Monday, 10 February 2020

Hey Crafty Girl - Create a Beautiful Life

This month I've been playing with the Hey Crafty Girl collection from Simple Stories. This collection is perfect for all craft lovers. It is bright and cheerful and is full of crafty images and phrases. 

I have a scrapbook layout today on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog featuring four photos taken last summer of Lara painting in the garden.


I took a sheet of the Create Beauty paper and trimmed a tiny bit off of each edge before matting this onto a sheet of black Bazzill cardstock.


I wanted to add some paint to the background but I'm always nervous of painting directly onto the background, especially when I only have one sheet of the paper. I decided to paint some stripes of acrylic paint onto a piece of white cardstock and when dry cut the stripes out and stuck these onto the background.

I then took my four photos, matted them onto black cardstock and arranged them on the layout, staggering them from top to bottom.


I cut out some of  the 2x2 elements and used these to embelish the layout. Stickers from the Combo Sticker sheet were also added. The squares were outlined with a black gel pen to add some definition.


Some beautiful Prima flowers were placed on the layout on top of a couple of the printed flowers and green enamel dots were dotted around.


 I die cut the title from black cardstock and nestled this beside the photos.


Journalling strips were printed on cream cardstock on the computer and the words were outlined with a black gel pen before it was stuck to the bottom of the page.

Friday, 24 January 2020

The Muttcracker by Photoplay - May your days be Furry & Bright

Today I am on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog with another layout using The Muttcracker collection from Photoplay.  I used a photo taken Christmas 2018 by Lara when she was playing around with Millie and some Snapchat filters.


I started my layout by trimming a quarter of an inch off of each side of a sheet of the Feliz Navidog paper and matted this onto a sheet of white cardstock. I machine stitched round the edges using white thread.


Two large Christmas trees were cut from white cardstock using a template from the Silhouette Studio and the 'baubles' on the trees were backed with scraps of cardstock which matched The Muttcracker collection. The trees were then attached to the layout using foam to raise them up. Two torn strips of white cardstock were placed at the bottom of the layout to give the impression of fallen snow.


My photo was printed at roughly 7.5" x 4". I matted the photo with white cardstock and then placed it on top of the Christmas trees and added some red photo corners.


To embellish the layout I fussy cut some of the dogs from the Countdown paper. The images were matted onto white card and I then stuck them in groups along the bottom of the layout on foam to add dimension.


The dog with the reindeer antlers and scarf was so like my dog that it was the perfect embellishment. A few stickers from the Element Sticker sheet were also added.


A border sticker from the sticker sheet was stuck to the top of the layout.


Foam letter stickers from Pink Paislee were used to make the title.


The layout was finished off with a few sequins and letter stickers from Websters were used to add the date.

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Muttcracker by Photoplay - Here comes Santa Paws

Today I have a scrapbook layout on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog using the Muttcracker Collection from Photoplay. Being a dog owner I was instantly drawn to this collection which is full of cute colourful images of our four-legged friends all ready for Christmas. But, there are also images of their feline friends too so the collection will be perfect for scrapbooking photos of my cat too.

The layout I'm sharing today features a photo of Millie taken when she was a puppy at Christmas time. 


I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of white Bazzill cardstock and on this I layered pieces of the Ho Ho Ho paper and Happy Howlidays paper. I tore some of the edges of the paper for added interest and also added some thin strips of gold mirror card at the top and bottom of the page


I cut three of the images from the Feliz Navidog cut apart paper and used these to make faux Christmas cards. The images were matted on gold mirror card and then placed at an angle onto white cardstock which had an added flap (resembling the flap of an envelope). I folded the flap on top of the image and placed foam squares underneath the flap to raise it up.


The three faux Christmas cards were put in a row across the centre of the layout along with my 4 x 6 photo which was double matted on gold mirror card and white cardstock.


I found some very, very. VERY old chipboard letters in my stash which co-ordinated perfectly with the collection and used these and some gold Thickers to make my title.


I die cut gold stars and used these as well as small white pom poms and chipboard dots from the Thicker sheet to embellish.


Gold twine was also looped across the layout.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Pink Paislee Truly Grateful - Into the Woods

My final project using Pink Paislee's Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans is on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog today.


I started my layout by trimming a quarter of an inch off of each side of a 12 x 12 sheet of white cardstock and matted this onto a sheet of olive green cardstock.

Using a hexagon die I  cut lots of hexagons from the scraps of patterned paper I had left after creating my other projects. I chose the greens and blues from my photo that were found in paper #9 and #3 and also cut a few hexagon from some scraps of green cardstock found in my stash.


The hexagons were arranged on the layout roughly flowing from the top right corner to the bottom left corner and to make then more cohesive I splattered some watered down white acrylic paint on the hexagons and also used a white gel pen to draw faux stitching round the edges.


My photo was matted on white and green cardstock and attached to the layout with some foam underneath to add some dimension. I tucked a white paper doilie and a tag, cut from some of the green cardstock and threaded with green bakers twine, behind the photo.


I used die cuts from the pack of journalling spots and floral cardstock embellishment pack to create two embellishment clusters and to provide a place for some journalling. The centre of one of the die cut flowers was bright pink but as this didn't go with the other colours on my layout I covered it up with a green button.


The title was created using some small navy blue Foam Thickers and the word 'Woods' was die cut from some textured gold cardstock from my stash.


The layout was completed with a few gold sequins and some tiny stars punched from the gold cardstock.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Pink Paislee Truly Grateful - Golden Days of Autumn

Today I have another scrapbook layout using Pink Paislee's Truly Grateful collection. This collection, whilst being very versatile, fundamentally has an autumn vibe so I decided to create an autumnal layout using photos taken last year.


To give the layout a fresh feel, I started by trimming a quarter of an inch off of the edges of a sheet of the #03 green paper and I matted this onto a piece of white cardstock. I machine stitched round the edges with white thread, which is something I often do.



I then backed an autumnal cut file from 'Confession of a Paper Addict' with scraps of paper from the collection. I choose the papers which had orange, brown, maroon and yellow tones in them which again picked up on the colours on my photos. Papers #09 and #07 were particularly good for this as they have lots of colours in them.


The acorns in the cut file were filled with gold and copper sequins.


My two 6"x4" photos were matted with more white cardstock and attached to the layout and yellow pieces of patterned paper were also placed under some of the the photo corners. I used some gold and white foam alpha stickers from my stash for my title.

Printed mini acetate doilies were tucked under the photos too.


To completed the layout I embellished with die cut flowers from the Floral Cardstock Embellishment pack, sequins and a few splatters of gold ink.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Pink Paislee Truly Grateful - Altered Clipboard

Today I have an altered clipboard to share with you that I have created using Pink Paislee's Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans. Whilst I love scrapbooking, I felt I wanted to do something different this month with my design team kit and this is what I came up with.


I started with a cheap A5 clipboard and to make the project easier Wayne carefully removed the clip from the board for me taking care not to damage the clip.


I then covered the board with a piece of the #17 paper and then put a slightly smaller piece of the #15 paper on top.  I machine stitched round the edges of the smaller piece of paper with white thread and distressed the edges before gluing it down. I also added some texture paste using my favourite script stencil, but I needn't have bothered because most of this was later covered up! 😏



Two smaller pieces of the #19 and the #06 paper were then layered on top. The edges of these papers had also been machine stitched and distressed.



My 4x6 photo was matted onto white cardstock and mounted on the clipboard with a piece of foam underneath to add some depth. I was then able to start embellishing.


Some thin white lace was added to the bottom of the photo and tiny alpha stickers were used for the date.


I layered some of the die cuts from the pack of Floral Cardstock Embellishments and Ephemera in the bottom left corner and also added a sticker from the Accent and Phrase Sticker Sheet.


More Floral die cuts and a butterfly journalling spot from the pack of Journalling Spots were fixed to the top right corner. Foam was placed underneath some of the pieces to give lots of dimension.


On the top left corner of the photo I placed a banner die cut and some more florals.

The layout was completed wit a few enamel dots and the clip was reattached to the top of the board. As the clip wasn't going to be functional I attached it with a couple of large silver brads.

Friday, 4 October 2019

Pink Paislee Truly Grateful - Be Amazing

This month on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog I'm working with Pink Paislee's Truly Grateful collection by Paige Evans as well as paper from the earlier Horizon collection (left over from a previous design team kit). The Truly Grateful collection has an autumnal vibe but its bright colours are perfect for lots of subjects. I choose to scrapbook a smiley photo of Lara taken in 2012 in the Isle of Wight.


I decided to use paper #08 from the collection. This paper is very similar to paper #03 from the Horizon collection which Lynn and I used on layouts which can be found here and here.


I started by trimming a quarter of an inch off of the four sides of the paper and then cut a large circle from the centre. The different coloured paper sections were then cut along the straight edges, the edges were distressed/roughed up with my scissor and then reassembled on a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock. I lightly glued the pieces onto the cardstock before machine stitching them with white thread.


Using my finger nails I then flicked up the edges of the paper to give the layout some dimension.


I punched tiny stars for matching scraps of coloured paper and glued these round the edge of the circle.

My 5x7 photo was double matted on black and white cardstock and attached to the layout with 3D foam to raise it up.


I cut a journalling card in half and tucked the two pieces underneath the top of the photo.


The title, which overlaps the photo and is partly mounted on 3D foam, was die cut from both white and black cardstock and by offsetting the black piece underneath the white I was able to give the impression of a shadow and make the title more prominent.


I created an embellishment cluster on the bottom corner of the photo using words punched from a sheet of paper #17, flowers fussy cut from paper #02 from the Horizon collection, some punched and die cut leaves and pink layered Traveler's Journal Flowers from Prima. Some of the elements were raised up with 3D foam to the same height as the photo. Tiny self adhesive gems were attached to the centres of some of the fussy cut flowers.


Finally I added where the photo was taken with tiny which alphabet stickers and doodled a border around the page using a black pen.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Stash Busting - Happy Birthday

I have another birthday layout today which I made whilst at my crafty getaway earlier in the year. I used lots of paper scraps to create the layout of Lara's 16th birthday.


I started with a 12x12 sheet of black cardstock and in the centre of this I stuck a sheet of grid paper which I had trimmed approx a quarter of an inch from each side.

I then layered pieces of black heart, red spot and red diagonal stripe papers onto the layout as well as a piece of narwhal patterned paper which I had downloaded from the internet and printed on my computer.

My 5x7 photo was mattered onto a piece of patterned paper and then placed on top of the other papers.


I created banners by stamping bunting onto yellow paper. The stamped images were then cut out and put onto the layout with bakers twine.


White puffy alphabet stickers were used for my title.


A sub-title was added using blue die cut letters and black stickers. 


I added a flair button to the corner of the photo and added the number 16 to it.

The layout was completed with some fussy cut narwhals, a scattering of gold sequins and some doodling round the edges of the papers and round the puffy alphabet stickers.