Instructions for Christmas Silhouette Projects from Merry Christmas eBook

I’m excited to announce the release of my newest eBook Merry Christmas Paper Crafts! This book includes 10 christmas and winter related projects for the crafters with a digital die cutting machine. Every set of instructions included detailed photos and instructions on how to put each project together!

It is available in my store for $9.99 and available in the Silhouette store for $12.99. If you purchase it from my store, you will receive a PDF book and SVG downloads for your machine to all the projects. If you purchase if from the Silhouette store, you get the PDF book and Studio files that will go directly into your silhouette software! Pretty cool, right? Be sure to watch for discounts on BOTH of these books!

I am also offering the projects INDIVIDUALLY in the Silhouette store with my normal releases. These will be priced from .99 to $2.99. Sufficient to say, if you buy the book, you will definitely be getting a deal! 

If you bought an individual item, I have limited instructions below for each of the projects. They should help you put together the projects with ease. Enjoy!


MATERIALS | Pop dots + Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + Ribbon or string to hang the ornament + Papers – assortment of browns, green, white, red, blue, and purple

STEP 1 Begin by cutting out all the pieces in your studio or svg file from your software. Note: The main house piece is best cut on a 12″ x 12″ paper, however, the entire project can be sized down to fit on 8.5″ x 11″ paper by selecting all the pieces and holding the SHIFT key while making smaller.

STEP 2 Glue together the white candy cane pieces to the top of the red candy cane pieces. Make sure you have half facing right and half facing left. Next, glue the peppermint tops to the round circles.

STEP 3 Next, fold all the score lines of the main house piece. On the INSIDE of the house, glue the white rectangle and house pieces to the main house.

STEP 4 Next glue the dark brown “cottage cut outs” to the outside of the house. Add the red windows and doors. Match the windows and doors up to the holes already cut out of the house.

STEP 5 Place a pop dot on the back of each gumdrop. Add the gumdrops along the bottom sections of the house. Place a pop dot on the back of the peppermints. Place the peppermints to the top area of the house. Glue the candy canes to the house where ever you would like.

STEP 6 Next, layer the white roof piece above the red roof piece. Glue together.

STEP 7 Put together the house by gluing the tabs to the sides of the house. Place glue on the tabs of the roof. Glue into place. There may be a hole in the top. This will be covered by the red and white roof piece. Hot glue the entire roof area of the house. Place the red and white roof on it.

STEP 8 Then fold back the tabs of the “Merry Christmas” sign. Glue the “Merry Christmas” sign into place on the top of the roof using the tabs.

STEP 9 Glue together the circles of the two round tabs. Fold out the bottom tabs. Glue this piece to the CENTER of the roof. Place one tab on one side of the roof and the other tab on the opposite side of the roof. Glue into place. Finally, add a ribbon or string to hang.


MATERIALS | Pop dots + Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + Papers – assortment of blue, green, white, red, yellow, and black

STEP 1 Begin by cutting out all the pieces in your studio or svg file from your software. Glue the phrase “Merry & Bright” to the white cut out.

STEP 2 Next, place pop dots on the back. Place on the center of the blue bracket shape. Then, put pop dots on the back of the blue bracket. Place the pieces in the front center of the folded white card.

STEP 3 Make the leaves 3D by placing a little glue on the center of each leaf. Then pull the center opening together in the leaf. Hold until the glue has dried. The finished leaf will curve in.

STEP 4 Place all leaves under the blue bracket shape. Glue into place. Fill in the blue and red filler pieces.

STEP 5 Finally, add the three yellow stars to the center bracket. Use pop dots to make them stand out.


MATERIALS | Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + Papers – assortment of black, yellow, green, and red

STEP 1 Begin by cutting out all the pieces in your studio or svg file from your software. Note: The long pieces are best cut on 12″ x 12″ paper, however, the entire project can be sized down to fit on 8.5″ x 11″ paper by selecting all the pieces and holding the SHIFT key while making smaller. You can also simply cut a little extra of the long piece and glue them together.

STEP 2 Create the evergreen trees by folding on the scores lines. Glue together two pieces on one side of the tree. Continue to add pieces to create a 3D tree. Glue a total of five pieces per tree. Finish off the tree by gluing the first and fifth piece together. Glue a star to the center of each evergreen tree on every side.

STEP 3 Next fold down the tabs of the black cityscape pieces. Glue the tabs down to the underside of the circle. Glue all the way around until the cityscape ends. Repeat with the second cityscape by gluing a small piece of the sides of the cityscapes together. Then finish gluing the tabs under the circle.

STEP 4 Glue together the two light green pieces. Glue the light green piece to the bottom 1/8th of the cityscape. Follow along the edge until it is completely glued into place. Finish by gluing the ends of the light green pieces together.

STEP 5 Add the red scallop to the top of the light green piece. Glue all the way around to create a pretty border for the city.

STEP 6 Next glue the santa sleigh to the two black cityscapes that are left. Glue the tabs about 1/4th to 1/3rd inch from the outside edge of the circle. Repeat with the other piece until the inside cityscape with Santa is complete.

STEP 21 Finally, glue the largest tree to the center of the circle. Add the remaining trees to the center of the circle.


MATERIALS | 10 to 12 inch wreath + Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + Gold spray paint + Papers – assortment of yellows, white, red, and green

STEP 1 Begin by cutting out all the pieces in your studio or svg file from your software. Spray paint your wreath gold. Let dry.

STEP 2 Next, finger press all your flower pieces. Glue together two of the large red pieces. Make sure the petals do not overlap. Glue a smaller dark red piece to the center of the red flower pieces. Next, glue a white flower piece to the center of the red pieces.

STEP 3 Next, place a yellow center to the middle of the poinsettia. Add a second yellow center to the flower to finish it.

STEP 4 Finger press all the leaves. Glue the flowers to the wreath. Finger press the flowers together to make a tight arrangement. Add green leaves around the edges.

STEP 5 Finish by placing all the flowers and leaves on the wreath.


MATERIALS | Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + Ribbon or string + Papers – assortment of greens and red

STEP 1 Begin by cutting out all the pieces in your studio or svg file from your software.

STEP 2 Glue together the darkest leaf color (largest leaf) to the matching medium green leaf. Repeat for the second leaf. Next, glue together the medium leaf color (smaller leaf) to the matching light green leaf. Repeat for the second and third leaves. Next, place a dot of glue on the end of the leaf center and glue together so that the center portion is connected. Repeat with all the leaves.

STEP 3 Next, build the berries. There are five berries to create a single 3D berry. Fold the berry in half along the score line. Then glue together one side of the berry to another berry. Repeat this until there are five berries connected. Finally, glue the first berry to the fifth berry to finish. Repeat with all three berries.

STEP 4 Place the berries in a triangle as shown. Glue together the first two triangles. Hold them together as the glue dries. Glue the third berry to complete the trio. Hold together to secure into place. Add some glue to the center of the berries.

STEP 5 Next glue together a leaf to the berries. Continue gluing leaves to create a bundle of leaves with the berries at the bottom. Hold the leaves in place to make sure the group is glued securely. Finish adding leaves to the set (or only use 3 leaves if you would like).

STEP 6 Place the hanging tab to the top center leaf. Glue into place. Place ribbon through the hanging tab to finish.


MATERIALS | 10 to 12 inch wreath + Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + White spray paint + Papers – assortment of blues, whites, and creams + Gems and pearls

STEP 1 Begin by cutting out all the pieces in your studio or svg file from your software. Spray paint your wreath white. Let dry.

STEP 2 Next, finger press all your flower pieces. I use an all-over pattern for my wreath but you can keep all your objects to one side (like the poinsettia wreath). Begin by gluing a large snowflake to the wreath. Leave big snowflakes all alone or layer them with flower pieces or smaller snowflakes. Add a small accessory like a pearl or gem to the center.

STEP 3 Finish covering the entire wreath mixing the snowflakes and flowers. Add the swirls to the wreath to finish.



MATERIALS | Pop dots + Hot glue & glue gun or/and glue stick + STRONG Magnets + Printout of calendar and santa + A 12 in. x 12 in. shadow box frame + Optional – Laminator

STEP 1 Print all of your pieces (Santa and advent calendar) either on your printer or local printer.

STEP 2 Cut out all the advent calendar in your studio or svg file from your software. If you are using a shadow box, pull out the multiple layers. You will be placing your calendar on the layer closest to the glass front. If you do not have multiple layers, just make sure your final artwork will be as close to the front as possible.

STEP 3 Take off all the pieces from your cutting mat. On your number pieces, place pop dots and hot glue a magnet to the back side of the number. Use a 12 in. x 12 in. piece of paper as your background. Then place the “negative” or “throwaway” piece on TOP of the white background paper to use as your guide on placing all the pieces. Place the “number 1” box into the first spot using the template as your guide.

STEP 4 Repeat with every number piece. Make sure all of your magnets are the same side up (all +’s or all -’s). Once all the numbers are glued down, pull off the template carefully. The finished advent calendar will be 3D and easy to place in the shadow box frame. Place the advent calendar in the frame and close.

STEP 5 Finally, cut out the santa. To line this up, use a test piece of paper to cut out the Santa shape. Then without moving the paper from the mat, pull the cut out area away and place the printed Santa behind the mat. Pull away the test piece of paper and cut out the Santa printout. Optional: Laminating your Santa will give it more durability. If you don’t have or want to laminate your santa, skip this step and simply glue a magnet to the back and you are done! Optional: If you laminate your Santa, trim away the excess lamination paper.

STEP 6 Hot glue a magnet to the back of the Santa.


Round up of 5 Springtime Silhouette Cameo Cuttables!

Sometimes I forget to tell you about projects I’m doing or have loved that are amazing! So here’s a ROUND UP of some favorite SPRINGTIME projects that you can get from my Silhouette Shop.

1. ​​Accordion Number Album Design ID #75919

2. 3 Stacked Skinny Square Boxes Design ID #76544

3. Butterfly Perched on a Flower Pillowbox Design ID #76289

4. Layered tulip gift card Tag Design ID #77394

5. 4 x6 Window Photo Pocket Album Design ID #77713

​Hope you have some fun with these! I also have a fun bonus for you! Use coupon code SPRINGTIME30 for 30% off diecuts from my shop through May 1st!

XOXO- Carina




2.25 in. x 3.25 in. Layered Cards and Envelopes on Silhouette

This week my Silhouette release continues with 2.25 in. x 3.25 in. cards. I’m really loving this size! This week the cards are “layered.” I cover a lot of different themes—wedding, baby, spring to name a few.  These Layered Cards are the same size as my Accordion Shadow Box Cards that were released last week. Because of this, I also have envelopes that match up to these cards.

I also have two videos below that will help you make these cards and envelopes. Please subscribe to the youtube channel if you are interested in these tutorials. Many times I am putting up these videos the week before the products are released so you can see what is coming out (your very own sneak peek!)


If you get one of each (layered card or accordion card + an envelope), you will find that it’s a very nice tight fit. Don’t use pop dots because the card will not fit. I may have an envelope come out that allows for a thicker card (tell me on instagram @carinagardnerpapercrafts if you want something like that!).

Happy Crafting!





Kids Pencil Valentine Cards

IMG_8715_webThis week is the last one I’ll be releasing Valentine’s so I’m going out with a bang!  I also decided to double dip. These pencil cards are not only my final Valentine’s release but are also Felicity’s class gifts. She’s going to write on each of them, and I’m sure we’ll add a few quotes like “I’m write for you.”

You can find them in my Silhouette shop here.

TIP 1: When you are putting these together, I recommend putting your pencil through the slits FIRST and then gluing your pieces into place (see photo below).

There are several designs were two or more papers have slits that match up. Use the slits as your guides. Place the pencil through the slits first and then pull open the edges of the top paper to glue it into place.

TIP 2: I LOVE pop dots with these designs! And glitter. And stamping ink on the edges. I kept them all simple on purpose. So you can jazz them up or use them as a kid activity.

TIP 3: Add a printable. Simply use whatever word processing software you use and write up a cute phrase in a cute font. Print, cut and attach to these Valentine’s cards!


And in case you missed it (haha), I’ve been releasing Valentine’s for the last month. In fact, we have been releasing Valentine’s for both CGInc. and MiniLou for the past several weeks. You can check both shops here:

Carina Gardner Silhouette Shop

MiniLou Silhouette Shop


Happy crafting!


Santa’s Glitter Village SVG Tutorial for Silhouette


I’m SO excited about the new village I designed this year for Christmas! It’s called Santa’s Glitter Village and you can download all of it from my Silhouette shop! You can add it to any pieces you have from my original Christmas Village or build these separately! There is even a cool download showing you how I made the snowy centerpiece the either village is made on. You can use that for this village too!

img_5710_1webThis year it is all about GLITTER! I have a great tutorial for you on how you can put together below. I do NOT have individual tutorials on these houses because many of them are made THE SAME. The tutorial I have below is for the Sugar Plum Fairy’s House and most of the buildings are built in this way. There are also extra instructions below for pieces I thought you might like a little extra help with. So scroll on down to see if there is something there that will help you!

This year, the Santa Glitter Village includes: Santa’s Cottage, Candy Cane Place, a Chapel, Elf Dwelling, Reindeer Stables, Santa’s Tower, Snow Bird House, Sugar Plum Fairy’s House, Tiny Mistletoe House, and the Winter House. Many of these come with openings at the bottom for an electric tea light (or two). The smaller houses do not because a tea light would not fit:).

You can find ALL my tutorials on my main Silhouette landing page here: I noticed that when I went back to look at previous projects in the Silhouette store, that some of the links are broken. That landing page is your end all for ALL of my tutorials. You can also watch many tutorials I have filmed on my YOUTUBE channel.

I hope you have a wonderful time building Santa’s Glitter Village! Every piece is unique and sweet! I think I’m placing mine on my piano this year.

Happy crafting!





-Glitter (we used fine glitter, but you could use more course glitter)

-Mod Podge (we used gloss, but you could use any kind)

-foam brush

-1 piece of copy paper

-SVG card cutouts


Note:  These instructions work for all of the houses in Santa’s Glitter Village.  At the end of the tutorial there are instructions on how to put a few of the more intricate pieces together.

1.  Cut out all SVGs provided in the file.

2.  Before putting the house together, decide which pieces you want to glitter.  I did mine on the green scallop pieces of roof, peppermint swirls, and snow.

3.  Once you have all of the glitter pieces and supplies, take a piece of copy paper and fold it in half (this makes it easier to put the extra glitter back in the jar later).  This paper will be your working surface to catch the extra glitter and Mod Podge.

4.  Next, take your foam brush and dip it in Mod Podge.  Cover any area you want glittered with a thin layer of Mod Podge.  Put the copy paper underneath to contain any Mod Podge and glitter that goes over the edge.


5. After the whole piece is covered in Mod Podge, take the glitter and sprinkle it over the area the Mod Podge covers.  Be very generous with the glitter so it covers everything.  Remember, you will be able to put the extra back in the container so make sure everything is covered well.


6. To make sure the glitter to stays in place better, use your finger to tap the glitter lightly.  This make sure more glitter adheres to the Mod Podge.img_5569_web

7.  Wait for the Mod Podge to dry a few minutes, and tap off the excess glitter.

Tip:  If you are worried about the glitter transferring too much, you can put another layer of Mod Podge on top.  If you use gloss Mod Podge, the glitter wont lose it’s sparkle.

8.  Once you’re done with the glitter, fold the copy paper with the glitter on the inside and pour the excess back into the container.img_5573_web

9.  You’re done with the glitter, now onto how to put together the rest of the house!

10.  To put the house together, first, take the facades and glue all of the embellishments to them.

11.  Next, glue the facades to the side and front pieces.

12.  Then, glue the tabs of the back and side pieces to the tabs of the bottom.  It should form a “T” shape.


13.  To make the house 3D, hot glue the tab on the side of the front piece to the side piece.  Do this for all of the tabs until you have a house shape.

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14.  After the house is done, gather your roof pieces.  Hot glue the scallop pieces to the roof piece.  Make sure you overlap each scallop piece and switch off between colors as you glue.  It’s best to estimate your spacing before your start glueing so the scallop pieces cover the roof evenly.img_5586_web

14.  Next, add the long scallop piece to the side of the roof by glueing it on the underside of the roof.

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15.  Then add the roof by glueing one side, making sure it’s centered and the top creased is lined up.

16.  The last thing to add is the chimney!  Take the chimney piece and fold it into a box shape.  Then, glue the tabs on the angled side to the roof.img_5596_web img_5597_web

Now you have the most adorable Fairy House for your Glitter Christmas Village!


Here’s a few more instructions on some of the parts that are specific to each piece.


Chimney on Santa’s Cottage:

  1.  Start by folding all of the score lines.
  2.  Next, glue the tab on the long side and glue it so it makes a box.
  3.  Then, Glue the tabs on the open part to the house.


Front Door piece on Chapel:

  1. Start by adding all of the embellishments to the facade.
  2. Then, glue the facade to the front/back piece.
  3. Next, take the long bottom piece and glue the tabs to the front/back piece.
  4. Add the roof/snow like you would for the other houses.
  5. To finish, glue the front door piece to the front of the chapel.


Reindeer Stables:

  1. Start by assembling the house.
  2. Then, take the green piece and glue it to the bottom of the house.  The green piece will cover the entire bottom of the house and then extends into a yard.
  3. Next, glue the reindeer and tree tabs to the yard area.

Guest Post from Kelly of Finding Time to Create: Her Adorable Halloween Village

Hello! Kelly here from Finding Time To Create. I absolutely love making paper crafts with my Silhouette CAMEO, so I jumped at the chance to use Carina’s fun Halloween designs this season.

I used designs both from this year’s tiny Halloween village set, and from last year’s Halloween haunted village set. It was fun to mix and match the two sets.


[photo: Halloween Village – Finding Time To Create]

I wanted these to catch your attention in the dark, so I made a couple of the houses with materials that would really pop when it’s dark.

I used vellum as my base for the spider house, which has an opening in the bottom for a battery-operated tea light. That spider on the door looks pretty creepy, don’t you think?


[photo: Spider house night – Finding Time To Create]

On the tiny village haunted house, I backed the windows with glow-in-the-dark sticker paper. It really makes those windows pop! (This house was my kids’ favorite.)


[photo: Glow in the dark sticker paper and glitter heat transfer accents – Finding Time To Create]


[photo: Tiny village haunted house – night – Finding Time To Create]

Glitter makes every paper craft better, so I also used glitter paper for some of the rooftops, and glitter heat transfer for the spider web and some window frames.


[photo: Spider house day – Finding Time To Create]

You may also notice I cut all the ghosts from vellum, and added a few cats from the cat house throughout the set.

This was such a fun project to make! Thanks for letting me share it with you!

More pictures:

Halloween haunted village – Spooky cemetery and Tiny Halloween village – Haunted tree


[photo: Cemetery – Finding Time To Create]

Bitty bat house


[photo: Bitty bat house – Finding Time To Create]

Halloween haunted village – Cat house


[photo: Cat house – Finding Time To Create]

Halloween haunted village – Ghost mansion


[photo: Haunted mansion – Finding Time To Create]

Tiny Halloween village – Lil graveyard



A huge thank you to Kelly for being on my blog and showing us how she put together her Halloween village! It turned out beautiful!


31 Days of Halloween Album Tutorial for Silhouette

Halloween is almost here!  I made some fun 31 days of Halloween albums to document everything going on in October.  Each album comes with the cover and details, three binding pieces, pages (one with score marks and one without depending on how flexible you want your album to be), a mat for photos, and a piece the size of a photo (to use for journaling).  You can also get the numbers and layouts if you want to accessorize your album!


If you want to put pictures in the albums, here is some info on the measurements:
-The skull and cross bone and bat albums are 5 x 8 and fit a horizontal 4 x 6 photo.
-The black cat album is 6 x 6 and fits a square 4 x 4 photo or a 4 in. x 5 in. photo.
-The pumpkin and spider albums are 6 x 7 and fit a vertical 4 x 6 photo.


Here’s the tutorial on how to put these albums together:

  1. Cut out all SVGS.  We used some fun scrapbook paper for the binding to add some Halloween flare.
  2. Put together the details on the cover.  You can use pop dots to give it some fun dimension.
  3. Next, take the cover and glue it to the binding piece.  The edge of the cover should go to the score line.  img_4326_web
  4. Next, glue the scalloped half of the inside binding piece to the back side of the cover.  The score lines should match.  Leave the side with the page holes free so you can use it to attach the pages later.    img_4330_web
  5. Do Steps 3 and 4 again for the back cover.img_4332_web
  6. Now that you have the cover done, take the pages and align the holes together.  Use a ribbon to secure them into the holes.  img_4333_web

That’s all there is to these adorable Halloween albums!  Now you can add your pictures and memories for the 31 days of Halloween!

Happy Crafting!




Shadow Box Sliding Card

I’m still recovering from Quilt Market and I’m hoping to have photos up by Thursday! We had a great show and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. For now, I’ve added my shadow box to the Mini Episodes! We have been making so many gorgeous little videos of the new Carina Gardner and MiniLou products coming out in our Bundle Shop and in the Silhouette shops. You’ll see them premier on instagram so check it all out there!


Last Minute Projects for Mother’s Day

IMG_4595_instagram_webIt might FEEL too late to throw something together for Mother’s Day but it really isn’t. Sometimes I think we get caught up in putting together something REALLY fabulous or REALLY intricate and while that is great once in a while, I think it’s just as appreciated to put together a simple card or pillow box (with a gift card in it for extra ease!).

This year is one of the first years I’ll be with my mom ON Mother’s Day (she’s flying in!). And she KNOWS it’s a busy time of year for me and there is a good chance I’m not going to have time to shop for that incredibly thoughtful gift (she’s also incredibly easy going about gifts).

Because of this, I’m going to be giving her a stack of fabric (something she will definitely use) and maybe something sweet to send home with her. And time. I’m going to really try and spend some time with her.

I know what types of things, I want from my kids…hugs, kisses, maybe a chance to put up my feet instead of cleaning the kitchen (let’s be honest, I wish for that everyday). But mostly I want time. It goes quickly, doesn’t it?


I love a little pillowbox with a giftcard in it. Thoughtful but easy.

Mothers-Day-Card-and-Gift-TagI also have a Mother’s Day bundle in our SVG shop (for all types of cutting machines) that makes me pretty happy! Laura from LaurasCraftyLife made the sweetest gift and tutorial for Cricut users on how to put these projects together. Check it out if you have a chance! The shadow box card takes a moment to put together but everything else requires a couple of cuts and then you are off to the races!

Hope you are prepping for a fabulous Mother’s Day!


Nativity Tutorial for Silhouette and Digiplayground

DS-C-W-CG-Nativity shadow boxDIGIThese darling Shadow Box Scenes pop together and then can be pulled apart and stored flat. For me, that makes for the perfect piece of Christmas decor! There are five scenes in all for you to enjoy the holidays!

Here are the links to my Silhouette shop and DigiPlayground shop so you can pick up one of these albums!

Here’s how to put this together:

1. Cut out the svg files.  The sides, roof, and frames I cut out in kraft paper, the shepherd, background, and the main part of the sheep in black, and the frame, angel, and sheep fur in white.

2. Begin with the frames.  Pop dot and attach the angel, shepherd, sheep, and white frame in their appropriate places.  Once you have all the figures in place, you can start putting the nativity together.


3. Now, put the background and two side pieces together by slipping the tabs on the short ends of the sides into the slits of the background.


4. The frames attach similarly.  Put the tabs on the ends of the frames into the slits in the side piece.  Do this for all of the frames.  Remember, the frames go in a certain order for it to have the shadowbox effect.  The frame with the thickest bottom goes in the back and the thinnest goes in the front.


It will look like this when all of the frames are in.


5. For the roof, start with one side and put the tabs of the side piece into the slits of the roof.  Do this for the other side.  Make sure the side of the roof with the rounded edges goes in the front.


You’re done with your Nativity! I hope you have a chance to make the entire collection!


Tutorial for 25 Days of December French Fold Album for Silhouette and DigiPlayground


My 25 Days of December French Fold albums have finally hit the shops! It’s just in time to make one before December 1st hits and you start taking photos.

These are a little different than my 25 Days of December from last year because these feature a french fold and hidden binding.

Here are the links to my Silhouette shop and DigiPlayground shop so you can pick up one of these albums!

Here’s how to put this together:

1. Cut out the svg files.  The main body of the book I cut out in kraft paper and the cover and frames are my Have a Merry Christmas papers for Cartabella.

2. Begin with two pieces of the binding and fold along the dotted lines, then glue them together by overlapping the short sides.


3. Turn it over, and glue the wider folds together so the back looks flat and the front has tabs sticking out.

4. Take your pages and fold all of the creases inwards. (The picture below shows the binding on backwards. All those little glued together pieces will become the pages for the album).


5. Now to add the pages! Glue along the long edge of each page and attach the long edge to the back of one of the folds in the binding. This will create a double-sided/double thick page.

6. Glue the top side of the edge of the long page, as well as the bottom tab and fold the page over.  This should create an envelope with an open top.  Add a page to each one of the binding pieces.





7.  Add the cover by gluing the left side of the cover to the bottom side of the flap.  This makes the inside look clean and the binding flap will be covered with the binding cover later.

8. Glue the binding cover by matching up the crease of the binding cover with the square of the book.  Glue the front, binding, and back side separately.


9. For the tabs,  glue each number onto an oval (or whatever shape you have). Note: one of the albums (bracket) does not use this step.

10.  Glue half of the ovals onto each tab, leaving space to slide the tabs into the slits and for the ovals to go on top of the page.  There are 13 tabs, so each tab will have two numbers (one and two will be on one tab, three and four another etc.)


11.  Slide the tabs into the appropriate slit on each page.  Leave the oval out and glue the other half of the oval onto the outside of the page. Glue odd numbers to the front and even numbers on the back of each tab.

12. For the frames, take each frame and place pot dots on the back.


13. Place the frame in the center of the page and make sure the pop dots are firmly in place.


14. Glue the leaves to the berries and attach to the corner of the frame.


15.  Place pictures and memories on each page to fill your 25 days of December Album!

Happy crafting!




Travel Stories Album for Silhouette

Watch the Travel Stories Album video for an introduction into my Carta Bella Paper line and how to put together the album using SVG files from my Silhouette Shop! The final size of this album is about 5.5 inches x 11 inches (with a few things pocking out like tabs and pages).

I am so excited about this album especially because I love some of the little add ons. In particular, I adore the filmstrips that go in this collection and plan on using them not just for the album but for lots of other projects.


IMG_5764_1_webI hope you get a chance to play about with this paper line and/or the silhouette files! I also hope you have a GREAT excuse to make an album (aka, an amazing summer adventure perhaps?).

Happy Crafting!



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3D Intricate Cutout Boxes for Silhouette

3dlatticebirdboxThese little intricately cut out boxes are one of my favorite projects right now! I can imagine them hanging in some overhead branches for a party or as little electric candle holders on a table. Any way you decide to use these, you will love the effect!

Here is the quick tutorial (and tips) for putting these intricate cutout boxes together.

1. Cut out the silhouette file.  The main body of the box is about 2 inches deep, wide and tall. It fits on an 8.5 inch x 11 inch paper.

2. Fold all the score lines and glue all the flaps to create the main body of the box.


3. Fold up all the “circle” pieces at the top of the box. For dimension, you can finger press the triangle piece at the top to give it some curvature. You can also create a straight box by folding all the triangle pieces flat and putting a ribbon through all the pieces at once. However, if you want the box to have dimension, “sew” the ribbon through each of the holes individually. Hint, fold UP the circles at the top. There will be slight gaps between the triangles once the ribbon is tied on.



Other notes: This box can be scaled larger or smaller. Cut at a slower speed on your machine for to catch all the fine details. A sticker mat will also help the cutting process on these!

Hope you have fun making these!
(for all my silhouette designs, visit my silhouette store at

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Words of Love Banner and Video

carinagardner_wordsoflovebannerIt’s been since before Christmas since I posted. The first of the year is always so crazy. This year I was headed to Atlanta for my new company MiniLou. It was my first year of missing CHA in long time.

Soooo, to introduce my first line to come out this year, I put together a little video. Words of Love is my Valentine’s line and it should be hitting your local scrapbooking store this month. It’s a classic red and black line with a bit of pink and gray.

I hope you enjoy the video! I am having issues with my video uploading to YouTube blurry so I am working on getting an HD version of this video up soon.

If you want the free download banner template, you can download it here: