Friday, 23 September 2022

Simple Stories ~ Say Cheese at the Park #4 🐭

Hi it’s Anna back with you today! 
I have another layout to share with you using Simple Stories Say cheese at the Park - I have had a whale of a time with this collection, it’s been perfect for documenting magical Disney memories. 
You can find all of the collections as part of this release in the shop here.. 

For this layout, I have used the Say Cheese at the Park part of the release and in particular the ‘Tags’ paper. 

I began with a 12x12 piece of white bazzill cardstock. I then selected 8 tags that I wanted to use. 
I decided that something was needed on the background, so I added some Distress Ink in the shade of Fossilised Amber. I then used a stencil to apply some more Distress Ink in the shade of faded jeans

I arranged the tags on my layout and added my photos to some of them, mounting them with cardstock first. 

I used stickers from the Combo Stickers and Sticker Book to embellish the tags. 

I added a few finishing touches, by randomly adding some Nuvo Drops. 

I used the alpha stickers from the sticker book for my title. 

I finished the layout off by adding some twine, tying it between each of top and bottom tags. 

Thank you so much for looking! 
See you again soon. 

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Carta Bella Welcome Fall - Hello Autumn

Hello, Karen here. I hope you're doing well. Today I'm sharing a layout that I've created using a digital cut file from Paige Evans and the the beautiful new Welcome Fall collection from Carta Bella. This collection features traditional fall/autumn colours and images of pumpkins, autumn leaves, florals, etc. 

As well as using the new 'Welcome Fall' collection I have also included some scraps of last years 'Welcome Autumn' collection in my layout. Carta Bella (and other manufacturers) often use a similar colour palette throughout their themed collection which means you can easily mix and match old and new collections. As well as using the 2022 and 2021 collections on the same layout (both of which are available in the shop), I could also have mixed in some of the even earlier autumnal collections such as 'Hello Autumn' or 'Fall Market'. And as an added bonus, because Carta Bella is the sister company of Echo Park, their collections also mix well with Carta Bella too so I could also have included Echo Parks 'Fall Fever'or 'Fall' collections. This makes these collections such great value for money as they present so many opportunities for using them.

I started my layout with a sheet of Acorns and Leaves paper. I trimmed about a quarter of an inch from each edge and them matted the B side onto a sheet of white 12x12 cardstock and machine stitched round the edges using white thread.

Using my Silhouette Cameo I then cut Paige Evans Leaf Background file from smooth white cardstock, sizing it so that it would fit my layout with a small border round the outside.

Using scraps of papers from the Welcome Autumn collection and some gold mirror card I backed the cut file. 

The backed cut file was added to the layout but before gluing it down I splattered some gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine on the background paper. It doesn't show too well in the photographs but in real life it add a little extra shine.

My four photos were matted in pairs onto more gold mirror card and then placed on top of the cut file.

I fussy cut some flowers from the Autumn Blooms paper and used these to embellish the page, placing clusters of flowers on the corners of the photos.

I also cut a phrase from a tag in the Frames and Tag Ephemera Pack and placed this on top of one of the flowers as a title.

Finally I added a few gold sequins and the date using letters die cut from the gold mirror card.

I hope you like this layout and love the autumn collections as much as I do. Why not pop along to the shop to check out what is available and even if you already have autumn themed papers left over from previous years maybe think about mixing some the newer papers with them on your layouts, cards and other craft projects.

Take Care, Karen x x

Sunday, 18 September 2022

Thankful Tiered Tray Decor ...Photoplay Thankful Collection


 Hello again, it's Anita here with you today.

We are now at the start of my absolute favourite time of year....Autumn! And there are some beautiful, vibrant paper collections out there to create with! I am lucky enough to have some of the Photoplay Thankful Collection to work with for my post today.

For the last couple of years I have been enjoying looking at Pinterest and other sites seeing the gorgeous tiered trays that seem to be all the rage in the USA. There are several variations of tray available and people decorate them to match the seasons changing and for other themes and celebrations....and I have completely fallen in love with the idea. 

They can however work out quite expensive and as I rarely have spare money to buy *non essentials* I thought I would try and see what I could create myself for a fraction of the price!

Have a look and see what you think!

 I started off with 2 different sized lightwood trays that I bought from Hobbycraft and a plain pine candle stick that I painted to match the trays. I dry brushed the trays and candle stick with white acrylic paint to give it a more rustic effect and used wood glue to fix the trays to the candlestick and create the 2 tiers.

Here is a list of products used to create all the following items that I have made for my 1st ever tiered tray attempt.

Thankful and Blessed

Warm and Cozy

Pumpkin Spice

Element stickers

Lengths of 90mm x 20mm wood 

Lengths of 68mm x 15mm wood

Lengths of 90mm x 90mm wooden posts

Childrens Alphabet wooden blocks

wooden beads

ribbons, raffia and twine

mini wooden rolling pin

pine drawer knob

Various colour acrylic paints

MDF blank square photo frame

So, all of the wood pieces, blocks and bricks were painted with white, pumpkin orange or sage paint and then gently sanded the edges to slightly distress them and soften the edges. I added stickers from the element sheet and panels from the paper sheets, then raffia, twine and ribbons where needed.

The chunky wood block had a painted pine handle added to the top and I wrapped twine, raffia and ribbon onto it.

The beads were all painted with the same paints and I made a tassel from the twine and gingham check ribbon.

The MDF picture frame was painted white, backed with the reverse side of the paper and a rather lovely quote added.

the mini rolling pin was covered in paper and the raffa and ribbons tied on the ends. Super cute!

I made the pumpkin latte from a mini mason jar and added cinnamon, a straw and some sprinkles to the topping, finishing off with a gingham bow.

The childrens little alphabet blocks make a delightful little addition to the trays and you can make as many or as few as you like.

I added a few little shop bought bits...ceramic and plastic pumpkins, wooden mushrooms, greenery and autumns leaves.

I have to say that I am so very pleased with this for my first attempt and I am looking forward to decorating for Christmas in a short while....maybe even Halloween first!!

I hope you have enjoyed my post today, thank you for looking.

Warmest wishes

Anita xx

Friday, 16 September 2022

September Papermaze Kit - Part 1

Hello, Lynn here today, with the autumnal September Papermaze Kit. This kit is a selection of six patterned papers, two sheets of Bazzill and a selection of embellishments. There is the extra option of four sheets of Bazzill perfectly matched to go with the papers.

To work with this kit, I have chosen to select the pink hues for my first layout and some pink and purples to go with the beautiful autumn wreath.


 Before looking at how I made the layouts shown - here are the details of what is in the kit:

Patterned papers:
Carta Bella - Flora No.5 - Warm Small Floral & Warm Large Floral
P13 - Hello Autumn - 02 & 03
Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Indigo Garden - Beautiful Heart
49 & Market - Spectrum Sherbet - Classics - Brumbleberry
Bazzill Basics - Bazzill White & Juneberry

Reverse side of papers

Rosie's Studio Puffy Alpha Stickers, 1/4 sheet of Word sentiments, pinch of clear sequins, 5 Prima flowers, 2 P13 light chipboard leaves, 7 pink glitter dots, 4 - 49 & Market chipboard frames, chipboard index tab

Bazzill Basics Extra Pack - Mauve Ice, Berrylicious, Apricot & Nixon

Shore Thing - A winter walk on the sea front at Pakefield, admiring all the pretty beach huts.

The backdrop for this layout is the sheet of P13 Hello Autumn #03, I love the shabby wooden boards in pink which reminded me of these beach huts.

I made a border using Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Colourize Woodgrain die set and several sheets of Bazzill Basics cardstock from the kit - Mauve Ice, Berryliscious and Juneberry. I made a total of eight panels, I cut two of them down to fit, then placed a pink brad in the corner of each panel. These were arranged to make a frame and attached with 3D foam tape.

With Raspberry Divine Twine, I made two washing lines across the page with the ends tucked under the wood panels. I trimmed the photos and pegged them to the lines, with Woodware Mini Clothes Pegs. For extra stability I used a little more foam tape under each photo.

I clipped some of the happy phrases from the selection in the kit and placed one on each photo. 

I used the chipboard tab from the kit, painted it with Worn Lipstick Distress Paint, and some old rub-ons from my stash for the date. I placed this at the top of my first photo. 

With the pack of Rosie's Studio - Brand New Day - Puffy Alpha Stickers (in the kit) I added the details of the place we were visiting.

The paper flowers from the kit were scattered over the page to add decoration, along with two decorative pins and two wooden houses from my stash. 

My title was created with the word 'shore' spelt out with ek Success Scribble Alpha Stickers and the word 'thing' using a VB Story Teller phrase sticker.

Harvest Festival - My children ready to set off to the Harvest Festival service in front of our house and a row of sunflowers.

For this layout I built everything up on the beautiful autumn wreath on this sheet of P13 - Hello Autumn - #02 paper. 

I mounted photos behind two of the chipboard frames from the kit. I glued the lower one down onto the paper and the other was raised up using 3D foam tape.

I embellished the page with a selection of paper flowers from my stash. The foilage was all created with Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits - Funky Florals. I cut them using Bazzill cardstock from the kit and extra match pack. 

I also used the P13 light chipboard leaves from the kit. 

For the title I drew a faint line with pencil to continue the circle for the wreath, at the top where there is a gap. Then I placed letters using more of the Rosie's Studio - Brand New Day - Puffy Alpha Stickers (in the kit). The date was made with Bazzill and Tim Holtz, Sizzix Thinlits - Alphanumeric Tiny Type set.

That's all for today - I'll be back soon with more from this kit.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Wednesday, 14 September 2022

September Cropping

Our September crop is this coming Saturday, 17th and the kit has been designed by Lynn using papers from 49 & Market's Spectrum Sherbet collection... 

If you would like to join us it's £5 for the day, from 10am until 4pm, there will be homemade cakes and refreshments as well as a variety of punches and dies available for you to use.  Just drop an email to

Monday, 12 September 2022

Life Is Better Lakeside - Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Lakeside Collection

Hello, it's Rebecca with you today sharing a new layout. I was grateful of a bit of scrappy time this weekend after my first week back at work following the summer holidays. I've scrapped a slightly older photo from 2020 using the gorgeous Simple Vintage Lakeside collection from Simple Stories - which you can find here

I started by cutting three squares of paper, about 4x4 inches - two from the Explore & Discover patterned paper, and one from the Relax & Unwind paper.  I arranged them at the top centre of my background, slightly overlapping, with some very basic mixed media behind them. I used a Distress Oxide Ink Pad in the shade 'Broken China' and the packaging technique to add the colour to my Premium White Cardstock. I chose blue to resemble water, and also because my little boy is wearing light blue in the photo - which I've adhered to the centre square.

For my title, I selected one of the Chipboard Stickers and placed it central on the page, underneath my photo. 

I've embellished either side of my photo using die cuts from the Bits & Pieces and Natures Bits & Pieces packs - focusing on ducks as my little boy is feeding the ducks in my photo.

Under my title, I added a couple of the Combo Cardstock Stickers and a few large splatters of ink.

I hope you've enjoyed this layout. I really enjoyed creating with this collection - it's one of those collections that looks lovely online but is even nicer in real life!

I'll be back later in the month!

Take care,



Friday, 9 September 2022

P13 - Hit The Road - Into The Wild

Hi everyone,

Claire here with you today, and this month I will be using the Hit The Road collection from P13

This collection immediately caught my eye. It's jam packed with the beautiful papers you would expect from P13, but they've also released exciting additional products that will take your scrapbooking even further:

  • Four Decorative Tags sets
  • Ephemera Tickets
  • Die Cut Garlands
  • Ephemera Bits & Pieces
  • Three Sticker Sheets
  • Three Chipboard Sticker Sheets
  • Chipboard embellishments and more!

I wanted my layout to feature the beautiful papers, Ephemera Tickets, Ephemera Bits and Pieces and Ephemera Frames and Words.

Using a piece of Premium Kraft Cardstock as my base, I positioned the b side of Paper 3 on an angel, distressing the edges for texture. I trimmed off the overlapping edges and added white machine stitching.

I wanted to create a multi-photo layout, and Paper 4 provided the perfect opportunity to create a photo strip format. I worked out where the strips would sit, and brushed on some Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide ink to create a shadow and help them contrast against the green paper. I also added some splatters.

I printed four photographs, layering them onto blue Bazzill cardstock from the Matchmaker Pack. I positioned these on two strips of Paper 4, and created a second layer using the b side of the paper to show that pop of yellow.

I added a strip of burlap ribbon underneath to create that extra texture you find when out in the woods.

With the main design in place, I began embellishing. I absolutely adore the Ephemera Tickets and couldn't resist the opportunity to tuck some alongside my photo strip.

I also added a few more at the bottom, bringing out the blue tones of the collection.

Just above, I created another small cluster, made with the leaves and compass from the Ephemera Bits & Pieces Pack. The title is from the Ephemera frames and Words Pack.

On the opposite photo strip, I created another small cluster, using the backpack, leaves and signpost which were fussy cut from Paper 7.

Towards the top of the cluster, I used a beautiful blue tab from Chipboard Sticker Sheet #3 and added a small 'Explore' phrase from the Phrase and Words set.

As a final touch, I added some moss from my stash around the clusters to really bring home the feel of the forest, and that was the page complete!

I hope you find inspiration in the page and are as excited as I was to see all the extra bits now included in this P13 collection - it really was a joy to create with.

I'll be back in a few week with another project with Hit The Road.

See you soon.
Claire xx