Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Secret Keeper by Polinka

I loved these Secret Keepers as soon as I got one in my hands!! My first thought was to make it the perfect storage for the children's drawings and scrapbooks, so I decided to create one for each of my nephews and nieces... Here's the first one:



Secret Keeper Cardstock - Star by Urban Lily
Petite by Urban Lily - Mayella Collection
Massimo - Blink Collection by Urban Lily
Answer It Chipboard by Urban Lily
Accents by Urban Lily - Urban Cut Collection
Memory Photocards - Polka Dot by Urban Lily ** Flirtatious Kit

White Cardstock
Helmar Adhesive Runner
French stamps for the words
Black ink
A distressing tool

I simply added 2 pieces of white cardstock inside the secret keeper, in order to be practical!

And to finish, the closing system: just enrolling the thread around the 2 circles...

Have a great day :)

Swanky Gurl Polinka*

Monday, March 29, 2010

Aida's Blue and Simple

Hello Urban Lily Fans ! It's me Aida with a simple layout you can create in minutes. We all know about packed days that leave us hardly anytime to get those precious memories down in layouts and I would like to share with you one I made using simple shapes and two flowers cut from a single paper.

As you can see I've used three photos to show my daughter's passion for her music and her belief she will succeed in this field. She's not a girlie-girl, a feminine color would not suit her personality and instead I opted for a soft blue of the Blink Collection. I drew a strong black border to frame the photos and papers and added a few jeweled brads to give the layout the bling factor.

Simple, finished in minutes and you will have a lasting moment to keep !

Thank you for joining me here, I'll see you soon.

Urban Swank Educator Announcement II

I am thrilled to announce the rest of the Urban Swank Educators!!! Their class information will be posted to this blog! So be sure to check back... you won't want to miss out on their classes!
Johanna Peterson
I have been teaching art, photography & scrapbooking for about 10 years. I have a degree in photography and a degree in art from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I have taught on cruises, at expos, retreats & at trade shows. I was on a daily scrapbook show for Better Homes & Gardens, Scrapbooks Etc. "Scrapbook Lifestyle" for all 9 seasons. I have promoted product on camera on HSN, Prima Studia and on our video blog and I have been featured several magazines including Canadian Scrapbooker, Scrapbooks Etc, Creating Keepsakes... I live in San Diego, CA and have my own aerial photography business. I have two daughters 9 & 13.
Margie Overman
My name is Xiomara better known as Margie Overman living in the sunny Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles. I'm an enthusiastic Digital Photographer and Designer. I teach Paper Craft Projects and Computer Design classes. It's so much fun to be an Educator and see all the students get excited when they work on their projects and when they see their final results they are so happy and more eager to learn more exciting techniques.
Linda Shewchuk
I live in the country outside of a small town – Preeceville, Saskatchewan – i am a domestic house goddess to two amazing girls & a storyteller. I am a HUGE scrapbooking addict and love sharing my addiction with others. I am so excited to be on this team and can’t wait to spread my excitement with all my friends, family and future friends to come. I am on a couple of online Design teams and love the participation and fun i have with my online friends.
Gaby Alcántara
I'm Gaby from Mexico City; I'm a graphic designer and happily married since 2004. I have been scrapping for 4 years; I have taught private classes and for small groups and I've been so lucky to be on some Manufactures Design teams; please feel free to visit me at my blog

Jennifer Priest
I've been scrapbooking for over 10 years, teaching for 7 and I just love every aspect of the craft-- the sharing, the friendships, getting my fingers inky, the enjoyment of my family when they look through our books, and the therapeutic value of "creating". I have two kids, ages 11 and 3, and a wonderfully supportive (and sometimes scrappy) husband. Five years ago I became a "mostly" stay-at-home mom -- I do work from home though my scrapbooking classes. I have two B.A.s and a Master's Degree, am a veteran of the Army, was an Arabic Linguist, and do volunteer work through Girl Scouts and other organizations. I love comedy, reading, and baking.I am currently on several design teams as well as an endorsed educator for serval top manufacturers.I love bold colors, silly accents, and household items like buttons, twine, and fabric...anything crafty, count me in!

Lucy Chesna
Hi there, I live in Billerica, Massachusetts with my husband and two wonderful kids, Christopher and Maggie. I have been addicted to scrapbooking for over 12 years and just love it. I have my own sketch blog called My Sketch World ( ) , designer for Scrapbook News and Review Magazine and design for various online stores/kits sites. I have been published at Scrapbook Trends and have taught at CK Convention and my local LSS. I am happy to parth of this and working with Urban Lily Products.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Happy Together

Howdy! I would like to share a super quick layout, using two papers from Urban Lily!
I really love that with one piece of paper, your page is almost ready! :D

For the background I used Sushi by Urban Lily - Everyday Lily Collection then as a "mat" for my picture I used the pink circle of the Sugarhigh - Mooch Collection by Urban Lil; finally as a visual accent I opted for the bottom decorated of the Memory Photocards - Polka Dot by Urban Lily As a part of the title I used Alphabet by Urban Lily; finally I added some glitter letters to complete it!

Of course I used Helmar adhesive runner! (love it)

Enjoy your weekend!

Regards Gaby Alcántara

Friday, March 26, 2010

Akiko’s work of “Secret Keeper Windows”

Hello everyone! I made two works using "Secret Keeper Windows." I introduce a 12-inch layout first.

[nice day]
Paper, Secret Keeper Windows,rubon – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar Adhesives
Other –ribbon,cardstock

It used Apple of Sugary Collection for the main paper. Alphabet of Urban Cut Collection was used for the title. And the heart arranged under a layout is Smootch of Mooch Collection.

I used Memory Photocards-Posh for the mat of a photograph.

With this work, Secret Keeper Windows has arranged the photograph. The paper used here is Sushi Stripe of Everyday Lily Collection.
The following work is using two Secret Keeper Windows.

[mini book]
Paper, Secret Keeper Windows,rubon – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar Adhesives
Other –ink,stamps, embossing powder
It is pasting Secret Keeper Windows of two sheets together by the paper.

It pushes on Secret Keeper Windows using Varsa Mark and a stamp first. After sprinkling embossing powder from moreover, it melts using an embossing heater. After it cools down, it colors using Distress Ink.

It is an inner side of a pink cover. As it is, it can also decorate.

Another Secret Keeper Windows was colored in blue.

And it is an inside page.

It is the portion which pasted Secret Keeper Windows of two sheets together. The photograph was stuck also on this portion. And decorating as it is is also possible.
Thank you for stopping to this blog!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just a Little Baby Love

For this page I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of watercolor paper and added the  Massimo paper by Urban lily papers on the page. I stitched around the green edge with black thread and then cut out the circle and adhered it to the water color paper.

The smallerr circle elements were punched out of a sheet of Breeze By / Urban Lily paper.  I inked the edges of the blue circles and spritzed them with Shimmerz paints. I used one of the Luna Memory Cards to frame the photo.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Pinkalicious Project

Good day, everyone!

I would like to share one of my recent projects using the bright and beautiful papers of Urban Swank. In my layout, I used the Lulliloo Collection.

I used this sketch taken from Sketchy Thursdays.

...and I created this layout using Urban Swank:

Honestly, I didn't really need to do much to make this layout come to life. The beautiful papers do all the work! I especially LOVE the pink colors in this collection. It makes for pinkalicious projects!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

brought to you from on the road

Greetings fellow Urban Lily lovers! I am posting this for you today from a city of love, San Francisco! I'm actually out of town on a business trip and am very busy with meetings and talks and - ok, I'll admit it, sight seeing! I have to take tons of pictures so I have fun stuff to scrap. Here's a page that I created for you using just the Urban Lily ATC cards, the chipboard circle pieces, and secret keeper windows. I altered each of the cards and the secret keeper windows with stamps and clear embossing powder (or white) and then sprayed some of them with glimmer mist. I think they turned out so pretty!

Of course the whole thing is held together with the wonderful Helmar Adhesives. I urge you to give it a try too.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Monday: I hope you have been inspired by all the creations brought to you by these fabulous girls. I like to alter the world and this project, I altered 6 inch tiles for a plate rack. My little girl Malia was the most beautiful baby. This paper is perfect for a baby girl. I used Bazzill bling for the base and photo mats for the tiles. The Helmar V2 adhesive spray works perfect for attaching the paper to the tiles.

The first tile I cut out the extra flowers from the Sushi stripe paper added some Paper flowers, leaves and bling. The swirl is just chipboard painted and distressed. Layer all of the elements and add foam dots.

The Second Tile I cut the circle out of the Sushi Stripe paper and added the picture behind. The whole tile is covered in cardstock first. Used cut out flowers and papers flowers to enhance the circle cutout photo.

I hope you find this project inspiring.

Have a Scrappy Day

Michelle Van Etten

Spring is Finally Here by Virginia

Happy Spring Everyone!

I love Spring...not just the buds on the trees, the increased hours of daylight, the puddles and the birds chirping...I love it all! So it seems fitting that I alter a wee birdhouse in honour of spring using some delicious Urban Lily papers.

On the roof, I layered punched circles from the Petite - Mayelle collection. The walls of the bird house were layered with fussy cut flowers from the Linen - Everyday collection. Of course, all the papers were adhered using the Helmar 450 glue - gosh, this glue is outta this world! After the papers dried, the birdhouse was sprayed with Tattered Angels glimmer mist - Walnut Gold and Arctic Blue.

To add some depth, I used my Hero Arts stamps, Prism Simply Smooth cardstock and my Copic markers to create some yummy butterflies hovering around the house.

Spring in our household is a sign of change. I purge like mad, donating what I can to worthwhile causes, sell what I can and junk the rest. My daughters recently changed bus routes and to help my littlest remember her specifics, I created a "calling card" for her.

Here is the front...

Here is the back...

Thanks for letting me share!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Let's use a pen!

Hello everyone! I’m Akiko. I used the pen for decoration of today's layout. It becomes a little accent.

[be happy]
Papers,chipboard – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar Adhesives
Pen – Uni Mitshbishi Pencil(Signo)
Other –buttom

The main papers are using Lulliloo Collection"Lulu." And Lulliloo Collection"Lala", Urban Lily girl collection"Ella", and Urban Cut Collection"Alphabet" & " Mini BookBright" and Number It Chipboard are used.

These are drawing the surroundings of the edge of the alphabet using the pen of silver.

I drew the edge also on it using the pen of silver.

It drew the stitch using the black pen.
The following layout is also using the pen.

Papers, cgipboard, – Urban Lily
Adhesives – Helmar Adhesives
Pen - Uni Mitshbishi Pencil(Signo)
Other –jewels

This layout Number It Chipboard ,Urban Cut Collection "Alphabet", "Linen" and "Linen Stripe" of Everyday Lily Collection, and "Petite" and "Pure"" of Mayella Collection are used. I use the pen of two colors also for this layout.

One drew the edge for the snowy crystal using the silver pen.

The surroundings of the alphabet of a title are using the white pen.

The pen of silver was used also for this accent. I also love that only a few applies a hand in this way. Please enjoy making the layout which is different from usual using a pen with a usual layout.
Thank you for stopping to this blog!
Happy happy Saturday!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

ATCs & a card by Polinka

here's Polinka again, with another couple of projects that I hope will inspire you...


For the pair of avatar ATCs, I just used a picture from a magazine and wanted to create the opposite eye myself, with paint effects and a chipboard leave.
The other ATC was simply painted and stamped.

ATC Cards by Urban Lily ** Flirtatious Kit

Helmar Adhesive Runner
Stamps acrylic paints and sprays

Butterfly Card

open card

Another simple project: I stitched the chipboard butterfly on the patterned paper, with my sewing machine, and finally sticked multicolored buttons, in order to have a fun and happy card...

Paper - Apple by Urban Lily - Sugary Collection

Butterfly Secret Keeper Windows by Urban Lily
Helmar Glue
A sewing machine
Kesiart Stamp

Have fun creating!

Swanky Gurl Polinka*

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Another vintage LO

Hello ladies!!!
It's me, Simona, with another vintage page I did using the beautiful Urban Lily papers.

Urban Lily supplies:
Bazzill cardstock
Juniper Glimmer Mist
Black pearls swirl by Prima
American Crafts Thickers
Stamperia crystals
Hambly rub-ons.

I love the vintage taste of this Urban Lily paper... it was just perfect with that old pic of me and my mom :-).

I cut our the stars using a craft knife...

Hope you like it :-).
'till next time,