The was my Parage of Papers Blog Hop project – a group of 24 Demonstrators got together and we each chose a pack of DSP to create 4-6 items from – I chose Washington Apple and it is one of my favorites from this catalog as it is sooo versatile – as you will see from my projects I have used just this one package of DSP to create different looks – from elegant and feminine to bright, bold & fun and on to soft & subtle – what a wide variety of things you can make from one little pack of paper – and I have leftovers too :-)

Elegant, Floral & Feminine…

The first item I would like to show you is the cute Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook – this wonderful book is made from just 3 sheets of 12×12 cardstock and 5 sheets of Designer Series Paper which makes it a very inexpensive scrapbook to make – it opens out and out again several times until it lays flat and holds lots of photographs – it is perfect for family and end of year teacher gifts and makes one very compact, easy to travel with cute album and it is sooo easy and fun to make…

I chose So Saffron Textured Cardstock for the base and chose the red, orange and saffron floral patterned papers to give an elegant and feminine look that would be a perfect gift for Grandma, Mom or a teacher. The securing ribbon is Riding Hood Red Taffeta – you could add extra embellishments as you like – you really can make this album suitable for any occasion.

To save space on my blog, I have a link to the tutorial for the Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook which you can find by clicking here

Here are some more photos of the inner layers…behind the flaps are large areas to put photos and you can also put them on and behind the doors…

My next project continues the elegant and feminine theme…it is a Pouch Card that is perfect for housing a surprise such as a sachet of cocoa or you could adapt it to become a get well soon card and put a chicken cup-a-soup sachet in it instead…or a herbal tea bag would be another idea…

I chose Riding hood Red Textured Cardstock for the card base and again the red, orange and saffron floral paper – I cut out some orange flowers from scrap sheets and adhered them onto the matching papers on the paper using a dimensional and sprinkled red glitter onto the centers of them to give a little feature that lifts from the page. I stamped the sentiment from a stamp in the set Oval All in Tangerine Tango Ink onto Very Vanilla cardstock and layered it onto the Scalloped Oval that I punched out of Tangerine Tango Cardstock – I tied around a piece of 5/8″ Satin Whisper White Ribbon, all of which you can find in the Occasions Mini, and tied a knot in front to finish it off – below you can see photographs of it holding the sachet of cocoa…

Bold, Bright & Fun…

For my next project, I decided to change the look – I decided to go bold and bright and created a fun Art Journal that would be perfect for a little girl who loves to draw and color…and Washington Apple contains papers that make it easy for you to do this….

I chose to use the fabulous spiral bound On Board Art Journal as my base book onto which I adhered strips of Riding Hood Red Textured Cardstock down each side and a bold floral patterned paper between them – to get the perfect top edge to fit into the spirals, I used my Spiral Punch on the floral paper and the punched edge fits just perfectly :-)

I took a piece of Tangerine Tango Cardstock and cut it to fit the front – I used my Spiral Punch to give the edges some texture. I made the word My by taking some letters from On Board Loads of Letters and painting them with blue acrylic paint – I made the word Art by using some Sticky Cuts Letters and sprinkled on red glitter. I finished my book off by tying ribbons onto the spirals – I used 5/8″ Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain, Riding Hood Red Taffeta and 1/4″ Grosgrains in Bashful Blue and So Saffron…isnt it cute? Those sparkly letters really shimmer and shine :-)

Soft, Subtle & all about Baby…

And onto my final items where I am changing the theme again to a soft and subtle look that I used to create a shower gift for a new mommy – a decorated Metal Tin containing a Stack of Thank You Cards for her to use…

The Tin is an empty Flower Fusion Tin that I had and I cut a piece of blue patterned paper from Washington Apple to fit the lid of it – I adhered strips to the sides also. The letters are from On Board Loads of Letters and I coated them with Whisper White Craft Ink Refill onto which I sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds Glitter. I attached 5/8″ Satin Whisper White and 1/4″ Bashful Blue to the top onto which I adhered buttons from Button Latte.

The Card uses a base of Bashful Blue with layers of Shimmery White and DSP – the giraffe is from the Wild About You stamp set and is stamped using Bashful Blue Ink – the edge is created using the Eyelet Border Punch. A piece of Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware holds the sentiment and the ribbon is threaded through it…what a cute and perfect new baby or baby shower gift which you could easily adapt to become a baby girl or bridal shower gift by using different DSP :-)

Parade of Papers Blog Hop is Here!
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188 thoughts on “Parade of Papers Blog Hop is Here!

  • May 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    WoW Sarah! I’m so glad to have discovered your inspiring blog. I’ve subscribed and I’ll be back to peruse your archives.

    Thanks for sharing the inspiration, the paper, the tutorial and of course the terrific blog candy.

    Pick a Favorite…are you nuts…they are all terrific…however since I’m just now getting into scrapbooking I have to choose the flappy scrappy. Such a clever idea. I love the idea of “mini” albums rather than fixed albums. So much less intimidating and I would love to have a reference sample to see while I work to create my own. Besides Apples are my favorite fruit and this one just seemed the “appliest”!

    Hugs and blessings – Jean

    Gotta hop…..

  • May 9, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    The Flappy Scrappy Scarpbook is great! It’s on my list of items to create now.
    I loved all of your projects!
    The tin is such a wonderful gift!
    I will have to get this paper now!
    Thank you!

  • May 9, 2009 at 8:05 pm


  • May 9, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I love all of your projects, however, the tin is my favourite.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • May 9, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    all of your creations were wonderful but I have to say the sesame street card was just too cute. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Rachel B

  • May 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    I loved your ideas, especially the Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook.

  • May 9, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    I loved your ideas, especially the Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook idea.

  • May 9, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Love the diversity of your projects … perfectly done!!

  • May 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    What a great scrapbook tutorial. It was hard to pick just one. There are all great. Love this paper.

  • May 9, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Boy, I love all of your projects and I adore that paper too! My fave is probably the art journal but I love the baby tin too! TFS!

  • May 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    What a great variety of beautiful projects! Love them all!

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I think my fave is the flappy scrappy scrapbook, but I love them all! Beautiful work!

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Your ideas all were great! My favourite was the tin of baby thank you’s- I love the color and detail! thanks for sharing!

    Sharon email:

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    Thanks for your ideas. I really like the baby thank you note card

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    OK – you’re going to make me choose??? Well, I think they just got better and better – but the baby thank you tin got me – what a great gift idea – TFS!! (Hey, my maiden name is Wills – maybe we’re related?)

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    Amazing projects! But I LOVE the punched art birthday card! My son is 19 months and loves Sesame Street. Thanks for the inspiration! :o)

  • May 9, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I love 2 of your projects.. the Flappy Scrappy scrapbook and the punch art card. the characters look so much like the Sesame puppets!!

  • May 10, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook looks very interesting. Love your other projects, too, but think I’d get the most use out of the scrapbook idea. Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of us!

  • May 10, 2009 at 1:39 am

    The Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook is my fav! I love everything else though too! DECISIONS, DECISIONS! I am enjoying the DSP blog hop! Thank you soooo much for sharing your creative ideas with us!
    Stampin’ Smiles from Ear to Ear,
    Ann :)

  • May 10, 2009 at 2:56 am

    the punch card is the cats meow.luv cookie monster and pals.gotta case for my grandson’s bd.thanks

  • May 10, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Sarah, all your projects are fabulous! I’m definitely going to try your flappy scrappy scrapbook. Thanks for being part of the blog hop. SA girls rock! Off to Deb’s….

  • May 10, 2009 at 8:40 am

    So cute! I just love your idea for the scrapbook!

  • May 10, 2009 at 10:45 am

    I love the punch art birthday card! I love Oscar :)

  • May 10, 2009 at 11:13 am

    ADORABLE! Love the pouch card and the baby tin with thank you note–too hard to decide! Thanks for sharing on the blog hop! It’s been fun to visit so many different blogs! Dawn

  • May 10, 2009 at 11:18 am

    This blog hop is such a fun idea! And I love the papers you have chosen, too – so fun and festive!

    Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  • May 10, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    What wonderful projects! I adore the Sesame Street B-day card, it is so cute, using punches which are my favorite thing besides DSP

  • May 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Sarah, I love that flappy scrapbook and can't wait to make one myself!! VERY gorgeous projects & I agree that that paper is super versatile!

  • May 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    If I had to choose one, it’d be Flappy Scrappy…but I really like the card tin as well.

  • May 10, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Love the flappy scrappy scrapbook – the colours are fab!

  • May 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    I’m at a loss to pick a favorite projects — blown away by your creativity. The details you put on your projects are amazing!

  • May 10, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I’m at a loss to pick a favorite projects — blown away by your creativity. The details you put on your projects are amazing!

  • May 10, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Your flappy scrappy is really cool. I also LOVE the Sesame street card! Great job!

  • May 10, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    I love ALL of your items – they are also so creative! My favorite is the Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook. You do great work – TFS!

  • May 10, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    My favorite is the Flappy Scrappy scrapbook. I am rapidly approaching sensory overload on this parade!

  • May 10, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Wonderful – you’ve really showcased Washington Apple beautifully!! I can’t decide if the flappy scrapbook is my favorite or the baby tin/card. However, my 5yo just told me he LOVES your Sesame Street card. Thanks, so much, for sharing!!
    (no blog candy, please)

  • May 10, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    My favorite is Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook and I can’t wait to make one myself!

    My name is Kelly Wood my email is

  • May 10, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Your projects are all so wonderful that is hard to choose a favorite! I really like the Flappy Scrappy Scrapbook. I bookmarked your blog so that I can come back and check out the tutorial. Thanks for sharing it. Amy (

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