Hey everyone! I actually managed to squeeze this in while it’s still Monday, miracle of miracles!!! Thank you, but you can hold the applause. 🙂
I still have and hour and 15 minutes to get this post in in order not to be late. Again.
What a day I have had! In between trying to get back into a normal routine from the holidays, tackling my mountain of laundry, taking a kid to the dentist about an hour after I set the appointment (which meant picking him up at school, going to dentist, and returning him to school), crossing things off my to do list, and making dinner, I tried to get this post ready. I would have been better had I actually prepared in advance, but in the last month my crafting time has been pretty much nil. I can’t begin to tell you how good it feels to know that a normal schedule can now take over. I have been so inspired to create and haven’t had the time to do it.
Anyway, enough babbling. It’s time to get on with today’s tutorial. I kept it really simple this time since I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare anything too complicated. I hope you enjoy it anyway.
I’ve always loved the chipboard buttons available in the scrapbook market these days. Like these from Jenni Bowlin, in particular. Love them! I happen to have a few packages of them that I received in a scrapbook kit and thought how great it would be to simply save myself a few bucks and make my own.
It’s very simple and you can make a ton of these in a very short period of time. It’s easy enough to do while you relax and watch a movie if you wanted to.
Now, before I go on, I have to apologize for the quality of these photos. For one, I had to take them this evening after all natural light was gone and the only light I’m working with here is from the lamps on and above my desk. Also, one of the kids accidentally bumped the camera onto the floor this weekend. It only dropped a couple of inches, but it landed on the lens and it was enough to mess up the focus. We need to get it taken care of asap. But anyway, that is why my photos are not stellar, just in case you were wondering. (Not that they are stellar anyway with my meager photography skills. Just sayin’)
Here’s what you’ll need:
A circle punch in your desired size, thin chipboard (thin enough for your punch to punch through), patterned paper or images stamped on card stock, 1/8″ hole punch, a sanding block, and adhesive (I used my Xyron, but a glue stick would probably work too).
Punch out some circles from your chipboard and patterned paper.
Run the patterned paper circles through your Xyron or use your glue stick or adhesive of choice.
Adhere the paper circle to the chipboard circle.
Mark where you want the holes to be. I used a chipboard button I already had on hand as my guide. You could also use a real button or make a template somehow.
Punch the holes in the center and then sand the edges of your button for a smoother finish and you’re done!
I made some with stamps.
A lot with patterned paper.
And some using vintage sheet music and pages from a vintage children’s story book.
I also had one little vintage photo on hand that came with some things I found at the thrift shop and decide to use it on a button. Here’s a close up view. Isn’t that baby darling? Whomever she/he is/was is stinkin’ adorable!
And here’s a look at the card I made with it.
I also got ambitious and made some button collections.
One of my favorite color combos, aqua, red, black and white.
This one I dubbed the “juicy” collection because all the colors are so bright and saturated.
And this one is the “vintage” collection.
I made my buttons double sided for more options. There’s a coordinating color/pattern on the backside of each. So if you don’t like one side, just flip it over!
Leave a comment on this post and I’ll chose one person to receive one of these collections of their choice. I’ll chose the winner later this week, so stayed tuned for that.
Some other ideas I had for these chipboard buttons that I wanted to try but ran out of time is to coat them with mod podge or crystal effects for an epoxy-like finish. Or just make one hole instead of two and attach with a brad. Or how about making four holes? I’m pretty sure I was rolling a few more ideas around in my head, but at this hour my weary brain can’t remember any more.
So, do you want some? Be sure to leave me a comment and they just might be yours!
Have a great day/evening/whatever it is where you’re at. (yawn!) Gonna follow Eric’s example and go to bed now.
Thanks for stopping by!