Blue hour – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Like I told you previously, I´ll be doing guest design team posts for Elizabeth Craft Designs starting from January and today is my turn to share my first project with you. I´ve created a scrapbook page and then after finishing it, had plenty on product left, so I created a total of three cards with the leftover pieces. Both the layout and the cards have a start-to-finish video to watch. Hope you enjoy it!

This is the layout I created:
It has been almost ten years since I last was in Finland during winter. That is so long ago – I definitely need to go more often! This picture was taken during my last winter visit there and it reminds me of the cold weather. When it is really cold, the snow makes noises under your feet, it crunches. Then there is the blue hour, sligthly after sundown, when everything around you turns a blue shade. I love that moment. This picture was taken during the blue hour and it reminds me of all the things I am familiar from winter. Funny, I´d never think I´d miss that, actually. That is what this layout is about.

Then I made a couple of cards with all the pieces left over from the layout: For the first one I used the leftover 3D foam adhesive sheet from Scrapbook Adhesives. I covered it with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and then added some stamped and die cut, colored trees and a stamped and die cut sentiment to it.

For the second card I used the dotted paper strip – which I cut out from the layout background to save some paper for later – as my card background and added a leftover snowflake as a centerpiece on it. I stamped and die cut sentiment which I inked iwth blue Distress Ink to make it stand out from the bakground, finishes the card off.

And for the third card I used the negative glitter foam piece, from which I die cut the alphas for the layout title, as my focal point of the card. The fun part of this piece is the red matted word „Hi“ on the right upper corner. I only needed to add the leftover tree and some die cut and stamped stars, a small hand drawn heart and the stamped and die cut word on top. As a base I again used a piece of the dotted blue paper. I´ve prepared a video for you to watch, to give you a better idea of all the product used and step I did. Hope you like it!

 So next month is February which means Valentine´s Day – I have a feeling you will be seeing something love themed next month from me :).

Until then, have fun crafting!!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Looking back at 2017

I am glad it´s over – I am not going to miss 2017! It was a year of struggles, bad luck and lots of worries. I´m glad it´s done and dusted. It was a year of continuous trials and tests on a personal level. What am I taking with me from the past year? Lot´s of lessons learned about life, myself and strength. It was a tough year and it tired me out pretty much. So I´m glad to have taken a few days off from all of that and to get ready to embrace the new year.

This was my fave minibook from 2017:I´d like to share some of my „most liked“ work (according to Instragram :D, that is..) with you and then also talk about more positive things. This is a collection of nine of my most liked work on Instragram during 2017 (thank you for following and liking me there!!!!):

2017 in figures: I created a total of 13 sets of ATC´s past year, 8 home decor projects, 4 minibook projects, 8 scrapbook layouts, 35 tags, more than 90 cards, 4 wall art projects, 7 art journal sheets and a couple other crafty projects as well. So all in all I was very active, crafty wise. Not to mention a nice number of YouTube videos and my very first own stencil designs, making their first ever appearance in November. That was a very special highlight in my year for sure.

These were my fave wall art project from last year:
When you keep in mind that I work in a fulltime job, the number of projects listed above is a good amount. I´ve had people ask me why I do it? Well, I constantly feel the need to be creative in some way. It is my place of peacefulness in middle of crazy everyday life. I find happiness in what I do and I want to still develop, learn new things and try out new products and techniques. I can so relate to my lovely friend Tina, who practically shuts herself away from the outside world on weekends just to get some creative time for herself. Other people run marathons, we create :D, it´s that simple.

This was my favorite card project from 2017:
In 2017 I was lucky to design with/for Elizabeth Craft Designs, Studio Forty Designs, Canvas Corp Brands and STAMPlorations. I´ve cherished every single possibility and loved working with their products. In 2018 I will be continuing working with&for Canvas Corp Brands and STAMPlorations as a design team member and very happy to be guesting from time to time at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This tag and ATC were my faves from 2017:
I´ve added some of my fave projects from 2017 into this post to share a summary of my 2017 art with you. Creative wise the year was really good to me, the rest could have been better, but I suppose there is also a reason these experiences were necessary, so I´ll just take it as as lessen from life and look forward to a much better 2018!!! Who knows how it will turn out, but I´m excited about the new adventures it has to offer :).

And a fave layout from 2017 would be this one – happy memories:
Wishing you all a lovely new year with less drama and lots of tranquility, peacefulness and joy! Thank you for stopping by my blog from time to time and leaving some love here. It is very much appreciated <3

See you again soon with new papercrafting projects and adventures,
xxx, Sanna

Winter joy – Studio Forty Designs

Hello there everyone, I´d like to share a wintery scrapbook page with you today. This one is again created with Studio Forty Designs product. I wanted to create a fun, winter themed page with die cuts around my son´s photo, who loves snow and winter. I´ve again recorded a start-to-finish video for you to watch too.

Here is my finished layout:
I used the Moonchild collection again for this page and even though it is very purple themed, the backsides of the papers work great for a winter theme too. And by adding some winter themed die cuts to the page the snow theme was complete.

 I´ve also decorated the page with some 3D foam snowflakes and microfine glitter. They add additional sparkle to the page and also add struckture to the overall look. For additional fun detail and interest I misted a white leftover paper with green spray ink and then stamped some trees with the „Gifts“ clear stamp set onto it (see full material list at the end of this post). I´ve also added some leftover stamped and colored images from my previous projects to accompany the Studio Forty stamp images. Even though they are from a different series, they work really nicely together with the Studio Forty stamp designs and die cuts.

I wanted to add a frosty look to the page, so I treated some of the stamped and die cut images with glitter glue. This makes the images look like they were covered with a layer of snow.

 To make some die cuts stand out more from the dotted background, I inked them with blue Distress Ink. This way you can also easily change the look of a precut image to match the coloring and color sheme of your page.

In general this page is quite simple and easy to make as you only need to adhere the patterned papers together and then add the photo and have lots of fun with all the little bits and pieces and arranging them into an order that pleases your eye. And even though there are quite a few elements on the page, it still isn´t bulky at all. It will therefore fit into a photo album very easily without taking too much space.

 Finally I´ve created the title for this page with „Merry“ clears stamps and black stamp ink. Under the title I added some journaling and also stamped a date. I´ve noticed that when you don´t immediately add the dates to the stories you scrap about, it will be impossible to recall in a few years time, when a particular photo was taken. You think you will remember, but sadly this is not the case. It is much more fun looking thru a photo album later with you children, when they can see what year a particular photo and memory is from.

All right, enough of that for now. Let´s start with the video – hope you like it!!!

This was my last project for this  3 month design team term, I hope you have enjoyed my little tutorials over at the Studio Forty blog. Christmas being just around the corner, it is now time for me to wish everyone a very happy Christmas time and a very creative and inspiring 2018!! Hope you have a lovely, peacefull and relaxing time with your families and loved ones!!!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

But first Coffee – Studio Forty

Hello there,  it´s my turn to share a layout created with Studio Forty product with you today.  Are there any coffee lovers out there amongst you? Well, I need to confess that I tend to drink quite a lot of coffee and I just love the smell of freshly brewed coffee. The coffee themed stamp set in the shop is super cute, so I used that stamp set as my starting point for this page:

I´ve used various stamp sets on this layout for various reasons. I like owls – and I am a night owl – so I figured it would be a perfect match for this page to use some owls with the coffee theme. I stay up late and then I am sleep deprived and then I need coffee to wake up and keep me going… see where I am getting? So basically that is what this page is about.

I´ve used Tattered Angels spray inks to color the fussy cut,  stamped images. I first stamped them onto white cardstock with waterproof black ink, then colored with matching spray ink tones.

I added a layer of spray ink to the background using a piece of plastic as my transfer medium for the ink. That creates a nice random pattern, but bigger color areas than if I would add the color as direct splatters from the bottle.

I first stamped the owls and all other images with black ink onto a thicker paper that absorbes spray inks well, then I used a fine paint brush to apply the ink. The owls add a fun detail to the page.

Also fussy cutting the stamped images adds more interest and texture to the layout than just directly stamping onto the background paper. Besides, this way you have more control of your images and should one of them not turn out nice, you can simply toss that one and stamp another one and your page will not be ruined by a poorly stamped image.

I´ve again added a date stamp onto the page just to document when I created it and what kind of ideas had been going thru my mind on that day. So this layout is almost like everyday diary keeping.

That´s it from me today. When was the last time you documented something about your everyday life, habits or thoughts?

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

You can count on me – layout

Hello everyone and happy Monday! It´s again time to share another scrapbook layout tutorial with you today, created with Studio Forty product. I´ve again used the Moonchild collection and various clear stamps, word stickers and transparent stickers from the Studio Forty product range on this layout. Additionally I´ve created fun background details and colored some stamped images with Neocolor II watersoluble was crayons. I had so much fun creating this page!!! Here is my finished layout:

And here are some close-up photos:

I´ve used the Moonchild collection „I´m a dreamer“ & „Spirit of nature“ clear stamp sets to stamp the dreamcatchers for the layout. For coloring I used the previosly mentioned Neocolor II watersoluble crayons. They work really well even with the regular white cardstock and the water tank brush!! And the colors worked so well together with the beautiful Moonchild collection papers.

For more details about the layout and the product, also see the blog post over at the Studio Forty blog. If you are interested on the product I´ve used on this page, see the end of this blog post for a full material list with direct links. If a product is not available/linkable, then I always try to add a similar alternative to the link list.

This collection has inspired me so much that I´ve created a second video tutorial for you guys to watch. I hope you enjoy it and get inspired to scrap some yourself!!! Here is the video:

Now be sure to hop over to the Studio Forty blog for even more inspiration – my design team colleagues have created beautiful projects that you should definitely take a look at too! Stay tuned for more tutorial posts next month!! See you then!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

ps. there might be one more small additional project coming up tomorrow, just in case you are interested, come back tomorrow evening :). See you!

Supplies:

Good Memories layout – Studio Forty

Hello there! Today I get to share my very first scrapbook layout tutorial for & with the Studio Forty Moonchild collection. I am very thrilled to be joining this team and being able to share scrapbooking fun with their products!! Here is a little sneak peek on my very first project:
In case you don´t know Studio Forty yet, you should definitely check them out (go here). The owner and designer, Monika, started the company in spring 2016 with her own stamp and paper designs. There are also other manufacturers products available at their store too. The website is in Polish, but you can easily change the language by using the Google Translate tool featured at their site.

Like I mentioned earlier this month, I am joining a very talented team, who truly sets the bar very high, so I´m really hoping I can meet the expectations :). I´ve created a layout with the Moonchild collection and using various transparent stickers and clear stamps from the Studio Forty range. I immediately fell for this collection. The colors and designs are so very beautiful!!! And I scrapped again, after quite a while and it really felt good! So I´m hoping you will like the results and get inspired. Here is my finished layout:
I used a resist technique with the Patterns 4 clear stamp set, heat embossing and Brusho on the background and built my page around that.

I used scraps of white paper to create green and pink colored papers with Brusho colours (see the video for details) and then stamped flowers and leaves  (Flowers 1 stamp set) with black ink and fussy cut those.

The title of the layout is also stamped (Happy Memories stamp set) and then again fussy cut. I´ve added a couple transparent stickers (Colors of Memories & Hello Today stickers sheets) for interest next to the photos and the stamped images. I really like the fact that they are very thin and transparent, this way they don´t make the page bulky.

The enamel dots happen to compliment the Brusho color which is a happy accident. They are from my own stash, but I´ve been looking at the nice sets they have at the Studio Forty store – might need to get a few of those for further projects :-)!!! Finally I´ve added hand drawn and written details and some Nuvo Crystal Drops for additional detail as well as black ink splatters (Tattered Angels Glimmer Glaze) for interest. The story behind the multiple photos is simple; it´s not that easy to take a family picture where everyone looks their best. There is always someone making faces or looking somewhere else than towards the camera ;-)… so there, that is the story behind this layout and there are plenty of good memories behind these Christmas group photos of ours :). Hope you enjoy the video too:

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna

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Waiting for the water to boil – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello lovelies! It is again time for another Die Cut Design Team challenge over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time we were challenged to make „Anything but a Card“! So my choice was a layout. I haven´t been making as much scrapbook layouts recently as I would have liked to, so this was the perfect challenge to finally make one. Here is what I created:

This layout has plenty of Elizabeth Craft Design product on it, starting from the White Soft Finish Cardstock as a base. Next I added strips of the new ModaScrap papers onto the bottom and the top. I used the Viaggi Vintage and the Thinking about Polynesia 12×12 inch collections on this scrapbook layout. Then I added some heat embossed (white) sentiments from the Dream Sentiments set by Joset Designs.

A layer of Tattered Angels Aquamarine Glimmer Mist makes the heat embossed images really pop. After that I die cut ModaScrap leaves from Soft Finish Cardstock and then misted those with various Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist tones (Aquamarine, Marigold, Graphite, Suede and Grumpet). I also used some Java Glimmer Glaze (the black splatters) and Simply Sheer Soft Peach as well as Baseboard Gravel spray ink tones on the leaves.

I also die cut some of the letters on the title, then misted those with grey Glimmer Mist tone and added stickers and other alphas to go with those. I then added some stamped stars and rhinestones into the middle of the flowers.

I finished the page with hand written journaling and some faux stitching along the edges. Here is a start-to-finish video for you to watch to give you a better idea of the steps.

And now, hop over to the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other design team girls have created for this challenge. For today’s challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away two sizes of the Clear Double Sided Adhesive which will include: a pack of the 5” x 12” sheets and a 10 mm roll of tape, in addition we will also give away a pack of the new ModaScrap 12” x 12” Viaggi Vintage Patterned Paper Pack to 3 winners.

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us „Besides the classic card, what are some project ideas you like to play around with?” We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing. The winners will be announced on Friday, June 9 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

Wishing you all a happy, crafty day and lots of inspiration from the team!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Soft Finish Cardstock white
Thinking about Polinesia paper
Viaggi Vintage paper
Dream Sentiments stamp set
Dandelion Fluff
Pair Of Leaves 2
Leafy Branch 4
Leafy Branch 3
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Entwined Ovals (used the flowers from this set)

Other:
Glimmer Mist – Suede
Glimmer Mist – Aquamarine
Glimmer Mist – Marigold
Glimmer Mist – Graphite
Glimmer Mist – Crumpet
Baseboard – Gravel
Simply Sheer – Soft Peach
Glimmer Glaze – Java
VersaMark embossing ink
Archival Ink Jet Black
White embossing powder – Ranger
Aleene´s Tacky Glue

Stenciled, gel press background – STAMPlorations

Hello there everyone, here comes my STAMPlorations mixed media tutorial and start-to-finish video. I thought I´d create a scrapbook layout this time for a change. This is the layout I created using various ARTplorations stencils:

Here is how I created the layout:

1. Take a piece of residue paper and a piece of white cardstock, some acrylic paints in your favorite colours and a small Gelli plate and a brayer.

2. Add a few drops (very little paint goes a long way here!) of acrylic paint onto the Gelli plate, spread onto the surface with a brayer. See the video on more details!

3. Press the Gelli plate surface onto the cardstock and press lightly. Remove plate and you have a lovely paint press image on the paper.

4. Change the color and apply the paint like explained in the steps before. Next place a stencil over the acrylic paint area and roll over gently with the brayer. Next remove the stencil and press the image onto the cardstock piece. This time you will see a pattern in the finished image. Repeat and experiment with various colours and stencil patterns.

5. Take a patterned paper and the „X marks the Spot“ stencil and start applying some modeling paste onto the background thru the stencil with a palette knife. Let dry.

6. Cut the Gelli Plate images into triangles in various sizes. Arrange onto the background, take a photo with your mobile phone to make sure you don´t forget the order. Remove the triangles and apply spray ink splatters onto the background. Let dry.

7. Take „Trendy Feathers 2“ clear stamp set and stamp words onto the background with a gray and black stamp ink very randomly. Stamp more words and a sentiment onto white paper and fussy cut the pieces along the edges. Now adhere the triangles back to the patterned paper surface, add more stamping onto the background, if necessary.

8. Apply some modeling paste with the same „X marks the Spot“ stencil over the triangles for a fun detail. Let dry.

9. Embellish with stickers, wood veneer, puffy stickers and add a alpha sticker title. Adhere the fussy cut words onto the background with the photos. Add a date stamp and write the journaling for the page.

10. Finally add some black texture splatters here and there for additional detail.

Here is the video for more details and step-by-step. All used products are listed on the video. Hope you enjoy!

I hope you get inspired to try out your own gel press, stenciled images and maybe even a fun scrapbook layout with them! Have fun!

Happy scrapping,

xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

ARTplorations stencil – X marks the Spot

ARTplorations stencil – Hidden Hearts

ARTplorations stencil – Broken Glass

ARTplorations stencil – Plaid Maker

STAMPlorations clear stamp set – Trendy Feathers 2

 

Die cut scrapbook layout – Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hello there everyone, it´s my turn to share a tutorial for the Die Cut Design Team over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. My passion for paper crafting originally started with scrapbooking, then I discovered other areas of paper crafting and got distracted. Well, I actually broadened my spectrum, to be more precise.

I wanted to go back to creating a layout for a change, so today´s project is combining die cutting and scrapbooking. The basic die cutting forms (rectangles, squares, ovals and circles for example) can be used in so many different ways. On my layout I chose to make them the center of attention. The layout itself is very simple in style. I left quite a lot of white space on my layout and chose to die cut retro styled scrapbooking papers to match my late 1970´s color photo. Building this layout was a little bit like building a puzzle. Here is what I did:

Step 1: I first chose the photo, then picked papers I found suitable for the photo.
Step 2: Next I picked smaller sizes of the rectangle, square and fishtail die cut dies and arranged the die cut pieces next to the photo onto the white cardstock. This way I could pick suitable sizes and decide how I wanted the die cut paper pieces to be arranged on the finished page. Remember to take a picture when you have arranged all die cut dies onto the page, otherwise you will forget the order.

Step 3: Pick different patterned paper sheets and die cut the papers. I tried to use different designs next to each other for a more interesting, playful look.
Step 4: Adhere the background patterned paper and the white cardstock together with double sided adhesive and then start adhering the die cut squares and rectangles onto their predefined places. Adhere the photo and take a relatively large sticker where you can write the journaling in the end.

Step 5: Grab some white cardstock and die cut various Leafy Brances with your die cutting machine. Adhere the pieces onto the squares for additional detail. Leave some squares empty and fill some. That way the background will look more interesting to the eye.

Step 6: Add wood veneer pieces or other embellishments for additional decoration and use sticker letter to write the title of the page. That is basically all there is to this page. Depending on the colors and forms you choose, the result can look very different. I hope you give this idea a try!

Here is also a star-to-finish video for you to watch the various steps and to give you a better idea on how this layout came together:

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Happy scrapping,
Sanna

Supplies:
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Stitched Fishtail Banners
Leafy Branch 2
Pair of Leaves 1
Leafy Branch 3
Clear Double Sided Adhesive
White Cardstock
Dotted Scallop Squares
Dotted Scallop Rectangles
Stitched Rectangles
Stitched Squares

Other:
Stickers
Alpha Stickers
Black pen
Wood veneer
Patterned Paper

Masculine, rustic boho style layout – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello there, everyone and happy Saturday!!! It has been a LONG, LONG while, since I made a scrapbook page. I have been „distracted“ by other types of projects recently. Then this photo fell into my hands, while cleaning up the mess the burglars left behind when they broke into our house earlier this year…and I don´t know if it was due to the emotional ups and downs after the burglary or something else that made me feel the urge to document some stories again.

I wanted to document my thoughts about my dad onto this page. He sadly didn´t get to live a very long life and I never really got to say goodbye. So there are lots of things that still dwell in my mind from time to time. I wanted to record these things, put them on paper. The journaling, because very personal, is hidden inside the envelope. I put it there, so my boys one day can read it and get a better idea of our family history. It is part of their story too.

So a big part of my layout making is documenting, putting thoughts and feelings down on paper. BUT I also have fun with the product!!! 🙂

I´ve used plenty of Canvas Corp Brands (Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp & 7gypsies) product on this layout. In the video you will find all the used product listed and will get a better idea on how I proceed when creating a layout. Hope you like it!

For more details and a full supply list with links, please also see the Canvas Corp Brands blog HERE.

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna