Monday, 17 January 2022

Made Up With Love (A little extra - January Kit)


Lynn here today with a little extra layout using the Papermaze January kit. I have two more to share in a couple of weeks, but made this little extra as well. I couldn't resist scrapping these photos of my great niece, who had been having fun with some make up!

Please see THIS earlier post for details of the kit, now available from Papermaze.

I started with the sheet of white Bazzill and trimmed the sides to make the sheet 29.5 x 29.5cm, then I cut circles in various sizes across the top half of the page. I inked the inner edges of the circles with Distress Inks, in shades to match the make up.  I flicked Cotton Candy Spritz lightly over the page to give the cardstock a subtle shimmer.


I backed the two largest circles with the photos, then placed this cardstock centrally over the Guava Sensation Bazzill and glued it in place.

I inked the cut out circles and popped them back in place in the remaining empty circles.

I spelled out Scarlett's name in one of the circles, and then filled them all with embellishments from my stash. I used buttons, sequins, gems, pearls, and Nuvo Drops.

I cut a quote from the
Carta Bella - Gather At Home - 4 x 4 Journalling Cards paper, and trimmed it to make another circle, inked the edges and added it to the layout.

I cut three brushes and one tube from the P13 - Let Your Creativity Bloom - #06 paper. I arranged two brushes on the circle and one brush and the tube at the bottom right of the layout. I wrote the date onto the tube with a black marker.  

I will be back with two more layouts using this kit soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 14 January 2022

Papermaze January Kit - Part 1

Lynn here today with the first Papermaze kit for the new year. January's kit is now available to buy from the shop or online. Vanessa has put together beautiful papers and embellishments, many on a home theme, but suitable for many different ideas. An exclusive knitwear stencil, which along with other items is great for scrapbooking crafty layouts.

Here are my first two layouts.

Here is what is in the kit:

Patterend Paper:
American Crafts - Vicki Boutin - Fernwood - Simple Pleasure, Wonderful things & Happiness Blooms
American Crafts - Paige Evans - Bungalow Lane - #16
Carta Bella - Gather At Home - 4 x 4 Journalling Cards
P13 - Let Your Creativity Bloom - #06
Bazzill Basics - White and Whirlpool

Reverse side of papers

5 P13 Ephemera Tickets,  3 Prima leaves, 12 pearls, 6 Market Square Enamel Dots, Puffy stickers, Fernwood Epoxy Paper Clip, 3 lines of Pebbles 2nd Avenue Gold Thickers, exclusive stencil.

Bazzill Extra Pack - Guava Sensation, Pigment, Amber & Rain Forest

Snape in Winter - Making use of the knitwear print paper and the stencil, I have scrapped these photos of my daughter in her warm woolly scarf, on a cold winter day in Snape.

I cut off and saved the detail strip at the bottom of the sheet of Fernwood 'Happiness Blooms' paper. I cut away a piece 18cm wide x 24cm high, from the bottom of the page. A piece of Whirlpool Bazzill 20cm x 26cm, will cover the gap cut from the patterned paper later.

I used the stencil and applied Distress Oxide Ink
(Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood), with a blending tool as shown in the photos. After inking the edges of the Bazzill, I applied it to the patterned paper.

Cutting a strip of Rain Forest Bazzill 8 cm deep, I trimmed the long edge with a border punch. I arranged my four small photos along the strip and trimmed it, leaving it just a little longer than the photos. I stuck this about 6cm up from the base. I trimmed the strip with some bobble trim.

I glued the detail strip to the top of the page. Using Rain Forest Bazzil I die cut and embossed a seal using a Tim Holtz Sizzlix Switchlits. I added a white circle to the centre and placed it to the top left of the page with 3D foam. From the scraps of the other side of the patterned paper, I cut a few flowers, and placed some of these on and around the seal; I added the paperclip and two of the tickets from the kit.

A strip of ribbon was glued below the bobble trim, and two strips from the paper placed below the ribbon.

My title was made up from letters die cut from white card using a Sizzix BigzXL die and some old stickers from my stash. I outlined my letters with a black marker pen.

Family Time - A family gathering, little Scarlett with her aunt, uncle and great grandmother.

The base for this layout is the Pigment Bazzill. I used a Vicki Boutin Greenery Stencil and a selection of Distress Oxide Inks to create some fern leaf pattern in the centre of the card. I flicked some of the same oxide inks, watered down over the page. Once this was dry I flicked some Shimmerz Spritz (Cotton Candy) over the page.

From the #06 paper I cut two rings which I distressed and inked with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I also cut a 2.5cm strip from the same paper and mounted it onto a strip of Guava Sensation Bazzill. I arranged these on the page and tucked the photo in place.

From the 4" x 4" Journalling Card paper I fussy cut the wreath and applied this with 3D foam to the top right of the circles.  I arranged the Prima leaves along the right of the photo. 

Using Bazzill from the kit and other scraps from my stash I die cut pot plants using the Hanging Planters Sizzix Thinlits set. Two of these were hang from the circles using gold brads, and the third was place next to the photo. 

To create a little sparkle I added gems, sequins and pearls, together with some Nuvo crystal and glitter drops.

The title is made from the gold Thickers in the kit, and the date was cut with Tim Holtz Alphanumeric Tiny Type Sizzix Thinlits die set. 

I'll be back with more soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Thursday, 13 January 2022

January Crop

 Here we are, ready for our first crop of 2022!  We have very limited spaces, so if you would like to join us, booking is essential - email

Our kit this month uses papers from the colourful Go The Scenic Route by Paige Evans.  

As usual we're at Otley Village Hall between 10am and 4pm with punches and dies, plus refreshments, including delicious homemade cakes - and there's 20% off anything in the shop this month too!

Wednesday, 12 January 2022

The Best Ever Moments - Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Weathered Gardens Collection

Hi everyone, Rebecca with you today sharing my first layout of 2022 for Papermaze! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to the scrappy year ahead. I'm starting the year off working with Simple Stories 'Simple Vintage Weathered Gardens' collection, which you can find in the shop here.

I started my layout by cutting 3 diamonds from the patterned papers. The papers I used are 'Fills my Heart' (B side) and 'Sweet Moments' (both sides). I cut the diamonds in 3 different sizes, stitched around and distressed the edges and then layered them on top of each other, with some craft foam in between the layers. 

To my background, I added some ink using a Distress Ink Pad in the shade 'Bundled Sage'. I used a blending brush to add a subtle layer of colour, and on top of this I added some splatters. I didn't want my mixed media to be drastic, but wanted something soft in the background to sit my diamonds on.

Once my diamonds were in place, I added my photo centrally on top. It's a 3x4 inch photo with a white border and a layer of 'Rainforest' Bazzill cardstock from the '12x12 Basics Kit' behind it. 

I added the word 'Moments' from the Foam Stickers along the bottom of my photo with a chipboard banner above it from the Chipboard Stickers to make my title 'The Best Ever Moments'. I love this as a title as the photo is of my son and my Nan who are pretty fond of each other, but don't get to see each other too often at the moment. 

It wouldn't be right to make a layout with this collection and not include some florals, so I fussy cut some large flowers and leaves from the 'Hello Lovely' patterned paper and added them to 2 edges of my diamonds, and then extended these clusters using some florals and foliage from the Floral Bits & Pieces pack. I raised a lot of the leaves up using foam pads to create some dimension and movement.

I then had a sort through the Bits & Pieces pack and selected some die cuts to embellish with. I added another banner under my title to extend it further, a ticket and a little note with a bulldog clip which says 'Loved This'. 

I then felt like the other two sides of the diamonds needed a little something to balance the page out a bit, so I added two butterflies from the Floral Bits & Pieces, and some small chipboard hearts.

I finished the layout off with a patterned paper border around the edge of the page. I cut about half an inch off of all 4 edges of my layout - this is slightly more than I would usually cut off, but I wanted a wider border as I intend to frame this layout as a gift for my Nan, and I know the frames often cover the outer edge of the page! I distressed all the edges of my layout, and then used the 'Cherish Today' patterned paper to frame the page. I added a row of white stitching around the edge for a bit of texture. 

I absolutely love how this layout turned out. It's a beautiful collection and I really think my Nan is going to love it!

If you'd like to watch the page come together, there's a process video up on my YouTube channel here

I'll be back later in the month with another layout using this stunning collection, until then,

Take care

Rebecca x


Monday, 10 January 2022

Photoplay Paper ~ Frostival #1

Happy New Year to you and welcome back to the Papermaze blog. 
It’s Anna with you today. This month I’m working with Photoplay’s Frostival Collection and I have a layout to share with you today for my first post of 2022!

To create this layout, I began by creating a background on a sheet of white bazzill cardstock. I added embellishment mousse to an Echo Park stencil to create the dot effect. I also added a light dusting of distress oxide spray.
 While I left the background to dry I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out a heart shaped snowflake cutfile. I backed the snowflake with vellum and then backed the heart part of the cutfile with the B side of Wheee.

I mounted my square photograph with vellum and added a second layer using the b side of Warm & Cozy.
I added some stickers from the element stickers in clusters around my photo and to the top left of the layout alongside the ‘winter fun’ title. 

I added some Nuvo drops around the outside of the heart to finish the layout off. 

Thanks so much for looking! 
See you soon for another layout with this collection! 

Saturday, 8 January 2022

'Deck the Halls' Holly Days, Simple Stories by Meg

Hey hey all you scrappy friends! I hope you had some fantastic festive celebrations and that you had a chance to wind down time over Christmas and New Year! 

Today I'm sharing another Christmas page using Holly Days by Simple Stories - I realised I haven't EVER tried out a classic green and red Christmas combo and this was the perfect opportunity to get one done, while it's still cold outside! 

So I started this page by pulling out the Tis The Season paper and the Mistletoe Memories paper. These two compliment each other so well, especially since the floral print is a large pattern and the polka dots on Mistletoe Memories are much smaller and contrast nicely. I cut them into wide strips, as well as a third strip from the Let's Get Cozy paper scraps I had left over from my previous projects. 

Originally I thought I might use the strips across the page horizontally, but I decided to cut the strips into thirds to create a 3x3 grid across my page. I realised I could use the 'Holly Days' and 'Comfort + Joy' elements from the 3x4 Elements paper, which matched the papers I'd chosen perfectly and added a little extra interest to the page. I trimmed the 3x4 Elements and arranged on the left and the right and used my photo on the lower right to create a sort of triangle around the page and keep the eye moving. 

After distressing and adhering the squares, I began creating a large cluster around my photo. I backed my photo with tags from the cut apart Tags paper and used 3D foam to pop up the photo and add dimension. The sweet little Christmas tree and polar bear were both fussy cut from the Tags paper too. 

I created a little banner using Bazills red cardstock, edging it with a white pen and using some little alphabet stamps with white paint to add the date to the banner. 

I finished the page with some puffy stickers, including the Vicki Boutins Warm Wishes Puffy Phrase 'Deck the Halls' thicker and hanging bauble, some fussy cut flowers from the Mistletoe Memories paper and some white and gold watercolour splatters peeking out each side. I really love this effect as it mimics the twinkling lights in my photo - I added quite a lot of little flat back gems and Bright Gold Nuvo Drops on top to really emphasise those twinkles! 

And there we have it, another paper made with the fun and festive Holly Days collection. I really enjoyed using these papers and I love how not a lot of product has ended up in a page just bursting with colour. 

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you have a wonderful start to the New Year! 

Stay safe, 

Meg x 

Friday, 7 January 2022

Echo Park - Day in the Life - Daily Life


Claire here wishing you all a very Happy New Year.

I have a new layout for you today using the Echo Park Day in the Life collection.  This collection is extremely versatile. It has lots of cut apart designs on the 'a' sides, perfect for monthly pocket pages, but also has the most beautiful patterned papers on the 'b' sides which I just couldn't resist.

My layout is inspired by a Bella Boulevard sketch I saw last year that I instantly fell in love with and has stayed in my mind ever since.

I started with the Matchmaker Pack. I used the white cardstock as my background and cut 3x2.5" strips of coloured cardstock in the blue, pink and yellow.  I used a notebook border punch to create an interesting edge for the pink paper, and punched two tabs for the remaining strips using the yellow gingham paper (October) and beautiful blue paper (June) - I think that's my favourite :)

To attach the tabs, I stuck them loosely with a glue pen and machine stitched along the top of the strip.

I created my photo cluster at the bottom right of the design layering a cut apart form the April paper (which I also used to back my photo). 

I cut the 'Good Vibes Only' clipboard, fussy cut from the January paper. 

The 'b' side of this paper is filled with beautiful florals, which I fussy cut and added to my photo cluster and scattered around the page, raised on foam pads for dimension and movement.

I made the 'Daily Life' title by cutting this from the October paper and stuck this flat to the page.

To embellish, I selected a few stickers from the Element Sticker sheet. I added the tab to the side of the photo and bulldog clip to the top of the photo cluster.  The string of notes sticker I absolutely adore, so gave this a prominent place across the bottom of my page, raised on foam pads.

To create a little extra interest, I made a small cut at the top of the page and folded the edges back. Underneath, I layered a piece of the Blue Matchmaker card, revealing a pop of colour to complement the page.

As a final touch, I added a few small drops of Black Nuvo Drops and hand drew a border in black gel pen.

I really love how this turned out. That colour combination is one of my all time favourites and is just the bright and cheery I need for a cold and rainy January.

See you a bit later this month for another layout.

Claire xx