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Tutorial of the Month: April 2016

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We've got a really fun project to share as our tutorial of the month. See what Sandie Gough has created using the Downton Abbey papercrafting papercrafting elements!



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I have tried over the years of crafting to use my scraps up, but I just ended up with a box full and not using them! With my Diamond Press ordered for my plain card scraps, I have come up with this cool way of using up the patterned paper scraps! Using Downton Abbey paper strips I made a small trial box and decided to make a box that would fit the Downton Abbey CD as it’s a very handy size.

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Using Linen Cardstock cut two pieces 7 ¾” x 10”. Then use the Scoremaster to score around all sides at 1” to make the box.

Remember to do one on the top of the Scoremaster and the other from the bottom when making a box! Set aside when done.

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Grab some left over card for the layers. Try and grab a similar gsm (weight) of card but as they are going to be covered they can be any colour!

You will need: one at 5 ½” x 7 ¾”, two of ¾” x 5 ½”, and two of ¾” x 7 ¾”.

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Cut scraps to 1cm wide.

The length doesn’t matter as they can be joined as long as you keep the width consistent. I now do this when I’ve finished a project so they are ready when I have enough!

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I use a clip to hold my strips in bundles from the same paper pads. This makes sure all my colours will complement each other.

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For each one of the layers I used the 90 degree angle (the dotted line) on my glass mat to start gluing the first strip so they would all be uniform

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Use Collal All Purpose Glue to stick the strips as this gives wiggle time!

Lay the strips so that they hang over the edge of the layer (it will be trimmed later) but do tear off if really long so you can use it again!

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If a piece isn’t long enough, then just start with another strip (this is why uniform width is important when cutting the strips).

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When all panels are covered, turn them over so you can see the overhang and trim back to the edge of the layer card.

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Use Collal Tacky Glue to stick on the layers to the Linen Card Box, it’s a strong glue so will hold the layers tight.

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All done, a Downton Abbey Box to hold your CD covered with my precious Downton Abbey paper scraps! I'd love to see you make one too!

3 thoughts on “Tutorial of the Month: April 2016”

  • Annika Birgestrand
    Annika Birgestrand 12th April 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Ooooo what lovely tutorials you made. I Love, Love Downton Abbey. I wish I have all the wonderful things you have with Downton Abbey. The Box
    is so wonderful Downton Abbey Papers.
    My Regards
    Annika Birgestrand

  • Julie Eastman

    What a fabulous idea to use up all those bits that we crafters just can't bear to throw away!!!

  • Glenda Hill

    Great idea and not just for Cd either x

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