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Page Map Challenge - Just For Fun!

This month we have set our Design Team the challenge of creating a project using the Page Map below as a guide.  The Page Map can be interpreted however they would like, and can be used to create whatever type of project they would like to make!  We can’t wait to see what the team creates…

Page Maps can be a great way to learn how to create your own scrapbook pages, but are incredibly versatile too!  Both the absolute beginner and the seasoned crafter can use Page Maps to inspire their crafting.  They may be initially designed to be used for scrapbook pages, but Page Maps can in fact be used to influence a huge variety of crafting projects, from cards and scrapbooks to canvases, altered art, mixed media and more!

We would love to see your interpretations of this month’s Page Map.  Send us your pictures and ideas to help inspire the Design Team – we may even feature some of our favourites on the Crafters’ Palette Blog!

The Crafters’ Palette Team

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Gorgeous Stencil Storage

Good morning crafters! I am here today to share a fun and easy storage idea for your stencils!

This month we are all about storage at Crafters Palette, and I am a self admitted stencil hoarder!  I am always looking for ways to keep my stencils organized and this was a idea I had a few years ago, and as my stencil stash grew so did my need for storing them. 

Start off with some chipboard a little larger than the size of your stencils to allow for the pages to open and the rings for attaching the front and back cover.  I gessoed the chipboard and then punched holes in the side of the pages to add the metal rings.


I used some of my favorite paints from Dylusions - Vibrant Turqouise and Crushed Grape. I brushed them on in a random pattern and then I added some tissue paper over top. Once the paint was dry I got out my Bo Bunny Stamps and again randomly stamped on the background to add more texture. I used multi matte medium to decopage the tissue paper on the covers.


 Here is how the covers looked at this point. I got out my Distress Ink Sprays and used the Brushed Pewter and Evergreen Bough to add splotches to the background. Now it is time to embellish.

 I used various wooden pieces and metals from my stash, however you can find lots of great pieces to embellish your book at the Crafters' Palette Store .  I used the Distress Inks again to colour the wood and metal to give them an aged and distressed look.


I plan on making more of these books to house my stencils and the great thing about these is you can make them anyway you want, simple or fully decorated like this one, I hope you will give it a try!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and don't forget to check out the  Crafters' Palette Blog to keep up with all the new things the team is up to!

Page Map Challenge - Dotty Birthday Card

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Hello and welcome to my first ever Design Team project for Crafters’ Palette!  My first blog post is going to be this month's page map challenge.

I decided to keep it simple and so all I've used is my Distress Inks, a mask and some buttons as embellishments.  I wanted to keep this card nice and simple so I used Distress Inks and blended colour through the Distressed Dots stencil using Cut n Dry Foam. I made sure to use low tack tape to keep my stencil in place. I chose red, orange and yellow inks as I love how they blend together and I had coordinating buttons to use as embellishments. 

Once I'd blended the colour I chopped the pieces and stuck them onto black cardA quick die cut and a few buttons and I was finished! I like how the card turned out and by altering the colours and embellishments used, this could make a quick and easy birthday for any age or gender.

So my first project is finished! I wanted to show my interpretation of the page map challenge and I hope you like it.

Emily x

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Storing Embossing Folders and Punches

This month on the Crafters’ Palette Blog, we are sharing our ideas and inspiration for craft storage.  Today I would like to share with you my storage ideas for embossing folders and punches. 

Even though it is a fairly long way away from where I live, I love to shop at Ikea - I always end up spending too much money and fill up the boot of the car when I visit!  The accessories are so cheap and they make great storage solutions for crafting goodies.

My embossing folders are simply stored on a DVD rack that is laid down on its side.  I also use a CD rack and toast rack to store embossing folders and my Sizziz Thinlit Dies – as they now come in handy plastic envelopes, this a great way to store them.  There are quite a number of embossing folders in this rack and I still have space to collect more!  I can fit 2-3 folders in each DVD space. It will take all sizes, except the larger A4 ones which I just keep in an Ikea collapsible box under my Big shot machine.

Now for storing the punches.  I have several types of punches, all of which store differently.  I used to store these in a drawer, but it didn’t take long for my collection to become too heavy and cause the bottom of the drawer to fall out!  So I went for a solution that will allow for easy access and will handle the weight of my punches.

I use metal racks screwed to the walls for storing the majority of my punches.  These are tool racks designed for the kitchen (bought from IKEA of course!).  Various accessories can hang from the rack, but I mainly use these for my punches.  As I didn’t want lots of holes in the walls, we decided to screw the racks to two boards and attach this to the wall instead. You could also use old bathroom towel racks, or make your own with wooden doweling.

I store the rest of my punches in a trolley (also from IKEA).  This is great as you can move it around the room too.  There are a number of different accessories that you can fix to the trolley too - I have used some plastic cups and attached them to the side for other tools.  And have also used some on the bottom rack of the punch storage.  On the back of the trolley I have also attached a wire basket which holds spare reels of tape.

I hope you like my storage ideas, and find some useful ideas for storing your own crafting goodies! 


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