GIRLY AND STRONG! – THE FAIRYTALE CLUB'S PREMIER COLLECTION BY ANDREA BETHKE

Hello!!! It is Andrea Bethke here, and today I am super duper excited to share with you my first collection called “GIRLY AND STRONG”! It is the first collection for THE FAIRYTALE CLUB, which is a brand new and magical membership club with scrapbook and planner kits for all your whimsical and pretty papercrafting needs!

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THE FAIRYTALE CLUB is built on my love for fairytales and all the “once upon a time” , “wish upon a star”, and “happily ever after” goodness that makes life beautiful PLUS my love of all things papercrafting, planning and memory keeping!

Each collection for the club will be inspired by my favorite fairytales and my “happiest place on earth”. And so, for this first collection, GIRLY AND STRONG, there are lots of lovely hints at various fairytale movies and characters – like Alice in Wonderland and Oliver & Company, and Snow White, Mary Poppins and Emma Swan – and also by my trips to my favorite theme park. However, the collection is also filled with just awesome versatile patterns and things that are great for documenting spring, summer, being in love, being happy, having fun, being brave, being girly and strong...wink wink...and all kinds of other good stuff!

This collection and all collections for the club, will be perfect for documenting your fairytale adventures but also your everyday life adventures and really work for any story that you want to tell. I specifically designed everything so that you could use it for any of your memory keeping and planning needs, but in a way that has that touch of magic and whimsy...like a little nod to the happiest place on earth!

For GIRLY AND STRONG, I specifically wanted to design a collection where the theme was all about being a strong woman/girl/female and accepting and being happy with the person that you are! I have always wanted to design my own collection and making this dream happen is so incredible! I feel empowered as a woman and I want to share that with all of you. I so often dreamed about this happening, but I kept telling myself that I couldn't do it...it wasn't until I realized how truly brave and capable I am that I finally allowed myself to begin the journey that I had always been dreaming about! And so here it is...a collection and a club that is all about being inspirational, making dreams come true, and writing that happily ever after...whether through your planning or your memory keeping!

I am so thrilled to finally be able to show you all the special designs that I have been working on for this collection and all the cool patterned papers and planner dividers and embellishments! 

I want to share with you my favorites...oh wait, they are all my favorite! Well, let me just list out all the cool things that are in the collection! So first, there are all the amazing patterned papers! There are 12 double sided 12x12 patterned papers (so 24 patterns total). And the patterned papers range from super whimsical and lovely images of swans and poodles and carousel horses (well, unicorns actually) to more simple, but also super cute patterns like fun polka dots and stripes.

I really love the pretty patterns that just scream girly goodness – like the bows and lipsticks and roses! I also love all the watercolor patterns which have a more free-flowing feel as well as the geometric prints which are also really cool.

Then there are the planner dividers (which come in A4 and A5 sizes). There are 12 of those and they are also double sided, with cute patterned prints on the back. They are perfect for planning but would also look beautiful in a mini album or hung on the wall as a décor piece.

I love the sweet imagery on the planner dividers. The vintage feel of the poodle and the swan makes me smile. And I think my cute, dapper, pink haired girl is my favorite!

I also love the sayings that you can find in the collection. There are some great inspirational quotes on the planner dividers that are all about being brave, loving yourself and others, being strong and silly and weird and wonderful, and you!

It is all about feeling good about who you are. I love that! And you can see that, not just in the planner dividers, but also in other imagery in the collection, like in the embellishments and the cut-apart sheets.

Let's talk about the embellishments...there are so many adorable embellies in this collection! And everything has gold foiling!!!

I of course had to have paperclips. I love paperclips! They are by far my favorite thing to scrap AND plan with! I decided to make my paperclips for the GIRLY AND STRONG collection in cute decorative shapes. They are wooden and come in different pretty colors from the collection and they all have beautiful gold foiling on them!

Another embellishment that I love and always use in both scrapbooking and planning, is ephemera. So I knew I had to have an ephemera pack be part of the collection! I made ephemera pieces that matched nicely with the patterned papers in the collection and that would be fun and easy to use. I love the cute vintage pieces so much! And I also really love the tags and the hearts and the words...and oh, all the pieces with gold foiling on them! Did I mention that some of the pieces in the ephemera pack are gold foiled! Yay!!!

I decided that I needed to have some label stickers and tiny word stickers in my collection too. So I came up with a cool sticker sheet that has both. The labels and the word stickers are gold foiled. They look beautiful and they are super colorful and bright! The words are great too because they go along with the theme of GIRLY AND STRONG so there are words like “brave” and “silly” and phrases like “happy girl” and “so lovely” and “stay weird”...because us girls are so many wonderful things, all of which we should be proud of!

I realized that we also needed something pretty to use for title-making in our scrapbooks and planners...so I decided to have some pretty gold foiled puffy word stickers to play with! I just love these! They are so gorgeous! All the words are in my handwriting and they say cool things like “this is me” and “pretty” and “bright' and “hello”.

All the product is so cute and I love it so much! This has really been a dream come true getting to design this collection and starting this new club! I really feel like I am in the middle of a fairytale made real!

I really hope you will join me on this amazing fairytale adventure! Please join THE FAIRYTALE CLUB today! You can get a planner kit or a scrapbook kit or all of the collection! Whatever you decide on, I hope you enjoy being part of our new club! This is the beginning of our “happily ever after” in a papercrafting dreamland together...so don't wait, subscribe to get your May kit of GIRLY AND STRONG goodies today!

 

National Craft Month Mini album Challenge from Citrus Twist! -- #Hope album

Hello there! It's Andrea here and today I want to share with you a fun little album that I made using the super lovely and awesome Citrus Twist March kits! The main kit this month is perfect for making a mini album as it includes a couple of chipboard pieces and a couple binder rings in it! This month, for National Craft Month, Citrus Twist is inviting you to make a mini album as part of a special challenge! I myself absolutely love making mini albums and I had such fun working on this one!

I decided to make a mini album that was about hope and all the elements right now in my life that are helping me stay hopeful during what has been a really difficult time. These three things are – happiness, bravery and love! I chose to divide my mini into three sections (called “be happy”, “hi brave”, and “so loved”, for this reason).

As some of you may or may not know, I have a very serious health condition called CRPS and it causes constant pain every day of my life. Lately my CRPS has been particularly bad. I am used to some good days and some bad, but the number of bad days has definitely gone up. However, I refuse to give up on hope and a happy life and therefore I am trying to really live in all of the precious happy little moments that I have, really appreciate the good days and take advantage of them! I want to document this journey through the good stuff and the bad stuff, focusing on the beauty and acknowledging the struggle.

A mini album is perfect for the purpose of reflecting on the thoughts and feelings and circumstances that you are experiencing at a particular time in your life. The good and the bad.

I created this album to be a reminder of hope but also to show really the contrast between the good days and bad days (the days out, the days stuck in bed, and the importance of happiness and bravery and love for both). I wanted to create a mini that shows the reality of my situation.

Not all of our stories are pretty, perfect stories, but all of them are important! For this reason, I challenge you to create a mini album that reflects not only what is good and sweet in your life, but also what is difficult and bitter. Try including the perfect picture moments and the not so perfect ones...try journaling in a way that goes deeper than just...”what a great day!” Write about your thoughts and emotions. Be real!

The hard stories in our lives are often the ones that get overlooked as far as memory keeping, but I think they are usually the ones that most need to be documented. Telling stories like this one have proven to be very helpful, cathartic and uplifting to me.

[Note: try breaking your story into two or three different parts/thoughts so it is easier to convey. When you are documenting more complex stories with emotional depth, it is always a good idea to divide your album into sections so that you can gather your thoughts and get your points across clearly, both for your own benefit and that of whoever else sees your album].

I hope that telling a story that is real and important for you, and looks at both what is difficult in your life and what is good and helpful and beautiful, will help you to learn more about yourself and to feel good about the person that you are. 

For more of a “light” and technique based challenge, try using some of your packaging in your mini album, like using the backing to create a tag or using the plastic covering to create a fun shaker pocket!

I hope you have enjoyed my mini album and that I have inspired you to make something that tells an important story in your life.

Life is not perfect but it sure is beautiful! 

I hope you enjoy this special National Craft Month Mini Album Challenge from Citrus Twist! Please check out the other minis created by Citrus Twist Design Team members this month too (check out Michelle Wedertz, Veera Saarivuo, Elsie Robinson, Emma Wood)! 

And remember that we all write our own stories...so be brave, document the good and the bad, create beautiful things, be the heroine of your own story and live your life as a fairytale (one precious, hopeful, memorable moment at a time)!

Hugs! – Andrea

p.s. There is a cool “how to” video for this mini album on my YouTube channel, Fairytale Scrapbook...so check that out too when you get a chance!

"Hello Happiness" Layout Tutorial | Citrus Twist Kits

Note: Here is a post that went up on the Citrus Twist blog in February...been meaning to share it on here too...so here you go and I hope you like it... :-)

Hello there! Today I want to share with you a fun tutorial!!! Yaaaaay! I made a fun video that you can watch and follow along to make a lovely love letter layout with the oh so pretty “Bright Side” add on kit for February from Citrus Twist! 

I loooooove all the kits from February! I always love the kits but February may be my fave month ever as there are so many dreamy and girly and really sweet goodies in all the kits!  I love the February kits so much that I think all that love just put me in a super duper lovey dovey mood...it probably helped that it is the season of love as Valentine's Day is fast approaching... Anyways, all this love made me feel like making something special for and about my love...my hubby Ryan! So today, I want to show you how to create this special love letter style layout that is perfect for the one that you love!

I love writing love letters to my hubby! We write them to each other all the time (even after eight years of marriage) and especially for holidays like Christmas and of course, Valentines Day! If you have never written a love letter before, here is your chance to start!

Take the time and write out something special for someone you love. It can be a friend, your son or daughter or your spouse...anyone you love! And if you aren't feeling the love letter thing, you could also just do a little fun handwriting on your layout and list out all of the things that you are loving right now or maybe even a little letter to yourself where you talk about what you love about you! There are so many fun ways to adapt this idea to your life, so go ahead and have fun and do what suits you!

This tutorial was so much fun to do! And I think you will find there are a lot of fun tips and tricks and techniques in this layout tutorial! I show you how to make a cool decorative paperclip, how to add a touch of watercoloring to your layout, a different way to incorporate journaling onto your layout, and how to make your embellishments pop off the page!

Most importantly though, I hope that this tutorial really inspires you to make something special for someone you love this Valentines Day! Watch the video tutorial and have fun!

Xoxoxoxo --- Andrea

3 to Inspire: "Happy Together" Layout | Citrus Twist Kits

Hi there everyone! It's Andrea here, and I had so much fun working on this special “3 to Inspire” challenge, with the three elements of sewing, word stickers, and the color pink.  I was so excited because I knew that these would all work great with the Citrus Twist February kits and the over-all feeling of February which is frankly quite sweet and lovely (due to the nature of Valentines Day, I think).

For my layout, I knew that I needed to use the super beautiful floral patterned from Crate Paper Oasis that is in “The Bright Side” add on kit. There is some fun pinks in that floral paper, but to add some more pink to my layout, I chose to use cute embellishments like some pink flowers from the Pink Paislee ephemera in the add on kit, and some butterflies and hearts and things from the chipboard stickers in the Main Kit. For more pops of pink, I did some fussy cutting and used some arrows from some of the patterned paper in the Pattern Paper Play kit and also some sweet little tickets that I cut from some of the product packaging.

I added word stickers to my layout that would help to tell the story. I used words like “loving this”, “let's go”, “me and you” and “you are my happy” to show that the story is all about me and my love, my husband Ryan, on a romantic Valentines Day night out. By adding both the flat word stickers and the chipboard ones, more dimension and interest is given to the page.

To add my sewing in, I did some hand-stitching here and there on my page. I stitched a bit across the top of the page where the paper clips are to kind of further anchor down the flags and things that I added to that top corner. I also did some cross stitches on my fussy cut pink tickets. And for the last of my sewing, I created a special little heart using a left-over piece from the Pink Paislee ephemera pack which I painted and then added some white cardstock to and stitched to make a fun and interesting, one of a kind embellishment for my page. (note: I added a few more painted touches here and there that had a bit of this kind of effect on it just to balance things out).

I had so much fun with this “3 to Inspire”! (Oh, and I just want to also point out that I had a lot of fun with my pics on this layout too and so can you...here is a fun tip...try coloring your pic/s for your layout in cool colors like the challenge color pink and/or mint, yellow, blue, etc using photoshop or another photo editing app or software! )

Creating Custom Valentines | Crate Paper

Hi, its Andrea! Today I am going to share with you some fabulous valentine ideas, using the gorgeous “Heart Day” collection, which you can then use to make something special for the ones that you love!

Every year for Valentines Day I make valentines for my special someone – namely, my hubby, Ryan. This year I was so excited to work on my valentines for Ryan and my friends and family! I am in love with all the polka dots and all the cute images like the heart emoji faces and the sweet little cartoon girls.

For one of my simpler valentines, I just made a fun little tag out of some of the pretty heart paper, a piece of ephemera, a sticker and some thicker letters that spell out the word “love”. For the other simple valentine, I used a pretty piece of the patterned paper, folded it into a simple square card, added a cool chipboard sticker and some ribbon and sewing to make a simple card that is great for anyone you care about. Just add a little phrase sticker to the inside of the card that says “be mine” or “i adore you” and it will make your recipient feel super special.

For a more time-consuming, but oh so worth it, valentine I made a really cool fringed heart card. I folded some patterned paper in half and then I drew a big heart on the paper with a pencil and cut the shape out so that the fold was on the right side and I had myself a cool heart shaped card. I then used several different patterned papers from the collection, cut then into long strips that were about an inch wide and then proceeded to cut fringe into my strips with my scissors. I adhered the strips of fringe to the front of my card. I chose to add some vellum and a chipboard heart to the front, I stitched across the top of my heart and I added a little tag and a couple of cute “x” and “o” paperclips to the top of my heart to finish it off. I think this card is the perfect Valentine to give to my heart – my hubby Ryan!

For the last valentine, I used one of the pre-made valentine cards that come in the collection, with the cute images on the front, and the “to” and “from” note card on the back, and I created a sweet little envelope to slide the card into. For my envelope closure, I added a couple of cute heart emoji stickers that I adhered to buttons to add a whole lot of cute factor to the front of my envelope! A couple of stickers at the bottom finish things off for a fun little envelope that you can use to slide one of the “Heart Day” valentines into!

I had so much fun making these valentines! I also just want to mention that every year for Valentines Day, my hubby and I, in addition to making cards for each other, also like to write each other long love letters! And this year, I decided that for my handwritten letter, I will be using one of the simple white envelopes that comes with the pre-made valentines and one of the amazing “Heart Day” fringed heart embellishment stickers attached to the front, for a fun little envelope to put my love letter in! I cannot wait for Valentines Day and I hope these ideas have helped give you some inspiration for your valentines! Have a Happy Valentines Day everyone and remember, love letters are always a good idea, whether is February 14th...or a Tuesday! ;-)

New Year's Resolution Layout | Crate Paper

Hello there everyone! It is Andrea here and today I want to share with you a layout I made for the New Year using the fantastic Snow & Cocoa collection! I love this collection! It has been so much fun to use to document and create for Christmastime and I think it is perfect for the New Year too! It is 2017 now and as we begin February and get more and more comfortable with writing the new date and planning for a new year, it is important, I think, to document the resolutions you have made so that you will be reminded of them and rise to meet them not only for this month, but all year long!

Every year for New Year's Eve I write out my resolutions and I am guessing that a lot of you do as well. Snow & Cocoa has so many lovely and versatile patterns and that includes the bold and beautifully simply black and white pattern that I chose to use for the background of my layout. To add a bit more color to my layout, I framed the black and white with a pop of pretty and bright pink! 

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I chose to make five resolutions that I explained in depth. Keeping the list short helps to keep the layout looking sharp and neat. I printed the resolutions out on some plain vellum and sewed the vellum onto my page, with some sequins and glittered snowflake stickers sprinkled inside. The fun look of the sequins and glitter in the layout also help create a magical quality that I also feel fits the theme of my page.

I decided to add a few snowflakes on top of the vellum as well with a couple of stickers from the sticker sheet and a cool transparency snowflake from the ephemera pack all grouped towards the top of my page.

I added a few extra touches like some other little label stickers and a cute pink and white tag. And to really make my resolutions pop, I used the black thickers from the collection to number and call special attention to each item on my list.

The pics I used to express my resolutions are some cute photo-booth style pics I took with my hubby a while back. I have not had the best of luck these past couple of months with my health, but I am super hopeful that this new year will be a new start for me and I have a lot of faith that the future will be filled with much happiness and much magic! 

"CHA dream-list" Travelers Notebook Spread | Citrus Twist

Hello! Today I want to share with you a fun little Travelers Notebook spread that I made using the fantastic January kits from Citrus Twist. I am calling this spread my "CHA dream-list" spread because everytime after the CHA show, which this year was called "Creativation", I make a special list of all the things I am dreaming about getting now! It is half a wish list and half a shopping list and all about my dreams!

You see I basically study all the new collections and products and tools and innovations and things that come out of each new show for the new season...I do so by watching all the youtube videos on the subject and looking at all the blogs and instagrams and facebook pages and such that show all the new goodies from all (or at least a lot) of the scrapbooking and planning and papercrafting companies! I am ever the nerd and I do my studying well! In the end I always end up with a list of all the things that I dream of playing with now (all my favorites from the show) and my as yet unfulfilled dream of going to CHA. Every year you see I wish to go and every year I tell myself I will next year and yet every year I do not get to go (usually due to my poor health or the cost of the trip...or both)... cue the sad face emoji... :-( . However, as always, I am determined to go next year and am filled with my dream of accomplishing that goal and also all my lovely scrappy, planny, crafty dreams of goodies from the show!!! So I had to put all this down somewhere and thought I would make a little entry in my new Travelers Notebook about it! 

I chose to use some goodies from the "Jameson" kit and the Sprinkles kit and the "Oh Darling" add on kit from the January Citrus Twist kits in order to create my little TN spread. I used some of the lovely pink polka dot paper from Crate Paper and on top of it I added a couple of descriptive words like "fun" and "play" because to me that describes my dream-list very well! And I also added some goodies from the exclusive ephemera pack like the labels and the sweet frame that I used to frame a pic of the "Chasing Dreams" collection (a fave pick on my dream list). I also used the "favorites" ticket note piece to make special note of the top five on my list. My list is rather long and it spans not only the twelve items listed on this spread, but continues on the next page. In fact, if you were to turn the page in my TN you would find two more pages filled with writing (with the rest of my long list and also my thoughts on why I dream of going to CHA one day). 

For some finishing touches embellishing, I did a bit of sewing to create a cool layered cluster of goodies at the top of my left hand spread that says "CHA" on it. I balanced this off by placing on the bottom right hand side of my spread a cluster of buttons and enamel dots/shapes. And at the top of the right hand side page, to tie things up neatly, and make myself smile, I added a couple of paperclips (one which I made using a little yellow acrylic heart from the kit). I do so love my decorative paperclips...and paperclips in general. Of course you know I added lots of paperclips and things to make decorative paperclips to my CHA dream-list! :-)

Well, I hope you like my TN spread and if you would like me to do a blog post about my CHA/creativation studies and my whole dream-list, let me know! Hope I have inspired you to play in your TN with your pretty Citrus Twist kits...and to go make your own dream-list...its fun! Hugs and Happy Scrapping everyone! 

 

 

Let's Get Digital for 2017! | Citrus Twist

Hello again, from me, Andrea! Today, focusing in part on digital scrappy fun, I'm bringing you fun, free printables to use for the new year, designed to be used with the amazing January Citrus Twist kits! You can click the images below to download each one in three different sizes (8 ½ x11, 6x8, and 3x4).

The two page spread I created uses the printable I designed along with the main kit, “Jameson”, and the “Oh Darling” add on kit, plus a couple of things from the Sprinkles kit and the Embellishment kit. The kits this month are so beautiful filled with such beautiful and bold colors that really inspired me and made me feel bold and confident with this new year that we have just begun! I am starting my project life album for 2017 and so these will be the first couple of pages in my 8 ½ x 11 album.

For my printables, I created two fun pieces that can each be used in different ways, according to what suits your needs. You may choose to print on photo paper, cardstock or vellum or a combination (as I did). And the printables come in a few different sizes so if you are doing pocket pages you may print the printable as a card as well. Do whatever works for you! In my case, I like to do a mix of layouts and pocket pages in my PL albums and I decided that I would begin my album with a big bold statement cover page! I combined the pink polka dot printable (which I printed out on semi-gloss photo paper) and the black and white printable (which I printed out on vellum) and sewed them together to make a statement piece for the beginning of my album.

For the layout that I did to also start out my new album for the new year, I chose to also go big and bold with the use of a large picture. I chose a pic of myself that reflected my thoughts on this new year, what I hope will be one filled with great possibilities and a bright future on the horizon!

I used the bright bold colors and patterns in the kit like the pretty multi-colored striped Crate Paper patterned paper from the add on kit and the beautiful blue exclusive paper from Citrus Twist in the Main kit. I chose embellishments that I thought fit the “new year, new adventure” theme of my spread and indeed my album for this year. I love the wood piece in the kit that says “hello 2017” on it, the 2017 stamp, and the pieces from the exclusive ephemera pack that say things like “be bold” and “live your best”!

I hope you enjoy the printables and that I have inspired you on how they can be used along with the January kits to make a fun new start to your memory keeping this year! Please share what you create with me...I would love to see all your creative ideas for how to use the printables!  

Happy Scrapping!