5/6/21

Celebrating Service: Nurses and Teachers

It's a very special week! Not only is today National Nurses Day and the beginning of National Nurses Week but it’s also Teacher Appreciation Week and on Tuesday it was World Teachers Day. 


Being a part of the crafting industry, we have the ability to create one-of-a-kind gifts from the heart that mean the world to those who receive them. 


We are Celebrating Service and dedicating this blog to remind everyone to use their love of crafting to create something special for those everyday heroes.  


In this new and challenging environment I think we can all agree that teachers and nurses deserve a little extra appreciation. It doesn’t take much to show these amazing individuals how much you notice them and all their hard work; however, finding a gift that is unique and thoughtful can be a struggle at times. Below you will find inspiration on different ideas on how you can show them some love. 


Nurses:

1.) Jill from Create Craft Love came up with a beautiful design for Nurses Week. Perfect present for those nurses to slip out of their dirty scrubs after a long shift and into a cute, comfy t-shirt. #NurseLife 



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Vinyl: https://bit.ly/3nV29xm



2.) Everyone loves handmade cards. Stock up on nurse/doctor paper crafts so you're always prepared when you need to quickly create the perfect, personalized Thank You card.

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3.) Craft something they can cherish for years to come. Add nurse/doctor themed fabrics to your cart!

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Teachers:

1.) Create a gift that they can wear all day! Head over to Jessica's blog, Young at Heart Mommy, to download this free "Thank you for helping me grow" Cricut design. 



2.) Lesson plans, virtual math class, and video parent teacher conferences, oh my! Keep track of it all in your teacher planner.

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3.) Needle Art crafts have become very popular within the last year. Give your child’s teacher a homemade they can display in their classroom.

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4.) Make the perfect thank you card for your child's teacher!

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5.) Help your child make a gift like crepe flowers or give the gift of supplies for class planning!

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4/22/21

I-CRAFTER'S EARTH DAY JUNK JOURNAL TAKEOVER

Hi everyone! It’s Lynda Kanase from i-crafter here on the Notions blog with a fun project to celebrate Earth Day!


 

My Mini Album, Accordion die set is super simple to make that doesn’t require anything fancy for binding. There are also lots of additional shapes in the die set to allow for more creative fun.


Because today is Earth Day, I used my Mini Album die to make a junk journal using recycled papers as the pages. I gathered used envelopes, vintage maps, paper grocery bags and even an old plastic business card holder from a planner long gone. 


So before you throw out that used envelope, die cut some pages for your junk journal and feel good about saving the planet! Happy Earth Day!


Supplies


Supplies by i-crafter:


Additional Materials:



Instructions


1. Gather papers to repurpose. I used cereal boxes, envelopes, paper bags, maps and old planner pages among other items.


2. The main pieces to make the junk journal are the Page Spread, Single Page, Spine and Stick.



3. For this project, die cut seven Spines and 10 Sticks. You can choose to have more or less pages.



4. Spines have crease lines. Fold in half first. Then fold each long edge back to the center fold to create an accordion fold. Lay them out starting with an upward “W” then a downward “M”. Repeat. Adhere the last upward flap of the first Spine to the back of the first downward flap of the second Spine.



5. Adhere the first upward flap of the third Spine to the last downward flap of the second Spine.



6. Repeat until all Spines are attached.



7. Using recycled materials, die cut 10 Page Spreads, 6 Single Pages and various shapes included with the die set.



Assembly: 


8. Each Page Spread has a slit in the middle.  



9. Place the slit over the raised Spine.



10. Insert the Stick into the Spine to secure the Page Spread in place. Repeat for all pages.



11. FRONT COVER: die cut a Single Page out of an old map. Tear along the right edge and adhere. Secure the flap with washi tape. Die cut 3 globes out of the Hello World set and adhere into a stack. Trim off the globe stand. Adhere the Earth on the cover.



12. RECYCLED CARD STOCK PAGE SPREAD: adhere a die cut globe from the Hello World set. Apply Distress Paint in Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint.



13. The set also includes dies that cut negative shapes to embellish pages.


14. PAPER BAG PAGE SPREAD: after applying Distress Paint, adhere a photo or ephemera and embellish.


15. Die cut several Pockets. Fold back along crease lines on both sides and bottom.


16. Adhere Pocket. Embellish with washi tape. Adhere the word Adventure. Insert photo into pocket.


17. DAY PLANNER PAGE SPREAD: add journaling throughout the junk journal. Adhere a tag to the center Spine. Apply Distress Paint.



18. Die cut the edge of a Single Page using the notebook edge die included with the set. Adhere the Single Page to the Page Spread.



19. To die cut odd sized pages like this plastic business card holder, overlap the center blade on the Page Spread die and die cut.



20. PLASTIC BUSINESS CARD PAGE SPREAD: apply Distress Paint on left page. Insert the business card holder page to the Spine like other Page Spreads.



21. POCKET PAGE SPREAD: fold up along the bottom of the paper to be cut.



22. To avoid die cutting the bottom of the Pocket Page Spread, overlap the bottom blade along the folded bottom so it does not cut the paper.



23. After die cutting, stitch along both sides and around the slit in the middle for added strength.



24. CEREAL BOY SINGLE PAGE: adhere to the center Spine as an extra page.



25. TEAR-RESISTANT MAILER FOLDED POCKET PAGE SPREAD: the folded pocket is on the outside of this Page Spread. Attach a separate small pocket on the inside.



26. WINDOW ENVELOPE PAGE SPREAD: adhere the words “You & Me” on the window of the right page.



27. Behind the window, apply Distress Paint and adhere a photo.


28. FOLDED POCKET MAP PAGE SPREAD: sew up the sides of the pockets.



29. Adhere a Single Page on the right page.



30. To create a small envelope from the Animalope die set: die cut the two pieces, fold all crease lines, fold in the two sides and adhere the lower center flap, adhere the top flap to the top tab.



31. PAPER BAG SPREAD: adhere a small envelope to the left page.



32. TEAR-RESISTANT PAGE SPREAD: note that tear-resistant envelopes will self-distress when exposed to a heat gun. I inked the wrinkles for a distressed look. {Tyvek is the brand name for the tear-resistant material used in large postal envelopes}



33. DOILY PAGE: die cut a doily out of a Priority Mail envelope. Trim along one side and adhere to the Spine.



34. Embellish the left page with a world globe. Right page is part of the Padded Mailer Page Spread.



35. PADDED MAILER PAGE SPREAD: adhere a tag to the Spine to create an extra page. Apply Distress Paint.


36. FINISHING: apply Tea Dyed Distress Ink along the edges of the pages using the i-Brush Blender Brush.



37. TASSELS: die cut five tassel shapes from the Paper Orb die set. Adhere the solid tops to make a long strip. Fold a piece of bakers twine and adhere to the back of the top end and, using the i-Grip Reverse Tweezers, start rolling, ending with a bit of adhesive to hold closed. Add a bead, optional, to the twine to finish.



38. BACK COVER: die cut a Single Page out of an old map. Tear along the left edge and adhere. Secure the back flap with washi tape.



If desired, you can continue to add pages before securing the flap on the back of the junk journal. The Mini Album, Accordion die is versatile enough to make a travel journal, memory book or little books for children to enjoy.


I hope you enjoyed this recycled junk journal project. Happy crafting!


Lynda Kanase

i-crafter 


4/8/21

Sprinkle Kindness Like Confetti with The Crafter's Workshop

We recently caught up with our friend and owner of The Crafter's Workshop (TCW), Jaime,  for a virtual vendor visit. Jamie always does an amazing job walking us through all her new products that have arrived at Notions (or arriving soon), how to properly use those products and bonus tips + tricks she learned while running her own craft retail shop before venturing off and starting her own stencil business. If you're interested in "sitting in" on that meeting we had with TCW,  check out the video below!


Some of the new products Jamie mentions in that meeting were used very recently at our Notions Commotion virtual event in January. Below you will find the recording of the entire class taught by Ken Oliver himself along with the project sheets, product list and shop now link. Everything you need to turn around and teach your next class! 




Tools to have on hand while watching The Crafter's Workshop Class:
Stamp Block 
Cup of water
Stencil bath to clean stencils
Paper Towels
Brand new Stencil Butters from TCW! 









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3/25/21

Craft Month Takeover: Simple Stories

Live Life in Full Bloom

Ending our National Crafting Month journey with a beautiful project from Simple Stories. This takeover features all new pastel products, just in time for spring! 


Product List:

Color Vibe Cardstock Kit – Spring

Color Vibe Cardstock - Sky

Color Vibe Cardstock – White

Bunnies + Blooms Collection Kit

Bunnies + Blooms Cardstock Stickers

Bunnies + Blooms Bunny Love Paper

Bunnies + Blooms Scattering Seeds Paper

Bunnies + Blooms Tags Paper

Bunnies + Blooms 4x6 Elements Paper

Bunnies + Blooms 6x8 Pad

Bunnies + Blooms Bits & Pieces

Bunnies + Blooms Journal Bits

Bunnies + Blooms Bunnies + Blooms Puffy Stickers

Bunnies + Blooms Decorative Brads

Simple Pages Page Pieces – Blooms

SN@P! Photo Crops


1. Use a sheet of Sky Color Vibe Cardstock as the base of the layout. Cut apart the top row of the tags from the Tags Paper. Notch each tag and punch the holes.



2. In the top right corner of the page adhere three tags overlapping one another 1 ½” down from the top edge of the page. Add white twine to the center tag.



3. Cut a 12” x 3 ¼” strip of the 4x6 Elements Paper (rose pattern) and a 12” x 2 ¼” strip of the Scattering Seeds Paper (yellow daisy pattern). Add the rose strip to the top of the page and the yellow daisy strip to the bottom of the page.



4. Cut two 12” x ½” strips of the Bunny Love Paper (multi plaid pattern). Adhere one strip to the bottom edge of the rose strip and the yellow daisy strip as shown. Add tiny solid brads to the multi plaid strip; two on the left end and one on the right end. Add tiny solid brads to the pink and yellow tags.



5. Use the SN@P! Photo Crops to trim a horizontal photo to 4” x 3”. Trim a 4” x 6” vertical photo to 4” x 5 ½”.


6. Mat the 4” x 3” photo, the 4” x 5 ½” photo with White Color Vibe Cardstock and green floral paper from the 6x8 Pad. Mat a 3 ½” x 5” vertical photo with White Color Vibe Cardstock and pink dash paper from the 6x8 Pad. Add the matted photos to the page as shown. The 4”  x 3” horizontal photo will be centered above the three tags. The other two photos will go in the lower left corner with the 4” x 5 ½” photo on the left. Add a strip of pink dash paper under the left edge of the 4” x 5 ½” photo.


7. Trim the ‘Live Life In Full Bloom’ phrase bubble from the 4x6 Element card, and trim the grid portion from two of the tags.


8. Add the phrase bubble under the left edge of the horizontal photo. Add the two grid pieces under the right edge of the 3 ½” x 5” photo.


9. Decorate the page with Bits & Pieces, Cardstock Stickers, Puffy Stickers, Journal Bits, the peach flower from the Page Pieces, and additional brads. Add your journaling to the grid journal blocks.





And with that, we hope you've enjoyed our blog takeovers. We plan on continuing to incorporate takeovers from our favorite vendors in the future so please keep an eye out for those. 


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