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Freebie! FREE Star and stripe pattern for your origami bag or project

July 2, 2015
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by Kim
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Here are some star and stripe pattern (free PDF download) I reused from my last 4th of July project (Printable Paper Firework Rocket Pencil Toppers). I made it into a 6″ x 6″ square to fold it into these cute origami boxes/gift bags. The finished dimension is about 2″w x 2″h x 1.5″d. It’s quite small good for little things like sweets. If you like it bigger, you can enlarge it by setting the print size at 130% to get a 8″ x 8″ square just big enough to fit on a A4 or letter size paper. Please visit this link for the box/bag instruction. I didn’t use any tape at all, it holds up pretty well without the tape.

Enjoy and Happy 4th of July to those who celebrates!

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Seal it with a tape, it makes perfect little gift bags!

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Freebie! Thinking of you card for National Thinking of You Week

September 24, 2014
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by Kim
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Have you heard of the National Thinking of You Week launched by the Greeting card Association here in the UK? And did you know, it’s this week 22-28 September 2104?  I just found out about it today. It says, that it’s now been scientifically proven that receiving a handwritten card makes people feel much more special than receiving texts, emails or Facebook messages. And it feels really good to send one too! I totally agree!

So why not send a card to someone today, to tell them you love them, to say hello, to wish them well, to make them smile, to be supportive in a difficult time or just to say thinking of you.

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Here’s a card I made from my pencil sketch, you are welcome to download the PDF file (download), print it,  send it and spread the love. 
Size of the card is 5″ x 5″ after trimming and folding.

Who’s on your mind?

 

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Non adhesive, no sewing mini instagram photo book

July 27, 2014
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by Kim
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Hello friends, today i want to show you how to make this cute mini 12 pages instagram photo book, it’s great for personal collection or give it to someone as a present. What i like about this little book is, it’s non adhesive and no sewing. All you need is a paper, a small piece of scrapbook or chiyogami paper for the cover, a ruler and a craft knife.

 

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Cut a piece of 11″ x 2.75″ paper from an A4 or Letter size paper. Fold the paper in half lengthwise, open it up and fold in the other direction in half, then accordion fold to create 8 panels. Unfold the paper, (you will see the fold lines as the sketch below) use your craft knife  to cut along the vertical fold between 6 inner panels and mountain fold the paper in half lengthwise. (see photo 1) Accordion fold the paper (photo 2 and 3) to create the pages. Note: the last page ends up being a bit less in width than the pages, but it won’t be noticeable after we put the cover on.

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For the cover, cut a piece of 5.75″ x 3″ scrapbook paper, or color paper (photo 1 below). Fold the top and bottom in lengthwise to meet in the middle, make sure the cover is a bit taller than the pages (photo 2). Wrap the cover around the pages, align it so you have equal length on each side (photo 3) and fold the flap over (photo 4). Repeat the same on the other side. Then insert the end pages inside the cover flaps (photo 5). Here, you have a 1.5′ x 1.5″ mini book! (photo 6)

 

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To add  photos to the pages without using glue, i cut a diagonal slit at all 4 corner of the pages so i can tuck in the photo (see image below). Another option is to print the image directly onto the paper before folding. I’ve created this template (download) in Adobe Illustrator, you can easily insert your images to the space indicated in the file. (You need to know how to use Adobe Illustrator)

 

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So that’s it! Below is the mini instagram photo book of my Jackie. I created the cover design, if you like to use it, you are welcome to download this freebie PDF file. :)

 

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You could use this mini book for other things as well, like a stamp book or for flower petal collection, poem, little journal, drawing… anything you could think of that’s small enough to fit. Total adorableness! :)

 

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Handmade touches make this thank you cards extra special

July 13, 2014
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by Kim
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Sometimes a simple handmade thank you card is a perfect way to say thank you. Not only they are unique and personal, you can save tons of money by creating your own!

Here’s a simple thank you card i made using this interlocking flower petals template i created.

 

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The double sided chiyogami paper is the best paper for this project because the flower shows both front and back of the paper when folded. I like to duplicate the die and scale it to different sizes to fill the paper, that way I can get as many flowers out from one sheet of paper and not wasting it.  I like to save the extra flowers for other projects.

 

Interlocking flower petals template printed on paper

 

The image above is to show you how i tried to fit the dies into a 6″ x 6″ chiyogami paper.
Tips: Always score the fold line first for a clean fold, you can score using the back of the blade, but be gentle, even with the back of the blade, if you put too much pressure, it will cut through the paper.

 

Interlocking flower petals trim

 

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Folded up all the flowers as many as you like and glue them on a blank card. I decorated it with some little paper punch flowers. I love craft punches, I got this flower punch at hobbycraft, it was only £1, they are great tools to own.

 

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OK here’s the best part, you can add a secret note, a heart shape, confetti or any small things that’s flat enough inside the flowers to give a little surprise!

 

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Now I’m ready to send this out to my friend. I hope this inspires you to try making your own handmade greeting cards!

Kim x

 

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Printable Paper Firework Rocket Pencil Toppers

July 1, 2014
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by Kim
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I’m very excited to share my very first printable project to celebrate this coming 4th of July. All you need to do is to download the file, print it out, and ready to work with your hands. :) Here’s what you need: Printable Firework Rocket Pencil Topper PDF (download) Glue stick Cutting mat Craft knife paper-rocket-what-you-need   Cut out the pieces along the color shape and put glue where it indicates “glue”.   paper-rocket-instruction   If you don’t feel like cutting out the star trails, you can replace it with a small piece of tissue paper. Glue all the pieces together and now you have a cute little rocket pencil topper!   paper-rocket-pencil-toppers   Hope you enjoy the post and Happy 4th of July to my American friends. x   paper-rockets

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