Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Simply Straws

First of all, if I haven't wished you a very happy and healthy 2016 as yet, then I want to do it now! Wishing you all the best in the New Year and I hope we'll "see" a lot of each other! 

A while ago I created these 4 layouts for the "Simply Straws" feature in Scrapbook Magazine UK and never got around to post them here as well. The idea was to show readers how they can use simple paper drinking straws on their pages, by altering & cutting them to create super embellishments.

And here's what I did:

A Doodlebug layout using their pixies for straws:

Supplies used: patterned paper, velvet crushed cardstock, die-cuts, stickers, pixies (straws), flair button: Doodlebug Design; cardstock: Bazzill Basics; bows: Studio Calico; stamping ink: Ranger; stamp: Trodat; sewing machine: Aigger.

For the other three layouts I used simple paper drinking straws, like you buy them in any store. 

A layout using Imaginisce: 

Supplies used: patterned paper, buttons: Imaginisce; cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Thickers: American Crafts; paper straws: Talking Tables (yellow), Bercadeau (red, blue); wood veneer: Scraptastic Club; color mists: Studio Calico; twine: Ledent; stamping ink: Ranger; stamp: Trodat (date), Maggie Holmes (hearts); sewing machine: Aigger.

A layout using Jillibean Soup: 

Supplies used: patterned paper, die-cuts, (letter)stickers, wood veneers, paper straws (green): Jillibean Soup; cardstock: American Crafts; paper straws: Talking Tables (pink, yellow), Bercadeau (blue, red), The Masonjars Company (purple, lilac); stamping ink: Ranger; stamp: Trodat; Tiny Attacher: Tim Holtz. 
And last but not least, an American Crafts (Shimelle) layout: 

Supplies used: patterned paper, stickers, die-cuts, stamp: Shimelle American Crafts; cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Thickers: American Crafts; paper straws: Ginger Bay (gold), Talking Tables (yellow); flair: A Flair For Buttons; cork arrow: Fancy Pants; twine: The Twinery; color mists: Studio Calico (black), Prima Marketing (gold); stamping ink: Ranger; stamp: Trodat, Scraptastic Club; Tiny Attacher: Tim Holtz.

Sadly enough this is another scrapbook magazine that closed down in 2015. I've been lucky enough to be on their design team for quite some time and was really sad when I got the word it had to go. I'm one of those dinosaurs who still prefers a paper magazine over a digital one, even though I've come to love those too. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and wishing you a great day! 


  1. superleuk om rietjes op je lo te gebruiken !

  2. Wauw, die kleuren! En wat zijn die rietjes leuk! Het zijn stuk voor stuk supermooie lay-outs. Een goed begin van het nieuwe jaar :)

  3. OMYGOSH!! These are amazing! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee these!! Pinning!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. I agree. Nothing like a scrap mag you can turn the pages of in your hand! Never mind....the world seems to be going digi....LOOOOVE those straw uses. Especially the banner on the last one! BRILL!!!

  5. Beautiful and inspiring work with beautiful details!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Happy 2016 Monique. Wishing you much peace and joy this new year. Your pages are gorgeous...I have never worked with straws and you do it so effortlessly.