Thursday, June 17, 2010

Tickets Holder mini tutorial

I have never made a tutorial but I always enjoy seeing them on other blogs, so I thought I would take pics as I was making a little booklet to hold Naomi's tickets.
(We are starting a ticket/points system in our household to help with the concept of shores ;-) and also keep count on TV watching or wii playing.)
I thought the whole thing would be more fun with a cute little holder to keep earned tickets in! :-)


- strip of carstock 9 1/2" X 2 5/8"
- 3 coins envelopes no. 3 (2 1/2" X 4 1/4")
- paper trimmer/scorer
- corner rounder
- 2 magnetic strips
- 1" hole punch
- 3 tabs (I used a die by PTI to cut out mine)
- ink pad
- adhesive tape of any kind
- embellishments (& ribbon + hole punch if you wish)

Start by cutting the envelopes' top off. The 1st one at 2 1/2, the 2nd at 2 7/8 and the 3rd at 3 2/8. Then use the 1" hole punch to make a little indentation on the front of the envelopes (for easier access to the tickets).
(Obviously this can be made to whatever size, I just left a little space between each layer. I skipped that step on the one I made for myself (see further below).)
Next add the little tabs on each pocket/envelope.

Stack the envelope on top of each other and trim the last one, then ink the edges.
That leaves you with this.

Glue the envelopes on top of each other by running 2 stripes of adhesive in the middle line of the back of each envelope and then stacking it on the next one.

Gluing only the middle part of the envelopes enables for some "accordion effect".

Take your cardstock strip and score at 2", 2 1/4", 6", 6 1/4". Then round the 4 corners.
Run your ink pad around the edges of the cardstock and let dry...

Glue your back envelope to the carstock.

Add the little magnetic strips facing each other. Decorate tabs if you wish.

Decorate the outside of your ticket holder.
There you have it. I don't know how to call this but let's just say a little holder for all kinds of little notes, wallet size pics and such...
Below is the one I made for myself to store the tickets I will be giving away! ;-) It's the same model, the only difference is I didn't cut "easy access half moons" and I left all the envelopes the same size... I think it looks better this way but I was looking for practicality with the 1st one... If it's gonna be handled often by a kid, they need to be able to get easily to the contents... ;-) Although the good thing it that those are so easy to make that you can just make a new one when the old one gets torn. And since the coins envelopes come in package of 250 I think I am all set for quite a while!! ;-)

I think I will make more of those to hold other little things like stamps and address labels, or the box tops I clip for the kids' schools, etc...
Well I hope my explanations were as simple as the project is. If not please let me know, I am open to constructive criticism!... ;-)
If you make your own little holders please share a link in the comment section! :-)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Notebooks & gift-card holders

Another end of year gift. For Noah's teachers, I got Amazon giftcards, so I just needed a little packaging... ;-) I decided to make little notebooks to go with it (using PTI pads).
The fun cardstock is from DCWV. Stamps are from PTI. I'm beating myself up a bit for not inking the edges of all the pieces, it would have added some definition. But then again I was in a rush and I forgot! :-(
(Also I don't know what happened to my pics but the colors are really off, I was able to correct them only to some extent. In real life the pink heart is actually more red so it doesn't clash that much with the "notes" embossing. ;-))

Saturday, June 12, 2010

End of year teacher's gifts

I made those mini (3X3) Thank You cards sets for Naomi's teachers for the end of the school year. The room Mom was taking care of giftcards for us, but I wanted to do a little something personal on top of it. I used SVG Cuts files (Linus 3D Fall cards if I remember correctly) .
I had changed my blade just before starting that project but I'm not sure the settings on my Cricut were right because I had a little bit of trouble with the stitched design. It's wonderful that the machine does it all for you, but it still takes quite some time to cut little intricate designs like those. And since I made the envelopes too, I limited my projects to 12 cards, 6 of each design, and gave 3 apples and 3 sunflowers to each teacher. I would have loved to do 10 cards for each, but time was (again!) of the essence, and even as is, the whole project took me a few hours (granted, lately I am very slow! ;-))
It's hard to see on the pics but the open design is actually raised from the card which gives it a cool effect. (you can click on pics for a larger view).

This is the little card I made to write a little note to go with my gift (PTI stamps). I simply tied my little sets with a lenght of brown taffeta ribbon.

Then I slipped a little set with the little card, and 2 little Ghirardelli squares (at Naomi's suggestion! ;-)), in each of those little bags and that was it! :-) The little bags are also from a SVG Cuts file. It's amazing how fast and easy they come together. Love it!
I hope the teachers loved it. I had fun working on those, I just wish my brain was connecting as fast as my SCAL is!... ;-)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Birthday pinwheel

This is the card I made for my daughter's 9th birthday. The card was belated (oops!) but she forgave me since it allowed me to get cool new svg files for lever cards... ;-) She was quite impressed with the mechanism... :-D
I went a little overboard with buttons but hey, it's for Naomi, and it didn't have to go in an envelope... ;-)


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