Crafty Hangouts: Back-To-School Stamped Kids Labels with Blogger Jessica Hill




Our stamps aren’t just for addressing envelopes, there are so many different crafty things you can make with Expressionery stamps. We’ve partner with the amazingly talented ladies of Crafty Hangouts to bring you tons of ideas on ways to use our products. These videos are brought to you by some of our favorite DIY bloggers all over the web. With Crafty Hangouts you can learn how to best use our stamps for projects every month for the rest of the year!

Crafty Hangouts launched as a way to connect crafters and DIY bloggers together over creative projects. Each month new tutorials are recorded via Google Hangouts on Air. Viewers can tune in live to watch and craft along each step of the way. All the videos are then added to a robust library on CraftyHangouts.com for viewers to watch again and again. It’s a great resources for crafters, makers and the want-to-be hand makers!

This month, DIY blogger Jessica Hill of Mad in Crafts sat down with some Expressionery self-inking stamps to create personalized labels for her kids just in time for the school year.

Watch to learn how you can use Expressionery stamps for personalized preschool backpacks, keeping track of school supplies and even creating stationery kits for those older kids heading of to college. How will you be using Expressionery stamps this Back-To-School season?

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Quick & Easy Lunch Box Notes For Kids

how to make easy stamped lunch box notes for kids
Summer is almost coming to a close and back-to-school is just around the corner. There are lots of things to get ready before that first day. Things like new backpacks, new notebooks and so many other necessities on the endless list of school supplies. (By the way, where are all the grown up school supplies?)
Stamp kids craft paper to make lunch box notes
After a great summer break of spending time with family and friends, lunch box notes are an easy way to remind your kids how much you’re thinking of them, even though they are at school instead of home with you for 8 hours a day. Lunch box notes can be used to send reminders, inspirational quotes, jokes or even a quick “Miss You!” from mom.

To make these back-to-school stamped lunch box notes, grab some fun school themed paper and an Expressionery stamp or two. Customize the stamps with your child name or special “Love Mom” signature. Cut the papers into small notes 2” X 3”. Use a large craft paper punch to really make the notes stand out.
quick lunch box notes using an Expressionery kids stamp
Store all the blank notes in a special spot you’ll see everyday. This will remind you to drop one into your kids lunch during meal prep! Don’t forget to also take the time to write out heartfelt note or draw something for them to enjoy over lunch.

Stamp one special note, or enough to last throughout the season!

This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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12 Ways To Use A Personalized Lavender Sachet

custom stamped lavender filled
Expressionery stamps are great for all kinds of DIY projects. Everything from gifts for friends, rainy day activities for kids or making something special for yourself, like these handy lavender sachets.

Lavender is a calming herb used in aromatherapy to help with insomnia, restlessness or anxiety. It can be found at a local craft store, but any herb and spice shop should also sell lavender. Lavender is typically sold in a loose format as buds. For most DIY projects you won’t need much, so a small bag (about 8 ounces) will suffice.

To make a lavender sachet, find muslin bags in an appropriate size from your local craft supply store. Use a personalized Expressionery stamp to customize the bag. Next, measure out 1/2- 1 cup of lavender. Pour into the bag. Seal the bag and you’re all set!

When you’ve finished creating the sachet, repeat with as many muslin bags as you like. Expressionery stamps work great on muslin fabric, as long as you don’t attempt to wash the material! Once you’ve finished all the sachets store them in one of the following places for optimal freshness:

  • undergarment storage area
  • overnight inside shoes
  • inside luggage
  • inside gym bags
  • storing seasonal clothing
  • inside a bathroom
  • underneath a pillow
  • hanging in a closet
  • inside a car
  • hanging on a guest room doorknob
  • as a gift tag on a package
  • inside linen closet
Where do you like to use lavender? Any special places you prefer to store sachets? Share with us!

This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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How To Make A Baby Milestones Memory Keeper

Baby Milsetones keeper
Summer is typically devoted to attending reception venues for wedding season, but it’s also a popular time to welcome new babies into the world! Unique baby gifts are popping all over the place these days, with everything from diaper delivery services, to monthly baby toy subscriptions.

With that in mind, personalized handmade gifts are always a great option for baby showers or if you’re attending and newborn Sip-and-See party. Let’s be honest, new moms these days are busy, which means there isn’t much time to record all the cute baby achievements as they happen. A Milestone Memory Keeper made with a custom Expressionery stampk is the perfect alternative to the traditional, humongous baby book. Plus this project takes little time and uses crafty items you may already have at home- even better!

Handmade Stamped Baby Milestone Memory Keeper Box

Memory keeper baby milestone
To make this gift you will need a small box, some cardstock, an Expressionery self-inking custom stamp and stickers, or way to mark each milestone throughout the year. In this tutorial monthly stickers are used on cardstock to remember special moments each month. Families can choose to write on each card special notes from that time, or simply snap a photo to record physical changes from first month, second month, third month changes, etc.
Expressionery Stamp Baby's First Year
Instructions

First, find a small flat box. Reusing an old jewelry box or wallet packaging works great. A small box takes up less space too, and it’s something else to embellish. For this tutorial we used a baby-themed sticker found at the local craft store and Expressionery custom stamp to dress up the keepsake. Go for a simple, modern look or something to match babies nursery. This way the box can be placed on a nursery shelf or displayed in the home for guests to enjoy.
Memory keeper to track baby milestones
Next cut cardstock to fit inside the box. If you choose to record monthly activity you’ll need only twelve, if you want to record other milestones add more cards for things such as first tooth, first smile, first steps, first haircut and more!
track baby milestone with these cards
Then, attach stickers or write on each card a caption so Mom knows exactly what she needs to do. For example, Baby’s First Tooth or Month 3.

Finally, wrap the gift using tissue and a pretty thank you tag.

This easy custom baby milestone memory keeper is is a wonderful gift that can be used as decor later for the babies First Birthday party too and sure to be a hit with any mom-to-be!

This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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Painted Ombre Thank-You Tags For Any Occasion

PAINTED OMBRE THANK YOU TAGS
Ombre is one of the prettiest trends to hit the crafting scene and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down (unlike chevron, buh- bye.) These DIY Painted Ombre Thank You Tags are super easy to replicate and depending on the type of paint used, can really give gifts a pop of color. After you make a few of these you’ll want to paint a dozen to stamp with an Expressionery Thank You Stamp and have ready for the next time you need to say thank you.

Painted Ombre Thank You Tags


Sending a small gift complete with a beautiful handmade ombre tag is so much more fun than a traditional boring thank you card! By adding a handpainted tag your gift will have the thoughtful, handmade feel you know any recipient will appreciate. While this project does take some time, the outcome is worth the effort.

Step 1: Gather Supplies ombre painting supplies First, you will need a set of pre-cut gift tags and twine, or make your own by cutting out the desired size and shape tag from watercolor paper. Then, grab some watercolor paints, a small paintbrush, a glass with water to rinse the brush, customized Expressionery Thank You Stamp, paper towels and some newspaper to protect your working space.

Step 2: Arrange Blank Tags Next, take the blank white or ivory tags and lay them out on a piece of paper towel. This is important because you will want to soak up any excess water when painting.

Step 3: Start With Water Water is a key part of creating that perfect ombre look. Before you begin painting, take a brush and lightly cover the tag with water. When working with watercolor the pigment moves easily and the more water you have the better.

Step 4: Apply Paint How to apply paint for ombre Watercolor paints aren’t permanent to the paper like acrylics, so the color intensity can be increased or decreased depending on how much water is used. Watercolors are bright with less water and become pastel or transparent as you add water. For this project it’s best to start with the edge of the tag. This will be the darker more intense color. Add a tiny bit of water to your paint to get started and then apply a stripe of color to the tag. Let this dry about a minute or two and repeat.

Step 5: Add More Water use a lot of water with ombre painting Next, add a bit more water to the paint itself and apply a few more stripes of color to the tag. Keep these stripes as close as possible, increasing the amount of water in each stripe. This will give that that pretty gradient look. You may also want to use some water to pull pigment from one stripe to the next for a more subtle (less stripy) look. The great thing about watercolor is you can actually “lift” paint if there’s too much color by adding more water and blotting with a towel. So, don’t worry if once you get working there’s too much paint! Watercolor projects are easy to fix.

Step 6: Let Dry And Repeat Repeat ombre effect When you’re finished painting let the tags dry for at least an hour. Repeat the ombre painting process with the rest of the tags and switch up paint colors to create a colorful set!

Step 7: Stamp Thank You Ombre painted tags When the tags are dry, it’s time to grab your Expressionery Thank You Stamp. Line up the stamp across the bottom of the tag, or position it in the center for a horizontal message.

Step 8: Attach Tag and Gift Cut a piece of string or bakers twine to attach the thank you tag to a gift.

These tags are such a pretty addition to any gift, you’ll want to make ombre tags for every gifting occasion!

This post is a part of our 30 Days of Stamps blog series. Each week we’ll share inspiration and tutorials for easy handmade projects to make yourself featuring Expressionery self-inking stamps. For more stamp ideas, be sure to check out the 30 Days of Stamps series and share your projects on social media and follow along using the hashtag #30DaysofStamps.

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