Hello there, Melissa here! Father's Day is quickly approaching and it is the perfect time to bust out our favorite masculine paper-crafting products and get to work creating handmade cards for the guys in our lives.


I have a couple of favorite collections for the guys that I can't wait to share with you.  This first card uses The Great Outdoors collection from Echo Park Paper Co.   I love every bit of this fun and ultra retro collection…especially the patterned paper found in the 6×6 paper pad.


It's always inspiring to me to change directions a bit when it comes to card-making.  Masculine cards are lots of fun because of the many different elements you can combine that may normally be outside of your normal comfort zone creative area :).  For instance, the rich color schemes, the combination of patterns from plaid, to basket weave, to maps, to camouflage, to herringbone, even to fish prints.  I love them all and many of those prints can be seen in this first card.


Themed cards are always a playful approach to creating Father's Day cards, such as in my second card.  I've used the Echo Park Hero collection and have pulled together a card perfect for someone serving in the military or for a very special hero.


Father's Day is also a great time to incorporate texture into your card making.  I've used the World Map Embossing Folder from Echo Park in the background, creating a touchable surface with a masculine feel.  The faux wood buttons used as embellishments also add texture to my card.


Across the bottom I added more texture by using corrugated Thickers from Crate Paper.  These add dimension and touch-a-bility and is one of my most favorite textures in paper-crafting.  


I wanted these letters to stand out a bit from their camouflage background, so I used a foam brush and off-white acrylic paint to brush on a bit of color to the surface, creating a weathered, distressed look.

So, now's the time to dive into mixing and matching different masculine patterns, bringing in a variety of textures, and creating with that special guy in mind while you're at it.

Thanks for visiting!

~ Melissa

June "Scraplift" Challenge!

We love offering challenges each month and this month we are sharing a "scraplift" challenge with you! Scraplifting is a wonderful way to enhance your learning by "borrowing" another designers creative ideas. In this case we are sharing a double page layout created by Nicole Nowosad in our spring, 2017 issue and we would love to see how this layout inspires YOU!


You'll have until the 25th of the month to complete this challenge and send it to us at with "June Scraplift Challenge" in your reference line. We will be sharing many of the layouts we receive on June 29th. Mark your planners and challenge yourself to create a fun layout inspired by Nicole's above!

Want to know what you're playing for? This month's winner will be playing for our brand new exclusive SCT Delivered summer layout kit "Chasing Daisies" that will release at 12:00 noon EST today! Look at all these fun goodies…


You can see the full scope of the kit at noon EST today by clicking here! Imagine welcoming this wonderful box of goodness in to your scrap space! One random winner will be chosen so be sure to get your scraplifts in before June 29th!