Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Swan Song Blog Hop

Welcome to the next stop on the hop!
You should have landed here from Clearsnap, but if you're just joining the hop, 
you will want to start at the very beginning and take your time as you hop through, 
savoring the memories, the stories and the inspiration.

I am so sad we are doing this hop, 
because it means the end of 
Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine.
But it does warm my heart that so many supremely talented designers and companies have joined together to celebrate the inspiration, and all the people who made it possible. 
I've been hopping through with my tissue box as I'm sure many of you are.
This was a super hard post to write.
I'm going to try to keep it as positive as I can :)

Today we are celebrating all the people, from the editors to the designers and everyone in between, who made Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking so special.
PC&S was always filled with awesome projects, the hottest new products and the coolest trends, 
and I am proud to say I my work was included in those awesome projects a few times.
(Yes, I still have them framed in my studio!)
 But PC&S is so much more than just a magazine to me. 
It is
World Card Making Day,
Stamping Royalty,
Gallery Idol,
Moxie Fab World,
Facebook acceptance parties
 and the publication dream of many, 
It is all this and more, but most importantly (at least to me)
 it is the reason for many, many, many friendships around the world. 

PC&S is going away and I'm super sad.
I'm going to miss the editors, the Go-To-Gals...everyone.

Today we are supposed to share a project with a thanks and/or friendship theme
I have a really difficult time creating when I'm sad. 
My mojo pretty much hides somewhere with the covers over its head, 
so I wasn't able to come up with anything I really felt good about for today. 
Fortunately, I posted a fun gift card holder here a few days ago, 
and today I have a little tutorial for you to show you how I did it. 
I'm thankful I had shot the steps as I made it, 
and we're all friends-both old and new, and I feel like PC&S was a gift on so many levels,
 so hopefully this qualifies...

Kinda cute, right? 
And it's so easy and fast to make!
Seriously, it took me longer to choose my paper and ribbon than it did to make it.

Using the largest Bubble Box die, cut a double sided pattern paper, 
and using any of the Flurry dies, cut a snowflake using a coordinating paper. 
I used glitter paper for my flake because I'm pretty much in love with it!
You could also use felt! Oh, that would be super pretty!

Next, score it at 1 3/4 and 4 1/4

add adhesive to the sides of the bottom that will fold up.
(I used a thin score tape but any type of adhesive should be fine)

 Fold the bottom up, securing the sides and slide your gift card in.
It would be cute just like this, and you could easily be done at this point, 
but lets keep going!

Add a little ribbon and wrap it around the outside securing with adhesive.
I used glitter ribbon, because it's sparkly and will coordinate nicely with the glitter paper snowflake. 

Last step is to add your pretty snowflake to the front, 
and secure the flap down with a bit of repositionable adhesive.
I added a jeweled brad to the center of the snowflake. 
You could use a rhinestone or even just leave it plain.
You could also make this a belly band that would slide over the card holder too.
There are so many options and I'm sure you'll come up with awesome ideas of your own 
for the holidays, birthdays and more.

PC&S inspired us. 
It brought us together in our creativity.
That is a gift!
While we won't be able to share in all that was PC&S anymore, 
we do still have each other. 
I'm sending hugs and love and the best of wishes to everyone 
who was part of this great magazine.
Thank you!!!!!

I hope I was able to continue the inspiration today, 
and you are always welcome here friend, so don't be a stranger!

 Your next stop is Lori Craig 

Supply list:
CAS-ual Fridays Bubble Box Fri-Dies (this might have special pricing through Saturday! *hint*)
Pretty double sided designer paper
Glitter paper (or whatever you decide for your snowflake)
scoring tool
die cutter (I used Sizzix Big Shot)

Speaking of inspiration...
You'll find lots of it on our Pinterest Boards 
where every stamp and Fri-Die set has its very own board!


  1. Super fun Michele, can't wait until my order arrives♡

  2. You did a SUPERB job on this post, Michele! I love your gift card tutorial!! So easy to follow! Thanks for pointing out all the highlights with PC & S. HUGS!!

  3. This is super cute, Michele! Love seeing the step-outs!

  4. Love this. Quick simple and gorgeous. Very cute dies. Hugz


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