Hello SCT friends! It’s Meghann Andrew with you today to share a couple of new projects I created with the September 2020 Sampler. If you’ve never heard of the Sampler before, it’s my monthly package of happy papercrafting goodness! It features the newest products from some of our favorite manufacturers, in sample size! No need to commit to a full pack of embellishments or an entire paper collection—you can try it out first with your Sampler!



I love finding new products in my Sampler each month that I had not worked with before, and that inspires me to get a story told. The layout I’m sharing with you today is all about home, and the story behind the purchase of our new house.


The themes of home and gratitude in the September Sampler prompted me to print this 4” x 6” photo of my family standing outside of our new home on inspection day. I knew right away that I wanted to use the amazing Echo Park stencil from the Sampler, as the cozy, knit pattern reminded me of home! I used the new Blue Belle Close to My Heart Exclusive Ink and a Vicki Boutin stencil brush to add color to the stencil, which created a fantastic band of subtle texture across my page. From there, I grabbed the house and homey woodgrain papers from the Sampler to back my photo and provide a nice contrast from my stenciled background.


To add one more pattern without taking away any of the stenciled background, I used a 1” strip of this beautiful floral to the base of the layout, helping ground the page and add weight to the base. This became a great “shelf” on which to add embellishment, like these house die cuts included in the Sampler.


Once my journaling was added to the background, I framed my photograph with floral die cuts; both at the top left corner and bottom right corner.


I used the gold foil Thickers from Pebbles included in the Sampler to add my simple “home” title, keeping it aligned with the woodgrain paper column above. I offset that shiny gold with three small hearts at the top of my page. To finish it off, I added the “enjoy today” die-cut, adhered with dimensional adhesive, and finished off with some baker’s twine—this and the white cardstock were only elements on this page not included in the Sampler!


Since my sampler was on my desk, I thought I would make the most of my time and create a card, too!


This pretty, vintage card came together quickly with layers of patterned paper and die cuts, topped off with an adhesive brad and more baker’s twine for texture. I just love that I can create two beautiful, but quite different projects using the same Sampler! 

If you would like to see my layout and card come together, take a look at my process video:

I hope I’ve inspired you to start creating with your September Sampler, if you haven’t already! Be sure to share your projects with us on social media by using the hashtag #SCTSampler!  If you don’t yet have a subscription, what are you waiting for? For as low as $13 a month, you can subscribe today to begin your monthly delivery of papercrafting happiness with the November Sampler!