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Alicia’s April Inspiration

April 15, 2016

Hi lovely Kaisercrafters,

Alicia here with you today, and its a special day because it is my birthday! I was quite excited when I found out I would be posting on my birthday.  What a lovely birthday surprise for me!  Today I’m sharing some Colouring projects, a sweet Mini Album using Cottage Rose, and a Card and Layout using Sea Breeze.  Its no secret that the Kaisercraft Collections for April are AMAZING!! It must be something to do with what an awesome month of the year April is ; )

Project One: Feather Colouring

I have really been enjoying a little quiet time colouring at night.  I have been trying to use Social Media a little less…I have prioritised all my favourite feeds (like Kaisercraft) so I see them at the top of my feed, because I was finding myself going onto a Social media site for a reason and then getting caught on there half an hour later.  It became kind of a habit for me, where I found myself reaching for my phone too many times during the course of the day.  Now that my feed is prioritised, I don’t need to reach for my phone thinking maybe I’ve missed something,  so I have been reaching for my Kaiser Colour Colouring Books and Gel Pens instead.  I have found this to be particularly relaxing at night after dinner.  The research does promote colouring as therapeutic in reducing anxiety, creating focus and bringing about mindfulness.  I have to say I have found it to be very relaxing and calming and I tend to forget about the world when I get absorbed into a colouring a page.

Kaiser Colouring by Alicia McNamara

I do love the colours in this gorgeous picture of a feather…so bright and tropical.

Kaisercraft Products: CL502 Free Spirit Colouring Book | CL101 Kaisercolour – Gel Pens 24pk |

Project Two: TeePee Colouring

I chose earthy tones to colour this Tee Pee from the Kaisercolour Free Spirit Colouring Book.  Isn’t it amazing how the combination of certain colours has such a different impact!

Kaiser Colouring by Alicia McNamara

I made a YouTube video a few months ago where I explain the Kaisercraft Gel Pens and it has been very popular.  I have had a few questions about where you can purchase these pens online in Australia and in the US and you can find this information in the comments below the video on the Youtube site.  If you are wondering, these pens do not leak through to the other side of the page of your Kaisercolour Colouring Book.  The paper in the Kaisercolour books is a lovely thick, high quality paper which enables you to colour both sides of the page without any trace of colour leaking through.

Kaisercraft Products: CL502 Free Spirit Colouring Book | CL101 Kaisercolour – Gel Pens 24pk |

If you didn’t get a chance to watch the video last time I’ve popped it in again here:


Project Three: Cottage Rose Mini Album

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Some friends of mine, that I love very dearly, had some gorgeous photos taken of their family when they welcomed their first baby girl into the world.  The photos really are beautiful and the colour scheme of the photos pink, grey and white, goes so perfectly with the Cottage Rose Collection.  I asked for permission to use some of their photos for a few of my crafty projects including this Mini Album.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I found a little tutorial for a Mini Album on YouTube by a very talented lady, Anna Kommenda and I thought I might give it a try.  You can watch the Tutorial yourself right here to make your own.  It was actually very easy to make the basics of the album, it was the decorating the pages of the album that took me most of the time to create the project.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

When you open the album the pages are in a concertina fold.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

From a bird’s eye view the top of the concertina fold looks like this:

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Aren’t those teeny, tiny toes so cute!

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

When you stretch out the concertina fold you have two sides to decorate.  One side I decorated was this one above.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

And this was the reverse side.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Now for a few close-up photos of each individual page in the album…

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara
I personally adore the photo below of this gorgeous little girl wrapped in her grey blanket.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I tried to balance a photo on one side of each page and a sentiment or a word on the other side.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

This “Always in my Heart” sentiment is from the Cottage Rose Clear Stamp Set.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Another one of my favourites…this photo is just adorable!!  I love that little white bonnet.

Kaisercraft Cottage Rose Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Then it all folds snuggly back into its little album.

Kaisercraft Products: P2073 Crochet | PP995 Paper Pad | SS311 Sticker Sheet | CS254 Clear Stamps | CT854 Collectables | EM405 Paper Doilies | F641 Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink | F656 Mini Paper Blooms – Fuschia | CS257 Background Script | DD368 Decorative Die – Square Vintage Frame | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | DD725 Decorative Die – Butterflies C6 | DD547 Decorative Die – Circle Vines | DD349 Decorative Dies – Oval Ornate Frame | PT226 Glitter Tape – Steel | SB701 Soft Pink | LDB1054 Wooden Shapes – Love | BRB606 Organza Ribbon – Pink | 

Other: Close to My Heart Ink –  Steel | Lace tape |


Project Four: “Smile” SeaBreeze Card

Kaisercraft Sea Breeze Card by Alicia McNamara

This is a simple little card made using the gorgeous Sea Breeze collection.  This would be suitable for any occasion.  I adore the colour scheme in this collection.  I hope to have more of a play with this over the next few weeks.  I have another Kaisercraft monthly post coming up on the 28th of this month.  I hope to show you a few pictures of my new craft room and some “Sea Breeze” projects so stay tuned for that post as well : )

Kaisercraft Products: P2021 Raindrop | P2019 Lake | P2016 Waterlily | P2024 Whirlpool| CD501 Square Card Pack – White | CT853 Collectables | F631 Paper Blooms – Sea Breeze | SB792 Pearls – Chocolate |

Project Five: “A Friend is a Gift to Treasure” Layout

Kaisercraft Sea Breeze Layout by Alicia McNamara

This was a layout I made for CHA and it is featured in this month’s current Kaisercraft Workshop Magazine.  The photo is from our wedding day which is now fourteen years ago.  I’m the one in the middle of a beautiful bunch of ladies who were my bridesmaids on the day and are all still very precious people in my life.  These ladies are all now married and have children.  I look back at these photos and marvel at what a snapshot in time it is.  I’m really glad I scrapped this photo because its a special one to me.

Full instructions can be found on the Kaisercraft Website here if you would like to recreate this layout.

Kaisercraft Products: P2016 Waterlilly | P2018 Waterfall | P2019 Lake | P2022 Swirl | P2023 Splash | P2024 Whirlpool | SS310 Sea Breeze Sticker Sheet | CT853 Sea Breeze Collectables | Decorative Dies DD527 Modern Doily | Wooden Flourishes SB725 Curls | FL342 Funky Butterflies | FL440 Hearts | Glitter Tape PT229 Ice Blue | Epoxy Stickers ST908 Sea Breeze | ST909 Natural Paper Blooms | F627 Coconut | Pearls SB792 Chocolate | Small Ink Pads IP719 Black | IP724 Bark | IP726 Island | IP727 Lagoon |

That’s all from me for today.  I hope you have a lovely day and get to sneak in a little crafting time with Kaisercraft’s amazing April collections.  Don’t forget to enter our sketch for this month which you can find on the sidebar here on the blog.  If crafting doesn’t fit into your busy day, maybe open your Colouring Book tonight after dinner and relax the night away.

Until next time,

Alicia xx

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  • Reply Collette Mitreha April 15, 2016 at 10:22 am

    Alicia, such a wonderful post, simply loved everything!!

    • Reply Alicia McNamara April 16, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Thank you so much Collette. It’s so nice of you to leave me a comment xxx

  • Reply Deb Breen April 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    OMG!! I absolutely just adore the cottage rose mini album, how utterly beautiful. This is a work of art. The layout is divine.

    • Reply Alicia McNamara April 16, 2016 at 7:36 am

      Deb, I am so glad you like the mini album. If you make one yourself I would love to see pics. It’s a cute and compact way to showcase a collection of photos. Thank so much for your feedback xxx

  • Reply Lorraine April 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

    It is all so beautiful Alicia, the album is so special, what a treasure to keep.

    • Reply Alicia McNamara April 16, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thanks Lorraine for your comment. The little album is very cute. I will have to make one for you one day xxx

  • Reply Adriana Bolzon April 16, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Beautiful work Alicia and Happy Birthday :)

    • Reply Alicia McNamara April 18, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thank you very much Adriana. xx

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