Friday, December 15, 2017

All Bundled Up Winter Mini Album

Products shown in this project were generously provided by Carta Bella Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

Looking for the perfect way to document your winter memories? How about a winter scrapbooking mini album. This album is constructed of 12" W x 4.5" T strips of winter scrapbooking paper and is held together with a ribbon that runs through the entire album. This beautiful album was commissioned by Scrapbook and Cards Today Magazine for their Winter issue. You can find the latest issue HERE, which you can purchase or download now.



Here's a look at all of the pages included in this album:

 



 



 





This album is easy to recreate and is fun to put together as it uses components and embellishments from the "Cabin Fever" collection from Carta Bella Paper. Be sure to pin your favorite images for inspiration later!

And here is a look at the cover of this amazing magazine issue. I've read it through three times already. This is a magazine you want coming to your house. It's FULL of inspiration. Click HERE to subscribe now!

Scrapbook & Cards Today Winter 2017 Magazine Cover

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

How to Set Up a Hot Cocoa Station

With the weather getting a bit chilly, now is a good time to set up a hot cocoa station for all the family and friends that come to visit. By keeping this station filled with goodies, your guests can easily come in from the cold and grab a delicious treat. You can change the look of this hot cocoa station by using different colors of mugs, or by using candy your family prefers. It's a delicious way to welcome in the holidays.


Hot Cocoa Station Shopping List:


- Try a cake plate or treat stand (mine is from HomeGoods)
- Mugs (choose some that will match your holiday home decor)
- Hot cocoa (we love these individual packages from Swiss Miss as they make making hot cocoa quick and easy)
- Straws or spoons to stir the hot cocoa and mix-ins
- Napkins (choose some in cheery holiday designs)
- Mix-ins (white chocolate, red hots, candy canes, and more)
- Extra treats (I like to include a few seasonal treats like gumdrops, chocolate covered pretzels and more. I can change these out as I like.)






My teenager was all excited when he saw the set-up. But he's determined to keep his fellow teenage friends from devouring more than their fair share of the goodies. Way to feel the Christmas Spirit, son. But we're keeping it real around here. This station will probably get a little messy, but I'm happiest when my home is filled with happy noise and laughter. So bring on the hot cocoa!

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

How to Decorate a White Mini Christmas Tree

I love mini trees. They are perfect for placing in my children's rooms. I bought two of these from Doodlebug Designs, one for each child; and each year the kids get to pick how they decorate it. It helps them get excited for Christmas; and it helps me to make their rooms more magical. Read more on how to decorate a small tree.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

A couple of things make a small tree really shine, one is tiny garland. I bought a felt ball garland in fun colors and wrapped it around the tree.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

Small ornaments also make a tree shine. I chose mettalic gold. I few tassels are an unexpected addition.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft

I added a few from Crate Paper. Then to finish off the tree, add a few small gifts, and perhaps use a felt board to dress up their space even further. You can change the message every day.

White mini christmas tree with www.jengallacher.com #christmastree #whitetree #christmascraft


A small tree just makes me happy. If you'd like to shop the supplies, simply click the links below.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath

Many of the products shown in this post were generously provided by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

I am loving the clean lines of the embroidery hoop wreath trend. It makes for the perfect holiday project so today I'm sharing how to create a Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath that features some die cut flowers and greenery. Keep reading to watch the instructional video included. Or shop the supplies, which are listed below.

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper


Here are some additional photos of this project. Be sure to pin your favorites for inspiration later:

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper

Christmas Embroidery Hoop Wreath designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmaswreath #embroideryhoopwreath #christmascraft #jengallacher #echoparkpaper


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Saturday, November 25, 2017

2017 Holiday Craft Gift Guide

Is Santa looking for some additional holiday gift ideas for you this season? Be sure to read through this list! It contains some amazing ideas that you will LOVE to receive or gift to someone who loves crafting as much as you do! Pin this image for later so you can remember all the crafty tools you want to add to your craft space this year.

2017 Holiday Gift Guide for Crafters and Scrapbookers from www.jengallacher.com #giftguide #scrapbooker #crafter #jengallacher

Holiday Crafters Gift Guide:


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Saturday, November 18, 2017

How to Create a Spellbinders Thanksgiving Treat Box

This post was generously sponsored by Scrapbook.com and Spellbinders who provided many of the products show in this article. All opinions expressed are mine.

I love creating treat boxes for my friends and neighbors. And Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start sharing goodies with friends. Keep reading to learn how to create a sophisticated foiled autumn treat box using the Spellbinders Platinum Die Cut Machine and two amazing dies also from Spellbinders.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

 How to Create a Thanksgiving Treat Box:


Step 1: Using the Spellbinders Platinum Machine cut the “Party Box" die (see link to product below) from gold foiled white cardstock. Cut two of these shapes to create the box.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox



Step 2: Using the fold crease lines as a guide, fold up each part of the box to create the foundation for the box.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 3: Use glue to adhere each part of the box together. Remember to leave the top of the box open to fill with treats, small gifts, and other items. Set aside.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox
Step 4: Using the Platinum Machine and the "Fall Leaves" die cut (see product link below), cut all three leaves from gold, dark orange, dark brown, and kraft cardstock. A mix of smooth and textured cardstock can make this project even more interesting.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 5: Punch a wreath shape from kraft cardstock. Using adhesive add leaves randomly to the wreath shape. Adjust leaves until you like the look of your wreath. 

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 6: Wrap brown floss or twine around your fingers three or four times and staple to the inside part of the wreath.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

Step 7: Mount the wreath shape to the front of the box and add buttons and the word "thankful" die cut from gold cardstock.

Thanksgiving Treat Box by Jen Gallacher for Spellbinders. #sponsored #jengallacher #spellbinders #diecutting #thanksgiving #treatbox

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Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Scrapbooking and Craft Gift Guide

Make it easy on your friends, family, and significant other this Christmas! Send them the links from this Scrapbooking and Craft Gift Guide to help them know just what you'd like this holiday season. These are some of my favorite "Must Have/Really Really Want" items I would suggest for any scrapbooker or crafter. Are some of these items on your list this year?



Scrapbooking and Craft Gift Guide:

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Holiday Craft and Scrapbooking Gift Guide:


* Ink Caddy: I have the one shown above. In fact, I have TWO of theme because I love how they spin and how they can hold both large and smaller ink pads. LOVE this storage solution.

* Watercolor Set: Wanting to dabble into this hot trend? Get yourself a starter kit. This one from Vicki Boutin is a gorgeous kit to get.

* Manual Die Cut Machine: This is a "MUST HAVE" tool for scrapbookers and crafters. The Platinum 6 machine from Spellbinders has a wide cutting platform allowing you to use both thin metal dies, as well as, very large steel rule dies. I have this machine and LOVE it!

* Stamping Tool: You just can't beat the Misti Stamping Tool. This was generously donated to me by the company. Game changer, people! You really do NEED this tool.

* Stamping Ink: I purchased several of these Umbrella Craft Inks. Wishing I'd got them all. Gorgeous, beautiful colors that stamp beautifully.

* Mini Album: This buffalo plaid album from Echo Park is gorgeous. Yes. I do work for them. And YES I already have used this album to make three different albums because I love it so much.

* Letterboard: Get one! You'll have so much leaving messages to your friends and family. Plus it will make your craft room even more creative. Don't forget to grab letters or phrases to go with your board!

* Magnet Board: Another awesome option for your craft space. I have the 16" x 20" from Crate Paper and LOVE the size. Look for the magnets, magnetic letters, calendar clings, and decorative clings you can get to go with this board. It comes in a smaller size as well.

* Digital Die Cut Machine: I have the Cameo. There isn't a tool that I use more (except my camera and computer). Santa really, really wants to bring you this awesome machine this year. Just give him (or her) the go ahead!

* Typewriter: Want to be able to type on your wide format pages? Go vintage with a gorgeous Typewriter. This typewriter from We R' Memory Keeper comes in several different colors. Get the shade that matches your craft space. And don't forget to grab extra typing tape in different colors!

* Sewing Machine: And in pink, or mint? Both from We R' Memory Keepers. Yes, please! I have a traditional sewing machine in plain white, but these colors have me all swoony. I sew on lots of my projects. This is another "MUST HAVE" tool in my craft room.

* A Cute Bag: Do you love going to crops or crafting with friends? Get yourself (or let your Christmas Elf) get you a NEW bag to hold all your craft projects. A shoulder bag is a great option for smaller craft nights, while a large bag is the "go-to" option for larger crops. Get one with wheels for ease in travel.

* The Cinch: If you love making your own mini albums, this machine will add rings to any album you create. It allows you to completely customize where the holes in your album are punched and where the rings will be placed. It comes in two different colors, so make sure to get the one that tickles your fancy!

* Paper Storage: Make 2018 your year for organizing your craft room. Start with these clear paper trays from Umbrella Crafts. You'll love the ability to see all of your paper in one place. Now you can spend all of your time crafting instead of cleaning!

* Foil Laminator: Loving the foiling trend? Then a foil laminator is the perfect thing to add some shine to your projects. This one from Thermoweb is perfectly priced and compact enough to go in any spot in your craft room.

Have your own suggestions? Did I leave something out? Tell me in the comments below, what Santa might be bringing you this holiday season.
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Christmas Card #5: Joy to the World

Product used in this card were generously donated by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed herein are mine.

Today is the last card for the week and it also includes a video so keep reading to learn more! This card is a beautiful card, with muted tones, with a religious theme. It's perfect for sending to someone from your church, to family members, and to friends. This card uses the beautiful "Wise Men Still Seek Him" collection from Echo Park Paper and comes together quickly with a few key pieces.

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher


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"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher


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