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Hi, hello, guess who!  Yup, Norine again!

I’ve got another layout to share today.  Because I still have some winter pictures and some paper left from the Echo Park - A Perfect Winter line.  And I doubt that today’s layout will be the last!


I’m going to share with you, some process photos of the cute evergreen branches and how I made them.  Because the photo has a pot planted at the side of the stairs, full of pines and evergreen boughs, and the paper line has some evergreen motifs included, I wanted to make an accent of that.


I started with a piece of watercolor paper and I daubed on a variety of green colors and lots of water.  I pushed the color around for a bit and then let it dry.  Watercolor pigment dries lighter though, so when it did, I realized I needed more brown color.


Had I started with more brown paint, I don’t think it would have dried with the distinct green undertones like it did, but rather would have blended together and ended up much muddier.  I really like this result.


So, once it was dry, I ran it through the Big Shot die cutting machine, with the Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies called Holiday Greens.  Because I was cutting watercolor paper which is thicker and more textured than regular card stock, I found that I needed to add a shim of another piece of paper in addition to the acrylic cutting plate.  That little bit of extra thickness made all the difference.


Et voila!


Here’s how they looked on the finished layout.


I’m kind of into the look of lots of layers of mat papers behind the photo.  In this case, I used one of the journaling cards cut from one of the papers in the kit to add a bit of blue plaid to the mix.  It’s unlikely I’d used it as a card front or journaling card for Project Life, so it feels extra productive to used it as a photo mat instead.


I added my journaling straight to the layout after drawing lines in pencil to keep the text straight.  Then I stitched the lines on the sewing machine and erased the pencil lines.


I kind of also like the look of layering up elements that don’t actually have anything to do with the theme of the layout, like the chipboard flower from Blue Fern Studios.  I dunno….it works in my head…

Other supplies used: Simple Stories alphabet stickers (AT), Photo Play alphabet stickers (HOME), Bella Blvd washi tape, Pebbles Inc - Jen Hadfield phrase stickers, Crate Paper label sticker, Evalicious puffy sticker.


That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your day!

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Always Remember


It’s me again…Natalja.

I asked Norine if we could switch a blogging day, so I’ll be here today and Sunday, and she’ll be here for three blogs after that. I apologize for my crazy amount of run on sentences lately, I think it might be time for some schooling again (insert a great dose of sarcasm..I haven’t missed writing essays yet).

I hope you’ve had a good start to your week! Maybe I can make it even just a tad bit brighter with my springy lay out….they say it’s supposed to warm up in these corners of the North Pole!


There’s something about an 8.5″x 11″ layout that I can’t quite put my finger on…I think this may actually be my first layout in this size. It’s fun to do layouts on smaller sizes of paper and they’re also easier to fill, especially if you’re only using one photo.

As you may have noticed, I love to layer embellishments, even chipboard. Maybe it’s the flowers, but something just calls out to create a little ‘arrangement’. I used both stickers and chipboard from Crate Paper’s ‘Chasing Dreams’ by Maggie Holmes to create the corner flower detail.


As I worked on this layout, using a photo that came from some darker days in my life, I thought about the person who I have become, what I’ve learned and what I would say to the younger, much less secure, extremely self-critical (more like self-hating) person that I was during that time. I absolutely love the “Collected” paper from the ‘Chasing Dreams’ line as it is filled with such encouraging and inspiring words. At first I thought I might type out a little letter on my typewriter but then found these pink slips of papers were absolutely perfect and much more than enough.


Always remember,

(let everything be) from the heart,

leave a little magic wherever you go,

dreams are for chasing,

(you are able to) inspire someone today,

Have courage (to be you),

and be kind (to yourself).

To someone who has always loved pouring into other people and watching them flourish, there comes a time when you have to realize, that you can not give what you don’t have. When I take better care of myself, I become more secure and confident and with that am also better able to help those around me. I know this goes for a lot of you too. I hope you don’t mind me adding personal stories to my little art projects, but perhaps without stories, there would be no art.


Back to the project details though (as in embellishments), I’m guessing you’ll forever see even the tiniest bit of nuvo on my projects. Perhaps my next challenge should be to not use nuvo on my next project! But they really are that good, not kidding.


I think water colour seriously makes the world a better place. I love how a few strokes here and there, of Prima watercolour, add so much colour and character.

And that’s a wrap! Have a good rest of your week!

Always remember:

leave a little magic wherever you go,

your dreams are for chasing,

you can inspire someone today,

have courage

and be kind to yourself <3

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This post was written by Natalja on January 17, 2018

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