Saturday, 30 May 2020

ScrapTubeUK | Fresh Starts

I'm part of a little scrappy YouTube hop today with this project.

The theme was new beginnings and the challenge was to use something out of your comfort zone.

I've gone for a scraptherapy style 6x8 spread featuring a caterpillar and lots of (shock horror) pink!

I don't like pink - not sure if I've ever mentioned that!  I do love caterpillars and butterflies and the concept of mushing down to nothing and re-emerging as a beautiful delicate being that flutters so gracefully.

The majority of  the supplies are from the latest Lollipop Box Club kit called Alice's Tea Party.

Here's the video...

And you can check out my fellow creators videos here:
Nicola Richards (Nicky Nack's Papercrafts)
Niki Rowland
Ellen Rack (EllenOscar Journals)
Samantha Adams (My Messy Desk)

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Scrapbooking | Stamping

I pulled out an old stamp set from W Plus 9 and had myself a little stampfest!

I used ink cubes from Pinkfresh Studio - I LOVE these inks!  It is the first time I have had proper inks for stamping and I'm mad at myself for not buying some sooner.  Don't get me wrong, my Distress Oxides are still loved but they are for inking and technique based creating rather than just for stamping.

I heat embossed a title using another old W Plus 9 set and some Wow! embossing powder.

I cut the layout on a slant and pieced it back together leaving a sliver of colour showing and embellished with some clear sequins.

One of the things I struggle with in the crafty world is the volume of new stamp sets released and the feeling of needing to keep up and use new supplies.  These two stamp sets are dated 2014 and still feel relevant and usable.

Here's the video:

Lollipop Box Club | In Green Pastures

I'm back with that 12x12 scrapbook layout I promised you using the latest Lollipop Box Club kit.

I started this page off on a block of 12x12 watercolour paper from Prima.  I added plenty of clean water to my page and then started adding splodges of colour.  My favourite watercolour paints are Daniel Smith colours.  I’m lucky to have built up a large and colourful palette and was able to pick out colours that perfectly matched the floral patterned paper that came in the Alice’s Tea Party box.  I followed up the painted splodges with several rounds of colourful splatters allowing the layers to dry before adding more.  If you add more splatters on top of wet splatters they will run and mix and merge together.   If you allow them to dry in between layers they will layer up as distinct splatters.  Both give great effects; it just depends on which look you are after.

Once that was dry I played around with a couple of strips of the floral patterned paper, a few die cuts and stickers until I found a layout that I liked.  I added a title using the alpha stickers included in the kit.  I pulled out a sheet of stickers from last month’s sticker book and added a little more embellishment.  I then made sure nothing would move by adding stitching with my sewing machine.  I love the extra texture sewing adds but on this occasion I could see that the alphas were not going to stay stuck over my photo and so sewing was needed!

I spent a day looking at the layout and trying to work out what was ‘wrong’ with it.  It was fine but I just didn’t love it.  I decided to frame the centre section of watercolour and have a clean white border.  Obviously when cutting up your layout you can’t go back if you don’t like it... luckily I liked it!  I added a couple of lines of sewing on the white border and that helped tie the middle and the outer pieces together visually.  

I’d love to know what you think... would you have cut the layout down or left it as is?

Here's the video:

Lollipop Box Club | Alice's Tea Party

Today I'm sharing my first project using the fab Alice’s Tea Party box from Lollipop Box Club.
I love the blue check paper and decided to use it as a background for a scrapbook layout.  I’ll put this together with some other 6x8 layouts using Lollipop Box Club papers and bind them with rings to create a mini album.  More on that next month as it starts to take shape.

I focused in on the tea and cake theme and pulled out some photos of the last time I made it out to a cafe (in April last year!)  I used another of the patterned papers to back each of my three photos.  I stretched the Mrs Brimble’s border sticker across the width of the page by snipping it in half and covering the gap with one of the photos.  A little bit of fussy cutting, a die cut and a sticker here and there around the page was all it needed to pull the whole page together.

I’m used to working in a 12x12 format so a 6x8 comes together very quickly for me!  I was searching for some more white space on the page but I couldn’t find any way to incorporate all three photos and still have empty space.  I guess I’m going to have to tweak my style if I’m going to master 6x8.  I used the check pattern to line up my journalling and wrote in a soft grey ink instead of harsh black.  

Here's the video:

I’ll be back soon with a 12x12 made with the Alice's Tea Party kit from Lollipop Box Club – yep, I’m headed straight back to my comfort zone!!

Sunday, 24 May 2020

Throwback | hello CAKE

Still going with the unshared layouts found in my drafts folder.  2018 me is such a bad blogger!

I think pretty much all of the supplies are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

The blue looks like Dazzlerz from Shimmerz.  I no longer have any as it takes eons to dry... but it does look good!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Pretty My Page | Garden Mandala

Pop over to the Pretty My Page blog to read more on this layout...

I love the way this stained glass effect looks.

You can watch it come together here:

Fun, huh?

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Scrapbooking | Scraplifting A Flatlay

Last night Claire did a facebook live in the Quirky Kit subscriber group.  I tried to scrap along but in all honesty I did most of mine this morning having felt decidedly uncreative last night.  You can see Claire's layout here and the Echo Park flatlay that was the inspiration here.

 I used various custom cards from my Quirky Kits and some Pretty Little Studio ephemera.

Of course a Laura-layout isn't complete without sequins and I broke in to my new delivery of SpiegleMom Scraps sequins.

I used my big roller stamp to add my journalling - yep, I'm classing thosse three words as journalling!  They get across everything I wanted to say when combined with the title of You Are.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Scrapbooking | Granma

I recently found some old photos of my granma and wow, it felt like finding treasure!

For this layout I tried a new way of spreading paint on my page - it's easier for you to watch than me try and explain it!

The flowers are part of the Bed Of Roses cut file from Pretty My Page cut on some Jillibean Soup patterned paper.  The leaves were painted with left over paint I had mixed up.  With no pot to put it back in to it was destined for the bin but I just can't bring myself to throw paint away.  I'd much rather doodle something with it and then toss that if it doesn't work out.

The butterflies are from Bramble Fox and inspired the colour scheme.  I'm really enjoying working with plum-purple and teals.  I've always been a cheerleader for yellow, especially mustard yellow.

Enamel dots were the perfect way to bring a few more touches of teal and green to the page.

And I added three copper paperclips.  I would like to have added a bit more of the copper colour to the page but I didn't find anythng in my stash!  Must resist the urge to stock up!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 15 May 2020

CSI | Case File 319

Here is my layout for CSI's Case File 319.  I've been insired by the colour scheme (although I did ignore the pink!), cute animals and the tiny dot pattern.

My turquoise is slightly off but I had a surprising lack of bright turquoise in my stash.  My dots are also slightly too oranised.. the case file image was much more random and wonky dots. I used a cut file from Pretty My Page (if it's not yet linked it hasn't been released yet!)

The cute animals in the case file immediately brought to mind my Simon Says Stamp panda die.  Any excuse to bring it out for a play.  I cut on both black and white cardstock and then piece them together.  I find adding a big dot of glossy accents on the eyes gives a nice raised shiny look that almost brings a life like quality to the face.

Sequins because always sequins!  I selected some clears and greys leaving the colour to come from the patterned paper alone.

Here's the process video:

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Throwback | C is for Cuddle

Another layout rescued from the drafts folder!

The apple cut file can be found in my free cut files tab above.

I think this is my very favourite shade of green.  Don't tell the other greens that though, I do love them all!

Always add the little details, they add so much.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 11 May 2020

Stick It Down | Rainbow Again

Here is my take on Stick It Down's May single page sketch.  As always do check out the Stick It Down site for a double page sketch and a card sketch plus a tonne of inspiration from the design team.

I have gone rainbow coloured again.  If there's an option to go rainbow at the moment I definitely will!  I've used a cut file from Pretty My Page.  (If it's not linked then it hasn't been released just yet.)

 Perhaps the best part of creating a rainbw layout is the flicking through of stash, whether that is cardstock, embellishments or, in this case, patterned papers.  I wanted to add a couple of tiny word stsickers but they were different shades of black and different fonts.  They just didn't look right together.  Instead, I spelt out the two phrases with tiny tile alphas.

Embellishing was kept simple and minimal.  Just a sprinkling of rainbow sequins and a black and white camera sticker.

Embellishing so minimally lets the focus fall on the patterned paper border strips and the photo.

Here's the process video:

Friday, 8 May 2020

NSD Fun #2

Here are another couple of layouts I made over the NSD weekend.

This is a scraplift of Emilie Chamel for Bramble Fox.

I adored Emilie's layout as soon as I saw it and love how mine turned out too.

Lots of leaves and a Bramble Fox camera.

This second layout uses a string of stamped, heat embossed and fusst cut bunting that I made for my Mum's birthday.  She knows me well... when she took it (and her birthday cards) down from the mantle she brought it back for me to scrap with!

Seems fitting that I scrap the birthday selfies we took (the day after her birthday because I forgot on the day!)

The stamps are from Simon Says and are gorgeous!

Shimmerz and sequins to match, butterflies... what's not to like!

Thanks for stopping by!
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