Friday, November 17, 2017

2017 Scrapbooking and Craft Gift Guide

Make it easy on your friends, family, and significant other this Christmas! Send them the links from this Scrapbooking and Craft Gift Guide to help them know just what you'd like this holiday season. These are some of my favorite "Must Have/Really Really Want" items I would suggest for any scrapbooker or crafter. Are some of these items on your list this year?



Scrapbooking and Craft Gift Guide:

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Holiday Craft and Scrapbooking Gift Guide:


* Ink Caddy: I have the one shown above. In fact, I have TWO of theme because I love how they spin and how they can hold both large and smaller ink pads. LOVE this storage solution.

* Watercolor Set: Wanting to dabble into this hot trend? Get yourself a starter kit. This one from Vicki Boutin is a gorgeous kit to get.

* Manual Die Cut Machine: This is a "MUST HAVE" tool for scrapbookers and crafters. The Platinum 6 machine from Spellbinders has a wide cutting platform allowing you to use both thin metal dies, as well as, very large steel rule dies. I have this machine and LOVE it!

* Stamping Tool: You just can't beat the Misti Stamping Tool. This was generously donated to me by the company. Game changer, people! You really do NEED this tool.

* Stamping Ink: I purchased several of these Umbrella Craft Inks. Wishing I'd got them all. Gorgeous, beautiful colors that stamp beautifully.

* Mini Album: This buffalo plaid album from Echo Park is gorgeous. Yes. I do work for them. And YES I already have used this album to make three different albums because I love it so much.

* Letterboard: Get one! You'll have so much leaving messages to your friends and family. Plus it will make your craft room even more creative. Don't forget to grab letters or phrases to go with your board!

* Magnet Board: Another awesome option for your craft space. I have the 16" x 20" from Crate Paper and LOVE the size. Look for the magnets, magnetic letters, calendar clings, and decorative clings you can get to go with this board. It comes in a smaller size as well.

* Digital Die Cut Machine: I have the Cameo. There isn't a tool that I use more (except my camera and computer). Santa really, really wants to bring you this awesome machine this year. Just give him (or her) the go ahead!

* Typewriter: Want to be able to type on your wide format pages? Go vintage with a gorgeous Typewriter. This typewriter from We R' Memory Keeper comes in several different colors. Get the shade that matches your craft space. And don't forget to grab extra typing tape in different colors!

* Sewing Machine: And in pink, or mint? Both from We R' Memory Keepers. Yes, please! I have a traditional sewing machine in plain white, but these colors have me all swoony. I sew on lots of my projects. This is another "MUST HAVE" tool in my craft room.

* A Cute Bag: Do you love going to crops or crafting with friends? Get yourself (or let your Christmas Elf) get you a NEW bag to hold all your craft projects. A shoulder bag is a great option for smaller craft nights, while a large bag is the "go-to" option for larger crops. Get one with wheels for ease in travel.

* The Cinch: If you love making your own mini albums, this machine will add rings to any album you create. It allows you to completely customize where the holes in your album are punched and where the rings will be placed. It comes in two different colors, so make sure to get the one that tickles your fancy!

* Paper Storage: Make 2018 your year for organizing your craft room. Start with these clear paper trays from Umbrella Crafts. You'll love the ability to see all of your paper in one place. Now you can spend all of your time crafting instead of cleaning!

* Foil Laminator: Loving the foiling trend? Then a foil laminator is the perfect thing to add some shine to your projects. This one from Thermoweb is perfectly priced and compact enough to go in any spot in your craft room.

Have your own suggestions? Did I leave something out? Tell me in the comments below, what Santa might be bringing you this holiday season.
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Christmas Card #5: Joy to the World

Product used in this card were generously donated by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed herein are mine.

Today is the last card for the week and it also includes a video so keep reading to learn more! This card is a beautiful card, with muted tones, with a religious theme. It's perfect for sending to someone from your church, to family members, and to friends. This card uses the beautiful "Wise Men Still Seek Him" collection from Echo Park Paper and comes together quickly with a few key pieces.

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher


Here are some additional photos of the card. Pin your favorites for inspiration later:

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher

"Joy to the World" Christmas card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #christmascard #cardmaker #echoparkpaper #jengallacher


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Christmas Card # 4: Merry Christmas Wreath Card

This products shown in this post were generously provided by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

Have you been following along all week, as I've shared some of my latest Christmas cards? Be sure to read through all the blog posts for this week, for more Chrismas card inspiration. Today's card features some embossing, and some layering of products for a beautiful holiday card. Read more for additional photos and to shop the supplies.

Merry Christmas Wreath Card by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #echoparkpaper #jengallacher #cardmaker #christmascard

Here are some additional photos of this card. Be sure to pin your favorites for inspiration later!

Merry Christmas Wreath Card by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #echoparkpaper #jengallacher #cardmaker #christmascard

Merry Christmas Wreath Card by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #echoparkpaper #jengallacher #cardmaker #christmascard

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Card #3: Merry Christmas Tag Card

Product shown in this project were generously donated by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

Today's card features a video! Be sure to keep reading to see how this card comes together. This card features an embossing folder, Christmas die cuts, and ephemera from the popular "A Perfect Christmas" collection from Echo Park Paper. All these elements come together for an incredibly beautiful card.

Merry Christmas tag card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #cardmaker #christmascard #jengallacher #echoparkpaper


Here are some additional photos of this card. Be sure to pin your favorites for inspiration later.

Merry Christmas tag card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #cardmaker #christmascard #jengallacher #echoparkpaper

Merry Christmas tag card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #cardmaker #christmascard #jengallacher #echoparkpaper

Merry Christmas tag card designed by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #cardmaker #christmascard #jengallacher #echoparkpaper


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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Christmas Card #2: Season's Greetings Stamped Card

Many of the products shown in this project were generously provided by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed are my own.

For today's card, I'm sharing a stamped holiday card. This card features stamping, coloring with Copic markers, die cutting, and using an embossing folder. You can combine all these techniques to create a beautiful layered tag. Keep reading to watch the instructional video and to shop the supplies.

Season's Greetings Card created by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #stamping #diecutting #echoparkpaper #jengallacher


Here's a closer look at the card:

Season's Greetings Card created by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #stamping #diecutting #echoparkpaper #jengallacher

Season's Greetings Card created by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #stamping #diecutting #echoparkpaper #jengallacher

Season's Greetings Card created by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #stamping #diecutting #echoparkpaper #jengallacher


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Monday, November 13, 2017

Christmas Card #1: Merry Christmas Card

The product shown in this post were generously provided by Echo Park Paper. All opinions expressed are mine.

All this week I wanted to share some Christmas card ideas with you. Today's card features a beautiful new collection from Echo Park Paper called "'Tis the Season." This hand-painted collection looks incredible on cards. This card also features new enamel shapes from the company as well. Take a closer look at the card and shop the supplies listed below.


Merry Christmas card by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #echoparkpaper #christmascard #cardmaker #jengallacher

Here are some additional photos of the card. Be sure to pin your favorites!

Merry Christmas card by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #echoparkpaper #christmascard #cardmaker #jengallacher

Merry Christmas card by Jen Gallacher for www.echoparkpaper.com. #echoparkpaper #christmascard #cardmaker #jengallacher

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Christmas Countdown: Die Cut Black, Gold, Green and Red Christmas Bags

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Everyone gets excited about Christmas, but sometimes counting down to Christmas can make the big day even more exciting. Today I'm sharing one way you can design a Christmas Countdown with black gift bags covered with beautiful Christmas die cut shapes. You could use this project for a "12 Days of Christmas" project for a neighbor and add small gifts to each bag. Your friends would LOVE to receive each one of these Christmas Countdown gift bags. Read more to learn how I put these bags together and to shop the supplies.


To create the bags, I simply used Christmas and holiday die cuts. I cut the shapes from gold shimmer cardstock, green cardstock, and red cardstock. And all countdown numbers are cut from white cardstock. The die cuts I suggest using for this project are listed below. Keeping the colors to a few distinct choices and using black bags makes these shapes really pop. Each bag is filled with gold tissue paper helping the bags shine a little bit more.








Here is a short video of how I created the bags and how you can alter this project to fit your personal style. You can watch HERE on my YouTube channel or below:


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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Proper Romance Book List #3: By Recommended Author

Perhaps by now you realize that I have an unhealthy obsession with Proper Romance books. What are proper romance books? Proper refers to the fact that these books could basically be rated PG, but it also refers many times to it being a Regency Romance book. This genre has become quite popular and I am working my way through some of my favorite titles. I’ve shared several of my favorite books and authors in this genre in the past, but I wanted to share this book list by author. Scroll down to see each recommended author's books. Each one is clean and a wonderful read. In fact, I've read most of them multiple times.

Proper Romance Book List #3 from www.jengallacher.com. A list of clean regency, romance books with links to each title.


Sarah Eden's Proper Romance Books:

Meet the Jonquils! This is my most favorite Regency family in the world. Sarah Eden’s writing captures my heart and my attention and I’ve been following this family of “hers” for some time. Currently the following titles are available that follow this sweet family of all boys who discover love in the most delightful of ways. Each story is different and mixes and mingles characters from other books in the series delightfully. If I weren’t already married to my dream man, I would want to marry a Jonquil. Still deciding on which one though. I've listed the Jonquil series books below, as well as, others of her Proper Romance books that crossover with the Jonquils.

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Jennifer Moore's Proper Romance Books:

Another author I've been following faithfully is Jennifer Moore, whose books occur during the Regency era but take place around the world. Each character experiences their new-found surroudings, discovers love, and inner strength. I love how clean and yet how delightful each book has been. I've linked you to these books below.

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Other Suggested Clean and Uplifting Book Lists:

I would suggested these books as well. Julianne Donaldson is one of my favorites (see hers listed below). But each of these is a good read, and I feel comfortable recommending them as they are again, VERY clean.


Reading Books Lists:


Here are my additional book lists you may want to check out. Click on the list link to find out more!

* Regency and Proper Romance Book List (List #1)
* Teen and Tween Boy Book List
* Children's Book List
* Teen and Tween Girl Book List
* Middle Reader Book List
* Fairy Tale Retellings Book List




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