Monday, 20 September 2021

49 & Market Vintage Artistry Hike More - Sometimes Nature is all you Need

Hello, Karen here again to share another layout using the 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Hike More collection. I'm still loving this collection and for today's layout I've used some nature photos taken whilst on holiday in Norfolk.

For my background I used a sheet of the Boscage paper. I trimmed 5mm from each side and matted this onto a sheet of Bazzill Kraft cardstock to give a very narrow border to the layout. Using my sewing machine I stitched all the way round the edge using white thread.

My eight  2" square photos were double matted on white and kraft cardstock and attached to the layout with 3D foam underneath. I only put foam underneath the top and bottom edges of the left side of the photos because I knew I wanted to tuck a journalling card behind the photos and by omitting the foam in the middle it made it easy for the card to slip in and out.

Using my computer I printed my journalling onto one of the journalling cards from the cut apart sheet. I downloaded a mushroom dingbat from so I was able to add some mushroom images to my journalling. The left side of the card was punched using a notebook border punch from EK Success and the finished card was tucked behind the photos.

In the centre of the photos I added a word strip from the pack of Ephemera Bits and used 3D foam underneath for dimension.  

I created three embellishment clusters on the layout using more of the Ephemera Bits, Chipboard StickersWashi Tape and Epoxy Stickers as well as lace, wood buttons and twine from my stash. I tried to include all the colours from the collection in each of the clusters.

By rubbing some of the rub-ons onto some patterned paper and then fussy cutting the images out I was able to create some extra die cuts, for example some of the butterflies. 

On this layout I used a lot of 3D foam underneath the elements to give the clusters lots of dimension.

Finally I splatted some Distress Oxide Ink in Peeled Paint onto the layout. 

I loved putting this layout together and love how it turned out. It was good to finally scrapbook some of the many nature photos I take. Remember to check out the collection in the shop.

I'll be back again soon and in the meantime, Take Care.
Karen x x 

Friday, 17 September 2021

Simple Stories - Vintage Costal #2

Happy Friday!

ScrappyAdam back with you today sharing another layout using the beautiful Simple Stories, Simple Vintage Costal

I started off by pulling a sheet of a Vicki Boutin Mixed Media Background. These are fab when you don't want to get messy with mixed media but want the look!

I then added various strips down the middle of the page - these were actually strips taken from the packaging of the Basics Pack! I pulled out a chipboard frame and added in two photos. 

I really wanted to use one of the banner stickers and I tried the layout in various formats and ended up using a banner sticker underneath my chipboard frame and set it to the left of the page. 

I had to think then about the right side of the page. I decided to pull some sequins and another chipboard frame and turned it into a shaker pocket - and I love the result!

It was then a matter of embellishing - which I always love! I pulled the foam sticker to form part of my title along with alpha's from the sticker book (and two tile stickers from my stash). I have used layered stickers, adhesive brads, chipboard, element stickers and sticker book. You can see the full collection including the gorgeous papers and fun embellishments here and see what's in stock - it's a popular collection!

This collection is absolutely stunning and I love it so much!

Please note, this collection was re-released this year by Simple Stories after a main release last year (I think) and the chipboard frames and banner stickers are from the initial release. 

Thanks for joining me today - I will be back with a third layout using this collection next week!

Take care and stay safe!

Adam x

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Our monthly crops are back!!

 Our first crop since February 2020 is this coming Saturday, 18th September.  To say we are a little bit excited is an understatement!  We cannot wait to see everyone again.  

Our kit for this crop has been designed by Janina Beckett, using beautiful Cocoa Vanilla Studios papers. 


There will be a selection of delicious homemade cakes, the tool table will be available, teas & coffees, and of course the shop will be open too!  

The crop takes place at Otley Village Hall from 10am until 4pm, and costs £5 for the day.  We still have a couple of spaces left, so if you'd like to come along please do drop us a message - booking is essential!  

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

September Papermaze Kit

Hello, Lynn here to introduce the versatile September Papermaze Kit - with a mix of papers and embellishments in soft neutral colours. Ideal for many different themes including heritage, nautical, masculine or feminine.

I have created four layouts, two heritage and two with very recent photos. I have used chipboard in all of my layouts, from three different companies, all available from Papermaze.

Before we start making the pages - here are the details of the kit:

Patterned Paper's:
Prima Marketing - Nature Lover collection - In Flight
Ciao Bella - Delta collection - River Wood & Seagrass
Simple Stories - Happily Ever After - We Do!
Kaisercraft - Explorer collection - Roam
Jen Hadfield - Reaching Out collection - Over The Rainbow
P13 - Soulmate collection #02
Bazzill - Truffle & White

This shows the flip side of the patterned papers:

Simple Stories Colour Vibe Alphabet Sticker sheet, 25cm lace, Prima butterfly, rainbow clip, 3 Prima flowers, 5
Stamperia Chipboard Quotes, P13 film card and 5x gems

Extra Bazzill Pack:
Yukon Gold,
Powder Blue, Pigment & Dusk.

Ferrisa Banks - (1850 - 1934) The details of this ancestor's life will be on my personal blog, and I will put them on the back of the layout for future generations to find.

For this layout I used a Tumbled Glass Distress Ink pad to ink the edges of the papers and card.

I built up the page using a sheet of scrap 12" x 12" paper as a base. Working from the outer edges I first placed 2.5cm strips of Dusk Bazzill. Next came strips of 'We Do!' paper cut to 2.5cm and trimmed with a Martha Stewart border punch - I used the pale blue side. I flipped this paper to the brown floral side and tore 2.5cm strips.  With the blue side of the 'In Flight' paper I cut 3cm wide pieces for each side and trimmed them with another Martha Stewart border punch.

To these paper layers I added strips of lace.

The gap between the strips of paper and lace were filled with a piece of Powder Blue Bazzill trimmed to 21cm wide. I stamped this randomly with the script stamp from the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Entomology stamp, using an Archival Ink Pad - Potting Soil.

I tied two lengths of pale blue seam binding ribbon around the cardstock with a bow to the right side.

I selected a chipboard clock face from Tando Creative and treated this with clear embossing ink and Stampendous Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel.

My photo was trimmed and attached to the film strip card from the kit.

The Flower Buds piece from a chipboard set by Dusty Attic, was treated with a coat of Gesso. Then I added Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress Paints.

All the above pieces and the photo were arranged onto the page, then I embellished with Tim Holtz Idea-ology Filmstrip ribbon, fussy cut butterflies from the 'In Flight' paper, and the quote chips from the kit.

I die cut a title from the Dusk Bazzill and finally added Nuvo Glitter Drops to the butterfly wings and the flower buds.

Elizabeth Humbley Banks - (1796 - 1861) - Another ancestor from the same family line as Ferrisa.

With the Pigment Bazzill as my base, I used a stencil by That Special Touch and several Distress Ink Pads in shades of brown, to create a script background. I inked the edges with more Distress Ink. 

I tore the top from the
Soulmate #02 paper at an angle, then trimmed a tiny strip from the other three sides. This was mounted towards the bottom of the Bazzill.

I chose two
Scrapiniec Chipboard pieces, a lantern and a frame. These were both treated with clear embossing ink and some copper embossing powder. 

My photo was trimmed and mounted inside the frame before attaching it to the top left, overlapping the card and paper. I used the lace from the kit to tuck along the top edge of the paper. I also tucked half a small doily under the edge of the paper, to the right of the photo. Onto this I added the butterfly from the kit.

I placed the lantern to the bottom right of the page. With a selection of paper flowers from my stash I created floral clusters over the page. To these I added some pearls to the flower centres. The leaves were made from Dusk Bazzill using a die from Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Funky Foliage set.  

I cut my title on the Cricut and embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a little shine. x

That's all for today, back with more from this kit very soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 13 September 2021

Jen Hadfield, Peaceful Heart collection - Thankful by Meg

Hello all! 

I'm sharing my first layout today using Jen Hadfield's Peaceful Heart. I absolutely love all of Jen Hadfield's collections - they are always so stunning and classy and combine so well together! Peaceful Heart is a lovely collection to mix and match with any older collections you have hiding in your stash already, to give them a refresh and get them used up! 

So here is my page today: 

The first thing I did when I received my DT pack, before anything else, was start fussy cutting the beautiful large florals from the Breathe Deeply paper. I wasn't even sure what I wanted to do with them yet, but I just love cutting out florals! I fussy cut a couple of clusters and stuck them together to form a large cluster, before cutting out duplicates of the two central flowers, to make them 3D. I created 3D stamens for the flowers by fussy cutting the sunshine side of the Look Up paper and curling the edges. 

I chose the Be Kind paper and Peach Creme Bazzill cardstock for my background as I really liked the way it looked with the peachy tones in the oversized cluster and the contrast with the dark green foliage. I thought about cutting a cutfile out of the Be Kind paper with my Cricut as I think the pattern would look subtle and classy, but I ended up using the full sheet as the background and cutting five strips from the Peach Creme cardstock. I folded up the edges of the longer sides and adhered them to the centre of the page closely together, so that the raised edges created some texture and interest. 

After moving the cluster round on the page a bit, I decided to have it sort of off-centre above my photo. I splattered some watered down white acrylic across the cluster and around the page then I began making some paper tassels. These were just simple strips of fringed paper, rolled up with some double sided tape. The paper I used for it was Thankful and Yukon Gold Bazzill cardstock, which matched the floral 'stamens' absolutely perfectly! If you didn't fancy making your own tassels though, there are some gorgeous tassels here as part of the Peaceful Heart collection. 

I decided I wanted to use some vellum somehow on the page to soften things up, so I scrunched an A4 sheet up in a loose concertina to overlay across the Peach Creme strips. I tore the longer sides to again add a little more interest. I adhered this to the page using foam tape under my photo, the large cluster and by placing a couple of small stitches on the side of the page in white thread, just to hold the edges of the vellum down and stop it from lifting too much. 

I finished by creating a cluster to go below my photo - I fussy cut the 'Hello' note paper from the Thankful paper and layered it with some pieces from the Icon Ephemera packet. I actually journalled straight onto the 'Hello' note paper, but I messed it up so I cut out the wood effect 'Thankful' from the Thankful tags paper and I journalled on that instead, which I adhered over my mistake! It ended up a happy mistake though as I like the effect it gives and the bold 'Thankful' I incorporated into my journaling. 

Finally I used a few small peach puffy stickers that I already had in my stash and then I was done! 

This was quite a quick layout to come together as I'd already done the fussy cutting. After doing that, it just came together nicely as the colours and all the pieces just coordinate so well!

Thank you so much for visiting today and I hope you have a lovely week! 

Take care, 

Meg x 

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Pinkfresh Studio - The Best Day - Walk With Me

Hi everyone!

Claire here and I am sharing my first layout using Pinkfresh Studio's newest collection called The Best Day.

Some of you may have noticed, I adore Pinkfresh Studio, and this collection does not disappoint.  It is full of beautiful colours - pinks, yellows, greens, blues, greys and browns perfect for autumn projects.

For my first layout, I have chosen to follow the theme of the collection and scrap an outdoorsy autumn inspired layout. My focus for this page is on the blue, grey and yellow tones.

This blue 'Loved This Day' patterned paper caught my eye as soon as I saw it and I knew it had to form the base of my layout.

I layered it on top of a piece of Premium White Cardstock and folded the edge up to show the beautiful 'a' side of the paper.  I machine stitched around the page to keep the paper in place and folded it up around the outer edges to create dimension.

Next, I worked my way through the Chipboard Flair, Cardstock Ephemera, Floral Ephemera, and Cardstock Stickers, pulling out all the circular elements to create clusters across the bottom left corner of the page.

I created three clusters, layering a mixture of the ephemera, stickers and chipboard flair together, making sure each had a combination of the blue, yellow and grey colourways.

I used the Happy Fall piece from the Cardstock Ephemera Pack to act as a subtitle, adding extra interest with some gorgeous fussy cut leaves from the Grateful Heart paper - Trust me, you NEED this paper for this season of scrapping - its so versatile and gives a really beautiful result.

I also slotted in some floral pieces from the Floral Ephemera Pack for extra interest and contrast against the delicacy of the fussy cut leaves.

For my title, I used a combination of the Puffy Alpha Stickers and Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers which complement each other so well.

As a final touch, I sprinkled some Pinkfresh Studio Jewels in Sunshine - perfect for a touch of sparkle.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout. I really love how it turned out and i'm looking forward to sharing more in a few weeks time.

Claire xx

Friday, 10 September 2021

You are my Sunshine - Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Lemon Twist

Hello, Rebecca with you today and I'm really excited to be working with Simple Stories' beautiful Simple Vintage Lemon Twist collection this month. I've had my eye on this collection since Simple Stories revealed it so I'm so glad it's finally hit the shelves in the UK and I am in possession of pretty much the whole collection! You can find it in the shop here.

I always really love the Banner Stickers in the Simple Stories collections, but I've always shied away from them as I've never been sure how I'd use them - I decided it was time for this to change! The banner stickers are so beautiful in the Simple Vintage Lemon Twist collection so I decided to make a feature of them - and this gave birth to the idea of focusing this layout on all things ‘sticky’ in this collection!

I decided to use two of the banner stickers, and the frame in the longer one provided the perfect place for my photo. The banners are made up of so many different elements that I actually really loved the look of them on their own across my page! I really wanted this page to have a 'minimalistic' feel to it so didn't want to overcrowd the page by adding too much. 

I had a couple of strips of the 'Happy Thoughts' patterned paper left over from another layout (you'll get to see that one soon!) and decided to add these top and bottom of my layout to add some dark contrast against the white background.

Like I said, I was really going for a minimalistic look, but I really wanted to add some mixed media - so I came to the decision that subtle was key!

I used the 6x6 stencil that comes with this collection, along with a Distress Ink Pad in 'Mustard Seed' to add some yellow lemon slices to my background. I was careful to add the stenciling so that it would peek out from behind the banner stickers in several places. Next, I added some stamping to my background using a script stamp from my stash and Stazon Ink in 'Jet Black'. 

Once I was happy with my background, I got my banner stickers stuck in place with some foam behind them to bring some dimension to the layout. I was really loving the layout at this point and knew I didn't want to add much more, but I felt like the bottom half needing something!

I selected a lovely banner from the Chipboard Stickers  that fit perfectly along the bottom of my layout. I extended my mixed media to the area behind it for consistency and then stuck it in place. I love the look of chipboard elements on a layout because they are so dimensional, I feel that they bring a layout to life. With this in mind, I added a few more chipboard stickers! I chose the ‘You are my Sunshine’ piece to act as my title, and then added a scattering of bees and hearts around the layout. I finished off the bottom cluster with a ticket sticker from the Combo Stickers sheet. 

I found some black and white gingham ribbon in my stash and it worked perfectly with this collection so I made myself a bow with it and stick it in place on the longer banner sticker for added interest. I also made a couple of thread tangles with some black sewing thread and tucked them in underneath the banner stickers.

A layout of mine isn’t complete without some paint splatters so I used the Mustard Seed distress ink and a black acrylic paint - both watered down slightly, to add some splatters to finish the layout. 

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this layout. If you’d like to watch the process of it coming together, there’s a video up on my YouTube channel here.

The Simple Vintage Lemon Twist collection looks gorgeous online, and it’s even nicer in real life! There’s still plenty left in the store so grab it whilst you can! 

I’ll be back later in the month with another ‘Lemon Layout’, but until then, 

Take care,

Rebecca x