Happy Holidays Scrapbook Layout

On a unseasonably warm day in early November, when my daughter was home visiting,I made the family sit down for our first ever Christmas Card Photo Shoot.  I had all the props and seating planned out.  It was going to be fun.  With some being less than enthusiastic, this is what I had to deal with…because of the warmth, my husband would not change into long pants, my oldest forgot that we were going to be doing this, so he too had on shorts. Once captured, my youngest grandson would not be in the picture without the Target Toy Ad and my youngest son insisted on wearing his bandana.  Maybe next year, I’ll go back to making homemade cards. (sounds easier). Here’s how I documented this moment!


Happy Holidays Layout Supplies



Merry Christmas from my family to yours.



Christmas Tree Card

Although I don’t always send a ton of handmade Christmas cards out, I do enjoy making them.  I love how the playful plaids mend perfectly together to form a Traditional Christmas feel in this layered Christmas Tree card.

Kind of makes me feel like singing “O’ Christmas Tree…”



Supplies Used:



  1. Cut a 4 1/2″ x 6″ piece of “red flannel” paper.  Hold the edge of the paper against the nib of the gold calligraphy marker to add a thin gold border on the edge of the paper.  Adhere the red flannel layer onto a 4 3/4″ x 6 1/4″ piece of black cardstock.
  2. Adhere the red flannel and black layers onto a 5″ x 6 1/2″ green card base.
  3. Cut the “deck the halls” paper (green plaid) using the “labels twenty two” die.  Add a thin gold border around the edge of the label like in step #1.  Adhere the green plaid label onto a 3 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ gold metallic cardstock layer.
  4. Cut a decorative square using the “captivating square” die and a piece of green cardstock.  Adhere the green plaid label and gold metallic square onto the top of the decorative square.
  5. Adhere the green and gold layers onto the bottom portion on the red flannel layer, leaving even spacing on the bottom three sides.
  6. Assemble the pine swag  using the 3D stickers and glue onto the top of the card.  (picture below)
  7. Finish embellishing the front of the card with the 3D Christmas Tree sticker and a couple of red adhesive rhinestones.



Quick and Easy Christmas Cards

Thinking of making Christmas Cards this year?  How about a couple quick and easy layered cards.  Sue joining you today with a couple of ideas for you!


The first one goes with a traditional color scheme of greens and reds.



The Joy to the World card uses:


For the inside of the card I used the “Merry Christmas” Tag from the Glitter sheet.


This second  card focuses on the wintry colors of the Christmas Season.


For the Peace Card I used:


There’s no place like Home

You don’t need to be a huge Wizard of Oz fan…to fall in love with this new paper collection from Paper House Productions.  But if you are, you’re in luck!



Here’s what I used on my cards:


This sweet water colored collection from Michelle Coleman is beautifully done.


I fell in love with her red poppies.  (Who wouldn’t?) And as the saying goes…“There’s No Place Like Home”.



Autumn Woods Pop-Up card and Collage

For the next two weeks we will be featuring Designer’s Favorites – We asked each design team member to showcase their favorite Paper House Productions products in a project.  Sue’s favorite is the new Autumn Woods Collection and she’s got a couple of projects to share today using it!

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Supplies Used:

One of the best things about being on a design team is the opportunity to work with awesome products.  When I got my last box of goodies from Paper House Productions I instantly fell in love with the Autumn Woods Collection.

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The sweet water colored animals are cute without being to cutesy.  I knew as soon as I saw them that they needed to be made into a pop-up card.

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  • I apply baby powder on the back of my stickers with a small paintbrush to remove the tackiness.  That way I can use my stickers like die-cuts.
  • On the front of the card:  I love adding dimension… so under the “Autumn is in the Air” and the “bunnies” I used 3-D foam mounting squares.
  • Add even more dimension to the inside of your pop up card by adding thin foam mounting squares to the stickers “tree” and  “autumn woods” and strategically placing them on the background.
  • I created a couple of pop-up steps for my forest friends.

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While cleaning up the Autumn Woods scraps laying on my desk, I decided to make aFall Collage using a rummage sale frame I picked up last month for next to nothing.

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All in all… I would have to say that the Autumn Woods Collection has to be my favorite Paper House Productions collection so far.  (at least for the time being)


How to make a Halloween Hauntings Treat Bag

You can make a Spooky Halloween Treat bag using only one piece of 12″ x 12″ paper and today I am going to show you how!

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That is as long as you’re not afraid of a few measurements… it really is pretty easy.

How to make the Halloween Treat Bag

Here’s what you’ll need:


  1. Cut All Hallows Moon double sided Halloween paper to 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″.
  2. Score the long width of the paper at 3/4″, 4 3/4″, 5 1/2″, 6 1/4″, 10 1/4″ and 11″.
  3. Score the top of the paper at 3/4″.
  4. Score the bottom 1 1/2″.
  5. Fold along score lines
  6. Cut away the first 3/4″ corner piece.
  7. Fold over the top 3/4″ and adhere in place.  (top diagram)
  8. Fold along lines to create a 4″ x 6″ box.Taping the Bottom Flap 148
  9. Tape Side and bottom of the box.
  10. Cut “toad saliva” bottle section from the Apothecary scrapbook paper and adhere to the front   of the bag.
  11. Add 3D foam mounting squares to the back of the “raven” and “bottles” stickers and use to embellish the bag.
  12. Punch two holes on the top of the bag.
  13. Fill with goodies (or NOT) and tie with a black cord.

Paper House Productions Coloring Cards


Remember when you were young and you could sit for hours and just color?  With the New Coloring Cards from Paper House Productions you can relax, unplug, unwind, sit and color and have a fun card to give away.

Cat Coloring Card

Or leave the card uncolored for a card and gift in one. I like using Prismacolor colored pencils when I color instead of regular school colored pencils because the lead is softer and it colors smoother.

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Check out our full new line of Coloring Cards available here!

Warren and his Cars

My grandson Warren loves his cars.  And…it’s not uncommon to see him walking around with 2 or 3 in his hands.  His favorite being Lighting McQueen from the movie Cars.

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Supplies used:


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For my layout, I wanted to use these cute little puffy stickers. I started with an 8 1/2″ X 11″ piece of black cardstock and drew my road lines using a ruler and a pale grey colored pencil.

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“The Beach is Calling” Layout

Going to the Ocean is one of my favorite things to do…and it had been three long years since we last visited.  It was long over due.  The beach was calling.  Long daily walks on the beach, soaking up the sun, ocean breezes, good food, reading and relaxing.

It was hard to come back.  I needed another week.  (I need another week!)  Nonetheless I am here to share a layout today about that recent trip!

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Supplies used:

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I layered three different patterned papers to mimic the color of the water on the horizon line and the feel of the sandy beach.

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I love the New Beach Mixed Cards Pack.  The pack comes with a variety of pictures, overlays, die-cuts and frames.  For added dimension, I used thin 3-D foam mounting squares on the back of the frame before attaching it to the picture.

I found the Myrtle Beach Sticker (for decorating your cell phone) at a local beach shop.

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I’d Cross the Ocean for You…

When ever I see a Lighthouse, I think of my sweet Mom. Mom loved all things Lighthouses: Knick knack’s, postcards, t-shirts, sweatshirts, you name it.

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For this card I used the Nautical Collection:

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My Mom… she’d cross the ocean for you.  She was that kind of Mom.

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My Mom was also a card maker and loved using stamps and stickers to make her cards.  Isn’t it great that the supplies we use as Scrapbookers are perfect for creating Quick and Simple cards!?!

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One tip that Mom and I learned at a Mrs. Grossman’s class (back in the 90’s) was…to make a sticker non-sticky, apply baby powder on the back of the sticker with a paintbrush. My favorite tip for making dimensional cards.

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our two weeks of card inpiration!  We’ll be back next week with a fresh round of inspiration with some of our newest products!