Friday, February 14, 2020

Love (again?!) - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

Happy Valentine's Day all! We don't celebrate it, however I do usually buy something small for my boys, their favorite chocolate or something along those lines! What do you do for Valentines Day?

I'm sharing a new layout I've created for the Paige Evans Design Team today. Gosh, I am so creative with my titles that I just had to copy paste my previous blog post title OMG :D. I made the previous layout so long ago, I totally forgot about it. Oh well, both layouts will be in different albums eventually, when I can finally afford buying some! Random fact, last time we went to the US, I had to buy the biggest baddest suitcase ever in New Orleans just to fit the 12 albums and the huge amount of tools and supplies I bought there, including my first manual die cutting machine haha! I'm not sure when we go back, I can only hope soon, because there's hundreds of layouts all over our apartment and I'm not crazy enough to spend 40 eur on an album when you can get them at like 10 usd overseas...

Anyway, back to topic! I've used another older collection, Whimsical on this one. I feel like I haven't used Truly Grateful in so long, I need to do that before the new stunner, Bloom Street, is in the house!

The Love in Flowers cut file (Design ID: 313361) is just so pretty, I had to use it right away! Originally I wanted to make a colorful layout but then changed my mind while I was backing the cut file and ended up using a pretty limited color palette. I do like the softness of it though.

After backing the cut file, I pulled out all embellishments and selected a few that fit my colors. I will say, again, that rub-on stickers are one of my favorite products, this is my 4th pack in that collection! While I generally prefer dimensional embellies, these stickers are so versatile and perfect for little accents and finishing touches. I especially love the colorful faux stitching stickers - sure you could use your sewing machine, but changing threads all the time takes ages. So Paige, pls consider having full sheets of these rub on stitches in the future hehe!

Once I figured out where I wanted everything to go, I glued down everything, starting with the cut files. I then added some foam adhesive to my photo and added it to my page. I wrote my short journaling in between some border stickers, then stamped my date and splattered some ink all over my layout.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an awesome day!


Whimsical collection: Paper 19, Paper 18, Paper 14, Paper 10, Paper 6, Paper 3, Paper 1, Stickers, Rub-Ons, Chipboard stickers

Monday, February 3, 2020

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

Hello there crafty peeps,

I'm stopping by today to share some projects with the super cool Spellbinders February 2020 Small and Large Die kits! These dies are so unique and trendy, I love them! They are versatile too because you can create literally any number of patterns with them. Plus I saw that this month's Glimmer kit coordinates with the Large die kit - with which you can achieve some really great effects! Check it out!

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 start with the Large Die kit this month! How fun are these abstract shapes?! I think I don't have to write down how I made these card, because it's quite obvious or? It's pretty much just die cutting the same shapes over and over from various patterned papers and then arranging them in any which way you like.

Recently I dug out some older scrapbook collections I've been hoarding with the intention of using them in the next months. Well it didn't quite happen the way I was planning because life happens sometimes, but at least I've made these cards! This super colorful and fun collection is called Saturday Mornings by Basic Grey. Ah BG I miss you so very much! All these years later I'm still heartbroken they don't do scrapbook collections anymore.

Next up the Small Die kit! I've actually only used 3 of the dies here, but there are some pretty cool geometric patterned circles in the kit too.  Make sure to check it out!

I decided to create some striped panels and die cut from them.  For the card on the left I created the striped panel, then placed the 3 dies on it and die cut them. I haven't used the outer circle die so the pieces did not fall out but rather created windows in the panel. I ALMOST didn't turn this into a shaker card because I don't love making them! I find it's such a waste of expensive foam tape haha! But then I thought what the heck. OK, so I cut out those windows, then I cut the same 3 shapes using the outer circle die too, from white card stock. I layered these on top of the striped panel, but turned them a bit so the striped cuts are also visible.

I glued acetate on the back and added two layers of foam tape everywhere but behind the windows, obviously. I placed some beads and droplets on my card base, constantly checking if they are in the right spots. I then mounted the card front on it. A die cut sentiment finishes off this card. 

The next card is quicker! I created a striped panel again but with thinner stripes. I die cut the same 3 botanical circles from white card stock, plus using just the circle die, I also die cut 3 striped circles to back my white pieces.  I added some foam tape to the back of these and adhered them down to my white, embossed card base. Last but not least I placed some enamel dots and a die cut sentiment on it.

That's it guys! I hope you like today's inspiration!

I didn't have time to work with the card kit, in fact it's quite likely I won't have time for it in the next months unfortunately. However, I am giving away the January Card Kit on my Instagram account to my European followers right now (giveaway ends on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020) in case you're interested!

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


Thursday, January 30, 2020

Love - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty peeps,

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

I've used the wonderful Take me Away collection again. As far as I remember, I've never made a layout with this gorgeous, steel blue, floral paper before, so I wanted this to be my focal point. Unfortunately I didn't have a full 12x12 sheet so I had to come up with some solution to fill up my page!

Eventually I decided to adhere the blue paper onto this cross stitch patterned paper. To play off that design, I added a few cross stitches using white embroidery floss.

I modified Paige's Cross Stitch Heart cut file (Design ID: 242188) in that I moved the single crosses closer together and welded them. I then cut it from textured white card stock. I glued it down in the middle of my page.

For my title I decided to use a stunning die from Spellbinders (it's actually the January 2020 Small die of the month kit). I cut the base from white card stock, then the letters and flowers from a bunch of patterned papers in 4 colors. I used foam tape to attach the letters to the base, to create a dimensional piece.

I layered white tissue paper behind my photo and tucked in some die cut from the ephemera pack as well. I barely have any embellies left from this collection unfortunately :(. But I managed to add a few chipboard hearts, a couple of chipboard leaves and a suede bow. Last but not least I added my journaling and date using a white gel pen.

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

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have an awesome day!


Friday, January 10, 2020

Happy Embrace - DT layout for Paige Evans

Hello there crafty friends,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday season with your loved ones!

I'm back with my first layout of 2020 :). For today's post, I went back to Paige's second, breathtaking collection, Take Me Away . If you are lucky enough to have it in your stash, go get it out now and start creating! I promise you'll love the process. While I love new collections, I notice that rediscovering old favorites fills me up with inspiration and so much joy.

While this collection is actually quite pastel as a whole, I managed to make a pretty bold layout with it haha! These colors make me smile during this dreadful, gray winter time!

I started out by die cutting the Folk Art Floral Background cut file (Design ID: 303006) from white card stock. I love folk art! Random fact: I used to do folk dance as a kid! I even danced with a decanter (filled with wine) on my head. I didn't drop it either, ha! Good old times!

I chose a few patterned papers to back my cut file. Once done, I decided on a background paper - I usually try several options, take a photo of them and then select something I like the most in that moment.

I actually wanted to scrap this photo in color but all that greenery in the background and my brown leather jacket just didn't go with my bold paper choices. I layered some tissue papers and a couple of die cut frames behind my photo, then glued it all down. Some of the embellishments are from other collections. My title for instance is from Paige's very first collection, Fancy Free! I had 2 of the chipboard sheets back then, most of which I already used up long ago. But I still had 2 of this red title, so it was time to use it. I was so happy that Embrace actually fits my photo perfectly!

Then I have a puffy sticker and a chipboard piece from Whimsical, a tag sticker from Pick Me Up, I believe. The suede bow, 3 of the buttons and the two small die cut frames behind my photo are from Take Me Away. The rest of the buttons are from my stash. Using a needle and twine, I stitched them on the layout.

I added my journaling with a white gel pen and splattered some white paint all over my background. Done!

I hope I could inspire you in one way or another! I'll be back with a new layout soon, which I also made with Take Me Away - but it will have a totally different vibe. I think, anyway!

Thank you for stopping by today!
Have an awesome day!


Thursday, January 2, 2020

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

Hi there crafty peeps,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful a relaxing holiday season with your loved ones! We had a very quiet time at home, far away from our families. On one hand it's a pity we didn't get to celebrate Christmas like we usually do, on the other hand we also really enjoyed staying home. As you are reading this post we should have arrived in Norway! We are super excited about it! If you want to follow along our adventures, follow me on Instagram (zsoka_marko), I'll probably be posting photos in my Stories. We mostly will have NO daylight up north (as in, 24-hour darkness in Spitsbergen!), so I'm not sure what I will be able to photograph at all haha!

Anyhow, in the meantime I wanted to share my projects with the gorgeous Spellbinders January 2020 Small and Large Die kits!

But first, 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 start with the Small Die kit because this is my favorite this month! I actually had made a layout first before I made these cards, but I will only be able to share that later in January! I've used the same paper collection, Take Me Away from Paige Evans on the layout and I was so smitten with it, I decided to use it on these cards too. I adore these colors!

For my first card I die cut the base layer from white card stock, then the letters and flowers from 4 different color patterned papers. I glued everything in place - for the flowers I used liquid glue, for the letters foam tape so they stand out more. I then attached this piece with more foam tape to my A2 size top folding card base. To finish it off I added some navy twine.

For my second card I cut a few strips of papers, mostly patterned papers. The navy is card stock because I didn't have any of the gorgeous navy floral patterned paper left :(. I adhered these to an A2 size top folding card base. This time I die cut the base layer from vellum. Gosh, I love love love vellum! I used white card stock for the letters but patterned papers for the flowers and leaves. Again, I used foam tape to give it all some dimension.

Next up is the Large Die kit! There's lots of hearts with different sentiments in this kit and while I've only managed to use two, I put the rest in the photo so you can see them :). 

Again, I used the same paper collection as above - but look at how different these colors are! I love how many different color combos you can come up with using the very same scrapbook collection.

On my first card I created two necklaces - these are also part of the die set! I added a sentiment, which I think is from the December card kit. I felt like this card didn't need anything else but I'm terrible at deciding when it's too little or when it's too much :D. 

On my second card I hung the charms on a piece of twine (and used foam tape to keep them in place). I stitched on some chipboard buttons and added a bow. I also die cut another sentiment (December Small Die kit!) which I then adhered at the bottom of my card base.

That's it! I hope you like today's projects and they get you in the mood to create!

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