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Altenew September 2018 Washi Tape Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello and welcome to the Altenew September 2018 Washi Tape Release Blog Hop + Giveaway.
You should have arrived from the amazing Laura Jane‘s blog. Here is the full list for your convenience:
Enza Gudor **You are here**
I am so excited about this fabulous Washi release. So many beautiful patterns and colors! There is something for everyone.
For my project today, I mixed Painted Orchids and Pastel Strokes Washi Tapes to decorate the cover of two mini notebooks.
I started by making the notebooks (you can find the tutorial here). They only measure 4×6 inches, so pretty tiny, but perfect to fit in your purse or take with you anywhere.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
For the first one, I adhered the Pastel Strokes Washi Tape in the middle of the smooth white cardstock I used for the cover. I went all the way to the back, so to have a continuity in the design. Next, I fussy cut the beautiful floral images from the Painted Orchids Washi Tape (previously adhered to white cardstock) and arranged them on opposite corners of the front cover. I also cut the word “Notes” with the Brush Alpha Die Set, and placed it in the top portion.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
The second notebook is simpler and came together in no time. I used the Painted Orchids Washi Tape to cover the whole front. The gorgeous wreath fit perfectly in the middle of the page.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
To create some separation and make the colors stand out more, I covered the spine with the new Dots In Maple Washi Tape.
Mini notebooks with @Altenew Washi Tape by @enzamg. #washitape #handmadejournals #altenewwashitape
Now onto the prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 10/3/2018 for a chance to win. 6 winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 10/6/2018.
Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re enjoying this hop and will feel inspired to create with these fantastic designs. Your next stop is TaeEun‘s blog.
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Crate Paper – Handmade Journal Tutorial

Hello, crafty friends! How about handmade journals for our project today? They are fun and easy to make, and came together in no time. It took about fifteen minutes to make one, and I couldn’t stop. It’s addicting!

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

The first thing you want to do is gather your supplies:

  • printer paper
  • Willow Lane 6×8 Paper Pad
  • paper piercer
  • needle and thread
  • embellishments.

The 6×8 Paper Pad is the perfect size for these notebooks; they are big enough for your everyday lists, notes, journaling, but also small enough to take with you anywhere. I started by trimming seven sheets of copy paper to measure slightly less than 6×8 inches – I wouldn’t do more than seven sheets, as it gets harder to get even edges. I folded them in half, and did the same with the cover.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

With the help of a magnetic cutting mat like the We R Memory Keepers one, I was able to keep copy paper and cover together, and mark even spots for the binding. I then pierced through all the pieces at once, making sure to avoid any shifting of the papers.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy
Next, I used colored embroidery floss to attach the pages and the cover together, making sure to hide the knots on the inside of the spine.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

I created some mini tassels to attach to the twine that I used to keep the journals closed.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

For the closure, I simply punched a hole on the front cover, about ¼” from the right edge, wrapped twine around a brad I placed in the hole, and went around the notebook a couple of times.

Here are the finished journals. I created different covers, from very simple to a bit more time-consuming, like the washi tape one. I truly enjoyed decorating them.

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

Handmade Journal Tutorial by @enzamg for @cratepaper with the #willowlane collection. #cratepaper #journaltutorial #journal #handmade #diy

I hope you’ll give this project a try. It is really fun!

Supplies: Willow Lane – 6×8 Paper Pad (344490); 6×12 Stickers (344485); Ephemera Pieces (344486); Washi Tape (344480); Decorative Trim (344476); Mini Apha Stickers (344481); Cheerful Chipboard Letter Stickers (344488).

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Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to the Altenew July 2017 Release Blog Hop and Giveaway! I’m sure you have noticed by now how gorgeous the new products are. There is such a variety of items to choose from and so much versatility that it makes it harder not to want them all! You should have arrived from the incredibly talented Debby Hughes‘s blog.

Here is the complete list to reference to if needed:

Enza Gudor —You are here—

What is a Blog Hop without prizes?

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to FIVE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog or/and Scrapbook Blog by Thursday, July 27th at 11:59 pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card/Scrapbook blogs on Sunday, July 30th.

I created three projects for today’s blog hop.

  • For my first project, I decide to use the Sketchy Floral stamp set to create lots of flowers to cluster on one side of the page. This stamp set is absolutely gorgeous, not only for the floral image and sentiments it features, but also for its large size, perfect for backgrounds.


I love the colors of the patterned papers included in the Reflection Scrapbook Collection. I know I say this often, but those watercolor hues just make it so easy to achieve the desired mixed media look. I decided to heat-emboss the main image with the Altenew Crystal Clear Crisp and Golden Peach Crisp (which will be restocked soon) embossing powders. I stamped and fussy cut it several times, in order to be able to layer the pieces and achieve dimension.

The Golden Peach Crisp embossing powder is so beautiful!!! I want to use it on everything!

Some of the leaves were placed on the opposite side of the picture as well, to continue the theme and give a more complete look to the page. Embellishments from the Reflection Scrapbook Kit,  paint splatters, and enamel dots finished the page.

  • My second project features the Get Well Soon stamp set. What I love about it is its versatility. Lots of different images that are perfect for backgrounds or to create embellishments.

This Travelers Notebook spread came together in no time.

I first stamped the hexagon image on a piece of watercolor paper with VersaMark ink and heat-embossed it to create a resist. Then with a mini ink blending tool and some of the brand new Altenew Crisp Dye Inks I just added color all over the page.

On a separate piece of watercolor paper I stamped the floral image and heat-embossed it. I used watercolors and also Altenew Shimmer Ink Sprays in blue and purple to achieve different shades.

I kept the opposite side of the spread pretty simple. I cut the word “Love”, included in the new Script Words Die set, three times and layered the pieces together for added dimension. To give it even more texture, I backed it with die cut pieces from my stash and a few embellishments from the Reflection Scrapbook Collection.

  • My third and last project for this release features the Parrot Paradise stamp set. I love the variety of tropical foliage. So inspiring!

I knew I wanted to create my own background by using only one type of leaf. I cut a 9-inch circle out of a 12×12 piece of white cardstock and used it as a template. Then I started stamping inside the circle by using all the different shades of the new Altenew Crisp Dye Ink sets: Cherry Blossom, Deep Blue Seas, and Pocketful Of Sunshine. The colors are vibrant and fun, perfect for this summery layout.

Some of the leaves were also stamped separately and adhered on top of the background ones using foam dots.

I kept the embellishments to a minimum not to overload the page. I love how soft this page turned out.

 

Thank you for stopping by. Keep hopping along for a chance to win a gift certificate to the Altenew store. You next stop is the amazing Laurie Schmidlin.

Have a lovely day!