Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Guest post: Kirsty Smith

Kirsty is a twenty-something maths teacher who lives in London, which she firmly believes to be the greatest place in the world.  She loves to explore the city with camera, boyfriend and friends in tow and she is always amazed at the new things she finds.  All those photos and stories give her an excellent excuse to scrapbook and she can often be found surrounded by bits of pretty paper and clutching a cup of tea. Kirsty also loves macaroni cheese (as long as she gets to make it her way), singing at the top of her voice and going to the theatre as much as possible. She believes that olives are really, really gross and wishes people would stop trying to get her to like them.  You can find Kirsty over at and she'd love it if you stop by and say hello,

Instagram: journalofcuriousthings
Pinterest: misssmith
Twitter: @KirstyMerran

When it comes to titles, sometimes I like to abandon the world of letter stickers completely and give my own handwriting more prominence on my scrapbook pages.  This layout seemed like the perfect opportunity to give my handwriting a workout as I knew I wanted to include a long title quoting the performance of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' that I went to see.  There are lots of ways to do this, and if you've watched Wilna's fantastic videos, or used her cut files, you'll know how beautiful handwritten titles can be.  For this page, I went right back to basics and got out my scissors...

The first thing I wanted was a cardstock template; card holds up better than paper and I've found that cardstock templates will last longer and can be used many times! In fact, the ampersand I used was a template I made from a previous page.  I practised writing out the words of my title until I was happy, and then I made the words bolder by filling them out with a pencil.  Next comes the fiddly bit: I cut them out by hand.  I can't deny that this is time-consuming, but I also find it strangely relaxing and it can easily be done while I enjoy a cup of tea and a DVD.

Once the templates were complete, I drew round them onto nice, fresh white cardstock, but any patterned paper you like will work.  If you try this, I would recommend flipping the words over and tracing around them backwards. Then any pencil marks will be on the back of your title, leaving your work pristine from the front.  Once I had cut out my title words, I carefully outlined them in black to make them pop off the white background.

White words with a black edging stand out well against almost any background, and I enjoyed constructing the rest of my page from Project Life cards and a small envelope to tuck the journaling into.  I also ripped a page of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' from a second hand copy of Shakespeare's Complete Works that I picked up; I love being able to get little details like that into my layouts.

Finally, I carefully positioned my hand-cut, handwritten title over the top of the design.  It makes a lovely focus and draws the eye down the page. All that remained was to add my journaling.  I had quite a lot to say about going to see this outdoor performance with a group of friends, so I wrote about it on paper and slid it into the envelope.  It can easily be pulled out and read, and I like that you can see my writing just peeping out behind the photo.  However, tucking it away means that the design isn't overwhelmed by massive amounts of text.  A few stars and pearls finished off the page.  So that's another Midsummer Night that will hopefully be remembered for a long time.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will give your scissors a whirl to make a handwritten title! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014


It feels so weird that my blog is at a complete stand still while I am working almost day and night. I know it sounds terrible but it really is not. I am loving every moment. I asked a few guest designers to fill in some spots for me but they all seem to have (very good) reasons not to fulfil their promise to me and I am a little stuck now. So, I am opening it up to you. If you have something wonderful creative to share, please email me ASAP... as in today by this weekend. I would love to feature you on my blog. I have two spots open. I will even pay you. Please email me to wilna71(at)yahoo(dot)ca (NOT COM) with BLOG SPOT in the subject line. I really really hope someone will respond. (keeping my fingers crossed) THEY DID! I am so happy! I think I have enough content now to make it through till I can blog again. Thanks a million!

I am here. And you will really know soon what's going on behind the scenes.

Wilna Furstenberg

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Guest post and scrapbooking process video: Stephanie Bryan

I am taking this month off from making videos for my blog becuase I am making stuff for something else! So, I have a few guests that will be filling in for me with awesome projects and videos. First up is Stephanie Bryan. She is a fabulous scrapbooker and photographer and I am always in awe when I look at her beautiful creations. Here is her page and video:

Stephanie used these beautiful cut files by Kim Stewart.
Sometimes the most beautiful things really are the simplest.  Often, I find that I try to make myself stick to crazy creativity rules, like including patterned paper on a layout, even if I can't seem to make it work.  After I embossed Wilna's floral cut files, I loved the beauty and delicacy that they alone added to my page.  I was tempted to add in patterned paper, and as you watch my video, you will see that it took me a few different layers to create the look I was trying to achieve.  I wanted my background to be soft and muted, but not necessarily completely white.  I did a lot of pushing paper and embellishments around on my page originally, but finally settled on the perfect combo of watercolors and paint to enhance my background.  In the end, I just love how this page turned out.  I love that I threw all the "rules" out the window and just enjoyed the process of creating.  Thank you so much for joining me today as a guest here at I Heart Studio!!  I hope this page inspires you to create in whatever style YOU want to create!  Enjoy!


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Talk soon!!
Wilna Furstenberg

Sunday, July 13, 2014

If you have a moment... click these boxes for me!

Like I said in a previous post, I am working on something awesome but for a special section of that something awesome, I need your input. (again).

What Tech stuff would you love to learn more of?

Wishing for more hours in the day right now... :)
Wilna Furstenberg

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Speech Bubbles everywhere: Scrapbooking Process video

About this page:

I made these cut files for the LOVE workshop that is available on 2peas. So, if you are (or rather were) a student in the class, then you have these already. I love the speech bubbles and wanted to make a fun page with them. As you can see here, my family as a little goofy with snow so late in May and they played around and I snapped away.
I used chalkboard paint to paint the bubbles and I used the trusty watercolor paper to cut them from.

You can buy the cut files in my shop: Love words and Speech bubbles.

This coming month I totally cleared my schedule to focus on a project I am very excited about. Don't worry, before you know it I will post it here for the world to see. I just wanted to provide some explanation if I am not around much. My photography business is also keeping me busy. I really wish there was more hours in the day. So i hope to ask some guest teachers to post a video on here every wednesday so you can have a bit of inspiration.

The video:

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Talk soon!
Wilna Furstenberg