Carta Bella Home Again Long and Skinny Birthday Card: A Party in a Box for Throwback Thursday
Hello, Friends! This Carta Bella Home Again Long and Skinny Birthday Card is another fun little Throwback Thursday project. Since we are all finding ourselves “home again” I thought it would be appropriate! (Humor is good at times like these!) I made this card for my sweet sister-in-law’s birthday this month, and I just love the way it turned out. The design is almost identical to the Little Birdie Celebrate Life card that I shared with you earlier. So you can just follow that video tutorialon YouTube and substitute your Home Again papers.
One of the things I love about this card design is that the small panels on the front allow you to use up your scraps.
Box style cards really are the trifecta of cardmaking: a card, a gift and home decor all in one neat and tidy package. This would look so cute on display in a kitchen or breakfast nook!
Take the time to “wrap” the goodies you tuck inside with additional scraps of your designer paper. This card holds a tea bag, cookies, Dove Chocolates and a Ginger and Honey crystals packet.
I continue to pray for health, peace, calm and joy for each one of you daily. We will get through this together!
Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project Share
Hello, Friends! Let’s share a cuppa and take a look at this sweet Carta Bella Home Again Boxed Mini Album Project together. This lovely collection has captured my imagination. The ideas keep flowing, the papers seem to be magically multiplying, and I just keep on making. Are you tired of this collection yet? I find the colors so soothing and the patterns so lovely that I think I could keep right on working with it until every last scrap has been used up. This boxed mini album doubles as a home decor piece, which is always nice. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
Home Again Boxed Mini Album: The Box
Have you ever covered a Graphic 45 Book Box? It’s such an easy way to make a home decor piece. This is the old style ivory book box, measuring 7″ x 5″. Layer up some chipboard, ephemera pieces, and patterned paper. Then accent with flowers, ribbons and metal embellishments.
TIP: Chalk paint is a great finish for metal embellishments. This Prima Door Plate was originally brass, as was the key. The thing I love about chalk paint is that you don’t have to prime the base, the paint goes on smoothly, and dries to a lovely matte finish.
Finish the inside of the box with papers from the 12×12 collection. Then add feet. These Tim Holtz Idea–Ology box feet were the perfect finishing touch. I didn’t even have to paint them.
TIP: If you add feet to your box, you must first adhere the spine of the book box cover to the back side of the box cavity. Use 1/2″ Scor-Tape or other strong adhesive for this step.
Home Again Boxed Mini Album: The Album
I built this little album from scratch. The shaker cover took some figuring out.
First, die cut the round frame from the small navy dot print.
Next, die cut a clear cardstock (acetate) circle using my Spellbinder’s Small Standard Circle Die.
Now adhere the clear cardstock circle to the back of the frame die.
Because the sides of the frame are very thin, even 1/8″ foam strips will show around the edges. And we don’t like that. The solution?
Die cut 2 leafy wreaths. Place small pieces of foam strips on the larger leaves and sandwich them together so that the edges are slightly staggered. You will be able to see small bits of the foam, but once you add the flowers and embellishments, they will be hidden.
Here’s a look at the cover details.
Home Again Boxed Mini Album: A Peek Inside
There are 6 pages in the album. Each page has a side pocket with photo mount insert.
Fussy cut the flower cart from the 6×6 pad. Adhere just the bottom edges to create a little tag pocket.
Magnetic flap pages give you a good spot for photos or hidden journaling.
Both the front and back covers have pocket spots.
Home Again Boxed Mini Album Video Tour
You can see all the pages, details and tips for making this project in this short video tour.
Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card: Let Them Eat Cake!
Hello, Friends! This Carta Bella Home Again Shaker card is sweet and simple, just like a good homemade cake! The 5″ x 6 3/4″ top fold card base is made with an off cut from the Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book that I shared with you yesterday.
Die cut frames work really well as shaker elements. Simply back the solid portion of the frame with clear cardstock, add a few layers of 1/8″ foam strips and you have a wonderful shaker frame.
The image inside the frame is a 3″ x 4″ journaling card that I topped with a chipboard piece from the Home Again collection. Add a few small pearl buttons to the shaker mix and the card is basically done. Just add some soft white Petaloo flowers (retired) and some Bay Leaf Seam Binding and you are good to go.
Carta Bella Home Again Shaker Card: A Peek Inside
The inside is sweet and simple as well. Dress up the die cut sentiment panel with a sticker and scrap of designer paper.
Add gussets to a 3″ x 4″ journal card to turn it into a pocket. Tuck in a tea bag, chocolate (color matched, of course!) and a little tag to complete the card.
I wish I had this jade cake plate in my stash! It takes me right back to my grandmother’s kitchen. She had a small collection of jade cups and bowls. I think they came as a bonus in boxes of laundry detergent, if you can believe that! They’d be worth a small fortune now.
I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure! If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Carta Bella Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial and Project Share
Hello, Friends! Today’s Carta Bella Home Again Flip Book Tutorial was inspired by a cleaning session in the studio. Does that ever happen to you? There you are, cleaning the cubby holes in your desk when you find an old 5″ x 7″ envelope and the light bulb goes off in your brain. That’s what happened to me. I could suddenly see a quick and easy way to create a pocket style flip book using the envelope as the base. Join me as I share some fun tips and tricks that I’m sure you will want to use the next time you find a stray envelope lurking on your desktop!
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Farmhouse Freshness
I love the farmhouse vibe of this gorgeous collection. To amp up that fresh farmhouse feel, I dry brushed all the edges of the cover with a little white chalk paint. This softens the hard edges and adds a wonderful vintage distressed feel to the project. Follow suit with the flowers, and embellishments. The bow is Really Reasonable Ribbon Light Blue Chevron Twill and White Iridescent Metallic String. (Find a linked supply list at the end of this post.)
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: A Peek Inside
The envelope pocket is located on the left hand side of this tri-fold folio. This is such a quick and easy way to add a pocket page to a project that I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!
TIP: Use your scraps to create cute little magnetic flap pages. My scraps were 3″ x 12″. Score at 2 3/4″ and again at 8 1/2″. Shape the corners of the short panel with a corner punch. Add magnets and voila! Almost instant flap folio! These make great hidden journaling spots. They are also super cute with photo booth sized photos. Or….
…turn one into a sweet little tea wallet!
TIP: Washi tape is a quick and easy way to attach items like this vintage silver plate demitasse spoon.
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: Flips and Flaps
The center panel houses a 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″waterfall feature. To change things up a bit, I created a pocket for the top waterfall panel. Then I filled it with photo mounts and little fussy cut tags from the paper collection. There’s a hidden journaling spot on the bottom.
TIP: Create a neat turn tab with the off cut from the pocket page. Use an oval die to cut the shaped pocket and you’ll have the nifty turn tab you see on the right.
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial: The Back Cover
Put the back cover of the folio to good use by creating a hidden flap page and pocket assembly. Score an 8 1/2″ 6″ panel of designer paper at 4 1/4″. Fold in half. Add a magnetic closure and you’re half way there. Create a pocket for the front of the folio and fill with ephemera. Since I had another scrap of cardstock lying around, I folded it in half to make a little 3″ x 5″ folio for the pocket.
The hidden page has room for another photo and a lovely sentiment panel.
Home Again Envelope Flip Book Tutorial Video
Because I thought you might be interested in making a folio like this one, I put together a very quick tutorial showing you how to build the base. This is not a full tutorial! But between the project tour, this blog post and the base tutorial, you’ll have lots of good tricks to help you build your own version of this fun project.