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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



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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How To Make A Notebook Using Project Life Cards

How to make notebooks

This post is brought to you by American Crafts.
Hey guys, I have a fun project life tutorial to share with you today! Are you familiar with Becky Higgins project life system? I’m a big, big fan! Becky has created a wonderful memory keeping system that combines scrapbooking and photo albums into one. I had the opportunity to view all of the new releases back in January at CHA and have been anxiously waiting to play with them. The patterns and designs from each kit are so fun! I used the new Kraft and childhood wellington kit to create mini notebooks with a metal binding. This tutorial on how to make a notebook is perfect for making Summer journals and scavenger hunt notebooks.

How to make notebooks

How to make a notebook tutorial


project life cards

The Cinch bookbinding tool




note cards

corner rounder


Step one:

Trim chipboard to 4×6 inches (I used Silhouette chipboard). Round the corners of your note cards and chipboard so that they align with the project life cards.

mini notebook tutorial

Step two:

Use the cinch tool to punch holes through the cards and chipboard. Glue the chipboard to the back of your first and last project life card. This will help make your covers sturdy.

the cinch notebook tutorial

Step three:

Layer your cards in the binding in this order: note cards -> front cover -> back cover flipped over. Then use the back of the cinch to press the binding close. This tool is amazing! It makes creating your own notebooks, journals, and books easy peasy!

cinch notebook tutorial

Step four:

Embellish your notebooks to your hearts desire! I used pieces from Studio Calico, Basic Grey, and washi tape. the project life cards are great as is so I don’t think you need to add much. I kept the funky colorful card from the Kraft kit simple to avoid hiding that awesome pattern.

project life notebook

How awesome is this mustache project life card from the Kraft edition? The back of the card has a mustache as well so that you can use it vertically in your project life album. I plan to share with you some of my PL layouts soon!

By the way on my first notebook I planned on using computer paper for the notebooks but after trimming 15 pieces to 4×6 inches I knew I needed to rethink that haha! Luckily I had a stack of white ruled note cards sitting on my desk that were the perfect size. The vertical notebooks will need to be turned horizontally but I don’t think my kids will mind. :)

How to make a notebook with project life cards

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Valentine’s Day Party With Martha Stewart Crafts

Mini Marshmallow Pops

Valentine’s Day is two days away! Can you believe that? I’m pretty sure we were just talking about Christmas and New Year’s. However I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day! Every year we do something special for the kids. Last year we had a party a few days before and celebrated with friends. This year we’re keeping it simple, but that hasn’t stopped me from putting together a few Valentine’s Day crafts. Here’s a peek at our Valentine’s Day Party with Martha Stewart Crafts supplies.

Mini Marshmallow Pops

It doesn’t get much easier than mini marshmallow pops! To make them I used:

mini strawberry marshmallows



heart paper straws cut in half

I carefully inserted the straw into the mini marshmallows and dipped them into melted CandiQuick then top with sprinkles. These are about 1/3 of the size of a regular marshmallow which are the perfect size if I do say so myself. Just for fun I added tags that I stamped with the Martha Stewart mini wood stamp and heart stickers. I love that the stamps come in a wood crate to hold them all in one place.

Martha Stewart Crafts Valentines Day Party

I also made tags for their valentine paper straws using a flourish punch and cupcake dimensional stickers.

Paper Straws with Tags

These stickers are too cute to throw out after our party so I made sure to make them removable from the straw.

Paper Straws with tags

I used a permanent foam adhesive dot and slightly wrapped it around the straw. Its strong enough to hold the tag in place but still removable after use. I think I’m going to save it for our Project Life album after we’re done with them.Valentine's Day straws

Last but not least we’re in the process of making a few last minute Valentine cards for grandma and grandpa using the mini Valentine card & sticker set. Valentine's Day cardsYou can save 20% at MarthaStewartCrafts.com now through Valentine’s Day! Just enter the coupon code BLOG20 at checkout.

Martha Stewart Crafts

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Paper Valentine Containers

Easy Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited about the holiday of LOVE. My daughter isn’t in preschool yet but she is also excited about Valentine’s Day. She’s keeps asking when we can go pick out valentine cards. Her best friend moved away this past Fall so she’s looking to sending her some sweet snail mail in the next few weeks. We have some local friends to hand out cards to and I’ve been thinking of cute and easy Valentine’s Day ideas like these paper valentine containers filled with treats.

Easy Valentine's Day Crafts

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) trade show. It was such a wonderful experience, filled with mounds of inspiration. It was my first time at the show and I was pleasantly surprised by all the paper products. It was all too much to take in but I took a million pictures for inspiration. I’ve shared a few on instagram but will share them here soon.

Valentine's Day crafts

I saw these paper treat containers in Paper Crafts magazine last year and they called them “paper sour cream containers.” I’m still new to the paper crafting world but I love how easy these are to make. The best part is you don’t need a fancy die cutting machine to make them!


scrapbook paper


sewing machine {optional}

embellishments {twine, stamps, stickers, etc.}

Quick and easy Valentine's Day crafts

To make the paper treat containers cut your paper to 4 x 6 inches.

Paper Sour Cream Containers Tutorial

Create a paper tube roll by gluing the ends together like so..

Easy paper sour cream containers tutorial

Once the glue is dried take one end and glue it close (see above picture). I used a sewing machine to close the ends but glue works great too. Then fill with treats, toys, or love notes inside and close the other in in the opposite direction. This way one end is vertical and one end is horizontal. Does that make sense?

Paper Crafts without a cutting machine tutorial

Then embellish to your hearts desire! I added washi tape from Michaels and bakers twine from The Twinery. The Happy Valentine’s Day is a dollar stamp from Michaels as well then I used a circle punch to cut it out. The glitter hearts are from Target ($1 stickers) and I adore the small clothespins to hold the tag in place.

Valentine's Day Treat boxes

So tell me..are you a fan of Valentine’s Day?

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Stitched Gift Tags & Celebrate Crate Giveaway

Stitched Gift Tags

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe Christmas is tomorrow? I’ll admit that I was one of those last minute shoppers at the mall this weekend. I don’t know what I was thinking waiting until the weekend before Christmas but hopefully I’ll be a little more organized next year. Speaking of gifts I still have a few left to wrap which happens to be my favorite part! Over the weekend I made a few stitched gift tags to compliment my kraft paper gift wrap. Stitched Gift Tags

Last month I saw someone on instagram post a picture of a box full of fun baking supplies. I read in the comments that it was Celebrations new monthly crate subscription. Well imagine my surprise when I received an email recently asking me if I was interested in reviewing Decembers’ crate. I love trying new crafting supplies and was really excited to see what was inside.

Celebrate Crate

The Celebrate Crate is a monthly subscription filled with inspirational ideas and supplies to help you celebrate a special event, holiday, and everyday. Every month you receive a box filled with crafting, baking, or party supplies along with a card to scan to receive creative project ideas to make with your supplies.

The crate subscription is $20 a month with shipping already included! I love the idea of getting a box full of surprise items every month! You can learn more and sign up for the Celebrate Crate here.


The December crate includes:

Sew Easy stitch piercer and foam mat

45 yards of twine from The Twinery

6  white notecards with envelopes

12 white gifts tags with twine ties

Plus $50 in gift certificates!


I’ve been wanting to try the Sew Easy tool for awhile now so I was excited to make stitched gift tags. The way it works is you run the piercer along your paper then sew with the twine. You can switch out the piercer with a variety of creative patterned piercers.

Sew Easy Piercer

My tags were  a little bare so I used a couple of Christmas stamps to give them some life.

Stitched Gift Tags

My favorite is the the tag above. I love the red glitter and twine!

Stitched and stamped Gift Tags

The ink I used for the snowflake stamp was a little dull but the rhinestones helped brighten them up a bit.

Stitched adn stamped Gift Tags


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Paper Bow {Christmas Gift Wrap Ideas}

Lifestyle Crafts Knotty and Nice Discount

By now you may have realized that I LOVE paper crafts. Earlier this year I began reading a few paper crafting magazines and quickly became fascinated with all the tools and techniques. There’s still so much I have yet to explore but I feel like I’ve come a long way and am learning what my favorite paper craft tools are. Today I’m going to share with you my latest paper crafting project…Paper Bows!

Lifestyle Crafts Knotty and Nice Discount

Lifestyle Crafts released two new gift sets called Knotty & Nice. The bundles come with a variety of dies that can be used to embellish gifts, for scrapbook layouts, and even home decor projects. Take a look at what I’ve been making with the new paper bow and doily dies.

DIY Paper Bows

I found the take out boxes at World Market then used both gift sets to create simple yet pretty little treat boxes to give to friends this holiday season.

DIY Paper Bows

My favorite is this kraft paper package with the silver bow. I used the matchbox die to create the box but I also have a simple box tutorial if you don’t have a die cutting machine.

Christmas Gift Ideas

DIY Paper Bows

Knotty Gift Set

Nice Gift Set

I’m a tad bit obsessed with making these paper bows, I could decorate my entire house with them! I also made a paper bow garland that I’ll share with you next week.

Christmas Gift Boxes

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Holly Jolly Craft Kit

Lifestyle Crafts Discount

Black Friday Specials

Lifestyle Crafts Black Friday Sale

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