Wednesday 31 October 2018

Pebbles Patio Party from Jen Hadfield

Hello Karen here again. I have another layout for you today using the Pebbles Patio Party collection from Jen Hadfield. For my previous layouts I've used a lot of the pink floral papers but for this final layout I decided to use some of  the papers which were predominantly yellow and navy.

I trimmed an inch off of each of the edges of a sheet of yellow Bazzill cardstock and matted this in the centre of the B side of a sheet of the Backyard Blooms paper. I machine stitched with navy thread around the edge of the yellow cardtsock and then roughed up the edges with my fingernails to give some added texture.

My 5x7 photo was matted onto some white cardstock which I had punched down the left side with a notebook border punch . I layered a pieces of the Citrus Sweet paper under my photo and also one of the Recipe Cards which with some careful cutting and sticking gives the impression of being a single larger piece of paper.

In a previous DT kit I was sent a few of the  mini chipboard butterflies from Dusty Attic. Vanessa kindly also sent me the waste that came from the pack of butterflies and so I decided to add this to my layout! I painted it with white acrylic paint, backed it with some of the navy paper and used it as an extra layer under my photo.

I used some of the tags from the Just for You paper (plus an extra one cut from some of the Backyards Bloom paper) as embelishments on the left side of the layout. Green Bakers Twine was threaded through the tags.

Thin strips of the navy paper which I punched with border punches were added near the bottom and right side of the layout.

I had almost finished my layout when I decided it needed an extra colour adding ... so I decided to add some pink buttons, pink reinforcing rings on the tags, a pink enamel dot and a thin strip of pink cardstock. Pink probable wasn't an obvious colour choice but I like the finished look.

My layout was completed with some very old navy coloured Basic Grey alphabet stickers from my stash to spell out my cat's name.

The Patio Party collection is really versatile and I've loved playing with it. Pop over to Papermaze to find this and lots more to inspire you.

Take Care
Karen x x

Monday 29 October 2018

Memory Keeping - How, Where & Why? Different Ways to Scrapbook

Hello, Lisa here today.
I'm here to chat about scrapbooking. There are so many ways to document. Long gone are the days where we all just scrapped 12x12 style. There are so many different options out there today It's so exciting.
I have a video here today where I chat more in depth about how I started scrapbooking 16 years ago, along with showing the different forms of scrapbooking I enjoy with the pros and cons and tips too. 

12x12 is still my first love. I love the space this size gives me allowing me to play with fun materials, add as many photos as I wish and tell my stories.

My only struggle is the size. It's the best part and the worst part. It's the storing of all the albums when you've been at this hobby for so long : )
That's why I started with my Traveler's Notebooks.
I now use these for my everyday scrapbooking. 
I can still include photos and tell stories, they are just on a smaller, more compact size.
Then there's the pocket pages. I do love these too. They are a fun way to document.
They come in different sizes and the pockets come on various layouts too.
I also love to make Mini Books. I make these using my regular scrapbooking supplies.
These feel extra special to me. They are especially fun when you are documenting a trip. I love to include memorabilia.
I also talk about art journals and creative journaling in the video here.
I hope this blog post helps. I hope you enjoy the video. Please tell me your favourite way of memory keeping. I'd love to know.
Lisa x


Friday 26 October 2018

Be Yourself ......Gypsy Rose from Kaisercraft

Hi There Crafters

Anita here with you today and just for a change, instead of working with some of the newest additions to the shop, I thought I would break out an older release which is really beautiful. I wanted to scrap these 2 photos of my youngest daughter after she had been playing with some Snapchat filters. This layout has been inspired by the beautiful work of Kylie Kingham who is on the DT for Kaisercraft.

 Kaisercraft have 2 releases of fabulous papers at the very beginning of every month, all great quality, double sided and designed to compliment each other perfectly. The collection I am working with is Gypsy Rose  and is a lovely mix of dream-catchers, beautiful blooms and varying shades of burgundy, green and pinks.

I backed the layout on a sheet of deep burgundy cardstock and stuck a 5" x 12" strip of the green polka dot paper Wandering across the top of the page. I also fussy cut a large and small Dream-catcher from the reverse side of the sheet

I then took sheet of Free Spirit and fussy cut the extra large Dreamcatcher, which I put to one side for another layout I had planned. The remainder of the sheet is a shabby chic wood effect and I cut this into 6 strips that were 7" x 2". I distressed all round each strip with an old dark brown ink pad and roughed the edges with the edge of a scissor blade before laying them side by side across the bottom of the layout to create wooden panels

The rest of the page was created by fussy cutting lots of flower clusters from the sheet of Inspiring and also picking some of the sayings and cutting them out from the sheet of Original ( there is a great selection to choose from).
I also die cut some leafy fronds from green cardstock and tucked in behind the edges of some of the bloom clusters

After adding the 2 dream catchers that I had cut from the sheet of Wandering, I added some flat backed pearls and crystals to them and also scattered a few across the page in different places to complete the page.

I have really enjoyed using these papers, the colour way and the prints are beautiful and easy to use. There are lots of gorgeous collections available throughout the shop here for you to have a good look through.

I will be back again at a later date with another layout, using mainly cardstock ( most unusual for me!!) and the left over pieces from the sheets I used today.

Have a great weekend, hope some of it is filled with crafting of somekind!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Echo Park Celebrate Autumn - Oh My Gourd!

Hello, Karen here today with a layout using the Celebrate Autumn collection from Echo Park. This collection is perfect for getting in the autumn mood and I had fun using it to create a layout with photos of my daughter taken last autumn.

I started by sticking an 11" x 11" piece of the Falling Leaves (B Side) patterned paper in the centre of a 12" x 12" sheet of the Autumn Friends (B Side) patterned paper.  I machine stitched round the edge and using my finger nails I roughed up the edge to give a bit of dimension.

My two 6" x 4" photos were matted onto white cardstock and then layered on the layout with pieces of brown cardstock and Fall is Fun (B Side) patterned paper, which I punched with a notebook border punch. I machine stitched round the edges of these too and stuck some washi tape from the Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection at the top and bottom.

White paper doilies were tucked underneath my photos and a tag threaded with Bakers Twine , which I sprayed with Mango Blaze Cosmic Shimmer Mist, was tucked underneath the right side. I used some very old clear stickers from my stash to add my title.

Two embellishment clusters were added to the layout using some beautiful Prima leaves, some buttons and cute pumpkins which I fussy cut from the Pumpkin Farm patterned paper.

I also used words cut from the branding strip on one of the sheets of paper in one of the clusters.

My journalling was printed on paper strips on the computer and attached to the lower right of the layout.

The layout was completed with the addition of the date using Websters Pages The Good Life Little Letter Stickers and a scattering of gold sequins.

I really enjoyed putting this layout together and you can find Echo Park's Celebrate Autumn collection and lots of other autumnal supplies over at the Papermaze shop.

Take Care
Karen x x

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Doodlebug Design ~ So Much Pun #3

Hi all, welcome back to the Papermaze blog. It's Anna with you today to show you my third and final layout using Doodlebug Design's So Much Pun collection. You can see my first and second post here and here and you can check out the whole collection in the shop here.

For this layout, I wanted to make use of some of the birthday elements of this collection, I have also incorporated some of a Pebbles collection - Happy Hooray, which I previously worked on earlier in the year. The two collections worked really well together, with very similar colour schemes.

I cut out some of the Party Time elements.

I hand drew a number 10 on to the Just My Stripe patterned paper, cut them out and inked the edges.

I added some of the element stickers from the So Much Pun collection and some Pretty Little Studio word stickers and a strip of Me and My Big Ideas washi tape at the top and bottom of my layout.

Thanks for looking. I'll be back with another collection soon!

Friday 19 October 2018

October Papermaze Kit

Hello Scrappers! Lynn here today with the new Papermaze kit for October. For my first two layouts I have worked with the blue and brown colours and the time pieces.

What the kit contains this time:

Double-sided Patterned Papers:
Bo Bunny - Early Bird - Fanciful and Clocks
Bo Bunny Summer Mood - Spontaneous
Pebbles - Night Night - Snuggle Time
Authentique - Dame - One
Simple Stories - Forever Fall - Changing Leaves
Bazzill: Costal and Walnut Cream
reverse side of papers
Extra Bazzill Pack:
Fawn, blossom, Guacamole and Nautical Blue Dark
Tando Creative chipboard clock, Project Life photo frame, 1 pearl swirl, 50cm ribbon, 1 arrow clip, 10 clear dewdrops, 5 Shimelle glitter enamel drops, 1 Prima flower and 2 pink rosebuds.

My first layout today features two old photos from the late 1960's when I went to Brownie pack holiday. I just have the two group photos of this occasion, one taken at bedtime and the other outside during he day. With the clocks and the blues shades of paper, I decided to work with both photos together and the 'Night and Day' theme.

Using the Nautical Blue Dark Bazzill as the base, stencil some stars into position as shown with Creative Expressions Glitter Kiss and an Echo Park stencil (Wish Upon A Star - Make A Wish). 

I used Brushed Corduroy Distress ink to ink the edges of my cut papers.
To make a matt for the photos and patterned papers, cut a piece of Fawn Bazzill 23.5cm x 20.5cm. This piece could be gutted to give you more fawn to play with for the next layout. Mount the photos to the left, one above the other from the bottom upwards.
Cut a strip of  Bo Bunny - Early Bird - Clocks 20cm x 5cm and use the reverse side to make a band along the top. Cut a piece of 
Bo Bunny - Early Bird -Fanciful 11.5cm x 18cm and add to the right side. Mount the whole piece onto the Nautical Blue Dark Bazzill - 3cm in from the left and 4cm down from the top.

Take the
Tando Creative chipboard clock and lightly rub over with some gold gilding wax. Add this to the bottom right of the page. Cut lots of clocks from the Bo Bunny - Early Bird - Clocks paper and arranage on the page cascading down the right side. Some of these can be raised using 3D foam pads to add dimension. I made a circular journalling block using an old rubber stamp from my stash, then added this among the clocks too.

I made my title using three different fonts of American Craft Thickers from my stash. Finally I added hands to the clock using two arrows die cut with gold card and an arrow die. I used one of the
Shimelle glitter enamel drops for the centre.


My second layout features a photo I was sent recently from a new found distant relative on Ancestry of  Elizabeth and Thomas Billington, my husband's 2x Great Grandparents. I loved the tiny news print leaves on the
Simple Stories - Forever Fall - Changing Leaves paper and so picked out this detail to create embellishments for the layout.

I gutted the Changing leaves paper so I had a frame measuring about 1" all the way around. Then I cut down the Coastal Bazzill to 11" x 11" and mounted this centrally over the top after inking the edges with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. (I used ink for all the edges).

With a large leafy doily placed in the centre of the layout, I made a three layer mat for the photo using Bo Bunny Summer Mood - Spontaneous. I didn't glue right to the edges of these layers, allowing me to tuck elements between them later.

From the kit I added the pearl swirl to the left side of the photo and the Prima flower to the bottom left corner.

With the
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set - Funky Foliage, Authentique - Dame - One paper and scraps of Fawn Bazzill, I cut the tiny leaves and stems to add around the photo. I also fussy cut a few images from the paper and added them too. Some fawn leaves were scattered onto the Coastal Bazzill in each corner of the layout. Two paper clocks were cut in half and added about the photo too.

For the title, I cut letters to spell the couple’s first names using Typeset Sizzix Sizzlit die and scraps of the Coastal Bazzill, mounting them onto scraps of Fawn Bazzill. I also used some wood effect Thickers for the Surname.

Back early next month with some more from this kit.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Monday 15 October 2018

A Little Extra - September Kit

Lynn here, back with a little extra layout made using the September Kit.

Not the colours you would normally associate with a baby layout. However, I had the remainder of the kit on my table, when I laid down some photos I had just printed of baby Scarlett. The colouring was perfect for the photos, so I set about making another layout!

Scarlett Rose has just turned 10 months old.

First I gutted the 'Brown' Bazzill, leaving a 1" frame. To this I mounted the 'Spice' Bazzill which was cut to measure 11.5" x 11.5".
From Pink Paislee - Auburn Line #3 paper, cut a piece 8" x 8" for the central square, floral side up, and another piece 3" x 11", green side up (keep the rest for bunting). Ink these papers with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, and stick in place.

Mount all three photos onto pieces of the Brown Bazzill, and arrange these on the page.

Take the wooden word from the kit and tie a scrap of ribbon through the hole in a knot or small bow, and add to the green paper at the bottom of the layout. Add three pearls from the kit to the top and three more to the bottom green areas of paper.

With Baker's Twine and the remaining two wooden buttons create a line for the banners to hang from, across the layout just below the photos. Now from the left over papers, cut a selection of flags and add them to the twine with 3D foam sticky pads to add dimension.

Finally add a title of your choice, I used some old American Crafts Puffy Thickers - Glass Slipper - Glitter.

Thanks for looking, back soon with the October Kit.
Lynn x

Friday 12 October 2018

October's Crop

It's crop day tomorrow here in Suffolk and our beautiful kit has been designed by Janina, using a mix of Prima and Kaisercraft papers... 

Homemade cakes, as always, will be on the agenda, along with the usual tea & coffee, an array of punches & dies to use, and of course, lots of chatting too!  Drop us an email if you'd like to join us!

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Travel Mini Book - It's all about the details...

Hello. Lisa here and I'm adding the finishing touches to my Savannah Mini Book.

If you missed my previous blog post which was back in July. I made this book before we headed off on our US Roadtrip. The plan was to then just add the photos and journaling when we got back.
Easy peasy!! ( The blog post is here)
So that's what I'm up to today. Adding photos with some fun flip pieces and adding journaling and memorabilia too.
If you would like to watch the video along with a complete flip through, you can watch it here...

I've used the Crate Paper collection 'Here & There' which is just so perfect for travel projects. You can view the collection here.

I've added a couple of glassine bags to store receipts and tickets. 
My hubby and I love coffee and as a family we love cute little independent places for brunch. We found a place just a 5 min walk from where we were staying. It was opposite the Cathedral. So I kept of coffee wraps and I've stuck one in here.
I've cup the cup holder down on the left so it opens out and I've added photos and …
journaling. I love how this opens out like this.
I've cut pieces from the patterned papers to use as embellishments.
I've also made another flip page so that I could add some extra photos of the cute house that we stayed in. You can see this in the video.
I felt like my white pages needed a little more detail, so I used a couple of stencils from Creative Expressions. They are just £1.50 and great value. I just dabbed a green ink pad for a subtle design on the pages. 
I'm so happy with this book. So many memories, stories and bits and pieces all in the one little book.
I'm so pleased that I've taken the time to make this.
Thank you so much for joining me today. I recommend this collection so much.
I really hope you enjoy the video too.
Lisa x