Saturday, 6 July 2019

Stash Busting

This layout, recording my birthday celebrations last year, was created whilst I was away at my annual crafty get together with friends in April.


I dug into my stash again and used lots of bits and pieces and paper scraps on the layout.

I started with a sheet of 12 x 12 yellow patterned paper and onto this I matted an 11.5 x 11.5 piece of white text paper. My photo was then matted onto two scraps of paper and glued to the layout at an angle.


On the bottom right corner of the photo I added a yellow bingo card and used some foam alphabet stickers (letter 'Os') to circle the date. A flair badge was stuck to the right side of the photo.


Using several different cut files I created some rosettes from coordinating patterned paper and glued these from the top right corner of the layout to the bottom left corner, either side of the photo. 


Gold sequins were glued to the centre of each rosette.


In the top left corner of the layout I created a banner using stamped triangles, bakers twine and more gold sequins. I also used letter stickers to add the date, place, etc.


 Finally I added yet more gold sequins and some tiny gold stickers.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Belle Fleur by Photoplay - Timeless Moments Captured

Today I have a layout on the Scrap, Paper Scissors blog using the beautiful Belle Fleur collection from Photoplay.


I started with a sheet of the Pretty Peonies paper and from the middle, using my paper trimmer, I carefully cut a 10" x 10" square. The 10" x 10" square was then put back into the hole after turning it over so the B side showed. The square of paper was then gutted before a  piece of white Bazzill cardstock, which I had splatted with some pink watercolour paint, was stuck on top.

On the white cardstock I layered pieces of the Pretty Peonies (B side) paper, Choose Happy (B side) paper and You're Just my Type(B side) paper. I machine stitched with white thread round the edges of the papers.


A 5x7 photo of Lara was matted on white cardstock and placed on the layout using 3D foam with a white doilie tucked underneath the left edge.


I added some white lace to the bottom of the photo and a brad from Simple Stories Domestic Bliss collection was added to the bottom right corner. A clear heart sticker from my stash was stuck onto the brad.


I created an embelishment cluster on the left corner of the photo using some flowers fussy cut from a sheet of the Hello Gorgeous paper , some heart shaped pins, a die cut butterfly and a bow made from a scrap of paper.


I used chipboard words for my title.


Near the top of the layout I added some banners cut from the patterned papers, a scrap of lace, some words cut from the You're Just my Type paper and an enamel dot.

The layout was completed with a few more enamel dots and journalling strips printed on the computer.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Stash Busting - Green

In April I spent a weekend with a group of crafting friends in Berkshire. We spent the weekend enjoying each others company and creating. As usual I spent the time scrapbooking! I made quite a few layout including this layout of Lara


This layout was a real Stash Busting layout as I used lots of bits and pieces from my stash. When I put together my page kit I pulled anything from my stash that was green and which I thought would make a good layout- paper, die cuts, tags, frames, embelishments, etc.. I also included some black and white bits and pieces.

I started with a sheet of white cardstock which I matted onto a sheet of green patterned paper and machine stitched round the border.


I matted the photo of Lara on some green paper and then layered other papers and die cuts beneath.



I also added a doilie which I had sprayed with some green mist and a chipboard frame. I used a project life card which said 'She Loved Life and it Loved Her Right Back' as my title.



I even used a tag which had come attached to a bag I bought, a piece of silver sequin waste and ribbon attached to a green paper clip.



I included some touches of black and white including a polka dot flair button.



I die cut some flowers from a sheet of patterned paper and finished the layout with some black ink splatters, glitter foam stars and black sequins.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Pink Paislee's Horizon collection by Paige Evans - Eat Sleep Scrap Repeat

Today I have another layout on the Scrap, Paper Scissors blog using Pink Paislee's Horizon collection by Paige Evans.

Each year I get together with a group of crafty friends for a weekend away. We spend the time creating, chatting, laughing (lots of laughing!) and enjoying each others company. I always look forward to our weekends away and thought that the Horizon collection would be perfect for scrapbooking photos taken during one such weekend. 


I chose three papers to use and a cut file called 'Eat Sleep Scrap Repeat' from Paige Evans.


I trimmed tone of the sheets of paper to approx 11" x 11" and matted this on a sheet of navy cardstock which I had previously gutted. In the middle of this I mounted another square of paper which was roughly 8½" x 8½" and had also been matted on navy cardstock. Using white thread I machine stitched round the edges of both papers.


The cut file was cut from smooth white cardstock and backed with the paper. The different patterned squares in the paper makes it perfect for backing cut files.


I made the heart in the cut file into a shaker packet using some acetate and some multi coloured sequins from my stash.

The backed cut file was then attached to the centre of the layout using foam underneath to give it some dimension. Ten 2" square photos were matted on more of the navy cardstock and stuck around the sides and bottom of the cut file.


When I fixed the white patterned paper to the layout I made sure to leave a gap in the adhesive at the top so that I could tuck three tags underneath. The tags were cut from white cardstock and I attached reinforcing rings cut from scraps of the patterned paper and added pink ribbon to the holes. On the tags I added a photo of my friends and some journalling about our weekends away.


I embelished the layout with a scattering of sequins and some gorgeous pink layered Traveler's Journal Flowers from Prima.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Pink Paislee's Horizon collection by Paige Evans - Fussy Cutting

Today I have another layout on the Papermaze blog  using Pink Paislee's Horizon collection by Paige Evans. I'm really enjoying playing with this collection and the bright colours are right up my street. This layout involved lots of fussy cutting but as the shapes are simple shapes they were really easy to cut out whilst watching TV.


I used two sheets of paper from the collection for this layout (#12 & #20) and a sheet of Bazzill navy 'Moody Blue' cardstock.


I started by trimming a quarter of an inch off of each edge of the sheet of navy cardstock and then matted this onto the sheet of #20 paper. I cut a circle from the centre of the navy cardstock (which I wanted to use to mat my photo on) and then using some watered down white acrylic paint and a paintbrush I splattered paint all over the cardstock.

Once the paint had dried, I  machine stitched round the edge of the cardstock with white thread and also stitched a series of lines radiating from the circle out towards the edges of the cardstock.


I then fussy cut all the petal shapes from the sheet of paper #12 and glued these to a circular piece of scrap card in a flower design and roughly in rainbow order. There weren't many yellow petals so I cut a few extras from some scraps of yellow paper found in my stash,


My 5"x7" photo of my daughter was cut into a circle measuring just under 5" in diameter and was matted first on white cardstock and then on navy cardstock, before attaching to the centre of the circle of petals. The completed flower was then fixed to the centre of the layout (covering the circular hole!) with some 3D foam underneath to give some dimension, My title was added round the edge of the circle using navy Pink Paislee Paige Evans Pick Me Up - Happy Life Foam Thickers. Tiny self adhesive pearls were also added to the title.


I also tucked some white cotton lace under the edge of the circle.



I finished off the layout by gluing coloured sequins to the stitched lines and added the date in the bottom corner of the layout using the white version of the Foam Thickers.


Thursday, 2 May 2019

Pink Paislee's Horizon collection by Paige Evans - 1970s Fashionista

This is the first layout I created for the Papermaze blog using Pink Paislee's Horizon collection by Paige Evans. This collection is so bright and vibrant and I thought it would be perfect to scrapbook a layout using a photo of me taken in the 1970s on Skegness beach wearing a very colourful beach outfit handmade by my Mum.


The layout is very simple and uses just 2 sheets of paper - paper #3 and #15.

I trimmed roughly 1cm from each edge of the rainbow sunburst paper (#3) and matted this onto a sheet of the white patterned paper (#15) which I had previously gutted. I also cut a piece out of the middle of the rainbow paper (where my photo would go) so I could use this on another layout.


Using 6 strands of matching embroidery thread I chain stitched along the edges of each coloured wedge. This took quite a while to do and to save time I made sure I only stitched the areas which would not be covered by my photo.

Once the stitching was complete I cut a frame from the left over white patterned paper which measured approx 24.5cm square and was 1cm wide. The frame was attached to the layout using 3D foam to raise it up. My 5x7 photo was matted on white cardstock and then attached to the layout again with 3D foam.


Using paper punches I punched a variety of hearts and flowers from matching patterned paper scraps. These were attached to the matching areas of the layout using 3D foam.


Matching sequins were also added.


I added a title onto the side of the photo using Foam Thickers from American Crafts.


Tiny letters stickers from my stash were used to add the date and place name on the bottom of the layout.

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Simple Stories Little Princess

This is the final layout I created for the Papermaze blog  using the Simple Stories Little Princess collection.

One of the 4x4 elements cards inspired me to create a tongue in cheek layout using a selfie taken in Snapchat.



I started by matting a 11.5x11 sheet of white Bazzill cardstock onto a 12x12 sheet of peach Bazzill cardstock and added a strip of the B side of the 4x4 elements paper on the right hand side.


I then painted a rough square in the centre of the white cardstock with some peach coloured acrylic paint and added some stars with white texture paste. Once dried, a strip of the 4x4 elements paper was stuck on top of the painted square. I machine stitched round all the edges using white thread.


My 5x7 photo was added to the layout and one of the 4x6 elements cards was cut in half and placed behind the photo.  A paper doilie and the 4x4 card, which had inspired my layout, were placed underneath the right edge of the photo having been matted on a piece of the Sparkle and Shine paper.


To embelish the layout I made some 3D stars from the Sparkle and Shine paper. Scoring and folding the paper stars and sticking them to the layout with 3D foam tabs give them their dimension.


The layout was completed with a scattering of sequins and a movie quote printed on the computer and cut into strips.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Simple Stories Little Princess - Spring Smiles

This layout is another one I made for the Papermaze blog using the Little Princess collection from Simple Stories. This collection is so bright and vibrant and I thought it would be ideal for scrapbooking a photo of Lara taken one Easter. I think the design of this layout would also suit a birthday photo.


I started by gutting a sheet of the Hello Princess paper and then stuck a piece of white Bazzill cardstock measuring 11.5" x 11.5" in the centre. I machine stitched round the edges with white thread to add some extra texture.




I then took an 11.5" x 6.5" piece of the Hello Princess paper and stuck this on the top portion of the layout and machine stitched the top and bottom edges. Strips of the Simply Charming paper were added to the top and bottom of the paper, one of which I punched with a border punch. The border punch created holes in the paper strip which I threaded thin blue ribbon though and finished off with a bow.



My 5" x 7" photo was matted on some white cardstock and attached to the layout with a strip of the Make a Wish paper underneath. I tucked a tissue paper ruffle under the bottom edge of the photo. The ruffle was created by pleating a double layer of tissue paper onto a narrow strip of cardstock and then I ran a line of machine stitching along the top of the ruffle to make sure the pleats stayed in place.


Using a circle punch I punched the words 'Shine Bright' from the sheet of 2x2 elements and added this to the corner of the photo.



As part of my DT kit, Vanessa sent me some small white tie on tags. I die cut letters to spell out the word 'Spring' from 6 tags and backed them with some bright pink cardstock. I removed the strings from the tags and created a banner to hang underneath the photo using the tags, some pink bakers twine, some triangles cut from left over scraps of the Hello Princess paper and some flowers die cut from pale blue cardstock. Pink enamel dots were stuck to the flower centres.


To complete the title the word 'Smiles', which I die cut from pale blue cardstock, was nestled beneath the banner and the date was added using Pink Fresh Pink Puffy Alpha Stickers.


Journalling strips, printed onto white paper, were stuck to the bottom left corner of  the layout and enamel dots were put in three of the corners.