Thursday, June 8, 2017

"Precious Moments" five different ways!

Dear Paper Lovers,

Today we would like to share with you how uniquely we all are created. Each one of us born with a unique thumbprint. When we create, even when we use the same basic concepts or elements, the outcome will be as varied as our thumbprints. 

We gave the Design Team each the same printable kit to play with and we all came up with something different. 

The sketch:

Purchase it here

First up: Surita's version. She is the designer of this kit. 

Second version of this kit is by Ansu:

"I added some of the other little flags from the Wild&Free Collection to this kit. To tell the truth, I lost one of the stripy flags already cut out at our "Paper Play Date" @ the Botanical Gardens last Saturday.  You know those little bits can get away from you sometimes and you need a back-up plan. No big drama. Just replaced them with flags from the collection I had already cut out at home. 

I changed the layout a little to fit my photos. Kitty cat is my queenie-cat-princess-baby-extraordinaire!   She has a real lady fur coat but is her momma's tomboy GI-Jane. Roams the garden and the next door bush, comes back with fur all tangled sometimes with half the bush attached. Yesterday she came in with a big black soot stripe over her beautiful white face, like those stripes the boys have across their cheeks when they take of their American Football helmets. Feisty little miss!! Well, that is why she is center stage on this layout. She is about to turn a full two years. Love her so much. She is really a treat and soothes this childless gap in my momma-heart. My family complete with hubby and me on the left, Dad and Mom and Suki (pet name for Surita) on the right. 

I didn't use the green frames, but will use them on another layout later. I added some of the little flowers from the Wild&Free collection too. On the large layered flowers I added some glitzies an Vegas gold all purpose ink. I also added dots of Anita's 3D glue to flower centers and lined the sentiment with it as well as the little beez and the camera lenze. I only doubled the pink frame and added some gold diamante around Klouye's (my baby's name) photo. I moved the tag to the bottom left of the orange frame and still need to add my journaling. 

On the background before adding all the frames, I used a flower stencil and my pink "cotton candy" Artistry Distress Ink pad from Kcraft that I received as a gift at the Celebr8 event last year. Love those little ink pads cause they have a space to hide your blending foam in and the lids are attached so when you travel with them, your inks are safe. Need to get me more of those. Maybe I'll stock them in our store. 

I loved the eaze of this kit. No fuss and so quick."

Third version: Wilna's retro 60's layout for Mother's Day

A while ago we shared Wilna's version she did for Mother's Day. You can read more on her blog here

Fourth version: Lisa-Marie's lovely single layout

Let's change things totally and just use the elements. See, no rules! Just fun! Play with it! The printable version gives you loads of options as you can re-print it over and over again. Change up your background. Use the frames and other elements as background layers and play around with the flowers too. The sky is the limit. 

Finally we have Margie's version. 

She has done a wonderfully detailed post on the "How to" from downloading to using this! She even laminated the frames.  
You can read her full step by step post here.
We would like to add Margie's "Reasons to try this kit" here. Would love some comments to this post to here what the Paper Lovers out there think. 

So what do you think? Reasons to try this kit.
  • It is VERY reasonably priced - cheaper than if you had driven to the store and bought all the papers and elements
  • You have the benefit of being able to print another page if you make a mistake (like I did)
  • You have instant access to a product, especially if you cannot get to a local store
  • The images are perfectly sized in this kit and all fit together beautifully.

 Ivytree Studio Kit used
SKU ES/163/1

Additional materials used
2 x cardstock for base
glitter glue
double-sided tape
foam squares
foam strips
lamination sheet and laminator

This fabulous KIT is available from Ivytree Studio here


June Blog Follower Challenge:

We would also like to add a little challenge to you all. In the sidebar of our blog you will find a "follow our blog" section where you can just hit the blue button to follow us here. Your photo thumbnail will then show you as part of our little blog network. Just underneath that, you will also find our Google+ followers network gallery. You can also join in there. 

Once you have joined our blog following and your picture shows in the galleries, please comment that you have done so in a comment to this blog post.  We will choose random winners to receive the "Precious Moments" kit free of charge. The 100th comment will win a digital bundle with various printable goodies! Deadline for joining in is the end of June 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Totally Amaizing Double Layout

Dear Paper Lover,

Let's "Seize the Day" with Lisa-Marie Watling today. We are into loads and loads of butterflies over at Ivytree Studio. We had little white butterflies all over our garden recently and it has just fluttered in our hearts how God has wonderfully made nature and us. The gentleness of a butterfly is sweet and endearing, but also reminds of the way God wants us to be in life. To celebrate life, no matter how fragile it may seem. What we have and the people He gives us, are precious. 

In her layout, Lisa-Marie enables you tee experience this visually.  We love her use of grey as background and tones of red, green and turquoise. 

See her original post here

The papers I used for this piece are:
171/1 Seize The Day
171/3 Both sides – Turquoise Flutter & Fly High Script
171/5 Wordy Delights
171/12 Both sides – Schoolfrock Speckles & Pretty Washi
171/13 Blackboard Speckles
171/15 Flora Accents
171/19 Blackboard Charcoal
171/21 Apple Red

Additional materials – various adhesives, glitter glue, chippie title

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Journal Pages by Wilna

Dear Paper Lovers,

A lovely little post by Wilna Cremer: Journal Pages

Journalling has finally hit South Africa in a big way and I am happy to say you can buy journals just about everywhere.  Ivytree Studio is launching Honey Planners very soon and I am sure this is going to be a winner.  Their paper range has already been designed for use in Project Life and Pocket Pals so this is a welcome addition to the range. I have used a combination of all the ranges to date and I had so much fun putting this together.

This particular journal is just a cheapy from PNA.

I am a bullet "journalizer" 😇 and this journal encompasses everything in my life, notes, diary, lists etc. 

I have to admit I am much happier making notes in the sections that I have decorated.

Read my full blog post with more images, here

The papers I used for this project

Hadeda Garden Collection (2016 version of this collection)

Friendship begins in the heart Collection

Seize the day Collection

  • various adhesives
  • chalks
  • washi tape
  • paper clips
  • journal

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'til next time.....enjoy being organized

Monday, May 22, 2017

New Collections: Happy Day & all new Hadeda Garden

Dear Paper Lovers,

We are happy to announce that our TWO brand new collections are available to be ordered. Hurry up an place your order today so you don't miss out on this print run.

This is also your opportunity to print any items from our previous collections: #162, #163, #171 and @172. We have opened up all items and listed it to "unlimited" stock levels and it includes all previously "out of stock items".

Remember that if your local scrapbook store does not stock our paper, you can place your order in our store and we deliver anywhere in South Africa. 

Individual items in these collections can be viewed in the gallery of the store item. 

 Our Happy Day collection:

In celebration of our birthday we created this little collections to help you celebrate any little occasion. It can be great for boy or girl layouts, for baby showers, kids birthdays, any girly layout, sweet sixteen. Once again something for everyone from planner girls, art journallers, cardmakers and any paper crafter. Oh, and we so love our little bouquets and cuppycakes. 

Click here to view & order this collection.


To celebrate our paper brand's first birthday, we decided to apply all we have learned over the past year and bring you an all new Hadeda Garden collection. This collection matches all the elements you have come accustomed to in our other collections from Pretty Pocket Cards and Cute cut pages, a flower cut page and card squares and a lovely base element too. 

A little background on this collection:
The inspiration for this collection is very much local. As we grew up in Pretoria and have lived here all our lives, the painfully loud noise of the Hadeda bird frequented our garden and has been a prominent feature throughout. We have joked about them, chased them off as their sound polluted exam times, we have seen them constantly graze our lawn like sheep and we have even rescued them when they needed it. So very fitting that they would play a main character in our first Proudly South African and locally designed collection. 

Also a very constant feature in our lives is the Agapanthus flower that have graced our family garden over the years. A firm favorite of our gardener/landscaper mom, it would just not be the same if we did not place it at the top of our design list. 

Another inspiration to this collection would be our mother and so you would find that center stage there are polka-dots, florals as well as the garden theme. 

The REVAMPED & IMPROVED Collection is available in store now!  

14 Double Sided Sheets with 28 Designs. We reduced, reshuffled and added new designs to make this a Collection a dream to use in your Arts&Crafts and Scrapbooking projects. 

Click here to view & order this collection 

Also new to Ivytree Studio: Bible Journaling

We are not shy to say that we are Christians and we love God. Everything we do, comes from Him anyway so we also love bringing our art and creativity into our study of God's Word an our worship to Him and we would like to share our experience. 

Ansu has something special happening as she has a special story to tell of God's promises to her, His journey with her in her prayer life. She is starting a unique workshop series and product line called "GraceLilly Expressive Bible & Prayer Journaling - Making God's Word your Home"

The first workshop will be held this Saturday, 27 May 2017 in Pretoria at the Botanical Gardens.

Click here to book your seat.

In our next posts: Read about Wilna's journaling and cardmaking experiences. 

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Time Spent Single Layout

Dear Paper lovers,

We would like to share with you the latest layout Lisa-Marie created for us, using our, as she calls it, “rather dreamy LOVE range”. 

Remember to scroll down to find out what papers she used in this collection, as well as all links to engage with us, to visit the shop and where to share your creations in Ivytree Studio Friends.



See the full post on her blog 
The papers from Ivytree Studio which Lisa-Marie used for this project:
172/4 Rosy Wood Candy Stripes
172/5 Flower Accents
172/8 Pretty Pocket Cards
172/8 Hugs & Kisses
172/10 Dotty Blackboard
172/11 Candy Ombre
172/11 Hearts & Filligree

Additional materials: glitter glue, enamel dots, tombow glue, foam tape / dots

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what we are up to:
Buy some of our pretty paper here
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