Red traditional Mantel with Noel banner and scallop glitter banner

December 29th, 2014

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I decorated my basement mantel with decorations I had lying around from years past. I love bright red for Christmas and definitely feel like it fits in better with the decor downstairs. I did want to freshen it up with a banner, and I had these gorgeous glitter letters from My Mind’s Eye.

I created this banner with the same process I used for my star banner a few weeks ago. This time I used these gorgeous book pages from an old copy of Heidi that my kids had already torn a few pages from.
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I especially loved this chapter heading for a christmas banner.  I hand-cut the papers into this pocket shape and then hot-glued on the rosettes and glitter letters. theprojectgirl-noel-mantel-glitter

I wanted to sew this banner instead of string it through holes. I have this gorgeous chartreuse ribbon, and I didn’t want it to cover the book pages, so I placed it under instead. theprojectgirl-noel-banner-ribbon

To keep everything in place for sewing, I used just a few little dabs of glue from my glue runner.

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On each end, I folded the ribbon over, and tacked it down with more glue.

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Once I had all the flags tacked with glue, I ran the whole thing slowly through the sewing machine.

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And then placed it on my mantel.

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I wanted to finish off the mantel with one more small banner. I grabbed these glittered confetti circles from My Minds Eye, and sewed them down the middle.

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Then I folded and glued them with my Ad tech permanent glue runner to create a scallop banner.

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I placed that across the whole mantel to finish off the look. The stockings are from Pottery barn, and the garland is one that I have used before from Joanne Fabric & Craft. I wrapped it in some gorgeous burlap ribbon that I bought on clearance after Christmas last year, also from Pottery Barn.
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Gift Journal Tutorial & gift wrap – Michaels Makers

December 1st, 2014

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For the Michaels Makers Challenge this month, I was asked to make a creative gift and custom gift-wrap.

For my gift, I decided to create some sewn journals. These are an easy and inexpensive gift, and they also make great stocking stuffers.

I ended up making 5 journals for this gift, but a set of 3 is pretty standard, or just one with a ribbon and a pen is still a great gift.

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Supplies:

Paper Pad (the one I used is only $5 today! And you can make up to 48 Journals with it!)

Straight Edge

Xacto Knife

Cutting Mat

Letter Paper

Basic Sewing Machine

Bone Folder

Step 1: Cut your cover to size. I used full-sized letter paper (8.5×11) and placed it on a 12×12 sheet of paper that I had cut down to 8.5″ leaving the width 12″. I used 12 sheets of paper – this will create 24 papers, and 48 pages (back and front).
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Step 2: Fold and sew. The way that I do this is to fold the cover sheet ONLY, crease the fold and then unfold. This gives you a guide for sewing. Then place the papers centered on the fold, and sew up the middle.
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The end result will look like this. theprojectgirl-journal-spine

Step 3: Use a bone folder to crease the spine. I can’t think of a single tool that does this job as well as a bone folder. I’ve had this one since my bookbinding days at college. Definitely a great investment!theprojectgirl-journal-fold

Step 4: Trim. Once your spine is folded. You’ll need to use a NEW xacto blade to trim ALL of the edges. Place your straight edge firmly where you want to cut, and then use the xacto knife with medium force to slice through all your pages. You may need to cut more than once, thats okay. Better to cut a few times with medium force, than to hit it with full force and ruin the edge. theprojectgirl-journal-cut

Trim the top, bottom, and side for a perfectly-edged journal.theprojectgirl-journal-cut-close

Step 5: Repeat for as many journals as you want to make!

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For the wrapping part of this project, I wanted to create a box that perfectly fit the journals. I did this by hand, but you could use a Cricut Explore (that cuts and scores in the same pass!).

Supplies:

Thin Chipboard

Ruler

Xacto Knife

Cutting Mat

 Scissors

Ad tech Permanent Glue Runner

Ad tech Hi Temp Glue Gun

Step 1: Measure your journals to get the finished size of the box. Mine was 8″ x 5″. Then add on the height of the stack of journals. Mine was about 1″. You’ll have to add the height measurement to each side of your original rectangle. Then if you desire, you can add another .5″ to fold back over so that you don’t have raw edges on the final box.

Step 2: Use a bone folder to score all of these folds. Then use scissors (or xacto knife) to trim around edges, and cut out flaps like this:
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Step 3: Fold box along all score marks, glue tabs with a glue runner, and then glue the flaps and fold into place.

Step 4: Cut a cigar band to hold the journals together, and tie a ribbon around them. Then place inside the box. theprojectgirl-gift-box-open

Step 5: Measure the size of the top of the box using the bottom of the box as a guide. Add about 1/8″ total for the top to fit on the bottom. Cut glitter card stock and score.theprojectgirl-gift-box-glue

Step 6: Cut flaps, fold all scores, and use a hot glue gun to glue flaps in place.
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Step 7: Put top box onto bottom box, and tie with ribbon, and embellish with ribbons, wood veneer tags, and a stem.
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Let it Snow Glitter Banner – Christmas Tree Decor

November 30th, 2014

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I created those adorable Let it Snow banners for my Michaels Dream Tree this year. I’ve had quite a few people ask about how I made them so I put together this quick tutorial. They are really easy to make if you have the new Cricut Explore which cuts glitter cardstock like it’s well, regular card stock.

Supplies:

Cricut Explore

White paper –  12″x18″

Large Cricut Mat

Cricut Deep Cut Blade

Glitter Cardstock

Ad tech Permanent Glue Runner

Step 1: Use Cricut and Large Cricut Mat to cut banners. Mine are 3.75×17.5. You can also cut these by hand because they are such a simple shape.

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I get 3 banners from one sheet of 12×18 paper. theprojectgirl-letitsnow-banner-bannercut

Step 2: Lay out your phrase in Cricut Design Space to fit on your mat size. You can cut any of your own fonts. Just make sure they are sized to fit your banner. My phrase is 14″ long.
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Step 3 Cut glitter card stock. I use my deep-cut blade, but I’ve never tried it any other way, so you may be able to use a regular blade. theprojectgirl-letitsnow-banner-glittert

The glitter card stock cuts perfectly every single time, even in the tiny detail areas. theprojectgirl-letitsnow-banner-cut

Step 4 Apply glue to the back of the phrase. I use the Ad tech Permanent Glue runner because I like how the adhesive just adheres to where the paper is. theprojectgirl-letitsnow-banner-glue

Step 5 Stick the phrase on the paper banners!

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And then just decorate your tree!

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