Don’t throw away those Christmas Photo Cards!

What do you do with all those Christmas Photo Cards you’ve just received? 

Before you put all your Christmas Crafting Supplies away…

I have one last project for you to make.

The Beloved Christmas Photo Card.

I love annual Christmas photo cards and how it  shows how your family changes from

one year to the next.  I have a hard time throwing them away after the season is over.

What do you do with them besides putting them in a box?

This year, I finally decided to make an album to put them in.

The album had to be simple so that I can easily add the next years’ photo cards and easy

enough that I would actually do it.

This is how I made it…

  • I started with two 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ pieces of white matboard and two 12″ x 12″ pieces of Christmas Scrapbook paper.
  • I used my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the scrapbook paper before adhering it to the matboard.  I added the second piece of scrapbook paper to the other side of the matboard.
  • I used my Silhouette Cameo* to create the words and cut them from Glittered Self Adhesive Vinyl from StyleTechCraft.
  • I added a small Christmas chipboard sticker on the front of the album to add dimension.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the matboard covers with a Crop-A-Dile Punch*.
  • Align the Photo Cards with the top cover and use a pencil to draw a mark on the card so you’ll know where to punch the hole.
  • Using a large book ring, I added my cards to my album with the most recent photo cards on top.

For your convenience here’s these are the products I used:    

 

 

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“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the StyleTechCraft Design Team I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Let’s talk about Marker Storage

Happy National Craft Week!

Saturday was National Card Making Day and now we have National Craft Week?

Be still my crafty little heart.   (I thought every week was craft week.)

Since we’re talking all things “crafty” this week, I’d like to ask you a personal question.

How do you store your markers?

When it comes to markers, we all have our opinions and preference on which are our favorite.

Lately, I’ve been curious on how everyone stores their markers and what works best for you.

I started rubber stamping in the mid 90’s and slowly built up quite a collection of Art Markers.

Personally, I have been using Tombow Markers for over 20 years and some markers in my

collection are almost as old.   (and they still works)

Up until recently my marker storage system was just about as old as my collection.

A wobbly little holder (with a slight lean) and an extra basket for the overflow.

It worked but it wasn’t quite as efficient as I wanted it to be.

Recently, I started doing a lot more cardmaking and using my markers again.

That’s when I requested the Expandable Marker Accordion* from Deflecto.

It is the ultimate in marker storage and portability!

It has 80 slots that hold markers, but, because my Tombow and Marvy markers

are skinnier than Copic markers, I can easily put two markers in each slot.

Disclosure…“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Deflecto Design Team I have been provided compensation and product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

The Expandable Marker Accordion* comes with a clear lid that easily snaps in place and a

handle that makes it easy to take your markers with you to classes and crops.

It keeps everything secure.

And…depending on your work space

you can use it in a straight line, a U shape, as a cube or in my favorite, a zig zag pattern.

Whatever combination works best for you and the project that you’re working on.

Not just another marker holder…

Let’s talk another option.

Maybe you’re just starting out your marker collection or you need a little more flexibility with

your marker storage, you might like Deflecto’s Interlocking Marker Organizer*.

This little marker holder can be used solo or because it has a interlocking design it can be

connected to additional units making it perfect whether you use it upright or horizontal.

And the best part…

The Interlocking Marker Organizer* also fits into the Deflecto Stackable Caddy Organizer.

You can fit six marker organizers into the Stackable Caddy for the Ultimate Grab and Go.

So many great options to fit your crafting style.

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Country Christmas Pocket Notebook

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook.

Being a friend and a big fan of the creative dies that Eileen Hull designs for Sizzix…

I was happy to jump on the band wagon with Eileen Hull’s Design Team and Educators

to create an album using Eileen Hull’s NEW Pocket Notebook Die from Sizzix*.

You’ll just flip at the amazing things these ladies have come up with.

Make sure to read to the end of this post to see the full list of designers.

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Is it too early to start thinking Christmas?

Once I saw the Simple Stories– Country Christmas 6 x 8 paper pad* I knew it would make

a cute little album for Christmas using Eileen Hull’s Pocket Notebook Die*.

To create the album you’ll need to cut out the pieces from matboard.

The Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board* is the perfect size to use with the XL Sizzix dies.

I like to use my Xyron Creative Station* to add adhesive to the back of the paper.

You can do this before or after you cut the die.

The Pocket Notebook Die* cuts the cover (you will need 2), a pen-loop and latch and pages for

the book.  The page size is adjustable and the spine of the book can be any size from 3/8″ to 2″.

I kept the cover and inside of  my album pretty simple, I’ll embellish it more as I add pictures.

The spine has pre-cut holes for gathering the inside pages.

I folded several of the 6″ x 8″ paper from the pad to make little page groupings.

Each one is held together with an elastic loop with I tied on the outside of  the spine.

I created a couple pocket pages in the center of one of the page groupings.

There’s a lot of possibilities and potential when using the Pocket Notebook die.

Country Christmas Pocket Notebook Products Used:

Welcome to the Pocket Notebook Release Party!

Eileen’s Inspiration and Educator teams have combined to show us their amazing Pocket Notebook ideas. Please follow the Blog Hop to see all of the fabulous projects, techniques and videos!

There are also two GIVEAWAYS– the Pocket Notebook die and a gift certificate for Eileen’s Etsy store. To enter to win, leave a comment on each of the posts. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 8 on Eileen’s Facebook Live show.

Thanks for hopping along with us today!

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Happy Harvest Wreath Card

Happy Harvest Wreath Card

Sometimes when I’m creating a card…the process is easy and it works out the first time.

Most of the time it takes a couple of tries to get the look I want.

Yesterday, was no exception.

I was playing with my new Hello Fall Stamp and Die Set from Maker’s Movement,

trying to come up with a quick and simple card to share.

I’ll be honest, It took me all afternoon to come up with this one card.

I had an image in my mind of what I wanted the card to look like and I wasn’t quite getting it.

Usually when it comes to creating fall cards, I use traditional Autumn colors.

After setting the finish card down and coming back to it a couple times…

I decided to change the background to something softer.

Not my usual fall colors, but, I like it much better.  (I hope you do too.)

Happy Harvest Wreath Card Supplies Used:

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  • Draw a light circle using a pencil on a piece of watercolor paper.
  • Using my tombow markers I colored directly onto the clear acrylic stamp.
  • Center the small wheat stamp on the circle line and stamp.
  • Continue until the circle is complete.
  • Cut wreath out with a bigger circle.

  • Stamp the words “Happy Harvest” and cut out using the matching die.  Using thin foam mounting squares to raise the words,  mount “Happy Harvest” onto the corner of the wreath.
  • Create greenery by coloring onto the small leaf stamp using a darker green marker and coloring in with a lighter marker.  Cut around image and layer under the “Happy Harvest” words.
  • Add additional soft layers and ribbon to complete the look.

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Creepin’ it Real Halloween Card

Creepin’ it Real…

When it comes to Halloween, I’m not into scary and gore.  (I’m too big of a chicken.)

I’m all about the C-A-N-D-Y!

I love Halloween Parades and seeing the little kids in their cute costumes.

I’m into “Halloween cute”.

The Trick or Treat Stamp Set and Die Set from Maker’s Movement is “Halloween Cute”.  

Sweet little Halloween characters with just the right amount of attitude.

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Trick of Treat Yo’self Treat Box

I made a couple extra of the Halloween cut outs to make a few treat boxes.

FYI…the Kraft Paper Window Boxes are from Clear Bags.

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Shine from Within Mini Tag Album

Shine from within Mini Tag Album…

I love the sweet pastels of Graphic 45’s Garden Goddess Collection*, it just screams Spring.

So…after using the Garden Goddess paper pad on a special project (coming soon),

I decided to make a Mini Tag Album with the remaining paper.

When it comes to making Mini Albums I like using the Xyron Creative Station* 

because you get complete coverage, no wrinkling, no bubbles!

And…your album stays together!!!

Products Used on the Shine Within Mini Tag Album:         (*Amazon Affiliate Link)

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How to make the Mini Tag Album                                 (*amazon affiliate link)

  • Lay decorative scrapbook paper (design side up) on the  *Xyron Creative Station* crank the handle to run the paper through the machine.  As it moves through the Xyron Creative Station it adds adhesive to the back side of the paper.  Easy to use and it doesn’t need electricity.
  •  Cut two pieces of chipboard to use as the front and back of the mini album.  Cover the front and back of both pieces of chipboard with the decorative scrapbook paper.
  • Cut covered chipboard using a Tag die-cut or cut into a simple rectangle tag shape.
  • Because the chipboard is tan and the core of the paper is white, I inked the edges of the pages with  Vintage Photo Distress Ink*and a ink blending tool*.  

  • Adhere the smaller graphic in the center of the tag front to a piece of chipboard for added dimension.
  • Cut two small circles and adhere to the metal rim tag.  Cut a new hole on the top of the tag.
  • Embellish the front of the tag album using bits and pieces from the Garden Goddess Paper Pad.
  • Glue flower embellishment to front of mini tag album cover using craft glue.

  • Cut extra tag pages and small tags for the inside of the mini tag album.
  • Assemble the mini tag album using a small book ring.

“This is a sponsored post.  As a member of the Xyron Makers Program I have been provided product in exchange for my creative ideas.  The views and opinions are my own.

Eileen Hull Educator Team

Every now and again an opportunity comes along that you just have to seize…

Being part of the Eileen Hull Educator Team was one of those opportunities.

Personally, I have known Eileen for several years and have always admired her

innovative design talents and can do spirit

And…she’s not afraid of driving cross country alone pulling a trailer to share

her awesome talents with everyone.  (The Paper Trail)

Eileen has been an inspiration to me for quite some time.

Eileen Hull Educator Team

What an amazing opportunity to work with all these amazing designers.

Eileen Hull products…

I love all her products and can’t wait to share them all with you.

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