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Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection

Winter Design Team member Cristine Redmond is back with us today, for another awesome reveal! Cristine got to work with a brand new product – which I must say I have fallen in love with! The Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection is just SO super cute that I know I won’t be able to resist stealing today. Cristine has really showcased this product to it’s full potential with some adorable projects – I dare you to resist the steal!

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When Brittany told me what I would be working with for today’s blog post, I honestly had no idea what to expect.  I had never heard of Urban Swank or Urban Lily before.  But once I got my product in the mail I. Was. Pumped!  Being able to see the board book up close allowed me to think of about a million and one ideas for what I could do with it.  If you are on the fence as to whether or not you should buy the Urban Swank Urban Lily Paper Craft Collection, stick around!!
The board book is SUCH a fantastic concept.  As I mentioned in my last How-To’sday post, I am intimidated by mini albums.  But this board book makes it SO EASY!  You can use it as-is and just add some pictures and/or small embellishments or you can completely recover the whole thing, as I did, and make it your own!  Plus, with the hidden journaling pull-outs, you could put your thoughts in the book and “hide” them.  This would make a great Valentine’s gift for the hubby or even the kids.  Tell them how special they are to you or what you love about them.  Or make one for the new mom-to-be.  Or grandparents!  I could go on, but I think I’ll show you what I did with mine instead.
DIY handmade board book
DIY handmade mini board book
I decided to make this album about myself.  We wear many hats as women and I wanted to write down what I thought about all of the hats I wear.  (Side note: one thing I found when looking for pictures to put into this album was that I am never IN FRONT OF the camera.  I am always behind it.  I need to change that!)
Here are the pictures of the inside of the album:
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
DIY handmade mini board book
I loved how I could hide my journaling for each aspect of my life in the pull-outs.  You could always add extra pictures or even small souvenirs in them.
I was also able to work with the ATC’s that are a part of today’s steal.  These are SO versitile!  They can be used to back pictures, as I used them.  Or as journaling cards.  Or as a cute flash card project for your littles.  Here are close-ups of how I used them in my album:
DIY handmade mini board book
If you are intimidated by altered projects or albums like I am, don’t hesitate to steal today!  This is truly one of the best things I’ve ever made and I’m so excited to steal today so I can make more!  Have fun with it!

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Thanks Cristine! This album is just awesome! Great photos and love those papers you chose. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful project!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

Our final Winter Design Team member is Lisa Spiegel! Lisa got to work with one of my favorites, today’s steal, the Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection. I just love the warm color combination and simple patterns in this collection. From red, turquoise, yellow and gray, to dots, stripes, flowers and speech bubbles – this collection has it all! Complete with library cards and pockets, journal cards, cardstock stickers and chipboard, this fun collection is perfect for any papercrafting project.

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Pebbles “Seen and Noted” collection for my Scrapbook Steals collection this month!  I just love the bright colors with grey…such a current and fun twist on colors!  I created this layout using the stickers, the journaling dards, the paper, and an envelope.  I added some stitching and misting and my Cameo for the heart cut and I just love how it turned out!  I also love that I can hide my journaling in the cute envelope!
Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

Next, I altered a new day planner for myself.  With a new year, it was time to get my new calendar and make it CUTE!  I found this one in the Dollar Section of my local Target:

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner
But sadly, it’s not cute…so I took some time to break out the craft supplies to cutify it! (We have to have cute planners, right?)  The Pebbles Seen and Noted Collection days of the week paper and bright colors are perfect for my calendar.  They are super easy to do:

Step 1. Take your planner out of the plastic cover and measure it.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 2. Trim the first piece of paper the height of the planner.  Lay it down, the side you want to show down and lay the planner on top, lining up the right edge with the right edge of the planner, then wrap the paper to the front and gently fold it. Adhere it to the cover of the planner using a glue stick.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 3. Trim a second piece of paper to be 1/2 an inch wider than the spot you will cover and adhere it under the first piece of paper and to the cover of the planner.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 4. Cover the seam of the two papers with a decorative trim.  I used the UPC trim from another piece of paper from the collection…love that Pebbles made one side of them completely usable!  Glue it down.

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 5. Now it’s time to embellish!  I chose to use this cute journaling card, a doily, a punch from the backside of the floral paper, a chipboard speech bubble and numbers to create this for the cover.  I cut the word “everyday” from my Silhouette Cameo and black cardstock.  It is nice to keep the embellishments flat for your planner.  Since you will be writing in it, bumpy embellishments won’t work well…layers of flat things work best!

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner

Step 6. Place your planner back in the cover and add a binder clip to mark your place!  Then step back and admire your handiwork!!

DIY tutorial using Pebbles seen & noted collecttion to make a day planner
And there you have it!  Your planner is now CUTE!
Next up, I created this layout of my oldest daughter. This time I created banners (by hand) and some leaves (with my Cameo)..I used some of the Pebbles stickers, too. I really love this line..even though it’s highly patterned, the graphic designs allow the photos to shine!
Scrapbooking layout using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection
Lastly, I also created this cute little pop up Gift Card holder..
DIY handmade papercraft gift card holder using Pebbles Seen & Noted Collection

I used a Cameo cut for it…and popped a cute little journaling card with bling inside to personalize it.  I added Basic Grey magnets to keep it closed…and when the recipient opens it, the whole things slides up and out!  SO CUTE.

I had a great time working with this great collection…it’s so much fun!  Don’t miss out on this steal…it’s just fantastic!!

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Thanks Lisa! I love all your projects – and thanks for the awesome tutorial!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Crate Paper Acorn Avenue & On Trend Collections

Next up for our Winter Design Team is Bev Code! Today’s steal, the Crate Paper Acorn Avenue and On Trend Collections are two adorable collections. The ‘Acorn Avenue collection’ is more of a fall collection with colors and patterns to match. Bev chose the ‘On Trend collection’, which is full of bright, contrasting colors and patterns and she certainly did a great job on showcasing it!

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Hi everyone, its Bev here with you today and I’m so excited to be sharing this Crate Paper On Trend Collection! It is is full of bold contrasts, fun florals, toned down collection of cream and black designs. What a variety to choose from to make crafting so fun and easy with so many alternatives. I started with this fun blue print and added the cream black patterns along with the pop of yellow.
Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
Below in the close up you can see a few details. The punched borders in navy cardstock backed the photos. I then added lots of fun On Trend accents and stickers…a touch of twine, brads and some bling.
Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
Next I lightened things up with fun floral and matching striped folded Chevrons, lots of layers, a banner with twine, a tag and stickers.
Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
The close up shows fun details.
Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
Now here is a cute tag with lots of ribbon tails.
DIY Gift tag using Crate Paper On Trend collection
Next up is the fabulous mix of black and cream patterned papers. Lots of fun layers, some punched, stickers, flowers, twine, butterflies, brads, some glittering bling and a thickers title.
Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
This close up shows some of the fun clusters and many other accents.
Adding dimension and texture to scrapbooking layouts
I followed the same colour theme and then made this card…popped the floral with sentiment, added a banner, layeres, brads and some doodling.
Handmade card using Crate Paper On Trend Collection

On the last layout I grabbed the green print, a touch of chevron strips and lots and lots of sticker accents that made some really fun clustered sections. I then added some black outlining and more doodling.

Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
Here is just one close up showing the cluster of stickers.
Scrapbooking layout using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
Now for the last project — a fun card using bright and bold floral along with the black and cream print. A few sticker layers, some brads, and inking.
Handmade card using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
In this other view of the card you now can see it’s an easel card…and the added punched border and floral paper makes the base to stand the card up.
Handmade card using Crate Paper On Trend Collection
As you can see I had an amazing time with this kit. All the color options, the numerous number of projects that I got made and oh yes…I still have some pieces left to play with.
Thanks for viewing today. I had a great time and am thrilled to be able to share with you!

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Thanks Bev! I love how your projects are so very different using the same collection!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Simple Stories Happy Day Collection

It’s the start of a new Design Team, and first up is Cristine Redmond! I love what she has done with today’s steal, the Simple Stories Happy Day Collection! I love the patterned papers and colors in this collection – perfect for boys and girls. Cristine really shows us how to use it with great effect!

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I really enjoy working with Simple Stories’ Collections, so I was excited when I found out I would be working with the Happy Days Collection for my first project.  Today’s steal is a very nice sized kit.  I ended up creating two layouts and two cards from the scraps and I still had a lot left.
Simple Stories Collections work great in Project Life-type photo sleeves, but for this layout, I did a lot of fussy cutting, using elements from different parts of the patterned papers.
I loved the fun banner that was printed on one of the half sheets, but just wanted that element alone, so I fussy cut it to use as a border across the page.  I also cut the two banners and the photo tab out of more solid-printed sections.  The journaling piece worked so well for everything I wanted to say.

I had fun pulling different embellishments from my stash that went well with the muted color scheme of this collection.

I used some of the fun stickers which are included on the alpha sheet on the pennants.  I thought they added a bit more without being too overwhelming.

For my first card, I did more fussy cutting, using the “happy day” phrase from one of the cards and cutting the pennants from solid pieces in different cards.

I don’t have any of the Project Life-type photo sleeves, but I decided to make a layout using the same theory to show how easy a layout can come together using this collection.

I used one of the border sections on the bottom of the page, then put another border on top of it, then I cut out two of the 4×6 cards, which happened to look very similar, and placed them in the upper and lower corners.  I cut one of the more solid-colored sheets to fit the other two 4×6 sections, added some embellishments and voila!  I was done!  This layout seriously took me about 20 minutes to throw together.  And it would have gone even faster if I had the photo sleeves to just throw the pieces into.  So easy!

For my second card, I just cut out one of the 3×4 cards, used the tiny alphas for a greeting, cut a border, and added some washi tape.  Again, super easy!

This collection is so versatile for people who love using the photo sleeve system or people who want to just throw their own layout together.  I’m glad I could help showcase both ways for you all!

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Thanks Cristine! A great start to the new Design Team! I can’t wait to see what the next three months bring!

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!

Lifestyle Crafts It Kit

I love what Fall Design Team member Julie Koets has done with today’s steal, the Lifestyle Crafts It Kit. Julie worked it! This is definitely going in my ‘steal’ cart today!

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I was thrilled when I was asked to work with the Lifestyle Crafts It Kits. The tags kit that I was asked to feature had 16 different tags that are easily cut using any die-cutting machine.  These kits are perfect for all paper crafters and will take your projects to new levels!
Keeping things simple, I first set out to make a quick card using the scalloped half circle to showcase my sentiment.
I tried another card, this time using four of the different dies.  The dark red paper was cut using one of the dies, along with the strip under my sentiment that I cut from balsa wood.  The tree is even made from three of the scalloped half circles that I folded and layered into a tree shape and the trunk was cut using a small rectangle die.
For my final project, I wanted to showcase as many of the dies as possible and add some life to a two page layout.  The banner die made it super easy to cut my title banner.  All of the shapes used to embellish this layout (with the exception of two strips of paper) were cut using dies from the tags kit.
It’s hard to believe, but my term on the Scrapbook Steals design team has officially come to an end.  I was lucky to work with other talented ladies and was thrilled to work with such great products.   Big thanks to ScrapbookSteals for letting this “ordinary fan” be part of such an amazing team.  I can’t wait to see who will get to inspire us for the Winter Design Team!

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Julie – I love all of the projects you have made over your DT term! You make it all look so easy! I just want to say a huge thank you for everything you have done and we hope to still see you on the blog and on Facebook in the future. :)

Thanks for stopping by everyone and be sure to tune in again on Monday for a new Monday Craft Madness!