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Christmas 2017 Series - Quick Gift Tags Free Template

Posted on November 15, 2017 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday, we posted up a free template to make those lovely twine trees. You can use the same template (in the smallest size) to make these quick little gift tags. I have used up some glitter gold and green card I had in my scraps box for mine with a quick thread through of some gold cord. Easy but quite nice little handmakes for Christmas!

Christmas 2017 Series - Twine Trees Free Template

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to Day three of our Christmas 2017 Series!

Today I have a really simple but beautiful project for your that honestly takes minutes to make.You can make these lovely twine trees to hang as a decoration around the home or make them as unique gift tags or gift decorations for a special present.



The basic shape here is just a triangle with a punched hole at the top but you can find a template on the Member pages in various sizes, so that makes it much easier, as the hard work is done for you. We will be using the template on a range of projects over the following few blog posts so register with the site if you want to get that.

I have simply cut one of the larger pieces from the template and put some double sided sticky on the reverse and front to hold the twine as I start to wind it around. I didn't do this for the first demo and you can see in the photos that the twine doesn't sit as flat as it should to look neat. It is worth doing this step.

Now the tricky bit. Start winding from the bottom, securing the twine at the base on the reverse. You may need to unwind and do this a few times to get the twine to sit close together with no gaps. Getting the right tension is also key so that the string doesn't sag or slip down. I am using just a basic green garden twine here but I made some with a decorative twine that you can see in the photo at the top as well as a range of ones using a fluffy type of wool and some glittery thread I had lying around from years ago that I had no idea what to do with!

Thanks for joining me today an drop by again soon for more in our Christmas Series.

Easter 2017 - Egg Shaped Boxes with free Member template

Posted on April 1, 2017 at 12:10 PM Comments comments (0)

As my mother used to say, you can't go wrong with a gift in a box! Actually, I am not sure she did say that and she isn't here to contradict me anymore but nevermind, I will say it anyway!

So today, we are featuring a very quick but effective box project using a free template that you will be able to get on the Member pages. I won't be doing a full photo demo but you can see how the box goes together from the photo below.

Glue the side panel to form an egg shape and then fix this onto the base. You can then glue the top piece on or simply fix it very lightly with a tiny dob of glue and use a ribbon to hold the lid in place, as I have done.

This is a great time to use up those ribbons you have bought but are lying at the bottom of the drawer!

The template includes boxes in three different sizes. Fill with a small gift or some mini Easter eggs. I hope you are enjoying our Easter 2017 series. Do join us again for our final few projects coming up.


PS You may have noticed this is the second post today, as yesterday's one was missed. You would not believe the day I had yesterday, so I won't even begin to describe it but it did involve numerous car journeys, picking up a child who couldn't manage to open a train door at the right station and so ended up at another station further up the line, losing a purse, dealing with a relative in hospital etc etc...So today I am having a 'home day', with muffin and soup making and other domestic bliss chores!

Easter 2017 - Super Simple Easter Cards with free Backing Paper

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you need to make some super quick Easter notelets, the easiest way is to simply use a piece of Easter themed paper.

You can find a free Easter backing paper sheet on the Member pages. Mix and match with different mounts to create a lovely pastel set of cards, or use the paper on your boxes and baskets. Happy Easter from Mementoes!

PS There will be a second blog post today to catch up from the one missed yesterday.

Valentines Day 2017 - Free Printable Labels

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

You can now find the sheet of Valentine's Day labels on the Member pages, so go there if you want them!

Valentines Day 2017 - Heart Packet With Free Template

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Visit the Member pages for the template for this project. We have made some Valentines themed gift packets in several sizes as well as a page of mini ones that you can use to hang on a string and create a decorative piece.

Put sweet treats inside or simply messages.

Letting you into a secret, my demo features some glass heart decorations rather than sweets as I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for but you get the idea!

Valentines Day 2017 - Free Printable Heart Papers

Posted on February 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We have a file of free heart papers for you on the Member pages to use on your Valentines Day projects. We have used them in a couple of the demos posted yesterday. Sign up to the site if you want to get hold of those!

Valentines Day 2017 - Heart Sentiment Jar With Free Printable Tags

Posted on February 4, 2017 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

I’ve made this project for my beautiful children, to give them some inspiration day to day. I have got to be totally honest here and admit I was struggling to find nice things to say once I had got to about four but maybe that is a good thing, as I had to really sit down and think about them for a bit.


This led me to revist some old photos and remember things they have done over their lives so far that have made me laugh or step back and realise how lucky I am to have them. I feel that if people did take the time to stop and think about people they love and often take for granted in their life, maybe we would all find the world to be a better place to be. My mother used the phrase ‘Count your blessings’ often and I guess this is what she meant.

Anyway, I found this lovely heart jar in the discount store and in fact it was gathering dust in my garage, so it was dusted off and used for this project. I simply added some ribbon, a hand written label and a small polymer clay glitter heart that I found in my stash to the lid. Next I just filled the jar with tiny paper hearts, each with a personal note inside. I’m using a mixture of the folded hearts and origami hearts (we will be featuring in the next few blog posts) and using up my paper scraps. A simple idea but one that can spread such good vibes and that can only be a good thing!


There will be a free printable tag also on the Member pages, with four different wordings, just as soon as, our website provider allows me to upload the files for you. Sorry for the wait but we are unable to do anything about it.


Christmas '16' Layered Circle Concertina Trees Cards Template

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We are coming to a close soon with our Christmas Series projects. I did say that in my first post that there won't be many after a difficult year but having looked back at what has been posted in the last couple of weeks, it seems as if this has been the best year ever for the amount of projects we have managed to design, demo and publish!

Today we are featuring another series of cards made with the next Member Template that will be posted on the Free Stuff pages. I love making folded trees and we have posted quite a few different examples of them this year. This one is a good one as you can use this little tree on the front or inside your cards, although be aware that it will create a bulky card if it is used inside. This would be a good card for those people you can hand deliver it to.

There are two designs, a straight edge and a scallop edge. Both work well.

Look for this template on the Member pages and make some lovely layered, concertina circle tree cards.

Christmas '16' Medallion Ornaments Member Template

Posted on December 9, 2016 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

We are back to card projects today. Here are a couple of really quick cards you can make with the same concertina medallion techinique we have been featuring a lot this year as part of the Christmas '16' projects. You want to choose the smaller size concertinas or else your medallions will be too big for a normal sized card.

We have posted a free Member template for you which just includes concertina strips in lots of smaller sizes. You can get this if you sign up to the site.You don't need a template of course but it makes it easier as we have done all the thinking for you!

Thanks for joining us again as part of this Christmas '16' project series.We still have about a week to go before we wrap things up for this year, so do drop by again soon.

Christmas '16' Concertina Christmas Tree with Member's Template

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Back to decorative projects today. We are using the same techinique as our earlier post where we made some beautiful delicate Concertina Ornaments. If you missed that post click here to read.

You can make this little tree to stand up by fixing it onto a stand. I have used a cork stopper here but I would have used a wooden cotton reel if they had arrived in the post in time!

You could also make it as a hanging decoration. I actually couldn't make up my mind what I wanted to do, so I did both as you can see!

Thanks for joining us. Come by again for more Christmas projects, we haven't finished yet and please, please, please either leave us a comment below or on our Facebook page if you have been enjoying our series!

Folded Circle Trees with Member Template

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This year we have been featuring lots of Christmas Tree themed cards and decorations. I think the Christmas Tree is so iconic and is such a lovely choice for anyone making crafts of any kind but particularly for papercraft.

There are just so many different patterns and ways to make them for use on your cards or as decorative pieces.

So today, we are featuring some cards using a new member template in various sizes, so you can make gorgeous folded circle trees for cards and gift tags. All you need to do is make sure you have double sided paper for this project for obvious reasons!

This is a simple fold to do and a great way to use up those scraps you don't know what to do with.

You can get the template on the Member's pages

In the next post there will be a quick video showing the simple folds to make the trees

Now Which Christmas Sweater Shall I wear? Printable Sheet with Member Freebie

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Today we have a quick card made using our new printable design sheet, which includes cute Christmas Sweater designs in four sizes and in red, green and blank for you to colour yourself as shown in the photo above.

Just print and cut and either hang in our Wardrobe card printable or template as shown above, or use them on their own.

The sweater motifs feature designs taken from our Doodle Christmas Digital Stamp images, including a penguin, snowman, Christmas trees, greetings, Christmas pudding, gingerbread man, reindeer, star and more.

You can get a couple of samples from this file to try. Visit the Member pages under the Christmas '16' Tab on the sidebar to find it.

Christmas '16' 3D Mini Trees with free template

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If you love making simple but pretty decorations for Christmas, then this project is perfect for you.

This folded tree template is available on the Member pages and includes folded trees in different sizes plus a base and some mini gifts. Make mini trees in different sizes using pretty Christmas papers. Here are some photo instructions.

Cut out four pieces in descending sizes for each tree you want to make. The template includes a range of sizes, so you can make larger or smaller trees.I have cut lots here as I wanted to decide which I was going to make and found it easier to have them all there in front of me.

Using the dotted lines as a guide, fold each circle in half repeatedly, as shown in the photo. You really want to do alternate valley and mountain folds but I found it easier to just fold all one way and then go back and fold the other way for the alternate ones. Now you can push your tree branches into shape as below.

The folded pieces are fixed onto a wooden skewer and glued to the base. I've used corks and ribbon reels as stands for a couple of my demo trees above but you haven't got them, don't worry, the template includes a paper base that you can make and use.

Tip: Don't leave your skewer too long as this can make your tree more unstable. Also use a little modelling clay to fix the skewer in place and weight the base.

I hope you enjoy using your free Mementoes In Time template. Please leave any comments or queries below this blog post.

Concertina Bauble Project with Free Template

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In today's project, we are making a really stunning Christmas Ornament, using a very simple concertina technique. There is also a free template for members to make this ornament in two different sizes, so sign up if you want to get this.

Using the template, make five concertinas and glue them into circles as shown in the photo. The concertinas are different widths that will allow you to make the bauble or ornament shape.

Then you can push the circles inwards to create medallions or rosettes. Push them in towards the centre so that there is only a very small hole in the middle. Glue this to secure the medallion.

Tip: The best thing to use for gluing is a hot glue gun. Hold the medallion until the glue has cooled and set.

The medallions can then be layered up, going from smallest to largest and then back down in reverse order to the smallest. This will create a ball shape.

The template can make two sizes of concertina ornament. Add ribbons and cord to hang them. My lovely white twig tree is just perfect!

They would also be nice to decorate a gift. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

Please do leave a comment or any questions below or on our Facebook page.

Christmas '16' Surprise Pop Up Tree Card with free template

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This year, we are featuring lots of non-card projects so today, for a change we have a card idea for you. Everyone loves surprises, so here is a cute card idea that features a pop up Christmas Tree inside that everyone would love to receive.

Here is the design glued to the reverse of my paper. Fold along the centre line as show so that you can use the template as a guide for cutting.

Just cut on the solid lines and fold on the dotted lines, pushing the tree shape outwards as shown in the photo below, so that it folds when the card is closed.

I have made a template for this card, which includes mini gifts, bows, baubles and stars.

If you would like to get that, then all you have to do is join up to the site as a member.

Tomorrow, we will be featuring another project from our Christmas '16' Series You can get any of the free templates we mention by visiting the link on the sidebar under the Members Section.

Please do consider uploading or adding a link to  your project in the comments below if you make a card with our template as I love to see the different ways that people use them and you are all so much more creative than me!

Christmas '16' Project String Trees with free template

Posted on November 24, 2016 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

We are kicking off our Christmas projects with a trio of lovely string trees that are super easy to make and very effective. Add a tea light underneath (not a real one of course, or you are going to end up homeless but one of those ones you can get very cheaply now with batteries) underneath and place upon your festive table or mantelpiece.

The trees are made from twisting twine around a cone shape. The twine or strong string is dipped in either a liquid starch solution or you can use a watered down PVA/white glue solution, like I have done. Find a small tray or container to use to soak the string first and make sure you have a surface to use that you don't mind getting messy as the string can flick about and send glue to everywhere you don't want it to.


Tie the string on at the top of the cone and then wind it around down and up the cone shape to create a non uniform pattern.When you have covered the cone, you can tie off the string and place your tree to dry. Once dry, carefully slide the cone out from inside the string and you will be left with your tree shape. Decorate with glitter, stars or anything you wish.

Tip: You can use a foam cone, like the type you can find in hobby shops, or if you can't find one then we have a free template on the Member pages you can use in various sizes. Cut out the shape, roll the cone up and tape and then away you go.

Tip: To stop the paper cone getting soggy, cover it with some cling film, as I have in the photo above. You can also oil the cling film to make it easier to remove once dry.

Tip: Garden twine works the best but other strings and yarn can be used. If you are using a thinner string or yarn, make sure you use a stronger mixture of glue to get a good hard finish and wind your yarn or string around the cone more times. This will create a sturdier piece.

This year's projects will be listed on the Member pages under the heading 'Christmas 16', so head there to pick up any free templates we mention.

If you like the string trees idea, then watch out for another similar post to make ornaments or baubles in the same way!

Easter Egg Template

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Just to say that the Easter Egg template in various sizes has now been posted on the Member's pages. We forgot to publish the page the other day, so it is there now if you want it. Make the demo cards and more!

Member's Goodie A sentiment from the Words From The Heart Digital Image Collection

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Pick up a sample sentiment from the 'Words From The Heart' Collection to try.

You can find this in both PNG and JPEG format to download on the Member's Pages.


We will be posting a sample image next time so drop by again soon!.

Heart Papers

Posted on February 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Visit the Member pages for a free download of four heart papers for your Valentine's Day and other projects.

Happy Valentine's Day from Mementoes In Time 2016!

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