Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Layouts from Club SEI & Our New Bountiful Collection

This beautiful fall scrapbooking kit from Club SEI has already shipped. But, we wanted to share the previews with you anyway to introduce our new fall collection, Bountiful...

These are the layouts club members can make with their kits. All our club kits include great materials and full-color instructions, like these.

Here is a detail of one of the layouts.

Learn more about Club SEI and sign up here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

4" x 6" Mini Album with Florets

Greetings and welcome to the SEI Blog, it's Rhonda here today to share my project with you. I recently received one of "The Preservation Series" 4" x 6" Album and thought it would be fun to use for a mini album for my son.

To begin, I selected my papers, the Florets Assortment Pack. The pack is so nice as it also includes the stickers and sentiments as well as the papers all together for you, just perfect for a mini album.

I selected the pretty butterflies on blue paper for the cover, adhered and accented with a few stickers and silver glitter dots. I used the stickers to spell my son's name on the cover. After that I chose the other papers and covered the interior and back of the book. I left the interior back yellow as it seemed to coordinate well on its own.

Before planning any pages, I selected some of my favorite papers and trimmed to 4x6 for the base paper pages. I then trimmed several papers to 3.5 square and some others to 3 x 3 square. Additional strips and bits were cut so I would have a huge pile of mats ready to go.

The first page is very simple single photo mat. The second page, when opened it has a sentiment adhered between the photo mat and is designed as a tab that sits outside of the page protector. It becomes a fun place to journal when you open it.

The third page is a blocked design, ready to add photos. The fourth page features one of the Perforated Sheets combined with a sticker sentiment. Cute, quick and perfectly coordinates.

The fifth page on the left features another Perforated Sheet with a fun sentiment. For the sixth page I cut apart the design of the Perforated Sheet sentiment and used it as a photo corner to frame the photo. I used a silver glitter dot as a simple accent in the word You.

I've left the other pages blank so we can add full sized photos as well as some cropped favorites. One other thing to mention, I've kept this design very simple. The idea is, if you are at a crop and had only the mini album, the paper pack and one embellishment, plus your basic tools of a trimmer and adhesives, you could create it.

Mini albums are so much fun to make and my children love to bring them in for share day at school. They are always excited and proud to show off a bit of their story. I hope I've inspired you to create something fun today!


SEI Products:
Florets Assortment Pack
- 24 Cardstock Papers
- Sticker Sheets
- Perforated Sheets
Silver Glitter Dots
The Preservation Series - 4"x6" Album

Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Halloween Pumpkin Decor

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the Simple Blessings Collection by S.E.I. Fall is right around the corner and I have a grandson that loves pumpkins, so I knew what I needed to make!! A pumpkin it will be.

I used a wooden letter "C" and turned it on its side, to get the shape of a pumpkin. I adhered a tree branch to the top for the pumpkin stem and then covered the wooden letter with pattern paper from the Simple Blessings Collection. The edges of the wooden letter were sanded down after the paper was adhered, for a clean smooth edge. Using the die-cut pack and the sticker pack I clustered embellishments around the branch at the top of the pumpkin. Gave it a fun festive look.

Black and red Tumble Dye were speckled on the front of the pumpkin, creating this home decor piece for Fall.

I hope you enjoyed this project!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Super Easy and Cute Halloween Treat Bags

With Halloween just around the corner, I wanted to share some easy Halloween treat bags. Using basic canvas and paper favor bags from craft stores and your favorite stickers from the SEI Simple Blessings collection, you can dress up your candy carriers so they're ready for gift-giving in minutes.

For the canvas bag, I used my paper piercing tool to poke a teeny hole at the top of the bag, then affixed my tag at the top using a pearl brad.

The treat bag features a hodge-podge of stickers and die-cuts over a base from the Kraft Classics paper stack. Quick tip: Fold over the bag to the desired finished height first, then apply your cardstock, so it's easier to fold. A clothespin can keep your fold in place. I added a few little autumn leave cut-outs just for fun.

Don't forget the details to make simple projects stand out. I love placing stickers on adhesive foam squares to add dimension. I also mixed and matched a few other SEI elements from my stash - like a foam leaf from the Summer Smiles collection - to add extra flair to the pumpkin and candy corn illustrations.

Happy crafting and happy haunting!

Friday, October 7, 2016

DIY Butterfly Canvas Decor

While you may associate butterflies with spring, the (aptly named) Perfection collection from SEI proves that these lovelies can make a year-round appearance in your craft projects. I'm obsessed with anything and everything gold foil, so the die-cut butterflies in this collection with gold accents made me swoon as soon as I laid eyes on them!

The butterflies are so beautifully delicate, and I thought they could make for an impactful focal point all on their own. I decided to make a 3-D art/home decor canvas for placing on a shelf or mantle. I arranged a variety of the die-cuts in a grid, then used large glue dots in the center for attaching them to the canvas. (I was slightly concerned about the adhesive sticking to the canvas material, but these glue dots were actually very strong.) I swapped out the last butterfly for a little sentiment sticker combo from my stash. Then I "fluffed" out the wings so these little butterflies look like they're ready for takeoff.

How have you played with the butterflies in this collection? Have you made any home decor projects with your SEI kits? As always, we'd love to see, so be sure to share in the comments!

Happy crafting,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Scrapbook Layout - Wishes for You

Hi, Connie here with a scrapbook page using the Wishes for you Collection by S.E.I. This collection has bright papers and is full of all kinds of stickers, that work perfect for a scrapbook page or cards!

I love clustering embellishments, like stickers and die cuts, together in group. Over lapping the stickers and popping them up adds dimension to your page and brings attention to the photo.

I love using the Tumble Dye as a mist when I have completed the layout. It gives it a great look and so easy to apply. Just take the lid off and tap with your finger and small drops will come out. Very easy to control the dye this way.

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member

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

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