Monday, January 26, 2015

Valentine's Day Treat Gift

Hi there! If you're like me, after the holidays, the crafting budget can be tight (especially after you've spent all your gift cards... ;) Today I'm hoping to inspire you to get creative and thrifty with your scrapbooking supplies.

Would you believe me if I told you I made these Valentine's Day treat packages with an autumn/Thanksgiving paper collection?

Yep, I did.

All the papers and accents you see here (except for the pearls) are from the Fall Bouquet collection, part of Club SEI's September 2014 Paper Crafting Kit. By punching out these pink and yellow patterned papers with a heart punch, they go from autumn-inspired to Valentine's Day-ready.

Don't forget about the details when making your treats. The copper "XO" is spelled out using the Fall Bouquet alphabet stickers, and I added a mini heart and arrow to the handle of the treat box. I adhered striped paper to dress up the plain clothespin, part of the Fall Bouquet sundries pack.

The polka-dot kraft treat box was a Target find and you can get muslin bags from most major craft stores.

I encourage you to go through your supplies to find out-of-season patterns that will work well for Valentine's Day. Be sure to come back and share your projects in the comments below!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Mason Jar Gift

Here in the South (where I happily reside) we have a tradition of giving friends and family "searcies" -- little gifts for no reason other than just because. Here is a quick little searcy I put together that would be great for giving someone in order to brighten their day. Gifts for no reason in particular are the sweetest of all and this is so easy to make you'll want to whip one up for everyone!

You'll need a mason jar, some trail mix, nuts, or candies, and an SEI collection of your choosing. I'm using Furry Friends. The Furry Friends sticker sheet has the cutest little sentiment sticker that says "I'm NUTS about you" that works perfectly with my gift of chocolate covered peanuts.

Cut a two inch strip of paper and wrap it around your jar. I used a star shaped punch to create a little window in the paper so some of the candy peeks through. I used the Furry Friends Sundries pack for the twine and tiny bow. Those awesomely cute flocked chipboard shapes are from the Furry Friends collection, too. I used some foam tape to attach them to the jar which gives them little more dimension. A circle cut of coordinating paper and a heart sticker from the Furry Friends sticker sheet on the lid brings it all together.

Of course, I couldn't resist making a matching card. An SEI doily provided the perfect backdrop for my sweet little bunny. And, of course, the bunny is holding a little acorn to go with the nut theme.

Give this project a try -- it's quick and fun -- and bring the searcy tradition to your friends and family!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Everyday Card Set

Hello SEI fans!! Piali here, sharing a quick & easy card set idea with you all. Today I used beautiful patterned papers from Autumn Smile collection.

Water colored look of the floral patterned paper is so pretty!!!

I made few quick and easy “hello” and “thanks” cards. It will make a good Teachers gift, I can send a set of 6 cards.

I used a rub-on to embellish the envies…

This makes the note cards extra special. SEI- Gold letter stickers are the perfect size for these note cards. I love the look of Gold with this patterned paper.

I also added a narrow strip of Gold chevron paper to tie up the gold theme.

It’s a great way to use all the beautiful scraps of patterned papers.

Hope you liked this idea!!! Thanks for stopping by…

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Club SEI February Scrapbooking Kit Preview

What? January is more than half over and we haven't shown you the February Club SEI kit! Eeek! Don't worry, it's worth the wait...

These colors are amazing! We love how they can be combined in different ways, like these two layouts...

This kit has fun, new products! We are especially excited about the neat little items in the sundries pack, die-cut overlays, and tape runner.

Learn more about Club SEI and sign-up at!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Homemade Candle Jar Gift

One of the gifts I received this Christmas was a candlemaking kit. I've been having so much fun learning this new hobby and trying out fragrances. I recently whipped up a Wild Berry scented candle. The mason jar gives a country, homespun feel, don't you think? And for this paper crafter, a simple glass jar was just begging to be wrapped up nice and pretty. ;)

I used some supplies in my stash - the blues and purples of SEI Autumn's Smile collection, part of last fall's Club SEI Kit (and still available to members here) - to make a gift tag and notecard. The perforated journaling cards and stickers included in the collection make it easy to create a cute gift in a snap. (A quick tip: Don't forget to adhere solid cardstock to the back of the tag to cover up the opposite print on the journaling card. This step also makes the tag extra sturdy.)

The blue mini envelope, also part of the collection, is the perfect size for a note to send along with the gift. I simply added some ribbons to the jar, attached the tag, and this candle gift is ready to go.

Beyond candles, the same idea could be applied to homemade jam, soaps or other mason jar gifts. What homemade gifts will you wrap with your SEI supplies? Share your ideas or projects in the comments below!


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

You're a Hoot Card

Sometimes all time allows for is crafting up a quick card. January, I am finding, is a month for small projects! There are so many things to do with it being the first month of the new year.

I had fun creating a simple little tri-fold card using the Furry Friends collection of papers and embellishments. I love the chipboard owl!!

For my card I used my die-cutting machine to actually cut out the card base but you could just use your paper trimmer to cut out a standard shaped one if you wanted. I used my circle punch for cutting the patterned paper that you see behind the owl and ended up just adhering my papers, added some chipboard shapes and some bakers twine, a cardstock sticker inside the card, and I was done!

Now I have a cute little card ready for sending when needed! I always love to have a supply on hand for those times when you just need to stick one in the mail.

Supplies Used:
SEI Furry Friends Nutty Buddy patterned paper
SEI Furry Friends Owl Chipboard piece
SEI Furry Friends Felted circle piece
SEI Furry Friends Forest patterned paper
SEI Furry Friends "You're a Hoot" sticker
SEI Fall Bouquet patterned paper
white cardstock


Monday, January 12, 2015

Girl's Best Friend: Pet Scrapbook Layout

Hello! I have enjoyed digging through my photos to find some that include our dog to go with the super adorable Furry Friends collection. I don't know why I haven't looked into getting pet themed paper's so much fun!

I started by picking out papers and embellishments to match the colors in my photo. I really like those perforated journal cards, so I chose 3, and began by layering them. From there, I just started arranging things diagonally up the page. To enhance the design, I stitched some triangles on the empty corners.

Furry Friends (Cranberry Bush, Furry Friends, Nutty Buddy, Swizzle Stick, Perforated Sheet, Sticker Sheet, Accessories, Sundries)
Fall Bouquet (Sundries)


Friday, January 9, 2015

Magnetic Note Board

Hi Everyone! Laurie here today with a cute and easy craft that will help you keep your life a little more organized. If you're like me, your fridge is covered in little notes that remind you of all the things you're supposed to be doing during the week. It works, but it certainly isn't pretty! That's why I decided to make a magnetic message board (which can also be displayed on a stand!) to help prettify my life a little.

For this project I used SEI's Furry Friends collection. Even though it's animal themed it's still very versatile! I love the bright colors and that cute cat die cut!

You can see on the back of the frame I glued neodymium magnets. These are small but super strong. A dot of gorilla glue keeps them in place nicely. Now I can attach the frame right to the side of my refrigerator!

Because of the glass in the frame, you can use a china marker or a dry erase marker to make notes that will later wipe off quickly and easily. Much cuter than post-it notes or a whiteboard, don't you think? I love the cute little gemstones from the Furry Friends Sundries pack; everything is better with sparkle!

You can do this project with any of your favorite SEI collections -- and I would love to see it if you do! Leave me a comment below so I can see what you're up to!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

DIY 2015 Mini Calendar

Hello SEI Fans!! Happy New Year!! Piali here… sharing a calendar project with you all.

We all need new calendars for each year, a mini calendar is always perfect for our pocketbook. So here is fun little 2015 calendar idea…

I started by printing out a mini calendar… I used one of the many free downloads from internet. The size of my calendar page is 4.5 X 4.75 inches. I stapled all the pages to a 4.75” X 5“ piece of Patterned paper from Calling Birds collection.

Cut 12” x 5” of a patterned cardstock. Score and fold at 2” & 7.25” to make the calendar cover. Punch two holes and thread twine thru it (as ahown in photo) then adhere the calendar pages inside.

Now comes the fun part… embellish it.

I used the die-cut and stickers from the Calling Birds collection. I also added a die-cut snowflake and numbers for the year 2015.

Here is the finished pocket calendar project…hope you liked it!! This will make a great new year’s gift! Thanks for stopping by..

Happy Crafting!!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Baby It's Cold Outside Scrapbook Layout

I started this layout by putting letter stencils down on white cardstock. I spritzed over the stencils with some teal and silver glitter Tumble Dye.

Once it was dry, I traced around the letters with some silver glitter glue. After letting it dry completely, I trimmed it down and matted it onto the Funny Buddy patterned paper from the Furry Friends collection.

I then built up the rest of my page around my stenciled letters using the Picnic Blanket patterned paper from the Fall Bouquet collection, and also the Holiday Traditions 6x6 paper pad. I finished it up by adding bits and pieces from the Fall Bouquet and Chalet Sundries.

Furry Friends (Funny Buddy)
Fall Bouquet (Picnic Blanket, Stickers, Sundries)
Chalet (Sundries)
Tumble Dye (Teal, Silver Glitter)
Holiday Traditions (6x6 paper pad)


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year's Hostess Gift DIY

Hello SEI Fans!!! Piali here sharing a New Year’s Hostesses gift idea.

Just a bottle of champagne with coaster set and some wine glass tag, perfect for the New Year’s party of later. I love that Calling Bird Paper collection has some non- holiday papers too. Its perfect for any celebration.

Coasters are super easy to make…I just got white ceramic tiles from Home Depot for 16 cents each. Adhered the fun papers on with Decoupage glue. Super quick and easy project.

I also made some wine glass tag with the diecuts from Calling Bird collection.

Hope you like this gift idea. Thanks for stopping by…

Happy crafting!

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