All is Bright: A Box Pocket (Christmas) Mini Album

As my previous Christmas mini has been completely loaded with family Christmas pictures since last year’s holiday season, it was time to create a new one – yea! ūüôā

I rummaged through my (by now fairly impressive) stash and came back out with the beautiful vintage-yet-fresh¬†All is Bright¬†papers, a 2012 collection by¬†My Mind’s Eye.¬†With its 18 x 25 cm (7 1/8 x 9 7/8″) it’s larger than its¬†Tis the Season¬†predecessor. It sports nine interactive page layouts, plus what I’m calling a box pocket on the inside front cover.

I created one of these box pockets¬†before, in my large Girly Girl’s Precious mini, but this time I incorporated it in a tutorial! It’s already waiting for you in my Etsy shop ūüôā

Since the¬†box pocket¬†can hold all kinds of nice things, like a stack of photo mats, cards, a mini folio or even an entire hardcover notebook (see picture above of the aforementioned Girly Girl’s Precious mini), I have not included my mini folio in the album tutorial. Instead it will get its own – very affordable – tutorial soon, including a bonus cutting guide for a larger version.

Check out the video if you’d like to see all the fun & interactive page designs, and sing along with the Christmas tune:¬†“Aaaaall is calm, all is bright….”

I wish you all a very merry Christmas!

 

Two Christmas Card Tips

In my last blog post I showed you my first ten Christmas cards, created with two so-called card art stencils.

This week I have two extra tips for all of you who are preparing to get your craft on and make your own Christmas cards for this year:

  1. Combine leftover die-cuts & cutaparts from one collection, with papers from a fairly neutral collection. Like in my case, the 6×12″ Wood Texture paper block by¬†Joy Crafts;
  2. Create a large card, e.g. A5-sized, and create elaborate layouts without it getting to ‘busy’ to look at.

There’s actually a third tip hidden inside the video, namely to use what I have dubbed¬†scrap mats,¬†in other words: meticulously paper-pieced background mats.¬†Check out my¬†free video tutorial¬†on how to make them – you’ll get a lot more paper real estate from your leftover papers!

 

Ten Scandinavian-styled Christmas Cards (with French Christmas wishes)

Recently I decided to experiment with¬†Dutch Doobadoo’s¬†card art stencils, which you use by simply tracing around their various edges to two nested shapes. So I bought two of the stencils and created ten (early) Christmas cards, using a cherry red cardstock as a base.

I decorated with the Warm Winter Wishes¬†paper collection by¬†Marianne Design¬†and die-cuts from the wonderfully cosy-looking¬†Scandinavian Winter¬†collection by¬†Studiolight.¬†In the video below I show you all ten cards, all of them sporting “Joyeux No√ęl” as a die-cut sentiment – a.k.a. Merry Christmas in French.

I really enjoyed working with these stencils, their ‘fun factor’ definitely exceeded my expectations. Plus I found them a very useful alternative for a die-cutting machine, so they are perfect to take with you to places where you know you won’t have access to any die-cutting tools (like when I go to my mom’s ūüėČ ).

So enjoy the end result and let me know if you have any experience with these or other card art stencils! ūüôčūüŹĽ

 

Thin is the New Bulky – an Alice in Wonderland 10-pic Mini Album

A friend asked me to create an Alice in Wonderland-themed mini album for her, to hold a maximum of only ten pictures. So no wallet, no folio, but an actual mini album. Oh, and no flowers please.

Well, that turned out to be a fun design challenge! Using a¬†Marion Smith Designs¬†paper collection called¬†Mad Tea Party,¬†I designed two interactive pages to hold the ten pictures. Of course I also incorporated a scrap mat, for which there’s a free video tutorial available on my blog. The second tutorial which may come in handy is my¬†free gradient technique video for Distress Stickles.

So, this is a very thin mini album with no bulky embellishments, but:

Thin is the New Bulky!¬†ūüôā

Let’s start a new trend here shall we ūüėé.

 

 

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Love is a Four-Legged Word Card

I truly loved Graphic 45’s Raining Cats & Dogs collection, and used up every last scrap I could find to create this one last card with it.

In doing so I came up with four tips, that I’d like to share with all of you card makers out there:

  1. Don’t throw out your leftover 4×6″ ATC cards but fit them onto a 6×6″ square card;
  2. Decorate on the side of the card, and leave your ATC card uncovered, showcasing its lovely graphics;
  3. Use a scrap mat on the inside to use up your scraps Рcheck out my free video tutorial for that;
  4. Combine with other collections that coordinate well with your almost-gone main collection.

By the way, just after I had concluded that I would now never be able to craft with these lovely papers ever again, Graphic 45 announced their new Deluxe Collector’s Edition, which was…… you guessed it,¬†Raining Cats and Dogs! ?

Have fun using these tips, enjoy the video! ūüôā

 

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Tutorial: Distress Stickles gradient technique

Here’s a fun new gradient technique I discovered while using Distress Stickles and Distress Markers on the same surface area. I found that this technique works on any surface on which you would use your distress products (card stock, chipboard, wood etc.). I used this technique on the cute little wooden sunglasses I showed you in my last blog post, when I shared my¬†Thinking Inside the Box¬†project, and I promised you all a free video tutorial. So here we are – you’ll find the video below ūüôā

The trick is to cover a darker color Distress Marker with a lighter color Distress Stickles while the marker is still wet.

The second trick is to specifically use Tim Holtz’s Distress product line, for these react with water – and with eachother. I haven’t tried out any alternatives extensively but in the few instances I used different products it did not cause a gradient effect.

So, on to the video – hopefully you’ll find this technique inspriring and fun!

 

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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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!

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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! ??

 

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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!

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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!

 

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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).

 

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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

 

 

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