I’m sorry I haven’t written on my blog…

I really feel terrible that I haven’t kept up with my blog. I used to write something on it every day and now I wonder why I can’t find the inspiration to write any more. I must have had some good ideas, but since the year of covid, I can’t think of anything I think you’d want to read.

I’m lucky to have found a niche on YouTube and to have so many wonderful people follow my channel. Lately, small companies have been sending me craft supplies to try, and I’m thrilled by it, but I also feel badly, because so many crafty women/men don’t have the money to spend on their craftiness. So I decided I am going to do more giveaways so we can share in my good fortune. I wish I had more ways to help fellow crafters in need, like we did after the huge hurricanes that almost destroyed Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida a few years ago. If you have any ideas on the subject, please let me know, as I’m always looking for ways to make a difference.

I have a die set of a nurse’s scrubs and I’m going to make cards for the nurses on the covid unit in our local hospital. If I could find more and better ways to say thank you, I would. I’d like to start giving back a lot more. I know it’s late, but that’s my plan for 2021…OK, for the next ten months. Maybe next year I’ll get serious about making a plan in January, but I doubt it.

Haul from InLoveArts com and Making a Card from Their Die

The nice people at InLoveArtshop.com sent me some terrific products and I thought I’d show them to you as well as make a card using one of their dies.

http://www.Inloveartshop.com

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Birth year tape link: https://tinyurl.com/y93zf7m7

Mini Wood Easel link: https://tinyurl.com/3arhasjr

Starry Sky Background Die link: https://tinyurl.com/48928y7s

Heart String Background Die link: https://tinyurl.com/5v8d58j6

Funny Dog Stamps link: https://tinyurl.com/58cjxv8u

ABC Letter Alphabet Word Dies link: https://tinyurl.com/3t3sxxfy

Simple Hollow Lace Frame Dies link:https://tinyurl.com/2z68e6wr

Christmas Series Dwarfs Stamps link:https://tinyurl.com/5x8nxcfa

Rectangular Sunflower Background Die link:https://tinyurl.com/hwancmnx

Enthusiasm Maple Leaf Decor Dies ink:https://tinyurl.com/c2f9kc3r

Making a card with the Heart String Background Die : After cutting out this die and removing all of the hearts from inside the die, I took tear tape and laid it above each of the four rows of hearts, then cut out small rectangles in three different colors of scraps. I laid each of the rectangles over a heart and made sure that the paper covered the whole heart. I alternated the three colors (light purple, dark purple, light green, and when I went to the next line of hearts, I changed the first color (first row, light purple, second row dark purple, third row, green, fourth row should have been light purple, but I screwed up and started with light green again, bummer.) I used the cardstock scrap from cutting out the alphabet dies to layer the hearts on, and had paper that matched, and made a 1/2″ border so it really stands out. I used a 5 x 7″ card base and cut a hugs die with a surround, out of four different colors and should have gone with the original two colors as I think they looked better. I cut the letters out of hugs and laid a different color on each letter and used Nuvo Precision Glue Pen Link: https://tinyurl.com/ktsavjx2

I put tear tape link: https://tinyurl.com/7sa89tr3 on the back of the striped paper and laid all three layers onto the card base near the top. I glued the “Hugs” near the bottom on an angle, and laid three of the red hearts that came from the heart die beside hugs. I added Glossy Accents link: https://tinyurl.com/twrxaw24 to the hearts. I used the .5 oz bottle, but if you can squeeze the 2 oz bottle, I recommend you buy that as you’d save a good amount of money by doing so.

Showing Cards/Gifts & Making Bulk Cards Using Hunkydory Images & Watercolors

I wanted to replenish my card stash, so made this video showing how to do it as quickly and simply as possible.

First, I wanted to share the Christmas cards I got from friends..

Next I want to make cards using HunkyDory and 3d Push Outs.

Here are the links to the 3d Push Outs: NOTE: Since these products came from the UK, I could only find links from Australian based craft companies. The price was only $2.50 per package, but shipping might be exorbitant so you’ll want to check that out..

SB10486 Keep it Cool 3 D Push Out Amazing Owls link: https://tinyurl.com/2s6sjpjr

SB10308 Keep it Cool 3d Push Outs Cool Birds (Cardinals) Link\:https://tinyurl.com/nf77ujr8

Three 3d push outs, they have numbers from top to bottom, from 1 to 4. You’ll want to use the largest image (at the top) #1 and glue this in place on your card. I always like to snip off the small tabs that connect it to its backing, as otherwise, it has an unfinished look. Then take # 2 image, and add foam squares to the back and lay it over the #1 image so it lines up perfectly, then do the same with #3 and #4. As the images get smaller, you’ll need to cut your foam squares in half. I use Bearly Art glue to glue down the smallest pieces that you can’t put foam squares under.

At 11:30, I started making watercolor cards. I show a lot of background stamps, but in the end, didn’t use all of them.

Here are the link to the background stamps I showed:

Rubbernecker Stamps: Poppies Background: Sorry this was retired.

The Ton Stamps: Peony Garden link: https://tinyurl.com/8983n44s I didn’t use any of these stamped images, as my embossing didn’t work well. My fault, I had a small dog hair in the embossing powder that ruined the images.

Rubbernecker Stamps: Abstract Roses This stamp has been retired, but Rubbernecker has a new stamp that looks very similar..here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/2vujj6jb

Unity Stamps: Obsessed with Floral link: https://tinyurl.com/ssk8ecsc

I used inexpensive cardstock from Joanns that is 12 x 12 white from Park Lane. I cut these into 6 x 6″ pieces so the background stamps aren’t going to stamp to the edge of the cardstock and I have somewhere to hold onto.

The embossing ink I used: Brutus Monroe Embossing ink and I used his embossing pouch as well.

Embossing Powder: Ranger Gold and Ranger Silver

I stamped the Unity Stamp Obsessed with Floral stamp by putting the stamp face up on my desk and using the paper I’d cut (and covered with an embossing pouch to eliminate fingerprints or excess embossing powder) I laid the paper over the stamp after I’ve inked it with embossing ink and holding it in place with one hand, rubbed the paper with my other hand. Then I put embossing powder over the image and tapped off the excess onto a piece of scrap paper and put that powder back into the bottle and closed the top. If there are any stray bits of embossing powder, take a paint brush and wipe them off. I heat set the image and then after it was cool, I painted it with watercolors set of 36: Pretty Excellent Paint link: Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/vta5x2xc price $18.98 w/ coupon The brushes I used were from Creative Mark Polar Flo #2, #8 from a set of 7 I got from Amazon. Link: https://tinyurl.com/rjr2f29y

I colored the background with a couple of colors mixed together..I used a green and a lighter green and some water so they are muted colors. For the flower I used the third yellow from the left, Cad Yellow for the stamen with the #2 brush, then mixed an orange and a red to make it more reddish orange for the rest of the flower.

The metallic glitter card bases I bought in a big box from Michaels several years ago so I don’t have a link for them. They are A2 size cards, 5 1/2 x 4 1/4″.

I cut the floral images to 4 3/4″ tall by 2″ wide. I cut a layer of mirror cardstock (matching color) to go under these to 4 7/8″ x 2 1/8″ I used Bearly Art Glue to glue the watercolor layer to the mirror layer and then I used hot glue to adhere these layers to the card base.

By cutting the watercolor bases to 2″ wide, I was able to get two out of every background I colored. I could have cut the centers out of the mirrored cardstock to use in other projects, but didn’t feel like going to that much extra effort.

Prized Peony Card & How to Use the Peony Dies (Kind of Tricky)

I wanted to make a card featuring the Prized Peony stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up.

Prized Peony stamps link: https://www.stampinup.com/products/prized-peony-cling-stamp-set-(en)

Prized Peony dies link: https://www.stampinup.com/products/peony-dies

I used the old Stampin Up punch called the Modern label punch that’s retired but you can still find it on ebay..link: https://tinyurl.com/x7j9vtsu I punched out the sentiment from white cardstock scraps using this punch, and laid the sentiment aside.

Coloring was done with Arteza Everblend (alcohol) Markers, but any alcohol marker will work. It appears that Arteza is revamping their markers. I have several different types of alcohol markers and they all work well, so use whichever set you want.

I used Colorbox inks on the die cuts that are no longer sold, sorry.

I colored the stamen with a black water based marker and made sure to color the edges then used a Wink of Stella black marker from this set: https://tinyurl.com/khbelt4a to go over the black ink.

I used Bearly Art Glue Link: https://tinyurl.com/2em4sp52

I cut out all of the dies on white card stock then using Dollar Tree makeup brush link: https://tinyurl.com/1q6eohz0, I colored the tops of all of the flower dies, and used green alcohol markers on the leaves. The leaves come in two pieces each. One leaf has a straight edge and there’s a second die with a straight edge that you’ll color a different green color and lay on top of the straight edge leaf, gluing them together. The other leaf has a more jagged edge, so you’ll use the corresponding jagged edge piece to lay on it.

To put the flower dies together, start with the smallest die cut that you should have inked the top of, then take the next bigger die cut and slide the smaller die cut into the slit in the bigger die cut and line up the bottoms of both and put a dot of glue near the bottom between the two. Then take the next bigger die cut and slide the other two die cuts into that slit and line up the bottoms and put a dot of glue between these near the bottom. Insert the stamen in the top middle of these dies, and glue it in place. Then take the biggest die cut (this one should have color all around the edges) and insert the other die cuts into the slit on this one, line up the bottom edges of them and put a couple dots of glue at the bottom and squeeze until the glue sets. The flower is now done. You can glue your leaves to the back and ruffle out the edges if you want a more 3-d look.

The card base is 5 1/2″ tall by 4 1/4″ wide. I used white heavyweight cardstock from Michaels Recollection line link: https://tinyurl.com/4xwvbwpe and glued a layer of pink cardstock that is 5 3/8″ tall by 4 1/8″ wide to the front of the card base using a Tombow tape runner link: https://tinyurl.com/3kwjkkry I glued the die cut leaves to the back of the flower and after gluing the flower in place, I added foam squares to the back near the bottom of the leaves so they’d have dimension.. I glued down a stem and bud that I’d stamped from the Prized Peony set then glued the flower to the top of the stem. I had to add more marker to the stem to make it look strong enough to hold the flower. I laid a piece of organza clear ribbon that had gold edges (from my stash) to the bottom of the stem and wrapped it under the pink card stock layer by gently lifting the pink card stock. I used foam squares to adhere the sentiment we punched out at the beginning of the video to the ribbon. I forgot to mention that I used the makeup brush from Dollar Tree with the same ink from Color Box and brushed around the edges of the sentiment so it looks like it fits the card.

I wanted to add some dimension to the bud, and originally put Diamond Glaze on it, but it looked odd, so I tore off that bud and re-colored two buds, gluing one in place, and adding a couple of smaller leaves I had stamped and hand cut out to either side of the base of the bud. I took a foam square cut in small pieces and adhered it under the base of the bud so it’s angled up and has good dimension.

I took small pink diamonds (from my stash) that were adhered together, and cut them so they could be used singly. I used a diamond tool with wax in it to pick them off their backing and adhere them basically all over the card. I think they really set the card off..

Newhomy com Haul + Finished Diamond Art

The nice people at newhomy.com sent me some of their products to try.

http://www.newhomy.com

Christmas Tree LED Light link: https://tinyurl.com/1vbsuzzp

Diamond Painting Tool Point Tray link: https://tinyurl.com/2zxlkytx

5 pc Diamond Keychains link: https://tinyurl.com/43674oq7

Wood slices are no longer available, sorry

Christmas Wood Packages unfinished, no longer available, sorry

Lighted Diamond Painting Pen link: https://tinyurl.com/49bl72fe

Diamond Painting Lady with Umbrella walking in Park link: https://tinyurl.com/3rsm3cju

I feel terrible that I haven’t been writing…

I can’t tell you how badly I feel for not keeping up with my blog, but since my sister passed away and we had covid, my level of ambition is low. Tonight we went to our college alma mater, and I conducted an etiquette dinner for a group of juniors and seniors. Rich gave a speech about his career in pharmaceutical sales, and it was a nice evening. I always feel a lot better about myself when I donate time, and since covid, that’s another thing that’s been tough to do.

I’ve been reading a lot lately. I like crime dramas and murder mysteries, and have just finished a series of books by James Patterson that are NYPD Red..they’re numbered 2-6…they’re entertaining and very fast reads.

I’m lucky because here in Pennsylvania, we have the Philadelphia Free Library where we can get up to 6 ebooks at a time to read for free. You have them for two weeks and then they go away, and I really love this service. I’m not sure how I found out about it, but it’s a great thing for avid readers. I read a lot and like books that are fast reads. I’ve never been into books that are tough to get through and I remember when Oprah had her book club and would talk about a book that took her a while to get through, I always thought “I’ll pass on that one.” I enjoy James Patterson’s books that he writes with another author, and I wonder how much of these books he actually writes, as he puts out a ton of books a year. If you’ve ever looked at the number of books he says he’s written, it’s unbelievable. I have often wondered if he writes any of the co-authored books. Let me know what you think.

As for my craft room, it’s still a terrible mess. I wish I could get one of those women that organize to come in and figure out what to do with all of the things I’ve accumulated. It’s crazy (or maybe I am.)

I have been doing a lot of crafts and Rich is lagging behind on editing the videos. I probably have four or five that he needs to upload. I don’t like to push him because he’s got his own interests and I don’t want to take away from them.

You can tell that I’m not doing much and don’t have much to talk about. I wish I had more to say, but sadly, during covid, I think we all struggle to keep busy.

DIY Shaker Top Box for Any Occasion

I wanted to make a box to hold chocolates for my nephew and his wife for Valentines Day. I saw a video on Mixed Up Craft link: https://tinyurl.com/4s792zmo that was adorable, and wanted to recreate it.

Start with: Two pieces of cardstock that are 9 1/2″ square. I used white Park Lane cardstock from Joanns link: https://tinyurl.com/1midk49o One piece you’ll want to trim about 1/16″ of an inch off of two sides, and this is your base..then you’ll score it on all four sides at 2 1/2″. Sam recommends you score at 2 1/2″ and then rotate your paper, so the scores are all the same. Then put this piece aside.

Take the other 9 1/2″ square piece and score it at 2 1/2″ on all four sides, then score it at 1 1/4″ on all four sides. Take a ruler and make a square that is 5/8″ from each of your scores in the center of the paper and mark the square with a pencil. Then cut out the square you just made with your paper trimmer. Use a piece of acetate that is 3 3/4″ square and put tear tape on the four sides and adhere it to the back side of the box lid, covering the opening. Then put foam tape on the edges. I used 1/16″ foam strip. She recommended clear tape, link: https://tinyurl.com/y3w6ex4k Make sure you don’t have any gaps in the foam tape as the shaker elements will fall out.

I added Sizzix Pinks and Reds (gold and red shaker elements) link: https://tinyurl.com/1i52hgzt that I got in the Simon Says Stamp monthly stamp kit for February as well as some red and white circles I got in a clearance pack from Hobby Lobby after Christmas (I eliminated the green circles for this project.) I took the backing off the foam tape and adhered another 3 3/4″ acetate piece to the lid. You want to try to make this look as good as you can, as people will see this under the lid.

Then I cut out the two outside scores on all four sides then cut out the next bottom score and cut the upper score on all four sides, then trimmed a little off each side to make it easier to fold into the box. Fold all of the scores and then put Bearly Art Glue link: https://bearly.art/ on the outside of the flaps you created, then fold each into the side flap lining them up so the make a clean corner, hold them until the glue sets, then do the same to the other corners. Then take Beacon 3 in 1 glue link:https://tinyurl.com/1r2qelt4 or Colall glue if you’re in Europe and cover the inside of each side, then fold the side down and hold it or clothes pin it in place until it sets. Beacon 3 in 1 glue should make the box more sturdy as it sets up like hot glue from a glue gun. Decorations for the lid are below.

The box base: Cut all four side scores up to the 2 1/2″ mark, and cut a notch out of both sides so they will fold into a box shape easier. Glue with Beacon 3 in 1 glue a 4 1/4″ square piece of designer paper into the center of the box as a decoration. Do this before building the box, as it will be tricky to do if you wait until the box is built. Fold all four side scores in and use Beacon 3 in 1 glue to the outside (front) of each flap, then fold them into the side making sure the corners line up at 90 degree angle. Put a clothes pin or two on them to hold them until they set up. Do this to all four sides. Use a bone folder or a ruler to press the sides to ensure they are well flattened. My bone folder is from Fiskars link: https://tinyurl.com/47cn3wqc

Paper used to decorate box and lid came from Simon Says Stamp, link: https://tinyurl.com/ymmsrywa Paper for lid measurements: 4 pieces of 4 1/4″ x 1″ pink pieces

4 pieces of 4″ x 3/4″ decorated paper from Simon Says Stamp Link is above

I adhered these pieces to the lid with Beacon 3 in 1 glue

Paper for Box: 4 pieces of 4 1/4″ x 2 1/4″ pink paper

4 pieces of 4″ x 2″ designer paper from Simon Says Stamp (link’s above)

Glue these on with Beacon 3 in 1 glue

Decorating the lid:

Bear stamp: link: https://tinyurl.com/yovcnwgg I also used the “I love you” stamp from this set to stamp inside the bear’s heart. I colored the images with alcohol markers and used Glossy Accents link:https://tinyurl.com/3vevuqgj on the stamped images, including the heart that the bear is holding. Candy/Cupcake link: https://tinyurl.com/1ci0ryh4 I used alcohol markers to color these and added Glossy Accents as decoration.

I die cut hearts out of red and gold mirror cardstock and glued all of the elements listed here onto the lid of the box..

Laminated Dollar Tree Planner with Graphic 45 Oz Paper

I saw that Graphic 45 has Wizard of Oz paper that was retired and I bought the Collector’s Edition from Amazon link: tinyurl.com/4owk5oe8 and chose one of the papers to use for covering the planner I bought at the Dollar Tree that is (closed) 5″ x 7 1/2″ tall. My Dollar Tree still has these planners if you’d like to try to cover one. I cut an inch off the top of the Graphic 45 paper, making sure the paper’s pattern is facing up and down.

I took the planner and removed the outside cover and wrapped the Graphic 45 paper around the top and folded the sides so they are about 1/4″ away from the outside edges of the opened planner. I put the paper in my score board and scored the side folds and the top and bottom fold and should have also put score for the center fold of the planner, but forgot. This was a crucial error…and I hope you don’t have this issue. I used a bone folder link: tinyurl.com/4gv8tzk5 and made all of the folds so they were flat, then put the paper into a laminating pouch making sure one of the side folds is closest to the top of the pouch. When I ran it through my laminator., I made sure that the other side fold stays flat while it goes through the laminator.

I made another pad with one of the papers from Graphic 45 and put it into a smaller laminating pouch and ran it through the laminator. I made sure the laminating pouch wasn’t as long as the open pad cover so the paper could be adhered to the inside of the laminated cover we just made. If I was to laminate the entire pad cover, it wouldn’t stay glued to the cover, as laminated surfaces don’t like to adhere to each other. I took a Dollar Tree note pad and adhered it to the inside of the pad cover we made and used tear tape on the back to adhere it to the inside of the planner folder.

I put the planner under a dictionary and let it sit for a couple of days and it still didn’t stay closed, so I made a closure for it. I took elastic ribbon I got at the jewelry department at Walmart and a hair elastic I got at the Dollar Tree, and wrapped the ribbon around the hair elastic and hot glued the ribbon to itself and then made sure I hot glued the ribbon to the metal part of the hair elastic, then wrapped it around the planner and cut off the excess, and hot glued the other end of the ribbon after wrapping it around the other end of the hair elastic. I put the note pad inside and then decorated the ribbon with buttons and crochet thread that I threaded through the buttons.

Making a Lady Gnome to Hold Hands with Her Man

I’ve made men gnomes before and linked that video to the current one. But, I’ve never made a girl gnome, or a pair of gnomes, or ones that are “attached” to each other with magnets. I’ve changed all of that with this video.

I saw a woman make a diy dollar tree girl gnome and she inspired me to give a girl gnome a try…but I didn’t really use a lot of her technique, because I wanted to make my girl connect to her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day.

The video I watched is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbu84EFxBm8

I started by making my girl gnome’s braids. I have a spool of thick twine and I used nineteen 6″ long strands, and took one of the 6 inch strands to tie a double knot around the top, and tying it tightly around the strands. I separated the strands into three sections of six strands each, and braided them. I tied a pink ribbon around the bottom and made a bow.

To make her shoes, I took a heart die and cut two hearts of black cardstock and one of a matt board (cardboard) and then hot glued the matt board between the two black cardstock pieces, so both sides of the shoes look finished. Hot glue these to each other quickly or the glue will get cold and not hold the shoes. To make the edges black, I used Gina K’s Amalgam Black ink to rub the edges.

To finish my boy gnome, I took red mirror cardstock and die cut it six times with a small stitched heart die. I hot glued the hearts together to make a box of chocolates with the last red heart glued upside down so it’s finished on the top and bottom. and then took Gina K’s cherry red ink and rubbed it around the edges of the box of chocolates. I also used an alcohol marker to finish making sure there was no white paper visible. Once I was done, I cleaned fingerprints off with 1 tsp. baby shampoo in a spray bottle of water on a rag. I hot glued a red heart shaped button and two acrylic flowers link: tinyurl.com/tapm6usm To adhere the box to his mitten, I took a 3 x 3mm magnet link: tinyurl.com/3hsq57tr (you won’t want to use this link as the shipping costs are too high), and glued one half under his thumb and the other half under the box. Then I decided I needed another magnet, so glued half under his mitten and the other half to the top of the heart box. I show how it looks at the end. I had already glued half of a magnet inside his other mitten to allow him to hold hands with the girl gnome, and left the other half on top of his mitten to remind me to glue it inside her mitten (and of course I forgot.)

To make the body of the gnome. I took a sock from the Dollar Tree link: tinyurl.com/1jagwkhe and filled the bottom with flat marbles link: tinyurl.com/cqdev8tg and the stuffing from a stuffed animal to fill most of the sock tightly. Then knot the top with embroidery thread link: tinyurl.com/bht79vqp or twine and take a handful near the top to make a nose, and using embroidery thread to tie it off. Then take the Snugadoo socks from Dollar Tree (I couldn’t find a link) and cut one at an angle on the heel and put the gnome into it. Hot glue under the nose and hold the sock under the nose until it’s set, then glue on either side and on her upper back. Using mica powder or pink eye shadow with a brush and color the nose. I tied a knot around the top of the pink sock and the white sock by taking the embroidery thread and wrapping it around the top a few times and then tying a double or triple knot.

I took the braids and added heart brads to them and then hot glued a larger heart brad into the center of her dress and added a button above and below the heart with hot glue. I cut the red sock on an angle at the heel and put a styrofoam ball in the top and tied a knot to keep it in place, then hot glued the hat to her mid back and to the top of her nose. Don’t glue the sides down yet as you need to glue the braids and arms under it.

I hot glued the braids on either side of the gnome’s nose and then made arms for her out of a child’s sock link: tinyurl.com/4krttsf8 that I cut the bottom off. You only need about 1″ wide piece (using the entire cuff of the sock) roll it and hot glue it as you go, and then wrap the pink sock around it and hot glue the pink sock to it.

To make mittens, I took white felt and drew a mitten then cut it out, and cut out three more. I cut them larger than they need to be and hot glued the arm inside and then hot glued around the inside edges of one mitten to lay the other piece on top. I trimmed it to fit the arm before gluing it together. I should have hot glued half of a magnet inside her left hand so she could hold hands with the boy gnome, but I forgot. So I hot glued the magnet under her mitten. I had hot glued her hat down and shouldn’t have done that before I glued her arms under…I used an Xacto knife and cut the hat and then hot glued the arms under the hat.

Making a Journal / Folder with Pockets and Signatures

I made a video showing how to laminate a folder, and here’s a link to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49EHbg_xS64

I started with printing out a bunch of lined pages and once I copied the front side of the pages I photocopied, then I flipped them over and printed the back sides. I had to cut 1/4″ off of the left edge and the right edge of each piece of lined paper to ensure the pages would fit inside my folder..

I made two signatures with eight pages and two signatures with five pages. I scored the pages at 5 1/4″ and put the pages in my punch board and punched a notch in the top and bottom of the center of my pages. If you don’t have an envelope punch board, you can cut notches out of the top.

To create the signatures, I clipped my pages together and then using a ruler in the center, made a mark with a pencil from the bottom at 1″, 4 1/4″, and 7 1/2″ and using a pokey tool, I poked a hole in the three marks on the center score line with a piece of foam under the papers. I took a needle and used dental floss (without mint) and starting from the back of the signature, put the needle into the center hole, then out through the bottom hole and then back through to the front on the top hole and out through the middle hole. You want the two threads on the back to end up on both sides of the center thread and then knot them..I use two or three knots to ensure the signature is secure. Fold the papers to make sure they lay flat.

I use a Crop a Dile Big Bite link: https://tinyurl.com/y55cz2us …Making a mark with a black water based marker, from the top 1/2″ to the left of the center score of the folder, make a mark 1/2:” from the bottom and 1/2″ from the top. You’ll make the same marks 1/2″ to the right of the center score on the top and bottom, again 1/2″ from the top and bottom. Once you’ve made these marks, you’ll take the Crop a Dile Big Bite and poke holes with the 3/8″ mark on the Big Bite. Take eyelets and put the finished part of the eyelet through the hole from the outside and then moving the lever on the Big Bite to the front so it squeezes your eyelets shut. You’ll do this with all four holes you’ve punched.

You’ll need elastic, and I found mine in the jewelry department. The elastic was from a company called Jewelry Fundamentals. Start your elastic from the top right outside into the folder to the bottom hole and then to the left side bottom and out through the left side top, then back into the right side top to the inside, and put it into the right side bottom to the outside then over to the left side bottom and into the folder and then out through the top left. Then you’ll want to tie the two cord ends and if you want to hang a bauble or charm from them, now’s the time to do this. I hung a few beads from mine and then knotted the ends so the beads stayed in place. Insert a signature under each of the elastic cords. I made four signatures to correspond with the four elastic cords. You can also put two signatures under one elastic cord, but I liked the way it segmented each signature when I put each one under a different elastic cord.