Thursday, February 9, 2017

"Key to my heart" itty bitty mini album in a box | DT project/tutorial for Itsy Bitsy

 Hello there, dear crafty folks!

I am back with more pastel love! An itty bitty mini album inside an altered box. What better way to send sweet nothings to that special someone than a shabby floral box to keep your whispers safe? ;)

Follow along as I go through the process of altering the box and construct the tiny mini album-step by step... with a spine and gusseted pages!

I decided to upcycle a box in which 4x4 photo prints had been delivered.

1. Select a box. Gauge dimensions. Mine was 4.25 x 4.25 x 1.25 inches on the outside. A quarter inch smaller (all three dimensions) on the inside.
2. Decide on which surfaces to mat. I realized that matting the outside of the base would make it difficult to shut the box. The upper lid could catch on the matting. I decided to mat only the outside of the lid.
3. Choose pattern papers. I picked these peppy, cute patterns from the Little Birdie Pretty in Pink paper pack. I decided to save the shabby romantic rose patterns for my next project. (I did give in eventually and used a bit of the rose'll see!)
4. Pick solid card stock if you want to double mat your box. I love double enhances contrast and makes the patterns pop! I picked black IB card stock to mat the lid. The white card stock will be used in building the album. Let me mention here that this is the new white card stock from the's sturdy and scores smoothly, making it perfect for page builds. I have, in fact, made a card stock album (no chipboard).

Here are pictures of the matting process.

1. Matted the lid with black cardstock.
2. Matted the lid with pattern paper.
3. Matted the inside of the lid and the base with another pattern paper (no double matting on these.)

Here's how the insides looked after matting...LOVE the polka dots!

Next, prep your chipboard because they may take time to dry.

1. Select chipboard pieces. (I used the heart and the butterfly in this project...the chevrons have to wait for the next project.)
2. Brush them with gesso and go over them again with white acrylic paint for better coverage.
3. Allow them to dry. I do go over then again with glitter glue right at the end...after they are layered under flowers.
I went on to build my mini album next. I like to keep all the decorating for the end (and that is also how I miss shooting that part...sorry!) Anyway...I digress. Here's what I did for the mini album.

1. I took a 12 x 12 inch sheet of card stock > cut three 3.5 x 12 inch pieces out > trimmed the pieces down to the following dimensions...3.5 x 8, 3.5 x 7.5, and 3.5 x 7.25 inches.
2. This is what I had before starting to score.
3. Scored all three pieces at the 3.5 inch mark on both sides and stacked them one inside the other.
4. Adhered the creases down to form a spine. Please note that these dimensions will give you gussets of varying sizes...the outer one being the widest. I wanted this because I usually embellish the inside covers, even in itty bitties! :D

Here's how I matted the mini album.

1. Cut 12 pieces of 3.25 inch square designer paper.
2. Matted the pages. Added two top loading pockets on the inside covers to hold booklets.
3. Matted the cover, spine, and back cover--retained the same pattern as the lid for the first two. For the back cover, I used the cut-apart sheet from the collection!
I also added belly bands and diagonal pockets on other pages of the album--you'll see them in the finished album.

I decorated the box and the album using Itsy Bitsy chipboard pieces (Forever Love and Butterflies), Little Birdie Sparkle and Mix Media (canvas) flowers, Little Birdie Handmade flowers, Nyra metal charm, Itsy Bitsy faux pearls, Valentine's Day special burlap hearts embellishment, IB satin ribbons, and glitter glue from my stash.

Here are the glamor shots!

More views of the the box:

And the mini album that sits in it:

A peek at the loading pockets, diagonal pockets, and vertical belly bands.There are two of each feature across 6 pages.

So that was my "Key to my heart" itty bitty mini album in a box. I hope you have enjoyed. Please leave us your comments/questions. It feels great to hear from you and I will make sure to reply!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Valentine's Day special shabby romantic tags step-by-step|DT project for Itsy Bitsy

Dear craft-y people,

The season of love is upon us and the latest Valentine's Day releases from Itsy Bitsy have me quite floored! 

Today I have two shabby layered tags made using Itsy Bitsy white cardstock, Pretty in Pink linen papers, pigment ink, and Little Birdie Sparkle flowers from the latest release.

To start, grab two ready-made shipping tags or make your own out of cardstock. These gift tags from the store were up at my desk (yes, I loved looking at them) and this was the perfect opportunity to give them a makeover! I traced the shape of the tags on white cardstock and matted each tag on both sides. (Please excuse the distracting background--I was trying to keep my craft mat paste-free!)

This white cardstock from the store is just the perfect weight to make sturdy tags, especially when layered. I distressed the edges of the tag with a distress tool--scissors work just fine too!

Next, cut pattern paper to mat the tags (I matted only one side) leaving a 1/8th inch margin on all sides. Also tear out a couple pieces of paper from other sheets in the collection. (When ripping paper, ensure the white core shows.) Distress the edges of these pieces.

I used a cake stencil from the store to add texture to the matted tags. (Avoid gluing your pattern paper down edge to edge--leave a narrow margin which you can pluck upwards to add to the shabby look. I missed doing this--lost focus for a bit and burnished my glue too well!) Ha!

Once your modelling paste dries, layer the pieces of pattern paper on. At this point, I edged the pieces with silver pigment ink from the store and lightly stamped them with a script stamp.

Once your tag base is ready, switch on your hot glue gun and break out those lovely trims and flower packs you've been saving for a dreamy shabby project. Here's what I laid my hands on--crochet trims, lace, silver tissue ribbon, Little Birdie Sparkle flowers (Argyle Carnation--IBSC31914 and Carnation Margarita--IBSC31912), Chipboard shapes (Deco Frame and Flower Spray), a metal charm, and a garment pin--all from the store.

I did add paper twine, coffee-dyed gauze, and an eyelet from my stash.

I printed sentiments off the web, layered them on pattern paper, lightly dabbed some Itsy Bitsy pigment ink (Pink) on them to match the papers, and adhered them to the tag with dimensional foam tape. I used hot glue for the rest of the embellishments. I'm sorry I could not shoot the decorating process. Here's what I came up with! 

The flowers and leaves are in neat layers--you can easily switch the centers and leaves around. I did just that! One of the flower packs came with a curly tendril--the other, I made (twisting a rose stem around the handle of a paintbrush).

I went over the chipboard shapes with gesso, white acrylic paint, and glitter glue. You can emboss these too (I have no embossing powders yet! Geeesh!) 

Look at that honey bee charm! Phew! That one is from the Nyra range of jewelry findings at the store. The garment pin also holds scraps of trims and laces used on the tag.

That's what I had for today, folks--please let me know if you liked this share! And reach me with any questions.

Thank you for stopping by :)



Saturday, January 21, 2017

"Once upon a time" altered mobile phone case with mini album|DT project for Itsy Bitsy

Hello, everyone!

This was my first project for the Itsy Bitsy blog--an altered mobile phone case which houses a skinny mini album. This match-box case measures 3.25x7.5 inches--and holds a 3x6 inch mini album with a no-gusset binding.

The papers are from the delightful Pebbles Homemade stack by Jen Hadfield. The collection is a burst of peppy mint, peach, mustard, and coral, balanced by black and white patterns (the houndstooth and chevron patterns are featured here). Burlap flowers from the IB Mix Media range and Boutique Elements Handmade flowers in Orange made for perfect embellishments with this collection.
I snipped a branch off the flower spray chipboard cut-out and layered it under the flowers.
The sentiment printables were printed on copy paper--I mounted them on black cardstock and inked the edges with Itsy Bitsy Pigment Ink in Yellow.

Here are the pictures!

Hop on over to the store for latest releases in handmade flowers, chipboard embellishments, patterns papers and a world of crafting goodness!

Thank you for stopping by!



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Bundle of Joy" 8x8 inch mini album feat. Kaisercraft Little One collection

Hello there, craft-y friends!

I present my very first custom-made album! A friend wanted an album to house pictures of her kids--but did not want a traditional baby album in pastel shades. In fact, this album is to hold pics of a brother-sister duo--the sister being expected soon :D *Love and luck to the little 'un.*

My friend and I browsed baby themed packs from Echo Park, DCWV, and a host of others...before zeroing down on Kaisercraft's Little One! Thank god for Maninder over at RainbowCraftykari who took a pre-order for the papers (I needed two packs) and a pack of die-cut collectibles. As most of us know, Kaisercraft paper packs come with only 10 sheets of paper each, and this album is an 8x8 with tons of flips and flaps! I needed cardstock to supplement the pattern paper. I picked up a pack of American Crafts textured cardstock in pastels--luckily enough, they coordinated PERFECTLY with the paper pack! Hurrah!

I have kept the pages fairly simple and steered clear of intricate embellishments--so that the album is easy to use and does not need very delicate handling.

Here's the video demo [I sound tired and incoherent at times, thanks to the nights I stayed up :P Sorry about that!]:

And here are the stills!

I'd LOVE to hear from you guys--please let me know what you think of this project

Thanks a ton for stopping by!