Echo Park Paper Warehouse Box Reveal

April 7, 2019


I do not normally post “haul” type posts or videos but many people ask if these manufacturer warehouse boxes are worth the money. I had the same question when I bought my first one back in 2016. After taking the plunge and having good luck I made a blog post with some tips on warehouse boxes in 2016 that help me and still apply.

You can click here to read that post. https://themorningscrapper.com/2016/06/25/6-tips-in-purchasing-warehouse-mystery-boxes/

I think the biggest underlying advice is, if you have been a fan of a manufacturer for at least a year then chances are good you will like what you receive. Majority of the larger manufaccturer like Echo Park/Carta Bella put the past year’s collections and embellishments in these boxes.

These boxes are also a great way to build up stash especially embellishments. You will receive items you may not normally buy at full retail but at this bargain price it feels a lot safer.

I hope this video helps those of you interested in manufacturer warehouse for paper crafting (I am not vouching for amazon or ebay). This box was $50 plus shipping filled with $200 worth of products. I would love to hear what you think!

Spring 2019 Echo Park Warehouse Box Reveal

Thank you again for reading and watching.

Until next time…

“Measure -up” Mini Album

July 16, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have a mini album I made from scraps while working on my “mason Jar conversion” mini. I had cut several “measuring cups” thinking I would make a formal mini album but in the end just went a with ring for the conversion charts.  To see that project you can click here: Handy Kitchen Mason Jar conversion charts

I loved these measuring cups so I decided to challenge myself to make a less formal quick mini album using the cuts as well as scraps. Here is how my challenge turned out:

The pages are made up of a cut file that is a measuring cup card, that I modified a bit by flipping it and cutting on the connector in some cases. It does come with a base cut as well as top layer.

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The cover page has a separte cut file for the title that had the small measuring cup icon as well.

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Using the cut apart sheets (not all 3×4) I created some flaps and journaling places. The second page has a little bradturning the “Family” tag into a swing tab.

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Once the tag is moved it open to a little flap in which the backside could be for journaling and a 4×4 photo mat. You can see my quick hinge to keep the pages together made from white cardstock. Again super simple mini album meant to be fun and quick.

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The page on the left was a little tricky as I wanted to create a double photo mat opportunity. I layered two papers and added ribbon to cover the seam. The little jewel works as way help the flap open.measuring cup-5

Here is the open flap giving two more places for photos. The photo mat on the measuring cup base is a 4×4, perfect for those cell phone photos.

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The next page I used a 3×4 card trying to pull in some of the yellows and oranges of the previous page top layer. I created a small pocket and put a small tag of extra dot paper for journaling or a picture.

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To keep my color theme going I went with this super cute 3×4 card with the salt and pepper. Then another 4×4 photo mat. I like the slanted orientation of the flap, for me it adds to the whismical nature of this album.measuring cup-8

When I do a mini album I like to incorporate many layers, so I tried my best to sneak that concept in as much as possible. Since I find it so easy to snap a bunch of photos on my phone, these extra little spaces for detail food pictures as well my son are needed. This page has a 3×4 card perfect for a quick title or date. it then opens up to……measuring cup-9

The cute paper with the writing. I like the dark contrast as well. The next page is my “firwork finale” page…

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I was enjoying all the different shapes and colors on the cut apart page, in particular I liked how this small dark piece worked with the colorful 3×4 behind it. The dark color helped pull together the dark colors from the other page.  The top flap opens….

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…to a waterfall of three 3×4 cut aparts with cute sayings and space on the back for pictures. The colorful utensils was first then this green one then…..

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this lemon which is perfect since this son is the lemonade king in our house! Then……measuring cup-13

a little flap to add a little interest and give a journaling spot on the back before opening up to a final 4×4 picture.

I have to say I had so much fun putting this type of album together as I didn’t have to be concerned about precise measurments. I have never done a project “on the fly” like this without a ton of planning, it was so freeing.  I hope you enjoyed it too!

Here is my supply list:

  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Lori Whitlock Designs: measuring cup shaped card cut file in the Silhouette Design Store
  • Megan Hardy Designs: “Measure Up”  used as the title found in the Silhouette store
  • Echo Park “made from Scratch” paper collection
  • white cardstock for hinges, the cover base and title
  • Bo bunny Double Dot cardstock
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Dry adhesive: ATG

Hope to see you soon,

Handy Kitchen Mason Jar conversion charts

June 15, 2017

Good Morning,

This year in 6th grade it seems the whole class caught the baking bug. An on-going homework assignment this year was to share something you are interested learning on your own.  Each Friday the kids would present to their groups whatever they were learning. My son started out with learning German but soon he too joined the foodies through his passion for creating desserts. He ditched the German for homemade brownies, cookies of all kinds and lemon cake to name a few.

Thursday nights our house would contain the sweetest smells of his homework. He would often wait to bake until his other homework was done and after dinner when all the dishes were in the dishwasher. He would hunt around for a tablespoon or measuring cup only to come up short. It was either burn the fingers opening the dishwasher or hunt around for the one cookbook that had conversion tables. We just never remembered which book and where it was in said book.

Imagine how thrilled I was to see these newly released Lori Whitlock conversions cut files in the Silhouette Design Store. I decided to make a little “mini album” of sorts for the kitchen.  My thought is to put them on a ring and maybe laminate them but I am having a hard time putting a hole through the cute mason jars, let alone where. I also wanted to keep them plain as they would in the kitchen and laminated.

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I have had this Echo Park “Made from Scratch” collection in my stash waiting for “just the right” kitchen project. The papers were perfect as they were light enough to use my Silhouette Sketch pens for the writing.  I choose to write the conversions instead of cutting them out as each letter and number would cut individually. Not only would this take longer but, I knew I would never get them on perfectly straight.

The cut file for the cups and tablespoon can be customized as much as you want with the different papers. I kept it pretty simple except for the handles, it allowed for some more patterns to help tie everything together.

Week June 12 facebook-7I absolutely love how these mason jars turned out. The lids have 4 cut layers that add so much dimension to the jars. These papers were just right for the look of these mason jars.  Each piece ( cups and tablespoon too)  has a front and back piece of the same design paper. It lends weight to the cuts as well a more finished look.

I am still deciding on where to punch the hole in the mason jars and open to suggestions as all six pieces will go on a ring. I am having that “new jar of peanut butter” dilemma. The top is so perfectly smooth, I don’t want to mar it with the knife. Does anyone else struggle with that?

Thanks for any suggestions and stopping in to hear my project story.

Supply List:

  • Lori Whitlock Conversion charts (measuring cups and mason jars)
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Silhouette sketch pens in black
  • Silhouette Design Store
  • Echo Park “Made from Scratch” collection
  • Bazzil card stock 80lb in white and gray
  • Xyron Sticker X and 3-inch sticker machines.

 

Until next time,

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

May 9, 2017

Good Morning,

Today I have the scrapbook page I promised in my last post.  Again this was for an (I)NSD challenge layout over at Scrapbook.com hence thought it was the perfect opportunity to get more comfortable incorporating it into layouts. However, this layout is a perfect example of the Jekyll and Hyde parts of my style. One side very traditional everything straight and layered while the other side is wanting to break out; be messy, splatter everything everywhere! I guess that is the trick is combining the best of both. Still in process.

A little about the project:

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We once again have an appearance of our Aussie Dog who needs to know what we are doing at all times. Never more so when she smells the strong odors of vinegar and boiled eggs.  (I have to take a moment here to think about her super sniffer. Considering I struggle a bit with the vinegar smell I can only imagine how powerful it must be for her, yet she stays. )

We now have a  tradition of her popping her head up to the table, looking around while giving some serious sniffs and then staring at my middle child until he explains. He must give an excellent explanation as she only goes to him each year. After which she lays on the floor by his feet under the table, patiently waiting until we leave so she can further her investigation.

To highlight, our dog and my son’s egg-dying tradition, I used my Silhouette Cameo for the dog border. I bought it in the design store and it comes with 3 other dog themed borders. The bone in his mouth was not showing up as well so I added Nuvo Crystal drops, white gloss, to the bone.  Just to reiterate, it is a bone, not a rabid dog.  I used stickles in “walnut glaze” to do the eyes.

All the lime green gel medium was done with my favorite stencil by TCW. They are becoming a favorite as their stencils are a heavier weight material, it makes getting around the fine details a little easier. I tried something new, by using the gel along the side similar to inking. It helped give a little dimension to the layer but not sure I would do that again, as the edge allows for saturation of the medium thus a little warping. Then used the “splats” on the stencil to tie into the title.

As I said I still struggle to give in “fully” into my mixed media side but I am working on it! I know I gushed over the gel in my product post, but I do like its finish on a page. I am trying to work up the courage to do a canvas board. I thought it would be fun to do it with Gel, stamps and some old Tim Holtz clear pieces. Still working it out in my mind, so we will see…..

 

Anyway, thanks for joining me on this little creative stretch.

Until next time…..

 

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