Friday, 22 October 2021

Pinkfresh Studio - The Best Day - Love This!

Hi everyone,

Claire back with you today sharing another layout with The Best Day collection from Pinkfresh Studio. You can find it in the store here.

There were a few papers that immediately caught my eye in this collection, and this paper called Cozy Days was definitely one of them. 

The rows of different coloured squares screamed to be cut apart, and that's exactly what I did....and then they sat, stacked up on my desk for over a week! I just couldn't work out how best to use them.  I've seen a few really beautiful layouts with lots of squares, but just couldn't make them work for me.  

Does that ever happen to you?  In those scenarios, I find it best to walk away until inspiration strikes - and a few days later it did!

I kept the squares in their own colour groupings and bent around the edges to create a worn look. I laid three squares of each colour in a vertical design, alternatively laying one square flat, the next raised on foam pads and so on.

On each of the bottom squares, I took a tiny heart punch (I really need to use my punches more) and punched out 2 hearts.  

I then punched out lots more hearts from some of the remaining paper, keeping them in their own colour blocks.

I scattered the hearts down the page, again laying most flat, but raising the last few on small foam pads for extra dimension.  I stuck the hearts as they fell, so some are sideways, some upside down and some the right way up. I love this effect as it helps keep the cascading hearts look natural.

Next, I wanted to add a little contrast to break up the pink tones, so I selected a piece of the Home Sweet Home paper and cut some grey squares 1.5", to match that of the pink. I selected three photos and printed them at 1.5" also, before starting my embellishing.

The 'Photo-Op' chipboard piece was a perfect accent for my first cluster, take from the Chipboard Frames.

I took the purple flowers from the Floral Ephemera Pack and used the large one as a layer behind my photo.  The other, is a taller flower with lots of smaller purple flowers on it. I cut that up and scattered the flowers across the page, raising them on foam pads.  

I also used some of the Floral Ephemera and Cardstock Ephemera as layers in my other two clusters.

Next, I added a small subtitle to one of the squares using one of the Cardstock Stickers.

For my title, I reached for those cute Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers - Love these! I pulled out a mix of the pink, lilac and purple tones as I'm running low now on these but I love the effect the mixed tones brought to the title.

To finish the page, and add a little bit of sparkle, I sprinkled a few Pinkfresh Jewel Essentials in Ballet Slipper. Have you seen these in the store? They come in a whole range of colours and arrive in a cute little zipped pouch - I have had mine for a few months now and still have so many left. I've added a few more colours to my scrappy stash now. They're such great value.

I hope you've enjoyed this page  - I really love the simplicity of the design and especially love those falling hearts. such a lovely technique that would work with so many of my neglected punches. I'll definitely be trying this again.

Until next time.

Take care,
Claire xx

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

Carta Bella Welcome Autumn - My Favourite Colour is October

Hello, Karen here today with a layout to share using the Welcome Autumn collection from Carta Bella. As the name of the collection suggests, this collection is autumn themed and the colours are traditional vibrant autumn colours - oranges, reds, rusts, browns and greens  This is the first layout I've created using this collection and the colours were the inspiration for my layout which uses a large 12" x 8" photo taken in October a few years ago.

I used one of my go-to designs for this layout - a big photo and borders top and bottom.

I used a piece of 12x12 white cardstock for my base and stuck my photo about 2" from the bottom of the layout.

Above and below the photo I added strips of the Perfect Pie (B Side) and Autumn Air (B Side) papers. I added some gold and black washi tape from my stash and a punched white cardstock border strip. I also machine stitched with white thread across one of the strips at the top.

The title at the top of the page was created using white foam alphas from Pink Paislee and the word October was cut on the silhouette from white cardstock. I nestled the word October among the foam alphas and let it overlap the top of the photo.

At the bottom of the page I added two tags made from the 3x4 cut apart journalling cards. Foam was placed underneath the tags to raise them up slightly and they were finished off with eyelets and bakers twine.

I tucked a few chipboard leaves and a pumpkin from the Chipboad Accents sheet underneath the tags and also dotted some gold sequins along the bottom.

The layout was completed with the addition of some teeny tiny black letter stickers for the journalling

I really enjoyed using this collection. I like to scrapbook with the seasons and this collection really made me want to dig out some autumnal photos and get creating. I hope you like the layout and feel inspired. This collection as well as lots of other autumn collections can be found in the shop  .

I'll be back soon with another project and in the meantime, Take Care.

Karen x x

Monday, 18 October 2021

Adventure! Doodlebug Fun at The Park!


Hello! Happy Monday! Welcome back to the Papermaze blog. ScrappyAdam with you today! I am working with Doodlebug 'Fun at The Park' for October and I have to admit, this is another favourite collection for sure - so cute!

I took inspiration from a sketch from Lisa Sikorski at Scrap a Sketch and a challenge from Dotty About Flair and decided on three papers for my background - Mini Dot (the red that the layout is matted on) and Say Cheese and Movie Stars for the three torn background elements. 

It's quite a simple layout. For the background, I tore both papers together to ensure I got the correct tear on both papers and then used two parts of the B-Side of Say Cheese for the top and bottom and one part of Movie Stars for the middle. 

I went crazy with my matting and have six mats on the photo using various papers from the collection.

I decided to create a shaker pocket for the left of the photo. This was simply done by cutting a frame from B-Side of Mini Dots and a 3x4" piece for the back and then using some acetate to cover and some Buttons Galore and More Mickey Heads as the shaker element. I added a Shaker Pop from the collection on top of the shaker element.

It was then a case of getting to work digging for embellishments! I opted to use some flair from Dotty About Flair for added dimension and they matched perfectly! Most of the embellishments came from the two ephemera packs - chit chat and odds and ends. I did also make use of the enamel sprinkles and some stickers too! I have used lots of phrase strips and banners. My title came from the chit chat pack. 

There is a YouTube video with this layout if you'd like to take a look, you'll find that here. You can find the full collection here as well as all the Doodlebug goodies here

Don't forget, it's the Papermaze Autumn Sale right now - there's tons of goodies at 50% off (I am finding it hard to resist!!).

I'll see you back here for some more Fun at The Park next week. 

Stay safe and take care!

Adam xx

Friday, 15 October 2021

Jen Hadfield Peaceful Heart - Dreamer by Meg

Hey everyone, I hope you're well! I've been working on another layout using Peaceful Heart by Jen Hadfield and I'm so excited to show it to you today - I've been enjoying playing with this collection so much, the colours are just so serene and gorgeous! 

So this time round I thought I'd do some squares and fancied doing a bit of a grid layout - I started by picking out some pink and yellow tags that I liked together from the Thankful paper and cut them into squares. I then picked out my photos and cut them into the same size squares, plus three yellow squares cut from Yukon Gold Bazzill cardstock and a square of Look Up

At first I had decided to arrange them all on the left of the page, but after laying them all out I decided instead to stagger them diagonally in a more relaxed form, with a smaller cluster on the bottom right to balance out the page. I added some light pink splatters to the page to add some colour and texture under the squares before adhering. 

I started layering some of the squares with chipboard frames I already had in my stash and Peaceful Heart Icon Ephemera. I tried to arrange the burgundy pink and the yellow colours in triangles around the page to make the page feel more cohesive and draw attention to the centre of the page, where I built my largest cluster with paper and acrylic foliage and a large gold puffy title 'Dreamer', which came from my stash. 

I finished the page by cutting out the duplicate 'celebrate' text from the Thankful tag paper and sticking them down in an arch shape, to add some more dimension to the page. I also added some acrylic hearts from Bramblefox, some gold flat back gems, some puffy word stickers, journalled and a few last splatters of white and burgundy pink paint. 

And there we have it, my page finished! I am so thrilled with how it turned out and I love how different it looks compared to my last two Peaceful Heart layouts. I really hope you feel inspired to give this collection a go!

Take care, I'll be back again soon but with a different collection to show you. Thank you for dropping by! 

Meg x 

Thursday, 14 October 2021

October Crop Kit

 Our first crop back last month was a great success and it was lovely to see everyone again.  Our October crop is this coming Saturday, 16th, and our kit has been designed by Janina...

If you'd like to come along, please drop me a message.  Places are limited, so booking is essential.  As usual there'll be homemade cakes, a range of tools to use and the shop will be open!

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

October Papermaze Kit - Part 1

Hello Crafty Friends, Lynn here today with the zesty kit for October from Papermaze. Themes this month include farms, lemons, florals and butterflies, with a colour pallet of lemon, black, white and jade.

Before the instructions, here is what is in the October kit:

Patterned Papers:
Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Lemon Twist collection - 3x4 Elements and Fresh Squeezed
Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Farmhouse Garden collection - Simple Things
Simple Stories - Sunkissed collection - Shine Bright
Photo Play - Tulla and Norbert's Sweet As Honey collection - Sweet Pollen
49 & Market -
Artistry Anywhere collection - Edges
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Twill & Kachina

 Flip side of papers

Pack of Glitz Teeny Alpha Teal Woodgrain Stickers, 3 pieces washi tape, 2 Doodlebug black doilies, Fancy Pants flash card, Dusty Attic Chipboard Adornment, 2 exclusive acrylic  butterflies, strip of glossy heart stickers

Extra Bazzill Basics Cardstock Pack:
White, Blackberry Swirl, Patch & Sunbeam

Celebrate! - After last year's restrictions, it was lovely to be able to eat out on my birthday this year. This layout is for my daughter's album, hence the journalling.

The top half of this layout is the White Bazzill, which I cut to measure 18cm x 30.5cm. I flicked Distress Oxide Inks over the cardstock, using Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers with a little Lucky Clover mixed in.  

The bottom half of the layout is a 15cm x 30.5cm piece of Fresh Squeezed paper (butterfly side up), with the top edge rolled over, showing a little of the yellow gingham side.

Over the join in the papers I arranged one of the black doilies, and two funky wreaths from the Tim Holtz, Sizzix Thinlits set. The wreaths were cut from Kachina Bazzill. Then I added both my photos, side by side, with the doily and wreaths showing above and at both sides.

I glued the two acrylic butterflies in place top right of the page, and scattered the puffy heart stickers randomly over the cardstock. I also added Nuvo Crystal Drops to give extra dimension to the wreaths. I used Dandelion Yellow, Simply White Gloss and Ebony Black Gloss.

I wrote my journalling on some 1cm strips of white cardstock, cut it into short lengths and placed them under the left photo. 

My title was made with some glittery white foam letter stickers and some Doodlebug Designs rub-on alphas in Lily White, both from my stash. 

Limone - On holiday at Lake Garda we took a trip to Limone, where we say these wonderful lemons for sale in the market. The journalling about our day and Limone is hidden under the photo pocket - with a little pull tab.

I started this layout with the black chicken wire side of the Simple Things paper as a base.

I mounted my photos onto a piece of black paper from my stash. This was then mounted onto a piece of the
Fresh Squeezed paper - yellow gingham side up. It was glued to the background paper, with adhesive on just three sides, leaving the left side free to accommodate the journalling. 

I typed and printed my journalling to fit inside the pocket and mounted this on more black paper, creating a tab on the left to allow me to pull the story out from under the photos. I added the word 'PULL' to the tab using the Glitz Teeny Alpha stickers from the kit.

Next - I embellished the page by fussy cutting images from the

3x4 Elements paper and butterflies from the scraps of Freshly Squeezed paper. Some of the images were raised with 3D foam pads and others were glued to the page. 

I created some flowers with the Small Tattered Florals, Tim Holtz, Sizzix Thinlits die set and some white paper for the petals and Patch Bazzill for the leaves. I added Kaisercraft Pearls to the centres flower.

My main title - 'Limone' was cut from Sunbeam Bazzill and Sizzix Alphanumeric Varsity Thinlits die set. The date and place details were created with more of the Glitz Teeny Alpha Stickers.

Further embellishments include some shiny yellow flower sequins and
Simply White Gloss Nuvo Crystal Drops. I also used a little black and white washi tape from my stash.

That's all for today, more planned with this kit to follow.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 11 October 2021

Spooky - Simple Stories - Spooky Nights Collection

Hello, it's Rebecca with you today and I'm really excited to be sharing a Halloween layout with you! I absolutely love Halloween - it's possibly my favourite theme to scrap and this month I'm working with the 'Spooky Nights' collection from Simple Stories. You can find the collection in the shop here.

I started my layout with torn strips of patterned paper across the top of the page. I used the B side of 'Gone Batty' and the A side of 'Spooktacular'. Next, I cut a few of the sections from the 'Journal Elements' patterned paper - using two of them as staggered layers behind my photo and using a 3rd to create a sequin shaker pocket. I backed my shaker pocket with the orange bazzill cardstock from the Matchmaker Pack to bring in more of the colour to the page. 

I had the idea in my head to build the layout to the left hand side of my page with elements cascading down, so once I had my photo and shaker pocket in place I worked on my mixed media - keeping it to the left of the page.

I used Distress Inks in 'Dusty Concord' and 'Twisted Citron' to apply some colour to my background using the packaging technique, making sure to add enough colour so that the inks would show underneath my embellishments. 

I cut two of the tags from the 'Tags' patterned paper - choosing tags with colours that worked with my colour scheme. I distressed the edges and placed them under my photo, dangling down. I then added some embroidery thread through the holes to introduce a bit of texture and to help extend the design further down the page.

I embellished the layout with a few elements from the Bits and Pieces pack - I added a ghost wearing a witches hat above my photo, and a pumpkin, headstone and spiders web below. The 'Gone Batty' paper I've used at the top of the page has clouds, moons and bats on it so I also added corresponding pieces from the bits and pieces pack.

I further embellished the layout using a 'Trick or Treat' banner from the Combo Stickers sheet and fussy-cutting a haunted house from the 'Let's Get Spooky' patterned paper, in green to match the 'Spooktacular' patterned paper. 

The design I'd chosen offered an obvious spot for my title - which I added using one of the Foam Stickers which says 'Spooky' and I finished this off by dangling a spider from it which I found lurking in the 'Bits and Pieces' pack.

I finished my layout off with a scattering of sequins and some black splatters, using watered-down black acrylic paint.

Thanks so much for reading, I hope you've enjoyed my layout and it inspires you to have a play with this collection. If you'd like to watch it come together, there's a process video up on my YouTube channel, which you can find here.

I'll be back later in the month with another 'Spooky Nights' layout.

Take care,

Rebecca x