Paper Craft

scrapbooking, holiday cards, and origami

  • Quick & Easy Snowflake Ornament
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    Make Quick & Easy Snowflake Ornaments with Your Cricut

    With my free cut file download, you’ll be making these layered snowflake ornaments in no time at all! All you’ll need is 3 colours of cardstock (thicker is better for stability), a thin ribbon, scissors, and double sided tape – and your Cricut cutting machine, of course! Assembly is simple for this cute project. Enjoyable for kids to assemble too! Watch the Assembly Tutorial Download the Snowflake Template I’ve created two variants. The first version is the intended purpose, the actual ornament. It’s a double sided design with a loop for hanging. The second version is a single sided design with no loop for hanging, intended as an embellishent for…

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    Paper Patchwork Heart Scrapbook Embellishment

    Today I’m going to show you how I made this adorable heart embellishment out of scrapbook paper.  It’s a perfect addition to your Valentine’s Day cards or scrapbooking layouts, but you could use it any time of year.  Hearts are so versatile! The approximate size of the embellishment will be 6 inches wide by 5.5 tall, depending on how much you space out your pieces. Use a paper cutter to cut out two different patterned (but colour-coordinating) strips from a 12×12″ piece of paper, three quarters of an inch wide each. Cut down those strips into three quarter inch squares. You’ll need 10 squares total out of each print to…

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    Gift Idea – How to Make a 3D Pocket for a Box of Candy in a Greeting Card

    If you want to give a friend or loved-one a candy bar for a job well done, this card craft is for you. I’m going to show you how to create a card with a 3D pocket.  You can tuck a box of candy or a chocolate bar inside. I was inspired by a box of Nestle Smarties, one of my favourite Canadian chocolate candy-coated treats.  I came up with the sentiment “Good Luck Smartie Pants!” for the front of my card and “You’ve Got This!” for the inside.  This would make a great card for someone heading back to school or starting a new job. Of course, you can do…

  • How to Make a 3D Folded Frame Embellishment Greeting Card Tutorial
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    VIDEO: How to Make a 3D Folded Frame Embellishment Greeting Card Tutorial

    Today I’m going to show you how to make this really simple embellishment frame out of folded card stock. It looks great on the front of a card, but you could apply this to other scrapbook projects for a three dimensional element. It really makes your focal sticker POP with minimal effort! This video features a Christmas card as an example, but you could do something similar for any holiday or event. Are you ready to get started?

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    VIDEO: How to Make an Origami Box Out of Scrapbook Paper

    These boxes are awesome! I’ve been making them for years to organize my craft room and to store gifts for friends. They are cost-effective too, only using two sheets of 12″ by 12″ scrapbook paper to make. You can, of course, use smaller or larger paper, just note that you’ll want to cut the same 1/4″ strips off the sides of your paper regardless of what size sheets you start with. Would you prefer step-by-step written instructions? You can find those instructions in my original post: How to Make an Origami Box Out of Scrapbook Paper. With the wide variety of scrapbook papers available on the market, the sky is…

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    DIY Pretty Page Reinforcements

    Am I the only one who finds it easier to use a planner if it’s been personalized with decorations? This useful decorating idea is so simple but so effective! Some pages of a binder get much more use than others, leading to the requirement of using page reinforcements, those white utilitarian stickers that protect the holes in your paper from being ripped out of the rings. These DIY sweet stickers help add strength and style to hard-working pages. All you need to create your own pretty reinforcements are small circular stickers in any design you prefer and a single hole punch.  These sparkly circular stickers are from Sandylion Stickers. Step 1: Align your hole…

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    How to Make a Laminated Comic Strip Bookmark without a Laminator

    A bookmark is a great way to preserve a piece of ephemera in a way that you get to see often, whether it’s a love note, a movie ticket, or in my case, a comic strip. Every lunch hour, I read the comics in the daily newspaper.  Most days, they inspire a few smiles, but once in a while, a comic will tickle me so much that I have to clip it out to share with a friend.  Usually they just end up getting crumpled in my purse, never to be seen again.  One of my favourite movies is The Big Lebowski (as seen in my Budget-Friendly “Framed” Poster Prints tutorial), and…

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    How to Make Tabbed Dividers for Your Planner

    If you saw my previous blog post featuring planner printables, you might have noticed that my planner contains custom dividers.  I made these myself using scrapbook paper in order to feature the exact colour scheme I wanted.  You can easily make these dividers in just a few minutes each. One piece of 12″ x 12″ scrapbook paper will yield two dividers for a 5.5″ x 8.5″ planner.  The tabs will stick out 0.5″ from the edge of the 5.5″ paper and will measure 1″ wide. Supplies: scrapbook paper 12″ x 12″ paper cutter scissors hole punch Take a sheet of scrapbook paper and use your paper cutter to cut a line 8.5″ away from…

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    Free Planner Printables with special inserts for bloggers

    When life gets hectic, it’s time to make a plan to keep everything organized. I’ve been looking at planners for a few weeks, trying to find one that suits my needs, but the prices were out of my price range. I don’t have room in my budget for a $50 planner that doesn’t even have the exact inserts that I am looking for. Personally, I would like a calendar along side a weekly planner and to-do lists, plus specific tracking tools for blogging. I found a used 6 ring planner that holds 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheets to make this happen, took out all the existing sheets and started from scratch. …

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    How to Make a Gift Box

    This tutorial will show you how to make a quick gift box out of two sheets of scrapbook paper.  The thicker the cardstock, the sturdier it will be.   The finished box measures 3″ x 3.25″ x 6″. Supplies: Two sheets of patterned cardstock, preferably of the same print. Scissors Ruler Pencil Double-sided tape Embellishments if desired Printout of Craftcore 12×12 Gift Box Template Pieces PDF Special note before you print the PDF.   You must print at 100% scale; do not shrink to fit!  Test to make sure your print came out at the right size by measuring the 1 inch print guide included on the sheet.  If it’s smaller than…

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    Weekly Meal Plan

    I’m sure this predicament is common for many couples: one person arrives home earlier than the other but isn’t sure what the other person is thinking for dinner. I come home much later than my fiance, and he has offered to start prepping dinner so we can enjoy it at a decent hour when I get home. The problem: what to make? I’ve done weekly meal plans taped to the fridge, Google documents, phone calls in the middle of the day, Pepperplate… Nothing has stuck. This time, I’ve decided to go bulletin board style with a recipe name thumbtacked beside a letter representing a day of the week. I didn’t…

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    How to Make a D20 Icosahedron Ornament

    What do you call a 3D shape that has twenty sides? If you said an icosahedron, you’re right! From my geeky history, a D20 dice comes to mind more than the technical term. To make this ornament out of paper, you can follow the related tutorial for a 3D Christmas ornament.   The concept is the same: take 20 circles and fold the edges to form equilateral triangles, attaching them edge to edge in order to build the twenty sided shape. The difference between these two processes is that instead of attaching them together with the edges towards the outside, the edges are folded into the inside. First, make sure…

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    Scrapbook Paper 3D Christmas Ornaments Tutorial

    This weekend was our first major snowstorm of the season, and being stuck inside gave me motivation to work on my Christmas tree.   Other than the tree skirt, I realized there was nothing homemade on my tree!  Time to get crafty and make some ornaments out of scrapbook paper: Supplies You’ll Need Round paper punch Three sheets of coordinating scrapbook paper Scissors Double-sided tape Ribbon Punch out 20 circles from scrapbook paper. I layered the three sheets and punched them at once to triple my productivity. Punch out one extra circle and cut out an equilateral triangle from it, as large of a triangle as can fit in the circle. …

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    Cupcake Liner Pom Pom Centrepieces Revisited

    A while back, I wrote a tutorial on how to make cupcake liner centrepieces.  I loved the look of them, but as they sat on my kitchen table among my other wedding prototypes, I noticed a fatal flaw: the finishing nails, due to the small size of the head, are not all that secure.  For longevity, this is an issue: I found that some of the liners started to fall off, while the nail stayed in the ball. It was time for Cupcake Liner Pom Pom 2.0: Thumbtack Edition! Supplies You’ll Need Styrofoam Balls (I used 3″) Flat Shiny Thumbtacks (Cheapest ones in silver I could find were at Walmart)…

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    How to Make an Origami Box out of Scrapbook Paper

    Since my craft supplies end up taking over all my drawers and boxes, I like to compartmentalize them into small origami boxes that are quick and easy to make. The best part is that these boxes only require two sheets of 12×12″ scrapbook quality paper each. You can even adapt these instructions to make mini versions out of any square size piece of paper. Supplies 12×12″ scrapbook paper – cardstock weight works best for the sake of sturdiness Paper cutter or scissors Tape if desired (not required) The most critical tip I have for the creation of this box is to make sure you crease all your folds.  This will…

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    Incorporating Ephemera Into Your Layouts

    When I attend events or travel, I always make sure to tuck away a few items as souvenirs. Ticket stubs work great on scrapbook pages, especially since they often have the date of the event that’s been scrapbooked. Here a few different ways I’ve incorporated paper ephemera into my scrapbook page layouts. Make a Pocket This train ticket didn’t match my page very well, but I didn’t want to add a strong orange element in my page to make it match.  Instead, I created a cute paper pocket that only showed a corner of the train pass stub.  I labeled it with mismatched stickers.  This method has the advantage of…

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    Mod Podge Wedding Invitation Gift

    My friend Kiri got married recently, and I wanted to make her a small canvas memento from her beautiful bird-themed wedding invitation. This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase. Supplies Needed canvas acrylic craft paint in various colours sponge paint brushes Mod Podge Fiskars paper punch – stamp shape and circle shape I began by creating a soft background, blending blue, green, and white paints.  I love using a sponge brush for this.  Using the tip of the brush, I brushed linear white streaks.…