Say Aloha

Hi everyone, Pam here.

How do you go about constructing your layouts? Do you start with a photo, then choose the papers and embellishments to match? Or do you start with papers you love, and go through your photos until you find one to suit? Personally I think the first way makes most sense, but being on the Merly DT means I mostly start with the papers, and then find the photos. Sometimes this means trawling through folders and folders of photos to find a suitable photo, but  in this case as soon as I saw the colours of the Say Aloha papers, and the sentiments of this collection I knew exactly which photos I would use. How fortuitous that I had taken these photos in front of these advertisements in Barcelona. The ‘Don’t Hide’ slogan of the advertisements  went so well with the Kaisercrafts stamp: ‘Be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons’, and the sticker-‘why fit in when you were born to stand out’!!

So here’s my layout:

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This was a pretty straightforward layout to construct. For the background I used the leopard skin print form the Island paper. Onto that I added a rectangle of the pink Papaya paper. The embellishments came from the die cut collectables,  and the sticker sheet. I also stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the stamp set onto black card stock.

2015-06-06 17.12.20The layout was ok at that stage, but I felt it was lacking something, so I set to work with some black and white pens. I used a fine pen to trace around the outside of all the stickers and die cuts. I added some dots with both the black an the white pens. I used thicker sharpie pen to draw a frame around the pink paper.2015-06-07 08.35.46 I doodled inside the title with white pen, and added a shadow effect with a watercolour pencil.2015-06-07 08.35.54

It’s only a bit of pen work, but I think it brings the whole layout together. Do you agree?

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Say Aloha cards

Hi everyone, it’s Pam here.

This month Chrissy asked us to use the 6.5 x 6.5  paper pad and the die cut collectables  to make some cards. I love Kaisercrafts 6.5 x 6.5 paper pads, and often use the paper on my scrapbook pages when I don’t need a large piece of patterned paper. But this size of paper really comes into it’s own for card making. The patterns are scaled down and this makes them perfect for making cards. The papers I am using are from the Say Aloha collection from Kaisercrafts.

My first card is a very feminine birthday card, which is going to go to my mother in law. I chose only the pink papers from the pack, and pink flower and butterfly embellishment from the die cut collectables. I added an adhesive pearl to the centre of the butterfly. 2015-05-18 14.23.20

The crinkle ribbon was dyed using Kaisermists pink spray ink. I just put the ribbon into a plastic pot and spritzed it a few times with the spray until it was all coloured to my liking.2015-05-18 13.41.44My next card is a bit more funky, and I think this would be a great card for teenager. I used the black and white leopard print (a scaled down version of the Flamingo paper) mounted onto black card for the background. I then added a strip of the yellow and black leopard print (a scaled down version of the Island paper) down the left hand side. The sentiment circles are punched from one of the pages in the 6.5 x 6.5 paper pads. And finally the leaf and the heart are from the die cut collectables.
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I hope you enjoyed these cards. Please visit again soon.


Say Aloha layout

Hi Everyone, Pam here.

Say Aloha is bright, bold and full of colour, and I have had such fun using it this month.

This layout is all about cutting and slotting!2015-05-18 12.33.18First I cut around the corner design of the Tropical Gloss paper. To cut around a design like this it is best to use a sharp craft knife on a glass cutting board. My cutting board in a cheap kitchen worktop saver I got from Ikea I think. The secret to good cutting is to turn the paper, and not the knife.2015-05-18 10.12.37 The next step was to use the Damask Quarter stencil with Pink Kaisermist spray ink to add some colour and pattern to the Tiki Hut die cut paper. When the mist was dry I once again took my craft knife and cut around the design on the bottom of the paper.2015-05-18 11.24.54 I then slotted my photo under the cut design, and adhered it to the die cut paper.2015-05-18 11.33.44 The next step was to slot the die cut paper and photo under the cut design of the Tropical Gloss paper.2015-05-18 11.37.49

My title was made with a combination of letter stickers and a stamp from the co-ordinating stamp set.2015-05-18 12.25.38

The layout was finished off by layering on some of the die cut collectables.

2015-05-18 12.25.15 2015-05-18 12.25.19 2015-05-18 12.25.26 2015-05-18 12.25.55 So that’s it… Just Another Day in Paradise.2015-05-18 12.33.18I hope you love this collection as much as I do!!