Top 10 Paper Craft Projects of 2017

Hi! I thought it would be fun to look back on the year and share some of my favorite projects from 2017. My love for paper will always play an important part in my art. Today I'm featuring my favorite paper crafts.

This year I started Project Life, so I have less 12x12 traditional scrapbook layouts to share. I'm totally OK with that because I feel that I have much more of my life documented in other ways.

I surprised myself by creating a lot more mini albums, some of them completely from scratch! I really tried to spend less and use up more of my stash. I love the results!

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DIY Handmade Bullet Journal by Dana Tatar for Clearsnap
2017 Planner From Scratch - Clearsnap

I created a 2017 bullet journal/planner from scratch using Clearsnap Art Screens, stamps and ColorBox ink. I was overwhelmed by the selection of ready-made planners on the market. I wasn't finding anything to suit my needs or my budget. I used simple template for this album to help stay organized and journal about myself during every month of the year.

Sweet Life Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club
Sweet Life Layout - Scraps of Darkness Kit Club

This was the first layout I created for the Scraps of Darkness Kit Club. I used the February Our Story Kit which featured the Prima Love Story collection! The beautiful floral papers and sparkly accents in this kit are what I like to work with. The super cutie in the photos is my youngest niece.

Bee Keeper Layout by Dana Tatar for ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez Designs
Bee Keeper Layout - Lisa Marie Jimenez Designs

I created this layout using ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez in two fun ways. First, to color raw brass bees to adorn this layout. And second, to color raw chipboard. I had a lot of fun documenting my love for bees on this page.

Extraordinary Silliness Layout by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Extraordinary Silliness Layout - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I created this silly layout for my first project as a Guest Designer for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. My daughter and her cousin are two peas in the same pod and always have a blast when they are together. These photos are what happens when you give two kids an Instax camera. The Keepsake Envelopes I used to hold the photos and embellishments together on this page are one of my favorite products. I had a lot of fun designing a Christmas page using a seasonal color palette and everyday scrapbooking supplies.

Celebrate Dad Father's Day Photo Flip Book by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Father's Day Photo Flip Book - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I created this Father's Day Photo Flip Book from scratch using Keepsake Envelopes and a lot of old supplies from my stash. I really enjoy combining pieces from different manufactures to create a one-of-a-kind item. This project is extra special because it was a surprise for my husband for Father's Day and is filled with fun family photos.
Cuppa Love Tea Tag Set by Dana Tatar for FabScraps
Cuppa Love Tag Set - FabScraps

I played with color and texture and the FabScraps For the Love of Tea collection to create this pair of tags. The coordinating chipboard that is part of every FabScraps line makes designing projects for them so fun. I used simple mixed media techniques and a lot of flowers to make these colorful tags.

Beach Life Beach Hut Scene by Dana Tatar for FabScraps
Beach Life Beach House - FabScraps

I put together this beach house scene using the super fun Summer Loving collection from FabScraps. I don't usually create 3D projects out of paper, because quite honestly I don't have the patience. I was inspired by some of my teammates, who also created beach houses, to give it a go. I'm glad I stuck with it because this piece is still one of my favorites.

Beautiful Memories Vintage Scrapbook Layout by Dana Tatar for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club
Beautiful Memories Scrapbook Layout - Scraps of Darkness Kit Club

I created this layout for Scraps of Darkness Kit Club using the August Sparkle and Shine Kit. I don't usually work with a pink and black color palette, so this page was a challenge for me. I focused on building layers to complement the beautiful patterned papers and love the result. I used one of the few vintage photos I have of my Grandmother for this layout, so it is extra special to me.

Flowers and Stripes Mixed Media Album Cover by Dana Tatar for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Mixed Media Journal Cover - Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

I had so much fun designing this mixed media album cover with some of my favorite prints, patterns, and colors as part of my self-imposed challenge to create with products from my stash rather than new purchases. This is one of my favorite projects because it is so "me."

December Story December Daily Mini Album by Dana Tatar for Paper Wings Productions
December Daily Album - Paper Wings Productions

Last, but certainly not least, is my December Story December Daily album. My Project Life album is up to date and I love the process, and looking back over the weekly spreads, so much more than I thought I would. I made this December Daily album before December and am happy to report that it is complete with photos and journaling. This is the first December Daily album that I have completed on time. (I actually have another album from 3 years ago that I still have yet to finish!)

I hope you enjoyed this second look at these projects as much as I have. Please join me tomorrow for my top 10 mixed media projects of 2017.


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