Friday, April 11, 2014

Guest Designer Riikka Kovasin

We're thrilled to have the super talented Riikka Kovasin with us today! You will find Riikka's work in the Pop and Colours #2 Workshop.

Hi there! My name is Riikka Kovasin. I'm a Finnish scrapbooker with a passion for mixed media. My goal is to have my fingers inked on a weekly basis. I live in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, together with my lovely, supportive husband and our two sweet daughters. My family is my constant source of inspiration and also the main subject on my pages. I'm happiest when I can get messy with different paint media and create a piece of memory keeping at the same time! What could be more perfect?!

I've been doing pages about four years now but discovered my passion for inks, paints and layering about a year and a half ago. I love creating my own backgrounds, leaving my own hand print in the layouts and making them "my own." For me, the process of creating is equally important as the end result. Besides layouts I also love to create mini albums, cards and canvases.

I was so surprised and honored when Shirel asked me to join the fantastically talented guests of Pop and Colors 2 Workshop! I love to share my process and I teach workshops on regular basis in Finland. I'm currently designing for 7 Dots Studio, 3rd Eye Craft, Canvas Corp Group, Mixed Media Place and two challenge sites - CSI and Scrap Around The World. I'm also part of the design team of three publications - Scrap365, Craft Stamper and PaperHaus.

I'm excited to guest design here at Berry71Blue! Thank you so much for having me! If you'd like to visit me, my blog is Paperiliitin (Paperclip) at You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Please, come and say hi!

I used some Tattered Angels Mistable papers to create the white flowers. First I punched out some scalloped circles and stapled them together. Then I cut the petals with scissors. I also made some pink roses using embossing powders and a silicone mold.

Here is more information about the April Challenge:

This month we challenge you to create a project using handmade flowers!

There must be at least ONE homemade flower on your project.
 This challenge is not limited to a scrapbook page - think canvas, home decor, headbands, anything your creative mind can dream up! There are hundreds of flower tutorials out there for flowers made out of paper, felt, cloth, twine, burlap, coffee filters, etc. For links to all of the flower tutorials pictured above, and many more, see Tracey's Pintrest page here.

First Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours Workshop

Second Prize:
Studio Shirel Pop & Colours #2 Workshop

3rd Prize:
Darkroom Door Paper Collection


Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background 
Six weeks of workshops with step-by-step detailed examples and videos! Do you like to play with inks? Dirty hands, paint in the hair and stains on the apron don’t scare you? Then this workshop is for you! Whatever your style, learn how to create backgrounds very personal using the techniques presented in this workshop! I requested internationally famous guests who will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages from A to Z. Each week two different step-by-step (videos or photos and written explanations) will be presented. Each week, icing on the cake, sample pages created by the various artists using each technique will be shared. These examples will show you that the techniques are adaptable to all styles! The workshop will focus on scrapbooking pages, but the techniques are obviously suitable for other media (Art Journal, Project Life, mini-album, canvas Mixed Media etc.).
There is no time limit to subscribe to the workshop and it will be available for a period of one year from the beginning of the workshop (ie 18 October 2014).

Pop and Colours Workshop #2 - Around the World
10 weeks of workshops in video! Did you like Pop and Colours Workshop #1 - Art of Background and you want more? Well...we do have more! Pop and Colours # 2 - Around the World is based on the same principle. Our team of renown international artists will share their secrets for making scrapbook pages through exclusive videos! Different styles will share the spotlight: freestyle, shabby, mixed media or graphic style, you will find types for all tastes! Class started on January 3, 2014 and all the content will be available for a whole year. You can join us at anytime within this year!

Darkroom Door is owned by photographer Rachel Greig and graphic designer Stewart Yule who combine their talents to design a unique range of rubber stamps and papercraft products suitable for card making, scrapbooking, invitations, collage, mixed media and altered art. As the name suggests, Darkroom Door products have a strong photographic element in their design.
Products include: Rubber Stamps, Photo Stamps, Background Stamps, Frame Stamps, Collage Stamps, Word Block Stamps, Montage Sheets, Photochips, and Filmstrips along with a wide range of accessories for all type of paper crafts.

Darkroom Door also has a fabulous blog that is updated regularly with projects created by many talented artists. Check out the Darkroom Door website to see their full product range along with a gallery full of projects and ideas!

Design Team Sponsors

We're a US based company who has recently changed directions and moved to chipboard embellishments! Our designs are fresh, new and on trend. We pride ourselves in the quality of our chip and our dedication to the trade. With our passion for paper crafts and our knowledge of industry we can safely say you'll love our goods and their high quality!
We are a team of creative women who cannot image their world without paper, glue and the creative process. Scrapbooking is our passion and we love to share our passion with other scrapbookers. For this reason, 7 Dots Studio exists. The quality of our products is our top priority. Our collections are made from thick (250gsm), acid-free, lignin-free, archival scrapbooking paper. We also offer high quality cardstock stickers.

Please note that if the winner(s) of this challenge are international they will be responsible for shipping costs.

Make sure you follow our CHALLENGE RULES.

Thank you and we hope to see your beautiful creations this month!


  1. Gorgeous page Riikka! I love your handmade flowers!

  2. Another splendid page the little dancer and as always your MM background is so inspiring :D

  3. Stunning as always Riikka! Love your page....super made flowers! Those little pink roses made from a mould are so amazing and beautiful!!

  4. Riikka.It is a gorgeous page. Love her photos! And I love those flowers too. Thank you!


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