How To’sday | Monogram Button Frame by Jana Paddington

How To’sday | Monogram Button Frame by Jana Paddington

Here’s a fun how to post from the talented Jana Paddington. This would be a stunning addition to baby nursery, your kids room decor, or even a unique way to display your monogram in your home.


I am so in love with this idea and as soon as I saw it, I just had to share with Kristy to see if she thought it might be appropriate for a How To’sDay! Although I wish I were the one who had dreamed up this adorable framed monogram idea, I must confess that I actually saw on the blog of an incredibly-talented shoe designer’s blog that I follow (just for little girls…be still my heart). In case any of you missed it, here’s my take on this adorable idea!

My daughter’s bedroom walls are completely bare. I know, it’s embarrassing, but she didn’t even have a room ready for her until she was six months old, so I figure it’s great that she at least has her very own walls to be bare in the first place! When I saw this fun project, I nearly fell out of my chair. Perfect! Something crafty that I can customize for her bedroom that’s oh-so-cute, not to mention, I have enough buttons and brads to last a lifetime. What a great way to use up my stash (ahem, Melodee, now I could use some more)!

Materials needed:

  • Computer
  • Printer (& plain ol’ paper)
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Glue dots or your choice of adhesive
  • Buttons
  • Brads
  • Stick-on gems and pearls (I used tweezers to apply these)
  • Frame or shadow box

I started off by jumping into Word and printing out the capital letter J in a font style and size that was going to work with my frame. I had purchased this 8×10 frame about two years ago, so it’s about time I found a use for it. A shadow box would work great too, as I had to actually frame the finished product without the glass.

The font I chose was Cooper Black, and if you can believe it, size 800. I printed out the J and then cut it out so that I could trace it onto my white cardstock. Be careful if you use black ink to print out your letter as it may smudge. Next time I’ll pick a lighter colour. :)

In retrospect, I wish I had dotted the line as the solid pencil line that I did took an extra long time to hide with the gems, etc. Once you put the buttons and brads onto the project, it’s tough to get in there with an eraser.

Next fill your traced letter in with your choice of buttons, brads, gems and/or pearls. I started with the biggest buttons and then filled in all the blank spaces around them with smaller buttons until there wasn’t any more room to stick a button. Then I went to town with my brads. Basically, wherever there was a spot to stick a brad in, I stuck it. Lastly, I went around the edges and did my best to cover up my pencil line with self-adhering gems and pearls that I applied with tweezers (it really made it easier to place them properly).

Once I was satisfied that I had filled in all the spaces that needed to be filled, I removed the glass and framed my finished product. I just love how it turned out!


Jana, thank you so much for sharing this amazing idea with us! I think this is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to create one for each of my girls.

If you have an idea that you’d like to share with us, please send it to We want to keep your ideas coming. No idea is too big or too small. Don’t be shy! We want to be inspired by you.

Be sure to check in tomorrow morning for Mid Week Mojo hosted by the amazing Staci Jones.  I can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve for all of us.

Have a great day and scrap happy!

Designer Card Kits | Monday Card Madness #27

Designer Card Kits | Monday Card Madness #27

We all have those times, where we’d love to be creative and crafty and that darn mojo has gone on vacation! Well today’s steal, the We R Memory Keepers, Designer Card Kit Collections are the perfect answer for when you want to play with paper and don’t know what to do.

It’s pretty fantastic that each kit comes with step by step instructions for all eight cards.

I have swooned over the Fun Fetti papers ever since I first saw them, so of course I had to make some of the birthday cards.

The fact that I have a stash of birthday cards on hand that I didn’t have to lose a creative brain cell over makes me smile.

I love the color combination of the Maple Grove card kit.

I also love how easily you can add a personal touch to a pre-designed card to make it a little more unique. You can see where I added Thickers and stitching to make this card more my own.

I added a little bit of ribbon to this card and a different rub-on sentiment to make a darling birthday card for someone that celebrates their birthday in the fall.

I loved the cards in this collection so much I decided to base this week’s card sketch off of the gratitude card from the kit.

I made the card a little more generic by changing the sentiment.

Then I had fun creating a card for this week’s Monday Card Madness without an ounce of creative stress.

Even though it’s not Halloween, I couldn’t help but get a wee bit excited over the bewitching patterns of the Heebie Jeebies card collection. I’ve never sent out Halloween cards before, but I think with this collection that will change, beginning this year!

Can you believe it’s been another month filled with card making? I’ve filled my month sending out joy. In fact, my girls and I have even been the recipients of a little joy, which truly brightened our day. Thanks to you lovely ladies that have touched our hearts.

Now for our lucky monthly winner. A huge applause for Van Nguyen, our random winner for the March card sketches.

Van, send your address to then we will be happy to send out a little something to you to keep that card crafting going.

If you’d like your chance to win our drawing for April, post a photo to our Facebook fan page or personal blog, then leave a link with your creation as a comment on our blog to be entered into our monthly drawing for a little scrappy goodness. You have until Friday, May 6 at 11:59pm to post your April cards to be eligible for our drawing.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for another great How To’sday, this time brought to you by Jana Paddington.  It’s seriously cute as a button!

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Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

Fantastic Friday | Baby Boy Nursery Decor

If you’re looking for a fantastic collection to create some darling baby boy nursery decor, then today’s steal the Piggy Tales, Steadfast Tin Soldier collection is the one for you!

After creating girly-girl last week I was excited to shift gears and create something totally boy. I hit my new large chain craft store looking for items to alter. Knowing that I wanted to create bedroom decor, I hit the jackpot and for $5.26, I found a paper mache letter, a wooden train and a door hanger.

I started with the door hanger and covered it with a solid paper since I wanted to keep it a little less busy. To cover the hanger, I simply traced the hanger onto the paper and adhered it to the front using photo tape. Another great alternative for adhering paper to wood is ModPodge, and it also seals the paper making it a little more durable.

After covering the front of the plaque, I added a small wave of patterned paper, some ribbon and one of the super cute window embellishments that come with the Piggy Tales collection. I added a photo of the the baby in the window. Some inking, a few buttons and little bling later, my door hanger was complete.

Next, I altered a paper mache letter for sitting on top of a dresser or shelf.

First I spray painted the sides and back of the letter then turned the letter upside down onto paper to trace. After cutting out the paper for the top of the letter, I ran it through my Xyron machine and adhered it to the front of the letter. I inked the edges of the paper and then cut out some circles on my Silhouette. I inked them and adhered them to the front of my letter using 3D foam squares to give a little dimension, then I added some of the ribbon from the Piggy Tales collection.

I finished things up with a little Wooden train which will look fantastic sitting on the shelf next to the altered letter.

I really wanted to cover the train in patterned papers so I carefully broke off the moving wheels and then painted the sides and back of the train with spray paint.

I traced the train onto patterned paper and solid paper and cut it out using some precision scissors. I ran the train cutouts through my Xyron and adhered it to the front of the wooden train putting the patterned papers on the bottom and the solid on the top. I added a thin border of blue across the middle and added some buttons and ribbon for decoration.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some rims for the train wheels. I then secured the wheels to the train using 3D foam dots to add a little dimension.

I think it turned out quite cute!

This idea of nursery decor would be so fantastic to give a new mommy as a baby shower gift. Definitely something unique and from the heart!

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Be sure to check in next week for all sorts of fabulous ideas.

Sticker Graffiti | Mid Week Mojo #36

Sticker Graffiti | Mid Week Mojo #36

I adore today’s steal, the Glitz rubon and sticker collections. I love being able to add some flair to my project without having to think too hard and today’s steal delivers that flair in a flash! I let the graffiti feeling of several of the collections be the drive behind my layout.

I thought it would be unique to combine lots of the different designs on the left hand side of my page to create my own graffiti wall.

I am also crazy about the little bits of bling that are on some of the Glitz stickers.

It’s a great use of multiple stickers and rubons, don’t you think?

In today’s steal there are also a bunch of stickers which are specific for titles. I love adding a title to my layout with absolutely zero effort.

Once again, you girls knocked it out of the park with last week’s creations. Every week you seem to truly go above and beyond and I can’t wait to see what you create using this week’s Mid Week Mojo.  To enter the random drawing, comment on this blog post with a link to your photo of this week’s Mojo page (a link to a photo from our Facebook fan page or personal blog) no later than Monday, April 4th at midnight.

We’d like to congratulate Jessica Laureano, the lucky random winner of Mid Week Mojo #35.

Jessica, please send us an email to with your address and we will get your prize sent out to you.

I’m going to hang up my Mid Week Mojo hat for a week and let Staci Jones take the stage next week.  I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.

Hope you have a fantastic Wednesday!

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How To’sday | Paper Flowers by Jessica Laureano

Dimensional flowers are truly all the rage in the scrapbooking world right now. We’ve had such a great time seeing how our fans have made flowers using different techniques. Today Jessica Laureano has been kind enough to show us a technique to make flowers using paper circles.


Step 1 : Punch eight small circles. I used my 1 inch circle punch.

Step 2 : Take 1 circle  and fold in half, then fold in half again for quartered folds. Open and lay flat.

Step 3 : Take the seven remaining circles and fold in adjacent segments as shown, creating a V shape in each.

Step 4 : Adhere the fold circles, one at a time, to the center of the quartered circle, using the folds as guides.

Step 5 : Finish with a button in the center.


I have seen gorgeous flowers like this before, but didn’t know how to make them and couldn’t wait to try it out! I made this card in minutes.

Thank you Jessica! It’s been so great to see inspiration from so many of you. If you have a great idea that you’d like to see featured on How To’sday, please feel free to send photos and directions to me at

Be sure to check in tomorrow at 9am for our next Mid Week Mojo.

Have a happy, scrappy day!