Go for gold

Hi lovelies, today I´d like to share the video process of a layout that is featured in an article I wrote for the AUG/SEP issue of Scrap365. Btw… I hope you have put your order in already??? 🙂

I am not sharing any close-ups of the page here, as you will find the whole article (with 2 layouts) in the current issue. I hope you enjoy the video 🙂
xoxo, Sanna

Creating custom layout backgrounds – Paperilla-lehti

Hello! I love to create custom layout backgrounds and when doing so, I usually start with a piece of plain white cardstock. This particular page is about my DS on his very first day of school and I wanted to create a matching background for the photo. That is why I chose clear alphabet stamps for creating a stamped letter background pattern.

I find that happy bright colours go perfectly with the layout theme, so I used 3 different stamp ink tones and lots of papers and embellishments from the Basic Grey „Capture“ and Echo Park Paper „My Life“ collections.

I also made a little step-by-step video for you to watch. Enjoy!

And here are some close-up photos of the layout, too.

I would love to see your custom made layout background papers, so if you got inspired, please do share 🙂 !!

Happy scrapping,

Different Ways to Create Colour Spatters – OTRS tutorial

Hi there! Today I´d like to share with you a few ideas how you could create color splatters on your projects. 

You can use a watertank paint brush, regular paint brushes, spray inks, pigment inks, Distress inks and ink daubers for creating splatters. They all create a different look, so it is lots of fun to play with them all. Even PITT artist pens can be used to paint „splatters“ :). 

But first I wanted to create a watercolour background and used distress inks for that purpose. I first pressed some red, blue and yellowish ink onto a craft sheet and then sprayed some water over the area. 

Now all I needed to do was to press the paper onto the colored craft sheet and lift it up. I just love this look. It is so easy to make and the results are always a surprise. I then sprayed the craft sheet with some more water mist and lifted it up and let the residue color drop onto the background. As the ink is mixed with water, it will immediately soak into the paper and create watercolour looking splatters. 

Next I took some Hero Arts ink daubers and dabbed some color into an acrylic stamping block. Then I applied some water mist over the color. 

Now all I needed to do was to lift the acrylic block over the background paper and let the wet color drop randomly onto the paper. This being a dye ink, it did not soak into the paper that much and therefore created stronger and more vibrant splatters. 

Another possibility to use the ink daubers is to pick up the color with a water tank paint brush and and then by dabbing the paint brush you can create very fine small color splatters. 

Another possibility is just to directly paint „splatters“ onto the paper. This way you get a more controlled look as you can freely choose the place and size of the splatter you want to create. 

Acrylic paints are also great for creating splatters. You can create a much more „bulky“/raised color splatters depending on how thick you leave the paint. I used a golden acrylic paint and mixed it with some water to make it slightly more fluid. Then I just grabbed a regular paint brush (well, actually two) and dabbed the paint brushes onto each other over the paper. 

I really like the look of these golden textured splatters in between the watery splatters. It created a nice contrast. 

You can even use paint markers to create a splattery look on your layout. I added some random blue and pink „splatters“ here and there with a PITT artist pen (Faber-Castell). 

Then there are many sorts of spray inks and pigment ink on the market that can also be used to create color splatters. My all time favorite one for black spaltters is Glimmer Glaze „oil slick“ by Tattered Angels. I just love the nail polish kind of shiny, sharp look it creates on a layout. My favorite white color is the Liquitex Ink! Titanium white. 

This is only a small selection of products, just something I had at home. There are naturally many more product possibilities out there in the market that can be used for the same purpose. 

This is how my finished layout looks like. 

 And here are some close-up photos of the splatters I created. By the way, the stencil I´ve used on this page is by The Crafter´s Workshop (Retrobursts).

 I hope you have enjoyed this little step-by-step and will take a second look at your products and try out some color splatters on your next artwork :).

Happy scrapping!
xoxo, Sanna


I have used pretty much all my favorite products on this layout: stencils, mixed media pastes and sprays, stamps, stamp ink, gorgeous papers by Crate Paper, stickers and wood veneer. All these things make my heart beat faster at the moment 🙂 !

I also used some sequins on this page again. Love these golden ones! I have previously glued them down using a regular paper glue, but found out that it is much easier to use glue dots for this purpose. Besides, this way they will not come off when you tuck your pages into a photo album :)….

For some reason this color combination makes me think of ice cream – I only wish the weather would get warmer soon so that we actually could go and enjoy some ice cream. With +5 degrees outside there is just not much point to it, is there…


I have hidden the journaling behind the photo. It is written on a small Manila tag.

This layout is based on the current OUAS challenge. The challenge was to create a page about a day that changed ones life. Well, I am certain the day my DS became a pre-schooler very much changed all our lives. All of a sudden he had to do „homework“, practise and draw all the time (not one of his favorite things to do, by the way) and get used to timetables. It definitely was a big change for him and for me – not being a small kiddo anymore. My journaling is all about my sons awakening to the fact that he suddenly had to follow timetables and draw alot. Which he hated, mainly because it was all premade chores with no place for creativity. Funny enough, at real school he found the handicrafts and drawing classes a lot of fun. I just wanted to document the fact how much he disliked the pre-school phase in his life, so that when he will be bigger, he can have a good laugh at it all (but he hid it really well, didn´t he, you could not really tell from this photo that the pre-school teacher took of him, could you?).

So this is my take on the Once Upon A Challenge April Challenge – Part 2.

Have a nice day, lovelies!
xoxo, Sanna


Used products:
The Pier - Sunscreen  The Pier - Ferris Wheel Schablone - Tiny Circles 12x12 inch Tiny Word Sticker Cut & Paste - Charm \'\'Sweet\'\' Clear Stamps 10 x 7 cm - Ali Edwards - Just Awesome Tabs Cling mounted Stamp - Stitches Squares Pailletten gewölbt 6mm, gelbgold Schablone - Rays Shadow Ink - Soft Cantaloupe

Amazing food – Scrap365 Tuesday Tutorial

Hello there! I´m very thrilled to share a video Tuesday tutorial with you today, as this one is kind of special, being a part of a Scrap365 magazine article (Issue April/May 2014) and all. Enjoy!

And  here a photo of the current issue cover WITH A DIRECT LINK to the mag website :). So go on and put your SUBSCRIPTION in today – it is a great bi-monthly magazine with tons of inspiration in it! You will love it!

Happy scrapping,
xoxo, Sanna