Basics | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

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BasicGrey | Mon Ami

 

Jana Eubank: Hello, everyone! This week I have been helping my younger girls assemble Valentines for their classmates. They are so excited to get each card ready and lovingly stuff the envelopes with the cards and treats. As we were stuffing envelopes, I thought that it might be fun to create a page background using a series of tiny, colorful envelopes and here is the resulting page.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Creating the envelopes was easy. First, select nine patterns from the Mon Ami 6 x 6″ paper pad. Using a paper trimmer, cut each sheet down to a 4 x4 ” square.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Using a scoring board, score three sides of your paper on the diagonal. On the back of my small Martha Stewart scoring board, I used the 4bar envelope guide lines to position my envelope for scoring.

 

If you do not own a scoring board similar to mine, you can still create the envelope by using a ruler and a bone folder or stylus. Place the 4″ square of paper diagonally on your surface so that it looks like a diamond. Use the diagram below to help you make measurements for the score lines.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Use a ruler to measure 1 7/8″ down the top left side of the diamond from the top point. Make a light mark with a pencil. We will call this first tick mark point A. Add another tick mark at point B by measuring 1 7/8″ down the top right side of the diamond from the top point. Create point C by measuring 1 7/8″ down the bottom left side of the diamond from the left point. Create point D by measuring 1 7/8″ down the bottom right side of the diamond from the right point. Create point E by measuring 2″ up the bottom left side from the bottom point. Create point F by measuring 2″ up the bottom right side from the bottom point.

 

Now, place your ruler along the diagonal line between points A and E. Use a bone folder or stylus to score your paper along this line. Score another line in this same fashion between points C and D. Score a final line between points B and F. Use a clean eraser to erase your pencil marks.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Next, use scissors to cut away the small triangle-shaped piece in the corners of the overlapping score lines. This will help your envelope to fold closed a little nicer.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Now, fold your envelope closed along the score lines, leaving the unscored top flap open. Secure the folded sections with a small, trimmed piece of the vellum tape. Have fun mixing the patterns together!

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Continue until all nine of your 4” squares are folded into envelopes. Now it’s time to arrange them on your page background.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Add a photo or two and have fun filling the envelopes with journal cards, stickers, and bits + pieces from your stash. I even wrapped twine around one of them. Here is my page again, along with a couple of detail shots.

 

BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank
BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank
BasicGrey | Mon Ami | Jana Eubank

 

Jana, thanks for the great tutorial. We love the envelope background that you created!

 

Monograms + Frames | Audrey Pettit

BasicGrey | 25th & Pine | AudreyPettit

 

Audrey Pettit: It’s so easy and fun to create altered home décor projects with the BasicGrey chipboard monograms and frames. The two-piece monograms fit perfectly inside the frame opening, and can be dressed up with patterned paper and embellishments, or left as-is for a classic and clean look. I love the idea of highlighting a single letter, for perhaps your family name or the first letter of your child’s name. Or, you can mix and match the shapes, like I did here with this festive holiday frame. The possibilities are truly endless.  BasicGrey | 25th & Pine | AudreyPettit

 

For my frame, I started by lining the back of the opening with light blue patterned paper. For a bit of extra detail, I covered the chipboard mat that comes with the frame with wood-grain paper, too. Then the JOY letters were also covered and mica glitter added to the edges. I adhered the letters to the frame opening with pop dots for a bit of extra dimension. Removing the glass from the frame makes it possible to build up your design with lots of layers.

 

BasicGrey | 25th & Pine | AudreyPettit

 

Flowers fussy cut from the patterned paper and embellished with Candy Buttons and glitter add a fun and easy accent. A paper-pieced snowman strategically placed in the opening of the O adds a bit of whimsy and fun. To make things easy, all of the papers used here can be found in the Best of BasicGrey 12×12 paper pad. To finish things off, I gave the snowman a hanging banner from the Fact & Fiction collection dressed with Capture alpha stickers. Read all together, the sentiment says Joy to You. Totally perfect for the holiday season.

 

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RSVP | Tina Aszmus

BasicGrey | RSVP

 

Tina Aszmus: This is a super easy project I was able to put together in an afternoon. I paired the RSVP patterned papers with the Basic Grey floral Silhouette cut designs to create a welcoming HELLO wall hanging for my studio.

 

BasicGrey | RSVP | Tina Aszmus

 

I started with a thick piece of cold press watercolor paper that measures 9 x 12.” I measured down the center to create the banner cut on the bottom. Then measured about a half inch at the top for the fold.

 

Cut your banner, and use a bone folder to create a crease for the fold.

 

I then took a wide paintbrush and wet the entire front side of the watercolor paper. Immediately dip your paintbrush in your selected watercolor and swipe across the paper creating an almost ombre effect.

 

BasicGrey | RSVP | Tina Aszmus

 

Once it’s fairly dry, I like to stack a couple of heavy books on top to flatten the paper.

 

Now it’s time to start layering on our cut flowers. I used 3 different Silhouette cut designs and several different patterned papers from the RSVP 12 x 12″ collection pack and 6 x 6″ paper pack to give the flowers some variation in pattern and size.

 

BasicGrey | RSVP | Tina Aszmus

 

I started at the bottom, filling in the area. I did this about a third way up the hanging. I adhered a few of the flowers with foam dots for dimension. I cut the Hello twice using a simple bold font and pasted the two together to create a drop shadow. I was inspired by a pin I saw on Pinterest for this simple and graphic layering effect.

 

Glue down the letters on a curve. Then glue down a few more dots from the flower cuts.

 

I also added a few elements from the mixed brads and chipboard set. I like the dimension it gives the piece.

 

To finish the wall hanging, I used a piece of twine and created a loop. Fold down the top flap over the twine and sew a straight line across. Voila! A cool and unique wall hanging for your home. This would even make a great gift for a friend!

 

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Carte Postale Kits

BasicGrey | Carte Postale Today we are excited to announce that we have a limited number of Carte Postale kits available on our website. These kits were featured at ScrapFest workshops and include detailed assembly instructions. Each kit includes nearly all of the products needed to assemble your project, you only need to supply basic items such as adhesive and cutters. Click on the images below to be directed to the item on our website.

 

Carte Postale Journal Kit

 

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Create an awesome journal to document your travel adventures! Using a Capture 5″x7″ spiral-bound mini journal, along with tons of fun embellishments, you’ll create a place to show off your favorite travel memories. The journal includes designer pages, pockets, and lots of space for recording memories and saving memorabilia, while the instructions help you add extra flair to the pages.

 

Carte Postale Layout Kit

 

both-layouts Create a double page layout and a fun card using the Carte Postale collection! With layered papers and fun embellishments on both pages you’ll complete a great layout. In this kit you’ll receive all the pre-cut papers, acetate alphas, metal tabs, snippets and an exclusive mini alphabet sticker sheet.