One Sheet Wonder Mini Album

Here is a little folded album that uses one piece of paper as its foundation.  I made this “one sheet wonder” in response to a National Scrapbook Day challenge from a friend.

One-Sheet-Mini-Front

This is the pin that inspired me to try it out and a big assist from Nadia at withglitteringeyes.blogspot.com who translated the metric measurements from the original site into standard measurements that are applicable to U.S. scoreboards.

Want to try one?

Here is how to do it.

Start with a 12” piece of cardstock and put it on your score board.  If you click on the steps below, you can see a graphic that explains the directions.

One Sheet – Step 1

Score at 2 3/8” and 7 1/4”.

Now, rotate your cardstock clockwise so that the score lines are horizontal.  The 2 3/8” score line should be towards the top of scoreboard.

Step 2

Score again at 3 7/8”, 4 1/8”, 8”, and 8 1/4”.

When you look at your scored piece of 12” cardstock, you will have 3 top flaps and six similarly sized rectangles.

Using your paper trimmer or Xacto knife, trim the the 1/4” scored area from the bottom row and top flap.  Always stop trimming at the first horizontal score line.

Step 3

For the inner right hand pocket,

  • Trim the top flap so that it measures 1 3/4” from the score line. Using a corner rounder, trim the outside edge of the flap.
  • Trim the lower flap so that it measures 3 3/4” from the score line.
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper that measures 3 1/4” by 3 3/8”.  Cut a mat that measures  3 3/8” by 3 5/8”.  Adhere the mat and patterned paper to the outside of the lower flap.
  • Using a 1 1/2” circle punch, punch a semi circle in the lower flap edge.
  • Attach closure mechanism to the lower flap.
  • Using 1/4” ScorTape, tape the two side side edges and bottom edge of the lower flap and fold up to make a pocket.
  • Flip the lower flap up and using 1/4” ScorPal tape, adhere to center section to make a pocket.

Step 4

For the middle flap, trim a triangle from edge to make a pointed flap.

  • Flip the triangle, place on the left edge of the middle flap, and snip the same triangle again.
  • No need for measuring or aligning – your flap will be symmetrical.

Step 5

To decorate, cut various patterned papers at 3 1/4” by 4”.  You will need a total of ten pieces of this size.  I added a 3 1/2 ” x 4 1/4”  solid mat under each patterned paper, you will need ten of those as well.

I also added an extra chipboard mat on the front and back cover so that the weight would help keep the book closed.  Once it gets filled, the owner may wish to make a belly band of it – but I know her mom will help with that if necessary.

The butterfly on the front cover is from October Afternoon’s Farmhouse collection.  I used champagne sparkle Versamark and Ultra Thick Embossing Power to add a little shine and sparkle.

The “m” is embossed in similar fashion.  The “m” is from the Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge.

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The inner tags are from the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge.  I used the “m” again from Artiste and embossed again.  The tag is attached with a jump ring to the ribbon.

The little books were cut from the Farmhouse paper.  I also added a back of the same size and made a little folder.

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This is for a special young friend who is packing up soon and heading out to new adventures and new friends.  I thought she might like a little book to tuck away some of her memories of living in Rhode Island.

Here is the album opened fully:

Mini-3

A Cup of Cricut Valentine Cheer

Another paper flower bouquet in a mug – this one is for Valentine’s Day.  The rolled flowers (about 22) are all from the Close to My Heart Artiste cartridge.  I cut a variety of sizes from 4.5″ to 3.25″ in three colors:  a bright red, a dark red, and a chocolate red.  I love the mix of colors as it adds depth and some sparkle.  The Snow Man is from Cricut Snow Friends and measures 5″ tall.   The patterned papers are from Cosmo Cricket’s Tea for Tea mini-deck and the solid colors are from American Crafts Valentine pack.  I used a combination of corsage pins and floral wires for the rose stems. The Snow Man is holding a jewelry wire “banner” of beads and snowflake charms.  The wire measured 11″ before twisting and shaping.  The ends are attached behind his mittens.

Cricut Valentine Bouquet

I used Cricut Craft Room to hide the contours in the Snow Man and flipped him horizontally to create his backside.  I also flipped all of his accessories.  His scarf was hand-trimmed as the ends are only visible on the front.  When assembling, do the front first, and then turn it over to act as a guide for placing the back accessory pieces to ensure alignment.  I purchased the mug at JoAnn’s and inserted a styrofoam disc to build the flower base.

Cricut Valentine Bouquet - Back

A Tiny Tag for a Cookie Mix Jar

This is one of the gifts for a stocking swap that is wrapping up with the grand reveal in a few hours.  My partner enjoys baking so I thought she might enjoy something easy and fun like a cookie mix in a jar.  I found the recipe for Cow Girl Cookies from the wonderful Bakerella.  And while I originally intended to use pink M&Ms, at the end of the day, I needed to go with the Christmas red and green color scheme.

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This project uses Cricut’s Yee Haw cartridge for the cow girl with her lasso.  She is cut at 3″ tall.   I used a mix of 6″ papers to create her Christmas outfit and Copics to color her boots,  hair, and skin tone.  I used a Micron pen to add her facial features.  Because the cut is so small and the rope so fragile, I used Cricut Craft Room to add some stability to the title.

The basic cow girl cut includes the lasso with a center hole.  If you use Copics or another medium to color the skin tone of your cow girl, using CCR, you can simply hide the inner contour in the lasso so that the lasso has a solid center and cut it white card stock.  This will give you a white word bubble.  If you are not coloring your cow girl, you can still use CCR to fill in the bubble on the lasso cut and cut it in white (or whatever color you wish) for the word bubble.  Next, cut the lasso (with the hole in the center) in brown and adhere on top of the previous lasso cut.

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I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the Lori Whitlock pocket card tag and printed the assembly and baking directions on a separate sheet of paper that I adhered to the back of the tag.  The letters and the blue offset are from the Silhouette Cameo as well courtesy of the Studio Designer Edition software.  The brown letters measure .25″ tall.  I used Cricut Artiste to create the paper roses on the top of the jar and the McGill pine branch punch to add the texture.

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If you are looking for a quick and easy gift this Christmas, you may wish to check out a cookie mix recipe and get your die cutter(s) working.

Baby Shower Bouquet – Cricut Roses and More!

Here is a baby shower bouquet that I made for a work colleague.

I made the roses using the Close to My Heart Cricut Artiste cartridge and some small dowels (available at Joann’s or your local craft store in the wood craft area.)  I stained them with a water-based wood stain and cut each dowel into 3 pieces.  In addition to Tim Holtz cardstock, I also used some pale pink felt for the flower center, dimensional glue dots, and Helmar’s 450 glue (which dries quickly) for the flowers.  I previously provided the steps on the Cricut Fanatics blog, but I am including them here as well for a one-stop reference on the bouquet.

For the Cricut cut, I cut the scalloped rose (Accent1-f) from the Artiste cartridge.  I cut some at 4″ tall and some at 3″ tall.  You may wish to ink the edges on your rose cuts; however, for this project I liked the lighter edge.  Once the flowers are ready for assembly, follow the steps below:

Step 1 –  Use a 1″ circle punch to punch the flower center. Use scissors to snip towards the center of the felt circle.

Step 2 – Adhere the dimensional glue dot to the felt circle.

Step 3 – Place stained dowel into dimensional glue dot and press firmly.

Step 4 – Press the felt around the dimensional glue dot to make a small ball at the end of the dowel.

Step 5 – Set dowel aside and using Crop-A-Dile, punch a hole in the base of the scalloped rose.

Step 6 – Beginning with the outside edge of the flower cut, wrap the flower snugly around the felt ball at the end of the dowel.  Do not try to tuck in the tail at this point as this step is to form the rose shape before gluing.  Once you have wrapped it, release the flower.  It will maintain its overall shape.

Step 7 – Slide the formed flower up the dowel.  The punched hole should fit over the dowel.  Glue the base and adjust as necessary.  You may want to use an awl or separate dowel to push in the felt in case some of the little edges are trying to escape.

And here is a finished flower.

To complete the bouquet, I added an owl from Cricut’s Create A Critter Cartridge cut at 2.5″ tall, and an egg from the Give a Hoot Cartridge.  The egg measures 2.5″ tall.  I added some shading with Copics and used pop dots to add dimension for both the owl and the egg.  I hand “cracked” the egg using scissors.  The small part is added to the owl’s head and the other is placed in the nest.

The nest, the mushroom, and the pink flowers and circular centers (stamped with a hedgehog) are from the Silhouette Online Store.   I cut a few twigs for the nest in various colors and sizes.

I cut the letters for “Hatching Soon” at about 1″ tall using the Silhouette Designer Edition software and a font on my computer.  I added an offset and welded it together to create the dark brown frame around the letters and provide a continuous support for the patterned paper layers.  I cut two offset letter layers and adhered one behind the dowel in order to keep the lettering straight and adhered. I also cut an extra base nest layer and adhered it to the dowel in the pack.  The hedgehog is stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Ink and colored with Copic markers.

And there you have it – a fun paper centerpiece for a baby shower.