Blessed

The past month was the first month of the Jewish year. A time for reflecting, doing some soul searching and count one’s blessings. One of my life’s mottos is that there are no coincidences in life, everything happens for a reason. My life’s journey up until now has led me through valleys and mountains, it wasn’t always easy but it was worth it! I am definitely blessed. Blessed with a husband I love, children I adore and a job I enjoy. This layout represents all of those blessings. The layout is designed on a patterned paper I designed. It has worm colors and a big “Hamsa” in the center of the paper. The Hamsa is a symbol of prosperity and good luck.

A technique to share

I love using ribbons in my layouts, they are versatile and fun. In this LO I wanted to add a happy fun feeling by adding some flags. I wanted a different look for the flags and not the triangle shape that is so common now so I made the flags from ribbon. It is very easy technique to do. Take a piece of wide ribbon and fold it in half. Attach together with a strong dry adhesive. Then cut the ribbon in a form of a flag. I inked the edges, “hanged” them on a string and attached to the page. Here is the finished LO showing my two boys having fun with Grandma.

Dreams

I was invited to be a guest designer at “Scrap the Poetry” after winning one of their challenges. This time the poem was “Dreams” by Langston Hughes. Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreamsfor when dreams goLife is a barren fieldFrozen with snow. Dreams are such an important thing to have. They inspire you to achieve great things, they help you see things in a different way and they enrich who you are as a person. This theme was so right for me, because I am a person who followed her dream. I left a steady job to be a professional designer; I followed my dreams and followed my heart. The beginning was hard, I had to build a business and generate income when no one here knew what scrapbooking was about. It happened slowly, but I was true to my dream and I didn’t give up!

Independence Day

I was recently published in an e-book of crafts for Independence Day. The book is full of great projects for the American Independence Day, but can easily be applied to any country’s Independence Day; all you need to do is simply change the color scheme to fit the colors of your flag! My contribution to the book was a scrapbook layout designed with one of my favorite paper products: Lace paper. I found just the right paper for this layout, all blue stars. The full instructions of this layout are in the e-book and it is really easy.

Don't you think it's too hot?

I think the last few days were too hot. I decided to do a layout that will cool me down a little bit: “winter at the beach”. This is a layout with my son’s photos from a trip he went to with his kindergarten. They went on a trip to the beach in the middle of the winter; they collected sea shells and played in the sand. I had these photos for a while; but I could get inspired to create a LO with them. I got my inspiration when I designed my own paper. This paper is part of my “KIDS line”. All the papers were designed with real children’s’ drawings, my children. The rainbow in the clouds drawing was just the right one for this LO. It had a feel of winter and summer all together, gray skies with shining sun…winter at the Beach. A few challenges:twisted Sketches #054– boldThe ABC challenge – W is for weatherStampin’ Royalty …

What do you think am I cute?

I usually design layouts for other people. They’re either my clients who order custom made scrapbooks, or my kids whom their photos make the most of our family’s scrapbooks. So I hardly design a layout with my photo. This time I made an exception. I designed a layout for my baby photos. The paper I used is a paper of my own design. It is called Words and it is part of the TIME line. The Time line incorporates two themes: time and masculine. The different papers have more of a masculine feel to them and they all have time theme on them. This paper has words around all four sides, all of them relate to time. But despite the masculine vibe this paper fitted perfectly to my photos. I am a big fan of circles so I decided to cut all the photos into circles and go from there. I added embellishments and some more circles. I also used …

Building a dinosaur

Here is another layout for my sweet young boy. He got a kit for building a dinosaur, and being a big fan of dinosaurs he started working right away. I tried to take some pictures, a task that was not easy at all. He was so excited and he was moving from side to side making it hard to capture the excitement without blur. For this layout I used a lot of dimension especially in the embellishments and the letters. I used chipboard for the tree branch and leaves, as well as the dinosaur. I dyed all the chipboard with chalk ink to get a sort of Crayon look, as if it was painted by a kid. I always try to stretch my supplies as far as I can, so I used the inner part of the foam letters “O”, “B” and “A” to create the dots on the dinosaur’s back. I also created more dimension by using two foam …

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Einat Kessler

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