Short bio: Hi! I am so thrilled to be a guest designer on the American Crafts blog! My name is Christine Burillo-Kirch and I live with my husband, daughter, and puppy in North Carolina. I’m a transplanted New Yorker (love the Big Apple!) who loves to do any kind of arts and crafts with my daughter, Catherine. Learning new techniques is so much fun – letterpress, foiling, you name it, I’ll try it! When I’m not being crafty, I’m a nerdy scientist and writer. My first science book for children (with 25 projects) is available for pre-order on Amazon!
How did you get started scrapbooking? I started scrapbooking at the end of 2011 when I decided that I really wanted to document my parents’ and my daughter’s childhood. I googled “scrapbooking” and found so much inspiration and lovely products online. Fast forward to today, I currently do a monthly project life, 12×12 layouts, and make a lot of cards. I’m very passionate about recording not only my parent’s lives, but our lives (well, mostly my daughter’s) as well.
What is your favorite American Crafts product? Um, everything! Ok, ok, if I had to pick one thing I would say the gold-foiled ephemera and gold puffy phrases. Sorry, couldn’t pick one – too difficult! The gold foil just makes the ephemera elegant. It lends itself to so many uses: on cards, in project life, mini-books, and on layouts. The gold puffy phrases just make the whole layout or card look magical!
Tip: I think that a little bit of sewing or stitching always helps to “ground” the layout. The petals are stitched in place with a sewing machine to ensure they will stay put. Try using your sewing machine on your cards and layouts – it is daunting at first, but then so much fun!
Supplies: Fine & Dandy collection: (370061) – Fabulous Fun Paper, (370063) – Just Peachy Paper, (370069) – Make a Wish Paper, (370079) – Elated Paper, (370081) – Happy Day Vellum Paper Rise and Shine Collection: (RSDS-70001) – Chloe Paper, (RSDS-70004) – Ella Paper, (RSTH-70027) – Grace Phrases in Gold Other supplies- Green thread, Silhouette Cameo, Sewing machine, thread
Tip: Adding some metallic elements gives the card or layout a bit of interest and layering gives it depth.
Supplies: Fine and Dandy Collection: (370065) – Shenanigans, (370067) – Celebrate Paper, (370098) – Cupcake liners, (370099) – Ephemera W/Gold Foil Other supplies: Die cut machine, ribbon, flower metal die, white cardstock, envelope, gold sequins
Tip: Use a bit of vellum over a patterned paper to create a softer look. I tend to use vellum on almost every project I make.
Supplies: Fine & Dandy collection: (370070) – Pretty Packages Paper, (370072) – Fine and Dandy Paper, (370073) – Bright Bows Paper, (370075) – Stay Wild Paper, (370099) – Ephemera W/Gold Foil, (370105) – 12 Gold Chenille Stems & 12 Stickers, (370108) – Washi Tape Book Rise and Shine Collection: (370048) Amy Tan Rise & Shine Mounted Stamps: Icons Other supplies: Sewing machine, thread, Die cut machine, flower die cut, vellum, plain cardstock, black ink, gold sequins, toothpick (for sticker flag)
Tip: I love how colorful and happy the Fine & Dandy cupcake liners are. One can make so many different types of flowers with the cupcake liners – the only limit is your imagination!
Supplies: Fine & Dandy collection: (370064) – Stripey Straws Paper, (370072) – Fine and Dandy Paper (370098) – Cupcake liners, (370109) – Metal Rimmed Tags Rise and Shine Collection: (RSDS-70003) – Nicole Paper, (RSDS-70004) – Ella Paper, (RSTH-70027) – Grace Phrases in Gold, (RSTH-70028) – Alyx Alpha Other supplies- gold striped twine, mini clothespins
Tip: It is fun to take an old book (or new one) and turn it into an album. Make sure to cut out about 80% of the pages so that you can add ephemera to the remaining pages without making the book too bulky! I made this “Happy Book” for my daughter Catherine. It is filled with images of friends, family, her artwork, places she’s visited, and things she’s done.
Supplies: Fine and Dandy Collection: (370063) – Just Peachy Paper, (370069) – Make a Wish Paper, (370081) – Happy Day Vellum Paper Rise and Shine Collection: (RSDS-70004) – Ella Paper, (RSTH-70027) – Grace Phrases in Gold Other supplies: Anthropologie book, gold washi tape, coral buttons, plastic leaves, Silhouette Cameo, hot glue gun