07 Mar 2013

Times Up 04: With Stephanie

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In January I finally got to meet Stephanie Howell at CHA. (The craft and hobby show in Anaheim.) Meeting online friends in person is such a treat. You feel like you already know them in a way, through blogs, Facebook, Instagram and scrapbooking layouts. She was so fun and cute in person as I’d expected.
I love this banner she put together of her trip to CHA and attached it to a base page to make a layout! I make banners and don’t know what to do with them later when I take them down from display so I love this idea.  Thanks Stephanie!


Times Up: Stephanie Howell
Time to complete- 30
Tip- For a quick and easy layout idea, use tags to make a “clothesline” across your page. I used the “Tag Cuts” patterned paper from the Crate Paper Fourteen collection for my tags. I just cut out the ones I wanted to use, punched holes in them and strung them on some bright Dear Lizzy ribbon.
I then hung the tags across the page and secured the ends of the ribbon with washi tape. The two large tags were used for the photo and the journaling, and the smaller tags became embellishment clusters.
Super easy, super fast, and looks like way more work and time than it actually is!

06 Mar 2013

Creative Techniques 04 with Wilna

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I have a serious scrap crush on Wilna!
She is so creative and uses products in such inspiring ways! Today she is sharing a very cool video tuturial on how to layer and add dimension with a simple product we all have in our stash–stickers!

Layering with Stickers by Wilna from Wilna Furstenberg on Vimeo.

06 Mar 2013

Get Artsy with Anna-Maria

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Hey, it’s Lizzy here! This month the Paper Party designers (Stephanie, Anna-Maria, Wilna and a guest designer Suzy Plantamura) were shipped a box full of my newest Lucky Charm collection. It’s been so fun to see their style and techniques with the products. I am so excited to share what they are have created! Starting off with Anna-Maria… She is sharing tips and materials needed for watercolor effects on your creations. Including what kind of paper, watercolor and brushes. Thanks so much for the great tips!

WATERCOLOURS in generous.

Last time one of you asked me about the papers I used on my pages and I received some questions about the other materials. I thought that it would be interesting for you, if I write about some details. Exactly this instant technique, its potential and the possibilities it creates, along with my knowledge in this subject is something I would like to share with you in this article.

Let’s begin with a few words about materials that might come in handy:

PAINT: You may use any of your children?s ordinary set of watercolour, e.g. the most basic set of classic, ?hard? watercolour included in the IKEA art set, watercolour crayons which enable for specific and accurate effects in your works, Faber-Castell gellos, you can get an amazing effects using Mister Huey’s mists by Studio Calico, or, just like I often do, you may apply concentrated fluid pigments ? ecoline by Talens, a company that offers a wide selection of colours (this type of paint is available in almost every decent, well-stocked shop for artists; besides, if they are available in Poland, you are bound to find them everywhere in Europe and I think in US as well).

BRUSHES: Watercolour is supposed to be used with soft brushes, preferably natural ones. Depending on the desired effect, we may choose among round brushes with broad tip (perfect for applying larger quantities of paint, as well as for bigger, blobs and paint smudges on cardboard), round brushes with pointed tip (for painting details, lines, small planes of colour), broad and flat ones (for filling larger planes with colour), as well as little, hard, artificial brushes for splashing paint (the effect is similar to using spray or sprinkling mists).


PAPER: Watercolur paper of any basis weight (the thicker, the better) should be the base of watercolour background. Personally, I use size A3 sketch book with paper that is heavy enough for watercolour (250 g/m). You can also use American Crafts cardstock – they are also good enough. If you make only subtle actions of the page you can use a custom scrapbooking paper like f.e. one from the Dear Lizzy ‘Lucky Charm’ collection as I did :)

This is my today’s layout – I used only ‘Lucky Charm‘ papers and embellishments here and add some delicate watercolours effect – just for illustrate how AMAZING it looks togheter :)


Thank you! Anna-Maria :)


04 Mar 2013

Shapes & More Shapes

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This was a fun theme for March because I absolutely love using shapes on my projects and I love diecutting. Very fitting for hot trends right now in scrapbooking. I used one of my favorite papers from my 5th and Frolic Dear Lizzy collection that is a triangle patterned paper. I cut out random triangles and then even smaller ones to sit inside the larger ones and make the shapes more dimensional. Then I added more shapes-circles with my journaling in them. Attached those circles with some foam squares to add even more dimension. I used paper from my newest collection: Lucky Charm for the rest of the layout. Including the lined paper, floral and the two pieces above the photos and cursive strip below. I used my Silhouette Cameo to diecut the phrase Loved on the lined paper. This was a fun layout to document my sweet Ave and what she loves at the moment.

Do you have a step, technique, product  you incorporate on every scrapbook page? I do… and I didn’t include it on this page and it’s driving me nuts! Can you guess what it is??

Stitching. I love to sew on my pages and I didn’t have any white thread or coordinating color so I just skipped that step.
What is something you have to include on each or most of your pages?

Happy Monday! xo Lizzy

26 Feb 2013

Layering: with Anna-Maria

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SPLASH! with Anna-Maria

Next time you receive from me some basis of watercolour painting that enable you to create an unusually attractive background for your layouts.

And now let me share with you the secret of wonderfully ?broken? blots. For this effect use quite a big, round brush (no. 10 at least), moist it with water, then with a significant amount of paint. Placing the brush quite far away from the cardboard (you should preferably put the cardboard on the floor, stand over it and keep the brush high above the ground) wait until the drop of paint falls on the base. It is, naturally, a quite risky method as it is really hard to foresee the final place where the drop falls, but it is, undoubtedly, very spectacular.

I usually begin my work on the layouts with searching for any kind of inspiration: a picture, some fantastic scrapwork which has charmed me and urged to create something equally good, a view from the window, friends, a child, a funny situation. I often get inspired by quotations, poems, melodies ? I love music inspirations! I think they?re most amusing, they evoke my deepest emotions; in music I find the greatest number of colours, hues and shades. On the other hand, words acquaint me with distinct forms: either these very simple, inostensible or, on the contrary, these most sophisticated, baroque ones.

This time I was inspired… (I will add this part of artifcle when I make my layout ) ahhahaha

We are waiting for your huuuuge splashes on the layouts and other creations below this post! I think it’s interesting challenge – you have to try!


Anna-Maria Wolniak


22 Feb 2013

Home layout and Video tutorial

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Here’s a page I made for 2 peas inspired by a mood board I put together of things that inspire me. There’s also a video sharing a fun technique for resist inking…

So dig out those embossing powders, watermark stamp pad or embossing stamp pad and heat up some of your pages!


19 Feb 2013

Times Up 03 with Stephanie & Giveaway

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Time to complete- 40 minutes in three ten minute chunks
1st 10 minute chunk- select photos. Mat one 4×6 photo on patterned paper and frame other two using your favorite die cut/chipboard frames.
2nd 10 minute chunk-collage photos on background paper. Apply title to 4×6 photo.
3rd 10 minute chunk- journal on tag, place bow on tag,adhere tag to background paper.Lightly mist “2” die cut with gold shimmer mist and leave to dry.
4th 10 minute chunk- cluster embellishments in visual triangle.
Tip- I love the look of “scattering” sweet embellishments around my pages. Mini word stickers+brads+enamel dots=my favorite embellishment combination.

Supplies: patterned paper: Crate Paper (pink background,floral photo mat),  frames: Crate Paper, mini word stickers,enamel dots,label stickers:My Mind’s Eye,brads,circle embellishments-:Dear Lizzy, vellum banner:Crate Paper, journal tag: Dear Lizzy, bow: Dear Lizzy, ticket: Dear Lizzy, letter stickers: Dear Lizzy Thickers, pen: American Crafts precision pen

The Ties That Bind
Five Ways to Scrapbook Your Most Important Relationships taught by Stephanie Howell  
self-paced class $10.00

About the Class: Learn to identify and treasure the relationships in your life, both big and small, while creatingauthentic and meaningful scrapbook layouts in five vital relationship categories. Above all, learn to share a little piece of your heart on every page you make. Stephanie Howell—a popular blogger, devoted Army wife, and busy mother of four youngdaughters (including twins)—welcomes you into her inspiring world in The Ties That Bind, her very first online class. As you connect with Stephanie’s stories, you’ll discover the importance of sharing pieces of yourself as you honor the people and ideals that have made you who you are. In this class, you’ll create the kinds of pages that you and your family will treasure all your lives. read rest of description here 

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13 Feb 2013

Valentines Layout: color concept with Lizzy

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Since tomorrow is Valentine’s Day I thought I’d share this layout I made for my Two Peas Garden Girl project. It took me longer than I had hoped to get the title right. But I love the quote, “You have my whole heart for my whole life” and I wanted to diecut it with my Silhouette Cameo somewhere on the layout. I tried other patterned papers and color combinations and finally realized that I am definitely drawn to more white on my projects.

I diecut the quote and three hearts below it. I backed the three hearts with patterned paper. I used a punch to punch out the larger hearts below those. Then added some stitching to ground those hearts. The small triangle paper is from my newest Lucky Charm collection that should we available online soon. If you are interested in the cut file let me know. xo, Lizzy

I love messy stamping so I stamped with the arrow then did a few more until the ink fades away. Same with my date stamp.

I wanted the color combination to be light and airy with the mint and the white then a pop of color. I chose red for obvious reasons as well as a black and white stripe and some turquoise. I used the gallon, quart pint concept for this layout. The gallon of color is white, quart is blue and the pint is red. It helps the layout to feel balanced and the page to really pop. I also chose pictures where the pint of color was displayed so the photos stood out as well. Thanks for looking!
xo, Lizzy

12 Feb 2013

Layering with Anna-Maria

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Layering tips and tricks with Anna-Maria


Hi everybody! Last time I wrote a few words about creating layers using papers and embellishments. This time – as I promised you it before – I will concentrate on a simple watercolour media layers. This will be very subtle and delicate effect.
If you want to try you will need watercolour paint or custom mists, colour inks or Faber-Catell gellos – anything you have will be enough to try and decide do you like this technic or not.

You can use the watercolours directly on your paper but I encourage you to prepare a simple gesso base sefore you start. It’s not such difficult as it appers. You just have to spread a little bit of gesso or white acrylic paint here and there near your photo and leave it till it dry. The next step is more complicated and I will focus on it in this article.

THE EFFECT OF SMUDGY, DIFFUSED COLOURS. If you want to achieve the effect of lap-dissolving, fluently penetrating colours, you should first apply a significant amount of water onto the paper; when the base is still wet, dip the brush into the paint and gently apply it on the paper; subsequently the paint itself begins to spread on the wet surface. Next to what you have just painted, just before it dries, apply another colour using the same technique. To avoid melting of the two applied colours you should wait until the first one dries a bit before laying the other one (it might get useful when, for example, we want to match the blue paint with the yellow one, avoiding the final effect of green).

As you can observe on my page – the effect is very gentle, almost invisible. I create this layout using a lot of paper layers and some mixed-media ones. I added my favourite Dear Lizzy ‘5th & Frolic’ stickers and other papers and embellishments in pale palette which suits perfect to this line.

OK, so this is what I prepared for you today. Next time I will add some other watercolour techincs for you. I am waiting for your creations in the comments below this post! Adn if you have any questions – just ask them – also here.
Thank you for reading and have a nice day!
XoXo Anna Maria


07 Feb 2013

Art Class with Wilna: GIVEAWAY

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One of our Paper Party girls is launching registration for her online class at Two Peas in a Bucket! I am a huge fan of her work and she seriously amazes me with her creativity.

Join Garden Girl Wilna Furstenberg on an exciting journey in art making!  If you are looking to learn simple techniques that will fill you with wonder and bring the fun back into scrapbooking, then this workshop is for you!  The 10 chapters encourage you to play with stencils, Modge Podge, stitching, wax, fabric, found items, pens, paint, masking fluid, glitter, washi tape and molding paste.  If you like Wilna’s style of scrapbooking and if you want to learn more artistic techniques, then ART class is for you.


Leave a comment to win a place in her class… and be sure to sign up because you don’t want to miss it!!

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