Wednesday 17 July 2024

49 & Market - Summer Porch - Snapahots

Hello, and welcome back to the Papermaze blog! 

Claire here today, and I have another beachy layout to share with you today, but this one has a beautiful nautical theme, made with the new Summer Porch collection from 49 and Market. 

I began with a piece of Premium White Cardstock and cut a circle, roughly 9" using the cream/buff coloured cardstock from the Solids Collection Pack. I distressed the edges and stuck it flat to the page. 

On top of that, I lay two vertical strips of patterned paper - Daydream (red) and Take Flight (a blue paper with a fabulous seagull pattern). 

To create extra texture, I spritzed each piece with water to make it more pliable, softening the fibres to ruffle the paper slightly more than usual. I love how tactile this makes the page and the extra depth it creates. 

I positioned my photos down the centre, with each one mounted on tissue paper to give that extra bit of separation. 

Using the By the Sea Laser Cut Elements, I trimmed some net and tucked it on either side of the papers, saving the large middle section of the net for another layout. 

The rowing boat and lighthouse form the basis of a large cluster, complemented by two circular ephemera pieces from the Ephemera Bits, finished with a laser cut bow and seagull. 

Across the centre of the layout, I added a laser cut rope - the detail and shading on this is really lovely, and it adds real interest to the page. 

I used the rope to anchor my 'Snapshots' title, adding a red subtitle both from the Chipboard Word Set, along with a small anchor and seagull from the By the Sea Laser Cuts.

Under each cluster I added some Essential Rub-on Transfers and some red starfish from the Chipboard Word Set.

As a finishing touch, I added a few sentiments to the photos (one top left and the other bottom right) from the Laser Cuts and Ephemera Bits.

Love how this layout came together, and look forward to sharing more with you next month. 

Claire xx


Monday 15 July 2024

Coming Back After A Creative Break


Today I'm talking about coming back after a creative break.

I really struggle after taking creative breaks. It just doesn't flow so quickly and easily.
I have to plan and think more and it just takes so much longer.
But sometimes it doesn't even happen at all. I can sit there and I just don't feel it.
So that's what I wanted to share with you today.

I was in this situation a few weeks ago.
I was trying to create after a busy few family weeks.
But thankfully I'd ordered these packs.

I love these pieces so much, They are so so easy to use.

I opened them on my crafty desk and pulled out the ones that really spoke to me.

I love how easy you can create pretty titles.

And I also created this little pocket.

I slid these postcards in behind my photos.
I stuck them back to back. 
Adding photos on one side and journaled the other side.

I added bits and pieces from the packs around my photos to decorate too.

Then over on the other side I used a larger photo and added ephemera again.

And to finish I added some puffy stickers to match here .

This journal spread really helped ease me back in to creating again.
All these piece made it so easy and stress free and very fast.

I hope you've enjoyed this and feel inspired.
Thanks so much.

Lisa xx

Friday 12 July 2024

Simple Stories ~ Say cheese Magic #1 ✨

Hi everyone, it’s Anna back with you and this month I’m working with Simple Stories Say Cheese Magic!
You can find the whole collection in the shop here

I love a Disney themed collection and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint! Simple Stories have brought out a few Disney themed collections this release which also include -
They are all amazing! Perfect for scrapbooking your Disney memories! 
But let’s get back to Say Cheese Magic… I have created a double page spread for my first project…

I used ‘Oh Boy!’ And ‘Yoo Hoo!’ together - when I lined them up next to each other both Mickey and Minnie’s  heads joined together perfectly. I just needed to allow for the other half of the bow, which I hand drew and matched it up with the reflecting side. 
I trimmed the patterned paper down and then mounted them onto white bazzill cardstock - leaving a gap each side apart from the joining edge. 

I then picked 6 photos - 3 on each side and created a reflection, doing pretty much the same to each side of the page. I mounted my photos in coordinating cardstock and then used ‘4x6 elements’ paper to layer them onto. 

I picked out two tags from ‘tag elements’ for each side and added some twine to them, I tucked them into my clusters, again creating a mirror image. 

I then selected several stickers from the ‘cardstock stickers’ and used them to build up the detail around the photos. Again I tried to more of less stick to creating a mirror image and placing them similar places on both sides. 

I added a title along the bottom of the layout using Doodlebug Alpha Stickers and I also added phrase stickers by American Crafts. 

Thanks so much for looking! 
See you later in the month with another layout using this collection. 



Wednesday 10 July 2024

American Crafts Paige Evans - Adventurous - Beautiful Place

Hello, Karen here. I'm really excited to be working this month with the new Paige Evans Adventurous Collection from American Crafts. I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this collection in the shop, and when the postman delivered my design team kit I wasn't disappointed! It is gorgeous. The collection is very vibrant and perfect for scrapbooking your travel and holiday memories but is equally great for general summer and everyday scrapbooking.

For my first layout I chose to scrapbook a photo collage using some photos from our summer holiday last year.

I started by layering onto a sheet of 12x12 white cardstock, squares of papers #18 & #19 with more white cardstock between. I used the B sides of the patterned papers but because I want to use the A sides on another project, I carefully gutted the papers before sticking  them down. Using white thread I machine stitched a straight stitch around the edges of the papers.

On top of the patterned papers I placed my square photo collage which I created on my phone in the Google Photos app.

Using one of Paige's older 'layered flowers' digital cut files and some scraps of paper, I created some three dimensional layered flowers to embellish the layout.

I used some white chalk ink to add some interest to the flowers and curled up the petals a little too.

The flowers were placed in the corners of the photo collage with some leaves from the Icon (Floral) Ephemera pack. I like the pop of turquoise the leaves give the layout.

Two tags from the Journalling Ephemera pack were strung with some twine and then added to the layout. I added journalling to one of the tags.

I stamped the date onto a tab and placed this at the top of the layout together with a word cut from paper #1. As the collection has gold foil accents, I matted the word onto some gold mirror card to echo the gold on the tag I had already added to the layout.

I used a word from the sheet of Phrase Thickers and the gold Mini Alphabet Thickers to cerate a title at the bottom of the page.

Finally I fussy cut two butterflies from paper #19, added them to the layout and hand stitched some butterfly trails with turquoise embroidery floss.

I hope you are as excited to use Paige's new collection as I am, and it is available in the shop now.

I'll be back again soon with another layout and until then, take care and enjoy the summer.

Karen x x

Monday 8 July 2024

Little Moments - Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Meadow Flowers

Hi everyone, it’s Rebecca with you today and I’m really excited to be sharing my first layout for July because I’m creating with the beautiful Simple Vintage Meadow Flowers collection from Simple Stories. It’s such an elegant collection with soft, pretty colours. You can find it in the shop here.

I began by cutting out the sheet of notepaper from the Walk in Nature patterned paper. I love all the layers on this paper, but I felt like I wanted to scale it back and make it a bit simpler. Once cut, I distressed all the edges and adhered it centrally to a sheet of lilac cardstock from the 12x12 Basics Kit.

On top of this, I placed my photo, housed in one of the Chipboard Frames. I decided on the frame with more pink in it, to match my photo. 

Before adding any embellishments, I positioned some of the Rub-Ons around the page. I love how easy these transfer on to a layout, and they really elevate the page and add beautiful detailing to any background. 

With my rub-ons in place, I started to build some floral clusters around my photo using the Chipboard Clusters and Floral Bits & Pieces. By selecting larger elements, it means I didn’t actually need to add a great deal (fab for me - more for other layouts!) 

Once I have all my larger elements in place, I like to look through the smaller pieces in a collection to see what else I can add. The great thing about smaller elements is that you can add lots of them, without overcrowding the page. I selected a few stickers from the Cardstock Stickers, some Decorative Brads and some Enamel Glitter Dots.

The chipboard frame I’d selected had the phrase ‘Wild and Beautiful’ on it… which would work great as a title, but there was a phrase in the Page Pieces that had caught my eye. I selected the ‘Little Moments’ phrase for my title as it depicted the story in the photo perfectly. We’d been out for lunch for my husband’s birthday, and on the way back to the car we walked through the shopping centre. Randomly, under the escalator was this gorgeous wooden swing surrounded by a stunning display of florals. It was perfect for a few photos - capturing the ‘little moments’ in our day. I placed my new title on top of the chipboard frame, raised up on foam pads.  To extend my title further, I chose to add a Foam Stickers above my photo which reads ‘ My soul is made from’. 

To finish the layout, I made two little tears in the top and bottom of the background cardstock, and folded the edges in to create a little open triangle. I backed these spaces using a patterned paper from the 6x8 Paper Pad, just to add a little details and bring more colour to the edges of the layout. 

I hope you like this layout and it’s given you some inspiration. Meadow Flowers is such a beautiful collection so make sure you check it out in the shop before it’s all sold out!

Thanks for reading. 

Rebecca x


Friday 5 July 2024

June Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Lynn here today, with two more layouts using the Papermaze Kit for June. This kit gives you Bazzill and patterned papers in bright cheerful colours. I have used them along with the embellishments included to make pages featuring some 1960/70's Kodak square format photos.

Patterned papers:
American Crafts - Rainbow Avenue - My Feelings
Echo Park - My Little Girl - Pretty Girl Plaid & Bright Floral
Pinkfresh Studio - Picture Perfect - Write your Story
Pinkfresh Studio - The simple things - Rays of Sunshine
Simple Stories - Summer Snapshots - Take the Shot

The image below shows both sides of each of the papers included in the kit.

Embellishments: 1/2 sheet Paige Evans Blooming Wild puffy stickers, Strip of Vicki Boutin Speciality Acetate Discover and Create, 1 Paige Evans Blooming Wild Chipboard Mini Frame, 4 Doodlebug Designs All Aflutter butterfly shape stickers, 3 Masterpiece Design '12 months label mix', 3 Pretty Little Studio ephemera pieces Sunkissed - Smell the Flowers, Pinch of Pinkfresh clear drops - Blush, & Strip of Doodlebug Designs washi tape - Bunny Hop Pastel Plaid.

Bazzill Basics - Coconut Swirl & Classic Yellow (included in kit). Passionate, Aqua, Marmalade Blast & Wild Pansy (in Extra Bazzill Pack)

Oh Snap! - Photos I took myself with my first camera at the age of 11 on a year 6 school trip to The Isle of Wight. These appear to be the only two photos that have survived from that holiday. So, the Vicki Boutin Speciality Acetate and the Simple Stories Take the Shot paper was ideal for recording the memory.

Starting with the White CS Bazzill, I flicked some watered-down Distress Oxide Ink (Carved Pumpkin and Salvaged Patina), over the page.

The next step was to cut apart the sheet of 
Take the Shot paper into individual 'Polaroid' style pieces.  I arranged these over the layout, together with the photos, giving me colourful spaces to add my title and journalling.

I carefully trimmed each colourful slide from the VB
Speciality Acetate and arranged these around the existing elements.

In addition, I used a few short lengths of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Filmstrip Ribbon, placing these randomly around the layout.

I wrote the journalling over three of the colourful paper pieces. The title was created with some old foam Thickers (Dear Lizzie Cordial) from my stash, and the year was made with LDRS One Fine Day small puffy alpha stickers, also available from Papermaze.

Summer 1969 - My baby brother with my dad, on the beach at Seaview on the Isle of Wight, summer of 1969.

This time I prepared the Aqua Bazzill, using a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil THS006 Dot Fade (an old one but still a useful favourite), and various colours of Distress Ink to match the papers.

I cut the PSF
Write your Story paper into coloured strips and trimmed them to different lengths. I spread these across the middle of the cardstock, in a rainbow effect, then I glued them into place.

This time my embellishments were selected from Pretty Little Studio, Hey Summer Beach Bits Die Cuts. I arranged these around the page, adding my journalling to the little label in the pack. The title is made with Pretty Little Studio Sunkissed - Fun in the Sun Word Titles.

The date was cut using a Sizzix XLBigz Alphabet Die. I cut the numbers in
various colours and also in black, I stuck them above the title creating a shadow by overlapping the colour and black.

That's all for today, but I do have another layout to share later.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x