Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Let's have a look at Collection Kits?

I love collection kits! They make scrapbooking a lot easier and takes away the guesswork when it comes to putting together designs or themes. I usually go for Echo Park Paper's Collection Kits. However, when Crate Paper's Pretty Party Collection hit the store, I wanted to give it a try. It is very different from the usual style I work with and definitely pushed my creative boundaries. 

Here are a couple of pages, I put together using the kit. 

I also used some of the scraps left in my Ramadan Journal...

I still have few sheets of full papers and scraps. I think I will make few cards and then use whatever is left in my Project Life album. 

Thank you for looking! :)

Supplies Used

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

American Crafts Knock Outs Punches

We have received several queries about American Crafts Knock Outs Punches and we hope this video tutorial put together by Riri will help answer them. 

If you have any further questions, please email:

Monday, 26 November 2012

November Challenge: Punches & Die-cuts

Hello there! Neelu here to share my take on this month's challenge: Punches and Die-Cuts. I haven't played along in a PPS challenge for a long time and decided to move my bum and put my Cameo to use. ;)

I made all these wall decor frames using Silhouette Cameo. This machine is just awesome. No doubts! By now, you would know that Iam more of a Clean and Simple girl. So these frames are super simple - couple of patterend papers to die cut and for background, some washi and I was good to go!

Oh, I must add that those decorative tapes from My Mind's Eye are of really good quality. Unlike the normal washi we buy, these stick really well. And the colours are much better in person. :)

Supplies Used
Silhouette Cameo
Butterfly Shape from Silhouette Store
Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Fresh Blooms 12x12" Patterned Paper
Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Dreamy Days 12x12" Patterned Paper
My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Remember Record 12x12" Patterned Paper
Hero Arts Lavender Accent Pearls

Supplies Used
Silhouette Cameo
Quote from Silhouette Store
American Crafts 12x12" Kraft Cardstock 
American Crafts Precision Pen
Echo Park This and That Christmas Plaids and Dots 12x12" Patterned Paper
My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland Decorative Tape

Supplies Used
Silhouette Cameo
Shape from Silhouette Store
Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go 12x12" Patterned Paper
My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland Tags 12x12" Patterened Paper
My Mind's Eye Winter Wonderland Decorative Tape

Supplies Used

Hope you liked them. Silhouette Store is having 50% off on all shapes now! Go grab some before it ends!!


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Ring in the New - December Kit

Record your fondest December memories with Pretty Paper Studio's December Kit 'Ring in the New'. With products from My Mind's Eye, Echo Park, Pebbles, Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine, Hero Arts, Findingnana, Maya Road and American Crafts, this kit is the best way to ring in not just the last month of 2012 but also the New Year! You could create a mini album, a calendar, a December journal or even make holiday cards.  
Full list of Contents: -
  1. American Crafts White Cardstock 12x12"
  2. American Crafts White Cardstock 12x12"
  3. My Mind's Eye Wintern Wonderland 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  4. My Mind's Eye All Is Bright Chevron 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  5. My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing Love 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock) 
  6. Echo Park This and That Ornaments 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  7. Echo Park This and That Plaids and Dots 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  8. Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Around Town12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  9. Echo Park This and That Christmas Journaling Cards 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  10. Echo Park This and That ChristmasWooden Nickles 12x12" Patterned Paper (Designer Cardstock)
  11. My Mind's Eye All Is Bright 6x6" Paper Pad
  12. Hero Arts Snow (White) Envelopes and Cards (Five Each)  
  13. Hero Arts Punch (Red) Envelopes and Cards  (Five Each)
  14. Pebbles Crimson Glitter Foam Thickers
  15. Echo Park This and That ChristmasAlpha Sheet 12x12"
  16. Echo Park This and That Christmas Elements Sticker Sheet 12x12"
  17. DL 5th and Frolic Remarks Sticker Sheet
  18. Dear Lizzy 5th and Frolic Chipboard Shapes
  19. MME The Sweetest Thing Love Enamel Dots
  20. Findingana Memory Flairs
  21. Pop! Microbeads Rouge
  22. Wow! Silver Glitter
  23. Maya Road Chipboard Accordion Album
  24. Maya Road Half Circle Chipboard 
  25. Ribbon Gold (15cm)
  26. Ribbon Red (15cm)
  27. Silver Flower 
  28. Green Flower

Price: AED 299.00

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Insta Favs

Hi there! Neelu here with to share a simple mini I made few days back. I've been wanting to make a mini for a while now and after pondering on a theme, I decided to make it about my favorite Instagram photos. (If you are on Instagram, you can find us by the username 'ppsuae' and me by 'nielouphar'.)

I'am not big on making huge chunky mini albums as it stresses me out and I give up half way. So I put together few supplies and decided to stick with it. 

Scissors and Sand Paper

The 6x6 Paper Pad is just gorgeous! Just gorgeous! The red pink chevron I used on front and back covers made my heart sing! And guess what there's a green version in it too! Woot!! 

All sheets were of pink and green theme. I'am usually confused about what papers to use when making a mini and this made it really easy for me. I decided to do the album in pink and then layer them with green sheets from the pad. Trust me, I have never been a pink person, but since the inception of PPS and designing the logo with Becca, Ive been finding myself more and more into Pink+Green+Grey themes. ;)

Those chipboard hearts on the cover are from Pink Paislee Artisan Collection. You should see the way they change when you mist! Oh my good Lord! Iam not exaggerating here... really! ;)

So after sticking the sheets to the chipboard album using double sided red tape, I sanded the edges and then inked them with matching Prima Chalk Fluid Inks - I can never get enough of those inks!! 

Then I did a bit of layering here and there. Glued in my photos and added some die-cuts and washi. For me it's always about the photos. Photos I chose for this album will tell you some of important aspects of my life - my children, walks I take at Mamzar, food and cooking and visiting different parts of this country that I call home. After all, scrapbooking is all about preserving your fond memories right? ;)

I borrowed Shruti's crop a dile to punch holes and inserted a binding ring and I was done! Finishing a mini so fast felt good. Really really good!

If you would like us to make a similiar albums or scrapbooks for you, feel free to drop us an email: and we will get it done for you. :)


Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Scrapbooking for Beginners: A Workshop at Pretty Paper Studio

Hi there! Neelu here to share the scrapbook pages we made for our recent workshop called 'Scrapbooking For Beginners'. It was a fun workshop and will be a treasured memory for me.
Let's have a look at the pages?
Loved playing with Amy Tangerine Ready Set Go Collection. Layering with OA Doo Dads and Everyday Eclectic Stickers was fun! A little bit of misting on the Studio Calico Hey Day 12x12" patterned paper and we were good to go. :) Oh, I don't have to tell you that I love Talha's expression right? heehee.. It's his 'Pocoyo' face. haha!

Since it's cooler in Dubai now, it is very difficult to get enough light and take good photos. Days are shorter, and sunny hours are even fewer. Please forgive me for my 'not-so-good' photos. 
Papers are again from Echo Park's Every Day Eclectic Collection. A very CAS layout with a lot of white space. Oh and some stamping too. Love! 

Here we played with EK Success Circle Punch, inking, heat embossing, distressing.. Loved my student's ooohs and aahs.. It's good to know when the ideas you share are liked. 
If you would love to take a similiar class, feel free to contact us on

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Tutorial - Printing Large Photos for Project Life Using A Regular Printer

Hi peeps,

Tutorial day today. :)

I've often being asked on how I print the big photos for my project life. Like the below :)

What kind of printer that I have ? Did I send it to the print shop ?

The answer is no. I only have normal printer. And I am too lazy to send it to the shop. If I want to update my project life album I want to finish it there and then. So the only option is to use my normal old printer. You can even use the tiny printer like Selphy that can only print 4x6inch photo.

I use my Photoshop Element (that I got for free when I bought my now very old VAIO laptop few years back). You can definitely used higher Photoshop, the CS series an all, you can use CorelDraw. Illustrator etc etc. But I'll explain you on how to do it in Photoshop Element, the step is more or less the same with others.

First, open the photo in Photoshop Element, do the photo editing first. I've done mine at the below photo

The next step is to crop the photo. Most of you may already familiar with the design of PL (Project Life) page protector. Right ? See the below Design A of PL

The overall size is 12x12 inches. The big pocket inside is 4x6 inches (the normal size photo), and the small pocket is 4x3 (exactly half of normal size photo).

Plan on how you want to place the photo. At my sample of project life above, I plan to put it in the the first two rows of protector. The total size will be then 8x12 inches. So what I do is I crop my photo using 8x12 aspect ratio. Its like the below

Then I will crop my photo using the rectangular marquee. Keep in mind that you will have to divide the photo later like the protector design. So as much as possible, put all the faces in the will be uncut area. You dont want to cut  face into half later right ? Well, I did this lots of time, my kids complained a lot when they saw their face being cut, but who cares. Hehehehe ... so after I choose the area, then I will crop it.

So I will have this

Ok, take a breath, we are halfway there. :)

Next step, resize the photo. Since I want to have the final photo size 8x12 inches, so I resize it to 8x12 inches. Like below

Then this is the result,

Notice the ruler above the photo? You have to turn it on like this

Also, turn on the grid. Then adjust the selection to snap at the grid.

Ok. Then we only have to do the final step.

Select the photo by using the rectangular marquee to 4x6 size. Follow the ruler and grid, it will be precise size since we have set it to snap to the grid. (in the below photo I have turn off the grid to have you see better)

Then you just have to copy the selection

Paste it as a new file

Then save it. Do the same with the three other part. At the end you will have for 4nos of 4x6in images like below

Thats it. You only have to print these normal size photo in the normal even small printer. Use whatever software that you normally use. Make sure that you use borderless format at 4x6in paper.

See the final result below. I have actually cut my youngest boy face into two. Hahahaha, trying as much to avoid it, but still!!! .... :P

Now, all you have to do is embellish it with some washis, brads, etc. And its good to go.

Hope this will help. As I said before, there are lots of way to do this, lots. This one is somehow the easiest to me to understand. This mid age mummy brain is not as good as before. :)

Ok, happy crafting


Sunday, 11 November 2012

November Challenge: Punches & Die-cuts

Hi all! Donna here to share my takes on this month's challenge: Punches and Die-cuts
Take a look below and I hope you get inspired and join our challenge!


(Hand drawn big arrow)


All three layouts used the READY SET GO collection pack. As well as the following stuff you can find in the PPS store.

Others: Faber Castel watercolor pencils, orange gem stick-ons, lace, stapler, sequins

Thank you for dropping by! Can't wait to see your entries for the November challenge!

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

November Challenge - Punches & Die Cuts

Hi all,

It's Riri here. Another new month and as always at PPS it means new challenge!

You may know already that my Cameo and I are best friend right? I love her, and I am pretty sure she loves me back. :) . She has so far never giving me problem, always cut precisely and neatly. And that's why for this month challenge I am so happy because I got to use her to max again!

So I have created three different layout that I hope will inspires you to join the challenge this month.

So roll on the first one.

From October Afternoon oh so lovely line, 9 to 5. All of it. Well except for the wood veneer star which is an old product of Studio Calico. I love love love the wood pattern paper. Love the versatile look of all the papers. Mrs Cameo cut the title. So neat and precise.

Supplies used:

And the second layout.

From Echo Park mini theme Enjoy the Ride. Mrs Cameo went to town with her cutting skill again. Creating the wave that I think suitable with the photos of our holiday to Oman. I love that we can mist the thickers from Studio Calico to any color that we like.

Supplies used:

And for the last one I am trying hard to create a simple minimalist layout. :) I want to show the beauty of the latest line of Amy Tan Ready Set Go Coffee Break Patterned Paper. Have I told you enough that I love wood patterned paper? Perhaps not yet. I love those!!!!!

Supplies Used:

So that's all, happy crafting and have a nice week ahead dear friends!!


A summary of what you have to do: 
Make a Scrapbook Page / a Card / an Altered Project having Die-Cuts and/or Punchwork
Your work has to be new: made after this challenge went live
Projects that are not shared in the specified album will be disqualified
You can participate in this challenge only once
Deadline: November 30, 2012
Prize: AED 25 Gift Voucher to the Store