New Year's Resolution Layout | Crate Paper

Hello there everyone! It is Andrea here and today I want to share with you a layout I made for the New Year using the fantastic Snow & Cocoa collection! I love this collection! It has been so much fun to use to document and create for Christmastime and I think it is perfect for the New Year too! It is 2017 now and as we begin February and get more and more comfortable with writing the new date and planning for a new year, it is important, I think, to document the resolutions you have made so that you will be reminded of them and rise to meet them not only for this month, but all year long!

Every year for New Year's Eve I write out my resolutions and I am guessing that a lot of you do as well. Snow & Cocoa has so many lovely and versatile patterns and that includes the bold and beautifully simply black and white pattern that I chose to use for the background of my layout. To add a bit more color to my layout, I framed the black and white with a pop of pretty and bright pink! 

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I chose to make five resolutions that I explained in depth. Keeping the list short helps to keep the layout looking sharp and neat. I printed the resolutions out on some plain vellum and sewed the vellum onto my page, with some sequins and glittered snowflake stickers sprinkled inside. The fun look of the sequins and glitter in the layout also help create a magical quality that I also feel fits the theme of my page.

I decided to add a few snowflakes on top of the vellum as well with a couple of stickers from the sticker sheet and a cool transparency snowflake from the ephemera pack all grouped towards the top of my page.

I added a few extra touches like some other little label stickers and a cute pink and white tag. And to really make my resolutions pop, I used the black thickers from the collection to number and call special attention to each item on my list.

The pics I used to express my resolutions are some cute photo-booth style pics I took with my hubby a while back. I have not had the best of luck these past couple of months with my health, but I am super hopeful that this new year will be a new start for me and I have a lot of faith that the future will be filled with much happiness and much magic! 

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!

Snow and Cocoa Planner Decor for December | Crate Paper

Hi all! Today I thought I would share with you a look at some of my Planner decorations for December – specifically my planned out first week! I used the ridiculously adorable Snow & Cocoa collection by Crate Paper because I think it is just perfect to use for your planner decorating for December!  Snow & Cocoa is such a great and versatile collection because it can be used no matter what holiday or holidays you are celebrating this December. It is a really fun winter-time collection that is perfect for the Holiday season but is not necessarily Christmas specific. 

To decorate and plan my first week in December, I first wrote out all my plans in pen and then I started building up my two-page spread with some fun tags and stickers and things. I cut out one large tag from some of the pretty 6x6 tree paper in the collection and I used a smaller pre-made tag from the ephemera pack to layer on top of it. This tag is so super duper cute with the sweet little polar bear on it! I used one of the oh so amazing decorative paperclips from the collection to hold my tags in place. It says “brrr” and I think it works really well with my bear! 

I used some really fun stickers like the little girl and the little boy with the cocoa in my planner because I think they just bring a lot of whimsy to my planner pages without feeling out of place. I sometimes find stickers like these that are cartoony in style to be difficult to use for certain scrapbooking/papercrafting projects. However, for a planner, this kind of a sticker is perfect and so fun to use!

I added some little stickers in diamond and circle and snowflake like shapes to signify snow falling on my pages. This is a simple way to add a little bit more movement and flair to your planner pages. You get the feeling that snow is actually falling and it just re-iterates the theme of this decorated week spread which for me is how much I wish I could get snow this month. I know it wont happen since I live in Sunny Southern California...but hey, I can wish right? I actually wrote “dreaming of a white Christmas...in So Cal?!” in the top right corner of my spread to add a little humor to my planner pages.

I really had fun playing with the fabulous Snow & Cocoa collection in my planner pages for December. I hope I have inspired you to do the same as you decorate your upcoming plans for the next week and month! Happy Holiday Season!!!