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I posted a video today for the How-To for the junk journal, it is live on my facebook page, Right Now! Check it out you will surprised at how easy it is to make this junk journal. And, if you are not a Do-It-Yourself(er) you can always contact me at to order your own personalized journal. Anyway, her are a few pictures of the journal I made for the facebook page. It in two parts (the entire journal is made), part 3 will be ideas for embellishing!

A few other things that have been going on here at PlayWithPaper: I have one birthday card left to make for this year and that is my daughter’s. She turns the big “30” so, that calls for an out of this world good card (still thinking about that one). Can’t show pictures of the birthday card, incase the fam decides to look at the blog, but I can show a few of the just because I love you cards (as my five year old Grandaughter calls them). She actually picked out what she wanted on her card when we video chatted the other day. Here’s what she picked…..

I spent a day reorganizing dies and stamps, fun, fun, fun! and swatched out all of my markers, again, fun! I’ve included pictures of how I store my dies, stickers and stamps (for anyone looking for organization ideas for their stuff). When I swatched the markers I used a flower stamp I had and colored each flower and labeled it with a number or name so I could see what color the marker actually was on paper (it helps a lot, and it was fun to color all those flowers).

On the homefront (yes I stepped away from my paper crafting for a day or too, hard for me to believe, but I did!), we started planting flowers and vegetable in the backyard. As usual, I could not wait and yes they (weather people) are saying it is going to frost this weekend, so….. We will be going out to cover all the plants so the cold doesn’t kill them. I really need to learn to wait to plant until it gets warm and stays warm (but where is the fun in that).

Ok, so that’s it. Whew, that was a really long post. I know you’re thinking “just write a book, lady!” Sorry, guess I had a lot to share. Don’t forget to check out that new video on my FB page for the journal (make sure to watch both videos) and have a great week, until next time…..

Stay Well and Happy Crafting -Stephanie

This Week’s Crafting

Well, this week has been a little slow. I’ve hit a bit of a creative block, maker’s block, whatever you want to call it. But, I did make a couple of cards. One was a just because card, because sometimes you don’t need a reason to send a card other than, just because! And, another was a birthday card for a summer birthday. I’ll add pictures below.

My daughter-in-law asked if I could make a junk journal. A what? My reply, “I’ve never done one put I’ll see what I can come up with”. So, I of course hit-up YouTube to see what was out there and was inspired to make a journal that was geared toward beginners. No, sewing of the binding required, right up my alley. And, I have to say that I am pretty happy with the way it turned out! I have to cut a few tags for it and it will be in the mail this weekend, I hope she enjoys it. You can find a video walk through of the whole journal on my facebook page:

I have also been working on some “fancy” notepads. You take a store bought notepad (1 buck at the dollar tree) and make a cover for it, just like you would a mini album. They turn out lovely, and for those of you that follow me on instagram already know that I made one of these for my mom for Mother’s Day and of course already gave it to her (what can I say, when I’m excited about something I just can’t wait!!).

Wow, I guess the past week was not as slow on the crafting front as I thought. Anyway, I will be making a video tutorial (that will be posted to my Facebook Page) for both the “fancy” notepads and for the junk journal in the coming weeks. In the meantime you can always find me on Instagram if you would like to see what I’m up to in the crafting world.

Here are the pictures of the notepads….

Cards from the week…..

Social Distance people, and Happy Crafting! -Stephanie

Tools I Love to Use

Ok, I finally got a few of my tools together and thought I would introduce you to the ones that are always out on my craft table. I use these ALL the time!

The first one is the corner rounder, many different companies have corner rounders on the market. I have Fiskars corner rounder, because when I started doing cards that was the one the store had in stock ( I do love it though, I have tried others and I always go back to my Fiskars. Ok, what does it do, you asked? It will round the corner of your card base or topper, so if you do not want a square corner you get a bit of a rounded corner (its great when working on mini albums!)

Fiskar corner rounder. Easy to use , gives a nice corner!

Second tool I love is the Paper Piercer, again there are lots of these on the market, I happen to have the one from Stampin Up. This tool can be used for many, many things. I have used this to pierce paper very few times, but I use it just about every time I sit down to paper craft. You can peel the paper off of double sided tape with this, pick up small embellishment, move embellishments once placed, and I’m sure there are other uses for it as well.

And last, Sissix stamping pad, which they actually call the Secret Weapon. This pad is great to use when stamping with the clear stamps that do not have the foam attached like the rubber stamps. Although, I use with all my stamps. This mat is double sided there is a foamy side, used for stamping. This side helps you get a good stamped image (no one likes not having all the lines of their stamped image). Yep, it does help! I use to stamp (using good pressure) and at times would be missing lines or letters in words (the worst), but with this pad I get a good stamped image every time! The back side of the pad has a rough feel and can be used when piercing paper (this way you can lay the paper on the pad and not have to worry about your craft surface or your fingers).

So, there you have it. Three of the tools I use the most when making cards and mini albums. These items are all readily available on the retail market. Nice thing is none of them are expensive and they will make your card making life easier.

Until next time, Happy Crafting! -Stephanie

What Has Everyone Been Up To?????

Over the weekend I mailed out a couple of mask that I had made, we celebrated my brother-in-laws 60th birthday (social distancing in place, of course!), and we had a family Zoom get together Easter Sunday (Fun, Fun, Fun!). Pictures are included of course.

On The Craft Scene

These are the treat holders I made for the grankids for Easter. I mailed them early to make sure they arrived before Easter, and they did (yay!). The grankids loved them and I’m sure the yummies that the treat holders were stuffed with were long gone before Easter (lol).

Below are pictures of the treat holders ( I used the Treat Holder tutorial posted here on the blog. I used a 12 x 12 paper instead of the 6 x6, this is how I got the bigger size). I was very happy with the way these turned out! And, I’m pretty sure the grankids were too!!

This week in Crafting 4/13/20

I recorded the video tutorial (and posted it to the FB page) for the BookMark that was posted on the blog last week (I think it was last week, anyway here’s the link for that, check it out!). I’ve also started some new projects for Mother’s Day gifts. And, I will be working on some birthday cards for grankids (more birthdays, I can’t seem keep up, LOL).

Happy Crafting -Stephanie


So, here is another quick and easy project. A bookmark made from a tag.

Materials Needed

Tag * Stamps/Ink * Markers * Letters (to spell READ) * Ribbon/Cord


I used a tase that I cut with a Graphics 45 Die (ATC tag die), you could use any tag die you have or use tags you have purchased. The first thing that I did was to blend some Blue ink all over the front of the tag. Then I stamped the flowers on the tag (used a flower stamp from AliExpress) and colored them in (markers are Caliart double tip off Amazon). I then cut out the letters R E A D and used embossing powder on them before gluing them on the tag. I added some paper cord in pink and orange and called it done!

I have the video tutorial on my FB page, you can find it here!

Below are all the steps shown to make your own Bookmark from a tag.

There you have the possibilities are endless, use any size tag, stamps of your choice, letters or no letters. My bookmark is just a starting place, an sounding board if you will. Let your creativity run wild!

And, Happy Crafting -Stephanie


Everyone Needs One

Over the weekend I started making masks, as it has been suggested that everyone in the US start wearing a mask if they are going outside. Many have already been doing this, but they are all but impossible to find right now. So, the diy-er inside me said let’s just make some.

One of my favorite craft stores: Joann Fabrics has a few different sets of instructions for making your own masks, both in PDF and video format. You can find the instructions here. You can also do a search on Youtube and I’m sure you would come up with many different options.

Anyway, I have put my paper, inks, and other supplies away for a couple of days, so that I can make a few masks for my family. I have one done, did it Sunday night while watching the TV, and this morning cut more out to be sewn.

You can see below the finished product, works out nicely!

If you decided to try to make these yourself and need help, contact me and if I can help clear up the instructions I will.

One last thought, if you do make these as a bit of added protection when you need to go out for supplies, Please do not get complacent with social distancing (these masks are part of the solution not the entire Solution) keep the suggested six foot distance from others, better yet, stay home if you can!

Stay Safe! And, Happy Crafting -Stephanie

This Week….

So, even though the craft show has been postponed it’s been a busy week here at PlayinWithPaper. I’ve completed the paper purse that I mentioned in an earlier post. And, I’ve been working on Easter treat holders for the grankids.

First the paper purse, the tutorial for the purse came from the Posh Paper Lady. You can find her on YouTube, she has some awesome things that you can make (and a lot of the tutorials are FREE!) So, without further ado here’s the purse…

Next the Easter treat holders. Last week I put a written tutorial up, here on the blog and a video over on my facebook page, for the Treat Holder. In the written instructions and the video I used a 6 x 6 square paper to make the treat holder, this makes a nice little holder great for favors or school events. For my Easter treat holders for the grankids I wanted something a bit bigger, so I used a 12 x12 square to make a considerably bigger treat holder. I took a picture of both so you could see how much bigger one made with a 12 x12 square is than the one made with a 6 x6 square.

I have a couple of these treat holders to finish and then a few Easter cards to make. I also have a few orders to complete that should keep me busy and out of trouble this week (no time to be ordering craft supplies online this week). So, until next time …..

Have a good week! And, Happy Crafting -Stephanie

Next week: Tools that really help when paper crafting and making cards. And of course, more card ideas!


Here is another super simple and really fast little project you can do, seriously, less than 5 minutes to make this treat holder.

This is what you will need for this project

1 piece of patterned paper 6 x6 or 8 x8 (the bigger the square the bigger the treat holder) Embellishments of choice

How To

Take the square piece of paper that you have, I used a 6 x 6 piece. Fold this on the diagonal as shown in the picture below, you will have a piece of folded paper the looks like a triangle

Now take one of the corners and fold over to the edge of the opposite side: shown below, then do the same with the other corner

You should now have something that looks like this

You will take the top layer of the top of the treat holder (the part that you did not fold to one side or the other) and fold it down. This holds the whole thing together, you do not need tape or glue or anything to keep the treat holder together.

Embellish and add your treats…….Your done, less that five minutes to create. This could be used for school parties, baby showers, wedding favors, birthday party favors, the options are endless!

In light of this world pandemic, we all need to find something that will help us calm our minds even if for a few minutes. Maybe crafting, maybe something else. Either way, I will continue to post little projects for you. Until next time…

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy and Stay in…. Happy Crafting -Stephanie

PS: There is a video for this project on the FB page: @playinwithpaper, and I have also added some new pictures to the gallery here on the blog -hop on over and take a look

Wedding Album

I’ve been working on an album to give as a wedding gift. I’ve finally got the papers on the front and back covers and the from decorated. The album measures 9 x10 and has four interactive pages. This is enough room for about 50 to 60 pictures (give or take). Anyway, below you can see a picture of the front cover. I will be posting a short video on my Facebook page: PlayinWithPaper that will show how the pages work.

Until next time stay safe and happy crafting -Stephanie


Last night I made some hand sanitizer since there is none to be found in stores, and my mom and hubby are still working outside the home. So….. if you are having the same problem and can’t find what you need, here is a recipe for homemade hand sanitizer.

What You Need

Aloe Vera “GEL” the kind that says 99% pure, it very thick and clear or green Rubbing Alcohol 70 to 90% it will say on the label the % Essential Oil if you have one, it will work without, it will just smell like alcohol


Mix: 2/3 cup Alcohol with 1/3 cup of Aloe Gel add about 10 drops of your Essential Oil (if using) then put this in a squeeze bottle.

That’s it! Stay safe -Stephanie