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SIlhouette Promo | Pocket Scrapbook Ideas – and Giveaway Winner!

It’s time to announce the winner of the Silhouette Portrait giveaway….

The lucky owner of a new Silhouette Portrait machine is: Analisa! Watch your email Analisa for your notification of how to collect your prize!

Wondering what you can do with a Silhouette if you are working on making a pocket scrapbook and do things like Project Life or SNAP by Simple Stories? I’ll share my latest pocket page below to show you! I like to do most of my pocket pages by topic or event instead of by week. That just works better for the way that I take photos. This particular set of pages is from the day that my husband and I spent at Disneyland when we went to Anaheim in January for the Craft & Hobby Association trade show.

Disneyland Pocket Scrapbook

Many of the elements in this project – including many of the journaling cards – are actually print and cut elements from my Silhouette, as you can see from the supply list below.


  • Silhouette Print & Cut File: oh happy day journaling cards by Jillibean Soup
  • Silhouette Print & Cut File: chalkboard set – best day by Jennifer Wambach
  • Silhouette Print & Cut File: 2014 Portrait 3×4 journaling cards by Sarah Hurley
  • Silhouette Print & Cut File: Amanda McGee Awesome Life Journaling Cards
  • Silhouette Print & Cut File: word flags by Jillibean Soup
  • Silhouette Cut File: Click! by Loni Stevens
  • Bazzill Cardstock (white smooth, black textured)
  • Silhouette Printable White Sticker Paper
  • Bella Blvd Sophisticates Alphabet Stickers (Pink-Red High Five)
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Marker (Peacock Feathers)
  • Bella Blvd Candid Cards (Lucky Starz)
  • Project Life Core Kit (Honey Edition by Lori Whitlock)
  • Martha Stewart for Avery labels
  • Xyron 150 adhesive machine
  • Sharpie Fine Point marker (black)

Four of the journaling cards are print and cut, along with a sticker I placed on one of the photos!

Disney Pocket Scrapbook left

On this side of my layout, I used a yellow chevron journal card from the Project Life Honey kit – and then everything else came out of my Silhouette Portrait machine!

The word “click!” was cut from black textured cardstock and added on top of one of the photos using my Xyron 150 adhesive machine. The chalkboard title card is a print & cut element that is added to the page unmodified. The calendar card was printed & cut, and then the 2014 was added in Bella Blvd stickers. The blue card with red border is also a print & cut element, with the journaling added with a Sharpie Fine Point marker.

Disneyland Pocket Scrapbook right

The two journaling cards with the handwriting on them are from my Project Life Honey Kit. The “oh happy day” card, which coordinates perfectly with the kit, is from a Silhouette print & cut file. The card containing the memorabilia – our Disneyland tickets – is from one of Bella Blvd’s new “Candid Cards” sets. Since I had the chalkboard on the other page, I wanted to pull some gray elements onto this side to balance that. (On the other side, there are elements incorporating most of the colors on this page, also for balance).

The last element is the banner sticker that is on the large photo from New Orleans Square. The photo had a lot of white space and needed “something”. This banner, created from a Jillibean Soup print & cut file on my Silhouette Portrait, fills it nicely while providing some needed yellow. Unlike some of the previous stickers I created for the candy packages, this one was created on the white printable sticker paper so that the background wouldn’t show through the sticker.

Easter Candy Bags – Silhouette Giveaway & Promotion!

I absolutely love designer Lori Whitlock’s cut file designs for the Silhouette machine. The series of candy boxes that I am showing you today on  here and on Scrapbook Update are beautiful examples of why I have a Silhouette library that is bursting full of her designs. (And be sure to read to the end to hear about the latest Silhouette giveaway!)

Easter Bags and Boxes CC

All of these are surprisingly simple and can be assembled with just this limited supply of tools (and some of these are really optional). The bone folder is great for creasing the folds of the containers and also for reaching inside to press down the glued seams, especially in areas where fingers won’t reach!

Easter Project Tools

A strong adhesive – and plenty of it – is a must, especially if you plan to put heavy items in your container!

Banner Flap Candy Bags

These two bags are identical except for the paper used for them. On the left is a paper by Lori Whitlock from the Sweet Girl collection, and on the right is a paper from the Pretty Pinwheels collection (both collections are from Echo Park).

Easter Bags CC

Supplies: Silhouette Cutting File (3d box ribbon tie pennant flapbox by Lori Whitlock), Echo Park Splendid Sunshine paper (Pretty Pinwheels), Echo Park Sweet Girl paper by Lori Whitlock (Quilt Blocks), Silhouette Print & Cut File (watercolor happy easter title by Jennifer Wambach), Silhouette Printable Clear Sticker Paper, Ribbon.

The cut file had to be rotated and resized just a teeny bit to cut on the Portrait but it is still plenty big to hold lots of candy! It’s so simple to assemble – no instructions needed – with a bit of adhesive and a few folds.

The Happy Easter logo is a Silhouette Print & Cut file by Jennifer Wambach that has been printed on Silhouette’s Printable Clear Sticker media, and then cut with my Silhouette Portrait. The process is way easier than I imagined before trying it. If you’ve never done it before, check out the video:

The logo is translucent when printed on the clear media, so you have to be careful what you put it on. The watercolor look is beautiful – and there are matching flowers available too!

Candy Slider Boxes

This cut file was designed to hold Hershey’s Nuggets but as you can see it also perfectly holds five mini Reese’s Cups! Two letter sized sheets, one for the drawer and one for the wrapper, will cut TWO of these boxes if you duplicate the cuts and move the layout around in the cutting window.

Easter Boxes CC

Supplies: Silhouette Cutting File (Hershey’s Nuggets Candy Box by Lori Whitlock), Bazzill Smooth Cardstock (White), Carta Bella So Noted paper (Silhouettes), Silhouette Print & Cut File (Chicken Dumpling Soup Labels by Jillibean Soup), Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings (Pink Lemonade), Doodlebug Doodle Twine (Bright Assortment), Close To My Heart Ink (Crystal Blue), Lawn Fawn stamps (Love n’ Breakfast).

The drawer on this is designed as a tight fit – necessary to keep it from falling open – so the paper weight makes a big difference in its assembly and function. A lighter weight paper is best for the drawer, and going too heavy on the wrapper paper will also make it too tight.

The labels on these boxes illustrate one of my favorite things about using the print and cut feature on the Silhouette. These labels are from a Jillibean Soup collection released in early 2012. These “soup labels” as they call them are sold as sticker sheets. As a print & cut file, I have the option of printing them as stickers, but also on regular cardstock like I did on this project, to make them into tags. I also have the option (like I did on this project) of changing the size when I print & cut them myself. I enlarged these tags quite a bit from their original size so that they would be a good size for this project. And, of course, if I wanted to, I can print as many as I need if I want to make multiples for a party or school exchange, or whatever.

The label with the chick on it was blank, so I grabbed my Lawn Fawn “Love n’ Breakfast” stamp set and stamped “you’re egg-cellent” on it. This is why it’s important to know your supplies. This wasn’t an Easter-themed stamp set, yet it had the perfect stamp in it for my theme!

Since the boxes are small, twine was the perfect “weight” to wrap around them, and the colors of it are so spring-y!

Want more ideas on how to use files like this? Follow Silhouette America on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook! Or visit our sister site, Scrapbook Update, to see four more Easter candy bag examples!


Would you like to win a machine? We are giving away a Silhouette Portrait machine to one lucky Craft Critique reader!

How To Enter: All you have to do to have a chance to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight Pacific Time on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Craft Critique staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only are eligible.

Giveaway | Scrapbooking Mysteries Book – Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

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Here’s a fun giveaway as the weather turns cold – a book to cozy up to!

New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs has just released the 11th book in her Scrapbook Mysteries series. This one, titled “Gilt Trip“, takes scrapbook store owner through a dizzying series of New Orleans high society events as she solves the murder of a business tycoon at his “Welcome Home” party after his release from prison.

Gilt Trip cover

Gilt Trip is steeped in the sights, sounds, and smells that are uniquely New Orleans, and references to scrapbooking and mixed media projects thread through the narrative as well, as Carmela juggles running her Memory Mine store with solving a murder.

Although I’m not normally a fiction reader myself, I found this book a very entertaining read. Laura paints a vivid description of New Orleans high society and the mystery is engaging without being too heavy. You will definitely get hungry reading this book, as one of the signature aspects of New Orleans is its cuisine, and Laura certainly does it justice. Gilt Trip even includes recipes for Big Easy Brownies, Cajun Chicken, and Crockpot Meatloaf that are sure to get your mouth watering!

Giveaway: If you’d like a chance to read Gilt Trip, you can win an autographed hardcover copy from Craft Critique!

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