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Rose Avenue Mini Album with Process Video

October 16, 2017

Do you ever have a few memorable photos that you think deserve a special Album? Do you ever create or decorate Mini Albums? Mini Albums are perfect for showcasing little collections of photographs.  Today I am sharing how to make a Small Polaroid Mini Album for four photos using Kaisercraft’s Rose Avenue Collection.  I filmed the process for making this Album so you can see exactly how it came together.

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Being a Mum of two precious boys I don’t have a lot of pink girly photographs in my personal collection or a lot of pink girly things in my home.  Even though I am a girly-girl at heart, most of my photos have blue-t-shirts, caps, balls and boys toys in them.  Luckily I do have friends that have little girls and I do happen to have some friends that are very talented at hosting amazing birthday parties.

When one of my friend’s said her little girl’s first birthday party was going to be a ballerina theme I did get a little bit excited.  Especially as this particular friend is an amazing cook as well and I certainly wasn’t disappointed! The party was gorgeous and the food just blew me away.  My friend hand-made everything (including the cake) and I took lots of photographs on the day of all the lovely pink, ballerina food.  All of this meant that I had a collection of yummy pink party food photographs and I thought they deserved a special place in a Mini Album.

Rose Avenue Collection

The Rose Avenue Collection is perfect for scrapping those girly-girl photos.  It is filled with Shabby Chic gorgeousness – roses, butterflies and lots of pretty pastel colours.  For this Mini Album I chose to use Kaisercraft’s Small Polaroid Album.  It is just the right design for whipping up a quick Mini Album to showcase four special photographs.  I used one 12×12 Paper for this project and one page from the Paper Pad.

How I made the Album

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

To begin with I inked the chipboard album in Pink ink.  Then I used paint and texture paste to paint over the top of the pink ink through this template to create a textured pattern on the chipboard album.I’m a big fan of swirls and flourishes…there is something that I love about them…and this new Template from Kaisercraft SWIRL FLOURISH is just divine.

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

I adhered my photographs onto 12×12 Paper WOOD PANELS and then it was just a simple matter of gluing the photo and the frame together.

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Once the pages of the Album were assembled I was up to the decorating part.  I used a variety of Mini Paper Blooms, Fussy-cut Roses, Wooden Flourishes, Flourish Die Cuts and Cheese Cloth scraps to decorate each page.  Here is the Process Video that shows exactly how I made the Album:

This Mini Album will be the perfect gift for my friend….I hope she likes it : )

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Rose Avenue Mini Album By Alicia McNamara

  Kaisercraft Products:

P2409 Wood Panels | PP1030 Paper Pad | IP725 Ink Pad – Petal Pink | FL600 Garden Flourish Pack | 6×6 Designer Template – Swirl Flourish | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | KC013 Kaiser Colour – Dusty Pink Paint | F658 Mini Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink | F657 Mini Paper Blooms – Fairy Floss | F644 Mini Paper Blooms – Coconut | GC104 Glitter Card Stock – Crystal | M008 Album Rings – Silver | BRB606 Organza Ribbon | Other: Texture Paste | Cheese Cloth | 

What are your thoughts?  Do you like to make Mini Albums?  Are you loving the new Rose Avenue Collection?

Let me know in the comments.

Happy Crafting : )

Alicia xoxo

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DIY Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

September 19, 2017

Hello Kaisercraft Friends,

Today I’m sharing a Tutorial on how to make your own DIY Clean and Simple Christmas Cards.  These cards are perfect for mass production.  They are quick to make, sparkly and can be made in any colour you choose!  I filmed a Video Tutorial on how I made these cards so you can see exactly how I put them together.

DIY Clean and Simple Christmas Cards

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products you will need:

Glitter Card Stock in three colours…

GC109 Emerald, GC107 Golden, GC120 Ruby

DD321 Decorative Die – Merry Christmas

IT021 Mini Designer Template – Flourish Tree

Kaiser Colour Paint in three colours…

KC050 Metallic Gold, KC028 Green, KC009 Red

CD511 Card Pack C6 – White

T321 Acid Free Craft Glue

(You will also need texture paste)

3 Easy Steps to Make the Cards

1. Mix Paint with Textured Paste and smooth over the top of the template and onto the card bases.

Hints: When mixing the paint and texture paste do not use too much paint.  You want it to be mostly texture paste with just enough paint to give you the colour you want.  If you make the mixture too runny it will seep under the template and ruin your image.  Also make sure you clean your template between colours and immediately after use. When you clean it do it very carefully with a baby wipe or paper towel and water.  Then pat it dry gently.  You don’t want to lift up the delicate swirls in the image which can be easily done if you are too rough with the template.

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

2. Die Cut the “Merry Christmas” sentiment out of Glitter Card Stock.

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

3. Adhere the sentiment with glue

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

Oh my! Is it really that easy? Yes it is!

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

These cards are very quick to make!

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I chose red, green and gold, but you don’t have to stop there.  Kaisercraft makes Glitter Card Stock in 20 colours!!  Imagine the possibilities!

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

They are also quite fun to make and you could easily make a bulk set of 20 cards or more.

DIY Kaisercraft Christmas Card Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

Feel free to copy this design, or use it as inspiration.

Happy Crafting : )

Alicia

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Sparkly Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Projects

August 23, 2017

Christmas crafting is all about a bit of sparkle right? Who doesn’t love to add some silvery foil and glitter accents to their Christmas projects? With the gorgeous Christmas Jewel Collection you can easily whip up something sparkly for Christmas.  Today our Design Team are showcasing their beautiful projects created with Christmas Jewel.  Let’s take a look at their creations…

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”Christmas Wishes” Christmas Jewel Layout ~ by Rikki Graziani

Kaisercraft Products: Christmas Jewel Collection: P2361 Silver Poinsettia | P2362 Gilded Snowflakes | P2365 Ornate Garland | PP1025 Paper PAd | CT887 Collectables| RB700 Silver Rhinestones| DD591 Layered Baubles

“Magic Of Christmas” Christmas Jewel Layout ~ By Kylie Kingham

Kaisercraft Products: P2361 Silver Poinsettia | P2366 Silver Swirl | SS344 Sticker Sheet | PP1025 Paper Pad | CT887 Collectables | DD960 Snowflakes & Stars Die Stamp Set | GC116 Blossom | GC104 Crystal | GC103 Platinum | DD705 Swirl Flourish.

Other: Vellum, embossing powder.

‘Merry Memories’ Christmas Jewel Layout ~ by Donna Espiritu

 

Kaisercraft Products: P2362 Gilded Snowflakes | P2368 Holiday Wishes | P2363 Carols | P2366 Silver Swirl | PP1025 paper pad | IT451 Tile Pattern 6×6 Designer Template | IP732 Orchid | SS344 Christmas Jewel – Sticker Sheet | CT344 Collectables – Christmas Jewel | RS456 Lilac | F660 Mini paper blooms | T302 Foam tape  | T315 Double-sided tape | T321 Acid-free craft glue 

Other: Glimmer Mist

“Believe” Christmas Jewel Layout ~ By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products: P2365 Ornate Garden | CT887 Collectables | DD960 Snowflakes and Stars Die and Stamp Set | GC103 Glitter Card Stock – Platinum | DD 402 Decorative Die – Believe | DD535 Decorative Die – Wreath | FL606 Flourish Pack – Fancy Christmas | SB700 Rhinestones – Silver | IP732 Ink Pad – Orchid | Other: Silver Embossing Powder | Sparklets |

“Christmas jewels” notecards – By Kavitha

Kaisercraft Products: Christmas jewel 6.5″ paper pad PP1025 | Collectables  CT887 | Cardpack C6 white  CD511 | GC103 Glitter Card Stock – Platinum

Mini Album By Tatiana Yemelyanenko

Kaisercraft Products: P2362 – Gilded Snowflakes | P2364 – Winter Wonderland | P2367 – Prancing | P2368 – Holiday Wishes | P2369 – Glimmering | SS344 – Sticker Sheet | CT887 – Collectables | PT230 Glitter Tape – Lilac | SB785 Pearls – Lavender | SB700 Rhinestones – Silver | SB705 Rhinestones – Lilac | GC103 Glitter Cardstock – Platinum | GC114 Glitter Cardstock – Amethyst

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Have the Design Team inspired you to create something sparkly?  If you have purchased the gorgeous Christmas Jewel collection make sure you share your projects with us on Social Media by tagging Kaisercraft or on our own private Facebook Group Kaisercraft Corner.  The earlier we start on our Christmas projects the more organised we will be in December!

Happy Crafting : )

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Father’s Day Projects Featuring Factory 42

August 16, 2017

Are you ready for Father’s Day on Sunday, September 3rd?  Do you like to make a handmade card or gift for Dad?  Today the Design Team have loads of inspiration and ideas for the special men in our lives using the amazing Factory 42 Collection!!

Lets take a look at these brilliant ideas for Dad…

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”Father’s Day Clock” By Rikki Graziani

 

Kasiercraft Products: Factory 42 Collection: PP1026 Paper Pad | CT888 Collectables| Other: Clock | Scrapmatts Chipboard 

‘Father’s Day Photo Frame Magnets’ ~ By Kylie Kingham

I’ve created these easy and fun magnet photo frames.They make the perfect gift for sending also as they will fit neatly within a card.I’ve prepared a short video tutorial as well.Hope you enjoy!

Kaisercraft Products: P2374 Ironworks | SS345 Sticker Sheet | PP1026 paper Pad | CT888 Collectables.

Other: Distress Ink, Magnet.

‘You and me’ Father’s Day Layout by Tatiana Yemelyanenko

Kaisercraft Products: P2370 Metal Gears, P2371 Gears & Cogs, P2375 Pipeworks, PS496 Cog & Pulleys Die Cut, CT888 Factory 42 Collectables, SS345 Factory 42 Sticker Sheet, FL607 Flourish Pack – Mechanisms, CS293 Marble Texture Stamp, CS277 Clear Stamps – P.S. I love you, T324 Glaze Paste, Rhinestones – SB775 Aqua Marine, SB776 Bronze, Kaiser Mists – KM105 Turquoise, KM111 White, KM113 Coffee, IP719 Ink Pad Small – Black

‘You and me’ Father’s Day Layout by Donna Espiritu

Kasiercraft Products: CD1021 Licorice | KM113 Kaisermist – Coffee | KM117 Kaisermsit – Apple | KM102 Kaisermist – Antique Gold | IP724 Bark | SS345 Factory 42 Sticker Sheet | DD448 Mini Cogs | EF271 | Embossing Folder – Metal Plates | IT453 Waffle 6×6 Designer Template | PP1026 Factory 42 paper pad | CT888 Factory 42 Collectables | T315 Double-sided tape | T302 Foam tape | T303 Foam Tape | T321 – Acid-free Craft Glue 

Other: Texture paste | Thread

Fathers Day Tags by Renee Aslette

Kaisercraft Products:  Factory 42 Collection: P2375 Pipeworks (Reverse) | P2376 Assembly Line (Reverse) | PP1026 Paper Pad | CT888 Collectables | IT020 Designer Template – Metal Plates | IT449 Designer Template – Pipes | KM113 Kaisermist – Coffee | KM101 Kaisermist Charcoal | IP719 Ink Pad – Black | LDB1059 Natural Twine

Other:  Texture Paste | Gauze | Brads

Double Page Layout for Father’s Day by Jowilna Nolte

A perfect gift for dad presented in a wooden frame for his office.

Kaisercraft Products: Factory 42 Collection P2376 Assembly Line | P2377 Automated | P2374 Ironworks | P2372 Machine | RS448 Antique Gold Rhinestones
Other: Distress Oxide Ink | Gear die-cut | Brads | Photo turns | Buttons | Diamante | White Cardstock | Embroidery Thread | Heart Stencil

“Father’s Day Cogs Wall Art” by Kavitha

Kaisercraft Products : Factory 42 Collection – P2374 Ironworks | P2378 Workshop |CT888 Factory 42 Collectables

Other: Distress ink black soot | Metal brads

Father’s Day Cards ~ By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Factory 42 Father's Day Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products: P2378 Workshop | PP1026 Paper Pad | SS345 Sticker Sheet | CT888 Collectables | DD798 Decorative Die – Cutout Textures | FL580 Flourish Pack – Cogs | SB776 Rhinestones – Bronze | IP722 Ink Pad – Red Gum | IP727 Ink Pad – Lagoon |

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Wow!! Has that inspired you to get your hands on this amazing collection and make something for Dad?  If it has, make sure you share your creation with us in Kaisercraft Corner, our own private Facebook Group or by tagging Kaisercraft when you share on Social Media.

We love to see your creations!!

Happy crafting : )

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5 Tips to Make your own Mini Album with Process Video

August 1, 2017

Do you share my love for making Mini Albums?  They are such a fun, short project and are perfect for gifting to a friend or family member.  Today I am sharing a Mini Album that I made and Five Tips on how to make a Mini Album.  I also have included a video that demonstrates exactly how I put this Album together using Kaisercraft’s gorgeous new “Christmas Jewel” Collection.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I have had some Graduation photographs on my desktop waiting and waiting for the right paper collection.  When I saw the beautiful purple shades in “Christmas Jewel” I knew they would be a perfect match.  Even though this is a Christmas Collection there are some “un-Christmas like” papers included that could be utilised in an “un-Christmas like” project.  If you have been waiting for a purple collection, this is such a beautiful set, so many lovely shades of purple and with silver trimmings.  It really is divine.  Alternatively, if you have some lovely Christmas Photos that you would love to make into a Mini Album, you could easily choose the more “Christmassy themed” papers from the collection.  You could make a Christmas Mini Album instead of a Graduation Mini Album.

Before I jump straight into my Mini Album Tips I would like to welcome you to a brand new year on the Kaisercraft Blog.  Today, the 1st of August, marks the beginning of the new 2017/2018 Year for the Kaisercraft Design Team.  I am honoured to be the first Team Member to blog for the year and I can promise you that you will LOVE this new team filled with talented artists.  The projects that they have already created and are waiting to share are so beautiful and the new Kaisercraft Collections are to die for!  This year is going to be amazing!!

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

So lets get started then, to kick off the New Year I am sharing Five Tips to Make a Mini Album.  This post is for all the Mini Album lovers out there and for those who might be new to making a Mini Album but might need a little encouragement to give one a try…

Mini Album Tip #1 – Gather Your Materials

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

This tip might seem very obvious but, if you know what collection you are using and you have most of the bits and pieces from that collection it makes the creating process a whole lot easier!!  I chose the “Christmas Jewel” Collection because it matched the Graduation Gown of our friend in the photographs.  (Isn’t she a little cutie.)  I then went through and searched my craft room for purple and silver glitter tape, a co-ordinating Ink Pad and album rings.  The easiest Mini Albums I have made are when I start with a base that is already prepared for me.  This time I chose the Kaisercraft “Ticket Album”.  It is a great size for 4×6 photos.

Mini Album Tip #2 – Keep Your Design Simple

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

To make creating a Mini Album a quicker task it helps to keep your design nice and simple.  For my Album I chose to use 3 12×12 Papers: P2362 Gilded Snowflakes, P2364 Winter Wonderland, and P2369 Glimmering for my base pages.  The Polka-dots were for the front and back Covers of the Album.  The other two papers were for the two opening spreads in the Album.  I simply cut these with a blade and glued them to the base pages of the Album.

Mini Album Tip #3 – Repeat the Same Design For Every Page

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Sometimes it can be hard to think of different ideas to decorate every page of your Mini Album.  I suggest keeping the same design for every page.  This creates a lovely co-ordinating effect throughout the album and allows you to enjoy creating without too much brain strain!! For my Album I chose IT448 Ornate Damask Template and used that to decorate the pages of my album.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I also chose to cut P2365 Ornate Garden into strips and use that with Glitter Tape to decorate the middle of each page.

Mini Album Tip #4 – Select Meaningful Quotes

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I do love the lovely quotes Kaisercraft use in their products and collections.  I love the look of a  meaningful quote alongside a photograph.  For this Album I used Kaisercraft’s “Clear Stickers” ST928 Life and ST925 Family to fill the page opposite my photograph.

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

Mini Album Tip #5 – Embellish with Decorative Dies

Kaisercraft Christmas Jewel Mini Album by Alicia McNamara

I love Kaisercraft Decorative Dies. Every month there is a new die that I am just longing to collect.  In this project I used numerous dies to decorate and embellish the pages of this album.  Decorating with Dies is such a quick and easy way to fill space on a project.  I have listed the dies I used in this Album below, just in case you would also like to make these part of your die collection ; )

DD589 – Hydrangea Rectangle

DD793 – Ornate Pack 1

DD388 – Poinsettia

DD757 – Large Flourishes

DD347 – Numbers

 

Mini Album Tutorial/Process Video

Finally, here is my Tutorial/Process Video.  I would love you to take a look and see exactly how I put my Album together from beginning to end.  You might even like to subscribe to my You Tube Channel.   On my channel there are over 20 videos of projects I have made with Kaisercraft Products.

Kaisercraft Products: 2362 Gilded Snowflakes| P2364 Winter Wonderland | P2369 Glimmering |P2365 Ornate Garden | P2361 Silver Poinsettia | IP732 Orchid Ink Pad | IT448 Ornate Damask 6×6 Designer Template | ST928 Clear Stickers – Life | ST925 Clear Stickers – Family | GC101 Glitter Card Stock – Midnight | GC103 Glitter Card Stock – Platinum | RS456 Rhinestone Strips – Lilac | F643 Paper Blooms – Amethyst | KC051 Kaiser Colour – Metallic Silver | PT226 Glitter Tape – Steel | PT225 Glitter tape – Silver | SB2359 Ticket Album | DD589 Decorative Die – Hydrangea Rectangle | DD793 Decorative Die – Ornate Pack 1 | DD388 Decorative Die – Poinsettia |DD757 Decorative Die  – Large Flourishes | DD347 Decorative Die – Numbers |

Feel free to leave me a comment and give me some feedback on my Blog Post today.

You might like to tell me what are you interested in seeing more of this year?

Until next time, happy crafting!

Alicia xxoo

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