Wrapping up the Holidays with a Real Wood Altered Book

Happy holidays and good tidings from ETC Papers! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have exciting plans for the New Year.

We are wrapping up our holiday projects with an altered book featuring all of the various Real Wood finishes we offer. Altered books are a labor of love and are a great way to experiment, use up supplies, try new products and techniques. We are using our altered book as a place to document our holiday happenings and to keep all of our holiday greeting cards and other holiday memorabilia. Check out the many pictures below featuring Cherry, Birch, Rustic Cherry and Rustic Birch Wood papers and tapes.

Supplies for our ‘Good Tidings’ Altered book: Cherry wood paper, Birch wood paper, Rustic Cherry wood paper, Rustic Birch wood paper, Cherry wood tape, Birch wood tape, an old Reader’s Digest book, holiday patterned papers, glitter, a variety of ribbons, tulle, brads, gold glitter paper, various shape and border punches, tab punch, holiday embellishments, holiday buttons, holiday rub-ons, baker’s twine, tags, holiday pictures and memorabilia, holiday cut files, Silhouette Cameo, adhesive and scissors.

A few tips for creating an altered book:

1. Find an older book that you don’t care about tearing apart and altering.

2. Remove pages throughout the book to allow for layers and pages with thicker elements. Tear or cut out chunks of pages next to the spine following pages with thicker embellishments.

3. Adhere multiple pages together to create thicker pages to better mount the various embellishments.

4. Add photos and personal memorabilia throughout.

5. Add some sort of closure to keep your book from popping open. We tie our book closed with baker’s twine.

Holiday Memory keeping with Real Wood

Documenting life with scrapbooking is a December tradition for us. These pages make a wonderful keepsake that is rewarding to look back upon. This 12″x12″ page uses Rustic Cherry wood as the background. We cut the layered ornaments from Cherry and Birch wood. Try real wood with your holiday memory keeping or December daily album.

Supplies for the ‘Dear Santa Holiday Scrapbook page’: Rustic Cherry wood sheet, Cherry wood sheet, Birch wood sheet, Birch Wood tape, red card stock, green card stock, ornament cut file, Silhouette Cameo, coordinating holiday patterned papers, label punch, music note flair embellishment, felt poinsettia embellishment, printed chipboard label and frame embellishments, brown 1/4″ twill ribbon, white 1/4″ twill ribbon, white snowflake rub-ons, corner round punch, journaling pen and adhesive.

Instructions for ‘Dear Santa Holiday Scrapbook page’:

1. Cut a sheet of Rustic Cherry wood to 12″x12″.

2. Cut a sheet of red card stock and green card stock to 11″x10″. Round the left top and bottom corners of the red and green card stock using a corner round punch. Offset green card stock slightly and layer onto red card stock. Adhere from the left side of the 12″x12″ Rustic Cherry wood page. Trim offset edge off as needed.

3. Layer various strips of coordinating holiday patterned papers onto the green card stock. See example for approximate paper size and placement.

4. Mount your 4″x6″ holiday photo onto a piece of 5″x7″ BARC Cherry wood. Round corners of BARC Cherry wood. Add a chipboard frame embellishment over the photo. Adhere to page.

5. Cut ornament file into Cherry Wood and Birch wood sheets with a Silhouette Cameo. Layer various cut ornament designs of Birch and Cherry wood to get the ornament look you prefer. Adhere 1/4″ white twill ribbon from ornament top to the top of card stock and tuck behind red card stock. Tie bows from 1/4″ white twill ribbon and adhere to ornament tops. See example.

6. Save the negative space circles from the cut wood ornaments to use as wood dot confetti. Sprinkle wood dots randomly on page and adhere down.

7. Randomly place white rub-on snowflakes onto green card stock.

8. Tie brown 1/4″ twill ribbon end to end onto label chipboard embellishment. Cut banner flags from Birch Wood tape and holiday patterned paper. Adhere banner flags behind the label chipboard embellishment. Adhere label chipboard embellishment to page. Be sure brown 1/4″ twill ribbon wraps behind page. See example for placement.

9. Rub on holiday verse ‘Dear Santa’ onto a piece of Cherry wood sheet and punch out with label punch. Adhere to center of label chipboard embellishment.

10. Adhere felt poinsettia and music note flair embellishments to right side of label chipboard embellishment.

11. Journal dates and other important information onto page.

Real Wood Tape Ornament

We found this amazing tutorial on how to create a paper ball garland. When we saw the woven paper balls that created the garland we were inspired to try this technique using our real wood tape to create ornaments for our Christmas tree.

Supplies for Birch Tape ornament: Birch wood tape, Cherry paper, Tag punch, Felt poinsettia embellishment, red baker’s twine, adhesive, and white sweater trim.

Instructions for Birch Tape ornament:

1. Weave your tape ball. Follow the easy tutorial found here.

2. Punch out a tag shape from Cherry Wood paper using a tag punch.

3. Adhere a felt poinsettia embellishment to the Cherry Wood paper tag.

4. Tie Cherry Wood tag to woven ornament ball using red baker’s twine.

5. Hang your ornament with a 5″ piece of white sweater trim.

Real Wood & Glass Block Decor – Oh Holy Night

Decorating with Glass blocks are a cute and simple way to personalize your space. We added a treasured holiday piece to our decor this year with this Wood ‘Oh Holy Night’ Glass block. We purchased this simple manger design from the Silhouette Design store and cut it onto Cherry wood using our Silhouette Cameo. We topped the glass block off with a wood bow made from Tape. Put lights inside or display the block with lights behind it. This decor block is glowing with the Christmas spirit.

Supplies for the Real Wood ‘Oh Holy Night’ glass block: Cherry wood sheet, Birch wood tape, glass block, ‘Oh Holy Night’ cut file, and Silhouette Cameo.

1. Cut the ‘Oh Holy Night’ design file onto an adhesive backed sheet of BARC Cherry wood.

2. Peel off adhesive lining from the Cherry wood sheet. Arrange and adhere the ‘Oh Holy Night’ Cherry Wood design onto glass block.

3. Wrap the perimeter of glass block with Birch wood tape.

4. Create a wood bow from Birch Wood Tape. Adhere bow to top of block.

5. Display.