Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Family Holiday Journal for December

It's December! December means there is so very much to do and so many different activities and little traditions here and there that we need to try and fit in. This year I thought it would be fun to create a little journal of sorts to record all the happenings that are going on here this year. So far it's already proven to be a successful project and allows for some time for reflection for me as well. Something that I am finding that I appreciate!

I started by selecting what would be the base of my journal and found the spiral bound notebook from SEI to be perfect! I adhered some patterned papers from the Noel collection and was pretty much set. You will see that I opted to cut out one of the beautiful flowers from the sheet of Frosted Poinsetta that I had. Such pretty papers in this collection! I love the embossed and glittered accents! Perfect touch for holiday projects!

The vellum folders in the album are perfect for housing special photos taken throughout the month. I love the frosted look they give my photos and that they seem to be peeking out from the pockets is just perfect!

I've been enjoying the creative reflection that this little project is allowing for me and also that it's keeping me on track of all that I want to accomplish this month! I hope this inspires you to get creative this month despite it being a busy time of year!

Supplies Used:
SEI Crafts Spiral Bound Journal
Noel Collection - Brisk Walk patterned paper
Noel Collection - Frigid Lights (reverse side) patterned paper
Noel Collection - Frosted Poinsetta patterned paper
Noel Collection - Sundries (ribbon, flower)
Noel Collection - stickers
Fall Bouquet Collection - ribbon


Monday, December 15, 2014

Quick & Easy Holiday Gift: Vanilla Extract

Hi Everyone! Laurie here with a quick and easy gift you can make that will surely impress. And best of all, it's also really useful!

This holiday season you can make and decorate cute little bottles of vanilla extract! This makes a great gift for neighbors, teachers, friends, co-workers -- anyone who deserves a little gift this December.

You'll need small glass bottles (I bought mine off Amazon), whole vanilla beans, either vodka or bourbon (I used vodka) and your favorite SEI winter collection to jazz up that plain glass bottle to something totally gift-worthy!

First, you'll need to take your vanilla beans and slice them long wise. Place one or two beans in each bottle and cover them with the alcohol of your choosing. Let them sit and -- like magic -- you'll have vanilla extract in no time! Since that was easy-peasy and took no time at all, now you get to do the fun part -- DECORATE!

I used the SEI Chalet collection on my bottle. The Chalet Sundries pack even comes with small little tags that are perfect for gifts. Who wouldn't love to get one of these little cuties in their stocking this year?

A little foam tape helps make the stickers really pop off the tag with extra dimension. A few gemstones add that holiday glamor. And that foil printed craft paper that wraps the bottle? Well, it's simply divine! I love how this turned out and I can't wait to give it to a special friend.

Happily holidays to you and yours!


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Holidays Card with Velvet Paper Wreath

I decided a wreath made out of the green velvet paper would be pretty great. So, I ran it through my embossing machine with a leaf die. The leaves ended up taking over my entire I made the wreath into a frame for my sentiment.

I stapled the leaves to a 4.5x4.5 piece of patterned paper with a 2 inch whole cut from the center. I then popped it up with dimensional adhesive, and adhered it over top of my sentiment sticker which was approximately in the center of my 4.25x5.5 card. I finished it off with a bow tied at the base, topped with a corrugated star.

Holiday Traditions (Cardmaker Pack, 6x6 paper pad)
Velvet Paper (Green)
Chalet (Sundries)
Envelope Album Project Kit (Ribbon)


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Projects: Tree Decor, Ornaments, & Tags

Piali here sharing few holiday projects with you all. My first project is lovely holiday home d├ęcor…

I love this SEI – Calling Bird Paper Collection. It's a super simple project to make…I didn’t use a foam cone for it, it’s just a 12x12 sheet of paper.

Here are the closeup photos…

I rolled a 12 x 12 sheet of beautiful paper from the Calling Bird collection into a cone, trimmed the bottom. Then I adhered it with liquid adhesive. I embellished the bottom of the cone with ribbon from envelope album kit and clear rhinestones from Chalet Sundries kit. I also added red rhinestones from Chalet Sundries kit.

For the tree topper I used the corrugated stars and star brad from Chalet Sundries kit. I used a inexpensive glass tealight holder for the base of tree and tied the jute ribbon bow. Then I adhered circle diecut from Calling Bird Paper collection to finish the base of the tree. I love how the project turned out, Hope you like it too!!

Next up is a very quick and cute ornament. I used SEI doilies for it…love they come in variety of colors!!

Cute, isn’t it??? It’s great to make with the kids too.

We need 3 doilies for each ornament. Simply cut a slit halfway and staple the ends together, you can overlap it bit more each time to make smaller cones. Then thread a twine or thread thru it to make dangly tree ornament. I also used Rhinestones from Chalet Sundries kit as a tree topper.

My Last project is perfect for last minute gift wrapping… Super easy peasy festive tags.

I used kraft tags from Chalet sundries kit and added the tree stickers from Calling Birds collection.

Thanks for stopping!
Happy Crafting!!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DIY Gift Bag: Turtle Doves

Are you finished with your holiday shopping? How about the gift wrapping? Pre-designed gift bags from the store are pretty, but they can be pricey. Luckily there's a less expensive and fun alternative for paper crafters. Today I show you how I used SEI scrapbooking papers to make a Christmas gift bag and tag.

The Turtle Doves patterned paper and matching stickers from the Calling Birds creative pack turn a basic white paper bag --- about a dollar at most craft stores --- into a delightful and whimsical gift bag with a tag for Christmas. The green foil and glitter accents of this collection add just the right amount of shimmer for the holidays (and make this bag look way expensive!)

With this gift bag and tag all set, all that's left to do is add the gift and it's good to go! So there's one less gift I have to worry about wrapping. ;) Happy Holidays!


Friday, December 5, 2014

Fall Family Photo Scrapbook Layout

I combined the Fall Bouquet collection with the Envelope Album kit for all of the layers on my fall layout. The elements made for the 5x7 album are perfect for matting a 4x6 photos, so they make up the majority of the layers.

I love all of the little copper foiled bits included in the collection, and kept my background simple so that they would really stand out. I finished it up by adding some gems and pearls from the Chalet and Fall Bouquet Sundries kits.


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fall Gift Bags Made from Envelopes

It's me Piali here! Today I have fun fall project to share. I used September Papercrafting Kit bit differently. The September Papercrafting Envelope album Kit comes with Kraft envelopes. I used those envelopes to make simple gift bags which can be used as a place setting for Thanksgiving day meal and it can double up as a favor too.

Here are the supplies I used for this project.

First I will share the step-by-step instructions for making the bag out of the envelopes.

1. Seal the envelope close.
2. Cut the 1/4 “off the one side , you can use deco scissors for a nice finished look.
3. Score the all three sides at ½” (as shown in the photo). Fold on the score lines. Fold the corners at the bottom and adhere it to the base with adhesive to make a free standing bag.

Then comes the fun decorating part…

I sprayed the Kraft bags with Tumble Dye Gold Glitter. I used the papers, banners and embellishments from the kit to decorate the bags. I also used Autumn Smiles collection diecut leaves pack, jute ribbon and sundries pack for this project. All the products work perfectly together.

I also used Tumble Dye Gold Glitter to create few splatters on the finished bag…love the gold shine!!

Here is a close look at each bag..


Monday, December 1, 2014

November Smile: Autumn Scrapbok Layout

For this single photo layout I decided to keep things simple, sometimes simple works! Truth be told, it's been awhile since I've done a single photo layout and I struggled a bit with feeling that it just "wasn't enough". Creating a bit of an interesting journaling spot though kind of fixed that.

I had some fun pulling out the Fall Bouquet collection of patterned papers and went from there...they seemed to go perfectly with my photo! Love it when that happens and you don't even plan for it!

I had fun mixing some of the different colors and patterns of the papers and for my journaling on this layout I decided to use my computer for printing and then cut it into strips. I created a little tri-fold card and added some more journaling about our activities this fall and then inserted it inside the card just for my family and I to be privy to. The journaling then is secured with some of the coordinating ribbon supplied in the Fall Bouquet sundries.

The mix of browns, pinks and oranges that are in the Fall Bouquet collection really are perfect for this time of year. I'm excited to now create some cards using scraps from my created layout!

Fall Bouquet patterned papers
Fall Bouquet sundries
Fall Bouquet cardstock stickers
Misc. white cardstock


Thursday, November 27, 2014

ThanksGIVING AWAY: Enter to Win a Club SEI Kit

There is so much to be thankful for today! On the blog, we are thankful to Tyra for guest blogging. We are also thankful that you stopped by to see what fun SEI is up to and sharing your comments with us. So, we're celebrating with a ThanksGIVING AWAY!

We don't mean to skip over Thanksgiving. But, if you're like us, tomorrow you will begin decorating for Christmas. So, we thought it would be fun for the winner of this fabulous prize to receive it in time for holiday scrapbooking.

Enter to win product and instructions to make these fabulous layouts from the Club SEI December Scrapbooking kit. Check out all the goodies that come in the kit...

Just follow the simple directions below to enter the giveaway. At will prompt you to enter your e-mail address and leave a comment. Happy Thanksgiving and Good Luck!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Celebration Cards by Tyra

Hello, It's Tyra and I'm back as a guest on the SEI Blog! I'm here to quickly share a few cards I created with SEI's BASICS card maker pack and sundries. This collection is a go-to favorite for easy to coordinate cards that come together literally in minutes.

In the midst of all the holiday celebration, we can't forget about our November and December Birthday friends as well as other celebrations, so grab this collection before it's gone! By the way, when you are in the shop, peruse SEIs different sundries packs --- they are all fabulous and perfect add-ons for all of your projects. Now that I have properly enabled you I want to wish you the happiest of holidays! Take care, friends.

xo, Tyra

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Tags by Tyra

We are thrilled to have Tyra Babington from last year's design team back as our guest. She will be sharing great projects today and tomorrow. Then we have special surprise on Thursday.

Hello! It's Tyra and I'm back as a guest today sharing a few tags I made with the beautiful Autumn's Smile Collection.

This collection has everything you need to make a few Thanksgiving themed tags just in time for the holiday! I created a little collage of what I made simply by using papers from the collection as well as the die cut accents mixed media pack. The gorgeous Athenaeum Collection and the World Market Collection would work just as well!

The holiday is fast approaching, so I wanted to keep this post short and simple! By the way, I created one more tag, just visit JustTyra on Thanksgiving Day to see it. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful day!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Thanks Fall Mantle Decoration

Hello! One of the things I love about the changing seasons is changing the mantle above our fireplace. I made this Give Thanks plaque as a decoration to add to my autumn-themed mantle.

This basic wood plaque (available at most major craft stores) is dressed up with the Little Blossoms paper from the Fall Bouquet collection. I added the sentiment and leaves using Autumn's Smile and Fall Bouquet stickers. I just love how the copper foil on these stickers catches the light.

When choosing a patterned paper, go for a neutral pattern that isn't too strong or busy, so it doesn't compete with the letters. It's especially important for a home decor item that will be seen from a distance.

Do you decorate your house for autumn or Thanksgiving? Hope you were inspired to make a decoration with SEI papers and stickers today!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Howling Good Time: Dog Scrapbook Layout

I'm sharing a layout that I created with the super cute Furry Friends collection. I love everything about it, especially the muted backgrounds, and the build your own 'Furry Friend' elements. It is perfect for all of the photos that I have of my son "loving" on our small dog.

While designing the page, I used kind of a layered grid design...which I use quite a bit. I started by matting my photo, choosing a journaling card, and cutting a 4x6 piece of patterned paper.

I picked out a coordinating Summer doily, and arranged them all together on an 8.5x11 piece of background paper. I chose some embellishments, and threw in some elements from the Fall Bouquet and Chalet Sundries.

I finished my layout by adding the 'Howling Good Time' sticker for my title, and stitching some striped patterned paper along the top and bottom edges.


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