Friday, 15 November 2019

November Papermaze Kit

Hello, Lynn here with my November Papermaze Kit creations - well my first pair of layouts anyway! This kit contains a wonderful selection of colours and designs including papers from Vicki Boutin, Pink Paislee and Simple Stories.

For the first two layouts I have selected the blues and greens from the collection.

As always, let's look at what's in the kit:

Patterned Paper:
American Crafts, Vicki Boutin - Wildflower and Honey collection - Blossom, Field of Dreams & Queen Bee
Pink Paislee - Indigo & Ivy - #12
Simple Stories - Happy Trails - I Love You S'more
Simple Stories - Winter Farmhouse - Warm & Cozy
Bazzill - Cream Puff & Ruby Slipper

The flip side of the papers:

Extra matching Bazzill pack:

Jade, Carob, Festive and Rain.

Embellishments - 12" x 6" Butterflies Printed Vellum, 3 strips of washi tape, 30cm twine, 30cm cotton lace, strip of 5 gems, 3 paper cherry blossom flowers, 1 paper blossom, pearl swirl, 2 exclusive lazer cut wooden hexagon words.

Butterfly Confetti is the first page, and shows Catherine and George's witnesses letting off  butterfly confetti cannons after having traditional confetti thrown over them both as they emerged from the ceremony.

I drew several overlapping circles in pencil onto the sheet of Pink Paislee - Indigo & Ivy #12 paper. With gold embroidery thread, I hand stitched over all the lines.

Then with a good film to watch, I sat and cut out all the vellum butterflies. I paired these up, layering a large over a small in most cases and used the blues, greens and lilacs, saving the pinks, oranges and reds for another day. I set all the butterflies aside while positioning the other elements.p

I mounted the photo onto some of the Jade Bazzill and stuck it in place. Then I created my title with Pink Fresh Studio Puffy Alpha Stickers (see the full range in the shop).

To finish off I attached the butterflies, by sticking only their bodies to the layout, leaving the wings free!

Tiny Bundle of Fluff is a layout with a photo of our cat when she first arrived at home as a tiny kitten, her ears were as big as her face in those days! I was inspired by the work of Caroline Aston.

I trimmed the Rain Bazzill to 29cm x 29cm and using Distress Oxide Inks in Peacock Feathers and Evergreen Bough, I placed some ink on the craft mat with some water. Then I dipped the cardstock into the ink in different areas and let it run. Once dry I used a Gabrielle Pollacco stencil (Mini Complicated Hearts), and I inked some hearts using the ink from the pad with a blending tool. I also inked all the edges.

I gutted the 'Field of Dreams' paper to give me a frame for the layout with the green script side uppermost, setting aside the colourful hearts side for later. Then I glued the Bazzill in place.

I wanted to use just the green and blue hearts section, so cut a piece approx. 18cm x 12.5cm. This was inked and mounted onto Jade Bazzill, before being attached to the bottom left of the page. Then I mounted my photo onto another piece of the paper, script side up. This in turn was inked and mounted onto Jade Bazzill, then stuck to the layout overlapping the top of the hearts paper.

From the embellishments pack in the kit I used the lace along the bottom of  the hearts paper, the pearl swirl at the base of the photo and the leaves and flowers either side of the photo. I added a few tiny roses from my stash.

From the leftover blue and green hearts, I added a short strip of hearts to the top right, with a narrow banner of script underneath. I cut a few more hearts from the paper and scattered them across the page. Then I took two vellum butterflies and placed them onto the layout too.

My title was made with alphas from my stash, American Crafts Thickers and Pinkfresh Puffy Alpha Stickers
(see the full range in the shop).

That's all for today, I'll be back with more soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Pink Paislee Truly Grateful - Golden Days of Autumn

Hello, Karen C here again with another scrapbook layout using Pink Paislee's Truly Grateful collection. This collection, whilst being very versatile, fundamentally has an autumn vibe so I decided to create an autumnal layout using photos taken last year.

To give the layout a fresh feel, I started by trimming a quarter of an inch off of the edges of a sheet of the #03 green paper and I matted this onto a piece of white cardstock. I machine stitched round the edges with white thread, which is something I often do.

I then backed an autumnal cut file from 'Confession of a Paper Addict' with scraps of paper from the collection. I choose the papers which had orange, brown, maroon and yellow tones in them which again picked up on the colours on my photos. Papers #09 and #07 were particularly good for this as they have lots of colours in them.

The acorns in the cut file were filled with gold and copper sequins.

My two 6"x4" photos were matted with more white cardstock and attached to the layout and yellow pieces of patterned paper were also placed under some of the the photo corners. I used some gold and white foam alpha stickers from my stash for my title.

Printed mini acetate doilies were tucked under the photos too.

To completed the layout I embellished with die cut flowers from the Floral Cardstock Embellishment pack, sequins and a few splatters of gold ink.

The Truly Grateful collection as well as lots more lovely goodies are available in the shop and can be found on the brand new website which is a treat to visit.

Take Care,

Monday, 11 November 2019

Forever in my Heart.....Simple Stories *Heart* Collection

Hi There

It's Anita back with you again today. This month I have a couple of layouts to share using the lovely Heart Collection by Simple Stories. It is the perfect range for creating layouts to honour the memory of loved ones you have lost, with a mix of aquas, golds, greys and heartfelt sayings.
Here is today's layout.

I have chosen to scrap this photo of my Daddy and I, taken when I was about 2 - 2 and a half years old. I thought these papers would work well for this photo, the words were perfect....I really miss my Dad.

- He will ALWAYS be in my heart xx

 I used 4 sheets of the papers from the collection. Each one is double sided and has a lovely design on each.
Sheets used:
4 x 4 Elements
2 x 2 Elements
Missing You
So Loved

I also used a sheet of Raven cardstock

I based the layout on a sheet of  So Loved and placed an 10.5 x 10.5" square of Raven cardstock on top, then a 9 x 9" square of the reverse side of So Loved.

All of the various elements used to decorate the rest of the layout were cut from either the 4 x 4 or the 2 x 2 Element sheets.
I also added a strip of diamonds cut from the Missing You sheet, along the lower part of the page. The reverse side was used to mat the photograph.

I made a shaker box to go on the page using 2 of the 4 x 4 Element panels. Cutting the centre from the top layer and adding a square of thin acetate to create the window before building a layer of foam pads all around the edges and adding a spoonful of sequins. I chose the panel I wanted and just pressed them together.

A shaker box is often a nice way to add some dimension and interest to a layout without actually adding too much bulk.

I also like to chop up panels from papers and instead of using maybe a whole square or rectangular saying, just cut them into slices and seperate the words to make them more usable.

I will be back again later this month with another layout using this collection, but not to honour a lost loved one. This collection can be quite versatile and I wanted to use the left overs to show that.

Have you been over to have a look at the lovely new Papermaze Shop Site....all sparkly and new and ready to be shopped in!

Warmest wishes
Anita x

Friday, 8 November 2019

November's crop

We're back at Otley Village Hall tomorrow for another of our monthly crops, so here's the chance to  take a look at the crop kit...

As usual there will be delicious cakes, tea & coffee, punches and dies to use and of course the shop will be open too!  Drop us an email if you'd like to come along!

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Doodlebug Designs ~ School Days #1

It's Anna with you today and I've been busy working with the Doodlebug designs school days collection for this months blog posts.
Take a look at the whole collection in the shop - here.

For my first post, I've created a layout where I've used the traditional back to school in front of the door pictures, with a picture for each year. 

I used the school days lined paper as my background and mounted my photographs on to some blue cardstock. I added some boarder strips from the this and that stickers and then used some Pinkfresh Studio mini puffy alpha stickers to write each year under the photo.
I then used various stickers from the this and that sticker sheet.
Something was missing at the bottom of the layout, so I added a strip of just write which finished the layout off.

Thanks so much for looking!
See you soon.

Monday, 4 November 2019

October Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the Papermaze October KitLynn here today with more layouts using the very pretty, romantic kit.

Before explaining how I made the layouts, here are the details of the kit itself:

The patterned papers are:
Pink Paislee - Indigo & Ivy - 03 & 08

Cocoa Vanilla Studio - More Than Words -  Precious
Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Midnight - Moonlight
Kaisercraft - Two Souls Collection - Leafy
American Crafts Dear Lizzy - It's All Good - Seek Magic

Reverse side of the papers
 Bazzill included - Coral Cream & Bazzill White

Embellishments included -

Pinkfresh Studio phrase stickers, 3 large pearls, 1 kraft die-cut butterfly, 6" x12" American Crafts acetate, 1m twine, 2 Tando chipboard butterflies, 1 prima flower, 2 paper flowers, 12" frayed ribbon, 5 cream buttons, 1 mini butterfly stamp, 1 strip mini pearls.

Extra Bazzill Pack

Four sheets of Bazzill - Powder Blue, Pinkini, Beewax & Stonehenge.

Together Forever - Catherine and George outside the ruins of Cooling Castle.

For this page I used the pink side of the 'Moonlight' patterned paper, but because I also wanted to use a little of the script side, I did a little gutting before building up the page. 
This piece was 10cm x 15cm and was distressed, inked and then cut into two pieces - I cut a piece from the top left 1.6cm x 11.5cm. The Distress Ink I used is Hickory Smoke.

I used the Amy Tangerine Flowers Acetate and trimmed around edges following the outline of the leaves and flowers. This was placed to the left side of the page. I used a few spots of Glossy Accents to attach the acetate invisibly.

I used Powder Blue Bazzill to make a deep border mat for my photo. My mat measures 12cm x 17cm, this was distressed and inked with more Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. 

I took four small doilies, two pink (one used upside down to give a different shade) and two white, from my stash. Then together with the matted photo and the script pieces I arranged and stuck them all in place.

I created a spray of gold flat-backed, self-adhesive pearls from the kit, working from the top of the photo to the top right of the layout. 

I attached the Prima flower to the bottom left of the photo and added four of the cherry blossoms paper flowers to berate a cluster. Leaves were created with more Powder Blue Bazzill using a leaf dies from Tim Holtz Thinlits - Small Tattered Florals set. The leaves and title were inked with Work Lipstick Distress Ink.

The title was die cut with Tim Holtz Thinlits - Handwritten Love set.

Love Sweet Love

The photographer took Catherine and George out into the field for a series of photos after the service. 

I started with the Pinkini Bazzill and stamped a border with Jet Black Archival Ink and one of the Stitches stamps from 49 & Market.

With the 'Leafy' paper (white and green leafy side up), I took about a third of the sheet and some Distress Oxide Inks. I swiped Spun Sugar, Fossilized Amber and Peeled Paint onto a craft mat, and spritzed a little water onto each colour. Then used a brush to apply stripes of colour onto the paper. Once dry I tore the paper into strips of different widths. I flicked some of the remaining paint onto the Bazzill.

I applied the strips of paper vertically, overlapping one another, and a slightly different heights, I also added some from the grey script side of the paper. I also used the manufacturer's strip, picking out the wording.

I applied my photo over the strips of paper, and drew a light pencil circle round the main focus of the photo, overlapping onto the Bazzill. Then I ran a fine line of glue over the line and applied the twine, twice around the circle, tying with a bow to the left side. 

From bottom left to top right of the photo I scattered the buttons and the large flat-backed self-adhesive pearls. Then some dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops (Simply White Gloss), and Nuvo Glitter Drops (Gold Coast). 

Finally for the title - 'Love' was created with scraps of card and paper and die cut using the Tim Holtz Thinlits Shadow Script #1 set. The words 'sweet love' are made with Pink Fresh Studios Tiny Puffy Alpha Stickers. 

I have made four layouts with this kit so far and still have all of this left over, two sheets patterned paper and two sheets Bazzill and other bits. Plenty to make another layout or some cards. 

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday, 1 November 2019

Spooky Spiderman - Scrapbook Layout #1 using Doodlebug Design Candy Carnival

Hello, Rebecca back with you today and this month I'm working with the amazing new Candy Carnival Collection by Doodlebug Design. I've been waiting for a bright and fun Halloween collection and this definitely didn't disappoint. I love Halloween and everything about it - pumpkin picking, baking pumpkin spice cookies, dressing up, sweets..... and all the colours! So when I received this collection, I couldn't wait to get stuck in. I was really struggling to decide which paper to use first - so I decided to use all of them!

I've had this spider web cut file in my stash for a whole year now so decided it was time to use it. I used most of the patterned papers in the collection to back the cut file. It took a long time, but I love the finished look with all the contrasting colours.

I hadn't done any mixed media for a while so decided to get a bit messy with this one using a mixture of Distress Ink Pads and Dylusions Ink Sprays. I marked where I wanted the spider webs to sit on my background and used the packaging technique to add some black distress ink. I watered the black down before adding it to the page and then mopped up the excess with a tissue so that it wasn't too dark. I then went a bit mad with ink spatters in all the colours from the papers - black, green, purple, blue, orange and then added a few silver splatters too for good measure!I popped the spider webs up on foam pads to add dimension.

At this point I decided that there was too much white. I'm all for embracing white space, but it was bugging me with this layout so I decided to add a border using the Prize Wheel patterned paper. I felt that this tied in all the colours really well. I then added some thread clusters behind the spider webs in orange, green and purple threads. I used some of the journalling cards from the reverse of the Prize Wheel paper to matt my photo and backed it up on foam.

I embellished the layout using a banner piece and a couple of ephemera pieces from the Odds & Ends Chit Chat pack and a few chipboard pieces from the Bella Blvd Sweet & Spooky Collection.

I used some halloween patterned papers from my stash and a set of alphabet dies to create my title, and finished my layout with some nuvo drops in coordinating colours.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout - the collection is now available in the shop.

I'll be back later in the month with another layout using this collection.

Happy Halloween!

Rebecca x