How to Use Your Love Letters Leftovers

Last week, we introduced the rose gold monogram Love Letter kits and shared some useful tips and tricks to assemble these like a crafting pro. One of the great things about these kits is that they come with more die-cut florals and stickers than you are likely to use on a single letter, which means that once your letter is complete and on display, you’ll have extra pieces to use on other projects—music to every crafter’s ears, right?! Today, we have some ideas on how you can use those leftover pieces on a few other paper crafting creations.

For starters, each kit comes with a 6″ x 6″ sheet of rose gold foil letter stickers. Once you’ve completed your Love Letter, you will surely have a good amount of stickers left over. Whatever you do, don’t throw them away! This gorgeous rose gold sticker alphabet works wonders in creating card sentiments and scrapbook titles!

As for the leftover floral pieces and banners, consider these as yet another tool in your crafting arsenal to use as embellishments and accents for any project.

Check out what we came up with below.

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In what other ways are you using your Love Letters leftovers? Share with us in the comments below!


Recipes

12″ x 12″ Together Forever Layout
Make It from Your Heart Vol. 3: Pattern 2, CC1347 Love Letters—C, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5958 Peacock Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

4¼” x 5½” Thank Card (Vertical)
CC1347 Love Letters—C, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles, Sewing Machine

4¼” x 5½” Thinking of You Card (Horizontal)
CC1347 Love Letters—C, B1563 My Acrylix® Sending Prayers, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles, Z1263 Bitty Sparkles

Gift Tag
CC1347 Love Letters—C, B1539 My Acrylix® Pen Pal Alphabet, X7223B Falling for You Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2831 Charcoal Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad, Z3274 Clear Sparkles

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Love Letters Giveaway!

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As we welcome a new year, we are also celebrating National Papercrafting Month! And, to help you celebrate with us, we created a beautiful letter kit for you to assemble, customize, and display using your own personal flair. What’s more, WE ARE GIVING AWAY THREE OF THESE LOVE LETTERS KITS in the next 72 hours!

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All you have to do to enter into the drawing is subscribe to our blog, if you aren’t already, and leave a comment below letting us know how you would display your Love Letter(s). It’s that easy! Three lucky winners will be chosen by 11:00 a.m. (MST) Friday, January 5th, and will be notified by email to choose their letter.

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Each kit comes with one sturdy chipboard letter base, one paper and rose gold overlay piece, die-cut banners and floral embellishments, and rose gold foil alphabet stickers to create the word or name of your choice.

As you assemble these letters, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

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1. The first thing is that you don’t have to use all of the pieces included in the letter kit. Depending on how you plan to use the letter, you might opt out of the banner or some of the flowers and succulents. The number of die-cuts you want to use will depend on the shape of your letter and the length of the word you’ve chosen. Remember, sometimes less is more.

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2. If you are using the banner for a word or a name, add the alphabet stickers to the banner before attaching it to the letter. It’s also easier if you begin your word in the middle and work your way out. This way, you can make sure your word is centered and you have enough room for all of your letters prior to attaching any additional embellishments.

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3. As you assemble the flowers, consider using your finger, a pencil, or any soft round edge to help shape some of the petals. (Not all of your flowers have to have curved petals). Also, when arranging them on your letter, do so before attaching them. Try arranging your flowers in triangles of color. If you’re not quite sure how to do that, look at the instructions insert including in your kit. There, you will find a completed example for each letter and the ampersand. (It’s okay to copy. We won’t tell!)

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4. For those of you who want to take this project up a notch, there’s always some wiggle room. Look how we used a handful of additional products (not included in the kit) to quickly and easily embellish the flowers. The petals edges were given a pop of color with a sponge and some ink. We added sparkles and pearls to the flowers’ centers, and used the brand-new Bashful shimmer brush for a touch of extra shine on the green succulent petals.

These Love Letters are so versatile. Put them in frame, a wreath, or hang them on their own. Create words, names, or initials. They work in your living room, a bedroom, a nursery—really anywhere!

We hope you are as excited about National Papercrafting Month as we are. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a comment below telling us how you would use your Love Letter for a chance to win one letter of your choice FREE!!

For even MORE CHANCES TO WIN, visit us on Instagram and Facebook where we are giving even more of these away! (What?!) Make sure to follow us for details on how to enter these separate drawings!!

Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Karen Morris: Memory Keeping Matters to Me

Thanks to our friend Presidential Director Karen Morris for contributing today’s post!

“I will always remember this moment.”

Hasn’t everyone experienced special times that we savor and simply KNOW we’ll never forget? But the truth is, memories fade and those moments are lost. That’s why I am passionate about memory keeping—the complete package of photos accompanied by journaling. They say, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but not really—photos need your words. Saving memories in photo albums and scrapbooks keeps those “snapshots of time” real and everlasting.

I’ve been a memory keeper for as long as I can remember. In my younger years, I started with diaries, adding photos here and there. In my early adult years, I was caught up in the “magnetic photo page” craze and that is where my creativity blossomed as I cut colored index cards to create journaling spots. (Pretty lame compared to all of the creative options we have now, right?)

Today I love and use three types of memory keeping: traditional 12″ x 12″ handmade scrapbook pages filled with photos, notes, and embellishments; pocket scrapbooking with Picture My Life™ scrapbooking programs, which have helped me catch up on several travel albums; and, last but not least, digital pages from Studio J®. As you browse my albums, you’ll see a mix of all three styles and it works beautifully!

Memory keeping took on a whole NEW meaning for me when I became a grandmother for the first time—of twin girls! Babies change so quickly. I adored the sweet smell of a newborn and simply couldn’t get enough. One of my favorite pages is one I created when the girls were newly born. I titled it “Who Knew,” and added words from my heart: “Who knew I’d love this ‘grandma’ thing so much! I figured there would be joy. I didn’t anticipate this immediate, head-over-heels, unconditional love. I didn’t expect every waking moment to be so consumed with those sweet babies. I remember being amazed at the birth of my own children. But the birth of twin granddaughters seems, well, indescribable…magical, precious, delightful. Life will never be the same again, nor would I want it to be. These baby girls have brought a brilliance to life that I never knew existed.”

Who Knew page by Karen Morris

A few weeks after creating this page, I jotted my feelings in a notebook so that I could capture the day’s emotions for a layout to be created later: “February 12, 2007. This is my first trip away from my granddaughters. Who would have guessed it would be so hard? Those sweet angels have captured my heart and I am going through withdrawals. Okay, so the plane is still on the tarmac and I haven’t officially left town. I’m still missing them—their big observant eyes, the drooling milk mouths, the way they snuggle so closely when I hold them. My sweet angels. Our miracles. I love you and will return in 72 hours and 37 minutes. ~Grandma Karen”

Precious page by Karen Morris

Fast forward several years later to an impromptu lunch with my son, daughter, plus my four-year-old grandson—just the four of us. We went to a favorite sandwich shop and Gavin was in such an animated mood that day that I pulled out my camera phone and began snapping away (mostly unnoticed by anyone). One of the first things I did when returning home was to quickly create this Studio J layout titled, “That’s My Boy.”

That's My Boy layout by Karen Morris

Our family also includes the four-legged variety. Currently we have a cocker spaniel and three shih tzus, each with their own personality. Being that they are part of my life’s experience, I also do pages about them. When we unexpectedly lost a previous family pet, Murray, at a young age, I created this tribute to him.

Murray layout by Karen Morris

Scrapbooks are fun to browse through—my grandchildren love seeing pictures of themselves and family members at much younger ages. We love those walks down memory lane and relive stories together through these books. Our conversations consist of, “Remember when…,” “I loved the time you…,” and, “Look how much they’ve changed since….”

There’s also an even more practical side of memory keeping: these are the best reference books ever! More than once my husband and I have pulled out a scrapbook to find a specific memory. “What was the name of that restaurant we particularly enjoyed in Hawaii so we can return there on our next trip?” (By the way, it was the “Winds of Beam Reach” on Kauai, since closed, but they served the absolute BEST blackened Ono I’ve ever encountered!) Or we check dates of the last cruise and locations visited. (“What was that jewelers name on St. Thomas?!”)

I create memory books and fill them with what matters to me. They’re a chronicle of my life, my experiences, and my heart. What matters to you?

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It’s Your Year

This year you’re going to reach your goal of documenting more because we’re going to help you do it! Our January promo kicks off today, and with it comes the bright Year >> Noted paper kit. The whole kit is available for a steal of a deal all month long when you place a qualifying order. Get all the details from Monica herself in this video:

Mini book + paper kit = a match made in heaven! Additionally, the kit papers, stickers, and stamps lend themselves to all kinds of other projects. We think you’ll find yourself feeling especially swoony over the coordinated look of the scrapbook pages you can make with this kit.

Year>>Noted Layout

The designed 12″ x 12″ B&T papers can be trimmed into “cards” to use on your layouts, as you see above, or they can stand as beautiful 12″ x 12″ page bases all on their own. Better yet, try mixing the two for a delightful combination!

Year>>Noted Page

The papers aren’t the only gem in the kit; you’ll go crazy over the stamp set, too! Even more than just being absolutely adorable, it’s extremely helpful in documenting memories. We love the journaling lines stamp for its utility—and its perfect coordination with the dot border stamp makes it even better.

Checklist

The sentiments of the set are perfectly suited to projects that focus on the best kinds of moments in your life. Stamped phrases like “faves,” “snapshots,” “highlights,” “adventures,” “goals,” and “accomplishments” can help kick-start your journaling and guide your photo selections.

To top off the kit, the golden foil stickers come ready to rock and roll—they’re super trendy and complement the B&T beautifully. Try clustering several stickers with some similarly shaped B&T triangles, like you see here.

Year>>Noted Layout—Left Page

The golden foil stickers in the kit come in a variety of cute shapes and sizes, and they’re even great for stamping on. That’s right, folks, you can stamp on them!

Golden Foil Stickers

The Year >> Noted paper kit is popping with addictive colors and patterns—it will have you plugging in memories right and left. Let’s make 2015 your best-documented year yet!

Recipes:
12″ x 12″ Year >> Noted Layout
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z2172 Whisper Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2174 Champagne Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad

12″ x 12″ This Year’s Goals Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2105 Black Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2137 Olive Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z891 Versamark™ Ink Pad, Z555 Craft Heater

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