Monday, July 25, 2011

Echo Park Projects

I spend a lot of paper-crafting time on projects for my little boy, so it’s a treat for me whenever I have a reason to make something pink and girly. A friend asked for ideas for an elephant-themed card to welcome a baby girl and I knew right away that I wanted to do a shaped card. I don’t have a die cut machine, but since an elephant shape is pretty basic, I figured I could draw one. I practiced on scrap paper, then drew an elephant shape on a 5x7 note card.

Once I had my shape, I selected pink and floral papers from Echo Park’s Country Drive collection. I covered the shape with patterned paper, then added a floral blanket with pink trim, a felt cheek, a rhinestone eye and a little butterfly cut from patterned paper. To finish the card, I attached a pink ribbon tail, border punched toes and a floppy ear. A little machine stitching all the way around was the final touch.

She’s pretty cute, I think:
Echo Park supplies
Country Drive collection: Flutter By and Clover Meadow pp

While I had the Country Drive papers out, I noticed that the B side of Daisy Fields looked a bit like tiles in a swimming pool. So, I grabbed that paper and paired it with a few sheets of Echo Park’s Splash line to make a summer page.

This layout, called “So Hot Even The Cars Go Swimming,” is about my toddler’s deep and abiding love for his cars. As you can see, he and his cars are rarely parted, even at the swimming pool. And to be perfectly honest, it’s been so hot here that the cars probably appreciated it!

Echo Park supplies
Country Drive collection: Daisy Field pp; element sheet; alpha sheet
Splash collection: Mini Stripes, Fish and Diecut pp; element sheet; alpha sheet
Little Boy collection: element sheet

Here’s a closeup of the title work.

It’s not unusual for my son’s cars to show up in my paper crafting projects. Sometimes quite literally. As in this case, where his white convertible became an integral part of the project.

Echo Park supplies
Summer Days: Element sheet and journaling cards
Playground: Element sheet and journaling cards
Springtime: Journaling cards
Little Boy: Element sheet

For details on how I made the shadowbox, please see the blog post here:


  1. Adorable!! I love the elephant! I totally hear you about getting excited to do something feminine once in a while.

  2. Oh my goodness! The trim that you used couldn't be any more perfect. Elephants are my favorite and you did an amazing job. I love that you added a car into the shadow box. Too cool Izzy!

  3. Thanks for the comments! My blog is pretty new (started when Trevor was four), so I don't have projects specifically for a 2 year old up there. But I'm hoping to go back through photos and find older projects to post, as you're not the first to ask about stuff for younger kids. :)

  4. Love all your projects Izzy!

  5. That elephant card is the sweetest, Izzy! Your eye for detail is incredible! Love that little blanket with tassles :) And the pool page is adorable...wonderful crisp clean design!

  6. Girl! That pink elephant is soooo adorable!! I love everything about it! The stitching and the blanket are perfect, and how clever to use a border punch for the toes!!!
    The pool lo is awesome and that title work is to die for!
    The shadow box....really! I mean that is just brilliant!! I love it!!
    Echo Park should pay you for these!! WOW!! Im in love!

  7. With the elephant and the shadowbox you've blown me away - you are SO creative!!

  8. Oh, how the ele! Would make a cute card at election time!


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