2017 Trends – How To With Jowilna

How will you be inspired creatively in 2017? I am looking towards the trend masters for some guidelines and am here to share them with you. One trend that has caught my eye is geometric shapes. I love shapes and the thought of repeating them with paper and ink excites me. I created a quick card and an embellishment to use on a layout inspired by this trend – and absolutely love how this basic...
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Sunshine and Texture Cardstock Card

How often do you use your paper punches? Not enough is probably the answer like mine was. The thing with punches is that they can be amazing or simply useless. But when you make the investment in a great punch then they truly are amazing, like this little beauty of a border punch. But how can we use our border punches to create some interest. One of my favourite design principles to use with any...
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Flaming Colours – Ink Pads Altering Some Chipboard Pieces

This week I am adding some more great colours to white cardstock and chipboard pieces using my Memento LUXE ink pads. These ink pads come in a myriad of colours and together they can create magic. Here I combine them for a fun water colour background and paint a chipboard element to create a beautiful card. Step 1 Apply some paint onto your craft sheet, mist the paint with water and pick up the...
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#1 Dad – Celebrate Father’s Day in Style.

What better way to celebrate all the Dads with memories captured on a beautiful layout. It is something that will capture his personality and show him just how much you love him. And best of all it will be a memory that can be relived again and again. For this single page layout {perfect for a front page} I used the beautiful Mr Smith’s workshop patterned paper and matching embellishments. This...
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Teenage Formal – Let’s Have a Party!

The great thing about scrapbooking and crafting goodies is that you have instant themes available to you. This gorgeous range of papers by Celebr8 sparked some ideas for a teenage formal party for a girl. Let’s take a look at how this paper inspired me… The beautiful paper was the inspiration behind this invitation and theme. I used two of the patterned papers to create a gate fold style...
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Farmyard Birthday Invitation – Setting the Scene

Setting the scene for a special birthday celebration always begins with a special invitation. And what better way to create an invitation than using the fabulous Silhouette machine. I used the beautiful barn image cut on my silhouette and then turned it into an invitation simply by adding some wording inside. Step 1 Insert the image into the silhouette software. Drag the image to the size you...
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Little Birdie Floral Inspiration Layout

When inspiration hits it comes from obvious places, but sometimes also the not so obvious places. For this layout I was inspired to use a variety of blue, grey and brown flowers to soften up the many straight lines. But if you thought my only inspiration was the pretty NEW Little Birdie blooms from The Wholesaler you are wrong. My layout inspiration started with a large floral stamp used for my...
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Christmas Bows Using The Envelope Punch Board

So we already know how versatile the envelope punch board is right? Well today I am showing you how to create your own paper bows using the punch board. So even if it’s not entirely new to you, there is always something to learn and to inspire someone else with. So here goes… With the festive season coming up and loads of wrapping going to happen pretty soon, we are going to make some bows...
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We R Memory Keepers Hobby Tools Galore! Punch Boards, Heatwave Pen, Heidi Swapp Cinch, Sew Easy and much more…

We R Memory Keeps is synonymous with superior quality tools and we are pleased to bring you a wide selection of the all-time favourites as well as some exciting new additions that we know you’re going to love! From Punch Boards and Trimmers, to the Heidi Swapp Cinch and Heatwave Pen, we have all the tools you need!   We R Memory Keepers Punch Boards Punch Boards make it easy, not to mention...
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Project Life Pocket Style Scrapbooking with Lady Pattern Paper

I cringe every time I hear someone say something negative about Project Life, pocket scrapbooking or about how expensive this hobby is. And as a local memory keeper I want to assure you that you can afford this hobby and I want to show you how… With the Proudly South African paper releases by Lady Pattern Paper distributed by The Wholesaler you can create your own pocket style cards in a...
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Couture Creations Die-Cuts On A Background

How do you get more out of your die-cuts? Well you use them in different ways combined with different materials right? Right! So today I am sharing a quick way of using the same cut to get a different look and effect on a background for your layout. For my layout I used a single paint splat die-cut from Couture Creations. It is so cute and delicate and there are so many ways you can use it,...
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Creating Art with Celebr8 Stencils

I love stencils. And with the new local Celebr8 range things just got a bit easier and so very very inspiring. I have used this range of stencils with mist products but one of my favourite artistic looks using stencils is to create dimension with them. So for this layout…let’s go and explore a bit how I created my background effect using the awesome spilled Coffee stencil. I started with a...
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Kaisercraft Scrap Yard Glamour

Today I am so excited to share this layout with you. Again it is one of my favourites using the gorgeous Scrap Yard collection by Kaisercraft. This is such a grungy range of papers with loads of attitude and colour and texture, but on my layout I gave it a bit more of a glamourous feel by adding some bling in the form of beads, sequins, glitter. I love how this turned out – such a fun look...
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Welcome We R Memory Keepers!

This exciting release brings us essential craft tools from American Crafts’ latest addition to the family, We R Memory Keepers!   Envelope Punch Board This is the easiest envelope maker on the market! Just punch and score. The 2-way envelope punch creates fold tabs and round corners. It is easy to create designer envelopes in dozens of sizes. Printed on the punch board are a variety...
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Details with cutting dies on a layout!

The more I use my collection of dies, the more I fall in love with them if that is even possible. I mean I really love the designs, but sometimes it is just an effort to pull out all the bits and pieces and actually use them – do you sometimes have that feeling? I know you do! So in an effort to love my dies more and use them more, I have opted to keep my Cuttlebug machine on my desk permanently...
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Using Dies As Accents – Cluster Technique

I have spoken a lot in the past about using dies on cards and layouts, and even as I use it more I realise the possibilities are endless. As you run out of elements to use and alphabets to create titles with, dies are those things that will never run out – each time you use a different paper or cardstock or technique on a die-cut, you can alter and change the way it looks and functions.  ...
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Chase Rainbows – Complimenting your patterned paper with ink

I love colours and patterns! And when you combine the two together in a single range of artistic papers then I am really happy. That’s what Kaisercraft did with the “Chase Rainbows” range of papers. Loads of colours, artistic paint effects and fun quotes on journaling cards. I created a fun and simple layout using this gorgeous range. To complement the overall theme I added my own inked details...
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Mixed Media Card Tutorial

With all the new art mediums and inks available it is hard not to dabble in a cross pollination of different mediums and inks into my crafting projects. So this week I created a card using Crackle texture paste and inks for a beautiful and interesting look. And if you are thinking that it is just not for you, think again. Combining different mediums together is really easy, and if you start off...
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Go.See.Do. Kaisercraft Wanderlust Layout!

Everyone loves a nice travel layout, right! And when the papers is a perfect fit for seeing the world then bring it on. This was the case with the new Kaisercraft range of travel papers – Wanderlust. I knew the minute I saw the papers I wanted to scrap a friend’s photos from their travels to Egypt – the colours and the feel were a match made in well…crafty heaven. For my layout...
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American Crafts This to That Project Life Intro Page

Have you started your Project Life album for 2015 yet? Well for a change I have, and I even started it on the first which is so comforting to get right back into memory keeping – you know recording the little things in life. I was using the American Crafts range of “This to That” tape runners and fell in love all over again. Not only do they make things easier and quicker to adhere to your...
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Petaloo Darjeeling! A whimsical welcome to 2015!

Discover the magical world of Petaloo Darjeeling flowers & butterflies! These uniquely gorgeous blooms are rustic and life-like and add a wonderful touch of whimsy to any scrapbooking layout or craft project.   Find all the stunning Petaloo flowers, leaves, butterflies and other exquisite embellishments for all your crafting needs currently available in South Africa here »   Also...
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AC cardstock handmade card in 10 minutes!

American Crafts cardstock has grown to be one of my favourite cardstock brands. The quality and colours is what I find most appealing – and the fact that you can use it for anything is a real bonus – cardstock after all is the staple food for any serious crafter! And this is my brand choice. So during the holidays I did some catching up on my empty card box, and tried to make some quick...
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Jowilna’s Mason Jar Snow Globe Tutorial

I don’t think I ever owned a snow globe, what with living in the Southern Hemisphere and all. But I have always loved them and have a bit of a fascination with them – it always seems like you can get lost in the winter wonderland inside and drift off to a magical place. So this year I decided to make my very own little snow globes. Here’s how I did it in a few easy steps: Use your selected...
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American Crafts Paper Pads, Milk Paint, Thickers and more…

What a bumper release from American Crafts! As always American Crafts brings us a treasure chest of gorgeous new products – from paper pads and paper to milk paint and ribbon! There’s something for everyone in this release.   American Crafts Paper Pads We’re excited to share with you the amazing new American Crafts paper pads! Keep an eye out for the great value “Best of Paper Pads”....
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