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Scrapbooking layout: Focus on the good

 Scrapbooking layout with AB Studio papers


Hope you have been safe during these exceptional times. I have realized that working on my crafting projects has been more important to me than ever: Beautiful papers, yummy stamped patterns and wonderful clours truly lift my spirit and let me escape the dull everyday life.

Last weekend I took out my AB Studio papers and started playing. On this page I mixed elements of two patterned papers, and combined them with a fuzzy-cut photo. The fuzzy-cut grungy hearts I decorated with stamping, and added a hint of metallic shine on the page by heat embossing stamped splash patterns on the background.

(Paper collections: Background: "Carry Me Slowly".  Hearts:  "I ove you to the moon...")

Scrapbooking layout with AB Studio papers

 Black industrial style die-cuts are from a Tim Holtz collection.

Scrapbook page with AB Studio papers

This was a fun page to make. The creative 'flow' was strong, and this page wasn't the only output from those me-time moments 😊 I will share more pictures soon.

As the layout sentiment suggests; let's focus on the good. 💗

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by!


Colourful flower cards



During Christmas holiday I managed to do quite a lot of paper crafting. I did not start any bigger new projects, but maily finished some work-in-progress art journal pages and made a pile of ATC's and cards using items from my 'leftover box'. In that box I store stamped or die-cut embellishments that are leftovers from some previous projects or items that I have stamped, coloured and fuzzy cut just for fun.  

Birthday cards you can never have too many in your stash. For these floral cards I used stamped and painted magnolias that had been stored in the box for some years already. Happy that I now found use for them!

For the first card I used patterned paper for the background (an ancient paper by SEI 😀). The second colour burst card has a self-made inked and watercolour painted background.

The leaves are not stamped with the same Altenew set, but were just some other leftover finds in my box. For the 'Happy Birthday' wishes I used a new die by Altenew (from 'Essential Sentiment Strips'). 

The flower centers are decorated with yellow seed beads. Liquid crafting glue usually dries clear so even if I put a quite rich amount of glue on the beads the glue isn't visible anymore. That's an easy way to add a bit of dimension on stamped flowers.

I like these cards and hope that one day they will make their receivers happy, too 😊


Have a wonderful day, hugs,

Scrapbooking layout: Hooray for today



This weekend in Finland was too cold for outdoor activities, but perfect for staying indoors and spending time at the crafting table. I had waited for the opportunity to take out my new AB studio / Mima Molina papers, and this weekend I finally had some time for scrapbooking.

So here's my first layout using papers from the kit 'Find Me'.  I decorated the circular patterns on the bottom with die-cut embellishments, and added three black cardstock circles of different shape and style on top of the page. 

The inspirational patterned paper did not need too much additional decoration. I just added some stamped elements (stamps also designed by Mima Molina) and white cheese cloth which I glued on the paper. The title is fuzzy cut; unfortunately I cannot remember who's design it is.


Lots of layers uplift the photo nicely from the background. The layers are a perfect way to use your scrap paper pieces!



A wonderful page to put together! No overthinking but just letting the creative flow guide you. 💗

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by in my blog!

Cards for 30 days Carabelle Studio ATC challenge

 ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge


December was for me an inspiring ATC challenge month. I participated in Carabelle Studio's 30 days challenge in which we were given a list of French songs and asked to create an ATC for each day inspired by the 'song of the day'.

I have to admit that I'm not that familiar with French songs, but this challenge was a perfect learning experience also from that aspect! I did a lot of googling and translating, and listened to the songs on Youtube. The fun thing was that the song list covered pieces from several decades and styles, so not just the top 10 from the year 2020 😃

I'm so happy I was able to finish all the 30 cards. Here are the first fifteen ATC's:

ATC's for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge

And here are the cards for days 16-30:

ATC's for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge

For each card I used a stamp by Carabelle Studio, and only on a couple of cards I added additional elements by another brand. The intriguing thing was the stretching of my Carabelle stamp collection, combining images from several sets together and finding new ways for using the stamps.

I have to say that I'm happy with all the cards, but these are maybe the ones I like the most:

ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge

ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge

ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge ATC for Carabelle Studio December 2020 challenge
Hope these cards inspire you, too!
Wishing you a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by in my blog!

Stay safe!

Four ATC's: Forest treasures



Utilizing scrap pieces of paper and creating layered die-cut embellishments is something I really love to do. When starting I don't usually think too much about how the finished elements will be used, and often they just end up in my embellishment box for a little while. But this time I had a plan from the very beginning.

The trigger for these ATC cards was a group of tiny gnomes came across; I had stamped and colored them some time ago for another project, and the onces I did not need I had kept in my embellishment box. The adorable gnome was just too cute to be thrown away! (stamp 'Gnome Is Where' by Joy Clair)  

Size of each card 2.5" x 3.5" (standard ATC, Artist Trading Card)

The autumn themed mushrooms, leaves, flowers and branches are die-cut using a Tim Holtz/Sizzix set 'Funky Foliage', #663087. A pair of tweezers came handy when layering and gluing together the small die-cut pieces!

The backgrounds are cut from kraft cardstock.  First I inked the pieces with yellow and brown Distress Oxides (mixing the inks with water on the craftmat and dabbing the cards on the ink drops) and once dry added some stamped patterns (flowers and ornaments by Stampers Anoymous / Tim Holtz).

The green 'moss' is white cheesecloth that I dyed with the recently released 'Rustic Wilderness' Distress ink.

I'm so happy with this set! I'm pretty sure I'll create more autumn themed embellishments and continue creating new layered sceneries. Maybe I should make a card or two?

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