Back to school: a special Mini Album for a special teacher

It’s time to go back to school! I always have mixed feelings about going back to school, I want the house back to myself, but I love spending time with them and I enjoy the time off from all the driving, baking, volunteering…. This time of year always reminds me of my son’s first teacher. She was one of a kind! She was his teacher for four years and she is largely responsible for his amazing progress. We all cried when it was time to say goodbye. Luckily his new teacher is just as great and the class gets to meet their old teacher when she comes to visit. I wanted to make her something special when she left, something to help her remember all the wonderful moments they shared during those four years. I decided to make a special mini album in the spirit of learning. Each page is dedicated to a letter in the Hebrew alphabet, total of …

Ins(paper)ation: Beginnings

“Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working” Pablo Picasso We will be celebrating the Jewish New Year in about a month. This time of year always gets me in a special beginning mood. I get the motivation to start new projects, make changes around the house, make resolutions for the new year ahead and make plans for my life, my business and myself. This layout was inspired by this mode of new fresh things. I was thinking of all the new things this coming year will bring and I remembered I had an old photo of the best beginning ever…a new baby! This is the ultimate beginning of them all, a new person, a start of a new life. This photo is of my best friend’s daughter, a daughter she has been waiting for a long time and that has brought her new happiness and love.       In this layout I’ve used felt shapes to give it …

33 ideas for a wedding

I love writing for eBooks, it’s one of the greatest advantages of the internet: you can have a complete idea book for free straight to your computer. You don’t need to worry about space or the environment! I was asked to contribute to a great eBook: “33 Summer Wedding Ideas”. My contribution was wedding layout with a full set of instructions and a materials list. The eBook is full of great ideas and inspiration for a beautiful wedding. Although it’s titled 33 Summer Wedding Ideas you can create all the projects for any type of wedding. Just change the colors and you can add a personal touch to a winter or spring wedding. If you want to design your own wedding scrapbook my layout can be a perfect start! You can download the eBook here. To all of you who are getting married, congratulations! Einat

"Wishes" Mini Album

In one month time Jews all around the world will celebrate the beginning of the new year. So, it’s just about time for me to start working on my New Year’s projects. This mini album is a present for a dear friend and it’s all about wishes. Each page of the album is a wish from me to her. Here is the first page (I promise to share all the other pages after I have given it to her): This wish starts on one side of the page and ends on the other: “Find the…one”. The entire mini album is made from Glitz’s Whatnots, paper layers and transparencies. The minute I saw them I decided they were perfect for creating this mini. Now…the part you have been waiting for!                                                                                        The winner of the Summer Card Contest is: Krista’s Paper Cafe!  Congratulations!! Please email me your address so I can send you your goodie bag! Thanks everyone for entering! Einat

How to use your scraps tutorial – FaveCraft Blog Hop

It’s time to go hopping again! Today all my designer friends at FaveCraft are posting about a project finished on the 15th. This time I want to share with you my Free Spirit layout and an easy fun technique to use your scraps or better yet your wrappings. In this age of recycling, some of the companies are creating wrappings that we can use as embellishments or paper in our projects. This way instead of throwing the wrapping away, we can use it in our project and help make the environment cleaner. In my layout I used a prima small stamp wrapping as an accent. The bright turquoise color complements the other colors on the layout and the scalloped edges add dimension and interest. The scalloped edges were originally part of the wrapping, so I didn’t have to change it. It even had cute birds on it that were just right for the a layout theme. Try to think of …

101 Flowers Tutorial #6: Button Flowers

I love buttons. They add a soft, homey gentle touch to every layout as well as texture and interesting dimension. There is another special reason I like to use buttons in my creations. They were a gift, a gift from my late grandmother. My grandmother used to love her sewing and she had a huge button collection. It was all organized in small boxes according to color, shape and size. After she passed away my dad and aunt went through her things and found her buttons collection. Knowing me, they knew I would want to have that collection and they gave it to me. Ever since then I know that whenever I use a button from her collection she’s up there smiling. So, in honor of my grandma’s collection today’s flower tutorial is all about buttons. All you need to make all these flowers are different shapes, sizes and colors of flowers: 1. Use two flowered shaped buttons on top …

A sunny picnic – 3 part technique corner (How to make grass, tree and landscape?)

Picnic is one of my favorite things to do. Eat, play and have fun outdoors, in the shinning sun, in the gentle wind and the tall beautiful trees. Every time we go out on a picnic we discover something new to do. This time we found a green field with wheat up to our waste and a yellow flower field next to it. A perfect spot for some photos, don’t you think? This is a DT layout for My Punch which has three different techniques: How to create grass? For this technique all you need is a green wide ribbon. Pleat the ribbon and adhere it to your layout (if you want to create the landscape don’t adhere it yet). The pleats create movement like the moving grass. How to create a tree? To create a tree use scraps of brown and green card stock. Cut a tree trunk with three branches and ink the edges. Then cut three green …

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