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Suitcase Box Tutorial (Yes my own unique box tutorial)

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(the pictured suitcase boxes are 5″ wide rather than the 6″ in the tutorial it is explained in the instructions how you can alter the size)

A friend showed me a vintage suitcase that had been turned into a work of scrapbooking art. We were talking and as things go she wanted to figure out how to do the same thing on a smaller scale.

I said I had a few ideas I wanted to try and that I would get back to her and thus this tutorial was born.

This is perfect for the budget crafter as it uses just one sheet of 12 cardstock and the leftover bits are put to use. As well as leaving you with some squares that are perfect for inchies or layout titles and such.

Please do not be daunted by the amount of steps involved once you have made one of these you will discover how easy they are to make and how effective they look.

Materials:

A 12×10” piece of Cardstock in a colour of your choice

A 2”x6” piece of cardstock leftover from your original 12×12 or in a contrasting colour (depending on if you have Distress crackle paint or other acrylic paint to use)

Distress Crackle Paint or a contrasting colour in acrylic

10 brads (optional 26 if you would like all 3 of your corner pieces with a brad)

Ribbon, trim or Thin strips of faux upholstery suede for your straps and handle

2 Buckles (I used pearl ribbon sliders you can however get small buckles off eBay for a more authentic look)

Score board (alternatively a ruler and pencil will work however a score board is the fast simple option)

Strong double sided tape

Optional 1 7/8” x 1 7/8” piece of grungeboard

Multi Medium in Matt

Optional 6”x12” piece of patterned paper

Step 1:

Score your cardstock along the 12” edge at: 1”, 2”, 5”, 6”, 7”, 10” and 11”

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Step 2

Turn your cardstock to the 10” length and score at: 1”, 2”, 8” and 9” (Please note if you want a smaller length to your box trim off extra cardstock and make sure you score at 1” and 2” on both sides by flipping the cardstock around I did this for the 2 boxes with the pattern paper on them to make them a 5” box.)

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Step 3: Cut down the lines of your box along the 12” sides as shown in the picture. Along the edge lines down to the end of your two 1” score lines, please only do the 2nd line on the corners (see step 4 for why you need to do this the L shapes are then recycled into your corner pieces) It should look like this image:

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Step 4:

Cut off your corner pieces in an L shape (each part of the L should be a one inch square so you will end up with 3 of them. Also cut off the 2 extra squares in the middle leaving two one inch squares. Your box should look like this picture

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Step 5: Place tape as shown in the photo: The inside pieces get tape on the flat cardstock that will fold inside the box, the tabs get tape on the rough side or outer side of the cardstock as shown in the following pics

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Step 6 OPTIONAL If you are adding patterned paper to the outside of your box. Score it the same way the 12” side of the cardstock was scored in step one.

Place tape around the top edges of the box and on both sides of all score lines. Stick down your patterned Paper (this method allows for the pattern paper to be adhered not only easily but also in a way that means no bubbles and such later)

Step 7: Fold all your score lines and run a bone folder over them for crispness.

Step 8: Remove the top part of your double stick tape from the ‘tabs’ (the small 1” squares) and attach them to the piece next to them. As shown in the photo:

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Repeat step 8 until all 8 corners are stuck down giving you your basic box shape

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Step 9: Remove the top layer of your tape from all the long flaps and fold them down (this has the added benefit of making your box a little sturdier)

OPTIONAL: Add your grungeboard strip to the inside of the box hinged bit or place underneath your pp on the outside this will help keep your box in shape. You could also paint it with crackle paint or cover it in felt or faux suede for an added luxury look to your suitcase and adhere it to the bottom (the hinged 2” scored bit that allows your suitcase to be opened and closed)

Step 10: Score your 2”x 6” strip straight down the middle so you have two 1” sides. Turn to the 6” length and then score every 1”. (Please not my pic shows a 12″ strip done the same way you can do this if like me you often loose bits as your making things)

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Step 11: Cut these into L shapes like your corner pieces you should now have 8 of these in total.

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Step 12: Take one of your L shapes and fold over into one square. As shown in the pic

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Step 13: Cut along the diagonal of your square. The best way I can describe this is to make sure you do not cut your ‘fold’ line and that you’re cutting off the open side of your square.

Repeat this for all 8 squares they will end up looking like a sort of square pac man:

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Step 14: Paint your corner pieces with Distress Crackle paint or acrylic in a contrasting colour. If you chose to use cardstock in a contrasting colour you can skip this step.

Step 15 when dry place a brad in the centre of each corner piece (I use the piece that is in the centre as such) If you want to add brads to all sides do this now to the other two pieces as well.

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Step 16: Paint some multi medium or other adhesive onto the non painted/non presentation side of your corner piece. Stick the triangle that has both of the other triangles attached to the top of the corner of your box (as shown) then stick down the other two triangles over your corner (see the pics below).

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Repeat with all 8 corners.
This is what your box will look like

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Step 17: Cut a strip of faux upholstery suede, ribbon or trim for your handle. Make sure it is a width your happy with.

Place holes for the brads towards the bottom corners of your Handle. Hold the handle to your box where you want it to be and mark the holes.

I used a tapered AWL (one of the benefits of being a bear maker as it is a tool of the trade however I also find it invaluable for scrapbooking as well) to punch the small holes needed in the box.

Add the brads to your handle and put through the holes.

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NOTE: It took me a while to find a way to do the handle that I liked. I make the handle a bit thicker and put the brads down the bottom corners so that it overlaps the top part of the suitcase to look more like a real handle. However this is your suitcase you are free to do your handle how you choose.

Step 18: Measure your ribbon, trim or faux upholstery suede around your box making sure you have enough to go all the way around, with added extra to form your ‘straps’

Step 19: Using your ribbon, trim or thin strips of faux upholstery suede glue them into your ‘buckles’ by folding a piece of the end over and gluing it down. Do this for both strips

Step 20: Do up your straps at either end of your suitcase.

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And Viola you did it!!  You can now create a mini album or use this as a gift box or decoration. Would also be great for a bon voyage party as party favours. You are only limited by your imagination. I would really love to see your creations if you try this tutorial!

Best of all this really is an economical little project.

21 tips for the Budget Crafter

I know how hard it can be when there is always so much new scrapping stuff coming out. It can be hard to watch your friends and other crafter’s who seem to have limitless funds buying all the things your drooling over. Being a budget crafter can be tough. So here are some tips to help you along.

1. First and foremost know your products and their value. Something is not a bargain or  a true sale if it is just retail. Knowing your products and their price range can save you being taken advantage of in a myriad of ways.

2. Invest in re-usable supplies such as inks, re-inkers (I have found so many uses for re-inkers especially the distress ones I am not sure where my stash would be without them plus you can make your own ink pads with the stamping foam or felt until you can actually afford the inkpad’s as well giving you the best of both worlds), dies, a die cut machine, stamps, glitters, flock, embossing powders and other such reusable Items.

3. When forced to choose between products think about what you will get the most use out of. We all scrapbook differently and as such we all use different things more than others. One of the biggest things to think about is what you will use the item for and how far will it go in your stash as well as how much you will use it.

4. Invest in Paper pads. Often we cut, tear and otherwise rarely use a full sheet of 12×12 pattern paper. 6×6 Paper pads are a great way to expand your paper range for not a great deal of money most are under $10 and you usually get quite a substantial amount of bang for your buck. Some Brands such as Kaisercraft also add in sheets of journaling blocks and embelishments. Making them perfect for layouts and cards.

5. Invest in your tools. A Paper trimmer, a score board (this saves a lot of money on buying gift  boxes and other such things I use mine probably more than most other tools), A good pair of scissors (I am addicted to fiskars microtouch), An eyelet setting tool ( I have the provocraft silent setter and love it), An edge distresser (there are a few out there I have had Making memories, Heidi Swapp and the Tonic one have to say the MM and Heidi Swapp I have found the easiest to use), a heat gun. There are many tools again ask yourself what you will use the most. There is no point investing money in things that will just sit around collecting dust. As a budget crafter it is all about things you will use over and over again.

 6. Be patient. Wait for sales and store discounts when you have a bit more to spend as it will make your craft budget stretch further.

7. Recycle- Be it packaging from items you have got, plastic packaging from goods purchased, thin chipboard from biscuits, cereal or other such packaged goods, or old jeans that are unwearable die cut for pages. Think creatively before throwing things away. You can often add to your stash for free.

8. Order with a friend. Often you can save on your postage or when one or more person gets together you will qualify for free postage. My Sister and I often order together. In fact we always do when ordering from Simon Says stamp so that together we can qualify for free postage. We do this many places as it makes sense.

9. When you are die cutting use recycled plastic packaging to make your own Masks, stencils and glimmer screens. This gives you variety in what you have. You can  re use them over and over and best of all the packaging cost you nothing. It is very economical. Enviromentally friendly and also gives you stencils and such you may not have found anywhere else. You can also combine them in limitless combinations.

10.  Look in your local Second Hand shops. I got vintage patterns for 50c each a couple of weeks ago as I wanted to use the paper for the T!m Holtz 12 tags of 2012. I also scored doily’s for 50c each and some great fabric for my bears and such. It is a great way to find cast offs and also helps you to think outside of the square. Also great for books to create recycled book flowers and to re-purpose for art journals and such

11.  Share dies with friends. Borrow dies and stamps and share amongst each other. This is a great way to expand what you have (I always cut out extras and put them in a folder so I have them when needed). Also use the dies to create your own stencils as stated above and you get the double whammy 🙂

12. Make your own. Embellishments and flowers. Now we all would love a never ending supply of Prima and other such stunning flowers however we can’t all afford it. The easiest flower I know how to make is show cased on my layout for under $2.50, Tissue paper cut out with a circle die or punch and scrunched  then misted. Simple cheap and looks great. Also to this end invest in flower dies and such to be able to make a variety of economical flowers.

13. Invest In Dies- Alphabets, flowers, mini albums, and nesting dies all offer great value for money and will help you stretch you budget further.

 14. Keep your Scraps. Be it pattern paper or cardstock those scraps (not talking the skinny or teeny unusable pieces) are great for mini albums, cards and if it is a pattern paper you hate you can ink over it and many other things to create mixed media backgrounds.

15. Sort your stash. Make sure it is accessable and easy to find items in your stash the easier it is to find things the more often you will use them.

16. Join in swaps. It is a great way to expand your stash. Be it a product or embellishment swap. It is also a great way to challenge yourself and learn new techniques

17. Look in your Discount, bargain shops they often have craft and scrapbooking stuff as well as art tools. Even the toy section can be great for inspiration. Did you know you can use playing cards to make albums and atc’s? You can scrapbook a frisbee (I know because I have done it), They can be a great source of not only cheap supplies but inspiration and sometimes storage as well.

18. Look for tutorials online be it video or step by step. Indeed one of my favorite tutorial sites is splitcoast stampers their resource list of tutorials is impressive and I have yet to fail at any of the tutorials.

19. Create a wishlist at your favorite online store and don’t be afraid to share it with others especially around birthday and Christmas Time

20. Look for cheap alternatives. I use soft willow charcoal to add a gritty grimy look to my vintage pieces. This was a cheap buy at just $2.95 for  12 pieces and it goes very far. A white children’s crayon is another great thing as it is fantastic for creating your own resists and you can pick up crayons very cheap.

21. Focus on what you do have! The more we focus on what we do not have the less creative we feel.

and thats it my top 21 tips for the budget crafter am sure I have loads more but that is a post for another day.

A Layout for under $2.50 Yes You Can!

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This layout cost me under $2.50 actually if I am honest it cost $2.20 in total to create. Yeah I know right? I never originally set out to create a budget layout it just turned out that way.

This month’s Guest DT member Jody set a monthly challenge to create two clusters with 5 or more things in them. For the most part I used flowers that I made myself. Although there are some mulberry paper roses that I used as well.

Inspired by the background of the photo (me in Year 7), and the new teal Peacock Feathers Distress ink and re-inker that had recently arrived on my doorstep. I set to work.

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I had already played with making my own Peacock Feathers mist and also misting some seam binding in various colours and such.

The first step for me was creating the background. You can do this in many ways, swiping your ink pad over the card stock, with cling wrap or the way I did with a scrunched up piece of paper towel. This gives a mottled effect. However it was a little too dark for what I wanted. So I took an old Snow cap paint dabber added a smidge more paint from a new one, added some water and shook well. Bingo I had a perfect tool for whitewashing over the cardstock to tone down the colour.

I also used this technique to tone down the DCWV Jewel Stack cardstock I used to matt the photo on. In fact that was the next thing I did. Then I stuck my photo onto the cardstock and adhered it to the background (the Cardstock is a plain Sam & Lucy 12×12 from a pack that I picked up on sale).

The next step was creating my boarder with seam binding. This is actually very simple you place tape around the boarder of your photo matt and then stick the seam binding to it. I folded the edges over as I went however you could also cut your seam binding to fit if you did not want the fold. Either way you will not see the joins or folds as they are covered with flowers.

Then it was a matter of playing with flowers and such to see what I wanted for my clusters. The large Flowers are Tissue Paper cut from A Fiskars large circle punch. You punch through several layers of tissue paper put a brad in the centre then scrunch each layer from the centre outwards. I misted mine with Homemade Peacock feathers mist.

The seam binding flowers I also handmade from the same seam binding I used for the boarder.

Once I had decided on how I wanted my flowers. I then used Inkadinkado Dot Flourish stamps to create my flourishes. I repeated the same stamp 3 times to create the flourish. Stamped with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. (What I love about this layout is it also shows you that the different ways you use an ink can show as almost different colours). Then added some hot fix rhinestones from my stash (obtained cheaply from eBay) over the Dot parts of the flourishes in different sizes.

Then I stuck my flowers down where I wanted them. Made some pearl sprays using pearl sprays and wire. It only took 2 stems of pearl spray. I used the wire to sepperate one stem into two sprays for the clusters.

Glued them in with a little glossy accents and viola a layout that won’t break the budget

Mist-a-fying

I have a confession; actually it is more of an addiction. I love making mists.

as you can see from this picture of my Misting Box

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Sure if I had the budget I would be buying as many as I could get my hands on. However as a budget crafter you cannot beat making your own mists.

It seriously costs you less than about $1 a bottle if you follow my tips.

Lets talk about the Materials you will neeed:

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Firstly Invest in Re-Inkers, especially Distress ones. The reason for this is many. There is so much you can do with Re-Inkers above and beyond re inking your stamp pads or using stamping foam to make your own custom stamps or stamp pads for ones you have yet to own the Ink Pad of.

I will actually write up a tutorial on the things you can do with re inkers as I have quite a few.

Anyway back to mists.

Invest in a big jar of your favourite pearl ex powder (pearl, macro pearl or interference gold all make wonderful mists) and some Gum Arabic Powder. Alternately use your perfect pearls or any other mica based pigment powder. Both work really well and will give you different effects. I have used both pearl ex and perfect pearls in mists and love both of them. What I love about pearl ex is the ability to buy a larger jar we can only hope that Ranger will at some point create larger containers for some or all of their Perfect Pearls range.

TIP: Add in your gum Arabic powder straight to your jar of pearl ex and shake well this helps overcome the problem of lumps and having trouble mixing the powder into mists, water colours and other such things. Following the instructions on the bottle of course  ¼ gum Arabic to pearl ex

Invest in your misting or spray bottles. Look on EBay for bulk purchases (here is a link to one of my favourite places to get them from http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/290599549921?ssPageName=STRK:MESINDXX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1436.l2649 )

You do not have to buy loads to begin with 10 bottles will give you a good range. The reason I prefer the 50ml bottles is that with the mini misters (these are fantastic for a smaller project when you only want a limited amount of a colour) you do not get a lot of use and often in projects I need to make more mist. So the 50ml bottles go quite far and mean that I do not have to make that mist up every time I want to use it.

You will also notice from the photos that I have a 100ml water bottle also purchased cheaply from eBay.

This one will sound a bit odd but also add to your Misting supplies one bottle of each of the cheap food colourings Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Pink. I got mine at a local supermarket for 99c. These actually make really good mists and can be mixed to make other colours.

A ‘Recipe’ Book to add in a colour sample as well as how much of each Re-Inker or Food Colouring you have used. Also for when you mix your own colours and such.

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A Black Sharpie or other Black permanent Marker to write in your Recipe Book and on Your Bottles.

An Eye Dropper and small spoon or scoop.

Water (I use an old soft drink/soda bottle and always have it handy in my craft space)

So now you have all your materials what next?

Now you get to play Mad Scientist and experiment

Let’s start with a Basic Re-Inker Mist pick a colour and let’s begin

Step 1. Fill your bottle with water leaving some room at the top. Remember you can always add more water after you have made your mix but want enough room to add your shimmer powder and re-inker
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Step 2. Add a small scoop of your powder (when you have made a few you will discover the joy of trying different combinations of coloured powders for different effects however for the most part I stick to a neutral or golden shimmer so as to make my home made mists more versatile.) Swirl your bottle to mix in your shimmer
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Step 3. Now this will depend on the strength of colour of the Re-Inker as well. Colours like spun sugar will no matter how much Re-Inker you add only ever give you the barest hint of colour so choose slightly darker colours if you want bold bright mists. Add in one eye dropper full of your Re-Inker, put your spray nozzle back on and mix well, do a test Spritz on a blank piece of white paper to see if you like the strength of the colour. If it is not strong enough add some more Re-Inker, this takes a little bit of intuition as you may need one or two more eye droppers full or just a few more drops. Think about the depth of colour you want.
I used Forrest Moss and one full eyedropper was more than enough to make the colour
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Tip: Start gradually and build up it is far easier than going to dark and having to then turn what would be one bottle of mist into two

Step 4: In your ‘Recipe’ Book write down your recipe with your permanent Marker. Also write it on your bottle

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Step 5: Mist your ‘Recipe’ and allow it to dry
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And that is it a basic Mist made and ready for you to use

Food Colouring Mists are made in the exact same way. Just substitute Re-Inker for the food colouring and use a bit more caution as the food colouring is very concentrated. You can also use India inks, and other fluid based inks. I really want to try making a mist with brilliance re-inkers as I think you could get a lovely shimmer from them without needing to add perfect pearls or pearl ex.

Tip:  Experiment with making your own colours. Mix Both Re-Inkers and Food Colouring together for some great colours.

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Tip: Use Black Soot or Black India ink added a single drop at a time to intensify and darken colours. Do not use with light colours such as pale pinks and yellows as the black will totally take over these colours.

That is it some homemade misting basics.

I love Mists. As a budget crafter for me it is about stretching every craft dollar as far as possible to allow me to be as creative as I can. Home Made mists are a fantastic way to do this.

However the pre made variety are rather awesome. If you’re on a budget look for the value packs and store specials to help you build up your collection or try making your own.

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