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My beautiful girl (scrapbook page)

Wow, two scrapbook pages in a row! We’re in for some weird weather 😉
Scrapbook page of Linnae Apr2014

This page was inspired by Cathy Zielske after reading her book Clean And Simple Scrapbooking for the hundredth time. Cathy is a graphic designer and it shows; her clean and simple style is striking and inspiring. Add to that her verbose journalling full of heart and humour, and it’s no wonder that I’m a fan girl.. groupie… thing (but without the ridiculous screaming. Usually). This layout came to be after I decided to try and “channel my inner Cathy” so to speak, by using a grid layout and conversation-style journalling from the heart, and otherwise just keeping it simple.

Close-up of beautiful scrapbook page Apr2014Boy oh boy, did I surprise myself! I managed to do the page in a day while still keeping true to my own style, and I love how it turned out!

Cathy also reminded me why we do what we do: that it’s about leaving something of value behind. If it’s pretty, it’s a bonus, but it’s our stories, our memories, that should take precedence. I will be channelling my inner Cathy more regularly from now on — thanks to her, my little girl now knows a little bit more about herself at 8 months, and how much I adore her.

So, thank you Cathy Zielske, for being a rock star and writing a book* that has helped me see past the blank page and paralysing fear of failure, to the obvious heart of the matter: design isn’t hard, it’s actually easy, but it’s the message that matters, so we should make it count.

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* She actually wrote another book as well, and I own and love — and devour on a regular basis — both her books.

Supplies:

Cardstock (Bazzill) • Pattern Paper (K&Company) • Clear alphabet letters (Heidi Swapp) • Brads (Keiser Kraft) • Alcohol Inks (Ranger) • Glossy Accents (Ranger)

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Winged Heart card

Winged Heart card‘Winged Heart’ card

I made this wedding card for a good friend of mine, matching it to her wedding invites. I have also made some fabulous Christmas cards in the last few weeks and will be sharing them with you soon.

Thanks for dropping by!
Elmi

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Ribbon tree Christmas card

Ribbon tree card
I thought I’d take a quick break from ATCs and share a Christmas card with you that I made a while back but never posted here.

Elmi

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“Merry Christmas from us”

Personalised Christmas cardPersonalised Christmas card

This is a card example for the “Make a mobile/magnet” class, and it happens to be based on Laura’s sketch (from 2Sketches4You), made for the Scrapbook News and Reviews‘ celebration of WCMD — see, I did manage to make a card (eventually)!

Close-up of Christmas cardIt is meant to be simple and easy to mass-produce as a personalized Christmas card. The photo is of my husband and I, wearing popped santa hat clip art 😀 [it cracks me up every time I read that sentence!] Neither of us are fans of “Christmas fluff“* (like those Santa hats for example), but I just couldn’t help myself — it works so well on this card! I used liquid pearls to make the woolly parts of the hats look 3D.

SUPPLIES:
• card stock: textured white Royal Quadrant (Grafton Paper Products)
• paper: bright red (unknown)
• stamp: ‘Falala’ clear stamp Christmas (Making Memories)
• ink: ruby CatEye pigment ink (ColorBox)
• other: white opal liquid pearls (Ranger), santa hat clip art
• tools: Making Memories Tag Maker circle rim and tool, large scalloped scissor (Creative Papercraft magazine), embossing stylus, foam squares (Chiswick)

* Christmas fluff: The commercialized part of Christmas that has nothing to do with the real reason for it, namely the birth of Jesus Christ.

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Verve Sep08 OSW challenge

I participated in the Verve Sep. ’08 OSW challenge – and the result is not one, not even two, but FOUR cards!! How cool is that?

'Warm Wishes' card for Verve challengeWarm Wishes

'Thinking of You' card for Verve challengeThinking of You

Any occasion card for Verve challengeAny occasion

'Captivated by You' card for Verve challengeCaptivated by You

As usual, shimmer and glitter do not show up well on photos… The cream paper has this beautiful metallic sheen with embossed flowers. And all the “brown” stamping is actually embossed with a gold & copper e.p. mix.

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“You have my heart” mini

'You have my heart tag'“You have my heart” mini (tag)

My DH is overseas until next week, and I have resolved to use this ‘alone time’ to be creative, creative, creative! But last night the only thing I could think of was the reason WHY I am alone — DH is not here! I missed him so much, and after 2 hours of just being distracted and unproductive, I made this mini for him.

I used a see-through clothing tag that came off a new shirt he bought especially for this trip — I kept the tag because I liked it, and it was just perfect for this. This was also the first time ever I used shrink plastic (the ‘J’) and I’m hooked! The ribbon (ironically) also came off packaging, but it was just so perfect and I didn’t have any other that matched the overall look, so no apologies 🙂

Well, now that I have ‘given expression’ to my distractions, maybe I can actually get to making a few cards tonight!

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Pink and brown ‘Birthday Wish’

Pink and brown birthday cardPink and brown “Birthday Wish” card with large flower

Oh, I had so much fun making this one! I made it for my MIL‘s birthday, and I had the idea for it in my head for 4 days before I got a chance to make it.

cardConfession time: this is a biggie for me – I have never, NEVER used pink. Ever. I don’t even own any pink clothes and I even refuses to use a pink toothbrush! (If you wanna know why just ask me, the story is too long to bore you with it here.) Yet this card is one of my all time favourates, and I will be doing more of these in the future!! The only reason I ventured into enemy territory is because Heidi Swapp (among others) has been doing the most amazing things with pink, and this has slowly been eroding my aversion… it took a while (like, 6 years?) but I’ve taken this small step for man, which might just result in a giant leap for card-kind :-). Oh, and the brown designer paper by SEI has a silver sheen, which does not show in the photo, but is simply beautiful. I embossed the sentiment with copper embossing powder to match the paper.

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