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!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Crate Paper Floral Week - Project Life

This week it's a floral-inspired week on the Crate Paper blog! Today I am sharing a pocket page with you that has both a summer and floral theme. When I first thought about incorporating floral elements into my project life, I wondered how it would turn out. But I am so glad I did! It really gave the page a nice summer feel even without the traditional sun and pool themed elements.

I used the Craft Market collection for this layout because of the pretty floral die cuts included in the ephemera pack. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate a shaker pocket using my Fuse tool. 

I added a few die cuts and sequins to the pocket, then simply fused the top to keep everything in place. I like the way it breaks up the page a bit and adds some transparency to the layout.

I incorporated the floral die cuts by adhering them to 3x3 cards that would fit in the pockets. On this one, I stretched the die cut across two cards for a different effect.

Here is my favorite part of the page -- the ice cream cone! I printed this photo at 3x6 then cut in half to stretch across 2 pockets. I added letter stickers and a little journaling to embellish.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will try some floral elements in your PL soon, it is really fun! Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sketch Inspiration with Crate Paper Journey

Hello! Today I am sharing a layout and a sketch with you using Crate Paper's Journey collection, so I hope you will find some inspiration to start creating.

Here is the layout I created based on the sketch. I used one 3x4 photo and a large title made with the cardstock letters from Crate's Journey collection. I also used embellishments from the collection - vellum, chipboard and puffy star stickers.

I printed my journaling out on white cardstock so it would blend into the background of the layout.

For the top portion of the layout, I used a journaling card cut from CP Journey patterned paper, as well as a few vellum pieces from the ephemera pack.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today! If you create a layout with the sketch I would love to see your work. Please link me up in the comments!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Bella Blvd and Craftwell eBrush Team Up

Hey there! Bella Blvd is doing a week long team up with Craftwell! Craftwell was kind enough to send us the eBrush system, as well as some Tombow adhesive and brush markers. I had so much fun playing with everything, and Bella's Just Add Color products are perfect to use with it! 

 The machine is super easy to set up. Just take it out of the box, connect the hose and plug it in. It comes with a few different sized adapters so that you can use any marker with it. All you have to do is connect the adapter and push your marker in. Super quick!

After that, just turn it on and spray. For my first layout, I used a sheet of patterned paper from the Just Add Color collection and did a rainbow pattern down the page using different markers.

After that, I die cut a large heart from a sheet of white cardstock and adhered over the sprayed pattern. I stitched around the heart with my sewing machine and started adding embellishments to my page. I also used the markers to color in part of the title! Super fun to make, and Bella's chipboard coordinated perfectly to complete the layout.

For my second page, I used the markers with the eBrush to color some white Bella chipboard alphas for my title. The letters took the marker perfectly as they are a matte finish. I also used a rainbow theme for these, using a different color of marker for each letter.

I also thought the Clear Cuts confetti transparencies would pair perfect with the colorful title and photo. I layered several different colors for a varied effect. After adding some chipboard and journaling, this simple layout was complete!

I hope you have enjoyed learning more about the eBrush system today, it really is super easy and fun to use! Thanks for stopping by today!

The Best Moments
Just Add Color: Newsflash, Speak Freely, Daily Details, Treasures & Text Stickers
Clear Cuts: Oreo Black Confetti
Ciao Chipboard: Hearts & Stars
Enamel Dots: Punch, Cotton Candy, Ice, Guacamole, Oreo Black
Other: Craftwell eBrush, Tombow Markers, sewing machine

Summer Love
Clear Cuts: Pickle Juice Confetti, Bell Pepper Confetti, Punch Confetti, Gulf Confetti
Rover: Treasures & Text Stickers
Ciao Chipboard: Whatnots, Hearts & Stars, Flowers & Clouds, Borders, Amorie White Alpha

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Crate Paper Summer Clipboards

Hello there! Is it summer yet where you are? Here in the Midwest, temps have been up in the 80s and we are taking advantage of it! Today I am going to share a few embellished summer-themed clipboards that I created with the Poolside collection.

I made one pink for my daughter, and the other blue for my son. As you can see, there are plenty of paper and embellishment options in the collection for either color!

For the pink clipboard, I layered some patterned paper along with my photo, then added some gold acetate, a heart clip, and some other assorted chipboard and wood veneers.

The gold acetate comes on a 12x12 sheet so you can cut what you need and save the rest for later! I'm so glad there are Popsicle embellishments, my kids are in love with them :)

For the blue clipboard, I used some more patterned paper, along with a few cardstock embellishments from the ephemera pack. I also used one of the word Thickers from the collection - my favorite!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I think I will display these somewhere on my mantel to keep us in the summer spirit. Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Crate Paper Poolside

Hello and welcome! Today I am sharing a summer-themed layout with you using Crate Paper's new Poolside collection as well as the fabulous wood veneer heart frame from Maggie Holmes' Craft Market collection. I thought it would be a great compliment to my "summer love" title.

I started by adhering the heart frame to a piece of patterned paper with wet adhesive. After it was dry, I trimmed around the edges and adhered the heart to a piece of black and white striped paper from Poolside. I set to work embellishing the different spaces in the frame, first with the gold sequin 'Love" -- what a great embellishment to use as a title!

I had this picture of my son which I am just in love with. I added a gold clip and used foam adhesive to adhere the picture to the layout. I kept my journaling simple with a few typed strips.

I love how this layout turned out -- lots of color, texture and dimension -- my favorite! Have you been mixing and matching Crate Paper's collections?

Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. Have a great one!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Announcing my newest class at BPC + a free month for you!

Hello hello! I am excited to announce my newest class over at Big Picture Classes - Summer Days Mini Album. This class was so fun to put together! I love making pocket style mini albums to document a theme or event. For this album, I used pictures from summer 2014, but you can choose to go forward with this summer's photos or even use last one's like I did.

There is a whole lesson and video dedicated to using the Fuse Tool to make custom shaker pockets. This tool is so great! I love the versatility.

For this album, I used supplies from the new Crate Paper Poolside collection. You can find all the supplies I used here at BPC.

I also designed a set of templates that you can use with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements to make your photo printing easy! Lesson 1 includes a video on how to use these.

The class includes four lessons on completing the album, with over 40 minutes of video! Have you signed up at Big Picture Classes yet? If not, I have an offer for a free month for you!

Visit bigpictureclasses.com/membership and create your account. Enter the promo code BPCJENC to claim your free trial month. After that, membership is $9.99 per month, which is an amazing value with all the content that you get!

*Free month trial promotion ends August 25th, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. First month free offer valid only on new memberships and is not valid for current or previous members. Click the “Start Your Free Trial” button and follow the steps to begin your free trial.  Enter promo code in promo box and continue checkout process. Not valid on previous purchases. Must enter promo code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. 

I hope you will join me for my new class and check out all the site has to offer. It has really been a labor of love for so many and there are so many cool things you can learn. thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Day in the Life with Crate Paper

Hello and welcome! Today I am sharing a day in the life layout using Crate Paper's Poolside collection chipboard frames.

Although these frames are part of a summer themed collection, they really work for any type of project.

Here is the layout I created -- I started with the frames, arranging them down the layout in a grid fashion. As you can see in the photo above, I used a ruler to place my title letters before laying it on the layout. This is a great tip to get a straight title with any alpha letters.

I also used a few elements from Craft Market - some chipboard and ephemera pieces. I pulled in some sequins as well as enamel dots and wood dots from the Poolside collection.

I resized my photos and printed them so they would fit inside the frames. In the frames that I didn't have photos for, I added embellishments.

I always love making layouts like this and they are so fun to look back on! Be sure to document the everyday. Things that seem small will be big in a few years. I have a few layouts like these and it is always so great to reminisce about how life has changed.

I hope you have gotten the chance to pick up some of the new Poolside collection, and I hope you will try making a layout like this soon. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today, have a great one!