In keeping with the love theme for February, I thought we could talk about some other special kinds of non-romantic love.  Valentine’s is on its way, and these groups often get overlooked. What if we celebrated them instead?

Friendly Love

Whether you have a tiny circle or a huge squad, your friends can become a significant part of your life, and they deserve to know how much you appreciate them. They’re with us through the rough times, and they make the good times more fun. Some say that we are the sum of the five people we spend the most time with, so it stands to reason that we have a lot in common with our best friends, and that’s why we love them so much.

Coworkers

Another group of people we spend lots of time with is our coworkers. Even in the most professional environments, it’s hard not to get to know the people with whom we work on a personal level. In some cases, these people quickly become part of our circle of confidants, and before you know it, they are as important to us as any friend.

Show Them Some Love

Since Valentine’s is next week, I wanted to share with you some quick, easy, fun projects that let each of these people know how much you care. They’re inexpensive and easy to assemble, so you can spread the love to everyone.

All That and Bag of Chips

Just pick up a variety pack of chips and attach this sassy tag with a length of baker’s twine or curling ribbon. There’s plenty of room on the back to write a personal message, should the situation call for it. It makes a great gift for guys and girls alike.

You’re the BALM

This one is perfect for female coworkers. Who can’t use an extra lip balm this time of year? Pick up an EOS style – preferably pink or red – and tape this adorable message on. She’ll love it!

Like You A Latte

For your coffee-loving friends and coworkers, this is a perfect little pick-me up. Grab a box of Starbucks Via instant Latte packets and attach this message to the front.

I Need S’more Coworkers Like You

Last but not least, another great gift for the guys or girls around the office. You can attach the tag to any type of s’mores related gift – I opted for a bag of cookies because it requires literally no prep. But you could put together a real s’mores kit with graham crackers, milk chocolate, and marshmallows, attach the tag, and voila! Easy Valentine.

But, how?

“That’s all well and good, Lisa,” you may be saying, “and your teddy bear model is adorable, but how am I supposed to pull all this together in just a few days?”

Easy – I’ve created this freebie, just for YOU. Just download, print as many copies as  you need, and start spreading the love. Want more options? Visit my Etsy shop listings at Kreative Paperie. You may just find a treat or two there for yourself.

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hello and welcome to Day 11 of the 12 Days of Christmas blog share, hosted by Carole Cassel at Scrapbook Campus.

In case you haven’t been following along, Carole has been providing digital templates for twelve card and envelope sets. These templates can be used with your digital designs, or they can inspire your traditional papercrafting by acting as sketches. To receive the templates, simply sign up at Scrapbook Campus, and you’ll get links to all twelve card and envelope templates.

Take a look at the template I used:

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Super versatile, right? There are a lot of ways to go with this one, and today I’m going to use this template to create a card, and in the process, I’m going to teach  you how to customize plain die-cuts with your printer. So let’s get started…

1. First decide on your three shapes and cut them out of plain cardstock. I used the scalloped square on the Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge at 2 1/2″ and two circles at 1 1/2.”

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2. Next, decide on the graphics you will use. I used a greeting and an icon from Lettering Delights’ Peppermint Holidays Expressions graphic set. Print the graphics on a regular sheet of printer paper. I set my printer to grayscale, draft quality.IMG_1630

3. Using repositionable adhesive, stick the cutout shapes onto the printout, being careful to place them exactly over the printed shapes.IMG_1631 IMG_1632

4. Insert the paper back into the printer face down with the die cut shapes still adhered.IMG_1633

5. Print the graphics again. This time I set my printer to full-color, best quality. And voila! The die-cuts are now customized with the graphics I chose.IMG_1634

I repeated the process again with the icons to embellish the envelope, which I made using my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board.P1160155

There you have it – use a digital template AND digital graphics to create fast, easy, adorable Christmas cards. If you liked this tutorial, be sure to share it using the buttons above and below this post. Till next time…cheers!

 

Hello and welcome! I’m excited to be taking part in this week’s Make it Monday blog chain with several of my crafty buddies.

Today I’m sharing a quick video tutorial showing you how to create the “Yummy Chocolate Square Holder,” which you can make completely from scraps and share with those chocolate lovers on your list this holiday season. Take a look:

See? Quick and easy! Be sure to swing by and pick up your Creative Christmas Bundle – it’s only available until midnight tonight!

And, next up in the blog chain is my friend Kristie Sloan. Today she’s showing how to jazz up printables to create unique cards with minimum time and effort. What fun!

 

 

Hello again, and happy Black Friday!

I whipped up a quick video showing all the contents of the Creative Christmas Bundle, and I wanted to share it here with you. Take a look:

This bundle is a screaming deal at 90% off retail. Why not pick up a little somethin’ somethin’ for yourself this Black Friday?

Cheers,
Lisa

P.S. I didn’t go out shopping today, but those of you who did have my admiration!

At the beginning of this sometimes hectic, sometimes stressful, but hopefully joyful holiday season, I’d just like to take a moment to express my gratitude for you, my readers.

Thank you for stopping by, leaving comments, and allowing me to share my creativity in this way. Thank you for sharing yours with me, as well. I am always humbled and blown away when a reader takes the time to share a project or inspiration with me – it makes me feel all kinds of happy knowing we can connect through something as simple as our pages and projects. Creatives are truly some of the most generous and inspiring people, and I am so lucky to have developed relationships with so many of you.

I appreciate each and every one of you, and I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. 🙂

Cheers,
Lisa

Santa's Helpers Workshop

Hello, and welcome back! This week I’m posting about the huge project I’m involved in along with 14 other crafty designers over at Scrapbook Bundles.

As promised, today I’m taking you through my portion of the bundle. It’s called “Santa’s Helpers Workshop,” and in it there are tutorials for 10 easy, inexpensive gift ideas you can create for the special people in your life for whom you might not ordinarily purchase large gifts, but you want to remember during the holidays nonetheless. People like your mail carrier, your co-workers, your secret Santa, your Sunday school classmates, and others who deserve a little bit of “merry” from you at Christmastime. You could even create these items and use them for stocking stuffers – the possibilities are truly endless.

Check out the video to learn more:

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I’m so excited to share what I’ve been up to lately! See, I’ve gotten together with a great group of crafty designers (some of whom you’ve met right here on the blog) to put together a knock-your-socks-off, can’t-wait-to-try-it bundle of crafty Christmas projects. I was recently interviewed about it by none other than THE Melissa Shanhun from Digital Scrapbooking HQ on her Scrapbooking Inspiration Podcast. Take a listen:

For more info about the bundle, click here: Creative Christmas Bundle

Come back tomorrow for sneak peeks at my contribution to the bundle and some other exciting creative news!

Nov 8

Welcome to the second week in the December Daily series of Scraps & Stash Saturday! Today I’m sharing a few of the divider pages I made for my 6×8 binder-ring album. To learn how to make them, be sure to watch the video on YouTube (while you’re there, might as well go ahead and subscribe to my channel).

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This will be the front page of my December Daily album. At the end of the month, I’ll do sort of a roundup journal entry about the highlights of our December.

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This page will likely hold a photo or two or some extensive journaling.

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Same thing for this page. Maybe I’ll do a collage of small photos or a couple of 4×4’s, along with some journaling.

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This has to be my most favorite, probably because I decided to break out the Mr. Huey’s and Tattered Angels mists to create it. I probably won’t add much more to this divider page, except maybe a title.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to watch the video to learn exactly how to make these easy dividers for your ring binder album.

 

 

December Daily S&S

Hello friends, and happy fall, y’all! Yep, it’s finally fall in my little corner of Louisiana, and we are experiencing a cool snap – it’s about 47 degrees out tonight.

Although we just put Halloween to bed, I am already thinking ahead about holiday goings on – the shopping, the gathering, the decorating, and of course, the scrapbooking! That’s why I decided to put together a December Daily album (yep, completely from my stash) for this month’s Scraps & Stash series.

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Check out the video on YouTube to see more details.  Also, link me up to your Christmas kits or albums or pages – I’d love to see what you’ve put together!

Scraps & Stash July 12 2014

Welcome to Week 1 of Scraps & Stash Saturday Christmas in July. Last week I shared the contents of my Christmas stash kit. I knew I had a ton of Christmas photos in my backlog, so I purposely put together a really large kit. Originally I planned to make lots of double page layouts with some single pages mixed in, but when I made an honest assessment of where I really was with my Christmas photos, I changed my strategy to also include some pocket pages. Here’s what I’ve gotten done so this week:

Double page layout – Mother/Daughter Sleepover

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I was able to get seven photos scrapped with this spread, telling the story of our first mother-daughter Christmas get together, which took place in 2005.Double Page Christmas Layout

Next I put together a pocket page layout. The front is full of photos from Christmas Eve 2005Christmas Pocket Page Layout 1

and the back has photos from Christmas Day 2005. Christmas Pocket Page Layout 2

Moving on to 2006 – this single page is untitled and features photos from our second mother-daughter ornament exchange. The photos are so similar in nature to the 2005 layout, I didn’t feel the need to use enough to make another double-page spread. I *did* want to include the event, though, because as it turns out, we were only able to keep up this tradition for a few years before we lost Mom.Christmas Layout

Most of our Christmas 2006 photos will be included in our Disney World album, but this leaves me with photos from extended family get togethers, so again, I reached for a divided page protector to get the story told. Here’s the front of our Feliz Navidad page, which includes a title topper, journaling box, and three photos.Christmas Pocket Page Layout 3

and the back, where the rest of the photos are on display. I may actually go back and add another photo to the topper so it won’t feel so empty. Tip: Because the top pocket in this particular configuration was open, I used a strip of washi tape to hold in the title strip. Christmas Pocket Page Layout 4Now here’s what’s left: Lots of patterned paper, plenty of stickers, ribbon and brads. Hopefully enough to finish out the rest of the photos I need to scrap in order to get caught up. That would be the years of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2014. Yikes! Week 1 Christmas in July Kit Leftovers

Are you scrapping along? Making any Christmas layouts? I’d love to see them! Leave me a link in the comments so I can be inspired by you.

Till next week – cheers!