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11 Projects To Kick Off Spring!

March 18, 2020

Today is the first day of Spring, and we’re kicking off the day with some Spring-themed projects! Even if the flowers aren’t blooming just yet, you can still enjoy these beautiful projects and maybe even get some inspiration for your next project. Below, our Design Team has put together a list of 11 projects to kick off Spring –– click on the pictures to see their tutorials. Enjoy!

Tanja Kabel

Els van de Burgt

Katelyn Grosart

Marjolijn van Elsberg

Diana Nguyen

Luciana Telesca

Annette Green

Suzanne Cannon

Karen Ostergard

EK Gorman

Samantha Kaminski

We hope this brought a little Spring-color to your day! Click the share button below to share this with your friends.

Happy crafting!

Craft Drops Planner Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Documenting Life

March 17, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I absolutely love the Planner Essentials Line from Elizabeth Craft Designs for documenting special occasions, travel and other bits of life. Today, I am showcasing a page that I created documenting a visit to the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC. I’d like to say that I planned my “green” page for St Patrick’s Day today – but that was really just luck!

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Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Stamping

Marching Forward Toward Greenville Move

March 11, 2020

Hey there! It’s Annette Green here today with my Greenville Planner, as I continue marking the milestones as we prepare to move this Summer. March has already become a super busy month! Take a peek at my pages to see what’s been going on and the fun I had making them with several Planner Essentials dies. All products used are listed at the end of the post.

Our big milestone this month was our final garage sale and the selling of most of our furniture. (while still staying married. LOL!)

I began my left page on the back of the previous page which was the large tag shape cut from black cardstock. To give interest to the background, I trimmed the design papers just inside the shape of the page, and left the right edge blunt.

For the right page, I used the page die from the new Retro Number Trio set. The key to this page die, with the intricate scallops, is to cut heavy cardstock or layer two thinner sheets to ensure it doesn’t bend or tear.

The tag and topper are cut using the Planner Pocket 3 – Tag & Topper die. I love these numbers in this topper piece.

Before adhering the topper to the tag, I used it as a stencil at the bottom by simply rubbing some brown ink across it.

From Planner Essentials 5, I die cut the two frame pieces (twice, for the front and back) from coordinating design papers and sandwiched a scrap piece of lace-punched cardstock between the two layers.

I love this element because it allows you to add two more photos to a layout easily without crowding the pages.

When I design pages, I lay out the base elements and a few accents before planning the photos. Later I measure the spaces and size my photos accordingly in PhotoShop.

Once I add photos, then I begin layering more elements and embellishment. This photo shows how we had a bare piece of wood on the wall which we didn’t want to remove in fear of damaging the drywall, so I painted and stenciled it and added a vinyl phrase. A fun little memory to look back on.

I find that making some photos small and focusing more on the journaling gives a little more interest to the page. (Especially when my husband doesn’t think it’s a flattering photo of himself.)

It’s always great to include some humor in my planner, because these funny little moments are sometimes the best thing to remember during all the work and stress of moving. Here, my husband is spelling out a message to our daughter on her bedroom wall. I texted her this photo and she had a good laugh.

Through all the work, it’s good to document the happy times too. We were holding our final garage sale on this day and were so happy to finally be done!

Part of my reason for documenting our progress is to eventually share it with our daughter who has been away at college during all these changes to our house. Our dog Suki is always nearby as we work, probably wondering what in the world is going on.

To finish off this page, I used some small alphabet stickers to fill in the date.

Now we will continue on with a bit more painting, and then list our house on the market! It’s been fun documenting the process and making a special planner just for this. Watch for more pages in the coming months as our journey continues.

Annette

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Planner Essentials

March Week 1 Planner Spread

March 5, 2020

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my March Week 1 Planner Spread.

To create my planner spread, I’ve used a variety of the new dies from the Planner Essentials Collection as well as one of the past stamp sets from the collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my planner spread at home.

Step One. You’ll need to choose a paper collection. Choose a piece of patterned paper from the collection and die cut two pages out of it using the page from the Planner Essentials 27 – Retro Number Trio. Ink the edges of both pages using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Die cut the filmstrip die from the Planner Essentials 24 – Photo Frame Pages, four times out of black cardstock.

Step Three. From the Planner Essentials 21 – Note & Pieces die, you’ll need the arrow. Die cut the arrow once out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the arrow again out of a coordinating piece of patterned paper. Ink the edges of the arrows using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Four. Choose one of the banner styles from the Planner Essentials 27 – Retro Number Trio. Choose a couple of patterned papers that coordinate with your page. Die cut the medium banner out of one of the patterned paper. Die cut the small banner twice out of the other patterned paper. Ink the edges of all three banners using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Five. You’ll need the medium sized note piece and the curved stitched rectangle from the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces Die. Die cut the note piece four times out of a piece of the patterned paper you’ve already used. Die cut the note piece out of kraft cardstock. Die cut the curved stitched rectangle twice out of kraft cardstock. Apply Jet Black Archival Ink to each day of the week stamps from the Calendar stamp set and stamp each day onto one of the note pieces or rectangle. Use a black gel pen to write on them. Ink the edges of the note pieces and rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. Choose one of the reinforcement strips from the Reinforcement Variety Pack. Die cut the reinforcement strip twice out of kraft cardstock. You’ll need a total of twelve reinforcements. Ink the edges of the reinforcements using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. From the patterned papers, choose twelve images to fussy cut out. Ink the edges of the images using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. We will start assembling the left hand page. Adhere six of the reinforcements over top of the holes on the page. Adhere one of the film strips 1″ from the right and 3/4″ from the bottom of the page. Adhere the other film strip 1″ from the left and 1/8″ from the top of the page.

Step Nine. Adhere one of the fussy cut images 1 1/8″ from the right and 2 1/2″ from the top of the page. To the Monday piece, adhere one of the fussy cut images to the left hand side of it. Foam square the Monday to Wednesday pieces as desired on the page.

Step Ten. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere three more images as desired.

Step Eleven. To finish your page, use adhesive and foam square to adhere two more fussy cut images and a small banner as desired on the page. Adhere the patterned paper arrow on the right hand side of the Tuesday note, making sure the arrow points down to Wednesday.

Step Twelve. Now we’ll assemble the right hand page. Adhere six of the reinforcements over top of the holes on the page. Adhere one of the film strips 1 1/4″ from the left and 1/2″ from the bottom of the page. Adhere the other film strip 7/8″ from the right and 1/4″ from the top of the page.

Step Thirteen. To the Sunday piece, adhere one of the fussy cut images to the left hand side of it. Foam square the Thursday to Sunday pieces as desired on the page.

Step Fourteen. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the remaining images to the page as desired. Foam square the two banners to the top left side of the page. Adhere the kraft arrow to the bottom right side of the Sunday note, making sure the arrow faces up.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my March Week 1 Planner Spread.

Katelyn

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Ranger Ink: Jet Black Archival Ink
  • Alexandre Renke: Patterned Paper/Images
  • Misc: Black Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock and Black Journaling Pen
Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Stamping

Double-Pocket For February

March 1, 2020

Hello again, Marjolijn here!

This time, I made a pocket-page for the month February –– the month of love!!! First, I made a double page for every week. But, because the weeks are very much alike, I thought: “mmm no, I won’t do that anymore. I only scrap the highlight of the month.” And so, that’s what I did. 😊

For this page, I used P.E. (Planner Essentials) 22 to make the pocket and with the P.E. 25 to make the little heart insert. On the edge of the page, I added some white gesso with a mask and stamped with the ECD stamp-set Background 1, 3 and Pieces of Life 1. I adhered the little faceted heart from P.E. 8 on the heart insert. 

And behind the insert I made a shaker with little pink hearts in it. So funny!!

The backside of the page I made with P.E. 4 and I placed a pocket (P.E. Pocket 2) on it. I decorated it with different stamps from Pieces of Life 3. On top of the pocket I placed an insert for tags P.E. 2. The tags I made with the P.E. 26 Tag & Toppers. In one of the tags I also made a shaker –– it’s so much fun, I like these little extra’s. 

In the big pocket I made a big tag and I stamped with black Stazon ink over the pictures.

I had so much fun making this page! I hope you are a little bit inspired by it.

See you next time 😉

Marjolijn

Cardmaking Planner Essentials

A Colourful Day!

February 27, 2020

Hello –– Samantha here! When the recent planner release came out I knew I had to have this die! Lightbulbs…and HEARTS! The possibilities are endless and there are so many options for these light bulbs. Today, I’m showing you how I made this bright colourful birthday card.

Card Instructions:

Step 1: Using a blending tool, blend red ink onto one half of white cardstock.

Step 2: Die cut the light bulb die.

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 changing the ink colours –– yellow, orange, green and blue ink.

Step 4: Use similar shades of cardstock to the ink colours, die cut the light bulb base die.

Step 5: Match up the light bulbs die cut pieces and adhere them together.

Step 6: Adhere the light bulbs to the card front (measurements: 10.5cm x 14.5cm). Stamp the sentiment in black ink.

Step 7: Embellish the card with enamel dots and a twine bow. Adhere card front to an A6 cardbase.

It’s a very colourful card that will brighten anyone’s day! Check out these two examples of different ways I used this same light bulb die!

Happy Crafting!

Samantha

Other:

Red/Yellow/Orange/Blue/Green Card stock

Red/Yellow/Orange/Blue/Green Ink

Blending Tool

Enamel Dots

Twine

Die-Cutting Machine – Cuttlebug

Black Ink

Clear Stamping Block

Gluedots/Foam dots

Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Silk Microfine Glitter

Grungy Mixed-Media Layout

February 24, 2020

Good morning! Laura back again today to share my next layout for ECD!

I’d like to think I am a versatile scrapbooker –– I try creating in different styles to suit the mood, product or subject of the photo. Today I am sharing a grungy mixed-media layout I created!

To create this layout:

Step 1 – tear three pieces of cardboard from whatever box you have laying around. One should be about 3×6, another a small strip about 6″ long and another strip around 5″ long. This is a grungy layout so no need to really measure –– just tear off pieces the size you like.
Step 2 – cover your background paper and your cardboard with clear gesso and let dry or dry with a heat gun then distress the edges.
Step 3 – adhere your paper to a piece of heavy cardstock or cardboard to help with the warping.

Step 4 – using your favorite stamps, stamp randomly around the page using embossing ink, then use a coordinating color of embossing powder. I used the chicken wire stamp from the Background Stamp 1 set and white embossing powder.
Step 5 – in sections, use your favorite stencil and light paste to create texture and visual interest.
Step 6 – using your favorite mists and colorant powders, color your page and the cardboard. dry with heat gun.

Step 7 – using a palette and palette knife add a bit of Silk Microfine Glitter and your light paste. Create how ever many colors of glitter paste you wish.
I used royal teal and chocolate.
Step 8 – using your palette knife spread your glitter paste over the cardboard and the stenciled areas of your page.
Step 9 – die cut 6 various sizes of fitted fishtails and distress the edges.
Step 10 – die cut 3 – 1 3/4″ stitched circles and distress the edges.
Step 11 – die cut one edge from the planner essentials 11 and distress the edges.

Typically, I do not like taking photos in direct sun but to share the glittery but grungy effect of the glitter paste, I took a couple below.

And here is the finished layout once again. I think the glitter paste looks really awesome!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping

Mighty Fine Fun

February 17, 2020

Karen here today from Craftily Yours! I’m excited to be sharing with you some pages I created using the Planner line. These dies and stamps can be used for planning, but I also enjoy using them to document special moments in my life. Today’s post is all about a mighty fine time I had with three wonderful women at the last Scrapbook Expo in my area!

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