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Watercolor Bookmarks

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

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DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

I’m hardcore crushing on all things watercolor right now. I’ve been playing with watercolors nonstop the last few weeks, thinking of anything and everything to used them on. These watercolor bookmarks are great as teacher gifts or for a fellow bookworm.


watercolor paints


watercolor paper

Lifestyle Crafts Pocket Die

Watercolor Crafts - bookmarks

To make the ombre bookmarks I created a “wash” along the paper then ran horizontal brush strokes along the paper. It’s a little difficult to see the color in pictures but the ombre bookmarks are pink, orange, and yellow and blue, turquoise, and mint. The tie-dye bookmark, as my daughter called it, was made by dabbing the brush with various colors onto the paper and letting the colors run together. I love this marbled look with the bright colors like pink, purple, turquoise, and yellow.

Lifestyle Crafts - watercolor bookmark

Once the watercolors were dry I used my pocket die to cut out the bookmarks.

I then tied bakers twine through the top and placed them in the sleeves. The pocket die comes with the bookmark die, the sleeve with optional die cut front, and several tags that you can attach. Once I glued the pocket together I added gold glitter tape and bakers twine bows to the front.

These are great for gifting with books or you could slip a Barnes & Noble gift card inside with a note behind the bookmark. I plan to make a few more of these for Mother’s Day to give some of my fellow bookworm friends.

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks tutorial


Some of my favorites….

Birthday Pillow Boxes with printable gift tags

Birthday Pillow Boxes - Printable Gift Tags

DIY Envelopes

How to make an envelope

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Printable Birthday Gift Tags

Happy Friday my friends! It’s been awhile and I have to say I’ve missed you!  Life has been a little crazy these last few months but I’m slowly making my way back to creating again. I’ve been thinking about upcoming birthdays a lot lately and have been creating printables to share with you. Today I’m sharing these quick and easy pillow boxes with  free printable Happy Birthday gift tags.

Printable Happy Birthday Gift TagsOne of my favorite gifts to give are gift cards. I think I’ve mentioned this before? But yes, I love giving gift cards. Think it’s too impersonal? Nonsense! I think if you know what the person likes, they make a great gift. I receive Starbucks gift cards from friends and family all the time and I love receiving them. Mainly because I’m addicted to Starbucks and my friends know that. :) But giving gift cards in those thin little envelopes they offer for free, umm yeah not so cute. I like to find creative ways to pair gift cards or at least present them in a thoughtful way. Lately I’ve been playing with my pillow box punch board from We R Memory Keepers to make birthday pillow boxes to fill with gift cards.

The punch board is similar to the envelope punch board that I like using so much. You simply measure your paper to 6 inches wide and anywhere between 4-12 inches long. My favorite size is 6×6. I like that I can fit small party favors or gift cards and candy inside.

To make the pillow boxes I used:

Pillow Box Punch Board

Evolution die cutting tool

Tide Embossing Folder

Sticky Thumb adhesive runner

Pennant punch, twine, confetti, and glitter tape.

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The best thing about the punch boards is that the instructions are printed right on the board, making it easy to follow each step without looking for the instructions manual (although, it does come with a detailed picture tutorial as well).

We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Board

To make an embossed pillow box I created the pillow box then ran it through the Evolution with my Tide embossing folder. I then glued the tab inside and closed the pillow box using the thumb notch made with the reverse punch.

Embossed Pillow Box

The printable birthday gift tags are on an 8×10 sheet. Half the sheet is made with fun frames and shapes and the other half has a simple Happy Birthday sentiment. You can use that side to create your own label designs with your cutting dies like I did below.

Printable Birthday Gift Tags

Printable Birthday gift tag

Birthday Pillow Boxes - Printable Gift Tags



DIY Calendar – Recollections Calendar Kit

Handmade Calendar Kit

Hey crafty friends! I’m so excited to share this new DIY Calendar kit from Recollections. You might be familiar with my love for memory keeping and being a mamarazzi, but can you blame me? What I love most about this new calendar kit is that it combines memory keeping with a monthly calendar. You can personalize your calendar every month with photo sleeves, journaling cards, and stickers. Handmade Calendar Kit

Recollections Calendar Kit

The 12-month calendar kit includes a photo sleeve for every month, holiday/seasonal themed cards for every month, stickers, and a pen. The cards are beautiful! They’re modern, trendy colors and patterns. They’re also double sided so there’s something for everyone’s style.


DIY Calendar Kit

I used up the majority of my pictures this year on Project Life so I have a new game plan for this calendar. I purposely left it blank in hopes that I will take pictures of the kids every first of the month. I think it would be great to set time that day to photograph the kids at the beginning and create a layout for them to look at all month long. At the end of the year I want to look through the year and see how they’ve grown.

Calendar Kit Another bonus is that there’s a hole to hang the calendar from and it comes with a box for easy storage once the year is over.

Christmas Calendar Gift

If you’re still looking for a sentimental gift to give a friend or grandparents this calendar kit is perfect! Filling it with photos of family members and birthdays is a wonderful gift for a special loved one. You can find the Recollections calendar kit at Michaels for $39.99.

Personalized Calendar Kit


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DIY Christmas Gift Card Envelopes {Giveaway}

DIY Christmas gift card envelopes

Create handmade gift card envelopes this holiday season in under 5 minutes with the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board.

DIY Christmas gift card envelopesHey crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Did you brave the crowds on Black Friday? I surprisingly didn’t make it out. My husband went out early Friday morning and picked up everything on our list and was home before I woke up. Gotta love that guy! I’ve been battling a little bit of a cold this past week and going out in the crowds was the last thing I wanted to do. Thankfully the hubs picked up what I needed and my shopping is 75% done. The majority of the items on my list left will be gift cards along with a few handmade gifts.

Remember the DIY envelope tutorial I shared earlier this year? Well I used my We R Memory Keepers envelope board to create Christmas gift card envelopes. These take minutes to makes, that’s with a little embellishments added. I have to say this punch board has become one of my favorite tools this year! I use it to make gift card envelopes quite often and even the occasional birthday card envelope.

To make the envelopes I used the punch board, 5×5 inch paper, and a sticky thumb adhesive runner.

Envelope Punch BoardI trimmed my paper and aligned it to 2inches by following the measurements on the punch board.

diy envelopesOnce the paper had been scored and punched I turned the board over to create rounded corners with back of the punch. Love that feature on the boards!

Handmade EnvelopesI like to trim the center flap of my envelopes like the one on the left. It makes it easier to slip a gift card in and I think it looks cleaner. :)

Handmade Christmas Gift Card Envelopes

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Halloween Party Favors: Witch Shoe Treat Boxes

Witch Shoe Party Favors

Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? I’ve always wanted to host a Halloween party for my girlfriends  and I’m trying to fit it into our busy October schedule. If we’re able to make it happen I will definitely have these Halloween witch shoe treat boxes as party favors. I came across this file in the Silhouette store and I couldn’t wait to try it out.

Halloween Treats Witch Shoe Favors

To make the favor boxes I cut my shapes out of thick black cardstock for the inside of the shoe and patterned paper from Echo Park. Note: when cutting your shapes cut one side of the shoe with the pattern you’d like the shoe to be. Then flip your paper over and cut the shape again. Of course this is only if you’re using patterned paper, to ensure the patterns match on the outside of the shoe.

Halloween Treats Witch Shoe Favors

Glue your inside box together by folding the perforated tabs on the black cardstock. Then glue your patterned pieces to the outside of the box.

Halloween Treats Witch Shoe Favors

To give it a finished look I added rhinestone embellishments and beaded trim around the shoe. I used a very thin line  of hot glue to apply the trim, it was a bit tedious but I love the result!

Halloween Treats Witch Shoe Favors

This witch shoe treat box is such a fun Halloween party favor, you could also use it as a gift for co-workers or as a teacher gift!

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How To Print Instagram Photos with an iPhone & Photoshop

How to print instagram photos

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Instagram friends, let’s talk about printing instagram pictures shall we? I’m using my iPhone to take pictures of my kids way more than my Nikon these days. If you’re like me with over 2,000 pictures on your camera roll you don’t want to leave those captured memories sitting on your phone. I’ve wanted to print instagram and iphone pictures for awhile now and I’m so glad I’m finally incorporating them into my Project Life spreads. Today I’m going to share a quick tutorial on how to print Instagram photos with an iPhone and with Photoshop Elements. Plus, I’m sharing details on the fabulous new Instagram-friendly Project Life kit available on HSN this Tuesday, September 17th.

How to print instagram photos

HSN Just Add Color kit

On Tuesday HSN will be releasing a new exclusive Instagram Project Life bundle. You guys, this kit rocks my socks! The bundle includes an album, Just Add Color Core Kit, photo pocket pages, and stickers for one low price. The Just Add Color kit is available in limited qualities and is expected to sell out quickly. Why you might ask? Because it’s not available anywhere else and features instagram friendly cards and pocket pages sized at 2×2 and 4×4. In addition to the new card sizes you’ll also get the 4×6 inserts to use with this kit and existing albums you may be working on. There will also be a sale on the date and phrase stamps..these are my favorite!
Here’s what you’ll get in the Just Add Color edition:
-60 4×6 tittle cards
-20 4×6 journaling cards
-80 4×4 journaling cards
-400 2×2 filler cards
-80 basic cards
-20 sticker sheets

How to print pictures for Project Life

How to print iPhone pictures

To print 3×4 photos for Project Life albums I’ve put together a quick tutorial on how to do this using Photoshop elements.

How to size Project Life photos in photoshop

First open a new blank file (file -> new -> blank file). Size the file to a width of 6, height of 4, while making sure you’ve clicked inches. Set the resolution to 300 and make the background transparent. Then you’ll open your photos, make any edits you’d like then drag them over to your blank file.

how to size photos for Project Life

When dragging the picture down to resize you’ll see the height and width changing size on the top. You can manually adjust the size or keep making is smaller until you find the size you like best. You can add 6 pictures this way by sizing them to 2×2 inches then printing on a 4×6 print. Here I’m using two pictures which can be 3×4′s or smaller with a white border, which I prefer.

Resizing Project Life pictures

Once you’ve sized them to your liking click on “layer” then “flatten image.” Save as a jpg and you’re ready to print! Also, make sure you’re only saving the “blank file” not the individual pictures in case you want them in their original form later on.

Project Life picture tutorial

To print instagram photos from an iPhone download the PicFrame and Walgreens app. Open PicFrame and select the 3:2 ratio at the top right of the screen.

Printing pictures with PicFrame

On the third page you’ll find a 6 frame collage. Add your images then once you have adjusted the white border to your liking save and print the image with the Walgreens photo lab app.

Instagram Pictures

I learned the the photo app trick from my friend Nat who has a 3×4 tutorial on her site. While browsing the frames I saw they have a 6 frame collage that’s perfect for the new instagram kit.

This spread is a little out of my comfort zone with the mixed patterns and colors, but I think that’s while I like it so much. I used resized photos in the entire layout. They range between 2×2 inches to 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches with borders. In this spread I’ve layered the cards and added stickers that will be included in the new kit. Project Life spread - instagram kit

This spread speaks my love language..simplicity! I really like how low key it is with vintage looking photos. These are photos I’ve shared on instagram then have sized in PicFrame with white borders. I kept this spread simple with the black and off-white theme. A few stickers and thickers are the only embellishments needed to complete the look I was going for. Oh and did I mentioned the black & white prints are on the BACK of the colorful prints? Genius, pure genius! I love that I can mix and match the colors with the exact same print on the back.

Instagram Project Life spread

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How to Letterpress Project Life Cards

Letterpressed Project Life Cards

This post is brought to you by Studio Calico and Lifestyle Crafts.
Happy Friday my friends! Today I’m going to share a few ideas on how to create your own letterpress Project Life cards.

Letterpressed Project Life Cards

Before I get started I want to tell you a little bit about an upcoming Letterpress Class from Studio Calico. Lifestyle Crafts and Studio Calico have teamed up to offer a virtual class on how to letterpress with theses creative ladies.

Here’s a little bit about the class:
-There will be new PDFs every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of September
-8 technique videos
-Over 30 new letterpress projects including Project Life spreads, layouts, mini albums, and cards!
-Access to a class message board and gallery
-New challenges from Tina Aszmus each week

While supplies last, all students will received a bonus class kit. The kit includes a 4×3 inch Studio Calico letterpress plate, a pack of sample letterpress inks from Lifestyle Crafts, and 4×6 letterpress paper in black and white. Shipping is FREE all around the world, not only U.S. residents!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
A willingness to explore and make a few mistakes along the way
•Lifestyle Crafts L Letterpress platform bundle
•Manual diecut machine (Cuttlebug, Epic, Big Shot, Evolution)
•Letterpress Paper (have extra on hand, so you can experiment without running out!) •Letterpress Ink (the sample pack in the class kit will start you off, but you’ll want more of your favorite colors)

So, so fun! The class starts on Sunday, September 1st but you have until September 15th to register. To register go HERE.

I would consider myself a beginner when it comes to using my letterpress. I’ve had it for awhile now but I still need a lot help in that department. Without fail I used up a lot of letterpress press paper to get some decent looking cards. I’m thinking I could really use this class!

My daughter is very actively involved in her project life album. She loves looking through it and selecting pictures to use in layouts. So after celebrating her birthday a few weeks ago I asked if she wanted to help me design her birthday layout. Of course she said yes along with a request for a lot of pink, glitter, and sprinkles. Sprinkles ehh? In an attempt to not disappoint her I used the next best thing..sequins! They’re basically sprinkles, minus the whole edible factor. I simply die cut a heart out of cardstock then glued sequins right on top.

In the picture above I used the free 3×4 Oh Happy Day letterpress plate on one of the 4×6 cards Project Life cards with Hot Pink Lifestyle Crafts ink. How cute is that camera? The best part is you can use the camera without the saying by only applying ink to the camera or cutting the plate into two.

Studio Calico Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress

I spelled out birthday on a 3×4 card using the Alphabet letterpress plate. I cut the letters apart then used a 3×4 die to align them. You could also die cut the card before hand and use placement guides before letterpressing.  You can see that I probably should’ve spaced the a closer to the d. The biggest issue I have when letterpressing is I always smudge the ink. Patience my friends, this requires lots of patience while the ink dries.

Studio Calico Letterpress

The layout is really simple, with a lot of help for the little miss. She added the gold butterflies and the Happy Birthday wood veneer herself. I’m thinking she will be a little scrapbooker herself. :)

Project Life Girl Layout

Remember, to learn fun new techniques and perfect you letterpress skills sing up for the Studio Calico class here. You can also follow @studio_calico and @lifestylecrafts along on instagram by using the hashtags #scletterpress and #lletterpress.

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Back to School Crafts: Crayon Box Backpacks

paper backpack

Back to school crafts – create mini paper backpacks out of crayon boxes!

paper backpack

I’m still in disbelief that summer vacation is ending, it went by too fast! We didn’t get to cross off everything from our summer bucket list, so we’re sneaking in some surprise fun-filled days and a mini trip. I plan to pack as much fun as we can into our last week of Summer break. The kids don’t know this but I’m making them a little back to school party this upcoming week. Something small, and just for our immediate family, but a fun way to get them excited about school.

Last year I spotted mini paper backpacks all around the web and thought they were SO cute! I saw them made out of a crystal light container (my inspiration from the Basic Grey blog), an svg file you can purchase, and even from the Silhouette store. I decided to make these mini paper backpacks for the kids back to school party. Can you guess what these are made from? Crayon boxes! I wanted them to be cute AND functional.

To make a mini paper backpack you will need:

a crayon box

two different patterned papers

strong glue

sand paper

paper trimmer

Crop A Dile 1 or 2 (We R Memory Keepers)

Wide Eyelet (We R Memory Keepers)


Step one: sand the crayon box with a piece of sand paper. You’ll want to sand the front, back, and sides of the box This will help the paper adhere to the crayon box.

Mini crayon backpacks

Step two: cover the box with a sheet of paper cut to 3.75 x 7.75 inches. Note: To use the flap on the box in the same direction of the backpack flap I made the back of the box the front (keep this in mind when you’re gluing your paper).

paper backpack

Step three: cut another sheet of paper in a contrasting color or pattern to use as the backpack flap. This piece will be about 3 x 7 inches (trim if necessary). Round the corners of one end of the paper then glue the opposite end to the back of the crayon box. This piece will go from the bottom back of the box, over the top and to the font. Note: make sure you only glue the back, not the top or front (see picture below).

paper backpack tutorial

Step four: punch a hole in the center of the flap then add a wide mouth eyelet with your Crop A Dile. Punch two holes in the box to the side of where the eyelet is centered on the flap. You will thread twine through the two holes in the box then through the eyelet in the flap. You will then tie a bow in the front to keep the box closed.

back to school crafts

Step four: cut the straps to glue on the back of the backpack. The straps will be about .75 x 6 inches.

By the way, isn’t The Giving Tree one of the best children’s book? My kids love it! There’s a tree stump outside of our local zoo and my daughter truly believes its The Giving Tree. Love her and her heart! :)
mini paper backpacks


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