Happy New Year Sign | Crate Paper

Hello there and Happy New Year to you! It is the end of one year and the beginning of another. And I decided that this year, in order to help remind me of all the hopes and dreams and goals I have for 2017, I thought I would create a little Happy New Year decorative sign using the awesome Color Reveal collection from Crate Paper and a few other fun Crate Paper goodies like some chipboard stickers from Maggie Holmes Gather and some gold letter stickers from Snow & Cocoa. 

I want the new year to be one that is really special and hopefully one that is filled with a whole lot of happiness and good health. I have been struggling lately with poor health...well poorer than usual. I have CRPS so my health is never perfect but lately it has been extra difficult. I have subsequently been worried about the upcoming New Year...but I am also really hopeful. I decided that I needed to make a sign that I could hang on the wall that would remind me of all there is to look forward to with the New Year. The New Year means new beginnings. It means a fresh start and lots and lots of hope! 

I decided that I would use the Color Reveal Heart shaped wall hanging and paint it in with the Color Reveal watercolor paint palette. I chose to use some really lovely  colors like light pretty pinks and mints and blues and try to create a cool kind of ombre rainbow effect by painting some areas darker and some lighter with the different colors! 

I think the happy look of the sign, with its super fun, pretty and dreamy aspects like the rainbow and the florals and the unicorn sticker and the pops of gold all over, really help to reflect the kind of new year that I am looking forward to having – one which is chock-full of happy memories, big hopes and dreams, good health, and tons of beauty and magic! Happy New Year everyone!!!

Last-minute Decor: Altered Frame | Crate Paper

Hello there and Happy Holidays, it's Andrea! And today I am super excited to share with you a fun last minute Christmas decorating idea using the whimsical Snow & Cocoa collection! And as much as I love decorating with cute things that I buy, is decorating with cute things that I have made! I love to make decorations, but during the holidays life can get really busy and those cute crafting projects that you had in mind to make to decorate your house with can get pushed further and further down your to do list. Here is a super fun, fast decorating idea that is easy to make and completely adhesive-less!

I made this lovely wall hanging by taking a little shabby window frame (which I found at a craft store) and tying ribbon onto it – two strands across the front from which to hang some pretty tags and pics and things. I used the oh so amazing Snow & Cocoa cut-apart sheet to cut out some of the decorative cards and tags in there like the country chic mason snow-globe and the adorable “Oh Deer” deer! I used paperclips to clip them to my ribbon. I printed out some of my favorite Christmastime photos in a 3x4 size with a white border and paper clipped those on as well. Other pieces like the tag that says “wonderful winter” and the gold Thickers from the collection that I used to add the number “25” to my wall hanging, further tell the story of this décor piece – which is obviously one of Christmastime!

I used embellishments like snowflakes from the ephemera pack and cute stickers to add some sweet little details to my decorative piece. I also used fun, out of the box pieces to my wall hanging, like the tassel and the the rubber bunny (which are from older Crate Paper collections) and the awesome bottle brush tree from Snow & Cocoa! The addition of pieces like these really add a lot of pop to my décor piece and give it a more dimensional and interactive feel!

This wall hanging was so super fast and easy to make because all I had to do was clip things onto my ribbon! And there was no adhering necessary and there was almost no cutting too! I hope you enjoyed this last-minute Christmas décor idea and that I have inspired you to make something like this using the Snow & Cocoa collection to decorate your home this year!

Fun Halloween Treat Bag | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a little something that I made for my favorite time of year – Halloween-time! October is my favorite month by far, Autumn is my favorite season, and Halloween is the best holiday ever!!! This is due in large part to all the yummy candy of course! Lets just say I have a ridiculously big sweet tooth... Anyways, I thought that it would be wonderful to make cute little treat bags filled with candy for this Halloween-time using some awesome Crate Paper goodness!

I decided to use a combination of Crate Paper collections for my treat bag. I used some product from the new Cool Kid and Gather collections and also a little After Dark (last year's Halloween collection).

To start, I took a little canvas bag and painted it with a little spider web and the word “boo”. I chose to do the treat bag in traditional orange and black for Halloween plus some aqua thrown in for a fun, more modern look so I painted the “boo” in orange, but the web in aqua.

I tied a couple little tassels onto the side of the bag in aqua and peach to match, plus a few little tags like the “all you need is candy” tag from After Dark and the “remember this” tag from Gather for a sweet and special little addition to my treat bag.

Inside the bag I put lots of yummy candies like lollipops and chocolate and with them I added decorative cards like the “Trick or Treat” one that I added a little star paperclip to (from Cool Kid). I also added ephemera pieces from the Gather collection plus some tickets that I cut from one of the beautiful patterned papers in that lovely Maggie Holmes line.

I also decided to make a cool tag to go with my treat bag – one that I could use to write a special note for the recipient of my “boo” bag! To make my tag I used some of the black and white plus sign patterned paper from Cool Kid and to decorate it.

I used a fun little 2x2 pic framed with one of the frames I cut out of some Gather patterned paper and also some little sequin bats from After Dark. I think the bag came out really cute and I hope that I have inspired you to make some fun Halloween treat bags for your friends and loved ones filled with candies and other sweet surprises! Happy Halloween everybody!!! Now, I'm going to go eat some candy!!!!!!!! (p.s. I made a little video of how to make this fun Halloween treat bag if you want to check it out on my youtube channel – Fairytale Scrapbook)

One Sweet Jar! | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! I don't know about you, but I was blown away by the new "Gather" collection by Maggie Holmes! I just love it! It is like fall mixed with unicorns and ballerinas and pretty much all my favorite things! As soon as I saw it I knew that I wanted to use it to make not only mini albums and layouts and cards, but also home decor pieces because it's just the perfect collection to use to make something pretty for your house! I found some really cute teal colored mason jars with copper lids and they practically called out to me to be altered into something adorable for my newly redecorate bedroom, using the "Gather" collection! 

I wanted the jar to have a "fall" kind of style to it but not in an obvious way so that I could keep it out all year too. I decided to fill the inside of the jar with a couple of the pretty leaves that come in the ephemera pack and the beautiful transparency ballerina.

On the outside of the mason jar, I put a few chipboard hearts and I stuck the cute little crepe paper embellishment to the lid.

For the tag that I made to tie onto the jar, I used some of the pretty patterned paper in the 6x6 pad and sewed onto it the chipboard word "sweet". I decorated the tag with a little bow and a little wood swan button from the mixed embellishment pack. I also added a little sticker that says "the little things"...which to me are the sweetest in life! To add a little extra something special to the tag, I attached some of the mini tassels from the collection to hang from the tag. 

I really love how my "sweet jar" turned out and to me it's a reminder to be grateful and appreciate all the little, sweet things in life that are in themselves, precious miracles that make life worth living...  Falling leaves, lovely memories, holding hands with the one you love, and making pretty things...these are the kinds of little things that just fill my heart up! I hope this has inspired you to make a "sweet jar" of your own filled with things that make you smile and with a little tag "reminder" of how beautiful this world is!