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Make A Plush Fabric Covered Cereal Box Journal

This is one of my favorite DIY projects using recycled materials…first start with this: a cereal or other empty, clean paper board box. Collapse it and cut off any rough edges. Next score the paperboard so there is a 1/4 inch panel down the center […]

Make Hershey’s Kiss Rose Bud Bouquet

Make Hershey’s Kiss Rose Bud Bouquet

One of the most fun ways to do Valentine’s day is to turn your chocolate treats into artistic little surprises that make them smile. Since many of you have asked on our Facebook page how to do this…Click on the picture to see a fabulous […]

Make A Peek-A-Boo Valentine Carrier

When the Valentines Day party is over at school…how do they take all of their little treats home with them? You could just set the class up with shoe boxes, but who (other than maybe a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills) has 30 shoe boxes lying around?

Valentine Carrier Brown Paper Bag

Here is a simple idea for something you can make a bunch of and donate to your favorite teacher: A Decorative “Peek-A-Boo” Valentine carrier with ribbon handles.

All you need is a package of recycled paper bags, pretty ribbon (handles I cut were about 12-14 inches for each,) and some Martha Stewart Decorative Punches (I used Martha’s Floral Lace ‘Punch Around The Page’ Punch and Martha’s ‘Punch All Over The Page’ Star Punch for the window.

First, punch the top border edge. Leave the bag folded and insert it into the edge punch up to the top, keeping an eye on where the design will go. Martha Stewart punches have a design on the top and sides to make lining up easy.

Now for the ribbon handles. Using a hole punch, with the bag closed, punch two holes all the way through. Each should be about 1.5 – 2 inches from the top and about an inch or two from the center in either direction. Valentines are not usually very heavy, but for extra reinforcement, you can put a line of masking tape on the inside before you punch your holes.

Lace your ribbon through the holes, front to back and tie loose knots in each side to keep the handles attached.
Next cut a piece of clear cellophane and tape it to the inside to complete the window.Next, use your ‘All Over The Page’ Punch to cut the window. These punches have a magnetic base – put this inside the bag where you think you would like your window(s) then align the top on the outer part of the bag. 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot, Punch! (**not actual measurements – random late 80’s Beetlejuice  reference.**)

Use markers and stamps to decorate or just hand them over to the kids with some crayons, stamps, and glitter glue — they love the decorating part!


Craft Supplies and Punches - Making Memories, Martha Stewart, Doodlebug Designs
Here are the craft supplies used in this project - Martha Stewart Punches, Making Memories Hole Punch, Doodlebug Designs Ribbon in 'Loopy Love'



Make an exploding valentine box

Make an exploding valentine box

Most valentines are lovely, but some appear to be an impossible act of physics. I love when valentines get “ohhs and ahhs” and leave the recipient wondering…”how’d she do that?” Here is a great tutorial from the Life As Lou blog on how to make […]

Make your own DIY gift bags

Here’s another idea for something fun to do with that scrapbook paper you have tucked away…make a super fancy gift bag! Here is a great tutorial from the JoannaNoelBlog that shows you how! *image credit:

Make Crayon Heart Valentines | Lifestyle Crafts – Whipperberry

Make Crayon Heart Valentines | Lifestyle Crafts – Whipperberry

Lifestyle Crafts just released these Sweatheart Dies and we are already seeing them in tons of adorable crafts projects!  Little Valentine idea from Heather at WhipperBerry. This project is great because it is a little bit paper craft, a little bit “get your hands dirty.” It makes a colorful little card and a really cool gift kids will totally use: a multi-color crayon that will surprise little artists every time they use it!

(Would also make a perfectly lovely tag on a bigger gift too!)

Make A Colorful Valentine with Melted crayons

Crayon Heart Valentines | Lifestyle Crafts – Whipperberry.


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Expert Advice on Making Your Own Letterpress Invitations

Expert Advice on Making Your Own Letterpress Invitations

Letterpress is a really old form of printing that has gotten pretty popular again in the last few years. If you aren’t familiar with letterpress, it basically works like this: 1. A line art design (or lettering) is reversed and made into a raised plate. […]

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Make A Chinese Takeout Style Treat Box

Craft Supplies:

1. Chinese takeout favor box template. Ours is available for instant download on sale now for $2.49 on Meylah: Chinese Takeout Treat Box Template
2. Stapler
3. Your favorite decorative cardstock (we used the DCDM Whimsy Stack for our examples)
4. Boning tool for making the creases and scoring board (We used Martha Stewart’s kit – comes with a scoring board and a boning tool.) If you don’t have a bone folder, you can crease the lines with the edge of a popsicle stick.

How to fold and assemble your box:

1. Cut your cardstock to a size that will fit in your printer. The template we used is designed to work with the standard 8.5 x 11 sized paper that fits in our printer. (tip: please check to make sure your cardstock will work with your printer. If you are using a very heavy cardstock that can’t be fed through your printer, print the template on basic white paper or cardstock and trace it onto your final paper.)
2. Cut around the outside of the box shape. (follow the solid yellow line)
3. Use a bone folding tool and scoring board to trace the dotted lines in the template. Push hard enough to make a crease you can see slightly on the other side, but not so hard you pierce the paper.
4. Fold to connect the dots on sections 1, 2, 3, and 4…

Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Make A Flip (Swing Card)

Paula from More Than Cards demonstrates how to make a flip or swing style greeting card. The swing/flip card is made by cutting slits into the cardstock, then folding it at very specific measurements (Paula goes over these in detail in the video tutorial) What a cool cardmaking idea — definitely not your average Valentines Day or Christmas card!

Watch Paula from More Than Favors Makes A Flip Card
Watch Paula from More Than Favors Make A Flip Card. Image Credit: More Than Favors on YouTube

Craft Supplies For This Card Project:

  • Craft Glue
  • Family Photo(s) and Embellishments (Also shown in this video: The Nifty 50’s Cricut Cartridge and Pink By Design Jump and Jive  Stamp Set) – You will attach these to the card when it is complete and can make a cute page layout.
  • Cardstock (The cardstock shown is Die Cuts With A View’s Green Stack collection made from 70% post-consumer recycled paper. It is acid-free and lignin-free so this card will last a lifetime.)
  • Cutting and Scoring Board and other basic cardmaking tools like a craft knife

How To Make A Vision Board

How To Make A Vision Board

Types of Vision Boards When To Use A Vision Board How To Make A Vision Board Examples of Vision Board   Why A Vision Board? Every year about this time (right before the New Year) I try to take a time to reflect on all […]