Snow and Cocoa Planner Decor for December | Crate Paper

Hi all! Today I thought I would share with you a look at some of my Planner decorations for December – specifically my planned out first week! I used the ridiculously adorable Snow & Cocoa collection by Crate Paper because I think it is just perfect to use for your planner decorating for December!  Snow & Cocoa is such a great and versatile collection because it can be used no matter what holiday or holidays you are celebrating this December. It is a really fun winter-time collection that is perfect for the Holiday season but is not necessarily Christmas specific. 

To decorate and plan my first week in December, I first wrote out all my plans in pen and then I started building up my two-page spread with some fun tags and stickers and things. I cut out one large tag from some of the pretty 6x6 tree paper in the collection and I used a smaller pre-made tag from the ephemera pack to layer on top of it. This tag is so super duper cute with the sweet little polar bear on it! I used one of the oh so amazing decorative paperclips from the collection to hold my tags in place. It says “brrr” and I think it works really well with my bear! 

I used some really fun stickers like the little girl and the little boy with the cocoa in my planner because I think they just bring a lot of whimsy to my planner pages without feeling out of place. I sometimes find stickers like these that are cartoony in style to be difficult to use for certain scrapbooking/papercrafting projects. However, for a planner, this kind of a sticker is perfect and so fun to use!

I added some little stickers in diamond and circle and snowflake like shapes to signify snow falling on my pages. This is a simple way to add a little bit more movement and flair to your planner pages. You get the feeling that snow is actually falling and it just re-iterates the theme of this decorated week spread which for me is how much I wish I could get snow this month. I know it wont happen since I live in Sunny Southern California...but hey, I can wish right? I actually wrote “dreaming of a white So Cal?!” in the top right corner of my spread to add a little humor to my planner pages.

I really had fun playing with the fabulous Snow & Cocoa collection in my planner pages for December. I hope I have inspired you to do the same as you decorate your upcoming plans for the next week and month! Happy Holiday Season!!!

Happy Halloween Layout - Citrus Twist

Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you are having a great night, filled with trick and treating fun! And when you are done taking lots of photos of you and your friends and family in your Halloween costumes, go ahead and pull out your scrapbook supplies so that you can properly document this magical holiday!!! I'd like to share with you a fun layout I did, using the October Citrus Twist collection, which showcases a pic of me and my hubby in our costumes from last Halloween! 

I made this layout using the cute black and white polka dot patterned paper from the Maggie Holmes Gather collection for Crate Paper, for the background. I think it's perfect for a shallow web layout. To make the photo pop, I layered some other patterned papers from the kit, like the brown leather and wood Gather patterned papers. I also used the aqua washi tape from the Reset Girl collection for Simple Stories and laid several strips of it on some paper to make my own kind of pattern to use behind my pic. 

For my title, I used the chipboard word "happy" from the Gather chipboard stickers and then underneath it I spelled out the word "Halloween" with the alpha wood and white and wood and grey chipboard alpha stickers from Fancy Pants that come in the kit. 

To embellish my layout I used a combination of adorable goodies from the main kit and embellishment add on kit. I used several of the fall themed cut apart pieces that are exclusive to Citrus Twist, like the little labels that say things like " life" and "pumpkins" and the cute little labels too like the one with the cute image of the pumpkin on it. I scattered several of those on either side of my pic, along with chipboard stickers from Gather, little button/brads from Simple Stories, a sweet flair button that is exclusive to the kit, cork stars and puffy stickers that are exclusive embellies as well. 

To finish off my Spooktacular layout, I used a black marker and did some doodling! I underlined my title, I circled the number 31 (which I had added using the Gather chipboard stickers) and I drew some boo-tiful spider webs! I love the way the spider webs really drive home the Halloween theme! I drew a little spider hanging from one of the webs too just as an extra eek-tastic addition! 

I hope you like my layout and that I have inspired you to create a similar kind of layout this year with pics of you and your loved ones in your Halloween costumes, using the adorable goodies from the October Citrus Twist kit! Happy Halloween!!! :-) 

Some Spooky Halloween Tags - Crate Paper

Hello Everybody! It's Halloween!!! And today I want to share with you some spooktacular tags I made using a combination of adorable Crate Paper collections... Namely, Gather by Maggie Holmes, Cool Kid, and After Dark! 


I had so much fun making these tags! As you can see, the three collections really work well together! I used the cut apart tag sheet from After Dark for some of my tag bases. For other tags,  I used patterned paper that I cut into tag shapes or journaling cards that I got from the Gather ephemera pack and the cut apart sheet. 

I love the little tag I made using one of the cute journal cards from Gather, that has the little girl's silhouette on it. I added a little witches hat to the girl and doodled in some details like her eyelash, a heart beauty mark and a little spider hanging from her hat. 

I think the stitching that I added to several of the the postcard one....really adds a nice finishing touch and makes everything feel a little more "handmade from the heart". 

For several of the tags I added some extra pop and glamour by using gold metallic washi from Gather and also good and black glitter stickers from After Dark. 

As you can see, I added some little paperclips to some of the tags too. I love paperclips, they just finish the look of scrappy projects so perfectly! I used a few simple paperclips, but also a really special yellow star decorative paperclips from the Cool Kid collection. 

I hope you like my spooky, fun tags and that I have inspired you to make some of your own this Halloween! They certainly are great to give out to friends and fam in their trick-or-treat bags, to put in a mini album documenting the month of October, or to hang up as decoration on a banner or a Halloween tree! 


"Oh My...LOVED...Today...Everyday": A Fall Anniversary LO | Citrus Twist

Hello Everyone! I love October so much! It is just the best month ever! I love the pumpkins, I love the falling leaves, I looooooove Halloween! And I super duper love this month, October, because this is when I met my hubby. We met in October 2005. And we immediately fell in love and started dating! And then, about a year and a half later we got engaged, and then about a year and a half after that we got married...also in October. October 17th is our wedding anniversary! And every year, we make something special for each other and we go out at least once, sometimes a couple of celebrate our anniversary! This year, we have a couple fun outings planned. And for my handmade gift for my hubby, I created this layout for him, which commemorates our anniversary and our love for each other!

I used the oh so awesome October “Waverly” kit from Citrus Twist! I am super excited to be a new member of the Citrus Twist team and this is my very first layout that I have made as a Design Team member!!! Yaaaaaaay! Anyhow, I wanted to share with you this lovely little layout I made and go through the steps for it, so that you can make something similar to celebrate you and your love this fall. Whether or not your anniversary is this month, I think Fall is a time for's just in the air. We fall in love in Autumn, as easily as the leaves fall from the trees!

For this layout, I wanted to do something special, vintage feeling, and elegant. I decided to use elements that I thought really captured my love for my husband, our relationship, and our October anniversary. I chose the bird patterned paper from Crate Paper's Gather collection by Maggie Holmes because my hubby and I call each other “love birds”. I chose the piece of vintage book paper because it was vintage but also because of the feeling it it is a page from our love story. I like the implication that it gives too, that each anniversary is a new chapter in our marriage. I love that the words across the top of the page say “home again” because Ryan is my home. I used the gold glitter thickers that say “loved” from Gather and the little black labels that were part of the exclusive cut apart sheet from Citrus Twist, to create my title – “oh”. I am so very very loved today and everyday of my life because of Ryan. Our love is very special and I wanted to make this layout for Ryan to let him know that he too is so loved by me...always. I used the word “always” at the top of the page with a chipboard sticker and I added a couple little labels with it at the top of the page too, which have the date of our wedding, and today's date on them (stamped and written out).

I used a leaf to add a bit of Fall flair to the page. To embellish my layout, I added a vintage button, a cute brad, and an exclusive flair button from the kit that says “this story”. At the bottom of the page, I used a little bit of washi tape and to that I added a couple of little “x” stickers for more depth. To make a sweet decorative paperclip, I used the adorable tassels from the kit and strung them on so they dangled down the side of the page.  I also decided to do some hand-stitching here and there around the layout, to give it more of a "handmade from the heart" feel.

To finish, I wrote “happy anniversary on the vintage book give the layout the feeling of a kind of card. I think it is better than a card though...because it holds at its center, a picture of me and my of my favorite pictures from our engagement shoot...which I think really helps tell the story of our love!

I hope this has inspired you to make a special layout this Fall season, for the one you fall for everyday! And please, check out the new Citrus Twist “Waverly” kit...its perfect for October and Fall and if you want to see a cool haul video for it, you can find one on my YouTube channel...Fairytale Scrapbook!

"Happy October" Layout | Crate Paper

Hello everybody! I'm so happy that it is fall! It is by far the best time of year! And since October is also the best, most special and magical month, I thought I would do a fun fall layout about October and how very happy it makes me! I wanted to use the Gather collection by Maggie Holmes because it is so very beautiful and full of lovely Autumnal colors and graceful images that evoke the magic of the season.

For my layout, I used the pretty typed patterned paper from the Gather collection as my background and laid my fall pictures directly on it. I used five 3x5 photos that are some of my favorite fall pics I have ever taken...all from a day at the nearby pumpkin patch with my hubby. It was our 5th anniversary and I told my hubby Ryan I wanted to pick out some pumpkins and walk around outside there because it was so beautiful. It is one of my favorite memories. Ryan took me there simply because he knew it would make me happy. I wanted the layout to reflect that happiness.

Since these pics were from a couple Octobers ago, I have used pics of Ryan and I together from that trip to scrap other layouts and such, but I wanted this time to do something that just had pics of me from Ryan's point of view. Since there were so many special photos that I wanted to use, I chose to keep the layout pretty simple. I used leaves from the sticker sheet and the ephemera pack to give that fall feel. I added a rose and also some word stickers that express the moment like “blessed” and “#love this”.

To make my title, I used the chipboard word “happy” and then wrote the word “October” on a little piece of aqua blue patterned paper...on which, I hand sewed a little zig-zag to emphasize my title. I added some other touches of blue to the page like the decorative paperclip I made using some thread and some aqua tassels. I had fun using the ephemera pieces from Gather to add touches that I think fill in the story, like the wreath that captures that fall feel, the “best day” piece that shows what a great day it was, and the camera piece which portrays the love I feel for my favorite photographer – my hubby.

Thank you Ryan, for taking these photos, so that I can always remember this beautiful fall day and how happy October makes me...mostly I think because it is when we met and also the month in which we chose to marry!

To everyone else, thank you so much for checking out my layout, made with the oh so gorgeous new Gather collection by Maggie Holmes! I hope you now feel inspired to make a happy fall layout of your own and that this October is as special to you as all October's since I met my Ryan, have been to me!

Hey Girl Card: National Card Making Day | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's me, Andrea again, and today I want to share with you a little card that I did in celebration of National Card Making day! It's National Card Making day today, if you didn't know, and so I made this little card to celebrate!

I don't usually make a lot of cards. Instead I have always been more about layouts and mini albums and home decor when it comes to my scrapbooking and crafting life. However, more and more lately I have tried to become a “card maker” :-) ! And it's really fun actually to make cards! It's not that I thought it wouldn't be...I just didn't know that it would feel so good to make these little guys!  Cards are just so cool because they are fairly quick and simple and it feels rewarding when you complete them, which I like. It's not that I will stop doing the other projects, but I like doing cards in between those bigger projects because of how satisfying it is. 

I do worry sometimes that the people I give the cards to wont appreciate it...but not with this card. This card I made using Crate Paper's Cute Girl collection and it is for a dear friend who I know will appreciate it because she is a maker too! 

For my card, I chose the patterned paper with the little houses on cute! I love that paper! To go with the paper, I used the chipboard sticker houses that match, and I lined them up inside a polka dot frame I put in the center of the card. I backed my framed houses with some of the mint polka dot paper from Cute Girl. 

At the top of the card I added a little tab which I stapled on. I also added stickers from the cardstock, chipboard and puffy stickers sets, that say “love you so”, “friend” and “so sweet”...all to add different dimension and texture to my card and also because I think those words are just so fitting for this card to my sweet friend!

To finish off the front of the card, I added a paperclip with a couple of the super adorable tassels, from Cute Girl, hanging from it. 

On the inside of the card, I used the chipboard words “hey girl” and I wrote “i miss you”. I really do miss my friend because I haven't seen or talked to her much lately. She used to live in SoCal but she lives in a different state now and it is hard to keep in touch with her sometimess...I always wish she would move maybe next door to my house! Anyways, I just wanted to send her a card to let her know that I miss her and I am thinking of her! I hope that I have inspired you today to make a special card for one of your dear friends to celebrate National Card Making day!

A Cool Birthday Card | Crate Paper

Hello Everyone! It's Andrea and I am so excited to share with you today a fun little boy's birthday card that I made using the “Cool Kid” collection by Crate Paper! I have an awesome nephew, named Cole, who has a birthday coming up and I wanted to make him a really cool card that he would want to keep for hopefully years to come.

To make the card, I began by choosing some of the cool patterned paper from the collection to use to fold in half for the background of the card. I chose to fold the “handsome” patterned paper, however I folded the paper unevenly so that there would be a little bit of hangover on the right side of the card which shows the other side of the patterned paper (a cute little stripe) when the card is closed.

For the front of the card, I used a combination of cute embellishments from the “Cool Kid” collection. I decorated the front with a little piece of ephemera from the ephemera pack that says “boys will be boys”. I use that piece as my center and around it I use some other embellishments like a little arrow sticker, some star stickers (puffy and flat), an arrow that says “awesome”, a puffy sticker that says “little dude”, and a couple rubber shapes – an adorable t-rex dinosaur and a cute little puppy face!

I added a little decorative paperclip that I've made using a plain paperclip and adding to it a teeny flag of blue patterned paper called “brothers”...and with that the front of my card is done.

For the inside of the card, since it is a birthday card, I write in black script “happy birthday to you” and add some sticker stars and a fantastic paper airplane to finish things off. I love the way the card came out, with it's awesome little boy aesthetic! I tried to make it keeping in mind the kind of things that I thought my nephew would like, like the dinosaur and the puppy! I tried to also reflect Cole's personality with things like the “little dude” phrase and the “boys will be boys” because Cole is the kind of cool, strong and courageous little boy that is his own person, with a fun personality that is both super sweet and a little mischievous sometimes!

I love Cole so much and even though he is growing up more and more all the time (and I know teenage years are just around the corner, sadface), he will always be my sweet little nephew who loves video games and puppies and big hugs!!! Happy Birthday Cole!!!! And to all of you out there who have a special boy of your own to wish a happy day to, I hope I have inspired you to use the super rad “Cool Kid” collection to make a fun card for your cool kid!!!

Color Reveal: Custom Notebooks | Crate Paper

Hello there scrappy people! It's me, Andrea! Today I want to share with you some of the super amazing new Color Reveal notebooks by Crate Paper that I personalized into special journaling notebooks using some paint and a few Crate Paper puffy sticker words! I love to paint and I was so excited to see all the new Color Reveal goodies by Crate Paper! There are just so many cool things you can do with the products because you get to play around with paint and make each piece into a special art piece that is one of a kind and made just for you!

I especially could not wait to start playing with the notebooks that come in the collection. I have been wanting to buy some notebooks for a while now that I could use to keep some more personal journaling in. I wanted a notebook where I could write about things like my disability (my CRPS pain) and also a notebook where I could keep thoughts about my faith and my God who I know loves me and is helping me through all the pain! These are very personal things and I wanted a place to put these thoughts that I knew would be special, personalized and just for me. The “Color Reveal” notebooks are perfect for this kind of a personal journaling project!

For the notebook that I am going to use to write about my condition and the difficult journey that it is, I chose the notebook with the large gold foil triangle and I painted it with some guache paint (which is very similar to watercolors) and also a little bit of acrylic paint as well, in some of my fave colors right now. I decided to do a bit of a drip effect to the notebook just to add a little more depth and visual weight to the way I painted the rest of the notebook which is a lot more airy and lighthearted. I think this plus the  “be brave” puffy stickers that I added to the front of the book really help convey the tone of what is inside.

For my faith notebook, I chose the polka dot notebook, which I thought had a little bit more of a bright, happy look to it which I made feel even more happy by painting a fun rainbow effect to the notebook. I think this plus the puffy stickers that spell out “love” (and the heart) just really help to say what this book is all about – my love for God, who is love itself!

I can't wait to start journaling in these notebooks and I hope I have inspired you to grab some “Color Reveal” notebooks for yourself and begin a personal writing journey that starts with some super fun painting!