Friday, December 9, 2016

Simple Holiday Card Ideas with Scalloped Edges

It's not too late to send out holiday cards! So grab your favorite scrapbook paper and get creating.



We used our new Sweet Yule papers for these pretty cards. One of our favorite details are the scalloped edges. This was so easy to do with the scalloped mats that come in our December scrapbooking kit. Just fold them in half, add die-cuts, and gems!



If you are done with your holiday cards, you could make some extra and tie them up to give to someone else. What a great gift idea for someone who likes to give cards!



Here's one more scalloped card. This one is a little bit bigger for someone special. Have you ever considered giving a thank you card as part of your Christmas gift? I did this for my parents once and they loved it!



We hope our scalloped card ideas have inspired you to create some cards of your own!

Friday, December 2, 2016

DIY Holiday Snowman Apron

This apron was so fun to make! It would be a great family activity or simple gift idea. All you really need is an apron and iron-on sheets. We even sell patterns sheets, that would be cool too! Check out the video:



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Christmas Gifting Ideas Using Scrapbook Supplies

The Jolly Jingle collection is so much fun! You can make the most cheerful cards with this line. But, today, we wanted to show you some other ideas too.



Have you ever thought of using scrapbook supplies to decorate your gifts? Quickly sew together some scraps of papers or die-cuts and wrap them around your gift box for unique twist on the usual ribbon wrap. For this box, we used shapes cut from the paper using the cutting file, available to Club SEI members.



We also used the cutting file to make some gift cards. They are 4x4 inches each, perfect for adding to a gift bag. Add adhesive gems for more dimension.



What about making your own bow using scrapbook paper? We made a simple bow with strips of paper for this tissue box. Here's another way to arrange the strips for a bigger bow. The tag is from the Club SEI click-n-print.

Learn more and sign up for Club SEI here.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Holiday Scrapbook Layout Ideas by Club SEI

Today we are excited to share our December Club SEI scrapbooking preview! The Sweet Yule collection is so pretty. Check out all the layouts you can create with this kit...



The sweet patterns and graphics are perfect for documenting your favorite holiday traditions, like picking out the perfect tree, decorating it, playing outside, and opening presents on Christmas morning. Here are a couple of our favorite pages...






The sundries pack and glitter chipsets are some of our favorite parts of the kit. Here is an image of all the contents...



Learn more and sign up for Club SEI here.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decor

Surely it didn't just hit you that Thanksgiving is less than a week away, more than 20 people are eating at your house, and the only fall decor in sight is some rotten pumpkins and an old wreath? Not that we know what that's like... just kidding! We know EXACTLY what's that's like.

It's ok, take a deep breath, throw out the old pumpkins and let's get decorating! We're going to show you a few last-minute Thanksgiving decor ideas that you can do with simple supplies right now. We used our new Bountiful paper collection for these ideas.



IDEA #1: Framed Art

There are so many free printables out there! These are so simple to use and make great seasonal decor. Just print and frame! Done! This one is one of the freebies offered to Club SEI members as part of their subscription.





IDEA #2: Banner

Banners can be simple paper rectangles that spell "thanks" or more elaborate, like this pumpkin one cut from our Club SEI cutting file. Either way, banners are a great way to spice up a fireplace, above the door, across a serving table, or any other blank space you want to fill.





IDEA #3: Wreath

What better way to welcome guests than a fresh, new wreath! This one was made with a chipboard wreath base. But, you could easily cut a piece of cardboard into this shape. We added some burlap, ribbon, die-cuts, sundries, and paper cut using the same cutting file.



IDEA #4: Table Favors

Make each guest feel special with a little table favor. We just used simple paper bags for these ones. Just add some die-cuts, ribbon, and feathers, voila! If you add a name they can also double as place cards.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Holiday Card Inspiration from Club SEI

After we design a card kit for Club SEI, one of our favorite things to do is see what we can make with the remaining papers and embellishments. So, today we are sharing 4 of the "bonus" cards we made for our most recent card kit.










We hope these cards inspire you as you begin your holiday card-making. What's your favorite thing to do with "leftover" pieces?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Merry Mistletoe Cards

Greetings and welcome to the SEI Blog, it's Rhonda here today to share with you a bit of holiday inspiration. I've created some three quick and fun cards using our Merry Mistletoe collection.






For the first A2 sized card, I've featured a bit of the packaging from my Die Cut Pack and also some of the Alpine Velvet Papers. The sweet little die cut bird is delivering the sentiment tag. The design here is very simple, but the cute stickers and embellishments make it easy to create something fun in a flash!





To create my second card, I went with a bit of a smaller scale card, it's approximately 4" square. I loved the sweet reindeer sticker, so I layered the pine bough swag behind the reindeer antlers to give him a festive look. A bit of fabric trim from my stash creates a focal point for the sentiment sticker which is adhered with foam squares.





The third card is again a smaller scale 4" square design. I used a die cut circle, punched a snowflake and layered between it and the "Love" sticker sentiment. I added the "Happy Holidays" on the bottom to anchor the design and added a bit of banner light bulb sticker underneath.

I hope I've inspired you to take out your SEI holiday papers and put together a few cards! It's always nice to do a few here and there to be sure you have plenty on hand for the holidays.

Thanks so much for stopping on over today for a visit.
Rhonda

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pop-up Cards Featuring Simple Blessings

Hi, Connie here with a fun Pop-Up card using the beautiful Simple Blessings Collection by S.E.I. I love the fall colors in this collection, along with the die-cuts and stickers. So easy to create something beautiful when you start with something beautiful.




With a Pop-Up card it is all about what is inside the card. I clustered the beautiful embellishments from the Simple Blessings Collection to create the inside of the card.



The front of the card is just as pretty using the Simple Blessings Collection. I speckled the front and inside, of the card, with black Tumble Dye by S.E.I.



This is my last post for S.E.I. and I just wanted to say it has been a pleasure creating with your beautiful products. Thank You for having me.
Connie Mercer/DT Member

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Handmade Floral Wedding Money Gift Holder


Call me a romantic, but the Always Yours collection is hands-down one of my favorite SEI collections of the year. When I was planning to attend a wedding a few weeks ago, I knew right away I wanted to make a card featuring the sweet florals and flourishes from that collection.

I designed to make a custom-sized, all-in-one envelope, card and gift holder using my WeRMemoryKeepers envelope maker. Following the instructions provided by the tool, I measured out the card so that a check would nestle perfectly inside. The photo here you see is the card unfolded. Each of the sides folds in to create a pocket within itself, where you can write a message and place a gift check.



The outside of the card is where you can get creative. First, measure out your ribbon so it wraps around the card and can be tied in the back. (I used SEI's skinny leather ribbon... just love the texture it adds to this gift.) Then, apply your decorative elements. I hand-trimmed a floral wreath from a journaling card, then applied a sticker for the bride and groom's names. I wrote the names in Sharpie so they wouldn't smear on the metallic finish. A cork ampersand from my stash finished the look.

This collection may be timed for Valentine's Day, but it can be used all year-round. Hope this post encourages you to bring out those holiday-specific papers or kits any time of year.

Happy crafting!
Stephanie

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Cheerful & Unique Holiday Cards by Club SEI

The Club SEI November card kit is so bright, cheerful, fun and unique. The cards club members can make with the kit are so clever! Check them out in the preview here:



Here are some of our favorite cards. We really love the velvet and glitter accents!





Check out this kit's contents below...



Learn more about Club SEI and sign up here.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall Layouts from Club SEI & Our New Bountiful Collection

This beautiful fall scrapbooking kit from Club SEI has already shipped. But, we wanted to share the previews with you anyway to introduce our new fall collection, Bountiful...



These are the layouts club members can make with their kits. All our club kits include great materials and full-color instructions, like these.



Here is a detail of one of the layouts.



Learn more about Club SEI and sign up here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

4" x 6" Mini Album with Florets

Greetings and welcome to the SEI Blog, it's Rhonda here today to share my project with you. I recently received one of "The Preservation Series" 4" x 6" Album and thought it would be fun to use for a mini album for my son.

To begin, I selected my papers, the Florets Assortment Pack. The pack is so nice as it also includes the stickers and sentiments as well as the papers all together for you, just perfect for a mini album.



I selected the pretty butterflies on blue paper for the cover, adhered and accented with a few stickers and silver glitter dots. I used the stickers to spell my son's name on the cover. After that I chose the other papers and covered the interior and back of the book. I left the interior back yellow as it seemed to coordinate well on its own.

Before planning any pages, I selected some of my favorite papers and trimmed to 4x6 for the base paper pages. I then trimmed several papers to 3.5 square and some others to 3 x 3 square. Additional strips and bits were cut so I would have a huge pile of mats ready to go.




The first page is very simple single photo mat. The second page, when opened it has a sentiment adhered between the photo mat and is designed as a tab that sits outside of the page protector. It becomes a fun place to journal when you open it.



The third page is a blocked design, ready to add photos. The fourth page features one of the Perforated Sheets combined with a sticker sentiment. Cute, quick and perfectly coordinates.



The fifth page on the left features another Perforated Sheet with a fun sentiment. For the sixth page I cut apart the design of the Perforated Sheet sentiment and used it as a photo corner to frame the photo. I used a silver glitter dot as a simple accent in the word You.



I've left the other pages blank so we can add full sized photos as well as some cropped favorites. One other thing to mention, I've kept this design very simple. The idea is, if you are at a crop and had only the mini album, the paper pack and one embellishment, plus your basic tools of a trimmer and adhesives, you could create it.

Mini albums are so much fun to make and my children love to bring them in for share day at school. They are always excited and proud to show off a bit of their story. I hope I've inspired you to create something fun today!

Rhonda

SEI Products:
Florets Assortment Pack
- 24 Cardstock Papers
- Sticker Sheets
- Perforated Sheets
Silver Glitter Dots
The Preservation Series - 4"x6" Album

Friday, October 21, 2016

Simple Halloween Pumpkin Decor

Hi, Connie here with a fun project using the Simple Blessings Collection by S.E.I. Fall is right around the corner and I have a grandson that loves pumpkins, so I knew what I needed to make!! A pumpkin it will be.




I used a wooden letter "C" and turned it on its side, to get the shape of a pumpkin. I adhered a tree branch to the top for the pumpkin stem and then covered the wooden letter with pattern paper from the Simple Blessings Collection. The edges of the wooden letter were sanded down after the paper was adhered, for a clean smooth edge. Using the die-cut pack and the sticker pack I clustered embellishments around the branch at the top of the pumpkin. Gave it a fun festive look.



Black and red Tumble Dye were speckled on the front of the pumpkin, creating this home decor piece for Fall.



I hope you enjoyed this project!!

Thanks for stopping by~
Connie Mercer/DT Member
 

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