Some of us enjoyed the recent wintry weather (perhaps some more than others). My kids definitely enjoyed it for a while at least, but without themed papers, it can be a challenge to give a layout that winter look.
I have gone for the b-side of the Marigold papers but have mixed them with more delicate touches to get a graphic look with a vintage feel (not sure if that’s an oxymoron?)
First off, I used a recently acquired stencil and pushed texture paste through before sprinkling it with glitter.
You can dress up any flowers with a little snow paste or texture paste. I apply mine with a coffee stirrer and dab the paste over the top of the flowers (no need to be neat). I then sprinkle glitter over the top and let it dry. You get a lovely frosting to flowers and leaves.
To ‘frame’ the outside of my paper, I stamped the lace pattern all the way around. You can line up the clear stamp pretty easily and if you want your corners to be quite neat, just use a piece of paper or post-it note to mask off.
I cut out one of the flower designs from the Amber paper to add a delicate touch to the layout.
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Do you ever find yourself with time to scrap but don’t know where to start? That was my situation recently. I sat down to scrap but really didn’t know what to do. This layout, although simple actually took several attempts to complete. It sat waiting to be finished for so long.
I think that one reason was my stack of photos was distinctly lacking because of the bad weather. Once I had managed to get out with the kids to a park, I grabbed a bunch of great photos and hey presto! I suddenly felt like I could finish what I had started.
The Secret Admirer Collection has such pretty papers, colours and images. My starting point was actually the banners. I cut out pretty doilies and combined them with the Collectables die-cuts.
Adding a touch of Ice Stickles to the doilies gave each one a sparkly touch as did setting the Aqua Rhinestones in a droplet effect.
The stunning Sweet Love designer paper has lovely glossy detail as well as these gorgeous images. I used the Quotes Sticker Sheet which has dozens of fab quotes in different sizes.
As part of my focal point, I layered up the Collectables die-cuts before adding Mini Paper Blooms. There is a fabulous selection of blooms that co-ordinates perfectly and don’t forget to add leaves to a grouping – you’ll be amazed how they set lovely flowers off.
The lacing detail was easy – just cut and distress the edges, before setting eyelets evenly along the edges. Mine are about 2cm apart. Then lace and add patterned paper behind.
So if you get stuck in a scrapping void, try getting some new photos to kick start your creativity.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, my mind turned to hearts and a treasure box for my daughter to stash her favourite trinkets and possessions. Secret Admirer is perfect for creating pretty gifts.
I used the 6 1/2″ Paper Pad throughout. There are stunning patterns and papers with glossy detail with enough to not only cover a box but go to town with cards and layouts too.
For the base of the box, I thought it would be fun to add some lacing detail. This is really easy to achieve – simply cut out two strips of the hot pink paper and trim so that there is a 2cm gap. Select another pattern to cover the gap. Set eyelets at regular intervals before taping into position. Then just thread twine to lace up. One thing to note: don’t set the eyelets too high or you’ll have difficulty closing it. To keep things neat, I added some fancy trim to the base of my box.
For the lid, I punched a border strip from some vellum which I then stuck into place, pleating as I went. I covered the background with more pretty paper. It’s a good idea to ink the edges for a little definition before sticking into place.
To decorate, I used the Collectables, Paper Blooms , Mini Blooms and those gorgeous rhinestones to give it that added sparkle.
This makes a great gift on its own or fill with chocolates to give to someone you love.
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It has been a little while since I created a shaped layout and I had forgotten at how nice it is to work in this format. Secret Admirer has two shaped papers – both with lovely glossy detail too.
Starting with Luscious I used a craft knife to cut around the design at the bottom. I then tucked in some tulle which I gathered loosely.
Next, I added a circle photo mat (Flirtatious) and borders from the 6 1/2″ Paper Pad. To add more interest I trimmed a journal card (First Love) cutting out the detail before adding another behind.
The Quotes sticker sheet is fabulous – there are dozens of quotes in varying sizes. I cut mine up and curved them before adding them to my page.
Finally I added a selection of flowers and blooms – Mini Blooms. These blooms will co-ordinate perfectly – Fuscia, Sea Breeze, Sunset.
You can see the entire (and utterly gorgeous) Secret Admirer collection on the Merly Impressions website.
The winter months can be so drab, so now is a lovely time to scrap those warmer days!
Secret Admirer is the most stunning of collections from Kaisercraft. The bright jewel colours and stunning images make this their best collection.
For my layout, I started by creating a frame using Flirtatious, I used two border punches and because it is double-sided, I can use the same sheet to create an interesting layer.
Using Demure as my base I pushed some texture paste through a stencil just to add more texture and interest. I use a palette knife to spread the paste trying to make the edges uneven as you don’t want a big block of paste. Once dry, rub in Worn Lipstick Distress Ink to colour. Next layer up the Collectables Icons and create a few more flags for a second row. Add a Boutique Button from The Vintage Garden to finish.
For the focal point, cut out a doily from Coy to use as a photo mat. Add partial rub-ons for more texture before layering the Collectables Icons.
Finally punch leaves and arrange before adding paper blooms, rhinestones and stickers to finish.
Birdcages are still really popular and these are just gorgeous. I have used one from the Collectables Icons and the other comes from the Sticker Sheet before topping off with mini Paper Blooms.
You can find the complete Secret Admirer collection on the Merly Impressions website.
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The beauty of a shabby chic design is that you don’t have to be able to line things up accurately and it can hide a multitude of sins!
I love the designs of Pickled Pear – a little vintage but with some modern twists. This allowed me to add some fun details to the page.
One easy but effective alteration is to create tears in the background to reveal paper below. Simply tear the paper and curl back the edges.
Then place paper behind the hole that you’ve created. I stamped Vintage Fence (which looks like wooden planks) onto grey cardstock using brown ink, then stuck it below the aperture.
Another easy alteration is to turn back a corner of the page, adding a new page corner behind. This is a great spot to add flowers and embellishments as I have done. If you like a little distressing, then you can crumple the corner and ink the edges.
For the main cluster of flowers and embellishments, I layered elements from the Collectables and tucked in some bandage, flowers and leaves. The fence is made from coffee stirrers and finally I added a button from The Vintage Garden.
This gorgeous set of buttons feature delightful vintage images of birds and flowers but with a modern twist, making them truly versatile.
Pickled Pear Collection
Boutique Buttons – The Vintage Garden
Clear Stamps – Pickled Pear, Vintage Fence, Magnolia Grove
I hope that you’ll try some of these easy techniques on your next page.
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It’s good to mix and match – to stretch the possibilities of your stash. The Pickled Pear Collection is an eclectic mix of delightful images. I love how the vintage style isn’t old fashioned and not too girly – important in our house where even my DD can be a little tom-boy like.
In this layout I wanted a vintage style but with a more edgy look to it – something more modern. To do this I used the Willow paper with the plank effect as my base.
I layered stamps next – The Pickled Pear foliage stamps first in blue, before overstamping with Numbers. This technique is great as you only ink up part of the stamp and try to get an uneven image.
By adding more stamps below the photo it makes a great base for the embellishments. I layered elements from the Collectables and various flowers and leaves. Did you notice the cool journal strips? They look just like Dymo strips only you peel them off the Sticker Sheet and voila! Gently bend them in the middle for a real designer touch.
You can see the brand new Boutique Button from The Vintage Garden collection. I adore these original vintage images – they are so delicate yet vibrant.
Check out the tiny weeny lettering! The Tiny alphabet sheet contains loads of little letters for extra-cute journaling!
Check out all the Pickled Pear goodies here.
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I do rather like texture on a page although the amount varies depending on my mood and papers. This month I have been working with the utterly gorgeous Pickled Pear collection.
There are many ways to add texture to a layout – not all of it has to be bulky. One method is to use stamps to add detail to the background for example (Emilie is obviously an expert in this method!)
After adding some texture to the background, I then wanted to add some additional interest by creating an opening. This is a simple tear in the background paper (Quince) which is then distressed and curled. To add even more to this area, I added some paper strips from the collection and taped them to the back.
Each one protrudes slightly further out than the one above so you can see all the layers. Distress the edges with a tool or scissors and some ink for definition. I also layered up some of the black lace trim.
You may have noticed that I do love a little envelope. I made this one from Apple using a simple square design. I tucked in the tickets and journal strips from the Collectables and Sticker Sheet. I actually wrote my journaling on the back of the tickets for a fun change.
You can also see the pretty button from The Vintage Garden collection.
Grouping the embellishments together help to give them impact on the page. I start off with placing the flowers before tucking in the various collectable shapes, leaves and finally a bow made from the lace trim.
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This little cutie is my friend’s daughter – she is truly adorable and a little minx! Whilst looking through some old photos, I spotted those amazing curly pigtails – how cute!
For my embellishment feature, I firstly stamped the lamp image in brown. I also lightly inked the area in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and added a little script stamp.
I layered a frame and die-cut over some bandage which had been inked to match. You’ll notice that the Cherish title has been gently inked in blue and green which gives it a lovely professional look.
I cut around the flowers and leaves of the die-cut paper to drop in the photos and journal card.
Lastly, another acetate hot air balloon and tag.
Materials (All Periwinkle)
Papers – Shimmer Die-cut, Frames Gloss Paper, 6 1/2″ Paper Pad
Embellishments – Stickers, Collectables, Hot Air Balloons Acetate, Newsprint Acetate, Paper Blooms, Sparklets
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With the weather being so poor this year and we’ve been really busy at home, we have not got out much (and so a distinct lack of new photos for me). So I browsed through my old photos and came across some that I had not scrapped before.
As members of the National Trust, we’re often found at various houses at the weekend. Our local house has beautiful gardens and the kids seemed truly enthralled by what was inside.
I experimented with just layering papers over a plain grey background. Scrunching them slightly before sticking them down loosely to give them a lovely layered effect. You may have spotted my recent attraction to vellum – I just love the light feel it gives and the way you can see below.
I layered up several images from the Collectables and you may notice that I have a new toy – Silouhette! I recently sold my Cricut and cartridges which was enough to buy me the new machine. I am still working out how to make the most of it, but I’m sure you’ll be the first to know!
Materials Used (All Periwinkle)
Papers – Shimmer, Morning Light, Impression, Secret
Embellishments – Collectables
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