Photo Gift Booklet

From a very sunny Portugal ☀️ I’m sharing this new Photo Gift Booklet, which I created with some cardstock and a couple of sheets from DCWV’s Colorful Life paper collection. It is custom-fit to hold four 9×13 cm (3½ x 5⅛”) pictures. You only need four pieces of design paper of that same size for the covers, and your’re done!

Being a hybrid between a card and a small photo album this little booklet is the perfect gift to send over the mail to your far away friends & relatives! 🎉

If you’d like to create one yourself, go to my Autumn Time Ultra Mini Album for a quick explanation on the page technique.

Have fun, see you next week!

 

 

Three cards with 2½ sheets of PS I Love You papers

Sometimes I like newly brought out design papers but don’t necessarily want to buy the entire collection. This is why I only bought two sheets of Kaisercraft’s recent PS I Love You (double-sided) collection, so I could still savour their gorgeous new design patterns, wondering what I could make with them.

As it turns out, 2 entire sheets with 2 extra 6×6″ pieces are enough to create three lovely cards, matted on the front, the back and the inside 🙂

So hopefully you find this as encouraging as I – for now you can perhaps also more easily enjoy more of these gorgeous new design paper collections that come out evert month! (yea!)

 

Kraft-colored Tea Box with Olive Tree

A man requested a customized tea box for his beloved, an avid tea lover. He asked me to keep it natural, with browns and greens and no fuss, and when I suggested he watch my K&Company Olive Tree paper walkthrough, he chose four sheets that he loved the best.

So it’s with those four 12×12″ sheets that I altered this 9-partition wooden tea box. I used some die-cuts to create a paper ornament on top, with a Tea is Ready stamp – in Dutch. The result is an elegant, stylish tea box keepsake in warm, neutral kraft colors. I was of course very happy to hear both the man and his lady loved the tea box! 🙂

Have you ever created a kraft-colored project or would you ever consider it?

 

 

 

Some more Domestic Goddess

Fortunately I had enough paper pieces left over from last week’s 12-page mini album to create two lovely cards. The colors of the Domestic Goddess collection (7 Dots Studio) are truly amazing, lush and colorful. It reminds me of tropical sunsets on some faraway island, or the warm-blooded colors of Love 🙂

So for these cards I played around with these colors, layering them with deep-colored flowers (card 1) or highlighting the softness hidden in there as well (card 2).

I also tried some new sentiments, which I found on Pinterest and printed on the design paper in a font of my own.

Enjoy the video, and let me know if you have any questions!

 

Newsflash: Kits available!

Good news for anyone who’d like to create one of my projects but would like a kit to go along with the tutorial – and lives across the Atlantic:

As of May 2017 kits are available for some of my projects at Photographs and Memories, a lovely online store based in Kansas, USA. You can go to the store and search for “Katja” using the search field, or – much easier 🙂 – click the logo below, and you will find all of my projects for which kits are available. Each kit comes including my elaborate and detailed tutorial for that project, at no additional cost!

If you wish to purchase the tutorial only, please go to my Creator’s Image Studio online shop. I offer many different methods of payment, including Paypal, creditcard and iDeal.

The first two kits based on my projects are my Memories Fold-out Folio Album and my Holiday Dreams Gatefold Album. These kits offer, among other things, the same paper collections as my original projects 🙂

 

Dutch:

Woon je in Nederland en wil je ook een kit voor een van mijn projecten, neem dan contact met me op op creatorsimage at icloud.com (spaties verwijderen en ‘at’ vervangen door @), want dat loopt natuurlijk niet via Amerika 😉 .

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Stacked Page Mini Album

This week I’m sharing a mini album with twelve pages. As in 24 individual page layouts!
To make it, I tried a new binding system – new to me at least, it’s been ‘out there’ for quite some time I think. The best way to describe it is the stacked page binding.
I kept this one simple to try it out, but I’ll create another one to be able to make a tutorial for you all, so stay tuned!

And please notice this paper collection you guys, isn’t it stunning? I love it! ❤️
It’s a somewhat older paper line by 7 Dots Studio, and it’s called Domestic Goddess. I think its graphic designer at the time was Finnabair, a well-known name in the paper craft world!
I only had 15 sheets, but that was enough to create this mini album and two beautiful cards – which I’ll share with you in my next 🙂

Let me know what you think, and stay crafty!

 

Love & Home Card

Here’s a spring-colored card I made for my friend’s new home, using StudioLight’s lovely Love & Home collection and die-cuts.

Studiolight, ScrapLH02 (12×12″)

I love the Studiolight collections for their lovely themes, the life-like graphics, and the many die-cuts and cutaparts they have available with each paper collection. I’ve done a couple of other projects with some of their collections, and I’m sure I’ll create more in the future.

For now, this card: I used a 12×12″ sheet as a base and built on top of that, mostly with die-cuts but also with some other things, like a very fitting knitting charm – since my friend is an avid knitter. 🙂

This way you can fairly easily and quickly make a beautiful personalized card for someone, which I highly recommend for you can put much love and tender care into a handmade card.

 

 

Worlds Fair Gift Box & Goodies

This week I’m sharing with you a great gift idea, especially if you’re a bit in a hurry to get something for someone because, say, you forgot to plan ahead… (just a random example, that’s not what happened here at all 🙄 ).

I don’t know about you but as a paper crafter I always have some wooden boxes in stock, because sometimes I want to cleanse my scrapbooking palate by working on an altered art project. So for this occasion I choose a medium-sized one, slightly over 4×6 inches (10×15 cm). The beauty of this size is that you can use large ATC cards or cutaparts of exactly that size, and many paper collections come with those. For this particular one I used the colorful Worlds Fair papers by Graphic 45.

I embellished with flowers, blings, die-cuts, stickers and chipboard pieces – some of which I made myself by backing up a sticker with chipboard. I filled up the box with chocolates and added a Worlds Fair card with my personal message. And done!

Hope you enjoyed this gift idea, have fun creating and see you next week!

 

 

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A Double-paged Keepsake Album

I designed this new mini album around three criteria: its dimensions should be something like 15×15 cm (6×6″),  it should have two spines and each spine should hold its own set of pages.

My creative process ended up with me coming up with this 14.5×17 cm (5¾ x 6¾”) gatefold mini album, in the fresh colors of Kaisercraft’s Ubud Dreams collection – colors that remind me of the sea and small mediterranean villages 🙂 Which is why I’m dubbing this my Holiday Dreams keepsake album.
And guess what, Ubud turns out to be a town on the Indonesian island of Bali! Okay, so not the Mediterranean but still: Holidays galore 🙂

The album holds seven interactive page assemblies with all new page designs, four attached to the left spine and three to the right; the inside covers offer even more room for pictures.

If you can’t wait to make this album yourself, check out the (written) tutorial which is available in my Etsy shop. 🙂

NEW: There’s also a kit available at Photographs & Memories online webshop! This includes my tutorial at no additional cost!

Enjoy the video and pictures below and let me know what you think in the comment section! See you next week! :-).

 

Tri-shutter Birthday Card for a Guy

Hi all!

Today I’m sharing another idea for a birthday card to send to a man in your life. As for its shape, it’s a so-called tri-shutter card. I cut this one with a special die, but you can cut these yourself as well, just check out my free video tutorial, which I’ll embed again at the end of this blog post for your convenience.

For decoration I used Oxforda nicely colorful collection by Basic Grey with mostly masculine overtones. I also did some stamping: a circle-shaped Happy Birthday stamp on the front, and some smaller gift-wrapped presents on the other panels which I fussy-cut and then lifted with some dimensional tape. And last but not least a Kaisercraft birthday sentiment which I stamped in two colors on the center panel.

 

A tri-shutter card fits into a regular envelope
Kaisercraft sentiment stamp on the center panel, stamped in two colors

My video tutorial on how to make a tri-shutter card:

 

How to Gift an E-book as a Paper Craft Project

Have you ever tried gifting an e-book to someone? If so then you know there’s not much fun to be had. You either give the person money or a gift card to buy it himself, or perhaps you email them a gift code. Or if you’re really making an effort, you find an online e-book vendor which allows you to buy a specific e-book for someone else. Which requires you to register at said vendor, which you may find very annoying.

Your purchase will then result in an email of the vendor to the recipient, or maybe a voucher will be mailed to you so you can email or print it. Pfff. Like I said, not much fun to be had. No gift wrapping, no happy anticipation before unwrapping the surprise gift, no happy squeals when the present is finally revealed. Welcome to the Digital Age.

Though we cannot change the digital nature of the e-book, we can make it more fun to gift an e-book to someone! The only thing you have to buy is a (physical) gift card that will allow the recipient to buy e-books. You’ll probably be able to buy those in several brick & mortar shops – so no registration required, no annoying emails received.

And then you’ll craft a very festive Mini File Folio like the one I’m sharing with you today, in which you’ll put your gift card and a nicely printed title & summary of the e-book(s) you have in mind for your recipient. And voila, there’s your Very Presentable present.

As an added bonus you’ll probable be able to gift them two e-books for the price of one physical book!

To whom are you going to gift an e-book this way? 🙂

 

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Birds in a Tree Tea Box

Now and again I like to vary my craft technique and leave papercrafting for a short while to dabble in decoupaging. I use this technique mainly to alter wooden or porcelain objects, like gift boxes but also candles, coffee mugs and even a lamp!

Usually I paint such an object white or ivory first, so that the napkin’s colors will show clear & bright. With the tea box I’m sharing today however, I started decoupaging without painting it white first. This made for warm wood colors, and also caused the box title Thee (= Dutch for Tea) on the lid to show through nicely.

After adhering the parts of the napkin I wanted to use, I painted the rest of the box around them in a warm forest green and added some glitter accents. Of course I covered the whole thing with boat varnish to protect it from all things Liquid – a prudent measure if you’re anything like Clumsy Me 🙂

By the way, an altered tea boxes makes for a great gift!