Monday, 21 August 2017

Love you Most........ using Golden Grove from Kaisercraft

Hello there, it's Anita here today.

I have been working with some left overs of the Golden Grove Collection, from Kaisercraft.
( For some reason in my first photo of the whole layout the page seems to have taken on an orangey hue. It is definitely more yellowy in real you can see by the other photos lower down this post)

 The soft, rich gold reminds me of late summer hazy sunshine and we head out as often as possible for some evening walks locally. One evening in particular we visited Pevensey Castle and although the castle itself was actually closed, you can still walk around inside the castle walls and enjoy the sun casting it rays across the grounds.

For my layout I used various left overs from my earlier page using the same collection, Be Grateful  and added a couple of other sheets.
My page was made using 2 halves of different sheets, cut diagonally and held in place with a band of paper.

Originally I planned this to be a nice, clean sharp page.....HHhmmmmmm...... well I don't do clean very well. I thought I would just give it a little gentle dab and splat here and there with a Distress Stain .....well that led me to then giving it a little squirt of Dylusions Spray . Unfortunately the dabs I had already done were not dry and the spray merged with it and made a bit of a murky mess!!!

At his point I felt like throwing the page away, however, not one to admit defeat easily, I rummaged around in my boxes of stash and pulled out a pot each of gold and green embossing powders. 
I sprinkled some little piles of each colour onto the murky splats and also sprinkled some in different patches across the page. I then heated with a gun from underneath the page so it didn't blow the loose powder away and actually quite liked the result....Hurrah!!

I mounted the photo on some Bazzill and then added lots of fussy cut flowers and other bits and bobs from the sheets. I also printed out some butterflies onto white smooth cardstock and added a few to the page.

So.....I guess the lesson I have learnt here is even if you think you have completely messed up a page when you are part way through it....carry on, even if its in a different direction. Its surprising how they can come out sometimes.
For the lovely Golden Grove collection and many other beautiful Kaisercraft products ( not to mention a huge range of every scrapping item you could need) please pop over to the SHOP.....there is also a rather good Summer SALE on, don't leave it too long and miss out!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy the rest of August.....especially the sunny days.

Warmest wishes
Anita xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

August Cropping

Can you believe it's time for our monthly crop again? August and the summer holidays seem to be flying by!

This month's crop kit uses Bo Bunny's Secret Garden collection,
rubber stamps and the chance to experiment with PaperArtsy Infusions.

As usual we are at Otley Village Hall from 10am until 5pm. Please drop us an email if you would like to join us for some cropping fun.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Starting a new Creative Journal.....Disney Style

Hi! It's Lisa here today and I'm sharing my new Disney Creative Journal.

We are about to start a new Disney adventure and I wanted to have something to document our stories when we return. I'm usually a 12x12 girl, but we have so many 12x12 albums in the house now. I feel like I find a new way to document that takes up less space.
I love my 12x12 scrapbooks, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I'm not always sure my every day stories are fully 12x12 worthy. 
This is why I've recently started creative journaling. It takes up less space and I find them quicker to make too.

I started off with lots of the fun Say Cheese III collection from Simple Stories on my desk.
You can view this line here. It's perfect for those of us who love Disney.

I've started of with a double page as a welcome to my book as you open it.

I used some of the cards from the Snap Pack. I just trimmed them down to fit and I also ran some of the matching washi tape down the sides of of the pages.

As it's the start of our trip I thought I would start way back from when we first booked our villa. That was 751 days ago as I type this now. It's so fun to look right back.

I've used a photo from our last trip almost 3 yrs ago as I thought it will be fun to compare when I add the new photos from this year.

I'm really pleased that I've started this new journal. I feel ready to go and create some new memories now. These Simple Stories Say Cheese collections make it so easy to record all these happy memories.

I have a YouTube channel here where you can see me creating this.
Thank you so much.
Have a magical day.
Lisa x  


Monday, 14 August 2017

One for the men...

Hi Carol with you today…. this time of the year really pushes me, creatively, with two male birthdays within 10 days! So, with my thinking cap on I thought I would make a male themed card for my post today….

Using a 6x6 card blank as my base I cut sheets of paper from the Prima Vintage Emporium 6x6 paper pad.  Using black soot distress ink and a sequin waste stencil some texture was added to the cut sheets of paper.  The base sheet was adhered flat to the card base….some string was wrapped around the smaller sheet and then fixed to the base using silicone gel.  

I made an error with the cogs, I checked the shop and thought I saw them there so went ahead and used them, unfortunately they are not, however, I have found these chipboard cogscogs die and Tim Holtz gadget gears which would work brilliantly - cut out using chipboard/thick board (save the backs of your paper pads for this - great recycling!!).  The cogs were painted using acrylic Paint in golds/browns/and black and dry brushing over with turquoise and orange.  Metal elements were then used to add some "manly bling" - a stamped sentiment was embossed with Gold embossing powder onto black cardstock and then adhered using silicone gel.

TFL xx

Friday, 11 August 2017

Echo Park ~Once upon a time Prince

Hello, it's Anna here today. I'm taking a break from Photoplay's Summer Bucket List collection and today I have a layout to show you using the new Echo Park collection - Once Upon a time Prince. I loved it as soon as I saw it, it's great for little boys, castle or medieval day trips and stories with peter pan elements too. There is another collection Once Upon a time Princess which is as equally charming.  Take a look at the links above to see for yourself.

I've recently returned from a holiday in France, where we visited a medieval city. I knew that this collection would be great to use.
I just had to use some of the journal cards, which have gold foil detail. I formed a grid style layout with three 3x4 photos. I mounted them along with the journal cards on the reverse of the Royal Kingdom paper.
I used strips of paper along the top and bottom of my layout. I finished by cutting out some strips of cardstock for journaling and adding element stickers (which are really lovely)!

Supplies Used:

Thanks for looking!
I'll see you soon with some more from Summer Bucket List. Have a great weekend. 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Simple Project Life Pages

Hi all,

I hope you're having a wonderful Friday! I apologise for the photos in this post; I've been having some problems with my camera so had to make do with my phone.

Today, I thought I'd share some simple pocket scrapbook pages with you! This year I'm really trying to simplify my pages, and use less embellishments. My aim is to fit one whole year of scrapping into one album... but we'll see about that!

For this project, I used the French Flea Market collection, specifically the cut apart sheet and 12x12 sticker sheet. I also added in some coordinating cardstock to back my photos, tiny word stickers from my own stash and some enamel dots. That's it! I feel like the page came out beautifully, and I barely used any supplies at all.

I loved this polka dot card from the cut apart sheet; the bunting was already printed onto it. I thought it would be a perfect journalling card, so I stamped the date at the top and journalled about our week. Finally, I added some texture with tiny word stickers and enamel dots... so simple, but I think the card looks lovely. I did the same for one of the filler cards; I trimmed it from the cut apart sheet, stamped the date on the top and journalled around the edge. Perfect!

The 12x12 sticker sheet from this collection has some gorgeous floral elements, as well as banners and flags. They add the perfect little something to a photo, without going over the top (and I don't mean that in a negative way! All of my albums are usually "over embellished".)

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these pages! Have a lovely week.


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Monday, 7 August 2017

Girls Just Wanna have Fun

girls wanna have fun tracee provis scrapbook layout paprmaze simple stories

Hi, Tracee with you today to share another layout I created with the Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection. I usually end up with lots of scraps from my pages and the pieces aren't usually big enough to keep and yet to large to throw away, so by using a die cut background piece I was able to utilise some of those scraps

I roughly cut around the flowers individually then adhered the scrap pieces to the back in a random style. I added enamel dots to the centre of each flower, this time I matched the dots to the flower. I have a huge stash of enamel dots, I seem to have become addicted and instead of hoarding them like I usually do, I used quite a few on my page, there is a good supply of them in the shop and you can find them here . I also added word stickers called "Little Bits" by Bella Boulevard and these also come in a great range of colours.

Instead of a alpha title I used one of the cut aparts that is found in the 6 x 6 pad, I layered it and then added a couple of staples for interest. The girls that are found throughout the collection make a great little embellishment. I hope your summer is a fun one!

For supplies for this page and all your papercrafting needs please head on over to the SHOP

Friday, 4 August 2017

cards/ kaisercraft lilac whispers

this post focuses one of the new kasiercraft collections that is in the shop. Its a mix of purple, light green, and cream papers. I did start with making a layout but it just did not work and there was no way of rescuing the page. So i went back to my roots and went about creating some cards. 
I made sure that they were all very different showing how versatile the patterned papers are. 

This first card below used the prima doll stamp with paper piecing. The fish tail on the mermaid is created using a scalloped edge paper punch, alongside lots of layering of paper and some glitter card stock.
The background is patterned paper and tulle layered over the top and stitched in place. Added sequins and a floral circular die cut that was among my own stash. The shop stocks lots of different prima doll stamps and all would work with these papers

Next card uses torn patterned paper layering and white lace. The focal point is a laser cut frame embellished with paper flowers and leaves, this card also has tulle and a sentiment on the bottom of the card also cut from the papers. Alongside is a small simple card of matting and layering. A die cut circle with a paper doily added and a banner strip placed on top. The sentiment is from the waste part of the bottom of the papers

These two cards from the next trio set, again use simple techniques. The first is torn patterned paper matted on to plain card stock, a sentiment from the collection and lots of punched flowers from the scraps of paper and clear sequins to add interest. The second is a background of the patterned paper, added a swirl die cut, a sentiment added and a small paper flower to the side.

The last card uses again torn paper and lace ribbon all stitched in place, a sentiment added with extra machine stitched to add texture

it was fun going back to my roots of card making. I would say invest in a good bone folder, and a set of circle dies if you have a die cutting machine, a sewing machine to add texture to card bearing in mind that paper blunts needles, use your old paper punches, and finally when looking in charity shops pick up some  old buttons or fabric as they can add interest to any card.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Bo Bunny - Down By The Sea

Hello, Lynn here today. I hope you are enjoying the summer holidays. This month I have been working with the delightful 'Down By The Sea' collection from Bo Bunny. It is ideal for August seaside holiday snaps. I chose this photo of my little sister from a holiday back in the 1960's.

For the base I used Arctic Bazzill Basics cardstock. The bubbly side of 'Tide' paper was trimmed down to about 11.5" x 11.5", then distressed and inked with Distress Ink. I gutted a small piece from this paper, from where the matting will cover the hole! This was flipped over and used as one of the mats behind the photo.

The mats in order from largest to smallest are:
The grid side of 'Lagoon'
The ombre side of 'Tide' gutted from background earlier
The scroll pattern side of 'Seahorse'.

In between the layers I added 'Down By The Sea' stickers and scraps of papers.

I took some Dusty Attic chipboard pieces (String Frame and Mini Branches #2) and treated them with some Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel (Aged Teal), this complements the teal in the papers and adds a little sparkle as well. A length of aqua burlap ribbon and some cream antique lace runs across the layout under the photo.

Embellishments include some glass nuggets and a sea glass seahorse from my stash together with some blossoms, sequins and dew drops all from the shop.

My title is made with American Craft Chipboard Thickers and some letter stickers from Kaisercraft's Base Coat collection.

Hope you have enjoyed this sea side themed layout and I will be back with more later in the month.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sunshine & Happiness with Simple Stories

Today I am here to share with you a layout I created on a lovely Summer's day, and now sharing it on a cold wet rainy day in the Great British Summertime!

Park Life scrapbook page tracee provis papermaze simple stories sunshine & happiness

I love the summer colours in the Sunshine & Happiness collection by Simple Stories, I am loving all things brightly coloured right now.
There is something slightly different about this layout, in the fact that it is actually an 8 x 8 page for an album I am scrapping of my time, in the USA 2017.

I used some of the 6 x 6 paper pad to cut out some journaling and also add some smaller elements to my page. The 6 x 6 pads are great for detailed elements and I love some of the smaller patterns that they have in them.

I used the sun shape from the Bits & Pieces pack and added a brad from my stash to give it some dimension. I even managed to sneak a bit of Ric Rac on my page, I have a ton of the stuff from an age ago but it makes a cute decorative border every now and then.

Hope you all have a Happy Scrappy Monday (with added sunshine!)
For supplies for my page please head over to the shop

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Photoplay ~ Summer Bucket List

Hi all, 
It's Anna here today. This month I've been working with Photoplay's Summer Bucket List collection. This collection is right up my street, with bright colours and a fun elements sticker sheet.  It's perfect for documenting your summer adventures. 

With the summer holidays now here, for my first project with this collection, I have made a 'summer holiday bucket'. I have seen similar projects on Pinterest, and have been keen to make my own. I am very fortunate to work term time only, which I love because I get to spend the holidays with my son. The summer holidays are lovely and we get the chance to do some lovely things together. But there are times when the words 'I'm bored' get said. So this is what inspired me to make this bucket. 

It works like this; the bucket consists of 4 different types of activities:
1. Indoor at home. 2. Outdoors at home. 3. An Outing Outside. 4. An Outing Indoors.

Some examples of this could be: 1. Make a treasure map. 2. Have a water fight. 3. Go to the park. 4. Go to the library.

The reason for having different categories depends on what the situation is that day. Such as the weather and how much time we have. 
Of course you could adapt it to suit your own situation. There are also other types of similar jars or buckets that you could make, for example a date night jar, Christmas etc. But the principle is the same, choose something to do from the bucket or jar when the time or need arises. 

So for this project you will need:
1. Some wide lollypop sticks, I brought them from the Range for £1.
2. A bucket, jar or something similar. 
3. Photoplay summer bucket list collection. 
6. Some ideas for what you want to do. I printed them out but you could also write on the lollypop sticks instead. Pens

 I began by coming up with lots of different activities. I typed these out and printed them. I cut them all into strips and adhered them to the lollypop sticks. 
Next I sorted them into the four different categories, as listed above. I used a different colour washi tape for each category and stuck to the top of each stick. 

The next job was to decorate the bucket. You can do this however you choose to, to suit your type of bucket. I played with various options from the Summer Bucket List collection and decided on using a doilie, a journal card from the collection, some tags and element stickers from the collection.

I made labels to remind us what each category was on the back of the bucket.

Thanks for looking! 

Monday, 24 July 2017

Authentique & Mixed Media layout

Always Perfect by Tracee

Happy Monday to you all. I'm here today to share a layout with you, that is a little different to my usual style. I used the Always collection by Authentique along with some Dusty Attic chipboard and a whole host of different mixed media supplies.

In my DT pack this month I was sent the Always Collection by Authentique to play with, this is a  monochromatic, distressed kind of dark collection and not my usual style. I was a little perplexed to start with and then an accident with some black gesso gave me the push that I needed.
After I had spread my "big blob" of black gesso into some kind of shape I applied some white texture paste through a stencil to try and tone it down a little and make it look like I might have planned this all along!

The Wrought Iron Trim chipboard set has 3 pieces and I used the 2 smaller pieces for my page. I first inked them both with black, I added some aged gold embossing powder to one and the other I painted with some black pearl paint. I added more chipboard with my 2 word title and I gave those similar treatments.

I am not known for flowers on my pages, I usually avoid them as I can never seem to get them to look right, but once again climbing out of my comfort zone I created a little cluster at one side of my photo. I went crazy splattering inks, mists, and paint to give my page a really distressed look. I decided that this still wasn't quite enough so I added some micro beads and glass bead gel too!

I had quite a lot of fun creating this proving that it good to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while. For supplies for my page please pop over to the shop, There is a Sale on right now to so even more bargains to be found!

Friday, 21 July 2017

beautiful story (tando heart)

this post uses the left over tando letter tray heart As you remember it comes in parts the heart base and 3 frames that sit on top of each other to make the heart. 
 I have covered my heart base in canvas/ burlap and left to one side. Adhered 2 of the frames together but cut out the grids, painted this in a dark slate paint. Once dry added crackle medium and topped with another coat of paint in a light stone colour.
The crackle allows the darker colour to seep through.
Adhered a black and white photo to my frame and then started placing die cut leaves from an old small paper pad to the base of my frame plus other paper embellishments which i distressed with distress ink. 

Added a metal number plate and used my left over chipboard piece i had tucked away from the Bo Bunny layout i did over a month ago. The chipboard was primed in gesso and then used my distress crayons to add colour. Placed my heart on a wood grain effect paper that was distressed with a distressing tool and then adhered to a dark grey piece of card stock.

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