Survivor: Craft Edition/Part 2

GraphicDesignHello everyone! I’m back with Part 2 of Survivor: Craft Edition! This will be the final installment of this two-part series. If you didn’t see Part 1 yet, I will link it HERE. Basically, this series is all about surviving your crafting game when supplies or tools may be scarce. So let’s jump right in!

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↑ How to survive with no STICKERS

Sometimes, a cute sticker adds the finishing touch to a card or envelope. But what if you don’t have a coordinating sticker on hand? Never fear… Xyron Sticker Maker is here!! (I know, that was cheesy). 😉 The Xyron can turn any cutout into a custom sticker. Too cool!


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↑ How to survive with no MOD PODGE

With gift-giving season (Christmas) coming up, you may want to decoupage your own handmade gifts. However, Mod Podge can be pricey. A great alternative is to make your own “Mod Podge” mixture using plain, white school glue and water. Add 1/3 water to 2/3 glue, mix, and that’s it! Note: This mixture is only appropriate for paper decoupage projects.


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↑ How to survive with no Gesso

If you enjoy Bible Journaling or Mixed Media, then you probably have Gesso on hand. However, what if you run out or don’t have any on hand? In this instance, Acrylic Paint works very well. I heard this tip from Monica with Because Jesus Bible Journaling. I tried it and yes, it works very nicely!


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↑ How to survive with no Gelatos

If you use Gelatos a lot but are looking for an affordable alternative, why not give Crayola Twistables Slick Stix a try?! I actually rave about them in my previous blog post HERE.


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↑ How to survive with no IMAGES

The perfect image is often the focal point of handmade cards. If you can’t quite find the right image to go with your card, try searching through old magazines or old calendars. If you find the images from magazines are printed on too thin of paper, you can easily back them with a little cardstock.


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↑ How to survive with no WATERCOLORS

Watercoloring has recently gained more popularity than ever before! If you don’t have any watercolor paints on hand you can make beautiful watercolored paintings using Distress Inks! Simply “smoosh” ink onto acrylic block or palette, add water, and paint!


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 ↑ How to survive with no ACETATE

Let’s face it… acetate is VERY expensive, but used often when making shaker cards. If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, try overhead projector transparencies. You can get them at most office supply stores or online.


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 ↑ How to survive with no SHAKER ELEMENTS

If you enjoy making shaker cards, you probably have lots of sequins and other shaker elements on hand. But did you know that you can make your very own shaker elements using shaped punches, beads, and cutout images?? To read more, check out my previous blog post HERE and look under “Shaker Confetti” in the article.


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↑ How to survive with no COLORED RIBBON

Did you know that you can customize your ribbon to match other elements on your card?? It’s true! I originally saw this idea on Gina K. Designs YouTube channel. Simply use ink to dye your white ribbon any color! It’s a good idea to heat set the ribbon with a heat gun before use – otherwise, it may take a century or two to dry! 😉


↑ How to survive with no STENCILS

You can easily make your own DIY stencils using your Cricut Machine!! Simply have your machine cut out a series of shapes from cardstock and use the negative leftover paper on your mat. I like to cut a whole page of little circles for an awesome looking stencil!


 

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↑ How to survive with no CRAFTY INSPIRATION

To revive your crafty inspiration, follow this blog, of course!! 😉 I can also be found on social media with other images not shared here. I will provide links below:

Facebook          Pinterest          YouTube          Instagram          Bloglovin’

Thanks again for stopping by today! If YOU have any craft survivor tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear from you. Until next time, have fun and happy crafting!!


Sources: gettyimages.com, scrapbook.com, cricut.com
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10 Ideas For Your Paper Scraps

Cardstock comes in all colors, sizes, patterns and textures. It is the one supply that paper crafters cannot do without! So, why not make the most of your cardstock?! In this blog entry, we will be discussing 10 fun ideas for your paper scraps and how you can cut down on waste by doing so! 🙂

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Paper Bows

Paper bows are easy to make and are a nice embellishment to add to your cards, scrapbook pages, or gift boxes. These little bows can also double as toppers for paperclips to add a cute, decorative touch. Paper scraps are perfect for bows since only a small amount of paper is needed. You can find free bow templates online or simply purchase a bow punch that does the tedious work for you!

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Shaker Confetti

Shaker cards – an ongoing trend in the card-making world that’s a crowd pleaser! Many crafters fill their shaker cards with sequins… but with a few paper scraps, you can make your own shaker confetti! Simply use a hole punch on your paper scraps and create your own shaker mix! You can use shaped punches or a standard hole punch. Experiment with mixing and matching colors… it’s so fun to customize your own shaker confetti!

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Die Cut Sentiment Banners

I would say that the majority of handmade cards usually include a sentiment on the front of the card. Why not use your paper scraps and make up some sentiment banners ahead of time?! It saves time when making cards. I usually set a side a night or two to go through and die cut all of my small scraps into little banners using my Sizzix machine… kind of like a die cutting party! Haha! 😉 You can even stamp them ahead of time if you want, or leave them blank for future use.

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Crinkle Cut Gift Packaging

Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays… there are many fun gift-giving occasions. Put your paper scraps to good use by making your own crinkle cut gift packaging! Simply cut your scap paper into long, skinny strips and fold in a zig-zag pattern. Mix and match colors and patterns for a fun look! P.S. Find out how to make your own gift boxes HERE.

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Bookmarks or Bible Journaling Panels

Bookmarks are so fun and easy to make with your longer pieces of scrap paper. Simply cut scraps down to 2×6″ and decorate as desired! This is fun for kids and adults, alike. Not only is this size great for making bookmarks, but it is also nice to use as side panels for your Bible art journaling!

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Pocket Letter Inserts

If you love to partake in swaps or have a pen pal, you already know how much fun Pocket Letters are to make! What I love to do is go ahead and cut my scrap papers down to Pocket Letter size so I have many colors and patterns of paper to choose from when I start creating! These little 3×4″ cards are not only great for Pocket Letters, but they also double as Project Life cards!

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Gift Tags

Gift tags are easy to make on your Cricut machine or by using a tag die cut. You can make them as small or as large as you choose – which is why they are another great idea for all sizes of scrap paper! Gift tags are fun to embellish to coordinate with the gift, jar of homemade jam, or card which they are attached to!

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Embellishments

Handmade embellishments are so versatile and can be used on so many different craft projects! Most embellishments are small, so your paper scraps will come in handy to make a whole variety of embellishments. You can make miniature pinwheels, paper roses, and ephemera – just to give you a few ideas. If you’ll notice in the card pictured below, I used paper scraps to make the tiny flowers to embellish this card. So much fun!!

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Polka Dot Card

Not long ago, I designed a clean and simple polka dot card. Well, the idea stuck and I’ve been making these cards for a while now for various occasions! Polka dot cards are perfect for when you want a colorful, handmade card but are strapped for time. Simply use a 1″ circle punch and punch out circles from a scrap piece of patterned/colorful cardstock. Arrange on the card front, adhere, and decorate as desired. Super easy!!

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Envelope Seals or Stickers

This idea sort of feeds off the previous idea in using the 1″ circle punch. Simply punch out circles from a scrap piece of paper, stamp, heat emboss, and run through your Xyron Sticker Maker. Presto! You have your very own custom envelope seals! You can stamp them with your initial for even further customization! I made my very own Christmas envelope seals last year and really loved creating them! Additionally, you can use your shaped punches or die cuts to make your very own stickers from paper scraps!

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I hope you found these ideas helpful! I’m sure there are hundreds of more ideas which you can use your paper scraps for – so put them to good use! For more ideas on how to organize your scrap paper, please see my previous entry HERE.

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Thanks for dropping by today… happy crafting!

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Upcycling: Wrapping Paper Shaker Card!

Upcycling? Shaker card? What does it all mean? For those of you who may be new to the crafting world or re-entering it, these terms may seem odd. However, let’s get you up to speed!! 🙂

Upcyclingto process used goods or waste material so as to produce something that is often better than the original. (Source: dictionary.com)

Shaker Carda card with a window and items – usually sequins – inside the window that make you want to shake the card; thus, a shaker card! (Source: my brain – haha!!)

Most of us know what it’s like to wrap a present and have a tiny bit of leftover wrapping paper. Many people would simply wad it up and throw it in the trash… but not us! We can use it to craft with, right?! In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a super cute shaker card with your scraps of wrapping paper.

And since we are frugal crafters here, I’ve found another huge money-saving idea for your shaker cards. The clear sheet (window) used for shaker cards is acetate… and acetate is expensive! I got to thinking about what else I could use and I decided to try clear overhead projector transparency sheets. Wanna know something? They worked GREAT and I could get an entire box for way cheaper than just a few sheets of acetate. Okay, so enough of that rabbit trail – just had to share that with you!!

So, now that we know what we are working with, let’s get started…

Supplies Needed

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White Cardstock           Fiskars Paper Trimmer         Bone Folder

Xacto Knife or Die Cut           Wrapping Paper         Glue runner

Scissors          Clear Transparency Sheets         Double-Sided Foam Tape

Ribbon           Sequins           Pink Cardstock

Rubber Stamp          Ink Pad           White Gel Pen

Instructions

Step 1: Begin with your white card base in the size you choose. Use a die cut or Xacto knife to cut a square in the center for a window. Adhere wrapping paper to front and trim excess from window.

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Step 2: Cut your sheet of acetate (or transparency sheet) larger than your window. Add adhesive around the backside of window and secure in place. In other words, glue the adhesive on the interior side of the card.

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Step 3: On the interior/back side of your card frame the window with Scotch double-sided foam tape.

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Step 4: Lay aside your card base for now to work on the backdrop for your window. I chose to stamp “Birthday Wishes!” in the center of pink cardstock and add hand-drawn stars around it. I also surrounded my sentiment with ribbon.

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Step 5: Add your sequins to the inside of card window. Remove your Scotch double-sided foam tape backing (so it will reveal the other sticky side) and adhere your backdrop you just made in the previous step. Be sure NOT to get it upside down! 🙂 Line the inside of the card, if you’d like… and you’re all done and ready to SHAKE!!!

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FINISHED CARD

FINISHED CARD

I hope this project was a fun and enjoyable way to upcycle your scraps of wrapping paper. Handmade cards always brighten people’s day and this one is sure to bring delight! Shaker cards are perfect for any holiday or celebration. Have fun, crafters!!

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