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Heart-Shaped Mini Scrapbook Album Idea

Here’s a quick and easy project I made with all of my favorite Valentine’s Day photos from last year – a fun little scrapbook my kids love to look through!

Shaped Mini Scrapbook Tutorial:

Supplies:

Shaped mini scrapbook pages (you can make these or buy them)

Fastener to hold album together

Pretty scrapbook paper (I used two 12×12 pieces; one patterned, one solid shimmery one)

Photos (mini size works best)!

Adhesive and scissors

Steps:

1. Based on the size and number of pages, decide on which photos you will need for your album. Because my heart-shaped album didn’t leave much room for photos, I re-sized all of mine to 1.5×2.5 and printed them out on one 8.5×11 sheet of glossy paper.

2. Use one of your mini scrapbook pages to trace the shape onto the scrapbook papers. I made some of my hearts solid and some patterned.

3. Cut out the shapes inside the line, so you won’t have any over-hanging paper. Adhere them to the scrapbook pages.

4. If you have left-over scraps of paper, you can add them to the pages too, for a little extra decoration.

5. Adhere your photos on top of the scrapbook paper.

6. Add a title and/or some other words if you like, then assemble the scrapbook and you’re finished!

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial

One way to add a personal touch to gifts is by designing your own gift wrap. Handmade gift wrap doesn’t need to be fancy or perfect, in fact, imperfections add to the charm and homemade feel! Today I’m going to show you how I made some wrapping paper using stamps. For this project, I used a roll of white wrapping paper purchased at a craft store. If you decide to use colored paper, remember that paint and ink colors look different on colored paper than on white.

Supplies for Stamped Gift Wrap:

Plain wrapping paper
Paint, ink, glitter glue or anything else to decorate with
Stamps, stamping block (for clear stamps)
Foam brush and something to put paint in if using paint
masking tape and scissors

How to Make Stamped Gift Wrap

  • Cut a large piece of plain gift wrap and spread out over a flat workspace, tape in place using a bit of masking tape in the corners.
  • Decide on a pattern for your gift wrap. I used clear stamps (by Prima) to design mine so I was able to line things up to make a continuous pattern. I left space on one side of my pattern so that I could stamp additional designs into the pattern with another color (see image 1 below).
  • Use a foam brush to paint the stamps with green acrylic paint, then stamp the design in rows, adding fresh paint each time (see image 2). Stagger the beginnings of the rows, for a more pleasing pattern.
  • After finishing all the green stamping, wash the foam brush and stamps, then begin with the red parts of the pattern. Since I used a small stamp for the red, I just used an ink pad instead of paint. I used a smaller stamp block too, for more control (see image 3).
  • After finishing the red stamping, wash the stamp and stamp block, then add some final touches to your design with glitter glue. I put stripes of gold glitter glue in between each row of my stamped pattern (image 4).
  • Be sure to allow plenty of drying time before you use your new hand stamped gift wrap!

Have you ever made homemade gift wrap? I’d love to hear about it – please share your ideas in the comments section :)!

Here’s another idea: if you have access to a wide-format printer, try printing digital scrapbook paper onto large sheets of sketch paper, as seen at the bottom of this post I wrote in 2007: Homemade Christmas. The same idea could be used for smaller gifts by printing on regular sized printer paper too!

Free Printable Photo Box and Tutorial

Just wanted to let you all know that I updated an older Christmas tutorial from 2008 with a new freebie link (originally only available in the DST Insider)!

Click here to see the Printable Christmas Photo Box tutorial.

*Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

Handmade Christmas Craft Ideas!

The holiday season is a wonderful time for crafters. Amidst all of the busyness and hustle bustle I love to slow down and make pretty things with my hands. Making crafts during the holidays gives me a chance to get together with friends and family, listen to cheerful music and create gifts from the heart!

Christmas Craft Ideas, Tutorials and Freebies!

I plan to share lots of Christmas craft ideas and tutorials this month. I will keep an updated list here at the top of this page with links to the Christmas crafting articles as I add them. Some are new, some are from previous years. Check back often for more tutorials, ideas and freebies, or Click Here to be added to my email list :). Merry Christmas!

Christmas Craft Ideas List

Faithbooking Your Christmas (Dec 2010)

Stamped Gift Wrap Tutorial (Dec 2010)

Christmas Gift Bag Craft (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Gift Boxes (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Heart Digital Scrapbooking Kit (Dec 2010)

Free Christmas Templates and Quick Pages (Dec 2010)

Free Printable Photo Box Craft and Tutorial (Dec 2008)

3 Ideas for Photo Calender Gifts You Can Make Yourself (Dec 2007)

Christmas Digital Scrapbook Pages and Tin Album Project (Dec 2007)

How to Photograph Christmas Lights and Tree Lights Page Idea (Dec 2007)

Birthday Card Idea

Handmade Birthday Card I know, I know… for a site called “Scrapbook Ideas” there sure have been a lot of cards and other crafts here. But I think there must be enough of you out there who dabble in multiple paper crafts like I do, that I can get away with it :). Why limit yourself to only scrapbooking when there are so many other wonderful things you can do with your craft supplies? Plus I love the instant gratification of sitting down to complete a whole card from start to finish, and the joy I *hope* it will bring to the recipient. Another great benefit of expanding my horizons to include card making has been that it is a less intimidating way to experiment with new crafting techniques on a smaller scale.

A Birthday Wish (handmade card)

Supplies:

From Prima: Coquette Collection paper (#602017), Caliope Collection paper (#602239), Whispered Words (#812010 and #812027). Non-Prima supplies: Distress Ink by Ranger (vintage photo), chalks, stitching, glitter glue, white cardstock.

Steps:

  1. Trim the patterned papers to a size just a tiny bit smaller than your card front. Cut around the floral design on the Caliope paper, removing the top portion, and adhere the lower portion to the Coquette paper. TIP: try to avoid using adhesive along the outer edges, as you will be sewing them shortly.
  2. Sew a border around the outside edge of the patterned papers, with a sewing machine as I did (for tips on machine sewing paper, check here), or by hand. If you sew by hand, it helps to pierce the holes in advance – I just place the card on an old cushioned mousepad, and use a paper piercer or needle to poke all the holes.
  3. Use chalks in coordinating colors around the outer border of the card, then ink the edge of the card and the papers.
  4. Adhere the papers to the center of the card, and adhere the card greeting to the papers.
  5. Add some glitter glue to select areas of the floral design on the Caliope paper.

Simple Handmade Gift Idea

Here’s a simple project idea I tried recently which was small enough to slip into an envelope with a card. These were quick and easy to make and I used mostly supplies I already had around the scraproom – yay :)!

Magnetic Notepads

Altered Magnetic Notepads

Supplies:

  • Small cardboard-backed notepad
  • Magnet (adhesive backed would be a plus)
  • Paper flowers and/or other embellishments
  • Hot glue gun or other adhesive

Steps:

  1. Adhere the magnet to the back of the notepad. A thin, flat magnet would be best, since the idea is that the notepad can be written on while hanging up. You can purchase adhesive backed magnets or just use those free magnets you get as advertisements (that’s what I used, since I always save them and have plenty on hand).
  2. Decorate the top of the notepad with paper flowers and a gem (the ones I used are by Prima), or use any other embellishments you like!

Tip: I love using my hot glue gun for projects like this – I just add a dot of hot glue, then quickly place the paper flowers on top and use the gem to press and hold it all together for a few seconds until the glue is dry. It works because there are tiny holes in the flower centers which allow the glue to adhere all the flowers and the center together at once!

Have fun, and let me know if you make some of these! Oh, and depending on how bulky/heavy your notepad is, you might need a bit of extra postage on your envelope - so keep that in mind if you plan to mail them :).

Custom Greeting Cards Tutorial

Here’s a gift idea to try – handmade custom greeting cards! I made this set of cards as a birthday gift for my sister-in-law. The bold colors and designs remind me of her fun personality. The cards can be used as-is to send a quick note, or she can choose from a variety of greetings to stick on the front of the cards to suit a special occasion. As seen on the Prima blog.

Custom Greeting Cards Tutorial

Handmade Custom Greeting Cards

Digital Supplies: Tea and Silk chipmates sticker sheet

Physical Supplies (all by Prima): Life Colors papers (#910013, #910099, #910068), Say it in Crystals (#529314), Say it in Crystals packaging (#517328), Loft 18 felt flowers (#520052, #520045), Scribbles flowers (#528607), Center Kisses (#520724, #520717), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet.

Steps: Use a pre-made set of blank cards with envelopes or create your own out of sturdy cardstock. Trim patterned cardstock to fit the card fronts (I left a slight border showing on mine).Custom Greeting Card Stickers For unity in the set, I chose coordinating papers all from one paper collection. Next, add simple embellishments, leaving room for the greeting to be added later if desired. TIP: I used strips of polka dot paper on most of the card fronts, this creates even more unity between the cards and makes them look like a set. The polka dot paper is actually from the packaging of some Prima Say it in Crystals :). Once your cards are ready, you can create some custom greeting stickers. I created mine on the computer, using the digital Tea and Silk chipmates sticker sheet. I just opened the sticker sheet in Photoshop, used the “eyedropper tool” to select a coordinating color, and used the type tool to place messages on the stickers. TIP: once you type a message, you can rotate it to fit the orientation of the sticker by using the “move tool”. When I was happy with the custom stickers, I printed them out onto the RHF sticker sheet, stuck them onto the coordinating chipboard pieces, and placed matching epoxy stickers on top.

That’s all there is to it! Here’s a close-up view so you can see those funky flowers :).

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Baby’s First Easter Faithbook Page

Happy Easter! I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends at church tomorrow morning, so I thought I’d share this with you a day early :). It’s a hybrid scrapbook page I made celebrating Gabe’s very first Easter (2007). I can’t believe how much he’s grown in the past two years!!

First Easter Hybrid Scrapbook Page

Digital Supplies: Fancy Leaves and So Flirty kit, by Jess Gordon

Physical Supplies: Flowers, Crystals, Cardstock and Letter Stickers all by Prima

First Easter Scrapbook Page

Here’s a close-up look at the hidden journaling area behind the main photo. You can see my full tutorial for this page in the April issue of the DST Insider . Check it out  – it’s free!

Altered Flower Pail Tutorial

Here’s a fun project I made almost a year ago! The full tutorial with step-by-step photos is on the Prima blog today. Actually, I made two of these last spring -  for my nieces, Emma and Madison. I don’t know which they were more excited about, the pretty pails or the candy inside ;).

Altered Prima Flower Pail

If you are into “going green” with your scrapbooking projects, this is one way you can reduce/reuse/recycle! The little pail I altered is actually a recycled flower container. Here’s a shot of the flower pail before I started the project.

Scrapbooking Supplies from Prima

Click Here for a Step-by-Step Tutorial with Photos

News, Ideas and Tutorials

So Much Love
(So Much Love: Credits and instructions below)

Well hello! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve shared my scrapbook ideas – hopefully I can make up for it a little bit today :).  First things first though, I want to say a BIG Thank You to everyone who has emailed me to say you’ve missed my posts, you are thinking of me and especially those of you who have been praying for me!! It is very touching and much appreciated.

So, here’s a little update on why I have been MIA for the past couple of months: as you can maybe guess by the layout above, I am pregnant! We are very excited about this happy news – what a blessing :)!! For the first trimester I was veeeeery tired, and although I luckily have not had to deal with “morning sickness” I have had to deal with an ongoing chronic illness which unfortunately came out of remission right about the time we found out we were expecting. So I have been pretty wiped out, but I am learning how to cope and I am blessed with an awesome husband and a group of caring friends who have been very helpful and supportive.

Anyway, that is why I have taken a break from designing, blogging, article writing, etc. for a while.  Now that I have a bit more energy, I hope to get back into the swing of things (at least with scrapping and blogging). So let’s get started, shall we?

For those of you who read the Prima Blog, these will not be new – sorry. The only creating I have been doing recently has been to fulfill my requirements for the Prima design team. I am glad I made that comittment, otherwise I might not have gotten anything done at all!

So Much Love (seen above and at the Prima Blog)

Digital Supplies: Signs of Spring Chipmates (SKU19843)

Physical Supplies:
All from Prima: Signs of Spring Papers (#881290, #881276, # 881368, #881283), Alphablends (#840716, #840723), Whispered Words (#812010), Voila (#881634), Die-Cut Chipboard (#400026), Clear Epoxy Stickers (#400002), RFH Sticker Sheet, Essentials 3 Coquette flowers (#517281) and Sprites 2 (#517144).

I used the RFH (Retail Friendly Hybrid) Die-Cut Chipboard, Sticker Sheet and Clear Epoxy Stickers along with the Signs of Spring Chipmates to create customized matching embellishments for my page.

Hybrid Steps:

  • I opened the Signs of Spring Chipmates file in PhotoShop, and used the Ellipse Tool to draw a white oval over the yellow sticker shape.
  • I used the Eyedropper Tool to choose a pink color from one of the other stickers, and used this color to type the words “a baby” over the white area of my yellow sticker.
  • Next, I printed out the sticker sheet onto the RFH sticker paper (be sure to print a test page first to make sure the stickers line up correctly).
  • For the yellow title sticker, I just adhered it to the matching chipboard sticker and placed the matching epoxy sticker on top to create a custom title sticker.
  • For the green and blue chipboard arrows and the yellow heart, I cut the stickers out by hand before adhering them to the matching chipboard. This gives them an uneven edge, so the chipboad underneath shows a bit.
  • I added an epoxy sticker over the heart, but I didn’t use them on the arrows, instead I created even more dimension by using the Alphablends stickers on top.

Orchid Farm

This layout was for the March BAP (Build-a-Page) Sketch.

Orchid Farm

Digital Supplies: Beautiful Day Kit by Vera Lim; font: Century Gothic

Physical
Supplies: All from Prima – Loft 18 Burgandy #520045; Elysee Lace#519520; Sprites #517212; Center Kissed Round 6 mm # 520700; Whispered Words #812119; and Steel Toe Mary Jane paper #602178

Tip: to create the blue block of color along the right hand side of the page, I opened the background (digital) paper in Photoshop and drew a rough selection using the lasso tool, then I feathered the selection and on a new layer, I filled the selection with white. Next, I layered the blue digital paper on top and “clipped” it to my shape, using the keyboard commands ctrl+alt+g, then ctrl+e (commands might vary depending on the version of Photoshop you use).

Thank You Card (originally seen here)

Thank You Card

Digital Supplies: Prima Fancies Silhouettes #1 by Valerie Foster

Physical Supplies: From Prima – Fancies #518806; Whispered Words #812010; Build-A-Bauble #400033; and The Bitty Bag paper flowers #506988. Other supplies: blank card, pink brad and a pen.

Hybrid Steps:

In Photoshop, I created a new document with the same dimensions as my blank card. I opened the Mixed Fancies digital image, and positioned it on the front of the card. I used the custom paper size option in my printer settings to enter the card dimensions. Before printing, I checked my print preview, to be sure that things were lined up correctly. Then I printed the image right onto the blank card. I used a brad to attach the flowers onto the perfectly coordinating design. Finally, I added a message and a few more embellishments and I was done!

Card, Tag and Gift Bag  Set (originally seen here)

Card, Gift Bag and Tag Set

Digital Supplies: Parcel Post digital stickers by IOD

Physical Supplies: From Prima – Fancies #518639, Mulberry Paper Leaves 170684, Elysee ribbons 519513 & 519520, Belle Fleur 518042 & 518059, Voila! Art Strips 880200, Whispered Words 812119 & 812010, RFH sticker sheet, & Clear Epoxy Stickers #400002. Other Supplies: Kraft cardstock and gift bag.

Tip: In Photoshop, I re-sized the digital stickers used for the card, so they would be a little smaller and fit my card better.

That’s it for today, more to come soon!

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