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Friday, January 4, 2013

Little Village (long with lots of photos)

I scrap lifted this idea from the cricut website.  They made their houses with a winter theme but I thought it would be clever to use a more traditional look.  I am planning to make some houses with Valentine and Easter themes to sell on Etsy.  I used Pop-up Neighborhood and my cuttlebug.  The buildings are cut at about 6 inches (base to wall top).  I used paper from my scrap stash.  No full sheets were used in the making of this project.  I thought it would be fun to see if I could use my scraps instead of grabbing full sheets of paper. 

The Pop-up Neighborhood cart is very easy to follow, just make the cuts for the card, card shift and the necessary layers and layers shift.  I did use my gypsy to hide the small cuts on the sides of the buildings, hiding these cuts prevents the buildings from folding. This photo shows the pieces cut, embossed and ready for the Xyron machine.

I want to show the “foundation” for my buildings.  I wanted these buildings to be very sturdy so I repurposed the football schedule-team photo posters.  We get a huge package of these every year at my school and most teachers do not take any.  I grabbed most of the package before Christmas Break.  They started out as a 25” by 36” poster.  I cut the posters into 12” by 24” segments.  By cutting the buildings with the printed side up I was able to create buildings with white insides. 


I cut a second layer from some heavy craft paper.  The brown color provides plain sides and back for the buildings.  I attached these two pieces with glue and scrapbook adhesive.

This shows one of the buildings after I applied the Xyron adhesive.  I then followed the score marks to fold the buildings.  I placed them on pieces scrapbook paper that were pasted onto scraps from the posters. The bases are 5 1/2” by 6”.

These photos show the side of one of the buildings.  I also included a photo that shows the inside of one of the buildings.  I like how the posters and craft paper crated a “finished” look to the buildings. 
Here is my little village as it stands right now. I plan to make a couple more buildings this weekend. 



  1. What a fun idea to create Valentines or Easter villages. Very neat

  2. cute village good idea for the other holidays other then christmas.

  3. I love the village! What a great idea for re-using the football posters! Ibet they will look fabulous with the Easter and Valentine's day themes too!

  4. Love your version....haven't thought about doing the Christmas one, but might do an easter one thanks to you...

  5. What cute little village!

  6. Looks like a fun project, and I really like how you re purpose the sport schedule posters! Very nice village.

  7. What a great little village too cute. Thanks for the tips.

  8. Your buildings look wonderful!! I hope you show us all of them together when you're done.


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