DIY Rainbow Edge Stationery

Writing letters is such a lost art form. Now, the only paper mail I ever get are bills. And that’s just no fun. That’s why this DIY Rainbow Edge Stationery has me really excited to write letters again! I can’t wait to show off this super cute stationery design – and I’m so excited that I can make my own stationery at home instead of buying it!

DIY Rainbow Edge Stationery

If you’re thinking “I never write letters, this craft isn’t useful to me,” then let me just stop you right there. First of all, maybe you don’t write letters, but what about thank you notes? What about invitations? Some things have switched over to e-mail, but thank you notes and invitations are still much more meaningful and heartfelt when sent through the mail. And now, your letters will stand out against the rest of the mail! Who has time for a boring old bill when this fabulous envelope shows up in their mailbox? 😉

Love it yet? Find Instructions at Studio DIY!

Let us know—what are your favorite ways to craft with paper?

The Giveaway to “DIY” For + Pretty Paper Flower Wreath

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This month we’re celebrating 15 New DIY Crafts from some fantastic companies. Each day we will be featuring one of these projects along with a giveaway to help you craft your heart out.

Pretty Paper Flower Wreath

Pretty Paper Flower WreathWelcome spring with the Pretty Paper Flower Wreath. This gorgeous DIY spring wreath will be a beautiful addition to your front door or your interior decor. Learn how to make paper flowers with this clever tutorial and attach them to your wreath for a festive look. When you use paper to make your wreath, the flowers never wilt! Your guests will be charmed when they see this lovely wreath on display, and they will be amazed to learn you made it yourself.

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You can find this project, as well as many other DIY crafts, in our new Crochet Patterns, Painting Ideas, and More: 15 New DIY Crafts free eBook. Download your own free copy today!

 


Enter to win today’s prize

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Today’s prize is a variety of Darice products. Included in the prize is:

  • David Tutera Casual Elegance Tags
  • 2 Sheets David Tutera Casual Elegance Self-Stick Shimmer Sheet (colors may vary)
  • Darice Embossing Essentials – Basket Weave
  • Darice Embossing Essentials – Circle Interlock
  • Spectrum Noir Markers – Pale Hues
  • 2 Rolls of Washi Masking Tape (styles may vary)
  • Organization & Storage Chalkboard Labels
  • Darice Natural Hemp Cord – Metallic
  • Darice Dream Sequins Tape
  • Darice Dream Sequins – Glitter
  • Collection of Darice Jewelry Designer and Mix and Mingle Beads (colors and styles may vary)

 

In order to win today’s prize, all you need to do is:

  1. Like the AllFreePaperCrafts Facebook page here, AND
  2. Like the Darice Facebook page here, AND
  3. Leave a comment on this blog post below telling us:

How do you use paper in your craft projects?

 

todays winner The Giveaway to “DIY” For + Baby Shower Treat Holder

Thank you all for participating in yesterday’s giveaway! Congratulations to Helen who answered “Once again you offer wonderful products……winning them would be the cats meow…I am a crafter of many classes…these products would give any crafter joy…thank you” You’re welcome Helen! Enjoy!

To see the current giveaway, please check our giveaway schedule.

Don’t forget to enter The Giveaway to “DIY” For! Filled with more than $700.00 worth of amazing prizes from 15 companies, this is the ultimate way to get crafting this month! The deadline to enter is May 23, 2014 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.

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  • 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.
  • You must “like” both the AllFreePaperCrafts and the Darice Facebook pages to be eligible.
  • Winner will be selected at random from the comments on this blog post below.
  • Winner will be announced here on the blog tomorrow as well as contacted by the email address provided.
  • You have until tonight, May 12th, 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.

12 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovebirds anymore. February 14th may have started out as a day for hopeless romantics, but times have changed. Single, dating, or married, everyone can celebrate this feel-good holiday. It’s the perfect opportunity to tell family members and friends how much they mean to you. The most traditional way to go about this is with a card.

Keeping that in mind, the editors at AllFreePaperCrafts put together a collection of super sweet valentine card ideas that work for any budget or schedule. Ideas for Valentine’s Day: 12 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards and Other Valentine’s Day Crafts is chock-full of brilliant projects that are festive and fun.

Ideas for Valentine's Day: 12 Free Printable Valentine's Day Cards and Other Valentine's Day Crafts Free eBook

If you’re super swamped, try some adorable printable Valentine’s Day cards. If you have your heart set on making something by hand, we have quick and easy homemade valentines for beginners. And, if you really want to get into the spirit, check out this eBook’s bonus Valentine’s Day crafts for inexpensive projects you can use to decorate your home.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards

Handful of Love CardLuckily, “homemade” doesn’t have to mean “hard work.” In this eBook, you’ll find 5 valentine card ideas that are low-cost and lovely, yet require only a little effort. The cards in this collection use a variety of different materials, such as thread, adhesives, washi tape, and paint. You might have some of these supplies lying around the house already, and even if you don’t, they’re available at your local craft store.

At AllFreePaperCrafts, we have card making projects for every experience level, including some kid-friendly homemade valentine cards like this Handful of Love Card. This valentine card idea may be a bit messy, but it’s guaranteed to melt some hearts this February.

 

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards

Owl and Smarties ValentinesValentine’s Day parties are a great way to keep our minds off the cold, dark winter. If your child’s teacher has planned a classroom party to celebrate this heartwarming holiday, check out our eBook for some completely original printable valentine cards.

Sure, it’s easy to pick up a box of valentines at your local store, but chances are your child will end up handing out the same cards as one or more of her classmates. Make her treats extra special by pairing one of these printable valentine cards with a piece of candy, as we did with these Owl and Smarties Valentines.

 

Other Valentine’s Day Crafts

Valentine Hearts Tabletop TreeValentine’s Day isn’t known for its decorations, but once you whip up some of these beautiful Valentine’s Day crafts, it will be. Impress house guests and drop-ins alike with gorgeous paper crafts like this Valentine Hearts Tabletop Tree. We have free printable materials for crafts as well. Check out this Origami Hearts Printable for the perfect paper to use in your Valentine’s Day decorations.

This post has only mentioned a few of the fabulous paper crafts that await you. Download your free copy of Ideas for Valentine’s Day: 12 Free Printable Valentine’s Day Cards and Other Valentine’s Day Crafts today!

 

 

 

What’s the best Valentine’s Day gift you’ve ever gotten?

 

 

Memory Making 101: Scrapbook Page Ideas and Giveaway

When my sister graduated from high school, my aunt gave her a scrapbook. It didn’t look like much at first glance. The cover was plain green and it only had a few photos on it. Inside, though, that book was bursting with handpicked photos, captions, and adorable embellishments. My aunt spent four years learning how to make a scrapbook, collecting decorative pages, stickers, and stamps along the way. Fifteen years ago, scrapbooking didn’t have as much of an online presence as it does today, so my aunt designed the cover, page layouts, and embellishments herself. If online resources like FaveCrafts and AllFreePaperCrafts had been available then, she might not have spent hours struggling to put it all together.

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Even if you don’t copy one of these templates exactly, these scrapbook cover ideas can make putting together a memory book so much easier. If you’re just learning how to make a scrapbook, take advantage of free printable designs and patterns for covers and layouts. You can make your scrapbook look like it was made by a professional without actually paying one.

We have great cover ideas at FaveCrafts, and one of my personal favorites is this Tropical Memories Scrapbook Cover. I can’t help it; when it’s snowing outside, all I want to think about is the beach. This cover is especially fun because it incorporates several different media, including paint and glass, to achieve its summery look. AllFreePaperCrafts has some wonderful scrap book cover ideas, too, whether you want your scrapbook to be classy and chic or cute and whimsical.

 

DIY Scrapbook EmbellishmentsBlooming Scrapbook Flowers

My sister’s scrapbook was absolutely amazing and perfectly suited to her hobbies and interests. Because she spent a lot of her time at music department rehearsals, concerts, and other events, my aunt dotted the pages with notes, instruments, and marching band shakos.

Scrapbooking has become even more popular, so you can find embellishments to fit almost any theme. If you can’t find what you need in a store, there are tons of ways to make DIY scrapbook embellishments for only a few dollars. Take these Blooming Scrapbook Flowers, for instance. All you need is paper and a thumbtack to make one of these beautiful blooms.

 

Budding Stars Scrapbook LayoutScrapbook Layout Ideas

I’d occasionally flip through the pages of my sister’s scrapbook, wondering what the layouts for my book would look like. “Here’s where she’ll put the newspaper clipping from the play I’ll star in,” I’d think. “This would be the perfect layout for my Junior Prom photo with my super cute boyfriend!”

I finally made it through high school–without auditioning for a single play OR attending Junior Prom–and at my graduation party I could hardly wait to open my aunt’s present. I opened her gift box to find a hoodie from my college-to-be. It was a sweet gift; it just wasn’t the gift.

My aunt was so worn out from putting together layouts for the first scrapbook to even consider making one for me. Luckily, I can make my own cute pages with the help of scrapbook layout ideas like this Budding Stars Scrapbook Layout. Pink is my favorite color, so if I had starred in a play, this is definitely the page I would’ve chosen for that newspaper clipping.

 

Timbergrove Scrapbook Set

BONUS! We’re giving away one Timbergrove Scrapbook Set, a fabulous kit filled with coordinated paper and stickers. It also has some helpful tips on how to make memorable scrapbook pages and greeting cards. Check out our giveaway page to enter. You have until February 11 to enter to win this fabulous scrapbook set, so try your luck today!

 

 

 

Have you ever been absolutely positive that you were going to get a certain gift? What did you get instead?

 

 

 

 

FaveCrafts X-ACTO Circle Cutter Giveaway!

We all know how hard it is to cut a perfect circle, but this handy tool can help you create the perfect circular embellishment for all your crafting needs!  And since we’re just starting National Craft Month, there’s no better time to try to win this awesome  X-ACTO Designer Series Circle Cutter.

This handy tool can cut any sized circle you desire, up to 5 7/8″ in diameter.  It’s best used with cardstock and paper, but you can use it on photos as well…so it’s perfect for scrapbooking and card making!  To change the size of your circle, simply loosen the knob and slide the cutter to the desired width, using the ruler on the tool as your guide.  Then simply tighten the knob and place the needle at the center of where you want your circle to be.  Rotate the tool and the blade on the Circle Cutter will create your perfect circle!

FaveCrafts is awarding this awesome paper tool to one lucky winner, so be sure to visit the X-ACTO Designer Series Circle Cutter giveaway page and sign up to win!  You have until March 16th and you can enter once daily, so return often to improve your chances of winning!

 

Cool2Craft + FaveCrafts Giveaway: Perfect Paper Crafting Assortment

Scrapbookers and paper crafters, this giveaway is for you! This month, FaveCrafts and Cool2Craft are teaming up to give away an awesome assortment of Perfect Paper Crafting products! They will be a huge help when you’re putting together your post holiday scrapbook and making thank you cards for friends and family!

This Perfect Paper Crafting assortment includes three must-have tools:

  • Perfect Tears – This tool is necessary for creating textures, torn effects. This tool is double-sided and clear, making it unbelievably easy to use. There are three tools in each Perfect Tears set and each tool has two sides. This means that in one set you received six different edges to play with! This tool also has a secret weapon – a refillable water pen. This controllable flow of water helps you tear all types of paper.
  • Perfect Squares – No more jagged lines! Make the perfect geometric figures with help from the Perfect Squares tool. Use it to crop pictures, create squares, fix misaligned folds and create custom layouts.
  • Perfect Layers – To create borders and frames, you’ll need this handy tool. This tool allow you to cut from 1/16th of an inch to one inch. Oh, and did we mention there’s no measuring involved? Yes, you read right! The Perfect Layers tool will change the way you look at scrapbooking. Best of all, the winner of this giveaway will receive a set of three.

This contest ends on January 9th.

Enter for your chance to win. Good luck!

And don’t forget to—

AllFreeChristmasCrafts Facebook Giveaway: Martha Stewart Craft Station

There are few names that are as instantly recognizable as Martha Stewart. She’s got television shows, a channel on satellite radio, products in every category imaginable, cooking and crafting books. No matter where you go or what you do, you won’t have to look far to find something Martha’s touch. In fact, last night I noticed my bath mat was from Martha Stewart!

But I digress. Why am I bring up this media mogul and craft empress? Because, starting today, AllFreeChristmasCrafts is giving away a Martha Stewart Craft Station! If you haven’t heard of this project, it’s because it’s brand new. In fact, the Craft Station hasn’t even hit the market yet. The winner of this giveaway will receive one of the most innovative paper crafting products on the market – get ready to impress your friends and family!

 

 

So what is the Martha Stewart Craft Station? It’s basically an all-in-one paper crafting system. You can cut, trace, stamp, emboss and measure your projects to create the most exact designs possible. This product is ideal for creating cards (don’t forget that the holidays are coming), scrapbook pages, invitations, thank you notes, gift tags and more.

The lightweight package includes:

  • 12”x12” LED light table
  • Glass cutting mat
  • Cutting shuttle and movable ruler arm
  • 3 cutting blades and cartridge
  • Metal stencil
  • Stylus
  • Five 12”x12” tracing templates
  • Cutting knife
  • Alignment guide

 

And now for the best part: how to enter the contest. All you have to do is “like” AllFreeChristmasCrafts on Facebook and enter to win. You can also click on the “Sweepstakes” tab on the top left side of the page (underneath the profile picture). You thought it was more complicated? Ha!

Like AllFreeChristmasCrafts and enter to win now!

 

What would you make if you won the Martha Stewart Craft Station?