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Crate Paper – Back To School: Pencil Holders

Hello there! I’m back to share a new project that is useful and easy to make, perfect as a back-to-school gift for the students in your life or their teachers.
My daughter loves school supplies (and so does her mama), so I thought it would be cute to make her a pencil holder using the gorgeous Willow Lane collection – I actually made two, so she can pick one and the other will be for me. Ha ha!

Pencil Holders by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #cratepaper #cpwillowlane #pencilholders #diy #backtoschoolcrafts
Here is what you’ll need:
• a tin can
• strong double-sided adhesive, such as Red Tape by American Crafts
• patterned paper
• embellishments

Pencil Holders by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #cratepaper #cpwillowlane #pencilholders #diy #backtoschoolcrafts
I started by measuring the length of my tin can and cut the patterned paper accordingly. I used double-sided adhesive to adhere one edge to the tin, and went around covering it completely; then secured it with more double-sided tape.
For the first pencil holder, I fussy-cut a strip of paper from the Bright Days patterned paper and glued it in the middle portion of the can, while to create a border at the bottom, I used the super cute Star Decorative Trim.

Pencil Holders by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #cratepaper #cpwillowlane #pencilholders #diy #backtoschoolcrafts
I then went to town with the embellishments. Butterflies, hearts, a sentiment, and that cute girl from the 6×12 Sticker Sheet, gave the pencil holder a fun and pretty look. Everything was adhered down with foam adhesive, just to create a bit of dimension.

Pencil Holders by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #cratepaper #cpwillowlane #pencilholders #diy #backtoschoolcrafts
The second holder is much simpler in terms of decorative pieces.

Pencil Holders by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #cratepaper #cpwillowlane #pencilholders #diy #backtoschoolcrafts
I simply fussy-cut the Cottage patterned paper and adhered the houses all around the tin. I love all the different colors and shapes; they create the perfect border. The only other thing I added was a sentiment that covered the entire circumference of the tin.

Pencil Holders by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane collection. #cratepaper #cpwillowlane #pencilholders #diy #backtoschoolcrafts
I had a lot of fun making these pencil holders together, and I’m sure they’ll put a smile on my daughter’s face.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a lovely day!


Supplies: Willow Lane – Together (344465), Bright Days (344461), Cottage (344452), Adore (344445), Flutter (344450); Decorative Trim (344476); 6×12 Sticker Sheet (344485).

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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).

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Altenew – Build-A-Flower: Cattleya release.


Hello, crafty friends. I am back today to share a project created with the new Build-A-Flower: Cattleya set. This flower is stunning, very detailed, and with several layers that allow for a very realistic look.

This release has another little surprise for you; starting this month all the new 6×8 and 4×6 stamp sets come with tri-fold insert cards showcasing lots of added inspiration, project ideas, printed layering guides, and other useful information. Now that was an exciting find! I didn’t know about it, the packaging looked a little different, but I didn’t realize what it included until I looked for the layering guide on the back of it. I couldn’t find it, and actually started panicking. LOL! It was only when I took the paper out of the plastic sleeve that I found out the genius idea Altenew had come up with. You’ll LOVE it! There are card examples, name of Crisp Dye Inks used, and the oh-so-necessary layering guide.

Let’s get back to my project, shall we?

The shape and size of the Cattleya in this set inspired me to create a bookmark for my mom. She loves reading, and also flowers, so I’m pretty sure she’ll appreciate this.

I started by stamping the image on smooth white cardstock with the following Crisp Dye Inks:

  • outline: Permanent Black Ink.
  • Flowers: Dew Drops, Aqualicious, and Teal Cave.
  • Leaves: Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, and Evergreen.

I then cut it with the coordinating dies. To make it thicker and durable, I also die-cut the same shape five more times from 80lbs white cardstock, and glued all the layers together.

Next, the tag. I cut it out of a beautiful woodgrain patterned paper from the Reflection Collection, and embellished it with the Mandala Die design. I paper-pieced only some sections of the die-cut, which I then colored with pencils, trying to match the inks used for the flowers.

When that was done, I punched a hole in both the Cattleya and the tag, and inserted brown eyelets to pass some twine through and connect the two pieces.

Now the fun part! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog  for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 8/8/2018.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a happy one!