A tribute to Grandma – Nastya Istorkina

Hello! Nastya Istorkina is here today. And I want to share with you my latest project. This is a very precious project for me. This is layout about my lovely granny Nina. She suddenly passed away three weeks ago, it was exactly my 29th Birthday. She was very important person in my life for all of my 29 years. I am deeply grieved at the loss. It is very difficult for me. I could not create and do anything at all for all this time. But here it is, my project. This layout is… my way to tell Grandma, that I love her and miss her very much.






I am grateful for the wonderful 7 Dots Studio materials that helped me to express my love for this way. I think it is very beautiful layout. Hope it will be my family relic.

7 Dots Studio supplies:
Cotton Candy Dreams – Strawberry Fields
Cotton Candy Dreams – Pucker Up
Cotton Candy Dreams – pad 6×6
Cotton Candy Dreams – Tags 12×12
Writer’s Block – Word Stickers 6×12
Writer’s Block – pad 6×6
Nature Walk – Clear Stamps
Cold Country – Clear Stamps
Homegrown – pad 6×6
Homegrown – Chipboard

Photo Minialbum by Nastya Istorkina

Hello everyone! Today I want to share with you my project. It is mini album 6×6 with some mixed media accents. I made it from awesome Lost and Found Collection. I used lot of 7 Dots Studio paper, stickers, die-cut elements, and some trim, chipboard, lace and flowers. I also added some watercolor, acrylic paints from Finnabair, microbeads, stamping with black ink and black splatters. The album consists of 10 pages and can hold 18 photos 6×8 cm.

Have a great day!

7 Dots Studio materials:
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – pad 6×6
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Typewriter
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Sticky Notes
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Stained
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Lab Notes
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Die-cut Elements 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Element Stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Word Stickers 6×12
7 Dots Studio – Lost and Found – Clear Stamps
7 Dots Studio – Cold Country – Clear Stamps
7 Dots Studio – Nature Walk – Clear Stamps

Find Your Happiness by Louise Nelson

Louise loves to print out large A4 size photos and use them as the layout background. For this layout and step by step Louise has printed out a black and white image of leaves and spider webs collected around a verandah post. She has then used the wonderful Fortune Teller, Nature Walk and Yuletide tags and die cuts to coordinate with the photo and ‘tell her story’!

The step by step tutorial awaits below.

Begin by printing your photo out on a piece of white A4 Cardstock
Ink the edges of the photo with black chalk ink and adhere to a background of Fortune Teller cardstock leaving a larger margin at the top of the photo.

Select an assortment of desired tags and die cut elements, ink the edges and then adhere to photo as depicted above. Some of the elements have been given dimension by usig double sided adhesive foam dots.

To add some colour accents to the photo splat on some coloured mist and to soften it mist it with water to make it spread out. First start with a darker coordinated colour mist. Then soften it with a second lighter colour. I have used Raisin and hot chocolate colours. Dry with a heat tool.

Using the same spray mist colour the chipboard embellishments and title.

I have used chipboard leaves and a butterfly to coordinate with the photo and the pattern images on the die cut elements.

Title is adhered over the clustered elements in bottom right hand corner of the layout, as depicted above.

To coordinate the teal colour of the background patterned cardstock, use some teal coloured mist to add a few extra splats of t colour to the photo, and to the leaves; as depicted below

Gently mist the teal mist in the leaves with water so that it creates a nice colour wash to highlight the leaves. Dry with a heat tool.

To complete layout, embellish with some coloured dots and staples. These can be seen in full on full layout image.

Materials list;

7 Dots Studio – Fortune Teller – Fortune
7 Dots Studio – Yuletide -12 x 12 Tags
7 Dots Studio – Yuletide – 6 x 12 Word Stickers
7 Dots Studio – Nature Walk – Elements 6 x 12
7 Dots Studio – Destination Unknown – 12 x 12 Tags

Imaginarium Designs Chipboard
Tattered angels Chalkboard spray mist
Prima Marketing – Chalk ink, Color Bloom Spray mist, and SIIC