My favorites from 2015

Hello there and Happy New Year! I hope you had a lovely New Year´s Eve? I did. We spent it with friends and went to bed way too late. But we had a really good time eating stuffed bread and a corn chowder soup, talking and laughing until way past midnight.

Bildschirmfoto 2016-01-02 um 10.29.09I had been looking back at my work from 2015 and I noticed that I „only“ created around 40 layouts last year. That might be because I had a somewhat turbulent year jobwise. I first very suddenly lost my job which kinda threw me out of concept. Then I found a new job which in the beginning took a lot of energy and I just did not feel like creating layouts at that time. However, the ones I created, were lots of fun. I do love this hobby of mine. So here are the ones that I like the most:

SAnna LippertI´ve discovered the joys of hybrid scrapbooking last year. It has been a fun learning process, since I have no digital scrapbooking experience whatsoever. My layouts are very colorful in general. I just cannot go past color. I adore people who create dreamy, pastellic, or CAS and white dominated pages. They are so soft, tender and light. Sometimes I try those myself, but somehow cannot pull that style together. I would love to, but it apparently is not me. I might give those styles a try again next year. Who knows, maybe I can pull it off? If you are interested in seeing all my past years layouts, just follow this link.

Sanna LIppertLet´s move on to my fave cards from 2015. For some reason I created a huge amount of cards during the past year. I think it was more than 100 pieces in all. And I had a blast creating cards!!! I did simple, mixed media, layered, misted, colored. I used all kinds of media. These are the ones I like the most. There is texture, layers and color on every single one of them. If you want to see them all, follow this link.

IMG_1950Then there were a few other projects I created. Some tags, ATC´s, art journal pages, off the page projects. And I sneaked two more cards in, because I like them alot. I took part in an Art Journal page swap too. I really liked the idea and hope to do such/similar swaps this year too. Also I find joy in creating tags and ATC´s. Off the page projects are also very much fun to create. I am already very much looking forward to creating such artwork in 2016. And here again, it is color that rules my world work. If you are interested in taking a look at my other work, check out these albums.

I am very much looking forward to being creative in 2016. I have new energy, I feel the urge to create again. Last year I reduced my design team obligations, because I felt that I could not do as much as I had used to in 2014. I don´t want to just hang in there half hearted. This year I feel I can do more again. I enjoy the teams I am in very much. There is a new team I joined in January and I am very much looking forward to sharing my take on their products with you. I´ve joined Elizabeth Craft Designs design team and will share my first artworks in a few weeks time with you.

There are still a few more topics I would like to share with you, but I think I have taken enough of your time already. So that will have to wait until the next blog post. Have a creative, amazing, inspiring and successfull 2016!!

I cannot wait to get started!!!
xxxx, Sanna

Layout step-by-step – Off the Rails Scrapbooking

Hi there, everyone, today I´d like to share with you a fun and simple step-by-step to my Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog May Moodboard layout – and it´s a fabulous moodboard, isn´t it?? This will also be my last project as a DT member for them. I have recently gone thru some bigger IRL changes and find that due to those changes it will necessary to step down from my position as a DT member. I find that if you cannot commit 100%, then it is better not to try and hang in there :). BUT I will still continue stalking the site and my DT colleagues there also in the future 🙂 !!!

Here is the step-by-step:

I first took a piece 12×12 inch piece of acetate foil and stamped half image of a butterfly with blue StazOn stamp onto it and then fussy cut it.

Next I applied some PVA glue splatters onto the woodgrain paper and also onto the butterfly image. I let the glue dry. When it´s dry it turns transparent.

I then took a sheet of transfer foil that works with PVA glue and rubbed the foil piece onto the glue area with my finger. This way the golden foil layer transfers to the recently applied glue area. Make sure you work fast when you see the glue turn transparent, don´t wait too long since when the glue is completely dry the foil might not stick to it anymore. On the other hand if you go over the area when the glue has not dried properly, the foil will not stick to it yet. Therefore make a small test on a piece of extra paper to get a feel for how the glue works.

Here you can see how the result looks like both on paper and on the acetate piece. Lovely gold foil effect!!

Next I applied some Dina Wakley turquoise acrylic paint with a sponge onto the background. I just dabbed it onto the paper and created small coulds here and there.

After the acrylic paint layer was all dry I went and added some stamped sentiments/quotes here and there for additional detail. I used a Technique Tuesday Studio AE stamp set called „Saying Hello“ here.

 

Next I added some Glimmer Glaze splatters here and there to go with the black stamping.

After that I cut some black and blue paper strips to go to both sides of the page for additional interest. I also added a few pieces of patterned paper underneath the photo and doodled around the edges of those papers. All my journaling (as it is again very personal and I prefer not to share it with the whole world) is hidden behind/in between those papers. There is enough space on both sides under the blue paper piece to add plenty of journaling :). I have also added a few puffy stickers from Evalicious here and there for interest. Besides, I love those little puffy stickers to pieces – got to use them where I can :).

Finally I also added some embossing enamel to go with my golden water drops. This one is a shabby white with gold pieces in it. See how the faucet also has a golden shimmer to it? That is because I also applied some PVA glue over it and added some gold foil here and there. That´s it, my layout is done. Here is the finished result and some detail photos:

 

 

 

 

I am glad I got the chance to take a class by Emma Trout a few years back and she featured this PVA glue & foil technique to us there. So all the credit on that idea goes to her. Needless to say that now that gold foil is very trendy, I am happy to possess this glue and quite a few sheets of the foil in my stash. I hope you give this fun technique a try! Enjoy!!!

I hope you can also find some time to play along on this months fun moodboard challenge!!

Thanks, Amanda, for having me on the team!! It has been a great time and I have been so very lucky to have been able to be on this talented team!! Hope to see you around in the bloggy world also in the future!! <3

xxx, Sanna

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

Be Okay – Off the Rails Scrapbooking, March challenge

Hello there! Today I´d like to share with you the layout I created based on the lovely March color palette over at Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog. I´ve also gathered some step-by-step photos for you. Hope you enjoy!

First I took the „Tattered Lace“ stencil (by The Crafter´s Workshop) and applied some „Vintage Photo“ and „Gathered Twigs“ Distress Ink thru it onto the kraft cardstock. I pretty much followed the sketch regarding the placement of the stenciled areas.

Next I stamped with a Hero Arts background stamp onto the background using VersaMark ink. After that I applied some golden embossing powder over the stamped areas and heat embossed them. The embossing powder is by Lindy´s Stamp Gang (King Midas Gold).

On this picture you can see the nice golden embossing powder on the background. After that I applied some May Mists „Licorice“ here and there.

Before I stamped the background I took some random residue circle pieces I had kept from a previous project, inked their edges with a black ink and then applied them onto the background after the embossing part was done.

I then went along and added some twine, washi tape and a piece of brown wrapping paper onto the background. After that I stamped with a roller stamp using the „Gathered Twigs“ Distress ink. I also inked the edges with an ink blending tool.

I then went along and added all kinds of little bits and embellishments, some additional stamping and wrote the journaling and added the title. I also added some plain chipboard clouds and covered them with a „Soft Pewter“ Glimmer Glaze tone.

Here are some close-ups from the layout. I´ve hand written the journaling on to small kraft cardstock pieces and outlined them with a black pen.

It has been a while since I last made such a monochromatic layout, but I must say I really, really enjoyed creating this one. A very personal page with a hidden journaling.

What a gorgeous color palette this months mood board has!! And the sketch is just fabulous.

I sure hope many of you will find the time to play along!! Enjoy!!!

xxx, Sanna

Summer journey – January OTR moodboard

Hello there lovelies!! Have you already seen this months mood palette at Off The Rails Scrapbooking Blog? It is absolutely gorgeous – and summery. At our side of the hemisphere were are „enjoying“ the fabulous winter weather and in Australia they are relaxing in the sunshine – hence this kind of mood palette. I just love the color combo, so it was truly a pleasure creating for this one :). Here is the palette:

And here is my take on it. If you look closely, you can see that I have used quite a big about of photos on my layout. And you will probably also notice that there are a couple of familiar faces on those photos too :). Well, I sure enjoyed meeting Riikka, Minna, Elina and Finnabair in Finland last summer and such good memories need to be scrapped! And this colour palette is perfect for these photos.

I´ve used papers by Amy Tangerine – I just love this collection!! And there is also some Wycinanka chipboard here and there. And flowers – yes, quite a few actually :).

So now it is your turn – still plenty of time to join in with us!!! Hope to see you at OTR, lovelies!!

xxx, Sanna