I’m just popping in for a quick share today. Apart from my Project Life spread for week 25, that I shared last week, I also made a card for my Pinkfresh Studio post this month. I used one of the canvas pockets that are in the limited edition Embellishment Kit as the starting point. The background paper is from Heidi Swapp’s Hello Today 4,5 x 6,5 paper pad.

XO by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

Onto the canvas pocket I stapled the transparent XO alphas, that were also in that embellishment kit. And then I went searching for a couple of other embellishments that could match this pink and grey/blue theme I had going on. The hot pink Way to Home emanel shapes gives the card an extra bit of pizzaz.

XO by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

Along the top of the card, some washi tape and a border sticker keep the stamped element in place. This stamp too was in the limited edition embellishment kit. It is part of a very cute set that turns out to be very versatile.

XO by Els Brigé for Pinkfresh Studio

Next on my agenda is working on some new Pinkfresh projects for the month of August. There are a few fun new products coming again, so stay tuned.

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August planning. July has been a crazy busy month here on the blog. Since the kids are still on their summer break all the way through August, I will be taking it a little slower with blogging for August. I’m hoping to spend some quality vacation time with my family, so I will have a lot of fun memories to document the coming months;) There will be posts on the blog on a regular basis, but not daily. Be sure to stop by every Saturday to check out the new Weekend Guest, there’s still a very talented group of ladies to come. I will be back to full speed blogging by September. And I’m also working/brainstorming on a few other fun projects for the fall. I’ll see you around!

Els.

Supplies:

Canvas pocket, stamp, border sticker, & transparent alphas – Pinkfresh Studio limited edition Embellishment Kit; washi tape, & Neon Way to Home enamel shapes Pinkfresh Studio, Charcoal Chalk Ink – Color Box, Hello Today (4,5×6,5 paper pad) – Heidi Swapp.

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Happy Tuesday!! How are you doing today? I’m happy to have you stopping by today, as I’m sharing a layout that was on the Studio Tekturek blog a couple of days ago. I started out with that beautiful sunburst paper from the One Way Ticket collection, and a fun picture of my son, being silly on the age of 1,5 years old. This picture always makes me smile. I still remember that day perfectly, the fun he had playing peek-a-boo with the camera. And look at those two tiny teeth – he was such a late bloomer for teething and talking;)

You Mean The World by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I took the adventurous road for this page, and decided to go for a round picture. After adhering my picture to the center of the sunburst, I first accentuated some of the rays of the design with a little machine stitching down the center. I also looked for a handful of one line sentiments in my stamp stash and stamped them here and there around the picture following the rays of the patterned paper.

You Mean The World by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I found those older small alphabet stickers by American Crafts in my stash. The blue was perfect to go with the colors of this One Way Ticket paper. Apart from the label stickers and the badge, that are both from Studio Tekturek, I went looking for a couple more green and blue embellishments to make a cluster right next to my picture.

You Mean The World by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I hope you’re all doing well. I have just a few more days of work, before I have a bit of summer break myself. I’m so looking forward to it. Are you on summer leave right now? Or already back at work perhaps? What is/was on the agenda for your days off?

Els.

Supplies:

Stamps: Figure Effects – Altenew, June kits – Studio Calico, roller stamp – Dear Lizzy; Ink: Jet Black – StazOn; Patterned Papers: One Way Ticket – Studio Tekturek; Misc.: label Stickers & badge – Studio Tekturek; masking tape, star sequins, wood veneer, epoxy sticker – Freckled Fawn, puffy sticker, Evalicious, Way to Home enamel shape – Pinkfresh Studio; wood veneer stars – Studio Calico; Shane alphabet stickers – American Crafts; Tools: Standard Circles Small Nestabilities – Spellbinders.

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The Weekend Guest

Welcome to a new Weekend Guest post! I’m so honored to be able to present Joy Taylor to you today. Joy was one of the first cardmakers I got to know when I first started making cards a few years ago. Her style was very intriguing to me back then, and has been an inspiration on many occasions since. We have shared a couple of design teams over the past few years, and has her way of making products shine on her projects. She brought a fabulous card to share with you today.

Joy Headshot

Hello, I am Joy and it is such a pleasure to be here for a Summer weekend posting for Els…now a little bit about myself..well I live with a great guy in a small cottage in a small town in country New South Wales, Australia, we both work, for me working part time allows me to craft in the time I have spare, I have my own space to come and go as I please and a room fitted out to suit my needs. My passion for paper crafting started over 20 years ago now and more recently over 3 years ago when starting my blog, well the world completely opened up in the crafting industry, being on many wonderful teams, guesting, online classes and the best thing of all, meeting some amazing, beautiful and talented women in the industry, who most are close friends..I am grateful and thankful for this industry!

SCRAPBOOKING IN AUSTRALIA | Being in a small country town there is not a lot that is accessible, so for me I tend to do a lot of online shopping, I tend to like to support many stores here in Australia that are online and also purchase quite a bit that I may not find here in Australia in the US and UK, I think it is important to support what feels at times a fragile industry due to our economic lows and highs..

WHERE I FIND INSPIRATION | Oh boy the internet, my oyster, so many blogs inspire me, Pinterest inspires me, sometimes even flicking through home magazines with lots of colour seem to inspire me, not always but at times products itself seem to just turn on a spark in my inspiration..

WHERE I CREATE | I am truly blessed to have an amazing room, just off our lounge room that Darryl my partner fitted out with furniture custom made to suit my needs, I will say though, I am in the process of changing things around and have had quite a lot of rolled eyes from him LOL…there is lots of white, with a large table I sit at to craft, a storage unit that sits on my table that has everything at hand that I need to create, paper rack, benches with loads of storage areas underneath and an island that I can move around…for now it works, I am hoping to share more later in the year on how my room looks now..

SCRAPBOOKING ON VACATION | Well not something I tend to do, unless I am away at a crafty retreat and then well practically my whole room comes with me :) I suppose the most thing I like to do is take photos to possibly use later on when pocket scrapping..

So today, I wanted to create a layered, feminine card, using soft colours of water colour back ground using distress ink and adding splatters of bold pink with gold…

The Weekend Guest | Joy Taylor I adore butterflies on cards and having older product always in my craft stash, I feel it is important to not always show the public what you can create with the new, but also with the old, so I pulled out Pink Paislee butterflies that have the resist on them when you apply ink, which I added a soft pink.

The Weekend Guest | Joy Taylor Wood veneer is something I always gravitate to and having some beautiful assortment from older Gossamer Blue Kits, I chose to pull out a photo frame, applying white paint to tone down the wood effect..

The layering begins for me by adding the base colour, which of course was the painting, I added softness by adhering a ripped piece of tissue paper, adding the frame and some sewing thread behind the butterfly..

The Weekend Guest | Joy Taylor

Finishing off by adding more gold with a Studio Calico, gold glitter die cut banner and gold hearts enamel dots…

To follow more of what I create, you can follow me here, Blog, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest..

Thanks Els for having me as a guest today, it has been a hoot!

Thanks for stopping by today! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Thank you very much, Joy, for agreeing to take part in this project! It was an honor to have you here! And thank you, readers, for stopping by again today! Be sure to leave Joy some love;)

Els.

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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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