Tag Archives: Zutter

Silhouetted Album for B-A-B-Y (and Grad too)

23 May

Today over at CutCardStock.com, I shared a tutorial of how to create this darling BABY album:


You can download a template to cut out the chipboard pages for Baby, Grad and Love. Click below for the download. Be sure to also check out CutCardStock‘s awesome Kraft Chipboard. It is seriously my favorite.


(after you upload, press the back button to come back to the post)

BABY printable

GRAD printable

LOVE printable

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope will try one of these albums. I have to say, it might just be a new addiction. If you have some other words you’d like me to put up, just let me know and I’m happy to share.

Cheers, Eli


Download a free calendar to embellish

18 Feb

It’s mid-february already and just now I’m getting the chance to share with you a calendar I created for some friends this year. I want to share it with you because you might just want to create an embellished calendar for your purse, diaper bag or briefcase.

First, 2 pics to peak your interest.



Feel free to download the months with the link below. Then visit the Cut Card stock Blog to find out how to put it together. It’s so fun, a great way to enjoy the day and do something practical.

Download calendar pdf: Calendar 2013 ccs.

I know it’s late but Happy New Year.


Copic Colors Notebook Tutorial

2 Jan

Ever get tired of trying to remember what Copic Markers you have at home? I do!! I created a Copic Color Notebook and you can too. For all the instructions, join me over at CutCardStock.com.

First, download the color chart that I created, here: Copic Colors chart 2012!

Happy, creative, fabulous new year to you all!!


Home Guest Book

12 Sep

Engagement parties are so fun. Celebrating the possibilities for a young couple while meeting many of their friends and family. Sometimes, though, it can be a challenge coming up with a special gift. Sure, it’s always appropriate and much appreciated to buy off the registry but I usually save that for the wedding. I like to create a personalized gift for engagements.

This time, I created a guest book for the young couple to have in their home to record events and friends who visit over the coming years.

It features their initials in the two hearts below.

Let’s open it up.

I created this size (8¾x4″) so I could cut 3 inside pages from an 8½x11″ sheet (3-5/8 plus a hair more x8½”). Economy, you know. I printed lines on both sides of the green pages and then cut them. I made 2 columns for plenty of guest signatures. If you want to make your own, you can download the page lines in a word document [ guest book horizontal lines 3.]

Important Stuff
Papers Pink leaf, cover blue, paisley heart (Me and My Big Ideas); Dots (Reminisce); Cream with house sayings (Doodlebug Design)
Tools Silver OWires, Bind-it-All binding system (Zutter); Cricut and cartridges: George and Basic ShapesJubilee: (Provo Craft)
Embellishments Letter buttons (Doodlebug)

Other Stuff Black cardstock, PVA glue, ribbons

Enjoy your day and get creative! Eli

Middle Schooler’s Notebook

3 Sep

Houston…we have a middle schooler.

And the feeling is overwhelming. Since my sweet girl won’t have a desk where she can keep something fun from mom, I made a notebook that she can carry along in her backpack or keep in her locker. Maybe she’ll use it to record her homework or just to put down her own thoughts.

I used my Cricut to cut the letters and shadows. Then cut the following:

  • 9 squares for the background blocks: 1½x 1¾”
  • a mat for the grid: 5½x5½”
  • front and back covers for the notebook: 6×6¾”
  • pages: 5½x6½” (in order to get two pages out of each 8½x11″ sheet of paper)

I like using recycled cereal boxes and other food packaging “chipboard.” For the inside cover, I used a Cookie Crisp box panel for the front (along with the school mascot “Go Bulldogs!”)

and Golden Grahams for the back cover.

Then I created a Cricut character (sort of a Bulldog) to add to the first page.

Isn’t he cute?!!

I bound it with the Zutter. If you want to know how to do that, check out this post here.

Finally, I added some fun dangles to the binding.

I hope you enjoy and remember to visit my other blog: At Home in Palm Beach.

Important Stuff
Tools: Cricut cartridges: Robotz, Doodletype (Provo Craft); Blue Fibers (EK Success); Guillotine trimmer (Tonic); Bind-it-All (Zutter)
Papers: blue, red cardstocks (Core’dinations); Blue distressed (My Mind’s Eye)
Embellishments: Citrus Buttons (Hot off the Press)

Other Stuff: Variety of papers, PVA glue, binding wire,

Bon Voyage!

22 May

Well, Frillions by Eli is moving…not to another blog address but a new state, a new city, a new house, a new CRAFT ROOM!!!

If you know me personally, you probably know that our family is moving to Palm Beach, Florida, for my husband, James, to work at a church: Bethesda-by-the-Sea. If you don’t know me, you now know our plans.

Our little family could not be more excited, yet sad to leave such wonderful family and friends. We know, though, that God has a wonderful plan in store for us and for the congregation at BBTS as well as those who remain in Colorado.

I wanted to share with you a couple of “Perfect Travel Journals” that I have created in honor of our departure.

“What makes a Perfect Travel Journal?” you ask. Here is my thinking:

  1. Lined pages on one side for writing.
  2. Blank pages on the back side for doodling, drawing, pasting memento’s, etc.
  3. Pockets for tucking treasures.
  4. Artsy design: could be fun, fresh, funky, travel-y, vintage or whatever suits you…

Here are pics of some of my creations. I hope you enjoy and are inspired.

So, this week we are packing up the craft room (thanks to my professional organizer that has helped me get a handle on the “extra” supplies I do not need) but I will not have time to post, or have the stuff I need to do it for several weeks.

I do hope to be back with you all soon AND show you, as time progresses, some of the fun ideas I have brewing for my new craft room.

As we journey on to summer with hopefully some time to relax, take a moment to create something beautiful.

I’ll see you all soon, Eli

A Friend Loves

3 Apr

Proverbs 17:17 says, “A Friend Loves at all Times,” and this quote inspired the project of a journal/thank you gift for a friend. I used the colors and Floral inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room blog challenge this week. I love the colors, patterns and bird images in this.

Here is my interpretation with a 7×7″ journal:

I love how this came together, especially this patterned paper by K&Co. Yummy!! The addition of a stamped bird, layered flowers and beautiful ribbon, really brought it to a completion and I think my friend will be blessed by it…I hope so! Here are a couple more images for your enjoyment!

Thanks for stopping by today. Have a great week!!!

Important Stuff
Papers Patterned paper (K&Co); Blue, Yellow and Pink cardstock (Wausau), Creatology chipboard frame (Michael’s)
Stamp/Tools Tim Holtz Bird Stamp (Stampers Anonymous), Air Brush System (Copic), Bint-it-All binding system, 1/2″ black wire, Wire cutters (Zutter), I2-1006 Floral and Stone Impressabilities, S4-239 Classic Scalloped Borderabilties, S4-247 Labels Twelve (Spellbinders)
Ink/Colorants Stampology Onyx ink (Autumn Leaves); Sketch Markers B32 Pale Blue, E0000 Floral White, YR61 Yellowish Skin Pink, B-39 Prussian Blue (Copic); Frosted Lace Stickles (Ranger)
Adhesives Zip Dry (Beacon Adhesives), Glue Dots mini, pop-up (Glue Dots), 3D-Dots (EK Success)

Other Stuff Green cardstock, brads, silk flowers, green organza ribbon

Bind-It-All Tutorial

18 Feb

Have you ever used a Bind-it-All by Zutter? I love mine. It is a wired binding system that cuts the holes and binds the wire. I love using it to make my “Perfect Travel Journals” which you can see in my Etsy shop, Frolicasions. But almost any kind of spiral bound book can be created using it.

Today, I’ll share how I bound the birthday reminder book that I posted HERE. Here is a picture of the final project that I created using CutCardStock.com’s papers.

  • After creating pages for a book, place a few of them in the cutting slot in the Bind-it-all. Depress the blue lever to cut holes for the wire binding. This book is the perfect size and all 6 holes fit the width perfectly.
  • After all the pages have cut holes, stack the pages in regular book order. Then take the back cover out from the bottom of the pile and place it on top of the pile, in the direction it should go.
  • Now trim a piece of wire from Zutter. I used 1/2″ black for this project and cut off 6 coils. Thread the wire into the 6 holes of the project, leaving the side with the cross pieces up (near December).
  • Hold the end of the book, opposite the wires and insert the wires into the “squeezing” part of the Zutter Bind-it-all, making sure the wire is centered.
  • Depress the lever to squeeze the spiral shut.
  • Release the lever and pull out your bound book.
  • Turn the back cover to the back. Add ribbons and a charm for the finishing touches.
  • Now that you’re finished…put in all your family and friend’s celebrations: Birthdays, Anniversaries, Holiday, etc.

Birthday Reminder Book Tutorial and Download

17 Feb

I am always forgetting birthdays. I can’t say I’m proud of that fact but there it is. So, I decided to make a purse-sized birthday book to store my friends special days to help me remember them.

I love tucking it in my purse, along with a few of my hand-made cards, so when I’m waiting in the carpool line at school, or for an appointment, I can jot a note to a friend AND send it on time. It’s a perfect way to spend some otherwise wasted time.

Want to make your own? Here you go:

  • For added impact, use a marker to outline the die cut image and the base die cut.
  • Using dimensional adhesive, layer the “spotlight” over the original.
  • Download the black and white birthday calendar here or the colored birthday calendar here. Print the months onto two 8-1/2×11 sheets of paper. {I actually printed the whole document twice onto four colors of paper so I could mix them up in the book. See colors below in the supply list.}
  • Trim month blocks to 4″ wide and 3-1/8″ tall and round the corners with a punch.
  • Using Neenah Classic Crest 80# Cover in Natural White, die cut 8 book pages with S5-019 Labels Eight (#6). Die cut two pieces of recycled “cereal” board from the same die to make front and back covers.
  • Adhere two die-cut pages to either side of the covers to reinforce them.
  • Embellish the pages with patterned paper blocks as seen below. Then add the month blocks.
  • Bind the book with Bind-it-All and 1/2″ wires by Zutter. (See a tutorial how use the Bind-it-All HERE)
  • Add ribbons and a charm to finish it off.

Important Stuff
Papers Pop-Tone 65# Papers in Banana Split, Berrylicious, Cotton Candy, Limeade, Classic Crest 80# Natural White (CutCardStock.com), Patterned (K&Co)
Tools S5-019 Labels Eight, S4-116 Standard Circles SM, Wizard (SpellbindersPaperArts.com),  Bind-it-All, 1/2″ Black Wires (Zutter)
Embellishments Ribbons (Creative Impressions, Darice), Stamp (etsy.com), Jet Black Archival ink (Ranger), Chic Charm (K&Co.)
Adhesives PVA Glue (LineCo), Pop Glue Dots (Glue Dots Intl.)

Other Stuff Corner Rounder Punch

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Date and Card Keeper

18 Oct

My roll-a-dex is full…

…says my best friend.

See, when I meet a new person, he or she goes in one side and an old friend or relation falls out the other. The more I learn about the new person, the more that falls out…it’s impossible to keep up. So what to do with all the people that really matter? And what to do with all their special celebrations?

Sometimes we need something remind us of special events in our lives. {I love my ten nieces and nephews but I can’t keep their birthdays straight.} I have created a few different kinds of “Celebration” reminders but my new favorite is the one I just created . Check it out and grab some supplies to create your own using the instructions provided.

I began by using my computer to create monthly calendars with days and blank lines to record special dates such as birthdays {which I mark with a “B”} or anniversaries (yep, they get an “A”}. You can download the celebrations calendar (as a pdf) for free.

Here are more images:


  • After downloading the celebrations calendar and printing it out, trim each month.
  • Cut twelve 6×6″ squares of coordinating patterned paper and adhere them to the 9×6″ envelopes.
  • Cut twelve round tabs from patterned paper, or, as I did, punch out 12 shapes.
  • Put the envelopes in the order you want them to go {January, February, etc.}
  • Use stamps, rub-ons or stickers to label the tabs and adhere to each envelope, overlapping on the way down.
  • Create a front and back cover for the card keeper. Feel free to experiment with this and use fun shaped papers etc. {I added glitter glue to the front for some extra bling.}
  • Bind the keeper in whatever way you choose and add ribbons to keep it shut.
  • Add birthdays and anniversaries and other important dates.

Important Stuff
Paper Textured, scalloped paper (Die Cuts with a View), Patterned Papers (BasicGrey, Me & My BIG Ideas)
Tools Owires, Bind-It-All (Zutter)
Embellishments AtYou Spica Chocolate glitter pen (Copic), Glitter glue (Hobby Lobby)

Other Stuff 9×6″ envelopes, PVA Glue, Month rub-ons, Ribbons