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……






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.

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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.

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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….








Shadow Box Frame

May 31, 2017

Good Morning,

About a year or so ago I came across this fantastic Boys Collection called “So Rad” by Simple Stories. I know I have written about it before but it has been a while. What I loved most about this collection was the positive messages in the cut apart sheets (4×4, 3×4) many of which seemed frameable.  I thought it would be a fun project to get one of the inexpensive frames at the craft store, customize it with the collection papers then put in the sentiment, but I can’t seem to find the frames at said craft store.  Thus, this project has been on the back burner for a while, until now.

As you know I have been using my Silhouette a lot lately and of course, my favorite designer has not let me down. Lori Whitlock has come out with different size shadow boxes complete with holes to string ribbon through for wall hanging.  I thought I would give this a try on her 4×4 frame and some old Bo Bunny paper from my stash.


This frame could not be easier to cut and put together, the issue is figuring out the inside cuts versus the outside cut that make up the frame and interior walls. Lori does have a video that gives some helpful tips on assembly.  For example, I would not have thought to adhere all the inside sides in a line then attach the ends to make the frame.  I like these frames and will be making more of them, maybe next time I will try it with the ribbon so I hang it. This one will be going on a hallway shelf.

If you wondering why I choose this saying, please keep in mind I have 3 sons (one of which is a teenager and another about to become one) a husband and an Australian Shepherd who loves to play hide and seek with socks.  Long story short, given I am usually subconsciously keeping track of everyone, if I can’t find it, it is lost!  I am sure I might have a reader or two who can relate to my situation. 🙂

Anyways, I am off on sock hunting adventure!

Until next time…..


P.S. If you like the “So Rad” Collection you can also find it now at Scrapbooking For Less at a considerable discount. Again just sharing no compensation from anyone.

Valentine’s DIY Frame

February 2, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a DIY  frame to share made from scraps of chipboard and Graphic 45 Mon Amour.  The idea was to make something simple I can quickly put out as a little Valentine’s Day decoration but not so intricate it is hard to put it away after the fact. What I really like is there isn’t any glass to be broken by a dog and three boys.


The Base

I started with chipboard just shy of 2 mm thick


chipboard scraps

and cut to 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 then covered it with the “True Love” sheet (black with writing) from the 8×8 pad.  I then layered it with another piece of chipboard cut to 4 3/16 by 6 3/16 and covered with the flowers paper.


I had a perfect piece of chipboard that had already been scored with a 1/4 inch gusset and enough width to make the frame stand firm. I could have done a hinge but having the extra gusset gives the angle I am looking for and added stability.


The Back and Stand


I am putting this on a sofa table, so it was important to cover the back as it will be seen from all directions.


The striped stand with the gusseted top for stability.

I used just a basic black cardstock for the backside of the larger chipboard. Then  I was able to use a scrap from yesterday’s treat box. On the backside of the Bella Blvd. hearts is this black and white stripe design. I thought it was the perfect addition to the blank frame back.





I have had this beautiful cream 1 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon sitting in my stash forever that was perfect for this project.


Leftover charms from making a mini album. Love the hearts and the key.

I wrapped it around, tied the bow then glued the tails down for a cleaner look. Going through my embellishments, I found these heart and key charms that seem to go nicely with the overall look of the frame. They are attached by using a light cream colored floss by Graphic 45. I gave them a little room to move but still be front and center. To add just a touch of bling I used the Kaiser Craft Rhinestone strip (approx. 12 inches) to go around the edge of the inner chipboard frame.



Finishing and Other Idea Options

I finished the project with a black and white photo of my youngest. I was thinking another option would be to not use a photo but really go town with tags, flowers and maybe a stamped sentiment. Another thought, instead of using a stamped sentiment maybe cut out Happy Valentine’s Day in one of the popular fun handwriting fonts.


Hope this gave you some ideas for your scraps of projects past, I would love to hear about them.

Until next time….



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