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Alicia McNamara Christmas Jewel Mini Album Tutorials Videos

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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Alicia McNamara Golden Grove Layouts Tutorials Videos

Five Tips for Layering Paper with Process Video

July 3, 2017

Do you like layering paper in Layouts but sometimes are not sure where to begin?

Are you interested in some Paper Layering Tips for Scrapbooking?

Today I am demonstrating five tips for Layering paper in a Layout and I am using the sunny and gorgeous Golden Grove Collection.  I have made a Layout with a photo of my Mum and Dad on their Wedding Day.

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

Lets get started!

Layering Paper Tip 1 – Plan the Outline of Your Design

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

For this Layout I chose to make a cross Design behind my photo.  I use the cross design quite a bit because I find it easy to work with.  I drew the cross onto a scrap bit of 12×12 paper to show you what I was thinking in my head.  If you have a basic outline you can shape your layers to work with that outline.  So at the end of the layering part you have something that looks balanced and planned.  Then I chose a background paper, P2354 Collated, because I wanted something quite plain to work with.

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

I chose the Cherry Blossom Template IT001 to use with Gold Paint and Impasto and I wanted this to pop out from under my layered paper design.  I love this template.  The little blossoms are so pretty.

Layering Paper Tip 2 – Choose Papers with Colours that Work Together

 I chose three papers P2335 Canola, P2356 Fallen Leaves and P2358 Sweet Pear to use as my layers and cut them into strips of various sizes. I wanted to focus more on the golden colours from this collection, with just a hint of green, to suit my photograph.  Then I positioned them into a cross pattern and inked them with Saffron Ink.

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

Layering Paper Tip 3 – Use a Mixture of Mounting Tape and Flat Tape

Once I was happy with the positioning of the paper strips I stuck them down with mounting tape and flat tape.  By using the different type of tapes you can make layers of different depths.

Layering Paper Tip 4 – Fussy Cut some Layers

The papers in this collection are perfect for some fussy cutting and fussy cutting is a great way to layer paper.  I chose the paper P2352 Gold Dahlia to cut two clusters of paper blooms.

Layering Paper Tip 5 – Use Collectables

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

Collectables are perfect for adding paper layers to your design…sometimes I wish I had five bags of these because I absolutely LOVE collectables.  They make creating such a breeze.  The collectables in this collection are just adorable!  So many beautiful flowers and butterflies.

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

I filmed a Tutorial Video showing exactly how I made this layout in case you are interested in taking a look.

Five Tips for Layering Paper ~ Kaisercraft Golden Grove Layout by Alicia McNamara

I hope you enjoyed my post today.  The Golden Grove Collection is a must-have for your stash.  Do you like to use Paper Layers in your Scrapbooking or Cardmaking?  Do you have another tip you could share?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or pop on over to my blog to say hello.

Have a lovely, crafty day.

Alicia : )

Kaisercraft Products: P2352 Gold Dahlia | P2353 Greenery | P2354 Collated | P2355 Canola | P2359 Fallen Leaves | P2358 Sweet Pear | CT886 Collectables | FLK605 Harvest Flourish Pack | IP728 Saffron Ink Pad | F646 Mini Paper Blooms – Buttercream | F634 Paper Blooms – Sunset | IT001 Mini Designer Template – Cherry Blossom | KC050 Metallic Gold Paint | BRB606 Organza Ribbon | Other: Cheesecloth | Impasto |

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Alicia McNamara Card Making Keepsake Layouts Terhi Koskinen

Beautiful Keepsake Projects

June 26, 2017

The new Keepsake Collection has been showcased beautifully by our Design Team.  We have some amazing projects to share with you, including cards, layouts and canvases, each one uniquely different…lets take a look at today’s inspiration…

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“Thank you” Card By Anita Bownds


Kaisercraft product :P1021 paper pad |CT883 collectables |FL602 snapshot flourish pack
SB786 rose pearls |F636 ruby blooms |F653 ruby mini blooms|EM995 assorted paper leaves
Other:ribbon|cotton thread

 ”Good Friends” Layout By Rikki Graziani

Kaisercraft Products: Keepsake Collection : P2326 Gallery | P2330 Photomontage |P2332 Album | PS493 Photo Frames | SS340 Sticker Sheet | PP1021 Paper Pad |  CT883 Collectables 

 ”Dream” Canvas by Kirsten Hyde

Kaisercraft Products: Keepsake Collection: P2326 Gallery | P239 Collected | PP1021 Paper Pad | FL602 Snapshot Flourish Pack | CT883 Collectables | F662 Coral Paper Blooms |  IT924 Designer Templates Textures | DD787 Decorative dies Mandela | KM111 Kaisermist White | KM107 Kaisermist Peach | KM102 Kaisermist Antique Gold | KM115 Kaisermist Candy | RS403 Rhinestone Antique Rose | SB777 Rhinestone Black

We are Family – scrapbook layout by Terhi Koskinen

Kaisercraft Products: Keepsake Collection: P2326 Gallery | P239 Collected | PS493 Photo Frames | SS340 Sticker Sheet | CT883 Collectables | KM111 Kaisermist White | KM102 Kaisermist Antique Gold CD601 | White Cardstock

Other: Thread

“Happily Ever After” ~ By Kylie Kingham

Kaisercraft Products : Keepsake – P2325 captured | P2328 Collage | P2329 Collected | P2331 Chronicle | SS340 Sticker Sheet | PP1021 Paper Pad | CT883 Collectables | Other: Crochet Doily

“You Make Life More Beautiful” Layout ~ By Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Keepsake Layout by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products: P2325 Captured | P2326 Gallery | P2330 Photomontage | P2329 Collected | PS493 Photo Frames | SS340 Sticker Sheet | CT883 Collectables | FL602 Snapshot | IP724 Bark Ink Pad | IT001 Template – Cherry Blossom | KC050 Metallic Gold Paint | F641 Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink | CS257 Background Stamp – Script | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | RS412 Sparklets – Saffron | LDB1059 Natural Twine | Other: Cheese Cloth | Impasto |

‘Moments Captured ‘ by Sonia Thomason

Kaisercraft products used: P2325 ‘Captured’ | P2329 ‘Collected’ | CT883 Keepsake Collectables | SS340 Sticker Sheet | CD102 Licorice Weave Cardstock | FL602 Snaphot Flourish Pack | KM102 Antique Gold Kaiser Mist | KM113 Coffee Kaiser Mist |  KM118 Olive Kaiser Mist | SB700 Silver Rhinestones | ST929 Inspirational Clear Stickers | DD518 Nesting Tag Dies | 

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Now you have seen these unique and inspiring projects created with Kaisercraft Keepsake we are wondering what will you design?

Be sure to share with us on Social Media.

Happy Crafting : )

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Alicia McNamara Card Making Keepsake Videos

How to Create a Multi-Layered Card

June 23, 2017

Hello Crafty Friends,

When I saw the new and beautiful Keepsake Collection I thought it would be perfect for making a heavily embellished card.  I decided to film a Process Video to match because I often get questions about how to begin a card that has lots of layers and embellishments, what colours and papers can be chosen to put together and what elements can be used.  Today I will show you exactly how I made this one from start to finish.

To make the card I began with some folded craft card stock measuring 23 x 17cm.  I cut some Photomontage (16.5 x 11cm) to fit the front of the card and a strip of Photomontage (reverse) measuring 5.5 x 16.5 cm.  I inked everything with Bark ink.  I layered the strip onto the card with mounting tape for extra dimension and this was the base of my card.  I chose the Photomontage Paper because I liked the shade of green and I liked the small white floral clusters.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I stamped onto the Photo Frames Acetate 12×12 sheet for the sentiment of my card, because I love the novelty of this Acetate sheet and I wanted to play with it again.  I used Stazon Ink to stamp onto the Acetate and it dried clearly without smudging.   I backed this sentiment with Captured paper, I chose this because I felt it was a slightly different colour to the other papers on the card, but still coordinated.  The thing with the Kaisercraft collections is that the colours are so well chosen you really can’t go wrong with your paper choice.  Everything matches really nicely so you can be confident with your paper choice.  I added sticker strips for extra details and chose a lovely flower cluster sticker for my main embellishment.  I wanted something large and floral.  This sticker was perfect.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I used my one of my most favourite Kaisercraft Decorative Dies ever DD757 Large Flourishes .  If you haven’t purchased this Decorative Die yet you need to! It goes so well with Paper Blooms and most Kaisercraft Paper Collections.  I find it adds a little dimension and another layer to a Multi-Layered card.  I actually like to cut this die in half and pop it under some Paper Blooms.  The colour of the flowers I chose was Dusty Pink, another favourite of mine.  They co-ordinate nicely with lots of the Kaisercraft Paper Collections as well, so a very good colour to have in your craft supplies.

I chose some lovely Collectables to add to my card (leaves and butterflies are always good!) and layered everything together.  You see how I repositioned all the elements on the card until I was happy with it in the Process Video.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I love adding the little wooden shapes from the Kaisercraft Flourish Packs.  For this card I chose two photo frame corners from the Snapshot Pack.  Thes add another dimension to the card that is different from paper.  You can ink or colour these wooden flourishes, but for this card I chose to leave them in their original state.

Finally I embellished with some Chocolate Pearls.  This finishes the card off and again gives another texture to the card.  They can be added in groups of three or two, or whatever grouping you prefer.

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Products:

P2325 Captured | P2330 Montage | PS493 Photo Frames Acetate | SS340 Sticker Sheet | CS302 Clear Stamps | CT883 Collectables | FL602 Flourish Pack – Snapshot | DD757 Decorative Die – Large Flourishes | F641 Paper Blooms – Dusty Pink | CD651 Kraft Card Stock | SB792Pearls – Chocolate | Other: Cheese Cloth

Kaisercraft Keepsake Card with Video Tutorial by Alicia McNamara

I had a lovely time designing this card using the beautiful Keepsake Collection.  I’m sure you will love this collection too.  I hope you have found a little inspiration from my video.  If you have any more questions feel free to leave me a comment and I can reply. Have a crafty weekend : )

Alicia xxoo

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Alicia McNamara Bombay Sunset Card Making Tuesday Tutorials

Tuesday Tutorial – Super Quick and Colourful Cards with Video

May 9, 2017

Do you ever wish you had a stack of handmade cards ready to go in your house to give out to friends and family? Do you like making quick and easy cards that don’t take all day to make? Well today I am going to show you how to use Kaisercraft’s brand new collection,Bombay Sunset to make four colourful cards you can whip up in less than an hour. They are quick, they are easy, they are super colourful.  I am sure your family and friends will love them!!  And you will love making them…super easy and super fun!  Let’s get started….

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset Cards by Alicia McNamara

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset Cards by Alicia McNamara

What you will need:

To make these cards you will need the following items..

12×12 White Card Stock (x2 sheets)

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset Collectables

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset Sticker Sheet

Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset 12×12 Scrapbook Paper – Party (x 2 sheets)

Kaisercraft Bollywood Flourish Pack

Kaisecolour Gel Pens

Kaisercraft Hot Pink Paper Blooms

As well as a Paper Trimmer, Double Sided Tape, Mounting Tape, Scissors and Glue.

What to do:

Watch this video tutorial to see the method to make these cards…

Kaisercraft Products: P2322 Party | SS339 Sticker Sheet | CT882 Collectables | FL601 Flourish Pack – Bollywood | F663 Paper Blooms – Hot Pink | CD101 12×12 Weave Card Stock – Coconut | CL104 Gel Pens – 48pk |

I hope you gained a little inspiration today to have a go at some quick and easy cards.

Thanks for joining me,

Alicia : )

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