Hello Echo Park fans! It’s Aly Dosdall here with you today to share a Thanksgiving card I created using the new Made from Scratch collection and the darling I Heart Fall Mini Theme. I love that the two collections mix together perfectly!
I used sticker accents and cut out some leaves from the I Heart Fall Mini Theme paper to add a fall feel to this Thanksgiving card, but the rest of the card is from a collection that isn’t fall or Thanksgiving themed. You don’t always need themed products to create a themed look on your projects. Picking the right color scheme can help accomplish that as well.
I also used the Hexagon Nesting Designer Dies to create a geometric design on the front of my card. I cut hexagons using the three smallest dies and arranged them randomly on my card front. Then I added some hand stitching to each one. Design tip: I used an old mouse pad under the card front while I pierced stitching holes with my needle. Then I used a single strand of white floss to backstitch a border around each hexagon.
Since this is a “give thanks” card I thought it would be fun to share one way our family gives thanks this time of year. We always make a list of our blessings that we post up on the fridge during the month of November. Each member of our family adds one blessing to the list each day. Before we begin our Thanksgiving feast while we’re all gathered at the table we read that list. It really helps us all to see the wonderful things we have in our lives.
Hi everyone! Corri here, sharing a cute pie box just in time for Thanksgiving. I made this cute box with a file from the Silhouette Store and paper from the Made From Scratch Collection. You could slip a piece of pie in here for your guests to take home.
I trimmed down a scallop border to create the “crust” and embellished the side of the box with an apple that I cut with the Designer Die and added a sticker from the collections.
Hello, friends! It’s Tania here with you today, sharing a layout that uses a mix of a variety of Echo Park Paper collections to create a ‘thankful-themed’ layout. Every year during the first week of November, I pack up a picnic lunch for myself and my two daughters and take them out to a few of our local parks to explore and take fall photos. Looking through the hundreds and hundreds of photos is always a time of deep reflection and thankfulness for being given the responsibility of raising them. So, I knew I wanted to pull from one of those photo sessions to complete this assignment.
In recent months, I’ve seen a trend emerging of using quilt patterns as inspiration for layouts. So I took this mixing and matching challenge a step further and added in the challenge to design a paper quilt on the majority of the background. Making a paper quilt really is quite simple. First you need to decide whether you want stripes, squares, triangles, etc. Once you have that narrowed down you need to pull your papers and start trimming up your papers to match the shapes of your quilt design. I have experience with quilting so it didn’t take much effort for me to visualize a quilt design to use, but if you don’t have quilt pattern ideas to try to convert to a paper version take a little peek at Pinterest or Craftsy to gather some inspiration.
Once you have that inspiration, you need to start pulling papers from your stash. There is a little bit of a technique to doing so to end with a visually pleasing result.
I simply leafed through my stack of 6x6 paper pads and pulled out papers that had the same (or similar shades of) colors as my photo. If your photo is black & white, your job is even easier. You’ll just have to be sure to pick complimentary colors/patterns. After picking out yellow/gold, green, black/charcoal, and pink, I decided it needed a softer hue added in, so I chose a soft blue and a white to help balance all the bold colors and give the eye a place to rest on my paper quilt.
In addition to choosing colors, I was mindful of the size of the patterns printed on them. What makes a great eye-catching quilt is the use of a variety of sizes of pattern that is printed on the fabric. So, when choosing papers for my paper quilt, I did exactly what quilters do: I pulled a few solids, a few subtle patterns that read as more of a solid (i.e. the tiny polka dots), then pulled a few papers with a medium-sized design and a few with more graphic patterns (i.e. the clocks, the globes, the pushpins). The combination of the sizes of pattern on these papers really helps to add interest and visual depth to your paper quilt. Sure, it would still look lovely with all solids, but the depth would be lacking.
Once you have those picked you’re ready to get started putting together your design. If you’d like to duplicate what I’ve done here, you’ll need a 1 ¼” square punch OR a paper trimmer to cut strips of patterned paper to 1 ¼” wide and then cut your strips down into 1 ¼” segments. Again, all of mine were punched from papers out of the 6x6 paper pads from the Fine and Dandy Collection, Simple Life Collection, Creative Agenda Collection, and the We Are Family Collection. (insert links) After all of my squares were punched, I cut them in half corner to corner to get my triangles. Then, added adhesive along the bottom of the layout. Starting in the bottom right-hand corner, I paired together different patterns to piece squares back together. Once that row was done, I moved on up to the next row being mindful to space color and pattern evenly and not put two of the same pattern side by side. To throw in a bit more visual interest, I varied the direction of the diagonal of my triangles every so often so that the diagonal was going in the opposite direction as the majority.
After you have your quilt built, you can add a bit more visual dimension by stamping a bold image in some of the triangle and actual textural dimension by adding stickers and chipboard embellishments.
So, what do you say!? Are you ready to make a paper quilt background on your next layout? I promise it isn’t as intimidating as making a fabric quilt. Just remember it’s only paper so you can’t really mess it up!
White Cardstock (Carta Bella)
FD69023 6x6 Fine & Dandy Paper Pad
CA70023 6x6 Creative Agenda Paper Pad
SL68023 6x6 Simple Life Paper Pad
WAF66023 6x6 We Are Family Paper Pad
EPStamp4 Happy Family Designer Stamp Set
EPMDie5 Sun & Clouds Designer Die Set
MFS75015 Made From Scratch Alpha Stickers
CA70014 Creative Agenda Element Stickers
CA70015 Creative Agenda Alpha Stickers
CA70022 Creative Agenda Chipboard 6x12
CA77027 Creative Agenda Flair
HOH59014 Head Over Heels Element Stickers
Cuttlebug Manual Die-Cutting Machine
1 ¼” Square Punch
Foam Dimensional Tape
Jet Black Staz-On Ink
Acrylic Stamping Block
Hi EP fans! It’s Ashley and I’m here today to share a Thanksgiving card with you. A card for Thanksgiving may not always be the first thing that comes to mind, but what better time of year to show your gratitude and thankfulness, than Thanksgiving!!
Here’s a helpful tip, when you are creating a Thanksgiving card, but don’t have any specific Thanksgiving supplies on hand…pull supplies from some of your existing collections. I tend to think of Brown, Yellow, Orange, Red and Green for Thanksgiving, so I found papers that I could use from the Walking on Sunshine collection and Stickers from the I Heart Fall Mini Theme collection. Once I put these supplies together, I knew they would work perfectly for a Thanksgiving card theme!
And don’t miss out on other ways to get crafty for Thanksgiving. You could use your Echo Park collections to create Thanksgiving themed table décor or what about fun craft projects for the kids to put together.
Walking on Sunshine Beach Balls Patterned Paper
Walking on Sunshine Whales Patterned Paper
Walking on Sunshine Beach Stripe Patterned Paper
I Heart Fall Sticker Accents
I Heart Fall Journaling Patterned Paper
I Heart Fall Leaves Patterned Paper
Hello Echo Park Paper fans, Holly here sharing a unusual and unique Thanksgiving project made from the I Heart Fall Mini Theme kit. Thanksgiving is just around the corner which also means lots of guests may visit your home. Lots of guests may also mean lots of sneezing so why not have a cute tissue box displayed and ready for those itchy nosed guests?
Hello Echo Park fans! Today I'm here to share a layout I made with the new Made From Scratch collection. If you have any food-related memories, favorite foods, traditional holiday foods or recipes you'd like to get scrapped, this is the collection to use.
Move over pumpkin pie, because my layout is about apples and the recipes we traditionally make for Thanksgiving, both side dishes and desserts.
Let's take a look around the page...
Blank space in the bottom right corner of my photo was the perfect spot for an embellishment cluster. The elements fill the space and balance this area with the rest of the page.
To the right of my photo, there's another embellishment cluster comprised of Echo Park cut files and stickers.
To continue the flow of elements, and to fill the upper right corner of the page, I layered stickers and a spice label cut from the Spice It Up paper, creating yet another cluster.
So there you go. What are some of your Thanksgiving traditions? Don't forget to scrap them. Before you do, be sure to check out the Designer Dies and Designer Die and Stamp Set that coordinates with this collection.
I'll leave you with a recipe for Chunky Applesauce a friend shared with me years ago. We make this at Thanksgiving time and other times of the year as well. It freezes well (that is, if there are any leftovers). Enjoy!
3 pounds of apples, peeled and sliced
¾ c. sugar (or less depending on the type of apple you use)
½ c. water
1 t. cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in a large glass bowl. Cover with waxed paper.
Microwave on high for 8-11 minutes or until the apples are soft. Stir.
Use a potato masher to mash the apples until the sauce is slightly chunky.
Makes 5 ½ cups.
Made From Scratch Collection:
In the Kitchen 12x12 Paper
Spice It Up 12x12 Paper
Family Time 12x12 Paper
Silverware 12x12 Paper
3x4 Journaling Cards 12x12 Paper
Yellow/Teal 12x12 Paper
Turquoise/Green 12x12 Paper
6x6 Paper Pad
Photo Freedom Volume 1 Collection:
Hi everyone! Corri here, sharing some quick and easy Christmas cards that I made with the Christmas Cheer Collection and the coordinating Designer Dies. It’s a great time to get started on your Christmas cards. These simple designs make it easy to mix and match paper from the collection and images from the die and stamp sets to easily make multiples.
For my candy cane card, I used the Holiday Tag Die and the Christmas Cheer Stamp and Die Set. I love how the black tag really pops on the red and white. I selected papers from the 6” x 6” paper pad to create the layers behind the tag.
We love being able to offer our collections in both traditional paper collections AND digital collections. Christmas Cheer is one of newing offerings, available in both formats.
We've been sharing projects with the traditional paper collections over the last few weeks, now here's a look at a gorgeous digital layout by our digital design team member, Rachael Sheedy.
We love getting inspired by Rachael's digital layouts - they can be re-created with our digital products OR paper products! Which do YOU prefer?