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!
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!
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!
Good morning! Laura here today to share another layout I created for my niece’s upcoming wedding!
To create this layout:
Step 1 – Trim one piece of paper to 12 x 10 3/4, ink the edges. Step 2 – ink the edges of a 12×12 paper and adhere the other paper on top. Step 3 – die cut 3 of the largest Stitched Indented Rectangle, then die cut one with butterfly spray, ink the edges, add a piece of white cardstock under the butterfly spray and adhere to the papers.
Step 4 – create your photo mat, ink the edges and using 3D foam dots of cardboard adhere your photo mat to your papers. Step 5 – die cut 4 flowers using your favorite ECD flower die, and assemble. set aside. I used the small flower set and the large flower set. I also decided to create one layer if a flower using the double sided tape and the Ocean Blue glitter from the Beach Palette. Step 6 – die cut a butterfly – I used the small butterfly – using the double sided tape and glitter for the bottom layer and assemble.
Step 7 – die cut one silhouette circle using the largest and second largest circle in the stitched circles.
Step 8 – die cut one heart from the true love die set using double sided tape and glitter.
Step 9 – die cut 11- 1 1/2″ stitched hexagons from various papers and double sided tape and glitter –– I used copper rose and true red.
Step 10 – die cut one celebration flag using double sided tape and glitter.
Step 11 – assemble as shown.
I typically do not take photos in direct sunlight because it washes out the colors but in order to show the shone of glitter, I did take one which you can see below.
And here is the final layout again.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! You can see the items I used in the link below.
Hello Planner fans! Today a post from me, Marjolijn. I made a spread in my planner for Valentine’s Day.
For me, ‘Valentine’ means family –– my family. It means my husband and my kids because, that’s what matters most to me. My heart beats a little harder when I see this picture from my love and my beautiful daughters. How blessed I am!
I had a lovely time playing with my Planner Essential Dies –– I love the light bulbs.
I made these pages with the Planner Essentials 20 Half Heart and glued the smaller hearts on the bigger hearts. With black cardstock and golden soft glitter paper I made the light bulbs, and the ‘Love’ word. With a stamp from the set CS125 Patterns 2, I stamped the edge of the small heart. The text is from the stamp set CS121 Remember. Further, I glued the different reinforcers over the rings.
The nice heart flower, from Planner Essentials2 5, I cut in pieces and then placed it behind the pictures. With a few stamps, I finished this page.
I made this page the same way as the first one. The little word ‘Love’ with the arrow was made with a die from the Planner Essentials 5. With the labels, I made a kind of tag where I wrote a little message on the back and placed it behind the picture.
Another page in my planner, and I’m so happy with how it turned out.
Here, you can see the dies I used.
And here you see the stamps I used.
I hope that I inspired you a little bit with this planner page. See you next time!
Good morning! Laura here today to share my latest layout! I love to create mixed media type layouts and the awesome dies from Elizabeth Craft are a perfect fit!
To create this layout: Step 1 – die cut at least 15 – 1 3/4″, 2 – 2 3/4″ and 3 – 1 1/4″ stitched hexagons Step 2 – adhere them on the main page and using cardboard or foam dots on a few Step 3 – cover the page with clear gesso. Step 4 – use your favorite stencil and modeling paste down the center of the page and on the side then dry with heat gun
Step 5 – using various mists and powders color the stenciled images and dry with heat gun Step 6 – using the same mists and powders create some splatters
Step 7 – using white ink stamp the star background from the background stamps 1 in various places around the layout
Step 8 – mat and adhere your photo
Step 9 – die cut the banner, Believe, and celebration flags and adhere Step 10 – using media gel adhere some art stones and beads to the layout
If you’ve been participating in (or following) the #DecemberDBD Challenge, chances are you’ve seen some pretty cool pages from crafters! We were overjoyed seeing everyone participate –– you are all SO talented!
Today, December 31, is the last day of the #DecemberDBD Challenge which means, if you’re participating, you don’t want to forget to complete your last page!
Today, I’m here to share some ideas and tips for your #DecemberDBD journal. I recommend trying to add pictures to your pages each day –– from “normal” things like doing the dishes or groceries, and a full/empty fridge. It really doesn’t matter what you take pictures of –– everything you do on a single day is fine. It’s more about documenting each day, whether it’s work, sports, watching tv, cooking diner, babysitting, laundry, etc.
If you find yourself lacking inspiration on a certain day, here’s a list of some themes/ideas that might help:
Photo of your craft desk/room
Buy yourself a treat/something you really like to eat and try to make a stunning picture of it to use in your journal
Your favorite (Christmas) song
Decorating your tree
A black & white picture
Write a letter to Santa and hide it in your journal
Take pictures of December decorations in your area, or go to a garden centre or decorated shop to take pictures.
Create a tag
Your favorite (feel-good) movie
Your pets or birds and other animals in the garden
Donate $5 to charity
Your favorite Facebook group 😉
Christmas cards you are sending and/or receiving
Your front door or house
Hot chocolate or a good cup of tea/coffee
Your dream house
PJ’s all day –– staycation
Cleaning a closet or a room
The sky/the weather today
What makes you happy?
Make a page with paint or watercolor
News: What’s happening right now –– local or worldwide
New Years wishes
If you are planning to journal through the full month of December (1–31st) to review the past year, you can also add things like: the best thing that happened last year, the saddest thing that happened last year, milestones, etc.
For our Dutch members there is also Sinterklaas on December 5th –– a great subject for your December-Day-By-Day journal/ planner!
I hope this helps give you a little bit of inspiration as we get ready to document our December! Don’t forget to join us on the ECD Planner Page on Facebook to see other crafters’ planner pages, and to share pictures of your own!