Monday, 20 September 2021

49 & Market Vintage Artistry Hike More - Sometimes Nature is all you Need

I have another layout using the 49 & Market Vintage Artistry Hike More collection. I'm still loving this collection and for today's layout I've used some nature photos taken whilst on holiday in Norfolk.

For my background I used a sheet of the Boscage paper. I trimmed 5mm from each side and matted this onto a sheet of Bazzill Kraft cardstock to give a very narrow border to the layout. Using my sewing machine I stitched all the way round the edge using white thread.

My eight  2" square photos were double matted on white and kraft cardstock and attached to the layout with 3D foam underneath. I only put foam underneath the top and bottom edges of the left side of the photos because I knew I wanted to tuck a journalling card behind the photos and by omitting the foam in the middle it made it easy for the card to slip in and out.

Using my computer I printed my journalling onto one of the journalling cards from the cut apart sheet. I downloaded a mushroom dingbat from so I was able to add some mushroom images to my journalling. The left side of the card was punched using a notebook border punch from EK Success and the finished card was tucked behind the photos.

In the centre of the photos I added a word strip from the pack of Ephemera Bits and used 3D foam underneath for dimension.  

I created three embellishment clusters on the layout using more of the Ephemera Bits, Chipboard Stickers, Washi Tape and Epoxy Stickers as well as lace, wood buttons and twine from my stash. I tried to include all the colours from the collection in each of the clusters.

By rubbing some of the rub-ons onto some patterned paper and then fussy cutting the images out I was able to create some extra die cuts, for example some of the butterflies. 

On this layout I used a lot of 3D foam underneath the elements to give the clusters lots of dimension.

Finally I splatted some Distress Oxide Ink in Peeled Paint onto the layout. 

Monday, 6 September 2021

49 & Market Vintage Artistry Hike More - Take the Path Less Travelled

Hello, Karen here today with my first layout using the beautiful Vintage Artistry Hike More collection from 49 & Market. The quality of the papers from 49 & Market are exceptional and no photos online can do the printed designs justice. They are gorgeous! The Hike More collection is perfect for scrapbooking outdoorsy photos, nature photos, woodland photos and so much more. The colours in the collection would be ideal for spring, summer or autumn photos.

For the layout I'm sharing today I'm using photos taken during a trip to Anglesey in Wales.

I started by tearing round the edges of a sheet of the In the Thicket paper. I then roughed up the torn edges and attached the paper to the B side of a sheet of the Boscage paper. (Did you know that 'Boscage' is a mass of trees or shrubs? No? Me neither. Thank you Google 😁).

I sanded the edges of  three 4x6 photos, matted these onto some vellum, added a couple of cards from the pack of the Ephemera Bits behind two of the photos and stuck these to the layout.

Using the computer I also typed the date and place name onto one of the cards before attaching it to the layout.

A die cut View Master reel from the pack of the Ephemera Bits was tucked underneath the photos and was the grounding for one of my three clusters of embelishments.

chipboard frame was used to draw attention to my daughter in one of the photos and various flowers and leaves from my stash were added.

Some of the epoxy bubble stickers from the pack of Wishing Bubbles and Trinkets were used as flower centres.

I also created some tendrils to add to the clusters by wrapping some green wire (stalks cut from some paper flowers) round a fine knitting needle. The flowers, etc were all held in place with some liquid adhesive.

Finally, I added some of the rub ons to the layout. I wanted to colour one of the rub ons. I wasn't sure how the watercolour paint I used would take to the slick surface of the rub ons but whilst it did pool a little, it dried fairly quickly and the pooling was OK as the collection has a distressed look  anyway.

The rub-ons went onto the paper so easily - like butter and its hard to tell which images on the paper are printed and which are rub-ons. 

Saturday, 21 August 2021

Echo Park Under Sea Adventures - Bubble Blowing

I have one last layout using the Under Sea Adventures collection from Echo Park.

I had two sheet of blue paper left from this collection that I'd not used. One of the papers had a bubble design which I thought would be perfect for scrapbooking some some bubble blowing photos of my daughter but I was lacking further inspiration. I had a look at some online mood boards for inspiration and to try and decide what other colours I could team the blue papers with.

I found this yellow, blue and grey mood board which I really liked and thought it would be a perfect colour scheme for my layout. I also had some dusty attic chipboard bubbles in my design team kit which were perfect for a bubble blowing layout and in their natural state were grey. I thought printing my photos in black and white would also be appropriate and would make them pop against the blue papers. 

I started with a sheet of white Bazzill cardstock and trimmed a quarter of an inch from each edge because I knew I would want to give the finished layout a coloured border . I then used one of the Bubbles mixed media stencils from Vicki Boutin's Color Study collection and some blue ink to add a bubbly design, horizontally across the centre of the white card.

I tore a couple of strips of the Whale Hello and Sudsy Sea papers and layered these with a punched scalloped strip towards the top of the layout (overlapping the stencilling).

I double matted my two black and white photos with some white and yellow cardstock and added them to the layout.

To embellish the layout I cut some rings from yellow cardstock and dotted then around the layout, tucking some underneath the photos and some hanging off the edges of the layout. I backed three of the dusty attic chipboard bubbles with some white glitter card from my stash and added these. These really sparkle but unfortunately the photos don't so them justice. Continuing the bubbles/round theme I randomly sprinkled some yellow sequins and clear dew drops about.

The title was created by cutting the word 'Bubble' on my Silhouette from a  scrap of blue paper and the word 'Blowing' was added with Grey Puffy Alphabet Stickers from Pinkfresh Studio. To complete the layout I matted everything onto a sheet of grey cardstock.

Tuesday, 17 August 2021

Echo Park Under Sea Adventures - Who Lives in a Pineapple......

Hello again. Karen C here with another layout using Echo Park's Under Sea Adventures collection.

For my Sponge Bob themed layout I started with a sheet of the Fish are Friends paper. The B side of this paper is probably my favourite design from the collection and it instantly made me think of the Sponge Bob cartoons Steven used to watch when he was a child. I trimmed a quarter of an inch from each edge of the paper and matted this onto a sheet of yellow Bazzill cardstock.

Using the Sneaky Sharks paper I matted two photos of Steven with his Lego Sponge Bob model and placed these in the centre of the layout with 3D foam underneath for a bit of dimension.

I die cut 8 tags from cardstock and papers from the collection, and tied them with green Bakers Twine. (I thought the green twine looked a little like seaweed!) The tags were tucked under the tops of the photos to create a home for the title and the twine was glued in place with wet adhesive.

The title letters were die cut from black cardstock and stuck onto the tags.

From a piece of green patterned paper, left over from last months design team kit, I die cut some seaweed and used this to embellish the bottom of the layout.

In my stash I had a Sponge Bob metal die which I have been wanting to use for sometime. This was the perfect layout for it so I cut and pieced the die cut pieces together and added the finished character to the bottom of the layout.

Finally I added a scattering of yellow sequins to the layout and the date.

Friday, 6 August 2021

Echo Park Under Sea Adventures - Under the Sea

This  layout uses the cute new collection from Echo Park called Under Sea Adventures. Turtles, submarines, sharks, dolphins and friendly fish are all part of this new bright primary coloured under water themed collection. It is perfect for scrapbook layouts about trips to the aquarium or sea life centre, swimming trips and nautical adventures. It would also be great for cards and journals. 

The layout I'm sharing today is a monochromatic layout featuring photos from trips to a couple of aquariums.

I started by matting the B side of the sheet of 3x4 journalling cards onto a sheet of black Bazzill cardstock so that about a quarter of an inch of the black cardstock was visible round the edges.

Using my Silhouette Cameo I die cut, from smooth black cardstock, some coral cut files and attached these to the bottom of the layout.

I then matted six 3x4 photos onto two strips of white cardstock and added these to the layout. 

I only put glue on the sides of the strips so that I could tuck a hidden  journaling card behind one of them.

I typed journaling strips on the computer onto white paper and stuck these to one of the 3x4 journaling cards. I attached a shark, cut from more black cardstock, to the top of the card before tucking it behind the photo so that only the shark can be seen.

I then cut more sharks, a sea horse and seaweed and used these to embellish the layout.

Fish were fussy cut from the Fish are Friends paper and used to embellish the coral reef.

The title was created with foam letter and a few black sequins were scattered over the layout.

Finally I added some stickers from the Sticker Sheet on top of some of the photos..

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Echo Park A Slice of Summer - Create Your Own Sunshine

 This layout is my final layout using the Echo Park A Slice of Summer collection.

I started with a 12"x12" sheet of white Bazzill Cardstock and onto this I placed a sheet of the Summertime paper which I had trimmed about a quarter of an inch from each edge. 

I found a sunburst cut file in the Silhouette Store and cut this from my favourite Craft UK smooth white cardstock. The sunburst was stuck to the top of the layout and using my sewing machine and white thread I stitched round each sun-ray.

I matted three photos which were slightly smaller than 3"x 4" in a row on white cardstock and also added machine stitching to the photo mat. A piece of the Squeeze The Day paper was added to the bottom of the layout and the photo mat was placed on top of this.

I also included one of the 3x4 journalling cards in the row of photos which acted as a title for the layout.

I created a cluster with die cuts and pieces cut from the sheet of multi journaling cards to the lower right corner of the layout. I added blue bakers twine to the tag and a puffy camera sticker from my stash to the cluster.

I cut a speech bubble from the sheet of multi journaling cards and added this to one of the photos as well as an epoxy circle with an image of flip flops from my stash. I've had the epoxy circle for ages and thought that this was the ideal opportunity to use it on a layout about my daughter paddling with her shoes on. It also introduced some blue to that area of the layout.

Finally journaling strips were typed on the computer and added beneath the photos.

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Echo Park A Slice of Summer - Using Chipboard Frames

Today I am on the Papermaze blog with another project using Echo Park's A Slice of Summer collection.

In my latest DT kit, Vanessa kindly included a pack of the Chipboard Frames which are part of this collection. I was a little daunted by these at first but, after seeing a photo on the internet from an advert for Chipboard Frames where the seller had opened the packet and laid them higgledy-piggledy on top of each other I had a flash of inspiration.

I started with a sheet of the Hello Summer Floral paper. The B side of this paper is a nice light woodgrain print and, as I've mentioned before that I love a woodgrain print, this was an obvious choice for my base. I trimmed roughly ½" off of two of the adjacent edges and matted this onto a piece of the Summer Floral Paper. 

I laid out the chipboard frames onto the layout overlapping them and leaving a space for my photo. Once I was happy with the placement of the frames I decided, that rather than glue some on top of others, that I would cut them apart and link them together flat on the layout. The frames cut fairly easily and were stuck to the page with a liquid glue. My photo was then matted onto some of the Summer Floral paper and attached flat to the space I had left for it in the top left corner of the layout.

I used die cuts from the pack of ephemera icons to embellish the layout by sticking them on top of the frames. I added some 3D foam underneath some parts of the die cuts to make sure they sat level on the frames.

The pack of Chipboard frames also includes some other chipboard pieces and so some of these were also used on the layout including one to the corner of the photo.

I found some  wood veneer bicycles in my stash, and these were the perfect addition to the layout. After sticking down the bicycles I realised that the chipboard frames looked a little bit like little winding roads or paths, which was very appropriate for a layout of Lara riding her bike down a path.

A journalling strip typed on the computer was added to the bottom of the layout.

As a finishing touch I added a scattering of blue sequins.