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

Gift Ideas for Your Crafty Friends

In Cards, Christmas, Crafts, Crate Paper, DIY, Packaging

I shared some Christmas gift wrap inspiration last week and have had some questions about what kinds of gifts I put inside the boxes. These were for my design team girls so I thought it would be fun to share with you what I sent them. You can use these ideas as a sort of gift guide for your crafty friends!

It’s always more rewarding to give gifts than to receive and I just love searching for and picking out the perfect items for my family and friends at Christmas! It’s especially fun when you have a box like this to fill up because you can get a variety of different things and place it inside in a pretty way! I suggest getting your boxes first so you know the size and then as you are out shopping you can be thinking of that as you pick things to fill it up!

Since these were Christmas gifts I decided to keep the contents centered around a holiday theme as well. As crafters and scrapbookers, I knew my design team would love the little holiday items that they could use to create their own DIY packaging or to use on a scrapbook page, mini album, etc.

I included some mini bottlebrush trees and the tiny deer figurine, along with this darling felt snowflake. They are not available anymore but you can die cut your own out of felt using this Snowflake Die and your Sizzix Big Shot or similar die cut machine. Next I found some adorable wooden spools of ribbon so I included them, plus a gold vintage glass ornament to add some sparkle and shine! You can also look for the wooden spools at thrift stores or antique shops and wrap them with your own ribbon. That’s what I did with the small ones that have the gold glitter ribbon. They are so cute right!?

 To finish off my gift boxes I included a set of cards, tags and a cute pen. These are a little more generic in theme/color and can be used for Christmas or could be used for any other occasion as well. I put some packaging crinkle paper strips on the bottom of the inside of the box and then I neatly placed each item inside so that it would look organized and pretty when they opened it up! I love how it turned out and how the contents inside match the vibe and feel of the outside and how it all flows together!

I hope this inspires you to be creative when choosing your gifts this year. They don’t have to be super expensive… rather heartfelt and thoughtful in choosing things you know they will love and that they will appreciate. That goes a long way in my book and makes all the difference!

Happy Monday!


Supplies >> Most of what I used is not available now but I found some similar and very cute items that you can use instead! Wooden Spools of Baker’s Twine / Gold Glitter Ribbon / Gold Sequin Trim / Christmas Tags / Kraft Tags / Gold Dipped Tags / Bottlebrush Trees 5 Inch Bottle Brush Trees / Snowflake Die / Sizzix Big Shot Die Cut Machine

DIY Christmas Packaging + Free Digital Printable For You!

In Cards, Christmas, Crafts, Crate Paper, Digital Printable, DIY, Free Download, Packaging

I LOVE pretty packaging and especially making my gifts look special and unique for those receiving them! It’s a passion of mine and I’ve always loved spending time wrapping and decorating my packages! I can remember when I was young gathering pine cones, pretty ribbons, and other holiday pretties and using my mom’s hot glue gun to decorate our Christmas packages! I can’t remember what was inside most of those gifts, but the act of sharing my love with my family through the heartfelt and thoughtful gift wrap is a memory I will always have.

This year I have the unique and exciting opportunity to teach a gift wrap workshop at Anthropologie here in Arizona! I am super excited and really just can’t wait! I’m teaming up with Amanda to teach it, which also means she is coming to visit and we get to spend some time together! It’s an extra blessing to be able to combine friendship with work, all while doing things that I love and am truly passionate about!

I will share photos of the cute boxes we will be making at Anthropologie, along with photos from the event later on after it takes place, but today wanted to share some cute packaging inspiration that I created from two years ago.There’s something so timeless about holiday notions and I am loving these plaid ribbons and vintage cards just as much as I did when I created these in December of 2014. I also believe that when you stay true to your style and use things you love, you’ll often find that your art and the things you create will be able to stand the test of time. For me, I think I will always love using fabrics, doilies and lace, no matter what I’m creating! Also vintage elements are another thing that I continue to love year after year!

These pretty packages were actually quite easy to create! I used wood boxes to house my gifts and then wrapped them with red crepe paper that I ruffled with my sewing machine. On top of that I used lace ribbon and Christmas plaid fabric that I tore into strips to tie around the boxes.To decorate the boxes I used these vintage Christmas printables that I created and that you can get for FREE here: FREE Christmas Printable and Vintage Holiday Clipart. I tucked those underneath the ribbons along with doilies and cupcake wrappers that I flattened out before layering them in with everything else.Click the link above or at the end of the post to download the Christmas printable and to find my vintage Christmas clipart round up, which includes 18 free holiday vintage images!If you enjoy the art of gift wrapping as much as I do, I hope you find some inspiration here for making your packages extra pretty! Don’t forget to click over and grab the FREE printables and Christmas clipart! You can use them for scrapbooking, cards and mini albums too! Enjoy!

Happy Monday!


Supplies Used >> Free Christmas Printables and Vintage Holiday Clip Art, Wooden Boxes, Crepe Paper, Fabric, Vintage Lace, Gold Doilies, Cupcake Wrappers, Gold Glitter Mini Clothespins, Tags, Twine, Patterned Paper