Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter and Wood paper

We’re back! As promised, here is a fun project using Tonic Studios Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter andNuvo Glue pen on our Cherry Wood Paper.

We are all about planners right now. Hopping onto the ‘planner’ movement, we created a 4″ x 8″ planner and covered it with our Cherry Wood paper. We punched a circle window in the middle of our planner cover to show a glimpse of the pages underneath. We decorated the perimeter of that window with a little Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter. Next we added a small heart chipboard embellishment and gold ribbon to tie the planner closed. We intend on this planner getting fat with contents.

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How did we get that glitter so exact?! First let me tell you how awesome these Nuvo Glue pens are! Totally cool. There are two widths and the glue comes out so smoothly. We used the medium pen to write directly onto our Cherry Wood paper. The pen glides so easily across the Wood paper, and you can’t say that for many of the glue pens out there. Plus, it dries clear! Next we applied a little of the Nuvo Pure Sheen Rose Gold Glitter. You get so much glitter in these bottles and a little goes a long way. We let the glue dry and voilà, the Glitter stuck.


We repeated the process to create a second ring of glitter using Nuvo Pure Sheen Diamond Glitter.

Second, if you look closely at the small chipboard heart embellishment you might see a little bit of Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Crystal Drops. Yes, the Nuvo Crystal drops come in glitter finishes too!

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Lastly, check out that fabulous Cherry Wood grain! Every sheet of our wood paper is totally unique, giving you one of a kind results every time.

We have more inspiration to share later this week! Stop back to see a couple more projects using Tonic Studios Dies. See you soon.

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Take Note! DIY Birch Wood Notebooks

We find it so rewarding to make something by hand. This week we are sharing two DIY notebooks created with Birch Wood paper.

Have you heard of the Cinch Machine? It’s a great little binding system that allows you to bind together papers to create a spiral notebook. You can purchase a Cinch Machine at your local craft store. We found our Cinch machine at JoAnn’s. We love finding products that work well with ours. Did you know you can also purchase our Birch Wood paper at JoAnn’s? It’s 40% off right now (online only).

You can make notebooks of varying sizes with the Cinch machine. The tool will punch easily through our wood paper. We made small (3×5) pocketbook sized notebooks. It was super simple.

First decide how many pages and what materials you want in your notebook. Our notebook uses Birch wood paper for the back and front cover. We used a heavy-weight copy paper for the inside.

1. Determine a measurement for your front and back cover and then cut. Our Birch wood paper cover is 3″ x 5″.

2. Determine the number of inside sheets and cut these down a quarter inch smaller. Our copy paper sheets are 2.75″ x 4.75″.

You are now ready to assemble. Bind your notebook in three easy steps:

1. Punch holes on notebook spine. The Cinch machine allows you to punch the perfect holes without measuring.

2. Thread cover, inside sheets and back cover onto spiral wire.

3. Cinch spiral wire closed.

Your notebook is now ready for use. Thanks for stopping by.

Goals for the New Year

Hooray for 2016! We are excited to start fresh and create new goals and resolutions for the coming year. We created this book mark tag with ChalkTalk® paper and  Birch Wood tape. We used ChalkTalk® paper on the back side of our tag. Using ChalkTalk® makes it easy to write and rewrite our goals until they are solid.

Happy New Year!

Supplies for New Year Goals Bookmark Tag: ChalkTalk® Paper, Birch Wood Tape, blue Patterned paper, tinsel trim, white felt snowflake, silver glitter paper, white card stock, Happy New Year stamp, blue stamp ink, scissors, hole punch and adhesive.

Instructions for New Year Goals Bookmark Tag:

1. Remove adhesive liner from back of ChalkTalk® paper and mount onto a sheet of patterned paper.

2. Cut out tag shape using scissors, die cut or punches. Our tag is 5″ x 2″.

3. Cut a piece of Birch wood tape to 6″.  Flag each end with scissors. Adhere tape to the center of the tag wrapping about an inch of the tape over the top of the tag onto the other side.

4. Punch hole in top of tag. Thread tinsel trim or ribbon through hole.

4. Decorate your tag front. We used a white felt snowflake, glitter paper and a Happy New Year phrase.

National Scrapbooking day!

Another year another National Scrapbooking day … scrapbookers rejoice! Have you tried our Wood in your scrapbooks yet? We’ve been playing around with pocket scrapbooking and created these pocket cards out of our Rustic Cherry wood and Cherry Wood tape. Simply cut any Wood paper to 3″x4″, add embellishments and you are ready to place these in your albums. And you can cover an album like we did for a matching look.

Want a chance to win some Wood for your next project?  Simply hashtag your project #realwoodscrapbook on Facebook or Instagram. We will search that hashtag and randomly draw from all the entries by end of day Sunday May 3. Enjoy your memory keeping day and you could be a lucky winner! The winner will be announced on our blog.

Real Wood covered journals

Wood sheets can cover just about anything. Take something ordinary and make it extraordinary. We wanted to add a little personality to these plain journals so we covered them with Wood. These journals look great in Cherry, Birch and Rustic Birch finishes and will make memorable gifts.

Supplies for Wood covered journals: Cherry wood adhesive paper, Birch wood adhesive paper, Rustic Birch wood adhesive paper, plain kraft covered journals (4), scissors, metal edge ruler, cutting mat, paper sanding block and a hobby blade.

Instructions for wood covered journal:

1. Measure your journal. Our larger journal folded is 8.5″ x 5.5″.  The flat size is 8.5 x 11.

2. Trim a sheet of wood to .5″ larger than the flat size of your journal (9″ x 11.5″).

3. Remove adhesive liner from back of the Wood sheet.

4. Adhere the wood sheet to the journal. Start at the front of the book and press the wood paper down as you adhere around the spine and onto the back of the book.

5. Using a metal edge ruler and a hobby blade trim the wood paper to the journal shape.

6. Lightly sand the cut edges and smooth out.

7. Repeat process on additional journals with a variety of Wood finishes.

8. Leave journals plain or embellish.

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.

Real Wood mini collage book

Two weeks ago we showed you how well Wood can work with Mixed Media. Our projects this week are similar and show how awesome Wood works with collage art. Wood paper is a great base as well as an accent for any type of project. These mini books have been covered with Wood paper and dressed up with many fun embellishments, including snips of Wood Tape.

Supplies for the ‘Ruler Collage’ mini book: White Birch Wood Paper , Rustic Cherry Wood Paper, Cherry Wood Tape, Heavy chipboard, Tim Holtz ruler binding system or ruler and wing-nuts, heavy printed acetate, white fish netting, paper butterfly embellishments, gold doily, old tickets, black gel pen, brown pearl embellishments, circle stripe stamp, blue stamp ink, circle punch, crop-a-dile, heavy duty corner round punch, string closure ties, white text weight paper, scoring tool, hobby blade, adhesive, and scissors.

Note: Mixed media and collage art are about trial and error, playing and experimenting. Results may and should vary.

Book assembly Directions:

1. Determine book size. Our book is 4″ x 5″.

2. Cut two pieces of heavy chipboard to 4″ x 5″.

3. Cover one side of both pieces of 4″ x 5″ heavy chipboard with Rustic Cherry wood. Trim any excess with a hobby blade.

4. Cut two pieces of heavy printed acetate to 4″ x 5″.

5. Determine the number of pages for your book. Our book has 30 pages. Cut pages to 3-3/4″ x 4-3/4″. Round interior page corners with a heavy duty corner round punch, if desired.

6. Stack book for assembly in this order: back piece of chipboard covered in Rustic Cherry, 30 pages, front piece of chipboard covered in Rustic Cherry, and 4″ x 5″ piece of heavy printed acetate.

7. Using a crop-a-dile, punch 1/4″ two holes through your assembled book. These holes will serve for bindery once the ruler is attached. Tip: use the punched ruler as your guide when punching holes through your book.

8. Attach Tim Holtz Ruler binding system using wing-nuts. Put one ruler piece on front and one on back. Loosely thread together with wing-nuts. Keep wing-nuts loose until cover is completely decorated.

9. Score book cover along right side of ruler allowing book to flip open and provide easier access to interior pages.

10. Round all four corners of the assembled book with a heavy duty corner round punch.

Decorate book cover:

1. Stamp circle design image in blue ink and punch out. Set aside.

2. Tear or cut a 3″ piece of Cherry Wood Tape. Using a black gel pen write out book title onto piece of Cherry Wood Tape.

3. Gather all embellishments. Arrange, layer, collage and adhere the following embellishments in order from bottom to top: gold doily, circle punched image, 2″ x 3″ piece of White Birch wood, old ticket, Cherry Wood Tape, white fish net, paper butterflies, and adhesive backed brown pearls. See example for placement suggestion.

4. Be sure all embellishments are tucked under the ruler bind. Tighten wing-nuts. Add brown pearls to wing-nut tips.

5. Adhere a circle string closure to front and back of book covers.

You can cover any type of mini book or journal with real Wood. Below we’ve covered a spiral bound mini book in real Cherry wood.

Winter CHA 2014

We are at the Winter Craft & Hobby Association Convention in Anaheim California right now, if you are also attending, we’d love for you to stop by and visit us at our booth (#1270).

We are also very excited to share some products we have been working on with you, as well as, some samples created with these great new additions to our product line-up! In addition to our Cherry and White Birch Wood Sheets, we have added our Printed Rustic Sheets.

Another fun, new addition to our line is our Adhesive Backed Rolls, which come in the following finishes:

These new products are great to use for any project large or small. You can use for die cutting, embossing, stamping and much, much more. Here are just a few ideas to help get you started on your next project. Use a strip to embellish a card, die cut and frame a custom work of art, line a box, create a personalized monogram and even create a decorative magnet.

As always, we also have our Cherry & White Birch Tape and Wood Sheets. Here are a few more samples on display this week at our booth.

2013 Mini Memory Book

Today we are wrapping up 2013 with a mini memory book featuring some fun papers from Lawn Fawn and cute die cut Cherry Wood numbers.

Supplies: Cherry Wood Sheet, White Birch Sticky Wood Sheet, Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Pattern Papers, Numbers Die, Mini Heart Punch, 1/8-inch Hand Punch, 1/8″ Mini Brad, Foam and Dimensionals.

2013 Mini Memory Book Instructions:

1. Select six designs from the mini card pattern sheet in the Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods kit and trim out of 12×12 sheet. Using 1/8″ hand punch, place a hole in the top left corner of each card.

2. Using number die, cut ‘2’ ‘0’ ‘1’ ‘3’ from a Cherry Wood sheet.

3. Adhere 2013 numbers with foam dimensionals to the front of the mini book.

4. With mini heart punch, punch a small heart from a piece of White Birch Sticky , peel backing and adhere in center of ‘O’.

5. Fasten all sheets together with a 1/8″ mini brad.

Back-to-School Mini Noteboooks

New teachers, new shoes, and new notebooks, must be time for back to school. In today’s samples, we’ll show you how to use our Wood Sheets to create these two mini notebooks, fun enough to use, even if you are not heading back to school.

123 Mini Notebook:

Supplies: White Birch Wood Sheet, Cherry Wood Tape, Cherry Sticky Wood Sheet, Red Baker’s Twine, Pattern Paper, Number Dies, Sizzix Big Shot Machine, Lined Notebook Paper, Stapler and Staples, 1/4-inch Mini Glue Dots, Label Punch, Sewing Needle and Star and ruler Stickers.


1. Trim White Birch Wood Sheet to 4×6-inches. Score at 3-inches and fold in half. This will be the notebook cover.

2. Trim 5 sheets of notebook lined paper to 3-3/4 x 5-3/4-inches, be sure to orient lines to run 5-3/4-inch length of the pages. Score at center and align mini pages on top of White Birch Wood cover.

3. Place two staples along the center line, each approximately 1/2-inch in from top and bottom of the notebook.

4. Adhere a 3-inch red ‘ruler’ sticker along the front of the mini notebook, approximately 1/2-inch from the bottom. (Note: A 3 x 5/8-inch red piece of pattern paper or red solid card stock can be substituted here).

5. Next, using red baker’s twine, thread the needle. Using the same hole as the bottom staple, pierce the needle and thread through the front of the notebook.

6. Pull through to the back. Pull enough twine through to wrap the notebook and tie a knot on the right side of the front of the notebook.

7. Using a numbers die and your sizzix die cutting machine, take a two pieces of Cherry Sticky  Wood Sheet for the numbers 1 and 3. Then use a piece of patterned paper for the number 2. Adhere to the front of the notebook along the red strip.

8. Using a label punch, punch three labels out of Cherry Wood Tape.

9. Peel parchment backing from Cherry  Wood Tape and adhere left portion of tape to top of the first page inside the notebook.

10. Wrap Cherry  Wood Tape around to back of page and adhere, creating a tab marker.

11. Repeat on fourth and seventh pages of notebook, or on whichever pages you prefer.

12. Add a green star to die-cut ‘3’ with 1/4-inch mini glue dot.

ABC Mini Notebook:

Supplies: Cherry Wood Sheet, White Birch Wood Sheet, White Birch  Wood Tape (or printed label stickers), Lined Notebook paper, Decorative Label Punch, Alphabet die or Alphabet Stickers, Red Star Sticker, ABC Sticker (or Alternate Pattern Paper) and Foam Dimensionals.

1. Trim Cherry Wood Sheet to 4×6-inches. Score at 3-inches and fold in half. This will be the notebook cover.

2. Trim 5 sheets of notebook lined paper to 3-3/4 x 5-3/4-inches, be sure to orient lines to run 5-3/4-inch length of the pages. Score at center and align mini pages on top of White Birch BARC cover.

3. Place two staples along the center line, each approximately 1/2-inch in from top and bottom of the notebook.

4. Adhere a 4-inch abc sticker strip to right front of the mini notebook, approximately 1/2-inch from the edge. (Note: A 4 x 1/2-inch piece of pattern paper or solid card stock can be substituted here).

5. Using decorative label punch, punch out a piece of White Birch Wood. Place foam dimensionals on back and adhere to front of mini notebook in the lower right corner.

6. Using abc and star stickers place ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ on White Birch decorative label piece, slightly overlapping. Add red star sticker between ‘b’ and ‘c’ on the decorative label. (Note: ‘a’, ‘b’ and ‘c’ pieces can also be created using an alphabet die and solid card stock.)