Category Archives: Scrapbooking

August 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

Summer is almost over, can you believe it? With kids going back to school, chances are many of our readers are going to have more time for paper crafting. You’re in luck, we’ve got a project just for the occasion this month with our free design downloads. Aaron Meyers (our in-house designer) has created (1) scrapbook layout project and (2) card projects. We’re also bringing back our most popular download from last August.

To download the files, scroll to the bottom of the post and click on the links. In order to use the files, you need an electronic cutting machine. Once you’ve uploaded the file to your machine, load your material and watch as the machine does all the work.

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July 2018 – Free Monthly SVG Design Downloads

It’s hard to believe it’s July already! We’ve got some new, free monthly SVG downloads for you. Aaron Meyers created a variety of designs to match various July holidays. We’ve also included our emoji designs, which were some of our most popular designs from last year. Keep reading to see and download the (1) layout, (4) sets of emojis, and (2) cards. The cards are great because you can use the shapes for any kind of project, not just making a card for “hot dog day”.

In case you are unfamiliar, in order to use these files, you need a Cricut Explore Air 2, or a similar electronic cutting machine. You just upload the file to your machine and let it do all the work, cutting your paper.

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Exclusive PhotoPlay Scrapbook Bundles

photoplay logo by Richelle Naegle

Every once in awhile I run across a product that I just fall in love with immediately. Well, I fell in love with pretty much the entire product collection by PhotoPlay. I’m not sure how long they have been around, but I don’t think it’s been very long; I just found them recently. The collection that I saw first was O’ Canada by Becky Fleck. The moose and the other adorable animals made me take a second look and research to find out where I could get this collection. I soon found that I loved all their paper collections and I thought our customers would love them too! To make it easy to get the entire collection we have made exclusive PhotoPlay scrapbook bundles for each of the collections we carry. Most bundles will include a 12″ x 12″ Collection Pack, a set of die cuts, a stamp set, and a die set. Sometimes the bundles have different products, it just depends on what is released with each set. The bundles offer you a convenient shopping solution and a better price! Continue reading “Exclusive PhotoPlay Scrapbook Bundles” »

New Product Lines at CraftDirect in 2018

by Richelle Naegle

This year at the CHA show we found a bunch of great products. Some are new and some are just new to us, but nonetheless, we are super excited about all the new product lines we have been adding to our inventory!

Spellbinders

spellbinders die and stamp sets are new to CraftDirectWe will start with Spellbinders. We know many of our customers love Sizzix dies, so we decided it was time to bring in more options from some of these great collections, such as Flower Garden by Sharyn Sowell. This collection features intricately cut dies so you can adorn your cards with blossoming paper flowers. Some of our other collections include Sew Sweet by Tammy Tutterow and Elegant 3D Vignettes, which features 3D cards that have multiple beautiful layers. Don’t miss out on my favorite die types, the Die D-Lites. These simple die sets make it easy for you to create wonderful cards, scrapbook embellishments, and more! We have fun themes, like pizza, Sketched Flowers, a Hip Llama, pandas, dinosaurs, succulents, etc.  The fun and playful side of me likes this new March collection, The Perfect Match. If you like the whimsical side of life and “punny” cards, you will love that collection (by Debi Adams). Continue reading “New Product Lines at CraftDirect in 2018” »

New Simple Stories Winter 2018 Collection Kits

by Richelle Naegle

Last month was the CHA 2018 show (which is now called Creativation), and this year there are a lot of great new products coming out! I can’t wait for you see them all. Simple Stories is one of my favorite paper lines, and I love the new Carpe Diem planners that are coming out in May. You should follow up on that later!

The first collection you are going to want to check out is the Always & Forever! This is the perfect paper collection for a wedding; it features black and white floral prints as well as a great selection of embellishments that will perfectly enhance your layouts.

This next set gives you the opportunity to scrapbook all about yourself. The I am. . . collection was designed for yours truly! If you are like me, you spend a lot of time spending your scrapbooking time on projects about your kids. We are so busy with all the activities they do, and the only time you show up in the scrapbook is when someone else takes the camera at a family vacation or event, and then you’re in the picture for once.

Above is a scrapbook layout I quickly created using I am… Now, all I need are a couple pictures of me. This collection gives you the chance to add more of you to your projects!

Next we have Simple Stories Bliss, which is filled with fun pastel colors like purple, pink and blue, and green, with lots of butterflies and flowers. This collection is perfect for scrapbooking all your spring and even Easter projects. If you prefer more traditional Easter pages, check out the Happy Easter set from Simple Stories, or Welcome Spring! Both of these collections come with six 12″ x 12″ double-sided sheets and a selection of stickers.

This next collection is great for anyone who loves to craft, as well as teenage girls. Crafty Girl features bright colors and fun patterns. With this collection, I created a super simple and fun card that any anyone would love.

Mama Llama is a fun llama-themed paper stack that would be great for making your Mother’s day cards and scrapbook pages with. Pick up this kit now because our Mother’s day scrapbook kits always seem to sell out quickly.

Last, but definitely not the least of these kits is Travel Notes. It will make crafting your family road trip or vacation super easy. I wanted to make something different from this paper collection, so I made a traveler scrapbook. The finished size of this book is 8″ x 8″.

Below is the first page, and I used some of the element sheets to cut out little images, like the cameras, heart, and the phrase Enjoy every Moment. I also added the fun pocket to hold tickets and other little keepsakes.

On the second page (below), I added some photo spots, because what good is it without some fun pictures from your trip? This collection kit has a lot of fun embellishments that you can use to make this little scrapbook come to life. 

The third page of this travel scrapbook is only made up of three sheets of paper, so you will still have a lot of extra scraps to use in other projects.

Here is the back page, and to bind this book together, I stapled the edge. You could also poke little holes in the side and string some ribbon or jute through.

This is the complete NEW Simple Stories Winter 2018 collections that are coming out this month (Feb 2018). There are a bunch more that are coming in April so check back to see those fun collections as well.

Happy Creating