DIY Stationary Holder Tutorial

Handmade Stationary Holder and matching Box
            Hi friends sharing a special handmade gift idea to make for that special someone whom you are certain will appreciate the value of a handmade gift and all the love you put into making it!
Handmade Shaker Book
On first glance it looks like a book with a beautiful dangling bookmark ! Well it is a special type of book-- it has a satin fabric cover and lining, a sturdy chipboard base, engraved metal corners, an organza ribbon fastening and a dimensional shimmery glitter foam shaker with the most adorable penguin!!
Notebook Holder and Side Pocket
 On opening the book, one side has a pocket with space for tags , mini cards and a gift card if you wish.I made a simple a ribbon rose bookmark on a jumbo paper clip to match the rest of the project. Added a festive red bell on the mini tag saying "handmade with love" !
Handmade Stationary Set
The pocket on the other side has a magnetic flap which on opening reveals 2 mini notebooks- one with a ribbon rose and the other with a glittery "Rudolf the red nosed reindeer"!!
Stationary Set
The little pen was dressed up with a festive ribbon band and fits snugly inside the pen holder made with matching ribbon. The metal bookmark was handmade using beads and a tassel in festive colors!
Handmade Gift Box
The stationary set needed a fitting box so made a matching gift box  featuring the same adorable Penguin colored using Staedtler watercolor pencils and Zig Watercolor Brush Pens . The cute penguin rests on gorgeous satin cloth and is framed in a shimmery glitter foam dimensional frame.
If you are curious how I made it just breeze through the detailed Tutorial below and bookmark/pin it for later use ....or jump right down to the comments and tell me how you like this project!
Making the "Book style Cover"
The construction of the cover is very similar to making a mini album cover with a few tricks you can use to up the oomph factor!!!

  • Chipboard
  • Cover and Inner Lining: Use high quality paper/ leather /kraft tex[see this post : Kraft-tex Projects], fabric. I used paper lined satin sheets which added to the glamour coefficient!
  • Good quality glue : I used Scotch adhesive spray which was super quick ,didnt wrap the fabric paper and gave fantastic adhesion.
  • Ribbon

Book Cover Tutorial 
4.5 x 6 inch with a 3/4 or 1 inch spine is a good size for the stationary set cover. For this you need the following chipboard pieces:Two  4.5 x 6 inch and one 1x6 inch.
The outer satin paper should  be large enough to give at least a 3/4 inch margin all around when you line up the chipboard pieces as shown above. Use at least 8 x 11.5 inch [A4 ] cover fabric/paper. The inner lining should be at least 6 x 10 inches.
Stationary Holder Tutorial 
Stick the chipboard pieces one by one onto the back of your fabric cover. Since I used Scotch spray adhesive this was a super quick step for me. Use a spare chipboard piece and position it between your big chipboard pieces and spine piece while you glue so that you get a gap that will allow your book to close and open easily.
Stationary Holder Tutorial 
After gluing close and open the book so that the fabric stretches nicely.
Snip off wedges at the 4 corner and glue these onto the chipboards
Stationary Holder Tutorial 
To ensure that you don't lose the flexibility of your book cover use a chipboard piece and use it to sort of score over the glued fabric in the gaps on either side of the spine.
Stationary Holder Tutorial 
Now place your ribbon in the center of the book cover and glue on the 6 x 10 inner lining fabric. You may trim the 6 x 10 piece before gluing it on if it is overhanging over the sides.
Stationary Holder Tutorial 
While gluing the inner lining...again use a chipboard piece to score along the gaps on either side of the spine to ensure a good adhesion.
Now your cover is ready...you can use this to make a mini album , a folding photo-frame[ see Photoframe Tutorial ] or a stationary holder like in this project.
How to make a Mini Notebook Holder.
This holder can house 2 thin notebooks measuring 3 x  4 inches
Materials : 
  • Card stock - 11 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch
  • Pattern paper 
  • Adhesive- use liquid glue 
  • Magnets
Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Take a 11 1/4 x 5 1/4 inch cardstock and score at 3 , 3 1/2, 8 and 8 1/2 inches on the long side

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Turn it and score 1/2 , 1, 4 1/4 and 4 3/4.

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
 This is the pictorial representation and the blue shaded region is the part you can snip off  before folding and gluing.
Notebook Holder Tutorial 
The shorter 2 3/4 inch side will form the top closure flap and if you want you can cut a fancy edge to it. I used a Crealies On the edge die to cut both the card stock and pattern paper for the flap.

Notebook Holder Tutorial 

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Snip off the side 1 inch borders on the 2 3/4 and 1/2 part....refer to the graphic shaded in blue if you get confused.

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
 Cut in 1 inch at the lower part as shown and snip off parts as shown in the graphic.Optionally cut wedges/ round off the edges to allow easy gluing.
Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Fold along the score lines as shown and you can see your note holder taking shape.

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Add a small magnet on the inside of your top flap and cover with pattern paper for a neat finish.

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Optionally line the inside of your note holder with pattern paper.
Apply glue on the tiny squares  shown below first

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Fold up the lower flap and stick it onto to tiny squares and then glue over the side flaps as shown below.

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Lastly stick on another magnet on the lower flap adjusting the position to perfectly line with the magnet on the upper flap.
Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Cover the magnet with pattern paper.
How to make the Pen Holder

Notebook Holder Tutorial 
Form a loop of ribbon to snugly fit around and pen ...apply glue and hold with a paper clip till it dries! Stick the ribbon tail under your notebook holder while you stick it to the book cover.
Stationary Holder Tutorial 
I hope you liked this Tutorial and project!
Handmade Stationary Gift Set
This project is my DT post for Cuttlebug Mania Challenge where the theme is "Anything Christmas with a die /embossing folder"
I have used a ton of dies in this project and here is the list of Supplies : 
Dies : Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Filigree Delight, Spellbinders Decorative Labels 8 ,Spellbinders swirl bliss pocket[center of notebook],Spellbinders  Curved Matting Basics B,Spellbinders Majestic Labels 25,Spellbinders Lace Hearts [lacy corners on box],Tonic Mixed Scalloped and Straight Cut Oval Layering Die Set,Crealies On the Edge 33 ,Crealies Duo Dies 47,Magnolia Doohickeys Vintage Box Lacing Coffee,Wild Rose Studio Floral Frame,Xcut Handmade With Love
Papers : Graphic 45 Time to flourish ,Debbie Mumm Harvest and Holiday
Stamp: Wild Rose Studio Penguin with Present


Gifts from the Crafty World

          Hi friends, I have been blessed like many of you to have a hobby that not only makes me happy but helps spread a little bit of happiness!! This post is  to share with all of you how generous the crafting community is and to say a big Thank you to each one of you.

Maria [aka Mia ] is a versatile crafter from Greece whom I became friends with recently. She is multi-talented  crafter dabbling in papercrafts, fabric crafts and a loooot of different styles of crafts.Mia has hosted a couple of amazing giveaways recently and I was the  lucky winner of a surprise parcel. I was so stunned to receive this big box of crafty treasure all the way from Greece . It has the most special handmade crafts , the cutest buttons I have seen, gorgeous rhinestones, felt embellishments, beautiful laces ,fabric pieces,beads, stamps and even metal embellishments. Thank you so much Mia....you don't know how happy your kindness has made me feel!!
From Mia
I bet most of you who visit me know Lisa....the mermaid crafter. Hehe yes I do tend to imagine Lisa to be a certain magical beautiful mermaid who is supremely kind and benevolent!! Lisa  not only makes the most beautiful projects but is so generous with spreading kindness by commenting on her friends' blogs. If you are a blogger you will know how precious a comment is! Love you Lisa for who you are!! And Thank you so much for the gorgeous giveaway gifts and special card.
From Lisa
I have a crafty friend , Sharada whom I have been lucky enough to meet a couple of times since she lives in Bangalore too. Recently she came back from an UK trip  and this is what she sent me.Everything handpicked for me including dies... I was speechless!!
From Sharada
         Many of you may remember I had a huge celebration last year when my blog viewership reached 5 million. 16 people won prizes and my blogger friend Priyanka Mathur was the lucky winner of a Big Shot machine!
A couple of months back I was struggling with many things in my life and feeling quite low and then... a huge parcel arrived from Priyanka and cheered me up no end! Money need not buy happiness all the time but yes kindness sure can make someone super happy!!!
From Priyanka
During the same phase when I was feeling blue....here is something special a dear blogger friend Pooja sent me! It made me feel so loved and happy. The power of a little something handmade sure is amazing!!
From Pooja
This year was  difficult for me during multiple phases and I had not been able to  craft or blog and visit all of you as much as I used to and wanted to.But I do treasure each comment, email , message and blog visit ....so much that it is difficult for me to put my gratitude into words and thank you adequately enough!Without perhaps realizing it ,each of you have given me a share of happiness...the most beautiful gift!!! Thank you so much my friends!

PS : Stay tuned!!
I am thinking of a giveaway soon...it wont be as grand as the one I had during my 5 million pageviews celebration....just a personalThank you giveaway for my crafty pals in blogland.


Travel Themed Masculine Card

Masculine Themed Card
           Hi friends so happy to share my first DT post for the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge. Most of you who visit my blog will know that I just loooove die cutting ! So when Jannie the owner of Cuttlebugmania Challenge blog invited me to be part of her DT team...I  just couldn't refuse her .The Cuttlebugmania Challenges focus on projects using a die cutting machine and the theme this month is masculine and titled "We Mustache you a Question"!
      Masculine cards are not an easy option for most of us I know!! My husband likes flowers and butterflies so I am not used to making the typical masculine project either!

In this post I am sharing how I made a travel themed card and how you can use the ideas to make any 3 D shape for your cards and home decor projects

I die cut hot air balloon shapes using a Spellbinders Contour Hot Air balloon die. This die is like the sizzix BigZ dies and can cut thin chipboard and fabric as well!
If you have a BigZ die or Contour dies[ from Spellbinders ] you can  cut multiple sheets of paper in one go and these are perfect if  you want to make 3 D shapes or make a lot of cards or party decorations quickly.
3 D Card Tutorial 
Use 5- 6 die cuts and ink their edges with matching ink. Here I used Distress Inks . Fold the die cuts...be as precise as you can in the folding! If you want to add the 3 D shape to a card...use a thick card stock for the base and stick the folded die cut shapes on top of it.
3 D Card Tutorial 
Take your time while sticking the adjacent halves to each other.I found that using an odd number of die cuts over the base gave a more fuller symmetrical look!!
3 D Card Tutorial 
Optionally trace an outline of your die cut shape on glitter foam and hand cut it leaving a border so that you get a nice glittering border around your 3 D shape.

3 D Card Tutorial 
I used a gorgeous Spellbinders rope embossing folder to form a background for the  hot air balloon
Travel themed Metal embellishments
I wanted to  highlight the gorgeous travel themed brass charms so made a background for each one using squares of pattern paper mounted on scallop squares of glitter foam.
Travel themed Metal embellishments
I used glossy accents[ clear and quick drying] to stick all the beautiful metal charms.
Acrylic discs
I used clear acrylic discs over circles of pattern paper to create the embellishments above.They look like candy if you see them in real!!
Masculine Themed Card
Creating a typical masculine themed creation was difficult for me but I hope you liked my card and do try to participate in the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge using projects made with a die cutting machine.

Supplies : Dies :  Spellbinders Contour Hot Air Balloon ,Sizzix Framelits Squares,Couture Creations Scallop Squares. Embossing Folder :Spellbinders Need a Rope 3 D Embossing Folder
Papers : Bob n Betty Voyager


Hanging Shaker Ornament Tutorial

Shaker Ornament
        Hi friends sharing a simple handmade gift set I made recently for a friend. When you have to make something for someone who is the owner of one of the most amazing craft stores in India it is something of a mammoth challenge ! My crafter friends from India would have guessed I am talking about Shalini Mittal, the owner of Crafters Corner!
I had many nervous self doubting sessions.... after all what do you make for someone who deals with the most talented crafters from all over the world day in and day out !!
Well finally I decided to make a set using the gorgeous "Hydrangea Lawns papers " Shalini  had recently launched under her own brand " Dress my craft"!
I made a set of bookmarks, a shaker ornament and a simple card all featuring the beautiful hydrangeas and I fervently hope she liked it!
Handmade Card
Now for my readers...I had earlier shared a simple Shaker Ornament Tutorial
This tutorial  is a more refined version to show how to make a more  sophisticated and neater shaker ornament!
Acetate- I used OHP[Overhead projector transparency sheets]. You can recycle bits of transparent packaging too
Glue - Good quality glue which is not too runny and doesn't take ages to dry. I am currently in love with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue.
Shaker elements- beads, sequins, glitter balls, paper bits anything small and lightweight!
Foam- Use the thickest craft foam you can get your hands on.
Shapes - Base and Frame- I used dies...You can hand-cut also
Pearl Strings/ Thread/Rope- anything to attach to your ornament so that you can hang it.
Cut your base [ my base is circular] from pattern paper and thick card stock and adhere the pattern paper to the base.
Also cut the same shape from clear acetate [ hard to see in this picture as it is very transparent!]
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Cut 3 or more circular frames from thick foam. I used an MFT circle frame die so it was super easy.
Adhere the circle frames atop the base and layer  the frames on top of each other using a good glue. Avoid  the hot glue gun as it can be lumpy , more messy and difficult to control.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Allow enough time for the frames to dry as otherwise your shaker elements can stick to them.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial

I used a mixture of blue and green and white shaker elements[ sequins, glitter balls , little hearts and pearls]
Shaker Ornament Tutorial
In the picture below you can see the advantage of using foam to easily make a deep shaker !
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Stick on the acetate to another circular frame .
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
If you are really particular of not wanting your shaker elements to stick to your acetate give the acetate a light dusting with an embossing buddy / talcum powder like the one shown below.
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Be sure to give just a light dusting as otherwise your acetate can become foggy from too much powder!
Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
Now stick the acetate onto your shaker and you are ready to now add a few finishing touches!
I cut a few flowers from the same pattern paper and added it to the glitter foam frame.
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
To form a decorative frame for the shaker you can use a doily or a beautiful die cut like the Tonic Trellis die I have used in this project.
Shaker Tutorial 
To form a matching base I used  another sheet of pattern paper from the same set and  sponged "peeled paint" distress inks   for a touch of green so that it matches the rest of my shaker. Layered the white die cut trellis circle atop it. 
When making such ornaments be sure to make your base thick and sturdy so pattern paper alone wont be sufficient.Layer the pattern paper atop thick card stock 
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
And here is how you can make a hanging dangler...take a wire or string...a wire is easier in some ways and thread beads or tassels on it...twist the wire. 
To attach this to your base...either you can punch a hole on the frame and twist the wire / tie the thread or add a glue dot and stick it to the back of your frame.
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial
Use glue dots /washi /any sticky tape to position a string of pearl onto the back of your frame. You may have to adjust the position of the string till you are happy!

  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
For the final finishing touch hot glue a big disc of glitter foam [which is the same size or slightly smaller than your frame] on the back ...this will hide the attachment of the pearl string and the dangler and give a neat finish to your project.
  Shaker Ornament Tutorial 
And here is how it looks.
Shaker Ornament
I hope Shalini liked this little  handmade birthday gift set! And I hope the ideas will be useful to you my dear friends!
Hydrangea Set

Supplies : Dies :  Shaker Ornament : Tonic Trellis Circle Base Die, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles,Dienamics [MFT] Radial Stitched Circle Stax,Dienamics [MFT] Stitched Circle Scallop Frame,Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday
Bookmark:Spellbinders Filigree Bookmark Tag Die
Card : Tonic Mixed Scalloped and Straight Cut Oval Layering Die Set,Spellbinders Card Creator A2 Filigree Delight
Papers : Dress My Craft Hydrangea Lawns
Linking to  Word Art Wednesday 308 and 309
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