Scrapbooking with Craftsy – and a giveaway!

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Today we’re continuing our series with Craftsy, an online craft class platform. They gave me the opportunity to take a few of their online classes and learn some new skills – and this time we’re taking Scrapbooking with Style: Clean and Simple Layouts with Kelly Purkey. And we’re giving away one free entry to this class!

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I’ve been wanting to make a scrapbook for Sophie ever since her first birthday. These early years are just flying by, and I know I’ll forget many of the details if I don’t put it down on paper – especially with a brand new baby now at home! I have absolutely zero previous scrapbooking experience, so I was really excited to learn all about it with Craftsy’s Scrapbooking with Style: Clean and Simple Layouts with Kelly Purkey. With my new skills in hand and armed with prints of my Instagram photos of Sophie, I created a special scrapbook for Sophie’s first year on the planet:

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My favorite part of Craftsy classes is that you don’t have to watch the entire class in one sitting – you can watch over the course of an entire day or even an entire week if you’re like me and have a tiny baby that demands lots of attention at frequent intervals. And you can even watch on your phone or tablet using the Craftsy app if you only have one hand free! The Scrapbooking class is organized into seven lessons covering everything from creating backgrounds and matting photos to layout tutorials, and each lesson is divided into subsections for easy reference later on. Here are a few of the skills that you can expect to learn:

  • Using the Rule of Thirds to design your layout
  • Creating a visual triangle
  • Misting with stencils or letters
  • Fussy cutting to add embellishments
  • Using the cluster technique
  • Designing around a visual anchor

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Kelly also provides a PDF outlining the different layouts from the class, which I found absolutely essential when I went back to create my own photo layouts. I also loved that the layouts are flexible enough to allow for a wide variety of materials and design aesthetics. I wanted Sophie’s scrapbook to be modern and whimsical – with tons of color and pattern. Now that I have one scrapbook under my belt I can’t wait to make more for both of my girls!

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Click here to enter the giveaway for Scrapbooking with Style: Clean and Simple Layouts with Kelly Purkey! You’ll just need to register with Craftsy with your email or Facebook login – or just enter your email address and password if you’re already a Craftsy member. The giveaway will be open for one week and then Craftsy will pick a winner!

Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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DIY Tutorial: Vintage Map Save the Dates

As wedding season winds down, all of us here in wedding land are getting ready for engagement season! The first thing that comes to mind with an engagements is planning the save the dates. Save the dates are the first chance you get to show your guests what they get to look forward to on your big day. So whether you DIY it or find a designer to work with, make sure it represents you, your partner, and your theme! – Lauren

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I love the idea of using vintage maps for a destination wedding. It could work for couples that love to travel – or are just incorporating the idea as inspiration for their wedding decor. Here are the simple steps to creating your own map save the dates!

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Materials

Maps – vintage, reproduction, or current (these are from etsy)

Paint brush

Acrylic paint in your color of choice

Pencil

Envelope and stamps

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Step 1. Start by tracing and planning where you want all of your text to lay on the map. If you do it lightly with pencil you can paint over and you won’t have to do any erasing.

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Step 2. Go in with your paint brush and make your first pass over the pencil.

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Step 3. Add 2-3 more coats over the letters so that they are opaque and legible against the map lines and type.

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Step 4. Fold and fill all of your envelopes. I love these string & button envelopes. They are a little more interesting than your standard envelope.

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Step 5. Address and send off to your friends and family.

This idea would be especially great for a destination wedding as you will probably have a smaller guest count and hand painting would be much more manageable. Finding maps for the state or country you will be married in would make them even more memorable.

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I know we’ve received a few save the dates that were put away in a drawer after we marked the date on the calendar. These poster-style vintage map save the dates would be a fun work of art for your guests to enjoy and definitely wouldn’t be hidden!

Have you ever considered hand painting pieces like this for your wedding?

DIY Tutorial: Vine and Berries Holiday Card

For those of you who craft your own holiday cards, it’s already time to get started. It’s always good to give yourself plenty of time to create and address them and the slight lull between Halloween and the week of Thanksgiving is usually when we try to get started. That way, they’re ready to mail out come December. The design in this tutorial features white embossing combined with white hand embellished vine details to create a one of a kind holiday card. You could even add a photo to the back of the card or simply write a note if you have more to say. We hope that this project inspires you to dream up and make your own holiday card this year! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp

Mod Holly Return Address Stamp

Banner Rubber Stamp

Frost White Stamp Pad or Embossing Stamp Pad

Olive Stamp Pad

White Embossing Powder

Embossing Heat Tool

5.5″ Square Cards,  in Chartreuse

5.75″ Square Envelopes, in Pure White

Calligraphy Starter Kit

Dr. Martin’s White Ink

Vintage Holiday Postage

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Step One: Stamp your holiday message (we used our Peace on Earth Holiday Greetings Stamp) in white ink in the center of a 5.5″ square card.

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Step Two: Immediately after step one, before the ink dries, pour white embossing powder over the stamped image. Heat set the powder using a heat embossing tool. For a step by step video on embossing, please watch the tutorial found here.

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Step Three: Next, let your imagination go wild! Embellish around the greeting with vines and berries using white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. While this ink is our favorite for its opacity, you could also use a white gel pen if you prefer.

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Step Four: Stamp your return address on the back flap of a 5.75″ square white envelope. We used our Mod Holly Return Address stamp with olive ink to coordinate.

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Step Five: As snail mail lovers, addressing the envelope is half the fun for us. When we found this cute banner stamp, we knew exactly how we wanted to use it! We stamped it on the lefthand side of the envelope front and let it dry. Then, we added the addressing in a darker green ink (this was custom mixed from gouache paint) to add dimension and pull the whole design together.

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Add vintage postage and any additional photos or messages and send them off to your loved ones!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

 

DIY Tutorial: Halloween Coffin Food Markers

I’ve never been huge on Halloween décor. Growing up, we lived too far out to get trick-or-treaters, and then I spent eight years in DC-area apartment and condo buildings. Last year, though, I experienced my first East Nashville Halloween, and let me tell you, folks here go ALL OUT. So, this year, I’m feeling more in the Halloween spirit, and today I’m sharing one of the more subtle ways that I’m bringing that spirit (no pun intended) to my tabletop. I use a few 99-cent unfinished wooden coffins that I spotted at the craft store to create dinner party food markers (or just as easily place cards), but I can only imagine all the other cute and creepy things that you could do with these! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
unfinished wooden coffins
black paint
paint brush
mini black ravens (found among the seasonal floral items at the craft store)
red card stock
scissors
pen
hot glue gun
hot glue

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Step One: Paint the coffins black.

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Step Two: Cut out little banner shapes from the red card stock.

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Step Three: Label the banners appropriately.

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Step Four: Affix each banner to the tip of a raven’s beak with a bead of hot glue.

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Step Five: Affix each raven to the top of a coffin using a bead of hot glue. (My ravens had little wires on the bottom for incorporating into a floral arrangement, so I just clipped those off with a pair of scissors.)

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Calligraphy Gift Tags

As the season of gifting approaches, we always like to think of new and beautiful ways to present the gifts that were so thoughtfully selected. Gift tags, which are usually an afterthought, can be made really beautiful and special with just a little white ink and a pen. Using blank business sized cards in various colors, we hand made gift tags for our loved ones. They would even make a lovely gift in themselves. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

White ink

Calligraphy Starter Kit, or dip pen and nib

Blank business cards – we used Pool, Lake and Slate

Hole punch

Ribbon

 

 

 

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Step One: Gather your supplies. We used various 2″ x 3.5″ colored cards, our very favorite white ink and a pointed calligraphy pen. It’s also handy to grab a cheap paint brush to mix the ink.

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Step Two: Bleed Proof White ink is fabulous because it can be used on dark colors and remains very opaque if mixed correctly.  When the ink is new, it is a thick, paste like consistency. You can make it into workable ink by adding distilled water into the jar and gently stirring it in (this is where your cheap paintbrush comes in handy) until it looks like heavy cream. Start slow, it’s easier to add more water than to remove water. You’re looking for the ink, when tested, to be very opaque but flow out of the pen smoothly.

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Step Three: Put your creative hat on! Decorate the tags to suit the gifts or recipients that they’re for. We did a variety of tag decorations, including leaves, hearts and modern lines. It can really be as simple or as ornate as you’d like! It’s also a really fun effect to decorate around where the hole will be punched, as shown in some of the designs above. Let all of your tags dry very thoroughly. White ink can even take overnight to dry in some climates so don’t rush on to the next step!

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Step Four: Once all of the tags are good and dry, punch holes in the top center of each one.

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Step Five: Select a ribbon to coordinate and you’re all done!

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper