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And some more project inspiration……

August 13, 2010

Camilla, Trudi and Lesley are back to share some more projects using the Hippy Girl  and Secret Bird Society collections.  We just love the versatility of both collections and were inspired with coming up with the following  range of projects. 

Camilla says: Hippy Girl is quite colourful collection, but I decided to make a softer page using the collection. I chose the more neutral pages and added some sparks of colours with the blue and the pink. So versatile.

Layout “Wonder” – Camilla Ekman: Hippy girl papers: Melody (P552), Earth (P550), Sunshine (P551), Harmony (P554); alpha stickers – cream (AS222)

Other: brad, lace, Magnolia dies

Trudi says:  This time I have combined the Hippy Girl Patterned Papers ‘Earth’ and ‘Luna’ with the gorgeous Funky Wreath which was released last month to come up with this Home Decor Item.


Home Decor: Funky Wreath by Trudi Harrison.  Materials Used: Funky Wreath (SB2077); Hippy Girl Collection: Patterned Papers Funky Earth (P550), Luna (P555); Ice Green Pearl Brads (EM934); Organza Ribbon Pink (RI614); Snow Pearls (SB794); Sea Breeze Paint (KC043); Antique White Paint (KC002), Turquoise Ink

Other: Embossing Folder, Leaf Die, Crackle Medium

Rather than cover the leaves of the wreath with patterned paper, I have instead given them a ‘shabby’ distressed makeover.  I have first painted them with Kaisercraft Sea Breeze paint. Once dried a crackle medium was then applied and allowed to ‘touch dry’.  Kaisercraft Antique White Paint was then applied over the top. 

The funky wreath has been embellished with hand made spiral roses made from Hippy Girl ‘Funky Earth’ patterned paper, Ice Green Pearl Brads, Pink Organza Ribbon  and die cut leaf branches from the Hippy Girl ‘Luna’ patterned paper.  The birdies have also been covered with the Luna paper which has been embossed before applying


Lesley says: I have used the Hippy Girl to create a quick mini album which I am actually going to use for a friend’s birthday later in the month. I am going to full it up with some quotes and some pictures of her family in it. Card and present in one. Here’s to a  Hippy Birthday!

“Birthday Mini Album – Lesley Cooper: Hippy Girl Collection Patterned Paper Spirit (P553), Delilah (PS112); Clear Stamps (CS749); Journal Tags (JT604); Foam Tape (T303); Rub Ons Birthday Cards (RB811); Wood Flourishes Birds (FL304), Ink (IP717)

 These albums are quick and easy and fun to make. All you need is 12×12 sheet of patterned paper and a few embellishments. The Spirit patterned paper is perfect with all those different patterns on it. In the middle I have cut a frame out of the pages and inserted a piece of acetate with one of the clear stamps stamped on it, before I glued them together. On the front I have decorated it with a tag, a flower cut from the gorgeous Delilah paper, some of the clear stamps stamped onto vellum, a birthday rub on and a wooden bird. The wooden bird I have stamped with the clear stamp and then covered with dimensional magic.

To make a basic album take a piece of 12×12 patterned paper and cut off a 4 x12 strip and save this for the cover.

With the 8×12 piece of paper fold in half from left to right, unfold. Fold in half from the bottom to the top, unfold. Fold from the bottom to half way, unfold. Fold from the top to half way, unfold. You should have 8 rectangles folded on your paper. Cut down the middle from Point A to Point B so only the top two rectangles are still attached.

Fold in half so the folded edge is on the top right hand side. Cut a frame in the folded part. Insert a stamped piece of acetate before gluing the frame together. Fold the other pages so they concentina in front and behind the frame page.

Glue the two pages before the frame together and glue the two pages after the frame together.

Use the 4×12 strip of the patterned paper to make a cover to go around the mini album pages. You will need to trim this to approx 6 1/4 by 4 inches.

Then the fun bit, decorating it!

I would also like to share a super quick project using the Secret Bird Society collection. I am always looking for a scrap of paper to write my shopping list on and then I normally end of losing it! I have used the awesome Secret Bird Society collection to make a fridge magnet set. I have punched out 1 inch circles from different patterned papers and glued onto a flat circle magnet. I added a rub on and then dimensional magic. Real easy fridge magnets! I got a cheap note pad and made a backing by gluing the gorgeous reverse of the undercover patterned paper onto a piece of cardboard. I decorated it with rub ons, clear stamps and some printed chipboard. The set is now on my fridge and I know where my shopping list is!

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  • Reply Kerryn August 13, 2010 at 8:18 am

    Wow girls!!! Amazing inspiration!!!

  • Reply Robin Hanning August 13, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Inspiring…as usual! I want to come work with ya’ll! I am in a home office taking calls and billing for our plumbing business! Thankful, to have the business, but…Hey, you could hire me, fly my family out, pay me lots of money!!!! Oh well…

  • Reply Tanya Tahir August 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Beautiful work, girls!! Sooo inspiring :)

  • Reply Facebook User August 13, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    LOL Robyn :) ….. Ladies !!!! these are all so beautiful. I cant wait to call in here every morning, to see the new post :) …..

  • Reply Sylvia August 13, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Trudi

    Would love a paper pattern for the wonderful spiral handmade paper roses please, please, please!

  • Reply Elizna August 13, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    The funky wreath in this blogpost is AWESOME! Love it….those little flowers are soooooooo beautiful…! Great job! And I will definitely try the mini book/card…!

  • Reply Jan August 14, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Beautiful projects ladies!!

  • Reply Monika August 14, 2010 at 1:50 am

    I just love that wreath! I agree with Sylvia here, please Trudi!

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