Scrapbook Paper Wood Bangle Bracelets

Hey friends!  Adrianne here with you today to share a way for you turn your very favorite geometric patterns and papers into easy accessories, by embellishing basic wood bangles with a bit of paper and Mod Podge.  Look at these cheerful spring colors!

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I have a polka-dot obsession lately, I’ll confess, and I think quatrefoil is perfect for jewelry.  But if that’s not your thing – lucky for you, you can use any paper you love!  Raid your scraps – you can even mix and match – and read on for how to make scrapbook paper wood bangle bracelets.

Scrapbook Paper Wood Bangle Bracelet Supplies:

  • Core’dinations patterned paper (shown here in light green small dot and teal quatrefoil)
  • Unfinished wooden bangles (I found mine on Etsy)
  • White craft paint
  • Mod Podge (I used Matte, but Glossy would work equally well)
  • Paintbrush
  • Paper trimmer

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Step 1.  Paint the inside of your wood bangle, as well as the edges.  Be sure to paint just slightly over the edges onto the outer surface of the bangle – that way, no unfinished wood will show at the edges of your paper.  It’s likely you’ll need 2 coats of paint.  Allow the bangles to dry.

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Step 2.  Trim your paper to the appropriate size for your bangle.  In my case, that was a 1-inch strip, 11 1/4 inches long.  Coat the backside with a layer of Mod Podge and allow it to rest for a few seconds, allowing the Mod Podge to soak into the paper and soften it slightly.  You will get a better seal by waiting a few moments before applying the paper.

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Step 3.  Wrap the paper tightly around the bangle, lining up the finished edge as closely as you can.  Paint the whole bracelet with a final coat of Mod Podge, and allow it to dry for at least a couple of hours before wearing it.  If you discover any small bubbles in your paper when you apply it, allowing it to dry overnight will often resolve them.

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They’re so easy to make, it’s hard to stop at just one!  Stack a couple together, or make them up to match different outfits.  You could also stamp or ink your papers before applying them – whatever your signature paper crafting style is!  They’re such a fun way of showing your love of paper in an everyday way.

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Thanks for joining me today!

~ Adrianne

 

Easter Cross

Spring always gets me in the mood to make some new home decor.  Today I have a cross to share with you that I made using Core’dinations supplies and is a perfect piece to put up for Easter (or year-round!).

Party-Mixers-CrossEaster Cross Supplies:

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Step 1: Trace cross onto the back of the adhesive cardstock.

Technique Tip: Using some kind of liquid adhesive to attach cardstock to chipboard can be a nightmare!  The glitter adhesive cardstock is perfect for not messing with that.  It attaches quickly and smoothly and needs no time to dry! That’s a win in my book!

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Step 2: Cut out your glitter adhesive cardstock and peel it back at the top.

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Step 3: Attach the glitter adhesive cardstock to your chipboard cross.

Technique Tip: Start at the top of the cross and slowly work your way down attaching it to the cross.  If you don’t get a great position at first pull it back up before you get too far.  This cardstock peels up pretty easy initially – just be sure to push it down hard once you are happy with the position.

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Step 4: Use a hot glue gun to attach the Party Mixer Rosettes. The rosettes are so sturdy and already assembled so they make this step really fast! No long hard struggles with assembling the rosettes.

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Step 5: Die cut some vellum leaves.

Technique Tip: Core’dinations vellum cuts great in both a manual die cut machine and electronic die cutting machine.  Just make sure that if you are using electronic you set the speed and depth to an appropriate setting for vellum

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Step 6: Slide the leaves underneath the rosettes to hide the adhesive and attach them.  Add small flowers as a final touch.

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With all the colors available in glitter adhesive cardstock and rosettes you have a lot of options to make a beautiful piece of home decor that matches your own house perfectly!

~Christine

 

Glass Pebble Scrap Magnets

Hey guys, Adrianne here with you today to share an idea for using your favorite scraps you’ve been saving – turn them into pretty pebble magnets using dollar store glass gems and a bit of Mod Podge! Chances are, you have some beautifully-coordinated papers in your favorite colors hiding out in your scrap bin right now, don’t you?  You only need  about a 1-inch square of each of those pretty prints to create a set of magnets.  Show off your love of scrapbooking and paper crafts on the refrigerator door or your family white board with this tutorial.

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Glass Pebble Scrap Magnet Supplies:

  • Scraps of your favorite Core’dinations patterned papers
  • Clear glass gems (find them in the floral department of your dollar store or craft store)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge (Matte or Glossy)
  • Paintbrush
  • Plastic craft squeegee
  • Ceramic button magnets
  • E6000, or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive

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Step 1. Trace around your glass pebbles, and cut just inside the traced line to create your paper backing.  Because they’re an irregular size, try to keep the gem and corresponding cutout together.  The glass gem will give your paper a magnified appearance, so if your cutout isn’t precise, it won’t be a problem, but what you want to avoid is places where the paper extends beyond the flat back of the gem.

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Step 2.  Protect your work surface, because this can get messy.  Add a generous drop of Mod Podge to the top of your paper.  Spread it all the way to the edges using your paintbrush.  Give it a moment to rest and for the water-based Mod Podge to soak into the paper a little.

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Step 3. Attach the paper to the flat side of the gem.  Looking through the top of the glass, move the paper around until any bubbles are pushed to the edges and you have a flat coat of Mod Podge.  Then, turn the gem over and, using your crafts squeegee, press down and squeeze out as much excess Mod Podge as possible.  Add a light coat of Mod Podge to the white paper backing to complete the seal.

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While you added a generous amount of Mod Podge initially, it was just to ensure a seal without bubbles.  The more securely you can adhere the paper to the back of the gem, the prettier the end result will be, and squeezing out the excess will give you the best seal.  (A tip: if you can’t find a craft squeegee, an old plastic membership card will also work in a pinch.)

Step 4.  Wipe away excess Mod Podge with a damp paper towel.  You only need to remove the big globs right now; if there’s still a thin coat on the sides or front of the gem giving it a cloudy appearance, that can be easily removed once it dries.

Step 5. Allow gems to dry so that they are dry to the touch, and attach heavy duty magnets to the backs with E6000 or your favorite heavy-duty adhesive.  When using E6000, a little goes a long way, and it can soak through your paper backing if you get too much, leaving what will look like black marks once it dries.  So, begin with a very light coat.  You can always re-attach a magnet if you find that it doesn’t have enough adhesive, but these glass gems are so small and light, that’s not likely to happen.   Allow your adhesive to dry for a few hours (or overnight).

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These magnets are so inexpensive to make and take so few supplies that you can even make sets for other occasions!  I used colors that remind me of spring on the way, but try using birthday prints, holiday prints, and other themes for a totally different look.  Have fun and happy scrapping!

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~ Adrianne

 

Lucky Leprechaun Hat Card

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite days to make crafts for!  Christine joining you today with a fun shaped card  that looks like a Leprechaun Hat.

Lucky-CardLeprechaun Hat Card Supplies:

Lucky Card Supplies

Now on to the fun part of how to make this card!

Step 1: Cut out a Leprechaun Hat shape and one in it’s mirror image.  I used my Silhouette Cameo for the cut and you can find the file here.  The file will give you most of the pieces you need to cut out the hat and the accessories. For the piece that will be your back score a line about 1/4 inch from the top of it.

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Step 2: Add adhesive to the scored part and stick your two pieces together.  The scored part will now allow the back of the card to fold back.

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Step 3: Cut out a stripe from the black Tillie Dot cardstock to be the sash on the hat.  Sand it to bring out the core.

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Step 4: Cut out a Shamrock out of the Tillie Dot cardstock also but don’t sand it this time.  Add the sash to the card. Cut out a belt buckle from the Gold Cardstock. Add that and the Shamrock to the sash.

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Step 5: Cut out a sentiment from the Gold Cardstock and attach it to the card. I also used a Silhouette cut file for this and you can find it here. Outline the whole card with faux stitching or dots.

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-Christine

 

Paper Fortune Cookies

Happy Chinese New Year Core’dinations fans!  This is a big seven days with Valentine’s, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year all wrapped into it!  Christine joining you today to share how I made some fun little paper fortune cookies.

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Paper Fortune Cookie Supplies:

  • Polka Dot Pop Kraft Cardstock
  • Vellum Quotes -Inspirational Motivations
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

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Here’s how to make your own Paper Fortune Cookies:

Step 1: Cut out a 4 inch circle and bend it over like this – you don’t want to fold it!

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Step 2: Push on the cardstock along the backside to weaken the fibers so that you can easily bend the ends forward. Secure with hot glue.

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Step 3:  Trim down some inspirational or fortune type quotes.

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Step 4:  Slide the quote in your Fortune Cookie

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Wouldn’t this be a fun project for any kind of a party or shower?

-Christine

 

DIY Spring Tree Branches

Despite what the temperatures may say Spring is coming and coming fast!  So today I am here to inspire you to get started on those spring crafts and make something beautiful for your home!  I used some tree branches (that are nice and bare right now) to create a Spring home decor piece.  This is a project that you can make on a teeny tiny budget and change out with the seasons!

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Spring Branches Supply List:

Tree Supply List

Putting the tree together is simple!

Step 1: Cut out leaves from various pastel colors – you can use a die cut machine for this or just trace some simple ones by hand.

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Step 2: Dry emboss the leaves to give them some texture.

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Step 3:  Sand the leaves to bring out the core and add some extra color.

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Step 4: Attach the leaves to the branches using Washi Tape and making them go different directions.

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-Christine

 

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