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Crate Paper – Scrapbooking Tips for Beginners: How To Get Started

Hello, CP friends! Today I’ll be sharing a few tips on how to get started on scrapbooking!

When I think about my first scrapbook layout and how it came together, I remember how lost I felt. No directions, no clue of what I was doing; I just trimmed paper, matted photos, and added a few stickers here and there. It has definitely taken a while for me to find my own style, and through the years I have come to realize that I would have loved for someone to share their tips and tricks with me. I hope you find this helpful and inspiring. Just let go of your fears and start documenting your stories while having fun and enjoying the process!

TIP1: Experiment with different techniques and styles until you find what makes your heart happy. The only way to enjoy the process is to have fun. It can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming at first, but if you concentrate on one technique at a time, you have better chances of finding your “cup of tea”. One of my favorite techniques is layering; I love dimensional pages, and layering allows me to combine a variety of elements, such as die cuts, stickers, patterned papers, to achieve just that.

TIP2: Don’t be afraid to “transform” your supplies! I’m mostly talking about patterned paper here. Fussy cut any shape or image that can stand on its own, and build a different background or cluster with it. You’ll be surprised at how many new looks you can create! This is another one of my favorite, and it goes hand in hand with my love for layering 🙂

TIP3: Use your supplies! Don’t hoard them! If you do, chances are you’re never going to use them. Plus, manufacturers come out with beautiful collections all the time. There will never be a better photo or memory to document. Your pretty papers and embellishments are to be used! That being said I’m guilty of having some in my stash that I just like to look at 😉

TIP4: My last tip is to look for ideas and inspiration around you. I find that there is always something that catches my eye; it can be a certain design, technique, even a photo taken in a particular setting. I get inspired and adapt that idea to my style.

The layout I created for today showcases my favorite techniques, ones that have become part of my scrapbooking style and will always show on my pages: fussy cutting and layering.

Fussy cut layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #cratepaper #scrapbooking #fussycutting

The Willow Lane collection has many patterned papers that are perfect for fussy cutting. I picked the Blossom and Sparrow ones and created the wreath design for my background. Pretty much everything here has been fussy cut. I layered flowers and leaves, adhering them down with foam dots for dimension and a more natural look.

Once I had the background in place, I started working on my photo. I used one of the super cute Journaling Ephemera pockets as a layer behind the photo – it worked perfectly for my hidden journaling. I then added the gold glitter heart and the gorgeous dimensional flowers for texture and more dimension.

An extra element of dimension is the big chipboard sticker I used as a title.

Fussy cut layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #cratepaper #scrapbooking #fussycutting

To finish the layout, I adhered the fussy cut birds in opposite corners of the page and lots of little flowers all around the wreath.

Fussy cut layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper using #cpflourish collection. #cratepaper #scrapbooking #fussycutting

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope these tips are useful. Just remember, there is not a right or wrong way to scrapbook or being creative. In Italy we say “The world is beautiful because it’s varied”, and I firmly believe each one of us has a beautiful, unique way to document their memories. Have fun!

Supplies: Willow Lane – Blossom (344464), Sparrow (344456), Journaling Ephemera (344477), Flowers (344471), Standouts (344475), Chipboard stickers (344484).

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Crate Paper – 1 Product, 2 Ways: Ribbon Hanging Frames/Shaker Tag

Hello, friends! My second project for today is for Crate Paper. I’ll show you two different ways to use the Willow Lane Frames. I love the versatility of the Crate Paper products, and this one is especially fun to work with.

The first project is a home décor piece that worked perfectly for my daughters’ room. I used the frames to create a ribbon hanging photo holder.

Ribbon Hanging Frames by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy
I started by measuring the diameter of the frames and cutting the photos accordingly. I happened to have a punch that was the right size, but you can use scissors as well. It doesn’t have to be a perfect circle, as the edges will be covered by the frame; it’s just a personal preference, I guess. One thing to keep in mind is to use a strong double-sided adhesive, such as Super Sticky Red Tape by American Crafts, to adhere your pieces down. It really makes a difference, especially when you’re working with products that are not just paper.

Next, I chose the sentiment for the middle frame from the Ephemera Pack, and started decorating with various embellishments. I like adding dimensional elements to my projects, so that’s what I did here. I think it makes the frames pop more.

Ribbon Hanging Frames by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy
To adhere the frames to the ribbon, I again used double-sided adhesive. I folded the ribbon in half to create a hanging hoop at the top, and spaced the frames to about a half an inch from each other.

Ribbon Hanging Frames by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy
I love how it turned out!

Ribbon Hanging Frames by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy
The second project is a shaker tag. I love shakers and I love tags, so this was just the perfect combination for me. Here is what you’ll need:

• two frames
• foam adhesive
• sequins
• embellishments
• patterned paper.

Shaker Tag by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy
I started by backing both frames with a piece of acetate to form the window. Next, I adhered foam to the back of one of the frames – I used a circular die to get an even piece.

I trimmed an embossed card from the Ephemera Pack to size, and glued it to the foam, but not before filling up the window with colorful sequins.

Shaker Tag by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy

I adhered the ribbon on the top with hot glue, backed the second frame with patterned paper, and attached the two together to form the tag. At this point it was just a matter of adding a few finishing touches, and sentiments.

Shaker Tag by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy

Shaker Tag by @enzamg for @cratepaper using the Willow Lane Frames. #cratepaper #offthepage #handmade #homedecor #diy
Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope my projects have inspired you to use the Willow Lane Frames in a fun and easy way!

Supplies: Willow Lane – Frames (344483); Puffy Stickers (344482); 6×12 Stickers (344485); Standouts (344475); Ephemera Pieces (344486); 6×8 Paper Pad (344490); Thread Bows (344470).

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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