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Question For My Followers

Does anyone know how to get involved in swaps???  I watch YouTube videos where people get home made smash books and junk journals.  I love making different things and I would like to know how to get involved in one.  Please comment below if you have any info for me.
Happy Crafting!!!!

Anything Goes Challenge Blog #58

 I'm posting this all in one blog post because I'm entering it in Anything Goes Challenge Blog's Challenge #58.   I felt the whole project was too big for one post so I've been working on posting each mini album and the toolbox in their own posts.  Today I finished up posting the mini albums on my blog, so here I posed a couple pics with a link to the individual posts. This was a craft project that I made for my husband the Vehicle Mechanic, in and out of the USAF, for Christmas. 

To see my post on the tool box click here: Tool Box

 To see my post on the socket set click here:  Socket Set

 To see my post on the drill click here:  Drill

To see my post on the wrench set click here:  Wrench Set

 To see my post on the saw please click here:  Saw

To see my post on the gears please click here:  Gears
Happy Crafting!!!!


ALL paper is from The Paper Company's Value packs.

I used my Cricut Expression with the Robotz cartridge to cut out this gear.  I traced the main part of the gear on a piece of gray cardstock, flipped it leaving two teeth touching so that they would be the fold point, and then traced it again.  I also traced the black circle and cut it out freehand, but it would be easier to cut the amount that you need with the Cricut.  I had rented the cartridge and I only cut my template one since I was unsure of how I was going to make these.

I made 6 of these and bound them together using a binding ring.

I made a little lip for one of the teeth to tuck into to keep them shut.

Here you can see it opened up, and it's easier to see the way it folds up.  On the inside there is plenty of room for a small photo and some journaling.
When you flip your template you need to be sure to make it mirror the other so that the teeth all line up right. 
Happy Crafting!!!!


ALL paper is from The Paper Company's Value packs.

As I'm sure you can tell this one was free handed all the way.  I measured out a piece of gray cardstock double the size that I wanted the saw and folded it in half.  I cut the jagged edge of the saw blade, through both layers, definitely free hand this one, it makes it look more real.  I cut the handle out, make sure you have a big enough edge on one side so it can connect into the blade.  I ran ATG tape on the inside edges of the saw blade, put the handle in, ran a little more ATG tape on top of the handle and closed it up.

I cut photo-mats so that they would fit inside the saw.  I used ribbon attached with a brad to add a grab tab to make then easier to pull out

I used eyelets, brads and ribbon to connect them all together and to connect them to the saw blade.

You need to use a good amount of ribbon so that they will fit nicely inside.
Happy Crafting!!!!

Wrench Set

ALL paper is from The Paper Company's Value packs.

I was very proud of myself when I cam up with this idea.  I cut 5 wrenches all at different sizes out of a gray cardstock.  I lined them up the way I wanted them and measured how big I needed the holder and then cut it out of a slightly different shade of gray.  I made little slits on the sides so that the wrenches could slide into to be held.  I attached the wrench holder, using my ATG gun, on to a black piece of cardstock that is folded in half and put a 1/4" border around the outside in the lighter gray.

I decided to leave the wrenches removable so that you can add journaling on the back side of them.

When you open it up there is a spot for a photo or journaling on the back of the cover.  I also added a pocket with a photo-mat inside, and there is room for another photo or journaling on the pocket.

This project is great for your bigger pictures that you can't or don't want to cut down.
Happy Crafting!!!!


ALL paper is from The Paper Company's Value packs.

This one was actually really easy to make.  I printed a picture of a drill off of a Google image search.  Then I cut it out and traced it on black paper.  I flipped it up and lined up the top so it would connect like a card, and traced it again.  Then I cut out the smaller pieces of the drill and cut them out on the proper colored cardstock and attached them with a Zig 2 Way glue pen.

When it's opened up there is room for at least one, maybe more, small pictures and journaling.
Hope you enjoy.
Happy Crafting!!!!

Socket Set

ALL paper is from The Paper Company value packs.

The cover is 2 pieces of red cardstock held together by a paper "hing" which is just a piece of black cardstock on the outside and inside. You can see this in the pictures.  The letters were just some black alpha stickers that I had, not sure on the brand.

 The "sockets" were made by cutting a scallop circle one size and then cutting a regular circle a 1/4" bigger out of a slightly different color of gray cardstock.  I used my Storybook Cricut cartridge to cut the two different circles.  Then I just made 5 different sizes.  I used the same cartridge to make 3 different size squares.  I then used the squares as a template to cut out the center to get the official socket look.

The ratchet was made by piecing together different colors of cardstock to try to make it look as real as I could.

Each row of sockets is a different page.  Here I made to little books and our oldest son decorated them for Daddy!

I connected the …

Tool Box

As you may know we are an active duty Air Force family currently stationed in Germany, which can make shopping hard.  We do a lot of our shopping online, but the wait for it to get here is killer.  For Christmas I ordered my husband some things that he wanted from Harbor Freight's website, but was pretty sure that there wasn't enough time for them to get here by Christmas.  So I decided to make a craft project to tell him what he was getting!!!  I had SOOOO much fun making this project!!!!!

My husband is a Vehicle Mechanic in the Air Force and out of the Air Force.  He is one of the very lucky people who has a job that he absolutely LOVES.  I envy him for that, not too many people are that lucky!!  When he's not at work he loves to be in the garage working on his car, a friend's car or whatever he can find.  So I saw it fit to make his project be a tool box.

The lid is held down using a hair tie and an album binding post.

I used my Storybook cricut cartridge to cut the le…