Monday, August 31, 2015

Crate Paper - Altered Project

Hi everyone! This week on the Crate Paper blog, we are showcasing altered projects. Today I am going to show you how I made this altered piece for my daughter's room, using the new Wonder collection.
I started with this plain wood "K" that I picked up at Target. I knew I wanted to cover it with patterned paper, so I chose a neutral pattern from the collection. I also gathered up some Mod Podge and a brush.

I painted a thin coat of Mod Podge on the letter, using the brush.

I then placed the wood piece face down on the reverse side of the patterned paper. I let the glue dry for just a few minutes, then used an X-acto knife to trim the edges of the paper.

After all the paper was trimmed off, I used a nail file to sand the edges down a bit.

Once I made sure all the paper was smooth over the piece, I wanted to add a bit of embellishment. I used these gold glitter circle stickers from the Wonder collection to create a polka dot pattern on the letter. On the stickers that were over the edge, I used scissors to trim them off.

And here's a look at the finished product! I layered up some chipboard, tags, felt and stickers to complete the piece. I also added a yellow tassel at the top of the tag for some texture. My daughter loves it! She immediately took it into her room and put it up on her bookshelf.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! Have a great week!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Crate Paper - Focus on Wonder

"This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jennifer Chapin. I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own."

Hey everyone! Today I am sharing this layout with you that I created with the new Wonder collection from Crate Paper. This wood veneer house frame is so great and I wanted to make it the centerpiece of my layout. I used many different patterned papers and embellishments from the collection to complete it, I will show you how!

I started with a piece of white cardstock as my background. I placed the house where I wanted it, then used that as a guide to add part of my title. For the title, I used a combination of Thickers and printed word strips.

I used wet adhesive to adhere the house to a piece of patterned paper and carefully trimmed the edges. After that, I used my ruler to measure the openings and added other patterned paper and embellishments.

I printed some family photos to size, and added those too. The saying that I used for the title has always been my favorite. I might actually end up framing this layout and hanging it up somewhere in the house!

I finished the layout off with stickers and ephemera from the collection, as well as one of the large wood veneer words. I hope you can get your hands on this line and start creating soon! The colors are so fabulous and the graphics in this collection are so great for any type of family project.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Studio Calico September Sneaks!

I am excited to be guesting at Studio Calico for September! Here are some sneaks of the scrapbook kit.



Thursday, August 20, 2015

Crate Paper Wonder Collection - Back to School

"This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jennifer Chapin. I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own."

This week is back to school week on the Crate Paper blog! Today, I am sharing a back to school layout featuring the new Wonder collection. Let's take a look!
Hi everyone!  I had so much fun using the new Wonder collection to create this back to school themed layout for my daughter. The collection really has so many great sayings that apply to back to school, you can see I have used the "be brave" and "let your light shine" stickers. I stuck with a grid design for this layout, leaving some white space for embellishments.
 For the title, I used the multi-patterned chipboard Thickers that come with this collection - aren't they fabulous? They are nice and big too. I adhered them to patterned vellum and stitched through after adding to the layout. Originally, this was going to be a pocket page but I found I liked it better as an actual layout.
The cork numbers in this collection were perfect to add an accent to the page to show that my daughter is going to be in first grade. I also used a chipboard frame and star next to the title to add some dimension and color.
The 'be brave' chipboard sticker was perfect for a back to school page. Even though my daughter loves school, she still gets a little nervous for the first day. I also embellished with some chipboard hearts and an ampersand from the ephemera pack.
Thank you for stopping by the blog today! I had a lot of fun making this layout. Have you used the new Wonder collection yet? We would love to see!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Elle's Studio August Exclusive Kit




Hello! The August kit is available now from Elle's Studio! This month, the colors are great for scrapping those summer photos. For this layout, I also used the August cut files.



I used some fun Instax photos on this layout, I have the printer and really like it! It gives me the ability to print pictures from my phone.





I also created a pocket page with the kit.

Here is the exclusive stamp this month, which is really fun!



I did two 6x12 pocket pages for these photos at the carnival. Such a fun size!



Once again, thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to grab your kit for $9.99 today only :) Have a great one!

Sharing my Scrapbook Space - Crate Paper

"This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jennifer Chapin. I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own."

Hello and welcome to my scrap space tour! I share an office with my husband, so while I don't have   quite as much space as I would like, I am glad to have a place to call my own and store all my supplies. The other bonus is that my desk sits in front of a large window that overlooks our front yard, so I get lots of natural light! I can also see the UPS truck coming down the driveway to deliver my goodies :)

On my desk, I keep my tool caddy as well as a few bowls and bins of supplies that I need to keep close - adhesive, date stamps, pens, etc. I also keep my sewing machine on my desk and use it on just about every layout. The sewing machine was a gift from my grandma and was purchased in the 1980s - it's a Viking Husqvarna.

The tool caddy on my desk is actually a mason jar holder that I bought at Typo. The sections are large enough to hold scissors, staplers, inks, mists and other tools. You can also see a peek of one of my typewriters here in the top right corner -- I have 7 total! Yes it is sort of an addiction of mine :)

On the opposite side of my room I have two large shelving units that hold tools and other supplies. I keep my monthly Project Life kits in these plastic bins so that I can quickly pull out which season of cards or embellishments I need.

My bulletin board holds lots of odds and ends -- mini books I've created, flair buttons, quotes, embellishments, cards and dies. I know I can stick something up here and not lose it. Beneath, I have a small table that holds my clear stamps and a large colander where I store memorabilia for Project Life.

Speaking of stamps, I have kind of an obsession. I keep all my clear stamps in this plastic bin I found at Ikea. Most are stored in clear pockets, but as you can see I have run out for the time being. I like that they are all in envelopes that are the same size, it makes it easy to flip through and find what I need!

I keep my 6x6 paper pads in this small bin I found in the dollar section at Target. Storing them this way means I can quickly flip through to find the one I need.

I also have a Raskog cart from Ikea which I store mostly PL supplies on. The top holds all my miscellaneous cards, sorted out by color and theme. The biggest challenge about storing them this way is keeping my 2 year old out of them!

Next, I am going to share a bit about how I organize and keep my collections from Crate Paper. I have always organized my supplies by manufacturer, as things are easier for me to find this way. I tend to remember supplies by which line they are in and this helps me quickly locate what I am looking for.

I always keep collections together in a large Ziploc bag. I order them from Amazon in large quantities to always have them on hand. Usually I will store the papers in one bag and the large flat embellishments and letter stickers in another. If the collection is small enough, sometimes everything can fit in one bag.

I keep all my collections in a plastic milk crate. No, it's not fancy but I keep it on the floor right under my desk and can always find what I need by flipping through the bags. I do this with other manufacturers also!

When I first get a collection, I always like to take all the embellishments out of the packages so that I can get a good look at everything. To organize the tiny pieces, I have these small clear bins from the dollar spot at Target. I sort everything out so that I can quickly use them on projects. This is the new Wonder collection - isn't it gorgeous?

For small flat embellishments, I keep them together on a metal ring. I store lots of embellishments like this -- including enamel dots and smaller word stickers. I love that you can keep like-embellishments together and hang them up on a bulletin board if needed.

For the larger embellishment pieces, I like to keep them in these clear reusable zipper pouches. They are much sturdier than Ziploc bags, and they open wide so it's easy to dump the contents out and replace them after finding the piece you need.

I often keep boxes to store my supplies in - this was a shallow sturdy box that some shampoo came in from the salon. The two divided trays fit in here perfectly with the rest of the supplies from this collection. Now whenever I want to work with it, I can just pull this box out along with my papers and get to work!

I hope you have enjoyed this small tour of my simple space -- have a great day!


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fun in the Sun with Crate Paper

"This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jennifer Chapin. I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own."

Hello and welcome to Fun in the Sun week on the Crate Paper blog! This week the DT will be sharing some great summer themed projects with you to inspire your summer crafting.

Hello! Today I am sharing a sweet summer layout with you all about sweet treats -- my kids love s'mores during the summertime. To make it easy, a lot of times we will fire up the grill and make them on there! Just as good and way easier than starting a fire :) For this layout, I used the Poolside collection. I just can't get enough of it for my layouts this time of year!

I started with a white background and a few different colors of patterned paper. I layered them on, then adhered and stitched into place.

I used tags, dimensional embellishments and chipboard to finish off the layout, as well as one of the gold sequin embellishments.

Here's a neat tip - fold over one of the corners of your patterned paper and staple into place. You'll be left with a dimensional fold-over that really makes an impact! It's great too that you can see the other side of the paper.

Thanks so much for stopping by today -- I hope you are having a great summer!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Party Invites with Crate Paper Confetti

"This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Jennifer Chapin. I do receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own."

Hello! This week on the Crate Paper blog, it's all about parties. The Confetti collection by Maggie Holmes is one of my favorites, and the theme makes it perfect for party invitations. Today I'm going to show you how I created some cute little party invites using the Project Life sized cards from the patterned paper along with a few other supplies.

You will need some cardstock that matches the patterned paper and pocket cards that you chose, I picked pink and grey and cut/scored my cards ahead of time. The finished size of the cards was 3.25x4.25. I also gathered some patterned paper and embellishments, as well as the pocket cards I cut from patterned paper.

I simply used the pocket card and layered it with patterned paper, adhering to the card front. I embellished this one with a few stickers, some stitching and sequins.

For this card, I used one of the cute balloon stickers along with gold glitter patterned paper and a gold paperclip.

On this one, I knew I wanted to use one of the tassels from the Confetti collection. I simply attached it to the front of the card with a small gold staple. I layered this pocket card with gold vellum and finished it off with a sticker and some sequins.

For my final invitation, I used a pocket card cut to size, along with a few stickers and some of the dimensional toothpick flags from the collection.

For the inside of the invitation, I typed out the particulars in a word document, then printed and cut down to size. After adhering to the inside of the card, I embellished with a sticker.

Here are the 4 finished invitations! I am really happy with the way they turned out.

I am so used to sending all the same type of invite, but I really think it would be fun to mix it up a bit and have each person receive an individual.

Don't limit yourself to invitations either - this would work great for general purpose note cards or birthday cards as well! A little bundle of these cards would make a great gift.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!