Introducing Jowilna Nolte | Design Team 2014

I started my paper journey officially in about 2000 as a shop assistant in a specialty paper store in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa after having studied Pastoral Psychology. Whilst I have been playing with paper and creating my own masterpieces at home for friends and family since the age of 10, the shop environment added the vast knowledge of handmade and imported paper as well as the common commercial types of paper. I also started teaching card making, stamping and altered art in store at the time.

Traveling abroad to trade shows like Paperworld in Frankfurt, Germany and CHA in America gave me an even broader insight into paper and its many uses. This prompted a keen interest in stamping, especially in the craft industry where scrapbooking seems to be my favourite. I gained a lot of knowledge of the industry and was fortunate enough to spend time with the owners of Ranger Industries at their premises making the journey even more significant.

I have since gone on to be editor of two scrapbooking and craft magazines as well as being a contributing editor to several other craft magazines currently on the market. I realized my dream of working in publishing while sharing my passion and knowledge of stamping, card making and scrapbooking. My work has been published extensively in local magazines and on the internet as well as in international publications such as Somerset Studios, Take Ten magazine, and Catch Up Issues. My love for publishing and sharing ideas, tips and techniques shifted me onto another career path and saw the publication of my first book in 2008. My second book was released in December 2010 and has been on the 4th best seller in South Africa since its release. In less than three months it has been sold out and is now in its second print.

Scrapbooking has been a natural extension of my love for card making and stamping that also accommodates my love and passion for photography. I currently teach regular classes and host workshops around the country that mainly focuses on different techniques and stamping, and how to incorporate them into your scrapbooking and card making. I am proud to have taught along side well known scrappers like Tracie Hudson(UK), Melissa Kennedy (AU) and others. I currently design for various distributors in South Africa to promote their products and teach scrapbooking classes weekly.

Creating can be a wonderful journey and therapy making sense of things where life cannot, and I have tuned my life into this philosophy.

onto Jowilna's first project
Welcome to my first post for the Couture Creations Design Team - so exciting!
When I first laid my eyes on the quick release die paper I couldn’t believe that you would actually want to waste such pretty stuff! I mean seriously how would I cope? But then I started thinking, yes sure I could use small pieces for those intricate dies, but I would much rather use it to create something pretty like a gift tag or card. And so that’s what I did

I added a decorative strip of plastic die cut to the bottom of my tag for visual interest

the Sew Jo patterned paper worked perfectly under the delicate plastic strip adding colour and pattern without being invasive

hand dyed ribbon, buttons and a stamped sentiment was used a decorative details

the embossing adds a hint of texture - this may be my new favorite embossing folder

Here's how i created the elements for my tag
For the bottom of my tag I wanted to add a decorative strip. I used the packaging from one of my embossing folders and simply cut a piece of plastic from the front part. I used the Art Deco Border to cut the plastic packaging into a delicate and decorative edge

to add colour to the plastic packaging i used alcohol inks. The die cut strip was sewn onto the tag over a strip of patterned paper from my Sew Jo paper pad

I coloured my manilla tag with distress paint to add some colour to the base. You can use your heat gun to dry the paint quicker but I prefer letting things dry naturally

Once the paint was dry I covered the entire tag with a layer of adhesive - because I did not want the adhesive to show through the release paper i used a glue stick. I added the release paper and then burnished it to make it stick to the tag permanently. Trim off any excess release paper from the edges of your tag using your Couture Creations scissors.

Emboss the tag using the Velvet Tea Lights embossing folder. I love how the embossing adds a subtle texture to the release paper without interfering with the design on the paper at all

I hope you are inspired by this beautiful range of products and the stunning release paper!

Couture Creations Products used

CO721955 Pointed Non Stick Scissors

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