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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Brown paper packages….

….tied up with strings…..  You know the rest….

Hi friends!  It’s that time of year again, when you’re busy making lists, checking them twice, and making and wrapping up little gifts for the wonderful people in your life.  Today I thought I’d show you a few ideas for simple, but special ways to package a gift.  What I like most about these ideas, is that they translate well to any gift giving occasion you might have any other day of the year.

I love paper bags.  So much, that I hoard them and think, I’ll wait to use them for a more special occasion.  In fact, I even keep the cute ones I get when I purchase something in some sweet little boutique store.  They always have the best bags!

One of the ideas I have for you today is using mid-sized bags for a card envelope and adhering a mini bag containing a gift card on the outside.


I know you all like step-out photos that show the process of creating, from start to finish, so let me take you to the very beginning.  It usually all comes out of a big mess.


It’s necessary for me to pull out a bunch of different products and materials, and move them around on my table just to see what I like together.


I decided I liked the combination of the two gold patterns together.  An A2 sized card fits nicely in the larger bag and a gift card fits perfectly into the smaller bag.


I punched two holes at the top of the folded down portion and strang…stringed…strung! some gold cord through them and tied it up all cute.  Then I layered some paper flowers by Prima with a gold brad, onto a leaf die cut from Kaisercraft (Oh So Lovely) and a the gold “celebrate” word from Crate Paper (the Oasis line) and that’s a pretty cute way to elevate a simple card and Starbucks gift card to a really memorable gift!


Next, I pulled together these seemingly un-related components.  Unifying the group by color (kraft) and theme (season - a die-cut snowflake and white poinsettia from Prima) with a pop of red baker’s twine makes a delightful finished package, don’t you think?


To layer each of the elements, I used good strong glue dots, but to close up the bags/packages, I used a temporary tape runner adhesive so that they can easily be opened up without tearing the bag all to pieces.


For this last brown paper package I used a paper doily, a ruled lines paper bag (again, with a gift card tucked inside) and simply tacked on one of my handmade layered embellishments (available in the store), before tying up the whole package with some blue striped bakers twine.  I stamped a Best Wishes greeting on a basic outlined sticker (from an office supply store) (embellishments are everywhere!) and stuck it down over the string and gift card bag.


I hope you find this topic of interest because I have more ideas than these to show you today.  Check back again next week for more brown paper packaging ideas!  Check the store for many of the supplies used here today.

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