Saturday 27 February 2021

Simple Stories - Hello Today - Project Life Style by Adam

Hello Today from Simple Stories - Project Life Style!

Adam here again, thanks for joining me here on the Papermaze blog! Today I am sharing something a little bit different and my last February project! 

So once I had finished my layouts, I still had a full set of papers and lots of embellishments left. I will admit, I bought an extra set of papers cause I liked both sides! Alright... I do that with pretty much all papers I ever get!! So I had used all the papers in some way on my layouts and I wanted to use the A sides of the papers now - that is, the cut apart side. You can see photos from each month at the end of this blog post - a bit different to usual posts 😀

Hello Today is Simple Stories 'year' review style collection this year - you may recall they had 'Best Year Ever' last year (which was also fab - and lots still available in the shop!). So I decided I wanted to do a Project Life style page with each sheet - one for each month of the year. I did something I have never done before too... I created with no photographs (though I did end up putting a couple in with chipboard frames). 

It's quite basic but I love the result. I plan on choosing between three and five 3x4" photos each month and then filling them in periodically. I don't scrap project life style regularly so these will just slot in with regular layouts - and that's good with me. I like the mix.

I've used a big variety of the collection as I was using up the embellishments I had left. I've also thrown in some stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio stickers here and there. Because I don't have photos for every month yet (I'm using these for 2021), I printed a ton of 'Photo Here' stickers to show where my photos will eventually go. 

I have used element stickers, stickers from the sticker book, bits and pieces, journal bits and pieces, brads, foam stickers, puffy stickers, chipboard frames and chipboard stickers. So the whole collection! 

Something else I also did was decide on a couple of things and then carried it through the entirety of the twelve pages - so they call have the monthly 4x6" card at the top left, they all have a circular month sticker, they all have a 3x4" calendar card, they all have a numbered journaling card and they all have a number sticker from the sticker book. Beyond this, I didn't carry any placement through. I used two different varieties of Project Life protectors and all embellishments are stuck to the outside of the protector

Thats it from me for February but I'll be back soon with another fab collection for Papermaze! I am so pleased to have started and finished with one full collection in one month - quite the achievement for me!! 

Take care and stay safe and I'll be back soon! In the meantime, check out the shop, bookmark the new arrival section and have a look through all the photos below to see how the finished pages look!

Adam x

Friday 26 February 2021

My Happy Place - Disney Trip Journal

My Happy Place - Disney Trip Journal



Hi. Lisa here with you today. I rarely finish a scrapbook or journal. If there's space I will continue until I can't possibly fit anymore in. What I love about memory keeping this way is that I create whatever I fancy. Something from a previous trip or something current. Today I was in the mood for some Disney. I realised that I'd not told the story yet of why Disney's Beach Club means so much to us. So I took out my 2017 trip journal to tell this story. I do have a full process video if you'd like to watch this page being made here

. . I used some of the Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection 'Daydream' on this page. It's such a pretty collection. I love the soft tones and the beautiful designs. The dreamy look felt perfect. . . This paper here was so perfect. The Beach Club at Disney really does have a special place in our hearts. I cute out this piece to turn into a flip page for my journaling securing it in place with washi. You can see how I did this in the video. . The flip then opens out so I had plenty of space for my journaling. I do love abit of fussy cutting, so had fun with this paper here. . I had so much fun making this page and I love how pretty is is. I think the colours go so well with our Disney Beach Club story. . . I hope you like this page too. Are you working on any older holiday photos too? Lisa xx

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Simple Stories ~ Hello Today #3

Hi! It’s Anna back with you today with the Hello Today collection by Simple Stories! You can find the collection in the shop here.

This is my final layout with this collection and next month I will be back with some Disney Magic for you!

For this layout I’m using up some scraps from my previously used patterned papers. I decided to go with a circles theme and as the layout progressed gradually more and more circles began to appear! To begin with I’d imagined just a cluster in one area of the layout, but now we’ve got a whole page full! Does this happen to anyone else? I hardly ever end up sticking with what I have planned for a layout!

 I also had 4 pictures to potentially use to begin with, but as the page progressed with more circles, I planned to cut it down to two pictures. But I still really wanted to use the last two, so I ended up incorporating them into the circles! 

I punched out a variety of sized circles using punches. There are a selection in the shop here

I then used a selection of the chipboard and combo stickers to embellish on and around the circles. I also added some stitching to some of the circles and raised some of them on 3D foam pads. I also added a thread tangle and distressed some edges too.

Thanks so much for looking!

See you next month!



Monday 22 February 2021

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Great Escape - I'm Still Standing

Hi everyone,

Claire back with you today sharing my second layout using the beautiful Simple Stories Simple Vintage Great Escape collection.

My layout is simple, with lots of white space - but I really love how it turned out.  I mentioned on my last blog that this collection has taken me on a journey and I think this layout is indicative of my destination.

I started with some Premium White Cardstock and a Distress Oxide in Iced Spruce. I applied the ink with a big stencil brush, building the colour very slowly in a random shape in the area I new my photo was going to sit.  Once I was happy with the colour, I added a few splatters of watered down ink and a few splatters of water to lift a few spots of colour away for a bit of extra interest.

The photo I chose to scrap is of a tree I found on a walk we had to the top of Howth Hill in Dublin a few years back.  The tree trunk had been slashed, probably struck by lightening I would guess, leaving it almost balancing on its tip - but it was standing as tall and strong as ever! So many parallels to the situation we have all found ourselves in during recent times.

I took a thin strip of the 3x4 Elements Paper (b side) and stitched it to my page - this would be the anchor point on which the rest of the layout would sit.

Next, I mounted my photo on one of the Chipboard Frames and added a ruffled piece of the 100% Natural paper and one of the cut aparts from the 3x4 Elements Paper behind it as an extra layer.

To the left of the photo, I punched a large circle from the Time for Adventure paper and added some mushrooms which I fussy cut from one of the 4x6 Journaling card papers. To the right, I fussy cut some additional leaves from the 3x4 Elements paper to balance the design.

For a little extra texture and dimension, I added two raw chipboard Foliage 20 leaves from Dusty Attic. I brushed them slightly with oxide ink but actually quite liked the rawness so left the ink very pale.

I scattered a few stickers from the Combo Stickers around the picture (the heart, arrow, small tag and the explore compass) and a bit of gold netting from my stash.

At the top of the page, I made a small cluster using the same ink technique as a base, to which I added a hand cut banner and a few more stickers.

To finish it off, I added the I'm Still Standing title using Kaisercraft alpha stickers.

And that was the page done!  I hope you like how it turned out.

I'll be back with you in a few weeks time with a new collection and some more layouts. Until then, stay safe.

Claire xx

Sunday 21 February 2021

Hello Today by Adam

Hello! Adam back again with another layout using Hello Today from Simple Stories. 

This time, I have decided to use another cutfile and another one from Paige Evans - this time, the cascading numbers cutfile. It might seem a little odd to use on this layout but it kind of represented a list of things, a top ten and that kind of thing and, the photos are from our short trip to Wales in between lockdowns in 2020 so it worked for me as we did so much and the list was so long! 

I started by cutting the cutfile with one of the patterned papers from the collection and then again with white precision cardstock. I used two sheets from the Bazzill matchmaker pack - red and yellow and then adhered the cutfile, in white, to the left and popped the numbers, in patterned paper, up on foam pads

I matted four 3x4"photos on some scraps of the papers from the collection and placed these on the right side of the page - I never get too accurate with rulers and such, it's all guess work and I just roll with it! I had a lot of small scraps and didn't want to waste them so I took random scraps and layered these behind the photos to the bottom/top and sides. 

Then it was my favourite part! Embellishing time! I have used bits from each of the embellishment packs in the collection. You'll notice with my layouts that I don't always have a title as such - I tend to have multiple words which could be seen as a title. Because I scrap so many photos from one trip or occasion, I don't find it necessary to have titles on all pages. 

I've used mostly stickers on this layout from the element stickers, sticker book, foam stickersadhesive brads, chipboard and puffy stickers. I also used some of the small alpha tile stickers from the sticker book for 'Wales' and '2020'. Of course, the enamel dots worked their way onto the page too! I opted for a trio of trios - again! I like to sometimes put my stickers, titles or words on the photos too, I think it can sometimes bring the photo into the page... plus it helps with my more is more style!! 

I'll be back with a final couple of projects - another layout and something a bit different to really stash bust this awesome collection! In the meantime, check out some more photos below, have a good browse of the shop - especially check out the new arrivals section because there is so much new goodies arriving over the next few weeks!

Take care, stay safe and happy scrapping!

Adam x