Archive | February 20, 2013

Make a Quick & Easy Page, then Step It Up!

I recently challenged myself to complete a layout in 20 minutes — just to see if I could. When life gets busy and there is precious little down time, the only way I can fit in my paper crafting is to finish it quickly. And since I’m not the fastest scapbooker in the world, this was truly a challenge for me.

Today, I am sharing my 20-minute page and a few bonus details I added later that helped me step up the design.


I knew I was going to use the Echo Park Eclectic collection for this layout. I looked for a subtle print to use in the background, but couldn’t find anything that worked from this collection. Keeping my 20 minute goal in mind, instead of looking through my collection of pattern paper, I grabbed a sheet of kraft cardstock and misted the background with white Mister Huey. The mist gave me the subtle texture I was looking for.

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Happy Birthday


Evgenia Petzer’s lovely vintage style is the perfect showcase for showing the beauty of tone-on-tone embellishing!  This blue and white patterned paper is so pale that  it mostly appears white to the eye. Layering the white embellishments on top of it gives a subtle effect of texture without being overwhelming. What you see instead is the detail of the embellishments, without being assaulted by their color.

The absence of color for the most part makes the single dark large flower an extra powerful focal point because of the sharp contrast it makes to the rest of the design.

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Melissa Frances (Classic Elegance). Vellum Envelope: Melissa Frances. Button: Melissa Frances. Flower: Prima. Die: Papertrey Ink (Doily), Marianne Design (leaves). Font: B52.

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 year old son, that is her inspiration. She started as a scrapbooker, but now mainly creates cards in her signature  detailed, romantic style. Currently, Evgenia designs for Melissa Frances, Tattered Angels, Bo Bunny Designs, OUAS blog and a SOE kit club, and also works part time as a child & family photographer. To learn more about her, check out her personal blog.