Thursday, December 14, 2017

DIY: How To Decorate Brown Paper Gifts With Scrapbooking Paper

Hello Everyone!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is wrapping gifts! That may sound a little weird to some people, but I have always enjoyed wrapping gifts and trying to make those gifts look extra special.

With that being said, wrapping gifts is time-consuming and does tend to involve a bunch of different supplies. If you are someone who would rather skip the fancy wrapping paper or is looking to save time while wrapping, then you will love today’s project. This is because I am going to show you how to jazz up some brown paper gifts (or boxes) with some scrapbooking paper!

Today's project is part of my collaboration with Xyron since I'm a member of their design team! This means you will be seeing a Xyron product in action! For this particular project, I will be showcasing the Xyron® 3'' Disposable Sticker Maker . I've talked about the Xyron 3’’ Disposable Sticker Maker before, so if you want to learn more about it, then click here.

Also, in this project, I will be using items from Wild Whisper! If you have never heard of Wild Whisper, they are a scrapbooking company which produces 12x12 double sided paper collections, stamps, and pocket scrapbooking cards. Besides ‘’scrapbooking supplies’’, the company also carries a wide variety of craft supplies like sequins, chipboard, and wooden veneers (which I love)! Today I will be using a few products from their newest collection called Home for the Holidays.

As I mentioned before, I will be showing you how to jazz up brown paper gifts with scrapbooking paper. My goal when creating this project was to make it simple, fun, and customizable for you. For the tutorial, I will only show you how to create one idea, but make sure you scroll down to the bottom to see two more gift wrapping ideas!

So, if you want to learn how to transform your plain brown wrapped gifts into something a little more special, keep reading below!

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Acrylic Block
Black or Color Ink
Ribbon or Washi Tape (optional/not pictured)
Wrapped Gifts

Step 1: Grab your wrapped gifts and decide what theme or image you want to use on the top of the gift. Once you have made your decision, cut out those shapes or images from your scrapbooking paper.

For this gift, I am going to cut out random size squares to create the look of gift boxes. 

Step 2: Lay your cut out shapes or images on top of your gift and determine where you want to stamp on your gift.

For this particular gift, I used Wild Whispers Home for the Holidays Stamp Set. Specifically, I used the ''very merry'', ''Christmas'', and ''square box'' stamps. To do the stamping, I simply peeled off the stamps and adhere them to my acrylic block. Then I stamped them into some colored ink and finally stamped the images onto my brown paper.

Crafty Side Note: If you are worried about the ink going through your brown paper, you could always stamp on to the paper before you wrap the gift. The reason why I did the opposite, is because it takes a good amount of ink, paint, or marker to actually go through the brown paper. In my experience, I have never had anything bleed through the paper. Also, the amount of ink we are using in this project is fairly small. 

Step 3: Grab your paper pieces and slide each piece through your Xyron 3'' Disposable Sticker Maker. Keep repeating this process until you have run each piece of paper through your Xyron 3'' Disposable Sticker Maker.

Step 4: Add your paper pieces to the top of your gift. However, before adding them, make sure you rub each paper piece while it's on the Xyron Sticker paper. That way, you'll be creating a really strong adhesive backing.

Step 5: Finally, add those final touches to your gift (like ribbon or washi tape) and write the name of the person you are giving the gift to, in the boxes that we stamped earlier.

For my gift, I added some washi tape to each gift and created some washi tape bows, to complete the whole look.

Once you are happy with how you gift looks, you are ready to gift it to that special person in your life! 

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I have actually been using this method of decorating brown paper gifts for years! It’s really a great way to save on wrapping paper and to use those supplies that you already have on hand.

Now, in the beginning of this post, I mentioned two other ways to use scrapbooking paper to decorate brown paper gifts or boxes. Well, another way that you can use this method is on top of small brown boxes. You can see that for my box, I used one main sheet of scrapbooking paper as my background and then layered on top of it with Wild Whisper's Home for the Holidays Card Pack. Then I simply stamped a few images, to tie the whole thing together.

Finally, for the middle gift that is small, I simply cut an out a piece of scrapbooking paper in an unique shape. I then covered the edges of that scrapbooking paper with washi tape and then stamped a few images off to the side.

As always, to follow along with all the Xyron fun, don't forget to like them on Facebook and to follow their Pinterest page for more project inspiration.

What do you think? Do you like this idea of using scrapbooking paper to decorate brown paper gifts?

xo Katie

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

25 Random Craft Tools/Supplies That You Are Probably Overlooking This Holiday Season

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Hello Everyone!

If the title of this post has not intrigued you or confused you, then you should probably read it again (lol)!

Today’s post is my first Gift Guide for the holiday season! As you can tell by the title, I will be talking about 25 random craft tools/supplies that you are probably overlooking this holiday season.

So, what do I mean by random craft tools and supplies? I mean those tools or supplies that are either used all the time (but are underappreciated) or that are completely overlooked during the holiday season.

For example, cleaning tools.

Now, I know cleaning tools or cleaning accessories don’t sound really exciting. However, if you are a stamper, then you know that there are stamp pads, wipes, sprays, and all kinds of items to clean your stamps with. I would venture to guess, that a few stampers wouldn’t mind getting some cleaning supplies or accessories, especially if it came from their favorite stamp brand.

Those types of items (like cleaning tools) are what I will be listing in this post. My goal behind creating this list, was to provide you guys with some ''out-of-the-box'' ideas that could be used as either stocking stuffers or a last minute ''add-on'' to a gift.

Below, are 25 random craft tools/supplies that you are probably overlooking this holiday season!

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  1. Ken Oliver Roll Away Tacky Roller
  2. Retractable Knife with Blades (aka craft knife or x-acto knife)
  3. No-Clog Writing Cap
  4. Clear Spritzer Bottle (for those stampers or painters in your life)
  5. Plastic Palette
  6. Glitter Spoons (which can also be used for embossing powders)
  7. Plastic Storage Pouches/Bags
  8. Ink Cleaning Spray or Wipes
  9. Stitch Markers (for those who knit or crochet)
  10. Fine Pointed Tweezers
  11. Tim Holtz Ideaology Sanding Grip (this is great for adding texture to paper or if you work with wooden items)
  12. Hot Glue Gun Sticks (for example, regular glue sticks, glitter glue sticks, neon glue sticks, or glow in the dark glue sticks)
  13. Mini Plastic Funnels (for glitter or embossing powders) 
  14. Craft Mat
  15. Mixing Cups (to mix paint or glitter in) 
  16. Scissors
  17. Stitch Counter
  18. Pencils and Erasers (for the drawer in your life)
  19. Pencil Sharpener
  20. Bone Folder
  21. Pin Cushion and a new set of Sewing Needles
  22. Retractable Tape Measure
  23. Work Apron
  24. Vintaj Ball Pein Jeweler's Hammer (unlike a normal hammer, this hammer is much smaller and perfect for those projects that don't involve jewelry making)
  25. Small Plastic Storage Containers

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Overall, I think most crafters would be happy to receive any of the items on this list. My personal picks from this list would be 2, 5, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, and 25. Also, if you need more gift ideas for that crafter in your life, then check out the following articles I have written:

101 Last Minute Gifts For Crafters

25 Last Minute Stocking Stuffers For The Crafter
So what do you think? What random tools or supplies would you like to receive as a crafter?

xo Katie

Monday, December 11, 2017

#HollyJollyXyron Hashtag Challenge: Christmas/Winter Home Decor

Hello Everyone! 

I hope your Monday is going well! 

I just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to submit your Christmas/Winter themed Home Decor project for Xyron's Hashtag Challenge. By entering a home decor project into the challenge, you have a chance to win a Xyron Creative Station!

If you need some home decor inspiration for this challenge, you can check out my DIY Retro Tree Display or stop by my Instagram to see a bunch of home decor projects made by the Xyron Design Team.

You have until Monday night to enter! So, check out all the rules here and share your home decor projects using the #HollyJollyXyron.

Good Luck!
xo Katie


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