Friday, October 14, 2016

Side Tag Mini for Country Craft Creations

Today I'm sharing my first project as a Design Team member of Country Craft Creations.  If you missed my reveal video Tammy sent me the gorgeous Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes collection to play with.  It's stunning with very nontraditional Christmas colors of teals, pale greens and pinks.  I really enjoyed making my Side Tag Mini and I hope you like it as well.  I'm including two videos today the first will be a Walk-Through of the completed mini.  The second will be a Process video of some aspects of how I created the mini and tips, tricks and ideas I share of putting it together.  I did not share the basic construction since there are so many videos and tutorials online for that process.  But none the less if you have difficulty or questions please feel free to ask.  I'll try to list all the supplies I used at the end of this post but usually I miss something along the way, so if there's something I've used that I forgot to mention that you are curious about be sure and leave a question in the comments.

I created a sleeved box to slip my mini in for safekeeping when not being looked it.  The outer box has ample room for extra photos, special cards and tags, or memorabilia from the Holiday.  The box and mini were constructed with Graphix chipboard, covered in the Artisan Paper - white from the store, and inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.

Tammy sent me a set of Frank Garcia's domes and I just had to incorporate one on the box portion of my project. This is so simple to use. You can purchase the accompanying die that will cut the exact circle size from your paper.  Fill the dome, slip it through the circle opening, adhere the cut out piece to the back and place it where you want - - - Voila you're done! You can see my dome has Santa's Naughty or Nice list, a sign post leading to the reindeer or workshop and some Elf Magic crystals. 

I carried the Santa theme from the outside of the box to the cover of the mini.  I just love this old world looking Santa and left him primarily alone to speak for himself.  The 'Believe' is cut from the 12x12 page of words.  I matted it twice and used the Goldenrod Stickles over the letters.  Tammy sent me Hug Snug seam binding already dyed to match the papers and I used three here to make the bow and attach the bells.  Up close you'd see the fir boughs are all glittered with Diamond Stickles.

This mini includes six pages that open from the side resembling a tag, thus the name.  There are half inch gussets between each page which leaves lots of room for expansion.

Here you can see the front inside cover and the first tag page (on the right).  I loved making the clusters for the pages and the stoppers to slip the tag ends of the pages into.  I used almost all of the Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables, heavier weight, pre-cut embellishments, which just add to the creative process.

Each tag page, when opened, gives lots of room to add photos not only to the matted page but to the additional elements I added.  On the left are two tuck in mats and on the right is a ribbon tied book that will hold 12 4'x6' photos.  I left the inside of the tag points free as journaling spots or to add smaller photos to.

By clustering elements together, either from the pre-cut Collectables selection or from fussy cut pieces I chose from the papers, you can create a great 'stopper' to tuck the tag end under and keep everything snug and closed.  I used a combination of Eucalyptus, Golden Rod and Diamond Stickles on many of my elements.

I found that I could even incorporate the large sentiment strips from the 12x12 paper pad if I snipped them apart and put part on one page and the rest on the opposite page.  They made wonderful stoppers and belly bands for my tag inserts.

All the tag pages have elements to tuck the flaps under like the poinsettias that I fussy cut from the 12x12 paper.  I used Aleene's Paper Glaze over the top and sprinkled a small amount of ultra fine glitter into it.  Christmas Red Stickles gave the berries in the middle a real dimensional look.

I'm sharing two videos with you today.  The first will be the Walk-Through of the finished mini and box.  The second will be a process video of sorts sharing how I created the tag pages, the dimensions of the mini and other tips, trick and ideas I used in the construction. As I mentioned at the beginning of the blog post, I did not share the general construction of the mini.  The hinges are each 1/2" in size and have a 1/2" gusset between them.  If you decide to make my mini and run into any questions please just email me at and I'll be happy to help.  All pages were inked with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Evergreen Bough.  This is the perfect color if you're wanting to pick up the teals from the paper.  Supplies will be listed under the videos as well as links to Country Craft Creations.

Video 1 - The Walk Through


Video 2 - The Process

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Please note the Christmas Wishes Collection sold out the minute I shared my reveal video, BUT, the store has the newest collection, Kaisercraft Frosted  check it out, it would be perfect for this mini! This collection also has the Ephemera to match!

Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes 12x12 Paper Pad
Kaisercraft Christmas Wishes Collectables
Prima Flowers - Sweet Peppermint
Prima Remnant Domes (3 domes in package)
Prima Remnant Dome Memory die
Graphic 45 Shabby Chic Door Pull
Artisan Cardstock - White
Art Glitter Glue - 2 ounce with tip
Score Tape - Various sizes
Hug Snug Seam binding

From my stash -
Tim Hotz Distress Ink - Evergreen Bough
Ranger Glossy Accents
Sukara 3D Crystal Lacquer
Aleene's Paper Glaze
Christmas bells
Stickles in Eucalyptus, Dazzling Diamonds and Golden Rod
Ranger Perfect Pearls - Plantinum Pearl
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Dazzling Diamonds and Iridescent Gold
Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam in Rockin on Sunshine
EK Success Border Punches - Eyelet Border and Scalloped Scallop
Martha Stewart Corner Punch - Snow Flurry
EK Success Corner Punch - Venetian
Little B Scallops die
SA Crafters wooden sign post
Assorted bling
Assorted glues and double sided tapes
Graphix Chipboard

1 comment:

Paula said...

this is such a pretty project Patti. I love the soft colors, non-traditional for Christmas but they work so well here with the gold. TFS