Thursday, November 27, 2014

ThanksGIVING AWAY: Enter to Win a Club SEI Kit

There is so much to be thankful for today! On the blog, we are thankful to Tyra for guest blogging. We are also thankful that you stopped by to see what fun SEI is up to and sharing your comments with us. So, we're celebrating with a ThanksGIVING AWAY!

We don't mean to skip over Thanksgiving. But, if you're like us, tomorrow you will begin decorating for Christmas. So, we thought it would be fun for the winner of this fabulous prize to receive it in time for holiday scrapbooking.

Enter to win product and instructions to make these fabulous layouts from the Club SEI December Scrapbooking kit. Check out all the goodies that come in the kit...

Just follow the simple directions below to enter the giveaway. At will prompt you to enter your e-mail address and leave a comment. Happy Thanksgiving and Good Luck!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Celebration Cards by Tyra

Hello, It's Tyra and I'm back as a guest on the SEI Blog! I'm here to quickly share a few cards I created with SEI's BASICS card maker pack and sundries. This collection is a go-to favorite for easy to coordinate cards that come together literally in minutes.

In the midst of all the holiday celebration, we can't forget about our November and December Birthday friends as well as other celebrations, so grab this collection before it's gone! By the way, when you are in the shop, peruse SEIs different sundries packs --- they are all fabulous and perfect add-ons for all of your projects. Now that I have properly enabled you I want to wish you the happiest of holidays! Take care, friends.

xo, Tyra

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Tags by Tyra

We are thrilled to have Tyra Babington from last year's design team back as our guest. She will be sharing great projects today and tomorrow. Then we have special surprise on Thursday.

Hello! It's Tyra and I'm back as a guest today sharing a few tags I made with the beautiful Autumn's Smile Collection.

This collection has everything you need to make a few Thanksgiving themed tags just in time for the holiday! I created a little collage of what I made simply by using papers from the collection as well as the die cut accents mixed media pack. The gorgeous Athenaeum Collection and the World Market Collection would work just as well!

The holiday is fast approaching, so I wanted to keep this post short and simple! By the way, I created one more tag, just visit JustTyra on Thanksgiving Day to see it. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog and have a wonderful day!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Give Thanks Fall Mantle Decoration

Hello! One of the things I love about the changing seasons is changing the mantle above our fireplace. I made this Give Thanks plaque as a decoration to add to my autumn-themed mantle.

This basic wood plaque (available at most major craft stores) is dressed up with the Little Blossoms paper from the Fall Bouquet collection. I added the sentiment and leaves using Autumn's Smile and Fall Bouquet stickers. I just love how the copper foil on these stickers catches the light.

When choosing a patterned paper, go for a neutral pattern that isn't too strong or busy, so it doesn't compete with the letters. It's especially important for a home decor item that will be seen from a distance.

Do you decorate your house for autumn or Thanksgiving? Hope you were inspired to make a decoration with SEI papers and stickers today!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Howling Good Time: Dog Scrapbook Layout

I'm sharing a layout that I created with the super cute Furry Friends collection. I love everything about it, especially the muted backgrounds, and the build your own 'Furry Friend' elements. It is perfect for all of the photos that I have of my son "loving" on our small dog.

While designing the page, I used kind of a layered grid design...which I use quite a bit. I started by matting my photo, choosing a journaling card, and cutting a 4x6 piece of patterned paper.

I picked out a coordinating Summer doily, and arranged them all together on an 8.5x11 piece of background paper. I chose some embellishments, and threw in some elements from the Fall Bouquet and Chalet Sundries.

I finished my layout by adding the 'Howling Good Time' sticker for my title, and stitching some striped patterned paper along the top and bottom edges.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thoughts of Fall Scrapbook Layout

I've been having so much fun this year taking photos of my daughter jumping in the giant leaf piles that we have in the yard here. A bonus this year is that she is old enough to finally help with the raking too!

For these photos of my daughter (and our dog Leo), I found that the Fall Bouquet collection of patterned papers and embellishments were perfect! The colors and patterns coordinate perfectly with my photos, they seem to have been made for them!

When it came to my layout, I had fun mixing up some of the patterns and used three of the patterns for matting my photos. For just an added bit of interest I tilted one of my photos (pictured on the bottom). Adding some of the stickers from this collection was an easy way to add a bit of interest surrounding the photos. For my journaling, I decided to use the space around my photos and patterned papers and added some of the word stickers mixed in to create my title.

I'm really enjoying the fall season here this year...the colors have been amazing, so stay tuned for some more photos to make an appearance on upcoming projects showcasing some more of them! I will try and sneak them in before we get snow!

Supplies Used:
Fall Bouquet patterned papers
Fall Bouquet sundries
Fall Bouquet cardstock stickers
Misc. kraft cardstock


Monday, November 17, 2014

Gratitude Journal

Thanksgiving is this month and what better way to get in the mood for a day of thankfulness than to work on a month-long gratitude journal? I love doing this every year; it really helps me focus in on all the simple and good things that my life is filled with.

I used the 5x7 Spiral Bound Notebook for my base this year. It is filled with different types of lined paper and several cute pockets to fill with little mementos that remind you of how thankful you are. I decorated the cover in a pretty simple manner using a doily from the Joyful Mix doily pack and some pieces from the Envelope Album Kit. I wanted to keep the cover basic -- this is all about gratitude and not decoration, after all!

I loved the vellum pocket in the front of the journal, so I put a dimensional heart sticker on it from the Furry Friends collection and used markers and a gold paint pen to create a sunburst pattern on the first piece of paper behind the pocket. I think it turned out pretty fun!

My album is a work in progress all this month, but here are a few pages that I've completed so far:

As you can see, I'm using more doilies (I can't get enough of them!), pieces from the Furry Friends sticker sheet, some more of the envelope album pieces, and even a tag from the Chalet collection.

Are you keeping a gratitude journal this month? I'm loving the process so far; I might even be inspired to keep a journal the entire year. The more you record the more you realize you have to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Holiday Scrapbook Layouts with Overlays from Club SEI

The snow is starting to fall. So, we're getting excited for all the fun that December brings, including a new Club SEI kit!

Isn't the Yuletide Greetings collection so festive? We love the rich colors and classic holiday designs.

Check out this wintery layout from the kit. Photos can't do justice to the beautiful glitter in this kit.

This layout shows off some of the fun overlays that are in the kit. They make layouts a snap and add dimension.

Here are all the goodies that come in the kit. Sign up today at and have them delivered to your home next month.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fall Wreath Using Die-Cut Leaves

Hello SEI Fans!! Piali here! I’m super excited to be here…its my first post as SEI DT member!!!

Today I will share a home décor project with you all. Every year I make handmade wreaths for our home, one for each season. Here is our fall wreath for this year.

I like using a grapevine wreath base for the fall. I sprayed the wreath generously with Tumble Dye Gold Glitter and heat set it with embossing tool. Gold Glitter Tumble Dye spray is an amazing stuff…it works perfectly on paper, clothes and even on a grapevine wreath. I love the gorgeous gold shine!!!

I used beautiful foiled papers from Autumn Smiles collection for die-cutting the leaves. I also used Autumn Smiles leaves pack and Jute ribbon.

The Velvet specialty papers are super fun to use!! I used the Chocolate Velvet to die cut few sprigs. Love the rich texture!! After diecutting the leaves I simply adhered them to the wreath using hot glue. I also added a little bit of the fabulous yellow net like paper that comes in the Autumn Smiles paper collection.

Here is a close up look at the wreath…its Gorgeous.. yet very simple to create. The rich gold shine and the foiled paper details are just fabulous!!! I love it!!

Hope you like this project and this inspires you to look thru your SEI papers and try to use it for home décor items!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Thanksgiving Place Cards

Hi there! For many of us, Christmas crafting is in full swing. But that doesn't mean you should overlook the paper crafting possibilities at Thanksgiving. Today I'm sharing an easy project that makes a lovely addition to your Thanksgiving table.

These Thanksgiving seating cards feature the Autumn's Smile and Fall Bouquet collections. Simply trim patterned paper (at 4 in. x 4 1/2 in.) and fold in half (so each card measures 4 in. x 2 1/4 in.), then decorate!

I used the Ochre Sunset, November Foliage, and Picnic Blanket papers. I love how the gold and copper foil accents bring out the rich colors.

A few journaling stickers from the Autumn's Smile stickers sheet serve as the spaces for names to be written. Each card is accented with a trio of Autumn's Smile die-cut leaves. (Don't they kind of look like turkey feathers? How appropriate for Thanksgiving ;) Metal buttons and jeweled brads from the Fall Bouquet Sundries embellishments pack finish the set.

These seating cards take only a few minutes to make. You could whip them up while your turkey cooks in the oven or invite the kids to help make them for a family holiday project. Your dinner guests are sure to appreciate the handcrafted, personalized touch!


Friday, November 7, 2014

Christmas Garland & Advent Calendar Using Tags

The tag kit that comes in this month's paper-crafting kit is adorable! It has everything you need to make holiday gift tags all in a fun little box.

But, we decided to use the tag for some alternate project ideas. After all, not everyone loves to wrap fancy packages with handmade gift tags. Some people wrap all their gifts on Christmas eve, slap a sticker on them, and crawl into bed. How about you?

If you aren't into gift wrapping but like to decorate, this idea is for you. String your gift tags on a ribbon and drape it across your doorway or mantle. Add accents with mini clothespins. You could even add alphabet stickers to create a holiday greeting.

The second idea we'd like to share is an advent. Since there are 24 tags in the kit, you could make a countdown for the entire month of December. But, we decided to go with the 12 days of Christmas, which works great if you don't have it ready on December 1st.

To make your own, just add numbers to the tags and hang them to baker's twine with mini clothespins. We decided to include simple little brown bags behind each letter to fill with a little treat.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

DIY Christmas Card Ideas

We made this group of holiday cards using leftovers from this month's Club SEI Card-making kit. They are all pretty simple and would make great cards for friends and family.

When making multiple cards, using a simple formula can really help speed up the process. But, each card is still unique. The formula for these cards is layer scrap strips and embellish with one large sticker or die-cut. Then, add accents.

We still have a couple more Christmas projects to share this week for those of you who like to plan ahead. But, don't worry we haven't forgotten Thanksgiving. Next week our new design team has some great Thanksgiving ideas for you!

Monday, November 3, 2014

DIY Holiday Decorations with Scrapbook Paper

Do you like to make your own holiday decorations? We do! It's a great way to freshen up and re-mix your usual decor. So, today we thought we'd share some diy decor ideas.

This month's Club SEI paper-crafting kit includes a fun and simple wreath kit with pre-cut leaf pieces. So, we used some pieces of the kit to make these projects.

The first project is a poinsettia wreath. We used some of the pre-cut leaves from the wreath kit. We also cut some red leave shapes. After shaping and layering the leaves, we attached them to the wreath base included in the kit.

The second idea is this little tree decoration. Wouldn't it make a cute mantel accent? We started by shaping a piece of paper into a cone. Then, we added the pre-cut leave pieces from the kit. That's it!

We hope one of these ideas have inspired you to make something new for the holidays.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!!

We hope your Halloween is filled with fun times, sweet treats, and happy people!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Last Minute Halloween Cat Mask

Hi Everyone! Laurie here today with a fun, easy project for your last-minute Halloween costumes. I don't know about you, but I'm always running around at the last minute looking for something to wear when I answer the door on Halloween to hand out candy.

I was able to put this cute cat mask together in about 15 minutes using my silhouette and SEI's amazing velvet paper. The paper is fuzzy with a durable backing that is soft enough to wear on your face all night long. Gotta love that!

Even if you don't have a die cutting machine, you could easily make a mask like this freehand. The cute velvet paper is quite forgiving and is the perfect material to bring out your inner animal! A tiger, a zebra, a lion -- the possibilities are limitless! If you're running out of time before trick or treating, this is a great quick project. Give it a try; I bet it'll turn out BOO-tiful!


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