December Pocket Album Pages

Happy December! Samantha here with you. Every December I create a pocket style mini album that I use to document all the fun we have during December. I love having all our memories in one place, and truthfully, if I didn’t do a quick pocket style album for December, it might never get scrapped. I love Christmas and pack in a lot of fun! Today I have the first few pages from my December pocket album. It’s not too late to start your own!

Supplies: Christmas Joy Tags, Christmas Joy Peace Joy and Love, Merry and Bright 3D Sticker, Christmas Magic Cardstock Multipack, Christmas Puffy Stickers

I like to keep my designs simple. Cut apart tags are a great way to fill empty space and add a pretty design element. Add a sticker or two right on top of your photos for an extra touch of personalization.

The best part of scrapping an album like this is that you can come back to add more if you’re creating a page about an activity that takes place throughout the season. For example, we watch Christmas movies and have special treats all December long. I still have space to add one more photo, and it’s really easy to pull out my journaling tag to add to the list of movies we watched and coordinating treats that we had.

You can even mix and match the sizes of your photos. I mix 4 x 6 pages in with my standard 6 x 8 photos. There are no rules here. The more you mix the textures of your embellishments and sizes of your photos, the more you’ll love your album.

How do you document your December?

 

 

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Christmas Card with Gift Card Holder

Happy Holidays! Samantha here with you. I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I LOVE this time of year between Thanksgiving and Christmas. If you’re like me, you love adding a hand made touch to your gifts, especially if you giving something like a gift card. Today I have a handmade Christmas card with gift card holder to share with you.

Supplies: Christmas Joy Tags, Christmas Joy Gold Dot, Christmas Joy Merry & Bright 3D Sticker, Christmas Joy Rice Paper Border Sticker, Christmas Joy Stick On Pockets, Christmas Joy Flake Stickers, Christmas Joy Epoxy Stickers

As always, Christmas Joy has so many fantastic coordinating embellishments that I had a hard time choosing just a few to use. I love adding embellishments in a collage style cluster. It’s a great way to get lots of embellishments on the card without it feeling cluttered.

For a simple yet pretty way to hold a gift card add a coordinating Stick on Pocket on the inside of the card.

How do you like to ad hand made touches to your holiday gifting?

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Project Pad Cards

Hello! Samantha here with you. Paper House’s Project Pads are super versatile and easy to work with.  I’m sharing two project pad cards with you today to showcase how pretty these pads are. At the end of this post there is also a link to a bonus home decor project using a project pad.

Supplies: Hearts ProjectColor Washed Paper Pad, Bohemian Friends Clear Stickers, Family Planner Stickers

There are multiple sizes of hearts in the Heart Project pad. To create a simple focal point for a card, just layer up a few different sizes and colors of heart. Using dimensional adhesive helps take the card from “ok” to “wow” and gives it a more finished look. You can also mail cards using dimensional adhesive without having to pay any extra postage! Finish your card by adding sentiment stickers. I used some planner stickers on this card to make it a birthday card.

If you like using patterned paper, you can start your card with a pretty piece of patterned paper. Then choose some hearts from the project pad that coordinate with your patterned paper. Too keep everything from getting too busy, I used hearts that were very similar on this card. Group them together in the center of the card for a fun focal point. Add a clear sticker at the bottom for a seamless sentiment.

Want to see more of what you can do with Paper House’s Project Pads? Head on over to my blog today where I have this simple home decor piece featuring the Feathers Project Pad.

What will you be making with Paper House’s Project Pads?
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Turning a Single Page Sketch Into a Double Page Layout

Hello! Samantha here with you. Today I’d like to walk you through turning a single page sketch into a double page layout. This is a really useful trick for when you have a sketch you really like, but have too many photos for a single page layout.

Supplies: The Great Outdoors Beneath the Stars, The Great Outdoors Into the Woods, The Great Outdoors Happy Camper, The Great Outdoors 3D Stickers, The Great Outdoors Cardstock Stickers, The Great Outdoors Planner Stickers, The Great Outdoors Hunting Adventures 3D Stickers, The Great Outdoors Epoxy Clips

Here’s the sketch I’ll be using today:

The first thing I like to do when working with a sketch is to pull my photos.

This is the point where I decided that I have enough photos that I need a 2 page layout instead of a single page layout. I laid my photos out into a left page and a right page. Since I am one photo short (on the right hand page), I’ll use the last photo space to ad a journaling tag instead.

 

For the left had page, I’ll follow the sketch, butiInstead of taking a single page and just creating it twice for a double page layout, I like to take the sketch and mirror it for the right hand page of the two page layout. Normally, I just do this in my head, but for the sake of this step-out I flipped the sketch so you can see what I mean in the photo above. I’ll be using the mirrored version on the right hand side of the layout.

Now that you know the basics of how your sketch will look on both the left and right hand sides, you can start building the base from your patterned paper. Again, you can see how the right hand page mirrors the sketch instead of being an exact replica.

Finish up the layout by adding your photos and embellishments.

Here you can see where I substituted a journaling sticker in place of a photo. You can also see that instead of putting a second title on my mirrored right hand page, I added a small cluster of embellishments. This keeps the feel of the layout cohesive without the clutter of 2 titles on one layout.

Turning a single page sketch into a double page layout is a great way to add flexibility to any sketch!
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DIY Thankful Note Board

Hello! Samantha here with you. I have a project today that’s not only great for fall but also a wonderful way to put a positive emphasis on interactions between family members. This DIY Thankful Note Board is a really fun way to get everyone involved in small acts of gratitude.

Supplies: Autumn Woods Autumn Woods, Autumn Woods Washi Tape, Autumn Woods Rice Paper Border Stickers, Autumn Woods Puffy Clips, Feathers Project Pad and Discover Italy Cardstock Multi Pack

We’re using this note board this fall to leave each other notes of gratitude. There are no rules to how to use the note board. The idea is just to write down something you’re grateful for about another family member or a note of thanks if they did something kind for you. It’s a fun way to call out acts of everyday kindness!

I had a small frame with a recessed area of about 4″ x 4″. I painted the frame with brown paint, and then went to town decorating it with embellishments from the Autumn Woods collection (and a few other collections, as well). I thought the feathers from the Feather Project Pad coordinated beautifully with Autumn Woods, so I added a few of those. To give them a bit of a 3D effect, I took a bone folder and scored the feathers down the middle. Folding them a little along the score line gives the feathers some extra dimension, perfect for an off the page project.

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Since I was using feathers on this project, it seemed like the perfect choice to use this sweet little owl for our note board clip. The metal is nice and sturdy, so we’ll be able to use it over and over again without the metal getting fatigued.

I finished up by using washi tape to add some borders (and a pop of color) to the frame.

I can’t wait to start using our thankful note board to add some extra gratitude to our days.
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Autumn Woods Pull Out Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Samantha here with you. Today I’m sharing a layout that has a little something extra to it. I like to call this style of layout a pull out layout. Don’t stop at the first photo, keep scrolling down to see the hidden fun this Autumn Woods pull out layout is hiding.

Supplies: Autumn Woods Autumn Air, Autumn Woods Pumpkin Spice, Autumn Woods Autumn Woods, Autumn Woods Puffy Sticker, Autumn Woods Epoxy Sticker, Autumn Woods Cardstock Stickers, Autumn Woods Flake Stickers, Autumn Woods Washi Tape, Autumn Woods Rice Paper Border Stickers, and Discover Italy Cardstock Multi Pack

So here’s the extra fun part of the layout: The photo pulls out to show 4 more photos! The simple accordion folded paper turns this layout into a hybrid mini album layout. Plus, it’s a great way to get lots of photos onto one layout!

If you’re like me an love embellishments, this also gives you a great way to use lots of embellishments on one layout while still keeping that clean and simple feel.

If you haven’t check out the new Autumn Woods planner line yet, you are going to love it. The stickers, washi tape, and borders make fantastic embellishments for layouts using the Autumn Woods paper collection.

I especially like the way the washi tape from this collection looks paired with the rice paper border stickers. I love how the semi-opaque look of the washi offsets the soft, solid look of the rice paper.

Creating a pull out layout lets you get the best of both mini albums and layouts in one place, and can help you scrap lots of photos quickly!
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How to Mix Embellishments to Create Texture

Hello! Samantha with you today to share a layout using embellishments from my favorite new planner collection, Great Outdoors. Mixing embellishments to create texture is a fun way to add interest to any layout.

 

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

Supplies: Outdoors Stick on PocketsOutdoors Rice Paper Border Stickers, Outdoors Planner Stickers, Outdoors Epoxy Stikcers, Outdoors Puffy Stickers, Southwest Adventure Paper Crafting Kit, Marbleous Paper Pad

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

These new Stick On Pockets are one of my favorite ways to add texture to layouts. They’re a bit plastic-y (so they’re strong) which also gives them a bit of a vellum look. For and even more interesting look, I layered up 2 pockets on top of each other.

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

The grouping pictured above mixes patterns already printed on the patterned paper, rice paper border stickers, planner card stock stickers, and epoxy stickers to create a cluster of embellishments that’s visually interesting and draws you into the layout.

How to Mix Embellishments to create texture on a scrapbook layout

Carrying a mix of embellishments (epoxy, card stock, puffy, etc.) throughout the layout helps keep the layout looking cohesive. With all the choices in Paper House’s new Great Outdoors collection, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from! How do you mix embellishments to create texture on your layouts?
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Back to School Scrapbook Layout

Hello! Samantha with you today. School is just around the corner for my kiddos, so I thought it would be fun to get in the mood with some school scrapping.

 

Supplies: Color Washed Paper Pad, School Mixed Sticker Pack, School Planner Stickers, Beach Cardstock Stickers Multi Pack

First off, I have to say that the color washed paper pad is just gorgeous. It’s also extremely versatile. When you first look at it, it has a really feminine elegant feel, with pops of gold foil everywhere. However, as you can see from my layout, it can easily be used for layouts that have a little more masculine, streamlined feel. The mix of colors and textures in this paper pad really allow you to make it anything you want.

I love to create focal points on my layouts by clustering embellishments. I used stickers from the School Mixed Sticker Pack and the School Planner Stickers to get a mix of textures. There are cardstock stickers, chipboard stickers, clear stickers, and even foiled stickers all mixed into this little cluster of embellishments.

I used alphabet stickers from the Beach Cardstock Stickers Multi Pack for my title. I just really loved the way the navy blue alphas popped against the white and aqua blue.

Don’t forget to get your camera all charged up so you’ll be ready to take some fun back to school photos! Then, while your kids are heading back to school, you can create a school layout or two, too.  When is back to school for you and yours?
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Craft Set Welcome Sign

Hello! Samantha with you again. Today I’m showing you one of my favorite ways to use Paper House’s Craft Sets. Read on to find out what that is and how I made this welcome sign.

 

Paper House Supplies: Baby Boy Craft Set, Southwest Clear Stickers

Additional Supplies: Paint, Apple barrel lid

I built my welcome sign from an apple barrel lid that I picked up from my local farmers market for $5. I only bought one, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be going back for more now! I put a single coat of white paint on the lid, and then it was all set for me to embellish.

Now, on to my favorite way to use these beautiful craft sets: die cut them with an electronic cutting machine! I used a Silhouette Cameo, but you could do it just as easily with a Cricut machine.

I treated the big sticker sheets just like I would vinyl. I created my “Welcome” in my Silhouette Studio Software. Then I placed the sticker sheet on a cutting mat. Finally, I set my blade speed and depth to the same settings I use for cutting vinyl.

When you’re done cutting, weed out the unused portions of the sticker sheet. You can then transfer your cut by hand or with a transfer sheet (like the kind you use for wall vinyl) to your project.

I finished up my welcome sign with a few accent stickers from the Southwest Clear Sticker set.

Being able to cut the sticker sheets with an electronic die cutting machine opens up a whole world of possibilities for these fun craft sets. I know this craft set welcome sign is just the beginning for me! Save

My Sentiments Exactly Birthday Card

Hello! Samantha with you. Today I’m combining some Paper House papers and stickers with a stamp set from My Sentiments Exactly to create a cheery birthday card.

 

Supplies: Hello Baby Girl Paper Crafting KitMSE Quick Coloring Circle

Lately it seems that I can never have enough birthday cards, so I knew right away that I wanted to use the “Birthday Wishes” stamp from the MSE stamp set. I love finding new and different uses for themed collections, so I decided to try using the Hello Baby Girl Paper Crafting Kit with my birthday stamp. I figured the bright colors and simple patterns like dots and stripes would make for a cheery birthday card.

My favorite thing about using Hello Baby Girl for a birthday card is that I got to use the elephant holding a balloon puffy sticker. I think he’s adorable, and the perfect way to wish someone a happy birthday!

Combining My Sentiments Exactly stamps with Paper House Crafting Kits is a fun way to brighten someones birthday!

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