The transparent cover of this mini was cut to 5 inches to match the pages, and the New Year’s Eve Gift line Word Garlands (#344959) were used as base pages for this album. I simply cut additional pages to fit at 5 inches as well.
Layering chipboard stickers under the photo was an easy way to add some pattern on top of the acid free and archival quality word garland page. On the right, I used stickers and stamps to list some fun goals for my daughter.
The left page has Vicki Boutin stamps that were die cut to cover the bottom portion of the photo. I used the same paper from the right hand side and stamped in each different color stripe to create the rainbow of flower die cuts. On the right, I machine stitched in different colors of thread to match the patterned paper, and adhered coordinating embellishments and stamps again.
The left page has computer journaling, and some chipboard embellishments stitched on top of the word garland page from the New Year's Eve Gift line. I hand painted the flowers on the right using the Vicki Boutin Art Crayons as a watercolor medium. the Gold Glaze from her line was used to accent the painting. I stitched in blush colored thread in a zigzag pattern down the border of the photo.
The left page has stars die cut from the napkins in the party line, and stitched down the center. I like that they resemble tissue paper and you can fluff them up for more dimension. I hand-stitched some stars and added punched and wood veneer stars too. The left side has a large photo with a blush colored zig zag stitch again.
I created this left page by stitching two vellum star papers back to back. The pocket between the pages holds more wallet size photos. I stamped and heat embossed the Vicki Boutin butterfly stamp, and hand cut them out to use as die cuts for both sides of the pages. The Vicki Boutin Mixed Media paper is amazing! I used her Art Crayons to watercolor the right page and it is completely flat even after watercoloring. I love that this heavy weight paper can stand alone as an album page.
The Vicki Boutin mandala stamp was heat embossed and then watercolored to create a hanging ornament feature on the left side. I adhered another one on the right side to tie the two pages together. The left page is another of the VB Mixed Media papers, and it holds up really well to the paste, watercolor, and anything you want to add to it! It always flattened out for me, after letting it air dry. If you need to, you can run it through a heat laminating machine alone without a carrier sheet to flatten it out even more.
I used the Vicki Boutin stencils and the Iridescent Glaze to create the left side and covered the right Word Garland page with a full size photo. A quick Paige Evans chipboard sticker stitched to the center of the left side keeps the focus on the photo and the beautiful glaze effect.
The back cover is a transparency from the Paige Evans Oh My Heart line and works well as a cover for this mini album. I hope you enjoyed this mini album, and try out the new mixed media supplies from Vicki Boutin along with the New Year's Eve Party Line.
SUPPLIES: American Crafts Textured Card Stock-White (#71259), Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Art Paper (#343917), Vicki Boutin Gesso (#343912), Creative FX Gold Glaze (#343913), Iridescent Glaze (#343915), Art Crayons (#343909), Art Crayons (#343908), Stencils (#343895), VB Stamp and Die Sets (#343893, #343894), American Crafts New Year’s Eve Party Line (#344965, #345761, #344959), Paige Evans Oh My Heart Stickers (#310522, #310398,#310426), Paige Evans Oh My Heart Patterned Paper (#310409, #310404, #310425), Paige Evans Sticker Book (#344867), American Crafts Dear Lizzy Paper (#343418) Amy Tangerine Paper (#376208), Dear Lizzy Thickers (#3434270), Crate Paper Confetti Vellum 683730), Crate Paper Carousel Embellishments (#379122)
Happy Holidays to everyone! December is the most wonderful time of the year for us full of celebrating, cooking, laughing… and wrapping! The month is not over yet, New Year’s Eve is coming and my desk is full packed with colorful party boxes and bags filled with chocolate, cookies, confetti and fun surprises for friends. Let me share with you a quick tour around my table.
I like to create packaging in various style and would like to show my friends and family members that I thought about it and considered their tastes. I used American Crafts Gift Boxes and Bags to do the gift wrapping, they really made the whole wrapping process fast and easy. All I needed to add a little embellishing…and embellishing these cute gift boxes is really fun, don’t you think?
I chose the pink striped box with the tiny gold hearts for my little niece and created a banner with cutting letters from a Sweater and Weather paper and adhered some stickers among the letters.
Black with pink and gold looks always elegant and pretty! I adore the tiny gold stars and hearts on the black gift box, I just tied with pink ribbon, added a pink gift tag and Dear Lizzy gold chipboard alphas.
I really love using scrapbooking products whenever I can. And one of them is to wrap my gifts especially when I have small presents to give. Wrap your box with a Sweater and Weather paper, tie with baker twine and add some stickers and other cuteness... the result is so sweet and pretty!
Using pom-poms are my go-to technique when I have more time for decorating gift boxes. Happily my little daughter always joins me for creating some colorful pom-poms, and we spent great chit-chat time together. I tied the box with colorful threads, added pom-poms, white and gold tags, and some alpha stickers.
Candy style gift wrapping is my favorite when I want to be ready quickly. All you need is a colorful gift wrap and a paper roll.
Thank you for swinging by! Happy Holidays! Xoxo BEA
Supplies: GIFT BOXES 3/PKG Everyday (344806) GIFT BOXES 3/PKG Birthday (344807) (AC GIFT JUMBO GIFT BAG (344784) AC GIFT SMALL GIFT BAG W/TAG (344793) AC GIFT LARGE GIFT BAG (344787) AC GIFT TAG SETS (344873) AC GIFT TAG SETS Happy Birthday (344874) Gift Wrap roll Party Pop pink (344773) Gift Wrap – Confetti (344780) Dear Lizzy gold alpha stickers (374825)
Hello everyone it’s Zinia here and this week on the blog is dedicated to planners!
Whether you are an obsessed planner girl or you just jot down your appointments on a wall calendar we all need a little bit of organization in our life. And since we are creative people it’s only natural to reflect that creativity in our planner. I keep trying different planning system and layouts to decide what I’ll use for 2018 and I was so pleasantly surprised to realize that the new American Crafts planners are perfect for my needs.
For me it is really important to have a really simple design that gives me the extra space to add my own decorations. I also need a nice and spacious monthly calendar cause that’s what I use the most.
Although I love adding color to my planner, I try not to overdecorate. The main focus should always be the planning itself so I avoid distracting elements. That being said I always like adding fun little elements at the margins to personalize every spread. For my January calendar, I decided to use the gorgeous Creative Devotion rub-ons and clear stickers to highlight the some areas. Because these products are translucent, they allow the text to peek through.
I also used a mix of Sweater Weather and Stargazer stickers to create a festive scene at the bottom of my spread.
Since January is not here yet and I don’t have a lot of confirmed assignments, instead of writing things down on the planner, I used the colorful Creative Devotion sticky flags. This way I can move them around until there’s a set day for them.
Now here’s the thing, I don’t usually have a daily to do list or any sort of daily planning to be more accurate. So I decided to tweak my weekly pages to fit my needs. Although I don’t plan on daily basis, I still keep all sorts of notes and information in my planner and the weekly layout is perfect for that.
I used banner stickers from the new American Crafts 30-page sticker books to cover the days of the week and re-label each section. This way I can keep any information I want and still have a weekly to-do list on the side if I need it.
I also like attaching pieces of paper in my planner using washi tape. I do that for lists that are not relevant to a specific week or month. Once the days pass, I can move my list to the next spread without writing everything all over again.
I really hope you got some ideas and inspiration on how to setup and use your American Crafts planners. Until next time, happy planning! :D
SUPPLY LIST: 344864 Sticker Book with Foil Accents - Vicki Boutin, 344870 Sticker Book with Foil Accents - 1canoe2, 344861 Sticker Book with Foil Accents - Dear Lizzy, 344863 Sticker Book with Foil Accents – Shimelle, 342625 Creative Devotion Collection - Washi Tape – Two, 342595 Creative Devotion Collection - Erasable Pens, 342650 Creative Devotion Collection - Tassel Paper Clips, 343438 Star Gazer Collection - Stamp and Notepad Set, 343522 Monthly Planner - Mint Floral, 343454 Sweater Weather Collection - Cardstock Stickers with Foil Accents, 342589 Creative Devotion Collection - Cardstock Stickers – Texture, 342754 Creative Devotion Collection - Rub Ons, 342626 Creative Devotion Collection - Washi Tape –Three, 342845 Creative Devotion Collection - Sticky Note Dashboard, 343429 Star Gazer Collection - Accents and Phrases Stickers
Hello fellow crafty friends! I wanted to create some pastel Christmas cards, and found inspiration in the Star Gazer and Sweater Weather lines. Two of the cards are made using supplies that aren't Christmas themed, so you can use what you have in your stash. The pre-made embellishments, made for two quick and easy cards, and the third card has a few more steps with the new mixed media from the Vicki Boutin line.
The adorable deer from the Star Gazer line is the star of this card. The six by six papers, with smaller scale prints, work well for cards and traveler journal pages. I used a border punch to punch the holes in the bottom edge of the deer patterned paper in the background, and a quick whip stitch with crochet thread gave it some texture.
The Star Gazer star paper covers the background of this card. Heat embossing with the American Crafts Zing Metallic Teal embossing powder and the star stamp from the Star Gazer Acrylic Stamp set add some sparkle and shine as well as reinforce the star shape. Add the iridescent glitter covered star to the center and a heat embossed sentiment for a quick focal point on this card. I trimmed the streamers on the star with sharp scissors to make it shorter. You can alter pre-made embellishments to fit your project and customize them to suit your taste.
The third card has some mixed media elements from the Vicki Boutin line, and I couldn't wait to try out her CreativeFX glaze. Splatter some color on by mixing the Vicki Boutin art crayons with water. Cut five of any shape or choose five die cuts from a pack, and scatter them across in a diagonal. Then add your patterned paper strip at the bottom, and your sentiment on top.
The five patterns from the Sweater Weather line were cut into star shapes, but you could grab five die cut shapes from the die cut pack and save a step.
I mixed the art crayons with a water brush and splatted them on the background. Then I painted the CreativeFX iridescent glaze on the machine cut sentiment so that it would have time to dry. Clean your brush right away.
I stitched around three of the stars, and left the smallest ones unstitched.
Finished card three. I added gold snowflake stickers from the Sweater Weather line to add some shine and tie in with the gold foil heart on the sentiment sticker over the stars. I typed the "Have a Merry" onto the label sticker with the We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter and added it on top of the stars with a couple of foam dots.
Thank you for visiting today, and happy crafting!
Supplies: American Crafts Sweater Weather Double-Sided Card Stock (#343448, #343452, #343453, #343444, #343447), Sweater Weather Card Stock Stickers (#343454), Vicki Boutin CreativeFX Iridescent Glaze (#343915), Vicki Boutin Art Crayons (#343909), AC Kringle and Co. Digital Brushes, Star Gazer 6x6 paper pad (#343426), Star Gazer Puffy Stickers (#343430), Pink Paislee Turn The Page paper pad (#310565), Vicki Boutin Color Wheel Ink Pads (#343901), Star Gazer Die Cut Shapes (#343431), Star Gazer Acrylic Stamps (#343435), Star Gazer Shooting Star Embellishments (#343437), American Crafts Zing Embossing Powder (#27165)
Hello AC friends! Today, I would like to share with you two cards that I created with the uber-cute Sweater and Weather collection. This time I wanted to try something new with my cards, and just love how this project turned out! I have some lovely creative friends, who love to send pocket pages to each other for any occasion just like Christmas. My idea was that, I incorporate a mini pocket page into my cards, and surprise my friends with ‘two in one’ cards.
Let’s see my first card. It seems I am immediately drawn to the soft pinks and light blue of this collection, mixed with some wood pattern, and of course, gold accents...who can resist?
For my next card, I focused on traditional colors of the collection. I love the deep red and green with the cute ephemera pieces! So pretty!
Let me share with you the creative process of these Christmas cards in simple steps:
I started with creating a card base using white cardstock. I cut a frame from patterned paper using my cutting machine. To adhering the frame, I used the thin and super sticky AC red tape on the flaps, bent the flaps back and attached the frame to the front of the card.
My mini pocket pages came together very easily and quickly! I drew template and attached to the back of the plastic sheets with washi tape. I used my Fuse tool to create the tiny pockets. I sealed the inner lines first and left the outline open. After that, I selected my materials, choosing a color palette I loved, patterned papers that I couldn't wait to incorporate, a couple of cute ephemera pieces I could layer one with another, and gold stickers that give a fun sparkle to my pocket pages. I trimmed six pieces of patterned paper and embellished them. When finished, I filled the pockets, and closed the outer edges with the Fuse tool.
To place the pocket page into the card, you just have to fold the border back and slip the pocket behind the frame.
One more TIP: Make your letter more personal with a special envelope! I used my WeR Memory envelope punch board for creating an envelope, and punched a heart shape from the front using the Clear Cut Heart punch. I backed the shape with transparent paper and placed some sequences and patterned paper behind.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope I could inspire you to try something new and create special cards for Christmas! Bea
Supplies: Sweater and Weather collection: Winter Wonderland patterned paper (343447), Brrr patterned paper (343446), twinkle patterned paper ( 343452), Warm Wishes patterned paper (343444), Close Knit patterned paper (343445), Gold Foiled Chipboard letters (343462), cardstock stickers (343454), ephemera pack (343459), WeR clear punch cut (660708), WeR Envelope punch board (71277-0), WeR Fuse tool (662567),
Hey American Crafts fans, it’s Elsie back on the blog today with two festive and interactive cards you can create this holiday season!
These cards will definitely make a statement, but what’s even more awesome is that they will fit into standard sized envelopes so there’s no need to pay extra postage and get stuck in a long queue at the post office to be able to mail them easily!
First off, is my Santa stuck in a chimney card! I’ll leave the Silhouette ID number for the cut file I used for this card below, but essentially this card is a box with no base so it can collapse flat.
The card has two hinges inside the chimney which you can attach decorations to. You can use die-cuts or any other embellishments you like, but I used Santa’s legs and bag which came with the cut file because I love including a bit of humour on my cards!
I used stickers and die-cuts from the Sweater Weather collection to embellish. I especially love the gold foil wreath with the ‘Happy Winter’ phrase, which was the perfect piece to use as the sentiment for my card! I also used one of the ephemera pieces which has ‘to’ and ‘from’ written on it, perfect for adding my name and the recipients! I attached it to Santa’s bag with some thread for an extra bit of whimsy and secured it to the side of the chimney with a pop dot.
For the second card, I created a tri-fold card to create the pop-up effect. Again I’ll leave the Silhouette ID number below to the cut file I used below. If you don’t have a die-cutting machine these are easy enough to create without one, I’m just really bad at measuring things so my die-cutting machine is a bit of a lifesaver!
I wanted to create the look of an icy, wintery night, so I used the Dear Lizzy ‘Magical’ paper from the Stargazer collection. This paper works well with the Sweater Weather collection because it has a similar light pink colour which matches perfectly!
When this card is closed all you can see is the ice-skating polar bear, mountains and houses, but once the card is opened you can see another house and the cute bear die-cut. I love how fun and interactive this card is, and it’s so easy to customise!
A few other details: I used the gold foil chipboard stars from the co-ordinating thicker set to add some extra sparkle and whimsy to my night sky and I also used a red label from the sticker sheet so I would have space to write my message to the recipient which they will be able to see once they open the card!
I hope you try creating some pop-up cards this Christmas, they’re fun and easy to do and definitely have the ‘wow’ factor!
Thanks for popping by today… Ha! So punny ;)
SUPPLIES: Sweater Weather 12x12 paper: Snuggles & Cocoa (#343442) - Warm Wishes (#343444) - Brr (#343446) - Winter Wonderland (#343447)| Sweater Weather Ephemera (#343459) | Sweater Weather Thickers (#343462) | Sweater Weather Cardstock Stickers (#343454) | Dear Lizzy Stargazer 12x12 paper: Magical (#343424) | Ice Skating Polar Bear (Silhouette ID: #166342) | Santa Chimney Card (Silhouette ID: 208370) | Tri-fold card (Silhouette ID: #151541)
Hey AC friends, it’s Elsie here on the blog today with a few DIY Holiday Ornaments you can easily create with your scrappy supplies!
Taking the time to create handmade decorations is a great way to spread a little bit more love this festive season. I love to mix and match my home decor so I’ve made a mixture of ornaments in different styles to give you lots of inspiration today, but you could easily just stick to one or two styles!
The first ornaments are the easiest to make, but so effective! You can create this ornament with any symmetrical shape, I chose to create a Christmas tree, stars, baubles and snowflakes. To create these cut five or six pieces of paper in the shape of the ornament you want to create, fold each one in half and stick the halves together. Use some double sided tape to adhere some string/twine/ribbon (whatever you have on hand) to the spine and join the end pieces of the shape together to create the 3D shape.
I used a die-cutting machine which was useful for the more intricate shapes like the snowflake, but stars, circles and trees are definitely easy enough to cut by hand! You could also experiment with using different patterns and papers in the ornaments for a more eclectic look!
Another way to create your own ornaments is to simply use die-cuts. All you need to do is adhere your die-cuts to some thread and you’ve got some no-effort ornaments! I love the cute animal illustrations from Sweater Weather, they’re so fun and festive!
My favourite ornaments have to be the present and gingerbread house. To create my present I used a simple box cut file and cut it from a festive paper from the Sweater Weather collection and I used some white satin ribbon from my stash to pop a ribbon on top! I also had a spare gingerbread man cut file lingering on my desk from a previous project, so I used a white poster paint pen from the Poster Shop collection and doodled icing onto it and popped him on top of my present!
I followed the same method to create my gingerbread house, but this time I used a box cut file in the shape of a house. To decorate I added some snowy details with white cardstock and used the white paint pen to doodle some snow.
Thanks for stopping by today everyone, I hope you’re inspired to create your own ornaments this festive season!
SUPPLIES: Sweater Weather 12x12 paper: Snuggles & Cocoa (#343442) - January Blossoms (#343443) - Warm Wishes (#343444) - Close Knit (#343445) - Brr (#343446) - Winter Wonderland (#343447) - Cozy (#343451) - Twinkle (#343452) - Happy Winter (#343449) - Bundle Up (#343450) - Snow Friends (#343451) - Remember When (#343453) | Sweater Weather Ephemera (#343459) | Dear Lizzy Stargazer 12x12 paper: Magical (#343424)