Beautiful Friend

     Posted by Lisa on January 13, 2019

Happy 2019!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are slowly getting back to a regular schedule.

After Christmas I took a couple days off work, it was a much needed break that I fully enjoyed with lots of time in my craft space!

During my break I decided to make a gift for one of my best and most beautiful friends!  Not only is she beautiful outside but she has one of the most beautiful hearts I have seen.   Yup love this girl!

I wanted to give her something to display in her home, which she previously owned with her sister who moved into a new home with her husband.  I also wanted her to have a reminder how beautiful she is!  We all could use that right!

Of course the gift had to be a surprise, so I ‘borrowed’ a photo from her Facebook page…sneaky right! LOL  I knew she wouldn’t mind, and she did give me permission to share what I made here for all of you to enjoy.


When designing this I knew I needed to work with colours that would match her house, and use a colour she loves.

The base is a Tim Holtz Etcetra Tag, I think it’s the small size.  I started by covering the tag with some sticky back canvas, then added some texture past using Tim Holtz stencils.


I slowly built up layers using these cute paper straws, and a variety of embellishments.  Once the embellishments were all glued in place everything got a coat of white gesso.


I used Dylusions spray in purple and pink to add colour while keeping some white space too.  The white space helps draw the eyes to the focal point, which is of course my friend!


For extra texture and layers I added some random stamping using grey Archival Ink. The wood word Beauty was finished off with old siver embossing powder.

It was fun using colours I don’t normally gravitate to, but also a bit of a challenge for me.

My friend was surprised when she opened her gift and loved it!!

Thank you for joining me today for the first post of 2019, I can’t wait to share a year of inspiration & projects with you!!

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Travelers Notebook Layouts - Guest Designer Norine

     Posted by Norine on January 9, 2019

Hey guys, I’m back today with a couple of traveler’s notebook layouts I recently created.


I picked up some of the More Than Words line from Cocoa Vanilla when I was last in the Love is in the Details store and I finally got a chance to play with it.  More of this line is soon coming into the store so be watching for Lori to let you know about it’s arrival!  Here’s a sample of what it looks like.





It’s a collection suitable for many themes, but especially baby girl pages like I’m sharing today.  It includes die cuts (sooo many cute die cuts!), chipboard shapes, puffy stickers and more.  As well, I used one of the layered chipboard phrases I designed last summer, “you so cute”.  I painted it with plain white craft paint, then stamped it all over with Versamark ink, then heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give it a lovely gloss.  I combined the phrase with pink polka dot chipboard alphabet letters from the Lullaby Girl line from Pebbles.


I framed the photo (of our sweet Ramona babe) with a frame die cut from fun foam.  All the puffy stickers and die cut phrases and floral images are from the More Than Words collection.


Besides the Cocoa Vanilla line, I’ve included a blue tag and some gold polka dot pink washi tape from my stash.

Next up, is a layout that uses more of the More Than Words paper and embellishments.


I love that it’s so versatile for baby boy pages too.


Besides the larger papers from the line, I’ve included scraps from my stash to mat the photo - I always love when a piece is perfect for a time like this and totally justifies my having “stashed” it for so long!  I used the phrase strips from the sticker sheet and added hand written journaling below.


I’ve layered up die cuts, tags and a chipboard butterfly from the collection to bump against the bottom edge of the layout.  The strip of black and white washi tape was too wide and visually heavy for this small size of page layout, so I cut it in half with a wonky scissor line down the center and added it below the patterned paper on top, to help delineate the separation between top and bottom, and create a visual anchor point for the photo to sit on.


It will be a while before I tire of this paper line, but happily I have lots more baby photos and feelings to document.  Thanks for stopping by today and I’ll see you soon!

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