Hi there! It’s great to see you here. I dropped by today to share a very fun, yet oh so easy layout with you all. It was made for the Studio Tekturek blog and was shown there last week. I had this beautiful, big black and white picture of my daughter, that I just had to scrap. I totally love the backlight on this picture, it inspired me to go very white and simple.

Here and Now by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I adhered my picture slightly over the right hand border of the white cardstock (trimmed off the excess), and then filled in the rest of the width of this layout with that beautiful soft patterned paper from the One Way Ticket collection. The cloudy effect on it is just stunning, and it’s working magic for the atmosphere of this layout.

Here and Now by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

Where my picture and patterned paper meet, I started tucking in label stickers underneath the photo. They work as a subtle gradient of color behind my title – I immediately fell in love with that die-cut in one of my Studio Calico kits. Both badges are also from Studio Tekturek, the blue one from the One Way Ticket collection, the one with the stars from the Peachy Christmas collection. After adhering everything down onto the page, I decided I wanted to add a bit more color to the background – not the best moment, I know;)

Here and Now by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I pressed a Broken China distress ink pad onto an acrylic block and used a wet paint brush to pick up some of the color, and apply it to my page. It gives a stunning watercolor look, which made me fall even more in love with this project. It ranks pretty high in my list of favorites.

Here and Now by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

Thanks for stopping by today! Tomorrow I’ll share a sneak of my new Weekend Guest, the last one …

Els.

Supplies:

Stamps: Studio Calico, Figure Effects – Altenew; Inks: Jet Black – StazOn, Broken China Distress Ink – Tim Holtz; Patterned Paper: One Way Ticket – Studio Tekturek; Misc.: white cardstock – Bazzill Basics, badges & label stickers – Studio Tekturek, washi tape, sequin stars & glitter stars – Freckled Fawn, Here & Now die-cut – Studio Calico.

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I know today is Wednesday, and once again my workspace has stayed empty today, so I don’t have a Workspace Wednesday post ready for you. Wednesday is my day off from work, and the kids are still on their holiday. And since today the weather was actually a bit decent (you would have thought we’re half way through October judging from the weather we’ve had the past few weeks) we just took advantage of it and have been out all day. To make up for another missed Workspace Wednesday post – if you miss them too much, you can always take a trip down memory lane;) – I have this sneak to share.

Scrap365 Magazine DT sneak by Els Brigé

I’m up on the Scrap365 Magazine blog today, with my very first Project Life spread I’ve ever made. And this one still happens to be my most favorite spread so far. The colors, designs, pictures, stories, etc, they just make me happy. So go and check it out over on the Scrap365 blog if I made you curious enough.

This happens to be the reason why I missed posting here in the blog yesterday evening. There was a sudden opportunity of posting a Project Life spread over on Scrap365, and I ran out of time for what I had scheduled here. Be sure to come back tomorrow then;)

Els.

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The Weekend Guest

Happy Saturday!! Summer is slowly but surely rolling towards its end. And I have just 2 more Weekend Guests lined up for you. I hope you enjoyed this blog series so far, and are welcoming todays guest with me. Today I have yet again an amazingly talented lady to introduce to you. Soraya Maes is just so colorful and cheerful, her work and Instagram-feed make me happy. I hope she has the same effect on you with the project she’s sharing today;)

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Hello there! I’m Soraya Maes from Southern France and I’m very excited to be part of the summer weekend guests here for the lovely Els! I’m a scrapper for more than 8 years now, love everything free and inky, romantic and delicate, urban and dynamic! I guess I don’t have any particular style since I love to discover different technics and styles through the scrappy world :) Oh! And I loooove journaling too, which take a big part in every project I make^^

I am a mother of two adorable kids Melina and Riyad who are my favorite subjects^^ I am married to my first love I knew 15 years ago, whe’re about to celebrate our 7th year of marriage, and I realize I haven’t made any album of this fabulous day yet! haha!

I work for several amazing DT like the french magazine EntreArtistes, OhDeerMeKit by FreckledFawn, ScrapKits&Co (a french kit club) and Pause Creative (stencils and wood stuff). I am very happy with my scrappy life and the great opportunities we have to meet fantastic people all over the world!

SCRAPBOOKING IN | Southern France

WHERE I FIND INSPIRATION | I found inspiration above all in my everyday life, beside I like to visit Pinterest and discovering lots of new trends

WHERE I CREATE | I have the chance to own a little room just for me and my scrappy stuff so it’s a pleasure to stay long hours creating and preparing new projects.

SCRAPBOOKING ON VACATION | yes! scrapbooking at everytime of the year, this is a way of life for me so when I need to create, I just let it go

My blog: www.sorayamaes.blogspot.com

Instagram: sorayamaes

 

So here I am today to show you a layout I made with an inky background with watercolors, high color pigments Izink from Aladine, stamps and splashes.

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First of all, I used a plastic bag to put my blue ink on the page by blending a drop of blue pigment and water then putting the mixture in the center of page using the plastic bag. Then I stamped different words and shapes with various colors all around this “center”.

The Weekend Guest | Soraya Maes

Once done, I placed my photo and added some papers and embellies like diecuts, butterflies and puffy stickers.

The Weekend Guest | Soraya Maes

Then, I used a watercolor yellow to add light touches here and there!

The Weekend Guest | Soraya Maes

Finally, I splashed some black ColorShine for the contrast.

And tadaaa! It didn’t take me much time to make it, since I always process like this: background / photo / embellies

The Weekend Guest | Soraya Maes

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Hope you will like my project and maybe you will be inspired to have fun at home with it!
Have a lovely day and a great end of summer :)

Soraya.

 

No doubt you can see why I love this lady’s work. Thank you very much, Soraya, for your beautiful project and inspiration!! And thank you, readers, for stopping by!

Els.

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Hi there! I’m happy to find you here today. It’s been a while again, back to work in combination with the kids still being on their summer break, is totally killing my blogging and scrapping schedule. For that reason, I’m so ready for school to get started again. For that reason alone, I’m afraid. To be honest I’m so dreading the day they have to go back. Just one more week after this one. But enough of that. I’m here today to share one of my layouts that I made for the Pinkfresh Studio blog last week. One of my summer favorites for sure.

Perfect Day by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

The pictures were taken on one of our daytrips during our family vacation early August. Locals might recognize the dragon. The pictures don’t belong together however. Nora did not take Tuur along to go and see the dragon. If you know our kids just a tad bit, you can imagine they were too scared to go anywhere near the animal. The pictures are just a couple of impressions of our day. I’ll probably scrap a few more, since we had an amazing time that day.

Perfect Day by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

I chose that beautiful floral patterned paper from the Open Road collection by Crate Paper as my starting point for this page, and by doing so also determined the color combo I was going to work with. So I started going through my stuff looking for possible embellishments and more that could work. Since this layout was made for Pinkfresh Studio, I also added in a lot gorgeous Pinkfresh goodies. The canvas pocket, I just had to use. And underneath, I tucked one of the enamel polaroid frames. I love that the bottom is just sticking out, and shows just the sentiment. (Don’t worry, I trimmed away the rest of the frame, to use on another project later on ;))

Perfect Day by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

Before putting my picture and embellishments down, I did just a tiny bit of stamping. I used a soft grey ink for the stamping, to match the grey ink splatters. The stamps are from the set found in the limited edition embellishment kit. I remembered the peach and mint ombré airmail tape, and used a strip of that behind my photo and embellishments. A bunch of colorblock wood veneer hearts and a brad sticker finish this page up. The beautiful camera and flowers are also from Crate Paper’s Open Road collection.

This had again been a slow blogging week, and I trust next week I will not be back to my regular blogging schedule yet. But once September is creeping in, I’ll be I hope to be crafting and blogging up a storm again. I’m also working on/brainstorming about a few exciting projects. Can’t wait to share;)

Els.

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I’ve been sharing some more DT projects over the weekend on their company blogs. This layout might be a new favorite and has been up on the Studio Tekturek blog yesterday. I love the picture and how the page turned out eventually. Hop on over to the Studio Tekturek blog, if you would like to see more.

Studio Tekturek DT Sneak by Els BrigéAnd I shared two more layouts on the Pinkfresh Studio blog on Saturday. Two completely different Pinkfresh projects, both sharing creative uses of the beautiful enamel polaroid frames. You can check both projects out in this post.

Pinkfresh Studio DT Sneak by Els BrigéI’ll surely be sharing all full projects here on my blog very soon, so stay tuned;)

Els.

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The Weekend Guest

It’s another proud day for me here on my blog, as I get to introduce you to my new Weekend Guest today. This probably isn’t a new face for many of you, as I invited one of the most talented cardmakers on the planet. I came across Amy Wanfords’ work very early on in my papercrafting career, and totally adore her simple and elegant style. So I just had to ask her to be one of my Weekend Guests. And I’m beyond happy she agreed. Here she is.

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Hey!

Aimes here from Crafting Confessions gatecrashing the amazingly talented Els Brige’s blog. In fact, I’m not gatecrashing at all but beyond flattered to be asked on board as a Weekend Guest. I’ve been stamping with a passion for cardmaking since around 2008. By day I used to work in education but I’ve since taken a leap of faith and had a total career change now working as the Editor of the UK magazine, Simply Cards & Papercraft. The job is a dream come true to me and I have to pinch myself that I’m surrounded by my hobby both at work and at home. It’s steep learning curve (more like a cliff!) but I’m embracing the challenge and loving it. I’ve had the honour and pleasure to be on design teams in the past and currently design for Clearly Besotted Stamps and the CASE Study Challenge blog. In addition to designing cards, I’ve had my work published in various publications and I’ve also been fortunate enough to design stamp sets for companies – some of which are available at Clearly Besotted Stamps.

SCRAPBOOKING IN | (Well, it’s cardmaking for me!) Sheffield, England
WHERE I FIND INSPIRATION | Everywhere! I’m not kidding, from Pinterest to blogs an advertisement to a shop window. Inspiration strikes me all the time.
WHERE I CREATE | In my crafty corner. I share a room with my guy so it’s dedicated to music and papercrafts. It works and is nice to have a live musical accompaniment whilst I craft. :)

My blog: www.craftingconfessions.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amy.wanford
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AimesWanford
Instagram: http://instagram.com/aimeswanford
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/amywanford/

So, now I’ve made myself at home here, let me share a card with you. Cards for the guys is a toughie for me. I find it difficult to make things masculine, to resist adding bling or pretty embellishments but nothing is going to change the fact that I come from a male-dominated family. In fact, my guy’s family is just the same so you’d think creating cards for their birthdays would be easy-peasy but the truth is I still break out in a cold sweat when I have to create for them. August is especially busy for guy birthdays with not one, not two, not three, but FOUR to create for!

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I’m sure I’m not alone in this mad panic I feel when it comes to creating for guys, so I thought I’d share one of the four cards I’ve had to create this month. Who knows, might help you if you feel stuck for inspiration. ;)

When it comes to masculine cards I follow a few, simple rules:

1. Keep it simple! Fussy designs risk losing their masculinity.
2. Love geometric shapes. I kid you not, stick with them and these babies will help you through. I used a basic circle-shaped focal point and triangle stamp for my design. That triangle stamp is actually a tiny stamp for a kite from Clearly Besotted Stamps’ Sky’s the Limit. I love getting another use out of a stamp. :)
3. Texture. Don’t be afraid to roughen things up a bit when it comes to guy cards. I added texture to this design by roughing the edges of the die-cut circle with a distress tool and using a stencil with clear embossing paste on random areas of the focal point. I also used an ancient embossing folder from my stash to give texture to the card base – it all helps!

This is a magic formula I’ll be following again as I create for the remaining guy birthdays in our families. It always seems to work for me and I hope that you find it might work for you.

Well, time isn’t going to stop for me so I best get busy creating those guy cards. Thanks so much to Els for having me today and thank you for reading my post!

Catch ya later!

Aimes :)

Well, thank YOU, Aimes, for being here today and giving us some tips on making male cards – they still scare me every time;). And thank you, readers, for stopping by again. Now hop on over to Aimes’ blog and social media to go and leave her some love!

Els.

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Have you found any unexpected treasures this summer? Well, I did. Not necessarily any materialistic ones, but rather memories, insights, emotional treasures. This layout is all about them. The challenge over on the Studio Tekturek blog for this month is all about documenting your unexpected summer treasures.

Favorite 2 by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I immediately thought of a vellum pocket when hearing ‘unexpected treasures’. Since I didn’t have any real keepsakes, I filled my pocket with beautiful tags, die-cuts, and sequins. I love how that turned out. The real treasure is sitting behind it, I wrote it down on the shipping tag.

Favorite 2 by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I combined both Studio Tekturek’s latest collections on this project, and I totally adore how they combine together here. The grey background and pink photo mat are from the Hey Kidd collection, the green polka dot mat is from the One Way Ticket collection. Label stickers and badge are also from Studio Tekturek.

Favorite 2 by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

Thanks again for stopping by! Be sure to check back in on Friday for a new Weekend Guest sneak!

Els.

Supplies:

Patterned Paper: Hey Kiddo & One Way Ticket – Studio Tekturek; Misc.: label stickers & badge – Studio Tekturek, cherub Pink Glimmer Mist – Tattered Angels, gold candy buttons – BasicGrey, DIY Shop & Maggie Holmes Ephemera Pack & Accent Stickers + The Open Road Accent Stickers – Crate Paper; shipping tag, vellum – Canson, number ticket & wood veneer – Studio Calico, Market Street chipboard Sticker – My Mind’s Eye, sequins, tissue paper.

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The Weekend Guest

Hi there! Welcome to a new weekend Guest post. I hope you’ve been enjoying this series so far. Today I have a new talented guest to intorduce to you. I first met Sandra Dietrich online a few years ago, when we were both selected for Scrapperin Magazine’s design team. And I have been admiring her work very often over those past years. So today you can marvel over her breathtaking style yourself. Here she is.

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Hello, I’m hoping you’re enjoying summer just as much as I do. I feel really honoured and happy that Els asked me to guest on her blog today! Thanks, Els, you made my day :).

My name is Sandra Dietrich. I’m a scrapbooking girl from Leipzig, a vibrant and diverse city in eastern Germany. My blog is called mojosanti – a kind of portmanteau of lucky charm (mojo) and my nickname santi. I’ve been paper scrapbooking for almost three years now. I don’t have a particular style, often I get inspired by the materials and photos on hand. I like to try out new things and love to re-use material to create new things.

SCRAPBOOKING IN GERMANY | Germany has a constantly growing scrapbooking scene with great designers and quite a few online shops. I met a lot of nice and friendly German scrapbooking girls during events and crops. Some of them have become really good friends of mine over the past years.

WHERE I FIND INSPIRATION | Like many of you, I like pinterest to get inspired. I also browse paper magazines and blogs on the internet. Street advertising, shopping windows and movies are also great sources that help me to activate my creativity. A designer paper or a photo I hold in my hand inspires me alike and often I just start to create without having a real plan.

WHERE I CREATE | I create on our living-room table. I don’t have a fancy studio nor a lot of space. I dream about a scrapbooking room with a large table to invite friends over to share my paper passion in creative sessions.

SCRAPBOOKING ON VACATION | I don’t scrap on vacation. Vacation is p.u.r.e. family time. However, I document our daily activities during vacation in photos, which I then use for layouts or mini books to be created at home.

BLOG: mojosanti.blogspot.com

My project for today is an accordion fold mini album in an upcycled Kiri box (Kiri is a cream cheese). I want to show you how I created the banderole with washi tape and embossing technique.

You will need a Kiri box or any other box that is suitable to hold a mini album, some white cardstock, two roles of washi tape, an embossing pad, embossing powder, scissors, glue and decoration for the front and the inside of the box. Use the cover of the Kiri box as a template and cut out your own cover from designer paper. (I don’t explain this step in detail, because I’m sure you know how to do this :).

And now to the embossing part… (The pink tape shown in the photo below will be used as the base to hold the embossed golden stripe).

Attach two stripes of washi tape to white cardstock. You will be embossing the middle part here.

Stamp the middle part with an embossing pad.

Cover the middle part with golden embossing powder.

Heat emboss the powder.

Remove the washi tape and cut out the golden stripe leaving a white margin on both sides.

Glue the embossed golden stripe to the pink washi tape and wrap this banderole around the box. Glue the ends together at the back.

I folded light blue cardstock to an accordeon and glued it to the inside bottom of the Kiri box. I also added one more embossed stripe on the right side and I also attached some of the pink washi tape to the sides of the box to cover the blue of the original box. Now you can decorate the box and the inside. Et voilà – you now have an upcycled nice little mini to hold your photos :).

I hope you like my inspiration. Thanks, Els, for having me here today.

Have a great summer. Warm regards,

Sandra

Thank you very much, Sandra, for your very inspiring project and explanation! It’s been such an honor to have you here as a guest on my blog! And thank you, readers, for stopping by again today! I hope we were able to get you inspired. Now go and get creative;)

Els.

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