Wednesday 28 February 2018

Fairie Dust......... Graphic 45

Hello again,
It's Anita here today with a layout using the magical Fairie Dust Collection from Graphic 45.
Apologies first of all for the poor quality of the photos, my camera is not being very kind to me at the moment so I am having to rely on my phone instead. The colours are more vibrant and exciting on the papers than they appear here.
Graphic 45 bring out the most wonderful collections of papers and they are all very *busy*, with lots to see and intricate detailing. This fabulous range is full of tiny fairie folk, pretty florals and magical toadstools surrounded by gorgeous pinks, azure blues, lilacs and touches of lime green.

My beautiful niece had a fairy photo session several years ago as a baby and I have waited for the right papers to use with the photo of these were perfect!!

I took the sheet of Fairie Dust and gutted the centre out, this creates a natural frame, which I fussy cut in places leaving the Violets and Whitebells in place around the edges. A sheet of Blue Calypso cardstock was popped behind the frame and I gently sponged some Icicle Stickles across the card.
From the remaining part of the sheet I fussy cut the large fairy and the large toadstools with tiny fairie folk on them.

The photograph was originally a 10 x 8, so I trimmed to roughly an 8 x 8 square and placed in the centre of the layout.  Using some Stardust Stickles I enhanced my niece's wings and also the flying fairy ( no such thing as too much sparkle right??)

A scattering of toadstools were fussy cut from a sheet of Tiny Toadstools 
and I cut a quote strip from a sheet of Magic Wishes which I then chopped into smaller sections. Along with the fairies and toadstools that were also fussy cut earlier, I placed them about the page, raising some on foam pads to add a little dimension

I made a cluster of flowers on the top right of the page using a mix of paper, resin and velvet flowers. There is a lovely choice in the shop here and here

To finish the page off I added a sprinkling of iridescent tiny crystals and lots of sparkly Stickles to highlight areas.
 I really enjoyed working with these papers and have another project I would like to try with them, so I will be back next month with that to share.
You can see the whole Fairie Dust Collection here and to see the rest of the fabulous G45 ranges available in the shop then pop over here

Happy Scrapping
Anita xx

Monday 26 February 2018

Kaisercraft - Romantique Part 2

Hello, Lynn here today with my second layout using the delightful Kaisercraft Romantique collection. I have used another old black and white photo, this time of my mother and her cousin when they were children.

I have selected the grey, silvery, black and white papers from this collection together with the magnificent Butterflies Printed Acetate.

I used a sheet of silvery grey Bazzill as the base, then added the strip of 'Eiffel' paper left over from my first project. In fact the whole page was based on using this left-over piece as I love the hydrangea design. With 'Fig Swirl' Bazzill I made scalloped edges for the paper using a punch, and tucked these under the long sides of the paper. I cut a small doily in half and tucked these under the scalloped edges too.

My photo was mounted with a narrow border, also using the Fig Swirl card.  Then with words from the manufacturer's strip of one of the papers, I arranged some around the photo.

I took one of the chipboard pieces from a pack of three Romantic Page Dangles by Blue Fern Studio and decorated this for the left side of the page. I heat embossed it with Stampendous Frantage, Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel. Then I filled in some of the holes with Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops in Wedgewood Blue and Glitter Drops in Silver Moondust. I also used the Glitter drops to add a tiny drop to each of the scallops.  From my stash I added a small piece of chain and ribbon to the top of the chipboard.

My 'Cousins' title was cut using a Sizzix die and the Fig Swirl card and some Crystal Stickles.  I wanted to have a different font for the 'And Friends' part of the title, so I used some very old Making Memories Rub-On letters. I thought these would split over the stickles so I rubbed them onto a piece of acetate and cut it out close to the letters, I stuck this in place with Glossy Accents. The names were added with some tiny type letters.

As before I cut out a selection of acetate butterflies and bending the wings up stuck the bodies in place with more Glossy Accents. This time I wanted some of the butterflies to appear to be resting on things. I found that by folding back a wing and twisting it slightly, I could see both wings and stick it in place where needed.

Finally I made a small cluster of embellishments with a butterfly, embossed hearts from the chipboard and some bling. 

Now that the page is complete, it reminds me of one I scraplifted back last summer, using the Indigo Blue papers and a layout designed by Kylie Kingham for the Kaisercraft Design Team - it was great inspiration.

Thanks for looking, I will be back with another layout soon.

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.

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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.
For this and all your scrappy needs please head over to the SHOP

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

Thursday 8 February 2018

Rules are made to be broken with Photoplay

Hi Tracee with you today to share an interactive page that I created using the Photoplay Boys Rule Collection.

This page was inspired by the Rules Are Made To Be Broken 4 x 6 cut out card, that is found on the Mr Awesome sheet. I then fussy cut it further to create a little flap for my interactive element. I did a messy watercolour background using Prima Watercolour pencils and the packaging technique, I then used some stamps and ink in a slightly darker colour to give a little more interest.

As you can see once you lift the flap it reveals a second photo and a sub title! I was taking photos of my Hubby at our holiday cottage then he did this! I cut some of the icons from the Smash Bang sheet, I love the "oops" one. I once again fussy cut the "Wild Boy from the same Mr Awesome sheet it was perfect for this picture. I added a couple of metal hinges from my stash to create the flip element.

I kept to the green blue and yellow tones of the collection so then went digging through my stash for puffy stickers and embellishments to match. I used stickers from American Crafts Pink Fresh and Bella Boulevard among others to make this quite busy page (it's also 8" x 8") 

I hope you have a Happy Scrappy day and for this page and all your crafting needs please pop over to the SHOP

Friday 2 February 2018

Echo Park ~ I'd rather be crafting #2

Hi, it's Anna with you today.
 I have another post to show you today using the lovely Echo Park I'd rather be crafting collection.
I've had lots of fun with this collection, its great for scrapbooking your crafting adventures.
For this post, I have made bunting to display in my scrapbooking room.

I began by trimming three pieces of cardstock to 15cm by 10cm.
I then decorated each piece of bunting. For the first, I really wanted to use the Cute Creations paper, to show off some of the lovely details, including a trimmer, camera, pencil pot and paperclips.  So I chose to keep this quite simple, just finishing with some buttons along the edge of the paper.

For the next piece of bunting, I wanted to use the word 'Create' as a statement word. I began by sticking a doilie onto the cardstock, followed by a couple of punched out circles. I then finished with the letters mounted on another piece of cardstock and some flowers.

For the third and final piece of bunting, I wanted to use one of the journal cards, "In a perfect world craft supplies are free, chocolate is healthy, and crafting makes you skinny". I mounted this on to Just my Type patterned paper and again finished with some flowers.

I finished by punching holes in the top corners of the bunting and threading threw a couple of strands of twine to hang it up.

Thanks for looking!
Have a lovely weekend, hopefully filled with lots of crafting!