Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Watch us Wednesday !

 Here at the Kraft Journal we have decided to adapt our Watch Us Wednesday Tutorials to a more general theme.  While we still will offer the occasional tutorial, we will also have tips, give aways, guest tutorials, and spot-light products from our shop.  We will stop by some craft rooms, bring you some storage tips,  host a question and answer post, and lots more !! Who knows what will pop up on Wednesdays ??

This week we have a double shot of Kraft - a tutorial from Karen, and a contest to name our cute owl !

First, here is Karen's tutorial ...

Hello friends of The Kraft Journal!  Your crafty friend, Karen, here to share a quick Watch Us Wednesday tutorial for a cute little pinwheel accent.  This is REALLY easy, so please don't be intimidated.  I started with a Small Kraft Paper Sack that I folded into a little gift pocket.  These make great gift card holders.  Here's how to make your Pinwheel:
Start by cutting yourself a perfect square using double-sided patterned paper.  You can cut anywhere from a 1 1/2 up to a 4-inch square depending on what size pinwheel you wish to create.  This particular pinwheel is made from a 2 1/4 inch square.

The next step is to "score" your square from corner to corner diagonally. To "score" (make a groove in your paper without cutting) my paper, I placed it in my cutter, lined up the corners, and used my Bone Folding Tool.  Once I scored both corners, you will see in the next photo that I made a small X with my pen.
The reason for making the X is so that when you cut your lines, you will remember to stop at the X and not cut all the way through your paper.  This is the most important step to remember.
This is the area where you will place your glue to make your pinwheel, so be sure that you do not cut all the way through.  You want to leave enough room to place your brad at the end.
You grab every other corner, bringing it to the middle, and using a little dab of glue, securing it to the uncut area in the center of your square.  Can you see how your pinwheel is beginning to appear? Once all your corners are secured to the center of the pinwheel, you're almost finished!  The last step is to secure your pinwheel permanently by placing a brad in the middle.  I used a Tim Holtz Custom Fastener to secure the center of my pinwheel.
I placed a darling little Jenni Bowlin Sillhouette Card in the back pocket where the gift card will also go, and also added some seam binding and a rub-on sentiment.   Be creative, and have fun!  There are all kinds of neat ideas as how to use a pinwheel.  Let your imagination run wild!  I hope you've had fun learning this technique.  You can find the supplies I used, and everything a crafter could ever want, at our fabulous store, The Kraft Outlet.  For more details about my project, please stop by my blog, My Cup Runneth Over, and say hello.  Happy crafting!

We also have a little candy for you from Kraft Outlet, if you are the winner of our NAME OUR OWL Contest !!

 This darling Playpack will be awarded to the winner of our Name Our Owl contest.  It is filled with goodies from Kraft Outlet worth more than $60.00 !!

Please send your Owl suggested names to  The first suggestion with the name we choose will be awarded the Playpack !  Our contest ends Monday, 8/12/13.  Good luck !!


  1. Great tutorial. I sent my owl names.

  2. I love your pinwheels, Karen! Beautiful!

  3. Wonderful card and tutorial. Thanks for sharing with us Karen. You always do such pretty work. Hugs to you. And would love to win the play pack too.


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