Chipboard Frame with Mini Book

July 9, 2018


It has been a while, so much going on with the family these days, but finally, summer is here! A lit bit slower pace and fewer commitments, hopefully, I can get more crafting done!

I am sharing a frame with a little mini book I made for my local scrapbook store. I was tasked to come up with a project using Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo”.  My little guy was the inspiration for this one as he likes to have pictures in his room when we do special days like the zoo and aquarium. I am still enamored with interactive projects, so I couldn’t just make a frame with one flip and a picture. What fun is that?

Paper Inspiration came from the plaid paper with the oranges, blues, and greens. I cut two pieces of chipboard one at 6×8 and one at 5.5x 7.5 (plaid paper). Orignal I was going to do the cut apart as a flip and be done…..but, it never works out that way for me. I guess I just don’t know when to stop!

Here is a photo of the front:


This front of the mini book is a 4×6 cut apart found in the collection. The corners sport some little beads from a jar of embellishments I bought years ago. I love when I can use up some old stash!

Opening up the book, I used two tabs from the sticker sheet to create a place to pull the page open. It is magnetically closed.fullsizeoutput_311

A photo a little smaller than 4×6 if you want a mat can go on the left. On the right is a belly band that opens to reveal a tag and another spot for a photo.

fullsizeoutput_313The printed paper hides a pocket for another tag that can hold two (front and back) 4×4 size photos. In the original design process, this would be it, but something happens when I start putting things together, and I can’t stop adding more… fullsizeoutput_308So when you close up the book and open it to the right, you will see these two pages. The frame on the right will hold a 2 x 3 picture. Again the white paper hides a pocket at the top for another square tag. The page on the left contains two ATC size tags and hidden cut-a-part from the collection which has a spot for a picture.  That was as far as I could go without it getting too bulky and falling over.

The back has a chipboard stand that I engineered with a collapsible piece inside for stability. fullsizeoutput_309 As much as I love paper crafting, there is a joy in figuring out the construction process and engineering a fix for these projects.

Below are some detail shots of the tags. I just recently bought the new Graphic 45 steel dies. I have the long one with the ATC tag and the square one. I was itching to use them so it may have influenced me a bit.

The gray ones are the ATC size, and the brown polka dots are the square die. I still have not used them on the actual graphic 45 tags but love the sizing for just a paper tag.

This project lends to any paper you like, I was assigned the Photoplay Collection by the store. If you are interested in doing this project you will need the following:

  • Chipboard
  • A pattern Paper collection you like and hopefully one with 4×6 “cut- a-parts”. Again this was made with Photoplay’s “We Bought a Zoo.”
  • For the base color cardstock, I used a full 12×12 and a partial second.
  • Matching die cuts or sticker sheets to make life easier
  • tags either by die cut or by hand
  • ribbon: I used seam binding for the large tags and a zebra or print for the smaller ones.
  • Twine for the smaller pieces on the tag.
  • two pieces of cardstock or pattern paper for the back and hinge stand.

I have been considering doing videos so if you would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this leave me a comment.

Thanks for stopping by,

Until next time……






Thank you gift bag

January 11, 2018

Happy 2018!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and a safe but fun new year’s celebration.  We, unfortunately, spent most of it sick with this nasty flu that is going around. On the bright side, we did get to spend time together over kleenex boxes and between coughs. That is odd you might say, but as a Mom with teenagers, I take what I can get with them. 🙂

In between, being sick and trying to finish the craft room move (so overwhelming) I did this design team project for the challenge site Deanne offers challenges based on these yummy decorated cookie pictures she finds on Pinterest. Participants in the challenge can make a card, project, scrapbook page, etc. inspired by the cookie decorations, this first one of the year is kicking off today with a “Thank You” theme.


I decided to do a “thank you” bag using my cameo and some older Bo Bunny that I thought went well with these inspiration cookies. Dt crafter a cookie - thank you2

I found this  Scallop Favor Bag Design #143525 in the Silhouette Design Store. It has all the pieces you see here, making it a matter of picking your paper and deciding your message on the tag. The bag base comes together in one piece and has pre-cut slots for the handles.

The seams are on the side and come together with some folding to which I advise using your strongest adhesive if using a heavyweight paper. (I define heavyweight anything over 65 lb )  I used a liquid adhesive, simply because lining up things takes me a couple tries otherwise I would have used a Scor tape or the red line tape.  The base comes together rather quickly.

The tag layers in the center are all part of the cut file, I choose from Bo Bunny’s Double Dot paper line. Then stamped the “thank you” with one I had from Stephanie Bernard in her Avocado green. You could use your fonts in the Cameo to cut a word as well.

One of the embellishments was the red scallop border piece. It is actually meant to go on the handles, but I felt I needed to pull a little more red out of the design paper. This is one of the reasons I like this cut file as it has so many options to make it your own.

I hope you will check out the challenge at and join us.

Here is my supply list:

  • Bo Bunny Alora Collection
  • Bo Bunny Double Dot Papers in powder blue, teal, and poppy
  • PPA (Perfect Paper Adhesive) Matte Adhesive
  • Stephanie Bernard Avocado ink


Until next time…

Gift Card pop up Box

November 13, 2017

Good Morning,

For the upcoming gift-giving season or in my household the rest of the family birthdays, I am sharing a Silhouette cut file for gift card box.  It seems as my kids get older their presents get smaller but more expensive. One of their favorites is to receive gift cards to their favorite places, this seems to hold true for their friends as well. I don’t know about you but, putting a gift card in a card always seems to lack a little something, I am always on the lookout for new ways to present a gift card.  I made this one for a friend of my son’s birthday recently, even my son liked it. He said it felt like I was giving a “present” not just a card!  The box itself is two cuts on one piece of 12×12 paper. The exterior of the box is all connected to give that interior pop. The inside hinge might be a little tricky figuring out which way it folds to lift up the gift card.

I made this one for a friend of my son’s birthday recently, it was received well, the mom even sent me a note asking how I made it.  The box itself is two cuts on one piece of 12×12 paper. The exterior of the box is all connected to give that interior pop. The inside hinge might be a little tricky figuring out which way it folds to lift up the gift card.

However, once you do it, it makes sense. The creator of this cut file has instructions on her blog which were pretty easy to follow. If you are interested I will have links to it on my supply list below.  This card also has room to add a little candy or other surprises inside as well.

The finishing touch is the shadow block letter spelling Happy, they are all welded at the bottom and fit the expanse of the box perfectly. The cursive “birthday” is a simple one layer cut. I cut it twice and layered it to make it stand out a little more.

All together this project took me 30 minutes from when I finally picked my paper. It would have been faster if I didn’t over think the hinge! 🙂

Here is my supply list with links:

  • 1  sheet of  12×12 pattern paper – reversible is best for the box.
  • 6×6 sheet of pattern paper for “Happy.”
  • One sheet of solid cardstock for Shadow on Happy and cursive birthday.
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette Design Store – 3D Pop Up Gift Card Birthday Box Design Id #63323 by Jamie Cripps
  • link to “how to”
  • Optional candy or trinkets to fill box along with the gift card
  • If you give this DIY Gift Box a try, I would love to hear how it went and what you thought.

Until next time……

P.S. To keep the coffee flowing while I create and write I have added my Amazon affiliate link to products. However I still only suggest products I think you will like and those I have had a good experience using. 

P5x7 Paper Tray

July 18, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a quick project to share. I needed something to hold note paper on my desk.  I was getting ready to peruse a big office supply store but first I needed to finish in the Silhouette Design Store. I thought why notsearch for desk organization. I couldn’t believe all the choices available.   I found this little tray and thought it would be perfect so  I skipped the office supply store figuring if this didn’t work out I could still make the trip. I can say it did work out, so I save my self a few dollars to spend on more cut files! 🙂

paper tray

After making a simple cut in one sheet of 12 x12 I had this perfect little tray that holds 5×7 note cards. I think I might make another one to hold scraps or finished pieces when working a larger project. However you use it this tray is probably the easiet cut file I have ever had the pleasure of working with, plus I love the functionality of it.

It cuts in one piece and then folds up beautifully. I used scor-tape to adhere the corners as I find it has a little more strength than my ATG. I think it took me all of 5 minutes to put this together.

Here is my quick and easy project that looks amazing. Check out those cut-out handles too.

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Here is my supply list:

  • 1piece of 12 x12 paper
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lori Whitlock Designs 5×7 Serving Tray in the Silhouette Design Store
  • Scor Tape

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions please leave a comment.

Until next time,


Happy Birthday Sign

July 14, 2017

Good Morning,

The month of July is busy in our house, I often refer to it as a second Christmas month (at least looking at cost) as three of us have our birthdays this month. I was  trying to get a head start making decorations when I came across this amazing cut file by Snapdragon Snippets on the Silhoutte Cameo.

This sign ends up being pretty thick because it takes 9 layers of cardstock plus a rather clever stand to make the entire thing. I did my best trying to line up all the layers as that is key. This is approx. 4 inches high x 12 across, I think it is perfect for a table center piece.

Layered Happy BirthdayThe paper I used is some older Bo Bunny Surprise collection. I liked the bright colors and patterns for this sign. Considering this is for birthdays covering a wide spectrum of ages, it was important to have it look more timeless than based on age.

Layered Happy Birthday2

This side view gives you an idea of how the many layers (9 in all) add to its strength to hold up on its own.

The backside shot is of the “I-Bean”  used to prop the sign up. Three of the layers are put on to create a slid for the I-Bean It is rather clever. However I ended up glueing it to make it more pernment.

Layered Happy Birthday3

Be prepared to get some glue on your hands but end up with a beautiful home decor piece to celebrate many birthday to come.

Layered Happy Birthday

Here is my suplly list to make the sign:

  • Silhouette Store: Happy Birthday I-Beam sign by Snapdragon Snippets
  • 7 sheets of 12×12 solid cardstock to cut the base ( I used white) I was able to double up on one sheet.
  • 5 sheets of pattern paper you can use either 12×12 or a 6×6 pad to cut the Happy. (each letter is 4 by 3.)
  • 1 sheet of 12×12 pattern paper to cut the “birthday”.
  • Adhesive: a liquid glue and you could do dimensional adhesive for the “birthday”

This project does take some time to put together as you need layers to dry a bit but it can be done in a few hours.

As Alwasy I appreciate hearing from you and happy to answer any questions,

Until next time….








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