Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Gratitude Journal

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing my final project using the September Papercrafting Kit and as part of the SEI design team.

The colors of the September kit were perfect for a fall project, so I tried to think of something for Thanksgiving and that's when I thought about creating a gratitude journal that I can fill out during the month of November. Not only did I want to have a journal specifically for what I am grateful for in celebration of Thanksgiving, but my first baby is due sometime in November, so I wanted to have a journal ready for me to start writing in.

For this journal, I added a pocket to the front cover, for any ephemera that I wanted to keep.

I cut up cardstock to different sizes because I love having mini albums and mini books with different sized pages. I think it adds so much interest to a book. I also used elements from the envelope kit including the binder rings, so that I am able to add more pages to it when necessary.

I finished off my journal with an envelope as the back cover for any additional ephemera that I wanted to keep.

I think my first entry into my gratitude journal should be that I am so thankful to have been a part of the SEI design team. It has been an incredible experience and I have had so much fun playing with the awesome SEI papercrafting kits this year! Thank you for letting me share my creations with you and for all of your support this year! :)

April Joy

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pawsitively Amazing Card Set

I'm fortunate enough to share my home with three 'pawsitively amazing' kitty cats who roam from room to room on velvet paws! And being the animal lover I am, I'm head over heels for SEI's September Cardmaking kit that not only includes the most adorable dogs and cats, but some purrfectly fabulous sentiments to go with them!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

GIVEAWAY!! Club SEI Autumn Scrapbooking Kit

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Baby Shower Memento Book

Today I'm sharing a memento book I put together for a friend who just had a baby shower. I created the base of the book and filled it with photos that I took at the shower, but left plenty of space and pockets for her to fill in her thoughts, notes, or any type of mementos that she kept from her shower.

I used the envelope album kit, but instead of using the rings included in the kit, I bound the book with washi tape from my stash. There was so many fun paper pieces included in the envelope album kit and I was able to use them to add different sized pages to the book which is one of my favorite techniques when creating mini albums and books.

Here's a look at all the inside pages!

I hope you are inspired to use the envelope album kit in different ways!

Thanks for stopping by!

April Joy

Friday, September 19, 2014

Bright and Beautiful Card

I thought this Azalea paper by SEI would look great on this metal die cut card and I was right! I'm so glad I used it for this!

After assembling the card, I embellished it using these Azalea page elements from SEI. I took apart the one that looked like a stamp and just used the center of it. Don't be afraid to alter your embellishments! See those three flowers? I cut the one on the right off and layered it so it would fit the card. No problem!

This part is a little more complicated. I cut a strip of paper to 3/4" and then cut it in a curve to fit around the circle. I actually used a circle die to help me draw a curve. I ran those through the little 1" Xyron Sticker Maker.

Then I had this! TA DA!!

Isn't it cool that this is one side of the card and the other side is completely different? I love that!

The SEI paper and embellishments really work on this card! What do you think?

You can see all of my SEI projects here (on my blog) or here (on Pinterest).


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meowser Card Set

Hello! Want to know what one of my very favorite addition to the September SEI Cardmaking Kit? You would never guess because there's so many things I love about this all the adorable critters. But the thing that got me jumping up and down is something you don't see on my projects at all! Curious? It's the Adhesive Spacers! Yep, I'm nuts about creating texture and dimension and it's the adhesive I can't live without! Thanks SEI!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2015 Design Team Call

It's time to select our 2015 Design Team! This year on the blog we will have some design team members who will be featured each month plus other guests and special features.
All applications must be received on or before September 30th.

1. Applicants will be accepted from the Continental US and Canada.
2. We encourage all crafters: scrapbookers, card-makers, 3D project makers, ANY creative individual to apply.
3. Selected design team members will be sent SEI products to create 2 projects per month with. Photographs of the projects and text provided by the designer will be featured on the blog each month.
4. We expect a 1 year commitment.
5. Design team member's first projects will be due on November 5th.

1. Send an e-mail with the subject line "Your Name -- DT Call" to seiblog{at}shopsei{dot}com. Provide this information in the e-mail: Name, state or province, and blog address (optional). Please do not add any additional information.
2. Attach images of 5 different projects (800 x 800 pixels each or smaller). These images should represent your style and best creative work. Photos REALLY matter!
3. You don't need to use SEI product in your application projects.

1. Excellent photography skills are a must!
2. The ability to create a diversity of creative projects.
3. The ability to communicate effectively without a lot of spelling and grammar errors.

1. You should receive an e-mail confirming that we received your application within 2 full business days. PLEASE don't respond to this e-mail, unless to withdraw your application.
2. If you do not receive an e-mail within 2 full business days after applying, contact us at seiblog{at}shopsei{dot}com. (If you apply on September 30th, let us know immediately if you don't receive a confirmation e-mail by noon MST on October 1st.)
3. Applicants will find out whether or not they have been accepted on October 2nd via e-mail.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Gift Boxes for Autumn

Hi SEI fans! I recently learned how to make cute little gift boxes using two pieces of scrapbook paper, so for my second project with the September Papercrafting kit, I decided to make gift boxes with gift tags.

I used two different patterns for each box to make each box a little more fun!

For the gift tags, I used the wood clothespins included in the kit and covered them with stickers also included in the kit. Then I went ahead and actually adhered the pins to the box.

Thanks for stopping by!

April Joy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paper Recipe Box

How fun it is to create something useful and pretty all from paper, glue and a few embellishments!

Today I’m using some beautiful paper by SEI from the Azalea collection to create this Recipe Box (design id #27660) from the Silhouette Store. The box assembles quite easily. You just need to bend the paper in a few places and add a bit of glue. Done! Now you can embellish it!

I added some pom pom ribbon to the edges of the box using my hot glue gun. SEI has lots of great embellishments to choose from. Take a look at the other things you could add!

This paper is pretty inside and out!

This box would be a nice way to give a small food gift along with the recipe!

You can see all of my SEI projects here (on my blog) or here (on Pinterest).


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