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Layout and a card: Wonderful together

Hi and happy Sunday,
This is my third layout I made using papers from new 13 Arts collection 'Unforgettable'.

The wood panel pattern looks awesome. Using quite a dry brush and some white and pink acrylic paints I painted the upper part of the paper. Felt like I was painting a wooden wall! 😀
Once the paint was dry I added more texture by stamping random text patterns with black StazOn ink and gluing down strings of embroidery floss.

The black branch is a chipboard which I first colored black with an alcohol marker. Then I decorated the ends with heat embossing; adding embossing ink only to the small round areas was easiest with an embossing pen.

The butterflies are die-cut using a quite recent Tim Holtz/Sizzix Thinlits die ('Scribbly Butterflies'). I backed the die-cut butterflies with white vellum, and fussy cut around the edges. I like the lightness of these embellishments!

The tiny pink crosses are die-cut using a Tim Holtz die ('Mixed Media' set #6). Also the title 'Wonderful Together' is die-cut using Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies.

I'm really happy how this page turned out!

I used the last pieces of the 13 Arts 'Unforgettable' set to a card. I cut the paper into strips, wove them to a grid pattern, and added again some embroidery floss on top. Only a few dots of liquid glue were needed as the flowers on top would keep the floss in place.

Fun way to utilize the last scrap pieces of paper! 😀

Wishing you a wonderful day. Thanks for stopping by!

Scrapbooking layout: Possibility everywhere

Here's another layout I made using materials from the beatiful 'Unforgettable' collection by 13 Arts.
Below you can see pictures of the original patterned papers I used for the page background:

My layout background is a combination of these two patterns. I loved the paper that had a wreath image on both sides of the paper. However, I wanted the flower wreath to frame my picture on both sides, so I used the right half of the patterned paper and combined it with the fuzzy cut other half . Worked well!

The butterflies are fuzzy cut from the embellishment paper sheet that was included in the 'Unforgettable' kit.

When putting together a scrapbooking page I love the feeling when everything clicks and the various elements find their places on the layout easily. That's quite the thing that happened with this layout. Thank you  13 Arts for the beautiful and inspiring supplies!

Scrapbooking layout: Enjoying my summer vacation

It's been a while since I've participated in a scrapbooking challenge. They're fun, but I just haven't had time to play along. Well now there's time: Currently I'm enjoying my summer vacation, and as we're not going anywhere this year I've had the possibility to spend precious me time at my crafting table. Yay!

In Instagram I came across a layout that Jehkotar had created for July Challenge YOUrself challenge. I loved her page, and got curious to check out what the challenge was all about.

In Challenge YOUrself I liked the idea that the challenge participants were encouraged to use their own photo on the scrapbook page; very often we scrapbookers prefer to stand behind the camera and don't have too many photos of ourselves. I used to find it difficult to stand infront of the lens, but over the past years I've thought myself to take selfies and also to ask other people to photograph me. For me, selfies are one way of boosting self-respect and appreciation.

July ChallengeYOUrself task is a sketch by Page Drafts. I love sketches!
First I mirrored the sketch and then followed it in a quite relaxed way. However, all the main elements are in place!

I decided not to place a long vertical journaling strip or patterned paper panel under the photo. Instead I took out my embroidery yarns and stitched a light vertical chevron pattern on the background paper, following the sketched lines on the paper. It turned out just the way I had imagined, and I almost felt sorry to cover a big part of the stitched pattern with the photo and the fuzzy-cut flowers! 😂

I hope you like my layout. Maybe you play along the fun challenge (there's time until August 4),or get inspired to try decorating your paper crafting project with embroidery stitches 😀

Wishing you a wonderful day!

Scrapbooking layout: Be true

In January I visited Creative World exhibition in Frankfurt and in addition to getting inspired of the techniques, materials, tools and colors being presented at the show, I had a chance to meet many of my dear crafting friends. Most of my friends were working at Creative World: representing their own business, purchasing items, or making demos for companies they work and design for.

One of the inspiring booths I visited was by 13 Arts. I have been friends with the company's lovely owner Aida for quite many years, and it was wonderful to see her new 13 Arts collections in full bloom in Frankfurt
I was so happy for the chance to play with one of their new collections, the gorgeous 'Unforgettable'. The watercolor poppies look so beautiful! The kit contained enough supplies for three layouts; this one is the first.

The set contained a sheet of flowers and embellishments for fuzzy cutting, but I ended up cutting more flowers from one of the patterned papers (design 'Dreamy meadows'). I layered them on the page with checkerboard chipboards and some black and white paper dots (those I have had in my stash for ever!).

The lovely background didn't need that many additions; I just stamped a fex text patterns with red and black ink before gluing down the selfie.

These beautiful flowers and this layout make me happy 😊
Hope they inspire you, too!

Wishing you a wonderful summer day!

Agnieszka and Aida.
How wonderful to see you in Frankfurt!

Scrapbooking layout: Room for unimaginable

This layout is another scrapbook page I made utilizing small pieces of leftover papers.
My starting point was a small piece of 13 Arts patterned paper with beatuful red watercolor flowers, so first I fuzzy cut all the remaining flowers from that paper. There were just enough to decorate this layout!

The black and white selfie and the simple grey background needed some more colors, so I used a mixed collection of yellow patterned paper pieces to brighten the page.
The largest paper strip had a swirl pattern that was too soft and invisible for this layout, so I added more texture by wrapping dark grey sewing yarn around the panel. A strip of double sided tape on the back of the paper held the yarn in place. I think this simple pattern looks quite nice!

Page background is decorated with stencilled and heat-embossed patterns ('Wild Berries' stencil by Finnabair Prima Marketing, clear VersaMark ink and a paint dabber, and Copper embossing powder by Imagine). White leaves are die-cut with a Sizzix Bigz die 'Garden Greens' by Tim Holtz.

The floral paper is from 13 Arts collection 'Unforgettable', released earlier this year. I had the pleasure to play with a set of 'Unforgettable' papers, and I finished three layouts and one card using papers from that beautiful collection. Pls stay tuned, I will share those projects with you shortly!)

This was again a fun, simple layout to make. I just received a pile of printed photos from a photo lab, so I guess there will be more layouts to come in the very near future! LOL!