Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Creative Journaling with Odds and Ends

Hello everyone,

I'm back this month with a post all about creative journaling, and how to put a page together when you've only got scraps left! I created this page primarily with some scraps from the Turn the Page collection, a few puffy stickers from Amy Tangerine, the ends of two washi rolls and the last of some enamel dots.

Before I start, yes I am a crazy dog lady who bought some hats for her dogs... I promise they were just for a photoshoot! Haha. Firstly, I used a strip of the #05 paper from Turn the Page, to create a flip-up insert in my creative journal. This maximises the space in my journal, and means I can create multiple layouts per page! To do this, I cut a strip to size, and secured it at the top of the page with washi so that it can flip up... so simple! Later, I will reinforce the washi with some selotape to ensure it stays in place.

My layouts are always simple, and quite similar. I adhered some doilies at the bottom of the page, and layered my photos on top of these. I felt that the page needed a title, so I used some old stickers from Simple Stories in the bottom right-hand corner. I then put together some embellishment clusters with the puffy stickers, washi and enamel dots.

To finish off the page, I stamped the date and doodled around the edge. I'm sure I've said it before, but I really feel that a few doodles finish off a layout when you just can't quite figure out what it's missing.

So there we have it! I hope you're all well and that you enjoyed my photos.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Bo Bunny - Christmas Carousel

Hello, Lynn here today - to show you the fun I have been having with the Bo Bunny - Christmas Carousel collection, and an idea for counting down to the big day. The delightful papers have some lovely images in soft shades of pink, yellow, green and blue. For my first Christmas project this year, I have created an Advent Calendar, each day revealing memories from previous years in the form a tiny photograph.

For the background I used a sheet of  'Ocean Blue' Bazzill cardstock. Then I cut 0.5" off the bottom and one side of 'Magic' paper, to maintain the images at the top of the paper. I inked the edges with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and mounted it onto the centre of the cardstock. Then I set about fussy cutting baubles and other details from the 'Believe' paper. 

I cut out all the numbered baubles from 1 to 25, then several more bows from other baubles.  Then I cut more images from the 'Wonder' paper. The images were inked with Distress Inks using the following shades -Victorian Velvet, Peeled Paint, Fossilized Amber and Weathered Wood.

Having printed some small photos, I cut circular images from them, each one about 1.25" in diameter. Once I had arranged everything on the background I took a photo on my mobile phone for reference, and drew a tiny pencil mark behind the hanger on each bauble. Then with a piercing tool I made a hole in the centre of each hanger and through the corresponding pencil mark. I attached each bauble to the background using a small gold brad. 

A photo was then glued in place under each paper bauble, making sure it could not be seen when the bauble was in place. With the intention that one bauble be swung aside each day to reveal the photo underneath. 

The next job was to embellish the images. Paper bows were added to the top of the baubles, and Stickles & Liquid Pearls were added to give sparkle and dimension. A coat of Glossy Accents gave a glassy effect to the snow globe and the panes of the lantern. I used Baker's Twine to add tiny bells here and there, and to string the mitts together. 

Strings were drawn in place with some glitter gel pens. Then I cut a title (greeting) from glitter card using the Crafter's Companion 'Merry Christmas' die and added this to the top of the layout. 

Finally I stiffened the whole page by glueing it to a sheet of 12" x 12" cardboard, from the back of a pad of papers, which made it sturdy enough to display on this small easel.

Thanks for looking
Enjoy the countdown to Christmas.
Lynn x

Monday, 13 November 2017

Very Merry.....with Simple Stories.

Hello There, it's Anita here with you today with my first posting for November.
I have used some papers from the Very Merry collection by Simple Stories this time and teamed them up with a photo taken in the lead up to Christmas 2016. (apologies for the poor quality of the photos, the lighting has been dreadful with such dreary and drab weather)
I had just got the Snapchat App on my phone and had great fun playing with the various filters on there that add some really cute and often funny features to your faces ( not to mention some random ones that are just downright bizarre!!!).
We were heading on a family trip out to do some Christmas shopping, but our youngest Daughter was busy elsewhere, so we sent her a Snapchat message of my eldest Daughter and I.

As with all collections from Simple Stories, there are various double sided sheets. Some are purely patterned each side but there are also some sheets of Journalling elements plus Vertical and Horizontal Elements and of course the various sticker sheets and Snap Cards.

I based the layout on a sheet of  Seasons Greetings
I also cut a couple of Vertical Elements out, one of which I used as a photo mat.

I then cut various flower and leaf clusters out from a sheet of Peace on Earth 
and placed them around the page in various places. I cut up a few random
rectangles and stacked them to look like presents and tied them up with some red organza ribbon.

Various papers blooms, glittered Ivy leaves, Sequins and MDF laser cut shapes were added just to finish off the page.

 I have several other Snapchat photos that I have had printed and I am looking forward to scrapping with those too!
 I will have to have a look and see what other Simple Stories Collections will work well with them.....there are so many various sets available at the SHOP covering all different themes that I am sure finding something suitable will not be a problem.

Hope you have had lots of scrappy fun so far this month and I look forward to catching up with you later in November,

Warmest Wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 10 November 2017

November Crop

It seems like only yesterday that it was October's crop, but November's is here already, a week earlier than usual!  This month's crop kit features a mix of blue papers. 

We're at our usual venue, Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm with homemade cakes, refreshments, a variety of punches & dies and shopping of course!

Monday, 6 November 2017

photos by the beach

Firstly sorry in my delay with posting another project with the stunning  prima st tropez collection, but life just got in the way and my scrapbooking had to take a back burner. So i haven't done a project life page for sometime and i wanted to use up my scraps from my previous layout. Each 6x4 mat starts of with some beige card stock which has been dry embossed with an embossing folder and then distressed with the distress oxides, water and some splatter stamping.
In 4 of the pockets i have placed photos but mounted them on the stunning patterned papers that are from the 8x8 paper pad and some of my left over 12x12 paper

Here is a close up. The bottom of each of the mats is torn, tissue tape and strips form the patterned paper added. along with some cotton and metal embellishment. The other pocket i have stamped a journal block and die cut "photos by the beach" from gold glitter card stock using some of the fantastic tim holtz/sizzix word set.

Another close up of one of the 6x4 pockets

Under this mat i have used some of the die cut chipboard fish net from the previous layout and more quotes from the paper pad

This stamped image is from a free set of stamps in a paper crafting magazine and i coloured this in using a water brush and the distress oxides. Created a frame from one of the papers and added twine for texture.
It was nice to do a project life page and uses up multiple pictures of the same day. Now to get started on my next project.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Kaisercraft - Bombay Sunset & Sizzix Dies

Hello, It's Lynn here, on this beautiful, bright, Autumn morning from our holiday in Kendal.

A variation on a theme from me this time! I'm back with another Sizzix folder based on the same idea as before, but showing how you can change the theme to anything you want it to be. I have made this one to store my floral dies, and my other one was based on a masculine theme.

For today's project I used Kaisercraft's Bombay Sunset papers - with such pretty, bright colours. 

Here are the dimensions for cutting the Chipboard.Front and back pieces (2 the same) - 14.5 cm x 17 cm
Spine - 4.5 cm x 17 cm
Small box front - 6cm x 14 cm
Small box back - 7 cm x 14 cm
Small box sides (2 the same - remember to flip one over so they are a mirror image of one another) - 4 cm wide, height of 6 cm at the front and 7 cm at the pack of piece (see photo)

Small box base - 4 cm x 14 cm

For further details to make the folder, please see the original post. This time I used white Duck Tape instead of black.

For the front cover I used a sheet of 'Sunset' and various dies. For the lettering I used scraps of paper from the collection with Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Decorative Strip - Alphabetical and Typeset. The flowers are cut from white cardstock and inked with Distress Inks. The dies are Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Die Set - Wild Flowers.

For the inside of the folder I used 'Daybreak' and for the box I used 'Sari'.

the box was lines with the reverse side of 'Sunset'

As before the box inside which holds up to 7 Sizzix Thinlits Die Sets, is held in place with magnets, hidden under the decorative papers. The folder is held shut with magnets too.


I has fun making this folder with these beautiful papers.
Now to work out different measurements for my other dies!
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 27 October 2017

Echo Park ~ A Perfect Autumn #2

Hi all, it’s Anna here today. I’m popping in to show you my second layout using Echo Park’s Perfect Autumn collection. You can take a look at the collection here, it's a beautiful Autumnal collection. I've really enjoyed working with it this month. 

My layout uses recent photos of my son wearing shorts and t-shirt during our recent unusually warm weather for the time of year! I have titled my layout ‘Autumn Sunshine’ for this reason.

I started by making a diamond template and then cut out diamonds in various patterned papers and card stock. I had a play around with placing them on my layout, and decided to cut some in half to mix and match the patterned papers before I was happy with how they looked.
Next, I decided on which photos to use (I used one 6x4 and two 3x2). I adhered these to the centre of the page. I added some element stickers, wood and word strips to complete my layout. All of the supplies used can be found in the shop

Next month, I'll be using Echo Parks A Perfect Christmas collection and beginning some Christmas projects! I'll see you then!

Thanks for looking!
Have a great weekend.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Milk & Cookies with Doodlebug

Hi Tracee with you today, I am here to share.....dare I say it Christmas cards and tags. You can never prepare to early for the festive season so I have made a head start on my cards for this year. I got to use the delightful Milk & Cookies collection by Doodlebug.

The new Milk & Cookies collection by Doodlebug is a modern sweet design with all your traditional elements, Santa's, Trees and all the rest. I created some cards and then with my scraps made a few tags too, my Christmas gifts are going to look so pretty.

I kept my cards clean and simple to showcase the beautiful papers. I cut some basic shapes and turned them into gifts and trees, my sentiments were cut from the Merry Berries border sheet. and I added twine and some pearls too.

When I had finished the cards I had these few scraps left over, normally I would just toss them instead I cut some tags and decorated them. I think they turned out very cute!

I didn't waste anything, I even used the half Santa head I just fussy cut it and attached it to the edge of my tag. I even cut the teeny weeny marshmallows as "Treats for Santa". I hope I didn't scare you too much with the "Christmas" word, there are a whole bunch of new collections over in the shop, take a look and you will be spoilt for choice. If you're not quite ready for Christmas crafting there are lots of nice Halloween collections too

Friday, 20 October 2017

October's crop

We're getting a little distressed with this month's crop kit!  I've combined a base sheet of Kaisercraft paper with other manufacturers and some inking and tearing!

As always there will be home-made cakes, refreshments and a discount in the shop.  We start at 10am and finish at 5pm, drop me an email if you'd like to join us!

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Simple Pocket Page Inserts | Turn the Page by Paige Evans

Hi all,

Chloé here again today, with a simple little pocket page insert to share with you. This month I've been working with the Turn the Page collection by Pink Paislee (designed by Paige Evans) and I absolutely love it! It has a very summery feel, but I couldn't resist using it with these outdoor photos from September.

I take a lot of photos, and often I simply can't choose which ones to print for my scrapbooks. I've been trying to keep things much more simple this year, however occasionally I do end up with extra photos that I can't bear to leave out. When this happens, it can make it difficult to fit everything into my normal arrangement of pockets! Sometimes you just have to add an insert, and that's what I did today. 

I absolutely love this floral paper from the collection, and I knew I wanted to make a 4x6 card to go behind my 4x4 photo. I layered up a pink doily, some washi from my stash and some chipboard stickers from an old Dear Lizzy Collection. The busy floral of the patterned paper made my job super easy; it needed minimal embellishment!

I've said it before and I'll say it again; a good cut-apart sheet is a lifesaver for pocket scrapbookers! This one from Turn the Page is just gorgeous, full of versatile phrases and motifs. Nothing is more annoying than cards that are totally irrelevant to you! Our elderly springer spaniel Bramble has recently been diagnosed with cancer, so the quote on this card seemed perfect. I did some doodling on the card to finish it off, and embellished the photo with some enamel dots and a date stamp.

I hope you've enjoyed this look at a pocket page insert! Feel free to follow me on social media for more crafty goodness. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

When you Love What You Have ...... Kaisercraft Golden Grove

Hello There

It's Anita with you today and I have been using the rest of my beautiful Kaisercraft Golden Grove papers for this layout. This is such a lovely colour-way to play with and is perfect for both scrapping and making cards too.

I cut a large circle out after drawing round a plate and also punched out lots of small circles, which I then stuck all the way round the large circle to create a scalloped edge.

                              I felt that the scalloped circle was a little plain and so I popped on flat
                                        backed pearls and crystals alternately onto each scallop.

I used a dark green piece of cardstock and tore a jagged mat for the photo to sit on and then brushed some Icicle Stickles around the torn edges to give a soft sparkle

The papers have some rather stunning flowers on and these were fussy cut and layered on foam pads in various places around the page to help add a little dimension.
There were a couple of teeny butterflies in amongst the flowers so i cut them out and added to the quote panel and raised the wings. Then popped a green organza ribbon bow on to finish.

I finished the page by adding little twinkly highlights here and there with some more Icicle Stickles......Jeez I love that stuff!! It is probably one of most used items in my stash! Can't beat a little bit of sparkle eh!....

This gorgeous collection from Kaisercraft can be found in the shop here  along with a vast selection of other gorgeous and fabulous goodies......grab a cuppa, sit down and have a good look....you will be glad you did!

Happy Scrapping!
Warmest wishes Anita xx

Friday, 13 October 2017

Kaisercraft - Factory 42 - Part 3 - Cards for the Boys

Lynn back today, using the Kaisercraft, Factory 42 paper pad to make some cards for the boys. There are plenty of papers in the pad and I mixed and matched them with other elements from my stash. I'm often short of men's cards, so this was a great opportunity to make a few in advance.

No1. - Happy Father's Day
Kraft Bazzill Cardstock
Texture paste & Tim Holtz Harliquin Layering Stencil
Kaisercraft, Factory 42 Paper Pad
Cork & Sizzix Tim Holtz alphabet Bigz Dies
Gold Miricard
Cogs (made for the layout last month) using embossing powders and the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Dies - Gearhead

No. 2 - Time is Measured ...
Some of the same items as before plus
Sizzix Tim Holtz Bigz Die - Weathered Clock

No. 3 - Thank YouSome of the same items as before plusJute Twine

No. 4 - You Are The Best
Some of the same items as before plus
Kaisercraft Factory 42 Sticker Sheet
White Bazzill Cardstock

No. 5 - World's Greatest DadSome of the same items as before plus
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Thinlits Die - globe
Distress Inks

No. 6 - Wishing You A Happy Birthday
Some of the same items as before plus
Kaisercraft Keepsake Photo Frames Acetate Sheet


After making all these cards, the layout and the Sizzix binder I still have plenty of 6.5" x 6.5" paper pad left to use for more projects.
Thanks for looking 
Lynn x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Echo Park ~ Perfect Autumn #1

 Hi, it's Anna here today. This month I have been working with Echo Park's Perfect Autumn collection and today I'll be showing you my first layout that I've created with it. 

I began by having a play with some PaperArtsy Infusions on some white bazzill cardstock - I used Orange County, but there's lots of colours to choose from. As you have probably noticed, I'm more of a clean scrapbooker! But I really liked using the infusions - just sprinkle and spritz with water to create your desired effect.

I cut a large circle of the Happy Harvest patterned paper as well as a thin boarder of the reverse side. I adhered this to the middle of my layout, over the infusions.

I finished by adding some details to the outside of my circle. I used stickers from the element stickers sheet, fussy cuttings from the journaling cards as well as a tag and flowers.

Thanks for looking, have a good week!