Thursday, January 6, 2011

"isabel" name banner by lauren bergold

one of my favorite things in the whole world to make is a name banner, and i am especially pleased with this one for my young friend isabel!

having made a few banners in the past, i must say that the only bit i didn't used to like (besides photographing them--ALWAYS a challenge!!!) is how long it took to choose all the "bits". it turns out that a kit makes all the difference in the world...particularly, if it's a pixie dust paperie kit! ;)

*EVERYTHING* is already coordinated for you! all the papers match all the other papers! the plentiful selection of embellishments work perfectly in terms of color, style, and theme! so this time, instead of spending ages rounding up and deliberating between which products to use, i was able to open the kit, and start making the banner immediately! how cool is that?! i am *ALWAYS* doing it this way from now on!!!

i made a triangular template so that all the pennants of my banner would be the same size, and cut the bases out of the sturdy kraft chipboard with which pixie-in-chief kirsty vittetoe packs all of the kits!

i adhered each triangle to a bit of plain white copier paper and trimmed around with decorative scissors to give them a pretty scallopped edge. once all six panels were ready to go, i began cutting the inner triangles out of the kit's selection of patterned papers. i tacked everything together lightly with dryline adhesive before running the all the edges through my sewing machine for texture, interest, and EXTRA security!

to make the letters of isabel's name, i sized and formatted them in a word document (the font is called "brando") and printed on plain paper, which i then held together with various bits of patterned paper from the kit, and cut out. each letter is inked and outlined with a very fine-tipped pen to give it just a little more emphasis.

then all that was left was THE FUN PART! i mixed and matched letters with the various background panels until i found just the right combination, before adding in my embellishments.

i punched decorative shapes and edges, and combined those with stickers from the october afternoon "thrift shop" sticker sheet. i hand-cut elements from some of the patterned papers...and the gorgeous lace paper... to act as additional accents. i layered maya road chipboard shapes with vintage diecuts, and painted or inked the sweet maya road chipboard letters. dear lizzy "enchanted" trimmings and rose brads gave a little extra touch of glamour.

i am absolutely thrilled with how quickly and easily this project came together; i hope miss izzy will love having this as much as i loved making it! ♥♥♥

Kirsty's Note -
Absolutely beautiful Lauren, I love the clear instruction on how you put this beautiful banner together too, thanks for sharing your talent, and thanks for picking out those beautiful supplies in this kit "My Funky Valentine" is indeed a lovely, and special Pixie Dust Paperie Kit!

Pixie Giveaway

Want to win this? Click HERE for details!!!


Pixie December Challenge
Thanks to all who played along with Pixie Sketch Challenge in December
Here's the winning project!

Congratulations Lynnda!!!!! 
Please send your mailing info to, so I could get the prize - Pixie Dust Paperie Debut Kit "Fall in Love" out to you

And the winner of Pixie Signature Crinkle Ribbons is
Sylvia Nelson
Sylvia, please send your mailing info to, with your choice of crinkle ribbons, you can log on to and pick out 2 colors of your choice.

Winners, you have till Jan 12 to claimed your prize!
Thank you ladies, for playing along with Pixie, please join us again in January 20th!

Note to the final entry: Catherine Khoo, I wasn't able to leave comment at your blog, the word verification part seemed to have problem, I wanna to thank you for making it to the Pixie Sketch Challenge, thanks for sharing a beautiful layout!



  1. I agree with Ros.
    Banner is gorgeous!!:)

  2. LOVE IT! That banner is gorgeous!!

  3. This banner is so fun - full of layers and color!

  4. Beautiful banner, congrats to Lynnda! thanks, Kirsty for the ribbon, you know I will enjoy using it!

  5. Fantastic banner! Beautiful composition!Wonderful colors :)

  6. WOW WOW...Fantabulous banner... I adore and love it... Fantastic...

    And of course... Thank you so much Kirsty for choosing me... I want to hug you already... big hugs and kisses... thanks jumping up and down...Matin thinks im crazy!!!...xoxo

  7. congrats to lynnda and sylvia...awesome prizes for FABULOUS entries! ♥

  8. Wow, beautiful banner.

    Congrats to Lynnda and Sylvia and thanks Kirsty for letting me know, i didnt realize that the word verification was activated.

  9. Oh My Lauren...the amount of details that is in this ultra fabbie project is beyond amazing!!!!!