Friday, December 14, 2012

Made it from scratch: OA Make it Merry Mini - Page 4 & 5

We're gonna get a little crazy today and do pages 4 and 5 together.

The patterned paper from page 5 blends with page 4, so you'll need to cut it and work on these pages together.

First cut the background pieces.
-For page 1 cut the numbers paper along the right edge of the square (this will be a little short of 5") and 6" high.
-For the right page, cut a piece of the ledger paper to 5-3/8" wide x 6" tall. Then cut a 3/8" strip from the left edge of the ledger paper.

On the left page (page 4) Affix the numbers paper to the background. You aren't going to stitch over this piece so glue it down good!

Layer the 3/8" ledger paper over the edge of the numbers paper and flush to the right edge of the page. Add a short length of stitching right along the outside edge and full length of stitching about 1/4" from the edge.

Size and print your photo at 3.5" square. Add a white boarder at 1/8" (or mat the photo on white cardstock to add the border). Then mat the photo onto a square of black cardstock that is 4" wide by 4.5" long. Mount the photo toward the top so there's a strip of cardstock about a half-inch."

Cut out "Greetings Merry Christmas" from the words paper scrap. Stitch a line between "Greetings" and "Merry Christmas," then tuck it under the photo mat so there's just a little bit of the "greetings" showing and it hangs over the edge just a little bit.

Mount the photo just under the numbers 1, 2, 3. Add a strip of "To/From" washi tape so that the stripe sticks up onto the pattern paper. Layer the year number stickers (black and cream mini market stickers from the Thrift Shop line). Stitch across the bottom of the letters.

On a strip of snowflake paper, stamp the phrase "Merry and Bright" from the stamp set in the Make it Merry Kit. Trim it into a strip about 3" long and 7/16" high. (Honestly, I just eyeballed it when i cut the height.) Trim the end into a point to make a banner. Outline with a black pen (I used a .03 nib).

Place the pink snowflake sticker from the word sticker sheet onto a 1.25" chipboard circle.

Put 1/8" foam tape on the back of the label sticker from the Designer Brads set. Outline with a black pen and add journaling.

Glue the "Merry and Bright" banner strip down first, then the snowflake, and finally the label with the green brads added.

...and you're done with page 3, so it's on to page 4.

Page 4
Put the yellow ledger paper that you already cut. Affix it to the grungepaper and punch your binding holes. Stitch up and down the left and right sides of the page about 3/8" in from each edge.

Pull out the chipboard tree from the Holiday Style Miscellany set. Color it with white Distress Stain. The idea is to give it a mottled effect to emulate snow. To do this work in layers pouncing the stain applicator with uneven coverage. Set aside to dry.

Grab a sheet of the Holiday Style Snowflake rub-ons. Apply around the outside of the pages with a cluster around the 2 bottom corners where the photo mat will sit and at the upper corners of the edge. letting your snowflakes sit partially under the photo mat and partially off the edges of the page will give it visual interest. Stamp "have yourself a merry little christmas" at the top.

Size the photo to 3.5" wide by 3-5/8" high. Add a 1/8" inch white border by either leaving a little white when you trim the photo or add a white piece of cardstock to mat the photo. Then mat on a black square cut to 4" square. Attach the "gifts" tab on the right about 7/8" from the top of the photo mat and add some messy stitching along the bottom of it. Affix to the page just under the header column text.

Add some black stitching to the tree to make a "trunk" in the center. Add the tin pin with the little red bird. Tuck half of the "happy christmas" banner from the Little Flyers under the tree. And affix the tree.

And with that, you've finished two pages. Yippee!!!

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