I have completely fallen for the chevron trend. Can't get enough of it. I came up with this fun technique to create a chevron pattern using paper braiding for a story opener in the August issue of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine.
You can find step-by-step photos and directions for creating this pattern by braiding four strips of paper right here.
This will sadly be the last issue of Scrapbooks Etc., which I believe hits newsstands June 19th. I had my first project published with them in 2004 and first joined their Creative Team in 2006. I will not only miss its inspirational pages but the amazing people I've had the honor of working with along the way who have impacted my life more than they know...
In honor of my oldest son's birthday last week, I wanted to share a cake I made for a story opener in the current issue of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine.
Making a paper cake is not only fun, it's practical since it can be reused for future celebrations. Use it as a centerpiece or hide a gift inside the bottom layer.
Find out how to make your own at the Scrapbooks Etc. blog here.
Cookie decorating is a fun party activity for any age or any holiday! It can also hold its weight as its own party theme. A rolling pin invitation, which fits into a standard business envelope, kicks the party off before guests ever arrive.
Not only does this theme take care of an activity, snack, and a take-home goodie built-in ... it's also just so *cute* to decorate with. Even down to the smallest details like these sweet cookie straws.
I created monogrammed cookie aprons from dish towels for the guests not only to keep them clean and to send home as a goodie gift for future use, but they make the party so adorable and become part of the decorations.
These monogrammed cookies were inspired by a layout I made for the December 2010 cover of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine, where I lined chipboard letters with puffy paint to mimic frosting.
I was excited driving into our tree-lined neighborhood yesterday noticing the leaves are beginning to change. Living in Oregon I try to soak in the beautiful leaves as early as possible because the rain makes them fall way too quickly!
We have been partially living off of watermelon here this summer. Well, all of us except for my oldest son who doesn't like watermelon. Have you ever heard of such a thing??
So all of this watermelon-eating reminded me of a layout I created for last year's June cover of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. Here is a link to the Scrapbooks Etc. blog with directions for both the layered watermelon and also the banner (which is actually down in the comment section there). These would be a cute addition to many summer projects including party decorations =).
This weekend was the first time I felt a nip of spring in the air here in Oregon. Which feels weird when we just had our first snowfall of winter. Very strange winter here. Anyway, back to spring. Bring it on!
So to celebrate spring's impending arrival, I thought I'd share some flowers I made for the opener of the paper flowers article in the current (April) issue of Scrapbooks Etc. magazine.
Paper flowers are quite addictive! Step-by-step directions are posted here on the Scrapbooks Etc. blog. Maybe one of these flowers can make its way into a new blog banner in honor of spring. I kind of feel like that house that still has the Christmas lights up with my jingle bell up there =).