Make it Thursday’s: Ruffle trim flowers

A few weeks ago I shared some flowers I made with artificial leaves and the ruffle trim you can find at Hobby Lobby or AliExpress. The nearest Hobby Lobby to me is almost an hour away so I rely on mail order or my crafty swapping friend Benielle to keep me supplied with trim.

This is the gorgeous stuff from Hobby Lobby-isn’t it amazing? The texture of this is like chiffon-the AliExpress stuff has more of a netting type feel. You can use either for this project. This is what we’ll be making:

The ones on the top I made for a summer swap I just completed. I think they have a hibiscus tropical type feel.

Here’s what you’ll need:

I used die cut leaves for this one, but any leaves will do-you could pluck them off the Dollar Tree stems and have a ton to use. The bridal section of Michaels will also have some.

Cut your trim to about 10 inches and pick a center for your flower. You can use sequins, gems, rhinestones, whatever.

Now turn over your trim and find the center stitch and fold on that line

Like this:

Now apply some hot glue and start coiling it up on itself.

Like this:

Keep going:

Adding little bits of glue as you go.

When you reach the end put a big glob of glue on the bottom:

Stick on your leaf

Once it’s set up flip it over to the right side and wiggle your finger in to spread out the center and make a spot for your gem:

Glue down the center and firmly press

And you’re done!! Marvel at the beauty of what you’ve made and if you’re like me repeat these steps 3 dozen more times to build up your stash!

I made hot pink too.

These were packed up and sent in happy mail, but they’re perfect for all sorts of crafts. You could stick them to a hat or even a pair of sandals. I plan on putting some on a summer tote.

Have fun and if you make some and post on your social media tag me or put in #paperbitsandfabricsnips

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xoxo

Stephanie

A tale of two happy mails!

I’ve got quite a few swaps scheduled for May and to be quite honest there was a hot second there that I was completely overwhelmed! I made one of my biggest projects to date and it was a labor of love for sure. As I wrapped it lovingly and placed it in the box I was sad to see it go, like a child going off to college-hahaha! Knowing that her (yes of course it’s a she) new owner would love it just as much as I did made it easier to send her off.

For me sending Happy Mail is even more fun than receiving. I fancy myself an “expert giver” so sending off things to pen pals is a dream come true.

Want to see what was inside? Of course you do!

If you want a look of what’s inside that embellishment book go check out my Instagram-here’s a peek

The second swap I sent out was a Disney themed one. This one was hosted by Rachel at Paperventures she’s got some amazing content! Go check her out. For this swap we had bought items and homemade crafty items. Each of use had to send a Disney mug and pin and one other Disney goodie, as well as items I made. Here’s a peek at this one:

I won’t lie-this one was a challenge for me. In the end I loved how it came out but I had to overcome some serious crafters block to get there.

Well that’s all for today-got that pesky day job to take care of. I’ll be back soon with a tutorial for some rosettes made from trims so be sure to follow this blog or my Instagram for updates on new posts!

❤️ Stephanie

Staying the course on a no spend……

So recently a fellow papercrafter and fantastic YouTuber named Katpaperlove proposed a challenge to the people who followed her on Instagram . The challenge was determining the crafty items that you WANT vs. the ones that you actually NEED. Now if you’re like me you probably have enough crafting items accumulated to open your own Michaels-amirite? This seemed like an interesting approach to the typical no spend. So I was like-SIGN ME UP!

The no spend started April 10th and at first it was easy-I had ordered quite a few things on AliExpress and had just recently acquired most of the All Heart collection by Crate Paper. I was more than stocked up to make it until May 30th (the end of the challenge) right? Well today the very last of my AliExpress goodies arrived. THE. LAST. PACKAGE. Even though I knew this day would come, I held that package in my hand and stared at it. You can do it. Just open it. I even knew what was inside. I slowly sliced the top with my scissors and pulled out the contents, a bundle of yellow lace. Not very exciting.

In that moment I realized I needed to make my craft about the craft and not about the shopping for the craft. Collecting supplies, always needing the newest collections, endlessly watching Tuesday Morning hauls and needing what everyone was finding. It had become my hobby, not the making, but the BUYING.

So now here we are and I have a whole month ahead of me with no shopping. Using what I have and making beautiful things. This has changed the way I think about my supplies. The rush of creating has replaced the rush of shopping, isn’t that how this all started in the first place? May will have me busy with making for swaps, as well as my shop and by the end of the month I’ll have save enough to go out to a really nice dinner with my family. The habit of shopping is gone and it feels kind of great. You should try this, I promise you won’t be sorry. Shop your stash, make some kits, put your credit card away and get to creating!! I’ll leave you with one of today’s makes-if you’re interested in a tutorial let me know by leaving a comment below!!

xoxo,

Stephanie

One sheet mini album tutorial, or First Post!

So I’ve done it, I’ve decided to bite the bullet and start a blog. Not sure if anyone will actually read it, but here goes-I’m jumping right in. I’ll be posting tutorials, project shares and anything else that may come to my mind. I’ve been keeping a list of ideas in my phone for a little bit now and hope to use them for future posts, but for my first post I’m sharing a tutorial. A few weeks ago I shared this little cutie on my Instagram feed:

It got lots of love and a few requests for a tutorial. Why you ask? Because I bragged I only used one sheet of 12×12 paper for its base. Pretty cool right? This isn’t a new concept-I’ve seen similar projects on YouTube, mine is put together slightly differently only because I couldn’t quite get it together to follow the instructions I’d seen other places! This little beauty is perfect for sending to pen pals alone or with other treats. It has little pockets for stickers, ephemera or even tucking in tea bags! Here are some glamor shots of the one I made for this tutorial

Cute right? So now on to the tutorial!

Here’s what you’ll need:

I used Crate Paper’s new All Heart collection. See that paper right there? It’s my favorite of the whole collection and maybe my favorite of all time. I bought ten of them! Now this picture is just a suggestion. As far as adhesives go these are my go to’s. Tombow extreme is great because it literally will stick anything to everything and the Fabri-tac is my wet glue of choice because you get wiggle room and no paper waffling. But seriously you do you, whatever adhesives you like are best for you. Trust me. It’ll work no matter what. Another important tool I left out of the photo is a scoreboard. You can fold by hand sure, but the scoreboard will make it so much easier. As far as the paper goes you’ll need one 12×12 that’s double sided. I choose ones with all over patterns that don’t have a right way or a wrong way.

First step:

Score at 2″, 6″ and 10″

This will be your pockets and the top fold of the book

Next you’ll turn the paper 90 degrees and score at 3″, 6″, and 9″

Then pull out your bone folder and crease all the folds. This is where you can decide which pattern will be your outside and which will be your inside

Now here’s the single scissor cut of the project

see where my scissors are? That’s where you stop cutting. What you’re looking at will be the inside pockets.

Now let’s fold it together

This is a top view-can you see where we are headed? Doesn’t it look like a frog? Hahaha. The frog’s “feet” will be the outside covers.

Now we have some gluing to do with the glue of your choice. I used a combo of wet and dry

Glue here

And here

That center line I drew is where the book is already glued. Then fold the glued side onto its neighboring rectangle towards the middle. The outermost rectangles are the covers, remember?

Now we should have our little mini album/book. It’s time to glue the sides of our pockets. I used wet for this.

Glue here:

And here:

Here:

Now I round the corners

Just the top ones. Next we attach a binding. Cut a strip of paper 4×3 and fold in half.

I prettied mine up with a border punch.

Add glue and attach.

Hold this and press with your bone folder to make sure everything is adhered

I cut string and attach it to the back- you can use ribbon if you want. Cover it up with something cute to make sure it’s on securely.

Look at you! You did it! Decorate the inside and fill with goodies.

I used bits and pieces of the collection to embellish the folders on the inside. You can fill the pockets with whatever, tea bags, stickers, a gift card or maybe some life affirmations! You’ve just made yourself a great little gift from the heart.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Stephanie