Memory Keeping Frame ‘Celebrate Us’

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My fiance and I are usually so busy with our children and extended family, that we often forget to focus on us. So I created this memory keeping frame for us to display our favorite photos of something we have done together each month.

It was really quite easy to make, using a picture frame that I had lying around and a few of my Stampin Up craft supplies, including my favorite Banners Thinlits Dies for the Bigshot. I love the Banners Thinlits Dies and have used them on so many projects, so I am gutted that they are on the ‘retiring’ list for the current annual catalog, which means that they will no longer be available to buy after 31st May or sooner if they sell out!

So back to the frame! I’ll give you the list of all materials and tools that I used, and then tell you how you can create your own. All of the suppplies used are from Stampin Up and are available to buy from my demo site here.

Consumable items

  • Basic Black Cardstock #121688
  • Whisper White Cardstock #106549
  • Gold Binder Clips #141673 (these come in a pack of 10, so you will need two packs)
  • Basic Black Bakers Twine #134576
  • VersaMark #102283
  • Gold Stampin Emboss Powder #109129
  • Tear & Tape Adhesive #138995

Tools

  • Embossing Buddy #103083
  • Heat Tool #129054
  • Clear Block (if using a photo polymer stamp set)
  • Handheld Circle Punch 1.6mm #134363
  • Paper Snips #103579
  • Banners Framelits #132173
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine #143263

I used a retired stamp set for the lettering, but there are others available to buy. You will also need a staple gun or sturdy stapler, a picture frame and an embroidery needle.

Cutting

Using your Big Shot and Banners Framelits cut six of the larger banners in white and six in black. Next, use the next size down to cut another six in white and another six in black. This will give you twenty four in total. Now, using one of the smallest banners (check that your chosen font will fit), cut six in white and five in black.

Stick

Pair up the larger banners with the next size down, alternating black and white. Stick them together using your Tear & Tape adhesive, being careful to get an even border all the way round.

Stamp

As you are going to be embossing the words, you will need to give each piece of card a quick wipe over with the Embossing Buddy first. This prevents extra bits of embossing powder sticking to places you don’t want it!  Take your smallest banners first and using the Versa Mark ink, stamp a letter on each banner, remembering to alternate between white and black. Sprinkle a small amount of the gold embossing powder evenly over each letter, then gently shake off the excess powder back into the embossing powder tub. Your letters should be covered in the gold powder, if they look like a bit is missing, sprinkle some more over and gently shake off again.

CELEBRATE US

For the bigger banners, you will need to stamp and then sprinkle the embossing powder over one at a time, so this is a little more time consuming. Stamp the month at the top of the inner banner and then sprinkle with the gold embossing powder, gently shaking off the excess like before.

Emboss

Please be careful at this stage, it is very easy to underestimate how hot the Heat Tool can get!

Gather together all of your banners and working on a heat resistant surface, hold the Heat Tool above the banners one at a time, slowly moving the tool around. Try not to hold the Heat Tool too close, as you will scald the banners, about six inches is a good distance. You will know when the Embossing is done as it will suddenly turn from powder to liquid. Leave the banners to cool before moving onto the next step.

Punch

Using the 1.6mm Circle Punch, punch near to the corners of the smallest banners which you have used for the letters that make up the words ‘Celebrate Us’. Try not to punch too close to the corners as they will tear when threading them onto the bakers twine.

Thread

Cut a piece of the bakers twine wider than the frame that you are using. Using the embroidery needle, thread the letters one by one onto the bakers twine.

Arrange

Lay your picture frame down on a flat surface and arrange your banners in it, check that they will all fit and that you are happy with their positioning. Turn the picture frame over to its reverse side, leaving the banners in place on the table. Carefully staple the bakers twine onto the back of the frame, pulling it taught where the bigger banners will be, as they are heavier and it will dip under their weight with the gold clips. I started at the bottom of my frame and worked my way up, crisscrossing the bakers twine across and up the back of the frame. The smallest banners can be hung more loosely if you like.

Finish

Turn the frame over and clip the banners in place over the twine, arranging them as you go along. Then you can get on with choosing and printing your photos to attach.

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You will notice that I didn’t quite have enough clips, so December is currently attached with a paper clip!

 

 

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Memory Keeping

I have a huge basket full of photos, tickets and mementos that I keep meaning to put into a scrapbook or otherwise preserve. The trouble is that I don’t commit regular time to scrap booking or memory keeping. For example, I recently made a lovely keepsake box frame for my daughters first ever pair of proper shoes, she is 11 years old!

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So these cute little shoes, along with all my other photos and mementos have been in a box getting dusty for years. It is difficult to just look through them as nothing is organised, just randomly placed into the same box. I want to bring order to these memories and present them in a way that can be enjoyed by myself, family and friends.

One of my biggest obstacles is making the time to commit to my memory keeping endeavours. A solution that I have thought of is to arrange to get together with a group of friends on a regular basis and work on our scrap booking projects together. I remember reading an article about exercise and keeping up a regular exercise regime. The author suggested that you exercise with friends and put it in your diary as you would any other appointment. This would mean that you were more likely to keep to exercising regularly. So I am looking at scrap booking in the same way. If I arrange a regular time and date with friends, I am more likely to stick to it! Plus it will be nice to spend time with friends doing something we enjoy together.

Louisa x

Celebrate Card Duo

Celebrate Card duo

As I am still very much in love with the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper, I decided to use it to make these fun cards, coupled with the Party With Cake Stamp Set. The only difficulty that I had was to decide which coloured card to use with it, Mint Macaron or Blushing Bride? That is how I ended up making two cards, I just couldn’t make my mind up!

Celebrate Duo 2

So, if you would like to recreate these cute cards for yourself you will need the following;

Birthday Bouquet Teacup

Birthday Bouquet DSP Teacup

I have really been enjoying using the Birthday Bouquet Designer Series Paper. It is so pretty and the designs make it so versatile, but my favourite project with it so far has been to create this pretty teacup. There are so many uses for this, a decoration for a party or wedding, a favour holder or fill with sweets to make a cute gift for Mothers Day.

Birthday Bouquet Teacup with sweets

The first thing I did was download the teacup template from Red Ted Arts. You will need to sign up for their newsletter to get the template, but I feel that it is worth it. Click on the link to go to their blog post;

Paper Teacup Printable & Tea Party Games

Birthday Bouquet Teacup construction

There is a video on their blog which shows you how to construct the teacup, I used Tear & Tape Adhesive and Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to construct mine. If you are going to use card though, I would recommend using a glue gun as per the tutorial.

These would look so pretty as decorations or party favours. Links to the materials that I used are below;

Kissing Technique and Weekly Deals for 13th -19th January

This weeks Weekly Deals are now available, as usual there is a fantastic selection available at great prices. One of the products available in this weeks deal is the I Think You’re Great Clear Mount Set, which is useful set if you want to have a try at the Kissing Technique. You can watch a really helpful video by Stampin’ Up, which is explains it really well.

 

And here are this weeks Weekly Deals;

This Year I Will Send More Cards

Thank you cards

We are just over a week into the New Year and I am sure that I am not alone in making New Years Resolutions. However, this year I have resolved to do something a little bit different. This year I have resolved to send more cards. Birthday cards, Easter Cards, Thank you cards, Christmas cards and cards just because I can.

It is always so lovely to receive a card and especially nice to receive one that has been hand made. That someone has put in the effort not just to send you a card, but to make one just for you. With so many articles in the media recently about loneliness, I feel that it is important to make the effort to let my friends and family know that I care.

This weekend my daughter and I took some time to make some little thank you cards to send out to friends and family for making our Christmas so special. We even made cute little coordinating envelopes, which look so cute stacked up.

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For this project we used the following items;

Simple Birthday Card

It's Your Day Birthday Card

Inspired by a card on p6 of the Spring/Summer Catalogue. Can be recreated using the following products;

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