Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Papermaze Design Team - Simple Stories I Am ... Part 3

Today I am on the Papermaze blog again. After creating two 12x12 layouts my DT kit I had lots of scraps of patterned paper left over so I decided to make some cards.


The cut apart sheets which Simple Stories and several other manufacturers produce are perfect for cardmaking especially when layered with other papers.





I layered the cut apart cards using 3D foam on top of scraps of the other papers and added paper doilies to some of the cards.

I embellished with fussy cut butterflies from the Choosing Happiness paper, stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets, punched borders and also lace, ribbon, small blossoms and sentiments from my stash.






Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Home from Home

This layout is the last layout I have to show from my crafty weekend away last month. It's based on a layout by Crafty Jen Schow and uses a sheet of patterned paper from Crate Paper's Wonder Collection which has images of houses. Jen used the paper as a border but I have seen many other people do this too.

For my layout I used photos of the holiday cottage we stayed at in Norfolk last year.


The base for my layout was a sheet of 12" x 12" white Bazzill cardstock which was trimmed slightly and matted onto a sheet of black cardstock.


I fussy cut a strip of the houses from the patterned paper and stuck this along the bottom of the layout using 3D foam to add some dimension.

My three photos were each matted on black cardstock and stuck to the layout in a block.


I used some black foam Thickers for the title and smaller black stickers for the title.


At the top of the layout I stuck a couple of strips of coordinating papers. Die cuts and a punched heart were used to create a cluster on the the left top corner of the page.

That was a good night out

I started this layout whilst on my crafty weekend away last month and took it home to finish. Boy did I struggle with it! Its quite a busy page and I just couldn't figure out how to complete it but finally, nearly a month after it was started, I think its finished 😊

The photographs were taken at a pub in the Norfolk village where we holidayed last October. We have holidayed in this particular Norfolk village many times but had never visited the pub. On this occasion we did, and were really pleased we did because it is a gem.


For my layout I started with a background sheet of 12" x 12" cream diagonal stripe patterned paper from the My Minds Eye Follow Your Heart collection. On the background I matted a sheet of wood grain patterned paper which I had trimmed 5mm off of each edge. I'm not 100% sure but think the paper was probably from the My Minds Eye Miss Caroline collection.

I printed four photos approx 2.5" square, matted these on white cardstock and stuck them to the right side of the layout.


Two pieces of the cream diagonal stripe patterned paper were added as well as two manila tags.




I then added all manner of embelishments from numerous manufacturers - stickers, enamel dots, die cuts, images cut from patterned paper scraps, a image of a beer label downloaded from the internet that I printed in sepia and a stamped arrow. I just added bits and pieces which I thought went with the theme and colour scheme.


I die cut my title and additional letter stickers from Simple Stories were added to complete it.


 Journalling strips were printed on white cardstock on the computer and the date was added with tiny black letter stickers.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Do you Want to Build a Snowman

This layout is another that I put together whilst away in Berkshire the other weekend. Considering we get snow so infrequently, I was surprised to see that this is the 23rd snow themed layout that I have created and posted on this blog!


I layered a variety of pieces of patterned paper (many quite old) in shades of beige and brown beneath a photograph of Lara taken in the snow just before Christmas. A white paper doily was also placed underneath the layers on the left side.


The 'Snowman' part of my title was cut using a Silhouette cut file and the rest was created with stickers from Simple Stories.


I embellished the layout with die cut snowflakes which were glittered to add sparkle. 


Gold sequins were scattered around the layout and a die cut saying 'remember this' and stickers for the date were added to finish the layout.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Sea Palling

Whilst away at last months craft weekend, I put together this layout of Sea Palling - one of our favourite beaches in Norfolk.

I used supplies from Kaisercraft's 'Beach Shack' collection.



I started with a 12x12 sheet of the woodgrain paper and on this I mounted my 8x12 photograph of the beach. Three smaller photos showing seaweed, limpets and another view of the beach (approx 2" square) were matted onto white cardstock and layered on the lower edge of the photograph using 3D foam.

My title was cut from white cardstock using the Silhouette Studio.



My journalling strips were printed on white cardstock on the computer using a typewriter font.


The page was embellished with stickers from the sticker sheet, die cuts from an older pack of Kaisercraft's 'High Tide' Collectables and a chipboard button. 

Tiny stickers from Fundamentals were used to add the date in the bottom left corner.

Monday, 2 April 2018

Papermaze Design Team - Simple Stories I Am ... Part 2

Today I have another layout on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog using the Simple Stories I Am... collection

I decided to create a layout with photos taken of the gardens at Wrest Park, Silsoe. With the weather hopefully becoming more springlike soon, its the ideal opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoor and take lots of photos.

This layout uses a grid and five photos. A grid is a good way to include multiple photos without the layout looking cluttered.



Using my sewing machine I stitched with black thread a 9x9 grid on the yellow floral side of the sheet of  the 4x4 elements paper. I printed five 3" square photos , matted them onto white Bazzill cardstock and stuck them into the grid.



In other sections I used some of the 3x4 foiled elements and pieces of patterned paper which I also trimmed to 3" square and matted onto white cardstock.


The squares were then embellished with butterflies cut from the Choosing Happiness paperenamel dots and stickers from the 4x6 sticker sheets.


My title was cut using the Silhouette and added to the layout as well as journaling strips printed on the computer.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

A Prickly Present

My daughter loves cactus plants. She received several as a gift one Christmas and has added to her collection since then. For her birthday last year her oldest brother gave her another cactus and I decided to create a layout of this.


I started with a red 12x12 Bazzill cardstock base and on this I matted a sheet of newsprint patterned paper from the Simple Stories: I Heart Summer collection, which I trimmed to approx 11.5" square. 


I layered various smaller pieces of patterned paper from Simple Stories and Echo Park beneath my photograph and also a piece of Cactus Print paper which I downloaded free form Stephanie Fizer Coleman's blog. It was perfect for my layout. All the layers were outlined in black pen.

I used foam Thickers for my title and scattered Studio Calico wood veneer stars.



In my stash I found a very old die cut from MME which said 'Too cute for words' which I added as a sub-title with a heart punched from the same green spot paper that I had layered my photo on.

*** Ignore that little bit of blue fluff by the star - no idea what it is 😊

My journalling strips were printed on the computer and the date was added with tiny alpha stickers. A round sticker with the word 'smile' (again very old and from my stash) finished the layout.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Patience and Perseverance


The second layout I created whilst away at my crafty weekend earlier this month featured a photograph of Lara taken whilst we were on holiday last October. We visited Sea Palling one day when the sea was quiet rough. Lara was determined to take a photograph of the wave as they crashed onto the rocks and stood for quite some time trying to get the perfect shot.

I started with a sheet of 12x12 white Bazill cardstock and on the right side of this I stuck a stack of strips of patterned paper which were all 6" wide and varying heights. The strips were cut from scraps of paper in shades of brown and blue left over from other projects.


The white strip with the camera images and word 'click' printed on it was a band of paper which came wrapped around some photos I had printed online. I thought it perfect for this layout and have another similar strip which will doubt be used on another layout.

My 6x4 photo was positioned among the paper strips.


I die cut the words 'patience' and 'perseverance' for my title from black cardstock using the Silhouette Studio and used some blue alphabet stickers from Simple Stories for the word 'the'. These were all stuck in the lower left comer of the layout overlapping the paper strips.

A camera die cut from a pack of Kaisercraft Collectables was also added to the bottom left corner.


My journalling strips were printed on the computer and stuck in the bottom right hand corner overlapping the paper strips.


Wood veneer stars from Studio Calico and enamel dots were scattered on the layout and a black circle with the words 'love this' was added to the top right corner. I finished the layout by outlining the layout in black pen and added splatters of of black Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Be a Pineapple

Last weekend I spent a lovely weekend in Berkshire in the company of a group of crafty friends. The weekend was spent simply enjoying being with each other and catching up on all that had been happening since we last got together whilst also creating beautiful quilts, cards, scrapbook pages, crocheted items and lots more. 

I choose to scrapbook during the weekend and created quite a few layouts.

In December Lara had a pineapple themed birthday party and I decided to create a layout using one of the photos I took on that day. I was inspired by a layout by Crafty Jen Schow which used mists and a quote.

I used a sheet of 12x12 white Bazzill cardstock as my base which I trimmed slightly before matting onto a sheet of black Bazzill cardstock.


I sprayed the left side of the white cardstock with two different shades of Cosmic Shimmer Mist - Mango Blaze and Golden Fish.

Once the mist had dried I used a Silhouette Studio cut file to cut out my quote from more white cardstock which I glued on top of the misted area. To make the lettering pop I outlined each latter with a black pen.


On the right side of the page I stuck a vertical strip of paper from the Simple Stories: A Charmed Life Collection and on top of this I stuck my 5x7 photo which had been matted on black and white cardstock.


I created an embelishment by stamping a Pineapple onto a circle of white card which was then matted onto a slightly larger circle of gold mirror card. This was stuck onto the layout with 3D foam pads to give it some lift. Hearts were also punched form the mirror card and dotted around the page on 3D foam tabs.


The page was completed with a scattering of yellow enamel dots and yellow flat back gems and some splatters of black Heidi Swapp Colour Shine Mist. Tiny stickers from Fundamentals were used to add the date in the bottom right corner.

I loved how the layout turned out. Very different from my usual style.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Papermaze Design Team - Simple Stories I Am ...

I am very lucky to have been invited by Vanessa to join the Design Team for Papermaze one of the UK's largest retailers of scrapbooking, project life and card making supplies, and have my work published on their Scrap Paper Scissors Blog.


For my very first project, which was published on the blog recently, I was thrilled to be able to work with the new Simple Stories I Am collection. 

I decided to create a 12x12 layout using a photo of Lara and I taken on my birthday several years ago whilst on holiday in Norfolk




For the base I trimmed roughly 5mm off of the edges of a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock and matted this onto a black sheet. I then layered various pieces of the patterned papers which were all matted on more black cardstock and outlined in black pen. My 5x7 photo was double matted on white and black cardstock. 



I used one of the cards from a sheet cut apart sheet and a bingo card (from my stash) to create my title. Co-ordinating yellow Bazzill cardstock was used to create a couple of rosette flowers with enamel dots used as centres. I fussy cut butterflies from one of the sheets of paper which were added to the layout as well as some lace and paper blossoms to soften the look. A tiny camera sticker was added. 


Some of the papers in this collection have beautiful copper coloured foiling so I added some copper coloured stickles to some of the butterflies and some copper coloured sequins were scattered around the edges of my layout. 



Finally I printed my jounalling strips on the computer using a typewriter font and added the date and place with stickers.