December Page Kit – Leslie’s take

For the December page kit we asked Leslie White to play along with us and wow, we just love her layouts.


Merry Christmas

For this layout Leslie used her Silhouette to cut the “Vintage Christmas 12×12 Page” and “Merry Snowflake” designs (downloaded from the Silhouette shop) and a clear Wink of Stella pen added the perfect touch of glitter to the words. I like how she used a snowflake sticker from the element sheet to do the “i” in Christmas. Crystal and Diamond Stickles glitter glue gave the snowflakes and ornaments even more shimmer and shine. Leslie also added a bit of colour to the ornaments using blue, green, and red Wink of Luna pens, then used orange Wink of Stella brush to add a bit of glittery colour. Two of the three photos are popped up with dimensional foam tape and look like they’re hanging from the silver clothespins – cute!


On Santa’s Knee

The patterned paper with the old fashioned ornaments matched her picture so well, Leslie didn’t want or need to embellish it much. The angles strips of green and black cardstock along the bottom of the page add visual interest, and see those gold dots? Leslie cut up a “U” from the gold glitter Thickers to embellish the seam between the black and green on the bottom of the page. So cute! The red, black, and green flags with another gold dot in the top left corner of the layout add a nice touch. (The red flag is actually a sticker from the element sheet).


Waiting for Santa

Instead of using full sheets for this layout, Leslie just cut out the parts she needed from the stripey plaid paper, green, and black cardstock. The green polka dot sticker strip from elements page anchors the photo and was also used in other spots to cover little bits of the seam between the papers. The Mixed Bag die-cuts were used here for the “Hohoho,” “joy” and “noel” circles, as well as red Santa bingo card and Merry Christmas/Happy New Year die cut (including the frame that was around it). Small brown alphas were used for title.



Leslie cut 3 inches off the woodgrain page and taped the page back together with 3 inches of the flip side of the paper (reindeer) on the left side. Love this trick when you want to use both sides of the paper! The red sticker strip from element page was used to cover the seam. All the  photos were matted with black card stock. Leslie cut the hexagon stickers in half and used three halves behind main photo, then doodled around inside edges of hexagons with black marker. The “Merry” title was cut from black card stock using Silhouette and the little “Be Merry” strip is a die-cut from Mixed Bag.


Look Who’s One

The gold chevron paper was added to top and bottom of ivory cardstock for this page. All photos were matted with the red patterned paper on the flip side of the birch trees. Three gold clothespins were used on main photo. Leslie used her tab punch and tiny attacher to add tab to main photo so you can lift to show 2 more small pictures and journaling.

Leslie also made:

  • a card using kraft card stock, stripey plaid paper, and 4 stickers from element sheet.
  • a tag using one of the tags in the page kit and 3 triangles from the Mixed Bag. Used edges from the brown alpha sheet to make tree trunks and 2 stickers from element sheet.
  •  a second card using “5×5 Christmas Card” in Silhouette (design ID 67331). For this card, she used black and kraft card stock and the flip side of the tan paper with the ivory christmas trees. Leslie used the 12-inch mat for cutting and stuck the card together and used black washi from her stash to cover the seams.




Wow! Thanks for joining us Leslie; we love showing off our customer’s projects on the blog.

If you don’t already subscribe to our monthly page kits… you should! Call today to start up your subscription in January!

Wendy Signature

P.S. Did you see our post earlier this morning? Stay tuned to our Blog (or Facebook and Twitter) for our one-day-only Deals EVERY day in December!

Customer Profile – Stephanie Roberts

Today we’re celebrating World Card Making Day with a special Customer Profile!

A while back we did a prize draw for Mojo Monday and the winner received a card kit and the opportunity to be featured on our blog – Stephanie Roberts was the lucky winner!  We are here to showcase some of Stephanie’s work today.

Stephanie created 7 cards with our September card kit (which is TAX FREE TODAY) and said she could have easily made more. Here are Stephanie’s cards:


Love the addition of the gemstone to the cupcake.


Hope you’re ready for this next card – it’s super impressive…


Look at the detail on this folded card – gorgeous! and the greeting ‘pinned’ on the framed bulletin board … totally stealing that idea.


A bright and cute card with a white embossed greeting.


Look at the glittery goodness – my daughter would love this card!


This would make a great masculine card for someone in need of a pat on the back.


Speaking of backs, here’s the back of the last card. I love how with a little creativity you can stretch these kits.  Stephanie combined two separate pieces of papers to make a single card base for this card using washi to adhere the pieces.


Patterned paper strips for this card with the addition of a few poinsettia dew drops – a fav of mine.


The unique shape of the pieces on this card makes it eye catching. Stephanie also used Meghan’s “hinged card” trick – essentially adhering two pieces of patterned paper together to make a single card base (see below)…


Big thanks to Stephanie for playing along and sharing your work today on World Card Making Day! We hope to see everyone at the shop today for our Sale!

Wendy Signature



Paperie Picks: Lori loves Donna Downey Stamps!

Paperie Picks: Donna Downey Unity Stamps

Hello Everyone! Lori here, to tell you about one of my favourite supplies to use when scrapbooking, card making, or doing mixed media projects. I love stamps! I’ve been collecting stamps since I started paper crafting in 2006 and I’m always adding to my collection!

Two of my favourite stamp sets are the “Art & Possibility” and “Empowered Words” Unity sets by Donna Downey.

Donna Downey art&possibliity and empowered words unity stamp sets

Donna Downey is a very talented mixed media artist and scrapbooker. As I’m sure many of you know, Mixed Media art and art journaling are very popular and are trending in paper-crafting.

These stamps are so versatile. They can be used for just about any project you can make- cards, scrapbook pages, art journaling, mixed media projects and so forth. The possibilities are endless.

Donna Downey Unity Empowered words

Recently I participated in a Puzzle piece swap with a few paper crafters/artists from all over Canada. We each purchased our own puzzle and put it together. We numbered each piece, labeled it accordingly, and then mailed a piece of the puzzle to each of the participating members.

labeling puzzle piece

At the end of the swap I will have a whole puzzle of mini art pieces to hang on my wall.

The “Art & Possibility” and “Empowered Words” stamp sets were awesome for this small scale mixed media art project. I stamped some of the quotes directly on to my project using Staz-On or stamped directly on paper or vellum and cut it out.

Here are some of the puzzle pieces I created with these stamp sets, click on each thumbnail picture to enlarge.

Wouldn’t these be beautiful ideas to re-create in an art journal or for a canvas on your wall?! The individual stamps can be used as a whole or you can piece together different words from other quotes in the set to create a custom quote or word. In the piece below I cut out words from each quote to make “but I know who I am”.

If you are just starting to art journal or need some quotes for your paper crafting projects, these stamps are a must have – I absolutely love them! The Paperie has them in stock right now so comment, email or call to get your hands on them!

If you already have these stamp sets and have used them on your projects we would love to see them. Post a link to your gallery/blog so we can see your beautiful works of art! You can also upload them to the Paperie’s gallery on Facebook.

If you have any questions or comments on any of my puzzle pieces, please feel free to leave a comment on this post. I will try to answer all of your question!

Happy Crafting!


Silhouette Fun – Valentine’s Countdown Calendar

Hi everyone!

Mary Ann here with a great Valentine’s Silhouette project, a Valentine’s countdown calendar. I am a sucker for countdown calendars, and when I saw this one in the Silhouette online store I couldn’t resist. This project comes in two separate files, so you’ll need to buy both of them.

The first file contains the cut elements of the project – the backing, windows, numbers and phrases. I wanted my calendar to be fairly sturdy, so I first cut the backing from a sheet of Silhouette Chipboard. This chipboard has a wonderful weight to it and provides the structure that I wanted for the calendar. And as a bonus it cuts beautifully in the Silhouette – even the little intricate parts of the frame! If there is none at the store, you can ask Wendy to order it in. I use the chipboard for everything!

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Once that was done, I cut my piece of red cardstock for the background. But once it was cut, I did not “unload”. Instead, I used my white sketch pen to sketch out where the hearts were so I had a guide of where to put my little hearts with the phrases.

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My focus was then on the print and cut phrases for inside the windows. Again, with the idea that I wanted to keep this project for a number of years, I used printable adhesive canvas. I love how the colours look on the canvas, and how easy it is to cut in the Silhouette – this is also at the store and comes in a package of three sheets. I absolutely love it!

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The next part was to put it all together –because I knew where my hearts were going, I was able to just peel them o f the backing and place them in position.

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The last piece of this project was to do the numbers and phrase on the front. For the numbers I used Silhouette double sided adhesive paper, and sprinkled it with red glitter. The Double Sided Adhesive Paper was made for glitter! The glitter sticks really well to it. I did the letters out of the Silhouette Adhesive Printable Gold Foil which is another amazing product. I love that I can cut out the letters and just stick them on my project – I don’t have to worry about another adhesive.

A little ribbon for hanging – and there you have it! Here are the files in the Silhouette shop, in case you’re interested!

Part 2 is
Part 1 is

Mary Ann

The Paperie has a series of Silhouette classes featuring different projects; our next one is an Easter Decor class on February 27th. We will also be offering Silhouette 101 on Feb. 13th for those of you who are just getting used to your machine or who are considering purchasing one.

November Page Kit Debut – Guest Designer!

We have a very special Guest Designer this week for our November Page Kit release! Please welcome Kelly Kirkland, who agreed to help out while we asked our regular Designer Krista Wells to focus on the December Daily kit this month.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (1)

Love this Dragonfly layout, the papers work perfectly with the photograph. Kelly dragged some Tuxedo Black Memento ink across her Thickers to darken them up a bit. This is a great trick when your alphas aren’t the exact colour you’re looking for.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (2)

For this layout Kelly used some of her own supplies to finish it off – the Hey Diddle Diddle Mister Huey’s was sprayed through her Blazonry Template from Crafter’s Workshop, along with some of her own Enamel Dots.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (3)

Love this little cluster of Element Stickers above and the way the little Word stickers highlight the photos below. Kelly mentioned that she used her Pilot Frixion erasable pen for all of her journaling – such a great tool in case of mistakes!

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (4)

This next layout was one of our faves!

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (5)

Look at that awesomely clever clustering of the Weather Wood Veneer included in the kit!

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (6)

There was no shortage of sweet little alphas in this kit.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (7)

The real birch star embellishments are another favourite.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (8)

Banners are a great way to work in more elements on your page – the little heart punch is currently in stock in a few sizes and is super sweet!

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (9)

More sweet banners and a cute use of the tiny type words above.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (10)

For this layout Kelly laid her birch stars on the page and spritzed some shimmery Spray ink, then added tape to the back of the stars and offset them from the masked stars. The shimmery ink looks so pretty on the birch.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (11)

Samy grew that pumpkin himself in their backyard – such a nice memory to preserve.

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (12)

Kelly got a lot of mileage out of her woodgrain Thickers and sticker elements!

Kelly Kirkland - November 2013 (13)

Kudos to Kelly, this sheet below was used on every layout!

Echo Park Reflections

Our November kit has a woodsy feel with the overall colour scheme, the birch stars, Studio Calico weather wood veneer, woodgrain cardstock, Jillibean Soup bags, and mini alphas. Big thanks to Kelly for taking on the Design Team challenge and using the November Kit to create these lovely layouts – please leave her some love in the comments section!

This kit is available to both Subscribers ($34.99) and Non-Subscribers ($39.99) today! If you are interested in subscribing, it is a six month commitment and we will hold our exclusive Monthly Page Kits for you! We can also ship these kits if you are out of town. We can ship Canada Post but we can also send out parcels via Community Taxi Services, comment if you have one to recommend! If you leave your credit card on file, you may also arrange pick-up with friends or family!

Stay tuned, tomorrow is Wendy’s weekly ‘Create-a-Card’ post and on Thursday we’ll have more November Page Kit design team projects from Cathie Reed!

Krista’s Week in the Life: Tuesday

Posted by Krista

This week we’ll be sharing some of the designers approaches & processes for their own Week In The Life. I am a bit of a minor tech junkie – I love a good app and I’m all about my iPhone. That’s why my own approach to WITL is tech-centric.

I’ve done Week in the Life three times before – twice in a small scrapbooking format and once to include in my PL album. I love this project. When I decided to throw out this concept of a week long WITL workshop at the store, I had a look back at my previous albums and I’m so pleased that I took the time to do it.

Last year WITL happened to fall on the week we brought home our cocker spaniel puppy Eugene. Looking back at that week I’m reminded of how small he was – and how sharp his baby teeth were – and how far we’ve come. But, mostly it proves how much our habits have changed this past year and a half. I am so excited to document along with all of you this week because I can’t wait to look at what life was like in September 2013 when I open that album next year or some time further into the future.

So in doing this project a few times now, I’ve learned that the best course of action is to simply decide on a formula. WITL is really about whatever you want to make it. I’m using a Basic Grey album with inserts for 6×8 photos and square photos which will most likely be Instagram shots.

I’m planning on keeping track of my days on Instagram (@krlewe) with a time stamp on my photos. In addition, I’m using the app Evernote to take notes each day of the week that I can add to a journaling card and have printed when I send my photos to the printer. The old fashioned pen & paper method might work better for you if you’re not into the smartphone phenomenon.

The plan for my photo process is simple. I set a time at the end of each day where I choose what I want to use for the day and crop and edit the photos then, adding them to a folder (ie: Monday) on my desktop. Then I send everything to the printer the minute I’m finished editing that last day. I find that it’s much easier when you do it day by day rather than sitting down with a large, overwhelming number of photos to choose from!

week in the life - Tuesday - Krista

Krista’s Supplies:

  • Basic Grey Hipster Album + coordinating Page Protectors
  • American Crafts Project Life kit – Midnight Edition
  • Post it notes: grid
  • Studio Calico Weekday stamps
  • Technique Tuesday – various Ali Edwards stamps
  • American Crafts Thickers: My Girl Black/white
  • Studio Calico Atlantic Cork Stickers chevrons and arrows
  • A selection of washi tape, buttons and enamel dots

If you are wondering what our approach to Week in the Life is all about…

This past Saturday, September 7th, we kick started the process with a preparation class where each of the participating designers introduced their album and their plan for the week. Each day this week we’ll be going live on the blog with some tips and tricks to help you along the way.  If you signed up (or would like to sign up for the crop) we will also be including some cut files, journaling cards and more in email blasts during the week.

Of course, the hardest part of doing ‘Week in the Life’ is putting it all together so we’re making it easy for you! We’re giving you two weeks to develop your photos and then we’ll come together to complete your album at an all-day crop on Saturday, September 28th. Won’t you come join us and document a ‘Week in Your Life’?!

Cost: $20 Includes: Week In The Life Emails (Sept 9-15th) with cut files, journaling cards, documents, special tips and tricks.
Cost includes All-day Crop on Saturday, September 28th.

Registration includes, the 10% class discount for one day only for WITL prep.