Friday, February 27, 2015

Mini Books: A Walk In The Woods

Hello, this is DCWV Social Media Design Team Member Sara and today I'm sharing one of the new Mini Books available at JoAnn Stores. I used the Kraft & Gold Mini Book kit to document our recent afternoon spent walking and exploring the woods near our family's lake house.

The prints in this mini were perfect for my woodsy theme, since it's filled with various floral, wood grain and nautical prints. The Mini Book Kit with it's cutouts and sticker sheets is a perfect way to quickly and easily complete an album. In fact, I made this one with the help of my four year old daughter.

I used the Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards Set, the Foiled Vellum Stack and the Foil Cardstock Stack to mat my photos and make many of my embellishments . I love that DCWV makes it so easy to mix and match with their stacks.

To see more of my Mini Book, please visit my blog.  To see more of the other Mini Books available and other new releases, watch the video reveals.

DCWV Kraft & Gold Mini Book
DCWV Foil Cardstock Stack Neutrals
DCWV Foiled Vellum Stack
DCWV Christmas & Winter Box Of Cards

Thursday, February 26, 2015

DCWV New Mini Book

 Hello!!! Lisa, of the amazing DCWV Social Media DT here today, and I am so excited to share my first Mini Book with you!  I have always loved the look of mini albums, but just never had the time to put one together.  That has all changed thanks to this awesome new product!  It seriously comes with everything you need, and makes a mini book in one night totally doable.  Let's take a peek at some of the pages in my book... ( be prepared for lots of funny pictures too! )

 The envelopes in the mini book are awesome for storing extra pictures/souvenirs as I did in the one above.

 Not every page has to be filled with pictures, so I used this blank page for journaling.

 The vellum pages in this book are genius! You can dress them up or leave them as they are, and still get a cool look.

 Here I used lots of the "washi" strips down one side to create my own fun border.

 Make the mini suit your needs. I didn't need another folder to store things so I used it as matting for my photo.

 Keep it simple!  This is a mini, so you don't have to add a lot of layers if you don't want.

 Play with the embellishments that come with this book, they are so fun to mix and match!

The vellum stickers would be great to use on pictures, as they are see through and won't cover anything up.

 For this vellum page I chose to trace and cut one heart out of a pink jeweled adhesive sheet.  Simple, but makes an impact!  The opposite page is a mix and match of journaling and embellishments.

And for my final pages I chose to add this quote from the Chalkboard fun Stack and any extra photos from my trip are stored in the final envelope.  So now everything will always stay together!  I hope I've given you some tips/tricks and inspiration for how these new mini books will make your crafting life easier!

You can grab this mini album at Joann Stores!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Supplies Used:

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Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

LOVE accordion book

Hi there! This is Thomisia, from the DCWV Social Media Design Team. Today, I'm here to share an accordion album, now available at JoAnn.
 Although I used the Baby book, I created a mini album of my husband and myself.
These mini albums are easy and fun to create. I embellished using die-cuts and vellum stickers that were included with the spiral memory books.
To see more details about my project, feel free to visit my blog here.
I hope you'll pick up one of these cute mini albums and share what you create with us. Thanks for visiting!

DCWV Baby accordion album
DCWV Brights memory book - die-cuts,  sticker
May Arts ribbon

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Choose Your Own Adventure

Hi, folks!  It's Becky, from the DCWV Social Media Design Team, visiting blog today.  I'm sharing another post featuring the new Chick Chat Stack available at Michael's Stores.   This stack is just my style, with the bright colors and graphic designs.  I couldn't wait to get started and I wanted a layout that prominently featured all the bold patterns.

This layout documents my husband's 35th birthday.  Based on my favorite childhood books, I curated a day of birthday surprises.  We had four stops, each determined by a selection of handmade lottery tickets containing clues.  After reading the clue, he scratched off the answer, which revealed our next destination.  It was awesome.

I cut various size strips of six different papers, which I fanned around the page.  I think it really draws your eyes to the center of the paper.  Each stack also features three gorgeous coordinating colors of linen paper.  I chose the yellow linen to mat the square center, which outlines the four photos and four destinations.

The stack also contains a page full of sentiments and graphics (hearts, circles, arrows), which are easy to fussy cut and add to the page as embellishments.  I used the arrows to demonstrate the transitions of the day.

Thanks for visiting the blog today and I can't wait to see what projects you create using the Chick Chat Stack!  <3

Monday, February 23, 2015

Fast and Fabulous cards with Seaside Yacht

Hello all!! I'm Tina McDonald, part of the DCWV Social Media Design Team! I'm here today to share with you 3 cards using the Seaside Yacht Stack!! Each of these can be made in 5 minutes flat using the very basics of supplies! This Stack is all inclusive for cards!! It has patterns, textures, sentiments as well as tags! Everything you need to make quick and simple cards!! Let's get started!!!

DCWC Seaside Yacht Stack
DCWV Corrugated Cards and envelopes
Spellbinders Whirl White card stock
May Arts: Ribbon
Sewing machine (optional)
Wood veneer heart

The thing that I love about the stacks for card making, is the way that everything coordinates! You can choose any papers and know that they will look fabulous together! In this first card, I trimmed 4 strips of paper and used my sewing machine to adhere them to the card base. I trimmed out a tag from the stack as well as the Hello Sunshine sentiment and we were finished!! SO quick, even with adding the machine stitching to it!!

For this second card, I used the Corrugated card base as a starting point, as I loved how well the colours coordinated, as well as added texture to the design.  The simple design is super easy to mass product, and add a sentiment if desired. Sometimes no sentiment is needed, as it's one of those Just Because cards. :)
I love to use some foam tape to add depth and dimension, and this card is one of those. The anchor is added using the foam to give a little POP!

And for this final card, Again i trimmed out the shapes from the stack and stuck them down! Easy as pie!!! Lots of little extras could be added to this card, including twine, buttons, brads, etc, but these are not necessary, as it works just the way it is!!

These are simple to create, but if you like to add a bit more to them, feel free to embellish to your hearts desire! Imagine all the possibilities!!!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Until next time...
Happy Creating!
Tina McDonald

Friday, February 20, 2015

New Mini Books + Video Reveals!

Hello, DCWV fans! Tessa Buys here. I am excited to share with you a new collection coming to JoAnn stores this month - mini books!

Inspired by some of your favorite stacks, the mini albums come in three varieties.

Mini Books. These albums feature chipboard, cut out covers, and wire bound spines. Each album includes a package of die-cuts and two sheets of washi tape stickers. The pages are cardstock, vellum, pockets and envelopes. To see each of the nine designs available, check out the video here:

Accordion Albums. These albums are like the accordion albums from the Insta Photo Fun line, but all new designs. In fact, half of them have a new special feature added. Check out all eight designs in the video here:

Memory Books. These albums aren't exactly "mini" at their 8.5x11 size, but if you like to pack in photos, journaling and embellishments, this is a great option for you! Like the mini books, they also feature chipboard, cut-out covers, die-cuts and washi tape stickers. Check out the two beautiful designs available here:

Starting next week on the blog, the design team will be sharing their mini book projects, so run to JoAnn's, pick up your favorites, and then meet us back here for more inspiration. Happy shopping and have a great day!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Seaside Yacht Midori Travel Journal

Hello DCWV fans!  It's Jenifer, from the DCWV Social Media Design Team, showing you a super fun project on the blog today. I hope you have been enjoying a look at the two new stacks that will soon be available at Michaels stores.  If you missed Monday's post, be sure to head over here and check it out.  

Have you seen the new planner/journal trend that has been happening in blogland?  I have to admit I am a sucker for them and absolutely love nice new journals to play with.  I created one for each stack for more pictures of the chick chat stack I invite you to stop by my blog and check them out.

These journals have removable journal inserts that can changed out when they are full.  These journals are held in place with a small piece of elastic string that runs through the middle of them, and another piece of elastic that holds the journal in place.  To reinforce this piece of elastic I inserted it through a button so that it wouldn't tear the fabric.

I absolutely LOVE the Seaside Yacht stack with the linen and the red, white and blues makes this a perfect fit for a Midori Travel Journal.  For the cover I sewed the linen to a piece of canvas to give it a little more weight and make it a little sturdier.  Along the bottom I sewed a scrap piece of paper to the bottom to give me a pocket to play with.

For the first journal insert I used this beautiful blue paper and decorated it very simply letting the papers take center stage.

 I did the same thing with the second insert.

There is also a pocket for the back to hold extra bits and bobs.  I can't wait to put this to use when we go on vacation this year.

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my project today.  If you make a Midori Travel journal I would love to check it out, leave me a link in the comments.

DCWV Chick Chat Stack
DCWV Seaside Yacht stack
May Arts Elastic string
Spellbinders Die
Blumenthal Lansing

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chick Chat Stack Scrapbook Page

Hello DCWV fans!  It's Jaclyn, from the DCWV Social Media Design Team, paying you a visit on the blog today. I hope you have been enjoying a look at the two new stacks that will soon be available at Michaels stores.  If you missed Monday's post, be sure to head over here and check it out.  Tessa put together some videos giving you a closer look at the Chick Chat and Seaside Yacht stacks.  She did a great job capturing the prints and details of both collections and I promise you, if you can believe it, the stacks are even better in person!

I have a page to share today using the Chick Chat stack.  There are so many fun and trendy designs in this collection, I knew I wanted to find a way to incorporate as many of them as possible onto my page.  I cut a handful of 3.25" frames from navy cardstock to highlight some of my favorite prints and patterns, and to act as the base of my layout.  It made for a fun and quick starting point to my page.

It's no secret that DCWV is know to have some of the best textural and specialty papers in the industry!  The Chick Chat stack includes some gorgeous burlap pieces in pink, yellow and teal to coordinate just perfectly with the patterns in the stack.  I used thin metal dies to cut a handful of circles to sprinkle throughout my page.  As you can see, the burlap paper cut easily and beautifully in my manual diecutting machine.

The backside of the burlap sheets features a smooth white finish, which proved to be a great surface to trace a bow design onto.  Cutting and assembling that design into a pretty little textural bow was just as easy, as the burlap paper was pliable but at the same time, the fibers remained in tact.

Not only does the stack include some beautiful full 12x12" patterns, it also includes several sheets which have tags and 3x4" cards that can be trimmed out.  I used many of these elements and customized them to work for my page and subject matter.  The yellow tag houses the remainder of my journaling.  The original piece had a 'thinking of you' sentiment which didn't quite work for my subject matter.  To customize the tag for my page, I simply punched a coordinating circle from another sheet of patterned paper ('happy day') and popped it up over the original sentiment.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you'll stick with us all week long as we continue to feature lots of projects using the new Chick Chat and Seaside Yacht stacks!

Supplies used:
DCWV Chick Chat Stack
DCWV Brights Cardstock Stack

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"Hello Sunshine" Keepsake

Hi there,

Karen here, sharing a keepsake that I created using one of our new stacks, Seaside Yacht. Seaside Yacht is a beautiful nautical patterned collection that offers many versatile options for card making, scrapbooking and mixed media projects. It includes printed linen, which adds great texture. All patterns coordinate well and are refreshing to work with.  This particular DCWV stack includes some fun elements that were easy to cut out and use for this project. The stack also includes some fun titles and prompts to give you a variety of options to choose from.

Since we are still in the month of February, I chose to use hearts with the collection to create this little keepsake. The keepsake is a perfect “Thinking of You” gift for a dear friend. I’m including an easy tutorial below.



DCWV Stack: Seaside Yacht

DCWV Heart Stickers

Wooden Base (5 ¼ x 5 ¼)

Heart Pins

Red Velvet Ribbon


Fiskars Scissors

Xyron Adhesive

Step 1: Trim patterned papers to size of wooden base and adhere to base. Note: To add multiple layers, size down in ¼ increments.
Step 2: Cut banners from patterned paper and adhere to layered papers.
Step 3: Adhere ribbon. I chose red ribbon to coordinate with the 1st layers of patterned paper that I used and to compliment the heart embellishments that I added in subsequent steps.
Step 4: Add additional patterned layers using 3D tape.
Step 5: Add bow, heart pins and heart stickers.
Step 6: Continue embellishing as desired. Note: As an added layer, I adhered ribbon around the edges of the wooden base.

Hello Sunshine Keepsake by Karen Jiles Supplies Patterned Paper, Heart Stickers: DCWV; Heart Pins: Maya Road; Adhesive: Xyron; Tools: Fiskars; Other: Wooden Base, Ribbon
Thanks so much for visiting today!