Papercrafting Your Summer Bucket List Memories

This post is brought to you from Martha Bonneau from MugsyBoo.


Even though I have had a Pinterest board of summer bucket list ideas for the past few years, this is the first year that I have actually put a list of activities together for our family to try and complete this summer.  Initially the task of completing our bucket list seemed daunting, but I am happy to report we have crossed more than half the items off our list!

Paper Crafting Your Summer Bucket List

As a papercrafter, I have been looking for ideas on how to best preserve these memories.  Do I scrapbook each event, do I create a mini book, or do I create a pocket page style album?  The most ambitious way to document your summer would be to create a layout for each item on your list, but if time is at a premium, you could create a mini or pocket page album.  From making s’mores to going to see fireworks, we have rounded up lots of inspiration to get you motivated!

 Summer Bucket List Album Ideas

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4th of July by Cassie

Sidewalk Chalk by Amy

Ooey Gooey Goodness S’mores by Lisa

Sweet Days of Summer by Martha

Picnic by Anabelle

Snow Cones by Jacinda

Road Trip by Jennifer

Bucket List by Shanna Noel

Summer Bucket Book

I love the idea of compiling your bucket list on a single layout like Jennifer did. Mini albums are a creative way to preserve your summer memories. These papercrafters show us how to create a pre-made summer bucket list album that can be filled with pictures at the end of summer…or fall or winter if time slips away from you!

Mini Accordian Album

Summer Bucket List Mini Album by Ashley

Mini Accordian Album by Gail

More Summer Bucket List Ideas

Scrapbook albums with pocket-style pages have become a popular way to document your memories.  These albums come in a variety of sizes like this 4×4 example by Lisa and this traditional 12×12 by Michelle. Your Bucket List doesn’t even have to be documented in an album; these papercrafters have thought outside the album when it came to creating their lists.

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Summer Bucket List Planning by Angela

Summer Bucket List Garland by Stephanie

Summer Bucket List Wall Décor by Becca

 

Do you have a summer bucket list? If so, what is on it?

 

Dog Days of Summer: Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from Panda Eight.

July 3rd through August 11th brings us what is known as the “Dog Days of Summer”.  We see the warmest temperatures of the year as Sirius, the Dog Star, rises and sets with the sun each day. When you say “Dog Days of Summer,” I think of heat, heat and more heat!  The air conditioning is running constantly and I am looking for ways to cool down.  What better way to beat the heat than to stay in and do a little papercrafting inspired by the namesake of the Dog Days, man’s (and woman’s!) best friend: your family dog.

Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

Dog Days of Summer-Dog Themed Papercrafting Inspiration

Dog Scraps

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If you are like me, your pet is a part of your family and you want to include them in your memory keeping.  Here are ideas on how to incorporate them into your scrapbook layouts and pocket page projects.

Layouts by Melissa

Rosie Layout

A Day in the Life of a Dog Projects

Pocket Page Inspiration

Pocket Page Printable

Card Making Ideas for the Dogs

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Every dog has its day and its card, so find handcrafted card inspiration for ruff days and happy ones too.  These cards are perfect for your pet-loving friends and family.

Preppy Pups

Feeling Ruff

Happy Day

Happy Puppies

Hot Dog

DIY Doggie Décor

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Make room over your mantel because with these easy-to-follow papercrafting tutorials, you will be able to create home décor projects that are individualized with your pet’s portrait.

Pop Art Pet Portrait

Dog Silhouette

A Pack of Printables

Dog Days Printable Pic

Check out these free printable straw tags and cupcake toppers for the party animals! Wrapping paper, note cards, and wall art as well as paper crafting projects featuring several breeds are included in the links below.  Homemade papercrafting has never been easier!

Let’s Paw-ty Straw Toppers

Doggie Party

Lunch Box Love Notes

Dog Park Note Cards

Wrapping Paper

Set of 4 Dog Prints

For The Love of Dogs Print Set

Must Love Dogs Printable Art & Labels

Tramp The Dog Paper Toy

 

Are you a cat or a dog person?

 

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Paper Crafts

This post is brought to you by Martha Bonneau from Panda Eight.

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! When you mention July of course Independence Day comes to mind, but did you know that July is also National Ice Cream Month? To celebrate this sweet summer treat, we are sharing some of our favorite paper crafting projects featuring ice cream. Whether it’s cards, printables, or scrapbooking projects, we have something to share in your favorite flavor!

National Ice Cream Month Paper Crafts

 

Cool Ice Cream Cards & Tags

Ice Cream Card

Ice cream is a perfect theme for summer cards, tags and party invites. There are as many card making ideas as there are flavors of ice cream! Say thank you to a friend, teacher or family member with Lisa’s Popsicle Gift Card Holder or get your summer party started with No Melt Ice Cream Invitations.

Popsicle Gift Card Holder by Lisa

Wanna’ Chill Card by Corri

Ice Cream Gift Tag DIY

No Melt Ice Cream Invitations

 

Yummy Free Ice Cream Printables

Ice Cream Printable

Get a jump on your handmade summer crafting projects with this assortment of free ice cream themed printables. Print these out and then invite everyone over for ice cream with Amy’s Let’s Do Ice Cream Printable Card. Once your guests arrive, serve up cones embellished with cute Ice Cream Cone Wrappers.

Let’s Do Ice Cream Printable Card by Amy

Ice Cream Cone Download

Ice Cream Cone Wrappers

A Double Scoop of Printable Ice Cream Tags

Adorable Ice Cream Gift Tags

Ice Cream Party Favor Printable

 

Ice Cream Scrapbooking in Every Flavor

Ice Cream Paper Crafting

Preserve those sweet summer ice cream memories with handcrafted mini albums and scrapbook layouts. These paper craft projects range from a Sweet Ice Cream Album to creative paper crafting ideas like Becki’s Ice Cream themed scrapbook page.

Ice Cream Book Tutorial

Sweet Ice Cream Album

Celebrating with Ice Cream by Becki

Ice Cream Love by Stacia

Triple Scoop Ice Cream Album

 

 

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

 

 

 

 

Thanks for Participating in the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Swap-bot Crafty Card Making Swap  - Thank You!Last month, we were pleased to host a Crafty Card Making Swap over at Swap-bot! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. For our swap, participants exchanged a handmade card and included an inspirational message inside. The swap was meant to encourage participants to keep crafting, stay inspired, and have fun!

Our swap included a total of 32 participants! It was so much fun to craft an inspirational card, and it was a joy to receive one as well! To everyone who participated . . .

 

Thank you!

 

 In case you missed the opportunity to participate in the Crafty Card Making Swap last May, never fear! You can find a variety of amazing swaps over at Swap-bot.

In the meantime, keep your creativity alive by checking out some of our favorite card making tutorials!

 

Birthday Cards

Summer is the most popular time of year for birthdays! Now is the time to try any of these awesome homemade birthday card ideas. You can get fancy with 3D crafts or test your paper quilling skills with some of the cards listed below.

Happy BIRD-day 3D Card

Happy BIRD-day 3D Card

3D Miniature Birthday Card

Simply Stamped Birthday Card

 

Wedding Cards

Congratulate the new bride and groom with a handmade wedding card! Whether you like a clean and cut look or a vintage style, there are unique wedding card ideas listed below for your perusal.

Dress and Tux Trifold Wedding Card

Dress and Tux Trifold Wedding Card

Something Old Something Blue Wedding Invitation

Lovely and Lacy Wedding Card

 

Baby Cards

The most adorable cards ever are baby cards. Add a little quilled duck to a handmade card or use fancy die cutting supplies to make one of the sweet cards below.

Adorable Quilled Duck Baby Card

Adorable Quilled Duck Baby Card

Baby Building Block Card

Little Peanut Birth Announcement

 

Cards for any Occasion

For a unique new card making technique, try one of these cards for any occasion. From gorgeous ribbons to little pockets, you’ll find a new card that you will want to try.

Little Pocket Greeting Cards

 Little Pocket Greeting Cards

God’s Art Through Flowers Handmade Card

 Vintage Tile DIY Card

 

Have you ever participated in a swap? What did you make?

 

Hello, Origami Tutorials! How to Make Origami Animals and More

Learn how to make origami! We love paper folding over at AllFreePaperCrafts.com, which is why we’ve rounded up nine of our most popular origami tutorials! From animals to flowers to boxes and more, these projects are not to be passed up!

 Hello! Origami Tutorials

 

How to Make Origami Animals

 

You simply must begin with the classic origami crane. There is no better origami animal to start with! Even if you’re an origami master, the crane is simply a must-know paper folding project.

Swimming Origami Crane

Swimming Origami Crane

Perfect for kids, these giraffes are easy to make and totally adorable! The patterned paper really adds a fun touch.

Awesome Origami Giraffes

 Awesome Origami Giraffes

Once you’ve warmed up with some of the more basic tutorials, be sure to check out this dragon. Disclaimer: it does not breathe fire.

Origami Flappy Fire Dragon

Origami Flappy Fire Dragon

 

How to Make Origami Flowers

 

Start making flowers with another classic. The origami lily is absolutely stunning, and can be used as a centerpiece. This paper flower will never wilt!

Classic Origami Iris Lily

Classic Origami Iris Lily

The lotus is an impressive paper flower to make. The leaves frame the blooms beautifully!

Origami Lotus Flower

Origami Lotus Flower

This tutorial is extremely impressive and so much fun to follow along. While it will take a little longer to make than one of the smaller origami projects, this bouquet is not to be passed up.

Origami Rosebud Petal and Calyx

Origami Rosebud Petal and Calyx

 

More Origami Tutorials

 

Endlessly popular, these stars will go great with any paper craft! Use them as embellishments for your next project. They’re so small and stunning.

Folded Paper Stars

Folded Paper Stars

This tutorial is a practical idea for your next project! This is a great group craft with the kids, and you can use these bookmarks over and over.

Pocket Origami Bookmark

Pocket Origami Bookmark

This little box is a great idea for storing your small craft embellishments. The box comes together easily, and you won’t believe how sturdy it is!

Sturdy Origami Box

Sturdy Origami Box

 

Everyday Papers: ColorMates Smooth Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock

BONUS: Win Paper! The Everyday Papers: ColorMates Smooth Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock from WorldWin Papers are basic paper packs that every crafter needs! We are giving away one 12 x 12 pack of ColorMates Smooth and Silky Cardstock in Fresh Cream and one 8.5 x 11 pack of Kraft Cardstock in Grey. Contest ends 6/22/14.

 

 

 

What is your favorite origami project to make?

 

 

 

 

Across the Spectrum: DIY Paper Flowers in Every Color

At AllFreePaperCrafts, two things we love are colors and flowers. We decided to put both of these together and feature a spectacular collection of flowers in every color! Find DIY paper flowers in every color of the rainbow and more below.

 

DIY Paper Flowers

 

Red

Long Stemmed Red Rose

Did you know that the color red is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love? Red is a very emotionally intense color, so make a paper flower that really pops with any of these tutorials.

Long Stemmed Red Rose

 Popping Red Poppy Flower

 Cupcake Liner Poppy

 

Orange

Dazzling Orange Tiger Lily

The color orange is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. It represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation. Add this intense and abundantly creative color to your paper crafting with these orange flower tutorials!

Dazzling Orange Tiger Lily

 Prettiest Paper Poppies

 Cascading Paper Flowers

 

Yellow

 Easiest and Prettiest Paper Flowers

Yellow is the color of sunshine. It is associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy. Yellow flowers are perfect for summer with their sunny radiance. Use any of these yellow flowers for your summer cards and layouts!

Easiest and Prettiest Paper Flowers

 3D Sunny Sunflower

Kowhai Paper Flower

 

Green

 Perfect Paper Succulents

Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. What a perfect color for flowers! Make lovely green flowers that never wilt.

Perfect Paper Succulents

 Petite Paper Posies

 Quilled Fringe Paper Flowers

 

Blue

Shades of Blue Paper Flowers

Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. It is also the world’s most popular favorite color. For flower crafts that are relaxing to make and calming to behold, see these blue paper flowers below.

Shades of Blue Paper Flowers

 Incredibly Realistic Paper Hydrangeas

 Creped Filter Paper Flower

 

Purple

Radiant Paper Orchids

Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. Add a little bit of luxury to your paper crafting with these purple flowers.

Radiant Paper Orchids

Deep Purple Paper Dahlias

Crepe Paper Tulips

 

Pink

Stunning Crepe Paper Peonies

Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities. For a particularly feminine flower, make one of these stunning pink projects.

Stunning Crepe Paper Peonies

Pale Pink Anemone Flower

Faux Mulberry Paper Roses

 

White

Beautiful Paper Gardenia

White is associated with light, goodness, and innocence. It is considered to be the color of perfection. Add a touch of perfection to your next project with these white DIY paper flowers.

Beautiful Paper Gardenia

Romantic Book Page Rose

Newspaper Flower

 

BONUS: Find 10 of our favorite flowers in our collection, How to Make Paper Flowers: 10 DIY Paper Flowers.

 How to Make Paper Flowers: 10 DIY Paper Flowers

DOUBLE BONUS: Win paper to make your flowers! We’re giving away ColorMates Smooth Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock from WorldWin Papers! Enter here to win. Giveaway ends 6/22/14.

 

 Everyday Papers: ColorMates Smooth Cardstock and Kraft Cardstock from WorldWin Papers

 

What is your favorite color?

Color meanings source: Color Wheel Pro

21 Precious Paper Flowers

I don’t know about you, but I love the look that fresh cut flowers give to my home.  A bouquet of flowers can instantly liven up a living room or entryway, not to mention they smell beautiful…until they don’t.

The bad thing about fresh cut flowers is that they only last about a week…and there’s nothing quite like the smell of old flowers.  However, there’s a way to get the look you love and still have flowers that last for years…just make them yourself!

In a full bouquet, it would be hard to tell these precious paper flowers from the real deal.  These beautiful blooms look so real that you might even catch family and friends sniffing them just to double check!  For example, these gorgeous Incredibly Realistic Paper Hydrangeas look so real that you can easily use them for wedding centerpieces and spring and summer decorating.  The Faux Mulberry Paper Roses would also look beautiful as a Mother’s Day arrangement or placed in a lovely vase for a housewarming celebration.

Bonus!  We’re giving away an awesome kit to help you make your very own paper flowers.  Scroll on down to find out how to enter!

21 Precious Paper Flowers

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BONUS!  We’re giving away this awesome Pretty n’ Easy Premium Flower Making Kit, complete with everything you need to make a beautiful bouquet of paper flowers.  You have until June 3rd to enter, and you can enter to win once a day…so the more you return, the greater your chances of winning this awesome flower kit.  Head on over to the giveaway page to enter today!

Don’t Forget to Sign Up for the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Crafty Card Making SwapIn case you missed it, AllFreePaperCrafts is hosting an awesome Crafty Card Making Swap over at Swap-bot, and it’s not too late to sign up!

If you’re unfamiliar with Swap-bot, here is some important information! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. It takes the hassle out of organizing your own crafty swaps and allows you to engage with fellow swappers online! If this sounds like something you might be interested in, be sure to read the details of the Crafty Card Making Swap below!

 

What to do:

 

  • Sign up HERE for the Crafty Card Making Swap. You will need to create a Swap-bot profile if you do not have one already. You must sign up by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Create a beautiful handmade card. Any size is welcome.
  • Include an inspirational message! This can be anything from a crafty quote to a short letter of encouragement.
  • Mail your card. Your card must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 31, 2014.
  • When you receive your card, don’t forget to rate your partner on Swap-bot. It wouldn’t hurt to send your partner a small thank you message as well!

 

Some fabulous quote ideas include. . . .

 

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

 

Sign up here for a fun way to engage with fellow card makers! You’ll enjoy making and sending a crafty card as much as you’ll enjoy receiving one.

 

Swap me!

What kind of card would you like to receive in a swap?

 

3 Best Ways to Celebrate National Scrapbook Day

Did you know that National Scrapbook Day has been a tradition since 1994? Celebrated on the first Saturday of May, National Scrapbook Day is a marvelous crafty holiday that celebrates memory keeping all over the country!

The challenge thus presents itself: what are the best ways to celebrate National Scrapbook Day? We at AllFreePaperCrafts are here to inspire you with creative crafty ideas!

 

3 Best Ways to Celebrate National Scrapbook Day 2014

National Scrapbook Day

 1. Shop for Scrapbook Supplies

Shop for Scrapbook Paper

Nothing quite says “Scrapbooker Camaraderie” like unloading all of your recently acquired cash on all different kinds of paper. Our friends over at CutRateCrafts have a variety of paper craft products for your scrapbooking needs.

 

2. Throw a Crop Party!

Springtime Baking Cup Banner

 B.Y.O.S. – Bring Your Own Supplies. You just went shopping; now it’s time to crop! Motivate and inspire your fellow scrapbooking buddies to crop ’til you drop! Decorate with some of these project ideas:

 

3. Make Scrapbooks!

Now is the best time to get out of that scrapbooking rut. If you’ve found yourself creating almost identical layouts over, and over, and over, try something new! Get inspired to make a new layout with any of the ideas below, and find embellishment ideas below as well!

 

Scrapbook Layouts

A vintage find, this collection of layouts was shared by Creating Keepsakes back in May of 2011!

Grab the full PDF here.

Scrapbook Layouts from Creating KeepsakesMeanwhile, check out these scrapbook layouts found on AllFreePaperCrafts:

Scrapbook Layouts

. . . . and more!

 

Embellishments

You can’t create a perfect layout without some perfect embellishments, and we have an abundance of ideas at AllFreePaperCrafts in our collection How to Scrapbook and Craft with Embellishments: 13 Simple Paper Crafts:

How to Scrapbook and Craft with Embellishments: 13 Simple Paper Crafts

 

Last but not least, for National Scrapbook Day 2014 you must WIN PRIZES!

Simply answer the following question in the comments below for the opportunity to win a scrapbooking prize!

OFFICIAL RULES FOR OUR CONTEST

  •     There is a maximum of one entry per person. The entry will be based upon a comment left on this blog post. Duplicate comments will be deleted and are not tallied.
  •     Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  •     Winner will be contacted by email.
  •     You have until May 4th, 2014 at 11:59p EST to leave your comment on this post. Comments posted after that will not be counted.
  •     Contest open to anyone 18+ in US and/or Canada.

 

 

What are your favorite events to commemorate?

 

 

Inspire Creativity with the Crafty Card Making Swap!

Hey, paper crafters! If you love card making like we do at AllFreePaperCrafts, you probably love snail mail! In an effort to encourage not just the sending of snail mail, but the camaraderie of card making buddies, we are launching a Crafty Card Making Swap!

 

Inspire Creativity with the Crafty Card Making Swap from AllFreePaperCrafts!

 

Crafty Card Making Swap

 

If you’re unfamiliar with Swap-bot, let us be the first to introduce you! Swap-bot.com is a fun website that facilitates the sending of snail mail and internet swaps. It takes the hassle out of organizing your own crafty swaps and allows you to engage with fellow swappers online!

 

What to do:

 

  • Sign up HERE for the Crafty Card Making Swap. You will need to create a Swap-bot profile if you do not have one already. You must sign up by Tuesday, May 20, 2014.
  • Create a beautiful handmade card. Any size is welcome.
  • Include an inspirational message! This can be anything from a crafty quote to a short letter of encouragement.
  • Mail your card. Your card must be postmarked no later than Saturday, May 31, 2014.
  • When you receive your card, don’t forget to rate your partner on Swap-bot. It wouldn’t hurt to send your partner a small thank you message as well!

 

Some fabulous quote ideas include. . . .

 

  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein

Swap me!Sign up here for a fun way to engage with fellow card makers! You’ll enjoy making and sending a crafty card as much as you’ll enjoy receiving one.

 

Have you ever participated in a swap before? If so, what did you swap?