05 October 2015

Simple Stories & Tombow: A Claus & Co. Planner

Hello! Today I'm sharing my version of the "Claus & Co." Planner 
 featuring many of the goodies from the
collection, as well as several of the great adhesive products from Tombow!
  Because the Holiday SN@P! Album is nice and large, it will work double-duty as
 a holiday planner and as a December-daily-style album...I cannot wait to fill it up! 
 To get a jump-start, I decided to have all of the cute pre-planned pages in place
 and then added a few embellishments that I'll share today.

To begin, I cut the "Oh Joy" (side B) paper down so that it covered the chipboard portion of the album front.  I used the Tombow Xtreme for attachment.  When you want something to really stay PUT, the Xtreme adhesive is what to reach for!

I wanted to create a fun 'bridge' between the fabric binding of the album and the patterned paper, so I used various sized circle dies to cut the motifs from the "I Believe" paper.  The circle sizes ranged from 1.5" to 2". 

After deciding placement for the circles and other embellishments, I used the 3D Foam Tabs, Multi and Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and Stamp Runner to adhere the different pieces.  The Mono Glue was perfect for adding the Wood Veneer pieces and small sequins (from my stash).

Here is a look at the completed album front:

As I said earlier, I did go ahead and add all of the inner workings to the album: the Claus & Co. SN@P! Journal Pages, Holiday Planning Inserts and the clear pocket pages that come with the album.  I mixed in some fun embellishments to some of the pages:

The introductory page to the album is the "Holiday Planner" tabbed page from the "Holiday Planning Inserts" packet.  I decorated it with some of the leftover circles that I didn't use on the cover.  Notice the two half-circles at the top and bottom...I just cut one of the 2" circles in half and glued it in place with the Stamp Runner!  The holly berry die-cuts were attached with 3D Foam Tabs.

Here I dressed up the banner insert page with one of the 4X4 Elements.  Again, I used the Mono Liquid Glue for attaching the sequins.

3D Foam Tabs were used when adding stickers and die-cut pieces.  I found the the Multi or Aqua Mono Liquid Glues worked best for the veneers.

The decorative insert pages are great places to add a splash of personality!  I tried to leave the pages, where a lot of writing would be done, without too much bulk so writing would be easier when the time came.

One last peek at the album cover.  I'm so in love with how this turned out...what fun! 

And one last thing before I go...YOU have the chance to WIN, WIN, WIN
a "Claus & Co." Collection PACK!
Just visit the Simple Stories Blog this week:
and also, visit:
to see more ideas from this week's inspiration between the two design teams!

Simple Stories Products:
Claus & Co.-

4804 I Believe
4805 Oh Joy
4827 Bradz
Tombow Products:
Stamp Runner, 3D Foam Tabs, Aqua Mono Liquid Glue, Multi Liquid Glue,
Xtreme Adhesive  

30 September 2015

Stencils & Cards

Stencils come in many patterns and sizes and
 Echo Park Paper
has the cutest around! 
 I have two ideas on how to use stencils on cards,
along with the “The Story of Family” Collection.

 For the first card, I’ve taken a scrap piece of white textured cardstock,
 the “Branches Stencil”, washi tape and chalks. I started with a yellow
 chalk and chalked all of the branches.  Then I added a light green and
 dark green to the base of the branches.

 I die-cut two 2.5” circles from the chalked area and matted them with a larger, 
3” circle of diagonal striped paper. 

The embellishments were kept simple with just a few stickers and decorative
 brads added around the edge of the circles.
The second card is made up of the “Leafy Border Stencil” and dark green chalk ink. 
 For the base, I cut a rectangle from off-white cardstock that’s just a bit larger
 than the 3X4 journal card.

 I taped the stencil down over the cardstock with washi tape.
 The portion of the leaf border was inked and then the stencil was adjusted so that
 the pattern could continue around the top and bottom edges.

 The journal card was attached to the center of the leaf frame with foam adhesive.

One of the scroll sentiment stickers was cut in half and added to the top
 and bottom of the frame.
With stencils you can customize your own unique look to cards or other craft projects! 
 Try other types of mediums such as modeling or stencil paste, crayons, etc. and have fun!

See more design ideas at www.echoparkpaperblog.com

24 September 2015

Scripture Calendar

It's that time of year to start thinking about calendars for next year!
 Plus they make great Christmas gifts for a secret pal, teacher or friend.
I have a simple tag style calendar up at 
this week...come take a look at how I put it all together:

It's a great place to jot down favorite scriptures or scriptures to read, 
prayer requests, birthdays and special moments!

22 September 2015

Frightful Door Hanger

Halloween decorating time is upon us and I have
this cute door hanger up on the 

 For the base, I used the Pumpkin Album Die by Top Dog Dies and covered them 
in paper from Authentique.www.authentiquepaper.co  I used a scroll shaped die for the center and it also acted as a way to attach the two pumpkins together.

 I added two oval shapes to dress up the sides of the ghost die-cut.  
The outer edges of the ovals were trimmed with burlap twine that I dipped in
 Amethyst Color Shine Spray by Heidi Swapp.  I used a paper towel to soak
 up the excess spray and allowed it to dry before gluing into place.

For the flowers, I took three of the Wild Sunflowers and dipped them into 
Black Velvet Color Shine Spray.  Again, I used a paper towel to soak up the excess
 and then used a heat gun tool to finish drying the sunflowers.

To the center of the sunflowers, I added one of the Beaded Acorn Pick pieces...
it added just the right amount of color!  I also used the leaves from the same 
picks around the center flower.

 Again, all of the papers and die-cuts (except for the ghost, which was from my
 stash of decorations) are from Authentique's Spirited Collection.  I punched two
 holes at the top and strung through wire for the hanger.
  All ready for hanging out on my front door!

17 September 2015

Juniper Berry Holiday Cards

With the new look of the Basic Grey Collections, you will find a very specifically
 themed design on one side of their patterned papers and a more basic, 
everyday pattern on the back, which is especially great for cardmaking!

 For the first card, “Winter Wishes”, I used the pretty sentiment sticker as the inspiration. 
 Next, I matched up all of the “side B” papers from the Juniper Berry collection and 
pulled aside the ones that fit the color scheme of tan, green and black.

 I matted the sentiment sticker with a speech bubble sticker and then die-cut an
 oval mat for the bottom layer.  Wanting to incorporate a bit more of the tan color,
 I attached the die-cut frame to the bottom right before adding the die cut trees and veneer owl.

 After layering the patterned paper pieces together, I outlined the edge of the tree
 paper with black/white twine from the Embellishment Pack.

 For the “Merry Christmas” card, I was drawn to the “quilted star” look of the
 “Rooftop Paper”.  I cut out a repeating hexagon design and then highlighted the
 top of the shape by cutting out two star patterns from the same paper and attaching 
with foam adhesive.

The die-cut reindeer was just perfect embellishment for such a card! 
 I even added a small red pom pom for the nose. Before adding the sentiment, 
I added a border of gold striped washi tape to the top and bottom edge of the piece.

The rest of the design was kept simple with a couple of vellum snowflakes
 (that I attached with glue dots) and green sequins from the Embellishment Pack.

I’m in love with the very masculine look of the two cards; I hadn’t planned on it going
 in that direction!  But after looking back through the “Juniper Berry” collection,
 I can see so many beautiful and feminine cards that can be created as well! 
 Have fun trying to use only the B sided papers and you will be amazed
 at how the embellishments and accents really POP!


16 September 2015

A "Hocus Pocus" Mini

Halloween, hay rides and autumn festivals are quickly approaching! 
 Fashion this easy-to-make mini album using just a few sheets of cardstock
 and pieces from the “Hocus Pocus” Collection from
  You’ll have pockets for keepsakes and plenty of room for photos of your favorite goblins!

 The album pages are staggered with the cover page measuring 6X6
 and the following pages increasing in size by ½” in height 
(page 2= 6.5”H; page 3= 7”H; page 4= 7.5”H). 
 The 12X12 cardstock was cut to the desired height and left 12”, 
scored in the middle and folded in half.

 For the pocket page, a sheet of 12X12 kraft cardstock was cut to 10X12. 
 The paper was placed on a score board and scored lengthwise at 6 inches.  
The paper was turned vertically and scored at 4 inches; this score line was 
folded upward to create the pocket.

 The cover decorations include pieces hand cut from the “Journaling Cards” paper, 
stickers and pom pom trim. 

On the second page, I didn’t want to use a square journal card, so I trimmed out 
the cute potion bottle and added it to the page with foam adhesive.  
I also added a glittery spider from my stash.

 Both sides of the pocket pages were decorated with trimmed down journal cards.  
Large tags or photo mats that measure 5.5”X6.25” were tucked into the pockets.

Here room was left for journaling on the journal card.

 I had a small portion of the banner sticker left over from the cover page, 
so I used it here as a corner accent along with a bat sticker duo! 

Next is my favorite page!  I used the “Bats Stencil” and a chalk ink to add a little
 extra interest to the green patterned paper.   There were a couple of smudges where I over-inked the corner of a bat, so I conveniently covered them up with enamel dots.

 A band of ribbon is a nice way to add texture and pattern to a busy background. 
 I glued on a couple of buttons from my stash and a sticker to the center of the ribbon.

 I created tabs using the fancy label die from the “October 31st Die/Stamp Set”. 
 I sandwiched two die-cut pieces together (for each one) and glued them in between
 the folded kraft pages.  Add itty bitty stickers or label them with spooky words if you’d like!
Finally, two holes were punched along the edge (the open side of the base paper) and the pages were held together with 1.5” rings.  My album is all set for some fabulous
 Halloween photos and memories!


See more project ideas at www.echoparkpaperblog.com