Guest designer: Zsoka Marko

Posted on 25 August 2017

Hi there,
I'm so honored to be here with you today, sharing a couple of projects I made with the super gorgeous Escape the Ordinary collection! Thank you so much Kinnari for this wonderful opportunity!
First, a little bit about myself: I'm Hungarian but live in Germany with my Dutch boyfriend and our soon-to-be 9 year-old son. I've actually been living here for almost 13 years: I moved here for work and to be closer to Holland. And then we kind of just stayed here :). I've been crafting all my life! I went through so many crafts I lost count. I started scrapbooking in 2015 after a back surgery that made it impossible for me to carry on with my previous hobby, cookie and cake decorating. It also made more sense to me, because these pages I can keep and they will help us remember little or big moments we might forget otherwise. This is also the craft I've been doing longest as of now. I normally get bored easily so I kind of expected to be doing a different craft by now. I am very happy that this did not turn out to be the case! You can check our MY BLOG here and check out all things crafty by me. :)
About my projects...I love how versatile this collection is, one can go in so many directions! Having said that, I really love flowers and I definitely wanted to make some floral pages.
For my first layout, Love (these are the moments), I picked a free cut file from Paper Issues and cut it from white card stock. I backed the flowers and leaves with different papers from the 6x6 paper pad and adhered it to the "Explore" paper which I chose for my background. Add this point I also glued down my photo because the heart cut file was partially placed on top of it. Then I started adding and layering different things. I hand cut a flower and several leaves from the 6x6 papers to add more color to the white cut file. I curled these up for some dimension. Now, I'm not a fan of red, but the red in this collection is on the coral side and it is wonderful! So I added a couple of die cut leaves for some pops of red. I had to use some of the little stitched hearts of course, they are adorable! To define the heart better, I hand stitched around it with blue floss. I placed a couple of fabric die cuts on the right as well as my title (which is from the ephemera pack). I wrote my journaling below the title, added some black splatters and I was done.
For my second layout I lifted an old layout of mine. I love grids and I love circles and this is a combination of both! I chose a few floral circle frame cut files from the Silhouette Store and cut these out from white card stock. I then chose my photos. The red in this collection reminded me of red ibises and as luck would have it I recently took a hundred photos of them at Moody Gardens in Galveston! Such stunning birds! I backed two of the circles with my two photos, the rest I backed with different patterned papers, making sure I have one that is not so busy so I can write my journaling on it. For my background I chose the "Transform" paper, which is my favorite in this collection. I placed my title in the middle circle, using the super awesome leatherette alphas. Then i just decorated my circles with pieces from the ephemera, fabric die cuts and sticker packs. To finish off my page I splattered some black ink here and there.
Now for my cards. If you know me, you know that I am not a card maker by any means. However I do occasionally enjoy making them to use up scraps of papers mostly. Plus they are much quicker than layouts so if I want a quick project, I'll make cards. I just wish I actually mailed them haha!
I recently bought a Cuttlebug so I definitely wanted to try the wonderful stamp and die sets included in Escape the Ordinary. I cut the background from the "Chase" paper which I then adhered to a white card stock. I stamped some of the images directly on the background. The clouds however I stamped on the "Wander" paper, the moon on the "Transform" paper and fussy cut these out. I used foam adhesive to pop this up and give some dimension to my card. I did the same with my sentiment, which is a die cut from the ephemera pack. For additional dimension and texture I used some puffy stickers too. I backed all of this with the beautiful mint "Dare" paper and adhered it all to my white card stock card base. I splattered some gold ink on this card as a final touch.
I then realized I haven't even touched the stunning tags! So I just had to make another card, ha! For my base I again used the "Chase" paper. I adhered the tag to white card stock and fussy cut around it, just to have a sliver of white to help define the edges. I adhered this down with foam adhesive, again, for dimension. I used the leatherette alphas for my sentiment. I cut a piece of the "Discover" paper to back my card and attached all to my white card stock card base. I was kind of missing something and thought I would add some machine stitched lines on the left but of course my sewing machine was acting up again so I couldn't. That's why I ended up hand stitching on it. Gold splatters and done!
I hope you like my projects and I could inspire you in one way or the other!
Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Zsoka: September 02, 2017

    Amanda, you’re too sweet! Thanks so much!!! XXX

  • Zsoka: September 02, 2017

    Thank you Amy! XXX

  • Amanda-Jayne Baldwin: August 30, 2017

    Your creations never fail to inspire Zsoka! Absolutely STUNNING layouts and cards!

  • ~amy~: August 27, 2017

    Your work is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Zsoka: August 26, 2017

    Thanks so much Margaret! X

  • Margaret: August 26, 2017

    Love what you’ve done with the collection, especially the “circles in a grid pattern” layout – very inspiring!

  • Zsoka: August 26, 2017

    @Eri – Thanks sweets! You got it! X

  • Eri: August 26, 2017

    Your projects are stunning. And if you want to mail a card, you know my address. (:

  • Zsoka: August 26, 2017

    Thanks so much Enza & Stacie! XXX

  • Stacie D: August 25, 2017

    Beautiful projects! You have such a pretty way of making a variety of projects! ?

  • Enza : August 25, 2017

    Such gorgeous projects!!!

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