Wednesday, 31 October 2018


I have another layout on the Papermaze blog today using the Pebbles Patio Party collection from Jen Hadfield. For my previous layouts I used a lot of the pink floral papers but for this final layout I decided to use some of  the papers which were predominantly yellow and navy.

I trimmed an inch off of each of the edges of a sheet of yellow Bazzill cardstock and matted this in the centre of the B side of a sheet of the Backyard Blooms paper. I machine stitched with navy thread around the edge of the yellow cardstock and then roughed up the edges with my fingernails to give some added texture.

My 5x7 photo was matted onto some white cardstock which I had punched down the left side with a notebook border punch . I layered a pieces of the Citrus Sweet paper under my photo and also one of the Recipe Cards which with some careful cutting and sticking gives the impression of being a single larger piece of paper.

In a previous DT kit I was sent a few of the mini chipboard butterflies from Dusty Attic. Vanessa kindly also sent me the waste that came from the pack of butterflies and so I decided to add this to my layout! I painted it with white acrylic paint, backed it with some of the navy paper and used it as an extra layer under my photo.

I used some of the tags from the Just for You paper (plus an extra one cut from some of the Backyards Bloom paper) as embelishments on the left side of the layout. Green Bakers Twine was threaded through the tags.

Thin strips of the navy paper which I punched with border punches were added near the bottom and right side of the layout.

I had almost finished my layout when I decided it needed an extra colour adding ... so I decided to add some pink buttons, pink reinforcing rings on the tags, a pink enamel dot and a thin strip of pink cardstock. Pink probably wasn't an obvious colour choice but I like the finished look.

My layout was completed with some very old navy coloured Basic Grey alphabet stickers from my stash to spell out Tux' name.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Oh My Gourd!

Today I'm on the Papermaze blog with a layout using the Celebrate Autumn collection from Echo Park. This collection is perfect for getting in the autumn mood and I had fun using it to create a layout with photos of Lara taken last autumn whilst on holiday in Norfolk.

I started by sticking an 11" x 11" piece of the Falling Leaves (B Side) patterned paper in the centre of a 12" x 12" sheet of the Autumn Friends (B Side) patterned paper. I machine stitched round the edge and using my finger nails I roughed up the edge to give a bit of dimension.

My two 6" x 4" photos were matted onto white cardstock and then layered on the layout with pieces of brown cardstock and Fall is Fun (B Side) patterned paper, which I punched with a notebook border punch. I machine stitched round the edges of these too and stuck some washi tape from the Simple Stories Say Cheese III collection at the top and bottom.

White paper doilies were tucked underneath my photos and a tag threaded with Bakers Twine , which I sprayed with Mango Blaze Cosmic Shimmer Mist, was tucked underneath the right side. I used some very old clear stickers from my stash to add my title.

Two embellishment clusters were added to the layout using some beautiful Prima leaves, some buttons and cute pumpkins which I fussy cut from the Pumpkin Farm patterned paper.

I also used words cut from the branding strip on one of the sheets of paper in one of the clusters.

My journalling was printed on paper strips on the computer and attached to the lower right of the layout.

The layout was completed with the addition of the date using Websters Pages The Good Life Little Letter Stickers and a scattering of gold sequins.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Berry Sweet

Today I have a third layout on the Papermaze Blog using the Patio Party collection from Pebbles. Although hot summer days now seems a distant memory, my layout captures the memories of summer strawberry picking when the children were small. 

I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of white cardstock which was trimmed slightly before matting it  onto a 12 x 12 sheet of red cardstock and machine stitching round the edge with black thread. 

Three 3 x 4 photos and three pieces of 3 x 4 patterned paper cut from a sheet of patterned paper were matted on some black cardstock. With black thread I machine stitched around the edges of the pieces of patterned paper before arranging these and the photos in a grid in the centre of the white cardstock. Small scraps of paper and some of the die cuts were tucked underneath and around the grid. I also added a couple of tags threaded with bakers twine.

I snipped a small section out of a square wood veneer frame to make it into a rectangular frame and added some vellum to the back of it before sticking to my layout.

Another chipboard piece saying 'Capture the Moment' was the perfect size to fit inside the frame.

Stickers were used for the title and I also added butterflies punched from co-ordinating cardstock. 

I finished off my layout with journalling strips printed onto white cardstock.

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Life is what you Bake of It

Earlier this month I had another layout on the Papermaze Blog using the Patio Party collection from Pebbles.

The recipe cards in the collection are no doubt intended to be uses as they are - as recipe cards or for making mini recipe books, etc, but I decided to use the cards for journalling about my enjoyment of baking and to also include a bit of family history on my layout. 

I printed my journalling on three of the recipe cards using my computer. It was a bit fiddly and time consuming to make sure it was positioned correctly, but I think it was worth the effort. 

The cards were glued to the left half of a sheet of the patterned paper which I had trimmed slightly before matting onto a sheet of black cardstock. 

I added a whisk cut from black cardstock to fill the space at the bottom of one of the cards.

4 photos which were roughly 3" x 3" square were attached to the right half of the page and a title die cut from black cardstock was added.

Die cuts from the Ephemera Pack were used to embellish the layout and to make these pop a bit I matted them on black cardstock and raised them with some 3D foam. I also outlined some of the elements with a black fine liner pen.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

2018 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

Once again I have been taking part in the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt organised by Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards

Here are the photo I took:

1. The Rosiness of Red
Car taken at the Revs and Rhythms classic car and music event we attended in July.

2. Stripes
Stripes on a paper tag on a scrapbook layout I created.

3. A Framed View
A view of Tout Quarry Sculpture Park at Portland framed by the hole in one of the sculptures.

4. Wings
I struggled to choose a photo for this so chose two! 
A swan kindly spreading his wings at Abbotsbury Swannery, Dorset......

..... and, wings at the Imperial War Museum Duxford.

5. Pedal Power
A cyclist who photo-bombed my photo of the beach at Weymouth.

6. Glorious Green
My daughter dressed and ready for her School House Olympics day complete with green hair.

7. An Unexpected Reflection substituted with Alternative A - A shopping bag
I couldn't resist buying this cute dog print shopping bag at TK Maxx.
(I could probably have used photo no 1 as an unexpected reflection!)

8. A Pile of
A Pile of origami paper cranes made by my daughter.

9. Looks smaller than you
Portland Bill Lighthouse being held by my daughter.

10. A Field of Plenty
A field full of buttercups.

11. Pretty in Pink
Jellyfish at The Weymouth Sealife Park illuminated by pink lighting.

12. Bell(s)
A bell on the wall of Portland Castle.

13. Equal Portions substituted with Alternative B - A Coupon to use
Various coupons collected during our holiday in Dorset.

14. A Trilogy of Three
Three cygnets at Abbotsbury Swannery, Dorset.

15. Out of the Blue
A crab shell which can 'Out of the blue SEA'

16. Something that could be from a favourite book / movie
The Hogwarts Express at the Harry Potter Studio Tour.

17. Re-purposed
A scarecrow at our village scarecrow festival made by the village store using bottles, egg boxes, an old mop .....

18. Currency, coinage or paper (the odd, the different, the beautiful)
Wizarding money at the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Knuts, Sickles and Golden Galleons.

19. Picture Postcard Perfect
Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens

20. Mellow Yellow
A dish of Pineapple and Passion Fruit Eton Mess eaten in the restaurant at our local pub.

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.