Thursday, December 27, 2012

SEI & a Giveaway

Hello! I hope you are enjoying the holidays :). I sure am! Today I have two SEI projects to share with you - one to contain your holiday photos and one to get you organized for the new year. Oh, and an awesome SEI giveaway, too! First, a Christmas mini album:


I pulled the white and gold papers and accents from the Holiday Traditions collection to create this little book of 2011 memories. The pages are simply patterned paper glued back-to-back. The papers in this line feature gloss and glitter - so pretty for holiday projects!


I used my sewing machine to create the ruffle from the crepe paper trim in the collection. So pretty!


I wanted rings to hold my book together, but I was having a hard time finding gold book rings. So, I went to the jewelry aisle at the craft store and found gold rings there. I love that they are petite in comparison to book rings, which makes them a perfect size for this little book.


You can find more photos of this album here. I also had the pleasure of working with the Club SEI January paper crafting kit. Oh my goodness, this kit is filled with all sorts of great ideas for organizing. I chose to work with this plaid portfolio:


A few months ago I clicked through a recipe I had pinned on Pinterest only to find that the link was no longer good. I couldn't find the recipe again! I vowed at that moment to print right away the recipes that I would like to try. However, that led to random pieces of paper stuck to my fridge, poking out of cookbooks, and jumbled on my microwave. This portfolio has been a lifesaver!


The inside of the portfolio is filled with page protectors, which I divided up by adding the kraft inserts from the kit. To make the kraft inserts turn like pages better, I scored them where they would rest against the spine of the portfolio. Each section is for a different kind of recipe: main dishes, side dishes, and desserts. I'll add more sections later if I feel the need to.


To fancy up the inserts, I used patterned paper from the kit. I loved the pink patterned paper most and fussy-cut birds to add as accents. The doilies and alpha stickers came from my own stash, as well as the washi tape. I used my Silhouette Cameo to make the section titles.


Now, I print the recipe and clip it to or tuck it in to the divider. Once tested and family-approved, I will move it to a page protector. So far, this system is working wonderfully, and the portfolio looks so cute with all my cook books in the kitchen.


How would you like to win one yourself? I have one of these paper crafting kits to giveaway! There's much more inside - see?


To enter to win, simply leave a comment here by January 3rd. I'll announce a randomly selected winner on January 4th. Say hi, let me know what you think of my new mini album or portfolio, or share how you might be getting more organized for the new year.

Thanks for stopping by today and good luck! Tessa

63 comments:

  1. Beautiful Christmas album, the feather makes it look so sophisticated.

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  2. Love that Christmas album- so pretty with the lacy details and the gold!

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  3. Oh oh oh, this is a fabulous idea! It would be perfect for the monster okie dip I pinned just last night, and now you've reminded me that I must make it for all my work peeps!!

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  4. totally adorable and cute!! BTW I need all your tips on how to survive 3 boys! ;) lol Hope you are having a great holiday season!!

    We miss you guys!

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  5. Beautiful December album!!! And, I love the idea of having a Pinterest book! I am notorious for printing or jotting down recipes and never being able to find them when I finally decide to actually make them! Thanks so much for the chance to win one of these cuties!

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  6. Great idea. I need to get more organized. I'm going to be cleaning off shelves, and cleaning up my craft room! sharon dot gullikson at gmail dot com

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  7. love your little mini and how you just kept to those two main colours- it looks sooooo classy xxxx

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  8. Fabulous project! I need to make one of these too!

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  9. This is so beautiful. I love the gold, my color all through the holidays :)

    thanks so much for this

    Zoe lee
    http://www.everythingforana.com

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  10. Beautiful projects, Tessa! I love the gold on your Christmas mini. Hope you had a great holiday with your boys! :)

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  11. The Pinterest recipe organizer is brilliant! I always clip, cut or pin a jumble of recipes.... Thank you for the idea and the giveaway.
    Beatricelawson@gmail.com

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  12. I am a first time visitor to your site and just love all the projects and ideas. I love the Pinterest recipe binder idea because I would hate to lose the recipes that my family loves.
    moonbeamtoo@juno.com

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  13. Luv both projects~especially the recipe book w/ "pinned" recipes:) Thanx 4 the chance 2 win! ~prhmangel(at)gmail(dot)com P.S.~new follower:)

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  14. I need all the help I can get to set my sights on an organized New Year.

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  15. I love Club SEI and all the neat ideas to use their fun paper

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  16. Thank you for the fantastic recipe book idea.

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  17. I just love that recipe organizer. It would really help me out to have one. I am always printing recipes but have no where to put them. I really love your work, that Christmas mini is totally adorable. I just love it.

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  18. Would love to win, thanks for the chance ;)

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  19. i love all the gold and lace on the album, so pretty.

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  20. wow! thank you for sharing your organizer! and thank you for the fun giveaway! happy new year!
    marie

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  21. Great idea for the gold rings. Also fantastic way to organize all recipes...could include ones pulled from magazines too.

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  22. This is such a great idea and I was just thinking of putting together a recipe book with all of our favorite recipes that my mom used to make! I'd like her to hand-write some of them while she is still here so we can all enjoy them!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. Great organizer ideas to start the new year off right!

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  24. I just love your ideas! the recipe file is fabulous! I am definitely going to scrap lift it! And SEI is a fabulous company!!

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  25. Everything looks so beautiful! I'd like to win and give it a try!

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  26. Just stumbled on your blog and this recipe file looks awesome! Would love to win it. And am for sure bookmarking your blog!

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  27. Actually, one of my crafty resolutions is to make some mini books, honest?!
    Lovely projects here & great collection.
    Hoping this is open internationally?? Thank you! Caroline :)

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  28. Love the recipe organizer and would love to win a kit . thanks for the chance.

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  29. Love the recipe organizer

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  30. Wow, this was a nice project. Loved it!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Happy New Year!

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  31. Love both the album and the recipe organizer and the big bonus is they both look like quick and easy projects with style. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. I love mini books! Yours is just perfect with that gold & white color scheme!

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  33. Love the mini album and the recipe organizer (though I feel like the cover of the recipe organizer should also have a protective cover). Would love to win the giveaway!

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  34. Awesome ideas! I would love to give this a try. :)

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  35. Love your mini album, what a special way to save your memories!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. Oh, I really want to win it!

    xoxo

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  37. Love your recipe binder! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  38. Love both projects! But have to try a Christmas album next!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  39. Great albums! Love the recipe one!

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  40. What a great idea. My recipes are a mess. This looks like a good way to get organized and have fun scrapping

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  41. Such a great idea! I have printed out recipes shoved here and there.

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  42. I think is beautiful, love the colors too!!!

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  43. Love your albums! I am a PINTEREST Fanatic!!! I print tons of recipes! And yes they are all sticking out of my 3 ring binder :-) LOL!!! Crossing my toes and fingers for the Pinterest Recipe Organizer!

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  44. I just love both the Christmas album and the recipe album. I would really like to try a recipe album this year to get my recipes organized and available when I need them. Organizing them will give me more time to scrap since I will waste less time hunting for recipes!

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  45. I sent the last comment as anonymous by accident...
    Karen
    jrhoskin@bellsouth.net

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  46. I love your album! So very creative.

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  47. I love the recipe folio. I, too, print great recipes from Pinterest. It would be good to have a place to store them. Love your ideas!

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  48. Great idea for printed out recipes. I'm going to have to make one of these recipe books.

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  49. Love the projects and I always need to get organized! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  50. Love, love, love the recipe portfolio! I have been collecting family recipes for about a year now in my mothers, grandmothers, sisters, etc own handwriting and have been racking my brain to come up with a way to bind them and this is a perfect idea!

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  51. I, too, LOVE the recipe portfolio. This would be the perfect thing for my online recipes "collection" (which basically means I have printouts in every kitchen nook and cranny). Plus, it's just so darn cute! Thanks for the idea.

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