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Spellbinders – Destination Japan Collection by Lene Lok

Hello, crafty friends! Enza Gudor here with you today to share three projects featuring the gorgeous Destination Japan Collection by Lene Lok. Saying that I am in love with this collection is an understatement. It is so beautiful and unique, and can be used for a variety of projects.

The first project is a card created with one of my favorite die sets in this collection: Die D-Lites Kimono Etched Dies.

I started by die cutting the papers for my kimono. I went with delicate, spring colors that reminded me of the real Japanese garments. For the outline, I opted for a very light lavender color, while for the inlay panels I alternated patterned paper in contrasting shades.

After cutting the outline, I glued it on to smooth white cardstock and adhered the other panels along with the decorative sakura/cherry blossom flowers on top. I then fussy cut around the edges to get rid of the excess paper. This simple step made the image thicker and perfect to be backed with foam adhesive.

Once ready, I continued working on the card base, for which I picked the same lavender-colored patterned paper. I adhered a 4 x 5.25 inches striped paper on top, and layered a smaller panel of white textured cardstock in between the kimono and the base to make everything pop. To add texture, I die cut many cherry blossoms using the same white cardstock, and adhered them on to my smaller panel. I love how delicate it looks!

To complete the card, I added a sentiment from the Bloom Street scrapbook collection that I used for all my projects today.

The second project is a 12×12 layout. This time I used the gorgeous Shapeabilities Sakura Blossoms Etched Dies.

The die set includes a rectangular border die, on top of which you can layer the beautiful Sakura flowers. I decided to just use the blossoms for this page. What I love about the set is that the flowers come in three different sizes, which is perfect to achieve dimension and texture on your projects.

As you can see, I die cut lots of pretty flowers to frame this sweet photo of my daughter and I. After matting the 12×12 patterned paper with a lighter-colored one, I layered an additional, wide strip in a different design vertically, making sure it partially covered the left side of the background. Once I adhered my photo and a few embellishments from the Bloom Street collection down, I started decorating with clusters of flowers.

The third and final project for today is another card. I used three die sets here: Shapeabilities Waves Etched DiesShapeabilities Sakura Blossoms Etched Dies, and Die D-Lites Origami Crane Etched Dies.

This card came together in no time. The beautiful background die added the right amount of interest, so I felt I didn’t need much more on top. I filled in the high waves with a different patterned paper so to make them stand out more, and left the rest as is, letting the pink paper peek through.

I love the Origami Crane die, so I cut one shape and backed it with vellum. Some of the sections were filled with the same paper I used for the outline. To finish the card, I added three beautiful Sakura blossoms and a sentiment from the Bloom Street collection. Everything was adhered down with foam adhesive.

Spellbinders Supplies:

Other Supplies:

  • Bloom Street Scrapbook Collection by Pink Paislee
  • Scrapbook Adhesives Foam Adhesive
  • FSJ Detailed Foliage Die Set
  • FSJ Summer Branch Die

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed my projects and will give these fabulous die sets a try. Have a delightful day!


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Crate Paper – Creative Layouts: Circle Backdrop

Hello, CP friends! Enza here, and today I’m bringing you a new layout created with the gorgeous Willow Lane collection. I love creating layouts that incorporate different patterned paper and colors, so I try to look for ways that allow me to do that while still keeping the page clean and balanced. I find that geometric shapes are perfect for this, as they can be repeated multiple times without being too overwhelming for the design. I went with circles, but stars, triangles, hearts, and many other shapes would have worked as well.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

I used a paper punch from my stash to obtain 1.5 inch circles from a variety of patterned papers. In order to perfectly arrange them on the background, I traced and cut out an 8 inch circle from plain cardstock, and used its outline as a template. I started with the gorgeous green polka dotted Friendship paper, and completed a full circle before adding the other cut outs. Trying to alternate soft and stronger colors is the key to achieve a harmonious look. Once the background was complete, I decided to add hand-stitched details all around the outline of the big circle. This simple step brings such a nice, unique feel to the page, and separates the main image from the paper behind it.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

For the photo, I die cut it to fit the middle, and added the Decorative Trim from the Flourish collection around the outer edge before adhering it down.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

The Foam Glitter Thickers worked perfectly as my title. As you can see, I kept the circular idea going here. Butterflies from the Ephemera Pack, as well as fussy cut ones, surround the photo; I also added Puffy Sticker hearts and the cute little bird from the Chipboard set.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

I finished the layout with a few sentiments, and foliage from the Gold Puffy Thickers that come in the Flourish collection.

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

Circle backdrop layout by @enzamg for @cratepaper. #cratepaper #scrapbooking

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you are feeling inspired to create a unique background for your next layout with simple geometric shapes.

Supplies: Willow Lane – Puffy Stickers (344482), Chipboard Stickers (344484), Foam Glitter Stickers (344487), Willow (344462), Bright Days (344461), Cottage (344452), Friendship (344446), Ephemera Pack (344486), Flutter (344450); Flourish – Decorative Trim (344405), Gold Puffy Thickers (344388).


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Altenew – Paper Pack Highlight: Verdant Walk

Hello, Altenew fans! Enza here to share a new layout featuring the brand new Verdant Walk 6×6 Paper Pack.

What I love about this combination of papers is the contrast between light and darker shades – pinks and blues soften the more vibrant greens and yellow, making this set versatile and fun!

For my layout today, I wanted to include most of the patterned papers and showcase how well they work together. What better way to do it than with a layered die set, such as the Peony Dream 3D?

Let’s see how it came together!

I started by spraying the background with my go-to Altenew Shimmer Ink Spray: Frosty Pink, which added just the right amount of color and interest. While that was drying, I die cut the peonies from a variety of patterned paper – mixing pinks and greens, with touches of yellow. I used foam dots to adhere some of the layers together to create dimension.

I decided to arrange the flowers in a semi-circle kind of shape towards the left side of the page. To make them look a bit more realistic, I slightly curved the petals inward.

I then worked on building layers behind the photo with tags and flowers that I fussy cut from other patterned papers in the Verdant Walk Paper Pack.

To balance the page, I also added a strip of paper that included all the patterns in the set on the opposite side of the flower cluster.

For the title, I used the Bold Alphabet Die Set, which helped me incorporate more of the colors and bring all the elements together.

Black splatters finished the layout.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you’ll feel inspired to create your next project with the beautiful Verdant Walk Paper Pack.