Monday, May 7, 2012

HOOT!! Owl-Shaped Baby Milestone Album

I can share this now that I am finally finished and the baby shower is over that it was the gift for.  I've become quite fond of creating baby milestone albums so this time I decided to take it one step further and make a shaped album.  Why an owl you ask?  Well, because the baby's room decor is all owl themed and what a perfect way to coordinate with it.

This album took a lot of planning an figuring out--more so than any other-- but at no fault other than my own.  I knew I what shape I wanted, I wanted the pages to be able to pull out to  make it easier to fill, and I wanted it to stand upright on it's own (not too tall of an order).

I found an owl body shaped pattern.  Then I used some poster board to design  the basic shape of the album cover.  This was a pure trial and error system and it's a good thing I had a lot of poster board.  I used an accordian system (thanks to the my dear scrappy friend and co-adminstrator Erin at Practical Scrappers when I trying to figure out how to bind it).

Here are some photos...

front cover
cover opened

On every other month there is a little envelope like this on the back.  In each envelope there are little pull out tabs that have lines to journal on one side and a space for a photo on the other with different baby milestones that happen around that time...example first smile, my announcement, my prints, rolling over, first foods, I can stand, I can walk.

On all the other month that don't have an emvelope there is a journaling area like this on the back. 

Here you can see what the pull out tabs look like in the envelope.

Supply List:
Chipboard and recycled cereal boxes
  Pattern Papers: Little Yellow Bicycle "Hello Fall" Collection
*Note:  There are some scraps from a DCWV stack as well.
Cardstock: Core'dinations
Inks: Tsukineko VersaMagic Chalk Ink, Gingerbread, Momento Rich Cocoa
Other Mediums: Copic Markers
Embriodery Floss
Stamps: Hampton Arts
Punches: Martha Stewart, Creative Memories, Stampin' Up, and Fiskars
Well, this isn't all of them, but you get the point! Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy my baby milestone album!!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Baby Blocks Photo Holder

It's my day up over and Practical Scrappers and I have an adorable baby project for you!

Inspiration comes in the funniest forms and places, and I'm sure you all can attest to that. My baby block photo holder inspiration came while I was working. I work in an autism support classroom and in this room we have these 9"x12" plastic boxes that we refer to as "task boxes" for the kids. One of the task boxes is stacking/creating a pattern of wooden circles and squares on a wooden dowel rod. I was sitting at the table, looked up from writing some notes to see one of the kiddos had the box out and was spinning the squares around which made me think "that would be a cute way to show off photos". From there, idea was born and process is all here for you to see! Hope you enjoy my baby creation and picture tutorial.

What you will need to create this...

1- square wooden base
1- 3/16" dowel rod 17" in length
drill and 3/16" drill bit
4- wooden doll heads (spacers)
hot glue gun
1- can of spray paint ( I used brown with a satin finish)
5- 12"x12" sheets of cardstock ( to create cubes)
pattern papers( to embellish cubes)
3/16" hole puncher
bone folder
ribbon and other embellishments

To start I cut a 3/16" x 3' wooden dowel to 17" in length (if you buy the dowels in 3ft length you can get two out of it --they are only 54 cents each at Lowes). Then I found the center of my wooden square base (which I bought at Joann's for $1.59 there are with the wooden bird houses and trinket boxes). Borrowed my husbands drill and drilled a hole but not going completely all the way through. You don't want the dowel to come out the bottom. I hot glued the dowel in the base and gave it two good coats of brown spray paint.

Next, I began the process of creating my blocks. I create 4- 3.5" cubes. Starting with a 10.5"x10.5" piece of cardstock, I used my Scor-Pal and scored at 3.5" and 7".

Rotate your paper a quarter turn and again score at 3.5" and 7".

Here you will want to used your bone folder and go along all your score lines and create nice creases so you get a nicely shaped cube and not one that will bow out. Cut along score lines going only until you get to the center square (you are forming a box with no lid). You could cut away those center flaps, but I prefer to keep them and just glue them all down to keep my box more firm.

Before you start gluing the side flaps together, you are going to need to find the center point of the center square. This will be where your dowel rod will run through. Using your ruler create two diagonal lines from corner to corner. where the two lines meet, that is where you will punch your 3/16" hole.

Now, you can glue your flaps to create your box. I prefer my Beacon's 3 in 1 advance glue as apposed to my ATG runner for these kind of projects.
Up next, is creating the bottom of your box. You will need a 4" square piece of paper. Slide it to the 1/4" marking on your Scor-Pal and score at 1/2" and 4". Rotate your paper a quarter turn and repeat your scoring to give your a 1/4" border all the way around.

Just as you did when you were finding the center point for the box, you now need to again draw two diagonal lines and punch at the crossing point. This is the bottom of your cube/box and your dowel rod needs to be able to run through it as well.

Here is your finished cube/box. All that is left now is to cut your papers and embellish to your liking.

One of the cubes embellished.

After you have finished decorating all of your cubes it's time to put your photo holder together. Starting from the bottom you will begin with a cube, then for a spacer and what allows your cubes to spin around use wooden circles. I bought these wooden doll heads that came 6 to a bag for 1.99 (which I used my 40% coupon for at Joann's). These already have a 3/16 hole drilled through the center of them but, it's really tight fit getting them on the dowel rod. I drilled mine out to 1/4" to all them to slide on easier ( you can see the one that is brown the hole is bigger).

Here is one side of photo holder all decorated.
and the other side

Now again here is the finished product that will hold 8- 3"x3" photographs ( there is space for 2 photos on each block).

Hope you enjoyed my little project. I have lots of plans for these and I'm sure I will be creating these all summer long getting ready to sell them at my local craft fairs I do! Thanks for stopping in today!


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