Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Halloween treat boxes using Project life cards

For my Halloween treat or trick boxes this year I wanted to make something special that can also double as decoration for my home. With this in mind I created these boxes using cardstock and project life 3x4 cards as decoration.

These treat boxes are really easy to make. For materials you will need: heavy cardstock, 3x4 Project life cards, adhesive and any other embellishment you would like to use.

For this project I actually used one sheet of scrapbook paper that had different 3x4 sections. I bought it at Hobby Lobby for 59 cents.

To create the box use heavy cardstock in any coordinating color and cut to size 11" x 7". Then score at 5" & 7" on the 11 inch side, and 1" and 6" on the 7" side. Then glue all of your pieces together.

After that comes the fun part: decorating your boxes.

 And as the main decor use your project life cards.

I added my candy in a little plastic bag for freshness.

And easy as that, you have your treat boxes ready.

I am displaying my boxes on my dining room table. They bring a nice and festive touch to my home.

Happy Halloween and thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Filofax Decorated Pages

A few months back I wanted to start a weekly series showing my designs for my planner pages, but long story short, my life got crazy and I didn't follow through. I decided to start again and this time, I'm planning to do a monthly series of pictures showing how I decorate my planner for each month. 

 Currently I am using my Filofax Original in A5 size and I'm loving it. It was my first splurge for my planner obsession, and decorating my pages every week is one of my favorite things to do.

I designed my own insert pages using Photoshop with the help of my daughter (she is the Technology guy at home) and I use different elements to create themes for them weekly. 

These were some of my favorite designs this year:






Gold tones:

 And my absolute favorite: Heidi Swapp inspired page. This one she personally liked on Instagram which made me really proud.

I post my pictures weekly on Instagram (@CraftroomSecrets). There you can see more designs. I will see you here at the end of the month with all pictures from the month of October. Thank you so much for reading and your comments!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Back to school desktop organizer

I can't believe that summer is almost over and we are already talking about back to school. Even though this is probably the best time of the year for us stationery enthusiasts to find those cheap supplies with all the sales everywhere, I still wanted to save some more and create something unique.

 This project was created as a gift for my daughter who is becoming a teacher soon. It was made out of recyclable items that you would normally trash: Cans and boxes.

Just using pretty scrapbook paper that you can find on sale at 7 for $1.00 you get a beautiful desktop organizer.

For the cans I spray painted the inside just to make them all equal. The box got a coat of black paint.

After that I just used stickers and added paper to my box and cans.

I liked the idea so much that I altered an old clipboard that I had.

I personalized everything with my Silhoutte as a special touch.

This a very cheap and beautiful storage solution for your desk or as gift to a teacher.

Have a wonderful school year.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Far And Away Travel Album

My latest project is a travel scrapbook album using the awesome Far and Away collection of Teresa Collins. I love making travel albums, especially when I plan to use them for an upcoming vacation and this one by far it is one of my favorites.

For the cover I embossed gold cardstock as the base of the design. I used a frame that I aged, to give the old world feel. I also included some vintage metal embellishments to complete the look.

The whole album is created from scratch using a cereal box as a base. Here is a better view of the completed cover

 This collection is very elegant with a vintage twist.

I used a black background to accentuate the colors of the collection which are the red, blue and beige.

I also created a coordinating mini journal book to document in detail every day of my trip.

I absolutely love the end result. Now my mini album is ready to store all my photos and memories of my future trip.

Thank you so much for reading. As usual a more detailed video is available on my YouTube channel.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New filofax organizational box

Happy New Year 2014! for the first post of this year I'm gonna start with the first installment of a series of organizational ideas for your craft room. Like they say: new year new you and what best that update and organize your beloved craft area.

This is my first completed project: a Filofax goodies organizational box, inspired by my other project life box that I created last year (See project life box post here).

After collecting for the past 7 months an amount of stickers, washi tape, flags, post its and more for my planner I needed space to organize it all. I found this box in the dollar store and asked the clerk if I could take so the best of all it is that it was free.

After I covered my box with a coat of black paint to match my craft room, I made dividers with other boxes from my pantry. And voila! here is all organized.

First project of the year completed. Stay tuned for more. Thanks for reading!

Friday, December 20, 2013

My 2013 Christmas cards

After meeting Tim Holtz I was so inspired by his creativity that I decided to follow his designs to make my Christmas cards this year.

 For materials I used just one set of his stamps, distress inks ( vintage photo,barn door, tumble glass and crushed olive), some twine, ribbons and  a set  of his tinsel twine in silver.

A made a dozen cards for my family and friends in a breeze, each one different that the other.

Using the basic elements but changing the colors.

Hoping that they brought holiday cheer to their recipients.

Thank you so much for reading and for this wonderful year on the blog. 
Merry Christmas and happy new year!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

DIY Santa Topiaries

I volunteered this year to create centerpieces for our Christmas party at work. Looking for options I made this cute trio of  Santa topiaries for the buffet table.

Using very simple materials: Tin cans (Target Dollar Spot),small topiaries (Dollar Tree Stores),ribbon, a small dowel,cotton balls, white felt sheet and basket filling.

First cover your topiaries with red paper using glue. Attach the cotton ball as your top and a strip of the white felt as the border.

Prepare your tin and insert a little piece of dowel. I used a Styrofoam piece that I had leftover from a package to create stability.

Assemble your pieces together and decorate as you wish. I used silver metallic basket filling, a red bow and a stamped circle in each one to read: Ho Ho Ho.

Very easy and festive project.

 Thanks for reading and Happy holidays.