Friday, 23 February 2018

Time to feed the Natives with Doodlebug So Punny

Hi Tracee with you today, hope you all had a fabulous Valentines Day and were thoroughly spoiled. My husband and I don't celebrate the occasion so when I was sent the So Punny collection by Doodlebug I came up with a whole new idea. I know I could have used a photo of us together but I like to push the boundaries of themed collections just to create a little fun.

time to feed the natives tracee provis papermaze doodlebug so punny 01

I started by taking the word Valentines from the sticker sheet and typing into a free online word creator, there were lots of words to make but I liked the idea of documenting our camping breakfast as "Time to feed the natives" The little gnomes that are also on the sticker sheet made the perfect 'natives' as I had no pictures of us actually eating the delicious breakfast.

For the Feed The words I used some thin puffy letters by Fancy Pants that I had in my stash, I like to mix my alphas and it's a great way of using the old and making way for the new. 

I played around with my main cluster o a white background for ages and I tried cutting out some tepees from patterned paper but nothing was looking right.  I grabbed my fine journaling pen and hand drew some of my own design, of course I couldn't stop there and some clouds followed along with a stamped grass effect stamp. I then added a little colour with my Prima watercolour pencils to finish it off.

I hope you have enjoyed my page and my process today and have a very happy scrappy weekend.
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Thursday, 22 February 2018

New DT Member - Karen Cousins

Hello. I'm Karen and I'm so pleased to be joining the Papermaze Design Team.

I live in Bedfordshire with my husband, our two sons and daughter (23, 19 and 15 yrs), Millie our dog and Tux our cat. During the daytime I work alongside my husband in our family business but in the evenings and at weekends I love to play with pretty paper, photos and embelishments.

I've always loved crafting (something I think I inherited from my grandmother).  I've tried my hand at most crafts over the years but scrapbooking and photography have been my passions for the past 15 years,

In the past I've been a member of the Mojo Holder and Scrapology Design Teams and through those teams, crops and online forums I've met lots of new crafty friends.

I scrapbook photos of anything! Family, pets, celebrations, days out, holidays, everyday life .... you name it, I've probably scrapped it! I'm not sure I have a scrapping style but generally I would describe my layouts as 'clean and graphic with layers'. I like to use multiple photos on my layouts but equally like using a single large photo.

I am thrilled to have been asked to join the design team and look forward to working with the wonderful products at Papermaze and sharing my creations with you.

Karen x x

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Pebbles ~ Happy Hooray! ~ Part 1

Hi, it's Anna here with you today to share my next page layout with you! This month I have been working with the Pebbles Happy Hooray Collection.
This collection is so bright and happy, perfect for birthday celebrations, with its cute details including balloon animals. Although its equally versatile to use for other photos, using the reverse sides of the papers, which are without a birthday theme. Take a look for yourself using the link above. I especially love the thickers and the 'party time' patterned paper.

For my first project, I decided to use the happy hooray collection for a birthday layout. I used bazzill cardstock as my base spritzing first with some ink spray, and the reverse of the 'eat cake' paper. I mounted my photographs before ahereing them along with some of the 'party time' elements.

I added some stamped and punched stars as well as some word stickers. I used the Doodlebug Abigail letter stickers for my title.

Thanks for looking!
Next time, I'll be back with the Happy Hooray collection, making a birthday board.
Have a great week.

Friday, 16 February 2018

February Crop

It's time for our second crop of the year, and this month Lynn has designed a beautifully delicate page using Kaisercraft's Romantique papers...

If you'd like to join us at Otley Village Hall we'll be there from 10am until 5pm, just drop us an email!  Homemade cakes have been baked, and there'll be drinks and biscuits as well as a selection of punches and dies for your use :)

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Kaisercraft - Indigo Blue - Something Blue

Lynn here with a little extra project for today. I was asked to decorate this tin to make it into a gift box for my daughter's friend Jasmine. It is part of a little hen party gift for a special friend.

The tin is a Vaseline Lip Therapy Limited Edition 2017 Gift Tin.  The papers I used were from Kaisercraft's Indigo Blue collection. These papers are older ones, first available back in the summer, but there are still a few available in the shop. There are also other papers available with butterflies which can be used in the same way.


I cut a circle in in 'Midnight' using the dark blue side and another slightly smaller one from the wood effect side of 'Washed Out'. I used a Kaisercraft die 'Sketch Circle'. I cut the butterflies from 'Chambray', these were raised up of 3D foam pads. 
All the die cuts were inked with Distress Inks.

My leaves were cut with a Sizzix Thinlits die, these, the hearts and letters were all cut from the pale blue side of 'Breeze'. the harts and letters are all Crafter's Companion dies
I punched a sprinkling of tiny butterflies from scraps using the 3 in 1 Butterfly punch from Martha Stewart.

I added sparkle with Stickles, sequins and some flat-backed gems.

On the rim it said limited edition 2017, so with some ribbon I tied a bow and covered it up as its for 2018!!

The tin was filled with blue treats and Jas was thrilled with it.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday, 12 February 2018

Simple Stories ......Romance

Hiya, It's Anita with you today.

My layout today is created with some super papers from the Simple Stories Romance Collection ....and being that we are in February, the traditional month of Valentines, I thought it would be nice to sprinkle a little love! I love playing with and sending Snapchat pics to our daughters and this was one we took on our 25th Anniversary Road Trip last year ( I especially love the filters that remove your wrinkles and bags under your eyes ;) He!He!). When I saw this lovely collection I knew I wanted some to use with the photo.

 The page was based on a sheet of Blackbird cardstock. I used the reverse side of the sheet of  4 x 6 horizontal elements, took 0.5 cm of the top and one side of the sheet to leave a slim black border showing all the way round and gutted the centre out, which was then used as an offset mat for the photo.
I popped a large square, roughly 9" x 9", cut from the Love Story sheet,  as the next layer and then popped the matted photo on the top.


I picked one of the various Bingo cards from the sheet of Be Mine , there are a variety of different words on them aswell as colour choices. Crystals were stuck in the corners and I covered the centre heart with some Stickles. On the reverse of the Be Mine sheet there are rows of pretty scalloped lace rows, again in various colours. I chose a few, fussy cut them and then layered up to create a frilly border and added a length of cotton lace across the top of them.

Next I chose a sheet of Love and Adore, I cut a couple of the white strips of lace with the flowers on and used one at the top of the page and popped one just under the other lace layers before adhering them across the layout and popping the Bingo card on top. I also die cut several leaves from the musical sheet part of the page to pop behind the various flowers.

The last sheet I used was the 4 x 6 Vertical Elements . I chose various bits that I wanted from different panels and cut them out, using one section for a little journalling spot. The reverse is a nice pale sage colour and I used some of that side along with some flower dies to create a flower embellishment for the top right of the page and added a pretty 2 tone flat backed crystal cabochon for the centre.

I finished the layout with a liberal sprinkling of Stickles in lots of places and some flat backed pearls.


There are some other fabulous Love/ Valentine based papers that are new to the shop and are perfect for all your special pages and other projects.
                                                        Carta Bella Hello Sweetheart

                                                      Crate Paper Main Squeeze

Thank you for looking at my post........ wishing you a love filled Valentines and I will be back later in the month using the magical  Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Collection.
Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 9 February 2018

Kaisercraft - Romantique

Hello, Lynn here today, scrapbooking a heritage photograph of my great aunt. This month I am working with the elegantly classical papers from Kaisercraft's Romantique collection.

To present this photograph I picked out some silvery grey papers from the collection.  

The base is 'Smokey' Bazzill cardstock. Then with the script side of a sheet of 'RSVP', I trimmed the edges with a Martha Stewart - Punch Around The Page Punch 'Vintage Floral', and mounted this centrally on the cardstock. 

Using the grey hydrangea side of the 'Eiffel' paper, I cut this down to 9" x 9", then inking the edges with 'Hickory Smoke' Distress Ink, I mounted this piece in the centre of the layout. I love the shape of the blooms on this paper and decided to make a feature of the hydrangea, by building a large bloom on the page (see below).

I made a band of ribbons and lace horizontally, across the middle of the layout, layering up the embellishments of differing widths, materials and shades. Then my photograph was mounted onto white card to give a very fine border. The portrait was added to the left of the page. 

To create my bloom, I used a 'Hickory Smoke' Distress paint, then dabbed a little 'Spun Sugar' Distress Paint on top. I used a Martha Stewart 3 in 1 Hydrangea punch to make a lot of tiny flowers. A good alternative for this punch, that works just as well is the EK success Hydrangea Confetti Punch.  The punched shapes were all treated with the distress ink, and then layered up with double-sided 3D foam pads. The flower centres were created with Nuvo Glitter Drops, in 'Silver Moondust', to give a raised droplet. This product from Tonic Studios comes in many colours and different finishes, they are quick drying and add a great finishing touch. The finished bloom was added to the right of my photo.

From the Kaisercraft Romantique 'Butterflies Printed Acetate' sheet I cut four butterflies very close to the outlines. I bent the wings forwards and glued the bodies in place on the page with Glossy Accents. This made the butterflies stand out on the page, ideal for presenting in a box frame. In an album they are not as three-dimensional but still seem to hold their shape fairly well, as the acetate is a good weight.

The title was cut with a Sizzix Sizzlit alphabet and silver card. As a finishing touch I added some black flat-backed pearl swirls from my stash.

I will be back later in the month with another project using these papers.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x