When I first saw Shimelle’s collection I knew I would love every single product and when I got it I was so thrilled because it was even better in real life. The colours and designs are all up my alley. I knew I wanted to showcase all the products I had. I opted to create five different projects to show how amazingly beautiful the collection is.
When I scrapbook I tend to make layouts but with this collection I had many ideas. I decided to create a card and layout, to decorate an envelope, embellish a 12” by 12” photo, and I also was inspired to make a simple mini book containing photos from our family’s summer vacation.
This was such fun to create. I picked one of the patterned papers and added some watercolour paint in the same hue as the paper but just a touch darker. Then I cut out a banner from one of the 6×6 papers from the paper pad. I added a doily from my stash and a sentiment I had lying around. To finish off I used one of the wood veneer pieces. For a bit of glamour, I sprinkled some gold embossing powder over the wood veneer heart and heat embossed it. I was surprised to see that the details on the heart still showed through after the embossing process.
I love creating cards but decorating and envelope is just as important. I wouldn’t embellish it if I were sending it by post but I often give out cards in person and handing it over in a pretty envelope is a lot more fun.
The design of the envelope is really simple because I wanted to highlight the amazing ampersand that came in the wood veneer pack. I used the heart 6×6 patterned paper from the paper pad.
Embellishing a large photo
In my photo orders I had a 12”by12” photo. I thought I’d just frame it but then I knew I wanted to use the collection to embellish it. I used the overlays and cork embellishments. I love how just by adding a couple of details more attention is drawn towards the photo.
My fourth project is a layout. I went with my favourite design for the background. I love black and white stripes. This paper just jumped out at me. I cut out some squares which I placed randomly over the background and then added some clusters of embellishments. Shimelle’s collection has quite a few pink and red tones which are my favourites but there are also amazing aqua tones. I am still more drawn towards the pinks and don’t hesitate to use them on layouts about my boys.
The last project is a mini book. I went for a simple design which focuses on the photos and the papers from the collection by using one side for the photos and the other with just a couple of embellishments.
|Lilith Eeckels lives with her family in the south of Belgium. She is South African by heart and hopes to return to this amazing country where she grew up as child. By day she is an English and Dutch foreign language teacher in a high school as well as mother to four mischievous boys who keep her very busy. By night you’ll find her in her scrapbook nook playing with pretty papers and embellishments. Currently she a Design Team member of American Crafts, Esprit Scrapbooking, Scraptastic Kit club. She shares her passion for scrapbooking on her blog, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram|