I thank you all for being so patient with me! I'm not sure I'm ever caught up, but I have been really behind these past few weeks. Between Founders, Regionals, football, cheerleading and Adam's coaching, life has been ridiculous! I can't complain as they are all wonderful components, but they have put me behind the eight ball a bit. What I will complain about is the fact that my boys aren't napping together anymore! I could always count on two hours in the afternoon when Cole and Nathan would each take a nap and now that Nathan is a little bigger he's not napping as often and Cole is growing he's pretty unpredictable! With that being said....I'm happy to share my project that I presented at Regionals.
When I was at Convention, a super sweet lady shared with me an adorable snowflake ornament (and if you know who this is, PLEASE let me know so I can thank her and also give credit where credit is due:) I loved the simplicity of the project and started dreaming up ways to alter, change and make it my own. So after some playing, I created a scrapbook wreath (using the exact same template, just switching up the size).
Here are the instructions to make the project. The dimensions are at the bottom, as you can create this in ANY size as long as you use squares. So cut your paper, follow these instructions and have fun!
- Begin with your five squares that are all the same size. Score each of them in half, in both direction. Then score each square on the diagonal BUT ONLY ONE diagonal.
- Fold each of the pieces of cardstock in half in the same direction (NOT the diagonal) just the horizontal and vertical score lines.
- Flip the paper over and fold the cardstock on the diagonal. Repeat this with each of the five pieces.
- MAKE SURE YOUR SCORE LINES ARE NICE AND TIGHT!
- Fold the five pieces of cardstock. If you creased your edges nicely, then it should fold easily. When folding them, the full squares with no score lines should be on the top and bottom, and the squares with the creased diagonals will be tucked inside the folded cardstock. (Hope this makes sense)
- Now you want to sticky strip or Tombow glue these five pieces of cardstock together. When doing this, attach them by stacking them one on top of the other so the opening is going in the SAME direction.
- After gluing the pages together you should see that it wants to open like a wreath.
- Now is the fun part! You can decorate the front panels...if you hang this project you'd see this showing in the front.
- And you also have the five "inside" pages to decorate as well!
- Thread a button onto a piece of skinny ribbon. To assemble the open and closing mechanism, simply attach a square of cardstock the same size as 1/4 of original squares to the front end and back end of the wreath. Sandwich the ribbon between the two layers or cardstock and this will hold the ribbon in place!
This is a super quick and easy project to put together! If you want to "spice" it up, you certainly can by adding extra bling, stamps and embellishments. I'll show you my "done up" version on my blog tomorrow!
As for the dimensions....any squares will work! My two favourite sizes are:
BIG SIZE for scrapbooking:
- 8x8 - five of these sheets scored at the 4 in each direction
- 4x4 - two of these - these are the front and back ends of the books
- 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 - the size of the photos and DSP layers
- 18 inches - skinny taffeta ribbon
- 1 button - the bigger the holes the better
SMALL SIZE perfect for holiday ornaments or hanging from a mantle:
- 3x3 - five of these sheets scored at the 1 1/2 inch in each direction
- 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 - two of these - these are the front and back ends of the wreath
- 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 - the size of the photos or embellishment layers
- 10 inches - skinny taffeta ribbon
- 1 button
I hope you like these projects and I'll see you again tomorrow with the "spruced" up version! Have a great night!