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Delightful Dreams Art Journal Page

May 19, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you the step by step tutorial for this Art Journal Page.

Step 1: Creating the Basic Texture

  • apply Prima Marketing transparent 3D Matte Gel through the heart portion of the Make your Mark stencil onto a panel of watercolor paper

Step 2: Adding Color and more Texture

  • adhere some torn washi tape strips to the page
  • let Distress Stains (Cracked Pistachio, Gathered Twigs) drip down the page
  • add some Prima Marketing white Heavy Gesso to random spots
  • apply Distress Oxide Ink Black Soot to the xo part of the Make your Mark stencil with a Mini Ink Blending Tool
  • ink up the edges with that same black ink
  • water-down some of the black ink and add some splatters

Step 3: Adding a Die Cut and a Sentiment

  • cut out the beautiful Mandala from kraft cardstock
  • add Prima Marketing Metallique Wax Bronze Age and white gesso to grunge it up a little
  • the sentiment is from the Tim Holtz Big Chat Sticker set

I hope you got inspired.



Elizabeth Craft Designs –

Other –
Prima Marketing transparent 3D Matte Gel
Distress Stains (Gathered Twigs, Cracked Pistachio)
Prima Marketing white Heavy Gesso
washi tape
Distress Oxide Ink Black Soot
Prima Marketing Metallique Wax Bronze Age
Tim Holtz Big Chat Sticker set

Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials

Masks, Moving and Mandalas

May 6, 2020
Hello everyone, Annette Green here today continuing in my Greenville Planner. The house is sold, the deal is done, and now we’re in the process of saying goodbye to friends and family before we move next week. All this while we continue to wear masks and abide by the social distancing orders we’re currently under. It’s interesting, to say the least.
I used the Mandala stencil to create a background element for my next page in my planner. It’s the perfect size. I swirled several colors of Distress Oxides through the stencil until I was happy with the outcome.
Next I stamped randomly using the two text stamps in Words and Layers set, then inked over the top with Antique Linen then around the edges with Vintage Photo. As you can see, this is the back side of my previous page from last month with the flip-out panel.
Here’s a closer look.
For the right hand page, I cut the tabbed page using Planner Essentials 3 twice; once from ivory card stock and the other from tan pattern paper. Before adhering the paper to the card stock, I die-cut the mandala from the tan, then again from some green pattern paper, then adhered everything together as shown. I swirled a bit of the same Oxide inks into the mandala’s spaces to coordinate with the left hand page.
Here’s a closer look at that.
For the edge of each page, I used Planner Essentials 8 and the Reinforcement Variety Pack for the holes. Next, I added my main photos but instead of adhering them down, I added them to the page using clear tape as a hinge to make room for a few more photos and some hidden journaling spots underneath.
Using the Planner Essentials 6 dies, I cut several journaling blocks and added some rules for writing. Some of the photo flaps have smaller, secondary photos.
Here I’ve added Enjoy This Moment and the heart die-cuts from Planner Essentials 8. I love this little photo of our dog Suki. It shows that while all the craziness is going on, our pets seem to carry on contentedly.
I added This Is My Life from Planner Essentials 6 to my left hand page. To add some visual interest and pop of color, I added the fold-over tabs and a star to each photo flap for easy lifting. These are from the Planner Pocket 3 – Tag and Topper set.
Finally, I wrote all my journaling in the available spaces under the photo flaps. This is a great way to maximize the space, while keeping your pages confined to a two-page spread.
Here’s another look at the finished layout. Although it’s a rough time right now, I’m happy to be documenting it for the future. Hopefully this pandemic will start to wane soon and we’ll all be getting back to our normal routines. I don’t know about you, but crafting has been my therapy during this time. Thanks for following along today. Have a wonderful day!

Art Journal Collection Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Inspire Gift Tag

May 5, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Inspire Gift Tag.

To create my tag, I’ve used a variety of the dies, stamp and stencil from Charlene and Ilse’s Art Journal Specials Collection as well as a couple of dies from the Planner Essentials Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my tag at home.

Step One. Die cut the small tag from the Planner Essentials – 2 die out of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Place the stripe portion of the Make Your Mark stencil on the middle of the tag. Using a palette knife, put Texture Paste Opaque Matte through the stencil. Remove the stencil. Once the paste has dried, ink the edges of the tag using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Next, you’ll need two coordinating patterned papers. Die cut the small note piece from the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces die out of one of the patterned papers. Die cut the stitched rectangle from the same die out of the second piece of patterned paper. Ink the edges of both pieces, using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces die, die cut the curly arrow out of kraft cardstock.

Step Four. From the Blooming Branches die, die cut one branch out of book page and die cut the other branch out of black cardstock.

Step Five. Die cut the stitched label from the Planner Essentials 26 – Planner Pocket 3 – Tags & Toppers out of a third coordinating pattern paper piece. From the same die, die cut the inspire word out of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the label using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. From the Planner Essentials – 8 die, die cut one of the reinforcements out of black cardstock. Cut the reinforcement so that it fits over the circle on the tag and the top ends at the top of the tag.

Step Seven. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to the leaves stamp from the First Sights of Spring stamp set and stamp onto a piece of watercolour paper. Colour the leaves in using a waterbrush and the Watercolor Palette. Once the image has dried, fussy cut the image out. Ink the edges of the image using Black Soot Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Cut a piece of burlap that measures 1 3/4″ x 3″.

Step Nine. Adhere the reinforcement circle to the tag. Adhere the burlap 1/4″ from the left and 1/4″ from the bottom of the tag.

Step Ten. Adhere the stitched rectangle 3/8″ from the left side and 1/4″ from the bottom of the note piece. Foam square the note piece 3/8″ from the left and 3/8″ from the bottom of the tag. Adhere the arrow to the left hand side of the stitched rectangle.

Step Eleven. Adhere the label 3/4″ from the left and 1/8″ from the bottom of the note piece. Adhere the heart branch to the middle of the label. Adhere the other branch 1/2″ from the left and 1/8″ from the bottom of the note piece.

Step Twelve. Foam square the leaves image to the middle of the branches. Adhere the inspire word to the right hand side of the stitched rectangle and note piece.

Step Thirteen. To finish the tag, tie a piece of twine through the whole the top of the tag.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Inspire Gift Tag.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Black Soot
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink and Texture Paste Opaque Matte
  • Graphic 45: Bloom Collection
  • Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock, Book Page, Twine and Burlap
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps

Rusty Artist Trading Card Duo

April 21, 2020

Hi there,

It’s Tanja here and today I would like to show you how to create this Rusty Artist Trading Card Duo.

Step 1: Creating the Background

  • cut a 10” x 15” piece of patterned paper from the Rusty Weathered paper pad
  • add white liquid acrylic paint and some Alcohol Inks for an even rustier look
  • cut the panel into two halves

Step 2: Adding more Texture

  • adhere some torn washi tape to random areas
  • apply Prima Marketing Texture Paste Platinum Crackle through the Story Telling and Make your Mark stencils
  • stamp the large elements from the Words and Layers stamp set with Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
  • ink up the edges with Distress Ink Ground Espresso and heat-emboss them with Distress embossing powder Vintage Photo

Step 3: Finishing the Project

  • adhere the panel to a slightly larger piece of kraft cardstock
  • add the sentiments – one is from the Words and Layers set and one is from my vintage typewriter stash

Stay safe.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

white liquid acrylic paint
Alcohol Ink
Prima Marketing Texture Paste Platinum Crackle
washi tape
Versafine Clair Fallen Leaves
Distress Ink Ground Espresso
Distress Embossing Powder Vintage Photo
WOW! Bright White Super Fine embossing powder
kraft cardstock

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

Greenville Planner – Selling a house during Covid-19

April 8, 2020
Hi everyone, Annette Green here. During this crazy time of the 2020 Corona Virus, we are learning that life still goes on. People are buying and selling homes, enjoying their family time and making the most of the situation. I’ve been keeping a planner for our move to Greenville, SC and am now finding myself incorporating the virus into the story.
I’ve started with a kraft cardstock page spread and added an extension to the righthand page for a simply fold-out area. (The extension piece measures 4 1/4″ x 8″ and is scored 1/2″ for the hinge portion.) The left page is cut using the Planner Essentials 27 Retro Number Trio set and the right from Planner Essentials 4. I’ve die-cut a strip of green pattern paper for the scalloped edge to the left page and die-cut the same green paper using Planner Essentials 11 for the accent on the right page. Both pages have hole reinforcements from the Reinforcement Variety Pack.
I’ve use the photo frame from Planner Essentials 3 to showcase the main photo of this page, a celebration of us finishing our 2019 taxes! Little bits of a kraft die-cut scalloped edge have been used here and there in the layout as an accent. To secure the righthand fold-over, I’ve used a simple brad and swing clip from my stash.
I’ve utilized various stamps (listed below) for titles and journaling spots. The photos show that our daughter has had to leave college and return home on the same day that our home has been listed on the market to sell.
When folded open, the left side of this righthand page has photos and a journaling spot while the righthand flap has a pocket and tag from Planner Essentials 26 and journaling card using the Important Memo stamp set. The pennants at the top are from Planner Essentials 3 and add a nice accent to the upper corner.
Over the front of the pocket, I’ve added die-cut tickets and words from Planner Essentials 11, and another bit of scalloped edging to the bottom.
Journaling and notes are the finishing touches. It’s an incredibly stressful time right now for everyone, and I’ve found crafting and documenting our everyday lives to be a source of calm and peace.
Our house (incredibly) has an offer from the very first buyers and we’re currently doing the paperwork and necessary steps to close at the end of April. It just goes to show that life is still going on around us during this pandemic.

Here are some close-ups below with details I thought would be interesting to share…
I was originally planning to fill in the letters PHOTO with a coordinating cardstock, however I discovered that the colors in the photo looked pretty nice through the letters instead.
I had originally die-cut the scalloped border from the same kraft cardstock and didn’t end up using it as first intended, but decided to cut it up and use it as accents throughout the layout.
This is a closer look at the swing clip and brad which holds the fold-over page down securely.
Again, the scalloped border is used as an accent. The tickets are stamped with the grid from Patterns 1 set, then I drew in the dashed lines with a black pen. Small touches like this add a little more interest to the page.
“Little Moments, Big Memories” from the Family stamp set says it perfectly. In this time of staying at home together, we’re discovering the joys of watching movies together, playing games, working out as a family, and making plans for our future. Life has slowed down and become very peaceful and enjoyable at the same time. I wish you all the same peace and joyfulness during this time. Stay well and enjoy those little moments.

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials

Creating your own cooking planner

April 1, 2020

Hello planners, It’s Marjolijn here today.

This time I created a page in my cooking planner! For now, my beautiful blue, turquoise planner has become my personal cookbook where I can collect my own favorite recipes.

Here is the first page that I created for my personal cookbook. For this page I used the Planner Essentials 19 – Recipe Book and Planner Essentials 4. For the back, I first cut a page using P.E. 4, then draw with a pencil the contour of the P.E. 19 en cut it by hand. On this page I printed the recipe. 

I glued the pages together so that there’s a pocket between the pages to put a tag in.

The holes are finished with the reinforcers included in the Planner Essentials 7 set. On the tags I wrote the shopping list and a list of the ingredients used. I also added the pocketholder ( I gave it that name 😉) from Planner Essentials 2 to the front to put one of my tags in.

I hope you are a little bit inspired by this page.



Supplies used –

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Planner Essentials 2

Planner Essentials 4

Planner Essentials 19 – Recipe Book

Art Journal Collection Planner Essentials Technique Friday

Technique Friday – Art Journal & Planner Essentials

March 27, 2020

Happy Technique Friday!

This week Els van de Burgt will be doing a live Technique Friday using the fabulous Art Journal & Planner Essentials @ 1pm *MST.

To watch this live video, tune into Facebook Live via the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Page.

We will also be offering a fun Art Journal & Planner Essentials Kit for just $12.95 *While supplies last *US ONLY that will get you started on your very own planner pages.

There will be a Giveaway as well! Find out more HERE.

Shop today’s collection to find even more stamps, dies, and paper to add to your pages.

See you soon on Technique Friday LIVE!

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Introducing the Art Journal Collection | Technique Friday

March 20, 2020

Happy Technique Friday!

This week, Els is walking us through our NEWEST release: The Art Journal Collection by Charlene van der Vorst and Ilse Kleijer.

The collaboration of Charlene and Ilse brings their hand drawings and digitally-created designs together to offer this unique line to crafters!

This new collection includes six die sets, six stamp sets, four stencils and a 12×12 double-sided cardstock pack.

The flexibility of this line will have every journaler, scrapbooker, cardmaker and crafter alike inspired with creativity!

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Technique Friday, and will explore your creativity with this fabulous new collection!

Happy crafting and stay safe!

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