Monday, 28 May 2018

Wise Words....... using Misty Mountains from Kaisercraft.

Hello there it's Anita with you today and I would like to wish you a very happy Bank Holiday Monday !
For my last post of this month I have used some of the delicious Misty Mountains papers from Kaisercraft. This collection is full of soft, delicate pinks, mauves and stronger indigo's and combines a mix of florals, agates, marbled designs and some lovely quotes too!

I decided to scraplift a layout I originally made back in January which you can see here as I wanted to make use of several of the quotes and I really enjoyed making the original one.

I used just 3 of the collection for this layout of myself and our eldest daughter as a baby. I loved all the quotes and felt they would be perfect words of advice to give someone so special. Sheets used were
Light Leaks
I also used a sheet of Blackberry cardstock.
The centre was gutted out from the sheet of Marbled and put the small gutted piece to one side.
The sheet of Light Leaks was trimmed down to 11.5 inch square and then tilted slightly and placed onto the Marbled sheet, I then just trimmed the overhanging areas off.
The photograph was double matted onto Blackberry cardstock and then onto the gutted piece of Marbled.

I also matted a few of the quotes and cut the title from the cardstock using Sizzix Noveau Alphabet.
Using a Distress Stain in Dusty Concord I dabbed some splats in various points on the page. There is a huge variety of colours in the Distress Stain dept in the shop, so many gorgeous colours to choose from! Some of the quotes were stuck flat to the the page and others were raised on foam pads and overlapping each other and the layout was finished with the addition of various sized sequins, some fine cut lilac raffia strands and a crystal heart cabochon.
Here are a few more close ups.

Once again Kaisercraft have created another gorgeous quality range to add to their ever growing collections. For the other new collections by them on the shop site please look here

Wishing you a super Bank Holiday Monday, hope you will find some time for yourself to get crafting!

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 25 May 2018

May Crop

So, the monthly crop has come around again!  We are at Otley Village Hall again tomorrow, starting at 10am, with homemade cakes currently being baked :)  Our crop kit is bright and summery, featuring papers from Jillibean Soup...  

If you'd like to join us, drop me an email - there will be refreshments available, a range of dies & punches for you to use and a discount in the shop!  

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Carta Bella Spring Market

Hello. Karen here with my second project this month using Carta Bella's beautiful Spring Market collection.

Although I didn't actually use the Rainboots patterned paper on my layout I loved the flower filled wellies printed on the paper and this was the inspiration for a layout featuring a photo of my daughter about to play in some puddles.

I die cut, using a cut file from the Silhouette Studio, a pair of wellies from the pink patterned paper. I backed the open parts with the reverse side of the Wreath Decor paper and some green Bazzill cardstock. If you don't have access to a die cutting machine you could instead find a picture of some wellies on the internet (colouring pages are ideal) and use that as a template to hand cut some wellies.

I trimmed a sheet of Garden Gingham paper to roughly 11.5", distressed the edged and matted this onto a sheet of deep pink Bazzill cardstock. I machine stitched round two of the edges using gold thread.

So that my photo could be tucked underneath some of the flowers printed on the Garden Gingham paper, I sliced round the edges of some of the flowers using a craft knife.

My wellies were stuck on the right side of the page and were 'filled' with lots of flowers and leaves  which were fussy cut from the Market Floral paper. Some of the flowers were popped-up on 3D foam and sequins were added to the centres of the flowers for extra interest.

To complete my layout I used a mixture of die cut letters and some stickers from Simple Stores collections for my title which was a quote found on Pinterest.

Thank you for looking. Please do have a look at this collection and all the other lovely goodies at the Papermaze shop - you won't be disappointed. Karen x

Monday, 21 May 2018

May Papermaze Kit

Every month Vanessa and her team put together a popular scrapbooking kit, carefully selecting papers from a variety of current collections, together with coordinating cardstock and embellishments. These kits are designed for you to create your own layouts and so do not contain any instructions.

Occasionally people have said they would like some ideas to go with the kit to help in making a start. So I thought it would be a good idea to do a couple of blog posts showing some things I made with the pretty May kit and hope this will inspire you. 

For the first post using the May Kit (available on line and in the shop from today), I have created two layouts.

This month the kit contains:
6 Sheets double-sided patterned paper:
Vertical Elements - I AM... collection - Simple Stories
Choosing Happiness - I AM... collection - Simple Stories
So Amazing - Fleur collection - Kaisercraft
Beginnings Four - Beginnings collection - Authentique
Whim - Let Your Heart Decide - Pink Fresh Studio
Flower Child - Dear Lizzy Stay Colourful collection -American Crafts

6 sheets Bazzill, 2 sheets with the original kit Guacamole and Cfream Puff
4 sheets with the additional cardstock which has been selected to go with the kit, Glow, Black, Whirlpool, and Pinkini.

showing reverse side of papers
laser-cut word (exclusive to Papermaze), 2 wax seals, Prima Lavender tag, 3 wooden bingo tiles, strip Dusty Attic chipboard, 3 pearls, Heidi Swapp speech bubble, 2 ribbon roses, 3 paper flowers, 10 dewdrops, 12" washi tape.

The embellishments
I love the way the kit encourages you to mix papers from different companies in the same project, rather than always reaching for papers from the same collection.

As I have just moved house most of my craft materials are still packed as we are busy preparing a craft room. So I have created these layout with a minimum of tools and equipment. Also we had no internet for two weeks and the computers are only just set up so I have been depending on a box of photos I had to hand. 

So this first layout uses mostly materials from the kit and an old 1963 photo of myself.

The wide border was made with a gutted sheet of Flower Child paper, layered up with the Pinkini and Cream Puff cardstock. I also gutted the pink cardstock to give me enough for a photo mat, and all the tags. My journalling is written on a scrap of Cream Puff, mounted onto the Pinkini and made into a tag, which pulls out from under the photo with a thin ribbon bow.

I trimmed the photo with a piece of lace from my stash. The flowers were cut from the
Vertical Elements - I AM... sheet. I added these by sticking with adhesive in some places and raising other parts with 3D foam sticky pads. I added the three paper flowers from the kit. The wording was cut from the same sheet of patterned paper and made into three little tags using scraps from the same cardstock as before, I left room for a black dew drop on each tag.

The butterflies were cut from the Choosing Happiness paper. I made antenna and bodies for the butterflies using black embroidery thread. Once everything was in place I embellished with some Nuvo Crystal Drops.

For my second layout, I was inspired by a post I spotted on NĹ‘iCsizma blog.  This time I chose a photo of my nephew and his family.  

Using whirlpool Bazzill, I gutted the 12" x 12" sheet giving me spare card for later. Then I trimmed the black cardstock to 11.5" x 11.5" and mounted this centrally over the whirlpool. I matted my photo and cut the word 'FOUR' using some of the whirlpool card.

With pencil I sketched an incomplete circle in broken lines where I wanted the butterflies to sit. I used a white gel pen to go over these once I was happy, then stuck my photo into position on the page. 

Then came the fussy cutting of butterflies from the Choosing Happiness sheet. From the incomplete butterflies around the edges of the sheet I punched some butterflies using the Martha Stewart 3 in 1 butterfly punch. These were arranged and stuck into place along the bodies. The larger butterflies have 3D foam sticky pads under the wings to raise them up off the page.

The word 'fabulous' is the laser-cut word from the kit which I embossed with white powder, the 'FOUR' was cut with a Sizzix Thinlits die -  Paper Cuts Alphabet.

To finish off I added a little Stickles to some of the wings for a little sparkle. 

Although I have created two layouts, I have plenty of paper, card and embellishments left so I will be back early next month with some more. Meanwhile the kit is available to purchase from today.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Friday, 18 May 2018

Simple Stories ~ Hello Summer #2

Hello all and welcome back to the Papermaze blog. It's Anna with you today, to share my second layout using the Simple Stories Hello Summer collection. I have really enjoyed using this collection, which is so bright and fun. I don't think my photos quite do it justice! You can see what I have been working with this month and my first layout using this collection from earlier in the month here. So my second layout is below...

This time, I based my layout around the 4x4 elements. I chose two of the cards that I wanted to use and chose another two that I probably wouldn't use, so therefore could use the patterned paper on the reverse. I chose the strawberry image, which coordinated well with my photographs and the ''good vibes'' wording. I decided to cut these words out from the 4x4 card. I then cut out a boarder from another of the 4x4 cards to frame the words. I also did some sewing down two sides of the boarder.

I mounted my photographs on to the reverse of the two cards that I chose not to use, making use of the floral pattern on the reverse. I then mounted all four 4x4 cards onto some cardstock.
I cut out a couple of the speech bubbles from the Life Is Good paper, some flowers from the Paradise Found paper. I layered them together along with a doily, word stickers and enamel dots.
I also added a thin boarder around the edge of the layout using the of the reverse of the Paradise Found paper.

Thanks for looking! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Inspire your Imagination with Echo Park - Imagine That (boy)

Hi Tracee with you today sharing a 3rd project created with the wonderful Imagine That boy collection by Echo park. It seems I can't stop being inspired by this lovely collection. I have created a girls page (here), a boys page (here) and today my page is all about my doggies, extremely versatile collection.

Imagination tracee provis papermaze echo park imagine that boy

Whilst this page is all about my dogs this is the only layout of the three that I haven't used one of the dogs from the collection, don't know how that happened! I was inspired by the bookends sticker, as in my photo Rodney & Peggy look like 2 bookends.

Imagination tracee provis papermaze echo park imagine that boy 01

When I saw the aeroplanes on the combo sticker sheet I really wanted to use them, I can be very literal in my scrapping, in that every element on my page has to be related to the picture or title in some way this can be very annoying as it stops me using certain elements I love. This time I crept out of that comfort zone and added the plane sticker as I felt it represented freedom, hmm maybe the less I share about my scrapping process the better!
I used the frame from another sticker to add some little word stickers that were in my kit, they are made by My Minds Eye. Once again I went stitching crazy for some interest behind my photo.

Imagination tracee provis papermaze echo park imagine that boy 02

I really wanted to use the long Imagination sticker but as my page is only 8 x 8 it was rather large and when I placed it down it looked like it was just floating on the page, I added more stitched circles and a couple of staples and it looks much better.

Imagination tracee provis papermaze echo park imagine that boy 03

On this whole page I only used one small strip of patterned paper underneath the photo frame, I cut the bookends sticker in half and tucked it either side of the etch a sketch frame. Some screw head brads finished it off and added more silver to go with the staples in the vellum clouds.

I have 3 completed pages using this collection and I still have a ton of bits left, the combo sticker sheet has been used on every page and there is still more left! 

Plenty more for personal pages as you can see!
For this and all your scrappy needs please head over to the shop

Monday, 14 May 2018

Magical Memories - Creating a Mini Book - With Video

Hello!!  It's Lisa here.
The one that loves Disney!!
It's me and these gorgeous Echo Park - Wish Upon A Star papers on this blog today.
I do love this collection, It's so much and perfect for Disney projects.
I have a video of how I made this Mini Book here, so you can see it being created.
And if you'd like to see the Echo Park's here : )

I love making Mini Books. For me the key is keeping it simple and not over thinking.
Having everything that coordinates is an instant help. It saves so much time finding materials to use. 
I love having layers, so I enjoy cutting my papers to different sizes to create these layers.
It adds so much interest to a book. 

I trimmed my photos off and included large white borders and used these borders for my journaling.

You don't have to always include photos on every page when making a mini book. Sometimes when papers are so fun, you can just leave them as they are.

I'm so happy with this Mini Book and it came together so easily.
I really hope you enjoy the video. I had so much fun creating.
Thanks, Lisa x