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Mini album and a pile of ATC's


Hi!
In January we got to enjoy a wonderful new collection by Carabelle Studio, and to celebrate the new product release the design team arranged a fun release party for our Carabelle Friends. During the party there was something for everyone: Live demos, tutorial videos, and challenges to participate. Lucky challenge winners got a generous package of new products! 


My project was a maze book i.e. a mini album that you make of one 12" sheet of cardstock. I decorated the pages with gel printed squares and stamped and coloured images (loooove those characters by Kate Crane!).

Here's the folding and cutting template for the mini album:


To inspire the release party participants to create their own mini albums I put together a tutorial video; it can be viewed both on my YouTube channel as well as on Carabelle Studio channel:



Maybe you noted that on the video I pulled several colourful prints, using the new art printing plate (design by Birgit Koopsen). Only a couple of gel printed squares were used for decorating my mini album pages, and I was left with a pile of colourful pieces. Guess what I used them for?

I created ATC cards!








I had a black gel printed paper in my stash, and I cut it to ATC card backgrounds.


As usual I stamped, coloured and cut a few extra images, so they were ready to be used for my cards. Their sizes were perfect for ATC's: not too small nor too big.


I punched a circle on the colourful gel printed squares and glued them on the cards. Looks quite nice, doesn't it!

I was so happy and proud to see many wonderful maze books created, using my video as guidance. I loved each and every one of them!

Wishing you a colourful rest of the week. Happy weekend!


Art journaling in pocket size

 


Hi!

I love stamping, colouring and fuzzy cutting. Usually I use the images for cardmaking, but if there are no actual needs for creating new cards, I take out my art journal books. Those pages are my creative playgrounds for playing with colour combinations and texture backgrounds, creating sceneries and telling stories with my stamped images and for storing lovely quote texts. I also use the pages for utilizing the last drops of paints from my pallet (you never throw paint away!), cleaning my brushes or using some leftover scraps I find on my crafting table. 


Stamps come in various sizes, so also the art journal page sizes need to vary. These pages are created in my smallest art journal book; a pocket size Moleskine art sketchbook (3.5 in x 5.5 in). It's perfect for working with stamps which are bit too large for an ATC card but not big enough for an A4 or A5 size page or page spread. 



If one evening I only have little free time but feel a strong need for crafting mindfulness I often spend the short crafting moment on colouring images. I have a tin box full of stamped, coloured and fuzzy cut images, and every now and then I empty the box by using the pictures for ATC's or art journal pages. 



These pages are quite simple, but creating them makes me happy. When I later browse through the book pages I often get a reflection of that happy feeling I felt when putting the page together. 





Hope you will have time to create something you like. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!


Scrapbooking layout: Creative mind

 

Hi!
Hope your weekend has been nice.

13 Arts February 2021 release contained several interesting and inspiring paper collections. When browsing through the sets I noted immediately that 'Young and Free' looked quite different than the more traditional watercolour/floral themed sets (which are beautiful but represent more the customary 13 Arts style). So I purchased two sets; you never know from which papers you want to use both sides, so having the sets as double solves the issue!

The set comes with an embellishment sheet for fuzzy cutting; I ended up using almost all elements (more was more!) and created a bold crazy collage. Oh, that was fun!


The style of the page is not what I usually do, but trying something new was really enjoyable. Hope you like it, too!

Wishing you a nice day, thanks for stopping by in my blog!


Five scrapbooking layouts - many wonderful crative moments

 

Hi and happy new week!

Today I wanted to share with you a couple of 12" scrapbook pages I have made recently. Not all of them are that special, but they all served the purpose very well: Creating the layouts provided me moments to chill out, to enjoy the creative flow, and to play with beautiful colours, pattered papers and lovely embellishments. Wonderful!


I also used large cut files by Paige Taylor Evans. So fun to work with!
 



 Also some watercolours and sweet pastel tones...


 

Some more rose colours and fuzzy-cut butterflies (supplies from Hit Kit Club set)


For balancing the pink cuteness I needed also some more rough patterns and darker colours (paper a Mima Molina /ABstudion design):



The pages are all very different but all yet very 'me'. True 'happy moment projects'!

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is a Hungarian-American psychologist, who recognised and named the psychological concept of  'flow', a highly focused mental state conducive to productivity. He described flow as "being completely involved in an activity for its own sake. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole being is involved, and you're using your skills to the utmost."

I know exactly what he's talking about. This is what papercrafting means to me.

 

Thanks for stopping by in my blog,


 

Let's celebrate! with Janet Klein designs

 

Hi and happy Sunday!

 
I've been playing a lot with my gel plate lately, creating patterned papers to be used for fun card backgrounds. This time I combined my playful red prints with Janet Klein stamps by AALL&Create. I've been a fan of her designs for a long time, and have quite a nice collection of her digital stamps. It's wonderful that those lovely girl images are now also available as stamps, too!

 

As usual, I stamped and coloured several images on one go. In addition to the card I made a set of ATC's. The party girls on the bottom row are on gel printed backgrounds and for the ATC trio on the top I used a brown cardstock I had used for cleaning my paint brush (never waist any paint, LOL!)



The stamp sets used: 'Party With Me' and 'Coffee Time'.
Janet Klein / Vera Lane Studio digital stamps are available *here*


These lovely images are fun to colour and they are perfectly sized for both cards and ATC's. Such happy characters!

Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a wonderful day!