Friday, 31 January 2020

Scrapbooking | StickerKitten's Mermaid Treasures


This layout has sat half made for months.  I decided it was time to get it finished and in the album.


It uses StickerKitten's Mermaid Treasures ephemera and rubber stamps, distress oxide inks and loads of sequins!


The sea creatures in the ephemera pack are truly adorable.  The little fish stamps are amongst my most favourite and most used stamps.


I did a pick and mix selection of sequins going through lots of mixes and selecting only the sequins that worked.  I used lots of iridescent and pastel sequins along with 'sequin glitter' or the holes that are punched out the make the sequins.


I did some stamp surgery on this banner stamp.  It comes with a greeting attached but I knew I would use it more if it was a plain banner.  I carefully trimmed the greeting out.  If I want to use it as intended I can simply mount the two pieces together in my MISTI.


Peeping jellyfish are my new thing! 😂


I love how this turned out and it reminds me I MUST use more stamping on my layouts.  I am waiting for the Pink Fresh ink cubes to come back in to stock to boost my ink collection.  I'm looking forward to be able to stamp bright and clear images that don't have the chalkiness that the oxide inks have.


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Thursday, 30 January 2020

Stashbashing | Tabs


I have another video for Scraptember's January Stash Bash and today we are bashing tabs.  The Scraptember January Stash Bash is a month of intense memory-keeping, with a new prompt and a new video every day, all designed to encourage scrappers to use up their stash.  You can join the Facebook group here and watch the playlist here.


Here is today's video:


I pulled out all of the traditional fold-type tabs, the single layer tabs and the more basic page marker tab stickers that I could find in my stash and tried to use them ALL!


I didn't do too badly.  I kept one back as it really didn't match and found another one, that I had intended to use, on the other side of my desk when photographing the completed layout.


I also busted another cut file that I have had since before I had my Silhouette Cameo!  I believe it is designed by Ashley Calder who really inspired my scrappy beginnings.  Unfortunately she no longer scraps, at least not publicly.


These Pink Fresh puffy alphas are the perfect size and come in so many colourways now.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Scrapbooking | Scraplifting Missy



I had good fun scraplifting Missy Whidden via Scrap Squad and Scraptember.


I used papers from Sticker Kitten plus a couple of vellum die cuts from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and gold puffy stickers from ???  (I have no idea, they were part of a Lottie Loves Paper kit last year.)


I adore these little blue tits.


I did some hand sewing and whinged about it a LOT!


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Sunday, 26 January 2020

A Helping Hand | Adding A Footer


I am often asked how to add footers to layouts and I'm always happy to help out.  There are many ways to add a footer.  Here are my step by step instructions with screen shots for one way to add a footer...

Go to befunky.com on your desktop/laptop
Click Create
Select Photo Editor


Click Open
Select Computer
and open the photo you wish to add the footer to


Once the photo is open you can edit the photo if you wish.
Select Image Manager (top of the left hand menu)


Click Computer.
Locate the footer on you device and open it. 
It will show in the top square.  Grab and drag it on to your layout.


Once dropped on to your layout you will need to resize it.  Simply grab one of the corners and drag it to the correct width.  Move it down to the bottom of your picture by dragging.


Click Save.
Select Computer and save your edited image.


I hope this is helpful for you.  Please do shout if you have any questions!

Scrapbooking | It's a Marmite


Whilst I had my Shimelle stash out I wanted to get this story recorded...


The silver foiled bug paper was a perfect match.  I layered over some 12x12 vellum so the photo and story could dominate most of the layout.  Papermill Direct have just started doing 12x12 vellum and the quality is excellent.  It was another day for machine sewing too... I chose a fancy stitch this time.  I don't know why I don't use more of the stitch options as they add such character to the page.


I went a little crazy for the little word stickers too.  They all seemed to match - curious, wonderer, learn...


The story is such a cute one.  My neph insisted on calling the velvet mite in his insect book a marmite.


I used every bug themed supply I could and then resorted to butterflies.


The enamel butterflies are from Jillibean Soup so not only a different collection but an entirely different manufacturer, but still they colour matched perfectly.


Here's the video:


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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Throwback | love right now


Rather ironic to be blogging a post created in 2018 entitled Love Right Now in 2020.  Not quite right now!

This was made back then using Pretty Little Studio supplies.






Thursday, 23 January 2020

Scrapbooking | Yesse Dohn


Today's layout uses mainly Field Trip from Shimelle.  I had to add in some smaller alphas (Pink Fresh puffies to the rescue!  It's these puffy alphas or Pretty Little Studio's tile alphas that are my go to supply) as the thickers that match the paper were just too big.



This layout started with some die cut circles left over from my recent camera layout.  They were the negative parts of the Pretty My Page cut file.  From there I went with the spotty paper and then the name badge which perfectly matched the story I wanted to tell.


I added a few bits and bobs from the ephemera and sticker sheet.



I thought I had finished but after a look and a think I decided to pick out some more stickers to add.  A few circles from an old Pretty Little Studio collection made a lot of difference.


I finished off by sewing through anything that was sewable!


Here's the process video:


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Monday, 20 January 2020

Scrapbooking | Burger


I love a burger.  Not a fast food type one... a vegetable protein burger in a seedy soft bun crammed with lettuce and tomato - so much so that it falls out - and extra salad on the side with a few (not many) big fat chips.  The bap must have both ketchup and salad cream in it too.


With that said, I had to use this cut file from The Cut Shoppe.  The alphas are also Ashley Horton from Pretty Little Studio, as is the acetate.


I fancied trying something a bit different with a corner of colour in addition to my usual white background.  I added a strip of kraft to one side too to tie in the colour of the burger.  I like to use a colour in more than one place on a layout.  The yellow is used for the cheese slice and to back my photo; the red in the tomato and the spotty acetate; the pale kraft in the bap and the journalling strips.


In the end the kraft burger didn't look dark enough so I coloured it in with my versamark pen and that made it a meatier colour.  (An ironic term considering the burger isn't actually meat.)  I finished off with enamel dots and kraft photo corners.  I love these photo corners so you may well be seeing more of them on upcoming layouts.


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Saturday, 18 January 2020

Scraptember January Stash Bash | Die Cuts


My name is Laura and I have a problem with die cuts.  Well, cut files really... I cut too many of them, more than I can use and so consequently I have oodles of them in a box.


This month Scraptember are running the January Stash Bash and today is the day to bust out the die cuts.  I am busting this gorgeous camera mesh cut file from Pretty My Page as well as using metal dies to create my title.


Scraptember's January Stash Bash is a month of intense memory-keeping, with a new prompt and a new video every day, all designed to encourage scrappers to use up their stash.  You can join the Facebook group here and catch the playlist here.  This is today's video:

 

Whilst making this layout not only did I get ink on my camera lens and my sleeve I also got some in my ear!  I have no idea how and didn't notice at the time.  An hour or so later my Mum said 'what's that?' expecting it to be something to do with Henley Bird but no.  Green ink droplet.  Gable green to be exact. IN my EAR!  


Another peril of the scrapbooking world is outlining letters.  I only attempt it on a good day when my hands are super steady and I go slowly and carefully but still I always make a booboo somewhere.  I wobbled across the T in photo.  I wiped it straight away but it marked.  Heyho, it's handmade.

I love these turned over corners on other people's layouts but I'm not sure on mine.  It never looks quite the same when I do it...


But I do like the watercolour over the die cut.  All of those blooms and drying lines are exactly what I love.

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Scrapbooking | 2020


I drew up this fun cut file to celebrate the new year.  You can nab it for free here.



I don't have any photos from this year printed yet but these ones from last year fit perfectly what I wanted to say.


I'm pleased to say that 2 and a bit weeks in I do feel much more me.  The situation is the same but the head space is better.


This layout uses a couple of gold paints from Shimmerz, black cardstock from Papermill Direct and sparkle confetti 'sequins' from Lucy's.  I also got a few more star stickers used up as the mustard colour was a good match.


As usual I've taken more photos than I can waffle on about...


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