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!