Hello Summer Hybrid Album (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone 

Today I am sharing a “hybrid” mini-album I created using both the paper and digital Hello Summer Collections from Echo Park Paper


To create the album pages I used a metal die to cut a “sandwich” of thin card (I used cereal boxes) double sided adhesive paper and patterned paper. Simply use the double sided adhesive to attach the paper to the card and run through your manual cutting machine.  If you do not have a machine, just use the same method to cut rectangles with your paper trimmer.


Cut another single layer of paper with the same die and glue to the back so you have a double sided album page with both sides covered in paper. I then punched holes and used twine for binding.


There are a few ways I like to incorporate the digital elements into projects like this. Once you have downloaded the digital files, you can easily print and cut out elements of the collection. I really liked this orange sentiment sticker below, and it’s easy to enlarge any of the elements to make them great page embellishments.


I tend to print the elements onto photo paper to give them a look very similar to the sticker sheets in the paper collections. If you are good with a pair of scissors you can cut around them, or if you have a Cameo you can import the downloaded digital files into the software and use the trace function to cut out the more complex shapes like this sun on the front cover. 


The “Ray of Sunshine” cover page was created by printing a large sentiment and attaching it behind the Chipboard frame found in the coordinating chipboard set.


I hope this gives you a few ideas for working with both paper and digital collections - you can see all of Echo Park's digital products here.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
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Echo Park June Releases and Blog Hop Winner

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Quick post today to announce the blog-hop winner and share some pics of the **NEW** June releases from Echo Park Paper - just in case you haven't seen them!


There is one full paper collection - So Happy Together and two mini-themes, Homemade and School Days. (Click on names to see full details on the Echo Park Website) The other collection shown, Paradise Beach is one of my new favorites and is already available.

Echo Park Winner
Last week you had the chance to win an Echo Park Collection Pack by commenting on my Echo Park Blog Hop Post

Make sure to become a follower of my Facebook Page so you can find out when the next one is!

The winner of the Echo Park Collection Kit of their choosing is Cris Cunningham:


Cris - please email me here to find out how you can claim your prize.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.

Everyday Moments Projects - Teresa Collins

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Yesterday I had a post on the Teresa Collins blog as part of a blog swap with Artfull Crafts. My DT colleague and amazing papercrafter Sandy Ang also had some fabulous cards featured.

Journal Album

The colors in this Everyday Moments collection are fabulous and the papers are very versatile. I have created this blank journal album using a combination of plain white cardstock and papers from the collection. 

The bright colors really stand out against the plain card and each page has some journaling prompts for the recipient to start writing.  I have bound the book cover with an eyelet and bakers twine which wraps around a brad to keep the book closed.

Card and Matching Envelope

The base of this card was cut using my Cameo and this file, and I have kept the additional decoration quite simple. To create the bird I brushed some white ink over the wooden piece and then stamped over the top with a clock-face stamp. The stamp and acetate clock face were both from Kaisercraft's last Halloween Collection!


The matching envelope was also die-cut using this file here, and I used two of the Everyday Moments Brads and some bakers twine for an office-style closure.

Gift Boxes

I also made these gift boxes using this gorgeous collection – this is just a small sample, and you can see all of them on the A Little Hut blog.

I hope you have enjoyed these ideas – these Teresa Collins papers are fabulous quality - very heavy weight and perfect for this type of papercrafting project.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)


I am linking this project up to these websites here
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"Hello Summer" Favor Stand (Echo Park)

Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won the Echo Park giveaways on their blog here. You can see who won my giveaway here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop - there is a list at the end of this post!
Hello Summer Party Favor Stand
I have this project to share today. I know it might look complicated but I promise it is not!

To create this I took a cheap cupcake tree (this link will take you to the exact product I used available on amazon.com) and covered it in paper from the Hello Summer Collection. To make the borders I cut strips from the You've Been Flagged Paper and cut notches into the flags with a pair of sharp scissors. You don't have to be too accurate as the overall effect is what is most important!


To create this birdhouse I used this file from the Silhouette store and then added some of the chipboard and sticker elements to create the clouds and bird details. They are all layered and mounted using dimensional foam.

Here is a list of blogs that were on the hop!
Lowri McNabb: http://www.papervinenz.com/  = YOU ARE HERE


Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)


I am linking this project up to these websites here
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That's a SMASHing idea! (Echo Park)

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As you may know I have been designing for Echo Park Paper since March. I haven't shown too many projects on my blog yet as there is a little time delay as to when I can make them public BUT here is one of the projects I created using the Note to Self Collection. It's a SMASHing book with heaps of ideas for making some SMASHing bits and pieces too....


To see more pictures as well as step-by-step instructions you will need to go to the Echo Park e-commerce site here. This project (and many others) are FREE to download - though you will have to register first - but that only takes a sec. You will find lots of pictures and ideas in the project download for making your own SMASHing accessories!

Click here to be taken to the download site. I would LOVE for you to take a look and let me know what you think of all the ideas!

Please post a comment with any questions - Lowri :-)
I am linking up this post to these websites here.

Exciting News & Teresa Collins Boxes!

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Some exciting news for me to share today - I am going to be designing for A Little Hut - a fabulous company offering digital cutting files and printables.  Patricia Zapata, Owner and Designer has an amazing design aesthetic and I am really excited to be working with her. 

Here is a teaser of what you can see on my first exclusive post for A Little Hut. You can see my full post including details of these boxes and heaps more here.


This is such an exciting opportunity for me - so head on over to the A Litle Hut blog to see these projects and others using the Teresa Collins Everyday Moments Collection. 

Please post a comment with any questions - Lowri :-) 
I am linking up this post to these websites here.

DIY Printed Fabric - SO EASY! (Echo Park)

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I have a post on the Echo Park blog today showing a couple of ideas using the fabulous Echo Park digital collections available at Jessica Sprague. I have showcased this idea before, but when I saw the Hello Summer Collection available in digital format I knew this would be the perfect collection to share it again!


Printed Fabric Technique
Did you ever see an idea on-line and think – it really can’t be that easy? When I saw this post I was inspired to try and print directly onto some plain fabric and it really works! Check out the pointers below..



  1. You can purchase these sheets and print onto them in any regular printer – however here in New Zealand they are imported and work out at about $6 per sheet. They DO work well - however for about 30cents a sheet I created my own version – read on!
  2. Inspired by this post here I took some full-page labels and some white calico cotton
  3. I stuck the label onto the cotton, smoothed out the creases and cut carefully around it
  4. I printed onto the page (fabric side up and using the rear tray) with just regular color print settings on my inkjet printer. 

I imagine this would NOT work in a laser printer due to the adhesive on the label and heat involved.

I am not sure how color-fast this would be for washing – but for something like a decorative bag it works perfectly. I used the smaller square to make some fabric covered buttons too.


I hope you can use these ideas to get your imagination stirring and please post a comment with any questions.

Lowri
I am linking up this post to these websites here.

"M" is for 52 Memories - Mother's Day Gift

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I have a last minute Mother's Day idea to share and it is based on my "52 Reasons I Love You" project shown here


If it's too late for this year - why not store the idea away for a  birthday gift when you have some more time! 

I have used the Bicycle Pink Ribbon Cards as the base for this project, and 10% from the sale of each pack goes to www.bcrfcure.org. Please also visit here for more information on the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. 


I have taken a pack of cards and distressed them using a chisel, sandpaper and white paint - in that order! These cards were created using a Bicycle Breast Cancer Research pack of cards, so if you buy a pack you will be contributing to a great cause too. 


I added a photograph to each page - the black and white looks great against the pink and I love black and white pictures of the kids. My daughter is 9 weeks old in this one...


I used photos I already had edited and cropped for other projects to make it super easy to put together...


Now all I have to do is wrap it up and give it to my awesome Mother-in-Law! 


Where to find supplies on Amazon.com
Stickers
These fabulous stickers are from the Echo Park "Dearest" Mini Theme, available here at amazon.com
Cards
Book Rings
You can find the Book Rings here at amazon.com

Please post a comment if you have any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking up this post to these websites here.


Mother's Day Ideas from PaperVine

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Thought I would share a few ideas for great last minute Mother's Day gifts. All of these posts can be seen on my blog - simply click the title of the post to be taken there.

The pages of this album come already covered in paper, but why not create one with plain chipboard or recycles cereal boxes. Keep pieces plain and square or use Spellbinders to cut to shape. See an example of that technique here.

 

Grab a few buttons or beads or even pieces of printed chipboard and make these neat little glass markers.

This was created for Valentine's Day - but if you have a pack of cards lying around you can easily adapt this idea to create a unique gift for a very special lady. 


Dig into your crafty supplies and find some pink and green paper to whip up these delicious looking strawberries. Fill them with  chocolates for a Mother's Day Treat!


Create an album with a few pictures using just one sheet of 12x12 scrapbook paper! There is a full-color step-by-step tutorial at this link

Flowers made from paper are both a unique and everlasting gift (not to mention a quick idea if you are a bit stuck at the last minute!)


I hope you have enjoyed this quick recap of ideas - and have a Happy Mother's Day on Sunday.

Lowri
Please leave a comment if you have any questions.
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"Charlottes Dream" Mini Albums (Kaisercraft)

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Today I am sharing a couple more projects I created for Kaisercraft using their April Collection - Charlotte's Dream. This is not the style of Collection I normally work with - but the colors are lovely and the graphics are very detailed.
 
To see the full Collections on Kaisercraft's website - click here. To see the products at amazon.com click here.
 
Blessing Album
This blank album is a great gift idea - the cover is already decorated and the recipient just has to add their own pictures. You could use this for any number of occasions.


Vintage Album
A super-simple album created using the technique shown here. This is also blank inside




Simple Note Books
These are simply cheap notebooks covered in paper and decorated with a couple of stickers. 





Please post a comment with any questions - Lowri :-)

I am linking up this post to these websites here.