Whenever it’s time for another birthday party (or any occasion, really) I have to admit I’m torn between keeping it easy and making things beautiful. And no matter which way I choose, I want it to be easy on the budget, too!
Today’s solution is a great mix of everything – I’ll show you how you can turn scrapbook paper into simple and inexpensive party decor that doubles as something functional: a plastic utensil and napkin holder! Leave one of these party pouches by each place setting, and guests will have everything they need. You can even include party favors or game pieces for showers, and incorporate your theme colors and designs! It’s the perfect way to dress up plastic tableware – which is a staple at big get-togethers.
Scrapbook Paper Party Utensil Holders Supplies:
- Core’dinations Core Essentials 12×12 sheets, in color(s) to match your party theme
- Paper trimmer and/or scissors
- Washi tape
- Scoring board and bone folder
- 4.25″ wide embossing folder, and embossing machine (mine is the Sizzix Big Shot, but there are several options out there for embossing)
- Napkins and utensils
Step 1. Trim your paper into 3 equal vertical pieces 4″x12″. You will be able to make 3 pouches per 12×12 sheet.
Step 2. Emboss one end of your paper. Make sure the end of the paper is tucked into the “top” of your embossing folder if you’ve chosen a design that has a right-side-up like this Happy Birthday folder.
Step 3. Score your embossed paper at 5″. Some of the design will be below the fold, and that’s okay.
Step 4. Fold along the score, and seal off the open edges with two 5″ strips of washi tape.
Step 5. Stuff each pouch with coordinating napkins and plastic flatware – and get ready to party!
It’s a simple touch that adds something special to the table, and guests will appreciate having everything they need all in one place. Best of all – the whole thing is disposable, so cleanup is so easy!
It’s Gail Linder here with you today to share a fun summer project using a variety of Core’dinations Cardstock!
Where I live in Queensland (Australia) we have a very long and hot summer. Needless to say my kids get invited to lots of pool parties over these months! Below I’ve created a fun bag and tag set that is sure to suit the feel (and color scheme) of any pool party!
Core Essentials Pastel Collection – Reflecting Pool
Core Essentials Brights Collection – Atoll Aqua, Tulip
Graphic 45 Signature Series – Creme Brulee, Gala Gold
Spotted Jillian Dot - Heartfelt
Core Tags - Pastel
Sand It Gadget
Darice gift bag
May Arts ribbon
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
My Favorite Things & Simon Says Stamp Dies
Wave Border Set cut file
To create the look of waves for the front of the bag, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut six wave strips out of light aqua card which I then backed in a darker blue color to make them really stand out.
To add even more texture to the waves, I ran the strips through my paper crimper before adhering them behind. A quick sand to reveal the lighter core and I LOVE the effect! Check our Corrugate It video here on how to do this.
A few fun embellishments and a colorful banner across the top completed my decorated gift bag front!
Since I have the waves and water, all we needed was some sunshine so I created a tag to go with it, inspired by the sun!
To create this bright 3-D sun, I simply cut strips from different shades of yellow cardstock to fold over and layer. You can see that I ran some strips through my paper crimper also for even more texture, and also to tie in with the bag!
Looking for a great Summer-themed layout? You came to the right place! Shaunte Wadley created a vibrant layout for us today using our Core Essentials Brights collection. Looking for a way to add interest to your title? Just run it through your paper crimper!
1.) Cut sunburst from Silhouette and trim to fit the top part of layout. Sand.
2.) Cut strips of cardstock and emboss every other one. Sand.
3.) Adhere together under large photo. Stitch.
4.) Cut title and run through paper crimper. Sand.
I don’t know about you but we are gearing up for the end of school here. With only less then two weeks left, I need to get busy on some gifts for my kid’s teachers and we hope you have been enjoying the ideas so far this week! You can easily incorporate these with layouts, cards or any paper crafting project.
I love a good gift bag and Debbie Standard as one for us today but that’s not the focal point. She created her own award ribbon using some Spellbinders Scalloped Circle dies! Just die cut them with an embossing machine and then cut them into pieces. Sand and then adhere them in a circular pattern, add some banner strips and you are done!
- Make card from cardstock.
- Cut squares from Core’dinations Fuschia Fizz, Tulip and Aruba cardstock using decorative edge scissors, emboss squares using Anna Griffin Ogee Damask embossing folder, sand using Sand It Gadget and wipe with Dust Buddy.
- Machine stitch each square and adhere to card base.
- Attach buttons.
- Stamp sentiment onto piece of Core’dinations Premium White Cardstock 110lb, adhere to card, to finish.
- Make card from cardstock. Cut panel from Core’dinations Heartfelt cardstock and round corners.
- Cut rectangle from of Core’dinations Premium White Cardstock 110lb and stamp sentiment and flowers.
- Color flowers using Distress Markers.
- Round corners and adhere panels to card. Add enamel dots, to finish.
Supplies: Core’dinations Premium Cardstock 110lb White, Core’dinations Heartfelt cardstock. Other: Jet Black Ranger Ink, Clearly Besotted Stamps Happy Everything, Distress Markers – (Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo), corner rounder, enamel dots.
Here at Core’dinations Cardstock we celebrate technique every day. If you haven’t checked out our Technique Videos yet, please do HERE.
Today, Kate Nolan Denham shares a great layout with us that uses FIVE different techniques.
1.) Distress It: crumple your cardstock and sand it with your Sand it Gadget.
2.) Label It: Run a strip of cardstock through your label maker and sand it for easy journaling and titles. OR, like Kate did on this layout, make flags out of them!
3.) Emboss It: Use a standard embossing machine and fold and then just sand. Don’t forget to wipe with your Dust Buddy!
4.) Corrugate it: Just take a paper crimper and run your cardstock through it and sand.
5.) Die Cut It: Use a die cutting machine to cut shapes and titles and sand.