Still thinking about my cat everyday missing him lots! I have so many crafts to post that are all cat themed , I hope I get to share them all with you!
This craft is best suited for older kids and adults.
The project took me about an hour to complete and I gave the finished product to my daughter for her earbuds: she loved it.
So this cat organizer is made from felt or scrap material. I used 2 colours: white and pink. You can used any colour you choose.
The template that I started with had too many pieces so I made my own and you can download and use it as you choose. My template has two version of the cat to choose from that are slightly different but you only need to cut one version.
2 colours felt or scrap material
needle and thread
batting or scrap material to fill shape.
magnet or closure of your choice.
once you choose a version of the cat you like, cut out 2 pieces
stitch right side facing. In my case there was no right or wrong side.
Start stitching from one leg going up to the ears and around. leave a space so that you can turn the cat inside out. I use a chopstick to help push the little arms and ear out.
You can stitch in the eyes and nose at this point .I did my stitching in the next step. Make sure not to sew both pieces together.
stuff the cat and close the opening. attach the tongue piece and add a closing mechanism like a clip or hook. I used a magnet but it is not necessary. Sow pink triangles onto ears.
stitch in the eyes if you have not already done so.
Wrap your cord around this cutie for safe keeping.
The finished cat is purrrrrfect for wrapping your earbuds around and keeping safe. My daughter is always misplacing heres so I hope this little guy can keep them safe for her
Getting to the last few pages and I am wondering if I will need to redo the spine and make it larger? In my research, a number of crafters recommended building the cover and spine last as sometimes the pages take on a life of their own. I totally understand this now as my pages have expanded in scope and bulk.
I tried out this floating hinge and the pages open and lie flat! Still, I am limiting the size of these last 2 pages, just to be on the save side.
On To Page 5
Page 5 is back to simplicity. I am using insert Set 4 for Side 1 and one of the accordion layouts for side 2.
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Here are some photos: I
am waiting for my magnets to arrive and the mats are attached with
paperclips at the moment.
Next step is to cut all the Halloween images I will use.. For pages 1 to 4, the images were welded on to the pockets and flaps. For this page I will use tags more than pockets and I am not sure exactly what I will do yet.
Pages six is up next and then I will post the entire flip through of the album.
The folios can be used in many ways. Side 2 of page 4 can be a stand-alone folio, and so can page 4 side 1.
A lovely mini photo album to give as gifts.
Add your own photos and give as a very elaborate greeting card or
attach as to a page in a brag book: like we are doing here.
This is what it looks like all closed up. You could put a photo here on the cover if you wanted… maybe put a photo mat on top then the photo.
Pages of this Folio
Cover for page 4 side 2. The folio is all folded up in the photo below and has a magnetic closure.
Next, open it up . The tag “the Witch Night Party ” is a magnetic closure.
The large piece front page can also hold a photo if needed folds
The cover opens to the left.
Opened Folio up once
there is a pocket on the left.I welded on the skull and candles to the pocket. If you would like to try this my post on how to weld items is here.
On the right is a flap with a cat tab attached. The cutout pieces are from the scrapbook paper and can be used as spaces to hold notes or small photos.
Opened up twice
The left piece opens and there is a half page with a cutout candelabra, this page could be matted and used for photos or any of the flaps in this insert can be eliminated.
The central panel is a cutout Halloween scene, small tags can be slipped into the cut sections and the oval-shaped moon can be used for a photo… It is not glued down yet (notice the paperclip?) Both candelabra and Halloween scene are cut files from the Silhouette Design store
Let’s open The Folio for the third time
The half page on the far left is matted and can be used for photos.
Next to this is a page with a flap that has a cat tab attached, this pulls down .
For the rest of the pages on the right, the view has not really changed much.
Fully opened Folio: all flaps open
Ok, we are getting to the end of all the flaps and folds…here it is all opened up.
NOTE: it is NOT upside down, it was not 100% glued down and at the very last minute, I changed where i wanted the flaps to be on this last folio page. The template digital files are flexible that way, Changed how the flaps are attached, the number of pages, pockets…each time can be a different look and feel using the same cut files.
My layout when I cut the cardstock was arranged differently, see the post here
Things to note
The middle page flips up and the gold “Halloween” cut out file is from Silhouette Design Store.
The pocket with skulls (GOLD) can be a flap that folds down instead.
The flap on the top has a narrow pocket to hold items.
On the right, there are slots for tags that can hold photos…I need to cut the large tags for this.
The bottom flap got cut off in the photo…it has a magnetic belly band to hold items.
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Upwards and Onwards as they say! Page 4 side 1 is complete and I found an owner for it! One of my friends LOVES Halloween is having a BIG Birthday so … instant gift!
For page 4, I am using 2-page inset files that I created for my Etsy store and Fiverr . These inserts fold up like folios and can be used as is , attach to a base page or resized to fit on half a page. The inserts are made up of many pages with flaps and folds that you can add envelopes, slots and other goodies to. Although I am decorating the pages in the Halloween theme, it is a template that can be used for any occasion and with any paper.
If you have been following the Brag Book 101 posts, you may remember that I am making a wedding book side by side with this but sizing the files to fit the 8 x8 pre-made book and pages. I will post the finished book at the end as I want the focus to be the construction of this book at then you can all be wowed with the second wedding book!
Here are screenshots of 5 of my digital inserts
These pages fold out and have tons of space for photos and journaling. Remember if you want one of my files let me know and I will send you one when you subscribe.
Insert one for Side one of Page 4
Here are all the pieces cut out of black card stock
This is insert-1 with the mats …. they are not stuck down as I was still not sure where I wanted my magnets . I was also not sure if I was going to add envelopes/ pockets : This insert set has one envelope attached as shown in the photo with a key to highlight..
Here are the pages with the Halloween theme and my pockets added to the pages
As I mentioned, for side 2 of page 4, I am using the layout insert-2. All the inserts fold up like a folio and have a flap that closes it all up. Insert-2 has lots of long flaps so it takes more paper to mat this insert, but it does give you a lot of space for journaling and photos.
In all of the inserts, flaps can be eliminated if needed and you can have lots of variety for the pages on how they attach, if you add pockets or waterfall pages to the existing layout or not. The only thing to worry about is making sure it does not get TOO bulky!.
Insert 2 cut out of black cardstock
Will finish up the mats and post the finish side 2 of page 4 next time.
My question is this: Will these now all fit in the hinge system I was planning on using? Will they lie flat and be easy to open? I am looking for all ideas and suggestions.
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Before I continue to page 4 of the Brag book, I want to show the simple steps to weld an images with the pocket files I made.
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I had a few request about the pockets files I used in the Brag Book and some of you wanted to know where I got the files. I made the pocket files myself and modified them using images that I purchased from Silhouette Design store or got from other sources like Google and Creative Fabrica
Weld in 6 Easy Steps
First of all, open the pocket file in studio and choose the pocket you would like to modify.
Next open the image you want to attach and resize it to fit your pocket: I am using the kitty.
Ungroup any score line
Arrange your images: note if you move your image around, make sure you keep the score line together with image
Choose weld (its on top tool bar and loos like a rectangle with a circle attached) and image will weld together and become one image.
Reattach score line as necessary. (the score line may have moved to the back so send the pocket to the back and score lines will now be on top)
AND….. That is all there is to weld any image together. It is the same for any of the pockets and tags in my brag book : 6 very easy steps.
For this page, I wanted to be a bit more creative but not sure if this is a good idea…let me explain why: Paper. Yes. Paper… It takes way too much paper to mat all the pages and inserts. I am thinking I will not have enough to finish my 6 pages!
BUT… I still ended up making this 3rd page with lots of interactive parts such as pull out, flaps and there is a lot of space for photos.
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The first page is basic with a pocket. I am introducing gold cardstock so my patterned paper will be enough for the entire 6 pages I plan. The gold cardstock is from Dollar tree and comes in a pack with green, blue , red and silver.
This opens to an accordion page on the right and a pocket on the left.
There are pocket inserts for this side of the accordion pages and a large page for a photo under the accordion page.
Digital Images of files
Note that the pockets have not been changed to be pockets with a Halloween images attached but are plain basic generic pockets. To make the pockets themed, you need to weld the image of your choice to the pocket.
There is a double tri shutter pull mechanism with a belly band holding it closed.
My Digital File
Close it up again, flip it open to show a double vertical flap on the right and a pocket on the left.
….. this opens to a horizontal flap
Which in turn, opens to a large base page for a photo.
The digital file
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Since my last post, I have been busy with real life :job and family but finally got to put this post for page 2.
Well, here I am and page two is ready. In the first page I used zombie hands, gates, tombstone tags and a skeleton. This page is all about haunted houses.
To review a few details
My base page is the double page that looks like a large sealed envelope with the long ends cut out: very standard with Brag bookmakers.
I am using 6.5 W x 8.5 H for each of the 6 pages.
The front of my brag book page 2 has a waterfall page with a belly band. I will call this side one of page two as there are a few pages that flip open on this side.
Under the last Waterfall pages is an area to hold journal tags and a large photo mat.
Side 1 of page two continues
If you close up the the waterfall page back to the beginning, with the belly band keeping everything shut, this entire page then flips opens to a double spread: there is a pocket insert with slits for tags on the right (two shown here but up to 4 can fit.) and a flat page with a narrow pocket on the left for photos. The flourish is from the Silhouette design store
Back OR Side 2 of page two
The side 2 of page two has 2 envelopes. Tag insert not shown here.
These then flip open to reveal a flat page for photos. The envelopes on this side has some of the tags that came with the paper but I notice its a little big, so will trim them down later
One open side of the page is attached to the binding, (on the right not seen here). The other side of the page will have a tag insert. This tombstone tag is not the correct tag but shown as an example of how the tag will be inserted
I like this second page and have Page 3 all ready to photograph for tomorrow.
Below are the screenshot of what the files look like in Silhouette Studio, a free software that you can use with or without the silhouette machine to make pages like this . I filled the image with the same pattern as my paper.
Screen shots Page 2 side 1
Screen shots Page 2 side 2
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After seeing all the beautiful projects on YouTube I really wanted to start building my pages, it is so exciting! Well, I needed to decide what my base page would look like. I decided to go with the “sleeve” page…this is made to two pieces of paper glued on the short ends and the long open ends are attached to the spine, or open for a tag to be inserted. This type of construction seemed sturdier to me; I could be wrong but that is the method I am going to choose.
Once I chose the type of page, the next consideration was the hinge method for the binding. Well did you know that the hidden hinge method is copyrighted/ patented?I DID NOT KNOW!
I did my version of a bookbinding hinges with different spacing and score lines. There is also stack the deck method that looks good. For an example of the hinge I use check out my Shadow card
Now, what will I include on each page?
With so many ideas running through my head, I feel paralyze and decide to sit back to watch people craft on Youtube. It really is entertaining, and I love it!
Eventually, though this blog post keeps calling and it won’t write itself so I decide “I can do this!” and start my page.
These pages are going to be Halloween themed ( coming up really soon! and I am creating them in no particular order. I also decided to make a wedding album since the pages will be the same only the embellishments and paper will be different! I am going to illustrate only Halloween but I will post my wedding album that will use the same files so you will see how flexible the digital files are.
First the digital file
The Cut files
When I cut these files with the Silhouette Cameo, I noticed a few adjustments needed to be made.
On side one:
the gate was too big
the pocket under the gate was too large
One side two:
the flap with the pocket would not close because the envelope with the zombie’s hands was too big!
I redid the layout so that the zombie envelope is now on the outside, it also flips open. I added a flap to the inside and may add more see photos below
I have not stuck anything down as I am going to place magnets and cut the matting then glue it all together.
Each page really has two side that need pockets and flaps etc. so page one has a side A and a side B Side A will have the gate that opens to a pocket.
Open the gate and see the pocket where I will have a tag in the shape of a tombstone. This pocket will be on a page that flips up and there will be place for 2 large photos.
Side B of page one:
This is the large envelope.
The envelope flips over to the left. Space for photos.
Again the page flips and there is a pocket to the right and a pocket to the left. The pocket with zombie hands is on a flap that opens for large photo mats…..see next photo.
It took a bit of time to mat the pages and there are a few places that still need matting. When doing the matting I placed my magnets first but found they were very thick so went and got some thinner ones but alas, they are not holding very well…next page I will try a different brand.
I am not going to attach to my binding until all the pages are complete because I want to make sure that I am absolutely finished adding flips and flaps to my page.
So here is the first page:
Side A of page one with the gate, now with the matting. I did not get a chance to go looking for cute doorknobs so I used small brads. This was one place my magnets did not hold. EEKS!
When the gate opens there is a pocket with zombie hands and a tag. the flat space behind the tag can hold a photo and the tag can be shorter.
This is to show the space for a photo mat that I have not yet completed but each page will have one in the side pocket.
Side B of Page :
A hinged page pulls to right for photo mat space. On the other side of the zombie’s hands is an envelope
this opens to reveal another envelope no matting yet and the page opposite has another large envelope with more zombie hands
This zombie envelope is on a page that flips up
That is the end of the first page…..
I use the tombstone and zombie hands from the Silhouette design store and the paper is Recollections Halloween Ravenshead Manor collection.
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I have to say that this step took a long time for me to begin as I was feeling out of my comfort zone and just not certain if this cover will be what I wanted.
Take it from me, now that I have done the cover…no need to freak out! Follow my instructions or look up video instructions…lots of information out there and have fun, make mistakes and move on!
Step One: Make your cover
I first needed to buy medium density chipboard but I was not willing to make a trip to Micheals or wait for Ebay or Amazon delivery…LOL…sooooo I and went looking to see what I could substitute. I found stacks of very thick photo mats in my garage and cut it down to size (9 in x 9in ) with my Exacto knife. So far so good.
As I make each piece of this brag book, I am creating the digital templates AKA the Digital SVG cutting files and PDF files so that the next book will be a breeze. If you decide to make your own book from scratch, consider doing the same.
Step two: A Decision to make.
Now the decision was to lay the pieces out on one sheet of paper and wrap front, back, and spine together or wrap separately.
1, Here is an example of a cover wrapped in one sheet of paper (video at about 32 minutes in) This video is also a great resource for making a brag book.
2, Here is a video with an example of the pieces wrapped separately and joined. This is from one of my favourite brag book creators Jen of Eve
I am going to use method # 2 for a few reasons, but the main reason is that I want to make bigger albums and to find paper large enough to do a one-sheet wrap is not easy.
Cover, Spine and Binding cut
Here are my front and back covers and spine cut from matting material I am using 9 x 9 as my size. I did not use my Silhouette to cut these but you can use your machine with a deep cutting blade. If you want to skip all the measuring and just want the SVG files to cut , then subscribe and the message me: I want your Brag Book cover package and I will send the files for the cover and spine and the files for the wrapping.
Here are the front & back covers, and the spine wrapping cut out. I used 12 x 12 sheets to fit the 9 x 9 cover size with a 1/2 inch tab allowance for glueing. Dollar store Bristol board works well and all you will need is one sheet
Here are the front and back of the cover with the cardstock wrapping glued on. The spine cardstock is not attached to top and bottom of the spine yet and will be attached next.
Everything is covered up and this is the finished cover and spine
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Next post: the page binding: found out some interesting information!
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