Roben-Marie Smith’s Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway

Exciting News Friends! Roben-Marie Smith has a brand new Art Pops™ Collection entitled 100 Days inspired by her recently completed beautiful 100 Days Project.

Today Roben-Marie’s Design Team is showcasing this gorgeous new collection with a Blog Hop sharing all of our projects. Oh and did I mention there’s a GIVEAWAY?  Lucky You!  One of my readers will receive this brand new collection as a FREE download.  This all leads up to Roben-Marie’s new class Fabrilage.  Please make sure you follow the links at the bottom of the post and stop by all the blogs for chances to win the free download and a FREE spot in the class!


I knew that for this project I wanted to really showcase the 100 Days Art Pops™ Collection. I decided that the best way to make the colors POP was to use black cardstock as my background.  I began by cutting 6 pieces of black cardstock – 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″.  I then rounded the corners.  Four pieces were used for the pages and the other two pieces will be used later to cover the stitching.

I glued a different strip of Art Pops™ on to 4 pieces of cardstock and added small circles from the collection.


Using a Signo White Gel Pen I drew scallops around the circles.  I splatter painted each piece of cardstock with white and fluorescent pink acrylic paint.

I printed a few photos and began tearing them to make the edges a bit messy.

I used an UHU Glue Stick to adhere the pictures to each piece of cardstock.  I have an old book that I use for found poetry words and decided that for each flower I would add a few words that corresponded to the photo. I knew I wanted to hand stamp on some fabric and use that as basically the centerpiece of the book.  I save most of my fabric scraps from other projects and dug around until I found a piece that I felt matched my project.  I went ahead and sewed the fabric to the cardstock and around the edges of all the cardstock pieces using my sewing machine.  As a little extra POP I added three additional circles from the Collection just above the stamped fabric.  I always leave long pieces of strings when I sew on paper.  I think this adds more color and additional textures to my pieces.

Now the tricky part.  I began by taping the cardstock pieces together using washi tape.  Initially I thought I would stitch everything together but that just wasn’t working out for me.  So instead I used the washi tape.  Not only did I love the look of the washi tape – it was also functional.  The washi really kept the book together.

I added two of the larger cards from the Art Pops™ Collection as the cover and the back flap.  This covered the stitching on the backs of the first and last cardstock pieces.  I added those two last plain black pieces to cover the stitching on the middle cards.  I used my UHU Glue Stick to adhere everything.  My sizing was  a pinch wonky and didn’t match up perfectly.  This tends to happen when you are not a precise trimmer.  Not a problem.  I stitched sari ribbon to hide a bit of the wonkiness.  In the end the ribbon added more chunkiness and texture to my book.

I made a large paperclip using glue dots and two of the circles from the 100 Days Collection.  I stamped a sentiment on the front cover and voila – Project Complete!  I hope you enjoyed this step out!  Don’t forget to leave a comment with your email to be entered into the drawing for a free 100 Days Art Pops™ download.  My comments section is monitored so don’t be alarmed if your comment doesn’t pop up right away!  I will be checking periodically throughout the day and approving them all. 

Follow the links at the end of this post to see the beautiful projects created by my fellow team members!

ART POPS™: the mixed media art pieces inspired by the whimsical, saturated pages of Roben-Marie’s art journals. ART POPS™ provide bold and fanciful POPS of COLOR for your favorite projects including Project Life, Mail Art, Art Journaling and much more. Rock your world with ART POPS™!

To celebrate the launch of Roben-Marie Smith’s new 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection we’re giving away not one, but two awesome prizes for this blog hop! There are three spots in Roben-Marie’s new online class, Fabrilage that opens on September 13 and I am giving away a set of the Digital 100 Days ART POPS™ Collection to one of my lucky readers!
All you have to do to enter is comment here on my blog and then keep on hopping across to all of the Design Team member’s posts, leave a comment on them and be entered with more chances to win.

Here are the links to all of the amazing Design Team Projects so be sure to go and check them all out to be in with the best chance of winning!

Roben- Marie –

Karen –

Anna –

Jenni –

Ashli –


Congratulations Suzanne Roper!  You won the FREE digital download from Roben-Marie!

129 thoughts on “Roben-Marie Smith’s Design Team Blog Hop and Giveaway

  1. Rachel Slovinac

    I’m a new fan and follower! You are so talented! I like that you explained your process step-by-step. Thanks for the opportunity to win. Looking forward to learning more about you and from you!

  2. Gwen

    Choosing a black background was a good choice.
    Fabric always seems to improve a papercraft project. And, liked your use of inspirational quotes and words.

  3. Lindy

    Love this project…. it’s gorgeous. I love when people embrace the black… it definitely adds such a richness! thank you for inspiring me daily!

  4. LindaF

    I LOVE this! I rarely think of using a black background but you’ve inspired me to go try it. Everything looks wonderful and the colors just pop! Great project. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. Dianne Thompson

    The Art Pop embellishments look really impressive on the black cardstock and the splashes of colour underneath bring it all together. Thank you for the tutorial.

  6. Robyn Couillard

    Those Art Pops are fantastic on the black cardstock! Great choice! Love the layers and the stitching. Thank you for the chance at the giveaways!

  7. Lorraine Lopez

    Love using black and white gel pen for writing and for doodling, then pops if color, art pops,are awesome. Just have gotten into sewing pages together too. Love your work!

  8. Marilyn Ann Holland

    Good Morning Kristi thank you for being here. I have not done a Blog Hop for so long I hope I can keep up with all you young chicks. Thank you for doing a fun tut. I do love using small photos in my pages.

  9. Marilyn Damschen

    Oh goody, have been admiring your work on Instagram and Etsy but never thought to look for a blog! I’m a fan. Thanks for being so generous and putting so much eye-candy out there!

  10. Suzanne Roper

    Wow, what a great way to use the art pops and I love the black card. It is great that you too can make the odd hit and miss as it makes me remember I don’t have to be perfect! Thank you for letting me be part of this comp and now I’m off to have a go at this one myself.
    Regards Sue

  11. Karen

    I’ve always been drawn to accordion albums. Probably have an unfinished one sitting around, sigh. Loved the choice of black cardstock. Sewing, fabric and paper are my creative choices presently. Great inspiration. Thanks

  12. Cindy

    Black cardstock so cool.. I was just thinking the other day to start with a black background… Hopping along, I adore those art pops… would luv luv luv some.. Thank you

  13. Susan Thomas

    The black background has really made this book all the more gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your project with us.

  14. beatriz_souza

    ….strips and circles of Art Pops™ on black cardstock, white pen, photos, washi tape binding, stitching, sari ribbon, your magic touches , and voilà… a great project, Kristi!

  15. Sandy Austin

    This little book is awesome! After watching Robin-Marie for awhile I’ve been casually keeping my eyes open for a used sewing machine to use for paper crafts. Now I’m stepping up my search. I can’t wait to try something like this. Thanks

  16. Wendy

    I’m with everyone else – great choice using black as your background. It really makes the Art Pops … “pop!” The white doodling is a nice touch too and makes them stand out even more. Thx for sharing.


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