Echo Park Paper: This is My Happy Place

My craft room is my favorite room in the house and the place I spend the majority of my time. Today I’m up on the Echo Park Paper Blog with a page about my happy place using the Echo Park Paper I Heart Crafting collection.

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I love the Coordinating Solid Paper Packs Echo Park offers with several of their collections. I always make a point to pick a set up because they are so perfect for matting photos, die cutting coordinating elements, or using them as a background like I did here on today’s page.

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I gathered up the circular button die cuts from the Ephemera and Frames & Tags Ephemera packs to use in this cluster in the top right corner of the layout along with some fussy-cut flowers and a fussy-cut heart from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper.

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I added another fussy-cut floral, this time from the 4×6 Journaling Cards paper, to the left of my photos along with the “This is My Happy Place” 3×4 Journaling card as the page title. I placed the cute banner sticker at the bottom, and then tucked in the adorable button jar sticker and a fussy-cut pair of scissors as accents.

Here is a closer look at the leaf stems I die cut using the Floral Border Die Set to make the floral cluster feel a bit more dimensional. So pretty! And no, not all leaves have to be green! The pink stems are the perfect pop of color here, and help to distribute the dark pink color around the page.

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Next, I used the Stitched Label Nesting Die set to create a journaling block from the Pink/Green Solid paper. I added the typewriter sticker to the right of the journaling block and then accented it with another decorative floral piece at the bottom die cut from the Dark Pink/Teal Solid paper with the Floral Border Die Set.

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Next time you pick up your favorite collection by Echo Park Paper, be sure to grab the Coordinating Solid Paper Pack, if there is one. You will enjoy incorporating the perfectly matched solid colors among your patterned papers and other elements.

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Stitched Label Nesting Die
Scallop Border Punch
Black Journaling Pen
Pink Pearls
Scissors/Trimmer
Adhesive/Foam Squares

Thanks for coming by today! I hope you feel inspired to create a page about your crafty space! See you again soon!

JanaBold

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Echo Park Paper: Go and Be Crafty

Almost two years ago I had the wonderful opportunity to go to a Scrap Gals Retreat right here Utah. I had the time of my life meeting Tracie Claiborne and Tiffany Lowder, the fun and entertaining hosts of The Scrap Gals podcast … as well as many other wonderful, creative people! I took several photos that weekend and have been itching to get those memories down on paper.

What better collection to scrapbook about scrapbooking than the new I Heart Crafting collection by Echo Park Paper?! Check out my page below!

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I love the mason jar from this collection with the “Crafting is my Jam” saying on it. *grin* It makes me giggle every time I read it, because crafting *IS* my jam!

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I wanted to add a circular element to this page, so I used a punch to create the journal spot from one of the 3×4 Journaling Cards.

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For the title, I used the tagline of The Scrap Gals Podcast, “Go and Be Crafty.” I used the Lily Uppercase Alphabet Dies along with a large, black, chipboard letter set by Basic Grey that has been  hanging out in my stash for several years.

I then placed the crafty girl sticker (Element Stickers) to the left of the title with other crafty goodies and capped her off with a floral swag above her head (created with the Floral Border Die Set that coordinates with this collection).

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Have you ever been to a crafting retreat? Have you scrapbooked about it?

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SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Echo Park Paper Lily Uppercase Die Set
Black Journaling Pen
2.75″ Circle Punch
3″ Circle Punch

JanaBold

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Echo Park Paper: Down on the Farm Barn Gift Box

Hello! I had so much fun creating this Barn Gift Box using the Echo Park Paper Down On the Farm collection I’m sharing with you today. Let me tell you how I created it!

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I found this adorable cut file online and was inspired to recreate a similar look using cut files that I already owned. (Check the bottom of this post for the list of cut files that I used.)

First, I cut out the Barn Box using Ultra White Felt Designer Cardstock for the roof and the gingham check Barn Yard Friends paper.

I wanted the roof to have shingles like the inspiration photo, so I simply cut 1” strips of the Ultra White Felt Designer Cardstock using my paper trimmer and then cut notches into the strips using a pair of scissors. I layered them together along the roof, finishing it off with a wider strip scored down the middle and notched on both sides to lay across the top of the roofline. To help the shingles pop a bit more, I brushed the edges with light gray distressing ink.

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I used detail scissors to fussy-cut the farmer from one of the stickers on the Element Sticker sheet. I added him along with the cow sticker to the front of the barn using foam squares. I created a few corn stalks to go on either side of the barn door using the leaf sprig from the Flowers Bloom Die Set.

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Next, I used the Carta Bella Paper Tree Die Set to add die cut trees and additional corn stalks to the sides of the box.

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The barn is placed on top of an octagonal shaped box that I cut using Navy Blue Felt Designer Cardstock. I added green “grass” to the top of the box using Classic Green Felt Designer Cardstock. Before adhering the grass panel into place, I embossed it using a letter-sized polka dot embossing folder from my stash. I also die cut a long fence shape from Ultra White Felt Designer Cardstock using the “Echo Park Fence” cut file (Design #39988) and adhered it along the edges of the panel. I welded the fence sections together in the design program to make a longer border, then scored the bottom of each post, which allowed me to adhere it to the grass panel.

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The rim of the box is decorated with the chicken border cut from the Journaling Cards paper. I also added panels to the base of the box cut from the Farm Trucks paper.

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The front of the box is decorated with the “Farm Living” die cut from the Ephemera Pack, a dog sticker (Element Stickers), more die cut corn stalks (Flowers Bloom Die Set), and a pair of cowboy boots created with the Carta Bella Boot & Horseshoe Die Set.

I cut the boots from Kraft Designer Cardstock, Chestnut Brown Linen Designer Cardstock, and silver foil cardstock from my stash. I stamped a design on the side of the boot with brown ink using the leaf stamp from the Beautiful Day Stamp Set.

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I love the way this project turned out and think it will be so much fun to fill with goodies for someone!

SUPPLIES:

OTHER SUPPLIES:
Classic Green Felt Designer Cardstock
Carta Bella Tree Die Set

CUT FILES:
“Echo Park Fence” by Echo Park Paper
(Design #39988 in the Silhouette Design Store)

“3D Barn” by Snapdragon Snippets
(Design #51051 in the Silhouette Design Store)

“Bride 3D Box Eight Sided” by Snapdragon Snippets
(Design #260594 in the Silhouette Design Store)

Thanks for joining me today! See you again soon!

JanaBold

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Echo Park Paper: You & Me Card

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I am getting ahead of the game this year by creating a card for my sweetheart using the beautiful Echo Park Paper You and Me collection.

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A pair of swans (cut from the Swan Lake Love paper) are “swimming” on the sketched oval shape from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper.

I adhered the oval to the narrow floral card from the 3×4 Journaling Cards paper so that the flowers peek out on either side. I emphasized the flowers by tucking in more florals created with the Love You Floral Die Set and Ultra White Designer Felt Cardstock.

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Next, I cut the “Love You” sentiment from the same die set using Gold Shimmer and Ebony Black Felt Designer cardstocks. I offset the layers slightly giving the gold paper a shadow layer underneath.

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Finally, I added the “You Have My Heart” sticker above the swan and added tiny gems in the corners for a bit of sparkle.

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Will you be making your sweetheart a handmade card for Valentine’s Day this year?

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Happy cardmaking!

JanaBold

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