Glitter Guest Designer: Natalie Elphinestone


I'm so excited to introduce our Glitter Guest Designer – Natalie Elphinstone!


Short bio: My name is Natalie Elphinstone and I live in sunny Australia with my ever supportive stay-at-home husband and our two gorgeous girls aged 7 and 4. I work full time as a doctor specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology which can be a little intense at times so I love to unwind by heading to my scrap room and playing with some paper and paint. I think the creative process is so therapeutic! But more importantly I love that I’m the memory keeper of the family and you’ll always find journaling on my layouts as I try to preserve the story. Right now I’m honoured to be named as one of the Australian Scrapbooking Memories Masters for 2014 and blessed to be designing for Studio Calico as well as being a Jenni Bowlin Studio Ambassador.

How did you get started scrapbooking? I started dabbling in scrapbooking when I was at home with my first daughter in 2007, but it was another couple of years before I discovered the wonderful world of online shopping, blogs, conventions, forums, kit-clubs, and manufacturers. I’ve never looked back since!

What is your favorite American Crafts product? There are some core AC products that I’ll never be without such as the cardstock, This to That adhesives, and Precision Pens. And my all-time favorite collection has to be Amy Tangerine Sketchbook with it’s delightful mix of watercolours and doodled designs. Love it to bits!!

SHE by Natalie Elphinstone

Supplies: White (71081) – Cardstock Warm Welcome (366160) – Polka Dot Party Striped Straws (366179) – Polka Dot Party Heirloom (683275) – Thickers Sapphire (27456) – Zazz Glitter Glue Powder (27429) – Wow Extra Fine Glitter; Other: Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Signature Flower Clips (683161)

Brush script is right on trend at the moment but I added an exciting twist by sprinkling my handpainted title with two tones of glitter for an ombre effect too. This was so much fun, I’m definitely going to do it again!

FAVORITE CARD by Natalie Elphinstone

Supplies: Kraft (71464) – Cardstock Fantastic Favors (366176) – Polka Dot Party Warm Welcome (366160) – Polka Dot Party Striped Straws (366179) – Polka Dot Party Dimension Stickers (366207) – Polka Dot Party Gold (71634 ) – POW! Glitter Paper

I freehand cut a series of hearts out of different textured papers including my favourite POW Glitter Paper and layered them to create a dimensional embellishment for this simple card.

DAUGHTER OF MINE by Natalie Elphinstone

Supplies: Cherry (71026) – Cardstock Luminous Lights (366175) – Polka Dot Party Sparkling Stars (366161) – Polka Dot Party Fantastic Favors (366176) – Polka Dot Party Charcoal (366058) – Thickers Dimensional Stisckers (366207) – Polka Dot Party Sunflower (27429) – Wow Extra Fine Glitter

To add some fun background texture I mixed glue with water and let it dribble and splat across my page. Then I sprinkled it with WOW Extra Fine Glitter in a bright contrasting colour.

VELLUM POCKETS MINI ALBUM by Natalie Elphinstone

Supplies: Infatuation (366030) – Cut & Paste A-Lister (366029) – Cut & Paste Dream Catcher (35980) – Lucky Charm This & That (35960) – Lucky Charm Bits, Cut & Paste (366071) – Stitched Vellum Pockets Brown Sugar (96044) – Glitter Tape Spinach (96063) – Glitter Tape Sky (96022) – Glitter Tape Begonia (96012) – Glitter Tape Silver (96052) – Glitter Tape; Other: Studio Calico Essentials – Chipboard Cameras (red/pink) Studio Calico Essentials – Chipboard Stars (yellow/orange)

A mini album doesn’t need to be complicated. I created mine by folding up some long strips of paper and attaching my photos and the Stitched Vellum Pockets to hold my journaling and extra memorabilia. The Glitter Tape can be cut into different shapes to add some sparkle.

CUTLERY SET by Natalie Elphinstone

Supplies: Cherry Lane (366517) – Autumn Crisp Crimson (27455) – Zazz Glitter Glue; Other: Studio Calico Sundrifter Wood Veneer Shapes (SDWV3-31257)

These wooden cutlery pieces started off plain, but with the quick addition of a splash of paint and glitter they can be matched to any party colour scheme you can think of.

Be sure to stop by Natalie's Blog, Pinterest, and Instagram to see more of her amazing creations!