Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central – Gift Card Holder


Hello!!  I’m so happy to “see” you today! 

Our current challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central is to create a Gift Card Holder.  Hmm…….I’ve never created one of those before!!  So, I did what any crafter in need would do!  I went in search of some ideas via YouTube.  I found THIS tutorial from ChickNScratch that was both easy and cute!  Also, in my search, I found THIS tutorial that I just HAD to make to go with my gift card holder.  Both extremely easy!!  Here are some photos of the items I made:


Isn’t this paper just ADORABLE?!  And that Sleeping Baby Tilda stamp is just to-die-for cute!!! 


A photo of the front of the brag book and the opened gift card holder.  The gift card slides into that middle section.  It was soooo easy to make!!


Sorry for the dark photo!  My camera didn’t want to flash on this one!  ha!

This is the back of the gift card holder and brag book.  I guess it really doesn’t matter which way you open the gift card holder.  I made it so that whichever way you open it, the papers are the correct orientation and both outside sections have a piece of patterned paper pop-dotted onto it.

  • Image – Sleeping Baby Tilda
  • Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Seven
  • Copics – E000, E0000, E21, Y11, Y00, Y000, C00
  • Chipboard
  • Clear A2 Envelopes
  • Inking – Tim Holtz Acrylic Paint Daubers
  • Patterned Papers – Debbie Mumm Nursery Rhyme Paper Stack
  • Misc – Ribbon, Eyelets
  • Stampin Up Dazzling Diamonds (on the wings)


See that Sleeping Baby Tilda?  Doesn’t that just make you melt??  Babies are so cuddly and cute!  *sigh*


I added some Stampin Up Diamond Dust to her wings using the Sakura Quickie Glue Pen.  I just LOVE this pen! 

I also cut my image out and layered her on the Labels Seven set to make it look like she’s sleeping on the book.  After all, this is a nursery rhyme theme brag book.  :o)


The patterned paper I used on the inside cover of the brag book and the embellishments and papers on the gift card holder are from the store “Hey Diddle, Diddle”.  Cute, glittered and glazed cardstock!!

I wanted my book to be a little sturdier than the one in the video, so I used chipboard to make my book.  I’ve never made a chipboard book (that I recall), so this is another first for me!  ha!

Directions for the brag book:

  1. Measure the length & width of the envelopes and cut two pieces of chipboard 1/4” to 1/2” bigger than the height and width of the envelopes…depending on your preference!
  2. Score the chipboard for the front cover 1” from one end.  Repeat on the back cover.  This will be the “spine” of your book.  Go ahead and fold along your scored lines so you can start to form your book.
  3. Cut four pieces of paper for the front and back inside &  outside covers of the chipboard.  To get the measurement for this, measure from the scored line to the end.  You will cut your paper about 1/8 inch shorter than this and the height will be the same as your book.  I used coordinating papers from the paper pack.  This is your preference.
  4. Cut two more pieces of paper for the outside front and back covers for the “spine” of your book.  This will be approximately 7/8” wide and whatever the height of your book is.  You don’t really need this piece of paper for the inside cover.  It’s not going to show one way or the other!  The reason I did it this way is because when you want to open your book, your paper needs some wiggle room.  If you glue it all down as one piece or don’t take that extra 1/8” off of your measurements, it’s not going to open and close as easily.  These measurements are hard to explain, so email me if you have any questions!  :o)
  5. Ink the edges of your papers and chipboard.  I used “Lettuce” because it matches the colors in my paper pack. 
  6. Adhere your papers to the chipboard, taking care that you place the pieces on the correct inside/outside and front/back cover.  This is also the point in time where you make sure your papers are going in the correct direction so your papers aren’t upside down when you’re done!  It helps to put your chipboard pieces together and place the papers in the appropriate spot on your chipboard.  I used my PINK ATG GUN to adhere the papers.
  7. Color your image and gather whatever embellishments you’d like to use on your book. 
  8. I chose to use eyelets for my book so I could add some ribbon.  The height of my book is 5”, so I measured and marked every 1” down the spine of my book.  Once I got those measurements, I punched with my Crop-a-Dile 1/2” in on the spine and on every 1” mark.  Remember, your measurements may be different, depending on the height of your book. 
  9. Set your eyelets in the holes you punched.  I used 4 eyelets for the front cover and 4 eyelets for the back cover.
  10. Grab your envelopes!  You’ll need baby powder, corn starch or your embossing buddy for this step!  Remove the adhesive cover from your first envelope, apply powder to get rid of the stickiness.  Repeat for the remaining envelopes.  I used 10 envelopes in my book, so there can be 20 photos in this brag book.  That may be too many, but I’d rather provide too many pages than not enough!  :o)
  11. Now comes the most difficult part of this entire project……..punching the holes in those slippery little envelopes - LOL!  Make sure you have all of your envelopes going in the same direction!  I put my envelope openings to the front of the book with the open end of the envelopes on the end closest to the spine.  Once you get them where you want them on your cover (doesn’t matter which one, really, but I would not recommend putting both covers on.  You want to be able to see your envelopes to make sure they don’t shift when you punch your holes).  I would recommend taking a binder clip and clipping them down in a couple of places to make sure they don’t move. 
  12. At this point, I took a paper-piercer and pierced through the holes of the eyelets, then went back and punched the holes with the 1/8” Crop-a-Dile.
  13. Now line your covers and envelopes up according to the holes and add your ribbons. 
  14. Embellish and gift or enjoy for yourself. 

It’s kind of difficult to explain all of this in type and I didn’t think to take photos along the way…..however, if you have issues when you’re making yours and/or have questions about any of my directions, please leave a comment on this post and I’ll get an email from Blogger saying I have a new post.  :o)

Now, if I haven’t totally lost your interest by this point – woohoo!  If not, I’ll remind you of our current challenge at Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central to make a gift card holder. 

I hope you’ll join us!  There is a prize involved for the winner!!!!



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Lisa said...

Billie! I love your brag book and Tilda is so sweet! Great tutorial! You rock Girlfriend!
Big Hugs!

The Bug said...

Billie very cute! Thanks for the TUT on the brag book.

Alicia said...

Billie What an awesome gift with so much thought! I am sure your daughter's teacher is going to just love and treasure it! *Hugs* Alicia

Handmade by Vivi said...

oh Billie, so precious!!
what a work!! well done!!!

Kendra said...

Super cute Billie! Thanks for the instructions too :)

Sheri said...

Absolutely beyond PRECIOUS!

Kevin & Cindy said...

Great Project and instructions!
You did a GREAT JOB!

Kathy Billings said...

Billie...what a adorable brag book and gift card! I just ordered that stamp and I can't wait to get it.

anaRy said...

WOW Billie this is a fantastic project and what a great tut!
You go girl!