Creative Ways of Using Your Paper Stash

August 20th, 2014

Hi everyone, Samantha here with my first blog post for Jen Allyson Digital Designs. I am so excited to share a few of the techniques I used on one of my most recent pages featuring Jen’s beautiful Truly Madly Papers¬†and Flourishes.


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Back to School Projects – Storage Box & Banner

August 15th, 2014


I’m loving the Back to School projects this year, probably because it’s my little guy’s first year of pre school. For my Michaels Makers challenge this month I tried to think of projects that work for this age group but also can work for any age. Knowing that kids bring home lots of papers and drawings from school, I thought a great back to school organization project would be a storage box for all the keepsakes from the year. Of course it needs to be pretty so that I can do the same box every year of school and at the end have 14 of these keepsake boxes with all the important awards, artwork, report cards etc. from each school year. This storage box from Michaels is so cool that It will look great sitting on bookshelves either stacked or with the decorated side showing. I love how it turned out.


I found the awesome kraft storage box at Michaels. The brand is Recollections and the quality is fantastic. Immediately I knew I wanted to paint the lid and use Hazel & Ruby stencil masks to create the graphic style.

I don’t know if you’ve used or seen these stencil masks, but they make adding text to any surface so easy! Gone are the days of tracing and painting in the lines! All I did was take the letter masks and placed them exactly where I wanted the words.

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Utah Valley Parade Home Tour – Titan Homes

August 10th, 2014

I went to the UV Parade in June and every home just kind of started blending into the next. I wasn’t overly excited about this house based on the exterior images I had seen, but walking into this home was a breath of fresh air.


When I walked through it was so crowded, so I came back a few days later right at opening with my big camera and snapped pictures of my favorite parts of this gorgeous home. So lets just go through them… I love me a black/navy front door, and the organization of the windows/trim in this entry is so beautiful.


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