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We R Memory Keepers – Pleated Wrapping Paper

Hello everyone!  Today I’m sharing a gift wrapping idea using a few We R Memory Keepers tools.

Have you ever seen pleated wrapping paper? I came across it on Pinterest, and got hooked! I think it’s elegant and very unique, and it really makes an impact.

For these boxes I used the Gift Wrap Book from the Crate Paper Willow Lane collection. Although the design is more noticeable on solid wrapping paper, I’m a sucker for patterned paper, so that’s what I used today 🙂

I started by folding a 9×24 inch paper in half. Then, using the Tri-Fold Magnetic Mat, I positioned the 18 inch ruler that comes with it above the crease, and folded the paper over it­ – This mat is perfect if you need to keep your paper in place without shifting.

Next, I folded the first crease on top of the second, and doubled the paper again, like in the photos below.

This gave me the middle pleat, which became my base for the other two. Each pleat is about ½ inch, but you could easily vary the size if you wanted to. The width of the We R Memory Keepers ruler worked really well in this case, as the pleats are about half its size.

To keep the pleats in place, I adhered tape on the back – I used washi tape here to show how you would hold it together, but clear tape or double-sided adhesive would be ideal.

After wrapping up the box, I worked on the embellishments. I love how the Bow Loom allows you to make perfect bows in a variety of sizes. Here I created a Three Wraps Ribbon in no time.

Last, I made some mini tassels with the Tassel Loom on the 2 inch size, and finished decorating the boxes.

I am pleased with the way these turned out, and hope you’ll feel inspired to give pleated wrapping paper a try!


Tri-Fold Magnetic Mat & 18in Magnetic Ruler

Bow Loom

Tassel Loom

Crate Paper Willow Lane Gift Wrap Book

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Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello crafty friends, and welcome to the Altenew August 2018 Stamp/Die Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.

You should have arrived from the wonderful Nancy‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:

Altenew Card Blog

Rubeena Ianigro

Anna Komenda

Agnieszka Malyszek

Tania Ahmed

Erum Tasneem

Karin Åkesdotter

Simon Says Stamp Blog

May Sukyong Park

Keeway Tsao

Sveta Fotinia

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Zinia Redo

Amber Rain Davis

Svitlana Shayevich

Zsoka Marko

Norine Borys

Lilith Eeckels

Nancy McClelland

Enza Gudor –You are here–

Laurie Willison

Kymona Tracey

Nicole Picadura

Meghann Andrew

Virginia Lu

Mayline Jung

Sandra Dietrich

Yoounsun Hur

Lydia Evans

Mona Tóth

I have two projects to share with you today. The first one is a layout created with the gorgeous Floral Art Stamp Set. The layers in these flowers are fantastic, and allow for a different color combinations.

I started by stamping the flowers with some of my favorite Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Frosty Pink, Pinkalicious, and Cosmic Berry, while for the leaves I used Evening Gray, and Lava Rock. The composition of this layout is very simple; the stamped images are the focus, so I decided to add very little embellishments.

I adhered a frame cut file to a blue watercolor paper from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection, and created a big cluster of flowers and leaves in the bottom left corner of the page. The photo, which was backed with layers of coordinating papers from the same scrapbook collection, sits right on top of it.

To balance the layout, I added more flowers in the opposite corner. Everything was adhered down with foam dots for dimension.

For the title, I used the Mega Happy Die. I cut it twice, from both gray and black cardstock, to create separation from the background and make it stand out more.

The second project features the Inked Flora Stamp Set.

I decorated two kraft bags with several images from the set. For the first one, I heat-embossed the leaves with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder all over the front of the bag. The flower and the leaves were also heat-embossed, but this time onto patterned papers from the Reflection Collection.

I then stamped the sentiment on smooth white cardstock and cut it into a banner shape before tying it to the flower with twine. I finished the bag with a black and white striped ribbon across the bottom.

I used the same color scheme for the second gift bag. This time I created a cluster of leaves, and just added sentiments, some black splatters and enamel dots, and the same ribbon across the bottom.

Now onto the giveaway part! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, August 22nd for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/26/2018.

Your next stop is the talented Laurie. Happy hopping!

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Crate Paper – Willow Lane Gift Tags

Hello, CP friends! Today I’m sharing a set of tags created with the gorgeous Willow Lane collection by Maggie Holmes. Saying I adore this collection is an understatement; the colors, patterns, and unique embellishments are just perfect and suitable for any paper crafting project.

One of my passions is gift wrapping and pretty packaging. I think there is something extra special in adding a personalized touch to your gifts. Today I’m bringing you three gift tags, and I’m also going to share the finished wrapped presents using the new Gift Wrap Book that comes with the collection.

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts
One thing these tags have in common is lots of layers. I started by choosing a background patterned paper, on which I then adhered several other tags and embellishments. The specialty vellum paper with its gold foiling details worked perfectly to bring in some sparkle and soften the overall look of the tags, also adding a more feminine touch.

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts
Don’t you just love those cute little thread bows? I would use them on everything! Same with the gorgeous butterflies from the Flutter patterned paper.

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts
Here I stitched them together to bring in dimension and texture, and arranged them around a sentiment I fussy-cut from the cut-apart sheet.

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts
The third tag was inspired by the pockets that come in the Journaling Ephemera pack. I cut patterned paper to size, created a scalloped edge, and machine-stitched it to the bottom tag to create a pocket, which I then filled with a couple of die-cuts. I also used the Rub-ons to complete my sentiment, and finished it with the lovely sequined flower.

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts
Now onto the finished wrapped boxes. The paper in the Gift Wrap Book is thick and durable, and it comes in gorgeous patterns and colors. All I had to do was choose a ribbon that coordinated with the tags.

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts

Gift Tags by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #gifttags #giftwrapping #diy #handmadecrafts #gifts

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll feel inspired to personalize your gift wrapping with papers and embellishments from the beautiful Willow Lane collection.

Supplies: Willow Lane – Daydream (344444), Kind Heart (344467), Happy Times (344463), Adore (344445), Friendship (344446), Flutter (344450), Willow (344462), Frolic (344451); Thread Bows (344470); 6×12 Sticker Sheet (344485); Rub-ons (344474): Specialty Foil on Vellum (344468); Gift Wrap Book (344493).