Papertrey April Blog Hop!


Welcome Papertrey Blog Hoppers!

This month’s challenge was to create something using one of Lauren Meader‘s “My Timeless Templates“.  I made 2 things using the “Filed with Flair” template.  This template is like a magazine holder but for cards!

First up was a gift for my friend Maggie for her birthday:


Lauren always encourages us to pretty up all sides of our project so I added a back panel to the project so that Maggie could choose which side to display.  I personalized it with her name:


Inside I put a set of precut cards with some stamped embellishments so that she could make her own cards or leave them blank as she chooses.  I also made a set of dividers to separate each type of card with their embellishments.  Here’s a view of one of the sides with one of my favorite quotes from the “Out on a Limb Sentiments” set:


Instead of using the leaves from “Out on a Limb”, I used an image from “Simply Stationary” to match the rest of the images.

Here is the gift all tied up with chocolate ribbon ready to go to their new owner!


Next up is a card holder I made for my mom for mother’s day:


Inside I made a set of simple cards using precut blank cards so she could have cards on-hand to send as needed.  I used various stamp sets from PTI to add the card categories onto the tabs of the dividers.  I also prettied up the back panel so she could choose which way to display it:


And the set all tied up with gorgeous PTI ribbon:


Lauren’s templates are so easy to work with and make gift-giving so much fun!  Here are some tips I’ve come up with in using the templates:

1. My low-quality printer won’t take the high-quality PTI cardstock because it is too luxuriously thick.  So I print the template onto a thinner cardstock, cut them out, adhering the copyright and template info onto each piece of the template for reference.  Then I store them together in their own file envelope.  When it comes time to make a project, I pull out the template pieces and trace them lightly with a pencil onto the beautiful PTI cardstock and cut them out.  If there are traces of pencil marks left, I can just erase them.  I find that this actually takes me less time than printing the template out each time I want to use it!

2. Stamp and adhere the panel pieces BEFORE you assemble the final product.  This way is much easier to line up the panels and smooth them into place.

Hope these tips help!  Now go get yourself some of Lauren’s amazing “My Timeless Templates“!

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies: (All Papertrey Ink unless indicated)

Maggie’s gift:
Stamps: Fresh Alphabet, Out on a Limb Revised, Out on a Limb Sentiments, Simply Stationary, Totally Tabs (Stampin’ Up)
Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Stamper’s Select White
Ribbon: Brown Satin (Offray)
Template: Filed with Flair (My Timeless Template)
Tools: Round Tab Punch (Stampin’ Up)

Mom’s gift:
Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings, Borders and Corners Monogram Edition, Floral Frenzy, Simply Stationary, Wedding Day
Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Spring Moss
Cardstock: Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream
Ribbon: Aqua Mist Grosgrain
Template: Filed with Flair (My Timeless Template)
Tools: Round Tab Punch (Stampin’ Up)


44 responses to “Papertrey April Blog Hop!

  1. Holy canoly! Two very lucky people are going to enjoy your beautiful projects! Gorgeous stamping!

  2. How amazing! I am in awe, it’s so beautiful.

  3. Your friend and mom are going to love these gifts. you did a wonderful job.

  4. WoW! These are both absolutely stunning! I really love the matching tabs and folders.

  5. Oh my gosh I LOVE both of these – I have also used this template – it’s just the cutest for making up a quick set – LOVE how you personalized MAGGIE on the back – (I’ll remember that next time) _ I agree with your tips – I do trace most of mine cause my printer at home won’t feed the PTI paper super ideas – thanks for sharing.

  6. PS _ welcome to your first Blog Hop – hope you have fun!

  7. What great gifts! Love the color combinations you used here. And, thanks for sharing your tips for using the templates–my printer isn’t wild about PTI cardstock either–LOL!

  8. So cute! You certainly put in a lot of work for your friend and she is going to LOVE IT! Great job!

  9. WOW! I love that you “listen” to me! and prettied up al the sides of your template! Just gorgeous and well worth it 😀

  10. These are beautiful!! TFS!!

  11. Two wonderful projects. The recipients will LOVE them!!!

    It’s a good life!
    Terri E.

  12. This is very cool! Great gift sets!

  13. What a beautiful and lovely gift.

  14. What a great card organizer system! And you used tabs for organizing and everything!

  15. What a pretty project!!

  16. Beautiful stuff! I want to make my mother something like this for Mother’s Day. She’ll love it!

  17. wow totally gorgeous!

  18. Oh my word, I LOVE that second one!! I just love everything about it – the colors, the way you used Floral Frenzy, the tabs, etc etc!! Thanks for sharing.

  19. wow, this is an amazing project!!!

  20. Beautiful

  21. Oh these are BEAUTIFUL! what GREAT gifts!!!

  22. These are beautiful! I love the colors.

  23. Those are both just absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  24. This is just stunning! Love the colors; your recipient will be thrilled! Adore the way you used the stamp from Simply Stationery for leaves — brilliant!!!

  25. Beautiful projects! I have the same problem with my printer – it hates all cardstock, so I do a lot of tracing, too. I agree that it’s not so bad and doesn’t take that much, if any, longer. Also, I’m sure Lauren’s proud of you for decorating all sides of your project 🙂

  26. Beautiful! These will definitely be treasured!

  27. Love that Floral Frenzy on the second project! Thanks for the tips. My printer can’t take the paper either, and then I ended up with the black print lines. So your tips will help alot.

  28. These are both lovely! Love the pale circles behind the letters in Maggie’s name–what a nice touch!

  29. How pretty! Those colours are beautiful!

  30. These are beautiful! You did a fantastic job and thanks for the tips!!!

  31. Love your projects. Those files looked PACKED with handmade goodness! Wowsers!

  32. well, these turned out fabulously! I love the colors and sets you used to pretty them up! great work!

  33. You have convinced me i need this set. Adding it to my wish list. thanks for the great projects.

  34. WOW — these are incredible!! GREAT job with the templates…love your color schemes, and how you decorated them…brilliant.

  35. Wow! the colors on both are great! so soft and serene! anyone would love to get a gift like this!

  36. these are amazing. Would you be willing to share the template? I need to organize my cards and can’t finda template like this anywhere. Thank you

    • Hi Robyn! Thanks for stopping by! Unfortunately I purchased the template a couple years ago so I cannot share them. You can try contacting Papertrey Ink here to see if they still sell them.

  37. awwww Man! I can’t find this template anywhere! I click on the link and nada…dang!

    • Thanks for stopping by! I bought the templates from Papertrey Ink a couple years ago so unfortunately they are not mine to share. PTI changed their website recently and I cannot find those templates anymore either. Perhaps you can contact them and see if they are still selling the templates here.

  38. Love your sets. I love PapertrayInk I think the site is wonderful and love there Make It Monday video always. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Still can’t find the template…..any suggestions? The above link takes me to a page no longer found. I would LOVE to buy this template!

    • Hi Kate, I updated the posts with the correct links. Sorry, Papertrey Ink changed their website so the old links didn’t work. Please send me a link if you ever post what you make. I would love to take a look!

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