Saturday, July 4, 2020

Hello Spring - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hey there crafty friends,

I'm back with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team today!

I know I've already used this paper as background, but I can't help it, I love stripes! The colors are so gorgeous too, it's one of my most favorite papers in the Bloom Street collection!

Now, I don't usually scrap color photos because I find it hard to work with them, especially when there's blue sky or greenery on them. However, I really wanted to use this beautiful Hello Spring cut file (Design ID: 321572) and I do have many photos from our quarantine walks, of the nature awaking, everything in full bloom!

I also don't use two different size photos on a layout, but my printer is often playing tricks on me and doesn't recognize the photo on the SD card in which case I can only send the photo directly from my PC and that way I am not able to print the same smaller size as you see on the right. But I wasn't going to throw either of them away, so...they both ended up on the same layout, ha!

I backed the flowers in the cut file with a few different patterned papers that matched the colors of the background, purples and pinks. I then glued the wreath on the background, making sure I left space for the photos to be tucked under. I added foam dots to the white letters and added them back in place.

For embellishments I used a few butterflies, diecut flowers and foliage as well as some phrase stickers. Some of them I glued down with liquid glue, others with foam adhesive, so I have a bit of variation and texture.

Last but not least, I added a teeny tag behind my photo, wrote up my journaling and stamped my date. That's it!

I hope I could inspire you with today's layout in one way or another!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Have an awesome day!



Wednesday, July 1, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - July 2020

Hi there crafty peeps,

It's that time again! The Spellbinders July Club Kits are here! Are you guys excited?! The kits are really great this month!

I've been really busy these past few months, I've just launched my own web shop (if you're interested, you can check it out here:
Anyway, my shop was the inspiration behind today's cards, because it's all about rainbows :)

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

Let's see the Large Die Kit first. It's a really great tall, skinny alphabet die set that you can use for sooo many things! I was super happy about it because I love alpha dies and I don't have skinny ones yet! You also get a variety of little leaves and blooms!

To create this background, I actually used some of the dies from the Small Die Kit. I die cut the flowers multiple times from white card stock and adhered them onto a light gray A2 size panel, then trimmed them off. I cut thin strips of nine different color card stocks and glued them onto a piece of white card stock. I then die cut my letters from this panel and glued them on my card front.

I went through my enamel dot stash, pulled out some that matched my colors and placed them on my card.

For my second card I created two rainbow panels and using foam adhesive, I glued them onto my card base. I die cut my letters from white card stock 3 or 4 times, stacked them up and glued them onto the rainbow panels. 

Last but not least, I added some foliage and enamel dots. 

As for the Small Die Kit...more rainbows!

You'll get 2 bigger flowers, a bunch of tiny ones as well as the geometric shape I created my background with. I actually die cut this twice and lined them up on an A2 size panel, to form this oval shape. The die only creates half of this shape. 

Then, I die cut the flowers from white as well as yellow, orange, red, green, light and royal blue card stock. I glued these die cuts on white card stock and fussy cut them out - I did this so I could piece the colorful die cuts back into place. Once done, I glued the flowers into opposite corners on the card front, using foam tape for two of them, to create dimension. I die cut a few little flowers from other colors of the rainbow and added them too. For my sentiment I used the alpha dies from the Large Die Kit.

For my last card today I die cut loads of little flowers! I will admit, this took awhile because I believe there's only 4 dies in the set and 3 of them are the same size - and I wanted to mix up the sizes. So, lots of die cutting is what I'm saying :D You could arrange them in so many ways! I actually planned to create a rainbow with them, but there was only space for 3 colors and I wanted to use more.

Once each flower was attached, I die cut my sentiment from white card stock, again, 3 or 4 times, stacked up the letters, glued them together, then adhered them to my card front. Some twine finishes off this simple card!

That's it! I hope you guys like these cards and I could give you some ideas you can use with other dies too!

See you next month!

Happy crafting!


Monday, June 29, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Glimmer Backgrounds - Hand Drawn Wave Glimmer Hot Foil Plate

Hello there,

I'm stopping by real quick to share a card I've made with the beautiful Spellbinders Hand Drawn Wave Glimmer Hot Foil Plate

Do you guys have a Spellbinders Glimmer Hot Foil System yet?! If not, you might want to reconsider hehe! Here in Germany, you can buy it at Alexandra Renke, as well as plenty of accessories like the foil rolls in several colors, and various plates.

Spellbinders added a few background plates to their collection recently and today I'm showing you one of them!

The plate is wide enough for you to create A2 size cards in landscape orientation but I decided to go with portrait, so after foiling my panels (2 of them), I just trimmed off the sides.

I went with some mauve kind of colored patterned papers from Alexandra Renke, because I thought they'd be beautiful with the Gold Glimmer Hot Foil roll I wanted to use.

Once I'd foiled the panels and trimmed them down to 4.25" wide, I fussy cut out the waves so I could layer them up on my card front.

I adhered a floral paper to my card base, then I added a piece of mauve colored grid paper at the bottom. I first glued down the darker foiled panel, then attached the lighter one too. For my sentiment I used the Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plates with gold foil. I love foiling lots of  sentiments at once so I always have sentiments in various colors ready to go and don't have to spend time on this when I'm working on my cards. I added foam adhesive to the sentiment and adhered it to my card.

To finish it off, I placed a few enamel dots in matching colors around my sentiment and added a twine bow at the top. That's it! Super simple, but I think the foil adds interest and texture to it, just a little something something!

Believe me, once you try the Glimmer Hot Foil System, you'll want to foil things in EVERY possible color haha! Oh oh! I almost forgot! There's a new foil too! And it's rainbow oh my goodness! Have you seen it?! You can find it HERE. It sells out fast each time, so don't think about it twice! I did try this foil with the same background and it looks fabulous - I just didn't have time to finish the card yet. I also foiled sentiments with it, even my boyfriend said they were super cool (and he couldn't care less about crafty things haha!).

Anyway, that's it for today! Let me know if you have any questions!

Have a fabulous day!


Thursday, June 18, 2020

But first coffee - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello crafty peeps,

I'm stopping by to share a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team! 

While I had the Horizon collection out last time, I decided to create another layout with it! I had had this photo on my desk since last summer but never really found a collection that worked with the colors. Enter all the blues and yellows in Horizon and we have a perfect match ha!

I can't drink coffee anymore but last summer I could still enjoy a couple of espressos a day! I loved sitting on the balcony with a cup of foamy goodness after Maxim left for school in the morning! Over the years I got used to craft at night so I often sleep very little and espresso helped me wake up and make myself useful :D.

I picked out my cut file first, totally random, nothing to do with the layout, but I really don't mind using flowers on everything...This one is one of the newer ones, Flowers (Design ID: 321569) and it's so pretty!

I then selected all the blue and yellow papers and went through the embellishments too. Luckily there were plenty of things to choose from! I backed the cut file then glued it down on my background paper. 

I added my photo then started embellishing my page. I tucked some tags and labels behind my photo. I created the date label from patterned paper and white card stock. I like when my labels match the rest of the papers! I added sentiment stickers, die cut flowers and chipboard stickers. 

For my title (very original, isn't it?! But so true, so too bad :D) I used the navy mini alpha thickers from the Pick Me Up collection. To finish off my page I added my journaling and a few enamel dots.

That's all! Do you guys prefer limited color palettes like I used here or are more into colorful layouts? I love them all the same! I also love monochromatic!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!


Pick Me up collection: Mini foam alpha thickers

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

In the spotlight: Spellbinders Small and Large Die of the Month kits - June 2020

Hi there crafty peeps,

I can't believe yet another month has flown by! The Spellbinders June Club Kits are here!

As a reminder, Spellbinders have several monthly kits, which are really great! You can subscribe to:
You can find all necessary information about these kits here.

As always, I'm sharing projects with the Large and the Small Die Kits of the month. I'll start with the Small Die Kit which I originally thought was the Large Die Kit since there's so many dies in it, ha! As you can see, you can create a variety of flowers, they work great with or without stems or leaves. You also get 2 dies to create a hand with that holds a bouquet of flowers. Unfortunately I wasn't able to showcase the hand, because I haven't found any card stock in my stash that would have passed for any skin tone - I literally only have bright colors. Sorry for this!

I started out by selecting my colors - aqua, coral, yellow and purple. I then spent a night on just die cutting LOL! I never know how many I'll need and tend to cut way more than I actually should. Case in point, I was planning to make two cards but ended up with four, because I know if I don't use my die cuts right away, I'll never use them. And I did not want to waste any of these beauties!

On my first card I've used the stems to create a big bouquet of flowers! I added some patterned paper to my A2 card base. By the way, the patterned papers I'm using on these cards are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio. To create more dimension, I added foam adhesive to some of the blooms.

I've finished off this card with a gold foiled sentiment from the Everyday Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate set. If you don't know the Glimmer Hot Foil System, look into it, because it's pretty awesome! There is also a Club Kit for it and this month there are some really fab sentiments in the kit. Oh and the foil I used is the Glimmer Hot Foil Roll in Gold. It's my most used colors, because it goes with everything!

On my second card I first embossed the sentiment in the middle of my A2 size white card panel, then adhered it to my A2 card base. Finally I arranged the flowers and leaves around it, like a frame. I used foam adhesive to pop up a few flowers.

I've used my beloved Nestabilities Fancy Edged Ovals Etched Dies to die cut an oval shape for my sentiment. I embossed the sentiment in the middle with gold embossing powder (Gold Rich Pale from WOW Embossing Powders). Using a foam sheet, I mounted this shape onto my patterned paper background. I added a few flowers in opposite "corners" if you know what I mean.

Last but not least, I created an oval frame with the above mentioned die set. I die cut the frame a bunch of times and glued them together. I also added foam adhesive to its back to give it more dimension. Then I glued it onto my patterned paper background. I also used the white inner piece of the frame, but only one layer. I filled up the frame with all the remaining flowers I had! I added pop dots here and there. To finish it off, I added my gold foiled sentiment - I've used some foam adhesive to attach this.

Next up we have the Large Die Kit! This month you get 2 trendy frames and a bunch of little floral/foliage elements.

I had a few Maggie Holmes collections on my desk when I started these projects so I just went with papers from these collections. I chose a yellow-pink-blue color scheme.

For my first card I die cut the smaller frame from white card stock and glued it in the middle of my card front. I layered a bunch of leaves and flowers in the bottom right corner. I used a sticker from the above mentioned scrapbook collections for my sentiment. I also added a little bird sticker. To finish off this card, I added a twine bow as well as some enamel dots for flower centers.

For my next card I die cut the bigger frame from blue paper, twice. This way I could create this trendy gem shape. Actually I have no idea what these are called, but they have been everywhere for this past year. 

I then added leaves and flowers in opposite corners and used a sticker for my sentiment in the middle. 

That's it this month folks! I hope I could inspire you in some small way!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stay HEALTHY and crafty!


Friday, May 29, 2020

Chocolate Nation - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

I'm back today with a new layout for the Paige Evans Design Team! It feels like I rarely scrapbook anymore so I'm always excited and happy when I actually have something to share ha!

I started out with the Bloom Street collection but ended up mixing it with lots of Horizon papers! I haven't used Horizon in ages so this makes me super happy! 

This gorgeous floral paper from Bloom Street is one of my favorites from the collection and I haven't used it yet, so I was determined to do so on this layout! I picked out this super cool cut file, Heart Swirls (Design ID: 321567) which kind of reminded me of rainbows, so I backed it in that manner! 

It turned out to be a bit too busy for the floral paper so I only used a wider strip at the top and a thin strip at the bottom. I thought it paired well with the pink/yellow watercolor paper from Bloom Street. I added foam to the cut file and adhered it to the background. 

I layered some tissue paper behind my photo as well as a tag, then glued it down. I documented a photo from our summer holiday last year, we took the kids (my best friend's twins and Maxim) to Chocolate Nation in Antwerp. This is the coolest and most fun museum we've been to! Well to be fair we don't go to museums all that often, but all of us loved this one so much! It's interactive, the way you're guided through each room is awesome. Super entertaining, the kids were glued to their headphones. And of course, there were several stops where you can try all kinds of chocolates. My goodness, heaven! Belgian chocolate is my favorite, so yeah, I didn't mind going hehe! They also showed us how to make pralines and we could try them too. There were photo booths with props, for instance there was this one where you could "fake" lift a huge jute bag filled with cocoa beans (it was hanging from an invisible thread and you just moved it to the height you wanted) in a tropical kind of setting - the kids loved posing for photos! At the very end there was a room filled with all kinds of melted chocolate from white to dark and everything in between! And you could eat as much as you wanted! I will say though, even taking a tea spoon full from each (and I haven't tried the super dark ones) you felt full. And there was ruby chocolate OMG! Have you ever tried it?! It's super hard to find it still but it's so worth it. It's pink, fruity, reminds me of raspberry. It's all natural though, so no artificial fruit flavor. God it's so good! Then of course there's a shop as you exit the museum and you can buy so many things, we spent ages there. The kids picked up some S'mores kit to try and they were so happy they were allowed to barbecue alone. If you're ever in Antwerp, definitely check it out!

Phew that was a long story, sorry for getting off track! Back to the layout now :)

I used the white mini alpha stickers from the Pick Me Up collection to create my title following the curve of the cut file. I wrote my journaling on the opposite side.

For embellishments I mostly used floral die cuts which I layered next to the photo, alternating between liquid and foam adhesive to create some dimension. I then cut out some colorful sentiments from one of the patterned papers and adhered these down too. Last but not least, some white glitter enamel dots, they are sooo pretty!

That's it! I hope I could inspire you in one way or another with my layout today!

Thank you for stopping by! Happy scrapping!


Bloom Street collection: Paper 13, Paper 22, Paper 23, Enamel DotsFloral Die Cuts
Truly Grateful collection: Paper 16
Pick Me up collection: Mini foam alpha thickers

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Fresh Air - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

I'm stopping by to share a new layout I've made for the Paige Evans Design Team. I've used the beautiful Bloom Street collection on this page.

I started out by looking for a cut file that resonated with me in that moment. We just went out for our first family walk under quarantine the day before and everything was in full bloom, absolutely gorgeous. So I definitely wanted to use a floral cut file! I ended up choosing the Flower Hill cut file (Design ID: 300592). I cut it from white card stock then backed it with various patterned papers I had scraps of. This is really the perfect way to use up those small scraps!

Apropos scraps. Another thing I find myself doing a lot when I don't have a full sheet of paper to use for background: go with 2 (or occasionally more) bigger pieces to create my background. If I'm honest, it's not my favorite thing to do, but I find it practical so I go with it. Especially when I only have one paper left of a certain design - I hate using up my last full 12x12!

Anyway, once I was done with the cut file, I adhered it to the background. I layered some tissue papers behind my photo, tucked this stack behind the cut file and glued it all down. I added a few embellishments, though not many: some butterflies and phrases. For my title I used the gorgeous alpha stickers from the collection. Aren't they so pretty?! To finish off my page, I added my journaling and stamped my date onto a label which I tucked behind my photo. That's it!

How are you guys coping with the quarantine? Do you craft more or less than normal? I find I am not very creative these days. I'm not super sad about it though, there's so many other things I find to do at home! Honestly, I never get bored. Actually by the time this is published, we may not have quarantine anymore, who knows. We are just taking it day by day! I hope you all are well!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a wonderful day!