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Watercoloring Guest Designer: Anastasiya Rasulova

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I'm crazy excited to welcome our Watercoloring Guest Designer: Anastasiya Rasulova! (Blog: Anastasiya Rasulova | Instagram: @goodthings88 | Pinterest: @Anarasulova)

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Short bio: Hello, hello! Nice to you meet you American Craft scrappers! I'm Ana (short for Anastasia) and I currently live in Boston with my hubby and our 3 year old. Besides from being a full time mom, I also design and create jewelry for the brand Eight Acorns. At the end of the day scrapbook works as the art therapy that helps me recharge my batteries and unwind. Totally needed 'me' time. I love riding my bike, strolling our beautiful city, and snapping Instagram photos!

How did you get started scrapbooking? I got hooked after the birth of my daughter. I went online to look up baby albums because I wanted to document these precious memories with a newborn. To my surprise I discovered that you could design them yourself, and make even better ones! My crafty soul was squeaking of happiness after the first few layouts and hours of playing with papers, scissors, and photos. Three years later, I'm on my 5th 'baby' album and still going strong lol. Everything about the scrapping process, and especially the results, makes me happy!

What is your favorite American Crafts product? I love playing with die-cuts and puffy stickers. They always give a nice addition to the page. I'm also crazy in love with all Dear Lizzy collections!

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EARTH FIRE SKY by Anastasiya Rasulova

There's a lot of fun watercolor elements in the new Dear Lizzy collection and on the page I'm emphasizing that as well. I used thick watercolor paper for the base because it can take a lot of water without warping. Cutting alphas out of the paper is always a super fun idea, once you have your catchy phrase 😉

Supplies: DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340196) – PAPER PAD 12"X12", DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340200) FOILED STICKERS, DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340204) CARDSTOCK DIE-CUTS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340235) TRANSPARENT STICKERS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340241) – ACRYLIC STAMPS, STICKY THUMB (ST340261) – ADHESIVE RUNNER & REFILL, WATERCOLOR PAPER, WATERCOLORS

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TOTALLY AWESOME by Anastasiya Rasulova

Amy Tan's Finders Keepers collection is absolutely gorgeous and is all about vibrant bold colors and watercolors. Here I used a lot of her transparent stickers which worked perfectly with the watercolor background. Try coordinating embellishments in the color groups to make your page look bright, but still cohesive.

Supplies: AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340235) – TRANSPARENT STICKERS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340237) – PUFFY STICKERS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340243) – DIE-CUTS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340260) – PHRASE STAMP, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (FKTH-40232) – THICKERS STICKERS 5.5"X11", STICKY THUMB (ST340261) – ADHESIVE RUNNER & REFILL, WATERCOLOR PAPER, WATERCOLORS

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YOU COLOR MY WORLD CARD by Anastasiya Rasulova

Here I used Amy Tan's world stamp applying watercolors directly to the stamp in three batches to create a rainbow effect. Try stamping with watercolors, it creates really beautiful blended color effect. To make it stand out, I cut out the stamped image and added it to the card with dimensional foam squares.

Supplies: STICKY THUMB (ST340261) – ADHESIVE RUNNER & REFILL, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340241) – ACRYLIC STAMPS, STICKY THUMB (ST340273) – DIMENSIONAL ADHESIVE FOAM, DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340313) DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12", DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340293) – FOILED ACETATE 12"X12, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (FKTH-40232) – THICKERS STICKERS 5.5"X11", DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340305) – DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12", WATERCOLOR PAPER, WATERCOLORS

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BEST EVER by Anastasiya Rasulova

Another fun layout I designed combining watercolor stripes with patterned cardstock as a base. The transparent sticker "oh so happy here" went really well with my beach-themed photos.

Supplies: AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340235) – TRANSPARENT STICKERS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (FKDS-40323) – DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12", AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340237) – PUFFY STICKERS, 
AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340243) – DIE-CUTS, AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340245) – MINI DOILIES 1.25" , AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340260) – PHRASE STAMP, DEAR LIZZY SERENDIPITY (369220) – WATERCOLOR PAPER DIE-CUTS, STICKY THUMB (ST340261) – ADHESIVE RUNNER & REFILL, WATERCOLOR PAPER, WATERCOLORS

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EMBROIDERY HOOP by Anastasiya Rasulova

Embroidery hoops can serve as an excellent round photo frame to hag on your wall. Here I adhered 12×12 carstock to the back of the frame and trimmed the excess. I added another smaller hoop with a photo inside and twisted a ribbon around it. Since this project is all about circles, I added a few more cardstock ones. My favorite part about this frame is the watercolor tag I made out of the canvas scraps. To finish, add a couple of stickers, embellishments (you can be as dimensional as you want!) watercolor splatters and voila!

Supplies: DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340312) – DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12", STICKY THUMB (ST340261) – ADHESIVE RUNNER & REFILL, STICKY THUMB (ST340273) – DIMENSIONAL ADHESIVE FOAM, DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340200) – FOILED STICKERS, DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340211) – ROLLER STAMP, DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340204) – CARDSTOCK DIE-CUTS, DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340304) DOUBLE -SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12", DEAR LIZZY DOCUMENTARY (340309)- DOUBLE-SIDED CARDSTOCK 12"X12", DEAR LIZZY DAYDREAMER (366798) – VALUE PACK PREMIUM RIBBON 24/SPOOLS , AMY TAN FINDERS KEEPERS (340246) – STAMPED MYLAR FLAIR, EMBROIDERY HOOP, CANVAS SCRAPS, WATERCOLORS

Thank you so much for letting us get to know you better Anastasiya!