Version Scrap 2017

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Hello there and sorry for the absence! I came back home from Paris on Sunday but unfortunately the stress and travel took its toll and the flu got the best of me. Now I'm back better again and thought to write a post about the event as it had its turns and was quite eventful!

I started my journey on Wednesday morning from Helsinki. The flight was really early and I arrived to Paris before noon but the travel from the airport to the city center and to Vincennes took forever. But when I arrived to the hotel a bigger problem emerged - Prima's shipment was stuck in customs. Oh my gosh! The products had arrived well on time but unfortunately there were big difficulties with the customs to get the products released.

So when we should have been setting up the booth, we were on the phone trying to get the shipment released and the show on the road so to say. Naturally it was bad that the products were there but so were Sharon's and mine workshop supplies and kits! We were experiencing a language barrier while trying to resolve the problem, but luckily our interpreter or should I say miracle worker Andrea came in early and set to work right away. But as we didn't have products to put to the booth, we needed a plan B...

Thursday dawned and the show opened. We had arranged the tables so that we could demo and boy I was happy that I had brought some supplies "just in case" as well as my two journals. I was using watercolors, stamping and coloring with them and Color Blooms and Sharon demoed Sparks and Waxes. It was great to hear people's reactions and they were intrigued by the products and techniques! 

I was so happy to meet Sharon again as we have met briefly a couple of years ago in the same event. She was teaching then and I attended the show and some classes. I was also thrilled to meet Nathalie! She was so sweet and so awesome! Whenever Andrea was needed elsewhere, Nathalie helped with the language. I understand some French but speaking is a whole other story. 

Because the products weren't there, we needed to cancel some workshops, too. For my first one, the one on Thursday morning, there was a misunderstanding and while we were under the impression that Version Scrap would inform the students about the cancellation, they weren't notified. After that first workshop we were always on site with either Andrea or Nathalie to explain and inform and apologize. It was a terrible situation for everyone. We all felt so bad for the people who had enrolled to the classes. I know some French, like I said, so I could say: "Je suis désolé. C'est une catastrophe." 

Saturday was a fantastic day as I got to keep one of the four scheduled workshops! Three needed to be canceled, but I got to keep one! Boy I was overjoyed! As you can see from the picture below, I was just thrilled! The people attending were so skilled, worked like a whirlwind and everybody's bottle was just awesome. I felt honored, privileged and touched. Keeping workshops is my passion and they give me so much! 

What also made me feel really touched and emotional was the feedback - naturally the feedback from the workshop, too, but most of all about the difficulty with the products, need to cancel the workshops and all that. Everyone was so helpful, understanding and kind. So a big, huge, heartfelt thank you to all and each and everyone! 

Among it all I had some wonderful food and most of all company. The company was in fact so great that I forgot to take photos! I only have the one of the "Prima girls" - Sharon, Nathalie and me. Great that I have that but such a shame that I don't have more! I enjoyed working alongside Sharon and Nathalie and being in the booth.

First of all I met wonderful people during the show! They came to the Prima booth or then I just bumped into them along the show floor. It was great to see familiar faces and hear stories of projects people had made. Thank you to everyone who said hi! 

Besides people in the show floor I also met and went to dinner with Marsha, Harold and Birgit on one day and with a bigger crowd on another. The bigger crowd consisted the 13Arts girls Terhi, Olga, Marta and Fiona, us Prima girls Molly, Sharon, me and Andrea, Debby Schuh and her interpreter and then Birgit. It was really amazing to be gathered to the same table!

One last note still concerning the workshops. First of all, my apologies once more that we needed to cancel! I felt completely horrible and helpless! I'm deeply sorry for the lost time and the inconvenience and disappointment. 

I should get all the email addresses of the people who were enrolled to my workshops from the organization, from Version Scrap. I want to send all the people who were enrolled the .pdf instructions at least as the workshops were cancelled. I gathered some of the addresses already on site, but I'm missing quite a few. 

So if you were enrolled and want to get the instructions, please send me a mail. My address is rkovasin@gmail.com. The instructions are in English but if you need help or have any questions, I'm doing the best I can to help!

All in all, it was a really eventful few days in Paris! I was happy to be asked to attend, to keep the workshop, to meet lovely people and dine with friends... Paris had a lovely though quite chilly weather, too, and the food was great! 

I hope someday to return to Paris or France and keep more workshops there. And there might be a chance of that happening... just saying! Fingers crossed! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely evening! 


Exploring Old Town - Prima Marketing

I'm continuing the same theme as the last post but for another company! Whereas the previous page was done for A Flair for Buttons, this one is done for Prima using the Planner Dies. 

Like you know from last post, we visited Tallinn last summer. It was fun to roam around the streets of old town. To get that old feel to this layout I used neutral tones – like the metals, wood and tea. To make a fun detail to the paper layers behind the photo I used the Planner Die set and cut the papers using the smaller of the folder dies. I also cut a couple of tabs and a “paperclip” to embellish my page.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely weekend and Saturday! 


992262 – Wild and Free 12x12 Collection Kit 
990770 – French Riviera Un Petit Mot de la Mer 
847814 – Rossibelle Lucky Charm 
587420 – 3D Wood Alphas 1” House 
960247 – Mechanicals Roman Numerals 
960322 – Mechanicals Flowers Mini 
960339 – Mechanicals Roses 
963385 – Mechanicals Mini Knobs 
960346 – Mechanicals Washers 1 
961046 – Mechanicals Leaves 2 
570453 – IOD Sugar Dots 
573836 – Color Bloom Vintage Metal Tea Stain 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger


Tallinn 2016 - A Flair for Buttons

Hello there! How are you today? Are you planning a summer trip already or do you actually have plane tickets ready bought? We do! This year we're taking the airplane but last year we took a boat as we visited Tallinn which is just a boat ride away from Helsinki.

We, my husband and me, have been to Tallinn before but it was the first time for your girls. They were really excited about the boat ride and the old town. We visited a couple of places and went to a recycling center, too, because I wanted to see if I could find something fun to alter. I ended up finding loads of items to alter and other materials, too! Really good trip altogether. 

This photo I used in my layout is taken on the roof top of a maritime museum. The stairs to the roof were metal ones, those kind you could see through, so it was a bit tricky climb especially for my husband who's not too keen on heights, but the view from the top was fantastic! You could see to all directions, long into the sea, too. But this church was to the other direction, where storm clouds were gathering. The scenery looked really striking so I snapped a photo.

As the clouds are so strong in the photo, I used that as my inspiration when creating the page. You can see how the page was made from the video underneath! Hope you like it! 

As far as flairs are concerned, I mixed modern and vintage. The vintage girl with the flower in her hair fitted the Old Town theme the page has and also the red flower was of the same color as the flowers in the photo. The two chevron ones bring some modern twist to the page.

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a lovely day and great summer planning!

Sets used:

Materials: A Flair for Buttons, Prima Marketing, 7 Dots Studio, Talens


Planner die card - Prima Marketing

I've noticed something - I’m not a planner girl. I enjoy tremendously to see the beautiful planners others make but I just write my work shift to my planner so it’s not pretty in any way. And as I write the work shifts there, so far I haven't seen the point to decorate it that much. I love the idea of a planner and kind of a journal, a diary in there, but I simply don't have the time for that. So I stick to making layouts as a part of my diary.  

Prima has Planner Dies in it's repertoire so the first thing you'd maybe thought that if you aren't a planner person, you don't need those. But there’s so much you can do with the planner products than just fill your planner! So here’s a little spring card done using the Planner Dies and a couple of other dies, too. Can you spot the little polaroid frames for example?

Thank you for stopping by today! Wishing you a sweet day! 


593261 – My Prima Planner Metal Dies Days 1 
587086 – Confetti Metal Dies Variety 
583996 – Prima Dies Victorian Lace 
847807 – Rossibelle Sweet Souvenirs 
847760 – Rossibelle Wildflower 
847814 – Rossibelle Lucky Charm 
991326 – Sweet Peppermint Sweet Peppermint 
594343 – Love Clippings Flowers Love Clippings 
594442 – Love Clippings Flowers Twinkle in my Eye
590444 – Prima Flowers Hollybrook 
962593 – Micro Beads Blush 
962616 – Micro Beads Berry 
964030 – Glass Beads 1.5mm 
961435 – Soft Gloss Gel 
573904 – Color Bloom Sultry Shimmer Peony 
573775 – Color Bloom Sparkling Pastels Sunshine 
573836 – Color Bloom Vintage Metal Tea Stain

Materials: Prima Marketing


Sweetie love - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi there and great Wednesday! Yesterday I shared a card I made as a guest designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs and today I'm sharing a layout that uses the same techniques. If you looked at the step by step tutorial (link) I guess you could see how I changed the steps to make the layout. But there's more - I thought it would be fun to make an actual video of the process to you! You can see the video a bit further down the post. 

Before you watch the video, maybe you'd like to know who is the person in the photo? It's my darling husband! He has a multitude of good things about him, but I also really love the wrinkles around his eyes when he smiles! I just love to see him smile!

Thank you for your visit today! I hope I have inspired you! Wishing you a lovely day! 

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Soft Finish Cardstock, white


Prima Marketing - Clear Gesso
Prima Marketing - Watercolor Confections Tropicals
Distress Ink - Broken China, Blueprint Sketch
Archival Ink - Jet Black
A Flair for Buttons - Lovely Words 8 flair button

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Ranger, A Flair for Buttons


Bonjour - GDT Elizabeth Craft Designs

Bonjour! This card is quite appropriate as I'm flying to Paris tomorrow! Actually, to tell you the truth, that was kind of in my mind when I started to make this project. This card is done as a guest designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs and comes with a step by step tutorial. You can see the tutorial here (link) in the original post. There's a double treat for you there as I also made a layout using the same steps and shoot a video of the process! 

Like always in my guest posts for Elizabeth Craft Designs with the two projects, both of the crafts use the same idea, steps and materials but the form is just different. This one is the card and tomorrow I blog the layout. 

The idea behind both of the projects was to make a stencil of my own and create a pattern using it. And as I used just cardstock to make the stencil, I then could add the stencil to the project, too! Naturally there's a bit more than that to both projects, as you might have guessed.

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Have a great Tuesday! 

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Soft Finish Cardstock, white


Prima Marketing - Clear Gesso
Prima Marketing - Watercolor Confections Tropicals
Distress Ink - Broken China, Blueprint Sketch
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Materials: Elizabeth Craft Designs, Prima Marketing, Ranger


Trust the Magic - Prima Marketing

Happy Easter Monday! Wishing you a lot of sunshine and continuing flow of Easter eggs! 

What Easter means to me is time to be with the family. We have some food traditions, too, but what I look the most forward is the time to spend with the family without no rush. These cards could have been used as invitations, too, but I’m planning on using them as thank you notes accompanied by a small package of candy. 

If you wish to see how I made the cards, please see the video below. I hope you like it! I published some other videos today also so if you want to see them right away, please head over to my YouTube channel (link). I'm going to blog them during the week, too.

Wishing you all the best and a great start to the new week! And if you're heading to Version Scrap - see you there! My bag is almost packed!


847807 – Rossibelle Sweet Souvenirs 
991289 – Sweet Peppermint The Most Wonderful Time of the Year 
585167 – Rossibelle 3x4 Journaling Notecards 
847739 – 8x8 Watercolor Paper Pad 
590376 – Prima Flowers Paradisia 
590048 – Flower Bundle Pink 
561109 – Taos Rondelle 
584252 – Watercolor Confections The Classics 
961367 – 3D Gloss Gel 
583696 – White Doilies 
585327 – Foil Washi Stickers 
586980 – Rossibelle Druzy Stones 
587345 – Rossibelle SIIC 
962036 – Trust the Magic Stamp Set 

Materials: Prima Marketing, Ranger

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