Friday, 12 August 2022

Family Gallery...... Mintay Joy of Life Collection

Hi Everyone

Anita here today and I have completely fallen in love with this delightful collection from Mintay...... Joy of Life. Such beautiful soft colours, distressed frames and wood fence panels plus an array of beautiful elements to fussy cut and embellish your pages with

I absolutely the sheet of 06 which is crammed full of beautiful frames in different styles. I chose the 4 I wanted to use and cut them out. On the reverse side of the frames there are lots of very pretty designs that can also be fussy cut and added to the page.

These frames are perfect for chopping into your normal 6x4 photos that are maybe quite busy and you want to try and make use of certain parts of them and also great if the people aren't quite so close and filling the photo

Prior to adding anything to the page I sprayed and splattered with some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Spray

This is great for adding a little gentle extra to your page without being bright, solid colours like the normal spray mists would do.

Various items were fussy cut from sheet 09 This is full of pretty elements including birds, floral displays, bicycles, houses etc and they were layered and/scattered about the page. Some were added to the frames, along with mesh bows and the frames had some white twine added to hang them from the top of the layout, to create a gallery effect.

I had a rummage through my old stash cupboard and found some boxes of old Making Memories Foam stamps ( I used to love using these and haven't touched them for such a long time) it made such a nice change to break out old stash and use and I think I shall be using these more often now again!

I used a fancy patterned one and stamped using ivory acrylic paint on the top left and right corners and then used an alphabet set of their stamps to create the title FAMILY.

When this was dry I used a black gel pen to add a fine line around the outer edge of each letter to just make them stand out a bit.

The page was finished with my favourite embellishments....some bling and sparkle .....flat backed pearls and some irridescent sequins scattered about.


I hope you have enjoyed seeing my page, thank you for looking and I will be back later in the month with my 2nd layout using this pretty collection.

If you pop over to the shop you will be able to see all the gorgeous different Mintay papers in stock....they really are fabulous and such great quality.

Warmest Wishes

Anita xx

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Photoplay - Bow Wow - Lucky Dog!

Hi everyone,

Claire here with you today, and this month I have the pleasure of creating layouts with the Photoplay Bow Wow collection. 

We have recently opened our hearts and our home to a new furbaby. This collection was perfect to document her first few months here.

I started with a piece of plain white Bazzill cardstock from the Matchmaker Pack and wanted to make a real feature of the colours and patterns in the papers - they convey all the fun a mischief a new addition to the family brings.

I created 3 paper rosettes, using the b sides of the I Love My Dog,  Chow Time, and Dog Treat papers, layering them to create a cascading, vertical design.

Once I had my positioning in place, I lightly drew around where the rosettes would sit, and brushed Distress Oxides around each in a circular motion.  The coordinating colours I used were Blueprint Sketch, Twisted Citron and Candied Apple. Once that was done, I wet the ink and added splatters.

I double matted my photo using the red textured Bazzill from the Matchmaker Pack and a piece of the dotty Dog-o-mania paper, layering it on top of a frame from the Ephemera pack. I also pulled out this super cute dog tag to sit alongside the journaling.

I fussy cut one of the cut apart cards from the Lucky Dog paper to add my journaling, and also fussy cut the large 'lucky dog' bone to use as my title - it gave a real sense of playfulness that matched my photo.

Using the b side of the Speak! paper as a template, I traced one of the bones and used it to cut out some bones in the red Bazzill cardstock, which I scattered around the page as embellishments.

As a final touch, I added some Nuvo clusters around the rosettes and that was my page complete.

I'm having a blast with this collection and it's been selling out quite quickly, so don't miss out - you can grab it all here.

See you soon.

Claire xx


Monday, 8 August 2022

Beach Day - Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Vintage Seas Collection

Hi everyone, Rebecca with you today and I'm sharing another layout with Simple Vintage Vintage Seas collection. I love this collection and enjoyed working with it so much last month that I decided to continue creating with it this month! You can view the full collection in the shop here.

I started this layout by cutting a starfish shape from the B side of the 3x4 Elements patterned paper. I then cut the same shape, slightly larger from a sheet of red Bazzill cardstock and stuck the two together. This gave me a nice red border around the edge of my starfish.

Before adhering the starfish to my background, I used a Distress Ink Pad in the shade 'Blueprint Sketch' and a blending brush to add some colour to where it was going to sit. I added just enough colour so that it peeked out under the starfish like a glow. I also added some splatters in the same colour and then placed my starfish on top, with some craft foam to add dimension to the page.

I selected a frame from the Chipboard Frames pack, and cut it in half as I only wanted to scrap one photo on this layout. I had to do a little surgery and re-attach the right hand edge of the frame to make it work, but you can hardly tell it's been altered. I then used this to house my photo - my little boy on the beach rock-pooling.

I've used one of the Foam Stickers for my title, and placed it at the bottom of the frame. I also added an acrylic perspextive from Bramble Fox's 'Sea Life' collection as I thought it went really well with my layout. 

I then set about building some clusters using the Bits and Pieces and Nautical Bits packs. I added a cluster to the right of my photo, and another to the top 'arm' of my starfish to help balance the page out.

I finished the layout off by trimming about 1/4 inch from each edge of my white cardstock and then adding a red frame using the Anchors Aweigh patterned paper. I love how the red border ties the whole layout together. Strangely, red is my least favourite colour - but I love the reds in this collection! A few white splatters and the layout was complete.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout. If you'd like to watch the layout come together, there is a process video up on my YouTube channel here.

I'll be back later in the month with another Vintage Seas layout.

Take care,

Rebecca x


Friday, 5 August 2022

Simple Stories ~ Say Cheese at the Park

 Hi all, it’s Anna back with you today and for my next few posts I’m going to be working with the a-ma-zing(!) new Disney themed collections by Simple Stories.

There are five parts to this release, a generic ‘Disneyland/Theme park’ range, with lots of lovely bright colours and relevant theming. The remaining four collections are themed to each of the four main lands at the Disney parks. For all of you Disney fans out there, these collections are so exciting, they are so different and more specific than anything we’ve seen before! 

You can find the collection of Disney dreams in the shop following the links below…

Say Cheese at the Park 

Say Cheese Tomorrow at the Park

Say Cheese Frontier at the Park

Say Cheese Fantasy at the Park

Say Cheese Adventure at the Park

Here is my first layout…

To create this page, I have used a mixture of products from the collections within this release. For my background I have used the b side of ‘gangs all here’ 

I chose to use a cutfile by Paige Evans ‘My happy place’ which sums up my photo perfectly! I backed the large title with just one of the patterned papers - the b side of ‘Zoom! Zoom!

I mounted my photo onto one of the 4x6 elements pieces. 

I then began to embellish my layout using a variety of stickers from the Say Cheese at the Park Combo Stickers, Say Cheese at the Park Sticker Book and Say Cheese Fantasy at the Park Combo Stickers.

Thank you so much for looking! I’ll be back soon with another layout to share. 
See you then, 

Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Mintay Papers Lavender Farm - Lets Wander

Hello. Karen here with another layout to share using the beautiful Lavender Farm collection from Mintay Papers. If you've not seen these papers before, hop on over to the Papermaze shop where you can view the collection.

This layout started with a sheet of white cardstock which was trimmed to 11.5" x 11.5" and was then machine stitched onto a sheet of paper #2

Before stitching the cardstock to the patterned paper base I stuck some torn pieces of washi tape (from my stash) to the edges of the cardstock. The cardstock was placed in the top left corner of the paper so that a border shows on just two sides. I gutted the patterned paper before attaching the cardstock so that I could use the otherwise hidden piece on another layout

Using a hexagon die, I cut out 7 hexagons - 2 from lilac coloured cardstock, 4 from paper #6 and 1 from my photo, and machine stitched inside all the edges of the hexagons. The lilac hexagons were also run through a hexagon embossing folder. The embossing is very subtle but adds a little bit of extra interest.

The hexagons were arranged on the cardstock background in a diagonal design with some 3D foam underneath to raise them up slightly. I then painted some pale blue watercolour paint around the hexagons. With the hexagons sitting slightly higher than the background it was easy to slide a paintbrush underneath and between the hexagons to apply the paint. Paint splatters were also added to the white cardstock.

Using my silhouette cameo machine I cut a title from some navy blue cardstock and stuck this beneath the hexagons.

Die cuts from the die cuts pack and wood vaneer butterflies were used to embelish the layout.

Finally a few purple enamel dots were dotted about the layout and journalling, printed on the computer, was placed at the bottom left corner of the layout.

Please do take a look at this collection. It's perfect for so many scrapbooking themes and would also make wonderful cards.

Take Care, Karen x x

Monday, 1 August 2022

July Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Lynn here today with my second pair of layouts using this kit. The July Papermaze Kit is still available in the shop and online. Featuring greens, blues, white and a touch of yellow papers and cardstock. A pretty and useful selection of embellishments are also included.

 Before looking at how these layouts were made, here is what you will find in the kit:

For full details of the kit please see PART 1.

Island Hopping - This layout shows photos of our sailing holiday last year.

To create my background for this layout I trimmed the white Bazzill to 27cm x 27cm. I inked the edges (of all papers) with Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink. With a Vicki Boutin Color Study Stencil I used Clear Embossing Ink to transfer the pattern onto the card. Then I heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

With a blending tool and Distress Oxide Ink Pads (Chipped Sapphire, Salvaged Patina and Mermaid Lagoon), I applied colour over the card to highlight the embossed pattern.

I gutted the 'Documented' paper to make a frame of 4cm. With the heart side up, I mounted the decorated cardstock centrally over the frame. I cropped my photos and mounted them onto mats cut from the lined side of the Documented paper. 

My bunting triangles were cut from Paige Evans Splendid '#10' paper. I joined these with some navy-blue jute twine and applied them to the layout with 3D pads. 

I added an eyelet to a tag from the kit and tied some light blue jute twine through the hole.  This was applied just under one of the photos.

My Title and details were added with some glittery foam letter stickers from my stash, and the Authentique Petite Type alpha stickers from the kit.

Family History - This lovely photo from 1922, a real fashion plate, may show very distant cousins, but I couldn't resist scrapbooking the beautiful wedding portrait.

The beautiful 'Cotton Candy' paper, with its subtle lace, print and colour wash background was ideal for this 100-year-old photo. I used the same Distress Oxide Inks as above for inking edges and painting.

I picked this chipboard Ivy Corner from Dusty Attic, and primed it with a thin coat of Gesso. Then I applied colour with a paint brush, using Distress Oxide Inks, diluted on the craft mat.
I used Clear Embossing Ink which I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I glued this into position at the top right corner of the layout, leaving the hanging vines unglued so I could slip the photo under later.

I made a double mat with Arctic and Jetstream Bazzill. Then slipped this into place so the ivy hung over the top of the photo.

Using the Tim Holtz Thinlits die set - Crochet - I cut three lengths of lace, two from cream and one from Parakeet Bazzill. These were arranged below the photo. Using the same Bazzill I cut my title on the Cricut. 

My journalling was printed onto card and then die cut into a tag shape (TH Framelit Tag collection), clipping into the edges to create a distressed look. I threaded some green organza ribbon through the hole and tied a bow. I placed this beneath the title.

I clipped the word 'Moments' from the detail strip and popped this at the bottom of the layout.

With the Tim Holtz Thinlits die set - Silhouette Birds, I cut three of the nine birds in the set. I cut them in Arctic and Jetstream Bazzill, I shaded the lighter birds with Distress Oxide Ink and trimmed off the feet and beaks, before sticking down on the dark birds. Then I bent the tails on the dark blue birds so they showed alongside their lighter tails. I glued these in place along with the large paper flower from the kit.

I picked some small cream and white paper flowers from my stash and added them to the vines.

I punched some butterflies from the #10 paper, and arranged these over the page. I finished off with the pearls from the kit, adding one of the smallest to each bird to represent an eye.

That's all from the July Kit, I'm now busy working with the August Kit to bring you soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday, 27 July 2022

Doodlebug Designs - My Happy Place - Colour Me Happy

Hi everyone!

Claire here today, sharing my second layout using the My Happy Place collection from Doodlebug Designs.

Last week, I was on holiday in Venice, Italy, and took a trip to Burano - Its full of bright coloured houses - each one painted a different colour. It's so vibrant and reminded me immediately of the cute coloured houses included in this collection.

I started with a piece of Premium White Cardstock  and the b side of the Garden Girl paper - it's full of bold colourful stripes. I tore different length strips, laying some flat and some on foam in an alternate pattern.

Under each side, I added a strip of Homeward Bound paper to help ground the colour.

I decided to print my photos twice. It's the same picture, just once in colour and once in black and white. I double mounted them on some green Bazzill cardstock and Cozy Spot paper

I created some small floral embellishments around the photos using flowers fussy cut from the Garden Girl paper.

I also added in some stickers from the Icon Stickers and This & That sticker sheet.

For my title, I used some small tile stickers from the Simple Stories Color Vibe Alpha Sticker Book and the word Happy from the Odds & Ends Chit Chat Pack.

At the bottom of this vertical design, I just had to use those gorgeous coloured houses from the stickers sheets - they represent the coloured houses in the photograph perfectly!

As a finishing touch, i added a few small clusters of Nuvo Drops across the design to bring in a touch more black, and that was the page complete!

I've thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful collection and hope my layouts have inspired you to create.

You can check out the full collection here.

Until next time, take care.

Claire xx