Altered notebook covers – STAMPlorations tutorial

Hello everybody, today I am up with another mixed media tutorial over at the STAMPlorations blog!! As the year is slowly coming to an end, we automatically start thinking about the next year peaking around the corner. And we make plans. And when making plans, it is wise to write them down – our daily life tends to get us distracted and so we forget. But if you keep a little notebook with you, you will remember at least some of your ideas and plans. That´s what I did – I altered the covers and now the notebook is ready to hold thoughts, ideas and dreams :).

Here is how I created the covers:

1. Cut two slightly smaller pieces of corrugated cardboard than your notebook size.
2. Take white, turquoise and yellow green (or whatever colors you prefer!!!) acrylic paint and apply random layers onto the cardboard pieces with a palette knife. Let dry. Then add green and brown spray ink droplets and drips onto the surface.
3. Take the Art Splatters stencil and apply some iridescent creative medium thru it onto the pieces.
4. Next apply some Glossy Accents on top of the Splatters and adhere Art Stones onto those areas.
5. Take the same green and brown spray ink colors and apply those onto the art stones – the stones absorb the color and will look more interesting this way.
6. Take the Droplets Mini stencil and apply light blue acrylic paint with a foam brush thru the stencil onto the surface. Just random bits and bobs for interest. It does not matter if the result is not “perfect”.
7. Apply some more green spray ink splatters for interest if you feel like it.
8. Take the Bubbles Mini stencil and apply some relief modeling paste thru it onto the surfaces. Let dry.
9. Decorate with stickers, wood veneer and cork pieces. Then adhere a ribbon onto the book cover and place the altered cardboard pieces on top of the adhered ribbons. Let dry.

Here is a start-to-finish video for additional inspiration – hope you like it!

And some pictures of the finished piece:


How about you? Do you keep a small notebook with you and write down ideas and thoughts on your way to work or while waiting for an appointment etc.? If not, how about you start one – will be interesting to see how the filled notebook at the end of the year!

Have fun creating,
xxx, Sanna


ARTplorations – Bubbles Mini stencil
ARTplorations – Art Splatters
ARTplorations – Droplets Mini
Tattered Angels – High Impact Paint
Tattered Angels – Glimmer Mist

Be kind to yourself – Off The Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there! Today it´s again my turn to share some Off the Rails May Moodboard inspiration with you :). Here is the fabulous May Moodboard:

I got inspired by both the colours and the sentiment. The cool grungy butterfly image inspired me to use some gold foil and an acetate butterfly on my layout.

Obviously this page is about myself. I´ve hidden quite a lot of journaling underneath the photo between the patterned paper pieces. There is a little step-by-step coming later this month about how I did the background, so hope to see you come back and take a look! And now hop over to the OTR blog to take a look at the gorgeous inspirational pieces my design team colleagues created!! And of course, hope to see you join in on our May challenge too :)!

This will be next to last post at a design team member at the OTR blog. Due to some real life changes, that need some adjusting to, I have asked to step down from my design team duties at Off The Rails. It has been a pleasure being part of this team!! I hope you will still keep stopping by OTR every once and a while and joining in on their challenges.

But it´s not quite time for goodbyes yet 🙂 – there is still one more post to come!

See you at OTR, lovelies!
xxx, Sanna

Trust your journey – Canvas Corp Brands

Sometimes it is so hard to see the deeper meaning of the twists and turns of our life, don´t you think? And it is a good thing that we cannot see what lies ahead of us! But I have been told that life just does not throw all those things in our face for the fun of it, no, there is always a reason for everything. But the way life rolls, we just sometimes are not able to see the “why” in that particular moment. Usually we see the deeper meaning of those happenings much, much later.

Sometimes we struggle and even fall, and those things teach us something about ourselves and life in general. Sometimes it is hard to trust the journey. I need to remind myself once in a while that I need to learn to trust the journey I am at. This is what this page is about. And since it is a very personal page, I´ve added lots and lots of journaling, however it is well hidden behind the folder :). I´ve also created a little step-by-step how I went along creating this layout:

I have chosen a Board and Room Gypsy Moments paper as my background. The Gypsy Moments collection is by Canvas Corp. First I applied some gesso with an old credit card thru a The Crafter´s Workshop stencil onto the background and let it dry.

Then I did some black background stamping over the gessoed areas and after that I added some black Glimmer Glaze paint splatters onto the background and let those air dry.

Next I added some pink and brown Glimmer Glam splodges here and there. I applied the paint with a paint brush by dabbing it.

Next I spray inked some white flowers and a white clay flower (which I chose not to use in the end) with purple Glimmer Mist and bold red Plain Jane Simply Sheer mist.

I then inked some chipboard images with pink and brown Distress Ink to give them more interest.

Now that my background elements were ready, I started layering some pink burlap, some wire and a Gypsy Moments File Folder onto the layout. I also added some golden yarn, the chipboard elements and stickers in clusters around the file folder. I wrote the journaling inside the file folder. There is plenty of space in there for that :).

I folded the flowers in half and tucked them underneath the file folder and applied some glitter glue over them as well as over the chipboard pieces. If you look closely, you can see that I have added some hand drawn leaves here and there to go with the chipboard. Just a fun additional detail on the background.

I added some word stickers here and there to go with the title. Together they add to the journaling and actually also form a quote of their own. A golden clothespin is holding the photo on it´s place. And finally, this is the end result:

This is quite a different kind of layout to what I usually do, but I had a feeling that these papers need a little bit of a different take on them and I like my shabby chic kind of layout a lot!

Thanks for stopping by!!
xxx, Sanna

Sea days – Canvas Corp Brands

Hello everyone! Today I´d like to share a little step-by-step maritime layout with you. I´ve used some cool papers and products by Canvas Corp Brands on this one.

We did quite a lot of travelling last summer and really enjoyed it a lot. There photos were taken from you ship tour towards Finland. It was our very first sea tour with the whole family and very exciting for all of us. I might add that I get sea sick, so I might have been the most nervous one of us all when boarding the ship. But, it all went well and we all enjoyed the journey very much :).

Here is the finished layout: and this is what I did:

These are the materials I used: papers by Canvas Corp from the Classic Nautical collection, some hemp twine, a black ink by Hero Arts, some die cut (Tim Holtz) chipboard pieces, word stickers, Tattered Angels Glaze and Mists, a 7Gypsies stamp and some paper glue and scissors.

I first applied some water with a paint brush onto the background – the areas where the photos will be later, are marked with a pencil.

Next I added some Turquoise Blue Glimmer Mist with a paint brush onto the wet areas and let it spread and soak into the paper freely on those places.

After it had spreaded thoroughly, I dried the paper with a heat gun.

Next I added some black ink onto the Distresses Words stamp, but only to some areas.

I then stamped around the blue misted areas with the black ink to add random stamping here and there.

Next I cut “circles” out of the hemp cord and layed them onto the background. As you can see I also had cut some “Navy and Ivory Anchors” and “Red and Ivory Big Stripe” papers into smaller and wider stripes for both the left and right sides of the layout.

Next I painted the die cut pieces with a light blue chalk paint and cut them in half and adhered them with paper glue on their places. After that I placed the photos where they should be in the end and glued them down too.

Next I applied some word stickers here and there and outlined those with a black pen. Also added some black Glimmer Glaze splatters around the photo cluster areas and let the Glaze air dry.

Finally I took some chipboard clouds, painted them with a blue Glimmer Glaze and while it was still wet, added some Multi Chrystal Glitter Mix over the glazed areas. This way when the Glaze dries the glitter will stick to it and not fall off later.

I then glued the clouds on their places, added the title and the layout was done. Here are some detail photos:

I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial. I love the blue, white and red combination! It is so happy and fresh! This was just such a lovely summer holiday – good memories!!! This Classic Nautical collection is one of my faves – and perfect for these photos too 🙂 !!!

Happy scrapping,
xxx, Sanna


Hello there lovelies!! What better way to enjoy a grey and rainy Sunday than to scrap a little :). Here is a result of my scrappy morning activity – a layout based on the Paperdvizhnik´s current challenge. I am late on this one, but hey, it´s not closed quite yet! This time their challenge is about lettering and I do love lettering, so just had to join in on this one.

and this is my take:

I´ve used Studio AE stamps for creating some stamped lettering behind my photo. The hello on the bottom signals a start of the journey, then the twine is supposed to show the twists and turns along the way. Somewhere in the middle you start to wonder if you are ever going to make it and in the end the word smile greets one on the top of the mountain. Anyways, that was the idea behind it all. The quote is from me – I don´t know if it already exists somewhere in this form, but while creating this layout it just popped into my mind and I had to use it. There the lettering consists of various alpha stickers combined together. A good way to use leftover stickers sheets too. And I even added some hand lettering here and there.

Of course this mountain climbing is meant to be understood metaphorically – it´s the journey of life I´m talking about here. The mountain photo just perfectly matches the theme here, not the other way around :).

I really enjoyed creating this page. Love the papers I used, been hoarding them for quite a while already and think this is the perfect spot to finally use them. Also some awesome Evalicious puffy stickers found their way onto this page (love them!). Annd…cannot do without some flair – the are from Badges Folie. In addition it feels really good to put feelings and thoughts on paper this way. I definitely should do more pages like these, as they make me feel so good! Thanks for a fab challenge, Paperdvizhnik, I really enjoyed it!!

Happy Sunday, everyone!