12.30.2009

Product Spotlight: Papertrey Ink Templates

Hello friends. Hope everyone is recovering from all the Christmas festivities and gearing up for the new year. It seems so strange to me to say and write 2010! Do you guys make New Year's resolutions? I always do, but halfheartedly I think, which may explain why I can never seem to keep them up... :)

This year, though, instead of really making resolutions per se, I am focusing on my crafting and my Etsy shop. My one year Etsy anniversary is coming up-Jan 8, so stay tuned for a special about that- and in that spirit I am trying to stop being less of a blog slacker here. I am starting a new (hopefully) weekly post called Product Spotlight, where I will showcase my use of a particular product, be it a stamp set, tool, paper collection, whatever. This is the first of these posts!

Today, as promised, I am showing some gift card solutions. This Christmas I was feeling somewhat Scroogy and rather than spend hours in stores, I went the easy route with gift cards/cash. But I like people to still have that thrill of opening something, instead of just a plain envelope, so I went in search of something a little more fun.

Enter Papertrey Ink.

If you have been reading this blog at all, you know I am a huge fan of anything PTI. They make delicious papers, ribbons and fabulous stamps, among many other goodies. But one thing I hadn't gotten around to attempting was their My Timeless Templates, a line of printable templates for all sorts of packaging, designed my the insanely talented Lauren Meader.

(Note: Lauren has recently left PTI, but you can still buy her templates there and they have designed more in their new Click Simple template collection here.)

THE INFO: The templates are $5 each for a digital download which includes the templates for a full-size (and often a mini-size as well) version of the project and includes a full-color step-by-step PDF with design ideas, which is SUPER helpful when putting these together the first time. (The new Click Simple templates-and eventually the older MTT-will also be available in SVG files for cutting straight from your die-cutting machine, if you're into that.) Most of the templates use one to two sheets of cardstock, extra if you're adding embellished panels, but for those you can use scraps, like I did, which saves on paper. I had a little bit of trouble at first getting things lined up properly, but after you practice once, you get the hang of it and the results are fabulous!!

The first one I'm showing is the Time for Takeout box. This is the full size version. I put the gift cards in the bottom (they fit perfectly lying flat) for my nieces and nephew and then filled the boxes with chocolate money to trick the kids into thinking that was all there was ;) They loved them!

The second template I used is the Cash or Charge template collection, which actually includes three card/boxes specifically designed for gift cards or cash. The first one is a thin box with a slot that holds your gift card in place. It ties together, when untied, the front panel comes down to reveal your gift.

The last template I used is the third one in the Cash of Charge Collection, which is a sleeve and tabbed insert to slide your gift card into. I liked the simplicity of this one and it is super easy to put together, plus very versatile. I added patterned paper on the flaps and a button on the tab to jazz it up. I also used a punch to make tabs on the slide-out panel to securely hold the gift card in place.

All of these projects use PTI cardstock, stamps (on the #3 template), ribbon; patterned paper is al from Basic Grey's Eskimo Kisses collection and the stripey twine is Martha Stewart. I also highly recommend using Scor-Tape to adhere these together-it's super easy to use, really strong and mess free. And it's not too pricey either-find it here.

Anyhow, I really enjoyed these templates and look forward to doing more. You should give them a try and let me know what you think!

Thanks for sticking with me on this long post! Hope you enjoyed.

Happy hump-day!

12.23.2009

Two Years

Kids seem to grow up so fast. I never believed that exaggeration when I was younger, but the older I get, the more I see it happening!

Tomorrow is my niece Phoebe's birthday. And since, yes, it is Christmas Eve, I wanted to make her birthday card as non-Christmas-y as possible.


Now, I know she is only two, but she is old enough to be able to enjoy the card a bit, so I thought long and hard about what to make. I wanted to do some sort of interactive card and I have had
this card by Jennifer McGuire on my mind lately as I've been wrapping up gift cards-I decided to use something else for those (coming soon *wink!*), but really liked the idea of this card. Since P is at the age where she likes to look at photos and name the people she knows, I thought it would be fun instead of a gift card to include a photo of her in the card. This peek-a-boo shot was perfect!

Here are some photos of how it opens up:

I used mostly Papertrey Ink supplies (Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist and Summer Sunrise cardstock; Fresh Alphabet stamp set), but was in the mood to color, so I chose my favorite birdie image form Hero Arts (CL231 Happy Hello). A few ribbons and some metal accents was all it needed to finish it up. We'll see if she likes it.

I'm off to finish up some laundry, fix dinner and to relax, maybe with a movie, before the frenzy of celebration beginning tomorrow. Check back soon for some Christmas-y gift card solutions...


Happy Christmas Eve Eve! :)

12.22.2009

brown paper packages...

...you know how the song goes. Today has been a quiet day here at home. J went back to work after having a week or so off and I am glad. I love him, and have been happy to have time with him, but a girl needs the house to herself once in a while. :) I got a lot accomplished and enjoyed the silence. Just thought I'd pop in to share a couple photos.

I finished my wrapping today. I kind of like to keep it simple at Christmas time-kraft paper, twine and simple hand-made tags. It is faster, cheaper and easier than monkeying around with all sorts of papers and curling ribbon (which for some reason I can't stand) and I just like the classic, old-fashioned look to it.

Sorry for the bad photos. When I went into the living room to snap a couple of photos, I found this on the couch and didn't want to disturb him:
Our cats are so weird...

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!!