Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sweet Memories Mini Album with DCWV

Hi there,

Today I am sharing a mini album created with the New “Birds & Butterflies” paper stack. I love this stack. The colors and patterns are perfect for spring and summer projects.  

This mini album was so much fun to create.  I used classic patterned papers, some fun vintage frames, wooden sentiments, and classic patterned ribbon to make this album come to life. I incorporated some recycled patterned transparent product packaging as inserts in the album, and also added some fun embellishments throughout. Paper bags were also used within the album to serve as pockets for memorabilia and additional pages. Take a peek at my tutorial below.


DCWV Stack: Birds & Butterflies
Chip Board (2): 6 x 6
Paper bags (2): 5 ½ x 10 ½
1 in Circle Punch
Wooden Words
Cinch/Binding Tool & Coils
Distressing Tool
Bone Folder
3D Tape
Xyron Adhesive: The New Creative Station, Creatopia Machine, Mega Runner
Hot Glue


Step 1: Trim 4 pieces of patterned paper from the Birds & Butterflies Stack down to 6 x 6 for the front and back covers. Run through the New Creative Station to apply adhesive. Adhere patterned paper to chipboard covers, including inside covers. Set aside.

Step 2: Choose coordinated (5-8) 12 x 12 patterned papers. Fold the sheets in ½, score them with a bone folder and run the full sheets through the Creatopia machine. Pre-folding the sheets enables the fold to serve as an easy guide to fold and adhere 1 side of a 12 x 12 sheet to the other side, creating a 6 x 12 piece of patterned paper. Trim the 6 x 12 sheets down to 6 x 6. Note: This will make your pages double sided and will also give them a nice firm feel. Set aside.

Step 3: Fold the bottom of 2 paper bags inward creating an extra album page. Using the Mega Runner, apply adhesive adhere the paper bag bottoms together. Apply adhesive to the side flaps of the paper bag pages. Note: The goal is to create additional pages. Leave all insert areas of the bags open/un-adhered. They will be used as pocket options.

Step 4: Trim 2 coordinated patterned papers down to 5 ½ x 10 ½ to cover the left and right sides of the paper bags. Form the papers to each side of the bags and run them through Creative Station. Adhere to each side of paper bags. Repeat this step for both paper bags, including inside paper bag pages.

Step 5: Turn paper bags over and adhere a 6 x 12 piece of coordinated paper to the back of the bags as shown in the photo. Trim any excess.

Step 6: Using a circle punch, punch half circle out of the center of opening of paper bag pages. Note: Use the rounded indentation in the bag as a guide. Set aside.

Step 7: Collect all pages, including paper bag inserts to form the mini album. Using a binding tool, punch holes in pages and use coils to bind the album. Note: I added printed transparent product packaging (Prima) as pages to add more fun to the album. I also trimmed 1in to 1 1/2 inches off of some of my patterned paper pages to add multiple fun elements throughout the album. Distress all pages with distressing tool, including front and back cover. Note: The white core makes the distress effect effortless. See pics of finished pics at the end of the tutorial.

Step 8: Run front cover paper layers through the New Creative Station and adhere front cover.  Add wooden words and embellishments to front cover.

Step 9: Continue building the front cover. Add bow to album cover and ribbon to coils.

Step 10: Run patterned papers and cut outs through the New Creative Station and adhere to the pages throughout the mini album. Note: The "Birds & Butterflies" stack includes fun cut outs to use throughout the album. Continue embellishing as desired.

Sweet Memories Mini Album by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper: DCWV; Ribbon: May Arts; Pull: 7Gypsies; Gem Paper Clips: Advantus; Adhesive: Xyron; Tool: Craft-Dee-BowZ; Other: Chipboard, Wooden Words, Ribbon

 The following are pics of some of the pages:

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

DIY Celebration Gift Box using Chibitronics & Xyron

Hi there,

Today, I'm sharing a neat Celebration Gift Box created with Chibitronics and Xyron. I love these products together. Adding lights to projects, make them so much more fun to create and share. I'm including an easy tutorial below.

Chibitronics Circuit Kit
Xyron Adhesive: The New Creative Station, 1' Sticker Maker, Clear Hold Adhesive
Metal Cap with hole in center
Glass Beads
Paper Straws
Foam Brush
Mini Stapler
Hot Glue
Mounting Tape


Step 1: Apply gesso to top and bottom DCWV Mailer Box. Let dry.

Step 2: Run patterned paper from Confetti Stack through the Xyron New Creative Station and adhere to box top, securing inside of the cover.

Step 3. Sand the pattered paper with a sanding bar and adhere strips of coordinated patterned paper to the box top as shown above.

Step 4: Run worded patterned strips and half circles through Xyron sticker maker and apply to box top.
Step 5: Add bows to the box top.

Step 6: Create circuit using the Chibitronics Circuit Kit. Set aside.

 Step 7: Remove the center of the artificial flower and staple layers together with mini stapler.

 Step 8: Apply gesso to the artificial flower and metal cap. Let dry.

Step 9: Using hot glue, adhere metal cap to flower. Pour Clear Hold Adhesive into metal cap and then pour glass beads into the metal cap. Add a toothpick to the center of the metal cap to keep the center hole clear of adhesive. Note: As the adhesive dries, continue to move the toothpick around to ensure that is doesn't dry in place. The toothpick is only used to keep the path clear. Remove toothpick after the beads set.

Step 10: Adhere Chibitronics circuit created in step 6 to the flower with mounting tape and then to the box. Continue embellishing as desired.

DIY Celebration Gift Box by Karen Jiles Supplies Circuit Kit: Chibitronics; Patterned Paper: DCWV; Metal Cap: Advantus; Adhesive: Xyron; Other: Flower, Glass Beads, Ribbon, Straws

This project was super fun and easy to create. To see more fun projects using Chibitronics, head on over to the Chibitronics Blog for more inspiration from their own design team. They are blog hopping all week.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Inspirational Cards Tutorial using DCWV and Xyron

Hi there,

Today I am sharing some Inspirational Cards that I created with DCWVs Colored Burlap Card bases, Corrugate Paper, 6 x 6 Chevron Template and Xyron Adhesive.  I really enjoyed creating these. The corrugate paper and burlap card bases added great texture. Xyron Adhesive made these cards effortless to layer together.  Take a peek at my easy tutorial below:


DCWV: Corrugate Paper Pad, A2 Colored Burlap Cards, Chevron Template

White Cardstock (3) 3 ¾ x 5

Copic Markers & Air Brush System (E33, RV25, Y15, YG07, BG18)

Stamp (Worded)

Ink (Black)

Paper String

Sand Bar

Xyron Adhesive: 5” Creative Station



Step 1: Transfer the template pattern to white cardstock using a copic markers and airbrush system. Note: I used several color combinations to coordinate with my colored burlap card base choices.

Step 2: Ink stamp with black ink and stamp sentiment onto template patterned cardstock. Set aside.

Step 3: Trim Corrugate board down to size that layers appropriately under the template patterned cardstock and sand with sand bar.

Step 4: Run stamped cardstock and corrugate paper through the Xyron 5” Creative Station.

Step 5: Adhere stamped cardstock to the sanded corrugate paper. Repeat this step for all cardstock layers.

 Step 6: Add paper string and adhere to colored burlap card bases. Continue embellishing as desired.
Inspirational Cards by Karen Jiles Supplies Corrugate Paper, Burlap Cards, Template: DCWV; Paper String: Advantus; Stamp: Penny Black; Ink: Tsukineko; Adhesive: Xyron
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