at DHD through tonight.

Speaking of digital scrapbooking… I made this cute layout for the 1 kit 4 ways feature at Design House Digital, and had to share it with you all as proof that I actually do digital scrapbook occasionally. Making a quick layout definitely makes me want to do more scrapbooking and put together an album or calendar for grandparents for Christmas. I’ll just add that to my giant list of things to do. It also makes me miss how little Ollie was at 8 weeks old.

(Credits: Flight Path by Audrey Neal; Modern Master Template No. 7 by Tiffany Tillman; Toolbox – Mists Vol. 5 by Gennifer Bursett)