DIY Shop Week!

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Express and display your creativity with DIY Shop from American Crafts! This innovative new collection serves as a jumping off point filled with ready-to-use products ideal for embellishing and enhancing. Products are presented in neutral shades of kraft, chalkboard black, bright white, and woodgrain. Personalize your handmade projects with DIY Shop!

This collection includes various embellishments such as chalkboard tags, file tabs, wood buttons, sequins, decorative tape, and wood veneer shapes. Add a splash of color to your projects with a 12 x 12 pad of coordinating patterned paper, bold mini staples, or the six colors of Chalkboard Paint!


Diana Waite (Blog: Diana Waite | Instagram: @dianawaite3 | Pinterest: @dianaw3) and Elizabeth Gardner (Blog: Elizabeth Gardner | Instagram: @myscrappylife | Pinterest: @elizgardner) are starting off this sure-to-be inspiring week!

Diana Waite


Supplies: Neutrals (71252) – Cardstock, 12 x 12 Paper Pad (366665) – DIY Shop, 6 x 6 Paper Pad (366983) – DIY Shop, Cork Scene (53465) – Thickers, Chalkboard File Tabs (366610) – DIY Shop, Sequins (366609) – DIY Shop, Wood Venner Banners (366619) – DIY Shop, Cork Arrow Stickers (366631) – DIY Shop, Newsprint Tags (366639) – DIY Shop, Cork Star Stickers (366630) – DIY Shop, Solid Metallic Gold/Silver Washi Tape(366614) – DIY Shop, Black/White Washi Tape(366615) – DIY Shop, 2"Star (63114) – Paper Punch

How to: For a tone on tone affect for the cardstock I decided to cut my background design the same shade as the background itself, then I sewed around the edges.

Supplies: 6×6 Paper Pad (366983) DIY Shop, Ali Mistable White (53372) – Thicker, Large Pattern Brayer Set (366607) – DIY Shop, 2" Banner Punch (63117) – Punches, Sequins (36609) – DIY Shop, Wood Venner Butterflies (366618) – DIY Shop, Kraft Scallop 

How to: I REALLY wanted to use the polka dot brayer to give a subtle background. I stamped with clear pigment ink, then embossed it with clear embossing powder to make the kraft banner shine!  One other fun touch was that I covered the veneer butterflies with the gold patterned washi tape.  After I ripped the washi tape into small pieces I placed the washi over the butterflies, making sure it was adhered well.  After adhering I flipped it over and cut with a craft knife around the edges.

Elizabeth Gardner


Supplies: 12×12 Value Pack (366665) – DIY Shop, 6×6 Paper Pad (366983) – DIY Shop, Sketchbook (331343) – Thickers, Chalklabels (366623) – DIY Shop, Die Cut Chalkboard Frames (366637) – DIY Shop, Chalkboard Tags (366608) – DIY Shop, Wooden Tags (366643) – DIY Shop, Kraft Tags (366640) – DIY Shop, Wood Veneer Butterflies (366618) – DIY Shop, Chalk Toothpick Pennants (366625) – DIY Shop, Wooden Clothespins (366620) – DIY Shop, Light Burlap Bows (366626) – DIY Shop, Cork Stickers (366631)

How to: Splatter in across the background sheet of patterned paper. Set aside to dry. Trim Cork patterned paper to 4×12 inches. Adhers this sheet at an angle on the background page. Place labels and embellishments. Place Thickers for title and then write journaling around this space on the tag. Place cork arrow stickers. Staple bottom left label and string to the kraft tag.

My kiah
Supplies: 12×12 Paper Pad (366665) – DIY Shop, 6×6 Paper Pad (366983) – DIY Shop, Patterned Brayer Set (366606) – DIY Shop, Light Burlap Bows (366626) – DIY Shop, Chalk Labels (366623) – DIY Shop, Wooden Clothespins (366620) – DIY Shop, File Tabs (366610) – DIY Shop, Kraft Tags (366640) – DIY Shop, Chalk Toothpick Pennants (366625) – DIY Shop, Chalk Badges (366636) – DIY Shop, Wood Veneer Butterflies (366618) – DIY Shop, Decorative Tape (366615) – DIY Shop, Chalkboard Tags (366608) – DIY Shop, Diecut Chalkboard Frames (366637) – DIY Shop, Banner Stickers (366635) – DIY Shop, Sketchbook (331343) – Thickers, Shoebox (366637) – Thickers, Black .03 (62311) – Precision Pen, Aqua (27317) – Wow Glitter

How to: Roll mini heart brayer across ink pad and run it back and forth around the middle of patterned paper. Variations of light and dark ink are a plus. Splatter ink and allow to dry. Tear a strip of decorative tape and place at the top of the layout, folding excess over the edge of the page. Adhere chalkboard elements. Adhere 6×6 patterned papers. Fold corner of top paper over and staple twice. Cluster photo, kraft tag, clothespins and flags together. Adhere. Place burlap bows on top of clothespins and adhere. Adhere veneer butterflies. Write journaling. Pull top layer of Shoebox Thickers off and sprinkle liberally with glitter. Place the title.

Want a chance to win a DIY Shop prize pack? Leave a comment here by THURSDAY (we have a special blost post on Friday!) March 21st 2014 and tell us your favorite kind of DIY project. Winner will be announced with Thursday's post! Good luck everyone!