Free Gift and Card templates

screenshotOver on Paper and More they are sharing a number of envelope, box and card templates that you can use as small gift boxes or for special invitations, gift cards etc.

Included, is a pentagon petal card template, a pyramid box a square petal card, and a a triangle petal card. On the same page there are also a number of instructions for small gift boxes including a puffy box, a bon bon box and a candy box.

Instructions include the folding and scoring instructions, as well as recommended papers and card stock.

Two tutorials to play with

It was Australia Day on the 26th but it is a public holiday today so happy holiday to all my Aussie readers.

Poking around Youtube I have discovered a couple of video tutorials I think readers might enjoy.
In this first video from LittleCanvas demonstrates how to make an art journal from paper scraps. I also like her storage system!

This second video tutorial also from LittleCanvas demonstrates a layered altered paper technique which produces a rich visual texture.

Make books from recycled packaging

 You can make books from all sorts of recycled materials. One of the most obvious is clean packaging.
Over on Exploring the Wonders of Life, Shari has written a clear well illustrated tutorial on how to make a book from a cookie box


The equipment required for simple bookbinding is minimal and bookbinding is not difficult. 

As a tip if you are just wanting to try book binding and not spend a lot of money to see if you like making books use a the back of a spoon as a bonefolder substitute. When I first started to bind that is what I used.

Any large needle will work as book binding needle. Use a strong thread like a perle #8 to stitch with. If you have beeswax in your sewing box wax your thread.

I use an old phone book as a paper punching cradle. I simply open the phone book and the middle valley is the cradle. Many people don’t do enough book binding invest in special equipment or store it! However if you get the book binding bug you can then buy the equipment you need knowing you will use it.

That said, Sandi’s Cookie Box tutorial is a great place to start