Echo Park “Fresh Faces” DT Call

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.

2.Valentines Favors
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 from Spellbinders 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

  1. Take a piece of 12”x12” paper
  2. Trim off four inches from one side, leaving 1 piece 12”x8” and 1 piece 12”x4”
  3. Take the 12”x8” piece and fold in half length ways and width ways
  4. Fold up the two shorter sides to meet in the middle, making 8 segments all  3”x4”
  5. Using a sharp knife – make a cut as shown through the paper
  6. Fold the paper at the remaining intact fold and using the folds as a guide create a book!
  7. Glue pages together as shown at a, b and c to create 3 pages of double thickness paper and 2 covers of single thickness
  8. Take your remaining 12×4” piece and glue to one side of the book
  9. 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
  10. Trim off the excess paper from the cover with a sharp knife
  11. Your book is complete and ready to decorate
  12. 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.
Lowri 🙂
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  • Reply Joanne July 22, 2011 at 7:49 AM

    I had a feeling this was what your EP blog posts were leading to 😉 Wishing you luck Lowri 🙂

  • Reply Shanna July 22, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    Wow that is all amazing, good luck with the DT not that you need it!
    I am keen to try and make the mini book following the tutorial you made, quick question what is the best glue to use for a project like that?
    I recently made a mini book using paperbags and the gluing was the hardest part I used up all of my tape and nearly a whole bottle of liquid scrapbooking glue.

  • Reply Lowri July 22, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    Hi Shanna – GREAT QUESTION! I actually think you would get a different answer on this from every crafty person you asked – but I will tell you what I use and hope it helps. I have used both a tape runner with double sided tape and liquid solvent glue on these albums. For a gift- I would use the double sided tape runner for a great finish ($2.99 from the Warehouse here in NZ). Will email you regarding available glues here in NZ 🙂

  • Reply Joan July 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Great projects – love all of your details!!!! Luck with the dt call, Lowri!!!
    Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  • Reply buglvr2010 July 22, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Lowri! Your projects are all amazing! I love the card set and the single sheet mini album. I think you've got this fresh face thing nailed down for this month. I'll wait until next month to submit my try, hehe!

  • Reply Crystal July 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    you BLOW ME AWAY!!! these are so amazing, fabulous, stunning, terrific, & so many more adjectives than i can even think of right now! i so hope you get a fresh face spot & will say a little prayer for you too sweetie. btw, that card/stationery set is just BONKERS COOL! loves it! hugs!

  • Reply Shellye July 22, 2011 at 3:26 PM

    Oh my goodness…these are very, very beautiful projects, Lowri! I especially love the frame and your tutorial is fabulous. I know that Echo Park will be blown away with your creations…good luck!

  • Reply Ruby July 22, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Wow, these are all gorgeous Lowri and sorry it's taken me SO long to pop around and say hi and that I'm glad to be working on the PI team with you! Good luck with your application!

  • Reply Jennie M July 22, 2011 at 9:55 PM

    GORGEOUS!!! Great job! I absolutely love them!!

  • Reply Gretchen July 23, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    whoop whoop!! awesome stuff here!! GOOD LUCK!!

  • Reply WillieburgScrapper July 23, 2011 at 8:00 AM

    Bellisimo!!! Love that stationary set! Ciao from italia!

  • Reply Kimmie July 23, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Wowie wow wow! These are some pretty awesome projects, as usual! :o) I think you totally deserve a spot on the Fresh Faces DT!

    Thank you for showing us how to make the mini from one sheet of paper! I'm going to have to give that a try.

  • Reply heidig July 25, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Great, great projects! Echo Park is sure to pick you for its DT. Best of luck!

  • Reply LuAnn July 26, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    Hi Lowri – great blog! I just wanted to leave a comment here letting you know I just sent you an email – sometimes my ISP provider and gmail don't always play nicely in the sandbox so I wanted to make sure that you received it.

  • Reply Lori July 26, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    Your echo park projects are fabulous! Best of luck!

  • Reply June@I will craft July 27, 2011 at 12:38 AM

    Wow, great projects. Good luck!

  • Reply Sandy Ang August 1, 2011 at 1:06 AM

    Best wishes for the EP fresh faces call. your projects really show off their collection so well. And wanted to say a big thank you for including my blog on your blog roll.

  • Reply Janna Werner August 5, 2011 at 7:31 AM

    Cross my fingers as well, love each single piece, and adore your style (do I keep on repeating myself …? Well, I dont care lol). Janna

  • Reply salma November 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    I really apperciate your talented work !!!Where are you getting this unique idea of making a new ,little and colorful mini album!!!!!What price of this mini album?????
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