This is one of my favorite times of year, for sure! I love the colors of fall and spookiness of October. Welcome to my happy place!
I’ve been busy in my new home of South Dakota – trying to find my rhythm here and the best place and time to create. It’s not without it’s challenges, however, it’s sometimes nice to have a fresh start too.
Here are some of the layouts I’ve made this month…
Of course, I’ve had to make some darling greeting cards too – they just make my heart so happy!
What have YOU been up to this month, my crafty friends? And where do you like to craft? What is your favorite space and time of day. I think I’m *just* starting to hit my stride, and it’s so nice to get back to making pretty things after the summer’s move.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me today – keep in touch!
If you’re anything like me, you still have lots of paper crafting magazines lying around. I found a bunch the other day while cleaning my craft room and thought it would be fun to find some old sketches and “modernize” them.
The magazine I’m starting with today is an older Card Design Handbook. I love this sketch idea and thought it would be a great card idea for beginners or any level paper crafter!
Here’s my first in what may turn out to be a series. This card making design is super full and happy, yet easy to replicate to just about any occasion. Let me know what you think!
Do you like this idea?
Would you like to see more like it in the future?
What’s the oldest publication you have in your house?
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I made this for a very special four-year-old’s birthday party this weekend. Like it? Want to make one yourself?
I created the SVG cut file for my Cricut SCAL. Feel free to email me at email@example.com for the free file (WordPress doesn’t let me attach SVG files), if you want to make a card for yourself as well.
For Emmet’s outfit, I chalked the edges with light blue and then added some custom details with a Sharpie and strips of hand-cut gum wrapper. I printed out this image on the side here so that I could cut out the hair, smile and Emmet badge.
I also cut out several .5 inch circles and inked them with green Color Box Cat’s Eye chalk ink, before affixing them to the background with foam pop dots.
Inside, is a custom song, based on the “Everything is Awesome” tune from the Lego Movie:
“Everything is awesome!
Everything is awesome when you’re no longer three.
Everything is awesoooooome
At your birthday party!”
Thanks so much for stopping by, and happy crafting!
I love the kitsch of 1950’s retro. Just absolutely love it. Paper crafting is a way for me to enjoy ephemera in a whole new way – by taking the illustrations I love and making one-of-a-kind collage art from them.
Below are some of my recent creations. I have also included a free “Pressed for Time” pin-up image, which is a one-of-a-kind collage I made myself. Enjoy!
Like that last card? Here is the image I made using Photoshop. Feel free to save it and incorporate it in your own crafts.Be sure to check out my Etsy shop for lots more goodies. Thanks for supporting handmade!
These darling monsters are sure to delight kids of any age. Learn how to make these cuties at Tally’s Treasury.
SOOOO many darling, simple ideas on the Internet to inspire ornament making! Here is just one example, from Houzz.
5. Gift Wrap
These boxes are flippin’ adorable – who cares what’s inside?! The paper used is from October Afternoon, my current favorite brand.
6. Envelopes or Envelope Inserts
No matter what year it is, snail mail will always mean something special. You can easily personalize your envelopes using scrapbook paper. You can find some template designs at Apartment Therapy.
I found this great blog with a tutorial for twenty different paper flowers. Check out It’s Always Autumn for the directions.
I have to admit, I’m a huge fan of banners. I make them for my fireplace mantle for the holidays, baby showers, bridal showers, birthdays. I am kind of obsessed. This is one I made for a baby shower a few years back.
9. Decorate Office Supplies
This adorable file folder is from This Art Makes Me Happy. What a great idea! I’m sure you can extend this idea to include things like desk drawer liners, pen holder cups – the possibilities are endless!
10. Scrapbook Pages
Let’s not forget the obvious, too. Scrapbook paper is perfect for….scrapbooking! Here is a page I made for my shop.
Thanks so much, friends! Hope you feel inspired! Keep in touch – I would love to hear your ideas too, and see what wonderful works of art you create!