Leather Craftsmen Wedding Album

Leather Craftsmen Wedding Album Custom

Photographer April Rocha sent over this absolutely gorgeous wedding album that she created with the paper-loving bride in mind. April searched through 80 bookcloth options for the album cover before deciding on this lovely shade of subdued blue from Leather Craftsmen, and she chose Envelopments “Repousse” paper in Dove for the album liner for the cover page, the end paper, and the album’s invitation page.

As hinted above, the album features a page for the couple to incorporate their invitation into the album, and April inserted a love poem from Elizabeth Barrett Browning into this version of the album, which was showcased at the recent LA Printers Fair (no surprise – it was a big hit!).

More details from this beautiful wedding album:

April Rocha Custom Leather Craftsmen Wedding Album

Envelopments End Paper Repousse

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Poem

Custom Leather Craftsmen Wedding Album

April Rocha Custom Leather Craftsmen Wedding Album

images from April Rocha

Weekly Wrap #44 : Free Printable Owl Favor / Treat Box Templates

Free Printable Owl Favor Box Templates

These guys are, dare I say it, a hoot! Yep, I went there. With Halloween coming up soon, I think that they would make super fun packaging for Halloween party favors and treats for small groups of trick or treaters, and you can change up the colors to make owls that are dark and menacing or chocolate-y brown and somewhat less menacing.

The template includes everything that you’ll need to create the owl boxes, and I have a couple of tips that you can use to speed up the process if you need to make the boxes and are pressed for time.

Snow Owl Favor Box

Quick Tips

  • The three pieces for the eyes are uniform sizes (2″, 1.5″, and 1″), and if you happen to have them on hand you can use circle or scallop circle paper punches in these sizes to quickly create the eyes.
  • If you don’t have time to cut the ruffled feather accents for the front of the boxes, then you can cut  3″ wide x 1.25″ tall strips of paper and use paper edging scissors (I have Fiskars Clouds and Scallop, both of which work great in this project) to cut ruffles along the bottom of the strips of paper.

Supplies Needed

printable owl favor/treat box template (335Kb PDF)

cardstock in multiple colors

a printer

glue dots and double-sided tape

a stylus for scoring the paper (optional)

a ruler (optional)

a small cutting mat (optional)

a bone folder (optional)


1. Print the template onto cardstock and cut out all of the pieces. Note: the template is split into three pages, and the third page contains the pieces that will typically be printed on a contrasting colored paper, so you can print the first two pages on one color and the third page onto another color.

2. For easy folding, score the box along the dotted lines using a stylus, a ruler, and a small cutting mat. Use a bone folder to create crisp folds along the scored lines.

3. Assemble the main box according to the instructions found in the template. Assemble the owl’s eyes with glue dots or double-sided tape, using the diagram in the template file as your guide.

4. Attach the eyes to the horn template using glue dots or double-sided tape. If you’re making a snow owl (see the orly? guy above), then you won’t need the outer eye template or the horn template, and you can attach the eyes directly under the front flap of the box. If you’re making an owl with horns, attach to the front flap after the eyes have been attached to the horn piece.

5. Attach the feather ruffle pieces using glue dots or double-sided tape. Start at the bottom of the box (attach the first ruffle flush with the bottom of the box) and space them evenly as you go up. Owls with horns will only need three ruffles, while the snow owl will need four.

6. Fill with treats or a small gift and seal the box shut using glue dots, double-sided tape, or even a small piece of velcro.

photos by Kristen Magee

From the Shop Friday : Glitter and Embossing Supplies

I’ve been giddy since I finally purchased the Martha Stewart glitter 24 pack several months ago, and I’m always trying to find new projects that I can glitter with all of the pretty colors. And then I found the metallic embossing powders, which are equally awesome. Several shades of glitter make their appearance in my recent projects, including the glittery Elvis peacock and 13 Days of Halloween countdown calender, and I’ll undoubtedly be showing you some metallic embossed projects soon, too!

This week’s From the Shop Friday features a few of my must have tools for glittering and embossing. I must say that the ballpoint glue pen is one of my favorite crafty finds in a long time. I’ve been using that little thing everywhere!

Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Embossing

Shown above, clockwise from top left: Martha Stewart Glitter 24 Piece Set, Martha Stewart Ballpoint Glue Pen, Martha Stewart Metallic Embossing Powder Set, and Martha Stewart Embossing Stamp Pad.