Grade 9 – Crate Paper

While I was making my Grade 3 back to school layout with the Willow Lane Collection I also made a layout for Grade 9!  I wanted a soft pretty page and used lots of pink!

The stamp set in the Willow Lane Collection is beyond gorgeous and I used a stamped floral for my focal point.  I chose paint to match the floral and used the packaging technique for a pretty background.  I also added some Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine splatters!

For the opposite side of the photo I added a sweet tag layered with the gold heart standout and a chipboard phrase! To finish off the page I added some tears at the top and bottom and added some of the Meadow paper to tie in the pink!

Back to School Grade 3 – Crate Paper

I was so super excited when Willow Lane by Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper arrived in the mail!  The collection is so sweet, and the patterns are gorgeous!  I love all the sweet little characters, and I especially love the folk art unicorn!  I picked out the sweet panda bear and the unicorn for my back to school layout!

I started out with a white background and splattered some Heidi Swapp Gold Colorshine around the edges.  I used one of the big cards from the Melody cut apart sheet and the black envelope from the Journaling Ephemera pack to start out the grid with my 4×6 photo.



To balance out my grid design, I added the “you are loved” ephemera with a fussy cut panda prize ribbon from the Friendship paper.  I backed that cluster with a piece of the Happy Times paper so it would be the right size for the grid!  I added dimensional adhesive to the panda so she would pop up in the cluster.

To decorate the black journaling pocket I fussy cut a sweet little house from the cottage paper.  Hannah has always done homeschool, so that represents where she goes to school!  I added a strip of white cardstock for my journaling and then the adorable folk art unicorn!  The journaling card slides out of the pocket and is a great spot to add a longer story or tuck in more photos!

To add some extra interest and dimension to my layout I fussy cut butterflies from the Flutter paper.  I love that the Willow Lane collection includes the pretty lavender color!  I decided to use just the blue and lavender butterflies to accent the ribbons on the panda portrait.  The butterflies tie all the grids together and add lots of movement to the page.  I enhanced the butterfly spots with little gold puffy hearts from the Flourish collection to finish it off!


It feels like just yesterday that I was taking these photos!  My girl is starting Grade 10 this fall.  Time flies and I love being able to make these memories come alive again with the beautiful designs that Maggie Holmes and Crate Paper create!

Family Tree – Crate Paper

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by the blog today!  I have a family tree layout to share using the Maggie Holmes Flourish collection by Crate Paper.  I had so many ideas whirling around in my head as to how to approach the layout.  I started by looking through photos and realized I don’t have photos readily available of extended family.  I thought it would be fun to focus on my daughter, myself and my parents for this layout.

I started out with a tree cut file that I cut from white cardstock.  I fiddled around with the cutout tree for quite awhile until it hit me to try the background with the tree cut out of it.  I slipped a piece of teal green patterned paper behind the cutout and loved it!

From that point, I chose my photos and then decided on an arrangement.  I added the photo of Hannah at the bottom left, a photo of her and I on the right and a photo of myself and my mom and dad on the top right.  I decided to use pinks and yellows to embellish the photos and got out the floral die cut pack!  I LOVE the flowers that Maggie Holmes includes in her collections.  My instinct is to hoard them, but on the layout, they went!  I added some washi tape at the bottom of the layout to “ground” the tree and popped on the cute little partridge embossed puffy sticker.

At the top of the tree, I added a fussy cut dragonfly from the Charming paper and a for a little joke I added the squirrel holding the little acorn! (Nuts don’t fall far from the tree) Haha!  I tucked in some of the gorgeous gold puffy sticker leaves and finished off with some word strips from the cardstock sticker pack.

I hope you are inspired to create a family tree for your family!  I want to do another layout with old-time family photos!

Heart Eyes – Crate Paper

I traveled to Palm Desert, CA in April to visit my girlfriend.  I took a lot of photos of her gorgeous desert garden.  I love cacti and succulents so it was right up my alley.   It is funny to me how many of my travel photos end up being of plants, flowers, trees, and sunsets!  I suppose I take many plant photos at home too; I just love plant photos!!  I chose one of the photos of a pretty cactus to make a layout about.  The Wild Heart collection by Crate Paper is SO perfect for these types of photos!

I decided to string tags on some white bakers twine, I have made similarly designed layouts, but I just love the look!  Once I had made my tag decisions I used my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and puddled some watercolor behind where each tag would go.  I used a custom mix of pinks and yellow and teal.  Once the puddles had dried, I went back in and added tiny splatter drops in the same colors.

I kept the embellishments on the tags pretty simple.  They are so beautifully designed they made a big impact just as they were!  A few stickers, some gold hearts, a paperclip and the alpha, finished the layout off perfectly!

Tap Dreams

I was up at 4:30 this morning, definitely not planned but I thought I might as well make the most of it and enjoy some quiet scrap time!  My days have been busy helping Hannah with her summer school so it was nice to just sit and enjoy a coffee and get creative!

I hauled out my stash buckets and some pretty gold leaves from Flourish by Maggie Holmes.  I painted my background with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, splattered with Gold Colorshine and then stitched the gold leaves on.

While digging around in my little bucket I found the gorgeous acetate rose from Gather, a Crate Paper tag and the word sticker from Chasing Dreams.  I first layered a floral cut file from Just Nick cut from white cardstock under the photo for softness, and then added my embellishments.  If you want to learn more about layering, be sure to check out my class called Knockout Layers at Big Picture Classes!

At the bottom of the page I layered a piece of crepe paper (hard to see in the photo) and a strip of patterned paper from Flourish to finish off the page!

Craft with Kids Mini Binder – Crate Paper

Teaching kids to be crafty is one of the best skills we can help them to grow, in my opinion!  My daughter Hannah started crafting with me when she was 3, and I always have made sure she has decent tools and a crafty stash!

I wanted to come up with a project that most ages of kids could accomplish on their own or with some help.  I decided on customizing mini binders.  My daughter stores her art journal pages in these little albums. The binders are so useful for so many things, homework, journal, travel journal, art journal, recipe book, game notes, the sky is the limit!  I had a few Avery Mini Binders on hand; an important feature is a plastic pocket on the front and spine of the binder.  If you can’t find one with the pocket, you could glue your designs right onto the cover with tacky glue or strong adhesive.  The pockets make it easy to change out the look of your binder!

Start out by making a “kit” of products for the crafter.  I am using Wild Heart by Crate Paper, which has gorgeous papers and super fun designs!

For the Hey binder, I cut the Palms paper to 7″ x 9″ for the background.  I started out with the Hey card cut from the Wildly paper as inspiration.  I added the parrot from the Embossed Puffy Sticker sheet; leaf die cuts and word stickers.  I cut a strip of the daze paper and added the Charming Thickers alpha on top!

It amazed me that I could layer the pages as much as I did and they still slipped into the pocket with no issue.  I did find that the spine pocket is quite tight so I kept that simple with just a strip of paper.  You could glue alpha’s right on to the spine as well!  I finished off the Hey binder with the sweet pink heart paper clip!

For the Stay Wild binder, I cut the Thrive paper to 7″ x 9″ for the background.  I cut strips from Hustle and Roar to layer on the bottom of the page.  The Leopard card is from the Animal paper, and the Stay Wild card is from the Wildly Paper.  I punched circles from the Roar paper to decorate the top of the page.  Using punches is fun for kids and an inexpensive way to teach them how to customize with paper!

I finished this page off with a Stay Wild die cut and the leopard from the sticker sheet.  I slipped a piece of Roar paper into the spine and added the leaf paper clip at the top!  So fun, and great for a boy or a girl!

Days Like This – Crate Paper

I spent the afternoon with Maggie Holmes, Crate Paper, and Vicki Boutin!  Dreamer!!  Wouldn’t that be fun though?  I did spend the afternoon with the gorgeous Flourish collection and my Vicki Boutin Art Crayons and made a pretty scrapbook layout.

I was drawn to the vintage cameras in the collection, and they became my jumping off point.  I thought I would pair the black with yellow and found so many gorgeous yellow/gold florals in the ephemera pack and on the sticker sheet.  I started out with the neutral set of Art Crayons and made my painted background.  While it was drying, I looked for some layering pieces in the collection.

I decided to keep the layout very simple with the addition of the creams in the cards and ephemera pieces.  I love how it all came together!

July 4th Party Invites – Crate Paper

Being Canadian it was a fun challenge to create party invitations for July 4th from my current Crate Paper collections.  I had to get creative and figure out how to use the colors I had to get a good representation of an iconic American celebration!  I decided on flags as the main theme of my invitations.  I felt like I could be creative but still have something recognizable!  I started out the first invitation with a big tag!  The dimensions of the tag are 5 1/2″ wide by 8″ high.

I started out by preparing a piece of white cardstock to cut into a banner “flag” shape.  I added think pink strips from the Good Vibes Flourish paper and then added a smaller banner with white on top.  I punched out stars from the Good Vibes Passion paper.  I bent about 1/4″ of the flag around a cut-down skewer for the flag pole.

To embellish the front of the invite I added two different alphas and layered the cork stars from the Good Vibes Ephemera Pak with Gold star stickers.  Some ribbons and twine in the tag hole finished it off!

The back of the first invitation is all about the fun Ice Cream party!  I have been wanting to use the Ice Cream truck from Good Vibes for a long time and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!!  I added more gold glittery alphas and sprinkles of embellishments from the chipboard set.

For my second invitation, I decided on a 4×6 folding card for my base.  I created a flag for the background using a blue and pink paper from the Flourish collection.  I punched little stars from the Aviary paper to decorate the blue rectangle on the background.  The flag would look spectacular on its own but since I love layers I decided to jazz it up even more!

I used the blue tag from the Flourish Ephemera pak and the white rosette from the Standouts pak.  I decided to layer stars in the papers I used for the flag on top of the rosette.  A pretty gold glitter title and a word sticker and a typed sentiment finished it off perfectly!

I had such fun making these invitations! Try making a flag for a card or fun decorations for your 4th of July festivities!

GOOD VIBES: Passion 344305 / Flourish 344306 / Together Glitter Alpha 344315 / Ephemera 344313 / Cardstock Stickers 344314

FLOURISH: 344362 POPPY / 344364 EMMA / 344365 AVIARY / 344396 STANDOUTS / 344387 EPHEMERA P ACK / 344401 CARDSTOCK STICKERS

Planner Decorating with Flourish – Crate Paper

I still get a little giddy each time I get out the Flourish collection by Maggie Holmes & Crate Paper to make something with.  The florals, patterns, ephemera are right up my alley and there isn’t anything I don’t love!   I decided to deck out my Heidi Swapp planner with Flourish.

Awhile ago, while playing with Flourish I made a teeny travellers notebook out of the botanical  book cover ephemera.  It has little page and I added tassels to the spine.  It looks super cute tucked into the pocket! The 6×8 papers from the cardmaker pad fit beautifully in the side pocket and add another spot to decorate and tuck things in!

For the dashboard I simply punched holes in another paper from the 6×8 pad.  No need to trim the paper they fit beautifully!  I layered it under the gold acetate that came with my planner.

I made a library card pocket for the front of the dashboard.  I used a similiar pocket from the Confetti Collection by Maggie Holmes as a guide.  I have all kinds of bits tucked into the pocket and some lovely sentiments stitched on top of it!

On the pocket side of the planner, I lightly tacked everything in place with adhesive.  It is enough to keep it from falling off but not so sticky as to ruin the pockets.  It is fun to change this area out and make it a pretty place to look at!

A close up of the little notebook I made!

Vacation Memories – Crate Paper

Today I am sharing a layout featuring Vacation Memories with the Wild Heart Collection! I must admit up front that I have never been anywhere tropical but that doesn’t stop me from loving the tropical vibe of Wild Heart! For this layout my journaling and memory is focused on what paradise means to me! I started out with the striped background and cut papers in strips to look like trees! I stitched the strips onto the paper with messy stitches and then added a cut file from white card stock on top.

Last year we spent 10 days on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. The Island to me is paradise. The old growth rainforest was breathtaking and boasted Lucious huge green leaves!! I knew the minute I saw Wild Heart is would be perfect for those memories. I typed up my journaling and folded it up, I tucked it on top of of one of the ephemera cards and attached it to the layout with a leaf epoxy clip!

The chipboard paradise letters are my favourite!! I love that they are pink with a spotty animal print! I stitched them onto my layout for more subtle texture. I snipped the #happy from the cut apart card sheet into a little banner.

I knew I wanted to find a great spot for the pretty lush leaves! The leaves come in many forms in the collection, so I had a hard time picking between the paper ephemera ones, vellum and leaves on the sticker sheet. I ended up choosing the variegated green paper leaf since I had used so many of the green papers and I had more greens in my photos! The vellum leaf was the perfect companion! For one last detail I topped off the photo area with the gold foil butterfly print on the green card. It is just so pretty and draws the eye to the photo since I have a very busy background!

Wild Heart is a great collection for vacation memories, you can join me and scrap about your idea of paradise!

Supplies: Wild Heart: 344427 ANIMAL / 344420 WILDLY / 344423 DAZE / 344422 PALMS / 344425 PARADISE / 344434 CHIPBOARD STICKERS / 344440 EPOXY PAPER CLIPS / 344436 EPHEMERA PACK