join | help

Member Login

forgot password?

A big hello, and a tutorial for a desktop monthly calendar!

Posted: 25th October 2016   Category: Create your own projects   By: Louise R


First things first, I need to introduce myself... I'm Louise! I've recently joined the DaisyTrail team, and after a few weeks of getting to grips with jiggling embellishments about, battling with the printer, and playing with glitter (LOVE my job!), I'm just about feeling brave enough to pop out and say hello!

One of my first tasks has been playing around with the fabulous new digikits, including the lovely 2017 Calendar by DaisyTrail. I love it so much that I decided to make myself a quick desktop monthly calendar, ready for next year (and to brighten up my desk a bit).

desktop monthly calendar photo 1

Here is my tutorial if you fancy making one too:

Desktop Monthly Calendar Tutorial

With Christmas rapidly approaching, it’s easy to forget to sort next year’s calendar amid the chaos of creating cards, crafting gifts, and fitting in your scrapbooking too, so here’s a quick tutorial to help you on your way.

You’ll need a few basic supplies:
•    CraftArtist (any version) - Including our FREE CraftArtist Compact
•    The DaisyTrail 2017 Calendar digikit
•    1 sheet of printable A3 card
•    Scissors, or a craft knife and cutting mat
•    Double-sided sticky tape, or glue
•    Foam pads

Step 1: Open CraftArtist, start a new Blank Project, and scroll down to Custom. On the right hand side enter 12 in as the width, 4 in as the height, set the orientation to landscape, and select Card as the Type. This will ensure your finished project prints correctly.

Desktop monthly calendar blank project setup

Step 2: Add your backgrounds to pages 2 and 3, remembering to rotate them if necessary, because the completed project will be portrait. Here is a screenshot to show you what I mean:

desktop monthly calendar step 2

Step 3: Add a material background and position it where required (this will go behind the calendar text). I positioned it low down on the page, so that there’s room for an embellishment above, and used the Centre Vertically feature, to make sure it’s in exactly the right place.

desktop monthly calendar step 3

Step 4: Add your calendar month, rotate, resize and position it. I wanted to change the colour of the text too, so I used the Select Tool, and then changed the text colour to purple using the Colour tab.

Step 5: Next, add a few embellishments to the calendar area, I added a flower arrangement at the bottom, a single stem to the left hand side, and a doily and heart to the top. Once your embellishments are all rotated, resized, and in place, add a drop shadow so that the image doesn’t look ‘flat’.

desktop monthly calendar step 5

Step 6: The last thing you need to add is some decoration to the top of the calendar. For mine I have layered a ribbon, a banner, and one of the purple birds, which I then copied, and flipped, so that I have two identically sized birds. Both have then been positioned.

desktop monthly calendar step 6

Step 7: So that the top decoration can be attached to the card using foam pads, a copy of this whole section needs making. Simply group the elements using the Select Tool, and then click on the Group prompt. You can now make a copy of the layer, and paste it onto page 1.

Step 8: To make the piece which forms the inner section of the calendar, simply add a background to page 4 of the project.

Step 9: The next step is to print the project. I’m printing mine onto A3 card, and I’ve selected Fit Many, to get everything on one page.

desktop monthly calendar step 9

Step 10: The next step is to cut out pieces. Be careful not to separate the sections that form pages 2 and 3, as you will fold along this line instead.
The single 4” x 6” rectangle needs folding in the middle one direction, and then at each of the narrower ends (measure in ¾” and fold again in the opposite direction).

Step 11: Use glue, or double-sided tape to attach the middle support to the calendar, and stick on the top embellishment using foam pads.

And that’s it – you’re done!

I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial - I've got plenty more planned so keep your eyes peeled for more from me!

Great to "meet" you all, I'm really looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Louise x

desktop monthly calendar photo 2


Spooky House for Halloween

Posted: 21st October 2016   Category: Create your own projects   By: Sarah Attenborough

With Halloween rapidly approaching we thought we'd share a tutorial for this spooktacularly scary house with you, it would be a fun craft to do with children over half term too!

Halloween House

You’ll need a few basic supplies:
- CraftArtist (any version) - Including our FREE CraftArtist Compact
- The Happy Haunting digikit by Meagan’s Creations
- 3 sheets of printable A3 card
- Scissors, or a craft knife and cutting mat
- Double-sided sticky tape, or glue
- Foam pads
- LED tealight

To create your Halloween house:
Step 1: Create a new document in CraftArtist.  Use the Startup Wizard and choose Blank Project. From here you need to scroll down to Gift Wrap and select Gift Box 5 (the gingerbread house)

Step 2: Next you’ll need to add the Happy Haunting digikit by Meagan's Creations to the workspace.

Step 3: The next thing you need to do is add backgrounds to both the main house, and the roof. I’ve used a black textured one for the house, and an orange chevron design for the roof. Just drag and drop these from the digikit side bar, onto your project.

Step 4: No haunted house is complete without black window frames. To add these simply use the shapes tool, and add a rectangle around the window cut out. I’ve set line colour as black, and used size 10pt. Set the transparency to 100% via the colour toolbar, so that you can see the window on the actual template behind the rectangle (this just helps you to see that your frame is the right size). After the main frame is done, add the window bars using the pencil tool and a 7.5pt line.  Once you’re happy with the window frame, make a copy of it and position the duplicate over the other window.

Step 5: Now you need to decorate your house.

Decorating the house rear:

Layer the tree, fence, two pumpkins, a gravestone, and skull embellishments. To get the scale and size right, rotate the embellishments, and position them over the top of the actual house. I’ve decided to raise the gravestone, and pumpkins off my finished project using foam pads, so if this is something you want to do too, consider this when organising your layers, and bring them to the front. 

Along the top of the rear, add the ribbon banner embellishment.


Decorating the sides of the house:

On one side layer are a paint splat, cobweb, and spider embellishments. You can add a drop shadow to the cobweb and spider, to give them some depth, using the tool on the top bar (you might want to set the opacity quite high, so that the shadows don’t get lost next to the dark background). Remember that the side panel on the bottom of the screen, is upside down, so make sure to rotate your embellishments accordingly (you’ll see that my spider is upside down, so it’ll be the right way when I assemble the house).

The other side of the house simply decorated with a selection of pumpkins and leaves. These will also be stuck on later, so don’t worry about covering the window frame.  

Decorating the house front:

Along the bottom of the house front add the splatter embellishment. You’ll need to rotate the layer, and position it so that the ‘bulk’ of the element is low down on the house front. You’ll notice that this will then cover the sides and bottom slightly, and the door, so the next thing to do it to tidy this up using the eraser tool. The square nib will help you cleanly tidy up the bottom of the layer, and the circle nib can be used to tidy up where the door will be. You don’t have to erase the door section since you’ll be cutting this out anyway, but in order to see the end effect, I’ve decided to do it.

The top section of the house front is one ribbon based embellishment, and a ‘Wicked’ sign. These will also be added to the house later using foam pads.  

Decorating the roof:

To add the bats to the roof, go to this page in your project, and add a new layer, above the Background, and below the Overlay. When you add the bats embellishment, this will now automatically fit the overlay. I’ve rotated mine slightly.

Step 6: The next step is to separate some of the embellishments, and the window frames, onto a new page, so that you can print these and stick them to your house.
Go through, layer by layer, and group the elements that belong together. This makes it easier to move them, without leaving anything behind. Once you’ve copied a group, paste it onto a new page.

And that’s the CraftArtist side of it done! You should have 3 pages in your project, that look like this:

Step 7: Print out your project, onto A3 card.

Step 8: Cut out house and roof, in accordance with the guides. Use a craft knife to cut out the windows and door, as well as to score along the dotted lines, so that you can neatly fold the house into shape.

Step 9: Get sticking! Add some double-sided sticky tape, or glue, onto the labelled tabs, and construct the house. I left the roof until the very end. 

Step 10: The embellishments are next. Cut out all of the elements using a craft knife or scissors, before adding the window frames first, using either tape or glue, and then attach on the rest of the embellishments using foam pads.

Step 11:
Attach the roof. I found it easiest to lie the house on its side, and line up one side of the house with the middle of the roof first, and then right the house again, and press down the other side.

Step 12: The final step is to pop a LED tealight into the house (through the front door), before sitting back, grabbing some Halloween-inspired chocolate, and marvelling at your creation.

Voila! You're finished!

There's so many different purposes for this spook-tastic house, you could display an LED tealight in as a fab seasonal decoration, you could fill them with sweets or you could make many and create your very own halloween village!

Why not give it a go yourself!? We'd love to see your spooky Halloween creations!