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Altenew September 2018 Washi Tape Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the Altenew September 2018 Washi Tape Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.
You should have arrived from the amazing Laura Jane‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:
Enza Gudor **You are here**
I am so excited about this fabulous Washi release. So many beautiful patterns and colors! There is something for everyone.
For my project today, I mixed Painted Orchids and Pastel Strokes Washi Tapes to decorate the cover of two mini notebooks.
I started by making the notebooks (you can find the tutorial here). They only measure 4×6 inches, so pretty tiny, but perfect to fit in your purse or take with you anywhere.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
For the first one, I adhered the Pastel Strokes Washi Tape in the middle of the smooth white cardstock I used for the cover. I went all the way to the back, so to have a continuity in the design. Next, I fussy cut the beautiful floral images from the Painted Orchids Washi Tape (previously adhered to white cardstock) and arranged them on opposite corners of the front cover. I also cut the word “Notes” with the Brush Alpha Die Set, and placed it in the top portion.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
The second notebook is simpler and came together in no time. I used the Painted Orchids Washi Tape to cover the whole front. The gorgeous wreath fit perfectly in the middle of the page.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
To create some separation and make the colors stand out more, I covered the spine with the new Dots In Maple Washi Tape.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
Now onto the prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 10/3/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/6/2018.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying this hop and will feel inspired to create with these fantastic designs. Your next stop is TaeEun‘s blog.
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Crate Paper – Handmade Journal Tutorial

Hello, crafty friends! How about handmade journals for our project today? They are fun and easy to make, and came together in no time. It took about fifteen minutes to make one, and I couldn’t stop. It’s addicting!

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies:

  • printer paper
  • Willow Lane 6×8 Paper Pad
  • paper piercer
  • needle and thread
  • embellishments.

The 6×8 Paper Pad is the perfect size for these notebooks; they are big enough for your everyday lists, notes, journaling, but also small enough to take with you anywhere. I started by trimming seven sheets of copy paper to measure slightly less than 6×8 inches – I wouldn’t do more than seven sheets, as it gets harder to get even edges. I folded them in half, and did the same with the cover.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

With the help of a magnetic cutting mat like the We R Memory Keepers one, I was able to keep copy paper and cover together, and mark even spots for the binding. I then pierced through all the pieces at once, making sure to avoid any shifting of the papers.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy
Next, I used colored embroidery floss to attach the pages and the cover together, making sure to hide the knots on the inside of the spine.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

I created some mini tassels to attach to the twine that I used to keep the journals closed.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

For the closure, I simply punched a hole on the front cover, about ¼” from the right edge, wrapped twine around a brad I placed in the hole, and went around the notebook a couple of times.

Here are the finished journals. I created different covers, from very simple to a bit more time-consuming, like the washi tape one. I truly enjoyed decorating them.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

I hope you’ll give this project a try. It is really fun!

Supplies: Willow Lane – 6×8 Paper Pad (344490); 6×12 Stickers (344485); Ephemera Pieces (344486); Washi Tape (344480); Decorative Trim (344476); Mini Apha Stickers (344481); Cheerful Chipboard Letter Stickers (344488).

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We R Memory Keepers – Washi Tape Mini Album

Hello, We R friends. Today I am sharing a mini album that I created with lots of washi tape and a few of my favorite tools: the Happy Stitch Sewing Machine, the Tag Punch Board, and the Frame Punch Board. I love making mini albums, and this one was especially fun. I went with an accordion style design, for which I used a washi tape binding technique that is really easy to make.

I started by cutting the panels; mine measure 5.5”x3.75”. I laid them side by side, making sure to leave about 1/8” in between, and secured the edges with a strip of washi tape. I repeated this step for all the pages, front and back; I then used my Stitch Happy to sew the washi strips in place. This is a necessary step in my opinion, as washi tape tends to detach from the paper overtime. I also love the texture that stitching brings to the pages!

Once the accordion piece was finished, I created some frames to use as embellishments using the Frame Punch Board. This tool is a must have, and is perfect for any memory keeping project or fun décor pieces. Since I wanted to use more washi, I trimmed white cardstock to the desired size and covered the edges with washi tape before punching out the shape.

You can see how I have used the frames in the pictures below.

Next, the tags. The pages of the album are only adhered on three sides, becoming pockets that are perfect for storing hidden journaling or memorabilia. I used the Tag Punch Board to create three tags, on which I typed a bit about our lovely trip. I left part of the tags showing, and added some bakers twine so to create an interactive element and suggest pulling the tags to reveal the little surprise.

Here are a few more photos of the mini. I like to include fun and unique embellishments whenever possible, such as vellum pockets filled with sequins and small ephemera pieces, shaker pockets, tassels, paper clips.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you have enjoyed reading about my process and will feel inspired to create a mini album with your We R Memory Keepers tools.

Supplies:

Happy Stitch Sewing Machine

Frame Punch Board

Tag Punch Board

Hole Reinforcer Punch

Pink Paislee Summer Lights Collection