Wildflower Meadow Layout and thoughts of memory keeping.

I have always prided myself at the fact that I wanted to keep scrapbooking and memory keeping affordable and accessible to everyone. Yes I know every month there are loads of new product out on the market, new papers that are simply prettier
than the previous range, new technique products, more versatile stamps and stencils – and believe me we all fall into the trap of wanting it all.
Which brings me to my point. I made this layout with left-over papers from a double page. The only product I added was thread, 3 flowers, some stamen clusters, gold glitter, diamante and a few leaves – all things I had.
And of course my trusty sewing machine and favorite punch for detail.
Did I want to turn it into a layout with tons of flowers, loads of mixed media techniques, half a jar of art stones, inks, mists, charms, more flowers and stuff – sure I did.
Is it really me, well maybe not so much, only once in a while, does it make sense in my life and those who want to re-create the layout because they have the paper – definitely not as much.
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Where then do we draw the line? Create what you love and what you can afford, or succumb to the pressure of industry giants and icons and follow the masses.

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I say stay true to you – don’t succumb to something you are not. Just for the sake of happiness and enjoyment and love.

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I loved every real minute of creating this quick and easy and affordable layout using this beautiful paper range, I loved adding the gorgeous flowers I had, recycling the leaves and adding thread and some gold glitter.

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I love the softness and the delicate flowers…

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I love that I could scrap this gorgeous photo of a beautiful soul…

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I love what I do. I love to inspire. I love that I can’t afford all those things because it pushes me to be resourceful and real about my life and memory keeping.
I love that after all these years my clothes are still full of ink splats and glue stains, that life is real and that I love being creative even more than before.
Is it easy – by no means – and that just means that giving up is not an option, although some days it really feels like the only option.

Wildflower Meadow Paper Pad by Craft Consortium sponsored by The Funky Llama SA.
Flowers by Little Birdie from The Wholesaler

How to use hotfoil stamps with spray inks for stamping.

Hi! It’s time to create a colourful background with stamping and hot foil stamps.
Hello and welcome to another blog post with me Jowilna. Today I am sharing a single page layout where I created my own stamped background patterned paper with a hot foil stamp. I love how this turned out and its so fun and easy to create.
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step 1 – Place your hot foil stamp onto your craft sheet or scrap paper face up. Use spray ink and mist your hot foil stamp liberally.
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step 2 – Flip a sheet of white cardstock over onto the stamp and lightly press down onto the paper where the stamp is underneath it. This pressure will transfer the colour onto the paper. Repeat several times using a single colour.
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step 3 – Repeat step 1 and 2 with 2 more colours of spray inks. Keep stamping the image onto the background until you are happy with the look. Leave the ink to dry.
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step 4 – Stamp some more flowers, but this time I used an ink pad to stamp the flowers and cut them out.
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step 5 – Cut out some extra flowers. I also trimmed the white edges off of the elements form the die-cut ephemera packet.
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Assemble your layout by adding a 3″ (7.5cm) wide strip of patetrned paper on the left edge of your background. Add your photo using foam tape. Then add your stamped flowers and cut out elements.
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Add some embellishments and diamante. To add interest to the large flowers, add some gel medium and then sprinkle with gold glitter and leave to dry.
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These colourful flowers are the perfect element for any project and by changing up the way you use your hot foil stamps, you can change the look and effect.
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Until next time – I hope you experiment with all those gorgeous hot foil stamps you have.
Supplies
CO725422 Arizona Poppy 

Mixed Media Layout with Jowilna – Couture Creations.

I am sharing this layout using some of the gorgeous dies available combined with the versatile Le Petit Jardin paper range. With the new range of Modern essentials dies its easy to add beautiful details to any project. And that’s exactly what I did with this layout. I used my die-cuts to frame the photo on one side and the Le Petit Jardin Ephemera on the other side – this way I am placing the focus on my photo which is ultimately the most important part of telling the story.sweetlayout_JN

I used the Le Petit Jardin dies, corner and flourish cut out of blue cardstock for my layout. The 2 x corner cuts was used to frame the photo on the right hand side.

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The flourish die-cut was grouped together with some ephemera elements on the left hand side of the layout.
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The donuts sticker used makes further adds to the accent colours used and is a fun addition to an otherwise serious layout.
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Until next time – have fun using your die-cuts on your projects – adding texture and pattern. But above all have fun!
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I Believe layout featuring Le Petit Jardin

Welcome to the blog today – I am sharing a beautiful simplistic layout with you today using the Le Petit Jardin range.
This range won’t be complete with the amazing Poppy Hot foil stamp added to it. I think its my new favorite of all designs.

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step 1 – Cut out some flowers from the paper #04. I cut out a large selection of all the different flowers to create my clusters with.

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step 2 – Cut a strip 3″ (7.5cm) wide from the striped paper piece. Trim the barcode off as well to use from this sheet. Adhere the striped piece flush at the top of your background cardstock piece, and the barcode strip just below it.
step2Create some hotfoil Poppy elements to use on your layout.

step 3 – Heat your foil stamp in the GoPress and Foil. Place gold foil face down onto the hot stamp.
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step 4 – Place patterned paper on top of the foil and then add your shims. I used the back of paper #08  as well as some other scraps to foil my flowers onto.
Send the stacked foil stamp through your GCut machine.
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step 5 – Remove the shims and the foiled paper to reveal the foiled image.
Remember to keep your foiled scraps to use – I show you how I recycle these at a later stage.
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step 6 – Cut out your foiled flowers – I made some in gold and some in turquoise. See how the patterned paper background adds interest to the foiled flowers.
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Assemble your layout by adding your matted photo. Then adhere your flowers clusters and finish off by layering the foiled poppy flowers on top. Add pearls, diamante and stamped details to your layout.
Add some ephemera elements as well.

Thank you popping by today – hope this inspires you until next time.
Jowilna x

Couture Creations List of Materials

CO725414Jardin paper #12
CO725449  Jardin pa #04
CO725455 Jardin pa #08
CO725446 Ephemera set
CO725355 Go Press and foil machine
CO724824 GoCut and Emboss Machine
AD49574 Hotfoil Poppy stamp
AD49576 Mini stamps
ULT2000001 Snow White Card stock

Double up on Mixed Media Layout.

I love dabbling in mixed media elements on my layouts. You may think of going overboard but for me, the wisdom lies in knowing when to stop, when you can take something away instead of adding that one thing,
then you know you have created something special that focuses on the photo and the story
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This range is perfect for those special memories where you may only have a single photo that you can use enlarged to tell your story.
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You can head over to the Kaisercraft blog here to see the full step x step for this layout.

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PRODUCTS USED:

 PAPERS: WHISPER Collection: P2676 Organic, P2681 Raw, P2682 Bisque, P2684 Buff, SS379 Sticker Sheet,
KC PRODUCTS: Kaisermist Brown KM130, Kaisermist Black KM 131, DD3319 Tree Trunk Decorative Die, DD001 DIYcuts Diecutting machine, DD3321 Fern Leaf Decorative Die, IT483 Ferns Template,
Other: Modelling Paste, wooden stars, rhinestones, foam tape

Download the full step by step instructions by clicking on above main image or HERE

Hide and Seek layered Layout by Jowilna Nolte

Welcome to today’s blog post. Are you loving the new ranges this month as much as we do?
Today I am sharing a fun layout with you using the Hide and Seek range… perfect for those little people in our lives.
Apart from the cute little critters I am simply in love with the beautiful color palette of this range.JN_myboy_layout

I really wanted to include some of the beautiful feathers from the range into my layout, but the stamp set was a bit small.
So I used a feather image from the internet (free) and printed it onto vellum in grey ink on my inkjet printer.
Immediately as it came out the printer and while the ink is still wet I add white embossing powder and heat it with my hat gun for  a beautifully embossed feather.

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Elements from my collectables pack create a beautiful cluster combined with stamping in navy blue.

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Extra cut out animals line the bottom edge of the background keeping the bear company.

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I used foam tape to raise some of the cut out elements and leaves for dimension. Tucked underneath the cluster of leaves is some thread.

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Until next time – have fun with this gorgeous range.
Jowilna xxx

Kaisercraft Products:  Hide and Seek Range | P2564 Bears | P2560 Trees | P2559 Woods | CS330 Clear Stamp  | CT940 Collectables | T315 Double Sided Tape
Other: Printed feather; vellum; white embossing powder; heat gun; thread; foam tape; navy blue ink

CSI Inspiration with Imagine.

This month the team from Imagine crafts are playing along over at CSI Challenges blog. We used Case File 255 . You too can pl;ay along and win some awesome goodies from the sponsors including Imagine.

Did you know June 1 is Donut Day? Hey, any day is a good day to celebrate with a donut, but here at CSI, we’re celebrating with a delightful Case File inspired by California designer Lianna Hee.

Feel free to interpret the Case File in any way that inspires you, or for our traditional clues, scroll down to the bottom of this post.32083881_753173058404418_4069384240540680192_o

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How Jowilna solved the Case File: Evidence: solid white background, scallops, hearts, dots, circles, texture paste. Testimony: Juggling life; journaling in a circle; inspiration words for my title

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I used my Fireworks sprays from Imagine mixed into texture paste and stenciled through a dot stencil to achieve the coloured dots.
This is part of solving the case and also using some of my favorite products and techniques.
Will you play along this month?

Decorative Dies on a layout for Kaisercraft.

This week on the Kaisercraft blog we are using Decorative Dies on projects – I love these textured dies for various reasons. But I think their simplicity is the best thing about them.
You can dress them up or keep things simple like I did this time.
I had a piece of white cardstock with some ink stains on it and used that to cut the Textured Brickwork die out of the inked parts.
This created an interesting effect, that is instant and beautiful.KC_JN_DD_layout
The butterfly stamped on acetate was folded in half and attached using a brad.

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The background has some gorgeous blue pattern on it created using Infusions. Such a beautiful and unexpected effect that I love with this pink and green paper combo.

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Coloured paint splats in shades of pink, green, blue and black pull everything together.
And of late I am really loving this simplistic style of scrapping – Perfect for creativity and using up my odd stash of embellishments.

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All Kaisercraft products are distributed by The Wholesaler in South Africa.
Products used:
Kaisercraft Products: SS361 Sticker Sheet, P2515 Dreamer, CS324 Clear Stamp, DD970 Stamp Tropics, DD480 Texture Brickwork
Other: White cardstock, Walnut ink, Infusions, Diamante, StazOn ink, Acetate, Brad, Sequins, VersaFine Smokey Grey ink, Date stamp

Creating a Sticker mat behind a photo – Kaisercraft.

On the Kaisercraft blog today I am sharing this layout using stickers – and lots of them.
I love the sticker sheets with each range, but I don’t use them nearly enough. This month I am on a mission to try and use my stickers in creative ways
on my layouts and cards. And in fact I have managed to use almost every single sticker from my sheets -mission accomplished.thankful_layout_Fleur_JN

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What have you done lately with this beautiful range lately? And more importantly your stickers?
Share how you are inspired by the sticker sheets this month with your unique creations – we would love to see your work.

Kaisercraft Products: SS361 Sticker Sheet, P2515 Dreamer, T606 Bricks Template
Other: White cardstock, walnut ink, Orange and pink oxide ink, Diamante

Create a Dazzling Raspberry Red Scrapbook Layout.

Don’t you just love red, and with the month of love we are celebrating raspberry red with loads of repetition. I created this shimmering layout using tons of red ink and then added a few splashes of other color for some fun contrast. Take a look at how I created the fun shimmering elements, stamped with the amazing new raspberry red shaded Glamorous VersaFine Clair and had fun with repeating elements in my design.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 1 hour

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Step 1 – Add a small amount of Creative Shimmer onto your Craft Mat. Add a few drops of dye inkers to the medium. I added 2 colors of red.

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Step 2 – Mix the inker into the paste really well using your palette knife until the paste is fully colored.

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Step 3 – Apply the colored paste through a stencil onto craft paper and leave to dry. The creative medium dries really fast and has a stunning shimmer.

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step 4 – Use the same inkers to color a piece of smooth white cardstock. Drop a few drops onto the cardstock and mist with water.
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Step 5 – Apply some of the colored paste onto the colored cardstock using the same square stencil.
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step 6 – Color a sheet of white cardstock with the same red inkers. Once dry stamp some images onto the background using VersaFine Clair Glamorous.2018_Feb_JN_step6

step 7 – Add random color splats using Fireworks sprays to add color to the background. Cut out flowers from patterned papers and adhere them. Then stamp some random text in the background using VersaFine Clair.
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step 8 – Use VersaFine Clair Pinecone and stencil some dots onto the background. Then adhere your photo. Cut stenciled squares with a beautiful shimmer from the papers and adhere to the layout. Add diamanté to finish off.
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Supplies

Imagine
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  • Cardstock – white
  • Jowilna Nolte – stencil, stamp
  • Kaisercraft – patterned paper
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