Friday, 15 June 2018

June's Crop

It's that time of the month again!  Our June crop seems to have come round very fast, but we'll be ready tomorrow from 10am with our usual home-made cakes and refreshments!

Our kit this month uses the beautiful Photoplay Moments In Time collection and a bit of distressing...

There's also a shop discount, and great company of course!  If you'd like to join us, drop me an email!

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Life's a Beach! ............ G45 Sunkissed.

Hi There....
It's Anita here with you today and I have brought along some summer sunshine!
I have been using the vibrant and sunshiney Sun Kissed Collection from Graphic 45. Its full of glorious blue hues, oranges and fresh yellows and beautifully combines marine life, shells and flowers

Their paper collections are always stunning, with so many details and very busy sheets....this can be daunting sometimes. But all you need to do is see past the complete sheet.....and chop into it, using elements here and there and introducing other sheets to break down the intensity.

I based my page on a sheet of Blue Oasis cardstock and also used the reverse side of a sheet of Under the Sea which I trimmed down to 11.5 inches ( to leave a lovely blue border )

Next I took a sheet of Sun Kissed and fussy cut diagonally and removed the right hand side of the page. I fussy cut the little girl and the turtle, raised them on foam pads used them lower down on the page.

Amongst the Collection there is a sheet called Kids At Play, this is covered in picture panels, decorative strips and tags and is perfect for cutting up for adding to your layouts or making cards with. I chose a panel and a strip to use on my page, again raised on foam pads. I also matted my photos of our youngest daughter, which were taken on our local beach at Pevensey Bay several years ago, onto some Mango cardstock.

I popped some white sequins and some paper blossoms on the page to finish it off.

Here are a couple more close ups. The details on the designs are superb and the colourway is just so lovely and really encaptures the spirit of the beach, sand, shells and sunshine.

You can see the entire collection of Sun Kissed here, along with the co ordinating cardstock stickers, journalling and ephemera cards and 8 x 8 pad.

This is the perfect collection for scrapping your summer holiday, trip to the beach or even just a stroll along the promenade.
Thanks so much for looking today.....I will be back later in the month with more creations using this wonderful collection.

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Today you Shine - Heidi Swapp Pineapple Crush

Hello, Karen here. This month I've been playing with Heidi Swapp's gorgeous Pineapple Crush collection. The collection has a fun tropical vibe with pineapples, flamingos and palm trees but also soft watercolour

For my first layout this month I chose to create a scrapbook page using a favourite recent photo of my daughter and some of the pink and black/white papers from the collection.

I trimmed a quarter of an inch off of each side of a sheet of the pineapple crush paper and matted this onto a gutted sheet of 12" x 12" black Bazzill cardstock. A narrow strip torn from the palm beach paper was glued to the left side of the layout. A 9" x  6½" piece of the south beach paper was matted onto black Bazzill cardstock and placed on the background with 3D foam. For some added softness, my photo was first matted on several layers of pale pink tissue paper and then various pieces of paper from the collection.

A paper doilie and a hand made tag were tucked behind the left edge of the photo mats.

For my title I used a Heidi Swapp White Acetate Word and black Simple Stories Sn@p Letter Stickers. A punched paper heart was glued above the title.

Near the bottom of the layout I hung bunting made from scalloped circles punched from some of the papers and some twine. A pink button was glued at each end.

I machine stitched with white thread round the edge of the layout, on some of the paper layers and across the bunting.

The date and my daughters name were added with Websters Pages The Good Life Little Letters Stickers .

A few sequins were used to embellish the photo.

I finished my layout with some word strips, a scattering of sequins & seed beads and a splattering of some black spray mist.

Thank you for looking. Do visit the Papermaze shop to see this gorgeous collection and for all your other crafty purchases.

Take Care
Karen x x

Friday, 8 June 2018

Photoplay ~ Those Summer Days #1

Hi all, its Anna with you today. This month I am working with one of the latest collections from Photoplay. Another bright and summery collection for me - the 'those summer days' range. Take a look at the collection here and for a look at the other latest Photoplay collections click here.

I began by cutting approx. half a sheet of the Sunnies (sunshine side) to fill the top half of a 12x12 bazzil cardstock sheet. But before adhering, I used some Distress Stain and a Sunrise mask to create a sunshine effect.

I then added a strip of Cabana along with some washi tape before adhering two photographs. One is 6x4 with a white boarder and the other I printed as a small square and framed.

At the bottom of the layout, I added a slanted strip of Chilly Pops, along with a pink doily and some of the element stickers.

I also added several of the element stickers around my layout including the title 'summer vibes' along with some enamel dots .

I'll be back later in the month with another summery layout using this collection, see you then!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

May Papermaze Kit - Part 2

As promised, Lynn back with more layouts made from the May Papermaze Kit.
I have continued to have fun creating with the papers, card and embellishments provided, and I still have plenty to continue crafting beyond this post.

A quick reminder of the complete kit plus the extra cardstock pack.
My first post shows the kit content as well as the first two layouts and can be found HERE.

For my first layout today I chose a photo of my daughter selecting sweets in a shop in Brighton. The reverse of Simple Stories I Am... Choosing Happiness paper reminding me of the candy striped paper bags.

I started by gutting the Authentique Beginnings Four paper, leaving a frame of 1" all the way around. Then trimmed the pink brickwork side of the Kaisercraft So Amazing paper to 10.5" x 10.2". This was distressed and inked.

I mounted my photo onto a scrap of Whirlpool Bazzill and arranged this onto the page. Then the fun part - making my bunting!

I plaited three strands of pink and white Baker's Twine which I strung across the top of the page. I made flags from t
he reverse of the Choosing Happiness paper and the washi tape (which I left on the acetate). The flags all measure 4cm x 1.5cm. Once these were in place with 3D sticky pads I arranged lots of other goodies. I used the two waxed seals, Dusty Attic Chipboard and paper flowers from the kit. In addition I added a few items from my stash - another paper flower and a few other smaller blossoms, ribbon scraps tied into bows. I also added a couple of butterflies cut from the Choosing Happiness paper.

Finally I added a title cut with a Sizzix die and the reverse of the American Crafts Flower Child paper. Once in place I doodled around the letters with a black pen.

For my second layout, I chose a photo for my daughter and her
fiancé on the day they got the keys to their new home - No.17!

One of the great things about this kit is that it encouraged me to mix colours of cardstock and papers together that I may not have chosen to use, but they worked well together.

For the base of the layout I did some gutting, first using Glow 12" x 12", then the Pinkini 11.75" x 11.75" (left from other pages), Guacamole 11.5" x 11.5". Then a piece of Cream Puff (additional to the kit) cut to 11.25" x 11.25".

Using lots of scraps of papers left over from the previous three layouts and introduced some of both sides of Pink Fresh Studio - Whim paper. I inked the edges of all the cut patterned papers with Distress Inks.
The large piece of Beginnings Four was trimmed to 9.5" x 7".
A strip of 6 butterflies from Choose Happiness paper.
A narrow strip of So Amazing - brickwork paper.
I used a Sizzix die set to cut the doily and lace trim, then I threaded narrow ribbon through the lace trim, which was cut from Flower Child paper.
I made rosettes with a Sizzix Decorative Strip die and both sides of the Whim paper.
The title was cut from a scrap of Whirlpool Bazzill and another Sizzix decorative Strip die.
Using an old stamp from my collection I stamped the journalling block onto Whim paper too.
 The photo was matted onto Pinkini Bazzill.
I added one of the wooden bingo tiles and the Prima Lavender tag (changing the ribbon to match that used earlier).
Finally I added the three pearls and the remainder of the washi tape.

I still have enough paper, card and embellishments left over to make another layout or several cards.
I hope the four layouts have inspired you to have a go with the May Papermaze kit. Please contact Vanessa at the shop if you are interested in purchasing one.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 4 June 2018

Crazy Good Times with Simple Stories hello Summer

Hi Tracee with you today, sharing a  fun page using Simple Stories Hello Summer collection. The colours are stunning and so totally up my street.

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I love Pina Colada and this picture of me drinking one was a perfect colour match for the papers. I am really into creating my own backgrounds on white cardstock right now and I was inspired by all the circles on the 'Best Day Ever' sheet to drag out my circle punches and recreate my own version.

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I cut various circles from both the patterned paper and some matching cardstock, after I had layered them up I used my sewing machine to create a wavy line and hold them all in place.

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The reverse of the 'Best Day Ever' sheet has some fun saying on a salmon pink background, so I made sure to include a couple of these at the top. I used the stickers to add some fun words in between the fussy cut clouds and stitching.

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My title is a mixture of wood veneer words and a sticker from the combo sticker sheet. I dabbed a very small amount of gesso onto the wood veneer to tone it slightly, I then layered this over the top of the Good vibes sticker and the large pineapple that I fussy cut from the 3 x 4 Elements sheet. Sorry for the quality of the photograph but it was very sunny out and I am so happy to be able to say that! 
The Hello Summer collection is exactly that, a great introduction to your Summer scrapping

I hope my page has inspired you to start your summer projects. For this page and all your scrapping needs please head over to the shop

Friday, 1 June 2018

A Flip Through, Finding Inspiration & A Process Video

Hello!! It's a Disney day here today with me Lisa.
I was wanting to use up some of my Echo Park scraps, so I thought I'd have a flip through our 2017 Disney scrapbook for 2 reasons.
1. to see what photos/stories still needed scrapbooking and 2. for some inspiration.
If ever you are stumped and need some inspiration, I find it really helpful looking through my scrapbooks. Seeing some of my favourite LO's and techniques gets me feeling really inspired and gives me ideas. I find it really works.
I ended up creating this 12x12 page using a photo taken from when we met talking Mickey. The Echo Park collection, Wish Upon A Star, is so perfect for this.
Lots of fussy cutting here. A great way to use up leftovers.
I then drew in journal lines and fitted in my journaling this way.
You can watch this page being created on this video here and you can also see the flip through my scrapbook album.
I hope you enjoy.
And remember, if ever you are needing a little inspiration, try flicking back through your scrapbooks. You'll be surprised how much you feel inspired and full of ideas.
Thank you. Lisa xx