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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Project Pad Camping Decor

Hello! Samantha with you today to share a little inspiration using one of Paper House’s Punch Out Project Pads. These fun pads a full of hearts, feathers, butterflies, or frames in a variety of patterns and sizes that you just punch out and use. So simple and fun! My piece today is a little Project Pad camping decor.

Supplies: DIY Punch Out Frames Project Pad, Relax Sculpted Sticker

 

My favorite thing about these little punch out frames is how easy it is to create seasonal decor with them. They go together really quickly and are super easy to group together since the colors and patterns coordinate with each other.

There are 2 types of frames in the Project Pad; raised frames and recessed frames. I used a flat die cut of a camper (we love camping with our camper during the summer!) in the recessed frame and some sculpted stickers on the raised frame. The raised texture of the sculpted stickers allowed me to keep my frames clean and simple, but still add a lot of interest by adding texture to the frames.

The frames in the project pad are a great size for grouping together as part of a design element in your home decor. They’re light weight enough that they can stand on their own, or be attached to the wall with a temporary scrapbook adhesive or poster adhesive. So many fun possibilities!

The fun doesn’t stop with the Frames Project Pad. There are 3 more Punch Out Project Pads, and they are all so much fun! In fact, I couldn’t decide on just one project to make for today, so I have a bonus Project Pad project over on my blog today. Head on over there to see how I used the Hearts Project Pad to create this layout.

The World is Wide Home Decor

Hello! Samantha with you to share a piece of wall art I created with Paper House’s Travel Craft Set and a PenBlade. We love to travel, so this The World is Wide home decor piece is perfect for my living room wall.

 

Supplies: Travel Craft Set, #15 PenBlade

I started my project by printing out my saying on regular computer paper. Then I used a bit of temporary adhesive to help hold my printed words to my sticker sheet. The sticker sheet I picked is one of 3 different printed full sheet stickers that come in the Travel Craft Set. I used my PenBlade to cut out my words. I used the #15 PenBlade because it is super sharp and very thin, which makes it perfect for precision cuts.

I used a bit of transfer tape (like you’d use on decorative vinyl) to transfer my letters to a piece of wood that I stained. You don’t need to uses transfer tape for this step, it just made it a bit faster and easier for me to line ever thing up.

I used some of the 3-d and enamel stickers that come in the Travel Craft Set to decorate my piece. It’s so nice that all the coordinating bits come in one box! Adding dimensional stickers to a flat piece of home decor really helps it pop.

All completed, this The World is Wide home decor piece is a fun way to add a personal touch to your walls. Do you like to travel far and wide? Save

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Xyron and Paper House “We Are Family” Blog Hop – Day Five

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Day five is here of our team up with Xyron! We’re thrilled to be teaming up to share beautiful family themed projects here, on facebook, and all our social media outlets! We can’t have a fun Co-Hop and not give away a fabulous prize – be sure to check out all the details at the bottom of this post!  Samantha Taylor is wrapping up our week of projects with a mini album – let’s check it out!


I am excited to be wrapping up our week of family themed projects with Paper House and Xyron. My family is spread across the US. Now that my niece is 2, I love to find ways to let her know we love her so, even though we don’t get to see her often. I used paper from Paper House’s One Big Happy Family and Hello Baby Girl  to create a mini album of photos of us with my niece. The journaling in the book tells her how much we love her. To keep it durable, I used lots of flat Planner Stickers and Clear Stickers to decorate the album, as well as plenty of Xyron 3″ Sticker Maker adhesive. I made the album especially kid friendly by laminating it with the Xyron 5″ Creative Station.  This is a book that she can flip through, look at, and read. You can find all the details for making this We Love You book on my blog, Taylor Stamped.

It’s the last day to enter our giveaway, so be sure to get your entries in!
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The winner will receive a Xyron Mega Runner, The One Big Happy Family Collection, and the Click Flipalbum!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter Link below.

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Be sure to visit the Xyron Facebook Page all week long to check out what their team is creating and get in on their giveaway too!

 

National Scrapbook Day – Hour Seven – Giveaway

Hour Seven: Happy National Scrapbook Day!  Today we are celebrating all things Scrapbooking related!  Each hour we will be sharing a new post with some inspiration combining Paper House products and our designer’s favorite techniques!

Of course we can’t have a celebration without a giveaway or two!  Stay tuned at the end of the post to find out what we’re giving away!  Now let’s hear from Samantha!
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Happy NSD!  Samantha with you to share some tips for a technique I use on almost every layout; mixing and matching patterned papers.  But before we dive into that, I get to share a little about myself and my crafty habits!

What’s your favorite type of paper crafting? I really love creating mini albums! I make them in any size out of just about anything.
Where do you go for inspiration? I like to look at home decor and interior decorator sites (especially on Pinterest) for color combo inspiration. I’ve found the fashion industry is also a great place to find current trends in colors and textures.
Where do you do your crafting? I am truly thankful to have a room dedicated to my crafting. It’s stuffed full of lots of re-purposed and second hand storage options.
What are your favorite crafting tools? All of them! I am a tool junkie. I love trying out new tools as well as using lots of old tried and true ones.
What are your favorite Paper House products? The Puffy Stickers. These are not the puffy stickers of your childhood! They are whimsical and rich looking, and just so fun!
What are your favorite colors to work with? I tend to gravitate towards blues and greens.
How would you describe your crafting style? My style tends to be clean and simple. I also like to watch current trends and blend them into my style.
Do you like it quiet while you work or do you have music or tv on? I love to have Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon on in the background. Have any good series suggestions for me?
What’s your go to snack/drink while you craft? I tend not to snack when I craft, but I do love coffee anytime.

Just like any technique, some people are pros at it without ever thinking about how they do it, some people love it after some practice, and some people will decide it’s just not for them. No matter what your experience level is with mixing and matching patterned papers, I’d love to hear about (and see!) your experiences with this technique.

Supplies: ONe Big Happy Family 12″ Paper PadOne Big Happy Family Mixed Card PackEveryday Moments LabelsFamily Planner Stickers

If you’re new to mixing and matching patterned papers, the best thing to do is stick to one paper collection (like I did here by using One Big Happy Family). As you get more comfortable working with lots of patterned papers at once, you can pull papers from multiple collections.

The second thing to look for is a patterned “neutral”. Here my patterned neutral is the woodgrain paper. It’s manly one color, with no big bold patterns on it. A patterned neutral  will help ground your layout and keep things from looking too busy.

The third thing I always try to find is a patterned paper that has all of the colors of the other papers and embellishments you plan to use in it. It will help tie everything together and will make your layout look cohesive instead of disjointed. On this layout, the blue patterned paper is the paper that serves in that capacity.

Play around with the order of your layers. I pull out all the papers I’m thinking about using and I start to layer them up in different piles. I pull out or add papers based on how I think they look together. For example, on this layout I tried the blue patterned paper on top, and I tried the red patterned paper on top. For whatever reason, the red paper looked wrong on top, but fantastic underneath the blue paper.

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Finally, don’t be afraid to use your embellishments to tie all your patterns together even more. I used label stickers from Everyday Moments Labels to pull more pinks and reds into the layout, which in turn helped the red patterned paper layer pop a bit more.


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Our First Giveaway today involves our very first ever YouTube Hop!  Several of our design team members and Brand Ambassadors are hosting one!
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Here’s how to enter:
All you have to do is subscribe to her channel and ours. Then leave a comment on hers. You will be eligible to win a $25 gift card to our online store!  AND you can get multiple entries for subscribing to all the designer’s channels, so be sure to check them all out! The YouTube giveaway is open thru Tuesday, May 9th! Head over to Katty’s video to get started.

Here’s links to all the channels:
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Our Second Giveaway is happening right here!  It’s also for a $25 Gift Card to our online store. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post to be entered.  And with 9 new posts today you can enter each hour – so comment often and get all those entries!  This giveaway closes at the end of the day on Sunday, the 7th.  We will announce a winner on Monday.

Thanks for joining me for mixing and matching patterned papers for NSD!

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Layered Mother’s Day Card

Hello! Samantha with you to share some Mother’s Day card inspiration. I’m a clean and simple girl when it comes to card making, so today I have a simple, layered Mother’s Day card.

 

Supplies: Mom 3D StickersOne Big Happy Family 12″ Paper Pad

I wanted to use Paper House’s Mom 3D Stickers (they have so much dimension, that I knew they’d make a gorgeous focal point for any card). I found quit a few different paper collections that matched well with the Mom 3D Stickers but ended up using the One Big Happy Family 12 x 12 Paper Pad for the patterned papers on my card. I love the touches of metallic papers throughout the paper pad and thought they would blend nicely with the glitter on the mom sticker. I also love that gorgeous wood grain paper! I used the “you are so loved” from one of the cut apart tag sheets in the One Big Happy Family collection as a greeting on the card and to add that metallic touch. Adding a layer of light pink card stock behind the patterned paper layers helps pull everything together.

Since I tend to scrap boys, I always enjoy getting to use ribbon a pretty floral prints when I create cards. This layered Mother’s Day card was the perfect time to use ribbon, florals, lots of pink, and glittered embellishments! What’s your favorite part about creating Mother’s Day cards?

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Road Trip Adventure Flip Album

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Hello! Samantha here today with another mini album. This time I have one of Paper House’s new Flip Albums to share. These small, free standing mini albums are a really fun way to scrap a small event or trip. I’m scrapping a weekend trip to Omaha with the Adventure Flip Album.

 

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Not all adventures take you far and wide. The adventure I used this Flip Album to scrap is one of our favorite summer road trips. We head out about 2 1/2 hours away from our house to Omaha, NE to spend a few days exploring. Omaha has the best zoo, and lots of other fun things to do, too.

The Flip Albums come with an album, a set of matching stickers, and a set of matching photo corners. The photo corners are great used traditionally, but you can also use them as page embellishments. The silver triangles on the top of the page in the photo above are actually the photo corners.

I found that the cardstock stickers from Southwest Adventure went really well with the colors in the Adventure Flip Album, and some of the stickers like “epic” were perfect for the theme of my album. You can also add the clear stickers included with the album to the pre-pre printed sayings on the pages to add touches of  your own style.

Besides lots of room for photos, there’s also some dedicated space for journaling. Since we take this trip almost every summer, it was more than enough space for me to tell my story!

I love that I now have these memories scrapped in this fun road trip Adventure Flip Album. What adventure will you scrap with one of Paper House’s Flip Albums?

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Instax Paradise Found Mini Album

Hello! Samantha here with you today to share one of my favorite things to create : Mini albums! Today I have an album I created with photos of a trip my husband and I took together. I decided to create an Instax album with paper and embellishments from the Paradise Found Collection.

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I started with a leather Instax album. It’s like a mini version of a regular scrapbook album with page protector inserts and everything. Instax photos print out at about 2″ x 3 1/4″, so even if you don’t have an Instax camera or Instax Photo Printer, you can still print out photos at this size.

Small photo albums this size are perfect for using lots of stickers as embellishments. Since we spent most of our time relaxing in the same place, there wasn’t a lot of journaling needed. Stickers are the perfect way to brighten up the album and add extra color to the story.

When I do need to add journaling to tiny pages, I like to take journaling tags from Paradise Found, and just trim them down. You can see in the photo above how I took a 4×6 journaling tag, cut it down to 2 x 3 1/4″, and journaled on a partial journaling tag instead.

Flat cardstock stickers (like the hello sunshine sticker above) can be added directly to a photo and slipped inside the page protector. 3D stickers (like the coastal life sticker above) are added to the outside of the page protector instead.

I also layered up some Paradise found papers and stickers to created interesting pages and custom journaling tags for my album.

Don’t forget to customize the inside and outside of your covers with paper and stickers, too! Have you ever made an Instax album?

 

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