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Sahin Designs – How To Make Your Own Ready-To-Use Embellishments

Hello, everyone. I’m back today to share a fun way to use those bits and pieces of papers and embellishments that don’t make it onto a papercraft project. I have to admit, when it comes to digital collections I always print way too many elements. One of the techniques I love to use on my layouts is repetition. Multiple copies of shapes, words, digital stamps fill up my pages most of the times, but I often find myself with leftovers pieces that sit in a cute little bowl on my desk. After a bit of thinking, I decided it would be nice to have some ready-to-use embellishments and tags that I can just stick onto my next layout or project.

The collections I used are two of my favorites: Table for two and Tranquil.

I love tags and layered ephemera pieces, so that’s what I went for.

I started by adhering two tag shapes together, one slightly bigger than the other, to create some definition and make the final tag stand out more. Same concept was used for the sentiment, which has a piece of patterned paper behind it. For the flower, I used foam dots between the layers for extra dimension.

For the second tag, I added some colored twine around it and created a charm-like embellishment with sequins.

Sometimes you might have some elements that are kind of mismatched or you don’t have enough of. The best option for me is to make a banner out of them. I love how the different shapes and colors come together this way.

Finally, I have a very simple piece that I created by adhering a few elements onto a strip of paper. Again, I used foam dots for dimension and a leftover cut file for texture.

I hope you felt inspired today to use your bits and pieces of paper to make ready-to-use embellishments for your next project.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

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Sahin Designs – Texture and dimension on hybrid layouts

Hello everyone. I’m back to share a new layout with you today. I have said this before, but I cannot get enough of finding ways to create added dimension and texture on my pages. I usually use cut files to achieve that goal, but I would like to show you another technique I love.

The beautiful floral print in the Recorded collection by Sahin Designs drew my attention.

To begin, I created my background by repeating the floral element on opposite corners of the page. With an exacto knife, I then started cutting the outline of the orchids, just enough so I could lift them. I picked a soft pink cardstock to back my page, as it matched perfectly one of the colors in some of the branches. To make sure all the petals kept that dimension, I adhered them down with foam dots. A little touch of watercolor paint was used to add a little bit of color.

I also doubled up on some of the flowers to add an extra layer of dimension.

Next, I worked on building layers behind my photo with different patterned papers from the collection. The two main clusters include some of my favorite elements, such as flowers, which I printed on vellum for a softer look, sweet sentiments and the delicate bow.

Some black foam elements from my stash finished the layout.

I hope you are inspired to give this technique a try and build more texture and dimension on your pages.

Have a lovely day!

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Sahin Designs – Pocket Letter

Hello, everyone. I am back with a new project today. Don’t you just love receiving happy mail? Or better, making someone’s day by sending some pretty goodies? I have been enjoying putting together pocket letters lately. It is a fast project and you can have one done and ready to be mailed in no time.

For my pocket letter today, I have decided to use the Crafty Fingers collection. I absolutely love the colors and the sentiments, perfect for your crafty friends.


I usually use Trading Card Sleeves. They are smaller than the page protectors you would use for your Project Life spreads. I find they are not as bulky when it comes to shipping them out. To start, I printed my favorite cards and patterned papers from the collection and cut them to measure 3.5”L x 2.5”W.


Embellishing is my favorite part. What I like about working with digital collections is that you can mix and match your elements and achieve a personalized look each time. It is also fun incorporating physical items, such as stickers, twine and enamel shapes, that coordinate well with your chosen collection.


I used foam dots on most of the cards. I like the dimension they add.



Once you are done preparing your pocket letter, fill up each pocket with all the pretty stuff. Your friends will love it!

I hope you felt inspired today.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day!