Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Declutter and re-organize

As 2015 comes to close, we are thinking of de-cluttering and getting organized for a fresh start in 2016. A clean desk, neat shelves, supplies that you can actually find when you need them - all of it contributes to a feeling of zen inside. And after the whirlwind of Holiday activities, I think we are all craving a bit of inner calm.

Not to worry, this isn't an elaborate make-over scheme! It's really about starting small and keeping it real. I am starting with a little pins and needles book to contain the sharps. I am using the new Paper Leather Sheets from Sizzix and the Needle Book die by Eileen Hull, also from sizzix.

Start by die-cutting the Needle Book cover and closure from Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets using Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Needle Book. Create a Sizzix sandwich by laying a Paper Leather Sheet on the blade side of Needle Book die and placing the two between a pair of Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard. Pass the whole sandwich through the Sizzix Big Shot machine.

Cut two pieces of felt to fit inside the Needle Book when folded. 

If you are wondering what Paper Leather Sheets are, let me tell you in the exact words that Sizzix uses to describe them: " It’s the durable material that can do it all! Made from a latex saturated flat base to simulate the look and feel of real leather, Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets can be used to die-cut, emboss, print, ink, stitch, paint, watercolor, foil, collage or distress. Whether you wash it or use it in your printer, Paper Leather Sheets always retain their shape for a wide variety of uses. Use Paper Leather to add dimension and texture to your next cardmaking, gift tag, home d├ęcor or sewing project."

Today, I'll show you a way to paint these Paper Leather Sheets.

Use a ruler and pencil to mark off stripes. I didn't measure because I like the relaxed painterly feel of things when they are not too perfect. Color the sections blue and white (or your personal favorites) alternatively. Let dry.

Outline the sections with black pen and write Pins & Needles on the front cover.

Stack the felt pieces inside the Needle Book cover and machine stitch down the center.  


Stitch the closure tab on. Hand sew a snap in place to close the Needle Book.

And here is the finished project! 

Supplies for this project:

Sizzix Paper Leather Sheets - 6" x 6" Assorted Basics, 20 Pack

Sizzix ScoreBoards Die - Needle Book 

Sizzix Accessory Cutting Pads - Standard

Sizzix Big Shot Machine

Others: Felt, Snaps, Thread, Needle, Sewing machine, Pen, Acrylic paints, paint brush, pencil, ruler


Note: I am a project designer for Sizzix. Sizzix provided me with the above dies to create the above project. If you click the links to buy these dies, I will earn an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. Use the code SZB2015 at checkout. You get 15% off and I get an itsy bitsy portion of the sale. It's win-win!

1 comment:

QuiltShopGal said...

Great project. Hope this is also showcased at the upcoming CHA Mega Show. Total #CreativeGoodness.