Friday 14 June 2024

Echo Park - Summer Vibes - Vacay Vibes

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to the Papermaze Blog! It's Claire here with you today and this month I am working with the Summer Vibes collection from Echo Park.

This is a really beautiful collection, full of warm tones, fun patterns and lots of ephemera perfect for documenting a wide range of summer memories.

For my first layout, I'm scrapping some photographs of a visit to a local restaurant on a recent trip away. The photographs have lots of warm orange tones, greens, blues and yellows and seemed to match this collection so beautifully, I couldn't resist!

I started with a piece of smooth white Bazzill Cardstock in Coconut Swirl which came with the Matchmaker Pack.

I cut four strips of patterned paper with approximate sizes as follows:

I distressed the edges of each piece ad drew a white border around the outside. For extra interest, I used a punch to add some decorative elements to the 2nd and 4th strip.  To create a shadow, I adhered each strip to my page with foam tape, replicating the evening shadows from the sun.

To draw your eye into the photos, I used a piece of 4x4 Journaling Cards and Pool Pals papers to double mount the photos, pulling the different colours in the collection together.

I created two clusters on either side of the photos, mixing materials by using the Element Stickers and Sticker Book, along with some icons from the Chipboard Phrases.

I complemented this with some small phrases from the Element Sticker sheet, raising some on foam and sticking some flat.

For my title, I opted for this fun Vacay Vibes piece from the Chipboard Phrases, layering stickers underneath. For a little extra drama, I also added a long border sticker from the Sticker Book along the top edge of the Tropical Vibes paper which takes your eye across the page to the title.

I love how this turned out. It's been so much fun to create with this collection, and I'm looking forward to sharing another layout with you soon.

Check out the collection in full here.

Happy Scrapping!

Claire x

Wednesday 12 June 2024

Papermaze June Kit - Part 1

Lynn here today, introducing the Papermaze Kit for June. Lots of bright colours this month for those summery layouts.
Here are my first two layouts, both with some machine stitching.

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)

Merry Go Round - A recent trip to Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum with my brother and SIL, we just had to ride on the Gallopers!

I started this layout, by trimming the white Bazzill to 11" x 11", then I cut a 7.5" circle from the cardstock, roughly 1" in from the top and the left. I used a sewing machine and orange thread to sew a line around the edge of the card, and wavy lines around t cut-out. The cardstock was then mounted over the PFS
Rays of Sunshine paper.

I positioned my photos to the right of the layout, and set about the embellishments and title.

I cut small triangles from the scraps of cardstock left from preparing the original piece. Cutting more from the
Marmalade Blast Bazzill. These were doubled up to create a shadow under each flag, I strung them over the top of the circle to create a bunting effect, adding some twine. I used 3D foam pads to raise the flags from the page. I used Mint Doodlebug Designs Alphabet Soup stickers to add part of the title to the flags.

I made a cluster of labels using the
3 Masterpiece Design '12 months label mix from the kit. I wrote my journalling onto these labels.

The word 'Merry' was cut three times using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlit set - Merry & Bright. I used Passionate, Marmalade Blast & Wild Pansy Bazzill from the kit. These words were glued together slightly off-set from one another. This was placed at the top of the circle.

Butterflies were added to the top right of the page using the All Aflutter butterfly shape stickers from the kit.

I created the 'The Gallopers' with more Alphabet Soup - this time the Tangerine set. Two tiny hearts from both sets of these alpha stickers were placed in the label cluster.

Finally, I scattered some iridescent sequins over the page in colours to match the papers.

The Show Must Go On - Whatever the Weather - Catherine and her colleague working on the summer show for children in the Abbey ruins near where she lives. Mostly the weather was good to them, but there were a few days of rain!

The base for this page is the 'B' side of EP
Pretty Girl Plaid. I started by creating my rainbow using strips of paper cut from PSF Write your Story. I cut a stripe of each colour from this paper, then I chopped them into 1" long pieces. I arranged them into a rainbow arc and stuck them to the page. I machine stitched with purple thread over each colour.

With some black cardstock I created my title using the Cricut, and arranged some of these over the rainbow and some just beneath it.

My photo was mounted onto some white card and placed into position. I also cut a few clouds from white card to use as journalling blocks and added these to the right of the photo. I inked the edges first.

Rain was made, using Assorted Water Droplets also available at Papermaze.  I used two of flowers from the Paige Evans Blooming Wild puffy stickers fin the kit.

Finally, I cut some words from PFS Write your Story paper, I inked the edges and applied them around the top of the rainbow.

That's all for today, I will return with part two soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday 7 June 2024

Pretty Little Studio - Good Vibrations - Sweet Memories

Hello, Karen here. Today I am sharing another layout using Pretty Little Studio's Good Vibrations collection. This collection is so bright and colourful with lots of amazing papers and embelishments. 

When I saw the Right Now paper it immediately made me think of paint sample cards you can pick up at the DIY store. That thought as well as the colours inspired me to create a layout using some photos of my daughter finger painting.

I started by trimming ¼" from each edge of a 12x12 sheet of smooth white cardstock and layered this onto a sheet of smooth black cardstock leaving a narrow border. 

Seven multicoloured strips were cut from the Right Now paper and I placed them horizontally onto the layout. 

Before sticking the paper strips to the layout, I took watercolour paints in all the colours and splodged some onto the layout where the strips would be, making sure that the correct colour was under each section of the strips - green under green, blue under blue, pink under pink, etc.. I tried to sure that some of the paint would be peeking out from the edges of each strips.

Once the paper strips were stuck down, I machine stitched a few ziz-zag stitches here and there with black thread. I like the texture this adds to the layout.

Two 6x4 photos were matted onto some of the Happiness paper and the photos were added to the layout with 3D foam underneath.

In the Seize the Day Die Cuts pack I found a round 'Go with the Flow' die cut which made a perfect sub title.

The main title, placed in the bottom left corner of the layout, was from an older sheet of American Crafts Phrase Thickers. It was actually from a Christmas collection (Vicki Boutin's Peppermint Kisses) which shows that you shouldn't assume that Christmas supplies are only for Christmas projects. 

To embellish the layout I die cut some stars from a sheet of paper in the 12x12 single sided paper pack and added them to the layout with 3D foam underneath.

Finally I splattered some black acrylic paint onto the layout, to add to the messy theme of the layout, and added the date with some grungy rub on numbers from my stash.

Thank you for dropping by. I'll be back soon with another project.

Take Care, Karen x x

Wednesday 5 June 2024

Coastal Memories - Mintay Papers - Coastal Memories Collection

Hi everyone, it’s Rebecca with you today sharing my first layout for June. I really can’t believe it’s June already! I’ve just had the May half term at school, so now we are back for the last stretch before the summer holidays and so my mind is thinking ahead to our upcoming holiday and beach days etc. It got me in the mood for scrapping some beachy photos and so this month, I’m working with the Coastal Memories collection by Mintay Papers, which you can find in the shop here.

I love the neutral tones in this collection with hints of cool blue. I’m a bit of a sucker for anything coastal/nautical related so I immediately noticed all the ships wheels and starfish etc in this collection. 

I began by fussy cutting a large cluster from the top of Paper #2. I loved the composition of this cluster and how it had florals dangling down. It lent itself well to a circular photo at the top. 

I decided to position this fussy-cut cluster in the centre of a sheet of Premium White Cardstock. I adhered my photo to the cluster, and then introduced some of the Paper Die Cuts either side of my photo. I raised the die cuts up on foam pads to introduce some dimension and to make the whole cluster look more three-dimensional. 

For my title, I’ve used two of the stickers from the Paper Word Stickers. I stuck these to some white cardstock and then cut around them. This helps make them a bit more sturdy, and meant I could easily raise them up with foam. My title sits nicely under my photo. 

Once I had the elements stuck together as one piece, I was able to lift it off the page easily to enable me to add some mixed media to the background. 

The ‘Iced Spruce’ shade of Distress Oxide  matches this collection so beautifully. Mixing some of the oxide ink with water, I applied it to my background with a brayer just to the centre of the page where my cluster would sit. I then went over some areas, applying the ink directly to the cardstock with a blending brush. This gave a bit of variation in the shading, and allowed me to have more of a curved shadow of ink behind the top of my photo. Next, I added some splatters of ink in the same shade, and finished off the background with some stencilling. I’ve used a Tim Holtz stencil and applied the ink using my blending brush. I chose this stencil as it’s quite a rustic pattern, and reminds me a little of an old fishing net. 

To a couple of places, I added some roughly cut cheesecloth to add a bit of texture to the page. I always love using cheesecloth or hessian on coastal pages. I’ve also added tiny bits of faux-seaweed. I’ve not gone over the top with the seaweed because I wanted it to complement the page, and not be too distracting. I’ve also positioned a few of the Paper Word Stickers running diagonally in line with my title, and extended this line with a couple of die cut seagulls. 

I then finished the layout off with the addition of a couple of jewels to remember water droplets, and some Sequins to add a little sparkle. 

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you’ve enjoyed this layout and much as I enjoyed making it. Don’t forget to check out this stunning collection in the shop!

Take care,

Rebecca x


Monday 3 June 2024

American Crafts ~ Rainbow Avenue

Hi all, it’s Anna back with you today and for June I’m working with Rainbow Avenue by American Crafts. 

You can find the collection in the shop here

Over the last few weeks we’ve had quite a lot of wet weather here in the UK. So I have some rainy photographs to scrapbook!

So my first layout uses a raincloud cutfile by Peartree cutfiles, which I cut out on white textured bazzill cardstock
I also used a sheet of 12x12 bazzill cardstock as my base

I backed my cut file with ‘Pink Dreams’ I love how the paper naturally created textured cloud shapes.

I trimmed the top of the cutfile off and adhered it to the top of the cardstock.  

I cut some of the 3x4 journaling cards from ‘Dreamy Day’ and adhered them at an angle across the page. 

I mounted my photographs in some coordinating cardstock from the matchmaker pack and adhered them on and around the 3x4 cards.

I added a title and some of the cardstock stickers to finish my layout! 

Thanks so much for looking! 

See you later in the month with another layout using this collection. 



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