Mementoes In Time


Looks familiar

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New Sizzix Window Box Bigz Die by Eileen Hull

Hmm, 3D wardrobe next?

Dress Form Chipboard Project

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As readers of this blog know, my blog posts revolve around odd projects that I complete and simply want to show off.Today's project is no exception, so here is a nice little project for a rainy afternoon. Actually, this project has been hanging around the 'Mementoes' cupboard for about a year (the truth being that I forgot to post it), so I thought I would bring it out, dust it off and post it today.


This project would make a lovely gift for 'Mum' if you live in the UK (I know I've missed Mother's Day but it is nice and early for everyone else in the world), or you can just do what I have done and keep it for yourself.

Anway, I've been having fun with the Tim Holtz Dress Form Die and wanted to post this on the blog. Eagle eyed observers would have noticed this popping up in a supporting role in a previous blog post, featuring the Display Card. 


I've gone for the same distressed/weathered paint effect as the Display Card, on the base piece, which I've added to get the dress to stand up. Actually, I like this 3D model more than the 2D effect, so I will be designing our own Dress Form design for chipboard and adding it to the template pages soon, so watch out for that if you are interested.

I've coloured the skirt with Tattered Rose Distress Ink and used some lace trim to edge the skirt. The paper rose, ribbon and beading around the middle hides where the skirt joins to the bodice. A good glue is essential here, or you will be losing your temper!


My little dress form sits on my window ledge next to my mini wardrobe, reminding me that even small, quick projects can be very effective.


I hope you have enjoyed this short project to make a sweet display piece. Please visit again soon!

Special Mum Display Card 'Happy Birthday Mum!'

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (2)

I thought I would share this piece I made for my precious Mum for her birthday. She turns a rather stunning 82 tomorrow, so I wanted to give her something that she could keep up on display for a while. This project is actually a display card with a stand, rather than a traditional card and I haven't added a birthday greeting, so she can keep it up past the actual date. This project started off as something else but as is usually the way with craft projects, it morphed into something else. These are always the most enjoyable craft projects, as the end result is a surpise!

Anyway, if you would like to read about this, please read below.

First off, I've cut a piece of chipboard and made a photo frame stand for the back and then painted the board with some brown acrylic paint. I was aiming for a distressed effect and I wanted this to be the base colour that shows through. When this is dry, cover the board with some Crackle Medium.

Then when that is dry, go over the top with a contrasting colour. I've gone for an off-white but you could use any other colour, a lighter one works best.

You can see the almost magical effect you get when the top coat dries and the base coat starts to appear underneath. I love this aged effect and you will see it popping up on the blog again I'm sure!

If you thought that bit was fun, this next bit making the flowers was even more fun. I've punched some scallop circle shapes from paper. I've used five pieces when cutting from plain white paper and four pieces for each flower when using handmade paper, because it is a bit thicker. Then, I've punched a hole in the centre of each scallop and scrunched them up in my hands to make them really crumpled.

Next, I headed for my Distress Ink tin and added colour to the front and back of each piece. Simply layer them up, pin them with a brad, give them another scrunch together and carefully open them out to form each flower. This is really satisfying and the effect is simply stunning. The best thing is you can make your flowers to match your project. I got so carried away with this, that I made heaps of them!!

You can add some clear embossing powder to your flowers to give them a sheen or even some drops of Glossy Accents Dimensional Glue to look like little drops of dew.

I've glued my flowers to the board with some ribbon and beading. The centre piece is just a piece of co-ordinating paper with a stamped message and I've ripped the edges of the stamped piece with a neat little distress tool that I picked up at a craft show. So there you have it, a simple but really fun project to make for your Mum or special friend, or maybe just a display piece for yourself. I'll be covering the dress form in another blog post, so stay tuned if you want to hear about that.

Thanks for reading

Christmas Baskets - 24 Days of Christmas Extended

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (2)

Our next project in our extended 24 Days of Christmas Series, uses our Chipboard Basket Template. I've painted the basket with a red acrylic and decorated it with some Christmas ribbon, some border stickers and some star stickers. Fill the basket with cookies, chocolates or sweets/candies/lollies, to make a nice decorative piece for Christmas.

This template is one of the ones we normally have on template pages, but you can get it free. Just add a comment below this blog post and the first ten people will be sent the link to the file. 



Happy Crafting!

A 'Sweet' Christmas - House and Bird Box Template

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (3)

I do love gingerbread houses but to be perfectly honest, I have never successfully made one. This got me to thinking about making a chipboard one instead, so here is the result.

I think this makes a really cute decorative piece for the table. The only problem, is that I made this about a month ago and the number of lollies around the bottom seemed to shrink..hmm, I wonder where those went...Anyway, imagine a plate covered with sweet treats!


This has been made using our new combined Chipboard House and Bird Box Double Template. available on the download pages. This template includes a basic house design, with and without windows and doors and a bird box design. Each comes in a range of sizes, so you can create boxes to suit your project.


The basic box is easy to make, which leaves lots of time for the really creative bit of decorating. Simply cut out the pieces for the template you want to use.

Glue one side piece onto one end piecem making sure you use your good solvent or very strong PVA glue. It is important to do it in the right order, so that the pieces fit together properly.Then glue the other side piece in the same way.

Add the other end piece and hold until fixed.

Add the roof pieces one at a time, gluing them onto the base piece and to the other roof piece.You can add a base piece if you wish, but I have left mine as an open box.


I decided to paint my house with an acrylic paint but you could use papers instead. Use the template pieces to draw around onto your paper before you assemble the house. I've decorated my house with a dimensional white paint from the art store, which gave a pretty good rendition of royal icing and trimmed it with some festive buttons.


You could decorate this in so many ways and even get the kids involved. Here are some more small boxes made with this template and the Bird Box which is also included.

Two mini houses and a bird box. The base is tied on with ribbon and can be opened to put small gifts inside.

Two Bird Boxes

Papered Bird Box Tree Decoration

Mini Gingerbread House made with the Bird Box Template

  We are taking a short break to fit in some Christmas activities but will be back with a few more projects very soon.

Happy Crafting!

Mini Accordian Book - 24 Days of Christmas Extended Project

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (1)


Our 24 Days of Christmas Series has sadly come to a close but there are still a few projects waiting in the wings, that we would like to share. This will be our 'extended 24 Days of Christmas series'.


While wondering what to call this extra run of projects, I remembered that last year I wrote about the fact that our family has a tradition of keeping a few small gifts to open either a tea-time on Christmas Day, or on Boxing Day. This is a nice thing to do, as it gives the smaller members of the family something to look forward to and stretches out the fun a bit.


Today's project fits very well with the theme of Tree Presents. On the blog last Christmas, we featured a range of mini projects, ideal for thoughtful little gifts for friends and family. If you are interested in those, search back through the blog, under the 'Chipboard' topic, or visit our Projects and Tips page.


This year, I was struggling to think of something small to send abroad to my mother and I actually stumbled on the idea for this project, while sorting through a massive bag of chipboard squares, that I unearthed under the bed. It is quite surprising what you can find under your bed when you look! This little parcel opens to reveal a surprise inside..


For this project, you will need two small chipboard squares, approximately (5.25cm) 2 inch square, or any size square you want really. I've rounded the edges of mine with a corner rounder, but you don't have to. Cover the front and back of each square with your favourite papers. This is yet another project that is just perfect for using up scrap papers.

Next, cut a piece of thin card or paper and concertina it to create the panels. Measure and score the card first to make sure the folds are nice and accurate. Mine has 6 panels each approx. 4cm square (1 5/8 inch).  Cover your panels with photos, messages, printed pictures or anything you like.


For my project, I chose to put a range of photos from the year, into a word document, where I could resize them to the same dimensions before printing them out.

If you are writing, you will need to use a fine pen and write small!

Put photos, sentiments or anything personal inside for someone special.

Glue each end panel to the inside of each chipboard square, so that when you concertina it back together, it will form your parcel.


I've put a faux ribbon bow on the front of my parcel and then glued another piece on the front and tied it around to the back, so the parcel actually is untied from the back (see below). So there you have it, a sweet little parcel for to charm those proud grandparents, or to express your appreciation to a special friend.

I hope you have enjoyed this project. Please do take the time to comment below if you like the projects we have featured in this series. We value each and every comment that we get.Our next project will be posted soon.

Happy Crafting!

Rusted Tag Project

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (3)

I remembered that I hadn't posted the other 'rusted' project, which was featured in the photo gallery, so here are the details for anyone who is interested to know. Have a wonderful weekend!


Adding the glue to the chipboard. You can be as messy as you like!

I'm using a die cut from the Tim Holtz Sizzix die, which I managed to salvagebefore it disappeared into storage.

Sprinkle over the Rusting Powder. Again, you can also be as messy as you like and just put back the excess into the pot. You may need to retouch areas you have missed.

Spray on your mixture of brown vinnegar, with a few drops of bleach.

Leave to dry (overnight is good) and then rub off the loose powder to reveal the rusty effect underneath

How you can be really creative with your project. You can see the rusted effect in the following pictures. The mini keys can be rusted too.

The finished tag!

Chipboard Cake Stand and Cakes

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (2)


Here are some project notes for the new Chipboard Cake Stand with cakes!



Cut out your pieces and paint with acrylic paint. I've used an off-white here. You may need to add two or three coats depending on the quality of the paint you are using. Let the pieces dry thoroughly before continuing.

Using the template, cut some doilies from co-ordinating papers. Make a hole through the middle of each tray. If you have a Crop-a-dile, use that but if not, then just use sharp scissors, a piercing tool or a metal skewer. Push through a wooden skewer, trimmed to size, as described on the instructions

Now make the base stand, using the template and paint it. Again, wait for this to dry fully.

Glue your stand onto the base of the bottom tray and adjust if necessary to ensure the stand is level. You might wish to push the skewer into a piece of plasticine or similar to weight the bottom of the stand and make it more stable.

Now decorate the top of the stand, with the flower, heart or tags included on the template and add card cakes (also on the template). You can even use it to display mini cakes, muffins or chocolates!

You can go to town with your glitter glues, pearlescent glues and trims.

This makes a nice display piece or gift for a young friend!



Rusted Effect Chipboard Clipboard

Posted on August 9, 2012 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (2)


I'm still having lots of fun playing around with the Twiddleybitz Rusting Powder. By adding a mixture of bleach and vinegar, to the powder, you can get some really interesting effects.


Here is the second project, a mini clipboard, covered all over with the powder and rubbed off, to reveal a 'rusted' finish.



I've added a torn stamped background and my favourite Stampin Up 'Delight in Life' wording stamp and then finished the project off with a pink flower to give a splash of colour. I love these screw top brads, which were an interesting 'find' in my local craft store.



This powder works especially well on metal, giving a really 'aged' look. The clip was covered with glue and powder in exactly the same way but gives a much more realistic effect.



If you like the 'aged' or distressed look, you'll love this rusting powder. If you have used this on any projects, why not upload a photo to the Wall of Fame in the Photo Gallery!


Watch out for the next project, a 'rusted tag'.


Please feel free to add any comments below!

New Freebie - Chipboard Mini Frame

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (2)

Check the Freebies page for the template to make this lovely little mini frame. Use the frame with a small photo or frame a flower or small picture. Paint or paper to create a gift or display piece.


Photo shows 'Rusted Mini Frame Project'. For details, read below...



The frame was cut from chipboard and then the inside cut using a craft knife. I wanted to try out the Twiddleybitz Rusting Powder for this project, so I covered the frame with glue ( I used PVA because I don't have the Modge Podge they recommend) and then sprinkled over the Rusting Powder.


Next, you need to spray the frame with a mixture of brown vinegar and bleach. You only need a couple of drops of bleach but this is what gets the rusting action underway.


Leave the frame to dry, preferably overnight and then rub the top coat of powder to reveal the rusted effect. I used a piece of fine sandpaper to do this. The photo doesn't show it very well but you can get some great rusted effects with this powder.


I've added some screw top brads and a small paper flower with a bit of bronze paint. I even 'rusted' the edges of the flower to match the rest of the frame. The background was just stamped in a brown ink and the frame was finished off with a gold border sticker to provide a bit of shine. I have loved playing around with this product and there are a few more projects in the photo gallery using it. I'll post some more project notes on the blog soon.




New Template - 'Your Greatest Fan'

Posted on April 12, 2012 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (17)

I've already done Mother's Day, as my Mum lives in the UK and the date is in March, but for many people, including myself, Mother's Day is still to come, so here is a sweet idea to make a keepsake card or chipboard project for the most important person!


This template can be made in chipboard or card and includes two sizes of stand to display your fan, which is really handy. You can fold the fan in, for mailing and it can then be opened out to display on a shelf. You can really go to town with decorating your fan with papers, stamps and all kinds of embellishments. I've used papers on my chipboard fan and some border stickers around the top, as I wanted to make a quick project.


If you want to get this template free add a comment below and a winner will be picked at random!

New Template - Mini Vase

Posted on February 18, 2012 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (2)

I love to give people flowers but here in this climate, they often wilt and die, especially at this time of year! So, here is a nice little idea for making a miniature gift for someone special, our new template for a chipboard vase. With Mother's Day coming up in the UK, this would make a lovely project to say how much you care!


I am no flower arranger and I certainly don't have much patience to spend playing with things, so you have to look at my efforts with squinty eyes. The template is so easy to use, that it would work equally well with punched flowers or even mini tissue flowers, if you are not happy working with this kind of paper flower.


The template includes two sizes of vase but I particularly like this small one, which is just the right size for using paper roses. If you would like to know more about this project, read on...

I've cut out my template pieces from chipboard. In this example, I have chosen to make the small vase.

Next,  I've glued them onto the reverse of my paper, that I want to use to cover the outside with. I then cut around the pieces with scissors.

Here are the covered pieces. I've then turned them over and done the same on the other side with some co-ordinating paper.

Here is the reverse side

Next, you need to construct your box on the reverse of one of the vase pieces. I know I always go on about using the right glue but honestly, it is worth getting a good solvent craft glue when you are working with chipboard. The bond is quick and the glue is clear, so you don't see so much mess.

Construct the box, so that it is approximately 1.5cm from the top of the vase. You could make it further down if you like, it just depends on the type of flowers and the length of the stems that you are going to use.

There is the final side to the box

Now, just put some glue along the edges of the box and put your other vase piece in place.

Make sure that the vase stands level by standing it upright to check.

Now you can fill your vase. Here is one done in pink, instead of lilac. You can either cut a piece of flower arranging oasis to size and slot it into the box, or a piece of plasticine. I have chosen to use plasticine, as this weights the vase a little and I have thrown out all my oasis!

Here they are together. I think I need a bit more greenery in my vase to fill it up but I think it makes a lovely little gift for someone. You could add a mini tag to the side with a message or just put it on your own bookshelf, as I have done.

I hope you have enjoyed this project. Please do leave a comment if you have enjoyed reading this post.

Thank You!

Posted on February 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (1)

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Marion, who has just uploaded a photo of the wardrobe she made for her niece. This is a big occasion, as this is actually the first wardrobe project uploaded by a member of the site!


Here it is. I know the photo hasn't come out well but you can see it in full glory in the photo gallery, along with a photo of the cute little outfits inside. Marion has made this using the chipboard kit available from our webstore but you can also buy a download template of this file, if you are comfortable with chipboard projects.

I absolutely love the black and white and she has really brought her own unique touch to the project. I'm sure your niece will treasure this creation Marion because it is so obvious how much effort you have put into it.


Everyone makes things differently and has a different eye and that is why creative projects are just so fascinating. I'd love to see any other wardrobes that have been made out there, or in fact photos of any projects made with our kits or downloads, so please do upload your photos of anything you make to the photo gallery. It is easy to do, just sign in with your member details, go to the photo gallery, choose the upload a photo button and follow the instructions.


Thank you again Marion, I hope you don't mind me showing off your gorgeous creation!

New Free Template - Chipboard Heart Box

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Making boxes is always fun, especially if they are for someone special. This new free template is for making a a heart box, using chipboard. I haven't put anything in my heart bag/box yet but I will be looking for some appropriately shaped or themed chocolates, to give to the very special little people in my life.

You can find the free template on the Free Stuff pages and here are some instructions for making this box.

Cut out your pieces from chipboard, using the template. I've trimmed the bottom of my hearts as I want my box to stand up but you don't have to do this. If you are going to trim them, just trim a little and then check it before trimming some more until you get the look you want.

Paint or paper the pieces both sides, or you can paint one side and paper the other as you wish. Don't forget to paper or paint the rectangular pieces too.

Make sure you have your good (solvent) craft glue to hand.

Glue the bottom of the box to the inside of one of the hearts. I find it easiest to lay the heart on its side for this. Hold the chipboard until it has bonded, this doesn't take long if you have the right kind of glue.

Now glue a side piece

And then the other side. Again, hold until you have a firm fix.

Now put the other heart in place, making sure it is level with the first heart.

I've added some ribbon, fixed with brads but this glue is strong enough to hold the ribbon without a brad if you don't want to use them.

I've rubbed around the edges with my distress inks to give some dimension and added some paper flowers and co-ordinating ribbon to the front. Now you can fill your basket with lovely choccies or goodies for someone special!


Please add any comments below!

Chipboard Sleigh Instructions

Posted on December 6, 2011 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (3)

Better late than never, a series of photo instructions for the Chipboard Sleigh project!

Firstly cut out your pieces using the template. I've actually chosen to use a white pasteboard for this example, just to make it stand out a bit clearer in the photos.You will need two side pieces, two runners, a base piece, 4 runner supports and a front and back piece.

I've run the side pieces through a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to get a textured look as I was planning to paint my sleigh afterwards but you can easily use papers by using the pieces as templates to draw around and papering them before assembly..

Now glue your base piece to one of the side pieces and hold until it is firmly fixed. Make sure you are using your good quality solvent based craft glue!

Glue the other side piece in place.

Now glue the front and back pieces in place. The back piece is slightly taller than the front piece.

Hold the pieces in place firmly until they are fixed.

Put your sleigh on one side and glue the runner supports in place.

Glue the runner in place, making sure that you glue it to the inside, so that the ends of the supports don't show on the outside of your sleigh

Now turn the sleigh over and repeat on the other side.

Your sleigh is ready for decoration!

Christmas Countdown - Clipboards Galore

Posted on December 1, 2011 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Not to be outdone by her sister with her crackers/bon bons, daughter number 1 has been busy churning out mini clipboards for her be more precise,  I've been busy making them!


Strange how it starts as just making one or two for close friends, to 'I have to make something for everyone in the class'....Still, they are very cute,  fun and addictive to make, so I can't really blame her!

She has been busy with cards too as you can see below, so maybe I have a future designer in the family. I can see some familiar designs in there too, so she much have been looking at what I have been making for the site.

Not bad for a 12 year old really.

You can get the mini clipboards from the webstore and they make nice little gifts anytime of the year!

Marion's Clipboards!

Posted on November 25, 2011 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (1)

I hope you don't mind Marion but I had to show off your lovely little chipboard clipboards. I usually go for pastels as I'm not really brave enough for bright colours but these cute clipboards are absolutely adorable. Check out these and the other projects Marion has uploaded in the Wall of Fame Album. Thanks so much for taking the time to upload them Marion. I can tell you had lots of fun making them!

New Chipboard Template - Christmas Sleigh

Posted on November 8, 2011 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (2)

Following on from our sweet Chipboard Christmas tree project, here is another 3D Christmas 'off the page' project, this time using our new template 'Sleigh Bells Ringing'.


The template includes all the pieces to make the sleigh and an additional template to make two different sized gifts. This is probably equivalent to our wardrobe template in difficulty but is actually quite straightforward if you just work methodically and use a good solvent craft glue that bonds quickly.


Papering is probably better than painting, if you are new to working with chipboard, as paint can make the chipboard a bit soft, until it dries.


I started off running the pieces through a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then painting it in blue acrylic paint because I wanted to get a lovely wintery look. You can still see the the textured surface inside. I then changed my mind and decided that a traditional colour scheme  with papers would look much better.If you look closely, you can still see some of the blue paint showing through but I like to think, this just adds character to my sleigh.


I'm planning to fill this with candies/lollies/sweets for Christmas and it has already taken pride of place on my shelf.

Christmas Countdown - Chipboard Coaster Mini Desk Calendar

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (1)

So now I have my tree present sorted for my mother (see here if you are interested to see what that is) and I have moved onto my Dad. He has a small office, where he hides from my mother most of the day, since he retired, probably to avoid having to do all the jobs she has lined up for him.


Anyway, I thought this little desk calendar would be perfect for him, with a photo and a useful 2012 calendar to refer to. If you would like to know how to make this, read on....

You will need some rectangular chipboard coasters. We have these in packs of 6 in the webstore but you only need two, so you can get three calendars from one pack!

Now cover your boards in scrapbook paper. I've gone for a more 'manly', green here and I wanted a Christmas feel, so I have chosen an olive green colour scheme. I've used pattered paper on one side of the board and then a plain piece on the reverse (as this doesn't get seen). Repeat for the other board.

Trim off any excess paper from the edges. I actually used un-rounded chipboard but the packs allow you to choose from rounded and un-rounded coasters. I simply rounded mine at the end, using corner rounders.

Next, I brushed the edges with Bundled Sage Distress but of course you can match your ink to your paper and use chalks or other inks instead if you wish.

After fixing on my photo, which has been matted onto a couple of pieces of green card, to co-ordinate with the paper, I punched a couple of holes with my Crop-a-dile. If you go for the pre-punched coasters, you will be able to feel the hole through the paper and punching it through will be easy.


I've printed my calendar (soon to be available from the Free Stuff pages) onto cream paper, stapled it together and glued it to my calendar base.

Now just thread your ribbon through and you are finished!

Please leave any comments below!

Christmas Countdown - Clipboard Project Notes

Posted on November 5, 2011 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)

For those of you, waiting for a quick run-down of the chipboard clipboard projects, here are the details for the calendar chipboard. The other two are just variations on this basic idea.

Apply glue to your chipboard clipboard. I'm using the larger ones for this project.

Cover the clipboard, both sides with your choice of Christmas scrapbook paper.

I've rubbed around the edges with distressed ink (Fired Brick). I like the effect this gives, as it seems to 'age' it a bit and give it depth. The ink also covers the exposed chipboard around the edges.

At this point, I realised that I had rather stupidly printed my mini calendar onto white paper, which was not the effect I wanted at all.


Out come the inks again and as I had already stapled the calendar together, this bit was fiddly.

Top tip - print onto a cream paper and then ink around the edges before stapling!

Now you can just assemble your calendar and embellish it as you wish. I have chosen a suitable photo, resized on the computer to fit.

As the clip is silver, I wanted to colour it to blend it, so I used some red alcohol ink. Don't worry if you don't have any, just use a nice big ribbon to hide the clip a bit. I've used my trusty solvent craft glue to attach the ribbon here.


A final bit of detail using a pen, to create some faux stitches and a bow on the top finish the project off nicely. Finally, add your magnets to the reverse (make sure you position them towards the bottom, so that your clipboard sits properly on the fridge) and you are done!

For the post it note clipboard I have just used a different paper, glued on a mini post it note, stamped the top page with a festive greeting and added a tiny polymer clay candy cane.

For this photo clipboard, I have simply added a photo matted onto some red card and embellished it with a tiny polymer clay gingerbread man and some candy canes.

You can get

  • the mini clipboards with clips
  • polymer clay gingerbread men and candy canes
  • post it notes
  • mini magnets

all from our webstore

Visit the free stuff pages for the mini calendar, which you will need to cut into pieces and staple together.


I hope you have enjoyed reading this project as much as I have enjoyed doing this for you. Please do take the time to leave a comment. It makes all the hard work, making things, taking photos, writing and uploading worthwhile. Thank you!

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