Monday, November 23, 2015

Personalized Journal

Hi! Today I'm sharing an SEI spiral-bound kraft journal that I decorated using mostly the Madera Island collection. It makes a nice gratitude journal for Thanksgiving or a simple yet thoughtful gift for Christmas.

After covering with patterned paper, you can use an alphabet sticker to personalize the journal for the recipient. I also added a little rhinestone as well as a leaf from the Back to Fall collection as a finishing touch.

Don't forget about the inside, either---I love that the journal comes with an interior pocket. I added a matching floral sticker with a rhinestone to give it some extra flair.

Have you repurposed an SEI kraft journal, photo album or frame? We'd love to see what you've designed! Be sure to share your projects in the comments.

Happy crafting,

Friday, November 20, 2015

Classic Holiday Layouts from Club SEI

We are really excited about our new holiday collection, Glimmering Boughs! It's so lovely and classic, with glitter, gold and traditional colors. Our lucky Club SEI members will receive this collection in their December kit...

Here are a few close-ups of the layouts included in the instructions. It's so hard to capture the beautiful glitter and foil treatments in the photos.

Everything in this kit is so pretty. It's hard to choose a favorite. But, the sundries, borders, and glittery speciality paper are some of them.

To learn more and sign-up, check out our club website at

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Book Bag with Tumble Dye - Gift Idea!

Hi, Connie here with a small Book Bag using Tumble Dye and Iron-On-Art by SEI. On this project I tied the middle section, of the bag, and then sprayed with Tumble Dye Green and then sprayed some water on the book bag. The water helps move the Tumble Dye on the fabric. I placed a piece of wax paper inside the bag, so the dye would not soak through to the back side.

Let the project air dry and then toss it in the dyer for a few minutes to set the color. The apple is cut out of, one Canvas Banner piece by SEI. The same process was used to dye the apple, only the Tumble Dye Red was used. The apple was glued to the bag and highlighted with the Black Color My Own Fabric Markers by SEI.

The leaf is cut out of the Iron-On-Art/Houndstooth by SEI. Then ironed on the Book Bag next to the apple. The apple stem is a small tree branch from the yard . Adhered trim and button to finish off the Book Bag. Cute bag idea for gift giving!

Thanks for stopping by~

Friday, November 13, 2015

Simple Fall Craft Projects

Our new design team begins next week! We are excited to share their holiday ideas soon. But, first, we wanted to share a few last fall project ideas we created with our October Scrapbooking Kit.

These little baskets are super simple to make! Just follow this easy tutorial by Davinie Fiero. They work great for gift-giving. But, this year, we might make smaller versions and place them next to our Thanksgiving dinner plates.

For this simple project, you need a scented packet. Attach a ribbon at the top to hang and embellish with scrapbook supplies. These are really fun for little drop by gifts or to hang in your home to enjoy those yummy holiday scents.

We found this pretty gold pumpkin at our local craft store and added some paper flowers for a pretty centerpiece. It is such a classy decor piece. You could even spray paint your own gold pumpkins!

We hope you enjoyed these simple fall ideas! A special thank you to our 2015 design team. Remember we will welcome projects from our 2016 design team next week. :)

Friday, November 6, 2015

"Just Hatched" Scrapbook Layout

Hello SEI Fans!!
Piali here, today I have a layout to share with you all.

More I'm playing with the Tumble Dyes, more I'm loving them. The Tumble dyes are great for papers, I used it on watercolor paper to create my background.
Love the colors, bright and vibrant!!!

I used the beautiful Day Dreamer collection for this layout.
Love the foiled feather printsand the color combo of this collection.
This collection is perfect for my "JUST HATCHED" layout.

I also used the stickers from the collection.
The title is cut file I created using the Silhouette software.

Hope you liked this layout!
Try out the Tumble Dye sprays on paper projects...I'm sure you are going to love the effect.

Thanks for stopping by..
Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Noteworthy Scrapbook Album

I have been having fun filling my Noteworthy Album from SEI here lately...not really worrying about any particular order or theme but just having fun with it! The pocket pages are perfect for little note cards, photos, journaling spots, etc.

For this front and back spread I shared an afternoon that we as a family decided it was the perfect day to go and try to fly a kite. Totally random but fun! I'm so glad we did it!

Using a couple sheets from the Noteworthy 4 x 6 Journaling paper pad was perfect to fill up some of my pockets! I added some stickers and embellishments throughout to just add a little something extra. Simple and easy for those days that you want to get something crafty in AND done!


Friday, October 30, 2015

"But First, Coffee" Fall Scrapbook Layout

Hi! It's Kelly here today sharing a layout made with the amazing Daydreamer collection. This beautiful collection is quickly moving to the top of my favorites list because of it's awesome versatility.

To start my layout, I stitched a 5.5x 8.5 piece of patterned paper to the top of my 8.5x11 base. I also added a 1 inch stitched border to the bottom. I adhered an 8x6 piece of patterned paper to the center of my page to complete my background.

Next, I layered a 5x5 piece of patterned paper for my title with a 4x4 matted photo, a 3.25x3.25 journaling card, and a 3x3 stamped coffee image on the top/center of my page. Then, I added my journaling, tucked a stamped coffee sentiment in next to it, and placed my title. To finished up, I added few embellishments, and a frame for my coffee stamp.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Daydreamer (Stormy Sky, On a Wing, My Tribe, Stickers, Die Cut Accents, Sundries)
Summer Woods (June Cozy, Backyard Blast)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Happy Fall Frame Decor

Ahh... 'tis the season of falling leaves, cozy sweaters and pumpkin pie. Fall is here! If you're ready to go Back to Fall, be sure to pick up the September Club SEI Card Making Kit of the same name. It's filled with all sorts of beautiful autumn motifs to use all season long.

Don't think the Card Making Kits can only be used for cards. Today's project shows the versatility of the kit. I used some plaid patterned paper and die-cuts to create a super simple framed art project. I love switching out decorations for each season, and being able to make my own art is both fun and affordable.

As always, we would love to see what you're crafting with this kit. Be sure to share in the comments!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

"Happy Fall" Scrapbook Layout

I LOVE Fall! It's no secret to those that know me well. In addition to the changing colors and cooler temps, I find that Fall is the perfect time to enjoy crafting. I love hunkering down in my craft room to do some creating!

For this layout I mixed some of the Summer Woods collection in with the Hoo's Sweet collection. The colors really were fun to to play around with and I adore those scalloped paper strips from the Hoo's Sweet project kit!

The leaves are almost at full peak as far as color changing goes so I'm glad that I snapped some pictures right away so that I could scrap them!


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2016 Design Team Announcement

We want to take a moment to thank our 2015 Design Team! They created some really amazing projects this year and were a delight to work with. We also want to extend a thank you to the talented crafters who applied for our 2016 team.

Now, without further ado, please welcome SEI's 2016 Design Team...

Connie Mercer
• I live on a Ranch in Texas.
• I have 6 grands that inspire me to create.
• I love re-purposing vintage items in my design work.
• Because of #3 on the list, I love to go junkin'.
• Fall is my favorite time of the year.

Piali Biswas
• I live in Robbinsville, New Jersey. I’ve been married to wonderful husband for 18 years and together we’ve two adorable girls of age 14 and 10. I also have two cute puupies named KOKO & TWIX.
• I've been prapercrafting and blogging since 2009.
• I love all things handmade! Stamps, papers and dies are my favorite things!!
• I also enjoy quilting, jewelry making , baking, cooking and driving!!!
• I'm so honored to be on SEI Team.

Rhonda Van Ginkle
• Fortunate to live in the beautiful Twin Cities of Minnesota.
• Loving wife to my husband Chuck, and a mom to my two beautiful boys, ages 8 and 6.
• I began this wonderful journey of paper crafting in April of 2009.
• I have always been an artistic person, drawing, painting, loving photography, sewing, writing and basically anything that is hands on.
• Photographs and paper designs are often the starting inspiration for my projects.

Stephanie Kensy
• Hi! I’m Stephanie. I live outside of Philadelphia with my wonderful husband, Jon, and our Siamese cat, George.
• I'm an account executive with a PR/marketing firm. Previously I've been a writer and editor for health, parenting, fashion, and home and garden publications.
• I love to make all types of paper crafts—cards, mini albums, party invitations, home d├ęcor, you name it! I tend to create projects in a clean and simple style.
• When I’m not crafting, I enjoy doing yoga, biking, and spending time with family and friends.
• About 10 years ago, I was invited to a Stampin’ Up! class. I took that first stamp to ink… and I’ve been hooked on paper crafting ever since.

We are so excited to have these talented ladies joining us next month!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

"Hoo's Sweet" Handmade Gift Set

Hello SEI Fans!!!

Piali here, today I have a gift set to share with you all!
I used the super cute ... Hoo's Sweet collection!!!

I loooooove its one of my favorite SEI collection.

I used the perforated sheet for the focal sentiment part.
The green glitter sheet from this collection is beautiful.

The cute owls are the sticker from the Sticker sheets.
I also used some SEI gold glitter dots.

Embellished the corrugated pillow box with some wood shapes & papers.
I also made a frame.

"GRATITUDE" is printed card from this collection.

Also added some wood owl piece and some leaves.
For a fun touch I added some gold glitter dots as the owl's eye... cute , isn't it?

Hope you all liked this quick and easy gift idea!

Thanks for stopping by...
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Halloween Scene Cards

Halloween season is upon us, and if you're a member of Club SEI - you're all set for crafting with your September Card Making Kit! The Back-to-Fall collection comes with owls, pumpkins, cats and ghosts ready to decorate your fall greetings.

My favorite paper is the tree background. It's perfect for setting the scene for a spooky night. Just add some stickers included with the kit to build your scene. I created two scenes - one with an owl and another with a black cat.

I used foam adhesive behind some of the cutouts to create dimension on the cards. And you can't forget the sparkle... Rhinestones and glitter accents complete the look.

What have you been making with this kit? We would love to know - be sure to share in the comments!

Here's to crafty days and spooky nights,

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