Version Scrap 2014

Hello my readers! As you might remember I attended the Version Scrap event in Paris in the beginning of the month. I posted one project already, made in Alexis Toupet's workshop, and to tell you the truth all the other projects are still "work in progress". 

It seems that the event was just what the doctor ordered as I came back home bursting with inspiration, ideas and excited to craft. The down part was that the week following the event was really busy and I worked long hours so I actually wasn't able to do that much. 

The event was organized in Parc Floral, out of the city centre. The place was great as was the part of the city, too. What struck me in the event was the amount of people in the venue! It was packed! During the afternoon hours it was almost difficult to move around the booths as there was so many people! But I liked the event, everything seemed to run smoothly for the students and before and after the event we got information via emails. The only thing that wasn't that great from a student's point of view was the amount and location of the toilets on site - they were outside in a van and there was three of them.


There were a lot of interesting brands and shops present in the show. I knew some of them before, but got a good look to the others on site. What struck me the most was the absence of paper manufacturers and patterned papers. The floor was divided into two parts - the other half of the venue was for shops and the other for manufacturers. While there was companies like Kesi'Art present which have their own papers, many of the manufacturers had different kind of variety. And even the shops present had minimum amount if any papers. 

On the other hand there was a huge amount of stamps and wood veneers and chipboards available. Many of the companies were stamp manufacturers and also the shops had a good selection of different stamps. Also different paint medias were present. Many of the companies also had a candy store style section with different embellishments arranged in a rainbow style. One of the exhibitors on the manufacturer side was Atilolou who's whole booth was a tiny shop of different little embellishments like buttons, resins, bows and metals. This shop had the longest line and Bente, a Norwegian scrapbooker I shared a table with in Magda's workshop, told me that she had queued there for almost 90 minutes. 

I did some moderate shopping on site even though many of the stamp companies had so many great designs and their booths were really inviting. The photo above is taken at Craft Origine booth and other exciting company was Carabelle Studio. If you wish to see my shopping (and some more photos, by the way), please check my Instagram feed. The photo doesn't show what I brought to my kids, though. I traveled all the way to Paris to by a pair of Fiskars scissors. Funny, eh? But they really needed their own ones and as Fiskars was there present... 

During the event I took three workshops. Two of them were on Saturday and the third on Friday. 

I started the event with lovely Birgit Koopsen in her workshop "Tags Geants". We worked with IzInks, stamps, gesso and stencils. I had fun and my fingers changed colors, which made me happy. One of the students in the workshop looked surprised when she heard Birgit to not to use turquoise. We had to explain that I have taken many of her workshops and always tend to go with blues and greens - otherwise she might have gotten the wrong impression! The workshop was guaranteed quality, like everything this lady does!

My second workshop was with Alexis Toupet, the "Tim Holtz of France". We did a canvas style piece with big stamps and other Carabelle Studio products. I really liked working with the stamps and the techniques. The end result also was that even though I already own quite a good selection of Gelatos, I bought some Neocolor II's. Alexis was clear and experienced teacher and his work was easy to follow. The workshop was held in Frech and though I don't speak the language more than a few words, I could easily follow the steps and finish my project on time. During this workshop I also got to meet the crazy talented Pascale, a team mate from Mixed Media Place.

The third and last workshop I took during the event was Magda Bolinska's "Loose Thoughts". I really enjoy her playful, colorful style and was so excited to meet her! The photo of the two of us was taken by sweet, talented Linda, also a team mate from Mixed Media Place. I had taken photos from home for the minialbum, but ended up leaving them in my hotel room. But it was a happy mistake, as I then decided to turn the minialbum into a travel album and asked all the teachers and friends to write their name on it. I'm going to add a few photos there, too, and some journaling even though I also have my postcard box album (link). But the more the merrier? I enjoyed Magda's workshop and the play with the colors. I would love to take a layout workshop with her, too. 

Although all the techniques and most of the products used in the workshops were familiar to me before hand the classes offered me a lot! I got small hints, little miracles and also a lot of inspiration from watching the teachers create and teach. So if you ever doubt should you take part, I encourage you to just go a head! I have never attended a workshop that I haven't liked or from what I haven't drawn inspiration and new ideas!



One of the key factors for me in this trip was also meeting creative friends. It was so awesome to see Marsha again and spend the weekend with her! It was inspirational to sit next to her in a workshop and talk to her during the event. Thank you for being my room mate! We have to do this again!

It was also so cool and enjoyable to meet Birgit again and spend one evening with her. The three of us all went for a dinner and it was great chatting and spending time with them!

I also loved meeting people I previously knew through the net - like Pascale, Linda, Sharon and Magda! How cool are these events, gathering like minded people from all over and giving them a chance to talk, exchange ideas and just hang out with each other!

The event also had a gallery called "Monumental Scrap" which was really inspirational. It was like 12x12" pages were blown up to be 1x1 meter! I'm definitely trying this some time! Actually I already was checking a few canvases if they would be the thing for this.


I spent three days in Paris - two of them attending to the event and the last one, Sunday exploring the city with Marsha. Our hotel was in Vincennes, where the venue was and if I return to Paris anytime soon, I'm definitely trying to book a hotel from there! Beautiful neighborhood with an easy access to city. Saturday morning we walked through the chateau to the event site - absolutely fabulous. We took the breakfast from a nearby boulanger and ate the croissant in the castle grounds and the "pain au chocolate" in the park near the venue.

On Saturday night we went to the city and saw the modern arch and also Eiffel tower. On Sunday we visited Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame and walked around Le Marais - a artistic, creative part of the city with lots of little shops.

All in all - it was a great trip! Paris in spring was beautiful, the event met my expectations and I enjoyed so much meeting people and chatting with them! 

Wishing you all a lovely Wednesday!


Making of "Don't overthink - just do it"

Hello there and good evening! Do you remember my layout and challenge over at Scrap Around The World? The second team reveal is just about the corner and the month is half done. So there's still time to participate!

To inspire you to take part, I share with you this video showing how my challenge layout came to life. Hope you'll like it! You can see the previous post about the layout from this link.

Heippa ja hyvää iltaa! Muistatteko sivuni ja haasteeni Scrap Around The World -sivustolla? Tiimin toinen postaus on ihan nurkan takana ja kuukausi on puolessa. Vielä on siis hyvää aikaa osallistua! 

Tässä teille inspiraatiota videon muodossa. Siinä näkyy, miten haastesivuni syntyi. Toivottavasti tykkäätte! Tästä linkistä pääsette kurkkaamaan ensimmäistä postaustani leiskasta.


Little Star Twinkle Twinkle - 3rd Eye / Steampunk Challenge GDT

I thought about the technique part a long time. I use many techniques, but what's my favorite one? Then I decided to use my all time "go to" technique - adding some masking tape to the background, spreading a coat of gesso on top and coloring the surface with mists. To add a little steampunk there I went with nostalgic tones, used a light bulb printed washi together with the masking tape and added some alcohol ink to the mix. 

To get the page more grungier I then added some modelling paste to the corners and stamped to the wet medium using a cogs stamp by 3rd Eye. I colored the surface from here and there with mists again and then added some stamping and black splashes. I used clocks, mesh tape and a huge wing to give the journal page more steampunk look. 

Thank you for looking! Have a great start to the week!

Mietin tekniikkaa pitkän aikaa. Käytän sivuissani erilaisia juttuja, mutta mikä niistä on suosikkini? Sitten päätin mennä kaikkien aikojen perustekniikallani - pohjalle maalarinteippiä, päälle gessoa ja sitten misteillä väriä. Lisätäkseni sivuun steampunk-tunnelmaa käytin nostalgisia sävyjä, käytin maalarinteipin kanssa myös lamppukuvioitua teippiä sekä lisäsin joukkoon hieman alkoholimusteita. 

Saadakseni sivun vielä rosoisemmaksi, lisäsin nurkkiin kohopastaa ja leimailin tähän 3rd Eyen ratasleimalla. Sitten värjäsin pintaa sieltä täältä misteillä ja lisäsin mustia toiskeita. Saadakseni aukeamaan vielä lisää steampunk-henkeä käytin kelloja ja verkkoteippiä koristeena ja lisäsin kuvan taakse suuren siiven. 

Kiitos, kun kävit! Mukavaa alkua viikolle! 

Products from 3rd Eye used on this make:

Materials: 3rd Eye, Tattered Angels, 7 Dots Studio, Talens, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Freedon of the mind - Mixed Media Place / Scrap Around The World

Hello there! Mixed Media Place's crew is guesting at Scrap Around The World challenge this month. And as it's my time to host the challenge I thought it would be only reasonable to do another project using my mood board!

For this guest post I made an art journal spread. I drew inspiration from the hand drawn swirls and the text in the bottom right corner. I also included butterflies, used the colors and added crackles with stamping. 

I kept the colors quite light, but used different materials to create play of shadow and light to the page. There's masking tape, pieces of canvas, mesh tape and corrugated cardboard there. I created the pages using a separate piece of cardstock and then added to my journal with double sided tape. 

Thank you for taking a look! You still have time to join to the challenge if you haven't already!

Heippa! Mixed Media Placen väki vierailee Scrap Around The World -haasteessa tässä kuussa. Koska kyseessä on minun emännöimä haaste ajattelin että on vain kohtuullista tehdä toinen projekti moodboardiani käyttäen. 

Tähän postaukseen tein art journal aukeaman. Käytin inspiraatioksi pääasiasssa oikeassa alanurkassa olevaa kuvaa, josta nappasin idean tekstiin sekä nuo käsinpiirretyt ympyrät. Lisäsin sivuun myös perhosia, käytin ideakuvan värimaailmaa sekä lisäsin halkeamia leimaamalla. 

Pidin väripaletin aika vaaleana, mutta rakensin sivuun valon ja varjon leikkiä erilaisilla pinnoilla. Kerroksista löytyy niin maalarinteippiä, kanvaksen palasia, verkkoteippiä kuin aaltopahviakin.Työstin kokonaisuuden erillisenä kartonkipalasena ja liitin sitten valmiit sivut kirjaani kaksipuoleisella teipillä. 

Kiitos kun katsoit! Vielä on aikaa osallistua haasteeseen ellet vielä ole ehtinyt! 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Tattered Angels, 3rd Eye, 7Gypsies, Canvas Corp, 7 Dots Studio, PanPastels, Ranger, Design Memory Craft


Music: Metal - CSI 118

Heavy metal! It's Saturday and CSI and another music inspired layout! 

This time the Testimony asked to journal something about style. I wanted to use that, but started thinking what aspect to take - how I dress, what's my style when it comes decorating or crafting or something else. I started leafing through my photos and came across these gig photos. As they hold colors similar to the palette, I decided to use them and go with my taste in music.

I'm quite open when it comes to music. I listen to tango, opera, pop and rock. But what is closest to my heart is heavy metal. I journaled about my favorite bands, how I came to know some of them and how my love for that music style has endured. 

From the Evidence list I used jewels, arrows and feathers in embellishments. I also doodled some hearts, put the journaling into a pocket (envelope) and added some thread under the flair button.

Have a happy Saturday!

Evidence: jewels, hearts, arrows, doodling/pen work, fibers, feathers, pockets

Testimony: Document something about your style, Put your journaling in a pocket, Inspiration Words: confidence

Heavy metal! Se on lauantai ja CSI ja jälleen musiikin inspiroima sivu! 

Tällä kertaa Testimony-osiossa oli ajatus tyylin tallentamisesta. Halusin käyttää sitä, mutta en osannut heti päättää, minkä osa-alueen valitsisin - kirjoittaisinko pukeutumisesta, sisustamisesta, askartelusta vai jostain muusta. Aloin lehteillä valokuviani ja löysin nämä otokset, jotka otin keikalla. Koska niissä oli vastaavia sävyjä kuin haasteen väripaletissa päätin tallentaa musiikkimakuni.  

Olen aika kaikkiruokainen mitä musiikkiin tulee. Kuuntelen tangoa, oopperaa, poppia ja rokkia. Mutta lähinnä sydäntä on hevi. Tarinoin lempiyhtyeistäni, miten niihin tutustuin ja miten makuni heviin on säilynyt. 

Evidence-listalta käytin jalokiviä, nuolia ja sulkia koristeissa. Piirtelin sivuun sydämiä, sujautin tarinoinnin taskuun (kirjekuoreen) ja lisäsin hiukan lankaa flair-napin alle. 

Mukavaa lauantaita! 

Evidence: jalokivet, sydämet, nuolet, riipustelu / piirtely, kuidut, sulat, taskut 

Testimony: Tallenna jotain tyyliisi liittyvää, Sujauta tarinointisi taskuun, Inspiraatiosanat: itsevarmuus 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, 3rd Eye, Canvas Corp, ColorConspiracy, Carta Bella, Ranger, Glitz Design, Sodalicious, American Crafts, Stash Panache, MT Masking Tape, My Mind's Eye, Evalicious


Dancing Love - Berry71Bleu

Hello and good evening! It seems time is flying this week! I guess the reason is that I have much to do both with scrapbooking and with my daily job this week. But the reason I started typing is that I wanted to share with you this layout I created for Berry71bleu

Shirel is sponsoring the B71B challenge this month and she asked a few of the Pop and Colours 2 teachers to guest design for them. The theme of the challenge is hand made flowers. All the flowers seen in the layout are self made. The white flowers are done using Tattered Angels Mistables-paper and the pink roses are made using a silicone mold and embossing powder.

The topic of the page is a little girl who got her princess dress and started to swirl and dance to see how the hem and the draped back react to movement. She was so happy and excited about the dress!

Thank you for looking! Wishing you a pleasant evening and sunny weekend! 

Heippa ja iltaa! Aika tuntuu lentävän vinhaa vauhtia tällä viikolla! Epäilen, että on kiire sekä skräppijutuissa että töissä. Mutta syy, miksi aloin naputtaa nyt on, että halusin näyttää tämän sivun, jonka tein Berry71bleu -blogiin

Shirel sponsoroi blogin tämän kuun haastetta ja hän pyysi muutamia Pop and Colours 2 opettajia osallistumaan haasteeseen vierailijoina. Haasteen aiheena tässä kuussa on käsintehdyt kukat. Kaikki sivuni kukat on tehty itse. Valkoiset kukat on tehty Tattered Angels -yrityksen "Mistables"-paperista ja vaaleanpunaiset ruusut puolestaan muotin avulla kohojauheesta. 

Sivun aiheena on pieni tyttö, joka prinsesssamekkonsa saatuaan alkoi heti pyörähdellä ja tanssia. Hänen piti nähdä miten mekon helma ja selän drapeeraus liikkuvat. Tyttö oli niin iloinen ja innoissaan mekostaan! 

Kiitos käynnistä! Mukavaa illan jatkoa ja aurinkoista viikonloppua! 

Materials: 7 Dots Studio, 3rd Eye, Tattered Angels, Canvas Corp, Studio Tekturek,  MT Masking Tape, Stampendous, Ranger, Wow! Embossing Powders, American Crafts, Basic Grey, Prima Marketing, Sakura, Garn und Mehr



... are in order for Kripa Koushik! Lady Luck was in your favour and you are the winner of my giveaway! So you are the lucky one to get a free seat at Shirel's workshop "Pop and Colours 2". More info about the workshop here (link). Please send me a mail so I can arrange the seat for you in the workshop!

I also want to thank you all who participated and told your favorite craft tools! It was so interesting to read them and the list included many of my own favorites - like gesso, stencils and heat gun and really inventive, basic supplies that are crucial like fingers and scissors. I think my favorite ones would be imagination and pencil. If I could add a few to the list, then there would be black mist, gesso and stamps.

Thank you all for your kind words! They inspire me to create even more and do more videos and share more! If you ever want to share your creation with me, please leave a link here in my blog or in my Facebook page! I would be happy to have a look! Thank you also everyone who joined in as a reader or follower! 

... ja paljon onnea Kripa Koushik! Onnetar suosi sinua ja voitit arpajaisissani! Saat siis paikan Shirelin kurssilla "Pop and Colours 2". Lisätietoja löytyy tämän linkin takaa englanniksi (linkki). Lähetäthän minulle sähköpostia niin saan kurssipaikan järjestettyä!

Haluan kiittää kaikkia, jotka osallistuitte arvontaan ja jätitte kommenttiin lempityövälineenne. Niitä oli mielenkiintoista lukea ja listalla oli monta omaa suosikkiani - kuten gesso, sabluunat ja kuumailmapuhallin sekä kekseliäitä perustarvikkeita kuten sormet ja sakset. Omiin suosikkeihini taitaisi kuulua mielikuvitus sekä lyijykynä. Jos voisin lisätä listaan muutaman lisää niin siellä olisi musta misti, gesso ja leimasimia. 

Kiitos myös kaikille kauniista sanoistanne! Ne inspiroivat ja kannustavat minua tekemään enemmän videoita ja jakamaan lisää! Jos sinä puolestaan ikinä haluat jakaa jotain, niin jätäthän linkin vaikka kommenttilootaan taikka Facebook-sivulleni. Olisi ihana kurkata! Kiitos myös kaikille jotka liittyivät lukijaksi taikka seuraajaksi jossakin sosiaalisessa mediassa! 
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