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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Christmas Album in a Box Tutorial

 Hello!  I created this album in a box and I have done a tutorial for it on YouTube.  I wanted to share a few pictures and give the link to the video.  Below you will find the cutting guide pictures for the card stock and the cutting list.
 This album is fun...The box folds open, almost "explosion" style to reveal an inner box that holds the album in place.  The inside covers also have a pocket and a waterfall feature.
 This would be a fun album to do for lots of different themes, birthdays, babies, etc.

I used Graphic 45's "Christmas Magic" collection.  I had used some of it for my "Perpetual Accordion Album" project I did for Country Craft Creations Christmas in July design team project.  If you are interested in visiting that tutorial you can find it here.    I had purchased all of the paper, including the Artisan Cardstock at Country Craft Creations.  Visit the store and see what wonderful supplies she has in stock for you!
So the link to the tutorial video on YouTube can be found here.

You will be using 10 sheets of cardstock, and one magnet. I used about 2/3rds of a pack of patterned papers. Cutting List: Box Piece A: 2 at 9 x 10 Box Piece B: 2 at 3 1/2 x 9 Box Bottom: 1 at 8 x 2 1/2 Inner Box: 1 at 7 1/2 x 12 Lid Piece A: 1 at 10 5/8 x 11 1/4 Lid Piece B: 1 at 4 1/2 6 5/8 Inner Back Box Cover Pocket 1 at 3 x 8 Inner Front Box Cover Waterfall: Pages: 6 at 4 3/4 x 6 1/4 Closure: 1 at 4 1/4 x 6 3/4 Mini Album Cover: 1 at 7 1/2 x 12 Mini Album Pages: 3 at 7 1/4 x 5 5/8 Mini Album Page 3 pockets: 2 at 3 x 6 1/4 Mini Album Page 4 Photo Mat: 1 at 4 1/4 x 6 1/4 Mini Album Page 4 Booklet: 1 at 4 1/2 x 4 1 at 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 Mini Album Page 5: Pocket Flap A, 1 at 4 x 7 1/2 Pocket Flap B, 1 at 4 x 6 1/2

Below you will find the cutting guides to show you how to cut your card stock.










Thanks for stopping by, and thanks your support.

Stay crafty, my friends!
Michelle

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

"Life's A Journey" Wall Rosette

 Hi All!  I have posted a show and tell/tutorial on how I created this "Wall Rosette" using my design team package from Country Craft Creations.  I am using the "Life's a Journey" collection by Graphic 45 and it is FANTASTIC!
I'll tell you everything I did to create this, and show another one that I made for Halloween.  I love these because they are easy to make and very versatile.

Check out Country Craft Creations for the supplies and check out my video to see how to make one.

Have a great day and stay crafty!!

Michelle

Sunday, October 27, 2019

"Life's a Journey" Tag Album Tutorial


Good morning, everyone!

I'm here today to share with you the tag album tutorial that I created for the Country Craft Creations design team!  I'm really excited about this album, the paper collection that I was given is amazing...the colors are spectacular.  The album is an easy one to do, but has so much interaction and opportunity to put pictures and journaling.

I used the Life's a Journey collection by Graphic 45, Graphic 45 square tags (which I built this album around) along with the Artisan Cardstock, seam binding, Graphic 45 pearl gems, and some various items from my stash.

Country Craft Creations is an amazing online store, and they have all of the supplies you need for this project.  They have the best customer service around, your order will ship within 24 hours, usually in just a couple of hours (seriously!), and the Artisan Cardstock is the best cardstock I have ever, ever, ever worked with.    Check them out by clicking this link!

The video tutorial is on my YouTube channel, and you can see it here by clicking this link.

I am using a new method of wrapping your chipboard designed by Tamra Kilgore-Merrill (who is the owner of Country Craft Creations and our awesome leader!). This is a link to her full tutorial that describes this method in detail. I do go over it in this video, but I encourage you to check out her tutorial! This is the second time I have done it and I love it! This is the link to her tutorial.

Here is a cutting list, and below that is a cutting guide to help you cut your cardstock.  I used 1 piece of 12 x 12" chipboard for the covers.  I used 10 sheets of cardstock.  I honestly don't know how much patterned paper I used because I used up a lot of scraps from my first project for this month.  I'm sorry about that!

Thanks for coming by and I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

CUTTING LIST

Chipboard:
2 @ 6 x 6"
1 @ 6 x 2 1/2"

Cardstock to cover chipboard:
2 @ 8 x 8"
1 @ 8 x 4 1/2"

Pages (Base pages, these will be built upon):
4 @ 11 1/4 x 10 1/2"
Keep the scraps removed (as shown in the tutorial) to create the following:
2 @ 5 1/2 x 5 (see tutorial, you will incorporate the score line)
4 @ 2 1/2 x 5" (for simple pockets)

Waterfall page/pocket assembly:
Pocket:  1 @ 6 1/2 x 4 3/4"
Pages:  6 @ 3 5/8 x 4 1/4"
Cover page:  1 @ 6 x 4 1/4"

Swivel Page:
2 @ 4 x 4

Belly Band Flip:
1 @ 3 X 11"

Simple double pocket:
1 @ 6 1/4 x 4 1/4

Accordion page:
2 @ 4 1/4 x 9
1 @ 4 1/4 x 4 1/4

Expanding pocket:
1 @ 11 1/2 x 8"

Below you will find the visual cutting guide!







Again, thank you for stopping by.  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stay crafty, my friends,
Michelle

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Coffin Tower Exploding Box Album

 You have heard of Explosion Box Albums...
 You have heard of Towering Explosion Box Albums...
But have you seen one in a coffin shape for HALLOWEEN???

COME ON OVER TO MY YOUTUBE FOR A TUTORIAL ON HOW YOU CAN MAKE ONE OF YOUR OWN!!!

I'm so excited about this project!  It is really easy, and fun to make and it turns out so darn cool!

I know you will love it.  Full details are on YouTube in the description.  I can't wait for you to see it.

Stay crafty, my friends!

Michelle

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Life's a Journey Mini Album Tutorial

 Hello Everyone!  My first design team project for the month of October for Country Craft Creations is available on my YouTube Channel!  It can be found by clicking this link.


I used the amazing collection by Graphic 45 called "Life's a Journey". You can get the paper collection, the black and ivory Artisan Cardstock, the Art Glitter Glue, and the Graphic 45 Gem dots that I used at Country Craft Creations.  Please check out this store, and this online community.  You will love the people, the supplies and the tutorials!

I have a full cutting list in the description section of the tutorial.  I have also created a cutting guide that will give you a visual of who to cut your cardstock so that you can maximize its use.

The cutting guide can be found here for download.

Thanks for looking!  I really hope you enjoy the tutorial.  I have really enjoyed making this album, and I loved using the papers, the colors are scrumptious!

Stay crafty, my friends!

Michelle

Sunday, October 6, 2019

"Life's a Journey" Mini Album Walk Through

 Hi everyone.  I am here to share some pictures and give you a link to see my newest mini album.  
 This is my first October design team project for Country Craft Creations and I am using the Graphic 45 collection "Life's a Journey".  It is a beautiful collection and I know you are going to love it!
 The colors are so beautiful and vibrant.  I know you will just love working with it.  
 Head on over to the walk through and check it out, then go on to Country Craft Creations to get your supplies.  You will love how this album works and you will love these papers!
 Thanks for looking, and have a wonderful day!
Stay crafty, my friends!!!!

Michelle

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Summer Adventure Camping Journal

This is a sneak peek picture of my 3rd project for Country Craft Creations's design team for the month of September.  I did a show and tell video about it.  This project used up all of the scraps that I had left over from my September design team package "Summer Adventure" by Echo Park.

I love how this project turned out.  It is so useful in so many ways.  Please head on over to my
YouTube Channel and watch the video.  I explain what I did to create a journal/planner/scrapbook to document your camping fun!

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to check out Country Craft Creations to get your supplies!  Stay crafty, my friends!

Michelle

Monday, September 23, 2019

Witches Spell Book


 Happy Halloween!  

OK, it is September, but to me it is Halloween Eve and I'm ready to decorate and have some crafty fun.  I made this awesome spell book and you have got to go and check out this tutorial.


Tamra from Country Craft Creations did a YouTube on this project and it is SPECTACULAR!


I went to Michael's and got some Halloween floral stuff for 40% off.  I also used the moss and I used ephemera from Tim Holtz.  The spider is also from Michaels, and the broom is Tim's as well.  


 This book does take a while to make.  With the painting and the Mod Podge there is dry time involved, but you won't be disappointed!!!  There is a link to the free printable (FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY) that she used, and I used here.  The link is here so you can get your own. 


Go and watch this tutorial and make one, you will LOVE THIS!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have fun with this project

Stay crafty, my friends!

Michelle

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Summer Adventure Tent Album...The Tutorial is LIVE!!

 Hello everyone!  The tutorial for my Summer Adventure Tent Album is live on YouTube!
The link to see it is here!
This is my 2nd September design team project for Country Craft Creations.  I was given the Echo Park collection "Summer Adventure" and it is soooooo CUTE!  I received patterned papers,            cut-aparts, stickers, ephemera, and the solids that coordinate with the collection.  I also used a cut file I bought for my Silhouette machine by Sophie Gallo.  Click here to get to her blog and if you have the Silhouette program look her up.  She made the perfect cut file for the pine trees I needed!

I have a PDF cutting guide for you to use to maximize the use of your card stock.
You can find that file here.

Thanks for stopping by and stay crafty, my friends!
Michelle

Monday, September 16, 2019

"Summer Adventure" Tent Album Walk Through

Hi, Everyone!

Today I am sharing a link to the walk through video showing my "Summer Adventure" Tent Album.  This is my 2nd design team project for September for Country Craft Creations.  This is a concept album, in that it is shaped to resemble a tent, and it fits perfectly with the camping theme of the paper I am using.  This is Echo Park's "Summer Adventure" collection.  



Thanks for stopping by and for watching the video.  I really appreciate your support!

Stay crafty, my friends!
Michelle

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

"Summer Adventures" Mini Album Tutorial is live!

Hi!  I have finished my first September design team project for Country Craft Creations and the tutorial is live on YouTube!  The tutorial is available here on my channel.  YAY!!!  I am using Echo Park's "Summer Adventure" collection and it is SUPER CUTE!  I am also using Artisan Card Stock from Country Craft Creations in Navy and Green.

I have a cutting list here that you can use, and I also have a PDF cutting guide available to show you how to cut the cardstock to maximize it's use.

Cutting List

***Edited to add***You will also need two pieces of cardstock measuring 9 1/2 x 12 each to cover the chipboard covers

Base Pages: 4 @ 7 3/4 x 7
Pockets Under Gatefold Pages: 4 @ 3 x 7 15/16 

Gatefold Pages: 8 @ 4 x 7

Log Cabin Pocket Inside Front Cover: 
“A”: 7 x 7
“B”: 7 x 6
“C”: 6 x 6

“D”: 6 x 5 
E”: 5 x 5

Alternating Waterfall, Inside Back Cover:
Base for pages: 1 @ 2 3/4 x 3 1/4 
Closure: 1 @ 2 x 5
Portrait Pages: 3 @ 3 1/4 x 4 3/4 

Landscape Pages: 3 @ 3 3/4 x 4 1/4

Page 1:
Closure 1 @ 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 

Closure Pocket 1 @ 2 x 7

Page 2 Pockets 2 @ 4 3/4 x 7

Page 3 Closure 1 @ 3 1/4 x 4 1/4

Page 4 Double Belly Band 
1@ 2 x 8
1@ 4 x 8

Page 5:
Horizontal Tag Closure 1 @ 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 Tag: 1 @ 3 x 6


Page 6:
Pocket: 1 @ 5 x 8
Foldout: 1 @ 4 1/4 x 10 1/2 and 1 @ 4 1/4 x 4 3/4


Page 7
Closure: 1 @ 4 1/4 x 9 3/4
You will also need a contrasting color card stock or patterned paper to back the element at 3 1/2 x 4 1/2


Page 8:
Tag for closure: 1 @ 3 x 6 

Closure: 1 @ 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 
Pocket: 1 @ 3 1/2 x 8 
Flap: 1 @ 4 X 7

Don't forget to check out Country Craft Creations for your supplies!

Have fun and stay crafty, my friends!
Michelle

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Prototype Share Day!

As you all know, I have been given the opportunity to be on the design team for 
Country Craft Creations.  I love that company and I am having so much fun designing for them.  

When I make an album and am creating a tutorial, I make a prototype album first to work out kinks and make sure that the album design is good before I use the products that they give me to use.  

I thought I would share today the prototype albums I made for my July Projects.

The first one was the prototype for my "Journey" album using Carta Bella's "Let's Adventure" collection.  You can see the original blog post here.
I used papers from Hot Off The Press that I had in my stash for this prototype.  I just love how it turned out.

 The embellishments were from K & Co.  Again, I was hoarding these ins my stash and it was time I used it!


 The colors matched perfectly.  

 The second project that I did for July was the Passport Holder.  This is a great project!
 For this prototype I used papers by Tim Holtz that I was hoarding.  I am glad I finally used it. 

 The picture above shows the pocket flap open to hold the passport.  




Thanks for stopping by and checking this out.  I will also do a post showing the prototypes I made for my August projects.  I am currently designing  the September projects along with getting ready with some Halloween Goodies!

Stay Crafty, My Friends!!!
Michelle