Storage-in-storage: Think Inside the Box

Fall is almost here, which means that by now you’ve probably made all the vacation pictures you could. You may even have printed them, but now what! Well, time for a new and fun storage-in-storage keepsake, which I’m calling¬†Think Inside the Box ūüôā

It’s a decorated box with a magnetic closure, filled with a twin-sleeved pouch that also closes magnetically. It will hold many things, like, among others, pictures!

Digital photo collaging (Google it, you’ll find many free online opportunities) is an efficient way to gather even more pictures into your album, or box.

I’ve written a tutorial for you all, as usual with many (97!) clear pictures. There’s also a¬†2-tutorial set if you’d like the instructions for the special photomats as well, the ones you see in the video by way of example. The set gives you a 15% discount, but you need to put the SET in your shopping cart, not the two individual tutorials.

Anyway, have fun watching the video and check out the pictures below too. Please feel welcome to leave a comment in the comment section below!


Don’t forget the 15% off if you purchase the SET!



Tea Gift: Swing Bag Card

Tea bags are – in my experience – a fun gift to send with a¬†Welcome Home¬†card. This week I’m sharing my idea to send two, by way of what I’ve since dubbed a¬†swing bag card: a double card with a swinging bag hanging from its ‘nook’ fold ūüôā

The very sturdy double-sided design paper I used was perfect to use as is, with¬†no¬†cardstock at all. The sheet is called¬†Rooster Row¬†and it’s from¬†49 and Market’s¬†latest¬†collection,¬†Cottage Life.

I also created a little stand to prevent the card from being pulled down by the weight of the suspended tea pouch.

All in all a pretty simple card, yet with an original design element. Let me know what you think in the comment section below! And of course, like & share! ūüĎćūüŹľ




Monochrome White Micro Chest

If you’d like to order a customized micro chest, please check out my Showroom of Luxurious Boxes & Gifts.

In this week’s¬†Blog Exclusive post¬†I’m sharing an altered micro chest. You’ve seen me do these before, as nursery decor pieces and as gift boxes both feminine and masculine.

This time I was asked to add a micro treasure chest to one of my customized 100% photo explosion boxes,¬†with¬†the added challenge to work in only one color, creating a so-called monochrome¬†project: white. So I painted the chest white, then matted it with some white wood texture paper that I embossed with a wood pattern first. Finally I created some faux leather¬†strips from white cardstock. I’m quite pleased¬†with the effect, and with the surprisingly different¬†shades of white¬†that are – apparently – possible.


Have you ever created any monochrome projects? Do you like them at all? Please share your thoughts in the comment section underneath this post!



Salty Kisses Summer Card

In my last post I shared an XXL album with you, created with¬†Kaisercraft’s¬†Salty Kisses¬†paper collection. As is most often the case, I had some papers left over. So I created a lovely summer-themed birthday card, combining a¬†Kaisercraft¬†sheet with the awesome die-cuts of¬†Studiolight’s Summer at the Beach¬†collection.

And by the way, cards also make great mini album page inserts! So there’s a bonus idea for you ūüėČ


Card – or Mini Album Page Insert!




Sunny Times – an XXL Flexible Spine Photo Album!

Hi all! I’m excited to be able to share this, my latest album! It is HUGE: it measures 9 x 12″ (23 x 30.5 cm), which makes it perfect to house the loads of pictures from any event or period of which you want to cherish many memories.

Since this particular album is beach-themed, it was created with our summer vacation in mind – so I named it Sunny Times!

It houses ten base pages – so 20 page surfaces – with lots of extra add-ons for your many pictures. You can add pictures of all sizes, ranging from wallet-sized all the way up to 8×10″ (20×27 cm), and in addition it offers lots of pockets and tuck spots for your memorabilia.

So check it out, enjoy the video, and consider your purchase options if you’d like to create one yourself: there’s the tutorial only option – a 178-page written tutorial (with over 500 clear pictures!) by way of immediate download – and then there’s the kit + tutorial you will very soon be able to get from¬†Photographs and Memories,¬†which is a kit full of goodies to create the album plus my aforementioned tutorial (no extra costs).




Two Types of Shabby Chic Cards

Shabby chic is quite a broad term to describe a style of (usually interior) decoration that is or appears to be pleasingly old and slightly worn. There are various color themes and accompanying atmospheres that go with the term; it is not however what we would call vintage.¬†Below I’m embedding some digital mood boards I found on Pinterest to show you two very different kinds of shabby chic.

Based on these two mood boards I created two shabby chic cards, one to represent each type.¬†So, what type of Shabby chic do you prefer – if any? ūüôā








How to add glitter to a sentiment

Ranger’s¬†Sticky Embossing Powder¬†is great for adding very precise glittering or foiling, for instance on a very detailed and delicate (stamped) picture or a (stamped) sentiment. In this week’s (free!) video tutorial I’m showing you how it works – and sharing a very important tip that will help you avoid the mistake I made…! ūüėČ

The card in the video is the Twist & Pop card I shared some blog posts ago in a tutorial of its own, so check that out if you’d like to create one yourself.

Enjoy the tutorial and glitter away! ūüėÄ





Gift idea: Mini Album Card!

Special occasions require special cards, and with this interactive wallet card you can go many directions. To give you some examples, my first card of this design had an Encouragement theme, the second version commemorated the first year since my father’s passing.

This week I’m sharing a third way you can use this card: as a mini album card, to send (or give in person) someone some pictures of dearly remembered moments you shared with them! Which is perfect for someone who really already has everything they ever wanted – I mean do you really need to give them more ‘stuff’? I’m convinced that memories in the form of pictures – nicely done up – will always be much appreciated, and also add that extra personal touch to your gifts.
This design offers room for 6-8 pictures and of course a personal message.

So, hope to have inspired you, let me know what you think in the comments! ūüôā




Romantic Nursery Baby Boy Mini Album

When my cousin had her first baby, a cute little baby boy, I wanted to make her something special. I decided to make her a mini album to keep her most precious pictures and notes of baby’s first couple of months. I wanted a somewhat romantic baby theme, with nostalgic colors instead of bright blue pastels, which I found in Marianne Design‘s lovely¬†Romantic Nursery¬†design paper.

The mini album has three page assemblies, which makes it a bit thinner than my other mini albums which usually have six or eight. It still has plenty of room for photos and other memorabilia though, with all its pockets, tags and even hidden photo wallets. Of course I inked around all the edges, this time with Vintage Photo distress ink by Tim Holtz.

And here’s the video, please feel free to let me know what you think!


So what kind of baby shower gifts have you been looking for, or even created yourself?




Altered baby gift box

If you want to give someone a really personalized gift, then altering an object is not only a great gift idea, it’s also a very reasonably priced one. Take this box for instance, it was sold as a plain white box with a white-coated, stamped piece of burlap on its lid. Not super expensive, and with lots of gift-giving potential.

In this case it was for a baby shower, so I altered it using lots of baby blue goodness and other cute stuff.
And here’s another idea: you can give this gift together with some of your less creative friends – and have them stuff the finished box with all kinds of nice little baby clothes, socks, pacifiers etc! This way, you will be able to give a sophisticated gift – with the personal touch as a bonus.

Of course you can do this on all kinds of other occasions: think birthdays, weddings, house warmings, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Christmas, etc.

So check out the video, and take all the inspiration you like from it!


Don’t Give Up – a Serenity Card

A lady asked me to create a card incorporating a specific sentiment and with some meditative overtones. I immediately thought of the Serenity paper collection by Bo Bunny, which would be perfect with its Asian-themed graphics and choice of many lovely colors.

For my previous Serenity teabox projects I had used the reds, teals and blacks, but this time I chose the soft greens and whites. I printed the requested sentiment in a dark green color onto a piece of design paper, then used a circle die to cut a nicely rounded label.

Let me know what you think in the comment section!¬†And please like & subscribe to not miss any of my weekly projects ūüôā





Low Budget Tip: Picture Card

Hi all,

Today I’m sharing with you another Low Budget Tip, in other words how to create wonderful projects and presents that won’t cause a significant dent into your household budget. ūüôā

There’s more where this came from by the way, check out all posts on this blog tagged Low budget!

This week’s tip is to create a¬†picture card.¬†For this type of card you won’t need much design paper for on the front the focus will be a picture you took (any occasion possible!), and on the back you will simply use cardstock or even printer paper of a different color than your base card.

You can keep the embellishments to a minimum by only using some glitter glue to trace around the picture and/or the journalling spot on the back, or you can add some simple decorations as I have, which still won’t have to cost a lot – especially if you’d die-cut the flowers and leaves.

So I hope you’ll enjoy this tip, let me know if you’d like to see more!