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Updated: 2018-03-19T04:18:41.781-06:00


Saint Patrick's Day Treats + Free Printable Tags


Saint Patrick's Day is about a week away. So, we decided to make some cute little treats to give our friends.

We made a simple little pocket out of scrapbook paper to hold Pop Rocks. We finished it ribbon and a cute tag.

For this next idea, we put some kisses in a little bag and attached a shamrock cut from our glitter paper and another cute tag.

We are sharing these cute tags with you so you can make your own Saint Patrick's Day goodie bags. Just download the image below. Enjoy! Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Saint Patrick's Day Card


Saint Patrick's day cards are so fun to make. The one we are sharing today works great to let anyone you love know how lucky you feel to have them in your life.

We used our green ultra-glitter paper and cutting machine to cut out the words, "Lucky Me" and a shamrock shape. The rest of the card is really quite simple. Layer a few shades of green paper and a little green ribbon.

DIY Saint Patrick's Day Shirts


Saint Patrick's Day is such a fun holiday! We are excited to share some ideas over the next few weeks to help you get ready. Make sure you have an outfit picked out. You don't want to get pinched! If you don't have a lot of green in your wardrobe, you can make your own. We made 2 lucky shirts with some of our favorite products, iron-ons and tumble dye! The first shirt was super easy to make. We traced a clover on the back of a green iron-on sheet. You can make any shape you want! We cut out the clover shape and ironed it onto the shirt. Done! We used tumble dye and iron-ons for the second shirt. First, we cut a clover stencil out of sticker paper and placed it on our shirt, covering areas we didn't want sprayed. Then, we sprayed green tumble dye. We used two different greens to create depth and variation. After the dye is dry, we took off the sticker paper and heat set the dye with an iron. For the final touch, we spelled "Lucky Me" with iron-on letters and ironed them onto the shirt. We hope you have a lucky day! Look forward to more St. Patrick's Day projects coming soon. [...]

Simple Guy Valentine Gift DIY


Does anyone else struggle to figure out what to give guys for Valentine's Day? We do! So, we came up with a simple idea if you guy happens to like fishing.

Stop at the store and pick out some floats, baits, or lures your guy would like. Also grab some treats to go with the theme. Our favorite is Swedish fish.

The way to make it "Valentinesy" is all about the packaging. Put it in a simple plastic bag and decorate it with your favorite SEI scrapbook supplies.

We found a vintage Valentine with a cute saying and added some of our favorite paper and embellishments, including velvet paper, ribbons, die-cuts, and gems. That's it! You can apply this to different hobbies and interests too.

Cute Valentine Treat DIY Craft


Valentine's Day and velvet paper go hand-in-hand. We just couldn't resist creating a few more velvet projects. First, make any shape of confetti with a simple hole punch. Hearts are the perfect touch for any Valentine gift. The second project is our cute little velvet bear. Velvet paper has the perfect fuzzy fur texture! We used our Silhouette to cut the pieces out of brown velvet paper, put the bear together, then accented it with googly eyes and a little pearl or gem for the nose. Our bears are going to deliver some gummy bears to our friends. So, we put gummy bears in a little bag with our free heart printable and wrapped his hands around the bag. Isn't he cute? Be sure to check out all the great velvet paper colors we have here & use our free printables below! [...]

Cute Valentine Cookie Bag


Maybe you have a friend that would like to know you are thinking of her. Even adults enjoy a special Valentine treat! So, we came up with a cute little cookie bag that works great for kids and adults.

These are really simple to make! Slip a little folded piece of paper inside a plastic bag with a yummy cookie. Then, fold a little piece of velvet paper around the top.

Accent the bag however you'd like. We just used a little flag, gem, sentiment, and ribbon.

It's hard to capture on camera. But, the velvet paper adds a really lush texture. Order some this week and see for yourself. Our Valentine and winter velvet papers are on sale for at least 50% off!

Handmade Valentine Cards


There are only a few hours left of our limited edition Valentine card kit sale! Hurry and take advantage of this great offer and send out some cute, handmade cards.

Here are a couple samples of what you can make with the Happier with You kit.

Valentine crafts are so fun! We hope you have started making some. We will have more ideas coming soon!

Butterfly Valentine Treats with Free Template


Happy New Year! We are starting off the new year with Valentine projects. Yay!

We made these little butterfly valentines a while ago for our club. But, we think you deserve a little gift too. So, you can copy our template below.

They are really simple to create and make a great gift for friends of all ages. All you need is the template, scissors, adhesive pearls, smarties, and some cute scrapbook paper (like the ones we used from the "Always Yours" assortment pack). It's on sale this week by the way along with a bunch of other great Valentines product worth over $150 for just $35!

Cut the butterfly wings out of your scrapbook paper, accent with half pearls, and attach your smarties. Done!

More Valentine projects on the way!

Winter Scrapbook Layout


Winter is such a beautiful time of year at our warehouse here in Logan, Utah! The snow and frost make everything look magical.

We love to create beautiful winter layouts with cool colors. Snowflake, pearl, and button accents really make these pages complete.

Do you have snow where you live? If not, do you still use snowflakes in your scrapbooking?

Our #1 Favorite Way to "Wrap" Gifts


We are winding down our holiday blog posts and gearing up for some beautiful winter projects. But, first we want to share our favorite go-to wrapping idea.

For small odd-shaped gifts, these adorable corrugated cardboard pillow boxes are so perfect. They are simple to use and can be dressed up with your favorite ribbon or tag.

If you love these as much as we do, you're in luck. They are 50% off on our website right now, along with a bunch of other great gift items.

Happy Holidays!

DIY Gift Tags


Hopefully all your shopping is done and you are now busy wrapping your gifts! If you need something to dress up your packages a bit, try a special oversized tag.

We made these tags with the Holiday Cheer perforated sheet and mounted it on a larger paper cut into a tag shape. The accents are ribbons and buttons.

Check back tomorrow for more wrapping ideas!

DIY Gift Bows with Velvet or Scrapbook Paper


Hey there! It's holiday time! Are you ready? We are mostly done shopping here. But, now comes the job of wrapping up all the gifts.

When you have pretty wrapping supplies, this can be one of the most fun parts. If you want a DIY option, we have a fun and simple idea for you. Make your own gift bows! These are great because you can use any kind of paper and make the bow coordinate perfectly with your wrapping.

We even made you a fun little video to show you exactly how to do it! It's really simple. Just cut 3/4" wide strips of paper 4", 10", 11" & 12", loop as shown, and glue them together. Voila!

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For our video, we used velvet paper. The texture is soft and rich, perfect for the holidays. You have to see it in real life to fully appreciate it.

The awesome part is wrapping supplies, including velvet paper, tag sheets & holiday paper is on sale this week! Check it out here.

DIY Holiday House & Trees


It's amazing what you can do with scrapbook paper! We created this cute little holiday house and trees with just paper and scissors. If you're on a budget this year, snag one of our variety packs and see what you can create.

To create the trees, cut square pieces of paper of different sizes and follow these instructions. It looks complicated at first. But, it's really quite simple.

We made the cute little house template ourselves. It's our little Christmas gift to you. Download it free by saving the image provided below. Enjoy!

Craft Dyed Wooden Christmas Trees


As promised, we have more holiday decor projects on the way! Today we have a simple idea that can be colored to match your decor. These also make great neighbor gifts.

First, cut some simple triangles out of scrap wood. Next, apply our tumble dye in whatever colors (or glitter) you'd like. This video shows how. Last, use the end of a pencil or paint brush to add dots of acrylic craft paint for "ornaments". We kept it simple with white dots. But, you can do any color.

They look so cute grouped in varying sizes. More diy holiday decor ideas coming soon!

Gold Holiday Decor Project


Freshen up your holiday decor with a few new handmade items, like these hoop art pieces. These are so simple to make with our dyes and iron-ons. Plus, the hoop art kits are on sale! We used SEI's hoop art kit, tea tumble dye, gold glitter tumble dye, and a metallic iron-on sheet to create these pretty holiday decorations. For the "joy" hoop art, we cut the word "joy" out on sticker paper and attached it to the fabric provided in the hoop art kit. Then, we sprayed it with our tea and gold glitter tumble dye. The finishing touch was the snowflake and circles cut out of the metallic iron-on sheet. For the pinecone hoop art, we made snowflake and pinecone stencils out of paper and layered splashes of tea and gold tumble dye. The final layer on those was pine boughs cut from the metallic sheet. [...]

Free Christmas Countdown with $10 Purchase


December is coming fast. So, we want to make sure you are ready to start your Christmas countdown and decorating. If you spend over $10 on our website between now and Thursday, you will receive this free Christmas countdown.

Simply slide the countdown sheet into this magnetic plastic cover. Then, you or your little ones can use a dry erase marker to cross of each day. You can reuse it year after year!

We also have some great deals going on for holiday iron-ons and decorating kits. Check it out here.

Make Your Own "Be Bright" Holiday Shirt


You can make your own holiday shirt with our iron-on transfers! They are so fun and easy to use. For this design, we used our pretty glitter alphabet to spell "BE".

Then, we cut Christmas lights out of our solid red and green sheets for the "bright" part. The iron-on sheets are so versatile. Cut any shape you can imagine! We love to use our cutting machine with these.

If you want to do something like this custom shirt or maybe design your own ugly sweater for an upcoming party, you're in luck! The holiday iron-ons, including the glitter letters and solid red and green are 50% off this week. Just to sweeten the deal, we are also giving away a free 12x12 inch magnetic sleeve and countdown with purchases of $10 or more.

Hop over to our website and check it out. :)

Origami Wreath Embellishment or Ornament


The holidays can be expensive. But, it's amazing what you can do with a little bit of inexpensive scrapbook paper. For these projects, we used the Cheery Holiday pack, which is on sale for just $10 this week.

We ran across this little origami wreath tutorial on-line and fell in love. Just imagine the possibilities! Add it to a card or scrapbook layout for a dynamic embellishment.

Of course we had to make an ornament too. They are so fun to make. Give it a try!

We haven't heard from you for a while. So, we'd like to know if you've started your holiday crafting yet? What ideas would you like to see this season?

Christmas Cards


We know, we know! Christmas products are hitting the shelves before some of us are ready. You may want to enjoy the season of Thanksgiving before moving on to thinking about gifting. However, if you are a card-maker you know holiday cards take time and the earlier you get started, the better! So, we're here to help those early crafters today. Here are three simple card ideas. This card kit will be available on our website soon. But, if you can't wait, we have several other holiday card kits on sale this week for just $7.50 each! Little 3-D touches make all the difference! These little gems our some of our most favorite embellishments to use, especially for the holidays. We also used gems on the wreath to add dimension and sparkle. But, we think it's the ribbon that makes this card even so pretty. For this last card, we cropped the poinsettia paper to create an interesting background. So, we only needed a few more accents to make it complete. Are you ready to start your holiday crafting now or are you going to wait until Thanksgiving is over to think about it? [...]

Cheesecloth Ghosts Decor with Glow & Glitter!


We wanted to put a little spin on a classic cheesecloth ghost. We are SO THRILLED with how it turned out! If you haven't made these before, it's really quite simple. Drape cheesecloth over something shaped like a ghost. We placed a water balloon sitting in a wine glass on wax paper. Then, saturate it with starch spray. Once it drys, you can remove the balloon and it stands on its own! For more fun, add Tumble Dye! We decided to use the glow-in-the-dark for the first one. Simply spray it with dye while it's still damp. Look how cool it looks in the dark. The second ghost we wanted to make a little more girly. So, we used silver glitter tumble dye and added a bow. You can also accessorize with a bowtie, eyes, etc. Have you made these cheesecloth ghosts before? If not, we hope you're ready to try with some dye. Happy Friday the 13th! [...]

DIY Halloween Cards


If you subscribe to our newsletter, you know that we've had some great sales lately! In fact, just this week, we added three new Halloween limited edition card kits for only $7 each. Sometimes the shots on our website, don't do these kits justice. So, we would like to share 3 of the cards from the Spooky Street limited edition kit. These kits are so fun and simple to put together! This bat card is one of our favorites. The black velvet paper adds a richness to these that is hard to capture with a camera. This monster card would be so fun for your kids, nephew, niece, or grandchildren. How would you like to open an envelope to find a card with giant spiders on it? We hope this little sample gives you a better idea about what comes in our limited edition card kits. Check out this kit an more in this week's sale here. [...]

DIY Halloween Favor Bags


Have you walked down the Halloween isle yet? It's full of yummy candy! If you want a cute way to share some treats for your favorite little goblins, we have a fun DIY! If you aren't a big sugar fan, you could also stuff these with stickers, party favors, gift cards, whatever suits your Halloween tradition. Believe it or not, these are super simple to make! You could even make these at a Halloween party. All you need is some little fabric bags, your favorite Tumble Dye colors, and iron-on letters. First, spray or dip your bags in the dye. If you get them wet first, the color will blend more. Let the dye dry. You can use a blow-dryer to speed things along. Heat set the dye with an iron. Next, gently peel off the letters you want to use. Place them on the bag, adhesive side down. Then, iron-on them on! Last, fill them with something fun to giveaway! Simple, right? We hope this inspired you to start your fall and Halloween crafting! [...]

DIY Deer Shirt


It's deer season! Celebrate by making your own deer shirt using Tumble Dye and a stencil.

For a masculine shirt, use a gray shirt and green dye. We created variations of dark and light green by applying more spray in some areas and less in others.

For a more feminine shirt, use a white shirt and glitter spray.

If deer are not your thing, the stencil and color combinations are endless! We hope this gives you some inspiration.

• Place a piece of cardstock in your shirt, to avoid spraying through to the back.
• Cut a stencil out of sticker paper and attach it to your shirt.
• Cover the areas you don't want sprayed with paper.
• Do several light sprays rather than saturating it all at once.
• Don't forget to heat set to make it permanent.

DIY Wedding Book


We LOVE weddings! If you are planning a wedding or working on an elegant craft project, you'll love this mini album we made. This could be used for a wedding album, sign-in book, or any other project you want to have a formal, sophisticated flair. The supplies we used are velvet paper, a stencil, gray Tumble Dye, and our kraft starter album (on sale). Just lay your stencil over the velvet paper and spray with Tumble Dye. After it's all dry, you can use it for your project or as an album cover. The rich, plush velvet texture is perfect for fall or winter weddings. We decided to use plain coconut velvet paper for the spine and replace the ribbon with something more sparkly. The with velvet paper and Tumble Dye offered in so many colors, the possibilities are endless! [...]

Fall Scrapbook Layout Idea


Have you checked out our perfectly coordinated fall paper packs? If not, hop over quick! They are still in our sale category for a very short time.

We used the papers to make this adorable fall scrapbook layout! We like to cut simple shapes out of the paper like circles and leaves to add interest and dimension.

We hope you are enjoying our fall project ideas and getting ready for cool autumn weather!