I mounted the finished cutfile onto a circle of teal cardstock, which made it stand out more.
Monday, 23 November 2020
I mounted the finished cutfile onto a circle of teal cardstock, which made it stand out more.
Friday, 20 November 2020
So brace yourselves....! It's nearing the end of November and I've jumped right into Christmas mode! I'm full of hope, excitement and of course, a little sparkle.
Today, I'm using the gorgeous Winter Cottage collection from Simple Stories. Whereas last time I focused on those beautiful pink and green tones, today I'm throwing myself into the traditional red, green and gold colours which hold a special place in my heart.
I put some Cosmic Shimmer sparkle texture paste through the Carta Bella Let It Snow stencil which I picked up in the Big Autumn Sale. Unfortunately, it's sold out now but there's one specially made by Simple Stories as part of this collection which you can find here.
I used this beautiful festive frame from the Layered Chipboard Frames which was the perfect base for two photos, and mounted it onto a piece of Season of Wonder paper, distressing the edges for texture.
The frames are larger than I imagined and are beautifully embellished which makes for a real eye catching element on your page.
Next, I fussy cut the stockings from the 4x6 elements paper and the gifts from the 4x4 elements paper. I placed a small tag from the Journal Bits & Pieces and small holly sticker on the other side of the photo for balance.
Now, it can't be a proper Christmas layout without a bit of sparkle, right?! So, out came the sequin ribbon from my stash which I ran along the edge of the white card and I added the 'Thankful for You' title from Pebbles 2nd Avenue Puffy Stickers.
As you can probably tell, I LOVE Christmas and revert to a 5 year old around this time of year so I'm really excited to share more festive layouts next month!
Until then, stay safe and take care
Wednesday, 18 November 2020
Hello, Karen C here again with another project using the Go The Scenic Route collection from Paige Evans. This collection is a travel themed collection so after creating three layouts with my design team kit I decided to create a travel themed mini album with what was left over. Last year my eldest son and a friend took part in a European car rally. It was quite an adventure as they visited 9 countries in 8 days. My son kindly shared his photos with me so I could create this album.
I found a cut file for a suitcase shaped mini accordion album in the Silhouette Studio and cut this from white cardstock. I then covered the front and back of the album with paper #21.
I strung a couple of the die cut tickets from the Journal Ephemera Pack and a camera charm from my stash onto some Bakers Twine which I used at the end to tie the album closed. I used some clear alphabet stickers to add the date and name of the car rally to the tickets.
A small wood veneer car from my stash was also stuck to the cover of the album.
I used papers #2 on the inside pages of the album and stuck a 2x3 photo on each page.
The pages of the album were kept simple and were embellished with stickers from the collection, travel themed images stamped onto white cardstock using some stamps from my stash......
and enamel dots.
I printed the names of the countries my son visited onto some white cardstock. The names of the counties were attached in the order of the trip and don't necessarily match the photos they are next to. I didn't have photos from every country as some countries were only visited for 30 minutes or were just a whistlestop visit to get some lunch en-route!
Finally, I doodled on the pages using a black gel pen.
I think the mini album is a nice keepsake of a memorable trip and the Go The Scenic Route collection was perfect for documenting this.
I hope over the last couple of months I've shown how versatile this collection is and inspired you to pop some of the collection into your basket when you next visit the shop.
Karen x x
Monday, 16 November 2020
Cocoa Vanilla - Day Dream - Daisy Days and Sweet Serenity
Pebbles - Jen Hadfield - The Avenue - 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue
Vicki Boutin - Story Teller - Memoir
Pinkfresh Studio - Days of Splendor - My Favorite
Bazzill Basics - Coconut Swirl and Black
The reverse side of the papers:
Tando Creative Mini Tags pack, 6 dew drops, mini black doily, strip wooden dots, Cocoa Vanilla Puffy Heart, 5 paper flowers, 24" Twine and Prima layered heart sticker
Extra Bazzill Pack:
Fawn, Guacamole, Coral Cream and Sea Water.
- This layout features a photo I scanned from an old photo of the
children just off to Harvest Festival Service, with their decorated
mushroom baskets filled with fresh fruit and vegetables. They are
standing infront of the house and the row of potted giant sunflowers we
grew that year.
The base of this page is the sheet of Coconut Swirl Bazzill from the kit. I splattered some Distress Paint (acrylic paint) lightly diluted with water over the page; I used Black soot and Spiced Marmalade.
Using the 'Daisy Day' paper, I gutted a frame 2cm deep and set this aside for the next layout. Then I fussy cut the wreath, which is quite fiddly as some pieces are very fine and you end up with three different sections. Using 3D foam pads I added two thirds of this onto the card in a circular formation. The photo was positioned, before applying the last piece of wreath upside-down at the base of the photo.
With the Funky Floral #2 Sizzix Thinlits die set, I cut some fronds with scraps of white cardstock and some of the Guacamole and Sea Water Bazzill, these were tucked in around the wreath.
My title and the heart are stickers from a set of Thickers Puffy Phrase and accent stickers - Truly Grateful.
I embellished the larger flowers in the wreath with Nuvo Glitter Drops. Then added tiny drops of Nuvo Glitter Drops and Crystal Drops scattered on and around the wreath.
Happy Halloween - This page shows my nephew and his family at Tulley's Farm, up to their ankles in mud picking out pumpkins for halloween.
With the frame cut earlier (daisy side up), I added a piece of 2nd Avenue paper measuring 27.5cm x 27.5 cm with the wood planks running horizontally, centrally over the top. I gutted a piece from this paper from the position and just less than the size of the photo. Set this aside as it will be used for another layout. Then I cut two strips of loosely woven burlap and stitched them in place with some DMC embroidery thread.
I used the black Bazzill and a cut file from Handipaper to cut out some pumpkins. I backed the hollows with Bazzill in Guacamole (leaves) and Sea Water (flowers), with some tiny scraps of Kraft for the stalks. I used paper scraps left over from Daisy Day and some of the Memoir paper for the Pumpkins.
After mounting the photo onto more of the Black Bazzill and placing into position raised on 3D foam tape, I tucked a cluster of pumpkins under the top right of the photo, and more over the bottom left.
With a paint brush and a little Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I painted in some shading on the Pumpkins, leaves and flowers.
My title and date were made with a selection of old Basic Grey letter stickers from my stash.
that's all for today, but I will be back with two more layouts from the November kit in a few weeks.Thanks for looking.
Friday, 13 November 2020
Hello, Rebecca here with you today sharing another layout using the Cozy Days Collection by Simple Stories. I'm really enjoying working with this collection because it's full of autumnal goodness!
I wanted to use a cutfile on this layout to act as my title, and I cut it from a sheet of 'Stonehenge' Bazzill Cardstock from the Matchmaker Pack. I backed the individual letters of the cutfile with the 'B' sides of both the 'Sweaters and Boots' and 'Happy Falliday' patterned papers. I love how these papers look next to each other, and they go really well with the stoney-coloured cardstock of the cutfile. Next I selected the floral 'B' side of the '2 x 2 Elements' patterned paper and used this to back the walking boots in the cutfile.
I knew I wanted my cutfile title to sit to the right of my layout, with my two photos to the left of it. I marked out roughly where they would all sit on my background cardstock and then set about creating a mixed media background.
I kept my mixed media quite simple - I used a brown watercolour pen and added the colour to a scrap of bubble wrap and then pressed it down onto my background to create an impression. This reminded me of mud splatters - and there were a lot of these the day these photos were taken! I finished my background with some paint splatters using the same watercolour pen, and also two cosmic shimmer watercolour paints, which have a beautiful iridescent shimmer.
I matted both of my photos first onto white cardstock, and then matted one with the 'Sweaters and Boots' patterned paper and the other with the 'Happy Falliday' paper to bring the blue and yellow tones over to the left hand side of the layout. I raised my cutfile and both photos up using craft foam to add dimension to the layout.
To embellish my layout, I fussy-cut a number of leaves from the 'Harvest Wishes' patterned paper. This paper is amazing and will go a long way as it is full of beautiful leaves in various Autumnal colours. I also selected a number of elements from the Journal Bits & Pieces pack. I used the larger elements to create some layers above my photos and cutfile, and distressed all the edges with my scissors. I've added a couple of the tiny word ephemera pieces on top of my cutfile to bring some additional colour to the title.
I also fussy-cut a couple of the adorable woodland creatures from the 'Comfy Cozy' patterned paper and added them to the layout with some leaf clusters around them.
As a last minute decision, I created a small cluster in the top right hand corner of my layout. I used one of the tags from the 'Tags' patterned paper and 'hung' it upside down. I also used a couple of elements from the Journal Bits & Pieces. I initially added some thick gardeners twine through the two tags on the layout, but decided it was too bulky and so I replaced it with some brown embroidery thread, which I think works so much better with the colours on the page.
If you'd like to watch the layout come together and see the step-by-step process, I have a process video on my YouTube channel here.
Thank you for reading, I hope you've enjoyed this layout. The Cozy Days collection is already available in the shop for purchase so head over to take a look!
See you later in the month with more Autumnal goodness!
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Hi everyone, Rebecca with you today - November already! I really don't know where this year has gone. Suddenly the dark nights have crept in and the temperature has dropped. I'm finding we are needing an extra layer to go out these days and when we get home we are needing a nice hot chocolate to warm us up! It hasn't stopped us getting out for our fun woodland walks though - and that's what I'm scrapping today.
I'm working with the beautiful 'Cozy Days' collection by Simple Stories this month. It's full of warm autumnal colours and all the things that make us feel warm and fuzzy on a chilly day!
I started this layout by tearing strips from the 'Comfy Cozy' patterned paper. I didn't worry about them being neat or even - I just tore randomly making sure I had a white edge on each strip. I wanted my layout to have lots of texture as the forest floor is full of texture at this time of year and this photo of my son was taken in the forest a few weeks ago. I then stuck the strips to the top section of a sheet of 'Natural' bazzill cardstock from the Matchmaker Pack, making sure they were overlapping slightly.
My photo is matted onto white cardstock and again onto green bazzill basics cardstock from the matchmaker pack. I placed my photo to the right of my layout, with a layer of craft foam behind it to add a bit of dimension.
The Journal Bits & Pieces has lots of larger elements that would be great for adding journalling - but I selected a couple and used them as added layers on my layout. I've used one behind my photo, and another to the left on my photo. I distressed the edges of both before raising them up onto foam pads. I've cut one of the tags from the 'Tags' paper and used that to add a pop of grey to the page. I did this because I knew I was going to use grey alphabet stickers for my title so wanted to make sure that the colour appeared on the layout.
I fussy-cut a number of the gorgeous small leaves from the B-side of the 'Harvest Wishes' patterned paper, and also a couple of adorable forest creatures from the B-side of the 'Comfy Cozy' paper and arranged them around my photo. I added a round cardstock element which says 'Fall' with a grey thread tangle behind it, and fussy-cut the envelope bursting with florals from one of the Jounal Bits & Pieces.
I popped a few acrylic pieces on the page - some leaves and some acorns which match the collection perfectly. I used the Aria Puffy Alphabet Stickers by Bella Blvd for my title. It took me a while to decide on my title but I decided to go with 'Happy' because my son is so happy in the photo - and he was in his element running through the forest and jumping in all the muddy puddles. I then added the word 'together' underneath from the Journal Bits & Pieces and a couple more fussy cut elements.
I finished my layout by adding some journalling and gold paint splatters using gold acrylic paint mixed with a tiny amount of water.
This layout actually came together really quickly considering I didn't really have a plan when I sat down at my desk! If you'd like to watch the process of the layout coming together I have a process video up on my YouTube channel here.
I'll be back later in the month with more Cozy Days layouts - if you'd like to see more of the collection then it is now available in the shop.