House Interactive Mini Album

A lot of my friends around the world complained that Christmas is over too quickly and they wished it could last a little longer. So how about putting your holiday photos in a small mini album that can fit in your bag and carry Christmas with you for a little while longer? This mini album is the perfect way to do just that! I used Basically Bare Happy Little Houses chipboard set to create this mini, but since I had only two houses left (just goes to show you how much I love this set :-)), I used the houses as templates to create more houses that will be my mini album pages. So…let’s start! First trace them on double sided patterned paper. In order to increase our “real estate” fold the paper in half and only then trace the shape. Cut the shape while the paper is folded living the side or the bottom un cut. This will give you an …

Snowman mixed media canvas

Last weekend we had some crazy weather, lots of snow in not very high places, blackouts, hail storms and non stop rain. All that inspired me to go all wintery and create a snowy mixed media canvas with a happy little snowman. I’ve reused one of my un needed 6″ X 6″ canvases and covered it with gesso. Then I added two large acrylic snowflake shapes and covered them with gesso as well. I added a little light blue color with a color spray and a baby wipe. To create the snow I used two layers of cheese cloth that reminded me of the snow texture and whiteness. I added my stamped embossed snowman and a title. For more festive atmosphere I also added little snowflakes made from rhinestones and a little bling with stickles. You can join me for a step by step video tutorial for all the details! Have fun creating!Einat

Resolutions mixed media fabric covered mini album

The new year is almost here and it’s time to make some important resolutions. I’m planning to make some resolutions and I created this special mixed media mini album covered with fabric so I’ll have a really special place to put them in. I’ve used a Basically bare 2 rings chipboard binder that is really easy to cover and embellish. I started with covering the binder with fabric adhering it to the binder with fabric adhesive. Then I sprayed it with color sprays to add some color. I also stamped the binder with two colors of distress ink: blue and green. I embellished it with modeling paste with a swirl pattern and added flowers and leaves.On the inside I adhered patterned paper and tied a lace ribbon for a final touch and to hide the binder mechanism a little. Now all I need to do is make my resolutions and make them happen!! Have fun creating!Einat

Christmas Mixed Media Canvas

I lovemaking my own holiday gifts and although I don’t celebrate Christmas (Jews have Hanukkah) I can totally relate to the lights, the holiday spirit and the joy. Giving someone you love a gift you created yourself is not only rewarding and gratifying but it’s also special and unique. Here’s an idea for such a present the only danger is that you will like it too much and give it to…yourself.   This mixed media canvas starts with a 8″ by 8″ canvas. it is then covered with paper, paint, stencils and ink. After the background is ready it’s time to create the tree and decorate it with a little bling.   For a final festive touch add glitter and some word stickers. Add a title, I wrote JOY, but you can choose whatever word you like. You can find full step by step instructions in the video. The canvas can be hanged on the wall, placed on the mantel, be a gift …


  Inside: how to make a Christmas advent calendar to countdown the days until Christmas!   Since I was a kid whenever I had an important event coming up I always made a table with the number of days I had to wait and I crossed off each day counting down the days remaining. It was such a thrill to see fewer and fewer days that needed to be crossed off and that whatever I was waiting for almost here. With the holidays and Christmas fast approaching I imagine many such tables or advent calendars are popping around your homes.     WHAT IS AN ADVENT CALENDAR   Advent is an important part of the Christian calendar. It means ‘coming’ and it’s the period before Christmas, which celebrates the birth of Jesus. It is all about preparing for Christmas Day. An Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Since the date of …

8 Dayz of Light

We’ll be celebrating Hanukkah in just a few days so I thought I would share with you a mixed media layout you can create with your holiday photos. In this layout I used a few easy but really cool techniques to create the festive light effect I wanted. I started with creating a corrugated paper. I had a piece od corrugated paper I got from IKEA but it was covered only on one side. So I covered it with a 12X12 patterned paper to create the cover. Then I tore it to create a layered effect. I created dripage with acrylic paint to mimic the melting wax of the candles.I added more layers of paper all in orange and yellow colors like the colors of a candle’s flame. I also embossed some of the papers with a Spellbinders embossing folder. I finished my page with hand made candles I created from rolled pieces of paper and layers of flowers in …

"Our photos" mini album in a camera box

It’s fun to be a Basically Bare Design Team member because you get to play with cute chipboards like these camera chipboards from the Paparazzi set. When I saw these cameras I just knew they will be a mini album! To add to the fun I also created a cute camera box to house the mini album. I created the pages by tracing the camera chipboard onto thin chipboard and papers and then adhering them. Then I embellished the pages with photo theme embellishments such as stickers, cogwheels and film strip and stamps. I created flaps and pockets to allow more room for journaling and photos. I created the box from chipboard parts and covered it with patterned paper. For full instructions on how to create the mini album and build the box check out the video tutorial. This was so much fun! I got to combine two of my greatest passions in crafts: mini albums and paper engineering! You …

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Einat Kessler


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