I’m Brooke and I am SO excited to be the newest Love is in the Details design team member!
You might recognize me from one of Lori’s amazing crops (rack your brain because that was about 5 years and 40 pounds ago!), chatting on the forum, or a previous guest designer post. Or you might not recognize me so I’ll just sit here and pretend not to cry while you drink your morning coffee. 😉
I currently live in Winkler, Manitoba with my fiancée, Ryan, and our two cats (Minerva McGonagall aka “Chubs” & Miss Edith Crawley). We recently relocated from Thunder Bay, Ontario where I have been completing my Dental Hygiene Advanced Diploma for the past 4 years. I have been on a forced “crafting hiatus” for the last 4 years due to my grueling busy dental hygiene school schedule; now that this “hiatus” is over (woohoo!), Lori has asked me to join the design team and share my love of scrapbooking with all of YOU! If you want to know a bit more about ME, feel free to check out my design team bio here.
My style is a bit shabby chic, a bit trendy, bright, and textured, and has lots of layering. Everything but the kitchen sink really. I love gold, pastels, layers, and white space, and I’m always up for trying new techniques. I usually incorporate fabrics, paints, and embossing into my projects in some way but my style is constantly evolving and changing. Whose isn’t, right? For me, scrapbooking is my primary creative outlet and let’s be honest here…my addiction. My messy, glittery addiction. Is it yours too? Yes? Then you’re in the right place.
The project I have to share with you today is one of my first scrapbooking creations in 5 years. Seriously. I’ve been in withdrawl for half a decade.HALF A DECADE.
One of my absolute favourite things to create is packaging and gift wrapping so I figured, why not showcase that as my first big official design team post? To me, the packaging/wrapping of a gift is as important as the gift itself.
Below, you can see I’ve used simple muslin bags and the Maggie Holmes Bloom Collection to make little packages; they can be quickly wrapped up and thrown in the mail to a lucky friend or family member.
3 little sparkly, light packages… perfect for sending in the mail!
Can I just say how much I love the Bloom Collection by Maggie Holmes? The colours, gold, and florals just speak to my soul. I love that the papers and chipboard I’ve used are great quality and they hold up super well to embossing! And that chipboard? Swoon. You had me at glitter. I think this collection would be perfect for documenting baby, girl, wedding shower, baptism, etc. I already have visions of a sweet nursery wall banner dancing in my head.
Lori currently has all of the papers and chipboard available in the store for your buying pleasure with…drum roll please…more embellishments coming very soon! Better be on your toes, people…because I will be breaking down her door to buy all of those cute embellies.
The muslin bags are part of the LIITD packaging department and they’re something I really enjoy using. A cute little neutral baggie that can be stamped or painted or embossed is music to my ears (Pssst…there’s also burlap or paper bags in the shop if that’s more your jam).
For this bag I decided to emboss it using gold glitter embossing powder. Basically I just made the diagonal line with washi tape (pressed down FIRMLY), stamped the fabric directly with my embossing ink pad, sprinkled the powder on, then peeled the tape off and embossed with my heat gun. I love how it turned out (I’ve never embossed on fabric before!) and since it’s embossed the glitter doesn’t slough off.
I layered up a glassine bag, some sequin garland scraps I had in my scrap bowl, some Bloom patterned paper cutouts and a piece of the chipboard for this baggie. A few hints of gold embossing on the edges and all of it held together with a mini wooden clothespin.
For this baggie I used acrylic paint and the lid of a bottle of mist (hey, a scrapper’s gotta do what a scrapper’s gotta do) to stamp pink polka dots on the muslin bag.
Note to self: acrylic paint will bleed through to the back side of the bag and you will have to start over. Put a folded up paper towel or thick piece of cardstock in the bag before painting.
I added the kraft and glassine bags so that a little note or picture could be tucked in and not get lost in the muslin bag with the little gift. Maybe a little sticker or piece of ribbon stapled on at the top to pull it out.
For this bag I embossed with plain gold embossing powder using the same method as the glittery gold powder. I did do it twice to get a more solid, shiny gold.
Again layering chipboard and patterned paper with the addition of some polka dot acetate and a yellow heart sticker from the Wonder collection.
I think these would be perfect for packaging up wrapped candies or cookies, a piece of jewelry, some embellishments, or maybe some seed-swap packets. Everyone loves opening up a special handmade gift!
These bags will be displayed in the LIITD brick and mortar store in the near future if any of you locals would like to take a closer look.
Thank you so much for joining me here today! I’m so happy to be welcomed back into the LIITD family and I’m looking forward to getting to know you all a bit better.
Have a lovely Sunday!