Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #3

Here is the next installment of our Fall 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy!

The design on the right side of this layout is super simple to make.  Just cut four square pieces of double-sided paper, cut on the diagonal, and flip one side over to create a background that is fun and colorful.

I think I have fallen in love with paper that lists the days of the week :).  It is featured on this card in two different ways, along with a welcoming sentiment.

Celebrate the holiday season with some shopping?  Yes, please!  Just adhere some tissue pieces behind pieces of paper, add a thread handle, and you are ready to go!

In addition to the watercolor circles in the background, the turquoise paper strip is also embossed with polka dots to help celebrate whatever fun occasion comes your way!

Did I mention I love the days of the week paper?  Here is another way to use it…pair it with simple banners, a fun sentiment, and, of course, a tiny bow.

The multiple layers in the simple card help it stand out.  And the dimensional sentiment and circular paper clip add to the effect.

Stay tuned for even more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Fall 2016 Inspiration Board #2

Enjoy more of our creations from our Fall 2016 Getaway!

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This layout is not necessarily my typical style, but I really like it!  There was no blue and white diagonal striped paper in our paper pack, so I made my own using navy ink on white paper, scoring diagonal lines for reference, and then cut along each scored line…so fun!

This is a sweet and simple card that can be used to welcome a new baby, celebrate a birthday, or give to someone “just because.”

This card really resonates with me…I am not sure if it is because of the textured embossing in the back, the color combination of the pink and turquoise, the sweet flower, or the inspiring sentiment…nothing.but.love.

This is a stamp I have had for a while and I like the way the structured image contrasts with the whimsical watercolored polka dots.  We are ready for winter!

A sweet and very simple card to welcome a new little one to the world.

This was my first time trying this fold on a card.  I used a score board to create the fold lines and finished it with the ribbon.  I love the way the Days of the Week paper peeks out from the bottom!

Next week…more Inspiration Board projects!  🙂

Winter 2016 Inspiration Board #6

Here is the next installment of our Winter 2016 Inspiration Board Collection…Enjoy! Starting to cut the paper from the welcome pack is always the hardest part for me!  When I looked at the paper on the flower trim.  I needed … Continue reading

Winter 2016 Inspiration Board #1

At our Winter Getaway our welcome gifts included a fun variety of patterns and colors. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing our Inspiration Board projects we created with paper and embellishment from the welcome gift. We hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Friends and Fun!

Gigi, Emily, Christine, and I are getting so excited about the upcoming Weekend Getaway!

I wanted to start our first blog post by sharing what crafting and a weekend getaway means to me.

Just like everyone else, my life can get a bit hectic.  I am devoted to my family, my faith, and my career.  It is easy to push time with friends and one of my favorite hobbies, crafting, down on the priority list.  One thing that has helped me remain a bit more balanced (although balance has always been something I am continually working toward) is setting aside regular time to get together with my friends doing what we mutually love – crafting.

It first started many years ago when a scrapbooking group was formed at our workplace and we all showed up that first night, hesitant but filled with enthusiastic anticipation.  We knew each other casually, but not very well.  We all knew what scrapbooking was, but none of us had much experience actually doing it.  The four of us showed up regularly, month after month.  We learned together about things such as page layouts, color selection, card making, and Cricut machines.  We discovered new techniques, like embossing and inking.  We were also together on the fateful night when we discovered Pinterest and absolutely no crafting got accomplished because we were all too focused on searching out and pinning great ideas!

The truth is, if I am being very honest, there are some months when we don’t actually get a whole lot of crafting done (gasp), because we are just enjoying the time to chat, catch up, and decompress from a long week.  Some evenings, no papercrafting gets done because we are all engaged in some other form of crafting, including working on Pinterest-inspired projects.  We have also learned we do not do a lot of crafting outside of being together because it is so much more fun to have someone with whom to share ideas and suggestions.

Recently, as life has become even busier, we started attending weekend crafting getaways both in and outside of the Rochester area.  During our most recent weekend, we started thinking about all of the wonderful things we would combine about all of our different experiences to create a weekend crafting event of our own, in our own city – and 4 Crafty Hearts was born!

Gigi, Emily, Christine, and I are each very different.  We are in different places in life, we have different beliefs and ideas about the world, and we bring our own unique perspectives to our friendship.  Through the years, we have shared so much of life together as well…supporting each other in happy times and in times of difficulty.  Our bond has become so much more than helping each other with a page layout.  Our friendship is centered on sharing life and sharing a common interest.

For me, this is what a crafting weekend getaway is all about – spending time with others who share a common interest, getting away for a bit, relaxing, creating new memories, and having a whole lot of fun!  We are getting increasing energized about the upcoming getaway and hope you will consider joining us for a weekend of fun, friendship, and creativity!

Happy Crafting!

~Jen