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March International Guest Designer- Anke Kramer

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Happy Monday, GB fans and friends!

Today we are so excited to bring our guest designer feature back. Each month we will be featuring a domestic and an international crafter who has caught our eye.

We will showcase them here so that you can be inspired by their creativity and talent!

Our first international guest designer is Anke Kramer from Germany. We first noticed Anke in our design team call and we fell in love with her bright and beautiful projects.

A bit about Anke in her own words:

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My name is Anke and I live in a small town in northern Germany together with my husband and our dog. Being creative has always been an important part of my life. Since my childhood I love painting and paper crafting .

The first time I got in touch with scrapbooking was in 2011 when I worked on an album about one of my husband’s sailing trips. I found some creative blogs and scrapbook shops and I immediately fell in love with all those pretty papers and embellishments. My favorite subjects are sailing, my dog and the little moments of our everyday life.

My favorite supplies are my sewing machine, dies, my Cameo and every kind of paint and color. I also like to add some mixed media accents to my projects using stencils and modeling paste. Besides scrapbooking I love painting, reading, playing guitar and long walks with my dog.

I’m very excited to be guest designer this month!

Find Anke here:  IG // Blog // Pinterest // Facebook

Enjoy Anke’s fabulous projects below!

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Anke- we LOVE everything you created. Thank you so very much for sharing your talent with us this month!

 

 

Flip Mini Album by Nathalie

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I am happy to be back on the blog to share with you a cute project created with the March Main kit, a flip mini album I made as a gift to a friend:

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It’s a fun little album that you have to unfold and interact with to see the photos. It can include up to 9 photos if you wanted to but I only used 4. The best part is that you only need one sheet of white cardstock, one sheet of patterned paper, alphas and embellishments (all included in the kit).

I’ll quickly explain how I put it together in case you would like to make one.

The base is a piece of white cardstock cut to 4.75 by 12 inches and scored at 2 ¼, 2 3/8, 5 5/8 and 8 7/8. I then cut three strips of patterned paper to 3 by 9.25 inches and folded them in half.

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Before adhering them on the cardstock, I trimmed the top flap on each piece and punched a notch with a circle punch.

I added my photos (they all measure 3.75×2.75 inches) and embellished with stickers (Shimelle sticker book) and puffy stickers (Pink Paislee Oh My Heart).

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I also added a gorgeous XO wood veneer from the kit and a spot to write a note for my friend.

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The final touches consisted of decorating the cover and tying twine around (twine is the only item not included in the kit).

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A great like gift to remember a lovely day. I think she will like it!

Supplies: March Scrapbook kit, twine, Kirkland photo paper.

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Gratitude Junk Journal

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I love this time of year…the weather gets cool enough to pull out my comfy sweaters and scarves, the trees explode with color and I’m overwhelmed by a deep feeling of gratitude. Maybe that’s because the year is almost over and I’m happy to have made it this far, perhaps it’s all the comfort food I’m consuming.

Either way, November has always been a good month for me and documenting that is important. This year I decided to use this month’s delightful Gossamer Blue kit to create a Gratitude Junk Journal.

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A junk journal is really just a wonderful combination of papers…usually the offcuts cuts of larger sheets, hence the word “junk.” You can fill it with all sorts of ephemera ranging in color and size.

I decided to make the cover 5“x7” using a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper from this month’s Main Add On, a leaf from the LP Themed Add On and stamps from the Life Pages Kit .

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Once I had my mix of papers in order, I bound them together using a simple pamphlet stitch and wax thread to make it stronger.

Depending on how thick you make your journal you can use a variety of binding methods including staples or binder rings. Wax thread can be purchased from Amazon and a pamphlet stitch tutorial can easily be found on You Tube.

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Now your journal is ready to be filled. In addition to including a few words of gratitude every day, I also like including poetry and quotes on the subject as well as on this season of Thanksgiving.

I include ephemera like my favorite tea bag wrapper or the packaging to a beloved autumn candle, and my book is never complete without tucking in a few fall leaves.

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Rather than just write random things each day, I decided to base my journal on prompts. I think this is a really good way to get things started…especially on those days when nothing much is happening, yet I still want to be mindful of the things in my life for which I truly am grateful.

I found several lists on Pinterest and just picked the ones I preferred/applied to me. Here‘s a look at some of the inner pages:

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The good thing about creating a prompt based journal is that you can have something ready for every day. I typed mine up and then stitched around them before adhering them into my book. In the back of my book I created a small pocket where I will put a list I made of daily gratitudes that are a bit more personal.

I really hope you consider making one of these journals…either for yourself or for a friend. They make a lovely handcrafted gift and helps to put your supplies to good use.

Supplies Used: Gossamer Blue November Main Scrapbook kit and Main Add on. Nov. Life Pages Kit as well as the Life Pages Themed Add on. Waxed Thread, Embroidery Needle, Shipping Tag and Masking Tape from my own stash.

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