Vivian Keh…a gorgeous mini AND a layout!

Hello, Core friends! Vivian Keh here with an accordion mini album that I made for one of my three closest high school friends, all of whom were able to visit me recently for an amazing reunion, just as we all hit the big Four Oh! I crafted this album to house small photos from our long weekend together, using a monochromatic palette, which is extra fun with all the lovely tones and tints of cardstock that Core’dinations has available! 

Check out the Core Essentials part of the website for color families so you can create your very own monochromatic look like this!

There’s some die-cutting, dry embossing, stamping, and of course my current favorite – tearing!




A distressed crumpled look is so so easy with Core!

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Layer your scalloped edges for a “gingerbread” look! Ya know, like the roofs of gingerbread houses..cute, huh?!??!

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Core’dinations -
“Sugar and Spice” from Pastels Collection
“Worn Lipstick” from Tim Holtz and Ranger Distress Collection
Jillian Dot Collection
Snowflake” White Cardstock
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – “Mariposa” bigz die, embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Fiskars – scallop edger punch, small butterfly punch
Tim Holtz – tiny attacher
EK Success – floral punch, circle punch
Memento – Dye ink
Decorative Brads


Next up a layout….. How cool are those torn squares?!?!

Vivian Keh with a layout that’s about as clean as I go – lots of white space, featuring graphic design elements created entirely with torn Core and paper punched blossoms from Marvy Uchida.  I sanded the blossoms to reveal the embossing that simultaneously occurs when you punch these pretties.  I must say, this paper punch was a pleasure to handle, cutting cleanly and embossing with a single, very easy press of the palm.
And yeah for the cool embossed punches from Marvy Uchida!!!  How cool are those torn squares?  First layer the torn paper on some scrap paper and adhere.  Then cut out any shape you like and you have your very own embellishment!
Core’dinations -
Pastel Collection
Tim Holtz Distress Collection
“Snowflake” White Cardstock
“Heritage Kraft” from Graphic 45 Signature Collection
Sand-It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Sizzix – Sizzlit “Typeset” Alphabet Strip Die
The Paper Studio – Self-adhesive pearls


11 Responses to “Vivian Keh…a gorgeous mini AND a layout!”
  1. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B says:

    Wonderful mini albums and great LO! So pretty and so much detail and texture!

  2. Carla Hundley says:

    Very pretty. Great
    way to layer items.
    Carla from Utah

  3. Sharon Young says:

    Yummy texture Vivian! Love how versatile the core’dinations is for dry embossing, tearing and sanding. Lovely pic of you and your buds.

  4. TracyM #6773 says:

    GORGEOUS is definitely the right word Ellen :)

    EVERY torn, sanded and embossed Core layer is BEAUTIFUL Vivian – thank you for sharing these delightful projects and crafty inspiration!!!

  5. Great way to show off the Core texture!

  6. Kate says:

    Fab projects, Vivian! You make paper tearing look awesome!

  7. Love your layouts! I’m especially liking the ombre squares you created. I’m adding that idea to my inspiration folder.

  8. Johanne L. says:

    Beautiful projects. Love every détails.

  9. Dev says:

    Awesome projects,Love it,Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Terry York says:

    This really shows off the possibilities of core…coupled with unique creativity!


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