halloween · unboxing

Halloween Happy Mail Unboxing

Hello There,

Today I’m sharing a quick unboxing video of a surprise Halloween happy mail package I received from Alexandra. Thank you – you totally made my day!!!

Here are some close-ups of the goodies:

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Ahh – in LOVE with these rosettes. the picture doesn’t do them justice – that glitter is gorgeous 🙂

envelope flip

Thanks again to Alexandra! and thanks to you for stopping by! xoxo, Sarah

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Happy Mail | Loaded Embroidery Hoop – Pink Paislee Confetti Wishes

Hi-ya,

I’m back with more happy mail today. This time sharing some hoop mail I made using Pink Paislee’s Confetti Wishes collection. This collection is so much tropical fun – you can’t look at it without smiling! I made this for an exchange for my half-birthday month, so I’m waaay behind in posting it but I’m really happy with how it came out so I wanted to make sure to share it with you. Here is the video of what I came up with:

And here are some close-ups:

full hoop

Here is the full frame just as it was mailed out.

empty hoop

Here is the empty hoop…let’s fill it up 🙂

front hoop close

This is a close up of the front – I used cut-a-parts, chipboard stickers, and some tissue paper flowers to create a little collage in the center.

tag 1

I created two tags – this first one has some ephemera, chipboard, and stickers. I finished it off with a tab on the side and some orange baker’s twine.

tag 2

The second tag was made combining two of the pattern papers and using one of the tag ephemera pieces – I left that loose so it could move around. I again added a tab and some stickers to finish it off.

I packaged these back-to-back with a cello bag that I saved and topped it with some leftover papers.

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I altered some of the frames from the ephemera and packaged those back-to-back in the same way as the tags.

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Here are close-ups of each individual frame:

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I used some of the really colorful striped paper to create a rosette and added that ephemera record and some tissue flowers in the center.

mini shaker 1

I also made some mini shaker windows. Some backgrounds were cut-a-parts and others were made from patterned paper and some stickers. I used the 2-inch waterfall pockets from We R Memory Keepers and they make projects like this so easy because you only have to fuse 1 side.

mini shaker 2

I again packaged these back-to-back like the others.

goodies

I created a little pouch of stickers, cut-a-parts, and ephemera for my recipient. This collection is just too fun not to spread around!

envelopes & washi

I also added in some handmade envelopes and a washi share.

buttons

And I finished up the handmade goodies with some flair buttons – I’m totally loving my button maker.

birthday card

Since this was birthday themed, I thought I’d create a birthday card to send as well. This purple background with the leaves is one of my favorites so I thought I’d let that shine and then popped up a piece of ephemera and placed one of the stickers on top.

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Inside I added a few stickers.

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And that finishes up the project for today. Hope you enjoyed what I came up with and Happy Birthday to any of you who are celebrating today! xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Summer Pocket Letter feat. Crate Paper Pool Side & Simple Stories Sunshine and Happiness

Hello Everyone,

I’ve missed talking to you all so much. The move has gone well and I’m down to a minimal amount of boxes left but since I’ve been aching to get back to you I’m going to let those sit for a bit and share some happy mail. I made this a little while ago and am just now getting around to posting it. I’ve got a few others ready and waiting for voiceovers so after this drought, you may find yourself in video overload!

You can check out the process video here:

And now for some close-ups:

full with tags

This is the full pocket letter as I sent it, with the tags.

full

Here it is with the tags taken out. I like to decorate behind the tags too so that when the recipient takes them out it still looks nice and full.

tags

I was really happy with how these tags came out – it was hard to give them up!

sunshine tag

I’d like to find more of the poolside collection that these chipboard stickers came from – it’s older so I was lucky to get these and they are so much fun.

flip flop tag

I’d love about 10 sets of those flip-flop stickers. I’m very much a flip-flop girl, I’m in them until there’s snow on the ground (and still wear them around the house in the winter).

bfly tag

I really love all the butterflies in the Simple Stories collection too – I picked up this snap pack at Tuesday Morning and it’s full of really fun summery images and patterns. I previously made 5 cards from it and still have some of the pack left over so it’s gone quite a long way.

lay in the sun

That sticker is from the Maggie Holmes sticker book and just went perfectly with this theme. (I’ve heard rumors that these sticker books are showing up at some Tuesday Morning stores and I’m going on the hunt this weekend.)

Left Corner

I used one of the SS ephemera pieces and hot-glued that to a pink paperclip, then just cut a slit in my background paper to slide it on to.

upper right

Then I filled this sunshine section with some of my favorite Studio Katia crystal fusion sequins.

center right

I stuck some 2-inch snap cards in the pouch on the side and added balloons on the outside for extra dimension – I attached them with removable glue dots so the recipient will be able to re-use them.

Wasn’t that Soak up the Sun sentiment was the perfect center title for the project?

camera moments

Both of these stickers are also from the Maggie Holmes book.

lower left

I used some of the Tim Holtz small talk stickers on a few of the background papers and love the look of the black type with that watermelon.

sunglasses

I added another MH sticker and these chipboard sunglasses to finish up the final tag pocket.

bathingsuit

Isn’t that bathing suit gorgeous! It’s so retro and so much fun 🙂

paper bows

Finally, I always like to include a little something extra when I send my happy mail so I used some scraps to cut out some bows and added those to a card with some removable glue dots.

It’s wonderful to be back with you – hope I was able to give you some inspiration today. More coming soon! xoxo, Sarah


 

5 Minute or Less Tutorials

How to: Stitched Binding in 5 minutes or less

Hi there,

It has been sweltering in Baltimore this week and it doesn’t look like it’s going to let up so I’m hoping for a trip to the pool this weekend. Hope you guys have some fun plans too! In my last happy mail video, I created a stitched mini journal and several of you asked for a more detailed tutorial on how to do that. Here I’ve slowed down the process and added in a few tips I think will help you:

Here are some close-ups of the finished books:

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I hope I was able to explain all the steps clearly for you. If you have any questions, leave them below and I’ll do my best to help you out. xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Mini Pocket Letter feat. Maggie Holmes Flourish

Hi-ya!

Sharing another Swapbot exchange with you today. Pocket letters are new to me and I had a lot of fun creating this one. I have fun anytime I’m working with the Flourish collection though – or anything Maggie Holmes for that matter. Have you seen the sneak peeks of her new Willow Lane collection?? GORGEOUS – I can’t wait for Scrapbook.com to get it in stock! But back to the pocket letter. My partner didn’t have a ton of info in her bio she did say she likes notebooks and journals so I created a mini one for her to add in as an extra goodie. Let me know if you’d like a more detailed tutorial of how I put it together.

Now without further ado, here is the process video:

And here are your close-ups:

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I just love the embossed look on that pheasant sticker. I combined a vellum tag, library sticker, and a few cut-a-parts to get this layered look; then added that gold puffy sticker for some shine.

2 close

This was one of the cut-a-parts from a 12 x 12 sheet and I thought it made a perfect title for the project. I finished it off with this butterfly dimensional and then off to the side, that gold trim which balances out the gold sticker on the last section.

3 close

Here again, I layered some tickets with that paper doily and added a few stickers. Then finished with a chipboard embellishment to top it off.

allbook

I created a little mini journal using a scrap of some 12×12 double-sided paper and filled it with plain computer paper.

book spine

Here is a close-up of the stitched binding.

Thanks for stopping by – hope you have a great day! xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Tag Flip feat. Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel Collection

Hi-ya,

Hope you’re weekend is starting off well. Today I’m sharing a tag flip I created using the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel collection – which might be my most favorite collection ever! I HOARD this like crazy and thought it was time to pull it out again (and probably time to buy more to replace what I just used, lol). Here is what I came up with:

And here are your close-ups:

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I hope I was able to give you some happy mail inspiration today! As always thanks for stopping by to check out my project. xoxo, Sarah


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Happy Mail | Loaded Mini Envelope feat. Crate Paper Good Vibes Collection

Hi There!

Hope you’re all enjoying the holiday weekend. I’ve got some happy mail to share with you today. I’m part of another exchange through Swapbot and this time we’re doing loaded mini envelopes. Here is how I put mine together:

Here are some close-ups of the finished project:

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Thanks for stopping by – hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your next happy mail swap. xoxo, Sarah