Friday, December 27, 2013

Aromatherapy and Aspen

Welcome to the Awesome Aspen Blog Hop!

**I just have to say . . . the monthly blog hops with fellow Club Scrap members and staff have been such a wonderful thing. I am in awe of my fellow hoppers and so honored that you choose to participate month after month. 2014 is going to be fun! Thank you!***

This summer I poured about twenty drops of essential oil into a little blue bottle along with a tablespoon of alcohol and filled the rest with distilled water. I have been using it for a room spray ever since. It smells wonderful! (You can find tons of "recipes" for room sprays on Pinterest.)

I got to thinking.

That would make a nifty handmade gift idea!

Here's the scoop . . . 

1. Trim a 7x7 piece of Aspen Green. Using the Gift Box Punch Board, punch and horizontal/vertical score on the "Small" guideline; diagonal score on the "Medium" guideline. No need to use the reverse punch.

2. Apply adhesive to the top of each outside corner flap.

3. Tuck in each corner pleat, and secure with the flap to form a side wall of the box. Repeat until the box is formed. Repeat process to form a second lid-less box.

4. Trim a 10x12" piece of Almond Plain. Score 2 and 4" from each outside edge. Cut along inner vertical scorelines, turn up side walls and adhere flaps to form a 2x4" box. Insert the Green boxes into the Almond box. If all went according to plan, they should fit, along with the bottles.

5. Trim a 2.25" square from the wood veneer (CS goodie), round corners, and add a sticker.

6. Wrap the cutapart strip around the Almond box, keeping the seam of the strip at the front. (The ends of the strip won't quite meet.) Cover the seam with the sticker/veneer. Trim tags from wood veneer, punch a hole at the top, and note the scent contained in the bottle. Attach to the bottle with waxed linen.

7. Tah-dah! Instant gift. Well, sorta instant. Follow steps one through six, and you're there.

Thanks for hopping with us! Follow the scent to Hetty Sander's great idea at Craft Chaos.

Creatively yours,

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Gnomely CD Folio Punchboard Tutorial

Welcome to the gnome hop! Visit Club Scrap Creates if you'd like to start at the beginning . . .

My project got rolling with an email from my friend, DonnaLee. She wanted to get some ideas on how she could gift some special CD's to her friends for Christmas using her Envelope Punch Board and the Gnome for the Holidays collection. I got to thinking . . .

(I love it when that happens!)

Here's what you do:

Watch the video OR follow the instructions below . .

1. Trim two papers to 8-1/8 x 8-1/8".

2. Measure, score and punch at 4-1/8". Rotate the paper one turn, align the existing scoreline with the arrow on the punch, and score/punch again. Repeat until each side is punched. Repeat for the second sheet.

3. Fold in three of the flaps to create a pocket and secure with adhesive.

4. Chop off the top flap of each envelope, just inside the scoreline. In other words, chop off the scoreline, too.

5. Place the bottom of an envelope pocket into the punch board, centered, at approximately 2-1/2". Punch. Repeat for the second envelope. This will create a slot for a ribbon closure. Clever, right?

6. Trim a piece of paper to 5 x 10-5/8". Score horizontally at 5.25". Rotate the paper 180 degrees and score again at 5.25". (This will create a 1/8" spine.)

7. Place the envelopes side by side with the open pockets facing in. Slide ribbon through the punched slot, the pockets, and through the other punched slot.

8. Insert the scored spine into the pockets. Remove the slack in the ribbon and keep working with it until it looks like a little booklet/folio. The spine will secure the ribbon and hold the envelopes together nicely.

9. Slide your goodies into the pockets.

10. And other yummy stuff for your gnomies.

11. Decorate. I trimmed a 12" cutapart strip from the Gnomes kit, wrapped it around the front envelope, and secured the seam front and center.

12. Then, cover the seam with your decorative element. Look at that cute cutapart!

Sweet, isn't it?

I just know you want to go make one, but finish hopping first! Your next stop is Kay over at Kay's Keepsakes. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas and happy gnome-made gift-making!
Creatively yours,