Friday, July 26, 2019

Making Any Size Envelope & Free Templates

Well I have tried this method I came up with on just about every size card I can think of and so far it works great. I hope you will find it works for you too. I see many videos on YouTube about how to come up with the sizes paper, folds, score lines etc to make any size envelope but they all see to have so many steps in them. When I make a card and need an envelope I don't have a lot of time to I need something quick and easy. After all in this fast paced world isn't that the name of the game fast? 

Full tutorial Below

So I came up with these steps and have tried them over and over and they work every time, so far! And it is only two basic steps. I have worked out the math for most normal card sizes and have created templates, linked below, for all that I can think of. But if you have a different size card just use the steps below to determine what size paper you will need for your envelope. And these can easily be made with pattern paper, I just used card stock to make it easier for you to see. 

The first step is to determine the size of your finished card. Now add 1/5" onto both those measurements. This will be the size of your template, and yes make you a template and write the size on them, makes it much easier when you want to make another envelope for that same one.

The second step after the template is to determine what size paper you will need to make your envelope. So if your card is anything other than a square card like a 4 1/2x6 1/4 or a 4 1/4x5 1/2 then you will need to take the largest size which in the 4 1/2x6 1/4 is the 6 1/4 and add 3 inches onto that. Thus your paper size for the envelope should be 6 1/4x3 = 9 1/4x9 1/4 make the paper square. 

Then just take your template, lay it as shown below, with the center points of the top and bottom of your card facing the points and fold around your template. As you fold around fold the opposite sides, this way you can match your points to make sure you get it close to even all the way around. I explain this in the video.

Take the template out and reinforce your score lines and then trim out where the score lines cross over in the corners. This makes the card fold over must easier. Glue and you are all set. 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Shelf Holder For Mini Storage Boxes

Quick and easy project but very useful. You can add to this project by going up with you bins or going out to the sides. I love making these and you can do them in all colors to match your room or decor. Below is the full video tutorial and measurements. Enjoy and don't forget to share with us your creations on our Facebook Group.

12x12 paper score at 1/2", 4 1/2", 7 1/2" and 11 1/2"

2 sheets that are cut at 3"x12", use construction strips and put these on the ends where the score lines end. Put one on each end as shown in the video. Then score these the same as the 12x12 sheet. 

Cut away one of the small tabs on the ends and then cut up on all other score lines. 

Chipboard reinforcements:

3 7/8"x11 7/8" you will need 2 of these
2 7/8"x11 7/8" you will need 1 of these
2 7/8"x3 7/8" you will need 4 of these.

glue your chipboard pieces on the inside and then you are ready to glue your piece together.

Make sure to use your construction strips on both sides of the dividers to prevent slipping. 

Have fun!! 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Mini Storage Boxes From Our Scraps

I can never have enough small storage boxes, and yes I could purchase some but why do that when I have everything I need here to make them. I have paper, chipboard and glue and that is all I need. Lets make a few and then tomorrow or maybe Monday if time doesn't allow we will make the shelf container to store them on. 
All measurements, video and photos are below. If you make these please share on our Facebook Group, we love to see your creations.

Links to all products used is under the video


7x9 inch piece of cardstock on the long side score at 1/2, 2 1/2, 6 1/2 and 8 1/2 turn it one turn and score at 1/2, 2 1/2, 4 1/2 and 6 1/2.

Burnish and fold your score lines, then cut away as shown in the photo below. 

Chipboard for the bottom and the two long sides is cut at 1 7/8x3 7/8 you will need 3
Chipboard for the two ends is cut at 1 7/8x1 7/8 you will need two 

Cover your chipboard on one side with the same color cardstock or a different, that is up to you and then glue in the bottom piece before you glue together the box. 

Then glue the box sides together and slide the other pieces of chipboard into the box gluing as you go. You may have to trim off the chipboard on the ends if the don't fit, just trim a little then dry fit.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Folio Card

You guys know how I love unusual cards. I can't just give a simple card to anyone, I love the unusual ones, with little pockets and tuck places and the fancy fold. So today we decided to take a photo folio and a card and combine them to make a beautiful, but still mailable, card. Still super thin and not to heavy so it should mail with no problems. 

You will find the video tutorial link as well as all the measurements and photos below. Links to products I used will be listed if I can find them below as well. 


Base is cut at 6x12, on the long side score at 5 7/8", 6", 6 1/8".
Pocket #1 cardstock is 6 1/2x3 1/2 score on two short sides and one long side at 1/2".
Pocket #2 cardstock is 6 1/2x4 1/2 score on two short sides and one long side at 1/2".

Pocket Envelope
Cardstock is cut at 6 1/2"x9 1/2" score on long side at 3 1/2", 7 1/2" turn and score on the short side at 1/2" on both sides.

Cut away as shown in the video to make an envelope pocket. Round the corners on the top flap.

Mats for outside and inside of cardbase is 5 3/4"x5 3/4" you will need 3.
Mats for pocket #1 are 5 1/4"x3 3/4"
Mats for pocket #2 5 1/4"x2 3/4"
Mats for envelope pocket 5 1/4"x 1 3/4" cut 2 round corners
Mats for envelope front 5 1/4"x3 1/4"

Front Cardstock
Base cardstock for front piece is 3 1/2"x5"
White piece is 3 1/4"x4 3/4"

I used the following products to create this card:

Mum Bouquet die: I am sorry I can't find this anywhere.
Lawn Fawn Happy stamp set: 
Lawn Fawn Happy die set: 
Purple tape:
Tim Holtz Scissors:

Friday, July 12, 2019

Fancy Fold Card & Surprise Giveaway

A quick and easy card that just screams summer and beach time with the family. I love to sail and I love the water, so this card was so much fun to make. We also have a surprise giveaway, this one was even a surprise to me lol. But you must watch the full video because you never know where and when I will share with you how to enter. 

I hope you will give it a go and if you do please share your take on the card over on our Facebook group. All measurements, YouTube tutorial, and photos are below. Have fun creating. 

For this card you will need a piece of paper that is 6x12" on the long side you will score at 2, 4, 6, 8 turn the sheet to your right and starting at the first score line and at the 1 1/2" mark, score from there to the third score line, then do the same at the 4 1/2" score line. Then cut along where you just made these score lines. 

Mats are cut at 1 7/8x5 3/4
                         3 3/4x2 3/4
                                               1 3/8x1 7/8 cut 4 of these
                         1 7/8x5 3/4
                         5 3/4x4 7/8

Embellish with what makes you happy, I use the sailboats, the captains wheel and an anchor. Those templates are HERE if you would like to recreate these. And I have also left my CRICUT CUT FILE to these same images here. They are free cuts if you have Cricut Access and if you don't then you can sign up HERE it is just $9.99 a month and you get tons of extra images and they are adding new ones each month. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Beach Hut 3D Box

This is a cut and easy project. We used some items we got in our July E Club Kit and made this adorable Beach Hut box. I love the beach so this is right up my alley. I have never been to a beach that had beach huts, I don't even know if they are a "thing" anymore. Let me know in the comments below if the beach you visit has these. I would love to see some photos of some of them. 

I will like all the products I used under my video tutorial, if you can't see all the links just click the show more on your computer or the little arrow on the left side on your ipad or phone. 

Cardstock 10 1/2x10, on the long side score at 1/2", 3", 8" turn and score at 1/2, 2 1/2, 7 1/2"
Cardstock 5 1/2x10 on the long side score at 1/2, 2 1/2, 7 1/2 then turn and score at 1/2".

In the small boxes under the 1/2" score line mark the center and then score a line from that mark down to the side where the two score lines meet. Then do the same thing the other way creating a triangle in these two small boxes. 

Mats: 4 3/4x4 3/4 inches cut 2 front and back
          2 1/2x4 3/4 inches cut 2 roof
          2 1/4x4 3/4 inches cut 2 sides

Door and window is cut using my cricut the Cricut file is here. Or if you don't have a cricut and would like to use this file I have linked a PDF for these images here. 

Banner is cut at 3/4"  

Monday, July 8, 2019

Mini Double Cascading Photo Folio

What is better than a little album you can hand deliver that holds lots of photos. And to make it even better it is quick and easy and doesn't use a ton of paper. We created this little mini using items from our July E Club kit. I am very excited as to how it turned out. All the measurements and tutorial will be below.

Cardstock 3"x12" on the long side score at 3 1/2"x4", 8", 8 1/2" round the ends.
For the inside parts your cardstock should be 9x2 3/4" score on the long side at 1/2", 3 3/8" 6 1/4" you will need two of these for the double cascade.
For the little flaps on each end you will need a piece of cardstock that is 5 1/4x3 1/4" score on the long side at 2 3/4" do this to both pieces.

The oval attachment is 3 1/2" long x 2 1/2" wide. I can not find the exact over I used to die cut mine but I have linked one that will work here.

Mats are cut as follows:

2 center and back 3 3/4"x2 3/4"
2 sides 3 1/4"x2 3/4"
2 fronts 3 1/4"x2 3/4"

Cascading mats 2 5/8"x2 1/2 you will need 12

Sides flap mats 4 at 3"x2 1/4"
back piece 2 1/2"x3" cut 2 of these

All the items I used that I can find are linked under the video, in the description.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Exploding Boxed Mini Album

Hey everyone,

Lets think outside the "box" and make a cascading mini album with a box attached. Think it might be hard? Well believe me it is the easiest one you will ever make. Below is the full tutorial as well as full photos and measurements.

Cardstock 12x11 1/4" score on the long side at 2 3/4", 5 1/2", 8 1/4" and 11" turn to the left with the 11" score line at the top of the score board and score at 2 3/4" and 8 1/2" go back and score just down to the second score line at 1 3/4" and 9 1/2"

Fold and burnish all except the partial score lines.

Cut away the bottom two corner squares leave the 2nd ones and cut away the middle ones as show in the photo below.

Cut away from the partial score line down to the second score line as shown in the photo above and then cut up and notch the little squares. 

Mats for the outside and inside are 5 5/8x2 5/8 inches you will need 8
Mats front small flap 7/8x5 5/8 cut 1
Mats for small side tabs 7/8x2 5/8 cut 2
Mats for large tabs 2 5/8x2 5/8 cut 2

Cascading part

Cut solid cardstock at 2 5/8x2 7/8 on the long side score at 1/4" on all. Cut 22, 11 for each side.
White cardstock 2 1/2x2 1/2 cut 22, use a decorative punch for the corners or just round them.

Inside pockets and tags

Pocket 5 5/8x1 1/2 notch the top for a finger pull and then glue on three sides.
Tag for this is cut at 2 1/4x4 3/4 inches

Small pocket on bottom is 2 1/2x2 notched at top and glued on three sides
Tag is cut at 2 1/4x 4 1/2

Enjoy, E