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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 […]

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DIY Printed Fabric – SO EASY! (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone 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.. 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! Inspired by this post here I took some full-page labels and some white calico cotton I stuck the label onto the cotton, smoothed out the creases and cut carefully around it I printed onto the page (fabric side up and using the rear tray) with just regular color […]

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DIY Acetate Sheets! (Echo Park This & That)

Hi Everyone I am a little bit excited about this post today! I tried this technique and it worked like a dream first time – and as anyone who crafts even just a little bit will tell you – that doesn’t happen very often! I have used some digital files and printable transparencies to create my own acetate sheets to co-ordinate with the Echo Park This & That Charming Collection. This and That Charming Mini Cards These cards were created using mainly the 6×6 paper pad, chipboard, and the Primer and Yardsticks papers. Once I had the transparencies printed they were easy to cut with my trimmer and really become the feature of these very simple cards. The buttons from the chipboard set are a great little accent and I cut words using Spellbinders from the Primer paper.  Create Your Own Custom Overlays Overlays/transparencies are pretty hot in the scrapbooking world, but it’s really easy to make your own – and with awesome companies like Echo Park and Pink Paislee releasing digital versions of their products – it’s easy too. For these shown below I used graphics from the This and That Charming Element Packs One and Two. All you […]

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“52 Reasons I Love You” Cards Tutorial

Did you know this project now has its own website – with heaps of additional information. Note: If you would like to link to, feature or re-publish this project – please see here. Tutorial Below you will find the tutorial showing how to make the cards. On the website you can also find a complete supply list and all the information on purchasing a template to create the labels. Find some playing cards! These fabulous cards from Ellusionist shown here are great as they have a pre-aged Vintage look. Scuff them up with some sandpaper to give them a used feel as well as a used look Create a template with one of the spare cards (for example one of the Jokers) Punch two holes in each cards using the template as a guide Create your reasons labels to attach to the cards – detailed information below. Use another Joker card to create the front cover. Using double sided tape and/or glue – attach the inserts to the cards. Using glue will take longer to dry and will stiffen the cards up adding more dimension. Create all 52 of your reasons cards and let the glue dry Thread onto book rings NOTE: I […]

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Neighbor Gift Idea (with Echo Park)

Hi Everyone – an easy neighbor gift to share today. It’s really two gifts in one as the decoration for  the main gift serves as a mini-gift too! First of all I have taken some of the Fa-La-La-La-La paper from the Holly Jolly Christmas Collection and used it to cover the lid of my jar.  You can see a tutorial on how to do that below – all it takes is a pair of scissors and some mod-podge!  I have also used some of the Element Stickers to add some extra detail around the edge.     I filled the jar with my Christmas bark and for decoration I created a few blank tags that could then be used be the recipient to decorate their Christmas gifts.     I used a few of the digital journal tags, printed them onto matte photo paper, and used double sided adhesive chipboard to give them some weight and add a plain paper backing so they can be written on. I secured them round the treat jar with a generous length of bakers twine that can be used to attach the tags to gifts. To make the Christmas Bark – melt some white chocolate, […]

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Snow Day Baby Clothes w/ Pink Paislee

Hi Everyone I loved this Snow Day Collection from Pink Paislee as soon as I saw it, however being summer here in New Zealand – nobody was stocking it! Fortunately it is available digitally from jessicasprague.com I have created this little fabric bag by printing one of the digital designs from the Snow Day Paper Pack onto fabric and using two of the digital elements to add a little extra interest.   I used an extra piece of fabric to cover a button (printed from the Snow Day Paper Pack) Inside the bag are two little tops for a newborn baby to snuggle in – and I have decorated those too! Using more digital papers and elements I created some simple designs and put them onto the t-shirts using transfer paper I used the “Snuggle” element to add a little label in the back after removing the original labels that came on the t-shirts. I hope these ideas encourage you to think a little “outside the box” when it comes to digital scrapbook supplies! I wish my kids were still small enough to fit this tiny t-shirt! Please post a comment with any questions 🙂 Lowri

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December Daily with Echo Park (Season’s Greetings)

Hi Everyone – Today I am sharing my “December Daily” album, created using a combination of the Echo Park Season’s Greetings paper and digital collections.  First of all I should tell you I had to google to find out what a December Daily was – and then when I saw some of the amazing examples online – I was totally intimidated at the thought of creating one! What I decided to do was take a little album I had started working on (seen here) and expand it into a Daily Journal.   December this year is going to be exceptionally busy so I have decided to just have a little space where I can write each day and easily just slot a photograph in when I take one of something special. To expand my existing book, I created some numbers from the Season’s Greetings Alphas and Borders and added them to each page. To create additional pages I printed some journaling tags from the Season’s Greetings Element Pack. I decided to create a few fold out pages within the book to allow for a series of photos to be added. This page with the Santa is for Christmas Eve where I […]

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Halloween Treats with Echo Park

Hi Everyone Another Halloween project to share today using the Echo Park Apothecary Collection. This time I have used the Digital Collection available here from jessicasprague.com. Sour Cream Containers I LOVE these! They might actually be my most favorite project I have created this year so far! Using the Apothecary Digital Collection I created a template for these – BUT I have made heaps of these with just regular patterned paper.  I have a tutorial showing exactly how to put them together below and you won’t believe how simple they are!  You can make 12 from a single piece of 12×12 paper making these a really economical project for any season. More projects to come in the next couple of days – more edible treats too! Post a comment with any questions Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this project to these websites here.

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Halloween Tri-Fold Card (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone A few Echo Park projects to share this week following my first post this week as their Fresh Face Designer.  Echo Park releases both paper and digital collections and I have used a combination of the two in a couple of the projects I have created using their Apothecary Collection. Here is the first…  Halloween Countdown Card This square tri-fold card is ideal for showing off these fabulous papers. In order to create this card you first need to cut your base cardstock to size and make the scores/folds as shown below. NOTE: Whenever I attempt a project like this for the first time – I always make it with scrap card, paper or an old cereal box so I can understand, play with the dimensions and mark it without cutting into my lovely papers.  You then simple decorate the panels how you like. For the front cover I have covered this little chipboard owl from Scrapware with patterned papers from the collection and also added a small painted branch (which is a Kaisercraft flourish) and simple organza ribbon tie. The middle panel for the card was created using some digital files from the Apothecary Collection and embellished […]

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Cosmo Combo – Unique Table Setting!

Hi Everyone – I am excited to share my projects today as they are a good example of how to combine digital and physical paper collections. Custom Table Linen  Following on from Wednesdays custom t-shirts, I thought it would be fun to make some unique linen pieces for a special get-together. I simply picked up 4 plain napkins for $2 at the Warehouse, printed my design onto t-shirt transfer paper, busted out my iron again and voila – personal table linen! Invitation, Menu and Placecards These items were made using the Early Bird digital collection for the wording – which I then attached to an actual piece of patterned paper and decorated using chipboard pieces for dimension. I could have done it all digitally but I like combining the two for impact. Wine Glass Markers OK – so maybe you don’t need these for a dinner for 2 BUT these chipboard buttons make great wine glass markers. For your next party – how about gathering up all those chipboard pieces kicking around the bottom of your drawer and make some unique glass markers – saves on washing up too! Here are some more detailed pictures.. Hope you have enjoyed these […]

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