02 September 2014

Back to school set


Hello everybody!
Today is the first day of school in France, and I thought it would be a good idea to make a new set for my desk, because I use so many notebooks!

Here, the weather is still nice, but you can already feel some changes... Fall is not that far! And I wanted a color palette with this feeling, between summer anf fall.
When I found this collection by Basic Grey, I was very happy, and I knew that I wanted to highlight the subtle touches of purple... So I decided to use some hearts stamps by Elle's Studio with purple ink.

RSVP Basic Grey

Embellishing these notebooks was really easy, because I simply stuck patterned paper on it, without bothering about the binder: I added some ribbon along it and that's all!

I also made a sticky notes holder:

Sticky notes holder

To create an harmony between all the elements, I used the same yellow twine, the same heart stamp and the same folded music heart.

Close up RSVP Basic Grey

I embellished the bigger notebook with an alphabet cut from my favorite patterns of the collection, and I outlined each letter (with a black pen first, then with a white pen).

Homemade embellishment

This folded music heart is really easy to make: first I stamped a music pattern on thin white paper (using a KaiserCraft stamp). Then I cut 3 hearts. Finally, I layered them and I stitched them on the middle.

homemade embellishment tutorial
You could also use a text stamp, cut butterflies... The sky the limit!

For my project, I was inspired by pins found on Here & There BPC workshop: this one for my pencils holder, this one for the alphabet cover, and this one for the hearts.


29 August 2014

Frosted Designs challenge: stamping


Hi everybody!
Today is challenge's day on the Frosted Designs blog, and it's all about STAMPING on your project.

The title means "Summer 2013".

Fancy Pants "Nautical" + Lawn Fawn "Float my boat"
Papers: Patterned papers by Fancy Pants and Kesiart (rosettes) - Stamps: Lawn Fawn (see close-up) and Kesiart (alphabet) - embellishments: wood stars by Studio Calico and twine by Webster's Pages - Tools: edge punch by EK Success and corner die by Kesiart - Other: buttons, brads, stickles, handstitching and silver embossing powder.

For this layout, I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set "Float my boat" that was perfect for my summer's photos.

Here are some close-up of the stamping: the title is stamped and I used the lifebuoy for the zero.The anchor is embossed with silver metallic powder. The boat's sails are stamped on patterned paper and stuck with 3D adhesive. The blue scalloped border is stamped using the wave stamp several times (love this stamp!). Each stamp is stamped first and then fussy cut.

Lawn Fawn "float my boat"

Don't forget to link up your project about stamping on the Frosted Designs blog for a chance to win a prize pack of chipboard from Scrapmatts!

28 August 2014

Scrap Your Scraps: homemade embellishments


Hello everybody!
I'm back after a 3 weeks vacation and I'm excited to share with you some more handmade embellishment tutorials!
Don't forget that you can also check the "handmade embellishments" label on Scrap Your Scraps blog for more ideas.

These tutorials were originally made for a private group who wanted to learn more about how I made my embellishments on this post, but I didn't share them on my blog yet. 
Thanks a lot to Anne-Marie who proof-read all of these!


1. Stick a patterned paper circle inside a wooden button.

2. Embellish it with a tiny die cut shape or anything else small enough that you would like.

3. Generously cover with Glossy Accents.

4. Allow to dry.



1. Using clear embossing powder, heat emboss a stamped image.

2. Add watercolors (I used different colors side by side) and allow to dry. 

Tip: Sprinkle some water drops and dry with your heat gun for additional depth.

3. The heat embossed image will have resisted the watercolors.  You can gently wipe the embossing off to clean off any residual watercolor paint.  You could stop here--but--if you then layer a piece of tissue paper over the top and iron, you will melt the powder and the tissue paper will absorb it. This way, the stamped pattern won't be glossy--the look is different.



White embossing on patterned paper (or not):
Using white embossing powder to stamp an image on patterned paper gives depth and finish, making the outcome very similar to a sticker!

Bonus Tip :
No pinked edges die or punch ? Use a scalloped one twice, like in this link (this is what I did myself) : http://juliedavison.blogspot.fr/2014/03/aw13-punched-starburst-sun-card.html

Muticolored inking:

1) Use colored markers to color on stamps.  Brush and chisel tip work best for this.
2) While you color the entire stamp, the ink will probably dry.  Don't worry!
3) Huff on the stamp to reactivate the ink just before stamping.
4) Stamp on white cardstock and cut out.  Done!

Tip : No ink pens ? Try to use kids' markers, it usually works, but the colors will fade quicker.

Colored ink pens are wonderful with wood or cling "label" stamps (but not so great with clear stamps). They give lots of different looks with the same stamp, and you can use any color palette you want!
They also let you ink only the part of the stamp you want.

Multicolored inking pocket cards:

If you have a small border stamp like the woodgrain one below, you won't need ink pens, you will be able to use your ink pads, instead! 
1) Simply ink it in a different color each time you use it. 
2) Stamp close together to create a background. 

Additional link: this french blog has TONS of amazing tutorials for using stamps ! http://translate.google.fr/translate?hl=fr&ie=UTF8&prev=_t&sl=fr&tl=en&u=http://espacecreatifvc.canalblog.com/ 



1) Die-cut or punch a small shape (here, I used keys).

2) Heat emboss the shape 2-3 times with metallic embossing powder.
Tip: To make my own metallic embossing powder, I used a mix of clear embossing powder with Pewter Perfect Pearl

Aditionnal link (thanks Scoobers for the link!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmLxs5RWrbU
Tip: Look at Jennifer's video above.  She starts by layering several die-cuts to get a thick chipboard-like shape, and then she heat embosses it with metallic powder. She also embosses the edges--brilliant!

Faux antiqued metal:

1) Follow steps above for Faux Metal.

2) While the embossing powder is still hot and liquid, spray some water and sprinkle some Perfect Pearl on it, and then heat it again. (I used Ancient Gold Perfect Pearl).

Another example with this technique : 

Tip: Mix clear embossing powder with Perfect Pearl powders (you don't need a lot) to make your own colors, and store them in empty embossing powder bottles.

Tip2 : To get empty embossing powder bottles, you may borrow my 2 years old baby (please note that you will need a vacuum cleaner).

I hope you enjoyed these ideas, thanks for reading!

18 August 2014

Mini album tutorial


Hello everybody!

Today, I wanted to share with you my favorite way to make my own mini album foundation.
I use it all the time because it's very sturdy, and the result looks so great! You can adapt it to your own style once you have the base.
It's not that difficult if you have the tools: PVA glue or any strong liquid glue that you can spread out thinly with a roller, and chipboard (I buy mine in craft stores, but if you really haven't anything else, you can try with cereal cardboard).

For my mini album, I mostly used Hello Sunshine papers and Float my Boat stamps by Lawn Fawn.

The anchor is heat-embossed with silver powder (and then fussy cut and tied with yellow twine).
The title "2014" uses the lifebuoy as a "zero".
The word "été" means "summer" and I die-cut it in a cardstock that I painted with my Magicals (I mixed some "Shabby Turbine Teal" powder with white paint and some water and that's all!). The result is so shiny, I love it! You couldn't guess that it was only basic cardstock.
On the back of the cover, I added a stamp by Elle's Studio for the place of our vacations.

I love that my Magicals can be used in so many ways! I chose my favorite color palette ("Industrial Chic") because I was sure I would have a lots of uses for it.
I keep them in their powder form and only mix some of it with the needed medium: this way, I can have either a spray ink (I used some "Time Travel Teal" color with an Heidi Swapp chevrons stencil), a paint (I used some "Shabby Turbine Teal" with an Heidi Swapp triangle stencil on clear plastic sheet), or anything else I fancy!

I think that stamps are a great way to embellish an album, because they help to bring unity by using them all over the album: I used the boat that I paper-pieced and mounted on foam, the anchor that I heat-embossed with silver powder, the arrows on my tags, and the hearts (tiny and medium) here and there to add a contrasting touch.
Did you notice? My "lace" border is actually stamped by repeating the wave stamp!

So now, let's see how to make your own mini album foundation! (Click on the pictures to see them larger).

Here are the supplies you need:
- PVA glue + heavy thread
- chipboard:
6-1/4 x 6-1/4 (2 pieces)
3/4 x 6-1/4 (1 piece = spine)
- Patterned paper for the cover (outside):
6-1/2 x 7-1/2 (2 pieces)
2-1/2 x 7-1/2 (1 piece)
- Patterned paper for the inside:
6 x 6 (2 pieces)
2-1/2 x 6 (1 piece)
- cardstock sheets:
6 x 12 (4 pieces) fold at 3" and 9"
3/4 x 6 (1 piece = spine)
- clear plastic sheet: 5-3/4 x 6 (2 pieces)

I also used 2 eyelets and some ribbon to close my mini album, but you can do without.

Step 1: the cover

Using liquid PVA glue and a roller to spread it out, glue the chipboard pieces onto the patterned papers.
Start by gluing the chipboard spine: center it onto the patterned paper spine. Then glue the two chipboard pieces on each side, letting about 1/8" between each piece to allow the cover to close without tearing.
The patterned paper spine only covers a small part of the chipboard covers, so glue the 6-1/2 x 7-1/2 patterned paper pieces edge-to-edge to cover it all. You can add some ribbon or washi tape to embellish (or hide!) this edge-to-edge.

Then, cut each corner following a diagonale (don't flush cut but let about 1/8"), fold over and glue.

You can add two eyelets and two pieces of ribbon to close the album if you want.

Finally, glue the two 6 x 6 patterned papers inside, and then the 2-1/2 x 6 paper in the middle (overlapping the other papers). Carefully mark the folds with your finger and allow to dry.

Step 2: the inside pages

First, fold your cardstock pieces of paper (6 x 12) at 3" and at 9". You can use a border punch for the vertical sides if you want, but be careful to line them up!

Next, make holes on the paper spine like on the picture below. There are only two lines of 6 holes (spaced at 1" each) because you will sew two cardstocks on the same line.

Then, sew each of the 4 pieces of cardstock on the spine with a heavy thread. To make things easier, you should first make holes on the cardstock pages. The sewing is the most difficult part...

Using double face adhesive, stick the clear plastic sheets between the flaps. That's why it was important to make the punched borders lined up!

Finally, glue the paper spine (with the sewed pages) onto the cover spine. Don't forget to carefully press the spine onto the cover for a perfect result.

And here is my (almost) finished mini album, ready to receive my vacation photos (that I am hopefully taking right now, as this post is scheduled!):


This album is also great to offer because it mostly uses standard photos (8 (6x4) photos and only 4 (3x4) photos). I think that the color palette and the sailor theme is also nice for a baby boy album!

You could also not stick the photos and make the tags removable to add more photos or more journaling.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and please, don't forget to share your take on it if you use it!