August Newsletter Project Instructions


Aluminum Flower Note Pad


Did you know you can use many various materials other than paper with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine? Here’s a fun project that is unique – the covers of the flower-shaped note pad are from pieces of aluminum cans, and embellished with a flattened bottle cap! This project uses the inside (silver) part of the can, but it’s fun to experiment with various designs on the outside of cans too! Yes, it is safe to put both of these materials through the Big Shot! (Tip: use an old set of Standard Cutting Pads for the bottle caps, as they tend to leave deeper grooves than other materials do). Use copy paper, designer papers, or cardstock for the note pad filler.  What a fun way to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!!! 



STAMPS: Occasions Alphabet (117090)

CARDSTOCK: Marina Mist (119682) & Daffodil Delight (119683)

INK: Pacific Point (111837) & Daffodil Delight (119667)

ACCESSORIES: Punches: 1/16″ Circle Punch (101227), 1 ¾” Scallop Circle Punch, 1″ Circle Punch (119868); Crop-A-Dile (108362), Sponge Daubers (102892); Paper Daisies (119243), Paper Piercing Tool (116631), Mat Pack (105826), 2011-2013 In Colour Designer Printer Brads (122940), Big Shot Machine (113439), Textured Impressions Embossing Folders: Elegant Lines (119277) & Perfect Polka Dots (117335), 1/8″ Taffeta Ribbon-Daffodil Delight (119254), Flower Folds Bigz XL Die (115970), Extended Cutting Pads (113478), Standard Cutting Pads (113475), Aqua Painter (103954), Paper Cutter (104152)

OTHER: Empty, clean aluminum cans;Scissors (e.g. Craft & Rubber Scissors 103179)  



1. Cut off tops and bottoms of aluminum can using sharp scissors (make sure you cut off the rounded sections so the aluminum can lay flat). Layer two pieces over whichever size flower you want your pad to be on the Flower Folds Die and run through Big Shot with Extended Cutting Pads on top and bottom of die.

2. Insert aluminum flowers (one at a time) into Elegant Lines Embossing Folder and run through Big Shot. Set aside. 

3. Use Aqua Painter and ink from lid of yellow ink pad and brush color over the curves of a large size Paper Daisy. Punch out one scallop circle using Marina Mist cardstock; use Pacific Point ink and sponge dauber to accent scallop edges. Layer this on top of paper daisy. Set aside.

4. Run bottle cap through Big Shot machine between Standard Cutting Pads using Platform to flatten the cap. Punch hole in center using Crop-A-Dile. Layer this on top on the scallop circle. Run Daffodil cardstock through Big Shot using Polka Dot Embossing folder, then punch out one 1″ circle, and punch a 1/16″ circle punch in centre of it. Layer this on top of bottle cap. Layer all materials in step 4 on top of one aluminum flower. Punch through all layers in center through aluminum using the Paper Piercing Tool & Mat pack then insert brad and secure. 

5. Line up second aluminum flower behind first, then use Crop-A-Dile to punch hole in top of one of the flower petals.

6. Cut copy paper to 4 ¼” x4 1/4″ and run through Big Shot using Flower Fold Die. Repeat as desired, depending on how thick you want your pad. Line up with one of aluminum flowers and punch hole in all papers. Stamp pages if desired. 

7.Insert papers in between aluminum flower pieces, then tie ribbon through hole.


This scrapbook page has a soft and romantic feel, ideally suited to weddings and anniversaries. The colour scheme is designed to work with sepia toned photos but could easily be adapted to match the colour scheme of your couple’s wedding.


STAMPS: Artistic Etchings (120573), Four Frames (123442)
INK: Crumb Cake (121030), Craft White (101731), Early Espresso (119670)
CARDSTOCK: 12 x 12 Crumb Cake (124274), 12 x 12 Textured Early Espresso (121078), Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650)
ACCESSORIES: Modern Label Punch (119849), Word Window Punch(119857), Scallop Trim Border Punch (118402), Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon (122332), Early Espresso 1/8” Taffeta Ribbon (119959), Basic Pearls (119247), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Sticky Strip (104294), Paper Cutter (104152),


1. Stamp the large circle motif in Crumb Cake ink, stamping off the 12×12 Crumb Cake cardstock, down the left and right hand sides and then approximately a couple of inches in from the left hand stamped images. Use Craft White ink to stamp the filler motif in between the circles.

2. Cut 2”x 12” from Textured Early Espresso cardstock. Punch with the Scallop Trim Border along each long edge. Run Sticky Strip along the centre and randomly pleat/scrunch Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon along it before securing the ends on the reverse. Wrap Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon over the top of the pleated Seam Binding and secure on the reverse with Sticky Strip. Use SNAIL to attach the layers to the top of the stamped page.

3. Main photo: Attach 6” x 4” photo to 6-1/4” x 4-1/4” Very Vanilla cardstock mat, then 6-1/2” x 4-1/2” Early Espresso mat and attach with SNAIL centrally between the circles on the right hand side of the page. Stamp the Eiffel Tower image in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake card and cut out with a very tiny margin. Pop up on dimensionals in the lower left hand corner.

4. Main Title: Cut 4-1/2” x 2” from Textured Early Espresso cardstock and attach with SNAIL to the page, below the Main Photo. Stamp the flourish frame in Early Espresso ink onto Crumb Cake card and punch out with the Modern Label. Attach with SNAIL to the centre of the Title panel. Stamp the Amour sentiment with Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla card and punch out with the Word Window. Attach with SNAIL to the centre of the frame. Add three sizes of Basic Pearls on either side of the frame, spacing them evenly.

5. Wallet Sized photos: Attach 2-3/4” x 1-3/4” photo to 3” x 2” Very Vanilla cardstock mat, then 3-1/4” x 2-1/4” Early Espresso mat. Repeat two more times. Attach the photos with SNAIL in between the circles on the left hand side of the page, arranging them slanted in opposite directions as shown in the photo.