Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Simple Blessing Greeting Cards

The Club SEI August scrapbooking kit is the perfect transition kit for fall. With complementary cool, lighter tones and rich burnt oranges and reds, and both sweet florals and autumn leaves, it will definitely be my go-to kit as summer wraps up and we head into the sweater-weather season.

Today I'm sharing a set of cards I made using this kit. The first is a sympathy card, which nods to fall with the leaf motif, but the colors are light, peaceful and comforting to match the sentiment of the note. The other has deeper pop of color, and I had fun pairing die-cuts together to make my own little "bouquet." The card bases are gold-foil blank greetings from Michaels, but you could just as easily mimic these designs with any blank white cardstock you have on hand.

What projects are you working on as the seasons change? We'd love to see! Don't be shy... leave a comment :-)

Happy crafting,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Simple DIY Teacher Gift - Back to School

Hi, Connie here with a cute idea for a back to school teacher's gift using the Wishes for you Collection from S.E.I. This collection has pretty paper and cute stickers, perfect for this project.

You can make three of these notepads from one sheet of pattern paper. First you need to make a stop at an office supply store and have them cut the legal size notepads in fourths for you. Some places charge and some don't. If you like the pads to be wider, have them cut in thirds. I have made them in both sizes.

Lay your notepad on the pattern paper and size it up like you would mat a photo. Should be around 2 1/2" W x 12" L. You will need a small strip to cover up the top part of the notepad. That is what you will adhere the sticker and sentiment to.

Teacher's love these decorated notepads, that are super cute on their desk. S.E.I. has cute paper collections that would be really made up for teachers or you!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fall Cards with Inking Techniques by Club SEI

Fall is nearly here! The leaves are starting to change here in the mountains and it's gorgeous. But, Club SEI has been ready for autumn for a while now. Check out the lovely cards club members are creating this month from our September card kit.

The mix of bright colors with craft papers and a little bit of Halloween, makes this kit so fun!

A few of our favorite things are the stamping techniques and embossed mats included in the kit. Check out all the contents below.

Learn more about Club SEI and sign up here.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Handmade Greeting Cards

Hi, Connie here with a couple of greeting cards using the Sprinkles Collection, by S.E.I. The papers in this collection are so bright and colorful. Great for making cards with. It comes with a sticker sheet, that has the perfect card sentiments, to make the cards fabulous!

Also, this collection would be so fun, to use to create a birthday scrapbook page. It is full of event die-cuts that would enhance any scrapbook project. Even goodie bags !!

The Sprinkles Collection by S.E.I. can be used to create all the elements you would need to celebrate a birthday or an event. To complete the birthday card, I sprinkled green Tumble-dye on the card front. The jumping for joy card has red Tumble-dye on the card front. Looks like confetti !!

Thanks for stopping by today!! Enjoy the rest of the Summer and keep on creating!
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Friday, September 2, 2016

Always Yours Garden Scrapbook Layout

My husband and I recently visited Longwood Gardens, an amazing garden attraction not too far from where we live. Not surprisingly, we came home with a phone and camera full of gorgeous photos. I knew I wanted to scrapbook as many as possible. We had so many pictures, and choosing just one or a few 4x6ers to highlight on a page can be a tough decision-making process!

Although I tend towards mini albums, I wanted to capture this day on a single layout. So I opted to print several photos at 2x3 size and organize them into a grid. I had a few more printed that didn't make the final cut. It's key to make sure that your photos complement each other in colors and styles, especially when they are side by side. The neon-pink zinnias, although lovely, wouldn't quite work with the tones of this page.

The elegant neutral palette and delicate floral details of the Always Yours collection made it a natural choice to scrapbook the memories of this day. I cut patterned papers to fill out the photo grid, adding little sticker details here and there.

I also folded paper then tucked photos and messages inside to create doors and windows. It's a fun and easy way to add dimension to your pages.

How do you fit several photos on one layout? What ways are you using the Always Yours collection? We'd love to hear from you!

Happy crafting,

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

"Live Out Loud" Summer Baseball Layout

Greetings crafty friends, it's Rhonda here today to host the blog for you.

I have a fun page to share with you featuring the Florets Collection. One of my favorite things to scrap are collage photos. It's a nice way to get multiple photos on a page to help convey the moments you are capturing.

I selected a few photos of our youngest son at one of his baseball games this year. He always has a twinkle in his eye and rosy cheeks. The navy striped paper coordinated so nicely with his uniform it was the perfect base to rest against the green cardstock background paper.

A few of the Floret Circles are used in yellow and the scalloped blue. The small floral accents were a nice soft touch to the page.

Thank you so much for stopping on over to the blog today.

SEI Products Used:
Florets Assortment
PackFlorets Sundries
Florets Die Cut Accents
Florets Circles and Doilies

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Simple DIY Hangtag Gift Idea

Hi Connie here with a project that will work perfect with my last blog post using the Sprinkles Collection by S.E.I. This collection is great for cards and making party decorations. Let me show you~

This is a hang tag, that was placed over a water bottle, with a pack of seeds in the pocket (created on the front of the hang tag). The dimensions are 3 3/4"W X 8" L. Score at 5" and punch a circle (inch and a half) in the top flap. You can make the tag as long as you need, depending on the size of bottle you want to create a hang tag for.

Create a pocket, decorate and fill it with a birthday treat. The bottle could also be a soda. So many ways you could put this together. The ideas are endless.

A fun project!!
Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Poconos Adventure Scrapbook Layout

One of the best things about SEI's collections is that many of the styles complement each other nicely month to month. So definitely be sure to hang onto your extra supplies from those kits when you're finished... you never know when you might come back to them!

Case in point for this layout, which combines last year's Summer Woods collection and this year's Cheery Hello kit. The colors and accents go so well together, I bet you didn't even notice they came from two kits, did you? ;-)

I wanted this page to exude all the fun and adventure of a recent biking trip I took with my dad for Father's Day. I saved the trail map we received at check-in and used it as the base for the page, printing mini 2x3 photos to create a collage effect to document each part of our experience on the trail. This creates a fun story being told as you travel down the page.

This page is a bit more "busy" than my typical clean and simple style, but I love how it came together! I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone for your next project and try something new.

Happy crafting and happy summer,

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bright and Elegant Card Featuring Florets

Hello and welcome to the blog, it's Rhonda here to share a project with you.

I have a card that I've created featuring the Florets Collection. It's so very versatile in patterns and color. I wanted to use the geometric foiled paper as a background and pair it with some soft pink to mix things up a bit.

The circular sentiment sticker was layered on top of a few circle die cuts from the Florets Circles and Doilies pack. I added a few accent gems in orange from the Florets Sundries. A bit of orange and white baker's twine in a simple double bow finished the card.

Thank you so much for stopping on over and spending a bit of time with us here on the blog today.

SEI Products Used:
Florets Assortment Pack
Florets Sundries
Florets Circles and Doilies
Basics Sundries (Twine)

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Beautiful Scrapbooking Kit with Techniques

We are so excited to show you the newest Club SEI scrapbooking kit! Following our tradition, the August kit is a complete scrapbook album.

Check out the adorable colors, illustrations and details in this kit! These pretty paper bows and rosettes are so simple to make with the kit.

This kit contains everything you need to create 20 designer page layouts and room for 42 photos. Just follow the easy step-by-step instructions and become an expert in about an hour.

Learn more about Club SEI and sign up here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Summer Fun Scrapbook Layout

Hi Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Cheery Hello collection by S.E.I. I love the bright colors in this collection! Reminds me of summer time and fun. The collection has the best summer time embellishments that look great on a scrapbook page, card or a craft project.

I was able to get six photos, on my scrapbook page, by making a flip up mat. Sort of like a card. The photos were cut down and then matted, two on the front and four on the inside of the mat.

The Cheery Hello embellishment pack contains really cute images. The watermelon made a cute tab to lift up the mat, to show the four photographs on the inside of the mat. The birds, trees and clouds fit in well also.

I love to speckle black Tumble dye on my project, to give it a finished look. Dries super fast and looks great! Have fun creating and be sure to spit those seeds out!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Watermelon Hostess Gift Set

Summer is here, and no other scrapbook set screams "summer" more than the Cheery Hello collection! The June Club SEI Scrapbook Kit comes loaded with juicy watermelons, scrumptious cherries and delightful gingham patterns that make this set ready for scrapbooking picnic days, backyard playtimes, vacations and more. While there are many scrapbooking possibilities, I always love using the design elements in scrapbook sets for other uses, too, such as handmade gifts.

If you're attending a summer party, this little jar set I whipped up makes a lovely quick-and-easy hostess gift. Because the black gingham paper is double-sided with a watermelon print on the opposite, it further complements the watermelon theme from all angles. I intentionally left the label blank, so the recipient can label the jar with the contents they place inside. (Or you could write the recipient's name on it.) A teeny folded tag with a sweet sentiment finishes this summery gift.

What have you been working on with the June club kit? What goodies would you fill this jar with? Comments are always welcome!

Happy crafting and happy summer,

Friday, August 5, 2016

Bright and Fun Boy Scrapbook Layout

Hello and welcome to the SEI blog, it's Rhonda here today to share a project with you. For today's project I used a bright and happy selection of primary colors. Blues, Yellow, Green and Red along with a pop of Orange and Black to make an energetic page.

Most of the pattern papers are from the Sprinkles collection, I loved the black scalloped background paper from the Cheery Hello collection so I incorporated that as well. I've also added in a clothing tag to help create my title work. I don't know about you but I save them from clothing or other items to incorporate into my crafting.

"Number 1 Fun Champion" is what I intended to use as my title, then I saw the "Have A Ball" banner sticker and included it also. You can see by the look on my sons face that he is in his element.

Thanks so much for stopping on over today for a visit.

SEI Products Used:
Cheery Hello Assortment Pack
Cheery Hello Borders and Titles
Sprinkles Assortment Pack
Sprinkles Sundries
Sprinkles Stickers
Washi Tape 2 Pack

Thursday, August 4, 2016

DIY Ombre Bag Using Fabric Dye

Hello SEI Fans!

Piali here today I have a fun project to share with you all!!

I used super cute Cheery Hello Assortment pack and fun Tumble dye products.

Love the super cute Froggy sticker from this collection!!!

The sentiment diecut is from the Sundries pack.

The frog is a super happy one!!!

I also customized a canvas bag using Red and Coral Tumble dye sprays...like the ombre tie-dye effect!

I added a fun tag from the diecuts pack.
The twine is from the Sundries pack.

Hope you like this project!

Thanks for stopping by..
Happy Crafting!

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