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Make It Merry ... right down to the packaging!


Hey there everyone! I would like to start my last post by sharing how much I've loved being a part of October Afternoon this month! Thank you all for your sweet comments on the blog, I've read them all, and they've totally made me smile! (((hugs))) 

Here is my final piece of joy to share with you all, using the "Make it Merry" collection of goodies! I'm sure you can understand how I have fallen in LOVE with it all!


If you don't happen to have any of the OA spray inks, I HIGHLY recommend  them! They are the perfect opaqueness to show up on dark pages, and splatter perfectly with just a little shake of your wrist. I used OA Buttermilk for this layout on the background.


Another of my favorite reasons I love this line, is the depth of color. Adding the teal blue for a non traditional flair, is just perfect! Right now this teal is my favorite color to work with!  

I often use super cool packaging from products on my layouts, don't you? Well if you take a close look at the matting I did with my picture here, you will see that I used the packaging from the rubber stamps. Isn't that fun? I just loved it and had to find a way to incorporate this onto my page. 

Kneddo first pic

Now, with Christmas right around the corner, I've been looking on Pinterest for inspiration more than ever. I'm seeing a ton of fun tag themes out there, which is what inspired me to create this layout. I decided to showcase several of the "Make it Merry" patterned papers by creating these simple tags.


I layered the tags over more tags with the matching cardstock I used for the background paper. I wanted to add a subtle texture to the teal tags, so do this, I used my versa mark ink pad with the snowflake background stamp just to see a slight shadow of the snowflake on the paper.

See what I mean about the packaging too? You just have to find use for that, right?

I love how October Afternoon is so detail oriented. From their packaging, to their products., EVERYTHING is usable!

Thank you all again for having me as the November guest designer. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with these beautiful products and the OA team! It's been a great honor and joy! :) 

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More Make It Merry Gift Wrap Ideas!

Hey everyone! Roree here, along with Amy, to share some more fun gift wrap and packaging ideas using the totally cute Make It Merry collection.

I created a few pillow boxes to dress up with some fun bows and embellishments. I cut the pillow boxes out with my Cricut Expression 2 and Close to My Heart Art Philosophy cartridge.



Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 29 Gift Wrap-Pillow Box Set 2

 For my first box, I created a classic bow.

Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 29 Gift Wrap-Season's Greetings 2

I folded 13 strips of patterned paper and layered and adhered them to create the bow. I added some fun die cuts from the Miscellany pack to finish the box.

For the second box, I created a rosette.

Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 29 Gift Wrap-Rosette 2

I cut the scalloped strip using my Cricut Expression 2 and Ribbons & Rosettes cartridge.  You could easily create your own with a strip of patterned paper and some scallop-edged scissors. I thought is would be a fun change from a traditional bow. I finished the rosette with a Tidbits die cut circle, a coulple of buttons and some ribbon from the Miscellany pack, and a tag that I altered from the Designer Brads pack.

For the third box, I created another paper bow.


Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 29 Gift Wrap-Christmas Wishes 2

This one I cut out with my Cricut Expression 2, Cricut Craft Room design software, and the 3D Bows digital cartridge. This one was quick and easy, only three cuts and a little adhesive to put it together. I wrapped the box with some patterned paper strips and added a few Little Flyers to the bow to finish.

Amy created some darling origami boxes perfect for smaller gifts. She will tell you a little more about them.


"I decided to create some little gift boxes made by origami folding. You can readily find lots of the same instructions online simply by searching for "origami boxes with lids". These fun little boxes are super simple to make and are perfectly suited to all types of gift giving. I can see making several of these little boxes for small gifts for teachers with my daughter's help this year!

I created 3 boxes using the Make it Merry 8x8" paper pads. The only cutting involved is trimming off the edge from the paper pad, the rest is very basic folding. Finished, these small boxes measure, about 3"-3.25" .


I also created one to share with you out of a 12x12" sheet. If you choose to make this size box, the finished size will end up being about 4.25" square.


To finish my boxes up, I created belly-bands for each measuring 1.5" x 9.5". This allows for simple unwrapping and a place to also adhere your embellishing. My embellishments are a mixture of handcut paper from the Make it Merry collection, star garland from the Make it Merry Mini Book kit, found here, and Make it Merry Stickers and Little Flyers."








Aren't they the cutest things?! I can't wait to make some of my own!  :)

We hope you all enjoyed today's gift wrap and packaging ideas using the Make It Merry collection. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Week 2 Santa Sacks are on sale NOW!


Wow!   Week 1 of our Santa Sacks sold out in record time … Thanks to everyone who made a purchase!  Judging by the feedback we’ve received from buyers, Santa and his elves didn’t fail to please!

If you liked what you got in the first box, you’re going to love what Week 2 contains. And if, by chance, you didn’t get in on the action during Week 1, you’re not going to want to miss out this week!

That’s right, the Week 2 Santa Sack offers another great array of October Afternoon products at a huge discount … and everything you’ll find inside is different from what was in the Week 1 box!   It’s packed with great October Afternoon products valued at more than $100 (retail), and is the same amazing low price of just $39.99 plus shipping!!

We ask you ... Does it get any better than that?!

Well, yes it does! Remember that for each Santa Sack you purchase, your name is entered into a drawing to be held at the end of the sale for the Ultimate Santa Sack … a box containing more than $200 (retail value) of October Afternoon goodies!!

The elves have been busy packing this week’s Santa Sacks and if Week 1 is any indication, they’re bound to go fast … so don’t delay … order yours now!

Shipping and Handling will be as follows:
Continental USA / APO - $10.00
Hawaii / Alaska - $16.00
Canada - $18.00
and all other Countries $32.00


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Christmas gift wrap ideas for you!

Hi Everyone! It's Becky here today along with Jill. We have a few simple ideas for gift wrap using your OA products. I had a GREAT time putting these ideas together and I got more and more excited as the product inspired me! Looking at Jill's amazing ideas, I'm fairly certain she felt the same way. 

Here are Jill's beautiful packages:

OA presents


Top left:  I arranged four strips of Make It Merry washi tape horizontally, and tied a green bow from the Make It Merry Miscellany over the top.
Top right:  In a variation on the usual red-and-green holiday color scheme, I used pink and mint green. I coated two Make It Merry chipboard numbers with pink glitter, and placed them over a Sprinklers-splattered background. 
Bottom left:  I sewed two rows of Make It Merry Sew Fun banners and wrapped them around the package, along with some hemp twine. 
Bottom right: I gathered together some odds and ends from the Make It Merry collection, including buttons, stickers, tidbits, and brads.  I added pop dots to the large "25" so that it would stand out even more. 
Here's a detail shot:
OA Presents detail
The gift wrap ideas I put together were based on my plan for my own gift wrapping this season. I purchased the deer head motif sihouette cut almost a year ago with the intention of using it on my scrapbook pages, but never had a spot that seemed appropriate. As the holiday season approached, I thought the deer head would be a great design to use throughout my gift wrapping details. 
Gift wrap
Gift wrap detail
Top left: A simple kraft box (5x7) with diecut (Silhouette) deer heads. The alpha sticker is from the Make it Merry collection. The red/cream chevron paper is from Holiday Style. One of my favorite papers ever!
Top right: A simple kraft gift bag with a large diecut deer head. The tag is handcut using an office supply tag as a pattern. The label sticker is from the Make it Merry collection. The mini alpha stickers are from the Farmhouse collection.
Middle left: The cash paper holder is cut from a Silhouette file using pattern paper from the Make it Merry Collection. I realize that the paper is upside down. Since it will be used for one of our grandsons, I thought they might get a kick out of it, so I left it this way. 
Bottom left and middle bottom left: I am showing the front and backside of this diecut box. Simple diecut box and deer head motif. Alpha stickers to identify who it's for. A little twine from Make it Merry to finish it off. 
Middle: Another money holder with simple stickers from Make it Merry to embellish. 
Middle right: A tag that you don't need a Silhouette to make! I simply layered up the buttons from Make it Merry to create a Christmas tree. Washi tape from Make it Merry to identify to and from. So simple!
Bottom right: Another money or gift card holder embellished with the deer head again, label sticker, washi and a little vintage red rickrack. 
I want to share one little tip about putting together diecut boxes and envelopes: use E6000 adhesive. It works so well for these projects! 
We hope we've inspired you to create some custom wrapping details for your packages this holiday season!


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Wrap it Up--Make it Merry Style

Good Morning!  Danni here today with a couple of ideas for dressing up your Christmas pillowboxes using the new Make It Merry line.  This line is so perfectly Christmas, vintage, fun, perfectly October Afternoon. 

 look at this tape, i could use it on EVERYTHING


To.from oa washi


and these cuuute journal cards that are perfect for layering with the gorgeous buttons and brads in the pack


Oa miscellany make it merry

it make is all too easy and fun!


here's the pillowbox i created, layering and layering (i didn't want to stop)



Make it merry pillowbox danni reid 2


don't these little embellies, tapes, brads, buttons, trims make the cutest wrappings?  i am going to be using them a LOT this year.  i love to give gift cards so this year it will be fun to pretty them up!


Make it merry pillowbox danni reid details


aren't these ribbons, buttons and trims that come in that pack the perfect little touches?  i just love them and can't wait to see what you do with yours!


Make it merry pillowbox danni reid details 2

Joining me today is Marcy and she took the cute little snowman and dolled up this pillowbox.

Here's what Marcy had to say:

"I decided for some quick and easy packaging and knew that the Miscellany Pack would be perfect for that.  For this little package I cut a pillow box with my silhouette and added a ribbon.  Behind the ribbon I tuck the large snowman and some other embellishments, including a tag to write the recipients name on.  He's all ready to give."


Marcy pillowbox


    Could you imagine seeing one of these under the tree or on your desk?  OMCuuuuuuute!


Marcy pillowbox details

We hope we've inspired you to wrap up some presents this year using your OA collections.

Thanks for visiting us today on the blog!

Danni and Marcy


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Using 'Make It Merry' tidbits and alpha stickers to create a fun page design

By Kimberly Neddo, Guest Designer

There are so many beautiful patterned papers with the new "Make It Merry" Christmas line that I wanted to use every one of them! I decided to frame a photo with several patterned papers layered behind it for a creative way to draw the viewers eye around the page and keep the photograph center stage.


I just LOVE the buttons and the wonderful embellishments that complement this design so well.

KNeddo-Merry and Bright 2


You'll also see that I like to use different fonts together for titles. October Afternoon made the perfect alphabets to combine together to either journal or create fun titles like this.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

"We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

                                                      - Frederick Koenig



Tgiving card

Card created by OA Design Team member Michelle Wooderson

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I'm thankful for you

Hi everyone, Mou here! Today I want to share with you an idea for letting your loved ones know why you are so thankful for them. I'm talking about little door hanger pockets like this one.

For this project, I mainly used the October Afternoon Midway line. Even though Midway is meant to be a fun fair/carnival line, there are enough elements in the collection that lend themselves beautifully to autumn-themed projects. Just flip to the B side of your double-sided patterned papers and there you have it!

Product # PP489    Product # PP494

Photo Booth                             Carousel                                       

Product # PP498    Product # PP493

Main Gate                                  Cotton Candy

Product # EM998

Washi Word Bubbles

Product # SI984Product # SI985Product # SI986

Sprinklers: Token, Pink Balloon, and Twilight (Midway) and Rotary Phone (9 to 5)

And then I added some cardstock, a little bit of lace, some paint and Distress stains, wire, and thread. I created three of these door hanger pockets because that's how many people I have in my immediate family, but you could make as many as you need, following these directions.

1. Cut Main Gate paper into 4" x 6" pieces.

2. Cut cream cardstock into 4" x 6" pieces.

3. Cut Cotton candy paper into 3" x 4" pieces.

4. Cut some lace fabric into about 3" x 4" pieces.

5. Die cut or punch or hand cut some fall leaves out of Carousel paper.

6. Diecut or punch decorative borders out of  three 2" x 4" pieces of Photo Booth paper.











7. Piece together elements on the 4"x6" pieces of Main Gate paper from step 1 as shown and stitch in place.










8. Splatter inks from the Sprinkler bottles on each piece and apply some paint and stains.









9. Stitch these pieces to the cardstock blocks from step 2 to make pockets.









10. Punch out half circles at the top of the pockets. Attach wires to make the pockets into door hangers.












11. Label each pocket with the recipient's name.















12. On cardstock strips, write the reasons why you are thankful for that person and put them in the pockets.

































 Happy Thanksgiving!

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'Tis the Season for Card Making!

Hi OA fans! It's Amy here today and we are mixing things up a smidge from our regular routine since the holidays are so closely upon us!

This week we are focusing our efforts to bring you delightful ideas on creating your holiday greeting cards! Nicole, our newest member of our team and I are here to start the week off with several ideas using the fabulous new holiday release from October Afternoon, Make it Merry!OA_MakeitMerryCard1_AH

For my first card, I took my inspiration from this fun little snowman on the Make A List paper, shown below. Then I added l my sentiments from the Make it Merry Word Stickers and Little Flyers. 


Make a List Paper from the Make it Merry Collection

OA_MakeitMerryCard1_Detail1_AHWith it's simple color palette, it was simple to embellish this sweet little card with my Make it Merry buttons, a touch of red ribbon, some stitching and a cute enamel dot to finish things off.

There are so many pieces in this collection perfect for creating your holiday cards. OA_MakeitMerryCard2_AHLike all of the wonderful Postcards in this collection (shown below). OA_MM_DC188_iA

Postcards from the Make It Merry Collection

I couldn't resist this cute little Scotty dog postcard for my next greeting. Simply too cute pass up an opportunity to create a sweet holiday card for my friends who have two Scotty dogs themselves! By hand trimming him out, I was able to keep my main header from the postcard and my little dog, creating a simple frame for layering more pattered paper and a sweet little ho, ho, ho bark speech bubble from the Doo-Dads in the collection.

Nicole created two beautiful cards for today's projects and this is what she had to say about them:OAcard1sub

I love the vintage images on the Postcards, so I grabbed my scissors and cut the girl/boy to use on this first card. Wanting them to stand out a bit, I kept the rest of the card simple...the sentiment stamp from the Greeting Cards set was perfect for the front of the card. Even the font mimics the era that is  tied in with the entire Make it Merry line!! The red trim is from my stash. - Nicole Harper


Greeting Cards Rubber Stamp Set from the Make it Merry Collection

I am smitten with the Snowflakes background stamp...pairing it with white embossing powder on the old ledger side of the Make a Bow paper made the perfect base for this card. All I needed to add were a card, seam binding and tag from the Miscellany kit as well as a button and brad. Super simple, but that snowflake stamp makes a big impact! - Nicole Harper


Miscellany from the Make it Merry Collection

Such gorgeous, cards, Nicole! I just love how she created that snowflake background, it's stunning!

Of course, there are MANY other pieces from the Make it Merry collection that are ideal for making your holiday cards. To see more, check out the entire collection here on our website or at your favorite scrapbooking store!

That's going to do it for today's post! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day! - Amy :)

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Our Third Annual Santa Sack Sale is happening now!!

The Internet has been buzzing about it for several months … and now it’s finally here!  It’s the Third Annual Santa Sack Sale from October Afternoon!!

That’s right, our popular holiday promotion is back, offering you the opportunity to get your hands on an array of October Afternoon products at a huge discount!

This year, Santa Sacks will be on sale for five weeks beginning today, November 19th, and continuing through December 17th. Each box will contain October Afternoon products valued at more than $100 (retail value), all for the amazingly low price of just $39.99 plus shipping!!! (See order button and shipping rates below.)

But wait, we’ve got more good news!  Each Santa Sack will be different from the week before, meaning you will receive new and different product with each one you purchase! 

Each Santa Sack has been hand-picked by October Afternoon with the help of Santa’s elves, and is filled to the brim with pattern paper, stickers, embellishments and much more … including a sprinkling of products from our newest lines!

Want EVEN MORE good news?   For each Santa Sack you purchase, your name will be entered into a drawing to be held at the end of the sale for The Ultimate Santa Sack … a box containing more than $200 (retail value) of October Afternoon goodness!! 


Shipping and Handling will be as follows:
Continental USA/APO - $10.00
Hawaii / Alaska - $16.00 Canada - $18.00
and all other Countries $32.00





Don't delay, as we sell a limited number of Santa Sacks each week ... and once they're gone, they're gone! Order now!

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Sorry, the Santa Sack Sale is delayed until 12:30 p.m. CST

Due to technical difficulties, we have been forced to delay the start of the Santa Sack Sale until 12:30 p.m. CST ... we apologize for this, however, computer issues that are currently being corrected leave us no alternative.

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Didn't order your Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit yet? You still can because we made more!

Mini book covers

Wow!  Interest in OA’s “Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit” has been tremendous … so much, in fact, that as we were nearing the end of our quantities, we decided to make more!  But, by more, we don’t mean thousands.

That’s right … there’s a whole new limited supply being made available.  We don’t want anyone to miss out on the opportunity to get this great kit and the many exclusive items that go with it … but this is it … when these are gone, they are gone!

Are you one of those people who hasn’t ordered the kit yet because you just aren’t sure what you’d do with it?  Never fear! Our talented Design Team members will be showing sample pages and projects on the OA blog throughout the month of December, providing you with a wide variety of amazing ideas!

And since we mentioned the exclusive items … we’d like to point out that they include a clear stamp and embellishments such as tin pins, a red number tag chip-n-stick, and several other items that are new and not available in stores or anywhere else!

Operators are standing by to take your order now!  Well, not really … but if you look farther in the blog you’ll find the post announcing the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit sale has begun. That’s where you’ll find the pricing, shipping information, and a PayPal button with which you can place your order.  Get yours today!

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Documenting a day in the hay using the 'Farm Girl' collection

By Kimberly Neddo, Guest Designer

I enjoy cutting paper and creating fun embellishments with them. For this layout, I cut the circle designs with the patchwork-patterned paper from Farm Girl to create this fun flower embellishment.


I absolutely LOVE the buttons and banners. They work so well to add just the right accent touch with your creations.

To make the weathered wood look from Farm Girl’s patterned paper carry throughout the theme of this layout, I distressed the edges of it, and I really like not only the look it gave, but how it pulled the theme together.


The girls love playing on the hay bales around the fields here, and it was such a fun day to take pictures of them to share. October Afternoon’s “Farm Girl” line is just the perfect complement these photos. I love it!

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Thursday Sketch Challenge

Hi there everyone. It's Marcy here today with your weekly sketch... so, let's get right to it.


I gave this sketch to our newest DT member... the awesome Nicole Harper!  And here's how she tackled it, and our featured product, the Sew Fun Banners.


"I cut the inside out of one of the Postcards, and opted to use what was left as a frame instead of a second photo. I added my journaling inside the frame as well as a few other bits. The chipboard numbers were stamped with embossing ink and then I used gold embossing powder on them so that they stood out as a focal point for my title. I also LOVE that you can use the Sew Easy banners as intended or like I did here: a few random pieces by themselves...the 'tree' in the frame and the detail pieces above the photo."

I love the Make it Merry line with charcoal grey cardstock!  Sooo pretty.  And that messy-stitched tree?  I'm definately going to have to do that on a page soon.

I decided to leave the sketch pretty much as is and came up with this layout.


The bubble paper from Midway was perfect for this page about my son enjoying the hot tub.  And I couldn't resist throwing that cute rubber duck on the page as well.


Even though the Sew Fun banners are ideal for sewing across as is, I like to space mine out a bit so I sewed mine down after I adhered them to my page.


I hope you enjoy the sketch this week.  Be sure to link up your pages in our Flickr gallery so we can see how you interpretted it this week.


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The Make It Merry Blog Hop grand prize winner is ...


Hello OA fans! Today we are announcing the grand prize winner of our Make It Merry Blog Hop! Thank you to everyone who participated and commented ... We're very excited that you love this new collection! 

Without further delay ... (drum roll) ... the winner of a Make It Merry collection kit is ...

I really loved all the inspiration from the different bloggers. I would love to use this collection to make Christmas door hangers and hand them out to nursing home residents during the holidays.

Posted by: Brenda Lubrant | November 07, 2012 at 09:26 PM

Congratulations Brenda!! Please email your shipping address to jon.f (@) within 30 days and we'll get your collection kit out to you right away!

Also, don't forget to check out the Design Team's blogs as they will be announcing their winners as well.


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Sprinkler Tags

Happy Tuesday October Afternoon fans! Lexi here to share all the colors of October Afternoon's Sprinklers. 

I keep a sample of each color on a white tag held together with a  jump ring. I group them on the ring with all the same colors together. This makes it easy to compare which color I am really wanting when working on a project. I type the name and sew it on each tag. You could totally cut out tags with white cardstock and just write the name on it. I am not particular about ANY of my scrap room organization except this. I don't know why!

I noticed on a message board people where asking if there was a place with color comparisons of the Sprinklers so I tried to put that together for you today! I grouped the colors in a way that I thought would help compare this blue to that, etc. The only color I am missing is lagoon and of course, there are 6 new colors coming out with Make it Merry and Farm Girl, which are not pictured. 

Neutrals. Paper Doily is white. Midnight is pure black. Tinsel is a sparkly grey that is kind of hard to see here.

Brownish colors, although Buttermilk is more cream colored. 

Greens. This might be my favorite bunch.

The blue group, not to be confused with the blue man group.

Bluish greys, minus Miss Mary Mack. That is one of my all time favorite colors.

Oranges & Yellows.

Reds & Pinks

Thanks for joining me today. I hope this helps you compare some colors you might have been wondering about and maybe you have see a few need ;)

Enjoy your Tuesday!





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monday challenge--sew fun banners

happy monday everyone!  danni here today with you and joined by roree with today's

monday challenge:  using the new sew fun banners in a fun, unique way

these new products are just that,  "sew" fun and i loved playing with them.  to create with this fun, new product, you simply stitch a straight stitch just below the top of the banners you would like to use, in a straight line across the number of banners.  when finished, you simply lift up the first banner and tear out the stitched banner.  these could not be more fun or easy!


check out this absolutely amazing card by roree today

Roree card 1

i love how she interpreted this challenge and her amazing use of the sew fun banner


Roree card 1 details


and i chose to create my projects today using the new Make it Merry Sew Fun Banners.  I chose to layer my banners and create Christmas Gift Card Holders using my stitched banners.

Sew fun banners


I created a short tutorial to demonstrate just how easy it is to create one of these gift card holders using 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" gift enclosure envelopes.


snowy "december" gift card holder


December gift card holder


Step 1


Step 2


Step 3


Step 4


Step 5


Step 6


Step 7


 (please forgive the "thanksgiving starbucks card, as the Christmas ones are not out yet...wink)


and here are the other two gift card holders i created using these fun banners


Dec 25


Dec 25 details


Joy pillowbox


as you can see, you can add a lot of patterns by layering these fun banners or you could create your own embellishments (like my Christmas tree) on your next project


Joy pillowbox details 2

we hope you have been inspired to add these new products to your next santa wish list and challenge yourself to use them in unique and fun ways!


happy creating?

danni and roree


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ON SALE NOW: OA's Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit!


With the holiday season drawing near, October Afternoon is pleased to offer for sale its Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit, which features almost everything you will need to make a lasting keepsake of your reflections and memories during the Christmas season.

Besides popular products from previous October Afternoon holiday lines, the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit contains items from our new “Make It Merry” collection, as well as several items that were created exclusively for this kit!

The Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit is only available on this blog and not sold in stores.  Quantities are limited, so order now! 



The Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit contains:

4x6 clear stamp set (*exclusive)

Make It Merry 8x8 Paper Pad

Make It Merry Chip Book with 15 grid pages

Make It Merry Chapter

Peppermint Mini-Market stickers

Licorice Label stickers

Make It Merry Washi Tape – Greetings

Make It Merry Tidbits

Make It Merry Doo-Dads

Die-cut Journaling Cards  (*exclusive)

Die-cut ready-to-sew stars (*exclusive)

Holiday Style Miscellany

Holiday Style Rub-ons

Red Number Tags Chip-n-Stick (*exclusive) (not shown)

6 Tin Pins (*exclusive)

3-yards Red Bakers Twine

1-yard Cotton Eyelet Trim

One 4-inch White Paper Doily

That’s over $80 worth of October Afternoon product … and it’s available now for just $56.99 plus shipping! (see shipping rates below)  Kits will begin shipping no later than Friday, November 16th.



Contiguous United States ..... $7.00

Alaska, Hawaii and Canada ..... $9.00

International ..... $18.00

In addition, we invite you to follow along on the October Afternoon blog as our Design Team members use the kit every Thursday during the month of December. We also invite you to share your own Very Merry December! Simply email photos of your pages, along with your name and the state in which you reside to jon.f@octoberafternoon.  We’ll add them to a Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit photo album that will appear on the October Afternoon Facebook page!

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Use pre-made embellishments or make your own to accent a project

By Kimberly Neddo, Guest Designer

Hello everyone! I'm so thrilled to be joining OA this month! I absolutely LOVE working with their products, and have always been a fan!

To start with, I really enjoy making my own embellishments, so I created some fun accordion flower embellishments with the patterned papers that coordinated with the rest of this layout color theme.

I love working with enlarged photographs, and decorating around it with layering embellishments and scattering them across a photographs white space with out overcrowding it. I also like creating titles with different fonts and even tying in pre-made stickers that have writing on them. It's a fun way to utilize different elements together.

I really enjoyed using the banners with this layout, I think they are my favorite OA product right now! By creating the partial circle around the title draws the viewers eye right to it. One of the things I love about the banners, is that they have the same pattern on both sides, so you can switch them around, and flip them even.

I added a little stitching around the entire layout and the banners, to bring it all together encompassing the sweet photograph of my Olivia and her little friend.


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Sneak Peek at our new "Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit"

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October Afternoon is proud to introduce the ...


Filled with festive holiday items, including some created exclusively for this mini-book, the VERY MERRY DECEMBER MINI-BOOK KIT is not available in stores! The kit goes on sale Friday, November 9th at 12 Noon CST and will be available for a limited time while supplies last, so don't wait to place your order! We will ship anywhere, including international orders!

Watch this blog and our Facebook page beginning at noon tomorrow for more details, including contents and pricing/shipping information!

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Thursday Sketch: Layered Postcards

Hi everyone! Vivian here, along with Becky, with today's sketch:

November 8 2012 SketchThis week we are focusing on Postcards here at October Afternoon. Postcards are one of October Afternoon's newest products and offer a lot of fun opportunities, as we've seen throughout this week. If you're just joining us for the first time this week today, here's a look at the products we've been working with:

Postcard Pack - Make It MerryPostcards - Make It Merry

Postcard Pack - Witch Hazel Postcards - Witch Hazel
Becky decided to use the Make It Merry Postcards on this gorgeous layout documenting her son's family's Christmas card photo:


Becky had this to say about the sketch and her layout: "I love simple, so I just stayed true to Vivian's sketch. I had a photo that I wanted to focus on and even though it's not a traditional Christmasy photo, it is my son and his family's Christmas photo for their card. I think it works! It was fun to incorporate the vintage looking postcards too!"

Becky also used the Make It Merry Sew Fun Banners on her layout (another new product). Here's a closer look at what she did with those:

Oa nov sketch
I decided to turn the sketch upside down and use it to create a card. Like Becky, I combined the Postcards with the Sew Fun Banners:

Nov 8 2012 Card

If you're liking our new Make It Merry line, please be sure to check out yesterday's Make It Merry Blog Hop (if you haven't done so already, that is!).

We'd love to see anything you create with this sketch! Please share your projects with us via the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery.

Happy creating!

Vivian Signature

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Ho, ho, ho! We're having a 'Make It Merry' Blog Hop! Join in and win!

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Christmas is coming and all through the land, scrapbookers are hoping to get some October Afternoon in their hands! As one of our newest lines, 'Make It Merry' features a wonderful selection of paper with a holiday flair, reindeer, Santa Claus, candy canes and more to put you in the Christmas spirit. Plus, we think you're really going to love the vintage-looking postcards this incredible and nostalgic line offers!

It's still too early to worry about the tree and all that Christmas shopping, but you're going to love showing off 'Make It Merry' when you go holiday cropping!

Join us today in a visit to the blogs of nine of our Design Team members, where you are sure to find inspiration when you see what each has created using this festive and fun new collection! There are prizes being given away at each stop so don't miss out and end up getting a visit from the ghost of blog hops past ... see if you can win yourself some Christmas goodies from October Afternoon!  You'll find more details below!

Product # PP673
PP673 - Make a Stocking
Product # PP674
PP674 - Make a Wreath
Product # PP675
PP675 - Make a Song
Product # PP676
PP676 - Make a Card
Product # PP677
PP677 - Make a Gift
Product # PP678
PP678 - Make a Countdown
Product # PP679
PP679 - Make a Bow
Product # PP680
PP680 - Make a Star
Product # PP681
PP681 - Make a Snow Angel
Product # PP682
PP682 - Make a Figgy Pudding
Product # PP683
PP683 - Make a Garland
Product # PP684
PP684 - Make a List
Product # PP685
PP685 - 8x8 Paper Pad
Product # CB845
CB845 - Chip 'n Stick - Variety
Product # SS445
SS445 - 12x12 Shape Stickers
Product # SS446
SS446 - Word Stickers
Product # DC187
DC187 - Miscellany
Product # SS447
SS447 - Label Stickers
Product # SS448
SS448 - Mini Market Stickers
Product # SS444
SS444 - 12x12 Alpha Stickers
Product # SS298
SS298 - Sticky Keys
Product # DC188
DC188 - Postcards
Product # DC189
DC189 - Sew Fun Banners
Product # EM460
EM460 - Little Flyers
Product # ST397
ST397 - Greeting Cards
Product # ST398
ST398 - Snowflakes
Product # ST671
ST671 - Wintertime
Product # EM462
EM462 - Washi - To/From
Product # EM458
EM458 - Tin Pins
Product # EM463
EM463 - Washi - Christmas Greetings
Product # DC192
DC192 - Doo-Dads
Product # CB599
CB599 - Chipboard Bundle
Product # DC193
DC193 - Tidbits
Product # DC190
DC190 - Here & Now Book - Merry
Product # EM459
EM459 - Buttons
Product # DC191
DC191 - Here & Now Chapter
Product # SI987
SI987 - Holly
Product # SI988
SI988 - Snow Angel
Product # SI989
SI989 - 5 Golden Rings
Product # EM461
EM461 - Wrap Pack
Product # EM464
EM464 - Designer Brads
Product # PP672
PP672 - Collection Kit

Once you have visited everyone's blog, come back here to the October Afternoon blog and leave a comment letting us know how you want or plan to use 'Make It Merry', or tell us which part of the collection is your favorite. One lucky winner will receive our GRAND PRIZE: a "Make It Merry' Collection Kit!

Comments will be left open through Tuesday, November 13, 2012. The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012.

The first stop on the hop is Michelle Wooderson's blog. You won't need Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to find your way ... but here's a list of our participating Design Team members to help keep you on track:

Michelle Wooderson

Danni Reid

Mou Saha

Marcy Penner

Lexi Bridges

Vivian Masket

Roree Rumph

Jill Sprott

October Afternoon

Good luck ... and we hope you 'Make It Merry' this holiday season!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Michelle & Make it Merry Postcards

Hey everyone, it's Michelle and I'm back today to share a tutorial on how to use the Make it Merry Postcards to embellish some holiday gift sacks.  The supplies I used today are Make it Merry patterned papers & Postcards, brown paper sacks, paper doilies, manila tags, red & white baker's twine and a few seasonal holiday items from my stash.  

Photo 1

I love to make gift sacks for the holidays that have a handmade touch.  I use them for small gifts, homemade teacher treats, handmade cards and more.  To begin, stage your supplies so that you get a feel for what the finished product will look like. The vintage style Postcards are so adorable that I want them to be my focal point.
Photo 2
The Postcards don't need much embellishing but some red machine stitching adds a perfect handmade flair without taking away from the designs.
Photo 4
Next, I used the same red thread from my sewing machine to create some messy bundles of thread.  Simply wrap the thread around 3 fingers about 5-6 times.  Twist the thread into a messy bundle.  Adhere to patterned paper embellished tags with double sided tape.  
Photo 5
Staple various Make it Merry Tidbits and pieces from the Sew Fun Banners to the tags.  These can be used for name tags or simply as decoration for the gift sacks.
To complete the gift sacks, layer the paper doilies and postcards onto the sacks using adhesive. Use the baker's twine threaded with little sprigs, jingle bells and vintage buttons to tie up the sacks and tags.  The messy little bundles of red thread will peek out to create a whimsical holiday touch.
Here's the three embellished sacks, all ready for gifts to be tucked inside.  Remember the cards I made yesterday for Jill's challenge?  They would make perfect gifts for anyone who likes to send cards.  
Hope you give my tags and sacks a try.  Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday Challenge: On the Flip Side

For every A-side that seems to get all of the attention, there is a B-side yearning to be noticed and loved just as it is. This week's challenge is all about putting the spotlight on the other side: flip those postcards, discover the reverse sides of your die-cuts and labels, and embrace the B-sides of your patterned papers.  

Michelle Wooderson and I (Jill) both took on this challenge using October Afternoon's bright and festive new holiday line, Make It Merry

Michelle used Make It Merry postcards to create some festive and oh-so-pretty holiday greetings: 

Here's what Michelle had to say about these lovelies: 

I love that Jill challenged me to use the back sides of the postcards. The vintage, graphic fonts on the postcards are perfect when paired with the darling vintage images from the "Make a Card" patterned paper.  I layered my cut images onto the postcards along with some vintage dictionary paper from my stash, little pieces from the Tidbits and a few strips of patterned papers.  To add a special touch to the postcards I adhered some vintage cancelled postage stamps along with a stamped date.   

I love how Michelle repeated the date stamp next to the postage stamps to make it look as if these had been sent through the mail.  These cards are making me excited for the weeks of holiday crafting ahead! 

Like Michelle, I used the flip sides of the Make It Merry postcards, which I gathered together over the B-side of a sheet of "Make A Stocking" patterned paper. 

I added my journaling to the reverse sides of Make It Merry Tidbits and Doo-dads as well as the postcards. 

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It's a testament to the versatility of OA's lines that I can use the colors, papers, and accents in the Make It Merry collection without actually creating a holiday layout. I worked in some of my favorite Sprinklers colors on this layout, shaking up the bottles, removing the caps, and letting droplets fall over the page.  I also used a combination of yellow paint and various Sprinklers to funk up the "37" on this layout.  The numbers themselves are part of the Make It Merry chipboard bundle. I can't wait to use "25" on a layout as Christmas rolls around this year!  

Michelle and I are looking forward to seeing your take on this week's challenge.  Be sure to share your creations in the October Afternoon Flickr gallery! 

Have a great week! 

-- Jill 

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Meet Kimberly Neddo, our guest designer for November!

Kimberly Neddo

Kimberly Neddo lives in Bigfork, MT where she says it is beautiful all year-round. She is originally from Newberg, OR, where she grew up.  Kimberly has three children that range in age from 10 to 19-years-old and three bonus stepchildren that range in age from 16 to 23-years-old. She says her children are her life and her biggest blessings and contributions ever.

Kimberly spends her days doing yoga, being creative with paper and scissors, playing with photographs, doing fun activities with my youngest daughter, and working with clients hair at The Salon. She lives what she describes as "a busy, fun-filled life doing everything I enjoy and have a passion for."  She also admits to having a ton of crazy fetishes ... but mostly, she just love to shop!

Kimberly has been scrapbooking for more than 16 years and loves it more and more all the time. She's been published in several different magazines over the years, including Scrapbooks Etc., Creative Keepsakes, Scrapbook Trends and Scrapbook And Cards. Her children love this because they say they feel famous!

Now, let's get to know Kimberly even better:

Are you a layout person, a card person ... or both? 

I am more of a layout peson, but I do make all the cards I give away and do a lot of projects as well.

What is on your scrap desk right now?

October Afternoon goodies galore ... and all my tools, of course! :)

What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product?

The patterned paper and I'm loving the new Tin Pins!

What can you NOT scrapbook without?

Photographs ... and the pretty paper to compliment them!

What is your favorite source of inspiration?

My children and my family.

What is your favorite movie or TV show?

I love Grey's Anatomy and still love all the Friends episodes that are re-run.

What is your favorite food?

I LOVE crab and asparagus.

What is your fonest childhood memory?

Playing in the wheat fields behind our house and making houses by matting down the wheat.

If you were a superhero, what would your name be and what power would you possess?

I'd be Wonder Woman ... because she was the coolest superhero ever!

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

My Grandpa, Raymond. He passed away before I was born, but I know a lot about him because of my dad and all the great stories and photos he has of him. He was very intelligent and successful in his day. He loved to fly and was an aviation instructor in World War II. I would ask him a ton of questions and be sure to write all his answers down so I could share it all with my family ... especially my son, since he is very interested in what his great grandfather use to be and do.

Watch for Kimberly's blog every Friday during the month of November!

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Thursday Sketch Challenge

Hey everyone!  Roree here with today's Thursday Sketch Challenge.

First off, the sketch:

Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 1 Sketch

I created this sketch in an 8 1/2 x 11" format. This size works well for 4 1/4 x 5 1/2" cards too.

Here is the card I created using the sketch.

Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 1 Sketch-Friends Forever 2

I used the woodgrain patterned paper from the new Farm Girl collection along with paper, chipboard, and die cuts from Woodland Park, trim from Sasparilla, and buttons from Midway.

I created a little cluster of embellishments to take place of the photos and flowers in the sketch.

Roree-OA Nov12-Nov 1 Sketch-Friends Forever closeup 2

I just love how well the different collections can work so well together!

Lexi played along with the sketch this week and created this beautiful card:


For her card, she used patterned paper from the Witch Hazel collection. Even though this collection has a Halloween theme, she used it in a way the would work well for any season. Lexi omitted one of the photo blocks and created a border with lace trim from Sasprilla and some twine. She also used October Afternoon fabric to make one of the leaves.


This card definitley has a gorgeous autumn feel to it, don't you think?

I hope you enjoyed today's sketch.  If you get a chance to play along, don't forget to post your project in the OA Flickr group.  We can't wait to see how you interpret it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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