Tips for Making Cute DIY Cards

In Cards, Chasing Dreams, Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Handmade, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Tips

Recreating the wheel is definitely not something you need to do when you are scrapbooking or making cards! All too often I think we fall into the trap of thinking we have to do something totally different every single time we sit down to make a page or card. But in all reality, it’s absolutely OK to stick with a style you love and even use previous designs or layouts as a framework or “sketch” for another project! It takes the frustration out of the process and also allows you the freedom to stick with designs you’ve tried before and love!

It’s in the choosing of your products that your page or card will turn out looking very different and unique anyway! For example, Jessy used the same basic design or “sketch” to create both of her cards below, but they feel very different in the end. One has a large title/message and the other one has smaller sentiments and a big pop of yellow. At first glance you might not even realize she used the same formula to create both. Follow her lead and create a bunch of cards at once, using the same basic design idea. You will love the process and the results!!

Handmade cards are really fun & easy to create. Often times, it is something I would create when I wanted to be creative but having limited crafting time. This is when I choose to work on a smaller canvas. Working on a smaller canvas can be really fun. Sometimes that will spark amazing ideas for bigger projects like scrapbooking layouts. And today, let me share with you 2 handmade cards I created just by featuring 3 products: ephemera die-cuts, stickers and glittered acetateI began with a white base for both cards. Then I adhered glittered acetate as a background. Once the background was adhered to the base, I stuck the paper rosette in the middle and slowly layered the other ephemera die-cuts all around it. I completed the cards with sentiments. Easy peasy and yet they look so pretty!

Do you notice that these handmade cards are somewhat similar? The “sketch” I had in mind for the first card led to the second card, where I added a couple more layers to it. I absolutely love how the glittered acetate creates a subtle background against the bright colored ephemera die-cuts. I hope these cards inspire you today. Thank you so much for coming by! xoxo JessyHappy Thursday!!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Chasing Dreams Ephemera / Chasing Dreams  Stickers / Chasing Dreams Gold Glitter Polka Dots on Acetate Specialty Paper


The Cutest DIY Notecards!

In Cards, Chasing Dreams, Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line

Hi friends! Hope you are doing well! Now that my designers all have the new Chasing Dreams collection I can’t wait to see what they create with it! It’s so rewarding for me to see how all of my favorite creative minds use each of the products! Today Amanda has a darling project for us that you can easily make with your kids too! I know my girls would LOVE to make these! In fact, one of their favorite things to do is make cards for friends and family and basically anyone! It’s fabulous to see their little souls being filled up through the simple act of sharing some kind words and a thoughtful gesture with someone! Read on for the full tutorial for how to make these darling DIY Spring themed cards!

If you’re like me, there is something so exciting about opening the mail box and seeing a bright colored envelope or small package. Receiving “happy mail” makes the day brighter but sending it is just as exciting. I have talked about this subject multiple times, mostly because it is so dear to my heart. Sending a little happy mail note doesn’t have to cost a lot of money either. Today I am sharing a super simple way to create cute pattern paper notecards using Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper collection.First off, let’s gather our supplies. You will need —-

Pattern paper (I chose to use the small 6×6 paper pad as the patterns are printed smaller and they look great on smaller sized projects.)

White cardstock paper

Double sided adhesive runner


Typewriter or pen


Chipboard Stickers

Washi Tape

Once you have all your supplies gathered, begin by rolling your permeant adhesive onto one side of your card stock card. Place your white card stock paper onto the back side of your pattern paper. I like to line my card up to the outside edge of the pattern paper. This helps make sure my card is straight. Pressing firmly, make sure your two papers stick together. Once your papers are stuck together, use your scissors and cut the pattern paper and card edges.Before I began to embellish my note card I used my typewriter to write a little message. If you don’t have a typewriter you can use a pen or pencil.Now the fun part, decorating and embellishing!!!! I love using card stock stickers as they add a little dimension to the card. When I typed my message I made sure I left a large space so I could place my butterfly on top.Slip your finished card into your colored envelope and seal with a piece of washi tape!!! I am just loving how these double sided cards turned out and they took less then 20 minutes to make!!!Just think if we all took 20 minutes once a week/month to send a friend a little note!! Imagine all the smiles we could create!!!!

Happy Thursday!


Supplies >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Chasing Dreams 6×6 paper pad / White Cardstock / Double Sided Adhesive Runner / Scissors / White Typewriter / Chasing Dreams Chipboard Stickers / Chasing Dreams Washi Tape

FREE Valentine’s Day Printable & Clip Art!

In Crafts, DIY, Free Download, Packaging, Party Decor, Project Life, Scrapbooking, Valentine's Day

Hi friends! Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It’s a time to share love and kindness with family and friends and let them know how much you care for them! What is not to love about that?

I’m a huge fan of vintage clip art, especially to use for scrapbooking, card making and gift wrap! I’m not exactly sure why I love it so much but I always have and I think I always will!

I wanted to share my Valentine’s Day Vintage Clip Art Round Up with you again in case you love these sweet images as much as I do. I pulled all of these together a couple years back and they are still cute as ever! That’s what’s so great about vintage! The older things are, the better they get!Click here for all of the clip art sources. They are all free and I have them listed by number over on the linked post! Once you click through, you can find the one you want, download and print it. They are so cute to print and cut out for DIY cards and gifts! They would also totally be fun to use for cute DIY Valentine’s Day Party Decor!! And free is awesome too right!

While you are there, you can also grab this FREE Valentine’s Day Printable that I made. The cards are great for Project Life or pocket scrapbooking and are also super cute on traditional scrapbook pages, mini albums and of course cards too!I love to create pocket pages that I include right along with my traditional scrapbook pages in our albums. I used the free printable plus some of the other Valentines clip art to create these pages. It’s so fun to fill each pocket with photos, cute graphics and embellishments!   I hope you enjoy the printable and the free clip art images! Let me know if you use them and tag me on your projects so I can see what you create!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Pretty Packaging > Florals & Fringe Hearts

In Chasing Dreams, Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Handmade, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Packaging, Valentine's Day

Can I just say how happy I am that DIY packaging, gift wrap and handmade cards are still popular!?? It’s not to say I don’t love the conveniences of the modern day and technology, but there are some things that are simply better with a handmade touch…. and packaging is one of those things for me… and for my design team! Even if you use cute premade wrapping paper and/or embellishments, the art of how you put it together becomes unique to you and I love that! Jessy has such a pretty packaging post to share with us today in which she uses pattern paper as her wrapping paper! So fun! She also uses some ready made embellishments along with the large fringe heart that she made herself (similar to these ones from my Bloom collection). I love how she used crepe paper and regular paper for her fringe heart! And then the way she layered it all together is simply perfect! Read on for the full tutorial!

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and it’s time to honor my awesome hubby! I truly appreciate the LOVE my hubby has been showering me all these years! Knowing me, I’ll have to make it all pretty because that surely puts a smile on his face. I love that he appreciates good packaging & design too! He is really made for me. I thank God for him everyday.    As always, I will spend some time to look at the products & see what I can create with them. This patterned paper Be Happy started the idea of creating a heart fringe. It was really easy to make one too! To wrap the box, I used My Darling paper. The plus designs go really well against the pretty colours.

For my heart, I alternated between patterned paper and crepe for the extra fun texture! I didn’t want to just leave the heart as it is, so I decided to add flowers.

Just by layering papers, stickers & ephemera shapes, that will help a lot with the textures and dimensions on the gift packaging. And of course, layering your elements together will create the full look to your project! Thanks for coming by! Happy Heart Day! xoxo Jessy

Happy Friday!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Collection / Chasing Dreams 12×12 Paper Pad / Chasing Dreams 12×12 paper – Be Happy / Chasing Dreams 12×12 paper – My Darling / Chasing Dreams Ephemera  / Chasing Dreams Sticker Sheet / Chasing Dreams Puffy Stickers


The Cutest DIY Gift Bag!

In Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Gather, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Packaging

I think it’s safe to say that by now we’ve established a solid standard of including lots of cute DIY gift packaging ideas here on the blog and I am pretty happy about it! My design team gals love pretty packaging as much as I do and without even asking them, they all periodically share some great and beautiful inspiration for using their paper supplies to dress up their gifts! Keep it up ladies! I can’t get enough! Read on to find out how to create the darling gift bag below, shared by Jessy. I am in LOVE with the black and white polka dot bag that she used. It is a bit unexpected paired with some of the  lighter colors from the Gather collection, but it works so well! The contrast is fabulous! 

I absolutely love the idea of using scrapbook products as part of my gift packaging, especially when the products are as pretty as Maggie’s Gather collection! It definitely enhances the overall look of my packaging. The Gather collection has beautiful products and color combos…. lots of things that you can mix + match without taking too much time. First, I adhered a doily at the top of the bag. Next I cut two banners – one bigger & the other smaller. Just before I stuck the banners down, I ruffled crepe paper onto the doily for texture. To complete the look, I pasted chipboard & accent stickers. Sentiments are a great way to send the message across to your receiver! The next time when you have a gift for someone, try adding your personal touch to it! Your recipient will certainly feel the love *wink* !! xoxoxo Jessy

Happy Tuesday!


Supplies >> Maggie Holmes Gather CollectionMaggie Holmes Gather 12×12 Paper PadMaggie Holmes Gather 12×12 Chipboard StickersMaggie Holmes Gather Stickers with Gold Foil

DIY Star Gift Toppers

In Christmas, Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Gather, Handmade, Maggie Holmes Design Team, My Product Line, Packaging

It’s almost time… Christmas is just about here and I am so so excited!! I’ve been wrapping up a storm and trying to get everything finished and ready for Christmas day! I love today’s post from design team member, Amanda Rydell because she has some darling Christmas wrapping inspiration for those of us that are still working on getting our packages finished and ready to go. I love that she used a simple tissue paper to wrap her gift and then topped it off with the cutest embellished star tags! They are the perfect festive finishing touch! Read on for the full tutorial and happy wrapping!

Well, here we are just a few days from Christmas. Have you shopped till you dropped, or maybe you’re smart and avoided all the crowds at the mall and did your shopping online. I finally got all my items crossed off my list and now I have shopping bags sitting in multiple spots in my house with gifts just waiting to get wrapped. So now the fun begins, wrapping all the gifts!

After gathering all my wrapping supplies I wanted to share with you how I wrapped this gift. I used a few of my favorite papers from the Maggie Holmes Gather Collection to create a couple of cute gift tags.

Using a cardboard star as my template, I traced around some patterned papers to create the star shape and then I added some fun embellishments to complete them!

stars3I love using my We R Memory Keepers typewriter to write notes and messages. I typed a Merry Christmas message for each star tag using basic white cardstock. I like to use heavier paper like cardstock so that it holds it form, as opposed to the thin copy paper that would be more floppy.

tyepwriterdeerOnce I had my messages typed, I cut the paper into flag shapes and attached them to my stars with adhesive. On the polka dot star I used a hot pink thread and stitched it onto my tag with my sewing machine.


startags4Making your own gift tags is lots of fun and it adds some personalization to your gift that any recipient will love!!!

stargiftwrapHappy Thursday!!


Supplies Used >> Maggie Holmes Gather Collection / White Typewriter / White Cardstock / Gold Glitter / Mini Christmas Bottle brush Trees / Mini Bottle Brush Trees Also Here / Pink Twine / Gather Chipboard Stickers