Welcome back for the final day of samples using the lastest products.

Before I share more on that, did you know that My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is sponsoring the Stamping Royalty Contest at PaperCrafts Magazine?!

 Check out the details HERE!

Today we share our Year in Review  projects which is a customer favorite, as we take our older products and make something new! This means you have an ongoing library of gift ideas and designs for products you may already have, or needed that extra push to allow yourself to indulge in!

Out theme this month is In Love. I asked the designers to take a favorite template and items and package a favorite gift item.

We are running a little short on designers this month as it has been a very BUSY January for us all! We do have some amazing projects still to share, so please pay a visit to our designers, and let them know how their projects may have inspired you!

  • Kathryn Berthiaume
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Tangii Crain
  • Also don’t forget to apply for our Design Team! Details here: http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2012/01/30/design-team-call/

    I am generally a VERY girl inspired project creator. I have been trying to NOT just make girly stuff because hey, I have a son, husband, brother and father, amongst many other MALE gift receivers to make things for! LOL! I find these designs can often be harder to achieve since I lean towards anything fun and frilly, but ANYTHING can be made masculine!

    A favorite time to give gifts for me is someone’s birthday. I love making something special with that person in mind :D So I created a gift set with one of my favorite older templates that I’ve always wanted to make “boy” themed. I needed a gift item for Alexa’s brother Austin (from her biological father and his ex wife). He is turning 4!

    This is what I came up with….

    Look who’s turning 4!

    Isn’t this so cute?

     I chose to use the Shop Til You Drop © cart in combination with the Insert Card Here ©, decorated in boy themed colors.

    Loving that NEW! Paper Wind My Manly Gears, inspired my colors for the entire gift set.

     I digitally colored my bird from the Wind Em’ Up set, and cut it out. I had printed my ” Look who’s turning 4″ and the “Happy 4th Birthday” sentiments using the Harriet Hop-Along Birthday © set.

     I love pairing old and new products :D

    You may wonder WHAT I actually packaged up in this template duo.

    So one of the best gifts to give in my opinion is a gift card! A favorite gift to give and receive, for me, is a gift card. It is a no brainer. It becomes a guilt free shopping spree for the receiver and there is no worry if it is the right item, right fit, do they like it or not? Do they already have it….you get the idea :D

    What better gift for a little boy than a shopping trip to Toys R Us. Since I don’t really know exactly what Austin likes or has….this was a perfect alternative.

    About my My Shop Til You Drop © cart

    The base of the cart was cut out using a smokey gray cardstock.

     I cut the additonal layers using an aqua color for the solid layer, and the cart cut out layer using Blue Bayou.

    The wheels were cut and layered using screw brads! A fun detail that matches the details of my bird image.

    Now let’s talk about the Insert Card Here © template, that holds the actual gift card.

    I looked at designing the top of this much like I would have designed a card. I used the Wind My Manly Gears on the main panel, strategically placing the bird where I wanted it.

      The ” Look who’s turning 4″ sentiment was cut out using the Flag Em’ Down cut file.

    I added the screw brads to the color panels like on the cart.

    Since the set theme has gears and screws it is a perfect detail!

    I included the paper inside the box insert to tie everything together, and insert my gift card into.

    All in all both of these templates came together very quickly and stood out amongst the many other gifts at the party. Most importantly it was made with little Austin in mind, using some of his favorite colors.

      Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Shop Til You Drop, Insert Card Here

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Wind Em’ Up, Harriet Hop Along Birthday

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Wind My Manly Gears

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Flag Em’ Down

    Well that concludes the projects for our February Release.

    Please view our Gallery for project samples, and alternative ways to use all our amazing coordinating products!

    You may also want to check out our blog for weekly challenges, and even more amazing ideas.

    See you next time!