Studio Tekturek DT Sneak by Els BrigéSeptember 1st … what an exciting day it has been. Both our kids started school again today. And so after the excitement of today, life goes back to normal. With the start of this new month, there’s also a new challenge going up on the Studio Tekturek blog today. Go and check out all the DT submissions for this month. And I hope you can join us.



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The Weekend Guest

Proudly I present to you today, the very last of my Weekend Guests. I had a pretty amazing line-up this summer, and this lady is no less. I followed a few of her online classes, and I devoured her book. Janna has lots of talent and a way with techniques and paper that I’m unable to copy. So she couldn’t be left out of this summer series, and happily she said ‘yes’.

Janna Werner

Hello my name is Janna Werner. I am a crafter, designer, author and (online) instructor from Oldenburg, Germany.

I am delighted to be guest at Els` blog today, I can´t recall how and when we met, but it seems ages ago. I am happy to call Els my friend, even though we never met in person.

SCRAPBOOKING IN GERMANY | The market is still growing. More and more people enjoy working with paper, glue, stickers and stamps. There are a lot of fantastic crafter.

WHERE I FIND INSPIRATION | Anywhere, really. Conversations, magazines, tv, books, blogs, Pinterest,..

WHERE I CREATE | Usually I sit in my craft room, sometimes I move my stuff into the living room to watch a bit tv, but I am less productive if I do so.

Janna Werner craft room home office Janna Werner craft room with ikea raskog cart Janna Werner craft room peg board


Janna on the internet:






Twitter: http/:/

.. and here is the link to another blog I publish which is all about DIY ideas:


For today, I prepared a scrapbooking layout in DIN A4 which is a bit bigger than 8.5 x 11 inch. It is a standard size in Germany and you can easily get page protectors in that size, very comfortable!

As much as I love and adore pastels, I enjoy creating color- and powerful pages.

Janna Werner Scrapbooking Layout craft table

For this one, I used scrapbooking supplies by Heidi Swapp, Studio Calico, Simple Stories, Maggie Holmes and Stampin’ Up.

Janna Werner Scrapbooking Layout craft table close up

The photo shows our dog Sindri who loves to sleep in the weirdest positions. I have to admit I was a bit worried when I saw him lying like that, but it turned out he was just doing fine, enjoying a lazy saturday afternoon in front of the main door ;)

Janna Werner Scrapbooking Layout

Sindri is a male dog, but as he was lying outside, I figured it would be ok to add flowers to the layout *smiles* and as probably won´t care anyway, there is no need to not add them, right? I stamped flower images onto vellum and cut them out, you can see them on the bottom left and top right corner of the photo. The other flowers are stickers and transparencies from Heidi Swapp.

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I really like how the page turned out: colorful, a bit wild and very happy.

I hope you enjoyed today`s inspiration!

Have a lovely day,


Thank you so much, Janna, for accepting my invitation and inspiring us with your project and studio!

It’s with a bit of a sad, but very full heart that I say goodbye to this series of summer Weekend Guests. I feel so blessed to have had so many wonderful people all over the world, who wanted to participate. Thank you, readers, for stopping by so numerously over the course of this series. I hope you maybe got introduced to some unknown talent and have enjoyed their inspiring projects and creative processes. Be sure to stop by again next Saturday for a very special 10th post in this series. Enjoy your weekend!



The Weekend Guest SneakTomorrow my very last Weekend Guest will be sharing a very colorful and inspiring project with you. It’s been an amazing summer so far here on the blog. Having these Weekend Guests over has been more fun than I had imagined. Be sure to not miss out in this last one, as this lady is a pretty amazing papercrafter, and will also be sharing a peek into her studio.



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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 …



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;)


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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;)


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:

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.


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 :)



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!


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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;)



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;)


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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.

Aimes Camera


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:

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!

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!


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