Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Chunky Twine Challenge: Bookmarks by Corri

Hi everyone,  Corri here today sharing a fun project with Doodlebug's awesome Chunky Twine.  My a youngest daughter has just started reading chapter books so I thought it would be fun for her to have some cute bookmarks.   Chunky Twine is perfect for adding a tassel!
I used some paper from the Spring Garden Collection.  I love the rainbow color palette.  I added some flower stickers and alpha stickers.  I made a tassel with Swimming Pool Chunky Twine. 
 For my second bookmark, I used a mini DoodlePop and a some sticker to create a cute message.
These bookmarks would be a great end of the year gift for your kid's class or a fun project to make at the end of the year party! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Chunky Twine Challenge: Mini Album Cover by Traci Penrod

Hi Doodlebug fans!  It's Traci from Artsy Albums and I have a tutorial to share with you today.  The design team was asked to create a project where Chunky Twine was the star of the project.  I created a simple 4x6 album full of black & white family photos, but the fun part was the cover!  
To create my album, I found three small pieces of scrap chipboard.  I used white, but you could easily use regular grey chipboard and cover the pieces with pattern paper or paint.  The two cover pieces are 5" x 6 1/4", and the other piece is 4" x 6".  I used a heavy-duty hole punch to punch binding holes in the front and back cover pieces.
Next, I taped one end of my black chunky twine to the back of my 4x6 chipboard, applied a small amount of liquid glue to the front, and starting wrapping the twine around the board.  I repeated this process several times with black, grey, and white chunky twine ... taping the ends on the back, and glueing on the front.  I finish the top of the piece with red twine for a pop of color.
Once the twine was wrapped around the entire 4x6 piece, I used a strong liquid glue to adhere it to the cover of my album (Note:  I added a piece of 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" mint pattern paper and some fancy frills stickers to the album cover before adhering the twine piece)
I added mint pattern paper to the inside front and back covers also, and created a chunky twine heart to carry the twine into the inside.  
For the heart, I just punched out a heart shape from white card stock and then added red twine to the heart, glueing as a followed the card stock shape.
For my inside pages, I kept them simple -- plain white card stock measuring 4 3/4" x 6 1/4".  I punched the binding holes and then just added my black and white photos.  I added 10 pages, so I have 20 fun family photos throughout my album.  This little album will be a fun keepsake to carry in my purse and share with friends :)
I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial and find fun ways to use chunky twine in your projects!!
Binding rings
Strong liquid adhesive

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chunky Twine Challenge: Wall Art by Jennifer Beason

Hello, Doodlebug friends.  Jennifer here and today I'm sharing my take on the "chunky twine" challenge. After finding this fun image in the Silhouette store, I decided to use the twine to make colorful pom-poms drops for my cloud wall art.  Here are the finished results.
I created the pom-poms for this project using the fork method, see below.
  1. Wrap the twine around the fork (I used a large serving fork).
  2. Use strong thread or embroidery floss to tie the strands together in the center, as shown.
  3. Remove the twine from the fork and cut open each end.
  4. The twine should now look something like this.
  5. Next, fluff out the strands of twine. I found a scoring tool worked well, just brush the tool through the strands, repeatedly until they separate.
  6. Lastly, trim the pom-pom to shape.
The finished pom-poms were threaded onto some string and connected to a rectangular bracket I made to fit at the back of the cloud.  Note: Because the finished project is so light, I was able to get away with using foam core and chipboard to create the bracket.  Hanging hardware was attached to the back, then additional foam core pieces were added to keep the project from leaning forward, once hung.
To add some depth and color to the cloud I layer it.  I starting with some thick chipboard covered with blue cardstock, then foam core covered with purple cardstock, and lastly some Swiss dotted paper was used for the top layer.
You can also see that I used more chunky twine to cover the raw edges of the foam core layer.
To add even more color I used a flower border file, to create a headband. 
The headband was embellished with leaves from the Garden Flowers Craft Kit, Doodlepop stickers, stickers from the Spring Garden Icon Sheet and various sprinkles.
The left side of the cloud was looking a little bare, so I added the word "smile" from the Icon sticker sheet, along with some sprinkles and a doodle-pop flower.  Here's the finished piece  hanging in my daughter's room.
I hope you will love playing with Doodlebug's Chunky Twine, as much as I did.
Happy crafting! Jennifer :)
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