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! ;-)

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!

Sister Art Journals | Crate Paper Design Team

Hi everyone...I just realized that I never posted these awesome journals on my blog...I made them last month for Crate Paper and they were posted on the Crate Paper blog but I totally didn't put them on here...and I super duper love them so I have to post them right now!!! So here we go....

Recently my sister-in-law had a serious surgery. Luckily she's home and recovering, but stuck in bed, in pain and bored...boy, do I know what that's like! My answer to that situation is scrap-therapy. That's what I do...I find the act of creativity often helps to get my mind off of the pain. So I decided to make her an art-journal that she could use to create in! I decided to make one for myself too so we could work on the project of filling up our art-journals together!

I took two hardback books and I covered the outsides with 12x12 patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Bloom collection. I thought the collection would be perfect for this surprise for Jen. It's totally her style with it's vintage, cute vibe! I layered flowers on the front covers of the books along with a different transparency word for each book, and a vintage button. I also added a cute denim and lace ribbon, tied in a bow as a finishing detail that would help hide the edge of the pattern paper covering the books.

I covered the inside covers of the books with patterned paper too. On the left of the inside cover, I adhered a Maggie Holmes library pocket from the Confetti collection and I filled the pockets in each book with tons of cute tags and things. On the front of the pockets, I added a little layered and stitched heart that would pop up and allow for some nice dimension.

For each book, I painted some of the pages with white gesso and tan paint to create some backgrounds for art journaling. I also created a pocket out of one of the inner pages in both books and decorated and filled them with goodies.

I love the finished books and when I surprised Jen with hers and said we could work on filling them up together, she was so excited! I love my sister and I'm so happy that I made her something that she enjoys and that might help her (even in a small way) while she is on the mend! Hope I inspired you to make an altered art-journal for you and/or someone you love!

Turning Hoarded Goodies into Lovely Tags | Crate Paper

Hello, It's Andrea, and today I want to share with you some tags I made using the Bloom collection by Maggie Holmes. I absolutely love Bloom and I've had so much fun making things with it. But because I love it so much, I have to be honest and say that there are a few things in it that I've been hoarding. You know when there are goodies that are just so cute to you, like patterned paper or an embellishment that you just can't bring yourself to use? 

I finally told myself that it was time. I needed to stop hoarding and start making! Sometimes you just have to bite the bullet...lol! So I decided to make some tags. This way I could use my favorite things to make something that I can collect in a different way. I made a tag with my die-cut swan that says “laugh and cheer” and has a cute little rose paperclip on it.

I made a tag with some of the fussy-cut butterflies from the patterned paper, all sewn in a row down the middle to look like they are fluttering. I made a “love” tag with the bird paper, using scalloped paper from the collection to cut and layer up at the bottom of the tag for a cool effect. On that one I also stamped a bow, colored it in with a gold pen and then fussy cut it out and sewed it down to a punched out heart. I really love the details on that tag!

And for my last hoarded item, my adorable doe...a deer...a female deer...I just added her on top of a gold glitter heart transparency (which coincidentally I'd been hoarding from Shine by Maggie Holmes). :-)

I really love the way my tags came out! I might hang them up on a banner or put them in my planner or I could write little notes on the back for my hubby (but then make him give them back to me for safekeeping...hehehe.

Whatever I decide to do with them it will be great! They make me so happy and now I can continue to save, stare at and collect my favorite things from Bloom...but I also used them to make something...so it's a win, win!