Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Echo Park ~ Welcome Spring #2

 Hello! Welcome back to the Papermaze blog! It’s Anna here again with my second layout using the Echo Park Welcome Spring collection. But for this layout, I’ve also added in a couple of extra elements from the Pinkfresh Studio Keeping it Real Collection. 

For my second layout, I have taken inspiration from a Paige Evans layout and used her Cutfile - 165 flowers. The cutfile alongside the patterned papers were perfect for these photographs I had been wanting to scrap for a while now.  


I used the b side of the bumblebee breeze patterned paper as my base and began by adding a few coordinating shades of distress ink; shabby shutters, tumbled glass, milled lavender and dried marigold under the cutfile using the packaging technique. 

I then mounted my three photographs. The larger one, I double mounted - first onto African daisy cardstock and then to the b side of the 3x4 journaling cards. I used 3D foam pads to adhere this photograph and kept the other two flat. I mounted the two smaller photographs on to the b side of the sunny spring day paper. 


I used the pinkfresh studio keeping it real floral cardstock die cuts, tucking them in and around the cutfile and between my three photographs, rather than backing it with any papers.


From the same collection, I used the Pinkfresh Studio Keeping it real mini puffy alpha stickers for my title. 


To finish, I added a few stickers from the element stickers sheet, tucking them around my central cluster of flowers, as well as some Doodlebug sprinkles


Thanks so much for looking! See you next time!

Anna 

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Monday, 10 May 2021

Paige Evans - Wonders - Happy Vibes

Hi everyone,

Claire here with you today! This month, I am playing with the absolutely beautiful Wonders collection from Paige Evans. It's a very colourful, bright and happy collection, perfect for those warmer days.

The first paper that caught my eye was Paper #22. The 'b' side contains the most adorable little floral envelops and I immediately knew I wanted to create a layout where these were the focal point - so here it is!


The paper contains 16 envelope images, each in a different coloured square. For this page, I didn't want the coloured square so cut each envelope just leaving a very thin border around the outside. I considered doing a traditional grid layout, but in the end, settled on a vertical design with the envelopes offset as they cascade down the page.

I raised each of them on foam pads for a bit of extra dimension.


To add a bit of interest, I added a few extra leaves, a butterfly and flowers from the Icon Ephemera Pack, some tiny gold hearts from the sticker book and also added some of those gorgeous mini banners from the Dimensional Banner Stickers.



Next, I set about adding my photograph and decided I'd use this pretty frame from the Icon Ephemera Pack for my photo to sit in. Again, raised on foam pads alongside the envelopes, and with a small chipboard flower for a bit of something extra.


I decided the photo looked as it it was 'floating' and I felt as if I needed to ground the page. I used those beautiful coloured semi-circle pieces from the Chipboard Sticker sheet to create a shelf for the photo to sit on.....and they are unbelievably pretty, with a foiled gold design on each piece.


I added my title 'Happy Vibes' along the chipboard 'shelf' using a combination of the alpha stickers from the Sticker Book and the Wonderful Alphabet Foam Thickers.


At this point, I got a little stuck. The colours are very bright and beautiful, but I didn't want to overpower the page. To me it felt a bit bare.

Bring on Paper #13 - Wow! It's gorgeous! With its multicoloured brush stroke swatch design, it makes a perfect border. It contains all the colours so ties all the elements together really well.

To finish the page off and to balance the design, I added a small cluster in the top right corner. I used stickers from the Cardstock Stickers Pack and a floral sticker from the Sticker Book.


And that was the page complete!

I really am thoroughly enjoying playing with this collection - I was a little nervous it may be too bright and bold for me - but I couldn't have been more wrong!  It's really quite versatile and would lend itself to many scrapbooking styles.  

I'd happily recommend this collection to anyone and I can't wait to create some more pages to share later this month.

See you soon.


Claire xxx

Friday, 7 May 2021

Carta Bella Our Travel Adventure - An Amazing Adventure

Hello, Karen C here today with my first layout using the new Our Travel Adventure collection from Carta Bella. This primary coloured collection is all about airplanes, tickets, passports, maps and more. It would be perfect for scrapbooking an amazing trip to some far flung place but would equally be great for layouts about trips to air museums, air shows, children playing with toy planes and lots more.

In 2017 my daughter won a competition at school and her prize was a flight in a vintage airplane. It was an amazing experience for her and when I saw the papers in this collection I knew they would be prefect to create a layout of that day. 

I started by trimming a quarter of an inch from each side of a sheet of the Away We Go paper and then matted this onto a piece of yellow Bazzill cardstock. Using black thread I machine stitched round the edge.

Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut the 'Adventure' title cut file by Paige Evans from smooth white cardstock and backed this with scraps of yellow, red and navy blue cardstock. Using the Offset Tool in the Silhouette Studio I cut a slightly larger mat for the title from black cardstock and stuck both to the centre of the layout with 3D foam underneath to add some dimension.

I managed to squeeze five 3x4 photos onto the layout. These were matted onto black cardstock and placed round the outside of the cut file with more 3D foam underneath.

The title was completed with the addition of letters cut from red fun foam.

The sheet of chipboard accents were perfect for embellishing the layout. I added an airplane and banner at the bottom of the layout....


 ..... a camera to the left ....

.... and an arrow on one of the photos to pinpoint the plane in the sky.

I found a few wood veneer airplanes in my stash and used these to embellish the title. 

Finally I typed my journalling onto some white paper, cut it into strips and attached these to the left of the layout, staggering them to give extra interest.

Don't be put off by very themed collections. Think out of the box about how you could use them. They can be very versatile and the papers often have great non-themed B sides. 

I'll be back soon with another layout using Our Travel Adventure and until then Take Care.

Karen x x


Thursday, 6 May 2021

Always Look On The Bright Side of Life - P13 Paper Products - Soulmate

Hello, Rebecca with you today sharing an extra layout I've created using the Soulmate Collection from P13 Paper Products. I actually had this layout all planned out before this collection had even landed on my doormat, but it's ended up being the third layout I've created! I was inspired by a layout I'd seen on Pinterest that had two oversized banners and that was the basis for this layout.



I selected Paper #06 and Paper #03 and cut two large banners from them - making one slightly larger than the other. I then layered them on top of each other, slightly offset, and machine stitched them together along the top with a couple of messy lines of black stitching.

Still on my 'avoid white cardstock' drive, I decided to use the gorgeous woodgrain B side of Paper #01 for my background, but jazzed it up slightly by adding some simple mixed media. I added some stamping in Jet Black Stazon Ink and on top of that, paint splatters in gold, black and white. I did the same thing with the banners and then drew a doodled black border around them to add some interest.

I matted my photo with a couple of layers of patterned paper - I've used Paper #03 again, and also the B side of Paper #02 to bring in some darker tones behind my photo to give it some separation from the background. My photo is of my little boy last summer, looking through my parents binoculars which I thought would work really well with this collection seeing as it has a couple of elements with binoculars on!

I then set about the fun part of embellishing my layout. This is the part I find most enjoyable with the P13 collections because everything 'goes' really well. I spent some time fussy-cutting lots of elements from several of the patterned papers. The floral clusters are from Paper #02, the moths are from Paper #03 and pretty much everything else on the layout is from my favourite - Paper #07.

I built up a large cluster around my photo in the top left corner, and then created a second cluster in the bottom right corner to balance the page out. I nestled a pair of binoculars in the smaller cluster and I just love how it looks!

I wanted to incorporate some circular elements to the layout as the two rounded lenses on the binoculars in the photo were really standing out to me. I placed a sticker from Sticker Sheet #03 with a thread tangle behind it - of course using my favourite WRMK Metallic Gold Thread - to the left of my photo.

To bring a circular element to the other side of my photo, I used a compass from Cardstock Tags #1.

It was at this point that I realised I didn't have a title on my page, and I hadn't left a massive amount of space for one either! I had a look through the patterned papers and found a cut-apart element with the sentiment 'Always look on the bright side of life' on Paper #05. I cut the words out, leaving a very thin border and raised them up on foam pads before adding them to my layout.

The final touch to my layout was to add a couple of sequins and bronze coloured jewels.

If  you'd like to watch how this layout came together, there is a process video up on my YouTube channel, which you can find here.

I'm sure this won't be the last you see of me using this collection - I love it so much that I couldn't resist adding a few more bits to my basket!

I'll be back next week, sharing my first layout using the new Color Study Collection from Vicki Boutin.

Until then take care,

Rebecca x

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

Pinkfresh Studios, Keeping it Real - using Big Mood Side A by Meg

Hello, it's Meg here today sharing my third page using the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studios Keeping it Real collection. Yet again this page practically made itself, due to the perfectly matching tones in the collection!


I was inspired to make this layout using the scraps of my last page I shared, but this time with the other side (side A) of the beautiful patterned Big Mood paper! 
Here they are side-by-side - my two layouts using each side of Big Mood. 










I had these arches leftover from the diagonal cuts I'd made and I loved the different colours but some of the arches had their tops cut off, so I decided to layer other arches behind them with foam to make them 3D and complete, then I cut out the centre of the yellow arch to make it into a 3D frame for my photo. 



After that, I mixed some paint to coordinate and splattered behind where I wanted to stick the arches - I actually used a piece of card folded in half like a birthday card to prop over the paint splatters each time, to create distinct lines and stop the paint from mixing together. 

I used the coordinating tonal floral die cuts above, below and on the arches, enamel dots, a few icons fussy cut from Daily Grind and I punched a few flowers out of the Big Mood stripey side to add some extra accents. 

Finally I added a title in white thickers from my stash so that the bright colours above would be the main focus and I journalled below.  



And there you have it - a second layout made from the scraps of my last layout and those wonderful floral die cuts. 
I hope you enjoyed this page - there's still some of this collection left in stock if you would like to try a similar project! 
Take care, Meg x

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Cocoa Vanilla Studio Sunkissed - Sweet & Sassy

Hello! Karen C here again with a final layout using Cocoa Vanilla Studio's Sunkissed collection. Among the bright zesty coloured papers in the collection, there is a gorgeous woodgrain patterned paper called Just Chillin and that paper is the base for the layout I'm sharing with you today.

I started by trimming an eighth of an inch off of each side of the Just Chillin paper and matted this on a sheet of white Bazzil cardstock. Using white thread I then machine stitched a straight stitch round the edges.


Using my Silhouette Cameo I cut the 'Heart Background' cut file by Paige Evans from smooth white cardstock and backed this with the Sunny Days and Growing Wild papers. The backed cut file was then attached to the layout with 3D foam underneath to raise it up.


My photo was matted on white cardstock and placed on top of the cut file with a white paper doilie tucked underneath. I also tucked two pocket cards underneath the photo to give a grounding for the title.


The title was cut twice, once a second sheet of the Just Chillin paper and once from black cardstock. By layering the two pieces on top of each other but slightly offset, it created a shadow effect and made the title stand out more. 


A sub title was created using letters die cut from some pink fun foam.


I embellished the layout with some of the die cut ephemera and In my stash I found a very old flair badge which was also added. I thought the words and colour of the flair were appropriate for this layout and couldn't think of when else I might use it.


The date and place were added to the bottom left corner of the layout using clear letter stickers which I stuck onto a scrap of pink paper and then cut into separate tiles.

For a finishing touch I added a few iridescent pink sequins to the layout.

This was the last layout I have created using the Sunkised collection. I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I have created and that it has inspired you to use the Sunkissed collection too.

I'll be back soon with another project and in the meantime, Take Care.
Karen x x

Monday, 3 May 2021

April Papermaze Kit - Part 2

I'm here today with the next post showing you what I have created with the April Papermaze Kit. This kit is full of spring & Easter, pretty pastel papers, card and embellishments. This time I have created a double page layout, inspired by a Page Maps Sketch.

As always, let's find out what is included in the kit:

Patterned papers:
Simple Stories - Bunnies + Blooms collection - Tags
Echo Park - Welcome Spring collection - Bumblebee Breeze
Echo Park - Welcome Easter - Pastel Petals
Echo Park - Welcome Baby Girl collection - Dreamer Floral
Kaisercraft - Flower Shoppe collection - Conservatory
American Crafts - Paige Evans - Go The Scenic Route - #12
Bazzill Basics - Avalanche & African Daisy

Embellishments:
Large doily, 4 buttons, 12" washi tape, 5 paper flowers, 1 resin rose, diecut polaroid frame, 3lines gold puffy phrase stickers, 3 large pearls, clear stamp, exclusive acrylic phrase.

Extra Bazzil Pack - Quartz, Wisteria, Hillary & Jetstream



Easter Bonnets - As a base for these pages I used two sheets 12"x12" scrap paper, this enabled me to cut up and make the most of the patterned papers and cardstock from the kit.

To prepare the pages, I cut the following:
Jetstream Bazzill - 20.5cm x 30.5cm & 10cm x 30.5cm
Bumblebee Breeze - 10cm x 30.5cm (Bee side), 8cm x 15cm & 23cm x 15cm (yellow side)
Pastel Petals - 20cm x 30.5cm (floral side) & 6.5cm x 21cm (green trellis side)
Go The Scenic Route #12 - 7.5cm x 22.5cm
I inked the edges with Shaded Lilac Distress Ink.

These pieces of paper were then arranged onto the base paper (for placement see the sketch), when sticking into place I allowed some edges to be free of glue so I could tuck the tags in place later.

April 2021 Page Maps Sketch

I mounted all the photos onto African Daisy Bazzill, then made a second mount for the portrait photo using Quartz Bazzill. The photos were arranged across the yellow check patterned paper on the layout. I raised the portrait photo on foam pads, and the other three were glued to the page. 

With scraps of Avalanche Bazzill I trimmed two strips with the Mini Daisy Fan Martha Stewart Border Punch.

From the remainder of the 'Tags' paper I cut 12 tags, inked the edges, punched holes and added large white eyelets from my stash. I arranged them around the page tucking them under some of the other papers, leaving enough white space for my journalling.

I had some pretty pale blue silky twine in my stash and threaded this through the eyelets in the tags. Arranging in loopy fashion and gluing in place onto the page.

I used the washi tape in the kit to trim various areas on the pages.


To embellish I made some flowers from the Bazzill scraps, using the Tim Holtz - Sizzix Thinlits set - Funky Floral Large.


My title was created with some Thickers Alpha Stickers.

For more detail here is a closer look at each page:



That's all for the April kit, Back with the May Kit soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x