My blogpost that I had prepared for today, the one about the cute Easter Egg Containers, accidentaly posted past Sunday (well, I had “accidentaly” set the wrong date, you know how that goes;)). So this will be a rather slow blog week. But I am preparing something fun for this coming weekend however. I wanted to share a little sneak here.

Those of you that also follow me on one of my other social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook), might have seen this Instagram already. I’m working on a new mini-album, which will be up on Saturday, as we’re blog hopping with A Flair For Buttons. I’m so looking forward to that. I will be accompagnied by the amazingly talented ladies of our design team.

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So if you’re up for a lot of flair inspiration, and at least one mini-album along the way, be sure to hop along with us. And of course there will be some opportunities to win a few sets of flair. I’ll see you on Saturday!

Els.

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Happy Sunday! How are you doing today? I have a fun Easter project for you. I saw a similar project on Pinterest a while back with yummy little muffins in boxes like these. I thougth it would be a fun idea to make two of these small egg containers for my kids for Easter. They’ll be great with chocolate eggs in them.

Easter Egg Containers by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I was lucky enough to have beautiful yellow containers, but you can easily paint these in any color you would like using acrylic paint. The ombré yellow woodgrain paper from the Sweet Memories collection matched the color of the containers perfectly. I liked the tone-on-tone woodgrain effect. As I have a boy and a girl in the house, I made a pink and aqua version. The fox wood veneers from Freckled Fawn add to the boy-girl theme.

Easter Egg Containers by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

Since the top of these containers was super small, it all had to be tiny and to the point. I know my girl will like this pink Dear Lizzy flower, and a heart always does it. For the boy I added a label from Elle’s Studio. The gold touches make is all extra festive.

Easter Egg Containers by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

All patterned papers are from Studio Tekturek’s Sweet Memories collection. And now I’m off, before I throw myself onto those chocolate eggs. I just have to stop staring at them;)

Easter Egg Containers by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

Thanks for stopping by!

Els.

Supplies:

Patterned Papers: Sweet Memories; Misc.: glitter tape – American Craft, wood veneers & glazed brad – Freckled Fawn, fabric flower – Dear Lizzy, enamel dots – Teresa Collins & BasicGrey, label – Elle’s Studio, Clay Mr. Huey’s Color Mist – Studio Calico.

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I’m super excited to be able to announce here today that I made it to the new Pinkfresh Studio design team. I’ll be part of a group very talented ladies, showcasing fabulous embellishments and products. Pinkfresh Studio is a small, rather new company, selling fresh and unique embellishments. I immediately loved the style of products Kinnari has to offer in her store, so I applied for the team and got accepted.

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Be sure to stop by Pinkfresh Studio to have a look at the amazing stuff in the store, and to check out who else made the team.

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Time to announce the winner of the My Details online class. My cute little helper drew a winner out of the jar.

My Details online class winner

Congratulations, Marie-Anne!! I hope you’ll enjoy the class.

Els.

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Have you heard about this new online class Kristin Tweedale and her friend Megan Anderson have been cooking up?

My Details, that’s how this new workshop is called, is all about documenting yourself (past or present) and capturing the details that may otherwise slip through the cracks.

I’ve been in the pre-classroom, full of tips that will help participants get comfortable documenting themselves. Once the class starts 10 in-depth prompts will get shared, to get you going. I’m pretty excited about this class, I can’t wait for it to start.

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I am happy to be able to give away a free spot in this fun online class to one of you lucky readers of my blog. Would you like to win a spot in My Details? Leave me a comment on this post telling me if you ever scrapbook about yourself. If so, what about and how? If not, why not? You have 24 hours to participate (one comment per person please). Ready. Set. Go.

Good luck!

Els.

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This page is a bit older. I made it for Studio Tekturek while I was on my blogging break, and wanted to share her as well. I’m inclined to write down that this is one of my favorite layouts from the past weeks. But as I’m sharing all those past projects here, one after the other, I catch myself in the act of saying/thinking that about almost all of my projects. I love this hobby!

Yay You by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

The bold chevron background is an eye-catcher for sure. It’s one of the papers from the Peachy Christmas collection that spoke out to me the most. I just had to use it as a background for one of my projects. The picture of my girl on the other hand is a lot softer, so I felt like I had to create some sort of mat to lead your eye to the picture. I started out with a couple of layers of tissue paper, before adding some of those die-cut cards from the Sweet Memories collection.

Yay You by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I used a manufacturers strip from the Sweet Memories collection along the picture, the Hey Girl chipboard letters from BasicGrey were the perfect match in color. I mixed and matched embellishments from different manufacturers, old and new to finish up this layout. On the right side there’s a shipping tag to slide out with some hidden journaling on it.

Yay You by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

The picture was taken when Nora was 3.5 yrs old. Dressing up was nothing for her back then, getting her face painted was unthinkable. When her teacher requested that all kids would come to class dressed up as clowns for Mardi Grass, a colorful combination of  her everyday clothes and fun pony tales was the best I could do. In class all kids got a red dot on their nose for the party, our Nora refused, but eventually, when all kids were ready, she got back to her teacher to get her nose painted. Those were her first steps. In the meantime we have a full blown princess on our hands, who loves to dress up and wear matching make up.

Yay You by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

Have a great day!

Els.

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While our sunday is slowly coming to an end, I thought I’d sit down to share this card I have up on the A Flair For Buttons blog today with you all. I had one of those gold embossed feathers left over from my Choose Happy layout I shared the other day. I thought it would be perfect for a fun card.

Oh Happy Day by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

I sew the feather down onto the striped paper and added one of the Script Words flair on top of that. To repeat the gold, I put down a strip of double sided adhesive near the bottom of the patterned paper and added fine gold glitter. This makes it all just a tad more festive. This card can be used for many different occasions since the sentiment is so versatile.

Oh Happy Day by Els Brigé for A Flair For ButtonsThanks for stopping by again today!

Els.

Supplies:

Stamps: Mama Elephant for Studio Calico; Ink: Charcoal Chalk Ink – ColorBox; Patterned Paper: Paislee Press ; Misc.: white cardstock – Papicolor, Pinstripe Mr. Huey’s Color Mist – Studio Calico, Script Words flair – A Flair For Buttons, fine gold glitter – Rayher, gold embossing powder – Ranger, Tools: Fanciful Feather dies – WPlus9.

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TGIF! I’m back to share a layout that I made for A Flair For Buttons last month. You might have seen it over there on the blog, but I absolutely wanted to share it here too. It’s one of my favorites of the past weeks, and not only because of the cute subject. You might have seen this picture before, I used the color version of it for my guest post on Shimelle’s blog last summer.

#pucooj by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

For the background I used white cardstock and applied a layer of gesso first. After letting it dry, I sprayed some water overtop before adding bits of black ink. You could use a spray ink or paint to add color, I used a distress ink reinker from Tim Holtz for this background. I added very small drops of the color, since the color on these reinkers is so intense. Where needed I took some of the excess color away with a paper towel, where needed I added a little more. I’ll be working on a little tutorial video for backgrounds like this, but since the kids have there Easter break the coming two weeks, it might have to wait until after that;)

#pucooj by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

The title, #pu cooj, needs a bit of an explanation, I suppose. Our Tuur was a slow talker when he was younger. While Nora has been an avid talker from 9 months old, Tuur is a man of little words. At the age of 2 he had a few words, some of them could even mean different things. And the all of a sudden he started shouting #pucooj in his enthousiasme. It was his most complex word so far and it took us some time to figure out it meant ‘super cool’. It was hilarious to see the attitude he always said it with.

#pucooj by Els Brigé for A Flair For ButtonsA few stamps, a deer die-cut, and off course a flair to finish up the page. This page didn’t need much supplies obviously, but every now and then I love to go back to basics.

Have a great weekend!!

Els.

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Can you believe we’ve stumbled into April already? Time is going way to fast for my liking these days, but we’re trying to enjoy life as it is right now to the fullest. With a new month also a new challenge starts over on the Studio Tekturek blog. Theme this month is to let you get inspired by this fun & uplifting song.

Choose Happy by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I just can’t sit still when hearing this song:) And inspiring too, you should try it. I went to work on my project and ended up with this layout. The song inspired me to go sunny, light and airy. And of course I also worked it into my title.

 Choose Happy by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I played a lot with Versamark and my gold embossing powder for this layout. I made a few feathers out of white cardstock with my WPlus9 dies and cut my title with my Cameo, and embossed part of these elements in gold. I simply rubbed the die-cuts onto my ink pad for the partial embossing.

Choose Happy by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

In the lower right corner I made a cluster of embellishmentsn which I repeated in the upper left corner of the page. Instead of choosing for 2 die-cuts there, I also used one of Jenni Bowlin’s feather rub-ons. I love the designs of these feathers. To finish up the layout, I added a little text stamping. I stamped the text off on a piece of scratch paper (at least once) before stamping onto my layout for a more subdued effect. I didn’t want the image to get too starck and overwhelming.

Choose Happy by Els Brigé for Studio Tekturek

I hope you get to join us over on the Studio Tekturek blog for this fun challenge. You might win a set of these beautiful Sweet Memories papers, of if you’re really lucky maybe some of the brand spanking new collections that are coming real soon. Have you seen the sneaks here?

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Before I go I also have to announce a winner of my Comeback Giveaway. Thank you to everyone of you who took the time to stop by and leave a comment. I didn’t dare to hope that there would still be so many of you coming by my blog. Thank you all for your sweet words, they mean a lot. It certainly got me all motivated and inspired to create and write about it here again. And I’ll be working on a few videos and tutorials soon.

So, let me just stop talking now. The winner is Tricia who commented on March, 17:

Dear Els, your projects are always delightful! I am primarily a cardmaker, but I love your scrapbook layouts which inspire and challenge, too. Glad to hear you enjoyed your blogging break and had time to play!

Congratulations, Tricia!!! Please forward me your address so I can send those lovely goodies your way:)

Thanks for stopping by again!!

Els.

Supplies:

Stamp: Dear Lizzy; Ink: Charcoal Chalk Ink – ColorBox; Patterned Papers: Sweet Memories – Studio Tekturek; Misc.: white cardstock – Bazzill Basics, masking tape & wood veneers – Freckled Fawn, Script Words Flair – A Flair For Buttons, enamel shapes – Teresa Collins, gold feather rub-on – Jenni Bowlin, gold embossing powder – Ranger; Tools: Fanciful Feather dies – WPlus9, Silhouette Cameo.

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I’m up on the A Flair For Buttons blog today. You might have seen it on Instagram or one of the other social media I’m frequenting, spring is definitely in the air here in Belgium. And that makes me very much in the mood for spring and summer projects. This one I made last week. The picture was taken last year, when Nora came home from school as an Easter bunny.

Hello Spring by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

I tried my best to keep my layout as light and airy as possible. So I started out with a sheet of white cardstock as my background – I have a thing for white lately – and added just a small piece of patterned paper from Glitz Designs’ Finnley 6×6 paper pad. Underneath that a bigger piece of vellum to accentuate the softness. I added a flair of the Script Words set from A Flair For Buttons to one of the butterflies. The perfect sentiment for this layout.

Hello Spring by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

I did some stamping to the white background to break up the whiteness, and to add a bit of extra interest. I used an older Inkadinkado flower stamp and my new Mint Hint ink pad from Studio Calico. I love the color of this ink. This project might be the perfect mix between older and newer products. The butterflies have been in my stash for such a long time and also the stamp isn’t new, but they mix up really well with the papers and other embellishments.

Hello Spring by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

There are just a few more days left to take part in my little comeback giveaway in case you haven’t entered yet. So be sure to stop by there. Thanks for stopping by again today!!

Els.

Supplies:

Stamp: Inkadinkado; Ink: Mint Hint Dye Ink – Studio Calico; Patterned Paper: Finnley (6×6 paper pad); Misc.: white cardstock – Bazzill Basics; vellum – Canson; Script Words Flair – A Flair For Buttons; Serendipity Thickers – Dear lizzy; butterflies, glitter heart, & vellum sticker – Studio Calico; glitter enamel start, & masking tapes – Freckled Fawn.

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A few weeks ago, I had this layout up on the A Flair For Buttons blog. It’s a very simple layout. Black and white is usually not my go-to color combination, but I wanted to challenge myself this time since that’s the combo in my picture. I added touches of red to add extra interest.

Just You by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

So of course I went looking for a bunch of flair in the same color scheme too. This grey linen chevron one fitted perfect on this cute globe stamp from Freckled Fawn.

Just You by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

The #selfie flair is from the Instalove 3 set, a beautiful colorful set. The red one from the Document 2 set has been in my stash for a long time, waiting for a good place to be used. And this layout was the perfect one.

Just You by Els Brigé for A Flair For Buttons

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Els.

 

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