It Takes a Village

Annette Hardy, Event Coordinator

Annette Hardy, Event Coordinator

That’s how the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child, but what does it take to make a cute little town? Just some darling papers, fabulous foundations and a little something extra here or there; and poof the makings of a booming town.  I was recently walking down the aisle at a Creating Keepsakes Convention when I first fell in love with these little village houses.  As soon as I saw them I stopped dead in my tracks, totally enraptured by these tiny little treasures, poised almost reverently on a shelf in the Melissa Frances booth. Now, these weren’t the ceramic Christmas village pieces my mom had tenderly laid out each year handed down from generation to generation. Although just as beautiful with their vintage feel – these were modern pieces that kids could (carefully) handle without the threat of an accidental shatter on the floor.


With nostalgia in my heart and confidence that this was a project even I would finish (dozens of unfinished projects prove I might have some commitment issues) I started thinking about what I wanted my little town to be.  So before you know it I started buying some real estate and “Hardy-ville” was born. Here are some things I learned along the way…

What to look for when buying a home…


You have some great choices here: Melissa Frances DIY house kits are my first choice for these darling little domicile’s, there are a variety of sizes and styles to choose from, as well as coordinating trims, resin, mica, trees and other embellishments to complete your fancy little residence.

heart of texas

The Heart of Texas Studio has some great board house options at very reasonable prices, one of the benefits are the large pieces and the ease of assembly.  They also have a great variety of darling board books available, they cut their own board on site and have a friendly staff as well as easy online shopping.


When choosing your houses don’t forget about all of the little goodies that go into choosing the décor.  These little darlings came from Prima Marketing. Prima has some great choices as far as Shabby Chic Treasures and adding color to the resin has never been easier. I used my Faber-Castell Big Pitt Brush Markers, there is so much tiny detail on these resins that the color can’t help but look fabulous!


Decorating “Hardy-ville” for each of the four seasons was really fun; the only limitation is your imagination really.  So I was thinking this would also be a GREAT possibility for a CKC class next year and knowing that “It takes a village…” I wanted to ask you … what do you think? What should we teach next year? What classes would you like to see from the creative teams here at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking? Be specific, now is your chance to sound off, we’re listening, what techniques would you like to learn? What products do you want to use?


Head over to our CK Scrapbook Events page and leave a comment letting us know your 2014 class ideas. You’ll be automatically entered for a prize drawing to win the awesome products featured in this post! Be sure to comment by midnight, October 15, 2013 and we’ll randomly select 1 eligible winner!

*Sorry folk’s only United States entries are eligible to win but we would still love to hear your opinion ;)

AND — If seeing this fun product gets you excited to start creating, then you should join us at a CK Scrapbook Event this year. Come shop, crop and learn with us at CKC-Kansas City – October 11-12, CKC-Seattle – November 8-9, or CKU-Dallas/Fort Worth – October 10-12. 2014 Show Dates Coming Soon!

A special thanks to our sponsors:

Melissa Frances, Stampin’ UP!, Prima Marketing and Die Cuts With a View
who donated to this great prize pack, good luck!

Annette and The CK Events Team

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33 Responses to It Takes a Village

  1. Alexia Misso says:

    Love the mini version houses…so cute!

  2. Gabriella says:

    So very funky

  3. Karen Lingel says:

    How come only Facebook people get to participate?

  4. Claudia Hurd says:

    I would love to have a class to learn Altered Books. You had so many wonderful classes when I attended in Fort Wayne. Many of the techniques transfer. Can’t wait for the next Convention.

  5. Ange says:

    I would love classes on the latest techniques and with the latest products. So my favorites right now are washi tape and misting and I mostly prefer classes that show you how to do different things on layouts and cards.

  6. Beneta says:

    Why can’t people outside the US enter and win the contests? doesn’t seem to be an issue with other companies.

  7. Kristi Van Zanten says:

    So many possibilities with those little house kits!

  8. Denise Key says:

    Would love to learn more about using scrapbooking in different ways just like the beautiful village! New items in scrapbooking and how to utilize them, I have the biggest problem with coming up with layering. Thanks for the opportunity to win all the crafting goodies! :) Hope there is ca crafting convention in North Alabama next year would love to attend!

  9. Tonya says:

    A class to learn all about the latest gadgets would be great :)

  10. Carla Hundley says:

    Such fun and a lovely
    village created here.
    Carla from Utah

  11. Nancy says:

    DESPERATELY need a Scrapbook Convention in Louisville KY.

  12. Brenda Lee says:

    Oh my! What a fabulous village! It would look awesome on my mantle. Posted on FB sharing my ideas for classes. Thanks for the chance at winning this terrific prize.

  13. Gina says:

    Would love a class on stretching supplies and also on embellishing. Where do iput the embellishments – then ever look right!

  14. Marilyn Brauning says:

    My favorite class at the convention in Lancaster, PA was the one on card-making.

  15. Shari Czerwinski says:

    I think a class on using drawing or sketching in a layout would be good, or just any class on art composition. Also, there are so many 3-D and mixed media items used nowadays that I never heard of 10 years ago-it would be good to cover all of these types of things! :)

  16. Sandy Young says:

    I would like to see a Tim Holtz class or two. I loved the smash book class last year so I would take that again.

  17. Cindy Z says:

    These are really cool! So many possibilities!

  18. I think a perfect class adgenda would be your secrets on cards making keeping it all together, family, work, grocery shopping, laundry, everyones schedule plus having the ability to create enough cards for family, friends & holidays & scrapbooking your life . so what’s your secret?? How do you keep it all together, organized…. How’s it go I’m a women…can bring home the bacon & fry up blah blah blah… tell us or teach us how you gals do it!

  19. Emily Fossum says:

    Awesome! Oh the possibilities!

  20. Tamera Blake says:

    I think a class on incorporating the Pergamano craft into scrapbooking would be really cool… is such a beautiful craft!

  21. Emily Dimson says:

    So, so cute! I love the idea of making my own little Christmas village.

  22. Deb Kramer says:

    So cute…

  23. joyce says:

    i love the mini villages idea…this would be a fun activity with my kids :)

  24. I love your “village” and have planned on making at least one house by Melissa Francis!! Am pinning yours because you have done such a beautiful job!!!

  25. CarolA says:

    I don’t “do” Facebook so I’m throwing my comment here. I hope it’s worth mentioning and that you’ll read it. I had a class once where all we did was make different types of flowers. Each was then mounted to a large (4 x 6) card with printed instructions on the back. We bound them together with a binder ring. I love it!

    Could you do a class in the same fashion? Teach many techniques in small sample form such as 1.) ink types, 2.) paper punches in positive and negative, 3.) scoring board techniques, etc.

    I’d also like to see a teacher for digital scrapbooking. I want to learn more techniques besides the basics of how to make a beginner’s page. Teach brushwork, layering, blending modes and special techniques for gradients or masks. How about Jana Morton making an appearance?

  26. Debbie Craine says:

    What I would like would be a little longer class when you have 12 cards or an album to make. I love making cards but I have a lot of difficulty finding quotes for get well and sympathy cards I would love a class with that type of information given out.

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  28. Marsha says:

    I think a fun class would take 2 or more designer paper packages plus solid color paper and then using the same series of cuts for the designer paper create multiple pages for an album. Maybe 4-6 designer papers would be cut one way, the next 4-6 pages another way and so forth. Those cuts could be combined multiple ways to create individual but coordinating looks.

  29. First off “Thank You” for this opportunity to enter to win. What a beautiful village!! There are a couple of things that I would like to see in 2014’s issues. I think it would be helpful if there were a page or partial page in each issue that would compare/contrast chart on similar products that come out. Some examples would be: Copic Markers vs Spectrum Noir, Big Shot vs Grand Calibur vs Cuttlebug. I think we all want to know what’s the ” BEST” in price in comparison to what works better, how much can be done with it(die cuts, embossing and sizes).
    I also thought it would be “COOL” to have maybe for example a “Technique Tuesday”. There are many techniques to use and try when making cards/scrapbooks. It’s hard to know right where to look and I think I miss out on a lot of techniques on how to do different things with a greeting card. With a “Technique Tuesday” I’d always be up to date!

  30. creatingkeepsakes says:


    To answer a couple of questions. Where we ask for responses to enter a contest varies, but we appreciate the feedback about Facebook and will take that into consideration for future contests.

    In regards to shipping, each company has their own budgets and policies and for us shipping outside the U.S. has become too expensive. If you have an address in the U.S. that we can ship to, you are more than welcome to participate in the contests.

    Thanks for your feedback and comments!
    Digital Managing Editor

  31. Irma says:

    I love the products you have showcased… it reminds me of my childhood and the love of Christmas that inspired me to collect houses and trains to start a small village of my own… it is still growing. Now, for ideas, I loved the Vegas (what little I was able to see) but as classes go, I always love to see the new products and how to use them. I also love the idea of mixed media and incorporating that into all our crafting… cards, layouts. Sometimes, I look at my stash and just hit a wall. simple ideas to work thru designer blocks… ??

  32. Kathy Coulter says:

    Unfortunately, I don’t get to attend conventions very often, but if I were going to go to this one, I would like to see a class that compares and contrasts the main die cutting machines. What advantages one kind has over the other & getting the most out of them. I would also like to see a class dedicated to making more intricate cards, such as 3D & Pop-Up cards. Also how to do altered image techniques with mixed media.

  33. Melinda Wilson says:

    I love this awesome prize package!!!

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