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October 9, 2006

Holiday Project #1: Bottlecaps


So I know we have not even hit Halloween yet, but I got a little excited and started playing with my holiday stuff. When I was in Edmonton a few weeks back I got to hang out with Caroline – one of the master creatives behind Maya Road. One of her classes used their Mega Bottlecaps. She had taken a bunch of elements, poured in some Glossy Accents, and created these very cool bottlecap embellishments. I saw them and immediately thought of holiday stuff.

Now these are not small bottle caps. They are about 2 inches across. And this is such a simple project! Here’s what I did:

1. Collect up all your holiday stuff and get it into one spot (this is obviously a really general step one…but it will help you be able to create stuff over the next couple months to get ready for the holidays).
2. Pick out some small embellishments that you want to showcase in your bottlecaps.
3. Use a circle punch to cut some holiday patterned paper. I used the new Fiskars circle punch – loving this tool.
4. Layer elements inside each bottlecap.
5. Squeeze Glossy Accents (a clear dimensional medium that will dry hard) into the bottlecap – enough to cover your layered elements.
6. Let it dry. I let mine sit overnight (away from interested little hands). It looks cloudy when you first squeeze all the liquid in there but it dries clear. Mine ended up with a bunch of bubbles – it probably had to do with how I was squeezing but I decided it was cool like that.
7. Attach a magnet to the back. I used the new magnets from Basic Grey. Stick the magnets on your fridge and celebrate the season.

Here are a few places you can find the Mega Bottlecaps online:
Stamp Attic
Ally Scraps
Lifetime Moments

Have fun. This is another project that could totally be repeated for other holidays/events/celebrations, etc.

78987155v2_150x150_frontjpgAnd if you are looking for a way to jot down all your cool ideas for the holidays I created a holiday 2006 journal that you can find in my cafe press shop. Always nice to have a blank book on hand. I am hoping to do some sort of Christmas journal again this year…I loved Shimelle’s class last year even though I wasn’t able to finish mine. Shimelle are you doing one again this year?

Also, look for next week’s newsletter to answer additional questions I received today regarding photos/photo philosophy/etc.. If you have a question send me an email (with NEWSLETTER: PHOTOS in the subject line) and I will try to address it next week.


  • 1.
    melissa godin said…


  • 2.
    Lynne said…

    Wow… I just want to live inside your head for a little bit — soak up all of that amazing stuff that must be floating around in there… These are great!

  • 3.
    chanel said…

    cool idea, i love it!

  • 4.
    sarah said…

    those are just too cool, ali.
    thanks for sharing them…
    they’d make such a great little gift! :)

  • 5.
    Sarah said…

    Another FANTASTIC newsletter and more cool ideas I don’t have time for :) I love, love, love getting your newsletter and sitting down to read it. I don’t know how you do it, but a year after I stumbled on your blog, you still inspire me with a million new ideas. You must never sleep :)
    Sarah (Sydney, Australia)

  • 6.
    Karen said…

    Ali, what a great idea! Thanks for the latest AEzine. I enjoyed reading it whilst waiting for my little boy to fall asleep after lunch today.

  • 7.
    Kimberly White said…

    Ali! Love those bottle caps! You’ve totally inspired me!

  • 8.
    Laura said…

    Those bottlecaps are just awesome. I’m so in the holiday mood already, I hope I don’t crash and burn on it the first of December!
    PS – isn’t this Oregon weather just divine? Love your foliage shot below – with the cold tonight colors should start popping a lot now.

  • 9.
    joy said…

    dang it:) you beat me too it! I got some of these from a NSD contest on 2peas, and I was going to sell them to my friends and split up the set, but then I thought…ding ding ding, christmas ornaments for gift toppers or something! I can’t wait to get into the new christmas stuff and make a few!

  • 10.
    carla said…

    hey ali =)
    love your idea! also, i saw on shimelle’s website that she is going to do another holiday journal… hoping i can keep up with and do one myself this year. loved yours last year!

  • 11.
    Fauve said…

    Cool idea,i will search for those bottlecaps,and give it a shot!!

  • 12.
    Nicole Bryant said…

    As usual you’ve got a million ideas running through my mind. How cute would those look with a ribbon look as ornaments? Especially for a mini tree! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 13.
    Sally in Mass said…

    love the bottle caps! thanks for sharing :)

  • 14.
    paige said…

    Ali, these are sheer genius! Thank you for spreading the word, and sharing your fab examples, about these little wonders. I can see many applications for them. Hubby is not going to be happy with me, going shopping again!

  • 15.
    Lisa H. said…

    Thanks for sharing. I have some of these bottlecaps and love this idea. I get the holiday spirit around the end of September and it doesn’t end till the new year. So, thanks for sharing. Something magical about this time of year.

  • 16.
    jenn said…

    woohooooo thats awesome! thanks for sharing Ali!!!!

  • 17.
    Chris said…

    Hi ALi: Speaking of Christimas, did you ever finish your Christmas mini album with the circles? I would love to see it if so. Thanks Chris

  • 18.
    Melissa Wilson said…

    Cool idea for the Mega bottle caps! I have a few of them and have not done anything with them yet. I think I’ll give it a try.

  • 19.
    Anne Thompson said…

    Those bottle caps are really cool. I’m so going to do that today! My little girlies love new crafts, and I”m sure they’ll love this!

  • 20.
    Juli said…

    Oh this is great! I had a package of one dozen bottle caps ready to go into a yard sale this weekend. I snatched those out of the FOR SALE box and now have a fun little holiday project planned! Thanks to Caroline and Ali for the double dose of inspiration!

  • 21.
    Jessica said…

    Just wanted to say that I have really enjoyed your newsletters. Very informative & helpful…as well as positive & inspirational! Thanks so much!

  • 22.
    Vee said…

    this is so cool
    can’t wait to do this one with my children!
    thanks for the inspiration :)

  • 23.
    shimelle.~* said…

    yes :) sign-ups will go live at the beginning of november! :)
    {love the bottlecaps!}

  • 24.
    Jolene George said…

    So stinking cute! Thanks Ali!!!

  • 25.
    K8 said…

    I love it when you include little projects like this in your blog or newsletter!!! Ordered the bottlecaps and looking forward to making them.

  • 26.
    Kathleen Joseph said…

    Hi Ali,
    Will Diamond Glaze work too?

  • 27.
    Michelle said…

    Cool idea! Looking forward to more. (hint!) Of course, every one is already out of stock!!

  • 28.
    Amanda Dake said…

    Just wanted to let you know that I love your blog, look forward to it everyday! And I ordered the Holiday 06 book and the Everyday Stuff book!! Wooooohooooo!

  • 29.
    Deborah Hensley said…

    those are so stinkin cute! I will DEFINATELY be trying those! Thanks for sharing! And I really like the newsletter too! I still need to figure out what day or time is best to be creative around my family, right now its just whenever I can! Thanks for keeping us all inspired!

  • 30.
    Kate said…

    Hi Ali- Just wanted to give you and your readers a heads up about using the Glossy Accents and bubbling. Keep a straight pin nearby when you work and pop the bubbles as you work. It is totally possible to have bubbleless items and it looks so much better without the bubbles. Also be careful if you do the Glossy Accents over any inked image, especially any color with red in it (which is a lot of inks) as it will draw the ink from the paper and color the Glossy Accents (not necessarily in a good way unless you like pink clouds). Guess I am just a perfectionist!

  • 31.
    suetreiber said…

    you always make such cute stuff!
    I never seem to have the time!

  • 32.
    Debbie said…

    Guess we’ll all be making little bottlecap magnets for Christmas gifts! I think this is what the girls’ teachers will receive this year. Ali, you continually inspire me.

  • 33.
    Emily Whitehill said…

    Thanks for all of your great ideas!!! I can’t wait to try the bottlecaps!!! I might use them to embellish Christmas cards!! :D

  • 34.
    Koren said…

    Lovin’ it!!!! These are what my girls are making for little gifts this year but we had planned to use UTEE and a heatgun. this is so much more kid friendly! thanks for sharing!

  • 35.
    Anna Z. said…

    Looks cute Ali! I have some bottlecaps lying around. I wonder if Judikins Diamond Glaze has the same effect as Glossy Accents?

  • 36.
    Elise Blaha said…

    excited by the “#1″.
    hoping for a #2 and #3.

  • 37.
    Kimberly L.C. said…

    I saw some of those bottle caps today while shopping for some other stuff and snatched them right up! I think they’re going to be year-around magnets I give as gifts! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • 38.
    Andrea D said…

    Awesome magnets.
    I was just looking around for the Happiness blog. Has that one been discontinued?

  • 39.
    erin yamabe said…

    thank you so much for what you just shared! you just gave me some cool ideas for our holiday cards this year…and i’ve come up with blanks for the past few days, so thanks ali!
    and how cool are those bottle caps! i’ll have to try the circle punch, too.
    oh, and i just got some of those 7 gypsies stamps that you mentioned awhile back…very cool!!!
    cheers, ali!

  • 40.
    Therese Bradley said…

    You have such a nice touch Ali. I’ve made these using regular size bottle caps and Diamond Glaze. I put a pin back on mine and gave as gifts. I saw in a magazine somewhere,I can’t remember now, another artist had the same idea but used old canning jar lids. A bit bigger canvas, if you want a bigger magnet.

  • 41.
    deB perry said…

    Thanx for the little project idea…my teens would love to make these things. deB

  • 42.
    julie skinner said…

    These are incredibly cute! Can’t wait to try something with my stash of bottlecaps! I love that you share all your cool ideas.

  • 43.
    cindy said…

    AWESOME!! LOVE those bottlecaps and can be easily adapted to ANY theme. LOVE THEM! Thanks Ali too for listing resources to find them!! Peace and blessings.

  • 44.
    xobellaaimox said…

    what a fab idea!! thanks Ali! :)

  • 45.
    emily said…

    Great idea and such a fun project. But I guess everyone must also think so since I hit all of the links to try and purchase these and they are all out of stock. Sigh!

  • 46.
    Andrea said…

    The class was a huge hit at ScrapFest I love what you did with these Ali, great holiday idea for sure.

  • 47.
    Roxane said…

    Love your big bottle caps. I made smaller ones into magnets last year for teacher gifts. I put them on the outside of small paint cans that I “dressed up.” I thought the teachers could use the magnets & then use the cans to store other items or pens, pencils, …

  • 48.
    Renee A. said…

    love it ali. love it! i wish i would have taken that class that weekend. i bought them, now i need to create with them. thanks for the motivation.

  • 49.
    melanie said…

    It kills me to think that I gave away a ton of these very bottlecaps a few months ago during a big purge. Argh!! :p
    Now I need to find more- I love what you did with these. :)

  • 50.
    Brianna said…

    Those bottlecaps are adorable. I wonder how difficult it would to put a hole in them to thread some ribbon through so that they could be hung on the tree as ornaments…

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