Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Graphic 45 Afternoon Tea Recipe Book

I featured this tutorial on my last post for the Holiday Handmade Blog Hop. But it appears that it wasn't loading properly for some readers. So I'm posting it again. I hope you're able to see it this time.

Here's my holiday inspiration for you and how you can make it yourself.



It's a recipe book for Afternoon Tea delights created using Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary collection. The recipe book is made from paper bags, which made me think of groceries, of baking ingredients, of cakes and cupcakes and hence a recipe book. :D


As you can see, the recipe book has pages of varying sizes plus lots of pockets for inserts, extra notes and photos.



Lots of decorated pages awaiting new recipes...





Like what you see? Here are the instructions:

 
Afternoon Tea Paper Bag Mini Album Tutorial with Susan

List of Ingredients:
10 paper bags
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary patterned papers
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary chipboard die cuts
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary stickers
May Arts Ribbons 
Flowers, leaves
Twine
Instructions:
1. Stick down the base of all your paper bags.
2. Fold this base over itself. Do not stick down. You now have a larger half of the paper bag which will form a page, and a smaller half (the base) which will be used as the connector for your mini album. Trim the length of the larger half of the paper bag to your desired page size. Mine's 6x6 inches.
3. There are essentially two ways to form the inside pages of your mini album. The first method is as follows: Take two paper bags, butt them up against each other and adhere the two bases together as shown. You now have a page, a flap, followed by a page.
4. The second method connects the paper bags by creating pockets. Run adhesive along the two sides and bottom of one paper bag base. Adhere this to the page of a second paper bag, forming a pocket. You now have a page, followed by a page with pocket.
 
5. Now just use these two methods to create as many pages of your mini as you wish.
6. Moving on to the cover of the mini album. I wanted my album cover to be sturdy so I created it using two paper bags. Fold two paper bags as shown in the photo and adhere them to each other.
 
You now have a sturdy cover with a connector base. Attach the connector base to your inside page using the connector as a pocket. See instructions in Step 4. 
This is how my inside cover looks attached to the next page:

7. You can make your back cover the same way you made the front cover. Or you can do what I did. I extended the back page and overlapped this with the front cover. This design requires a fastener to close the book securely. What you need to do is to attach a couple of Graphic 45 chipboards to the front cover and the flap of the back cover and wind twine around the two chipboards. See photos of my completed book for how I did it.
8. Now decorate your mini album with Graphic 45 patterned papers, May Arts ribbons, flowers & leaves and you’re done.
The recipe book is secured by winding a length of matching twine around two Graphic 45 chipboard pieces.




I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Please leave a comment to let me know that this is showing up for you. And if you want to be entered for the Handmade Holiday Blog Hop, please leave a comment here by Nov 27: http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=1853026874665961184&postID=1751437714523269077

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!



Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors. Here's what you stand to win from Graphic 45:




Here's my holiday inspiration for you and how you can make it yourself.


It's a recipe book for Afternoon Tea delights created using Graphic 45's A Ladies Diary collection. The recipe book is made from paper bags, which made me think of groceries, of baking ingredients, of cakes and cupcakes and hence a recipe book. :D


As you can see, the recipe book has pages of varying sizes plus lots of pockets for inserts, extra notes and photos.



Lots of decorated pages awaiting new recipes...





Like what you see? Here are the instructions:

 
Afternoon Tea Paper Bag Mini Album Tutorial with Susan

List of Ingredients:
10 paper bags
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary patterned papers
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary chipboard die cuts
Graphic 45 A Ladies Diary stickers
May Arts Ribbons 
Flowers, leaves
Twine

Instructions:

1. Stick down the base of all your paper bags.



2. Fold this base over itself. Do not stick down. You now have a larger half of the paper bag which will form a page, and a smaller half (the base) which will be used as the connector for your mini album. Trim the length of the larger half of the paper bag to your desired page size. Mine's 6x6 inches.



3. There are essentially two ways to form the inside pages of your mini album. The first method is as follows: Take two paper bags, butt them up against each other and adhere the two bases together as shown. You now have a page, a flap, followed by a page.



4. The second method connects the paper bags by creating pockets. Run adhesive along the two sides and bottom of one paper bag base. Adhere this to the page of a second paper bag, forming a pocket. You now have a page, followed by a page with pocket.

 
5. Now just use these two methods to create as many pages of your mini as you wish.

6. Moving on to the cover of the mini album. I wanted my album cover to be sturdy so I created it using two paper bags. Fold two paper bags as shown in the photo and adhere them to each other.


 
You now have a sturdy cover with a connector base. Attach the connector base to your inside page using the connector as a pocket. See instructions in Step 4. 

This is how my inside cover looks attached to the next page:


7. You can make your back cover the same way you made the front cover. Or you can do what I did. I extended the back page and overlapped this with the front cover. This design requires a fastener to close the book securely. What you need to do is to attach a couple of Graphic 45 chipboards to the front cover and the flap of the back cover and wind twine around the two chipboards. See photos of my completed book for how I did it.


8. Now decorate your mini album with Graphic 45 patterned papers, May Arts ribbons, flowers & leaves and you’re done.


The recipe book is secured by winding a length of matching twine around two Graphic 45 chipboard pieces.




I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. Be sure to leave a comment on this blog and the others listed below by Nov 27 2012 11.59PM PST for your chance at winning the fab prize.

NOVEMBER 18
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Hampton Art - http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Fiskateers - www.fiskateers.com/blog
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Tombow USA – http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Authentique Paper - http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
The Twinery - http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix - http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Dana Warren - Hampton Art - http://kraftpaperstamps.blogspot.com/
Steph Ackerman – Globecraft Memories - www.stephaniescraps.blogspot.com
Arlene Cuevas – Graphic 45 -  http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/
Susan Lui – Graphic 45 -  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
Ashley Bores – The Twinery - http://www.heartmadelife.com/  GO HERE NEXT
Mistra Hoolahan – Donna Salazar Designs - http://mistrabutterfly.blogspot.com
Nina Yang - Hampton Art - http://waffleflower.com/
Angie Blom – Authentique Paper - http://angieblomdesigns.blogspot.com/
Denise Hahn – Clearsnap – http://inmyblueroom.blogspot.com
Stephenie Hamen – Fiskateers - www.mycraftyadventures.com
Guiseppa Gubler – Authentique Paper - http://guiseppagubler.blogspot.com/
Jessica Fick – The Twinery - http://iembellish.blogspot.com/

Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Graphic 45 - Petaloo Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the Graphic 45 and Petaloo Blog Hop! We have lots of creative inspiration and prizes for you.

Graphic 45 will be giving away three fab prizes via this Blog Hop (so be sure to leave a comment!), Facebook and Pinterest. Here's what you stand to win:



If you aren't already familiar with Graphic 45 and Petaloo, read on. :)


Graphic 45 is an award-winning scrapbook and paper crafting company. We offer vintage inspired crafting products that capture the flamboyant style of the 1920's and 30's - with vibrant color, irresistible texture and imaginative design to create products with decades-old appeal that's both fresh and familiar. Let our products inspire your next scrapbook layout, card, album or home decor project.


Petaloo is a family-owned business specializing in flowers and embellishments for the crafting industry.  Our embellishments are designed specifically to match all the best selling papers in the industry.  We specialize in embellishments that work perfectly for card makers, scrapbookers,
jewelery designers and altered artists.


And here's what I created for the blog hop. It's a handmade rainbow journal using coptic stitch binding. I hand-stitched the journal using rainbow colours for the inside signature papers. For the covers, I chose the purple Sugar Plum Fairy patterned paper as the last colour for my rainbow (yes, I realize I only have 6 colours in my rainbow.) and layered chipboards and images from Nutcracker Sweet. Purple and green Petaloo flowers complement the purple cover, along with highlights of green and textures from May Arts ribbons and lace.


Rainbow-colored pages for the signature. This journal makes me happy. :)



The inside pages were stamped with images from the Nutcracker Sweet collection of cling stamps.





Be sure to leave a comment on this blog for your chance at winning the fab prize. And do check out the other blogs for more creative inspiration:

Monday,  November 12:
Alberto Juárez: vintageodyssey.blogspot.com
Nicole Eccles: www.NicoleEccles.blogspot.com
Lisa Valentine: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Tuesday, November 13:
Arlene Cuevas: www.butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com
Maiko Miwa: http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.com/
Sharon Ngoo: http://glooshmoo.blogspot.com/
Lynn Forsythe: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Wednesday, November 14:
Clare Charvill: http://www.mycreativespirit.blogspot.com
Laura Denison: http://www.followingthepapertrail.blogspot.com/
Susan Lui: www.luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com
Eva Dobilas: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Thursday, November 15:
Denise Hahn: inmyblueroom.blogspot.com
Kristin Wilson: http://kristinwilsonhandmade.blogspot.com/
Tara Orr: http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com
Christine Ousley: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Friday, November 16:
Gloria Stengel: www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com
Jane Tregenza: http://janetregenza.blogspot.com/
Betto Cesare: http://scrapguys.blogspot.com
Irene Tan: www.petaloo.typepad.com

Saturday, November 17: 
Alice Carman: http://petaloo.typepad.com/

Sunday, November 18: 
Helena Johansson: http://petaloo.typepad.com/

Monday, November 19:  
Mireille Divjak: http://petaloo.typepad.com/





Supplies:
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet - Sugar Plum Fairy, Gingerbread Delights, Holiday Magic, Enchanted Journey
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Chipboard Die cuts 2
Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet Cling Stamps 1, 2, 3
Petaloo Flowers - Darjeeling Tea Mini Mix Teastaine, Dahlias Teastaine, Darjeeling Hydrangea, Darjeeling Mini Mix Black Cream Brown, Darjeeling Petites Teastaine
May Arts ribbons and trims