At the end of Jan, I was lucky enough to be in Indonesia teaching a couple of days of classes for My Scrapbook Ideas. I was also lucky that Spellbinders gave each student a gorgeous die and Prima was used for all projects. Ahhhh. Bliss.
I had sooooo much fun. I can't begin to describe how amazing the students were, the venues were, the hosts were.
My first day was Friday in Jakarta.
Can you see the glorious mess we created? I love scrapbooking! Unfortunately just before I arrived there were some major floods and a couple of people had to cancel as their houses were under mud. My thoughts were with them and still are.
We had a photographer turn up to take photos of what we were doing. Apparently we're all going to be in the Martha Stewart Asian Magazine. Exciting!
We made two layouts, and a mini album. We didn't quite get to the card.
The venue here was in a restaurant so it made for an interesting class setting! Especially at lunchtime. I wonder what the lunchtime patrons thought of this crazy lady with a microphone directing people with bits of paper. It was so much fun!
Surabaya was a different group of women and a young man. It was another great group and we had a lot of laughs.
Both days I couldn't have done it without my helpers cutting all the pieces that we needed. Thank you ladies!
Both of the class participants were lucky to use Prima's very cool new masks.
Again, lots of glorious mess! Love it.
And then time for some photos.
I was lucky enough to visit My Scrapbook Ideas store in Surabaya. I have to say it is one of the prettiest shops I've ever seen.
I love the white of the shop intersperced with the green tree and colours of all the product. Divine.
MSI also have an amazing DT and I would watch the names very carefully. I would not be surprised to see them appearing on manufacturer DTs very soon! They have such a unique and beautiful style. Surabaya just loves to layer. And I mean layer. Their layouts don't go in albums, but in frames on the wall. They are simply stunning!
And that is about it. A wonderful wonderful couple of days with an amazing company and their lovely customers.
If you get a chance to go to Indonesia, make sure you stop in at MSI. It will be well worth your while!
It's my turn on the Prima Educator blog and I decided with Christmas coming up what better time to start thinking cards and decorations?
I know my own schedule leading up to Christmas is pretty hectic, and I'm betting yours is too, so if we can do small bits of crafting now and then, I reckon we can get enough done to satisfy gifts and our own families.
These little decorations are very quick and easy to make so let's see how I created them.
Let's start with the card as if you're giving these decorations. It's probably the first thing they will see....
I started with a standard 6x4" base card. Cutting it down to 4x4" so it made a square.
Then I used Prima's beautiful patterned papers to create a base, layering it with some muslin (cheese cloth) and a Spellbinders die cut scalloped circle.
This gave a base to the journaling card which I cut out from another piece of Prima's PP.
Then just add some flowers and leaves and you're done.
It's a quick card, should take about 10 mins to make.
Next is a home made tree ornament. I notice Frank made a gorgeous one for Prima recently. You can view it here. These ones are similar, but includes a photo of someone special inside. I'm thinking it could make for a wonderful new tradition making one each year for your tree with a picture of your family inside.
Using some of Prima's gorgeous Xmas flowers make it particularly festive.
Prima's Say it in crystals are perfect to add to a project like this as they will glitter beautifully when the tree lights shine on them.
Of course, knowing how many colours you can get in both SIIC and tree decorations, you could have so much fun creating any number of coloured Xmas globes...like I have with my next one.
Stunningly simple. White.
This time instead of a photo, I filled the globe with a small piece of scrunched up muslin, then I simply added some Say it in Crystals to the outside.
You could fill it with anything, but I'm thinking some glitter would look spectacular as well!
As a lovely finishing touch, I covered the gold top with white embossing powder and it was done.
Some lovely, quick and easy treats for your family or friends.
Here's a list of the products I used to create these projects:
Anyone with daughters will know they go through stages of loving 'little things'. Little dolls, little cups and saucers, little animals, little anything.
So I thought to myself, self, why not create something teeny tiny for my girl?
As you can see by the buttons beside the wee drawers, they are small. Matchbox small.
Here's how you can make them....
First cut a piece of cardstock the rough size of a matchbox. Then score at each edge where the paper needs to be folded around the matchbox.
Adhere it to your matchbox.
And sand the edges.
Then adhere them to each other. One on top of the other.
Then you can add some embellishments.
I love Prima's new Junkyard Findings light bulbs, and the saying on this one is perfect. Sarah can now put all her little treasures in this chest of drawers.
By winding the Prima Lace around the boxes, it makes them stronger as well as making them look better too. Then all I had to do was add some beautiful Say it in crystals which I had cut up to fit on top of the lace. Pretty.
I swiped the fronts of the drawers with some ink to take the blinding white away, then added the little 'dot' crystals to the front of the drawers. It makes them look like handles.
I had a lot of fun creating these wee drawers and they only took a short time too. They'd be perfect as a little stocking stuffer, or even a secret santa gift filled with some chocolates or something similar!
Hi there everyone! It's my turn to share some Primaliciousness with you today.
As it's the school holidays in NZ we've been hanging out with my nieces a bit meaning I've had some great photo opportunities. I took this photo just the other day and decided it 'had' to be scrapped.
I'm stoked as it seems to have caught each of their individual personalities in just the one photo.
Here's the layout I created with the photo.
To create this layout I've used the beautiful Zephyr collection, making the most of it's 'softer' sides.
To see how I put it together, please take a look at this short (1 minute) video....
In preparation, I did add the muslin to the back of the photo mat. This was pretty easy. I just popped a border of glue around the outside of the back of the mat, then scrunched and adhered the muslin as I went around the mat.
Here's a close up
I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at how this type of layout can be made. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!
I had such a hard choice choosing from Prima's new range of papers when they arrived at my home. So many new and beautiful designs to play with.
Finally I chose Romance Novel for this project.
I've had these photos of my daughter enjoying a drink from a fountain at the Auckland zoo. I think it was one of the first times she'd drunk from one. She and her twin brother had so much fun playing with the water, letting it run across her tongue, around her mouth, down her chin.
I finally decided it was time to use the photos....
I started with 'Time Travel' and 'Dear John' papers. The two patterns on them seemed to me to be perfectly matched if cut out and put back to back....
So I cut them out.
Then I cut a little round piece at the top of the design so they could slot together to look like one piece of patterned paper...
I initially had the base of my LO as more patterned paper, but with such strong colours and design, decided that white would suit it more.
Then it was a matter of starting to put the layout together more. I knew I needed flowers, journaling a title and of course the photos.
But when I started to put the photos together, I decided the photos needed more of a mat than I'd given them. So I pulled out some packaging and used it as a second mat.
That felt better. Now I just needed to add those bits and pieces I mentioned earlier.
And then the final touch a title.
If you had a shorter title, you could also put it alongside the photos.
And it's done.
Here's a list of the products I used on this project:
844929 - Romance Novel Time Travel
844936 - Romance Novel Dear John
561581 - Soubrette pink/orange
559229 - Decorative Wood Embellishments Rosarian
891459 - Shabby Chic Treasures Marvelle
544232 - Alphabet Stickers
556853 - Miss Godivas Mermaid
553043 - Bristo Blooms Woodstock
Oh and hey, if you'd like to see how I made my cupcake holder (the July PPP project I created), then just take a look at this short video....