Bring on a Paper Party With These DIY Birthday Cards

The lights dim and suddenly a cake, aglow with candles, is brought out and melodious singing fills the air. The recipient’s face lights up as a sweetly decorated cake is placed in front of him or her. The song ends and someone yells “Make a wish!” The recipient closes their eyes momentarily — huff! The candles are blown out… and it’s time to get the birthday party started!

Just as important as the candles and cake are on birthdays, so are cards! For a special handmade touch, opt to make your next birthday card rather than picking up a generic store-bought card — your friends and family members will surely appreciate the beautiful keepsake and be awestruck by your crafty talent. (Shhh, no need to tell them just how easy it was to make!) Blog contributor Tina Kistinger shows off three DIY birthday cards that look like they could be presents themselves! Take a look below — it’s time for a cardmaking celebration!

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Pump Up the Extra in Extraterrestrial With These Outer Space Crafts

Want to add some extra extraterrestrial appeal to your layouts? Well, you can with the Piece by Piece Mini Trio Punch Set! This set of mini punches comes with various punch shapes — a star, individual flower petal, a heart, crescent moon and large and small circles — to easily assemble a variety of cute space characters, critters and animals, flowers or whatever else comes to mind! See how to pair these pint-sized punches with the Outta This World collection in these outer space crafts — they’re sure to blast off your imagination!

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Hatch a Plan to Create These Easter Scrapbook Projects

Easter — decorative eggs, candy galore (iconic marshmallow chicks or cream-filled eggs, anyone?), church services, fresh flowers, clothes of pastel perfection — it’s all happening this weekend! To help with the Easter egg-citement, we’ve compiled a roundup of layouts, mini-baskets, cards and more that will even make Peter Cottontail hop down the bunny trail with scrapbooking glee! So, after you load up your Easter baskets, fill up on these Easter scrapbook projects — they’re sure to make some-bunny’s day!

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This Easter Scrapbook Layout Is Egg-stra Special

Easter is right around the corner, and the preparations are in full swing with adorable bunny decorations, kiddos dyeing eggs (and unavoidably, their hands!) in bright hues and blooms of tulips, lilies and daffodils wafting their floral presence through the air. Even Advisor Jennene Doyle has started prepping for this egg-citing occasion with an Easter scrapbook layout that’s sure to make you crack a smile. In fact, she uses a cool weaving technique, as well as a trick with the Dot Tip Pens — hoppin‘ into action to make beautiful designs. Ready to see what it’s all about?

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Send Out Worthwhile Style With These DIY Card Ideas

Cards — while perhaps just simple pieces of paper and a bit of writing, there’s so much meaning behind a card made by hand, for someone was thinking of you, wishing you well or they just wanted to thank you for being you! The thought and care that goes into a handmade card is quite special. Blog contributor Tina Kistinger was in the good old-fashioned (and super creative!) cardmaking mood, and decided to take charge of a couple DIY card ideas that flaunt the gorgeous hues of the Emerald Gemstone collection and classic-looking style of the Alphabet Stamp Kit System! Who would you send these cards to?

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This Gemstone Scrapbook Layout Is a Rock-Solid Stunner

From stories of pirates searching for precious valuables from long ago to miners sifting and panning for gold or silver to those buried backyard quests we played as kids, there’s something exciting and revealing about a good old-fashioned treasure hunt. A few years ago, blog contributor Sachiyo Omitsu and her family went on a trip and visited a mine, which unearthed a new fascination of the hidden treasures of geology and gemstones. As for Sachiyo? Well, it inspired this gemstone scrapbook layout! Rock on, scrappers!

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Send Sweet Scrapbooking Treats With This DIY Valentine’s Day Gift

How do you show your love on Valentine’s Day? Do you buy flowers? Give out chocolates? Send sweet cards to loved ones or perform random acts of kindness? If you’re a crafter, you might opt to create a homemade Valentine’s Day gift instead! Blog contributor Tina Kistinger created her own DIY Valentine’s Day gifts and even added her own sweet twist to the project — check it out!

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Marvel at This Magnificent Mandala Scrapbook Layout

Mandala, (Sanskrit for “circle”) not only flaunts as a beautifully artistic, geometric design, but can also be a powerful spiritual symbol used in ceremonial rituals, worship, sacred art and meditation. For blog contributor Sachiyo Omitsu, her children have created many painted crafts based on dot mandalas, so she was inspired to turn that circular concept into an eye-catching (and elegant!) mandala scrapbook layout — featuring the dazzling Mandala Burst Border Punch, of course!

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Dynamic Duo: Create Both Simple and Decorative Scrapbook Layouts With The Boho Escape Collection

Sometimes, you only have mere minutes to create and other times you can squeeze in a bit more and add that extra sticker or two. Luckily, no matter how much time you have, you can take the same basic supplies and groundwork and come up with multiple crafting opportunities! Blog contributor Noreen Smith recently used the beautiful Boho Escape collection and the new Mirrored Triangles Border Maker Cartridge to create two layouts — a more simple scrapbook layout and an elevated (and simply fabulous!) decorative scrapbook layout! Dive into this dynamic duo below!

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Weekly Sketch Round-Up Dec. 28 – Jan. 1

Looking for some totally trendy, oh so awesome and fabulously fun projects to kick off 2021 with? Well, then let’s toast to a new year with a new edition of the Weekly Sketch Round-Up, for we have three great projects to show you! Inspiration is just a scroll away — enjoy these fresh ideas!

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