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How To’sday | Folded Chevrons

Today’s How To’sday by Winter Design Team member Bev Code is a great, quick and easy, technique to make one of the hottest trends for your scrapbook page or card without all the thinking!

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I am sharing a Folded Chevron which was inspired by my friend Nicole and Georgia Heald. Since viewing their tutorials I have been adding these easy, folded chevrons to many of my pages. When I had to hand cut so many pieces I found I didn’t do it that often, but now with this simple method I am hoping you will use them more often also!

In this close up you can see the detail of the folded chevron.

I added some some fun clustered accents on the chevron border. Some ribbon, punched ticket with stamps added and a brad.

Now for the tutorial section of the post.

Step 1. Cut strips 12″ x 2″ (for a full layout border). Adjust if making a card. On the backside, draw a line through the center.

Step 2. Using a sectioned off mat draw 1″ lines the full length of the strip. If you don’t own a mat the secret is 1″ squares.

Step 3. Starting at the center cut every second line on one side of strip. On the other side you will cut every second, but use the alternating lines. Both are marked on my sample to show you.

Step 4. Starting at the centre where you have the 2″ span, fold as above folding the tip (corner into the line ). Every section of 2 folds into each other ( as above). Finish the full side.

Step 5. Now that one full side is done .. flip it over and repeat the same but it will be at alternated points.

Step 6. This is the back when all folded.

Here is the last close up corner showcasing yet again the folded chevron border with some added accents like washi tape, cut and popped up circle with chipboard centre and the stitching pops in this view also.

 

So glad you could join me today! Be sure to check out weekly what the other Design Team ladies have to share with you. Have a great day!

Supply List:

  • Paper: from my stash
  • Stickers and chipboard: EP for the record 2
  • Punched tag: Tim Holtz Matchbook Notepad Bingo
  • Stamps: Heidi Grace and Misc
  • Brads: My Minds Eye Lush
  • Other: paint, stitching, ribbon, washi tape
  • Tutorial Inspiration: Nicole MSW
  • Scraplift Inspiration: Georgia Heald

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Bev, thank you so much for sharing with us today! I love your layout! I love love how simple it is to make a chevron border.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Now it’s time to announce the winner of the January ScrapbookSteals.com Blog Hop! This was the most entries we have ever had on a blog hop – thank you all SO much! Our lucky random winner is from the blog of Andrea Eason. The random winner of the $20.00 gift code to the ScrapbookSteals.com store is Shelley! Congrats Shelley. Please email angie@steals.com and we’ll send you your code. We hope you have fun doing a little shopping and that you will share what you create!

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for Mid Week Mojo sketch Jade #5!

How To’sday | Re-covering Gift Boxes

Today’s How To’sday by Liz Qualman is super cute -  I will certainly be trying this one myself!

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Merry Christmas!  Have you done a lot of baking and need to share the goodies with some with your friends and neighbors before you eat them all yourself?  Why not deliver them in a special container to hold all of the delectable creations?  I found this snowman shaped box at my local grocery store (on sale since it was so close to Christmas).  It was already somewhat decorated, but I decided to make it even more adorable by recovering it with one of my favorite holiday collections from Simple Stories called Handmade Holidays (how fitting).
 
I chose two pieces of patterned paper to line the outside of the box.  Then I measured and cut the strips of paper, matching up patterns where I could since it took more than one strip to go around the box.  Then I used a tape runner and glue gun to adhere the paper to the box.  I would recommend using something like Modge Podge to seal the paper to the box in order to make it more durable and ready for a second use.
To recreate the design, I used a plain piece of copy paper to trace some of the elements on the box and then cut them out as a pattern.  Then I used the pattern to trace on the papers I selected to fit my own style.  Pop dots on the buttons and part of the scarf make the design more fun and dimensional.
Finally I added some sentiments with cardstock stickers from Simple Stories Handmade Collection.  This will be a fun gift for a neighbor or a friend.

Hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday week!

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Liz, thank you so much for sharing with us today! This is such a cute idea – perfect for any neighbour gift! I just wanted to say a big thank you to Liz for being a part of our Fall Design Team – you have shown us so many wonderful things over the last three months. We hope to see you around the community and on our Facebook page.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for some inspiration!

Lifestyle Crafts Box Dies | How To’sday

I’m here today to show you just how easy and fun the Lifestyle Crafts Box Dies really are! I have two examples to show you that can be used for any theme imaginable!

First up – the treat carrier cutting die:

Step 1. Cut out 2 of each of the box shapes.

Step 2. Add extra stong double sided adhesive tape onto the flaps of the base cut out.

Step 3. Attach the base cut out (as shown below) – you need to make 2 of these.

Step 4. Add extra stong double sided adhesive tape to the back of one side of a treat box, and stick together.

Step 5. Use the smaller die cuts in the pack to make the decorative banners and sentiment pieces for your treat carrier.

You are now ready to decorate! I went for a snowman soup theme :

The next box file I was given to play with was the popcorn box:

Step 1. Cut out box using die.


Step 2. Add extra strong double sided adhesive to the flap on the right hand side:


Step 3. Fold in the bottom flaps as shown below:


Time to have fun and decorate! These boxes are so quick and easy to make – you could use them as party favors, baby shower gifts, teacher presents….the list is endless! Here are a few more of my examples:

I hope I have inspired you to hit that ‘steal’ button! These box dies really are super simple and fun to use, with endless possibilities.

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Jade series with Guest Designer Jessica Arrant.

Dimensional flower tutorial | How To’sday

Today’s How To’sday by Deb Routledge shows you just how quick and easy it can be to add dimension to your punched out flowers! It takes just a few simple extra steps but it adds a lot of “wow!” factor to your projects.

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Step 1. Punch out your flower shapes.

Step 2. Stamp on the flowers (I used a script stamp) and ink around the edges. Snip into the middles (but not right into the centre) with a pair of scissors.

Step 3. Sit your flower on a spongy surface. I use a soft stamping mat, but a thick mouse mat would do. Use an embossing tool and make circular movements on each petal to give the flower some dimension.

You can see there is quite a bit of difference with not too much effort!

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Deb – thank you so much for sharing with us today! The flowers look great – and I love the fact that it is nice and simple to do!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com.

Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Coral series.

Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies | How To’sday

Great for a variety of projects from layouts, to cards, decor, gifts, and more, Lifestyle Crafts Punches Dies are a quick and easy way to cut multiple identical shapes at once. Simply pop out the dies and adhere them to any embellishment or design you can dream of.

I did panic when I first saw these dies – they were SO long! I knew I didn’t have any 12″ long cutting plates, so I borrowed some from a friend. When I started working with the dies, I soon realized that you DON’T have to have the long plates. They can be used just as easily with the standard sized plates. Here are the two sized plates they can be used with:

I found it easier to tape down my dies so that they didn’t move on the paper as I was putting it through the machine. This also allowed me to use whichever machine I wanted. To use smaller plates, just put it through the machine twice, moving the cutting plates on the paper.

I also used some cardboard to make it go through a little tighter and ensure the cutting of the shapes.

I loved that the shapes were already lined up without having to keep repositioning them and trying to get them all to run in a straight line! Also, being able to use the negative shaped paper as a background for a layout along with the shapes themselves was an added bonus.


Here is the layout I created:

I used both the negatives for the background and the shapes themselves. I covered the shapes in different colored and patterned washi tapes, sticking some of them back down onto the base and ‘popping’ some of them up for more texture.

Some of these sets come with two additional single punches included. I thought I would try these out by making a card using a similar technique. I taped my single dies down onto the card and ran them through my die cut machine.

Again, I used both the negative piece and the cut out shape.


Again, I added washi tape behind the cut outs and used the shape to ‘pop’ up the butterfly and give some more dimension to the card.

I hope this has inspired you to use more dies, and the possibilities really are endless! You can be as creative as you like!

If you have an idea that you would like to share as a How To’sday tutorial, please send your photos and directions to ksharrock@steals.com. Have a great day and be sure to stop by tomorrow for our next installment in the Mid Week Mojo Coral series.