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

This post is sponsored by Craftsy. All content, photos, ideas, and words are our own. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that help make Oh So Beautiful Paper possible!

Quick Pick: Wind + Willow Home

These gorgeous wood pieces from Wind & Willow Home are equal parts functional object – from wood bowls to spoons to planters – and absolute work of art. Each piece is hand dipped in food-safe rubber in colors inspired by the season. Wind & Willow Home just released their Winter 2014 collection, which also includes a couple of copper and silver leaf bowls – and a whole new line of marbled textile goods!

 Quick Pick: Wind + Willow Home

 Quick Pick: Wind + Willow Home

 Quick Pick: Wind + Willow Home

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So pretty, right? Check out the full collection right here!

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?

Book Preview: Make & Give

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a review copy of the amazing new book Make & Give by Erin Jang and Steph Hung – I’ve been looking forward to this book for a long time! I’m a longtime fan of Erin’s design work and Steph is an amazingly talented stylist, so you know a collaboration between these two talented ladies was just bound to be good. I also admire Erin’s ability to come up with (and execute!) the most amazing party themes, from birthday parties to baby showers. Erin and Steph designed the book themselves with an emphasis on bright colors and a modern layout – and the results couldn’t be prettier!

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Make & Give features 35 modern and meaningful craft projects for a variety of everyday occasions – not just birthdays and holidays. I love that the projects can be completed by crafters of all skill levels with commonly used materials! It was hard to pick favorites from the 35 projects, but I really love the Custom Growlers and Progressive Date projects – such fun ideas!

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Make & Give is available now – grab your copy right here!

From Make & Give by Steph Hung and Erin Jang,  © 2014 by Steph Hung and Erin Jang.  © 2014 Photographs by Erin Jang. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com

Roost Books sent me a copy of this book for review, but all words and opinions are my own.