10 or more ways to use stencils – Paperilla

Hello there lovelies! Today I´d like to share with you a few of my favorite stencil techniques. As you may already know, stencils are one of my go-to products. They are so easy to use in various ways and you can create so many different effects with them. I love my stencils :)!

Therefore, my technique post today over at the Paperilla blog is all about stencils. I even created a video. This time it is all in Finnish, just follow this link for the video :).

In the end I ended up creating quite a pile of cards and a layout. Here they are (bare with me, it´s getting photo heavy now…):

(Embossing powder, spray ink, resist)

(Spray ink, Pan Pastels, stamping, Distress Glitter, embossing paste)

(Pastes, watercolor, Distress Ink, “Letterpress”, spray ink)

(Distress Ink, watercolor, DIY glitter paste)

(Gesso, Distress Ink, embossing powder, spray ink)

(dry embossing)

(Watercolor, doodling)

(stamping, embossing paste, spray ink)

(Acrylic paint, cut outs)

…annnnd a layout (texture paste):

OK, I know, it is quite a few. But I just love using stencils. And this is not even all you can do with them :). All the stencils I´ve used on the video are by The Crafter´s Workshop – if I got you curious, here is a link to take a better look at their huge selection :)!

And now hop over to see the whole post over at the Paperilla blog, because the team there has been creating some extra projects to go with my video (it´s all in Finnish this time, sorry!) :). Enjoy!!

Hope this post gets you inspired to try out some stenciling techniques!
Happy crafting,
xxx, Sanna

Stencils by The Crafter´s Workshop: Impressions, Mini Patterns, Mini Striped Flower Circle, Signals, Spiral Staircase, Windmills, Daily Buzz, Tangled Web, Geo Explosion, Oblong, Pods on Sticks, Thoughts, Daisy Splash, Hot Air Balloon Fragment)
Pastes: Studio 490, Viva Decor, Imagine Crafts, Pagro
Spray inks: Tattered Angels, Imagine Crafts
Distress Inks & Glitter: Ranger Industries
Gesso: Liquitex
Stamps: My Mind´s Eye, Tim Holtz, Studio AE
Other: Heat gun, Embossing powders, fine glitter, PanPastel, watercolour palette, foam brushes, black pen,

Flower seed minialbum – Paperilla, summer 2014

Hello there, just guickly sharing a project that was published in the Finnish Paperilla magazine earlier this year. To be exact, it was in the summer 2014 issue 🙂 :

I used kraft pockets for storing the flower seeds and always added a photo of the particular flower on top of the pocket/envelope and also some info on what kind of care that particular plant will need. Other than that I used lots of heat embossing, 3rd Eye stamps and many happy papers and embellishments. The cover has some burlap on it as well as some DIY canvas flowers.

For more inspiration and regular challenges check out the Paperilla blog :).

Happy scrapping,

Gift packaging decoration – Paperilla-lehti

Hello lovelies! This time of the year is the busiest one what gift packaging and preparing is concerned. We not only have to prepare/buy lots of presents for family and friends, but they also need to get wrapped. And that, my friends, can be something really time consuming, especially if you belong to the genre of paper crafters 😀 ! So we don´t just give presents – no, we also beautifully decorate them :-). Here is one little idea how to help yourself and your budget when designing the packaging deco for this year.

So let´s get started with this easy-to-do idea:

We all have pieces of plain white paper at home – always. So let´s start with that one. Grab a piece of white paper, place a stencil over it and spray with spray ink over the stencil. Then roll over the surface with a tissue paper roll <- takes off all the residue ink without making a mess!

Now cut the paper into strips. I didn´t measure any widths here (as you can see!!), but that is totally fine. However, if you prefer to them them exactly the same size, I recommend, you measure them :). I am more a freestyle type of person here..

Next cut the pieces into various lengths. First three can be the size the paper originally was, then reduce the next 3 pieces appr. 2 centimeters, the next ones appr. 1,5 centimeters and the last one is just a small single strip.

Then start with the 3 longest paper strips and glue them together in the manner I have done on the picture. Repeat this procedure with all the papers, except the last small strip. That one will be a small paper roll, so just glue the ends together, but do that first when you are finished with the other pieces as you will then see what size the paper circle/roll has to be.

Next glue the first 3 pieces together over each other. Then repeart this with the other pieces too. Finally measure a size of a paper circle you are going to need for the centre and adhere it into the middle of the paper flower.

Now your paper flower is done! And depending on the width and length of your paper strips, you can create various sized paper flowers. Also by changing the misting color or by using Gelli Plate paper pieces, you can create totally different looks!

I did a second version and grabbed some older patterned paper sheets from my stash. These bold patterns go really well for this purpose and as I was not going to use them for anything else, they were the perfect fit for this purpose :).

This is how my deco pieces look like. I like both versions a lot! Since the patterned paper was double sided, I could play a little with it by making one layer with the bolder pattern on the top and then turning the paper around to let the reverse side to show. And if you use two different papers in one flower, the result is again a totally different one. And what about watercoloured paper? Might look really nice too!! Think I need to try that one out too :).

So here is one more photo of my DIY paper flowers :). I think I need to make a few more, I kinda enjoyed creating these. Totally something you could do while watching the TV too!

Happy crafting!
xoxo, Sanna

Rubber boot princess – Paperilla lehti

Hi there! Today it is again my turn to share with you a little technique tutorial for the Paperilla magazine´s blog. Enjoy!

I started by stamping some Prima Marketing frames (set is called Optimist) with a black Hero Arts chalk ink onto the white cardstock. See how I drew lines on both sides with a pencil? That was my measurement for the space I needed to line 3 frames next to each other.

This is how the stamped frame background looks like when finished.

Next I chose some of my favorite Distress Ink colours and coloured the frames using the inks and a water tank brush.

This is how the finished coloured background looks like. I first added a lighter layer of colour and then went over the frame only on one side with a darker tone to create a shadow.

I then took a piece of light pink cardstock and used all my Martha Stewart border punches and created pretty borders. After that I glued them overlappingly on both sides of the white cardstock. Now the base of the layout was done.

I then went on and added some washi tape, some sequins and lots and lots of flowers (I know, right?!!) and a really long title with shiny silver glitter alphas :). I bet you are not used to seeing such pinky, flowery, girly pages around here on my blog *laughing* !!?? I was really shocked too, while creating this, but honestly, I really, really like the end result (scary, isn´t it.. ;-)..).

This is the finished page:

So now I´ll leave you all to recover from your shock ;-)… See you around and have fun scrapping!

ps. I bet you noticed that long title on this one? well, it is in Finnish :). It says nothing else than “rubber boot princess”. A good scrappy friend of mine once asked me why I scrap/use English titles on my layouts on regular basis. Well, it is kind of a complicated issue for me. When I started scrapping, I only used Finnish (my mother tongue). However I was not always happy with it as not many people in my family would be able to read that later on in time (we do live in Austria…). I then slowly started to wonder, if it would be better to scrap in German, but it was always a struggle. I didn´t feel comfortable with scrapping in German – maybe it had something to do with the grammar and with the fear of not getting it right. I didn´t want to make mistakes when writing and I was not always able to speak from the heart when writing in German (it is, still, my third language..). So I ended up doing a mixture of all things. One time scrapping in Finnish, then again in German and then jumping over to English. I still quite cannot figure out what works for me the best. It is hard to choose, when you speak German at home every day, but your “real”, “deep” language is something else. What language to pick? Should I risk making the mistakes I am for sure going to make when writing in German? So, somehow I then ended in doing all my writing/titles in English. I mean I do lots of titles in English first of all, because they are much shorter than they would be in German and/or in Finnish :). And then either do just a little journaling and that will be in English too. Sometimes, however, I write the journaling in Finnish and from time to time I do it in German too. But then I mainly hide it behind the photos. That way I don´t have to worry about getting it right or wrong – my family will know what I wanted to say and will not care for the mistakes :). So I don´t know if this answers any of my friends questions. I bet she is now even more confused ;-)…I know it still confuses me, but I try not to make an issue out of it. I just go with my gut feeling and create what feels right at that time. Would be really interesting to know how other multilingual peeps solve this? And how about if you lived abroad for a long time – did it change your scrapping – language wise? If any of you read this, drop me a line, I´d love to hear from you :). Happy scrapping!!

Get inspired by a moodboard – Paperilla-lehti

Hi there lovelies! Today it is again my turn to share with you a project at the Paperilla magazine´s blog. This time it is all about getting inspired by a moodboard. This particular one was put up by myself, the photos are all from Pinterest (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

this is how my “DIY” moodboard inspired layout turned out:

I got inspired mainly by the colours. In addition I lined the bright papers that are tucked behind the photo somewhat in the middle of the layout ( the line up is inspired by the pile of pillows and the ball of wool photo). See the photo on the lower left corner of the moodboard. I took some stars into my layout from there, but then I also divided/cut my background papers to match the 2/3-1/3 division of the photo background. Colours are obviously inspired by all the photos. Then I drew some signs onto the background. They build the journaling of the page and are also inspired by the lower right corner photos. I drew all the text and images myself. The biggest sign is also inspired by the right upper corner signs (see the numbers there :)..). So a moodboard can be interpreted in such many ways. Some of them very obvious and some of them can be just tiny parts from here and there that lead to an idea.

Even thought I am not a fan of my own handwriting, I chose to do all the journaling and drawing myself. Since this is a page about me, I found that I should stay true to myself and use my own handwriting. Would be interesting to see how you would interpret this moodboard! Next time, when you are looking for inspiration, why not gather some images together and build your very own moodboard and get inspired by it!! And if you are not familiar with photo editing programs, just cut and gather some nice images together and glue them down on a piece of paper or hang them on a wall in front of you. AND have fun!!!!

Happy scrapping,
xoxo, Sanna