Project Life Scrapbooking – why it makes sense

I love Project Life Scrapbooking – when i first heard about it i was totally sold on it. It just makes so much sense.
It has taken years to convey my passion for it, and to ignite the fire in others, but I happy to say I have manged to do it!
But why? For some one like me the everyday little things really are the big thing – and simply put thats why.20190504 sneak peak JNPL

It’s not about the huge things, the dressed up special occasions where you compete with the Jones’s. It’s the real hard core good, bad and ugly things that count.
And those are memories that we all have. Its the dressed up fake lets pose for a happy family photo that doesn’t make sense. But this, this is what its really like in my life.
Its the story that when someone looks at my album, they can relate to me, know the real me – not the one that puts on a brave face everyday to portray something false to the world.

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Yes its raw, and maybe a bit too honest for some people, but its real. Its where my hopes and dreams and special moments are captured right alongside the sadness of real life.

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Each month I do a project life class at Short Cuts craft, and each month I see how more and more people get it – how you can add loads of photos into an album,

But where you also have permission to tell the real life behind the masks (scenes) stories of your heart.

My story matters if only to me – that’s all that counts. And this is the way I love telling it.
Will it ever replace my normal scrapping – heck no – its an extension of my art and memory keeping – and I love it all!

Trusty All-Purpose Inks

When you love your inks as much as I do, then running out of a specific colour is an absolute train smash. It’s a little like a 2-year-old throwing a tantrum in the middle of a store and they don’t realize that it’s really not that bad. In my case it was when I ran out of Walnut ink crystals – my go to for anything and everything.step1

But luckily the tantrum only lasted a few seconds and I made a plan.
Because I know how inks will react, I could recreate the effects and colour of walnut ink crystals almost to a T with things I did have on hand. My trusty All-Purpose inks!
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I used old papers that I needed to colour. Lightly misted them with water. Then add some Lemon Yellow and Truffle All-Purpose inks with a pipette and misted with more water. I did this all over a plastic tray and let the ink drip off the paper.
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Eventually, I just started dipping the papers into the ink collected in the tray, lifted them up and then placed them on my craft sheet to dry.
The mixed yellow and brown ink created the perfect light brown ink that mimicked my favourite walnut ink crystal brown.
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The initial inked papers in yellow and brown also created an amazing look that has quickly become a stunning favourite effect of mine.
Now to head off and use these beautifully coloured pages on my next project.
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There is always a plan to made when you have inks – so tantrums are totally unnecessary. But creativity is always the answer.

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Combine foiling and 3D Dot kits for a beautiful card

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Step 1 – Decide what papers you want to use from the Butterfly Garden range. Trim off the barcode strip and trim a panel to fit onto the front of your folded card.

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Step 2 – Use double sided tape to adhere the panel to the front of the card. Then adhere a strip of the barcode above the strip on the panel. Add some paint splats onto the background.
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Step 3  – Die cut some flowers from patterned paper Butterfly Garden Sheet 4.
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Step 4 – Foil some square frames using copper foil with you Go Press and Foil, and then die-cut the frames for a perfect cut.
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Step 5 – Use a 3d Design to create an image for your card. Dot & Do 3D Push Out Kit – Vintage Flowers – Purple Birds
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step 6 – Assemble your card using the background, foiled frame and 3D element. Finish off with some diamante and dimensional glaze.
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When you combine all these wonderful elements together to create a card, you can create some really interesting.
Foiled and distress bits and pieces layered on die-cuts with a beautiful 3D element – what more can you ask for.

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And in a few easy steps you have created a great card, and with the right sentiment it would be perfect for mother’s day this month (in South Africa)

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Until next time – I hope you are inspired to use your stash together and for different things.

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Coffee Lover’s Blog Hop with Joy Clair

56466317_10156016311252854_7568440538349699072_nWelcome to the Coffee Lover’s Blog hop with Joy Clair stamps.
I am simply in love with all their coffee stamp sets, and my thinking is, show me a crafter who doesn’t like coffee and I am suspicious – right?
For this Blog Hop, Joy Clair is offering a promotion for their Coffee Themed category on the blog.
Using the code: MAYCOFFEELOVE, all the readers and visitors can get the coffee stamps at 25% OFF. So get shopping!

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I created this card using one of my recent backgrounds using a stencil and some alcohol inks for effect.
I think it made the perfect backdrop for this stunning NEW stamp set. bright and beautiful!

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I used some messy watercolour painting to add colour to the coffee cup – I wish we got pretty paper cups for coffee like this one – how fun would that be.

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And the sentiments in this set is simply perfect for any occasion, beside Coffee with God is always a good idea.

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Hop on over and follow the path to where the coffee beans are being roasted next….
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Create Your Own Paper Flowers with Kaisercraft DIY Cuts

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I created this quick tag using the beautiful Greenhouse range from Kaisercraft, but it simply wouldn’t be complete without some greenery on it. Using my DIYcuts machine and die from Kaisercraft was so easy in creating a dimensional succulent for my tag – take a look at how you can create it in a few easy steps.Flowers_main

Die cut the elements out of green cardstock using the small succulent die and DIYcuts machine.

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Use your bonefolder and burnishing tool to shape the petals.

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Adhere the petals together using Tombow glue. A few small dots are all you need to keep them together. Add a pearl in the middle to finish it off.

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Create a tag background using off-cut scrap papers. Adhere some succulent stickers from the sticker book to the tag, and then add your dimensional succulent overlapping the stickers.

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Products used are available from The Wholesaler in South Africa

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Coffee with God – The Cutting Cafe Collaboration

Hi everyone Jowilna with you today
We are collaborating with The Cutting Cafe this month – have you seen their amazing cut files?
I chose this awesome Coffee Cup Gift Card to work with.

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And what’s a morning without coffee and God? Pretty dull right? I tapped into my rich brown ink colours to show the richness of Life in Christ.
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I combined my Coffee Lovers and Rise and Shine stamp sets for the outside and inside of my card.
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I used my paper crimper to add some detail to my inked card – the texture makes the card look like a real coffee cup which I love.
The lid was simply inked and a layer of dimensional glaze added and left to dry. I then cracked it lightly so it really looked like plastic. Such fun creating all those little details.
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I love how easy it is to make these cards with the cut file. Everything fits perfectly and once cut with my Silhouette machine it took mere minutes to assemble the card.
And inside a little coffee voucher card for a special friend.
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Until next time – enjoy your morning coffee and chat with God as you prepare for your day! Blessings Jowilna.

Make two cards using one stamp

Today on the Joy Clair blog I am sharing 2 cards using 1 stamp set, but changing things up by adding sentiments from another set.
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For my first card I randomly stamped the umbrellas over a piece of white cardstock. I added coloured using watercolour paint and added a layer of shimmer using a glimmer pen.

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I chose the colours for the umbrellas from the washi tapes that I used.

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For my second card I stamped the umbrellas down the side of a white panel, adding colour in the same way.

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Here i used a sentiment stamped from the Easter Blessings stamp set combined with the Spring Stroll stamp set.

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Combining different sentiments from different stamps sets is so easy working within the Joy Clair family.

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Until next time – I hope you are inspired to pull out those stamps and get creative!

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Two Souls Wedding Tags – Kaisercraft.

“How gorgeous is this Two Souls range. Instead of making wedding cards I enjoy making tags these days that can be attached t gifts and flowers. They are quick to make and can be just as detailed as a card.” JN

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You can download the full instructions from The Kaisercraft blog on how I created these tags.

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PAPERS: TWO SOULS Collection: PP1065 Paper Pad
KC PRODUCTS: CT958 | Collectables, SB700 | Silver, DD635 | Decorative Tag, DIY Cuts machine, T315 Double Sided Tape, T303 Foam Tape, T225 Kaiser Cutter, T317 Craft Scissors, T330 Die-Release Tool

Butterfly Garden Single Page with foiled elements

Welcome to today’s blog post with me Jowilna. I am sharing a single page layout with you today using the Butterfly Garden Collection, with an interesting twist using hot foil.detail1

For my layout background I switched my traditional white background for this golden caramel coloured stripe.

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To add interest I used my oink mirror foil to create some striking elements for my page. There’s a number of ways you can achieve this look.
I love how the foil picks up on the pink and purple in the paper but also adds an unexpected element of surprise because of its bold colour and shine – just as bold and gorgeous as my friend in the photo.

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I apply gel medium through my stencil and left it to dry, once the gel easy just tacky I added my foil to the gel and rubbed it off using my boned folder.
Then quickly peel off the sheet of foil to reveal this stunning effect. I cut the chevron pieces up to separate them and then added them to my layout.

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Secondly I added some ephemera bits from my pack.
I understand the the border is a necessary evil, but i don’t like the thick white border around the elements. But i solve it in a few easy steps…

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I simply use my scissors to trim the excess white around the elements smaller, almost like fussy cutting them. This makes for a much neater and nicer looking element.

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And in a few easy steps I created a layout I love with this stunning range and a few clever ways of using my stash.
Until next time – live creatively.
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CO726539 Butterfly Garden Sheet 12
CO726534 Butterfly Garden Sheet 7
CO726536 Butterfly Garden Sheet 9
CO 726540 Butterfly Garden Ephemera
CO725359 Foil Pink Mirror

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How to create gold foil accents using your stencils

If you haven’t gotten your hands on the TCW Tacky when dry gel medium then you are missing out.
This amazing product can be used with your stencils to create amazing foiled effects.

For this layout I used my Hello Sunshine stencil and my Louann stencil for the dots.
I used the tacky when dry gel applied through the stencils and left to dry for about 30minutes.
Then used my Couture Creations Hot foil, place the foil on top of the gel, burnish with my bone folder and then carefully remove the foil to reveal the foiled stenciled images.TellTheBeesJN_SinglePage

This range of papers come with gorgeous stamps as well.

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Fussy cut flowers in a gold metallic paper look amazing with all the gold elements.

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More stamped elements combined with gold glass glitter.

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Gold foiled stencil work on old book paper look amazing.

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This layout was created with left-over papers from a double page layout I created. I lvoe using all my scraps to create with, not wasting anything.

Paper and products available from The Funky Llama South Africa.

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