I had the pleasure of making a layout for the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine blog! You can find all the details for my pages over there!
I had the pleasure of making a layout for the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine blog! You can find all the details for my pages over there!
Hello, Crate Paper friends! I want to take a moment and Thank Crate Paper, American Crafts, my lovely Design Team friends and all of you for your time and encouragement over the last 2.5 years!! I have had such an amazing time designing for Crate Paper! I am happy to share my last project here with you today; I still have plenty of Crate Paper stash so it won’t be the last of me!
I used the lovely Sweet Story by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper. The colours in this collection are super sweet, so it is aptly named! I have been looking at the rainbow paper “Parfait” ever since I received the collection. I decided to make a really fun page and cut up the Parfait paper for a cut file full of clouds. I backed the cut file with strips of the rainbow using all 5 of the colours. I added coordinating colors of paint to my white background for extra pops of color!
To add some detail I adhered sequins in matching colors to the Parfait paper on some of the clouds, this added a ton of sparkle! For more fun, I stamped 5 of the rainbow stamp from the Sweet Story stamp set, and fussy cut them to tuck into the clouds. My title came together really quickly with the “Sweet” chipboard and the sunshine and smile cardstock sticker. It was a happy accident that the yellow and mint of the sticker lined up with the paint and cloud color blocks!
I used foam adhesive to pop up the clouds and also added a different height dimension to the photo and title. I also added one of the white clouds from the leftovers of the cut file and stamped the cut I love you from the stamp set on it!
I love all the sparkle and fun created with this page. It definitely makes me happy! The stamp set from Sweet Story is a must-have, as is the whole collection!
Thank you so much for joining me today! I hope you are taking the time to create something that makes you happy!
Hello, Crate Paper friends! Today I am sharing a few photos of where I craft and scrapbook! My craft space is essentially the same as I shared here on this post on the Crate Paper blog in 2018. I have moved a few things around as my crafting life changes and updates!
I have a U shaped set up for my main workspace. Almost everything I need is stored in this area; I can easily reach for stamps, inks, adhesives, tools, paper and extras. I store big items like my manual die cutting machine, cinch etc in a closet across from my desk area. My Silhouette machine is upstairs with my main computer.
My workspace is a mish-mash of older desks, Ikea shelving and Ikea drawer units and storage bins and baskets I have collected over the years from stores like Homesense. I am always teetering on the fine line of needing to see items in order to use them and having items tucked away to have a tidier space, so a combination of closed and open storage seems to work best for me.
I find stamps one of the hardest items to store; I currently have them in multiple bins on my shelf and on my desk. I seem to remember what stamps are in each bin, but have been looking into purchasing stamp sleeves and the lovely bins that a lot of crafters seem to use!
I love my cork boards that are in this area. I will pin up recent work or something inspiring, and when it gets too cluttered, I start fresh again! The bins under the corkboard hold more stamps, word sticker sheets, and the envelopes in the middle compartment hold tags, extra white cardstock silhouette cuts and doilies.
More stamp storage and another cork board. I love these bins and, at times, change out what is being stored. I had my Crate Paper Journal Studio supplies in the top row for a long time!
My large drawer unit holds bits and bobs in the top drawer, paper and my scoreboard in the 2nd drawer, stamping inks in the 3rd drawer, the bottom drawers have punches, large stamps and supplies that don’t have a proper home anywhere else!
Thanks so much for joining me today for a quick tour! Happy days and happy crafting to you in your happy place!
Coffee is a Hug in a Mug Page
My first traveller’s notebook spread uses the super fun Coffee Love Stamp and Die Bundle. I love all the sweet cups in this stamp set and decided to make a full page of the cups. I stamped multiples of each cup and then cut them. I arranged the cups in random order on the left side of the spread.
I knew I wanted to use the Coffee is a hug in a mug sentiment for this page, so I made a white tag and stamped the sentiment. I had a large photo of a coffee and ended up fussy cutting the just the coffee cup from the photo so that I could attach the tag! I added some dimensional foam to the coffee cup to add a small shadow.
To finish these pages I added a bit of typed journaling, the date and a few black hearts! I love how this page turned out, it is quite simple to create!
Love You More than Coffee Page
My next spread also features the Coffee Love Stamp and Die Bundle. This time I was inspired to make a little cluster with the super cute french press stamp and more coffee cups.
I stamped the “Love you more than coffee” sentiment onto my background, and then I added some colour to the stamped images with pencil crayons for a bit of added interest.
I chose a few embellishments from my stash for the base of the stamped images and layered a doily, small bag, a tag with journaling under my photo. I decided to add some more texture and dimension by stamping the floral vine from the Tea Time Stamp and Die Bundle.
Never too late for Tea Page
My last spread features the Tea Time Stamp and Die Bundle. There are so many sweet images in this stamp set it was hard to choose!! I knew the spread would have lots of the floral vine as it is so pretty. I stamped and die cut lots of the vine and then added light shading with pencil crayon to the leaves and flowers. Most of the vines are die-cut, I also added a few stamped directly on the background for depth.
I added a stamped sentiment to a label from my stash and also added a little banner.
I paired the florals with a simple photo of my favourite tea mug. I love how all my pages turned out, and I hope you are inspired to put this wonderful Coffee Time Creativity Kit to work telling your stories!
A big Thank you to Altenew for the gorgeous Creativity Kit and having me as a guest!
Hello! Happy interNational Scrapbook Day! Such a great day to celebrate telling stories and using fun goodies to tell those stories! I have another spread in my Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters insert. I made this one a two page spread about Fresh Air, thank goodness spring finally arrived at my house a few weeks ago!
I started out with a paper from Heidi Swapp’s Emerson Lane. I added my journaling right on the paper. I kept this page pretty simple with some washi at the bottom and some gold stars!
On the right side, I got out my Elle’s Studio rainbow stamp and some Distress Inks and stamped a pattern of rainbows. I love how the background turned out! I added my photo, a gold Heidi word my title using the Charm alpha and a word strip from Heidi Swapp Honey & Spice.
Thanks for stopping by today!
If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen my post gushing about the new Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapter inserts! The best analogy I could come up with is – if a scrapbook layout and a traveller’s notebook insert had a baby it becomes the perfect size insert! I love that I can use large photos and still have room to decorate and embellish!
My first spread uses some older Heidi Swapp and Crate Paper goodies. I used Emerson Lane, Gather and cut a word on my Silhouette from some digital Heidi word art.
On the left side I used a striped paper I found in my stash and then created a white envelope. I thought it would be fun to decorate the front of the envelope with the photo and embellishments. I added strips of typed journaling and called it done!
The right side has an Emerson Lane paper for the background and embellishments from Emerson Lane and Gather. The stamps at the bottom left of the photo are from an older Heidi Swapp stamp set!
I am loving that it feels easy to tell different stories on each page, I found if I co-ordinate the colours and products the different stories still flow!
Hello, Elle’s Studio friends! Lorilei here today with my final guest post for April. I adore guesting with Elle’s Studio and love every project I come up with! Thank you for having me this month!
I got out my traveller’s notebook this week and printed a large photo for the right side of my spread. I am not kidding when I say that I LOVE the Typewriter Alpha Stamp, it is a fantastic size, it includes numbers, upper and lower case and punctuation. I can see myself reaching for this stamp over and over!
Since I wanted to feature the stamp I got the idea to stamp a word scramble/word find 0n the page. I figured out I could start with “happy spring” and then just fill in letters to complete the page. I stamped happy spring with multiple colours of ink so it would stand out on the page. I used black ink for the rest of the letters; the page worked out pretty good without planning!
Next, I picked out the gorgeous fun flowers from the Beautiful Day Die Cut pack to embellish the spread. I decided to add clusters in 3 areas around the spread for a nice balance. I added a big daisy, small single flowers and leaves to each cluster. I did hand cut a few extra leaves from the green paper found in the Flourish Paper Stack.
I added two phrases from the Springtime Tabs Stamp onto a blue label for just a bit of journaling. A sprinkle of tiny hearts from the Tiny Shapes and Dots Puffy Stickers finished off my clusters and page! I love how this spread turned out! Thank you for checking out my project today! I hope you might be inspired to have fun with this incredible stamp set and gorgeous April kit!
Hello! Lorilei here with you today sharing a layout I made using the gorgeous April Elle’s Studio kit and extras! I couldn’t help but scrapbook about the current situation we are all experiencing. That’s what we do as memory keepers!
My jumping-off point for this layout was the awesome journal tag featuring the multi-coloured marks. The tag gave me the opportunity to use all the colours in the April kit! I also selected the plant and story of today’s card. I picked out labels from the Beautiful Day Die Cuts pack and started to arrange them on my background.
Once I had an arrangement I liked, I began filling out the labels. I stamped my title on the deep red label using the fabulous Typewriter Alphabet Stamp (my new fav) I also stamped the word smile on a pink label and then added the Typewriter Alpha Stickers to the top of the Story of Today card. I decided to add my journaling to labels and add them on top of the cards.
Next, I selected some phrase stamps from the Springtime Tabs Stamp set. I love this stamp set for adding little bits of extra “journaling” to a page! For finishing touches, I found three pieces of Spring Wood Veneer that went with my story and added them around the page. Hearts and dots from the Tiny Shapes and Dots puffy stickers sprinkled in three areas, tied it all together for me and completed the page!
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you pull out your Elle’s goodies and tell your stories from this remarkable time!
Hello, Crate Paper friends! I hope you are well! We were given the prompt assignment – “Why I Scrapbook.” I invite you to join the design team in answering that question! I wanted to make a layout using the gorgeous Sweet Story collection by Maggie Holmes to go along with my thoughts about the question!
I took a photo of a bunch of memory keeping projects piled up, Project Life, Mini Albums, Scrapbook Layouts, Traveler’s Notebooks, etc. I love to do all the things! Since the photo was quite busy, I decided to arrange my layout in a grid design. I found some pieces of ephemera and cut apart die cuts that supported what I feel about scrapbooking and memory keeping.
I used one of the blocks to add my title using the gorgeous pink alphas from Sweet Story. It was fun to find little bits that fit into empty spaces and made for a pretty grid!
Here are my thoughts on the prompt question:
Why I Scrapbook. This prompt made me think long and hard about my answer. My first answer was that I scrapbook for a creative outlet, but I realized that it was only a small part of the reason that I continue to scrapbook or why I got started. In 2014 I felt a motivation that I couldn’t put into words to start figuring out a way to record our lives, My daughter was a big part of that motivation and the trigger for recording what was happening in her life. When she was little, I felt like I would remember every detail of her life because it was so important to me. As the years went by, I realized that I had started to forget moments or details, and that was not ok with me. It was a slow journey to find a way that fulfilled me and to find something I could stay engaged with creatively. I had many “fails” in things I tried, but of course, those were lessons in what didn’t work and got me closer to what did. Heidi Swapp was the first person to capture my attention with her ideas on recording memories. I purchased a Memory Planner that year and began filling out one thing a day and filling up the pockets with photos and stories. That starting point propelled me into a world I had no idea existed! I dipped into art journaling, travellers notebooks, 12×12 layouts, mini albums, basically all the things! What made a huge impact for me was 6×12 project life. I completed one album, and I was hooked. I went back in time and printed photos from 2010 going forward. I still dabble in all kinds of mediums for memory keeping, but I learned to keep the project life albums as the base for stories and photos and be creative elsewhere. I tried making a few 12×12 layouts in 2015; I couldn’t wrap my head around it at the time. I thought I would try again in 2017 and joined Big Picture Classes to learn how! I loved the creative element of using pretty things on a page. I have always adored Crate Paper products, and when I couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into PL, it started coming together using them on 12×12 pages and mini albums. Pretty soon after I started making 12×12 layouts, I was lucky enough to join some design teams. What a fun journey!! I have met some amazing people and continue to have fun, learn new things and have an adventure! Through the years, I have formed a solid answer to the question of why I scrapbook. Ultimately I do it to connect with myself and my life. I do it so Hannah can look back at the rich life she has lived and remember. I scrapbook because it brings me joy.
Thank you for joining me today! Be sure to tag #cratepaper or #createwithcrate if you make a project answering the prompt!
Hello! My name is Lorilei, and I am thrilled to be sharing my projects with you this month! The time has flown by since I last guested with Elle’s Studio, and I am grateful to be invited back! I am working with the April kit and many gorgeous add-ons available in Elle’s shop!
I adore stamps and stamping. I was immediately intrigued by the Springtime Tabs Stamp and decided to use it in my first project! I paired the stamp set with the colourful April Labels. The labels have prompts like eating, watching, thinking etc. and I thought they would be perfect for a currently spread. I gathered my daughter’s items that she chose for each of the prompts and took a photo.
I chose a pocket insert that would fit in my 6×8 album and then did some measuring to fill each pocket. I cut a rectangle from white paper and stamped the tab in the co-ordinating colour to the label. I then fussy cut around the top of the tab. I stamped a word phrase from the Springtime Tabs Stamp into each tab using black ink. I cut a square piece of cardstock to attach to the outside front of the pocket page; this creates the illusion that I have a page of paper pockets. It also allows the tab part to slide in and out of the pocket page for journaling/reading. I used the Typewriter Alphabet Stamp to stamp the number 1 – 8 on white cardstock and then used a punch to make them into a circle shape (just a note that I laid these number circles on the co-ordinating items in the photo before I adhered them to the project)
Once I had all the pieces stamped and cut, I assembled the pocket page. It went together really quickly at this point since all the pieces were made!
For a finishing touch, I added stars from the Tiny Shapes & Dots Puffy Stickers in co-ordinating colours both on the pockets and photo.
Thanks so much for joining me today!
Hello Crate Paper friends! I hope you are keeping well and happy these days. Has spring arrived at your house? Spring is always a bit elusive here in Alberta, we still have plenty of snow that needs melting, but the sunshine is warm, and the longer days are so welcome! I have two cute banners to celebrate Spring and Easter using a mix of Crate Paper & Maggie Holmes collections featuring the latest Maggie Holmes collection – Sweet Story!
I have wanted to make some of these cute banners for awhile. Bea made one quite some time ago, as did Crate Paper! They are fun to make, and the sky is the limit on decorating them!
Speaking of skies, my first banner features a hot air balloon! I love the “Sweetly” paper from Sweet Story full of hot air balloons, and it inspired the theme for this banner. I made the balloon from a cut file I purchased, with some changes to the construction so that it would have a flat back, to adhere it to the banner. It took some figuring out to get what I wanted. It wasn’t “hard” to make, but it did take quite a bit of fiddling around! You could easily use a hot air balloon cut file or cut a balloon shape for a flatter balloon.
I cut some clouds on my silhouette as well, and fussy cut some hot air balloons from the Sweetly paper to float in the background. For some additional fun and spring delight, I fussy cut some butterflies from a paper from the Carousel collection and also found this little gal that sits in a ticket booth from the Carousel Ephemera pack. I simply snipped her from the die-cut, and she fits perfectly in the basket! The alphas for the word Spring are from Willow Lane. I have mentioned it before, but I love that most collections from Crate Paper or Maggie Holmes tend to go together! The banner is made from a pink paper from the Bloom Paper Pad, and the bamboo paper is from Magical Forest!
My next banner is an Easter banner! I purchased a bunny cut file and cut it from solid cardstock to be able to piece it all together. I cut the flower, but the bunny is in from the Sweet Story Soft Serve paper. The banner is made from Sweet Story and Willow Lane papers. I added hand stitching with embroidery floss around the banner for an extra touch. Each of the banners uses a straw for the hanging tabs; you could substitute a dowel in place of the straw.
I punched some flowers and leaves from co-ordinating Sweet Story papers and made 3 cluster areas around the banner for interest. The title is made up of a label from Carousel, sticker alphas from Willow Lane and chipboard alphas from Willow Lane. This banner is quite simple, but we love it!
I hope you are inspired to get out your stash of gorgeous Crate Paper and Maggie Holmes collections and make yourself a cute banner. It certainly adds a fresh touch to a room and a great way to celebrate spring’s arrival! Thank you for joining me today, take care and stay well.
Hello, Crate Paper friends! I am super excited to be diving into the Maggie Holmes Day to Day Disc Planner goodies! Everything is so beautiful!
I thought I would start with the weekly page spreads. I wanted to add a few photos to my spread, so I did some measuring and set up a template in photoshop to print my photos.
Once I had my photo spots picked out, I dove into Maggie Holmes heaven and looked through the lovely sticker packs. I quickly discovered I better choose a “theme” so that I could make some decisions about what to use. I wanted to use it all! I chose the wild rose pattern sticker as my jumping-off point for the page scheme and used it to make my other choices.
For a little dimension, I stamped 3 of the pretty florals from the Day to Day stamp set, and fussy cut them. I added them in three spots around the spread to soften some of the edges. I am in love with the little bookmark clips in this collection! I had to use the Floral Charm with the pink layered tassel and puffy rose. Another subtle layer I added was the black dot washi tape, the washi tape sets are gorgeous, and I can imagine adding them to the bottom or sides of the weekly spread pages. The top right box at the edge of the page is washi tape as well; the roll has different patterns of washi that fit the box exactly! How genius is that?
I have not done much “planning” in my scrap journey; I do love to go back and fill out planners for memory keeping. I look forward to continuing to play in the Day to Day Disc planner and see what happens. I wanted to share my pages before I added heaps of journaling so that you could see the layout more clearly. I am a bit messy when it comes to writing! One thing I love about the discs is the ease of taking a page out; I can see running it through my typewriter to add journaling that way!
Thank you so much for joining me today! Be sure to pop into your local Joann store or online at Joann.com to see all the stunning products included in the Maggie Holmes Day to Day collection!
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