Guest Designer | Megan Hoeppner

Guest Designer


Today we are so fortunate to have the lovely Megan Hoeppner here to share not one but TWO amazing projects using Carte Postale. She is just the sweetest and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board!


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Megan: Awe… Carte Postale! What a fun collection you are! Definitely a ticket to creativity! As soon as I opened my 12×12 paper pack, I was instantly drawn to the Mulholland Drive paper. Love all of the ticket designs. Isn’t it great?


Having just returned from a few different trips, I knew I wanted to put this line to work on travel projects, but I can also see many projects for dad in the future using this line. It’s so fitting for him, and I can’t wait to make his birthday mini album with it. But, for now, let’s take a look at my travel tidbits.


We {heart} San Diego


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1. layout-photos


Inspired by the collection of 2×4” tickets on this paper, I started by using my photo-editing software to create photo collages, containing three photos each measuring 2×4”. I do this often to save on ink and photo paper.


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I then fussy cut out the tickets I wanted to use on my layout.


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Wanting to take the terrific ticket motif a step further, I altered the tickets and photos a bit using my punches.


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Wanting to mimic the look of tickets on a roll, I positioned three of my pieces together to create an area for my title and my journaling.


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Rather than glue the entire strip of tickets down, I scored half of the bottom one and only adhered the top portion, creating a flap that lifts up to reveal journaling.


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For the title, I used the D pattern that was already printed on the ticket to help spell “San Diego,” and the “GO” brad was another nice addition!


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For the journaling, I used one of my favorite approaches, which is creating a list where numbers on images coordinate with numbers in my journaling. I find this is a quick and easy way to tell a story.


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For the top of the layout, I decided to keep part of the tear strip, or the area where the company info is located, in tact to use as a tab. Because this line has a peek at the pattern on the B side of the paper printed there, It was an easy addition.


I love the way these techniques and this line work together to complete the travel theme of my page! So fun!




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Unable to let any of the Mulholland Drive paper go to waste, I used what was left to create a thank-you card/mini album for my in-laws, who hosted us a few weeks ago. I hope they’ll love this photo-filled greeting!


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When the card/album is opened, it reveals a bunch of pics from our visit and the word “thanks” stretched across the front.


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To create the pages, I used the paper, some washi tape, and my sewing machine. Because washi isn’t super tacky, I will often stitch over it with my machine, which isn’t something you can usually do with sticky-backed elements without messing up the needle, so this is a tape treat.


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Once the card/album (calbum?) was bound together, I added the greeting to the front using another piece of paper from the Carte Postale line, as well as some of the awesome alphas! If you look closely, you’ll see I also draped one of the garland strands across the front. This product makes it SO easy to add delicate detail!


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I added a sticker to the front, which left me with a piece hanging off the edge. This can be a… ahem… sticky situation in my house. With hairy dogs and a hairy husband, I never dare leave any sticky areas exposed. My solution is shown above.


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Once all of the photos and details were added, I folded the book up accordion style and tied the album closed using another little Garland. Easy!


Well, that’s a wrap! I hope you’ve enjoyed this ticket to ideas for using a single piece of patterned paper in so many ways. I think you could also do something like this to create a coupon book to give as a gift, or these would be awesome additions to photo-pocket scrapbooks. Now that’s the ticket! What would you do with this paper? I love brainstorming ideas and possibilities and would delight in hearing your thoughts!


Thanks for inviting me to play today, BasicGrey. Carte Postale is definitely on my love list! Cheers!




33 thoughts on “Guest Designer | Megan Hoeppner

  1. Loved this Carte Postale collection the first moment I saw it last week, and adore lovely Megan’s work with it! :) The ticket/notebook cropped photos are a great size and shape and a FABULOUS way to merge shaped photo-cropping with modern scrapping style. Love it!

    • Wow! Thanks, Keri. I’m glad you think so. I had fun letting the ticket design of the paper lead the way where the photos are concerned. I think photos cropped in this way would also make cute invitations or gift tags if you printed on the back. So many possibilities. :)

    • Yay! Glad you like it, Grace. I hope the steps are easy to follow and understand. I usually have an editorial staff and designers to help with this sort of thing, so the pressure was on when it came time to fly solo on the step-by-step designs. ;)

  2. Cut patterned paper to size and fold to form card base. Emboss card front using the Postmarks set. Embellish with ink to highlight the raised design. Die-cut Flourish out of cardstock using a Movers & Shapers Magnetic die and the Base Tray. Apply adhesive to both sides of the shape and embellish with glitter. Attach to the card. Wrap a ribbon around the card front and tie in a bow. Die-cut Tickets out of cardstock and patterned paper using a Movers & Shapers Magnetic die and the Base Tray. Layer materials, embellish with ink and attach to the card. Add lace to one side of card along the side of the ticket. Emboss a strip of cardstock using the Zig Zag Stitch embossing folder. Trim to size, using decorative scissors along one edge and attach to the card. Die-cut a Heart out of cardstock using a Movers & Shapers Magnetic die and the Base Tray. Apply adhesive to both sides of the shape and embellish with glitter. Attach to the ticket. Embellish with buttons, string, jewels, a key charm, decorative trim and a printed sentiment.

  3. When using divided page protectors, I like to work from biggest to smallest, so I filled the 4×6″ bottom pocket with a family photo and added a Carte Postale label sticker and chipboard button to the outside of the page protector. From there, I wrote my journaling on a sheet of neutral-colored ledger paper and tucked it into the center pocket. For the upper left pocket, I decided to capitalize on the white space in the photo as a place for the eye to rest, so I added a strip of Carte Postale vellum tape and a staple on top of that. And finally, for the upper right pocket, I went a little bit more heavy-handed with the embellishments by using a handful of Carte Postale patterned papers , a Snippet , woodgrain alphas , a tabbed sticky note , and three Candy Buttons .

  4. i love your project and card! i wish i had dropped into your class back in March at the CKC in Portland to see pics of your little one. she is growing so fast and is as beautiful as can possibly be. love to your and your wonderful family!


    • JoAnn, your comment made my day. Thanks for saying such nice things about my baby girl. I sure love her and being a mama. I’ll be at CKC Seattle this fall. If you’re in the neighborhood, I hope you’ll stop by. It would be great to see you. :)

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