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Tape of the Week

Tape comes in all sorts of colors and patterns and I’m pretty sure I love all of it.

It all started with the a pack of tapes from 7gypsies.  I saw it when I was working at the Maple Grove Archiver’s, but I wasn’t really sure what to do with it.  I bought it anyway because the colors and patterns were so cool (it was the pack with the orange, teal, and cream tapes) and I’m a sucker for cool products.

Then the Tissue Tapes from Tim Holtz was brought to my attention…and of course I had to have those as well.

So now about 30 rolls of tape later…I have to remind myself that not every layout needs a piece of tape.  This leads into my Pins of the Week.  Fun ways to use tape that AREN’T on a layout!

I love candles and usually have a few around my apartment.  Especially around Christmastime.  These tea lights would be adorable with some red or green tapes.  You could jazz up any candles with some fun washi tape for just about any theme.  Weddings, birthdays, a Tuesday night, Christmas, Halloween, you name it.  Same goes for the cute banner flags.  If you’re having birthday cupcakes and the theme of the party is pink princesses, grab some pink tape and you’re set!

What fun ways have you used tape on your projects?

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…I think I’ve been saying that for weeks.  Uff da.

Culynn and I just set up our Christmas tree on Sunday night.  It’s my first year with a fake tree (gotta love apartment living!) so we’re going to enjoy that Christmas tree as long as we can!  We even got some cute ornaments this weekend, including a pirate nutcracker, a “Chateau Santa” wine bottle, a hand-carved nativity scene, and personalized wedding cake ornament for our first Christmas.  Aww…

Hopefully my mom won’t read this, but we bought part of her Christmas present over the weekend too and that got me thinking about wrapping present.  Seriously.  I love wrapping presents.  I get it from my mother…she goes all out for present wrapping.  Ribbons, bows, gorgeous papers, the whole nine yards.  That’s where Pinterest comes in…

Pinterest has AMAZING Christmas and holiday ideas and super clever wrapping ideas.  So that’s my Pin of the Week for this week (and there will be more to come in the next couple of weeks).  Check it out:

Easy and adorable.  Some kraft paper (paper bags work great or even newspaper!), an alphabet stamp set, your favorite ink, and some ribbon.  You could also stamp “Merry Christmas” “Happy Holidays” “Happy Hanukkah” “Feliz Navidad” “Happy Birthday”…the list goes on!

Check out another cute stamping idea:

Instead of stamped letters, stamp a fun design all over your paper!  No matter what you stamp or how you stamp, each present is going have that handmade touch that everyone loves.

Happy Wrapping everyone!  Stay tuned for more holiday fun on the blog!

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I’ve seen lots of ideas online and in magazines for personalized party décor–like this image from renowned event planner Amy Atlas. With the 4th of July right around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better! I pulled out my scrapbooking supplies and used her image as inspiration for my upcoming 4th of July BBQ.

Grab a punch (nearly any shape will do) and use it to punch shapes from paper. Sandwich a lollipop stick in-between two punched shapes for an instant cupcake topper. I wanted to display my cupcakes on a cake stand, but my cake stand didn’t match the “theme” I was going for. So, I cut a piece of patterned paper to place on top, and voila–it now matches!

Dress up utensils and napkins with cute napkin rings. Cut strips of cardstock and wrap them around. Embellish with a matching punched shape. Again, a piece of patterned paper set on top of my glass plate makes it tie in with my theme.

Say Cheese’s magnetic organizers (available in lots of colors) are great for displaying photos, but for my party, I’m using it to display my menu instead. I also decided to create table cards to place in front of the food. Just score a small piece of cardstock in half, and embellish with patterned paper, a punched shape, a button, and a white pen. Easy!

You can even dress up bottled beverages using patterned paper and punched shapes.

That’s not all…it’s easy to create banners, pinwheels, and other decorations using your favorite patterned paper. Or, dress up any container by tying a simple ribbon around it or embellishing with stickers. It’s fast and easy to add little creative touches here and there–and it adds so much pizazz to any event!

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I’m always on the lookout for fun gift ideas and creative ways to package my gifts that will really make an impression. One of my favorite items are clear Stampendous pails and Making Memories jars! You can decorate them in a million different ways or themes for birthdays, holidays, and more, using scrapbooking supplies. Plus, they make the gifts and treats inside them look that much more special, too.

Since Father’s Day is right around the corner, here are some ideas for gifts Dad will love! (Click to view images larger.)

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This is a cool idea I saw a few years ago.

On the first day of school each year, take a photo of your child holding up the number of fingers that represents the grade they are in. One finger for first grade, two for second grade and so on. For 11th grade have them hold up one finger on each hand…..12th grade, one finger on their right hand and two fingers on their left. I created this layout even though my son was already in middle school when I learned of this fun idea.

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