Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sketchy Sunday sketch no. 42 ......and more.

Busy, busy,busy.....sums up the year so far, but I've been very good and have been keeping up with the snaps for my 365 project despite the early onslaught of work and family commitments. Things are starting to find their level so hopefully some new projects to show you soon.

In the meantime for those of you interested in my progress on the 365 project - a photo a day - I'm going to post my fav photo of the previous week on a Monday. So this Monday they'll be two photos from the first two weeks of the year. I hope you'll find time to pop by for a nose.

To catch up with my crafting over Christmas, here's a few projects I completed for the Docrafts Design Team.

This gift bag was a quick necessity over the gift giving season. I used a the Xcut bag die, nested scalloped circle die, snowflakes dies and sentiments die, which are all great staples to have in your collection. Teamed with an embossing folder and glitter paper the bag has a rich feel which the photo just doesn't capture.

Next is an altered set of cheap notebooks using the new Graffiti download from the Docrafts site and the Xcut Paperclips dies. I made a couple of holders from card stock and then covered them in paper and added a couple of the new chalkboard peg elements to decorate. I love how well this project turned out as I'm a glutton for stationery and notebooks in particular, but of course plain notebooks just don't cut the mustard.

This project is really sweet, take the lid off the box and the hearts mounted on acetate strips flutter in a very romantic fashion, perfect for your valentine. If you'd like to make your own here's the instructions.


Trim a piece of card to 8 ¼” square. Score at 3” from the edge on all four sides.

Trim away the corner sections.

Fold at the score lines to create the box shape, unfold. Mat inside and out of the box sides, I like to leave a small border around the mats.

Trim a piece of card to 3 3/8” square. Score at ½” from the edge on all four sides. Mat the centre section to match the exterior of the box.

Cut along one ½” score line on each corner to the intersecting line to create a ½” tab. Fold and glue each tab to the adjacent ½” long section to create the box lid. Decorate the box lid with two pieces of ribbon, long enough to hang slightly over the lid edges, top with a chalkboard heart tag and punched hearts and flowers.

Trim a piece of card 2 ¼” square - to fit perfectly in the base of the box when closed. Mat to match the inside of the box.

Trim acetate strips 1/8” by 4”. Cut small random slits, just over 1/8” long, in the matted 2 ¼” sq. Thread through the acetate strips folding over the end at the back and securing with double sided tape.

Punch, die-cut or hand cut double the number of heart shapes as acetate strips. Keep the hearts fairly small to keep the weight down, so they will flutter on the end of the acetate strips when the box is moved.

Apply double sided tape to the base square and adhere the 2 ¼” square inside the box. Pull up the box sides and trim the acetate strips down so they are at least ¼” below the top of the box. Attach hearts to the top of the acetate strips by sandwiching the end of the acetate strip between two hearts. 

Adhere more hearts to the inside panels of the box. Add rhinestones to a few random hearts. Pop on the lid and give with love. 

Finally, here we have the latest sketch, no. 42. If it's not clear the patterned sections are ripped paper strips, which give a little extra texture on a fairly simple layout....enjoy.

Happy Scrapping.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Pam, those papers really were ideal for this project.

  2. The note books are great - I really like the holders too what a great project, x