January 31st, 2015
Welcome to my blog, The Project Girl! I recently decorated my son’s room in a lumberjack theme, and this is one of my many projects that I created using my Cricut Explore. This room design is part of a competition, and if you love my room, I am hoping that you will take a second to go and vote for me on the Cricut Facebook Page (you don’t need a Facebook account). Thanks so much for your help, every vote is greatly appreciated!
One of my favorite projects from the Lumberjack Room I designed, was this geometric banner. It’s just a great 3-dimensional piece.
Ad tech Glue Runner
To create this banner, I started by cutting AND SCORING the diamond shapes with my cricut explore.
Then I folded all my scored tabs and lines using a bone folder to get nice crisp lines. A bone folder is one of my favorite craft tools.
I did this for all the diamond boxes I wanted to create, and then I used my Ad tech glue runner to glue the boxes together. I also ran the string through the boxes while glueing them so that I wouldn’t have to attempt to string them together afterwards. This way the string goes through the middle of the boxes as well.
And here’s the final product, a lovely geometric banner!
December 29th, 2014
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.
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.
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.
To keep everything in place for sewing, I used just a few little dabs of glue from my glue runner.
On each end, I folded the ribbon over, and tacked it down with more glue.
Once I had all the flags tacked with glue, I ran the whole thing slowly through the sewing machine.
And then placed it on my mantel.
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.
Then I folded and glued them with my Ad tech permanent glue runner to create a scallop banner.
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.
Click here to see my upstairs mantel
*This post contains affiliate links.
December 1st, 2014
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.
Paper Pad (the one I used is only $5 today! And you can make up to 48 Journals with it!)
Basic Sewing Machine
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).
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.
The end result will look like this.
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!
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.
Trim the top, bottom, and side for a perfectly-edged journal.
Step 5: Repeat for as many journals as you want to make!
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!).
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:
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.
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.
Step 6: Cut flaps, fold all scores, and use a hot glue gun to glue flaps in place.
Step 7: Put top box onto bottom box, and tie with ribbon, and embellish with ribbons, wood veneer tags, and a stem.
Check out the other Michaels Makers this month:
Loading InLinkz ...
*This post contains affiliate links. Product for this project was provided by Michaels Craft Stores