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Some Sidekick Fun!

November 7, 2021

Karen here today. I’ve been documenting the adventures that me and my guy have been having in a Sidekick journal. Sharing today a couple of recent adventures. I’ve created quite a few of these pages since we started dating seven months ago, and it’s already so fun to look back through the FuN!

A couple weeks ago, we flew to Vegas for a couple days. One of the outings we had while we were there was to see a Rod Stewart concert. Omigosh, he is SO good. The page base here is from the Sidekick Essentials 7 set. Those fun stitched letters are from the Planner Essentials 37 set, and the arrow is from the Planner Essentials 41 set. On the front here, I also also used reinforcements that are either in the Reinforcement Variety Pack 1 or 2 or were a fun surprise in another set. The “Amazing” at the top is from the Pieces of Life 3 – Quotes stamps.

This is the backside of the “Rod” page. The sentiment at the bottom is also from the Pieces of Life 3 stamp set. The “beautiful” flag is in the Sidekick Essentials 7 die set.

Next up was a FuN adventure we had to see our local professional basketball team. My guy works for a company who was able to get him front row seats. Wow, those basketball players are SO tall. And our team won! The page base here is from the Sidekick Essentials 2 set, and the “Remember This Day” frame is from the Planner Essentials 42 set. Adding that to a picture was so easy since I added 101mm Double Sided Adhesive before sticking it down. How fun! To add interest to the picture, I die cut a few stacking Stitched Rounded Squares and added some white dots around it. (Our team colors are purple and white!) The “ribbon” on the page was the wrist band to get onto the floor of the game.

I realized in creating my page that I had more pictures that I wanted to add than I had space. I decided to cut a square in half to add a small triangle corner pocket. (I edged it with more of the wristband…)

This was a fun way to add just a few more pictures. The pic in the middle was sitting in my seat (not zoomed in). What a fun adventure!

Thank you for checking out my journal pages today!

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Dymo labels, card stock, white gel pen, enamel dots, black ink

Elizabeth Craft Designs General Paper Flowers Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

For You Gift Envelope

October 28, 2021

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my For You Gift Envelope.

To create my For You Gift Envelope, I’ve used a variety of dies from the Planner Essentials and the Sidekick Essentials Collection as well as dies from the Paper Flowers Collection. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my gift envelope at home.

Step One. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book 2. From the Sidekick Essentials 16 – Seed Packet Set, you’ll need the seed packet. Die cut the seed packet out of the patterned paper. Ink the edges of the packet using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. From the Planner Essentials 37 – Letters & Numbers die, you’ll need the letters to spell out For You. Die cut the letters to spell each word out of a piece of kraft cardstock. Ink the edges of the letters using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. From the Maple Leaves die, die cut both maple leaves out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink on each leaf. Using a blending tool with foam, use Ground Espresso Distress Ink to highlight areas on the leaves as desired.

Step Four. Die cut the Lacy Leaves out of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock. Using a blending tool with foam, blend Forest Moss Distress Ink over the entire surface of the leaves.

Step Five. Assemble and adhere the seed packet.

Step Six. Adhere the lacy leaves and maple leaves to the left hand side of the seed packet as desired.

Step Seven. Adhere the For You words on the seed packet as desired.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my For You Gift Envelope at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain, Ground Espresso, Ripe Persimmon and Forest Moss
  • Blending Tool with Foam
  • Misc: Kraft Cardstock
Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock

Hi Card

October 22, 2021

Hey Crafters! Katelyn here, sharing with you my Hi Card.

To create my Hi Card, I’ve used a variety of the new dies from the Planner Essentials Collection as well as dies from the Sidekick Essentials Collection and Joset Designs. You’ll want to read below as I share with you how to recreate my card at home.

Step One. Choose two pieces of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book 2. Die cut a 4″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out of one of the patterned papers. Die cut a 3 1/2″ Stitched Indented Rectangle out of the other patterned paper. Distress the edges of both rectangles. Ink the edges of both rectangles using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Two. Choose another piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book 2. Die cut a 3 3/4″ Fitted Indented Rectangle out of one of the patterned paper. Distress the edges of the rectangle. Ink the edges of the rectangle using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Three. Choose a piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book 2. From the Planner Essentials 37 – Letters & Numbers die, die cut the letters H & I out of the patterned paper.

Step Four. Next you’ll need a creamy piece of patterned paper out of the Reminiscence the Book 2. From the Sidekick Essentials 5 die, die cut the & symbol out of the patterned paper.

Step Five. From the Planner Essentials 41 – Rounded Corners Page, you’ll need one of the tabs. Die cut the tab out of the same patterned paper you just die cut the & symbol out of. Distress the edges of the tab. Ink the edges of the tab using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Six. Fussy cut a tag, a herb piece and a tag out of the Reminiscence the Book 2. Cut the tag down to 2 7/8″. Distress the edges of each piece. Ink the edges of each piece using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Seven. Next, you’ll need to choose one of the note pieces from the Planner Essentials 21 – Note Pieces die. Die cut the note piece out of a piece of patterned paper from the Reminiscence the Book 2. Distress the edges of the note piece. Ink the edges of the note piece using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a blending tool with foam.

Step Eight. Adhere the 3 3/4″ rectangle to the 4″ rectangle. Adhere the 3 1/2″ rectangle to the 3 3/4″ rectangle.

Step Nine. Adhere the label 5/8″ from the bottom and 1/8″ from the right of the 3 1/2″ rectangle. Foam square the herb piece 1/4″ from the left and 1/8″ from the top of the 3 1/2″ rectangle.

Step Ten. Adhere the tab to the left side of the note piece as desired. Foam square the note piece 1/2″ from the top and all the way to the left hand side of the 3 1/2″ rectangle.

Step Eleven. Use adhesive and foam squares to adhere the tag 3/4″ from the left and 3/8″ from the top of the 3 1/2″ rectangle. Adhere the & symbol to the right hand side of the tag as desired. Adhere the H to the right hand side of the tag and adhere the I to the right of it.

Step Twelve. Cut a cardbase out of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4″ x 10 1/2″, score at 5 1/4″. Adhere the cardfront to the cardbase.

Thanks for joining me today! I hope that I’ve inspired you to create your own version of my Hi Card at home.

Katelyn

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • Distress Ink: Walnut Stain
  • Blending Tool with Foam
Art Journal Collection Charlene Stamps Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

December Day by Day

September 16, 2021

Yeah I know I’m a little early on but oh it’s so much fun too!

It should be a little more spread out over the year but Christmas and Halloween are my favorite parts to create for.

This page is for my DDBD (December Day By Day)

The wish lists are there, and for me there is only 1 thing on the list.

I want……a white christmas. Snow!!!!

I made this page with the Planner Essentials 22 Top loading. He’s so much fun, one of my favorite die sets.

The paper I used is from Charlene and Ilse’s collection Mystical Winter.

And this super cute Santa, is from Joset’s collection. Wonderful to combine everything together.

The party just keeps getting bigger.

Here are the wish lists. The stamp is from my own collection, the text stamp is from E.C.D. CS157. So cute!!!

In the top loader I glued a package of a stamp set and used it as a shaker. There’s mica in it.

I made the text with the Planner Essentials 23 Retro alphabet trio.

The date is stamped in the background. For this I used the Long & Tall numbers with December stamped with the CS116 months. Unfortunately I no longer see it in the shop.

The page is finished with the snow stars from reinforcement pack 2 that have been edited with Silk Microfine Glitter Cool diamond.

This page makes me happy and I hope you do too.

Are you a little inspired again?!

Browse through the stuff you already have, there are so many fun things you can create…..let’s get started.

Thank you for your visit

With love, Marjolijn. 

Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Planner Essentials 22 Top loading

Mystical Winter paper

Santa Claus

Planner Essentials 23 Retro Alphabet

CS157 a way with words

Long&Tall numbers

CS116 Months

reinforcement pack 2

silk microfine glitter cool diamond

Inspiration from the Design Team Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Videos Watercolor

Summery Pages in my Nature Planner

September 2, 2021
Hello, it’s Annette Green today with some bright and cheery Summery plages in my Nature Planner. You may recall my Facebook Live I did for Elizabeth Craft Designs back in July where I showed how to create watercolored backgrounds using dies as stencils. If you missed it, you can view it here on the ECD YouTube channel. Today’s post includes a new video where I add photos to those pages and share some ideas and techniques.

My Nature Planner is a Sidekick size, so I’ve used mostly Sidekick dies as I mention in the video. The complete list is below with links to all products I’ve used.

Using the watercolors (yes, they’re back in stock!) allow you to customize your die-cut pieces and backgrounds perfectly to coordinate with your photos. I’ve used the Soft Finish White Cardstock for all of mine, which watercolors work very nicely on.

The Florals 13 die-set was perfect for these tropical, summery flowers on my pages as well. I love mixing and matching all the ECD dies into my projects.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video and follow along as I make up these pages. Thanks for stopping by today!

Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

Sidekick planner page

August 21, 2021

Due to circumstances I have not worked much in my Sidekick planner lately.

But he is so cute that little one! And…..there are beautiful new Sidekick planners available in very nice colors and prints!

So, hop on with it!

On the left I used the new stamp set, actually this one is from the Planner Essentials collection. I cut off day 6 and 7 and made it a planner for the weekdays only. On the right I have room for the weekend days.

I still have to fill in the page. For this planner I don’t use photos, it’s purely an overview of the things I do.

I stamped on regular printer paper and edited it a bit with Distress ink so it blends in a bit more with the background.

That cute girl is from one of Esther’s new stamp sets, so sweet. I just stamped on kraft paper and cut it out. The bee is also from that set.

On the right I made a pocket and put a card in it. I can write the weekend things on it or stick a very small photo.

Again such a sweet girl, from another new set of Esther.

The pages further dressed up with what, yes, what do you call that?

It is a new die from a set for the Planner Essentials. I tore off pieces there and incorporated them both on the left and right of the page.

The page on the right is embossed paper, I created that with a 3D embossing die from Ellison/sizzix.

Supplies used:

CS 231 

CS 234 

 CS 235

Planner essentials 40

Phone booth special kit

Sidekick essentials 4, 8 and 9

Reinforcers

Art mini stencil

Paper Worn Wood

I’m very happy with this page and hopefully you’re a bit inspired 

With love,

Marjolijn. 

Joset Designs Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials Uncategorized

Autumn 2021

August 14, 2021

Hi Everyone, Lisanne here sharing a new project with you today. It might be a little early but for today’s project I created an Autumn/ Halloween page for in my Sidekick planner. This page was so much fun to create. I used a combianation of dies from Elizabeth Craft Designsc under which the cute frog die from Joset’s collection. Let me show you how I created my page.

I sed the Sidekick Essentials 1 for the front page. This is a page with a little tab. On top of this page I adhered the Scallop page (Sidekick Essentials 12). The scallop page is made of the Worn Wood paper. I colored the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. This makes everything a little bit darker and spookier. Also the wood looks darker.

The next step is making the frog from the Storybook Collection. It is not a normal frog but a Halloween frog. I made the whole frog only his front legs are separate. I adhere this later. I also made the Pumpkin. The mouth from the frog is a dies from the Pumpkin. So you can also make a face in the Pumpkin.

First I made some leaves in different colors (green, brown and yellow). But I thought this was a bit small, so I made some mushrooms. Doesn’t they look cute? These are from the Forest Accessories.
Than I have to build my page up. I used a circle from the Sidekick Essentials 4. I used some purple Distress Ink so there will be a bit more colour. I also add some black so it will look a little bit spooky. In this photo above you can see how it looks without mushrooms. There is a lot of empty space.

But when you add the mushrooms you see a big differents. So that is how I fill some empty space. At the top of this page I adhere the word ‘Autumn’ with the Planner Essentials 23. These are beautiful small letters. At least I adhere some reinforcements.

My front page for this Autumn/ Halloween is made and ready to go! I’ll hope that you got inspired.

Thank you so much for visiting! See you soon!

Kind regards Lisanne

Elizabeth Craft Design supplies:

Other used supplies:

  • Distress Ink: Wilted Violet, Black Soot, Rustic Wilderness, Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Ground Espresso, Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen
  • Graphic 45 Midnight Tales Patterns & Solids

Cardmaking Craft Drops Elizabeth Craft Designs General Joset Designs Sidekick Essentials Soft Finish Cardstock Stamping Watercolor

Set of mixed media cards

August 4, 2021

Hello everyone, it´s Sanna Lippert here again with another guest design team card project share. Today I´m stopping by to share a set of mixed media cards with plenty of white space on them – and colour. I love adding stenciling, droplets and a fun mixed media twist to cards and I´d tought I´d share one of those ideas today with you. Hope you like it!

And here is how created the cards:

Step 1: Take a small gelli plate and apply three colours of alcohol ink onto it. Then take a plain brayer and roll the colour onto the gelli plate to create a faded three-tone-look. After that take a mark making tool of some kind – I used a dotted and a striped brayer – and press it/roll it over the inked layer to create a pattern. Let dry a bit.

Step 2: Next apply a thin layer of white paint over the inked pattern and then place the pattern color down onto the paper and press down to paper with your hands. Then remove the gelli plate and you have a nice pattern to use for your cards. Repeat several times with various colours and mark making tools (you can use stamps, combs, printing tools or even items from your kitchen). Whatever you find suits your project. Next die cut the created patterns into circles using the Fitted Circles die cut die and your die cutting machine.

Step 3: Next grab the Make Your Mark stencil and create patterns to white card backgrounds using the stencil with Distress Oxide tones and an ink blending tool/brush. On some I used just one colour and pattern and on other backgrounds I added two ink tones and the same pattern vertically and horizontally. You can do whatever you find attractive for your project.

Step 4: Now apply a Clear Double Sided Adhesive Sheet onto a piece of Soft Finish Cardstock and die cut the leaves for each card using the Sidekick Essentials 7 die set. After that stamp sentiments using embossing ink and the Build Your Own Sentiments 1 stamp set onto black cardstock. Then add white embossing powder onto the stamped areas, dabb the residue off and heat set with a heat tool. Now adhere the leaves onto the card base. I arranged them around the circle piece to create a cluster, because I like it that way. It leaves plenty of white space to the card still.

Then adhere the circle using 3D foam adhesive pads. This creates a bit more texture and interest to the card. After that grab some water colours (I used black on my cards) and add droplets with the water colour to the cards. Let the droplets dry properly and then finish the card off by adding the embossed sentiment on top of the circle piece and if you want, add a few buttons for additional decor. I adhered the buttons with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the card. For additional decor you can also add some Craft Drops to the cards in various colours in the very end. Make sure you let the drops dry properly, before mailing your cards, otherwise they might smear.

Here are the finished cards:

When creating cards like this, I like to use the same basic idea, but do slight variations. That way every card is still unique, but since I already have all the tools out, I get more cards done at once. You never know when you need one!

I hope you enjoyed this idea and give it a try yourself. You can also replace the alcohol inks with paint, if you don´t happen to own any. Also if you don´t own a gelli plate (or you are not that much of a mixed media person), replace this step by just die cutting a fun patterned paper for the circle piece.

See you again next month with another card tutorial. Wishing you all a fabulous August!!
xxx, Sanna

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:
Sizzix Big Shot A4
Distess Oxide Inks by Ranger Inc.
Ink Blending tool by Ranger Inc.
Nuvo Embossing Ink by Tonic Studios
Paint Brush
Gelli Plate by Gelli Arts
Brayers (plain and patterned)
Alcohol Inks by Ranger Inc.
White acrylic paint
Heat tool by Ranger Inc.
White Embossing powder by Ranger Inc.
3D foam pads
Scissors and buttons
Acrylic block for stamping

Inspiration from the Design Team Planner Essentials Scrapbooking Sidekick Essentials

Creating Cascading Photo Flaps in your Planner

August 1, 2021

Hello again everyone, Annette Green here today with some planner pages featuring some of the brand new dies and stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs. I’ve created a “Craft With Me” video at the end of this post showing how I designed my pages and an idea for making room for more photos. My theme for this spread was all about a sculpture exhibit here in Greenville, SC.

Because the sculptures were so impressive, I wanted to showcase the photos as large as I could. The solution was to use the new Planner Essentials 42 “3 x 4 Cards” die set with some added hinge attachments. I share how I achieved this in the video in detail.

Numbering the photos using the new Planner Essentials “Stitched Alphabet” die set helped to identify each sculpture to correlate to the journaling of the details.

I’ve also used Planner Essentials 40 “Number Page” die set for the grid accent on this page, as well as the actual page on the right. Mixing the use of Reminiscence The Book 1 and Rainbow of Happiness paper pad, there were many great options for color coordination and texture.

I love how the new “All the Details” stamp set worked out nicely for labeling and journaling each sculpture. The numbers you see stamped in green are from “Pieces of Life 1 Numbers & More” stamp set which fit perfectly in the boxes.

I hope you take a moment to watch the video below to see more details on the cascading photo flaps. All products used are listed below:

Fantasy Flowers Planner Essentials Sidekick Essentials

Cabo Scrapbook Layouts

July 17, 2021

Karen here today. I love that we are starting to be able to travel again. My guy and I made a whirlwind trip to Cabo in Mexico, and it was glorious! I created a full-size planner page for my “Places I’ve Been” journal, and I created a similar Sidekick sized page for my journal about adventures my guy and I are having. So fun!

I used an older Reminiscence pack for the paper and started my regular sized Planner page by cutting a Planner Essentials 4 page base. On the “front”, I added some bubbles from the Water Creatures Stamps using some light silver embossing. I love the additional texture. Then, I also cut the Planner Essentials 24 frame. Els did a GREAT video about using this particular page that you can find – here. I added the sentiments from the Family Stamps and some lettering from the Planner Essentials 23 set to both the front and the back. (This fabulous set has three sizes of letters!) On the back of my page, I used the Fitted Circles to cut out the pictures of the gas station and the circle behind my picture. The sand dollar stamp is also from the Water Creatures Stamps and is stamped in Distress Oxide and fussy cut. Last, but never least, I added some reinforcements that came from a combination of the Reinforcement Variety Packs 1 and 2. As usual, I backed the paper with 101mm Double Sided Adhesive to make the letters and reinforcements stickers!

For the Sidekick sized pages, I started with a Sidekick Essentials 6 base. I cut a half Fitted Circle for the top (that I ran through a second time with the base from Sidekick Essentials 6 to get the top shape right!) and added some leaves from the Leaves and Branches dies. The rest of the products I mentioned are also listed above.

Craftily yours, Karen

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs

Other Supplies

Cardstock, inks, gold paper

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