Tuesday, May 17, 2011

GIVEAWAY: Echo Park Paper

i recently had the pleasure of being asked by Echo Park Paper to be their guest designer for May! have you seen their products? each collection is ever so perfectly coordinated and just absolutely delightful.

i've put together a little sampling of projects....a layout, cards and an altered project to share with you today. just warning you, this is the Mother of all scrapbooking posts, as it's quite lengthy, but if you keep reading to the end, you'll find out how you can win an Echo Park Paper collection kit of your very own. :) YAYPANTS.

this layout here was made using the Springtime collection. i have to admit, and you've probably noticed from past projects that i tend to go with bolder colors and shy away from the pastels, but this kit has stolen my heart! in fact, of the three i designed with, it's my ABSOLUTE favorite!

this layout is pretty straight forward, with lots of straight lines/color blocking. not rocket science, especially since the kit comes with this sheet of border strips.

i just cut the two strips off the top of this sheet for the top of my layout, cut 2 more horizontal strips the same widths from patterned papers in the kit for bottom of the layout, then added some 7" tall blocks of color (in varying widths) vertically across the page mixed in with a 5x7 photo. once that was put together, i used parts and pieces from the sticker sheet to finish off the layout.

here's some details of the layout....

on the sticker sheet there are small circles that perfectly matched the Blossoms print, so i added those directly on top using foam adhesive. the word art is printed directly on the photo and is by Ali Edwards, available at here at designer digitals. i added the stickers (also from the kit) to spell her name.

this tree sticker was just screaming for some bling, i thought. :) so i just added some subtle shimmer to it with tone on tone sequins and teeny tiny little green beads---so tiny they are hard to see in this photo. then i used some larger, darker beads down at the base of the tree as grass. all adhered with diamond glaze.

side note: the large coral circle is the XXL Lever Circle Punch and the cloud is a Squeeze Punch--both from Fiskars

if there are any questions you have that i didn't cover on this layout, please email me or leave it in the comment section. :)

okay, so moving along....

next, i opened up the Summer Days collection kit. does that not just scream FUN all wrapped up in a coordinated bundle? i absolutely think so! i can't wait to dig into this kit a bit more for some layouts. i'm just wishing i wouldn't have used up nearly the entire 12x12 sticker sheet making three cards. oopsie.

but, aren't they fun!?
definitely going to have to get another set just for those stickers---wowza!

the punches of red throughout the entire collection have stolen my heart. love.love.love. and that sweet little birdie.

and, this sweet scallop paper...

this card is built on a 5x7 texture white Bazzill card base and putting it together is super easy....
1. Cut cardstock to 7x10". Fold in half and crease.

2. Cut 2" x 7" strip from SD14009 Clouds paper with the strips running vertically. Adhere to bottom edge of card.

3. Cut 6 rows of scallops x 7" long from SD14010 Scallops paper with the scallops running horizontally. Adhere directly above SD14009 Clouds paper, slightly overlapping at seam.

4. Using Fiskars Medium Circle Lever Punch, punch 15 (or so) circles from remaining white textured cardstock. Adhere randomly in open white space above patterned paper allowing some to overhang the edge. Trim overhang.

5. Cut teal-bordered journaling card with yellow flower from SD14013 Journaling paper, right-aligned.

6. Layer 'grass is greener' sticker from SD14014 Element Stickers sheet and polka dotted cloud stick on top of journaling card.

7. Add additional cloud cut from paper in the Playground collection (or use SD14012 Borders paper as substitute). Cloud cut using Fiskars XL Cloud Squeeze Punch.

8. Finish layering with the red bird and red flower overhanging opposite sides of the journaling card from the same sticker sheet. Add small red bling to center of flower.

9. Add the letters to spell 'ALWAYS' from SD14015 Alpha Stickers.

10. Finish off with 'hello friend' sticker from SRM Stickers We've Got Your Sticker - Strawberry sheet.

if you've been following here for a while, you know, i can't call a card complete until the inside is decorated too. if not........now you know, LOL! i go a little overboard like that.

so here's the scoop on the INSIDE:
1. Cut 2" x 7" strip from SD14009 Clouds paper with the strips running vertically. Adhere to bottom edge of card.

2. Cut 3 rows of scallops by 7" long from SD14010 Scallops paper just like you did before. Adhere directly above SD14009 Clouds paper, slightly overlapping at seam.

3. Add 'you are a blessing' sticker from SRM Sticker Sentiments - Faith and the '&' from SRM Freestyle Summer.

4. Cluster small flowers & circles from the sticker sheet and add 'xoxo' in the lower right.

so, that's that one. and, here's a few other cards i created from the same collection---embellished both inside and out. it's just how i roll. :)

this is just a haphazard assortment of a variety of widths of patterned papers, layered on a 5x7 white base, with some SRM stickers (the black sentiments), and some Just the Edge border strips from Bazzill. i love that all the papers in the Echo Park collection kits match together seemlessly. no brainpower necessary trying to find perfectly coordinated combinations---it just all goes together. loooooove that.

the little girl is a journaling card with a border of red rhinestones running below it and other icecream stickers to help complete the scene. happy birthday is an SRM sticker from Sticker Sentiments - Birthday.

then, the inside....
just another strip of patterned paper, icecream from the sheet of Borders (each one embellished with a red rhinestone cherry on top), a larger icecream image on a journaling card, with a bazzill scalloped border. the top is a combination of stickers from the sticker sheet ('happy'), alpha stickers from the collection kit, and an SRM sticker from the same birthday sheet linked above.

okay, one last card from this collection before i show you my final project. :) are you still with me?

this one here just makes me smile! it's another mix of papers from the collection sitting pretty with some border stickers from the alpha sheet and sticker sheet. then, finished off with a strip of red rhinestones, an embellished cloud sticker, and a sunshine sticker raised up with foam adhesive.

the cloud is embellished with funky coil brads from karen foster design and adhesive pearls. i love the character it adds without being overbearing.

then, on the inside....

i built a happy scene and left plenty of room for a personal sentiment. everything on this card is from the Summer Day collection kit, except the white sentiment sticker along the bottom that says "follow your heart". that's an SRM sticker from We've Got Your Sticker - Sweet.

here's a little closer look. :) i adore this card, so very much. it's perfect for sending to a friend who needs a little pick-me-up.

lastly, i played a bit with the Playground Collection kit.

loooooved it. those little hearts in every color of the rainbow had me at hello. and that camera sticker? love it!

this piece pretty much scrapped itself! it was that easy.

i just used strictly the Playground Collection Kit with a 1 yard cut of baker's twine and a few mini-brads....that's it. :) oh, and my Fiskars Ripple scissors to create the deco-edge on the grass.

(i can't for the life of me get the blue hue off this photo...please pretend it's not there, LOL)

the project was created on an 8x10 base of patterned paper (the blue stripe), then matted and framed. finished size is 14" x 16". so it's a pretty substantial size.

here's a few more detail shots....

my favorite part is the 'now go play!' :)

and now for the GIVEAWAY!

for one lucky winner i have a brand-spankin' new Echo Park Paper Springtime Collection Kit....and i'm going to sweeten the prize with an assortment of SRM Stickers like were also shown on the cards.

so, here's the deal:

to enter the giveaway, leave me a comment here---just tell me two things:
1. your favorite collection by Echo Park,
2. what would you make with the Springtime Collection Kit

if you aren't already a follower of my blog, i'd love it if you became one! and make your way back often to visit me for more inspiring projects and free tutorials. :)

you can find my friends right here: Echo Park on Facebook.
and see many more exciting projects on the Echo Park Blog.

comments will close for this giveaway Friday evening, May 20th at 5pm ET with a winner announced shortly thereafter.


  1. Wow Tania!! I loved your first project here (the layout) and then each and every project you posted next just continued to blow me away!! I love all of these, but the cards have stolen my heart so as of right now it's the Summer Days collection which is my favourite. But the Springtime collection would definitely come in handy to scrap beautiful breezy carefree layouts about my two girls in the sunshine. I've been following your blog for at least a year now. You continue to amaze me :-)

  2. Love your projects, even though pastels just ain't your thing I thought your page was wonderful.

    I adore the life is good collection, it's been used so much but I have found a new favourite in the new spots and stripes range.... brilliant need both colours but I love the bright one. Better yet is the silhouette shapes that they do :D

    If I were to win the springtime I would scrap my childhood. it's kind of oldfashioned for reminiscing but not twee if that makes sense

  3. Love the summer days collection. The colors are great. If I was to win the springtime I would use it to make cards and scrapbook my step-children's pages.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  4. These are awesome! My fav collection is the Playground and I'd make a bunch of girly layouts for my 3 girls! :)

  5. Love your projects!

    Playground is my fave but love the springtime too---would be great for some Easter projects!

  6. i love the playground collection. and your project sparked my mojo. i've got a new nephew and i think he needs some "playground" in his room. thanks for the inspo.

  7. Lengthy post means lengthy comment. (tee hee) Oh Tania you outdid yourself and went super crazy with the Echo Park kits!!! LOVE, love so much here today; beaded grass, word art on photo, white punched circles on white background, decorating the inside of your cards and the amazing use of the Springtime, Summer Days and Playground collections!!! You are so stinkin talented! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration today.

  8. All of your projects are super! Congrats on being featured on the EP blog. I'll become a follower now. I like the playground collection and I would make scrapbook pages and cards with it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Forgot to say that my favorite Echo Park collection - oops! While I love the playfulness of the Playground collection, the Springtime collection is sooooo me! I would love to make cards and altered items (notebooks for sure)with it.

  10. Favorite collection for me has been the Little Boy one. I have loved the bright fun colors!

  11. If I won the Springtime collection, I couldn't wait to scrap some pictures of my sweet daughter. She has been into collecting bugs and butterflies and I have some neat pictures to welcome in Spring!

  12. By the way, I LOVE all your ideas! I am especially in love with the Playground picture you did! Super cute!

  13. Love these projects, especially the framed piece- so FUN! As far as a fav. EP collection- gosh that is a tough one. I am going to have to say Summer Days right now- the colors are so bright and cheerful. I would probably make some cards or another banner with the SPringtime collection.

  14. These are gorgeous!!! I think you rocked each and every one of these projects!! My favorite collection from Echo Park would probably be a toss up between the Little Girl and the Springtime collections...I guess my girls are rubbing off on me here lately, lol, I find myself drawn to pink and pretty. If I were to win I would probably make some layouts or a mini album with this collection! Thanks so much for the chance, I am now a follower! :)

  15. My favorite would be Life is Good, with a close toss-up for 2nd between For the Record and Be Mine.

    With the Springtime collection? I've already made several cards with the digital version of this collection - with real paper, I would probably make some layouts. Thanks so much for the chance!! (and I already subscribe to your wonderful blog feed!)

  16. ooh love so many of them. I think 'FOR THE RECORD' is amazing. I would love to make layouts for my kids and lots and lots of cards.

  17. OMG! You must have had a blast making all these fun projects! I love them! I'm becoming a follower of you!!!!

    thanks also for a chance to win!

  18. Wow! All your projects are amazing! I think my favorite set now is summertime (I have the 6x6 patterned papers). I would use springtime for making cards and layouts :)

  19. Already follower of your blog, my favorite is the Playground collection. I would use the springtime for layouts.

  20. For the Record is one of my favorites but Springtime and Summer Days are right behind it! I'd use the Springtime collection to scrap our Easter photos. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing all those great projects!!

  21. You rocked that Echo Park Tania and love that you got some of your SRM Stickers in on your fun and fabulous cards!

  22. My favorite collection is the Little Girl collection and I would use the Springtime collection to scrapbook pictures of my new baby girl.

  23. Stunning projects, Tania! I think my favorite is the summer one and I'd use the Spring to make cards.

  24. I'm a follower because you continue to inspire me day by day... love what you made this week with the EP! I think EP is my all-time fave, I love every single line, but really rocked out with the For The Record, so it's most likely my #1! I'm also an SRM fanatic, so I took careful notes today. If I won the Springtime, I'd scrap all the baby photos of my dear daughter from when she was a wee bairn, I've waited 13 years to scrap them and Springtime will be perfect! Thanks for the chance, and keep on keepin' on,

  25. Congratulations on the GDT spot!!! I love ECHO PARK papers and my favorite right now is the Playground collection! Your framed project is killer! Thanks for the chance!

  26. I just adore Echo Park and you have worked wonders with these gorgeous collections!!! I am so so glad I discovered your blog and will now be a follower for sure :-) My all time favourite range is Little Girl - but this Springtime looks SUPER sweet :-) it would be just perfect for anything really!! LOL - mainly sweet girly pages and darling little cards :-)

  27. Hi Tania! Popped over from the Echo Park and will totally be following you! You are so talented and you seem so young in your pic! What an array of projects you have done! Beautiful! I love the Playground and Springtime collections. I have a son and do a lot of my scrapping about him so I would definetely have the Springtime collection be my go to for cards. What sweet things can be made! Thank you for sharing!

  28. As usual, I love your projects. I love the way you make the inside of your cards just as special as the outside.
    I think that my favorite line is Springtime because of the birds, trees, & relaxing colors. I also like For the Record too.

  29. AH!! Love Echo Park!! You totally rocked these projects. I do see how easy it is to use one super-cute sticker sheet up super-quick!
    I think my favorite EP collection is Playground, because I love the fun theme and colors, and that's one of their lines I actually haven't bought yet. ;)
    With Springtime, I'd scrap our Easter photos and pics of my daughter's Girl Scout troop's spring activities (there are a lot!).
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  30. I love the summertime collection. I'd make lots of pages with the springtime especially some old easter pics I have.

  31. My favorite EP collection so far is little girl but I'd love to play with springtime too! Like you, I generally like the bolder colors but after reading your post, I'm totally convinced that I MUST play with that collection!!! And what would I make with it? A scrappy page of course! My daughter's name actually means spring. :)

  32. OHHHH! What beautiful projects shared today--my fav is the red card! LOVE that bold red! Beautifully done:)

    Fav line of Echo Park....that is a hard..I love them all. Each season brings new colors and patterned papers! But I guess the summertime set is my fav right now!

    I would love to use these new papers to make cards for my mom and for friends:)

    I am def. following you now! LOVE it:) THANKS! sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

  33. Awesome projects & congrats on the guest designer gig. LOVE EP! Fav line is Life is Good. Love the homey, warm colors of that line. The Springtime collection would be used to document the few beautiful sunny days we have had in the Pac NW this spring. Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. I don't even know how you could put that much goodness in one post! WOW! Every project is amazing but that card with the red base and clouds is my fav! My favorite collectoin by Echo Park is the Playground since I have LOTS of boy pics these day. And since summer is on it's way, that summer collection will come in handy.

  35. Wow!!! This post is a real eye candy. Love love your collection. I recently got to know about Echo park and was thinking of buying my first pack, which was playground and the 2nd. in line was spring time collection. Thanks for giving a chance to win.I am a new follower as your blog has lots of creative inspiration.TFS

  36. I just love your work!! Thanks for sharing!! I would have to get the little girl and the playground...I need one for hiking/boating I didn't see one...hint hint

  37. Wow, all your projects are so fabulous! So many inspirations. My favorite Echo Park set is the Playground se. With the Springtime kit, I'd make scrapbook layouts and cards. Lots of cards. :) Thank for the chance to win this awesome kit.

  38. Wow! So many cute projects! I really like the candy shop dots and stripes, before that i loved the merry christmas collection--made tons of cards with it. little girl is cute too, so hard to pick a fave and SRM stickers are awesome too!

  39. I would make a bunch of card sets for my mom with the spring time collection. She loves to send cards and letters to people via snail mail and i like to help her out with gifts of cards and a book of stamps to use.

  40. Little Girl is my fav but I think I have a new fav now that I've seen Summertime!! I would enjoy make a spring themed mini with the giveaway if I'm lucky enough to be the winner! Thanks for the opp! ;) BTW, I already follow you & EP!

  41. Your projects are fantastic and your detail shots and explanations are terrific. I really enjoy the Springtime colleciton - even though it's pastel, it has little sparks of bright here and there.

  42. My favorite is the Summer Days collection. I love the colors! If I were to win the springtime collection, I would use it for our Easter pictures. :) I love all of the projects you created, Tania. They were so bright and fun! The framed project was especially adorable.


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