Friday 31 May 2024

Let's Make A Mini Mini Journal


Hello!! Lisa here today.

We are making a double page spread in my vintage travel journal today, including trip memorabilia and we are making a teeny weeny journal too. 

To start with I want to chat about the collection I'm using.
Simple Stories, Pack Your Bags here.Simple Stories, Pack Your Bags here.

So many fun papers and matching bits.

I created a little flip within this page too.

I had so many photo to ad, so this really helped home them all.

And then I decorated with the papers.

And then to add some extra journaling I decided to make a teeny journal.

I just folded over some of these papers and sewed them together.

It just took a few minutes. It was so fast and easy.

And I sewed it up in the centre.

I then decorated with these cute little stickers.these cute little stickers.

I'm so happy with this.

And then I attached it to the actual page.

I hope you've enjoyed this today.
 Check out my video here if you'd like to see me making this.

Have fun
Lisa xx

Wednesday 29 May 2024

May Papermaze Kit - Part 2

Lynn here today, with the pretty spring Papermaze kit for the month of May. My second pair of layouts have been posted on the blog today and the kit is available in the store or on line.

Patterned Papers:
Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Spring Garden collection - Scatter Sunshine
Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Essentials Colour Palate - Yellow & Green Tags
P13 - Naturalist collection - #04
Mintay Papers - Spring is Here collection - #05
American Crafts - Cedar House collection - Headliners
Carta Belle - Here Comes Easter collection - Pretty Plaid

Doily, Prima flower, Divine Twine, 3 postage washi stamps, 4 simple Stories Floral Bits & Pieces, Vicki Boutin Layered paper clip, 1 strip Prima Say it in Crystals, selection of Pinkfresh Studio Chipboard Frame Stickers and 2 Pretty Little Studios Die cut labels

Bazzill Basics Cardstock:
Yukon Gold & CS White (in kit). Lily Pond, Blossom, Rosewood & Coffee Roast (extra Bazzill pack).

Water Fun - My three children enjoyed playing with the hose, water and brushes on the patio one sunny day. One fun way of getting the patio cleaned!

I cut the Lily Pond Bazzill to measure 11.5" x 11.5", then stencilled a hexagon pattern onto the card in a circular shape, so it shows around the tag circle when finished. I used Distress Oxide Inks in Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn. The stencil I chose is a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - THS 166 Brush Hex.

I cut a gingham trim for two sides of the layout, from a sheet of Simple Stories Vintage Essentials Colour Palate - Yellow Collage from my stash. This was attached to make the finished page 12" x 12".

With the
Yellow & Green Tags from the kit, I cut apart all the tags. I cut the tags down to 3" deep, and saved the off cuts for later.  I punched holes in the top of each tag, then threaded a large brad through each one. I inked the edges of the tags.

Then I arranged the tags into a circle around and under the doily. I placed a white card circle between the doily and the tags, to prevent the print showing through the doily. 

My photo was arranged just below the centre of the doily, leaving space for the title. I created my title and date using Thickers - Cecily glitter letter stickers from my stash.

Using some of the tag offcuts, I trimmed them and added them to the layout, one top left with a butterfly and other details. The second tag was made from an offcut of green gingham for the bottom right, I added my journalling to this piece.

Welly Weather - I think it's fair to say April 2024 was extremely wet! This layout shows a family outing to Sharnfold Farm. Scarlett certainly needed those wellies to see the ducks - mud everywhere!

I gutted the Pretty Plaid paper to create a 2" frame, then I trimmed the White Bazzill, to measure 9.5" x 9.5". I mounted this onto romance Bazzill, just 0.5" bigger than the white (I also gutted this cardstock).

Before sticking the white card in place, I used Distress Watercolour Pencils to draw some raindrops over the page, then I flicked coloured water created with the pencils, over the page. 

I cut the 'Welly Weather' Peartree Cutfile from the B side of the Pretty Plaid paper; I backed the letters with more of the Romance Bazzill. The wellies were backed with white car, which I had coloured with the watercolour pencils and blended with water, to match Scarlett's wellies in the photo. I placed the photos onto the centre of the layout and the finished cutfile over lapping the bottom of the photos. I added journalling under the title.

Finally, I placed some pearls and gems over the background.

That's all from the May Kit, I'll be back with a new kit for June later in the month.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 27 May 2024

Pretty Little Studio - Good Vibrations - You are Awesome

Hello, Karen here with another project using the Good Vibrations collection from Pretty Little Studio. 

For the layout I'm sharing today I started by trimming a sheet of the starry eyed paper  and matted this on a 12" x 12" sheet of smooth black cardstock leaving a narrow border round the edges. 

The packaging of the 12 x 12 single sided paper pack includes front and back cover sheets. The back cover sheet shows small preview squares of all the papers in the pack in a 4x4 grid, and so I trimmed this and placed onto the layout. It was perfect for creating a simple grid layout.

My photo, which was just under 5x7, was matted onto black cardstock and placed in the bottom right corner of the layout, covering 6 of the printed squares, and with 3D foam underneath to create some dimension.

I then set about embellishing the layout with pieces from the Seize the Day Die Cut pack and Wildflower Die Cut pack. The packs contains multicoloured phrases, stars & flowers and I chose some which were appropriate for a layout about my son.

The die cuts were raised on 3D foam so that they stood out from the otherwise flat background.

I also added texture with machine stitching round the outside edges of the paper/card layers.

Yellow Enamel dots were dotted here and there.

Finally I printed some details about the photo onto a paper strip and attached this below the photo.

I hope you like this layout which was created quite easily with the printed cover sheet from the paper pack and some embelishments. The Good Vibrations collection really is perfect for summer scrapbooking and I hope I've inspired you to scrapbook those summer memories.

Take Care, Karen x x

Friday 24 May 2024

Joyful - 49 and Market - Krafty Garden Collection

Hi everyone, Rebecca with you today to share my latest layout created with 49 and Market’s Krafty Garden collection. I’m really enjoying this collection and feel like I can use it to scrap so many memories. You can find the full collection in the shop here. 

To begin, I selected a couple of patterned papers and cut pieces from them, before creating a notebook edge using a border punch. I placed these in the centre of a sheet of Premium White Cardstock with my photo on top - housed in one of the Stacked Frames. To introduce some dimension to the layout, I added some adhesive craft foam behind my photo. This also helps when it comes to tucking embellishments in and layering them!

With my photo in place, I selected a title from the Chipboard Word Set and placed it to the bottom right of my photo. I always love how universal these titles are - they can be used for almost anything! 


Next, I selected some of the Laser Cut Outs Wildflower Elements and positioned them either side of my photo, with the flower heads raised up on foam pads. 

To the top and bottom of the arrangement, I tucked in some tags from the Ephemera Bits and above and below my photo, some lace trim from the Laser Cut Out Elements.

To help elevate the layout and make it more interesting, I then added several rubs ons around the edges of the patterned papers. I absolutely adore the 49 and Market rub ons, and I’ve used two different packs on this layout - the Blendable Rub Ons and the Essentials Rub Ons. 

I finished up with a couple of laser cut butterflies, carefully selected to match my colour scheme. 

Thanks so much for reading! I hope you like my layout and it gives you some inspiration and ideas. 

See you next time!

Rebecca x


Wednesday 22 May 2024

Simple Stories - Pack Your Bags - Time to Go


Claire here with you today, sharing my second layout with the fabulous Pack Your Bags collection from Simple Stories. 

I adore scrapping travel photos and this collection is such a fun one to use. Loads of bright colours, fun patterns and fabulous phrases. 

For this layout, I've opted for a circular design which is one of my favourite 'go to' designs.

To create impact, I first drew a circle on a piece of plain white cardstock and cut out the centre using a craft knife. Adding depth, I backed the remaining frame in foam before adhering it to a piece of the Packed and Ready patterned paper which is full of colourful suitcases - the perfect match for my photographs!!

I mounted my two photos in the Let's Go Everywhere and Enjoying the View papers, picking contrasting red and blue patterns to help the photos pop.

Once these were in place, I created small clusters on either side, using elements from the cardstock stickers, foam stickers and Bits & Pieces. I raised some on foam and adhered some flat to the page, building depth, dimension and interest that draws your eye across the page.

Under the photographs I popped two tags - one from the Bits & Pieces ephemera pack and the other fussy cut from the Tag Elements paper. I added eyelets in contrasting colours and twine, both from my stash. 

For my title, I opted for one of the foam stickers - I know I say it every time but these really are my favourite item in Simple Stories collections and these are no exception! 

The phrase 'Time To Go' is a match made in heaven for my photographs and sites nicely along the top curve of the aperture.  As a fun extra touch, I added a plane from the sticker sheet above it which brings the design together and creates a very small third cluster on the page. 

To finish the page and bring all the colours together, I added Novo Drops around the aperture and the page then felt complete! 

I hope you've enjoyed the pages I've made with this collection. They've certainly been fun to make! 

You can check out the collection in full here

Until next month, happy scrapping! 

Claire xx

Monday 20 May 2024

Simple Stories ~ Just Beachy #2 🐠

Hi all, it’s Anna back with you today. I’m sharing my second layout using Simple Stories - Just Beachy. 
You can find it in the shop here

To create this layout I used ‘Follow the Sun’ as my base. 
I then found a couple of cutfiles that I wanted to use alongside my Finding Nemo themed photos. 

I added three photos to the frames of the cutfile and then backed the seaweed, coral and shell elements with patterned paper from the collection

This MINE cutfile was perfect for a finding Nemo theme, I backed it using ‘High Tides’ and some scraps of appropriately coloured cardstock for the seagull!

I picked out the sea elements from the Bits and Pieces pack and used them to add clusters around the cutfile. 

I added a few enamel dots, I placed some of these near the fish to resemble bubbles! 

I used the floral bits and pieces to tuck around the cutfile, further extending the large florals on the paper. 

Thanks so much for looking! 
See you next month.