Friday 28 February 2020

Scrapbook Layout - 'Happy Birthday' using Kaisercraft's Oh Happy Day Collection

Hello, Rebecca back with you again with another 12x12 layout created using the 'Oh Happy Day' Collection by Kaisercraft. This collection has been great for me as it was my little boy's 3rd birthday at the beginning of the year so I've had plenty of photos to scrap.

I didn't have many whole sheets left from this collection so decided to get my circle dies and punches out. I have the world's smallest manual die cutting machine so I was limited on how big I could make my circles so went a bit 'old school' and used a compass to draw the larger circles and then hand cut them out.

I used two sheets to cut my circles from - '100's and 1000's' and both sides of 'Yay'. I then also cut some of the word phrases from the 100's and 1000's paper. I arranged these on the page around my photo and stuck some down with a layer of foam behind to add dimension.

I fussy-cut my title 'Happy Birthday' from the 'Garlands' patterned paper and placed this 'hanging' across the top of the page - again stuck down on foam dots to raise it off the page a little.

I felt like the bottom of the layout needed something, so I tore a small section of the background off and backed it with a sheet of gold card, created using a gold Embossing Powder and a white sheet of card, to co-ordinate with the gold foil in the collection.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout. I'll be back again next month with more 12x12 layouts.

Take care,

Rebecca x

Monday 24 February 2020

Hey Crafty Girl - This is my Happy Place

Hello Karen C here again with another scrapbook layout using the gorgeous Hey Crafty Girl collection from Simple Stories.

A couple of year ago, after many, many years of crafting either on the dining room table or my bedroom floor and having craft supplies scattered throughout the house, I finally got my own craft room. It really has made a difference and the Hey Crafty Girl collection was perfect for scrapbooking some photos of the room.

I started by gutting a sheet of the Made With Love paper and in the centre attached a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock which I had trimmed to approx 11" x 11". Onto the white cardstock I layered a piece of the remaining Made With Love paper, and strips of the Crafty and Happy paper and some pink cardstock. I machine stitched around the edges of all the papers with white thread.

Two 4x6 photos were matted on white cardstock and then placed on the layout with foam underneath to add some dimension. I cut out some of the 2x2 elements and used these to embelish the layout. Stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet were also added.

There are some great phrase stickers on the sticker sheet which are perfect for a layout like this.

A banner sticker, which by coincidence is very similar to how I display some of my scrapbook layouts in my craft room, was stuck beneath one of the photos. 😀

To add some texture to the layout I added some organza ribbon and pink wooden buttons and also scattered a few black sequins around the layout.

A white paper doilie was tucked behind the photos and to complete the layout I die cut the title from some black cardstock and attached this just above one of the photos. I also used some tiny black stickers to add the date.

I hope that I have inspired you to take a look at the Hey Crafty Girl collection and I'll be back again soon with another project.

Take Care
Karen x x

Friday 21 February 2020

Papermaze February Kit

Lynn here today with the new February Papermaze Kit. I have been having fun creating a total of four layouts with this very pretty selection. Today I have my first pair of pages to share with you. 

Here is what is in the kit this month:

Patterned Papers:
Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Unforgettable collection - Natural Beauty
Cocoa Vanilla Studio - More Than Words collection - Darling Buds
Kaisercraft - Ladylike collection - Rose
Kaisercraft - Lily and Moss collection - Circular
Prima Marketing Inc. - Apricot Honey collection - All Together

Stamperia - House of Roses - Tags
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Lagoon and Bark

The extra Matchmaker Bazzill Basics Cardstock Pack: Sunset Rose (Dotted Swiss), Mauve Ice, Bazzill White and Cinder

Embellishments: 2 tickets, crochet flower, Prima flower, 3 pink rosebuds, 10 clear Dew Drops, long strip of pearls, Kaisercraft rhinestone flower, Kaisercraft Curio, 12" lace, Dusty Attic chipboard, gold doily, 5 rose gold buttons

A Thousand Years For this layout I featured a photo of my daughter making an entrance to the wedding ceremony to the instrumental version of A Thousand Years.

I used the sheet of Natural Beauty from the kit as the back drop for my page, and with a new TCW stencil (Mini Ring Doily) I purchased from the shop and some Texture Paste mixed with some snow glitter, I created the circular shapes onto the paper. Once dry, I splattered some lightly diluted Distress Paints (Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick) before drying again. Then I added a few flicks of Dylusions White Linen Ink Spray.

With a piece of Bark Bazzill, I made a mat for the photo and added this to the page with some foam tape. Above and below the photo I added some ornate decoration with some Scrapiniec die cut chipboard

I made two large blooms with the
Sunset Rose (Dotted Swiss) Bazzill and the Sizzix Bigz Tattered Poinsettia die (they are not just for Christmas!!). The centre of each bloom was created with the pearls from the kit. I added leaves cut from White Bazzill and the Sizzix Skeleton Leaves Thinlits die set. I coloured the leaves and the edges of the petals with Distress Inks

For the title I cut my large letters using the Sizzix Bigz XL Handmade die and the white Bazzill which I coloured ombre style by blending Distress Inks. Once the letters were stuck in place I added some Glossy accents. The tiny letters were cut with the Sizzix Thinlits Alphanumeric label die set, white and Bark Bazzill. 

Inspired by Jane Austen
- Emily enjoyed a weekend leading a series of Playford dances, popular in Austen's time at a public event held in Wentworth Woodhouse. It was a project she took part in with the Nottingham Folk Dance Club, and was performed in historical costume she made herself. 

All the card and papers for this layout were distressed and inked with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.
Stamperia - House of Roses - Tags
To make the most of both sides of the beautiful sheet of Stamperia - House of Roses - 'Tags' paper, I started by cutting away a clock from the bottom row and two tags from the centre of the paper. Then I flipped the paper to use the leafy side. I trimmed this to 12" x 8".

With a scrap sheet of 12" x 12" paper (This is a sheet of thin scrapbook paper from my stash which I don't like or ever think I will use for a layout, rather then throw it out, I keep some for this purpose). To this scrap paper I added a piece of Bark Bazzill 4" x 12" to the bottom part, and the leafy paper to the top. There were gaps, but these were covered by the photos later. 

Kaisercraft - Lily and Moss - Circular
Using the Lily and Moss Circular paper I cut the three frames away from the paper and gutted the centres from them, I mounted my photos behind the frames, then created the arrangement I wanted. Before sticking them to the layout I cut away some of the frames from under where they overlap.

With the scraps of the leafy paper I added a second layer over the one already placed, making use of the brick areas in the corners. Then I added the scraps of white wood cut away from the frames, to create planks across the layout. Next all the gaps were covered by my photo arrangement.

I printed my journalling onto some white paper and trimmed it to be a tiny bit smaller than the 'Be Kind' piece from the Circular Paper, then used this as a mat. Add this to the bottom right of the page overlapped by the lower photo frame.

I trimmed the two tags saved earlier, and with a large copper brad set into the top of each one, I continued to decorate them. 

For the tag on the right - I cut the gold doily into two pieces and stuck each half to the sides of the tag. Then I cut a scrap of lace and velvet ribbon to lay across the tag. I tied the three rosebuds together with a piece of pink ribbon and curled the wire stems. These were placed in the centre of the tag with a paper leaf added to the arrangement. With some cream seam binding ribbon I tied a bow through the eyelet. I glued this tag to the page to the left of the journalling.

The tag on the left - I tied a length of fine net around the tag, and used more seam binding ribbon through the eyelet, but this time I left longer tails after tying a bow. I stuck the tag to the left of the first tag using foam tape to raise it up from the page. I placed double sided tape from the bow, down the sides of the tag onto the background. Then I pleated the excess ribbon over the tape, trimming the ends when I was happy with the length and pleats.I arranged some more paper flowers and leaves from my own stash on and to the left side of the tag. 

I created my title with scraps of Bark Bazzill, making a shadow for the larger letters with a little of the Sunset Rose Bazzill. I used some old Boxed Brush Sizzlits alpha dies and for the small letters I used a Sizzix Sizzlit Typeset Decorative Strip.

That's all for today, I will be back with two more layouts from this kit at the beginning of March.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday 19 February 2020

You are somebody's reason to smile! ....Prima Apricot Honey

Hello again,

It's Anita back again today with my 2nd layout, using the beautiful Apricot Honey from Prima. You really need to see these papers in the flesh to truly appreciate the rich copper foiling and delicate patterns.

My eldest daughters fiance took these lovely photographs of her and their dog, Bear, last summer in some fields near their home. He is a gorgeous boy and they all adore each other.
The layout was backed with a sheet of Jetstream cardstock and then topped with a sheet of Tiny Blossoms. I took a small strip off the top and one  side, then distressed all around the edge of the paper ( making some little rips in random places)

I cut some horizontal slashes and peeled the edges back to expose the card underneath and added some cotton lace under the torn edge on the right hand side of the layout.

There is a lovely set of chipboard stickers that co ordinate with the papers and I used a few across the layout.

I also cut out different elements from the sheet of Deep Love and added in various places. A copper ink pad was used to gently ink the stickers, cut outs and edges of the layout and torn edges.

I had a rummage in my metal embellishment box in my craft room and picked out a few bits and pieces and added to the page.

I also added some blossoms, some from my own stash but also this beautiful corner spray, Berry Sweet Flowers, from the matching collection. I extended the spray by adding a few extra flowers of my own.

I then finished the embellishing off by adding some coppery brown gems in patches around the outer edge of the layout.

This has been such a gorgeous collection to work with. Prima have a stunning range of products and you can find them all here in the shop.

Thank you so much for popping by xx
Warmest wishes
Anita xxx

Monday 17 February 2020

American Crafts ~ Dear Lizzy She's Magic #1

 Good Morning and welcome back to the Papermaze blog! It's Anna back with you today and this month I'm working with the Dear Lizzy She's Magic  collection. Take a look in the shop at the whole collection here.

I really wanted to use the Stay Tuned patterned paper. So I cut out a selection of the strips and formed my own rainbow.

I cut a selection of the clouds from the Air Mail patterned paper and created a sun by punching out a circle from some yellow cardstock and cutting narrow strips to form the sunbeams.

 I used some of the Pinkfresh Everyday Musings puffy stickers to embellish my layout.

I cut out some of the tickets from the Round Trip patterned paper and mounted them along a strip of the reverse side of 'Air Mail'.

Thanks for looking!

Friday 14 February 2020

Scrapbook Layout - 'You are my Universe' using Kaisercraft Oh Happy Day Collection

Hello, Rebecca back with you today with another 12x12 layout created using the beautiful Oh Happy Day Collection by Kaisercraft.

For this layout I really wanted to keep it simple and showcase the absolutely stunning Star Light patterned paper. I knew if I didn't use this paper quick, it would get hoarded in the 'too beautiful to use' pile!

My problem with this paper, was that I LOVED both sides, but only had one sheet! I knew I wanted to use both sides somehow so decided to fold the top corner over so that the underside was showing. I then used a co-ordinating sheet of Bazzill Cardstock behind the patterned paper to fill the space at the top. I added some silver Texture Paste through the Adventure Awaits Night Sky Stencil by Echo Park so that the top corner didn't look so bare.

I could go on and on about how beautiful this paper is! The darker side is covered with blue foiled stars which catch the light and really stand out.

I didn't want to over-embellish this layout, but I felt like my photos weren't popping off the page enough, so I mounted them onto textured bazzill cardstock and a sheet of dark blue patterened paper. I had a piece of ephemera from an old collection that I cut in half and added behind the edges of my photos so it was just peeking out and I then placed some deco web fabric from my stash behind that to add a little more texture.

I have a sheet of the beautiful Butterfly Printed Velum from Vicki Boutin's Wildflower & Honey Collection which has been sat on the aforementioned 'too beautiful to use' pile... and I decided it was time to be brave and cut into it. So I fussy cut some of the blue butterflies as they also have foil on them which I felt really complemented the Star Light patterned paper. I also added one of the Layered Butterfly Stickers from the same collection.

I finished off my layout by adding my title 'You are my Universe', made up op several different thickers. This is probably one of my most simple layouts, but I really do think it makes this patterned paper sing. And it's such a lovely paper that it can be used for so much more than just birthday layouts!

I hope you've enjoyed this layout, I'll be back next week with another layout using the Oh Happy Day Collection.

Take care,

Rebecca x

Monday 10 February 2020

Hey Crafty Girl - Create a Beautiful Life

Hello. Karen C here. This month I've been playing with the Hey Crafty Girl collection from Simple Stories. This collection is perfect for all craft lovers. It is bright and cheerful and is full of crafty images and phrases. Whether you enjoy scrapbooking, cardmaking, sewing, painting or other crafts, this collection is great.

My scrapbook layout today features four photos taken last summer of my daughter painting in the garden.

I took a sheet of the Create Beauty paper and trimmed a tiny bit off of each edge before matting this onto a sheet of black Bazzill cardstock.

I wanted to add some paint to the background but I'm always nervous of painting directly onto the background, especially when I only have one sheet of the paper. I decided to paint some stripes of acrylic paint onto a piece of white cardstock and when dry cut the stripes out and stuck these onto the background.

I then took my four photos, matted them onto black cardstock and arranged them on the layout, staggering them from top to bottom.

I cut out some of  the 2x2 elements and used these to embelish the layout. Stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet were also added. The squares were outlined with a black gel pen to add some definition.

Some beautiful Prima flowers were placed on the layout on top of a couple of the printed flowers and green enamel dots were dotted around.

 I die cut the title from black cardstock and nestled this beside the photos.

Journalling strips were printed on cream cardstock on the computer and the words were outlined with a black gel pen before it was stuck to the bottom of the page.

I am loving using this collection and will be back later in the month with another layout. Why not photograph your crafting or your crafty get-togethers and use this gorgeous collection to record those memories.

Friday 7 February 2020

Papermaze January Kit - Part 2

Hello, Lynn here today with the second pair of layouts made with the first Monthly Papermaze Kit for the year 2020. This delightful kit has some beautiful soft natural colours and contains six double-sided papers, two sheets of Bazzill and a bag of gorgeous embellishments to compliment them. There is also a pack of four extra sheets of Bazzill available, picked to go with the kit at a discounted price. 

 Here is a reminder of what is in January's kit:

Patterned Paper

Carta Bella - Home Again collection - Leaves, Magnolias, and Tags
Kaisercraft - Ladylike collection - Jessica
Simple Stories - Winter Farmhouse collection - Falling Snow
Photoplay - For the Love of Winter collection - Through the Woods
Bazzill Basics - Natural & Lagoon

Extra Bazzill Pack - Honeycomb, Stonehenge, Aqua and Birchtone Dark

Embellishments - 2"x 12" corrugated card, 2 mini frames, 2 decorative pins, 18" brown mesh, Sn@p! Studio Alpha Stickers, acetate, strip of pearls, 3 wooden hearts, 2 bark butterflies, 3 white paper blossoms, 2 aqua paper roses, 2 tags

Washington Monument
- this layout shows Catherine and me by the Washington Monument, or first stop on a cold, sunny December day spent exploring the amazing memorials in Washington DC.

The basis for this layout is the sheet of Natural Bazzill. I used a selection of Layering stencils (Arrows, Rays and Traveller), and Distress Inks to create a background on the Bazzill, then I diluted some Distress Ink with water on my craft mat and flicked this over the card from a paint brush. I inked around the edges of the Bazzill.

I cut some layers from the scraps of paper left over from the previous layouts. I used 'Falling Snow' and 'Through the Woods'. I mounted the large photo onto the 'Through the Woods' paper. The smaller photo was placed at an angle through one of the mini frames, and placed to the left of the larger photo. 

From the wooden side of the 'Through the Woods' paper I made two paper rosettes using the Sizzix Thinlits die set. I made a tag with a scrap of Bazzill and added my journalling.

The title was cut from Bazzill with a Die-Namics Alphabet die set.

To embellish I used one of the wooden hearts from the kit, filling the hole with some Nuvo Crystal Drops (Emerald City).

Finally I scattered some Card Candi and bronze nail heads over the page.

Explore -  For the final layout I found this photo of our young cat exploring the tree was perfect for this Carta Bella 'Magnolias' paper. 

Starting off with the Lagoon Bazzill I gutted before, I glued this to a scrap piece of 12" x 12" paper to make a base for the page. Then I trimmed the 'Magnolias' paper to 11" x 11" distressing and inking the edges, I made some tears in places. I folded this paper over at the top corners and placed it over the Bazzill frame. I added a couple of pieces of frayed linen under under the Bazzill too. I placed the remainder of the mesh across the Jessica paper.

I trimmed and inked the corrugated card strip to fit the paper and laid it in place running down the right side of the paper.  I cut and distressed the Honeycomb Bazzill to 8.5" x 8.5". Over this I attached a piece of 'Jessica' paper (lacy side) trimmed to 8" x 8", distressed and inked (I also folded down the top right corner of this paper). I cut a piece of doily from the paper and tucked this under the Honeycomb Bazzill. I placed the acrylic doily and a couple of pieces of frayed linen under the the Bazzill. I placed the remainder of the mesh across the Jessica paper. 

From the green side of the 'Jessica' paper I tore some pieces to tuck under the folded areas and some of the torn places. I mounted my photo onto a scrap of 'Into the Woods' paper and some Birchtone Dark Bazzill. Once all the paper, card and photo were stuck in place I started embellishing the layout. I inked the two little tags from the kit, removing the string supplied, I replaced it with brown jute twine, which I tied into a small bow. The tags were tucked under the folded corners.

I used the paper flowers from the kit and added a few more adding the pearls, butterfly pins and wooden hearts to embellish the page.

Finally I made a title using Sizzix Thinlits Shadow Script #3 set and Bazzill scraps.

That's all for the January kit, back soon with the February kit.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 5 February 2020

You Have What It Takes! ...Prima - Apricot Honey

Hello again!

Anita here and I have been playing with the most delicious collection yet from Prima. This is Apricot Honey... This feminine, elegant and romantic collection is full of blossoms, butterflies and beautiful copper foil highlights. Alongside all of the beautiful papers there are several blossom sets, chipboard elements, wood embellishments and stickers to compliment them....just beautiful! You can see the whole collection HERE.

I loved this photograph of our youngest daughter...I have it in colour and also black and white...either one worked on the page, however I found the B&W one just seemed to sit better and I felt was more striking.

The layout was based on a sheet of white cardstock. I decided I needed to messy this up, so had a rummage in my craft room and picked out some shimmer sprays and also some fine copper embossing powder .
I started to spray in various areas and when it pooled I tipped the layout to create runs down the page.
I also added some piles of copper embossong powder and heated from underneath the layout. This allowed it to slowly melt and form a thick puddle, which again I then tipped up and also had to blow quickly to create some runs. I love the effect this gives when its dry....its super shiny and still looks wet!

 I tore a large section from a sheet of  Apricot Honey and inked the edges with Black Lightning ink pad and stuck it across the layout, nearer to the top end.

Then I set about cutting lots of bit and pieces out from the sheets of  Happiness Looks Good On You and Deep Love and I started tucking it in here and there and layering it.

 I have some gorgeous chipboard stickers from the range and so I chose a few that I liked the best and added them to the page. They are such super quality and are finished so well ,with a variety of shapes and sayings...they really do give the perfect finishing touch to a project. You can see them here

 I also added some lasercut chipboard elements. Often when I use these I either paint them or use embossing powders on them...however, for this layout I decided to leave them plain. There is a large selection of lasercut chippies in the shop and you can find them HERE  HERE and also HERE
I popped on a chiffon flower to finish the page and that's it!

Prima have some really gorgeous collections that are really worth having a  look at. You can see them in the shop HERE

I have had great fun making this page, getting inky and melting the embossing powder. I think I shall have to do some more experimenting with it!
Thanks for looking and happy craftting to you!

Warmest Wishes