Monday, 16 September 2019

Pebbles 'Oh Summertime' - Summer Fun

Hello, Karen C here again. With the September Equinox at the end of this week officially marking the end of Summer and the start of Autumn, I thought I would make one last summer themed layout using the beautiful Oh Summertime collection from Pebbles.

I started with a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock and to the top and bottom of the page I stuck wide strips of the Summer Bouquet (B Side) paper. The branding strips on the papers in this collection have cute words and patterns on them and so I added  three of them to the layout as well as narrow strips of bright pink cardstock.

I cut the word 'Summer' from white cardstock using a cut file from the Silhouette Studio and backed this with papers from the collection. The cut file was then stuck to the layout with 3D foam underneath to add dimension.

Two 2x3 photos of my daughter playing with the hosepipe in the sunshine were matted on white cardstock and stuck to the right side of the layout, with 3D foam underneath.

I fussy cut some flowers from the Summer Bouquet paper and used these as embelishments.

Using a circle punch I punched the words 'Smile Big' from the Hello Summer paper, matted this on a circle of white cardstock and added it to the layout. Two die cut birds from the Simple Stories Oh Happy Day Bits and Pieces were added.

I completed the layout by adding the word 'Fun' using some very old foam Thickers from my stash and journalling strips printed on white cardstock on my computer.

I hope you like this layout and feel inspired to scrap those summer photos. There are lots of gorgeous supplies in the shop and I'll be back again soon with another layout.

Take Care,
Karen x x 

Friday, 13 September 2019

Echo Park ~Teen Spirit #1

Hi all, it's Anna back with you today. How did it get to be the middle of September?
Today I have a layout to share with you using the new Echo Park Teen Spirit collection.
The collection is aimed at teenage boys, but is perfectly suitable for younger children too, or various other themes.

Here is what I've been working with this month which includes:

Take a look in the shop for all of your scrapbooking product needs - here.

My layout is below...

I began by using bazzill cardstock as my base and gave the white cardstock some colour with some dylusions spray. I then cut six squares out of various pieces of patterned paper (6x6cm) and distressed the edges slightly.

I love these pretty little studio die cuts. I added some freckled fawn stars and some nuvo drops around it.

I mounted my photograph and cut out the ''right now'' card from the journaling cards. After I'd photographed the layout I asked my son to fill it in with details of all of his favourite things.

I used various stickers from the elements stickers sheet.

Have a great weekend!
Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

'Explore Mode' - Scrapbook Layout using Shimelle Field Trip Collection

Hello, Rebecca back with you again with a brand new collection this month. I'm super excited to be using the new Shimelle 'Field Trip' collection by American Crafts. This collection is perfect for me as it's full of 'little boy things' such as dinosaurs, space rockets, bugs.... I'm in love!

I've created my first layout 'Explore Mode' using the Color Wheel Die Cut.

This was a bit of a labour of love, but totally worth it in my opinion! I started by extracting all of the coloured parts from the backing cardstock they come in, and then using paper clips to hold it in place, secured it to my black cardstock. I then placed all the coloured tabs back into position!

I knew I wanted to use two photos so I had to chose 2 coloured sections to leave out. I decided on purple - purely as its the most girly colour in the wheel, and the red section - because red is my least-favourite colour! These 2 sections sit next to each other on the wheel so I had to move some sections about so that my photos could sit at opposite sides of the page. I then backed each and every coloured 'tab' with foam and double sided sticky tape and stuck them into position, before removing the backing cardstock.

I then used the discarded backing cardstock (only discarded for this layout.... I WILL be using it at some point!) as a stencil to cut my photos to the right size and shape. Because all of the coloured tabs have a white outline, I decided to matt my photos on white cardstock before adhering them to the layout with a layer of foam behind them to raise them to the same level as the tabs.

I knew I wanted to add some tone-on-tone embellishments and the amazing 'Between Classes' patterned paper in the collection just screams out to be fussy cut - so fussy cut I did! I kept a white outline on the bits I cuts out to keep the layout consistent, and then added them to the corresponding colour on the wheel. As the wheel itself was raised with foam, I decided to stick the embellishments flat.

I used the word 'Explore' from the Puffy Sticker sheet as part of my title and cut the word 'Mode' from one of the sentiment/word stickers from the Accent and Phrase Stickers sheet.

I completed my embellishing by adding some Enamel Dots and some puffy star stickers from the Puffy Phrase Stickers sheet. Finally, I added our location in the most amazing white pen I've ever found! I've tried a few white pens but none of them have ever shown up on my layouts but the Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen is fabulous!

I hope you've enjoyed my layout and I hope it's inspired you to have a play with this fun and brightly coloured collection! Everything I've used here is available in the shop.

Take care, and I'll be back later in the month with another Field Trip layout, which I'm already excited to share!


Friday, 6 September 2019

August Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Hello, Lynn back today with more of the bright and colourful August kit. This kit contains an amazing rainbow of scrapbooking goodies.

Here are my second two layouts:

Before making the layouts here is a reminder of what you will find in the kit:

Patterned Papers:
Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Happiness collection - Botanical Bliss & Good Vibes
Jillibean Soup - Rainbow Roux collection - Bite Size Bits & Pinch of Colour
Kaisercraft - Morning Dew collection - Rejuvinate
Pink Paislee - Paige Evans Horizon collection - #3
Bazzill cardstock:
Rain & White

Reverse side of papers

Set of chipboard frames, doily, Heidi Swapp glitter word, 3 chipboard banners, 3 Studio Calico wooden stars, strip of rainbow heart stickers, 2 acrylic hearts, pink acrylic butterfly, rainbow sticker.

A pack of matching extra Bazzill is also available and contains a sheet each of four colours:
Breaker Bay, Desert Sun, Piglet and Grenadine.

Beach Huts - These photos were taken on a road trip when we spent a few nights at Scarborough.

I took the gutted piece of Cocoa Vanilla - Good Vibes from the 'Happy' layout made in part 1.

The Rain Bazzill was cut to 28cm x 28cm an gutted to leave a frame of 2.5cm.

Then the sheet of Jillibean Soup - Rainbow Roux (yellow hearts side) was trimmed to 27.5cm x 27.5cm. All three were then layered upon each other.

I trimmed my photos and then made a mat for each with the remains of the Rain Bazzill.

From the Jillibean Soup Bite Size Bits paper, I cut a tag which I added the title with some letter stickers and journalling. I drew around the white letters with a fine marker pen. I punched a hole and threaded through some Baker's Twine.

I cut the rainbow strip from this sheet and added pieces from this to the layout. I added the acrylic hearts to these strips. Then I cut all the multi-coloured quotes and strung them along the top of the page to create bunting. I joined them with more Baker's Twine and some colourful brads from my stash.

Finally I cut a few more quotes from the Bite Size Bits paper and added them to the photos.

Florist - A photo I took a few years ago with permission of the florist for our scrapbook group 'The Blossoms'. The florist is Blossoms in Crayford High Street.

For the background of this layout I used the sheet of Cocoa Vanilla - Botanical Bliss. I gutted it to make a wide frame of 4cm. Then set aside the rest for later. The next layer was cut from the sheet of Kaisercraft Rejuvinate trimmed to 26.5cm x 26.5cm. This was also gutted, to make a frame of 2.5cm.

The centre of the layout is a piece of White Bazzill trimmed to 25cm x 25cm. I sprayed and dripped some Picked Raspberry Distress Stain to the Bazzill and used the same colour of Distress Ink around the edges.

From The kit I used the doily, wrong side up, to give a paler shade of pink. I tucked this under my photo and added the rainbow sticker to it. The title was added in line with the doily using Pink Fresh Studios Mini Puffy Alphabet. 

I painted the chipboard banners with Distress Paint - Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio and Picked Raspberry.  These were arranged across the top right corner with 3D foam pads and I joined them with Baker's Twine.

I fussy cut some blossoms from the remains of the Botanical Bliss paper. and arranged them around the bottom of the photo, some were glued to the page, others were attached with 3D foam pads.

I added tiny dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops - Liquid Mercury in and around the blossoms.

With some peach cherry blossoms from my stash I added a few among the blossoms and between the Banners.

Finally I added the tiny pink acrylic butterfly from the kit.

Thanks for looking, back soon with the September Kit.
Lynn x

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

GreenHouse Collection from Kaisercraft.

Hello There
 Its Anita with you today and I have a layout using the slightly older Greenhouse Collection from Kaisercraft. This is a lovely range, paler in colour than I would normally choose, with a range of succulents, terraniums and cacti with a mix of water-colour pastel.

I based the layout on a sheet of Yucca and added a section of white canvas cardstock ( approx 10" wide) Using a Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch I punched along both the long sides to create a frilly edge.

Using Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Cracked Pistachio, I dabbed a few random splats across the page, this colour works so well with the soft range of colours in the paper collection.
In my stash I had a few wooden die cut words and I chose the word LOVELY to use on my page. I glued it on initially and when that was dry I used some metallic sparkle thread to add a few oversized cross stitches across the letters

The sheet of Succulents has a mass of flowers all over it so I chose a few little bits and fussy cut them to add to the layout. I also added a couple of the quote strips that are found on the cut off manufacturers strips at the bottom of each sheet.

I added a few sparkly embellishments and finished it off by cutting the long garland of succulents from the sheet of Conservatory  and adding it across the lower part of the page.

There are lots of gorgeous new products available in the shop....but don't forget to check out some of the older ranges whilst you are there and also of course that there is a still a huge SUMMER SALE 
running with an amazing selections of bargains .

Happy Crafting!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Monday, 2 September 2019

Pebbles 'Oh Summertime' - Oh happy day

Hello, Karen C here with another layout using the Oh Summertime collection from Pebbles.

I started with a 12x12 sheet of white Bazzill cardstock and decided to create a grid type layout using a photo of my daughter taken many years ago and various pieces of paper, chipboard and die cuts. Some elements were raised on foam to give some dimension.

I double matted my photo on a piece of the Bee Happy paper and black Bazzill cardstock and placed this on my layout. I also cut a 3x4 card from the Oh Summertime cut apart sheet and after matting this with black cardstock, I placed this to the left of the photo. 

A couple of chipboard frames from the Pinkfresh Studio Everyday Musings collection were added. Inside one frame I stuck a small orange heart die cut from the Simple Stories Oh Happy Day Bits and Pieces.

Another chipboard frame was used to frame one of the cards from the Hello Summer 2x2 cut apart sheet.

Another 2x2 card was matted with black cardstock and a small heart clip from Doodlebug was attached to the top edge.

In the bottom left corner of the grid I placed a piece of the Ball Toss paper which I used for my journalling. A paper frame was layered on top and more of the Simple Stories Oh Happy Days die cuts were used to embelish it. Enamel dots in matching colours were also added. Another piece of the Ball Toss paper was also matted onto black cardstock and put to the right side of the grid

I spelled out the word EXPLORE in some black chipboard Thickers from my stash and placed this on the right side of the grid as well as a narrow strip of blue cardstock to fill in a gap.

My layout was completed with black doodling and some blue photo corners.

This is a really simple layout using the Pebble collection and also bits and bobs from Simple Stories, Pinkfresh Studio and other manufacturers which co-ordinate with the collection. Its good to mix and match collections and I hope you'll have a go yourself.

Take Care
Karen x x

Friday, 30 August 2019

Something Different...

Hi everyone, it's Anna back with you today. I hope you all enjoyed a sunny bank holiday weekend and have some special memories to scrap.
Talking of special memories, I have something a little different for my post today.
For quite some time now I've been wanting to create a page with a picture of me at each age, up to 30.
Although a simple layout, the most challenging part of it was organising all of the photos, making sure I had one for each age.

To create this layout, first I spent lots of time organising my photos and printing them out at different sizes.
Papers with frames on them have been on my shopping list for the last year, as I knew that I wanted to use them to mount each picture. I've had this layout in my head for the last year or so, so I knew exactly how I wanted it to be and finally its completed!

I used these frames:

Pink Paislee Page Evans Whimsical

I cut out a selection of frames from each of the patterned papers and matched up my photographs to fit with the frames. Where I couldn't get them to fit into frames (as I had to print lots of pictures very small to fit them all on a piece of 12x12 cardstock) I mounted them on different coloured cardstock.

I then used small alpha stickers to title each picture with the appropriate age and finished the layout by adding a selection of enamel dots and a title.

Now I'd like to create a similar page for my son, up to 10 years or possibly for each year of school?
Hope this has inspired you to create your own version.
Thanks for looking!