Shellye McDaniel's Blog Posts

Who doesn't love Summer and Farmhouse!  Today I'm sharing a sweet summertime gift that features the Summer Farmhouse Collection and the Robin's Egg Flip Album.

I prepared the cover of the album by first using the gingham stencil and a drybrush of red acrylic paint.  After the paint dried I added a layer of die-cuts and a chipboard accent. I also highlighted a few of the squares of the gingham with small pieces of leftover yellow gingham paper. 

As a part of the gift set, I crafted embellished paperclips and also stamped and colored a collection of kraft tags!

Moving to the inside of the album, I incorporated the SNAP Cards as well as a couple of freestanding pages created from pieces of scrapbook paper. 

Below I'm sharing each of the pages throughout the album!  Take note of the flip-up cards that were attached to the outside of the plastic sleeves.  I also made tabs for several of the pages with scrap paper.

I had an extra sleeve from the album that I wanted to transform into a larger pocket page.  To do so, I crafted two pockets by folding scrapbook paper along the bottom and turning up to make the pocket.  I attached each page to the page protector with high tack adhesive as shown below:

To prepare the ensemble as a gift, I tucked the album and tags into a cellophane bag.  The paperclip embellishments were attached to a piece of scrapbook paper with repositionable glue dots and slipped into a clear bag.  A band of kraft paper was wrapped around the packages and completed with a tie of ribbon!  Add a to and from tag and it's ready for gifting!

Thanks for joining us today! Be sure to check out my YouTube Channel for a walk-through and a few how-to's!


The things that you can stuff into a pocket file folder are many!  Today I'm sharing a "Simple Vintage: Coastal" Stuffed File Folder; it makes fun happy mail or take along with you and gift to a beach-lovin' friend!

I started with crafting the folder.  I used a standard manila file folder and sewed the edges closed (use adhesive or staples if you don't have a sewing machine).  Next, I used a walnut ink to lightly distress the edges.  

The front was decorated with an assemblage of embossed tags, a chipboard frame, stickers, die-cuts, and chipboard stickers.  To the top, I added sisal roping and also fashioned a knot of sorts (see video). Inside the folder, I added a smaller pocket from a folded piece of scrapbook paper; this keeps smaller items from sinking to the bottom of the pocket. One of the first items I crafted were these simple paper covered clothespins:

I used Mod Podge to attach the strips of paper and to also seal the paper.  Chipboard anchors were attached with a drop of hot glue. They were clipped onto a piece of paper, dropped into a cellophane bag, and then topped with a bag topper. 

Tags are always a favorite to make and give!  Here I've taken basic shipping tags and used a mix of media to complete them.  First I created a light background with an assortment of clear stamps.  Be sure to check out the video to see all of the cool techniques that were incorporated!

I'm so in love with Simple Stories' large chipboard frames!  If they're included in a collection: grab them!  Here I've used the "port-hole" style frame as the cover for a simple mini album.  Again, visit the video to see it in real-time.

Yep, there's still more :)  Next up is a decoupaged plaque. I traced the shape onto one of the 6X8 prints and trimmed out.  Again, I used Mod Podge to apply the paper and to seal.  I finished the plaque with a few die-cuts and chipboard pieces.    

Cardmakers, scrapbookers, and planners love little journal cards and I have the cutest way to gift them!  I created a mini pocket folder for the 3X4 cards from a strip of 6X12 patterned paper.  

And finally, one of my newest favorite things: mini file folders!  For this pocket I crafted two of these by simply cutting a file folder in half and then covering with patterned paper; it's easy, peasy :)

Now isn't that just a load of beachy goodness!  Be sure to check-out the tutorial and walk-through video of this project on my YouTube Channel 

Thank you for joining me today!



Make your little guy's next birthday party a blast with the "Birthday Blast" Collection! Today I'm sharing just a few ideas for party favors and decorations...let's take a look at the complete ensemble:

I started by making goodie bags featuring the adorable robot stamp:

The image was stamped (onto Neenah cardstock) with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and then colored in with the Copic markers shown above.  Next, I die cut the image with a 2" circle and then layered it onto a larger die-cut shape.  The bags were simply crafted from  6" X 12" strip of patterned paper.  For this 4" X 6" X 0.5" size I scored at 4", 4.5", 8.5" and 9" and then turned and scored at 0.5"

After folding the bag into the shape and securing the edges, I added a pipe cleaner for the handle!  I also stamped the "Thanks a bot" phrase onto the orange balloons paper and used a tag die to cut out.  

Next is a set of 2X2 flags for paper straws! I cut apart select squares from the "2X2 Element Sheet" and used a standard hole punch to make a hole at the top and bottom.  The straw threads easily through the holes and done!

The chair banner is great for photo-shoots and can also be used as a wall or high chair banner.  I started by laminating one of the 6X8 papers from the paper pad.  Next, I punched two holes at the top right and left corner and tied on a yard of ribbon at each side (use more or less as needed).  Paper strips in various widths and lengths (1.5" wide with lengths ranging from 4" to 6") were attached to the back of the ribbon with hot glue.  The banner can be tied around the chair or across a window...this is such a versatile project!

Finally, I decorated a wooden picture frame with a layer of patterned papers, chipboard pieces and enamel dots; looks so cute as a tabletop decoration or photo prop!

Other ideas: popcorn covers, paper hats, dress-up photo props, mini scrapbooks and guest journal cards (have guests write messages on 4X6 journal cards and add them to an album).

Thank you for wasn't that a blast!?!