Monday 29 June 2020

Pink Paislee Paige Evans Bloom Street - Sunny Weekend Walks

Hello again! Karen C here with another project using Pink Paislee's Bloom Street collection by Paige Evans. 

I have used six photos on my layout today which were taken over the past three months during the lockdown. All too often I think I take where I live for granted but the current crisis has reminded me how beautiful my village is and how lucky I am to live here, especially at this time.

I started with a sheet of paper #14 which is a yellow ombre floral paper. Using my computer I printed my journalling onto the bottom of a piece of white cardstock which measured 12" x 8". My six 4" x 3" photos were trimmed slightly and then placed on the white cardstock. The white cardstock was then glued to the yellow paper.

Some green Bakers Twine was tied around the white cardstock.

I punched a border strip from a piece of the paper #12 and tucked this under the bottom edge of the white cardstock. Using my sewing machine and white thread I then stitched along the bottom and top edges of the layout and the white cardstock.

The title was added to the top of the layout using letters die cut from the #12 paper, a puffy phrase sticker from Pinkfresh Studio and some foam letter stickers from American Crafts.

I fussy cut some flowers from paper #2 and used these to embelish the layout and also placed some yellow enamel dots next to the flowers.

Finally I stuck a very old label sticker from my stash and some tiny stickers for the date at the bottom of the layout.

The Bloom Street collection is perfect for scrapbooking photos taken outside in the sunshine and I hope that I have perhaps inspired you to scrapbook about where your live. Do hop on over to the shop to take a look at this collection and lots more. You'll find lots to use in your scrapbooking and cardmaking.

Take Care,
Karen x x

Friday 26 June 2020


Hi Everyone

 Anita here with you to end the week today! And what a week it's been!! Its just got hotter and hotter as the days have passed hasn't it, to the point that I am now absolutely melting and my scrap layouts are in danger of turning to Papier Mache!! With it feeling totally tropical outside it seems apt to be using these fabulous and vibrant papers from the Sunkissed Collection by Kaisercraft.
Tropical palms, exotic birds & beautiful florals bring this lush, vibrant colour palette to life and its perfect for scrapping holiday photos, garden photos and anything that makes you smile really.

I wanted to scrap this photo of our 2 girls on holiday a couple of years ago in Tenerife and this really was the perfect range to do it with!
 I have worked with just 3 sheets of paper
Pineapple Sour

I also used some Raven Cardstock and a little sprinkling of Unicorn Stickles to highlight areas with along with some crochet cotton for a few cross stitches.

The page was backed using a sheet of  Mojito that I gutted the centre from ( approx a 10" square), turned it over and stuck the gutted square back in the hole it came from so it showed the dotty reverse side. This then created the background that sits behind the photo.

I took the sheet of Martini and trimmed 5mm off of each side, which then allowed the sheet behind to create a patterned frame around the page ( I actually find I do this with a high percentage of my layouts)
I then gutted out the centre circle carefully because on the reverse side of the sheet there are lots of panels of sayings and it meant I could save some bits to use (alternatively I probably should have purchased 2 sheets of that design and then I would have had a lot more to choose from!)

I chose a couple of the panels and cut them to the chosen shape I required and then matted them  with black card along with matting the photo. I like that the black against the bright colours really stands out well. All Kaisercraft Collections make the best use of the manufacturers strip at the bottom and use them for sayings etc, so I chose one of the strips, matted that and placed it across the base of the layout

I took the sheet of Pineapple Sour and fussy cut the section with the parrot which I layered onto the bottom right of the layout (gosh there are some VERY fine leaves on there....and I am afraid I bottled out of cutting inbetween some of them LOL) and then also fussy cut the butterfly from the same page.
On the pink panel at the top left side of the layout I used a white Signo Uniball Gel pen and changed the word 'I' to 'We' to fit the page better. I have tried a few white pens and really have found this one to be the best by a long shot. Some can dry a bit wishy washy but this one seems to stay nice and bright white!

I had some different colour crochet cottons so picked out a few colours that tied in with the papers and then sewed a few random cross stitches here and there about the page and then finished it all off with a few highlights on the flowers, leaves and the butterfly using Unicorn Stickles.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my page :) I am sure everyone has lots of holiday snaps from previous years to scrap and if you pop over to the SHOP you will find lots of gorgeous papers to play with to save those special memories.

Happy Crafting!
Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Wednesday 24 June 2020

'Discover Nature Again' - 12x12 Layout using Shimelle 'Never Grow Up'

Hello, its Rebecca with you again today with a brand new collection! I'm working with the 'Never Grow Up' collection by Shimelle this time around and I'm here to share my first layout - Discover Nature Again.

I really love how this layout came together and turned out - which is just as well because I burnt the dinner making it! I received my design team box in the post, and thought I'd just spend 5 minutes flicking through it whilst dinner was cooking to see what I had. I came across the 'Treehouse Dreams' patterned paper and instantly had an idea of how to use it and before I knew it I was halfway through a layout and forgot about dinner!

This paper is double sided - one side has the grass, sky and clouds, and the other side is exactly the same except it has a tree house on it. My instincts were telling me it would be easier to use the A side, but it seemed a shame to waste that beautiful tree house so I decided to challenge myself and use the B side. Eeeek!

I started by cutting a circle out of the paper to incorporate the tree house on the right, and then cut out a couple of the clouds using a craft knife. I distressed all the edges and stuck the circle flat onto white cardstock - slightly off-centre. I then replaced the clouds, but propped up on foam dots to add dimension and depth to the layout.

I trimmed down the white cardstock and distressed the edges, and used the outer part of the patterned paper as a border. I then machine stitched around the edge of the white cardstock.

I've used two photos on this layout - both matted on white cardstock and then one on blue and one on green to co-ordinate with the patterned paper. The photos are of my little boy enjoying a long-awaited day out at our local National Trust site. We've missed these days out during the Covid-19 pandemic so we are really grateful to be back 'out there' enjoying the outdoors again.

I positioned my photos to the left hand side of the page being careful not to cover up any of the tree house - this was the reason I stuck the circle down slightly off-centre. I cut out two of the journalling cards from the B side of the 'Life is the Bubbles' patterned paper, distressed the edges and popped them peeking out behind the top of my photos.

I've embellished my layout with some die-cut insects and a compass from my stash, some 'Puffy Stickers', some 'Accent and Phrase Stickers' (both from the collection) and some frames from 'Everyday Musings'. I've added my title 'Discover Nature Again' using different alphabet stickers from my stash.

I finished the layout off by adding some fussy-cut elements from the 'Summer Adventures' patterned paper, and after taking photos, I've added my journalling around the edge of the circle of patterned paper.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout! I'll be back next month with more layouts created using this collection. Please don't forget to check it out in the shop.

Take care,

Rebecca x

Monday 22 June 2020

Hi Everyone!

Well this is exciting!
Hi everyone, it’s Claire here and I’m thrilled to be joining the Papermaze Design Team.  I’m really looking forward to sharing this fabulous crafty hobby with you all and thought I’d hop on and introduce myself.  
I live in Dorset with my partner of 10 years and our gorgeous fur baby called Balli who is nearly 9.  You’ll get to know them both very well as they often take centre stage in my layouts.
My creative journey started in 2006 when my Mum introduced me to card making. I quickly became hooked and used to make cards for my friends, family and colleagues.  I would regularly go to craft shows and exhibitions, and that’s where I got my first glimpse of scrapbooking. I loved the idea of doing something creative just for me and to have an outlet to capture those precious moments.  10 years later and I love it more now than ever.
I’m not sure I have a style as such when it comes to scrapbooking. I like to have a go at everything: lots of paper layers and ephemera, cut files, stamping, mixed media and more.
My most infamous layout is the ‘Lets Stay Home’ page I made in May. Ironically, I’d bought this Maggie Holmes Flourish paper for the stripe on the reverse side, but the houses caught my eye when I sat down to create, and the fussy cutting began!

As well as scrapping day to day moments, I also love to travel, and take a million photos so I’ve plenty to choose from when I get home. I find it hard to resist travel themed collections – so bright and colourful. They always help me relive the adventure.
I also like to dabble in cleaner layouts with lots of white space, although sometimes I find it tricky to balance a minimal page.  They often take me twice as long to create but I enjoy the process all the same.  This is one of my favourites with layers of mixed media against some smaller black and white paper patterns.
Finally, and in complete contrast, I'll sometimes go all out with mixed media...if I’m feeling particularly brave!  This is a photo I scrapped very recently and was so eager to get it right. The image is of some street art I saw on holiday and was blown away at how beautiful it was. I could have stood and looked at it for hours. I used Distress Oxides, paint and art crayons to create the background with lots of stencils to add depth.
Hope that gives you a bit of insight into what you can expect from me in the coming weeks.  
Now to start creating!
Claire xx

Friday 19 June 2020

June Papermaze Kit

Hello, It's Lynn here today with another new kit from Papermaze - The bright, sunny June Kit is now available from the shop.

Here is the first pair of pages I have created:

Before we look at how these layouts were made, here is a look at what is in the £10 kit:

Vicki Boutin - Let's Wander - Chasing Stars and Around Here
Amy Tangerine - Picnic in the Park - Aloha Leilani

Cocoa Vanilla Studios - Legendary - Wild One
Heidi Swapp - Art Walk - Sea to Sky
Pebbles - Sun & Fun - Make A Wish

Bazzill Cardstock - White and Rain

Here is what the flip side of the papers look like:

The embellishments included in the kit:

2 doilies, Creative Expressions star stencil, 5 Dusty Attic chipboard stars, 50cm Bakers Twine, Kaisercraft wooden Flourish Frame, 1 MAMBI puffy arrow, 1 Pinkfresh tag, washi tape words, 3 heart sprinkles

In addition there is a colour matched pack of Bazzill available for £1.75.

Hillary, Stonewash, Red Rock and Candle Glow Medium.

The Secret Garden - The girls were in their dance school's show - Dance Fiction,
they did a ballet dance to The Secret Garden. The photo shows them off stage during the rehearsal.

For this page I used the stunning Aloha Leilani rainbow paper and the Stonewash Bazzill cardstock. I cut both of these in half so they were 6" wide by 12" high. I pasted them side by side onto a scrap sheet of 12" x 12" paper.

With some scrap white card I cut a strip and decorated it with a Martha Stewart border punch and placed this on the join. I lightly pencil sketched the lines of the rainbow onto the cardstock, to guide the placement of my embellishments. I placed the photo into position.

I created the title and other wording, and decorated both sides of the rainbow. I used the second side of the rainbow paper to cut letters and shapes using dies and punches. I went through my stash and used a selection of image and letter stickers, flowers, gems, pearls, twine and Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Once complete I erased the pencil lines.

The Rink - This photo shows my daughter (DSM) and colleagues - Cast and Crew of the show The Rink, at the Southwark Playhouse in London during May 2018.

For this layout I used the
Vicki Boutin - Let's Wander - Chasing Stars paper and the Candle Glow Medium Bazzill Cardstock.

I gutted the patterned paper to create a frame measuring 2.5cm deep, and the Bazzill to 5 cm deep. I distressed and inked the inside of the patterned paper frame and the edges of the square cut from the centre. 

With a sheet of scrap 12" x 12" paper, I placed the Bazzil frame down first and the Chasing Stars paper frame (stars side up), layered on top. Then I gutted a piece from the remainder of the paper where my photo will sit, so I could use some of the stars. I then placed the paper dotty side up into the centre, this will leave some of the Bazzill showing between the two pieces of paper. I stuck the photo in place.

I used the stencil from the kit to create a strip of stars across the layout. I used Festive Berries, Fossilized Amber and Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Inks. I overlapped the inks to create graduated colour. 

I cut the stars from the paper gutted earlier, these were inked and placed around the photo, some with 3D foam tape.

I placed the Pinkfresh Studios tag in place and created a journalling block to go inside using some scrap white card. I placed a scrap of ribbon through the slot in the top of the tag. 

Using my Cricut I cut a pair of roller skates and the work 'RINK' using more of the Candle Glow Bazzill, together with some gold glittery, black and white cardstock. I used letter stickers from my stash for the word 'THE'.

I die cut the date from scraps of the rainbow paper from the previous layout. Finally I added a scattering of rainbow stars over the stencilled stars. 

That's all for today, I will return with more from this kit in two weeks. 
Thanks for looking.

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Simple Stories ~ Birthday Blast #2

Hi all, it's Anna back with you again today. So this month I've been working with the Simple Stories collection 'Birthday Blast'. This is my second layout using this collection, it has been so easy to work with, its really great to use for birthday pages and more.
My second layout is about how we celebrated my brother's 30th birthday in lockdown.

So for this layout I used a sheet of 12x12 cardstock as my background and then cut the 'good times' patterned paper diagonally in half. I mounted my three photographs with bazzill cardstock.

I then cut out a couple of the 2x2 elements and adhered them along with my photographs down the diagonal line.

I used some of the foam stickers for a title and to embellish other elements of the page.

I cut up a journaling card to add my journaling to the layout. 

Thanks for looking!
See you again soon for my next post.
Take care,

Monday 15 June 2020

Pink Paislee Paige Evans Bloom Street - Beautiful Bright Brollies

Hello, Karen C here again with a layout using Paige Evan's latest collection ' Bloom Street' for Pink Paislee. I'm a huge fan of Paige Evans collections (and her scrapbooking) and so I'm thrilled to be working with this collection which is full of flowers, umbrellas, hearts and as always, is bright and colourful.

My inspiration for today's layout was the sheet of the #16 paper - but in the end I didn't use it! The paper is covered in multi coloured umbrellas and reminded me of a photograph I took last year whilst on holiday in Wales, We visited Caernarfon Castle one sunny day and whilst there, we stumbled across a street in the town with hundreds of brightly coloured umbrellas hung above it. I don't think the rest of the family were so excited about this discovery but being a scrapbooker I thought it was amazing and just had to photograph it! 

I started my layout with a 12x12 sheet of smooth white cardstock from Craft UK. I smooshed some Aqua Lagoon Cosmic Shimmer Mist onto the cardstock using the packaging technique and them rubbed a little white Gesso on top to tone the colour done a little. Some splatters of watered down white acrylic paint were also added. I doodled round the edge of the layout with a black gel pen and added some torn pieces of washi tape. The cardstock did warp a little as result of the mixed media products, but once the layout is put into an album I think it will flatten out.

I backed an umbrella cut file, which I had cut from white cardstock, with pieces of the #7 paper and positioned this on the left side of the layout with foam underneath for dimension. I used the black gel pen again to outline the umbrellas.

My 6x4 photo was matted with white cardstock and then with the #5 paper.  I tucked pieces of the branding strip from the #14 paper underneath the top and bottom of the photo and placed the photo on the bottom right side of the layout. I backed a single umbrella cut file with more patterend paper and used this to embellish the photo. The date was added with some Pinkfresh Studio letter stickers from my stash.

I cut some word strips from the #13 paper and put these on top of some of the umbrellas.

I printed my journalling onto white cardstock strips outlined in gel pen and added these to the layout. Clear Dew Drops were also dotted between the umbrellas.

Finally I die cut my title from some scraps of coordinating cardstock and glued this to the layout.

Do hop on over to the Papermaze online shop to see this collection as well as many more. Vanessa is always adding new stock  so you're bound to find the perfect addition to your crafting supplies.

Take Care,
Karen x x

Friday 12 June 2020

Bear Hugs ........ Prima Capri

Hello again!

It's Anita here today and I have got a layout to share with you today using some Prima papers from their Capri Collection. Designed by Frank Garcia, this beautiful range was inspired by the magic and beauty of travel and the elegance of vintage flair. It's full of inspiring travel quotes, beautiful florals, and textured patterns and has delightful holographic foil designs scattered throughout the pages.

I decided to not follow the travel theme however with my layout and hopefully this will also show how versatile the range is.

So I decided to scrap these gorgeous hugging bears, a gift I gave my hubby earlier this year! He loves bears....I love hugs.....perfect combo!
The layout is based on a sheet of cardstock, which was gutted and the excess piece was used to mat the photo and also create some of the flower layers. The picture below shows some of the delicate gold holographic foiling that appears on the sheets in varying degrees. Its very pretty and captures the light beautifully.

I used a sheet of  Capri Carolina for the background and also chopped up a sheet of  Grotto Bianco and Arco Naturale. Brown acrylic paint was gently swiped around all the edges of the panels and the page and I also gave a few squirts and splats of Cosmic Shimmer Mist across the page  in Ancient Copper and another colour I have, but the label has come off so I apologise I have no idea which colour it is!

I wasn't sure initially how to embellish my page and thought it might be nice for a change to get out some of my older dies that I haven't used for a long time.
 After having a good rummage I decided on using my Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Bigz die which is an old favourite of mine and also a Sizzix Flourish and Nouveau alphabet dies for the title.

The flowers were cut using 2 different plain cardstock sheets and also some were cut from a sheet of Arco Naturale 
I layered them up, mixing the designs. By curling the edges up in different ways you can easily change the design of the flowers. This does however create quite a depth to the flowers and lots of scrappers prefer to not have such 'lumpy' layouts. These die cuts can also be left flat and be layered...still very pretty and then they sit a bit wider on the page.
I also die cut some flourishes, gave them a little spray misting and added them in below the flowers.                                                                                    

I added some sparkly cabouchons to the centre of the flowers and a sprinkling of pretty sparkly cabouchons and flat backed crystals were scattered about the page to finish it off ( I do so love a bit of sparkle!!)

Its actually made a nice change to scrap just an object rather than a person for a change....and also use a themed collection for a different theme than it was designed for. It really is a gorgeous collection.

Why not pop along to the SHOP and have a cuppa and a good look round. There are always lots of New Products and lots and lots of other goodies to be found within the site....and we all deserve a treat now and again eh ;)

See you later in the month again....Happy Crafting!

Warmest wishes
Anita xxx

Wednesday 10 June 2020

'Ready Set Go' - 12x12 Layout using Photoplay 'Little Builder' Collection

Hello, Rebecca with you today sharing another layout created with the 'Little Builder' collection from Photoplay. I decided to get a little messy today with some mixed media on my background.

I knew I would be scrapping a photo of my son with a traffic light so wanted to stick to the traffic light colours for this layout. I pulled out a Distress Ink Pad in 'Mowed Lawn', a yellow water colour paint and Cosmic Pixie Powder in 'Lava Red'. I used the packaging technique to apply all 3 colours to my white cardstock in the centre of the page. I made sure the area I covered was bigger than my photo so that it wouldn't all get covered up with photos and embellishments.

I trimmed my background down slightly on two sides, and then tore sections out of the cardstock on the top and bottom and added layers of bazzill cardstock from the Matchmaker Pack behind the tears to fill the gaps - again sticking to the traffic light colours. I then distressed all the edges and mounted the whole thing onto black cardstock.

I took a section from the 'My Sweet Boy' cut-apart patterned paper which says 'Read Set Go' and cut it to the same size as my photo. I matted both onto white cardstock, and then again onto black and placed them in the centre of my layout with a layer of adhesive foam behind them.

I grabbed some black bazzill cardstock and hand drew a small traffic light. I used a circle punch to cut out the 3 circles for the 'lights'. I raised the traffic light up with foam pads and backed each circle with papers from either the collection or the matchmaker pack. For the red light I used the reverse of the 'My Sweet Boy' patterned paper, for the yellow (or amber!) I used a sheet of yellow bazzill from the Matchmaker Pack, and for the green light I used the reverse of the 'Little Trucks' patterned paper. I then added detailing using my Uni-ball Signo White Gel Pen.

Next I added two small strips of the 'B' side of the 'Hard at Play' patterned paper. Because the 'Ready Set Go' card was blue, I felt like I needed to add a tiny bit of blue to my layout, and so the rainbow stripes of this patterned paper were perfect. I distressed the edges and slotted these two strips either side of my photo and cut-apart title card.

I felt like the layout needed more pops of black to balance it out because the traffic light was so dark, so I added a strip of torn washi tape underneath the photos. I had a few cardboard traffic lights in my stash that I rescued from a really cheap toy my son had that broke and was recycled, so I scattered these around my photo and title card, raising the top half up on each one to add dimension.

I also added a couple of stickers from the Elements Stickers Sheet - the traffic cone and the green and blue arrow, a couple of stickers and an ephemera piece from my stash, and also some chipboard elements. The 'limited edition' chipboard is from a Tim Holtz Ideaology Quote Chips pack, and the 'Dude' piece is from a Dusty Attic Word Pack. I used black embossing powder and a heat gun to emboss the word 'Dude' before adhering it to the layout.

And that was me done! This layout came together pretty quickly for me so I was quite pleased with myself.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout, please don't forget to head over to the shop to check it out before it all sells out!

See you later in the month!

Take care,

Rebecca x