Sunday, 29 September 2013

Paper bag album

Paper bag albums are a cheap way for any scrapbook fan to make a scrapbook.  

Start by collecting paper bags, they do need to be clean so try not to use any that have had sandwiches etc in.  Once you have enough {remember one bag makes two pages} you need to fold it in half and pierce holes all down through the centre of it.  

Now you’re going to sew it to bind it together.  Using a large needle and I used some cross stitch thread sew from one end to the other making sure you fasten off tightly so that it doesn’t come unthreaded. 

Once the book has been fastened the real fun can begin, start to decorate your book using papers.  Again I’ve used up half sheets, or small sheets from the same pack or even sheets in coordinating colours, this makes for a cheap but still very affective book.  

I’ve also kept everything flat as otherwise it makes it difficult for the book to close.  I’ve chosen to back my photos in coordinating papers but it’s not essential you can use a plain card or none at all.  

The reason I’ve done this is so that my book is made in advance and come Christmas all I need to do is take plenty of photos, print the ones I want, add them to the pages along with my journaling.  

If you are giving this as a present you can leave it blank for the recipient to put in photos and journaling or complete the whole process for them. 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Cup Coasters

I should warn these will not last indefinitely but are a fantastic gift and or addition to your table settings. 

I used a bought cardboard/chipboard sort of thing square.  Although you could just use thick corrugated card. 

I covered the squares using either pva or glue gun glue to fold the paper over the edges as if you are wrapping a parcel. 

Because it’s got to be flat I lined up an image already printed on the paper for the centre of the square. 

I made the top slightly waterproof by placing acetate square over the top of it.  Make sure you use glue that will dry clear so you can see through to the image below.  

Your coasters will be ready to use once the glue dries.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Plum Chutney

This is best done when plums are in season as they are cheaper then.  It makes a fab present especially when combined with nice homemade or bought breads and cheeses in those SOS style hampers.

To make it you will need:

250g plums
1 shallot
½ tsb olive oil
¼ cup white vinegar I used spiced as you don’t need to add spices and it’s cheaper
¼ cup Demerara sugar

To cook the chutney:

Cut the plums in half and remove the stones then roughly chop them.
Add chopped shallots, olive oil and sauté until softened, add the plums vinegar, water and sugar and stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved.

Microwave a couple warm jam jars to sterilise them then when the chutney is soft and slightly thick spoon whilst warm into the warm jar seal the jar and leave to cool before labelling.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Shopping list books

These are so handy that I’m not overly sure I will give them away, I may keep them for myself.  They are so simple to make anyone can do it.  All you need to make them are: Copier paper {the cheapest you can buy is fine} Card, stamp of your choice, colouring medium, hole punch and ribbon.

Choose the shape and size you want and cut all your papers and two pieces of card to that size.  Next I recommend punching the holes so that they don’t interfere with your stamped image.  Make sure you use the first sheet you hole punch as a guide for them all so they line up.  Now stamp your image either directly onto the cover or on another sheet.  Colour and if using a separate sheet then cut and adhere the image to the cover. Make sure you place the card as the back of the book as the last page and then cut a long piece of ribbon and thread it through the holes.  Tie in a loose bow and your present is complete.  You can use any method you want to secure the book but I like the idea of ribbon as it allows the recipient to add additional pages as they want.