Tara's Craft Studio

Paper Crafting Projects


Camera with Tutorial and Cutting Files







Camera Tutorial
Manual Template for Camera Bellows (each piece should measure 12″ x 4′)
SVG Cutting File for Camera Bellows

Hello, This project has already been posted on the Pion Design blog here.  I am hoping all these links will work for those of you wanting to make this project.  Although I’ve included the manual template for the bellows, in my opinion, it would be very difficult to cut and score this by hand.  It is so much simpler to use an electronic cutting machine.  I used my Pazzles Inspiration to cut and score the pieces. It is essentially the same camera as the one I featured on my May 31 post, but this one is a little different in that this one has a different type of case.  It opens to an expandable camera bellows which holds pull-out tags with photos.  I used the luxurious burgundy colors from Pion Design’s The Night Before Christmas collection for the first camera and the beautiful teel colors paired with black from their Mister Tom’s Treasures collection for the second camera.  This project is a wonderful way to showcase your favorite photos for the holidays!
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!  Enjoy the Fall season!


Holiday Merry-Go-Round

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Hello to all! I have another Carousel to share with you today and this one is being featured on today’s Pion Design Blog here. Instead of swings, this one has sleighs that are anchored with wood poles wrapped in gold ribbon. The wood poles are just wood skewers! You can find the templates and assembly instructions on my previous August 26 post here. It has an octagonal base with 4 pull-out drawers making it functional. This carousel features Pion Design’s new Christmas paper collection “Christmas in Norway.” I love these traditional colors and their vintage images are just beautiful! For those of you interested in the cutting file, you can download the WPC cutting file here.  SVG cutting file here

Have a great weekend!



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I’m always excited when I have a special template and tutorial to share! Today I have a really special one that is one of my favorites! These zither boxes were modeled after a real, antique zither. Zithers are musical instruments sometimes used in central European folk music. When making the project, I gave quite a bit of thought to what I could use to support the strings. I wanted something easily accessible and inexpensive since the project requires 80 of them! My husband had the brilliant idea of using a surprise, inexpensive, and very unusual element – stick pins! I just painted them and they worked great for this project. The Zithers are also being featured on today’s Pion Design Blog here. I used their brand new collection, Linnaeus Botanial Journal for these Zithers. Their paper collections are always breathtaking and this new one does not disappoint!

I’m enclosing the template for the front of the Zither along with brief instructions on how to make it. Since the project measures about 10″ x 10 1/2″, the template had to be split into two pieces in order to print it at 100% scale. I’m also enclosing the WPC cutting file for those with that capability

Zither Instructions
Zither Template #1
Zither Template #2

Zither WPC Cutting File

Below is the beautiful new Pion Design Collection Linnaeus Botanical Journal.
Pion Design invites you on a flourishing journey in the footsteps of Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish botanist famous for collecting and identifying plants and flowers particulary in the north of Sweden. The paper collection Linnaeus Botanical Journal is inspired by notes and drawings made by Linnaeus in the early 1700’s and has captured a sense of wonder at the world of all living things.

Traditional flowers such as Buttercups and Daisies accompanied by vintage maps and delicate butterflies are certain to unfold the calmness of nature and offer you endless of crafting inspiration. So welcome to make the botanical theme one of the necessities for this season’s crafting occasions!



Have a great day!