Friday, 30 October 2015

Christmas card ideas using dies - positive and negative cuts


 This year I have decided to make all my own Christmas cards in a stash-busting effort to use up my supplies.

I bought one die from Studio Calico called the tree line die and used it in various ways to make these cards and more.

When making your a lot of your own cards, it's important to hit on a simple formula that doesn't take too long to create. I also like a simple look. I thought when I bought the die it would cut out tree shaped holes in the front of the card, but it left it all attached. 
I worked out initially It would have to be a positive shape not a negative shape in a crad front.
I cut two out of contrasting papers, intertwined them and then cut a slit in the card front to tuck the band of paper in so that it made the trees more 3D.
We have ridiculous postage sizing in this country that means any letter that is not flat has to go at a higher rate, so this was a way of saving postage costs, i.e. the recipient has to tuck the tree line in on arrival!
I then tried again to cut out the trees in a card front and realised if I created a second line under the first with my craft knife it released the cut out trees and then I have a positive to use on one card and a negative on another.
Positive......

negative.
 Positive.....
negative and so it goes on!
Positive.....
negative.
Positive....

negative! 
I hope you give it a go and "copy that card!" Lots of variations from one die!

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Did you remember to fall back? December Daily & Project Life???

In the Uk we had the end of British summertime last night and the clocks had to fall-back an hour.
Yesterday I had a bit of time on my Project Life album trying to get it up to date. I get excited about my December Daily album and know that the Project Life album is nearly done, so this morning I added the finishing touches to Week 43!
This had my Christmas cake making pictures on it so all things are pointing that way!
Some people ask what you do with Project Life if you are doing a December album, well, my approach has always been to focus on my December album for 4 weeks but I cant leave Project Life without any December, so afterwards I use up some leftover papers and chart a brief December in one spread or two depending on what I want to include, just to finish it off and I try to do that just before New Year.
I can't remember how I cam across Ali's December Daily class six years ago, but it was before I started Project Life. My first albums were recycled pages with favourite Christmas papers and I like them a lot, but as I did more I wanted to include more and book rings were just not big enough, so I had to move to a designated album. This year I am trialling a 6x12 album as that is the format I have chosen for Project life next year and I'm keen to see how it works. TFLx

Monday, 19 October 2015

Printing on vellum

Every year I like to print some pages on vellum for my December album. This year I bought the digital papers from Ali Edwards kit and chose these two pictures to start with.  As I am doing 6x12 size this year, I imported them into my Silhouette software and then enlarged them to A4 and trimmed them down afterwards. Remember to use printable vellum and allow to dry completely.
Last year I did the same thing when my album was 8.5 x 11
I added a die cut in red mirri card to this one and stitched it in place. This one I didn't put in a page protector, I just stitched a paper reinforcement on the side to punch holes in. I got this image from Pinterest last year but you could do it with your own photo and print at draft setting on your printer.
Check out my Christmas Graphics board over on Pinterest here for more ideas.
Happy crafting!

Saturday, 17 October 2015

December Daily15 - title page

I have treated myself to a mini kit from Ali Edwards blog by Jasmine Jones, and whilst I wait for it to arrive, I am getting started with my Title Page for my 6 x 12 album. 
I was very taken with the new Felix line from 7 paper over at Studio Calico (no connection) so I selected a few papers and embellishments that I though would go with the mini kit. This log background paper 009 is a fave and I teamed it with the log 6x4 foiled card from the journaling card set. I then needed a title so I found all these in my stash from previous kits. To add a bit of texture I used three different alphas and stitched the chipboard numbers in place over a scarp of dotted acetate. 

I tried all different layouts, but the card in the middle suited me best. TFLx

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Thinking December Daily 2015, which format?

I have been sharing my last six December Dailys on Instgram as I think about this year's project. ( You can search for all of them on this blog)
This year I have decided to go with a 6 x 12 format using a Teresa Collins album from We R Memory keepers.
I have been toying with the idea of using this format for my Project Life 2016 and figured this would be a good way of trying the format out.
I like the format of some 6 x 12 page protectors, so using some 12 x 12 protectors and my fuse tool I made some.
I placed one of the page protectors that came with the album over the 12 x 12 protector to get the right size and then fused along the edge and trimmed off the excess. I made the excess into another page protector that is about 5 inches wide and punched holes in a channel I created for the binding edge just like the one I was copying.

Tips about using the fuse tool:
I have improved the more I use it!
Make sure you heat it up long enough or the edges don't seal properly.
Use a metal ruler to hold the page protector still, a short one comes with the tool but I prefer my longer ruler.
Don't trim off any excess until after you sealed the protector. Its hard to fuse close to a cut edge.
Fuse on a sheet of chipboard and draw a guideline on the chipboard to help keep you straight.
The plastic does move about!
These are my album preparations so far! Next post I will share my papers. TFLx

Friday, 2 October 2015

Different Project Life page protectors layouts- Design R

I've been a fan of design A page protectors in most of my albums over the years, but I do have a variety pack lurking and when I decided that this would be my last year of 12 x 12 I decided to go for it and use them up!
Design R was my first, vertical 6 x 4s and three 4x4s down the centre.
I don't take many vertical photo's I found out, I take mostly square ones so the 6 x 4s had to be project life cards. The top left I printed the wrong week on the gold side so I printed the right week digital stamp from One Little Bird on another card and then trimmed it and stitched it over the top. I did not waste the other part card I mounted it on another white card and then used washi tape to join the two together and add extra detail. 

I placed another design R opposite it. This time I trimmed some square photos to vertical 6x4s in Photoshop, this can work very well with scenes.
This is what I did on the reverse side. I used some collage prints in the vertical 6 x 4s on the left including some journaling. On the right I mounted a 4x4 on a 6x4 card and it left room for journaling, which continued into the lower box beneath.. TFlx