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 matted 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.

Simply Delicious

I was recently on the Papermaze (Scrap paper Scissors) blog with another layout using the Pineapple Crush collection from Heidi Swapp.

A few weeks ago it was Royal Ascot week and watching it on the television inspired me to scrapbook some photos taken last year when Wayne and I were lucky enough to attend Royal Ascot, as guests of a friend, watching the racing  from the balcony and restaurant of the luxurious Royal Marquee. I decided to scrapbook two photos of some of the delicious food and drink we were served and also a photo of the menu.

I started with a sheet of the cabana patterned paper. I cut two strips from the paper and then reattached these to the top and bottom of the page with the reverse side showing. Two pink paper doilies (which with some careful cutting and placement look like four!) were glued to the background. The photos were matted on white cardstock and one was also matted onto some gold glitter card before being put on the layout using 3D foam pads.

The two restaurant tags, which we had to wear throughout the day, made perfect embelishments on the right hand side of the layout. 

I used a white Heidi Swapp Acetate Word for my title as well as some gold glitter Thickers from American Crafts.

More gold glitter card was used to make some photo corners and sequins and punched confetti dots were sprinkled around the layout. I used little letters stickers from Websters Pages to add some details.

There wasn't room on the layout to include any visible journalling so I made a tag from some scrap card which I tucked behind one of the photos

Friday, 22 June 2018

Paige Evans Frame Banner Hearts Cut File

This layout is a scraplift a layout by Zsoka Marko and uses the Paige Evans Frame Banner Hearts Cut File form the Silhouette Studio.

I used a sheet of rainbow striped paper from Pink Paislee's Confetti Wishes collection for my background which was matted onto some white cardstock

I cut the heart banner from white cardstock and backed the open sections with papers from Pink Paislee's Pick Me Up collection. I hand-stitched round each heart with embroidery thread to add some definition.

Charms from the Oh My Heart collection were hung from the banner using bakers twine and die cuts, word stickers, buttons and punched hearts were also used to embellish.

I used a couple of clear stickers from one of the American Crafts Sticker books to add some interest in the centre of the layout and finished off with a scattering of sequins.

The date was added to the bottom of the layout with tiny alphabet stickers

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

2018 Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt

This year I am joining in with the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt which Mary-Lou of Patio Postcards has devised.

The following things are to be found and photographed between 1st June and 30th September:

  1. The Rosiness Of Red
  2. Stripes
  3. A Framed View
  4. Wings
  5. Pedal Power
  6. Glorious Green
  7. An Unexpected Reflection 
  8. A Pile Of
  9. Looks Smaller Than You
  10. A Field of Plenty
  11. Pretty In Pink
  12. Bell(s)
  13. Equal Portions
  14. A Trilogy Of Three
  15. Out Of The Blue 
  16. Something That Could Be From A Favourite Book/Movie/Song
  17. Re-purposed
  18. Currency; Coinage or Paper (the odd, the different, the beautiful)
  19. Picture Postcard Perfect
  20. Mellow Yellow
Alternate A: a shopping bag (not the store's plastic)

Alternate B: a coupon to use

Wish me luck!

What an Amazing Adventure

Last week I created a scrapbook layout about the amazing adventure Lara had when she had a flight in a Tiger Month last year. I created a 12" x 12" layout using five small photos.

I started with a sheet of 'cloud' paper from Echo Park's Sweet Summertime collection. The paper was trimmed to approx 11.5" square and matted onto a sheet of yellow paper from BasicGrey's Barista collection.

I die cut the word 'Adventure' from white cardstock using a cut file from the Silhouette Studio and backed this with various papers from the Simple Stories' Say Cheese III collection and matted it with black. My photos were matted on black cardstock and stuck around the edges of the layout and the backed word was then stuck to the centre of the layout on foam to give it some dimension.

I finished my title with some Simple Stories Sn@p letter stickers which were originally blue and I coloured black with a marker pen.

A couple of die cut paper planes were cut from white cardstock, backed with yellow patterned paper and used as embellishments. Wood Veneer planes from Studio Calico were added.

I searched my stash for any die cuts that were the right colour and fitted the theme and found some speech bubbles and a yellow square with a phrase. Stars punched from red paper and a puffy sticker camera were also added.

I finished my layout by machine stitching round the border and also adding journalling strips printed on my computer.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Patchwork Layout

Last week I decided to create a scrapbook layout using a pad of 30cm x 15cm paper I bought some time ago from The Works. 

I punched 2" squares from various pieces of paper and then pieced them together in a patchwork design. I used this as the base for my layout using a photograph of lara taken when she was four.

I tucked some project life cards behind the photo and cut butterflies from more of the paper. These were used as embelishments as well as some foam hearts and sequins.

using my sewing machine I added a large zip zag stitch along all the patchwork squares and also glued some Card Candi to some of the intersections. 

Flowers cut from more of the paper, stickers and a punched paper border were also added.

I die cut the word 'Smile' using the Silhouette Studio and glued this to the photo.