Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Pebbles Patio Party from Jen Hadfield - Birthday Layout

Today I am on the Papermaze blog with my first project using Pebbles 'Patio Party' collection by Jen Hadfield. The collection would be ideal for all sorts of scrapbook layouts or cards and would be especially good  for scrapping summer photos, party photos or, as in the layout I created, birthday photos.

Inspiration for this layout was the 'Just for You' sheet of paper.

Several of the tags on the paper are birthday themed and I chose to use 4 of the tags to create a banner across the bottom half of my birthday layout.

The tags were embellished with die cuts form the Ephemera pack and some sequins and stickles.

Using tiny wooden pegs I attached some of the birthday themes die cuts to the banner and the number 15 was put on the cake die cut using pink puffy alpha stickers from Pink Fresh Studio.

In the top right corner of the layout I added another die cut which I stickled for some sparkle.

My layout was completed with a scattering of sequins and the date was put at the bottom of the layout using some little letter stickers.

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Well Hello There!

In June we got a lovely photo of a fox on our wildlife camera. He was looking straight into the camera and I knew I just had to scrapbook the photo.

I decided to create a paper-pieced fox for the layout using scraps of patterned paper cut using a cut file from the Silhouette Studio. I pieced the papers together on some white cardstock and then hand stitched with some embroidery floss around the edges, before cutting the fox out leaving a narrow border of the white cardstock. 

I then found some papers in my stash to mount the fox and my photos on. Unfortunately I can't recall who manufactured the papers although I think the speech bubbles came from a Simple Stories collection.

I typed my journalling on the computer and then cut this into strips.

Searching in my stash I found a die cut camera and some wood veneer stars to embellish the layout with. 

The layout was completed with some lettering cut from black cardstock and some outlining in black pen. 

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy with Bo Bunny's Summer Mood

The day we left for our summer holiday in Dorset another layout I created for Papermaze using Bo Bunny's Summer Mood collection went live on their blog.

Some of the patterned papers in the collection have lemons printed on them which inspired me to scrapbook some photos of Lara taken when she was making lemonade a few years ago.

I started with a sheet of 12" x 12" white Bazzill cardstock and using a dry foam brush I roughly  painted a square in the middle with some yellow acrylic paint. Once the paint had dried I trimmed a quarter of an inch off of each side of the page and matted this onto a 12" x 12" sheet of black cardstock. Using my sewing machine I stitched round the edges using black thread.

I matted my two photos on white cardstock and then layered several pieces of the patterned paper behind and also a white paper doilie and a die cut frame from Pink Fresh Studio.

Lemon slices  from the Combo Sticker Sheet and a few extra slices, fussy cut from the patterned paper, were tucked behind the layers. A phrase sticker  from the sticker sheet was used to embellish the frame.

I made a shaker box (lemon slice) from some of the paper and a scrap of acetate which was filled with some yellow and gold sequins. The shaker box and my title, which I die cut from yellow cardstock, were stuck beneath the photos with the title raised on 3D foam dots.

I had received some pink wooden buttons in a previous DT kit but had been unable to use them, so I decided to try painting them yellow to use on this layout. The acrylic paint I used on them took really well and transformed them into the perfect embellishments for this layout.

My journalling strips were printed on the computer and stuck to the bottom  of the page. I decided to outline the journalling strips and other elements with a black fine liner pen to add some definition.

The layout was completed with a scattering of yellow and gold sequins, some enamel dots and a couple of torn pieces of paper were stuck to the top and bottom edges.

Monday, 6 August 2018


I decided to scrapbook a photo of our cat, Tuxedo and do some stash busting. Everything used came from my stash and much of it was quite old.

I started with a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock which i trimmed to 11" x 11" and mounted onto a 12" x 12" sheet of yellow polka dot paper. I machine stitched close to the edge of the white cardstock with white thread and then roughed up the edges.

Strips of green and yellow paper, washi tape, ribbon and ric rac were glued horizontally to the white cardstock and before sticking down my photograph yellow acrylic paint splatters were added.

My photograph was layered with cardstock and co-ordinating patterned paper.

In my stash I found some very old green felt Thickers. I nearly threw these away a couple of weeks ago because I thought I would never use them, but they turned out to be the perfect choice for this layout.

I embellished the layout with some felt flowers, words strips....

.... die cut leaves, a flair button, a chipboard frame, a bingo card and some resin flowers.

I love how the layout turned out and that i was able to use up some old supplies.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Papermaze - Mini Album Card

Today I am on the Papermaze blog with another project using Bo Bunny's Summer Mood collection.

Having recently seen on Pinterest several examples of mini album cards made using a Paige Evans cut file, I decided to have a go at making one myself using some photos from a family day at the beach when the children were younger.

Using the cut file, downloaded from the Silhouette Studio, I cut the base from some white cardstock and all the other pieces (plus a few extras) were cut from various patterned papers from the Bo Bunny collection. As the papers are double sided this gave me lots of options when it can to using them to decorate the album card.

The cardstock base was folded accordion style and covers cut from some of the patterned paper were attached to the front and back. I added some words from one of the cut apart sheets of paper to the front cover. The words 'Beat the Heat' seemed appropriate for then and now!

The remaining panels cut from the patterned papers were used to decorate the inside of the album card and I also added tiny photos. I machine stitched round the edges of some of the panels and added sequins and stickers to embellish.

The album is very interactive with a tiny envelope which contains a few more photos, some removable mini tags tucked into a pocket and a fold out strip on the right side where more photos and some journalling are included.

A yellow ribbon with a tag attached was used to close the album card.

If given as a gift, the album card can be displayed upright like a conventional card and would make a great gift as a memento of a special event or day out

I really enjoyed making this mini album card and the Bo Bunny papers were perfect for the summery theme. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

This basis of this scrapbook layout has been languishing in my WIP box for several years! I started a layout with these papers and photo a long time ago and them lost my way with the layout and so it was put in the box for a day when I felt inspired. Last weekend I decided to start the layout again. That's not something I generally do but I decided to remove the papers from the original background and have another go.

I started with a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock and trimmed roughly a quarter of an inch from each edge. I then used some green watercolour paint and some spray mist to create a messy background.

Using the Paige Evans' 'folded circles' cutting file from the Silhouette Studio I cut 70+ circles from the varying shades of green patterned paper rescued from the original layout which i folded to make the squares for my layout.

The folded squares were glued on the layout randomly and because the papers were double sided the colours from the reverse sides peeked between the squares giving an extra pop of colour.

My 6" x 4" photo was matted on some green paper and placed among the squares. I then dug deep into my stash to find embelishments that went with the green colour scheme.

A 'This Is The Good Life' die cut strip was layered over some of the squares.

A very, very old acrylic square with the word 'relax' was the perfect size and colour to nestle among the squares.

I cut down a project life card and added a sticker and yellow sunglasses button.

I tucked a scallop strip beneath the bottom edge of the photo and used various letter stickers for my title.

A few arrow stickers, sequins, enamel dots and ink splatters were added and the page was completed by matting the white cardstock onto a 12" x 12" sheet of green spotted paper and details were added with tiny black letter stickers.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Sweet Girl

I decided to play with some acrylic paint on a scrapbook layout.

Using a dry foam brush I painted some Vicki Boutin Mixed Media 'Coral Macaroon' Acrylic paint in the middle of a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock. When this was dry I trimmed the cardstock down to 11.5" x 11.5" and matted this on a 12" x 12" sheet of black Bazzill cardstock and using my sewing machine stitched round the edge with black thread. 

Torn pieces of pink washi tape were stuck to the edges for the layout.

Two Polaroid style photos were layered on various project life cards and a white paper doilie and were then stuck to the centre of the layout on 3D foam.

I made some paper rosettes using scraps of co-ordinating patterned papers from my scrap box and also some handmade ribbon rosettes using black and white gingham ribbon.

I used brads and some Rhinestone Sparklers (from The Hobby House) as centres for the rosettes.

The rosettes were clustered on the layout with some enamel dots, resin flowers and some stickers.

Foam Phrase Thickers were used for the title.

Tiny letters stickers, a scattering of sequins and a some black splatters made with Heidi Swapp Colour Shine finished off the layout.

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Summer Fun

This week I am on the Papermaze (Scrap Paper Scissors) blog again and this time I have created a scrapbook layout using the Summer Mood collection from Bo Bunny. This collection screams SUMMER with gorgeous yellow, blue and pink tones. 

I trimmed a sheet of the Surprise paper to approx 11.5" x 11.5" and matted this to a sheet of 12" x 12" white Bazzill cardstock.

Some of the Let's Go paper was used to create a sunburst effect behind my 5" x 7" photo which I had already matted on some white cardstock and a piece of the Freshly Squeezed paper. I machine stitched the edges of the sunbursts with yellow thread and roughed up the edges with my finger nails to give them some dimension. Bakers Twine was twirled on top of the sunbursts and glued here and there with some wet adhesive to keep it in place.

As the Surprise paper had pictures of pinwheels on it I felt that some homemade pinwheels would be the ideal embelishments for my layout. I made these from some scraps of paper which matched the blues in the Bo Bunny papers. I used brads as centres.

I added some of the stickers from the Combo Sticker Sheet to the layout including thee little banner stickers at the top left corner. I also added some bunting from the sticker sheet and some which I fussy cut from the Beat the Heat paper.

I die cut some lettering for my title and also used a Wood Veneer wood chip from Freckled Fawn which I painted with some blue acrylic paint.

My layout was completed with a scattering of sequins, some tiny letters stickers and a few enamel dots.

Sunday, 8 July 2018

A Few Cards

After creating two layouts for the Papermaze (Scrap Paper Scissors) blog using the Carta Bella Spring Market collection, I decided to make a few cards with the leftovers. I've recently go into the habit of making a few cards each month with leftovers. It's a good way to increase my stock of hand made cards for when I need one and is the perfect way of using up those scraps.

I used a cut file from the Silhouette studio to cut  6" x 6" hexagon backgrounds from white cardstock.

I filled the open spaces with scraps of the patterned papers and mounted these onto 6" x 6" square card blanks.

I used some of the die cutsjournaling cards and stickers (matted on cardstock or patterned paper) to decorate the cards as well as some Studio Calico Wood veneer Butterflies,  Freckled Fawn Wood Chips - Wordsbakers twine , enamel dots and stamped sentiments.