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Hello American Crafts fans! Leigh here, sharing my craft supply organization tips with you today! Since I am on three design teams, I have a tremendous amount of product. Keeping it organized is the key to creating 17 creative projects each month! 

Lots of embellishments come in waterfall packages and flat plastic overwrap. I will share some tips for organizing this type of packaging. My projects generally stay within one collection, but I will share how I store collections together.

I built this pegboard for my craft room, and it always holds the newest collections. Keeping product on hooks allows me to see everything that I have. That way, I can see everything that I am running low on easily. I often rotate product by taking it off of the pegboard to display the newest collections. QUICK TIP: I saw someone in the crafting community post that they open the side of the plastic with scissors, so that the bottom can stay closed. I do this for most of the packages on this pegboard.

I have Crate Paper's "Sunny Days" and Pink Paisley's "Horizon" collections displayed now, since we are entering the summer season. I leave room between each product so that I can take it off the peg, and also see the different embellishment options for each line of product. I keep different sizes of paper close to the embellishments as well. I also use scrap wood or leftover packaging (like the chipboard backing from paper pads) as makeshift shelves!

Once the collections have been taken off the pegboard, I add them to 12x12 plastic drawers like this. I keep all the products for each collection together in one drawer. This way, I can remove the entire drawer and bring it to my desk surface to create. The plastic drawers are lightweight and portable. I get multiple sets of drawers for each season and add more as I receive new releases. The drawers can be stored under your desk for quick retrieval. I am always excited about getting new collections and hand-lettering the labels for each season.

These drawers can hold quite a bit of product. Since they are 12x12, the paper can stay in with the embellishments. TIP: If the plastic packaging starts to tear from use, I add the embellishments to small sandwich size bags. 

Thank you for joining me today, and happy organizing! Leigh.

SUPPLIES: Crate Paper Sunny Days: 6x8 Paper Pad (#350818), Stickers (#350803), Ephemera (#350802), Sticker Sheets (#350807), Washi Tape Set (#350809)

Pink Paislee Horizon: Project Pad (#310795), 6x8 Paper Pad (#310781), Embellishments (#310784), Ephemera (#310783), Washi Tape Set (#310794)

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Hello crafty friends! Today, I will be talking to you about how I store my crafting supplies in a small craft room. Because my scrapbooking room is small, I'm always looking for new storage ideas. Today, I will be talking specifically about paper storage! I had gone through so many organization systems before arriving at the one I have today. In my craft room, I mainly have Ikea furniture and especially Kalax. I recently found papers storage that fit on it and they are perfect for scrapbook papers.

I created storage bins to protect and organize my paper. It's very simple to make (and its cheap)! You just have to create a drawer at the size of your papers and slide it in your furniture. I advise you to use thick paper and put a cardboard at the bottom of the drawer so that it’s very solid. Then you can decorate it with your papers. These drawers are super practical! I made a hole on the top with a hole punch so I could pull them out easily. I also store my scrap papers with the other paper, I find I use it all up that way!

I do not know about you, but every time I use paper, I end up with scraps. Creating my own storage was the solution to that. I had the idea to create pockets! For that, I used my 1 2 3 punch board from We R Memory Keepers and I made some envelopes. I cut the tops off because I wanted to be able to quickly see what was inside.

Then I put all my pockets in my storage and labeled them with the name of the collection inside the pockets to find them easily. I love this organization system because I don't waste any paper and it's very convenient!

Thanks for reading about my tips and tricks for organizing paper and paper scraps. I hope you enjoyed these ideas! How do you store your scrapbooking papers? Leave a comment below! 

 

 

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Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to share with you a layout I created for Father’s day. The last couple of years, I’ve been making Father’s day layouts and gifting them to my dad in a frame. I really love using layouts as wall art pieces rather than just storing them in an album. They make really beautiful gifts.

For this layout I decided to use the It’s all Good collection by Dear Lizzy. I really like the hashtag elements in this collection and I wanted to incorporate some of that on my layout. I wanted my design to be relatively simple, so to make sure it’s exciting and interesting, I used a lot of dimensional elements.

My process for making this layout was a bit unusual because I started with my title. I really loved the large thicker phrase and I decided to work around that for my title. I clustered a few card stock and layered stickers next to it leaving a space for my photo.

Since all my elements were clustered in the center of the page, I used a strip of paper at the bottom of my page to bring more color to the edges.

To fill some more of the white space around the edges, I punched a few hashtags from white card stock and sprinkled them around the page using foam dots. This way I only added a subtle white on white effect that didn’t overwhelm my design.

I hope this simple yet elegant design has sparked your creative juices! Don't forget, Father's day is coming up! See you next time, Zinia. 

PRODUCTS USED: Dear Lizzy It’s All Good Collection: Ephemera, Paper Punch, Pattern Paper Easy As Pie, Layered Stickers, Cardstock Stickers, Thickers - Be Bright, Thickers - Main Squeeze

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Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to share with you a layout I created for Father’s day. The last couple of years, I’ve been making Father’s day layouts and gifting them to my dad in a frame. I really love using layouts as wall art pieces rather than just storing them in an album. They make really beautiful gifts.

For this layout I decided to use the It’s all Good collection by Dear Lizzy. I really like the hashtag elements in this collection and I wanted to incorporate some of that on my layout. I wanted my design to be relatively simple, so to make sure it’s exciting and interesting, I used a lot of dimensional elements.

My process for making this layout was a bit unusual because I started with my title. I really loved the large thicker phrase and I decided to work around that for my title. I clustered a few card stock and layered stickers next to it leaving a space for my photo.

Since all my elements were clustered in the center of the page, I used a strip of paper at the bottom of my page to bring more color to the edges.

To fill some more of the white space around the edges, I punched a few hashtags from white card stock and sprinkled them around the page using foam dots. This way I only added a subtle white on white effect that didn’t overwhelm my design.

I hope this simple yet elegant design has sparked your creative juices! Don't forget, Father's day is coming up! See you next time, Zinia. 

PRODUCTS USED: Dear Lizzy It’s All Good Collection: Ephemera, Paper Punch, Pattern Paper Easy As Pie, Layered Stickers, Cardstock Stickers, Thickers - Be Bright, Thickers - Main Squeeze

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Dads sure are hard to buy for. If yours is anything like mine, he has two of everything! When it comes to Father’s Day, I like to make him something personal instead of buying him another shirt or tie. Today I’m here to show you how you can personalize a beautiful Details 2 Enjoy frame to give to your Dad this Father’s Day!

All it took to create this personalized frame were two Details 2 Enjoy kits and a few embellishments. Let me show you what I did to create it!

I started with the Do It Yourself Pocket Frame, which I painted in black. I love these frames because you can switch out the inside panel over and over again to create something new. Next, I knew I had to use the awesome Do It Yourself Truck Kit. My dad is a lover of antiques and old things, so this truck was the perfect addition. Next, it needed a great background to help the truck to stand out. That’s when I grabbed the Details 2 Enjoy Background Pad, and selected the dark woodgrain pattern to add to my frame insert using Sticky Thumb double-sided super sticky red tape. The dark color and texture added the perfect pop to help the truck stand out against the background.

This is where the personalization started to come in! I grabbed the beautiful Saturday Afternoon collection to help me to add some color to the frame, starting with the card stock sticker banner. I loved the navy, yellow, orange and green colors that it added, and the white border helped it to stand out against the woodgrain background. To the right, I added a plain clothespin topped with the Saturday Afternoon wood veneer “enjoy this” piece, which I dry-brushed with gesso, to help the sentiment to stand out. After taping the clip to the background, I clipped my square, black and white photo and two banners cut from the Saturday Afternoon 6” x 8” paper pad for some color.

The pickup truck needed some personalization, too, and given that my Dad is an avid gardener, I grabbed a die cut leaf from the Saturday Afternoon die cut shapes and paired it with the felt leaves from the Do It Yourself Truck Kit to add to the bed of the truck. The green galoshes from the Saturday Afternoon cards tock stickers were the perfect addition to sit on the ground next to the truck. To add one more bit of color to the bottom of the frame, I topped a Saturday Afternoon die cut label with the yellow patterned paper and added “DAD” using the It’s All Good puffy alphabet stickers. I love that it looks like a license plate on the bumper of the truck!

I know that my Dad will love this personalized frame that fits him (and his likes) perfectly this Father’s Day! For a personal gift, check out the wonderful Details 2 Enjoy frames, and make something special for your Dad!

Supplies | Details 2 Enjoy collection: Do It Yourself Pocket Frame (343483), Do It Yourself Truck Kit (351324), Background Pad (348137); Saturday Afternoon Collection: 6” x 8” paper pad (351151), cardstock stickers (341154), diecut shapes (351158), wood veneer with tray (352033); It’s All Good collection: Puffy alphabet stickers (352008); Other: Vicki Boutin mixed media gesso (343912), Sticky Thumb double-sided super sticky red tape (340264).

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Hello American Crafts fans! It’s Bea Valint here, and I’m so excited that we’re celebrating fathers at the American Crafts blog this week! Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to create tiny handmade presents to show our love and gratitude to the men in our lives. 

As my father is also the grandfather of my children, this year I decided to involve my children in the card making process. We worked on the Father’s Day cards together. My plan was to create colorful cards using easy and fun paper techniques.

To start, I grabbed blue, green and red patterned papers from the Saturday Afternoon collection. This collection has a nature-based color scheme that is the perfect way to craft some Father’s day cards! I folded in half an 8.5”x5.5” patterned paper to create the card base. Then, I asked my children to punch circles from the colorful Rainbow and Ice-cream patterned paper. We folded up the edges of the circles and adhered them to the card base. I created the title with mixing and matching puffy alphabet stickers and the ‘I love you’ ephemera piece.

We used the paper waving technique to create the second card. I chose green paper as my background and cut colorful stripes from the Sunshine stripes patterned paper. I just love the beautiful color scheme!  What is even more of a bonus is the bicycle and house embellishments… perfect add-ons for a masculine project.

For the third card, we made a bunch of paper beads. First, we cut paper stripes, and then rolled them up tightly. Next I strung the beads with thread and stitched them to the front of the card base. We fussy cut letters to add the ‘DAD’ title.

These cards were so much fun to create! I hope that you’ve been inspired to make Father’s day cards of your own to give to your loved ones!

Supplies: 1 Canoe 2 | Saturday Afternoon collection | Rainbow and Icecream (351120), Pinky Peony (351111), Afternoon Clips (351110), Foam Stickers (351153), Cardstock Stickers (351154), Wood  stickers (351156), Alpha Stickers (351152)

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Hello American Crafts fans! It's Leigh here, ready to share my technique for creating easy custom page elements using watercolors. I am using the Vicki Boutin Watercolor Markers and Stamps from the Color Kaleidoscope collection today. I also have a YouTube video of the entire process from start to finish. Let's get started!

The color scheme for this layout was largely inspired by my Mom! I even painted her that little blue watercolor truck for Mother's Day. I wanted a soft color palette, so I created my own custom page elements using watercolors. The technique I used is so easy, even for those who have never used watercolor before. The watercolor florals are gathered at the top like a floral swag. I piled them over and underneath one another using a variety of glues and stickers to create texture and dimension on the page. The watercolor leaves are added in at organic angles to create movement on the layout. In the YouTube video below, I show you how to watercolor the flowers. Trust me, it is easier than it looks!

I created a "curtain" with patterned paper and added watercolor to the base of the paper. I also added a watercolor splash to the white paper at the base of the curtain for an added effect. I used the same Vicki Boutin watercolor markers for this. 

You can see here that each color of the florals coordinates with the patterned paper below it. I love the tone on tone patterns in the Shimelle Sparkle City collection, because they are patterned enough to create interest but subtle enough for the photos and florals to take center stage. I added lots of embellishments from the Sparkle City Collection too.

In this close-up, you can see how I added some of the holographic circle Thickers from Shimelle’s Sparkle City under the embroidery floss stitching. The stitching went very quickly because it is basically just one long stitch in multiples over the patterned paper. There are eleven large stitches on the page. I found a package of the half circle felted wool embellishment any Amy Tangerine. They are perfect at the bottom of the paper strips like a beaded curtain or a wall weaving.

I loved creating these custom page elements. You can create them in any color you desire! Next, sit back, grab something to munch on, and enjoy the start to finish process video below. 

American Crafts DT: How To Watercolor Floral Layout Tutorial - YouTube

Thanks for reading! See you next time, Leigh.


SUPPLIES: Shimelle Sparkle City: Patterned Paper (#351351, #351349, #351346), Sticker and Washi Book Folder (#351332), Card Stock and Lenticular Shapes (#351333), Sparkle Thickers (#351328), Dear Lizzy Clothespins (#346497), Vicki Boutin Color Kaleidoscope Patterned Paper (#351091), Amy Tangerine Wool Half-circle Stickers (#341897), Vicki Boutin So Fun Stamps (#351106), Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Watercolor Markers (#348216), Vicki Boutin White Foundations Mixed Media Art Paper (#343917), Sticky Thumb Adhesive Foam Tabs (#340273), Sticky Thumb Raised Sticky Dots (#340276)

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Hello friends! Today, I am here with a card tutorial! For this project, I used my watercolor markers and art crayons from Vicki Boutin. I love using them in my mixed media projects. I really wanted to create a watercolor background. Before I started, I tested my colors on a paper to see which ones best matched what I wanted to do. Then, I cut two cards from the watercolor paper from the Paper Fashion collection. This paper is great because you can use large quantities of water and it isn't very grainy. 


To make the first card, I chose shades of pink. To make the background in watercolor, I created several spots in different shades of pink. I used an acrylic block on which I put my paint. Then, I added water with a spray and stamped the acrylic block on my card. For art crayons, I used the same technique by coloring on the block. Between each color, I used my embossing gun to dry the watercolor.

To decorate my card, I used die cuts and flower stamps from Vicki Boutin's Field Notes collection. I love these stamps with the dies associated, it helps to easily create embellishments. I also stamped foliage on tracing paper with white ink. Then I colored my flowers with markers. I stuck the flowers on my card in a diagonal pattern and then added the leaves. I ended up sticking a title in the center of my card. 

For the second card, I wanted to make a background in shades of blue. I used the same technique as for the first card. I used the flowers and foliage that I had left but these ones I colored blue!

In the center of the flowers I added silver glitter. I used glitter glue from the Moxy creation. I stuck my embellishments following the angle of the card. I also added a title. I finished by cutting and gluing labels.

I hope you enjoyed both of these cards and inspired you to use watercolors on your next creations. See you soon!

SUPPLIES :

  • Paper Fashion Collection - Watercolor Paper Pad - 12 x 16 (ac-349330)
  • Moxy Glitter - Glitter Glue - Jewel Thief - 12 Pack (ac-346700)
  • Field Notes Collection - Dies and Clear Acrylic Stamps - Shine (ac-346544)
  • All The Good Things Collection - Mediums - Art Crayons - Set 2 - Cool (ac-343909)
  • Mixed Media Collection - Art Crayons - Set 1 (ac-376797)
  • All The Good Things Collection - Mister Bottles (ac-343907)
  • Color Kaleidoscope Collection - Watercolor Markers (ac-348216)
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Hello friends! Terhi here, and I am very excited to be kicking off watercolor week! If I had to choose one media (besides paper) to play with, it would definitely be watercolors. To show you why I am obsessed with all the lovely watercolors (and why you should try them too), I created this scrapbook layout! 

I add watercolor to almost any project either before or after I add everything else. For example, I will make a watercolor background for a scrapbook layout or card. Sometimes, I will even create the project and use watercolor to add the finishing touches. With this layout, I ended with the watercolors. 

I started by choosing a paper which was thick enough for watercolor, but white enough for my pure white scrapbook albums. American Crafts white card stock is my personal favorite. I would also recommend using watercolor paper from the Paper Fashion line if you use lots of water when you watercolor. If you would rather not start with a completely blank canvas, Color Kaleidoscope mixed media backgrounds are perfect for this!

The scrapbooking part of the creating process was simple. I added some patterned papers first, and then a couple of cute photos of my sweet girl. Next, I wrote the stories to the backside of the layout before it was too uneven to write. Last, I added lots of pretty embellishments and fussy cut elements and attached them with foam dots. 

As soon as I felt the embellishing was finished, I let all liquid adhesives dry. Then started the real fun- coloring! I did one color at a time, that way the neighboring colors didn't mix too much. If all the colors were wet at the same time, there would be a risk of color combinations that I did not want. I worked with a very small brush, adding the color very close to each patterned paper. This way, it almost looks like the colors are dripping from them.

When you’re using watercolors, your imagination is the limit! Learning to paint perfectly takes some time and patience. Meanwhile, you can add some drops of handmade art to your paper craft creations.

 

Well, thats it for today! I Hope you are inspired to try out watercolors on your next layout. 

Terhi xx

Products used: American Crafts Watercolors Brights (376366), Collapsible Watercolor Brush (320559). Color Kaleidoscope: Thickers (351101), Puffy Sticker Sheet (348205), Sticker Book (351170), Cardstock Stickers (351105), Puffy Thickers (351104), Ephemera Icons (351107), Patterned papers Kaleidoscope (351086), Odds and Ends (351087), Look Up (351088), Beyond Words (351089), Pop Dots (351090),  Flower Shop (351091), Say Cheese (351092), Flight Fancy (351093), Chasing Rainbows (351094), Side Note (351095), Scattered Leaves (351096) and Paper Hearts (351097). American Crafts Foundations Media Paper (343917), Sticky Thumb Dots (340272), Sticky Thumb Runner (342039).

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