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Gold Leaf:: A Scrapbooking Tutorial by Carrie Elias

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com

Gold is all the rage right now, and using gold foil in scrapbooking has become a staple. I’d been toying with the idea of using actual gold leaf in my scrapbook projects for a while and recently decided to give it a try. In doing so, I found that it’s actually quite easy to work with. Now I’m adding gold leaf to almost all my crafts and may even prefer the texture over gold foil!

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com

Below is a three part video series where I create a mini book using some of the lovely products from Shimelle’s new scrapbook collection. In all three videos there are examples of the simple process I use to add gold leaf in any shape to my projects.

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com

Part one is the mini book cover, where I add gold leaf in the shape of a jeep with flourish design (which I created on my computer).

Part two is adding gold leaf letters and shapes directly onto some of the mini book pages and photos.

Part three is design and assembly of the mini book as well as a flip through of the completed project.

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com

One of the things I like the most about this mini book is that I only use three 12×12 papers, and two embellishment packs (all from Shimelle’s collection) in the design. Of course, I also used photos, page protectors, and an album cover, but the basics are only made up of those five elements with almost no waste. I think it’s such a cool idea.

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com

Some helpful notes/details about this project:
・I use contact paper that is sticky on only one side. Silhouette makes a double sided adhesive sheet if you don’t want to trouble with adding adhesive to the non-sticky side of the contact paper.
・ I am able to add gold leaf to any surface type (paper, wood, plastic, metal, glass, etc…), because of the adhesive I use for the backside of the contact paper. This all purpose wet adhesive is called The Ultimate.
・ Make sure that your contact paper has the sticky side facing towards you and the non-sticky side towards your background.
・ I use my Silhouette Cameo to cut out most of my shapes, but instead you can hand cut out any shape you like.
・ You can use a protective sealer over your gold leaf, but I personally haven’t found one yet that does not cover up that beautiful gold leaf texture.
・ Sometimes it is easiest to line up your cut design (if it consists of multiple pieces), by using the opposite cut as a guide. If this doesn’t make sense there is an example of this in the Part Two video when I’m working with the word “FUN”.
・ I used my typewriter for the journaling.
・ Trimming page protectors to custom sizes, and adding tabs to the smallest helps create depth, interest, and makes the pages easier to turn.

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com

gold leaf:: a scrapbooking tutorial by carrie elias @ shimelle.com





Carrie is a YouTuber who loves to take photos and create little pieces of art with pretty paper.  She enjoyed teaching scrapbook classes when she lived in San Diego, adores her family, and thinks where she now lives in the Pacific Northwest is breathtakingly beautiful. When it comes to memory keeping her imagination usually takes over and helps her see outside the box. Carrie is expecting her first child around the new year, likes having blue mermaid hair, thinks that rain smells sweet, and still has a crush on her sweetheart of 20 years. You can check out her work on her blog, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

The Shimelle Collection is now available at scrapbook.com

the shimelle collection from american crafts @ shimelle.com

Just a quick update to let you know the Shimelle collection is now available here at scrapbook.com, and is currently at a discount.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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Remember This: A new video mixing scrapbooking collections

baby scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

Oh, hi. Originally that die-cut said ‘hello’. I had to explain that I pretty much never say hello. I say ‘oh, hi’, and if extra excited, ‘oh haiiiiii’, but that wouldn’t translate to so well to a die-cut. And thus, dry embossed hearts on pink squares that say ‘oh, hi’ and make me very happy.

I also have finally been able to finish the editing on a new scrapbooking video, and that makes me happy too.


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Although I’ve really enjoyed scrapping with just my own products, my true style for many years has been to mix and match brands and collections to get a look I love, so throwing this all together was a whole new kind of scrapping adventure.

Supplies for this page include text background paper, heart patterned paper, map patterned paper, die cut pack, colour rub-ons, gold rub-ons, elephant card, cloud card, hello card, sweetness card, true story card, gold sequins, journaling pen, and turquoise mist.

baby scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

I hate to repeat what I said in the video, but I will anyway. Because I love this photo and I love it a little bit more for having totally missed it for quite some time. I don’t remember it being taken (apparently this was while I having vitals checked or something), though I do remember the midwife giving The Boy instructions for dressing Wonder Boy and then getting a bit short with him when he didn’t know the difference between a vest and a sleep suit, and then shorter still when he told her I didn’t bring sleeveless vests, but Wonder Boy did eventually end up clothed. He was wearing a panda outfit that was the very first gift he ever received, such an early gift that I was quite terrified by it and I buried it at the bottom of a drawer for many months because otherwise I would have spent those months looking at it and clutching it and being ridiculously emotional. Instead I get to be ridiculously emotional now, seeing it on him at the hospital, seeing it in the photo, and seeing it now in the box of teeny-tiny outgrown clothes. I need to write all that on another page, but on this one I wanted to document just a bit of my feeling that although the process of his arrival was many miles from what I imagined in my head, it didn’t matter for a moment. …and to think it was just tiny panda-printed clothes that made me ridiculously emotional.

Thanks for watching.

On The Writing Process

notes on my scrapbook writing process @ shimelle.com

For an expat, I find I mix with surprisingly few other expats here in London, but from time to time stumble upon someone with a similar experience of growing up stateside yet living here as an adult and how some things in that combination just become a little humorous or unexpected or occasionally downright frustrating. The writer behind Angloyankophile is one of these types perfect for these conversations, but we’ve only ever conversed on Twitter and, to our knowledge, have never been in the same place at the same time. I was very honoured when she asked me to participate in the ‘Writing Process Blog Tour’ by taking a week to answer some questions about how and why I write.

I started immediately.

It took me two weeks.

I think this says all you need to know about my writing process, but should you wish to know more, I can humour you!

notes on my scrapbook writing process @ shimelle.com

What writing are you working on?
I’m getting back to my true inner voice. She disappeared a bit before Wonder Boy arrived and she is only starting to reappear. I’m okay with that: there are so many jokes about ‘baby brain’ for a reason, and it is something I have found very challenging. My mind is muddled, it’s difficult to focus, and broken sleep even leads me to get stuck in the middle of a sentence because I can’t remember the word I wanted to use. On the whole, none of this bothers me too much, because I assume it will gradually fall away. Some friends have told me it all falls away; others say they have never felt as sharp as before. The only worry I have had is that I really don’t want to forget the stories from those early weeks, and as a result I’m making some compromises in writing things more simply and succinctly than might have a year ago. (Though, looking at this paragraph, I can clearly still ramble.) My hope is that the scrapbook format means I can go back and add in more detail as I find my voice again, and I’ll be able to document everything I want in a way that sounds right to my ear at some point.

notes on my scrapbook writing process @ shimelle.com

How does your work differ from others of its genre?
There are as many writing styles as there are scrapbookers, surely? I remember when we originally pitched ourselves as a team at Scrapbook Inspirations magazine (obligatory sigh), we each had a subtitle of ‘the one with…’ and I was ‘the one with all the words’. I love pages that have longer stories, though I certainly don’t have a long story on every layout. I love that I jump around and tell stories in bits and pieces, in this strangely organic way of building my life story as I reflect and learn from my experiences. Perhaps the part of my process that differs from many is how often I refer to my existing pages. I don’t make pages to file away and rarely look at them again. I make a page and put it in its home and when I decide to scrapbook something, I go to the album to find the place where that page will go. I read the journaling on the pages immediately before and after the spot where the new page will live. It directly informs how I will write on that page: it’s how the story builds over time, and it also prevents something that plagued me years ago. I would make multiple pages of an event at different times and then when put side by side, the journaling was pretty much the same. Now I know what has and hasn’t been said about that particular event and I can make a choice over what to write next to make that story more full and vivid.

Admittedly, I don’t think there is anything in particular that is exceptionally unique about the way I work from every single other scrapbooker out there! But we all have our own little patterns that feel right, and those are mine.

notes on my scrapbook writing process @ shimelle.com

Why do you write what you do?
Because I don’t have the patience to write a novel. (I tried a few times when I was younger. I always failed, even if I bought a really special notebook and pen for drafting.)
Because scrapbooking is really my therapy. (It helps me remove the drama from life and focus on what is truly important.)
Because I am an observer. (The Boy and I can be somewhere together and we will remember the experience so differently. I always remember what people were doing and saying, for some reason.)
Because I am very, very fearful of what it would be like for my memory to slip away. (Honest admission. It has kept me awake at night since I was a very little girl.)

notes on my writing process @ shimelle.com

How does your writing process work?
I have notebooks all over the place. I write in a different voice in longhand than typing (something I loved reading studies about when I was teaching and I tended to be pretty vocal about long-term plans that took the vast majority of writing to the keyboard) and I don’t do well with keeping one ongoing book (which is probably part of why I can’t write a novel). The Boy is a dedicated one-notebook-at-a-time person, so he carries his from room to room and place to place all the time. I keep one in every room. Then sometimes I switch them around to help my train of thought. I cut and paste (literally, rather than with keyboard shortcuts) and scribble in arrows and replace words. Most of that process doesn’t flow to typing for me, so the stuff I write by hand feels more genuine and composed to me. What I am realising as I write this explanation is that I’m pretty haphazard and all over the place. And also, I love fine point pens.

And now… I’m meant to nominate two other bloggers to find out about their writing process. It doesn’t have to be a scrapbooker, but there are two scrappers who came to mind, so I’m going with them: Jill Sprott and Julie Kirk and hoping they will answer these questions on their blogs. But if anyone out there is reading and would like to take on these questions for fodder, please don’t be shy! I’d love to read about your writing process, be it for scrapbook pages, blogging, or some other worldy words on which you’re working!

All things Colour:: A Scrapbooking tutorial by Ewa Kujawska

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

Hello there! Today I’m going to share with you my scrappy way to use gesso in spray format and do a colorful layout with lots of small pictures and embellishments.

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

First of all, I used a sketch from Studio Tekturek. I think it is a very funny sketch: you need to use three photos and draw something. That is kind of fun, yay! I used the Hey Kiddo collection from Studio Tekturek, in amazing purple colors. I put all my pictures with this lovely boy on a base and checked if it looked good before going any further. Later I added others papers and cards.

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

When I’m matching papers I like to be spontaneous; I really enjoy it. When my preliminary work is done, I use a cardboard box and spray the whole background paper base with gesso spray. It is a new kind of product for me. I always used gesso in a tube, but now I love this spray with my whole heart. It is easy, it is quick, and it looks amazing!

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

When the gesso was dry, I built my layout on top. I used lots of amazing stickers, badges, and wood veneers.

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

I stitched some shapes and filling some cross-stitch from heart card.

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

I added alpha-words, more stickers, and more embellishments. I love to create this way!

all things colour:: a scrapbooking tutorial by ewa kujawska @ shimelle.com

Finally my layout is done! It is colorful, vivid, and a little bit funny. And please, do not be afraid to use as many embellishments on your works as you wish!

Thank you so much for reading me today, it was fun! Thanks for stopping by and have an amazing day!





Ewa (itisallaboutscrap) is 30 and she is a Polish girl, who now lives in Torun – the city where Nicolaus Copernicus was born. She discovered scrapbooking in the beginning of 2011. Since then she can’t live without all the beautiful papers, embellishments, stickers, badges and so on. Her scrapbooking style is colourful and energetic. Ewa always try to make her works optimistic and funny – she wants to give people mass of positive energy!
You can check out her work on her blog and Facebook page.

Scrapbooking with the Shimelle Collection :: Welcome to the Seaside (a new video!)

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

It has rained a ridiculous amount in the last two days. It has rained so much that the pond on our street has overflowed its banks (do ponds have ‘banks’?) and there are geese sitting in the middle of the road squawking at cars because clearly the pond has annexed the road and the cars need to find another place to go. But I really cannot complain about the weather because this summer has been glorious and certainly the sunniest, most pleasant summer season of all my years in England.

I tell you all this to help make my summer Friday ritual make sense: a friend and I signed up for a mama and baby yoga class that is lovely but not exactly convenient for travel, and we just walked there every week. It was a good couple hours door to door, but that was the fabulousness of it all: walking with a friend and our two babies, born two days apart, in beautiful weather, with a break for yoga and another break for coffee and sometimes cake. But one Friday in July, I needed to continue with a bit more travel after class. Carrying a baby and rolling a suitcase, I started with that long walk, but then managed a bus, a tube, two trains, another bus, and a car ride to finally arrive at the seaside for a lovely weekend of girlfriends and children and walks along the water.

From this layout, you might figure out that Wonder Boy was not an instant fan of the British beach scene. I promise he wasn’t grumpy all weekend. That made these photos extra funny to me and I wanted to get that grumpy face in the album before he’s old enough to say no.

In other news, I was able to film this! And so I present the first video with my new collection from American Crafts!


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For this page, I used patterned papers, Thickers, cork stickers, dies, embossing folder, word strip stickers, and pens from the Shimelle collection by American Crafts, plus a 3×4 card from the coordinating ‘Lovely’ edition of Project Life, as well as a patterned paper by Crate and sequins from Studio Calico.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

This 12×12 page will go in my standard chronological albums (I have always called these ‘Our Lives’ – thank goodness for vague pronouns that mean I don’t need to rename them now!) but it’s quite likely the photos will also appear in Wonder Boy’s Project Life album, in a smaller format. That works out fine for me, as I’m finding the way I write my stories differs in the two styles, and my 12×12 pages have a more meandering tone that is quite true to my inner narrative when I flip from page to page.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

I’m starting to see projects appear across the internet that use the collection in so many different styles. This is definitely an amazing feeling! Please feel free to let me know if you post such a project anywhere. You can tag me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or use the #shimelle hashtag, or leave a comment with a link to your blog post or gallery. I’ve started pinning projects here, should you need a gallery of ideas for using your Shimelle collection stash! Thank you so much for sharing your crafty work.

Creating a layered mini album page:: A Scrapbooking tutorial by Stephanie Baxter

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

I’m currently trying to catch up on making a mini album all about my holiday to France last summer. I wanted to create a mini album with pages of different sizes and with lots of texture to invite people to keep turning the pages but I was very aware that I wanted to get each page done as quickly as possible. Today, I’d like to show you how I created a quick layered page for my mini album using some goodies from Shimelle’s amazing collection.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

I cut a piece from this fab film strip paper from Shimelle’s collection that I absolutely adore and adhered it down one side of a glassine bag, adding my photo on top.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking  tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

Next, I got a small paper doily and cut it in half. I then used one half to fold into a point, before adhering it to the bottom right-hand corner of the glassine bag to give it a more textured and decorative touch.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

I picked one of my favourite wood veneer pieces from Shimelle’s collection to add some dimension to the mini album page and adhered it on top of my photo.

creating a layered mini album:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

Originally, I had thought that I would punch holes in the glassine bag and put it in my mini album like that but decided that it was a bit too fragile that way. I decided to make use of the woodgrain embossing folder from Shimelle’s collection to create a more sturdy background for my page. I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to the same sort of size as the embossing folder, placed it inside and ran it through my manual die-cutting machine. I then adhered the glassine bag to the front of the embossed cardstock. I absolutely love the extra texture it gives, as well as the tone-on-tone effect!

creating a layered mini album page:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

Next, I punched holes to line up with the binder rings of my album, having made guide marks in pencil by holding the page against the binder rings.

creating a layered mini album page:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

On a tag, I typed my journaling and then tied some twine to the top for extra texture and detail. I then slipped the tag inside the glassine bag, ready to put the page in my album.

creating a layered mini album page:: a scrapbooking tutorial by stephanie baxter @ shimelle.com

Voila! A cute page for my mini album with lots of layers and texture. I really hope you enjoyed seeing how I put my mini album page together. I’d love to see any layered pages that you make for your own mini albums. Leave me a link in the comments here and I’ll pop back and see what you’ve been making!





Stephanie lives in Surrey, near London, England. When not devoting time to her job as a teacher, she can be found hanging out with friends, cooking, watching films, reading Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, laughing uncontrollably with her sister and, of course, scrapbooking. She has been published in Creating Keepsakes and Scrapbook Trends and had the amazing opportunity of writing her own eBook for Ella Publishing, entitled Scrapbooking Your Single Years. She is currently on the Studio Calico Creative Team and can be found in her Studio Calico gallery on her blog, Life in Paper and Glue, and on her Instagram page.

Why I can't scrapbook in chronological order

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

I’ve never scrapbooked my photos in chronological order. For the most part, that is how I choose to tell my stories within my albums, but as far as creating those pages, I need the freedom to jump from one thing to the next and back again. Last week I was reminded of just one of the reasons why.

Last week marked two years since the final day of the London 2012 Olympic Games, which was a pretty monumental evening in my life story. Not the most monumental, but in the list of all the nights, it comes pretty high. I’ve scrapbooked about it a fair bit.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

Yet with that second anniversary date on the calendar, it was what I wanted to reflect on, and I do that in scrapbook form. Maybe I just need to indulge my nostalgia some times. I have always missed this group of people since the end of our crazy rehearsal schedule. I still see some of them here and there, but never as a big group, and there is no way to recreate the atmosphere of spending twelve hour days in a tent in a rainstorm, wearing a plastic bag over your costume and comparing notes on the nutritional content of our meals provided by the Olympic sponsors.

Some things really stick in my mind with dates and others don’t, so I love the Timehop app for reminding me of random things that happened on any particular day years ago. It shows me what I tweeted, Facebooked, or Instagrammed on that day going back through the years. (You can also set it up to work with your photo library if you don’t post your pictures to social media sites.) Most of the time, I just take a second to look and smile at anything that was quite sweet, but sometimes it prompts me to email an old friend or dig out a photo and scrapbook with a happy heart.

scrapbook page by shimelle laine @ shimelle.com

For this page, I worked with supplies from my own line mixed with the Notes and Things collection from Crate Paper, some gold sequins and a couple stamps from Studio Calico, and some little letter stickers from Simple Stories. Since the costumes for our team were all different shades of turquoise, from the blue end to the green and light to dark, I loved going through the papers, stickers, and die-cuts to find a similar effect in paper, then throwing it all together to frame one photo.

Fellow Timehop users: what were you doing this day in history? I hope it was something that makes you smile to remember.

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