Friday, 23 March 2018

Design a Faux Leather Pen Holder for Planner, Notebook or Journal

Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

Hello, Janet here showing how to create a custom pen holder for your planner, notebook or journal using the Silhouette® Faux Leather Paper.  The faux leather is stronger and more durable than cardstock, perfect for this job. 

Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

I've used the faux leather in many projects previously, and although it takes a little more care to cut then card, it is well worth the effort. I've included some tips to make the job easier if you decide to try it for yourself.  I've also included links to some previous faux leather projects below. Just click on the photo to visit each one.

Faux Leather Bracelets by Janet Packer Faux Leather & HTV Ginger Jar Rocking Horse Baby Gift with Faux Leather Saddle MDF Bunny Decorated with Cork and Faux Leather Dimensional Dog Card with Faux Leather Nose and Collar

I chose to decorate the ends of my holder with a shell image from the CG Under the Sea Dingbats Font using metallic heat transfer material.  I think shells compliment the pretty mermaid scale fold-over elastic, but any relatively simple shape could be used in its place.

Materials Used
Silhouette Faux Leather Paper
Silhouette Metallic Heat Transfer
1 metre of Fold Over Elastic (5/8" thick)
Fabric Adhesive
Iron or Heat Press
Silhouette Cameo, Portrait or Curio

Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

STEP 1: Design the Pen Holder

To design the holder, draw a pair of rectangles of similar size to your pens and then draw a larger rectangle to encase them and form a base for them. I selected a shell from the CG Under The Sea Dingbat font (click here for more info on how to do this) resized it to fit, added an offset, and welded that offset to the larger rectangle.  Then add some slits for the elastic; horizontal ones for the long strap to go around the planner, and vertical ones for loops to hold the pens in place.  I added 3 mm diameter circles to the ends of the splits. They allow the elastic to lay flat when threaded through the slits.
Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

Then duplicate the complete design and delete the horizontal slits from one copy, and the vertical slits from the other. Move the shells aside to be cut from metallic heat transfer material.

STEP 2: Cut the Faux Leather

I changed the line colour of the slits so that I could be sure of cutting them completely in the Faux leather before proceeding to cut the outsides.  Cutting by Line makes this process easier.  This step is necessary as the faux leather will curl from the mat once the outside lines are cut completely.  I found that the default cut settings for the faux leather weren't sufficient to cut on the first attempt, so increased the blade depth gradually until it cut through.

I used the deep cut blade, but on a regular blade setting. The deep cut blade isn't necessary, but I knew it would be good and sharp (a sharp blade and a sticky mat are a MUST for cutting faux leather successfully).

The faux leather has a tendency to curl and pull away from the mat. To minimise this, I recommend cutting a piece off the roll rather than trying to use the roll intact. Some masking tape to secure the piece is also a good idea.

STEP 3: Cut and apply the Metallic Heat Transfer

Cut the shell shapes from metallic heat transfer material (remembering to place the shiny side down, I use a mat, but it is not essential).

Apply the shells to the backing piece with the vertical slits (the front) with a heat press or iron (I press with a heat resistant sheet in 10 second increments until the backing paper can be peeled away, peel it, then press similarly until the surface texture of the faux leather is visible on the heat transfer material).

STEP 4: Measure, Cut & Add the Fold-Over Elastic

For the front section, thread the end of the elastic through one set of vertical slits and the pens, cutting it off to leave sufficient to overlap on the back. Repeat for the other set.

Thread the remaining elastic through the horizontal slits and ensure there is enough to wrap around your notebook, planner, or journal, with sufficient to overlap on the back. Trim off the excess at the red line (right hand picture below).

Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

Apply adhesive where indicated by the red shapes to attach the elastic.  Similarly, adhere the front to the back piece behind the shells.

Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

That's it - job done! Once the adhesive is dry just install your pen holder to the outside, or within the planner/notebook or journal to act as a place marker.

Make your own pen holder for planner notebook or journal from faux leather paper. Designed by Janet Packer ( for the Silhouette UK Blog

This design can be adapted for different themes, just choose a relatively simple shape to weld to the basic rectangle. I hope you'll try it.

Bye for now,

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Thursday, 22 March 2018

Faux Leather Jewellery

Hi everyone

Today I have had the best fun playing with Silhouette's Faux Leather Paper (found here)

I was sent a whole pack of the natural coloured faux leather and it contains a roll of 12" by 59". So there is plenty left and I already have plans for another project which I will share with you another time.

Today I decided to make some bracelets and bought this great cutfile from the Design Store and set my Cameo to work

This paper is really thick and although I used the default settings, it didn't cut through so I had to put the blade up another couple of notches....I would recommend doing a test cut first.

After cutting the bracelets out I hand-washed them in warm soapy water and this made the material more leather like

I think they look pretty good...

I then decided to make a matching pair of earrings by simply recreating 2 of the 'links' and adding them to the earring wires...I even made a very simple faux leather hanger for them!

I think this is a really easy way to create something unique and would make a great gift... though I plan on keeping mine! 

I hope you get a chance to play with this Faux Leather Paper and do share what you create....I will return with another idea soon

Have fun

Ruth xxx

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Free Design of The Week - Geometric Pot and Plant - 20th March 2018

When is a pot plant not a pot plant - when it's a pineapple :0)  When I first saw this week's free design I immediately thought it looked like a pineapple so cut the 'plant pot' in yellow and constructed it using that.

This was a really easy design to put together but I did change the perforated lines to score lines as I think this gives a cleaner finish and also scored, by hand, a line down each of the leaves so that I could fold them to give them a more realistic look.

I then went on to thinking about whether I could make a whole bowel of fruit and found several cut files that would afford that opportunity.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Faux leather Bag Tassel Accessory

Hi everyone. It's Verity here from Pretty Little Button bringing you another project. For the post today I am using the leatherette sheets from Silhouette. When my first Design Team parcel arrived and I went through all the items I had been sent, I can assure you I stopped and looked at the leatherette for quite some time! It's a gorgeous media and the colour of the gold is beautiful. For me, it is almost a rose gold. As soon as I saw the sheets I knew I would need to make some tassels out of them, perfect to hang on your keys. The post today is very quick and easy, so you'll be making tassels galore!

Faux leather Bag tassel details:

Start of by drawing a rectangle and changing the size to your desired dimensions. I went for a 7 cm by 5 cm rectangle. As these were going to be attached to my keys, I didn't want them to big and bulky. 

To create the tassel threads, draw a straight vertical line using the line tool with ctrl selected. Adjust the line so the length is 1 cm smaller than the height of your rectangle. Next, replicate this line several times using the replicate panel. They will appear directly next to one another, but we can easily space these out.

Move one of the replicated lines to the opposite end of your rectangle. Selected all the lines, including this lonely one, but do not select your rectangle. Using the transform panel and spacing section, selection the horizontal spacing button. This will now space your lines out from were the bulk is to where the lonely line is. You can keep repeating this until you have your tassel threads as thing as you want.

When you are happy with the tassel shape and width, send this to your machine and cut it out. My tassels ending up being just under 2mm wide and the machine had no problem cutting this thin.

For my tassels, I used the cutting settings in the pre-programmed 'Leatherette', though I adjust the speed a little. This was ok with the design as it was all straight lines, but you may not want to do this with other more intricate designs. Remember, always do a test cut!

Assembling the tassels:
Before I had assembled my tassels I added some foil to my tassel using some transfer gel and heat reactive foil in a laminator. Cut a thin strip of extra leather to loop through a hook or clip, you will want to fold this over and glue up near the clip to make it more secure.  Add a little glue to one end of the underside of your cut out tassel - a glue gun works well for this. Attach the other end of the leather strip. Add glue along the top edge underside of the tassels (the uncut strip at the top of your rectangle), and roll around the thread.

Until next time,


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