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Something happened to me when I opened the new Forward with Faith line and flipped through the paper. I was overcome with a desire to spread comfort. I suppose it’s because the words this collection are comforting words … words you want to share with others. A feeling you want to share. From this feeling, my project was born.
I created a RAK set. RAK stands for random acts of kindness. And RAK rocks! ;) Finding ways to spread a little good makes my heart happy. Especially when involving my children. In fact, as I was making these, my seven-year-old came up and said, “Oh, are you making more notes to leave people?” LOL Yes, honey. Yes I am! And you, my dear blog friend, can do the same. It’s easy. It doesn’t take much more than a single 6x6 paper pad. If you want to add a bit more, a collection of ephemera is a nice choice (but totally optional). Take a look:
Create quick notecards from patterned paper in the Forward with Faith 6x6 paper pad using three basic steps:
step 1: Trim 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” squares from the patterned paper of your choice. I opted for the Holy Places pattern, which provides lines for me to write on. (I always value the assistance of a good line.)
step 2: Either leave the back side of your square as it is or select another pattern to trim and adhere. (I adhered 3 1/2” x 3 1/2” pieces cut from Be Still and Blessed Butterflies and used them to back my lined squares.)
step 3: Trim the cute little decorative journaling cards from the 3x3 Journaling Cards and 3x4 Journaling Cards sheets (in the 6x6 pad) and use them to decorate your notes.
NOTE: It’s best to keep your notecards flat so they’ll fit in your envelopes. No dimensional adhesive here.
TIPS FOR WRITING YOUR WORDS
Sometimes finding the right words can be tough. Pinterest is an excellent resource. I searched “words of encouragement” and was gifted with many inspiring options. Another trick is to simply speak from your heart. Think about what you'd like to hear from someone and let the words flow. Try not to overthink it. It’s not meant to be perfect. It’s simply a way to pause life for a moment and touch someone with a heartfelt sentiment or pick-me-up—a little quiet in this fast-paced, noisy world we live in.
Give your little love notes a home with this super simple envelope technique.
step 1: Remove a 6x6 sheet from the Forward with Faith paper pad and score at the 1” mark and the 3 3/4” mark. Trim the scored sheet in half, leaving the top border (where the hole is punched) in tact.
step 2: Punch a half circle to create a dip in your envelope (a sneak peek of the note within).
step 3: Fold your envelope shape, securing the three closed edges with either a strong adhesive, staples or stitching. (I opted for machine stitching, as I love this look on paper.)
step 4: Use either your pre-cut journaling cards (STEP 3 under “THE NOTES”) or ephemera or both to decorate your envelopes.
NOTE: Now’s a great time to turn to that dimensional adhesive and pop some of your pieces up.
step 5: Insert your letters of encouragement and secure your envelope shut using an enamel dot and some wrapped yarn or twine. (optional step)
Wanting a place to house my love notes where they’d be easy to find and protected in my massive handbag, I opted for a bitty clipboard, which I dressed up with a piece of ephemera.
I also tied on a few strings that coordinate with my notes, you know… just because. ;)
Just like that, I have a set of notes ready to leave when we’re out and about and feel so inclined to do so. A few RAK ideas include:
Slip one under someone’s windshield as a welcome change of pace from the usual spam or takeout menu.
Pick up the tab for the person behind you in line at the drive-through and ask the cashier to give them the card with their order.
While you’re at it (or instead), treat that cashier to a note. I’m sure it would make their day.
Place one in a library book before returning it.
Add one to your Red Box rental before sliding it back in the big, red box.
Leave one on a park bench.
Insert one into the bank tube before driving off.
Place one in an empty locker at the gym or rec center.
Leave one behind in a hotel room as you’re checking out.
Add one to the inside of your bill for the server at the restaurant.
Put one in the mailbox for your mail carrier.
Ding-dong ditch a neighbor, leaving a note on the mat before you make your escape.
This is just the tip of the kindness iceberg, I’m sure. If you have an idea, I’d sure appreciate it if you’d leave it in the comments. I’d love to build on this list and add the finished suggestions to my clipboard so my kiddos and I don’t miss opportunities to spread a little sunshine. Thanks so much for your help!
And thanks for YOUR sunshine! Being on this blog, talking all things paper with you, fills my tank so much! Sharing such a connection and wonderful common interest is a blessing that I’m beyond grateful for. It means a lot to me that you’re a big part of that.
Hiya scrappy peeps! Suzanna here today to share with you a layout I created using the Forward with Faith collection. While I used this faith filled collection here on a layout, there is so much potential for more! It would be perfect in a travelers notebook or bible journaling.
Not all “faith-full” layouts have to be about sacraments or other church centered moments. It could be as simple as these photos of myself sharing my spiritual journey – those inward moments with the Lord.
There are a number of butterflies scattered through out the collection which I supplemented with this digital cut file. I love the lightness this adds to the layout.
A frame from the Frame & Tags Ephemera serves as the perfect spot for some simple journaling.
This biblical passage is fussy cut from one of the 4x4 journaling cards. I then backed it with an Echo Park doily digital cut file. A few of the Element Stickers scattered around add some color and visual interest to this cluster.
There are lots of great phrases and biblical quotes with this collection.
Be sure to swing by my YouTube channel and check out the process video if you are interested!
Thanks for stopping in to today! I look forward to seeing you again soon!
I've included score lines on the front of the card to add additional texture and visual interest to the card's clean lines. Timeless motif's and fun nautical prints make Deep Blue Sea a classic collection that everyone will enjoy. So shake things up for yourself, and make a shaker card for someone you love!
Hi Friends, Its Dorymar here!! Today I’m sharing a beautiful layout remembering a family trip to Coco Cay, Bahamas on 2017. I created this page with the Deep Blue Sea Collection from Carta Bella. This collection has a ton of beautiful patterns, perfect for a Sea Adventure.
I used two of the 3x4 cards from the Journaling Cards paper and then accented it with some stickers. This embellishment cluster on the left was fun to create. I used a combination of stickers, I cut out a lighthouse and then I cut a rudder from the Sail Away Ship Wheel Die Cut Set. I layered them all together with foam tape to give dimension. I really love how they look!
I cut the Sail Away phrase from the Sail Away Die Cut Set and use for the title. To accent it I cut an anchor from the Ahoy Anchor Die Set and add beige twine. This give the perfect touch to the title.
The Strip Border paper have fun messages and designs, I used the message that I liked the most and combined it with another border and decorate it using the edge of the buoys from the stickers sheet.
I love how fun this collection is! It was the perfect way to document the adventure of the sea!
Cool off this Summer with Deep Blue Sea, the hottest new collection from Carta Bella. I am in love with the maritime prints featuring sea creatures and nautical motifs. There is also a lovely selection of dots and stripes that provided the inspiration for these delightful little treat boxes.
I discovered that when I made half of a striped paper rosette, it was reminiscent of a seashell. When I placed the paper shell on treat boxes made from the Rectangular Gable Box Die, it was a perfect fit! And so cute, too!
The seashells were easy to make, so I made several. I cut strips of paper about five inches long and accordion folded it to create the seashell ridges. I was able to cut two shells from one piece of paper from the 6X6 Paper Pad. I glued one seashell to the front of the box and one seashell to the back of the box too. I love that they're cute from all sides!
I embellished the boxes with coordinating little tassels that I found at my local box store, as well as ephemera from the Deep Blue Sea Frames and Tags Ephemera. I absolutely loved making my Seashell Treat Boxes and I can't wait to give them to my friends. We're all going enjoy the Deep Blue Sea!
Hiya scrappy peeps! Suzanna here today to share with you a multi photo layout created using the America the Beautiful collection. This festive holiday is just around the corner come to think of it, I cannot wait! Do you have any plans yet or are you more like my family and just wing it?
By re-sizing the photos, I was able to get 4 photos on the page. Each of the photos is backed with a different patterned paper from the 6x6 paper pad. The 6x6 paper pads are a great way of getting smaller patterns which are more “recognizable” for use on a smaller scale, such as backing photos.
No Echo Park layout of mine would be complete if it didn’t incorporate a stencil and some mixed media! I used the Night Sky stencil from the Adventure Awaits collection however there are a number of star stencils you can select from. These stars at the top, left of the 4 for “4th of July”, the title of the layout” make up a portion of the American flag while the red and while stripes finish it off. I used by digital cutting machine for this, mimicking one of the stickers in the Element Stickers.
Here, you can see the full effect of the oversized four which makes up a portion of the title.
“July” is cut from a piece of the coordinating cardstock available. I love that Echo Park releases coordinating cardstock as it takes all the guesswork out of matching. Especially when ordering online and it’s so difficult to match colors.
The remainder of the embellishments on the page are a mix of stickers from the Element Stickers and stars cut from the backside of the 3x4 journaling cards patterned paper. With all of the photos and the large title, you really didn’t need much more – it would have been overkill to use more, in my opinion
I can’t wait to see what y’all do with this collection! Be sure to swing by my YouTube channel and check out the process video if you are interested!
Thanks for stopping in to today! I look forward to seeing you again soon! Have a safe and happy 4th for those of you who celebrate!
Hi there - Tya here! I am up on the blog today sharing a handmade card featuring the amazing "America the Beautiful" collection! Wow! What a great collection to celebrate my favorite holiday - the 4th of July! I am such a huge fan of anything "Americana" themed so this collection really spoke to my patriotic loving heart!
To create this card I started with a white cardstock card base and layered a piece of Dusty Blue Coordinating Solid Paper, and some Navy Linen Cardstock. I ran the navy cardstock through my manual die cutting machine to emboss it using the Grid Embossing Folder. I then chose some of my favorite pieces of pattern papers from the 6x6 paper pad to decorate the rest of the card.
Here are a few close-ups of my card embellishments.
I tied some light blue bakers twine around the red and white striped paper. I love how it brought out the dusty blues in the collection. I loved the bunting sticker so that was stuck to the card across the top. To make the medallion shape, I used my manual die cutting machine to cut out a circle from the smallest circle die in the Stitched Circle Nesting Die Set. I did this with some Red Solid Coordinating paper. I located the "Happy Fourth of July" sticker and the star sticker from the Element Sticker sheet I then cut a banner shape out of some blue gingham 6x6 pattern paper. Under the red circle, I placed a blue banner sticker on underside. I then cut a banner from the blue gingham 6x6 paper pad and glued it to the card base. I then added the medallion piece to the card with some foam tape.
In this corner, I added a couple of stickers from the Element Sticker sheet to the card front with foam tape. Isn't that wood crate sticker so fun? Loved it and knew when I saw it I needed to make a card using it.
This card came together so quickly! I can't wait to make more! I hope this card has inspired you to pick up this wonderful collection to make some of your own patriotic projects! Thank you for stopping by! Happy Crafting!
Stroll down the main street of every sleepy town or village and you'll see the community come alive with red, white, and blue in preparation for their 4th of July parade. It was that spirit of patriotism that I tried to convey with Echo Park Paper's America the Beautiful Collection.
To make my store front buildings, I used Carta Bella Ultra White and Ebony Black Felt Cardstocks. I love that their unique texture grabs the glue. It's the perfect paper for creating structures!
The Element Sticker Sheet played an important role in decorating the buildings. Often, I look at the elements within each sticker. Here, for instance, the sidewalk sign is cut from a larger floral sticker element and layered with the tiny “Freedom” sticker and topped with a pinwheel cut from the 6X6 Paper Pad. The store's oval sign was made in a similar fashion. I cut the oval from a larger design in an accent piece in the 6X6 Paper Pad. To make the sign really pop, I layered cardstock behind the oval.
Come on, ride the train. Hey, ride it! (Where are my ‘90s teens at?) ;) You don’t have to be a fan of Quad City DJs music to want to ride this train. All Aboard by Carta Bella is so unique and cool. The artwork is a throwback to a time long before the ‘90s, when riding the rails was the golden age of travel. This collection is our ticket to personality and creative possibility.
Oh, sure you can use this on a travel project, and what a cute travel project it would be, too! But it would also work for other project themes and ideas—Father’s Day, birthday greetings, or, in my case, a scrapbook page about my own young conductor.
My three-year-old adores trains. A toy train was the only thing she wanted from Santa this year. Good thing he came through for her, as she sure enjoys playing with Thomas and Friends.
And I enjoy documenting this piece of her young life. To create this page, I combine elements from All Aboard with a few chipboard stickers from the Wedding Day collection. I used things like the script “Love” and heart stickers to give my page a slightly more feminine feel. (Though, I sure don’t mind my little Ms. Lightyear having more masculine interests!)
A little stamping filled in some of the white space. The To Our Adventures stamp set in this line is a happy one and just right for adding subtle details around my page (bitty stars, phrases, etc.).
To make my journaling a little more train-tastic, I sketched a train track along the bottom of my page and let my words ride the rails.
I like that this collection, which at first glance might feel more mature/masculine, can easily be applied to a whimsical page about a little girl. It shows just how versatile most of the products we own really are. What would you making using this lively train line?
Thanks for making this station one of your crafty stops! I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.