I’m beyond thrilled to share my first spread of my Project Life album here on my blog today. It’s been an exciting process so far. I find myself struggling quite a bit when putting these pages together, there’s definitely no routine to it yet. And I happen to feel pretty insecure about my work. But what I do know, is that this album makes me smile when going through it, spread after spread. I love the pages I made so far, and judging from my kids’ enthusiasm when the album is out, I think they do too.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

Week 25 was made for and showns on the Pinkfresh Studio blog last week, so I used quite a bit of Pinkfresh products on these pages. Almost everything else is from the June Project Life and card kit by Studio Calico.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

For this week’s title card, I used a black and white journaling card by Studio Calico. I covered the patterned section with this yellow polka dot paper, because it just worked better with the rest of my spread. I kept the lower half with the room to write down the date. The blue transparent alphas were in Pinkfresh Studio’s first limited edition embellishment kit. I stapled them onto the card. The ‘Life is Beautiful’ stamp is also from Pinkfresh Studio.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

In this particular week my husband and I celebrated 9 years of marriage. I added a picture of the card I made him. The jars journaling card was a free printable by Studio Calico. The beautiful ‘You and Me’ stamp by Pinkfresh Studio gave the card a bit more interest. I just love how it turned out.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

The homemade pizza picture landed on a beautiful white woodgrain patterned paper. I again used the blue alphas here, this time partly overlapping one of the enamel label stickers that also was in the limited edition embellishment kit from Pinkfresh Studio. I love these label stickers so much, enought to trim away the part that is hidden under the picture to save so I can use it again on another project;)

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

As week 25 was not jam packed with events and pictures, I had to consider whether to make a double spread for it, or combine it with the week after. Combining didn’t seem like a good idea, week 26 was too big. So week 25 got it’s own double spread. Here’s the right page:

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

A bit extra room means I got to play with an enlargement. This fun picture of Tuur, taken just after his appointment at the hair dresser, was perfect for that. His excitement makes the spread sparkle. The ‘Happy’ card next to this picture is a transparent filler card from Pinkfresh Studio. It came in a set of 4 cards in the limited edition embellishment kit.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

For my journaling card in the lower right corner, I just used a piece of patterned paper. The journaling covers the weekend of this week. Again the stamping and the wood veneer are Pinkfresh.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

For my CAS taste, a piece of patterned paper with a simple stamp on it, can sometimes do the trick. For a second there I felt the urge to add just a little bit of embellishing to it, but then decided to just leave it as it is.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

To repeat the dark brown woodgrain pattern from the left spread, I placed this picture on a piece of patterned paper. I again used a label, which you’ll see me use quite a bit in this album. The cute scalloped border and the brad sticker are again Pinkfresh.

Project Life | Week 25 by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

I hope you enjoyed seeing me take my first steps into this Project Life adventure. Don’t hesitate to let me know what you think:) Thanks for stopping by!

Els.

PS: Since these Project Life spreads are often made with little bits and pieces found here and there in my pile of stash, I’m not going to write down a list of supplies for these posts. If you have a question about any of the elements I used, you can leave it in the comments section below, and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Project Life is a memory keeping system and a lifestyle created by Becky Higgins. You can read more about it here. This is my interpretation of the project. Check here to view my previous Project Life posts.

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Workspace Wednesday 23.7.14

My workspace is kind of on a break right now. Not voluntarily, summer vacation is sucking all the crafting out of my days. But it’s all good:) That’s just what our lifes look like this time of year. While the kids were playing in the pool this afternoon, I browsed through the latest Scrap365 magazine issue, that I happened to receive last week. That’s my article you’re looking at there, and I’m pretty proud of it;)

Scrap 365 August 2014 sketch

Speaking of Scrap365 magazine, have you seen that this month’s sketch challenge is based on one of my layouts made for the magazine? I loved seeing the different takes of the design team members on the sketch here and here. And I’m looking forward to see all the entrances over the month. I hope you can join in too.

Els.

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Welcome to the second day of the Pinkfresh Studio and Neat & Tangled Blog Hop. You should have come here from Yana’s blog. If not, then head on over to the Neat & Tangled blog to start hopping.

“Pinkfresh Studio is so excited to join with Neat and Tangled today to inspire you with some cute creations. I am a huge fan of Neat and Tangled stamps and mixing them up with Pinkfresh Studio embellishments definitely has created awesome projects. We have a list of designers from both companies here who are so thrilled to share their projects with you. Make sure to visit each blog and comment on each blog to enter a giveaway including Pinkfresh Studio blog. One winner will be chosen for each day who will receive $20.00 worth of products from both companies. This is going to be 2 days of blog hopping fun. Winners will be announced on 27th July. Good luck!”

When I had the Everyday Circles stamp set by Neat and Tangled in hands, I immediately thought that it would mix well with the Scribble die that was in the Pinkfresh Studio embellishment kit. And so the idea for the design elements for this layout was born. I die-cut a bunch of scribbled circles, and also stamped some of the sentiments that worked with this particular layout.

Dreams by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio + Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

As you can see I not only used the cut-outs, but I also repurposed the inner circles, or negatives of the circles in my design. For stamping the Everyday Circles sentiments, I used two colors of dye ink for a cool radient effect. The yellow and pink stamped combo resonates the colors of the watercolor background.

Dreams by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio + Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

The Dreams stamp by Neat & Tangled makes a beautiful title for this layout, but I can imagine it being very versatile and usable on many different types of projects.

Dreams by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio + Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

As you all know by now, Pinkfresh Studio has many fun embellishments to go with any project. I used the pastel Way to Home enamel shapes for this layout, along with colorblocked wood veneers, glitter tape, stamps from the embellishment kit, and an enamel label sticker also from the embellishment kit. The glitter sequins are die-cuts from the glitter tape, made with the Studio Calico sequins die. I absolutely adore Pinkfresh glitter tape. What’s your favorite Pinkfresh item??

Dreams by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio + Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

And while I was at it, playing with inks and stamps, I also made a card. The technique for stamping this Sunburst stamp from Neat & Tangled is the same as before. I used two different ink colors, inked part of the stamp with one color, the rest with the other. If you like the effect, you can also add a spritz of water to make the colors blend, which gives a beautiful watercolor effect.

Hip Hip Hooray by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio + Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

I adore the Everyday Sayings wood veneers by Pinkfresh Studio. This one is very suitable for a card. The stamped circle is from Neat & Tangled Everyday Circles set, it accentuates the wood veneer. The rest of the stamping is done with Pinkfresh Studio stamps. I added some splatters and a few sequins. Et voila!

Hip Hip Hooray by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio + Neat & Tangled Blog Hop

 It’s time to hop on now. Next stop for you is Christine Drogt’s blog. Don’t forget to leave a comment on all the blogs. Thanks for stopping by!

Els.

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Happy Monday! July 21st is our National Holiday here in Belgium, so we had an extra day off – and it was very welcome. I took advantage of the extra time for writing up some blogpost for the coming week, and for a bit of crafting in between family activities. Last week I was over on the A Flair For Buttons blog, with this layout, which was very fun to make.

Noted Documented by Els Brigé for A Flair For ButtonsI really loved that picture of our peonies that I shared on my Instagram feed a few weeks ago. And so I made a layout with it. I chose for a bit of contrast with the die-cut flowers. These cut-outs are actually the ones that I used as masks for this Pinkfresh Studio layout I made around that same time. The flairs on this layout are from the Chalkboard Day in my Life set and the Capture Life 1 set.

I made a video to show you guys how I made that painted ombré and glitter background. It’s the first time I chose to work with a voice-over. Yikes! It’ll take me some time to get used to the sound of my own voice;) – especially since I had a cold at that time. Be sure to let me know what you think about it, I’m curious to hear your thoughts.

We have an exciting week to look forward to as our girl is celebrating her birthday on Thursday. Have a great week!

Els.

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The Weekend Guest

I’m beyond thrilled to introduce Dana Fleckenstein to you as this week’s Weekend Guest. I’ve known Dana over the internet for a few years now, I’m not sure on how I met her anymore (it might have been through cardmaking challenges or the Hero Arts Flickr group, I don’t know). But what I do know is that she started blogging around the time I did, and ever since then I have loved stopping by her blog on a regular basis to check out her beautiful creations. Dana is an amazing cardmaker, who has a unique way of using stamps and embellishments, and has a very inspirational style to me. I’m honored to welcome her to my blog today.

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Dana here, waving ‘hi’ from Germany! I’m a thirty-something who, between office work and college, loves to squeeze in some crafty time. I have quite a thing for creating homemade cards and mini albums from pretty paper. My other passion is photography, which probably is why Instagram is my number one social media site. With paper crafting and photo taking as my favorite leisure activity, it was no wonder that, sooner or later, I fell in love with the scrapbooking community. That was in fall 2008 exactly. Since that time, I’ve met some wonderful people online and in real life through this hobby and I’m happy to be part of this amazing industry as a card designer for Studio Calico.

SCRAPBOOKING IN GERMANY | When I started out, I felt scrapbooking was a tiny niche and interesting styles and up-to-date product came only from the US. When I look around now, things have changed quite a bit. I have a handful of designated local shops around me and smaller shops in town started to carry some paper collections, washi tape, and handmade albums. Also, there are some interesting designers, manufacturers, and publishers here as well as regular blogger and crop events several times a year.

WHERE I FIND INSPIRATION | I’m probably no different than most of you – Pinterest is just such a great source to find and keep inspiration. Other than that, just experimenting with supplies, browsing magazines or a shopping trip to home decor stores always scores me a fun idea.

WHERE I CREATE | Basically, I have a table to scrap on and an Ikea Bestå unit to house most of my supplies. In summer, I love to bring everything outside on the balcony. The warmth and golden light in the evening help me to switch from work to leisure in no time flat.

SCRAPBOOKING ON VACATION | I haven’t done scrapbooking on the road as of yet. It may be because I like to have all of my supplies and tools available when I create. However, I find it helpful to carry a notebook around and jot down adventures and feelings when they are still fresh and not distorted in retrospection. Journaling is much easier afterwards that way and you can concentrate on the creative part.

Blog: pixelsandglue.blogspot.com

 

For my guest post, I created a watercolor card that I think even the guys in your life can enjoy. The idea is to keep the design clean yet detailed, with colors that fall on the cooler side of the spectrum. The major steps are all documented for you to follow along. Let’s get started, shall we?

1. First, cut a piece of watercolor paper to the size of 3,75 x 5,00 inches and tape it down on a piece of scratch paper with washi. The washi tape serves as a mask here so make sure the frame you create is even.

The Weekend Guest | Dana Fleckenstein

2. Gather your favorite watercolor supplies and paint even layers of yellow, lime green, and turquoise (or other colors of your choice) from top to bottom. Make sure to blend them well for a nice gradient/ombré look and let the paper dry.

The Weekend Guest | Dana Fleckenstein

3. Remove the washi tape and reveal the masked-off frame. If necessary, you can use a white watercolor pencil to correct bleeds.

The Weekend Guest | Dana Fleckenstein

4. Stamp your sentiment in a color that falls within your ombré spectrum.

The Weekend Guest | Dana Fleckenstein

5. Create your focal point. For “masculine” cards natural shapes like leaves are great, and you can never go wrong with stars, I’d say. Cut a few of the same shapes in different sizes with a die-cutting machine or punch. I had used a book page and vellum for my die-cuts. Layer and machine-stitch the die-cuts onto a label. You can secure the loose ends with washi tape on the back.

6. Embellish your card with a wood veneer star, sewing thread, and Mister Huey’s spray mist sprinkles. If desired, you can also go ahead and dry emboss the watercolor background for more texture.

The Weekend Guest | Dana Fleckenstein

7. Adhere the focal point on the watercolored paper with dimensional foam. Stick the watercolor paper down on a standard (US) A2 card (4,25 x 5,5 inches).

The Weekend Guest | Dana Fleckenstein

Voilà, finished card! Want even more masculine? Thin cork sheets can do the trick; Simply replace one of your paper die-cuts with die-cut cork. For a more girly look, just switch out the colors to, e.g., pinks and yellows. The veneer can easily be changed to a little gemstone or sequin then.

Thank you for reading and letting me share this tutorial with you. Have a great weekend!

Thank you very much, Dana, for you inspiring step-by-step, and of course for being here today!!

Els.

 

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The Weekend Guest Sneak

TGIF! Because that means tomorrow is Saturday and I get to introduce you to a new Weekend Guest. I have asked another talented lady to share her work with you, and she too did an amazing job. If you want to know who she is, you’ll just have to come back here tomorrow. But I will tell you now that she’s a member of the Studio Calico design team and that she makes awesome things. See you tomorrow!!

Els.

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Day Off by Els BrigéI don’t have a crafty post to share this evening, sorry for that. I took the day off and went to the beach with my family – not sorry for that;) Tomorrow I will be back and share a sneak for my new Weekend Guest. I hope you’ll come back to check it out!

Els.

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Pinkfresh Studio DT sneak by Els BrigéIf you’re curious to see, I’m sharing my first Project Life spread today over on the Pinkfresh Studio blog. I’m so excited to finally share. Week 26, which is the third week of June, is made for a big part with the Pinkfresh limited edition Embellishment Kit. Go and check it out, along with two more cards. I’ll be sure to share it all here on my blog very soon as well.

Els.

 

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