Creating Custom Valentines | Crate Paper

Hi, its Andrea! Today I am going to share with you some fabulous valentine ideas, using the gorgeous “Heart Day” collection, which you can then use to make something special for the ones that you love!

Every year for Valentines Day I make valentines for my special someone – namely, my hubby, Ryan. This year I was so excited to work on my valentines for Ryan and my friends and family! I am in love with all the polka dots and all the cute images like the heart emoji faces and the sweet little cartoon girls.

For one of my simpler valentines, I just made a fun little tag out of some of the pretty heart paper, a piece of ephemera, a sticker and some thicker letters that spell out the word “love”. For the other simple valentine, I used a pretty piece of the patterned paper, folded it into a simple square card, added a cool chipboard sticker and some ribbon and sewing to make a simple card that is great for anyone you care about. Just add a little phrase sticker to the inside of the card that says “be mine” or “i adore you” and it will make your recipient feel super special.

For a more time-consuming, but oh so worth it, valentine I made a really cool fringed heart card. I folded some patterned paper in half and then I drew a big heart on the paper with a pencil and cut the shape out so that the fold was on the right side and I had myself a cool heart shaped card. I then used several different patterned papers from the collection, cut then into long strips that were about an inch wide and then proceeded to cut fringe into my strips with my scissors. I adhered the strips of fringe to the front of my card. I chose to add some vellum and a chipboard heart to the front, I stitched across the top of my heart and I added a little tag and a couple of cute “x” and “o” paperclips to the top of my heart to finish it off. I think this card is the perfect Valentine to give to my heart – my hubby Ryan!

For the last valentine, I used one of the pre-made valentine cards that come in the collection, with the cute images on the front, and the “to” and “from” note card on the back, and I created a sweet little envelope to slide the card into. For my envelope closure, I added a couple of cute heart emoji stickers that I adhered to buttons to add a whole lot of cute factor to the front of my envelope! A couple of stickers at the bottom finish things off for a fun little envelope that you can use to slide one of the “Heart Day” valentines into!

I had so much fun making these valentines! I also just want to mention that every year for Valentines Day, my hubby and I, in addition to making cards for each other, also like to write each other long love letters! And this year, I decided that for my handwritten letter, I will be using one of the simple white envelopes that comes with the pre-made valentines and one of the amazing “Heart Day” fringed heart embellishment stickers attached to the front, for a fun little envelope to put my love letter in! I cannot wait for Valentines Day and I hope these ideas have helped give you some inspiration for your valentines! Have a Happy Valentines Day everyone and remember, love letters are always a good idea, whether is February 14th...or a Tuesday! ;-)

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! 

3 to Inspire: "Little Moments" Layout | Citrus Twist

This is my first "3 to inspire" and I am super duper excited!!! So for this "3 to inspire", I would like you to do the following things:

1) use a shape punch to create one or more embellishments out of the pretty patterned paper/s in your kit
2) do some sewing (hand-sewing or machine)
3) use repetition (repeat a shape, a product, a word...whatever you like!)

Okay, are you gathering your Citrus Twist kit goodies so you can start the challenge...good! I can't wait to see what you all make!

In the meantime, let me share with you a bit about what I made for this "3 to inspire" challenge. I decided to make a lovely 12x12 layout using the awesome November "Emerson" kit to document my love of scrapbooking! For my "I love to scrap!" layout, I used the pretty, light peach heart patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection by Crate Paper as my background.

I used a 3x4 photo of me scrapbooking and layered up a few pieces of various patterned papers from the kit to create a kind of frame for my pic. This layering helps draw focus to my photo. But to bring even more attention to my photo, I used embellishments like sequins, gold heart confetti, enamel dots, and a wood veneer heart and a cork circle that says "ok", on either side of my picture. I also wrote "paper and pics" on a little round label (since that is what scrapbooking is all about) and did some doodeling here and there because I wanted to create a "scrapbooking" theme for my page.

Under my photo, I used the white foam thicker words "little moments" from American Crafts. And to the left of my photo, I washi-taped on a little note paper that I cut from the Citrus Twist exclusive cut-apart peices (sans the yellow border), to write the words "I love to scrap!". This serves as my title. Even though the words, "little moments" are larger, they are not my title, but a sort of sub-title if you will (since it is the little moments in life that I most love to document in my scrapbooking).

For number 1 of the challenge, I used a heart shaped punch to create my layered hearts that I spread across my layout in a kind of diagonal line from the upper left hand corner to the bottom right.

For number 2 of the challenge, I used my sewing machine to sew the layered hearts together. I also sewed a zig-zag stitch at the bottom of my layout, where I added a couple border strips for a lovely detail to create some interest at the bottom of the page in order to ground things.

For number 3 of the challenge, I repeated the heart shape all over my page. I did this with my layered hearts, but also with the gold confetti hearts that come in the Citrus Twist Sprinkles Kit for November, the wood veneer hearts that come in the Emerson kit, the cork heart stickers from Fancy Pants that are in the Emerson kit, the little heart I used to dot the "i" in my "I love to scrap!" title, and even the hearts that are in the background peach paper that I chose to build my layout up on.

To finish my layout, I clustered some embellishments at the top of my page. To promote the theme of scrapbooking, I specifically used a puffy camera sticker, a bit of patterned paper (to make a kind of "photo corner" at the top of my page) with a paperclip, and a few labels on which I used the exclusive stamp set to stamp words like "photo", "document" and "smile".

I hope you enjoyed my "I love to scrap!" layout and that I have inspired you with this "3 to inspire" challenge to use the November kit and my 3 challenges to document something that makes you as happy as scrapbooking makes me...I'm going to take a wild guess though and say that you will probably pick scrapbooking too!!! :-)

Remember to share what you create with this "3 to inspire" challenge by putting them here in the gallery and/or on the Citrus Twist Facebook Forum. And you can share on Instagram too so tag with @citrustwistkits and hashtag with #citrustwistkits and #ctk3toinspire so we can see your awesome creations!

xoxo...Andrea :-)

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)