Hi there and Kia Ora from New Zealand if this is your first time visiting my blog! This post is my application for the Echo Park “Fresh Faces” DT Call
– I hope you enjoy my ideas. You can see all my blog posts using Echo Park Products here.
I am quite new to the Echo Park products and I think their prints are really fresh – which along with the great paper quality offers something for everyone. The 6×6 paper pads feature scaled down versions of the 12×12 prints and they are double sided, making them one of only a couple – if not the ONLY company doing this – awesome for non-layout scrapbookers like me!
Here are my projects….
1. Travel Themed Card/Stationary Set
I thought this cardset would be fun to give to a friend who was moving house or moving away. I have made a set of cards, some gift-tags and a notebook to tuck inside this handmade folder.
This collection is so versatile – it has many different yet coordinating papers and heaps of great stickers too.
This photo of the inside shows the little cards I made on the right and the notebook and gift-tags on the left.
I LOVE these tags! I just took a pack of tags from the newsagent and added a square of paper and some decorative elements from the “Borders” and “Noteworthy” papers. The note book was covered in some “Stamp of Approval” paper and I used a decorative strip from the Alpha sticker sheet and some rhinestones for extra sparkle.
The cards are super simple and use a few really fun bits and pieces from the Elements sticker sheet and “Noteworthy” paper. I just added a couple of rhinestones and a strip of ribbon down the side.
This ruler print from the “Borders” paper is really neat so I used it on the inside and outside spine of my folder. I made most of the embellishments for the front cover, using a Sissix die to make the chipboard frame and the little chipboard house is from Australian manufacturer Dusty Attic. I painted it and then used paper and stickers to decorate the roof and behind the windows.
I made the stamp using pieces from the “Noteworthy” and “Advertisement” papers and mounted some of the embellishments on pop-dots for a 3-d effect. I then added the Congrats sticker onto a base cut from the “Noteworthy” paper. I used a small circle punch to create the ticket shape simply by removing the corners!
You can see more photos on my original blog post here.
OK – I admit it – I am not a PINK person, but these papers from the Echo Park “Be Mine” Collection
were so gorgeous I used them to make some fun and simple Valentines Favors.
Making these little bags of goodies really was as simple as it looks! This idea can be so easily adapted for Christmas, Halloween, Baby Showers – you get the picture! Echo Park
has a wonderful range of collections to suit all these occasions and more!
To make these, all you need is some cello bags, some plain pieces of card for the background and then some lovely patterned paper such as these for decoration. I cut some shapes from the plain card using a Labels die
then scored through the middle, folded in half and stapled them to the top of the cello bag. I then cut a smaller shape with a smaller die, folded again and glued this paper over the top of the larger piece – covering the staples.
I have then added some simple decoration with a punched heart mounted on pop dots with some rhinestones for extra sparkle HINT: To add even more dimension to hears, butterflies etc – simply bend in the middle and angle the sides up. So easy and looks fab!
You can see more photos on my original blog post here.
3. Family Frame
My third project to showcase also features the fabulous “For the Record” Collection
This gorgeous frame is from Australian manufacturer Scrapware
and I decided to leave it unpainted to let the gorgeous Echo Park papers stand out.
It was easy to measure the small pieces of paper required as I just measured inside each frame and added a 1mm border around each side to ensure they were big enough.
I have handmade the embellishments using chipboard and embossing powders but I think the kite is my favorite.
To make the kite I have used the reverse of the “Fancy Floral” paper from the 6×6 pad (my favorite print from the whole collection) to cover a chipboard kite. I have sanded the edges for definition with a fine grit sandpaper and then used a white pen to define the sections of the kite.
I love how this little frame turned out – it’s such a fun way to display pictures and paper – without having the daunting task of having to create a 12×12 layout!
You can see more photos and instructions on my original blog post here.
Something Extra – Mini Album
This mini album technique is one of my favorites and is an album made from one single sheet of 12×12 paper. The reason I have shown this extra project is I wanted to show how the “Noteworthy” Paper from the For the Record Collection was perfect for creating a special little notebook
I am a listmaker – so these little titles from the Element Sticker Sheet were perfect for accenting the front of the album! The elements from the Noteworthy paper fit perfectly inside the 4″x3″ size of the finished album.
Each page has a spot for a list, note or little photo
You can see more photos on my original blog post here
Tutorial for Folded Album
- Take a piece of 12”x12” paper
- Trim off four inches from one side, leaving 1 piece 12”x8” and 1 piece 12”x4”
- Take the 12”x8” piece and fold in half length ways and width ways
- Fold up the two shorter sides to meet in the middle, making 8 segments all 3”x4”
- Using a sharp knife – make a cut as shown through the paper
- Fold the paper at the remaining intact fold and using the folds as a guide create a book!
- Glue pages together as shown at a, b and c to create 3 pages of double thickness paper and 2 covers of single thickness
- Take your remaining 12×4” piece and glue to one side of the book
- Turn book over and crease at the spine of the book firmly before gluing the other side of the cover. This will ensure a neat finish and mean there is enough paper over the spine to allow the book to open freely
- Trim off the excess paper from the cover with a sharp knife
- Your book is complete and ready to decorate
- IDEAS – you can round the corners, or before gluing the centre pages together, cut out a shape using a die cutting machine or punch and place acetate between the pages for a window.
Whenever I try a project like this for the first time, I use scrap paper so I can mark up right sides, wrong sides, measurements etc. I can play around with it and experiment without ruining any really nice paper!
So – there you have it – my application for the Echo Park “Fresh Faces” Design Team Call. Wish me luck and please post a comment with any questions.