Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Club Scrap March Blog Hop - Paris Flea Market

Hello! Welcome to the Club Scrap Paris Flea Market Blog Hop-my 1st blog hop as a member of the Club Scrap Artist Team. You probably got here from Hetty's Blog
I decided to use this kit to make a Nutella Recipe Explosion box! Chocolate is very "Paris" even though Nutella was created in Italy (I looked that up).

When the sides of the box "explode" open there is a jar of Nutella inside with recipes of things to make with Nutella on all the pages! I made this box out of chipboard so it would be stronger to hold the jar of Nutella and also it just makes it so much nicer that cardstock :)
I found recipes on Pinterest and printed them up on my computer in sizes to fit the pages.

I put recipes on the front sides of the pages and just decorated the back sides.

So there are 12 recipes total. The box has 3 layers of pages.
You could put anything you wanted in the middle and find recipes for that ingredient. For example you could put a bag of chocolate chips or caramel bits in the middle and choose recipes using those. So versatile! :)
To make one of your own you will need:
Club Scrap Bookbinding Glue (it comes in 2 sizes) or Scor-Tape
cardstock in coordinating colors and patterns
embellishments of your choice
Jar of Nutella
Printed recipes
Directions for assembly:
Start by cutting the chipboard for the box part. You will need 4 pieces  3 3/4" x 4 3/4" for the sides and 1 piece chipboard 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" for the bottom. Cut 4 pieces of cardstock 6" x 6" to cover the chipboard.
Start by putting glue on the chipboard. I use a foam brush to spread it evenly.
Then place the chipboard on the cardstock leaving a little more space on one short side.

Cut the corners off about 1/8" from the corner of the chipboard. Spread glue on 3 of the sides and fold over around the chipboard.
Cover all 4 pieces like this. Then attach these 4 pieces to the bottom chipboard piece-spread glue on the flap you didn't fold over. Then place the bottom piece of chipboard on the glued flap. Do the same on all 4 sides of the bottom piece. Make sure to leave about 1/8" between each piece of chipboard. Heavier cardstock may need a little more space. If you don't leave enough space the cardstock will crack when you fold the sides up to form the box. The photo shows 3 sides done.

For the top cut 4 pieces of chipboard 3 7/8" x1 1/2" (box top sides) and
1 piece chipboard 3 7/8" x 3 7/8" (box top). Cut 1 piece of cardstock 8 1/2" x 8 1/2". Spread glue on all 5 pieces of chipboard and place on the cardstock like the photo. Make sure to leave about 1/8" between all the pieces.

Cut the corners off just like you did for the sides.

Where the 4 triangular pieces are-snip from the outside edge to the corner of the center piece of cardstock creating 2 smaller triangles. Spread glue on the cardstock on one long side and one of the little triangles on each side. Leave one of the triangles unglued on each side. Then fold them over and adhere to the chipboard.

It should look like this. Then you are going to fold up all the side pieces to form the box top. Put glue on the outside of the unglued triangle and glue to the inside of the adjoining side.

After you glue all the corners you'll have your completed box top.
Fold up the sides and the top fits nicely :) Cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" to cover the bottom on the outside and adhere.

Now you'll need to work on the inside. Cut 4 pieces of cardstock 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Spread glue on the back and adhere to the 4 chipboard sides of the box on the inside.

 It doesn't matter how they overlap a bit in the center-you'll be covering that later.
With your bone folder make a crease where the chipboard pieces attach and very carefully fold up the side. Go slow and not too much pressure!
This is what happens if you go too fast or when the paper is very thick. Club Scrap paper is very nice and thick but as you can see it cracked on me. Make sure to put at least 1/8" space between the chipboard pieces and then this won't happen. I put some book binding glue in the crack and held it together a little and it fixed it. You can hardy see it. If that hadn't worked I would have improvised and added some decorative item to cover it up. As artists we're nothing if not good improvisers :) We are Improvartists hehe...just coined a new term!

For the next set of pages cut another 4 pieces of cardstock 3 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score all these at 7/8" on the short side and fold on the score line. Adhere the pieces to the bottom of the box-as shown above-just past the fold mark where the sides fold up. I line up the page so you can see the page underneath just a little bit on the top edge. Make sure you place the piece so that the fold of the page doesn't interfere with the fold of the side or it will not fold up properly.

Attach all 4 like this so they easily fold up inside the box when you fold up the sides. I like to round the corners of the pages-I just like the way it looks.
For the next set of pages cut 4 pieces of cardstock 3 3/8" x 5 1/2" and score at 1" on the short side and fold. Adhere the same way you did the 1st pages making sure to move them toward the center so you can see the bottom page underneath. And again be careful to put the fold line of the top page slightly more toward the inside so it doesn't interfere with the folding up of the sides.
See here how the pages are offset a bit so you can see a little of the underneath pages. Cut a piece of cardstock 3 3/8' x 3 3/8" to cover the bottom on the inside. Sometimes I put a little message or stamped image.
Then just decorate your pages and outside of the box anyway you want! I use embossing, coordinating papers, stamped images-whatever you want! You can make them as ornate (or not) as you like :)

I hope you were inspired today to try one of your own!
The next stop on your blog hop journey is Tricia! Enjoy!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge

Hello friends! I've been busy again :) Just love this Club Scrap Paris Flea Market kit! This project is for the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge.
 If you've come from Esther's blog then you're following right along.
The challenge was to use the paper lace mattes and/or white die cuts in new and unique ways. So...I made a Luminary, Reed Diffuser and Card Holder.


Reed Diffuser
Card Set Holder
For the Luminary you'll need:
1 Paper Lace Matte
papers and embellishments to decorate
Flameless candle
1/8" Scor-Tape
small glue dots
Start by cutting the acetate 6 1/2 x 10" and 6 1/2 x 4 1/8."
 Score the 10" piece on the long side at 3 1/4, 6 7/8."  On the short side score at 4 5/8."
Score the 4 1/8" piece on the short side at 1/4" from each side. On the long side score at 4 5/8."
Fold on the score lines. Use a bone folder to really fold them well. The acetate is stiff and you'll want a nice crisp fold. 
On the 4 1/8" piece cut away the parts on the 1/4" sides after the 4 5/8" score lines.
 On the 10" piece snip along the score line from the bottom edge up to the 4 5/8" score line. Place scor-tape on the edges and adhere the 4 1/8" piece making a box - as below.

 Put a piece of scor-tape on the bottom and close up the bottom of the box
Cut one of the paper lace mattes in half. Score at 3 1/4" and 6 7/8" and fold on score lines. Be careful with this part though as the paper lace is delicate. Cut the other piece  3 3/4 x 5 1/8" from the middle of the other half of the matte so it matches the other side.
Adhere with glue dots to the outside of the acetate box. I tried using my ATG gun and the lace is too didn't work out very well :(
Then just decorate however you want! :)
Now for the Reed Diffuser!
You'll need:
Paper Lace Mattes
Bamboo skewers
small buttons
thread or string-I used a few strands of embroidery thread
various sizes of flower punches
small vase
Essential oil/diffuser oil

First I cut a bunch of flowers from different parts of the paper matte. Some more solid and some on the lacy part for variety.

Then with my bone folder I curled up the edges of the petals a little.

Then I stacked a few of the flowers together and hand sewed them together with a button on the front. I did a few stitches, then sewed the flower to the skewer. I basically just wrapped it around and tied it a few times to make it solid.  I experimented with gluing the flowers together and to the skewer but the oil that scents the "reeds" affected the glue and it didn't stick anymore. Also I tried various kinds of ink pads to stamp or color the flowers and the oil made the colors run and bleed. Even Stazon didn't work very well. It's ok I like the plain white with the colored button and string anyway!
I cut some of the skewers a little shorter just so they looked nice in the vase. I found a bunch of small vases at my local Thrift Store that are perfect for this. I added some scented oil and done! They have jars of the diffuser oil at Walmart for like $2.00. Or you could make your own with some sweet almond oil and a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
For the card holder you'll need:
1 paper lace matte
cardstock and embellishment to decorate
glue dots/adhesive
4 Cards and envelopes fit into the holder. It was perfect for my Club Scrap March Technique Masterboard cards!
Start with a whole lace matt and folded 2 opposite sides into the middle. I didn't have them quite meet...I folded at 2 3/8" from each side.
Then I folded up 4" from the bottom.

 Cut out the 2 small squares formed by the fold lines in the 2 bottom corners. I put pencil lines where the fold lines are so you can see them better.
 I also cut away the "lacy" part to the solid V part-just for bulk and ease of getting the cards and envelopes into the "envelope." The corners catch terribly on the lacy parts when you try to slide in the cards.
 Then fold up the triangle part and fold over the 2 sides. Adhere with glue dots.

Then decorate anyway you want! I kind of rounded the top part that wasn't connected to give it that folded open look. Then just decorated with other Paris Fleas Market papers and ribbon.
These paper mattes were so fun to play with!! I hope you get a chance to try them out!
Check out Hetty's blog to see what she did with them!
Have a great Day!