Hello December! This is the most wonderful time of the year, and you know what? This is the time of the most wonderful handmade presents as well! Every year I try to figure out a cute present I can surprise my loved ones. This year I designed a snowglobe, which holds layered embellishments, a photo, and a little surprise as well.

I share the template with the measurement here or sign up here to download the free cut file from my cut file bundle. By using the cut file you have all three different types of snowglobe, and you are free to resize the cut files and create your snowglobe in the proper size for your photo.

I can not stop creating these cute snowglobes, and it made me so happy to see how you like this super easy and quick gift as well. I already made three versions of them, a standard, a wider, and a round one. You can photos of little messages inside to turn them into meaningful Christmas gifts. Find every type of cut file in the cut file bundle.

Thank you for visiting my website, I hope you have found some ideas and feel inspired! happy crafting!

Hi Friends! Today I show you my favorite gift wrapping technique for tiny gifts. I’m sure some of you can use this idea as Christmas approaches, and I’m always very happy when I can inspire you! I create a few of these cuties every year, they always look amazing under the tree.

The only things you need is a piece of patterned paper and a trimmer board with a ruler (I used the premium trimmer board from We R Maker. Here are the steps of the assemble, and watch the short tutorial below:

Happy December everyone! This is the most wonderful time of the year and we could make it even better by stealing a little creative 'me time' into the cozy evenings and creating something pretty and festive to decorate our home and document our precious memories.

I have a new little creative idea to share with you today. I was inspired by Lora Bailora's new Postcards collection and I couldn't love more how this cute mini album turned out.

The base of the album is a Santa Mail Box, which is super easy to make (find the template below) or you can download the cut file I designed to make the process even easier.

The idea for this format came from a cute photo holder I saw in the Silhouette Store (it was a paper triangle with cuts on the top). I turned this idea into a festive decoration. You can put photos or tiny pages into the little gaps.

And the best part is that choco-bonbons can be put into the box, so you can turn this little cutie into a nice present.

The cut file of the box is part of my cut file bundle, here is the link to subscribe for free.

I hope you enjoyed this little mini-album and gift idea! Happy crafting! 

Xo Bea

Hi there! I’m back with a fun DIY home decoration today. Autumn is my favorite season of the year! I adore the cozy evenings, the colorful falling leaves, and the beautiful sunsets, and like every year I can’t wait to decorate my home with some fall-themed creations. These little paper pumpkins cheer up my desk this year. They are super cute and so easy to create!

And the best part is that you can add short messages to the back of the orange paper pieces (good wishes, a fall bucket list, or a favorite fall recipe) and it will become a nice gift that you can give to your loved ones!

Click here to watch a short tutorial on my IG.

To create the pumpkin decoration first I used my Trim Board by We R Memorykeepers to trim down the patterned paper into 4×3” and folded the paper pieces in half.

Now I grabbed a 3” wide circle dies. To create the pumpkin shape, I needed to use only a part of the circle, so I hid a small part from it using washi tape.

I placed the circle die onto the folded paper and aligned the fold to the washi tape and rolled it through the Mini Evolution Machine.

I repeated the process 8 times. Now I punched holes in the center of the paper pieces using the Disc Power Punch tool.

When finished, I attached every paper to a binding disc.

To finish the pumpkin, I added a little stem and leaves to the top. You can use a hot glue gun to attach the stem to the binding disc if needed.

One more tip:

If you would like to take photos of your pretty pumpkins, I show you my go-to technique to do that! First I stand my WRMK Photo Background on a smaller desk and choose a pretty background from the collection. Next, I place the pumpkins and props close to the background and place a light on the left side of the desk. (On the right side there is natural light). Now I place my camera in front of the desk at the same high as the pumpkins. Now everything is ready for a pretty photo!

 I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and that I could inspire you to create fall decorations for your home! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hi there! Happy Friday! The good news is that we have a whole weekend ahead to prepare gifts for our loved ones to cheer up their Valentine's Day. 

I have two easy and fun ideas to create for you, I hope you will be inspired to create something pretty with paper and embellishments.

First, I created DIY photo frames which I turned into little pockets to hold photos. To create the frames, I used my Frame punch board by WeRMemorykeepers, but you can use a trimmer board as well. Next, I made a pretty button that fit my frame and attached a paper clip and a magnet to the back using a hot glue gun. I put a cute photo into the frame, attached the paperclip to the top. Easy peasy. 

Here is the short TUTORIAL VIDEO of the process. 

The second idea I show you is my absolute fave this year. It's a cute heart-shaped strawberry with secret messages between the layers.

I die cut 8 heart shapes from patterned paper, and folded them in half, I punch one hole to the center of the folded papers using my Disc Power Punch and put four of them to a planner disc. Next, I grabbed a 5x4 cm paper piece, folded it in half, and then folded an additional flap, punched in the center to create a holder that fits the planner disc size. I attached a piece of paper stripe to the holder and added the leftover hearts to the disc 

Here is a short VIDEO TUTORIAL of the process. hole

Thanks for stopping by! XO Bea

Sending and receiving happy mail is always a pleasure! Especially if your favorite colors are in the package! These monochrome, personalized little gifts are sure to put a smile on my crafty friends' faces. And putting them together is super easy and fun!

The base of the happy mail is a 12x5.25" patterned paper piece which I folded up by 2" and then folded in half. I put double-sided adhesive to both sides and to the center to create the pocket. The tags are 2x4" and used the tag punch to add them tag shape quick and easy. To create a closure to the pocket, I used thread and a decorative button I created using my button maker tool.

Here is a short tutorial of the process: Intagram REEL

Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Handmade gifts for Mother’s Day are always so special. Today I'm showing you a super easy mini album base I created for my mom for mother's day. The cover of the album was inspired by a pretty gift bag and the inside pages are perfect for a clean and simple interactive album. Once you’ve put together the foundation, a lot of 7x7cm images will fit in it.

Watch the video tutorial to see the measurements and the basic steps of the assemble.

1. Cover: Cut patterned paper 9x30 cm.

2. Score at 11 and 4 and 11 cm
3. Use the alignment guide as a template and round the front edge.
4. Hidden hinges: cut thin white paper 10x9 cm.
5. Score in by 1-1 cm through the paper. Fold the scored lines and attach the spine to the cover.
6. Pages:Trim patterned paper into 19x10 cm, score at 1 and 9 cm.
7. Attach the three pages to the base.
8. Add additional pages to the pockets.
9. Decorate each page.

I hope you enjoyed my lil project! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hello, friends! Handmade gift boxes with tiny surprises for Valentine’s Day are always so special. They are pretty, represent your love and care, and so easy and fun to create! Today I’m showing you some super sweet paper gift boxes you can create with your Button Press tool.

Here is the video about the basic steps of the assemble:

I chose the easiest way to create the base of the boxes. I grabbed my Explosion Board, trimmed down patterned paper into 6×6″, and created an XXS box.

Next, I used the large cutting die of the Button Press and cut two big circles. These circles go to the top of the box. I trimmed a 1.5″ wide paper stripe, fold it at 0.5″ on the top, and fussy cut a wavy line on the bottom. I cut tiny notches to the top of the strip and curved around the paper circle. I attached the second circle to the top using liquid glue.

Now came the “cherry on the top”! I chose a lovely patterned paper with tiny hearts from the Go the Scenic Route collection by Paige Evans and created a small button with my Button Press. I love how cute is that red button, a perfect tiny gift for Valentine’s Day!

I poked a tiny hole to the center of the box’s top and pierced through a piece of green pipe cleaner as the stem of the cherry. I pinned the red button to the pipe cleaner, and voila! it became a sweet cherry on the top of a cupcake! It’s easy to remove the button so it can use as packaging and as a gift, win-win!

I made another design for the top of my “cake” box, a lovely flower with a pretty button in the center. It’s super easy to create that flower, the only thing you need is your Button Press! First, create a cute small button with your design. I fussy cut a heart shape and placed the center of a red paper to create mine. Next, cut six more circles using the small cutting die of Button Press. Fold the circles in half, and fold back the bottom corner a little bit.

When you unfold the edges, you get a nice, dimensional petal shape. Adhere the petals to the top of the box, and attach your button to the center.

I love how those boxes turned out and I hope I can make my loved once happy with them. Thank you for stopping by! Bea

 Hi everyone, I'm here to share a new mini-album featuring the beautiful Marigold collection and accordion technique! The size of the album is 3 x 4.5″ and contains 6 tiny pockets to hold photos and tags. I started to create the base by trimming down white cardstock paper to 16.5 x 6″. Next, I folded up 1.5″ at the bottom. To create the accordion base, I folded the paper stripe into six equal parts.

I curved the top of the pockets with scissors and attached them to the background with machine stitching.

When I was done with the base, I started creating tags to fill up the pockets. I trimmed six tags using patterned papers from the collection. I layered the tags with journaling tags and labels from the cut-a-part sheet. I also added stickers, ephemera pieces, and charms to embellish the pages. The next step was to create the cover! I trimmed down two pieces of patterned paper into 7 x 4.75″. Between the two papers, I adhered a 1.25 x 4.75″ cardstock paper piece to the center to strengthen the spine, and two pieces of ribbon. Then I attached the papers with liquid glue. I found the ‘happy little moments’ cardstock sticker to be a perfect title for my album. I layered ephemera pieces behind the sticker and added sequins around the title. I attached the base of the album to the inner side of the front cover using double-sided tape.

I hope I could inspire you to create an accordion mini album for your favorite photos and memories! Thanks for stopping by!

Hey, everyone! I’m so excited to share my first project with the adorable and incredibly beautiful Sweet Story collection by Maggie Holmes. This collection is pure happiness with gorgeous colors, lovely sentiments, and adorable embellishments.

My project is a simple and super easy album which could be a perfect gift idea to your beloved ones for Valentin’s Day.  

The tricky part of this project is that the pages of the album are attached to the paper case with a piece of ribbon so this way the box became a nice holder to the opened album.

Here is a video, so you can see the finished album and then the basic assembly of the paper case and the base:

I had two reasons to keep this album simple and clean. First, I created this album for my husband and I knew he preferred a simply styled album filled mostly with photos and personal journaling. Second, the playful structure of the album nicely showcased the beautiful range of patterned papers and I felt it needed only a few stickers or ephemera pieces to embellish.

I started my album by putting together the paper case. To create the box, you only need patterned paper and a paper trimmer. Find the templates of the box bellow, at the end of the blog post.

I adhered a big paper heart with a paper bow to the top of the box. There are a lot of adorable sentiments in the Sweet Story collection which is perfect for a Valentine’s Day project. I trimmed down the cut-a-part sheet and added the ‘You are magic’ card to the front of the box as a title of my album.

Next, I trimmed down patterned papers to 3x8”. I folded the pages in half and created a flap by cutting two 1 cm long lines from 1 inch of the right and of the left edges. I fold back the flaps to keep the pages quite open. I attached the pages with the back-to-back technique, and attach them to the paper box with a piece of ribbon. When attaching the pages to the ribbon in the box, the bottom of the pages should be half a centimeter lower than the top of the box! If you add heavy embellishments to the pages, adhere a piece of foam adhesive behind the folded tabs to keep the pages standing.

I hope I could inspire you to create a handmade album as a Valentine’s Day gift! I can’t wait to share with you more projects using the Sweet Story collection. Thank you for stopping by!

THE BOX BASE

TOP OF THE BOX

PAGES

Hi, everyone! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I wanted to share with you this lil project I created for my daughter this year. I feel that we can not say often enough our children how much we love them, and what are those things we love about them.

I decided to gather some cute things about my daughter and put them in a heart-shaped album. To do that, I printed out 20 tiny journaling cards with my thoughts and trimmed patterned paper into 5x7 cm to create 20 tiny flaps. I fold back the top 1 cm of the papers and adhered the journaling cards to the back. 

Next, I cut two big (21x19 cm) hearts from patterned paper using my Cameo.. I chose the red heart for the back of the album, attached it to a heavy cardstock piece and cut it around. Next, I adhered a wide ribbon across the heart background using double-sided tape. Then I added all the cute patterned paper pieces with my journaling on the back to the background and added photos and embellishment to the front.

To finish my album I cut in half the second heart, and attach the heart pieces with the ribbon to the back. I also added two cardstock paper stripes beside the ribbon to hold the half hearts in place.  I created the title with mixing and matching alphabet stickers from the Crate Paper sticker book.

This project is perfect to use up your stash and to give some love to your family members. I hope you enjoyed this project! Thanks for stopping by!

Hey Ladies! I’m so excited to share my new project. It’s the 1st of December, and we are slightly getting into the festive spirit figuring out gift ideas and new cookie receipts.  All of us like to receive gifts, but I find it’s always better to give gifts. Apart from buying gifts for children I always try to create something handmade and festive for my friends and adult family members to show our thoughtfulness.

This year I decided to create handmade paper ornaments, and I also created coordinating holders to them. Pretty gift for my friends and delightful crafting time for me 🙂

To create the 3D star, I started with cutting six similar shapes out of a 12x12 patterned paper. To save time, I designed a simple cut file and used my electric cutting machine to cut out the parts of the star. Find the free cut file here

Here is a short process video, so you can see how I put together the star and the box.

To create the coordinating packaging, I cut out the boxes from patterned paper. Next, I fussy cut tiny hills from light patterned paper to imitate the snowy landscape. I adhered a cute snowman cardstock stickers with an ephemera sled to the top of the ‘hills’ and layered pine branches behind them. I love how the pine branches added dimension to my project. I finished the embellishing with adhering gold snowflakes to the top, and the December sentiment to the bottom of the box.

On the next box, I completed the look of my snowy ’landscape’ with cardstock sticker house and sticker trees. I also added a car to the front of the house. So cute!

When finished, I placed the folded star ornament into the boxes, put a piece of handmade chocolate next to them, and added a triangle Holiday Card to the top.

I hope that you have been inspired by this gift idea today. Giving a handmade present is a nice sentimental gesture and I am sure the recipient would really appreciate it. Any questions at all about how to make these don’t hesitate to leave a comment in the section below!

Happy Sunday! Yesterday I had a fantastic, crafty day with my friends! We wanted to create a surprise for our friend's Birthday party and created a rainbow cake using my Birthday Cake mini album cut file. 

We added four pages to each cake and filled them one by one with our fave memories.

Hello Ladies! Who’s excited for Valentine’s Day? I am, and I have a fun decoration project to share with you today! Creating a Valentine's mailbox is one of our favorite Valentine's crafting projects every year. I used to put the pretty bags on the shelves of our kids. The tiny boxes look so pretty and festive, and my kids could collect all their precious little notes & candies into them. 

I started my project by selecting patterned papers and then, I cut out the bags with my silhouette machine.

Find the cut filr in my cut file bundle, here you can sign up for free access.

I used double sided tape to adhere the edges of the bag. Then, I punched holes into the handles and attach them to the top of the bag using brads. It’s super easy and fun!

When finished, I started to decorate the cute bags. I added ephemera pieces and cardstock stickers to the front and created a large paper bow to make them even more pretty.

Of course, I also created tiny surprises for my kids to put into their bags. I made fortune cookies, cards, envelopes for treats, heart banners and décor sticks using a paper straw and shaker stickers for them.



I can't wait to make more of these for our Valentine’s Day celebration! Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are inspired to give it a try.

Hey friends, its Bea here and I have a cute and super-fast Valentine’s Day gift idea to share with you today. I love making mini albums and love surprise my beloved ones with handmade gifts. And what’s better than adding a tiny mini book as a gift?

My idea was to create a tiny accordion album, then add a favorite photo of us, a customized Valentine’s Day greeting and a little surprise like a piece of chocolate, theater tickets, cute keyrings etc. I started my project with trimming down a 3” wide paper stripe from a 12x12 patterned paper, and score lines by 2.75”, 5.5”, 8.25”, 9.25”. Then I folded along the lines to create an accordion mini album. Easy-peasy.

Next, I made paper pockets to create space for tiny gifts and tags. Another way to add the gift to the album is cutting two slits into the paper using crafts knife and adding a ribbon. Then put the chocolate into a tiny package and attach to the album with the ribbon.  

I used two different techniques to add my journaling. First I printed out my message, trimmed into strips and adhered to a tag. Then I placed the tag into a pocket.  In the other case, I handwrote my message and placed the journaling tag behind an ephemera piece. I attached the ephemera piece only on the top, this way it became an interactive page with hidden journaling.

When finished, I adhered the photo to the album and embellished the albums with stickers, sequences, ephemera pieces.

These tiny gifts were so much fun to create! I hope you have enjoyed this idea here on the blog. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hello everyone! Its Bea here today, and I’m sharing some fun gift wrapping ideas. Creating pretty packaging has always been a favorite craft time for me in December! I believe adding handmade touches to any present makes it even more special.


Due to Merry Days collection has gift wrap papers and tags, it’s pretty easy to create fancy packaging for the presents! I always start my process by gathering all the supplies I need. Wrapping papers, ribbons, washi tapes, ephemera pieces, stickers, pom-pom maker and more…

My packaging process was mostly the same for each box, I just changed the color scheme or the materials. Ones I had everything I needed, I covered the presents with wrapping paper and tied around with ribbon, raffia or thread.  

I then created tags to go with them. For the pink wrapping paper, I chose dark green patterned paper with touches of red. I cut a banner and layered cardstock sticker with a red sticker label on the top. The white pom-pom is a cute addition on the design, and it can be used as an ornament after opening the gift.

I have one more packaging idea for you today! Around this time of the year, I love to surprise my colleagues, teachers etc. with handmade presents too.  This year, I decided to give these cute little house boxes filled with handmade chocolate, and I hope they will like them!

These boxes are very easy and fast to assemble. They are opening on the top, and the best thing is when the chocolate was gone, the little house becomes a cute Christmas ornament!

Here is the template of the gift box.

All you need to do is download and print out the template, cut around the shapes and draw around on patterned paper. Next step is folding the edges and adhere the parts with double-sided tape. Visit Crate Paper Instagram Stories to see the full tutorial.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you felt inspired by these simple and easy packaging ideas and will give it a try!

Happy weekend, Ladies! I have a new mini album to share today using the gorgeous Willow Lane collection by Maggie Holmes. I don't know about you, but I love to display my mini albums on my desk and flip through the pages over and over again.

This time I used an old picture frame to hold my album, I just punched two holes in the back and added two big bookbinder rings. It's a so easy way to display your mini album!   

I then trimmed the pages, and added my photos and embellishments! Willow Lane collection is so soft and pretty, perfect for many themes! I embellished my pages with stickers, die-cuts and decorative trim. I chose the 'Days spent with you are my favorite.' sentiment as my title, placed it on a tag and embellished with paper fringe and sequence flower. 

Here are the pages of the album:     

I hope you enjoyed my mini album inspiration today! Thanks for stopping by! Bea

Hello everyone! It’s kid’s craft week on the American Crafts blog and I’m so excited to share with you a fun project that my daughter created with me for this occasion! Spending time with my kids and playing with pretty papers means double pleasure for me! I love to see how my kids challenge their creativity by trying new techniques and ideas every time!

We just started thinking about our project, when my daughter asked me to buy a new case for her pink sunglasses. I immediately knew that this would be the perfect project for us! Paper cases or purses are so fun to create, and they are great to store tiny things at summer time! As my daughter’s favorite characters are unicorns and mermaids, I immediately knew that she would be so happy to use the Stay Colorful collection by Dear Lizzy. The pretty colors and cute icons are perfect for any kid’s craft projects!

We started with cutting the base of the purses. I cut a simple template using my cutting machine, and my daughter drew it around to make three purse bases from pattern papers. I absolutely adore how she paid effort in folding them as neatly as possible.

When finished, she started the best part of the process, the embellishing! She found a lot of cute things from the collection to decorate the front of the purses. She chose tiny puffy stickers, layered stickers, acrylic shapes and ephemera pieces.

She also asked her plastic needle and ribbon to stitch around the edges. I absolutely adore her concentration to make her purses pretty!

To add more fun, Kitti created handles for the purses using beads and embroidery floss.

This project was so much fun to create, and we had a great crafty time together with my daughter! I hope you are inspired to create one or more with your kids! Happy crafting!

Hello, dear Ladies! My mother always loves to get something handcrafted, and I try to surprise her with new ideas every year! This year I decided to create a teeny-tiny mini album for her that she can easily put in her purse, take everywhere and use as a keychain!

Sunshine & Good Times is my go-to collection for making mini albums, and I wanted to focus on the soft aspects of this line. To create the cover, I trimmed two pieces of heavy cardstock in size 1,5x2” and covered them with light blue Shine Bright paper. I connected them with a piece of striped fabric and adhered a magnet to the back of the front cover. Using magnets to keep close the mini album is one of my favorite technique so far! I placed another magnet between two pieces of pink felt, stitched them together with a ribbon and adhered a pretty flower sticker to the top.

The inner pages of the album have an easy pullout form. I trimmed three different patterned paper stripes, adhered them in line and folded by every 1,25”. I filled the album with family photos and embellished the pages with stickers from the Amy Tangerine sticker book.

I added my journaling to hidden tags, and also asked my daughter to draw a tiny drawing of her and her grandmother. I know my mom will love this tiny surprise from her grandchild!

My second gift idea is a super easy home decoration I created using many different Alpha stickers and paper flowers. I found this lovely quote on Pinterest, and thought that it would be a lovely gift for my mom.

I cut out an oval shape from the Shine Bright patterned paper and backed with a striped Sweetness paper. I created the title using 7 different alphabet stickers and surrounded them with a bunch of beautiful white paper flower.

Thank you so much for stopping by, I wish all the fabulous 'moms' out there a Happy Mother's Day!

Hello Girls! If you are like me, you find creating a home decoration for Easter as enjoyable as painting eggs. I can’t imagine Easter without some colorful and bright handmade décor and the new Maggie Holmes Flourish collection is perfect for dress up your home!



My idea was to create some pretty flower cones to decorate our living room and started the process with gathering all the supplies I needed for my project.

To create the base of the cones, I adhered a 12x12” patterned paper around a paper horn using strong double-sided adhesive. I put plastic foil and floral foam in the paper horn and stuck flowers into the foam.

It was so easy to create accessories to decorate the cones, I just needed to incorporate some of the beautiful Flourish embellishments. 

I used embellishments like an oval wood frame, decorative trim and cute stickers to add some sweet little details to my decorative piece.

To add a touch of gold to the wood frame I used gold glitter glue on the pattern. I also created a paper rosette using patterned paper from the 6x8 paper pad, and placed behind the ‘All things grow with love’ cardstock sticker. The addition of pieces like these really add a lot of pop to my décor piece and give it a more dimensional and festive feel!

This flower cone was so super-fast and easy to make! I hope you enjoyed this Easter décor idea and that I have inspired you to make something like this using the Flourish collection to decorate your home this year!

I'm a huge fan of cute mini-books, especially if they are as adorable and usable as these 🙂 Perfect size for a woman's bag, and please say that I'm not the only one who has to take notes about every important date, meeting, children's duties, etc...

I used the cute patterned papers and heart charms, paper notes, and stamps from the beautiful Oh my Heart collection.

Here is the start-to-finish tutorial showing exactly how you make one of these!

I played a little bit with my leftover patterned paper and my Cameo. I created some rosettes and embellished them with die cuts, chipboard letters, and stickers. Really good project to use up my stash. I will use them to create pretty packaging or embellish layouts.

You can find the cut file in my cut file bundle, click here to sign up for free!

Here is a sample how to use these little DIY embellishments on your scrapbook layout:

What about a cute 10-minute gift idea? And I show you more ways to use it! Chocolate is one of my favorite gifts for Valentine's Day! Especially if you put it in a lovely, handmade pocket! 🙂

Find the cut file in my FREE cut file bundle, sign up here!

I used my Tag holder cut file for this little pocket and the lovely Take Me Away collection from Paige Evans! Don't forget to create some unique embellishments to add a personal touch to your gift! 🙂


My husband and I decided to celebrate our birthday by presenting experiences for each other instead of stuff. We believe a good concert, or a minibreak spent together will become a meaningful memory for us.

So I created a mini envelope from a scrapbook page ( I used the Crate Paper Hello Love collection), where I can my tickets and birthday wishes put in. We also make a personal message for him with my kids playing with paper letters and with our camera.