Friday 26 April 2024

Mintay Papers - Playtime - Beach Buddies

Hello, Karen here again with a final project using Mintay's Playtime collection. I only had a few papers left from my design team kit but the less busy B sides were perfect for a scrapbook layout using a beach photo of my brother and I taken many years ago.

I started by trimming a sheet of 12" x 12" Bazzill smooth white cardstock and matted this on a 12" x 12" sheet of Bazzill Aqua cardstock leaving a narrow border round the edges.

In the centre of the layout I placed pieces of papers #1, #3 & #4 and using white thread, machine stitched a straight stitch around the edges of all the papers and around the edge of the whole layout. The pieces of paper measured roughly 6" x 10", 8" x 6.5" and 4" x 8".

My 6x4 photo was matted onto white cardstock and placed on top of the papers with 3D foam underneath to add some dimension. Using some fringing scissors, I created three fringed border strips from some white cardstock, layered these on top of each other and then tucked them underneath the bottom edge of the photo. Using my fingertips I ruffled up the fringes to create some depth and shadows. I think the fringe adds a playful touch to the layout.

On my Silhouette Cameo I cut from white cardstock the 'Day at the Beach' cut file from Confessions of a Paper Addict. With scraps from the collection and some kraft cardstock I backed the cut file and then placed this in the bottom right corner of the layout, overlapping the patterned papers and the fringed border strips. 3D foam was placed underneath the cut file.

In the top right of the layout I created a pennant from more scraps of patterned paper and added a small fringe border to echo the larger fringed border created earlier.

Letters, die cut from more of the paper, were used for the title.

The date and place were printed onto a piece of white card on the computer and stuck to the bottom of the layout.

Finally I splattered some yellow watercolour paint onto the layout and scattered some aqua coloured enamel dots and sequins here and there.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I've made with Mintay's Playtime Collection and that I have shown how versatile the collection is.

Until next time, take care.
Karen x x

Thursday 25 April 2024

April Crop

On Saturday, we'll be cropping!  Later than usual, our crop this month is this Saturday, the 27th April.  Our lovely kit this month has been designed for us by Janina, and makes us feel very summery, even if the weather isn't...

As usual, there will be punches and dies for you to use, tea & coffee available throughout the day, and cakes aplenty!  If you'd like to come along, we're at Otley Village Hall from 10am until 4pm - but do drop us a message first!

Monday 22 April 2024

Dreamer - 49 and Market - Kaleidoscope Collection

Hi everyone! 

It's Rebecca with you today and I'm back to share my second layout created with the gorgeous Kaleidoscope collection from 49 and Market. I have thoroughly enjoyed creating with this collection. With all the miserable weather we've had lately, the bright and vibrant colours have given me a little bit of escapism! You can find the collection in the shop here.

I started by selecting some journalling cards from the Ephemera Bits and some patterned papers and positioning them horizontally across a sheet of Premium White Cardstock. My photo is of my little boy in our swimming pool, so I purposely placed the blue paper in the centre where I knew my photo would sit. It then acts as an extension of the water in the photo. Around the edges of the pieces, I doodled a black border. I love how little pops of black really create drama against the vibrant colours.

I placed my photo in the centre of the blue paper, housed in one of the Stacked Frames. For continuity, I also doodled a black border around the edge of the frame. Either side of my photo, I added some flowers from the Chipboard Set and then built on these clusters using pieces from the Wildflower Laser Cut Outs.

To bring in a bit more black, I selected the word 'dreamer' for my title. This is one of the titles from the Ephemera Bits.

From the Chipboard Words I added three phrase banners - two below my photo and one above - and also some hearts.

I finished the layout with some of the stunning rub-ons from the Rub Ons Transfer Set Essentials. There are 3 different sets of rub-ons available with this collection and each of them are amazing! Perfect for adding details to your background. I love how lots of them look like I've applied mixed media without going to lots of effort!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you've liked the layouts I've created with the Kaleidoscope collection. Make sure you check it out in the shop!

Until next time,

Take care.

Rebecca x


Friday 19 April 2024

Simple Stories - Noteworthy - Smile


It's Claire here and today I have another layout to share with you using the Noteworthy collection from Simple Stories.

Earlier this month, I made a page focusing on the writing/documenting elements of the collection, whereas today, I'm all about the florals!

To the white cardstock included in the Matchmaker Pack, I cut two pieces of the June paper (roughly 4" and 5.5") and adhered these flat to the page with the smaller piece at the top and larger piece at the bottom, leaving about 2" of white space on either side of the page. For texture, I distressed the edges before sticking each piece in place.

Next, I took a 3" photo and printed it twice, offsetting these one on top of the other to create a stacked photo look - an effect I really enjoy.

Before adhering to the page, I wanted to pull in some of the green and brown tones of my photograph, so I added a scalloped woodgrain border from the Cardstock Stickers and a strip of the April paper.

Raising the photos on foam, I them began to embellish using more stickers and florals from the Floral Bits & Pieces pack.

I also pulled in some of the more documenting themed elements Cardstock Stickers to build out the floral cluster.

Underneath, I added some of the phrases from the Cardstock Sticker sheet, raising on foam to draw the eye into this main cluster.

For my title, I oped for one of those gorgeous Foam Stickers - they're definitely one of my favourite elements of Simple Stories collections.

I 'framed' the title at each end with flowers from the Floral Bits & Pieces pack and added a camera sticker on foam from the Cardstock Stickers to balance the design.

I scattered a few white Nuvo Drops across the page and my page was complete!

This design came together very quickly and I love the bold bright colours against some of the softer florals.  I hope you've enjoyed it. Please do take a moment to check out this beautiful collection in the shop. You can find it right here.

I'll be back next month with some more layouts. Until then, happy scrapping!

Claire xx


Wednesday 17 April 2024

April Papermaze Kit - Part 1

Lynn here with the pretty Papermaze kit for April. There is a lovely range of colours, purples, pinks, greens and blues in this month's selection. I have been experimenting with Distress Watercolour Pencils and Distress Oxide Inks.


 Here are the details of what is in the kit:

Patterned Papers (photo below shows both sides of each of the papers)
49 and Market - Colour Swatch Teal - Teal Paper 2
49 and Market - Spectrum Gardenia collection - Classics - Floral Serenade
American Crafts - Dreamer collection - Floral & Stamped Hearts
Pebbles - Cool Girl collection - Petals
Pebbles - Cool Boy collection - Tie Dye

Embellishments: 4 American Craft Puffy Icon Stickers, 2 paper tie on tags, 2 - 49 and Market acetate-filmstrips, 3 wooden butterflies, strip of pearls, 12" lace, 1 Woodware label clear stamp, 4 pieces Rosie's Studio floral ephemera

Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Coconut Swirl and Blue Calypso included in kit. Twilight and Jade, Romance and Juneberry included in extra Bazzill pack.

Blinky the Owl - A photo from a trip to Hall Place Gardens and the Jamb Owl Centre.

On my most recent visit to Papermaze, I treated myself to a tin of Distress Watercolour Pencils (set 2). I was keen to try these out, so I selected the colours, I felt complimented the papers in this kit - Mermaid Lagoon, Prize Ribbon, Kitsch Flamingo, Seedless Preserve and Iced Spruce. I scribbled some rays radiating from the centre of the sheet of Coconut Swirl Bazzill, Mixing two or three colours in each ray. Then I took a water brush and ran it along the length of the rays, and the colours blended beautifully. Once dry I trimmed this cardstock to measure 11" x 11".

I cut nine wedge shaped pieces from 'Petals' and 'Floral' papers. I distressed all the edges, and inked them with Black Soot Distress Ink. These were attached, over the rays, radiating out from the centre. With black thread and the sewing machine, I stitched around the outside of the cardstock. Then I stitched along the centre of each of the wedge shaped pieces. I used a combination of zig-zag and straight stitches. 

The white cardstock was mounted over the Juneberry Bazzill from the kit, this was gutted first. I placed my photo into the centre of the photo. With a set of Memory Box feather dies, I cut six feathers from scraps of papers already used. I inked the edges with more Black Soot. The feathers were scattered around the photo, using 3D foam pads.

Using my Cricut and a scrap of the Juneberry Bazzill I created my title, and stuck this to the bottom right of the photo. Then I added journalling with a black marker pen.

Finally, I added the pearls from the kit, in clusters of three, all over the page.

Caught on Film - My daughter on The Great Orme, trying out the video camera.

This layout uses a combination of cutfiles and Distress Oxide Inks. First, I cut the 'Filmstrips Background' Peartree Cutfile from some scrap cardstock. This was placed onto a sheet of smooth white cardstock, to be used as a stencil.

With a combination of Distress Oxide Inks (Villainous Potion, Shaded Lilac, Salvaged Patina and Salvaged Patina), I worked the ink over the stencil with a blending tool. Once the stencil was removed, I spritzed a little water over the page.

My photos were mounted onto white card and placed in the centre of the page. Then I cut the 'Caught On Film' Peartree Cutfile using the Jade Bazzill. I backed the cutfile with one tiny image, and white card. I wrote my journalling onto the card with a black marker pen. The date was created with Doodlebug Designs Alphabet Soup puffy stickers in Swimming Pool.

I added the three wooden butterflies from the kit, adding some DMC embroidery thread through the holes and tying it to create antenna. I also place the Rosie's Studio flower ephemera around the photos using some 3D foam pads. I punched some leaves using more of the scrap papers and tucked these around the flowers.

I finished off with some Nuvo Glitter Drops to highlight the leaves and flowers. Dots of Nuvo Crystal Drops were added to the background of the layout.

That's all for today, back with more layouts from this kit soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday 12 April 2024

Echo Park ~ Telling Our Story #2 📷

 Hi all! 

Happy Friday and welcome back to the Papermaze blog. 

It’s Anna back today sharing my final layout with Echo Park - Telling Our Story. You can find the collection here

This collection is so versatile, it is suitable for your everyday scrapbooking, with lots of florals, cameras and frames, it’s great to document the everyday moments. 

For my second layout using this collection I began by using Storyteller Pages as my background. I had searched the internet to find a camera cutfile to match some of the cameras in the collection and I found this one by Cut to You. I cut it in bazzill powder blue cardstock and backed it with patterned paper and coordinating cardstock from the matchmaker pack

I mounted my photographs on to the b side of ‘Frame our Story’ and tucked them to the right of my cutfile. I also fussy cut a frame from this paper too, which I have tucked in ready to add a tiny bit of journalling to. 

I added some enamel dots to some of the pre printed florals on the patterned paper. 

I used some of the element stickers to finish the layout, I used ‘snapshots of our life’ as my title. 

And that was the layout completed! 

Thanks so much for looking! 
See you next month, when I’ll be sharing layouts using Simple Stories Just Beachy.
See you then. 


Wednesday 10 April 2024

Mintay Papers - Playtime - Mini Album

Hello, Karen here. Today I have something different to share with you - a mini album. I usually use my design team kit to make scrapbook layouts but this time I thought the papers would be perfect for a  mini book. 

I created the basic album using this tutorial from Graphic 45 although I adjusted the sizes slightly. 

The basic album was created using a sheet of chipboard and a sheet of Bazzill Basics Lava Cardstock.

In the spine I created hinges for 6 double sided pages. The pages were created using the papers form the collection. I cut six 6x4 pieces which I folded in half and stuck to the hinges. By leaving some of the edges unstuck, I was able to create pockets for tags, etc. Pieces of paper #4 were stuck to the covers, inside covers and spine.

I decorated the pages of the album using the Paper Elements Pack. On the inside cover I stuck a  round scalloped image raising it on 3D foam. The edge of pages 1 & 2 were left open and a tag created from paper #04 and some bakers twine, tucked inside. Using a circle punch I cut a simi-circle from the side of the page to make it easier to remove the tag and repeated this on several of the other pages.

On page 3 (and 4) I glued two more round scalloped images, back to back, to the edge of the pages. This allowed me to slip a journalling card created from more of the Paper Elements, underneath the unstuck side of the Scalloped pieces.

Page 5 & 6 were left open at the top and a tag was slipped inside.

The Elements Pack contains some envelopes and one of these was glued to page no 7. This could be used to hold memorabilia, a photo, etc..

I cut a couple of slits near the bottom of page no 8 and another tag was slipped behind the 'band'. To embellish the band I added a cute fox cut from paper #9 with some 3D foam underneath to raise it up slightly.

Pages 9 & 10 were left open at the top and a tag slipped inside.

On page 11 and 12 I created pockets using labels from the Elements Pack. On Page 11 I put a tag into the pocket.

In the pocket on page 12 I put a mini notebook created from a scrap of paper from the collection and some white copier paper.

In side the back cover I added another envelope.

On the front and back cover I added cards cut from paper #06 which I matted onto red cardstock and added to the album covers with 3D foam underneath.

To close the album, red ribbon was glued to the back and front of the album before adding the images on top. To the front of the album I added some metal corners.

To decorate the spine I strung beads and charms from my stash onto some silver elastic and secured them to the spine, tying the elastic ends together on the inside.

I hope you like this mini album. I really enjoyed making it and the Playtime collection was perfect for this. 

I'll be back soon. Take Care.

Karen x x