Friday, 22 September 2017

Photoplay ~ Summer Bucket List #3

Hi all, it's Anna here today with my third and final post using Photoplay's summer bucket list. I've had such fun with this collection, it's really helped me document my summer.
With summer now definitely over here in the U.K., it's time to share my last summery layout before I move onto something more Autumnal. You can take a look at my first two projects with this collection here and here. This time, I've made a layout using one 6x4 picture and two mini photos which I print from my canon slephy printer. It's to document our time at Legoland this summer, which in my album I have placed alongside a project life layout, as I just had so many photos to use! (This is where mini photos come in really handy for me!)


I used white Zing embossing powder on my chipboard clouds, but any white embossing powder would do the same job.



I made a couple of pinwheels for my layout, I have made a step by step collage (pictured below) to show how I make them. I used a 5x5cm and 6x6cm square, I find these sizes work best, but you could go smaller or bigger depending on your project. I draw a X and then a rough circle around the middle. I then cut along each line up to the circle. Then fold each corner into the middle. the You can rub out pencil marks after this step. Use a brad, button, enamel dot or something similar to secure in the middle.





Supplies Used: 
Chipboard Clouds 
Embossing Powder
Project Life Journaling card
Doilies
Enamel Dots

Thanks for looking, have a fab weekend of crafting!
Anna
X

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Happy Day with Pebbles

Hi Tracee with you today to share a fun page I created using the new Pebbles "Heart of Home" collection.


Another 8 x 8 page to add to my "Debbi & Tracee's Great Adventure album.We visited a little town in MD called Rock Hall a very quaint little town. This is a photo of us on Main Street, the Heart of Home collection was perfect for it!



I used some texture paste and a stencil on my background, I kept it white to give a more subtle effect. The houses on the sticker sheet were perfect to frame my photo with, I also added the little bird and positioned him so that he looks like he is watching us having fun.


I used the From Me to You sheet that has lots of Tags for you to cut apart. I layered them up and added some string to the holes. Some simple punched leaves here and there completed my page. I also used the little triangles that were in between the tags as an extra embellishment for the tags.

I hope you have a Happy Scrappy day and the next time you see me I will be posting from our annual holiday in Wales.
Supplies for this page and all your crafting needs can be found over in the SHOP



Friday, 15 September 2017

September Crop

Crop days seem to come round really fast at the moment, which is absolutely fine because they're such a great day!  Tomorrow's crop kit gives you the chance to use Distress Oxide inks along with some fussy cutting.


As usual there's homemade cakes, refreshments and a discount in the shop!  Do drop me an email if you'd like to ocme along!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Kaisercraft - Factory 42

Hi there - Lynn with you today, to show you what I made when I had the chance to play with a Kaisercraft paper pad from the new, Factory 42 line. It is an excellent collection for making cards and layouts for the special men and boys in your life. 


I have many of my larger dies stored on magnetic sheets in plastic storage boxes, having been removed from their original packaging. However I feel the intricate sets of Sizzix Thinlits Alterations dies need a different method of storage. They have many small pieces and would easily become separated and possibly lost if removed from their packaging. The manufacturing packaging consists of strong plastic wallets, and I find it uesful to keep the dies with their images, showing what is inside the set. I was therefore trying to think of a way to store a group of these die sets together.





I
came up with this file which has a box inside and will hold up to seven sets of dies. It will hold my more masculine dies and I plan to make another in the same way for my floral dies using different papers.


Find this paper pad HERE
These paper pads are very versitile as you have two sheets of each design as well as die cuts and foiled papers. In fact the papers in these pads are 6 1/2" square, giving you a little more paper to play with, and thus I was able to make this project without having to join papers. 

Back in May this year I made a mini album (cook book), and today's project uses some of the same principles, for joining the chipboard and attaching the magnets (so I won't go over all that again - I will simply add the link here). The chipboard you will need to cut for this project is listed below and shown in the photo.



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

Build the small box and the folder using black duck tape as explained here. The duck tape makes the joints strong and flexible, while giving the edges some water resistance too.



Attach the magnets at this point so they are hidden under the decorative paper see next two photos for positions. For technique used to attach magnets, please see here

The first photo shows position of 4 pairs of magnets to attach back of small box to inside back of folder...


 ... the second photo shows position of another 2 pairs of magnets to close the folder (left of inside front of folder to right front of small box).


Now for the fun part - decorating the box!

I selected the papers from the pad, then cut them so the measurements were about 0.5 cm smaller than the chipboard. The edges were inked with Distress Inks (weathered wood and gathered twigs).

Here is the inside of the folder ...



... and the outside - for this I used the foiled papers.



For the small box I covered all four sides with the cog paper:





Lastly I used black Bazzill cardstock and papers from the pad, together with several dies to add some embellishments and lettering to the outside of the folder. 
I used Thinlits Die Set Gearhead, Bigz Die Pipeline, Sizzlits Decorative Strips - Wanted Alphabet and Typeset Alphabet. I embossed the cogs with several different metalic coloured embossing powders. A little Glossy Accents was added to the water drips.







Now to make the next one - I think they should look good on the shelf in the craft room!
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday, 11 September 2017

Prima St Tropez

I'm going to be working with the stunning St Tropez collection by prima. Armed with a sheet of patterned paper from the collection (plage de la bouillabaisse) i Coated the plainer grunge side with transparent gesso as i knew that i would be adding inks and  misting. Priming the page allows me to add lots of mixed media with the paper remaining stable.
After priming i used a stencil and molding paste, you should be able to see this in one of the close ups. Once dry i added my inks and just kept layering the colours till i was happy with it. Stamped a splatter image with  vintage photo distress oxides ink pad and then let my background air dry. 


Mounted my photo on to french sands patterned paper from the 8x8 paper pad and went about layering with pieces of dusty attic fish net which I've had in my stash for ages, metal cogs, a tag, strips of patterned paper, Tim Holtz film strip, tissue tape and staples. The stamped star image and compass is a free stamp in one of the magazines that thought would work well with the layout.


here are close ups of the page. Hope to create more with this collection as it lends itself to lots of mixed media projects


Friday, 8 September 2017

Summer Sale Scrapping

Hello There, It's Anita with you today.

 I wanted to make the most of the end of the summer sunshine and scrap some happy memories from family holidays over the last few years and I thought for a change I would use some older papers rather than the fabulous new collections that are for sale in the shop. And what better than to browse through the fantastic SUMMER SALE that is still on, it's well worth a look and there is a massive selection of manufacturers and collections to choose from.


I absolutely love working with Simple Stories, they bring out so many beautiful collections that are a real pleasure to work with. For these 2 pages I chose some papers from the Summer Vibes collection.



Such pretty, sun kissed summery colours, combined with sand washed woods makes for some easy scrapping.




I really enjoy stamping using bubble wrap, although often I only use one colour of paint.





 However, for this page I chose 5 colours of paint to compliment the colours in the papers.





I also added a sprinkling of faceted, dome embellishments in various areas of the layouts

  








On the 2nd layout I cut out various bits and pieces and layered them in clusters, some raised on foam pads for a little dimension and also added the domed embellishments too



So, now the kids are going back to school why not grab a cuppa and sit and browse through the SUMMER SALE , there are all different themes in there.....and some real bargains....

And let's face it....you deserve a treat!

Til next time, Happy Scrapping
Anita xx

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Do you have Cabin Fever too????


 Hello, it's Lisa here today with the 'Cabin Fever' collection from Simple Stories.
I wanted to show you today, how you don't have to use this collection just for your camping stories. If camping isn't your thing, you can still love this fun paper line.

My youngest really doesn't like being outside (unless he's playing football).
So I thought I would give this collection a little twist and document how 'outdoorsey' he really is not!


I love the sheets of 4x6 Stickers. The sheet of alphas that come with them are perfect for smaller titles like I have created here.
There's a really good selection of stickers in this pack.


The stickers also work great along side the 'Bits and Pieces' and the 12x12 sticker sheet
I love teaming everything up.


It really is a fun collection and is very versatile.

I highly recommend.

 

Have fun.

Lisa x



  

Friday, 1 September 2017

Photoplay ~ Summer Bucket List #2

Hi, it's Anna here today. I'm back with the summer bucket list collection from Photoplay. For my previous project I created a summer holiday bucket, which was inspired and created using this collection. You can see this post here.
For todays post, I'm back to scrapbooking and I've made a layout that features lots of our summer holiday adventures using mini photos. 
This photoplay collection, is great for summer and has lots of list elements to it. A great way to plan or document your summer. Take a look at the collection in the shop  here


I began by using a list template from the 'fun day' paper, which I added some of our holiday activities to from the 'word strip stickers' sheet as well as the cute ticks. 


I mounted mini photos onto bazzill cardstock and added some more of the element stickers.


I used a project life journal card for my journaling. 


Thanks for looking!
Have a great weekend. 
Anna 
X

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Art Journaling with Scrapbook Paper

Hello all,

I have a little something different to share with you today! I'm still using the French Flea Market Collection  for this project, however this time I decided to use my new art journal and mix it up with some watercolour. I didn't even use a photo on this spread, I just went with what I felt like creating!


I bought this sketchbook for £1, cut it down to traveler's notebook size, and I was ready to go! I started by just having fun with the background, using lots of water to allow the colour to move around and blend. I used colours that matched the hues in this floral paper from the Flea Market collection; I knew I wanted to use this sheet somehow in the spread. A top tip is to leave each layer of watercolour to dry before adding more, and go from the lightest colour to the darkest; I have a handheld heat tool to speed up the drying process! 


Once I was happy with the colour of the background, I tore up the scrapbook paper in a random fashion (tearing it towards me, to create that fluffy white edge!) and layered it up on the pages. There's no real rhyme or reason for this, I just thought it would look nice! That's the fun of art journaling for me, there are no rules. I used a pocket and journaling card on the right-hand side, decorated with a sticker from the 12x12 sticker sheet, just to add a few thoughts I had while creating the page. (This was quite personal, so I've flipped the card over for the photos!)


To add a bit of interest, I decided to layer up some watercolour leaves with little floral stickers from the sticker sheet, and some fabric leaves from Prima. I finished the pages with my usual additions of enamel dots, tiny word stickers and some doodly borders.

There you have it! A super simple art journaling page, which was a lot of fun to create. I really hope you enjoyed taking a look at my process.
ChloƩ







Monday, 28 August 2017

Dream On with You & Me and Pinkfresh Studio

Hi Tracee with you today, hope everyone is enjoying some nice bank holiday crafting time!

I was looking around for inspiration this month and joined in a Scraplift challenge (the page I scraplifted is at the bottom of the post) over at a US site called Paper Issues. I used one of the new Pinkfresh collections called Dream On.

You & Me



The colours for my page were inspired by the blue and oranges that are in the Puffy Sticker pack and I stuck mainly to these colours, bringing out my distress inks for a mixed media background.


For my background I used the Delight sheet from the collection. Along with the puffy stickers I used lots of bits and pieces that have been sent to me in my DT kit over the past few months, I gather them up and put them in a little box and each time I make a page I have a sift through to see if there is anything I can use.


I used some cut files again on my page and I used the Tim Holtz distress inks on them to create an ombre effect. I added some texture paste through a stencil to my background also. Instead of using lots of patterned paper behind my photo I tore strips of washi tape and layered them over one another.



This is the gorgeous page by Rachael Lowe I chose to scraplift 


Hope you have a Happy Scrappy day and for this page and all your crafting needs please pop over to the SHOP