"I want adventure in the great wide somewhere" - Natalie

Hi everyone,

 I hope you are all enjoying opening your new kits. I know I say this every time we get a new kit, but this kit is just so beautiful - the colours are so perfect!

This layout started off with the "Follow Your Dreams" paper (Fancy Pants "Dream Big" collection, Main Kit). I love using patterned paper as my background so I knew I wanted to make a layout on this gorgeous paper, the image of the open road looks like it's printed on a canvas, it is so pretty.

I luckily have 2 sheets of this paper as I used the reverse, which is a mustard yellow star print, to create a border on 2 sides.  

My first thought was my title "I want adventure in the great wide somewhere", a quote from Belle (Reprise) from Beauty and the Beast. This is a quote that I've wanted to use as a title for quite a while and I thought this paper was just perfect.

I used the lovely Freckled Fawn white puffy alphabet (Main Kit) for my title. As the font is small and white I think it works perfectly for the less important words in the title, as with such a long title I didn't want all the words to be the same size, or it would just be too overpowering. 

For the word "Adventure" I used some cork stickers from my stash, and for the words "Great Wide" I used a set of Thickers which have a faint notepaper print on them, which we got in a Quirky Kit last year. I placed the phrase "Great Wide" along the horizon, and left a gap for where the end of the road meets the horizon. 

I actually made most of this layout before deciding which photos to use! I was looking for some photos of me during an adventure, but then my cousin sent me some photos this morning of her and her Rangers group before they head off for Morocco today, ready to climb 3 mountains! So I thought they would be perfect. One photo is a group shot and thus I have blurred out the group, and the other photo is my cousin in the airport, and I positioned this photo so that it looks like she is walking along the road. Both photos were printed as 3x3s. 

I then added some floral and leaf die cuts from the Fancy Pants "Dream Big" ephemera pack (Embellishment Kit). And added a co-ordinating label. I absolutely love the labels that we get in the kits each month, and that the colours match so perfectly to the papers!

I added a few enamel dots from my stash and a heart puffy sticker (Fancy Pants "Dream Big" Collection, Custom Cards Kit). 

In the top right of the layout I then added another label, some more die cuts, using the foam pads (Main Kit) to add dimension, and a few more enamel dots and puffy hearts.

I hope you like my layout as much as I do, and I hope it has given you some inspiration to use this piece of paper as a background paper!

Wish Upon A Star | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | May/June 2017

So.....I've come to the end of my kit and I have NO patterned paper left. Doesn't matter as this layout will show you how you can create a layout without the need for patterned paper and still make it interesting.

I took inspiration from the wooden stars and silver star sequins from the Lite Kit.

I wanted to create a shooting star effect and so used the twine and wooden stars as detailed in this photo. I poked holes in the blue cardstock to thread the twine through. I used some silver twine from my stash for the middle stars to create some interest (and also I ran out of the white twine from the kit - oops!!)

Next I had to tackle the problem of patterned paper. Or should I say, lack of patterned paper. I went with a small photo which I cut down to 2.5 inch x 2.5 inch and backed this with some white cardstock. Next I used some vellum from my stash and did a double layer of this to create some texture.

Hey presto - who needs patterned paper?

I then set about working on my title. I used the silver Heidi Swapp alphas from the Main Kit and I was so lucky to have the correct letters to spell out most of my title. I then pulled some Thickers from my stash (Fitzgerald font - which is my absolute fave). This complemented the Heidi Swapp alphas amazingly well.

I also added the word "dream" to the top twine to create some more interest. I then added a whole load of the star sequins, iridescent sequins and I also used the white gel pen from the embellishment kit to add some hand drawn stars.

See you all for the next kit!!

Claire x

Complete Amateurs

So the title of this post and layout comes from the name of a 'band' I 'sang' in, you can probably tell by the name that the 'music' isn't great... I decided to set myself the challenge of not using any paper other than the background white cardstock on this layout. I managed this summery floral theme which has quite a different feel to the papers in the main kit.

The layers around the photo are journalling cards/tags which I cut in half so they could go either side of the photo.
 I ran out of 'E's (typical!) so I cut my title from another tag by hand drawing letters. I really liked the floral journalling card.
 For my clusters I used a combination of die cuts and fussy cutting from embellishment cards. I popped some elements up with foam to add dimension and added a few extra details (those plastic flowers!)

I like how the chalkboard label stickers add the dark contrast. It was surprisingly easy to create a full layout without using any patterned paper.

I Have No Words | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | May/June 2017 (Explicit content!!)

Hello Friends. Before continuing on to the photos below, I need to warn you that they contain "explicit content". Well, My friend had a balloon that she placed in a promiscuous place. For pure laughs, I knew I had to scrap this photo. For a giggle.....please read on....

So I took inspiration from the paper with all the letters. This was far too busy a background for the style that I scrap so I decided to cut out all the letters and round off each of the corners.

I thought forming a circle with these letters was a really good idea as I already knew the title for my layout was going to be "I have no words" and having random letters and punctuation next to each other in the circle, really seemed to fit the theme of my layout.

Here is that photo I warned you about. I hope that this balloon placement doesn't offend anyone!!

I used some papers from the kit to layer behind my photo and I tore around the edges of the paper to get some of the white inner of the paper to show through so it would break up the pink from the paper and the pink from the cardstock.

Onto embellishing and this took me about 10 minutes - super quick. I used a branding strip that had all different sentiments on and just cut this down and scattered each of these around the circle of letters. I then added some of the word stickers from PinkFresh Studio sticker sheet from the main kit. I then finished these clusters off with a couple of the Heidi Swapp fabric bows from the Main kit.

The last addition was some of the sequins from the kit. This was all finished off with a roller phrase stamp from my stash with different sentiments stamped at each cluster point around the circle.

And here is the finished layout. I hope this gives you some inspiration for finishing your kit off, or at least given you a giggle.

See you all tomorrow....


You Are Amazing | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | May/June 2017

I'm back.....And you're in for a treat as I am sharing 7 layouts in 7 days to finally "kill" my kit.

So....I drew inspiration from the cut apart sheet and loved all the sentiments and knew that I couldn't use it as a whole page. So I set to cutting them apart and spreading them in a random order across my 12x12 sheet of white cardstock (also from the kit).

I even used some of the branding strips as a bottom border and I love being able to use every last strip/offcut of paper.

I loved the ephemera we received in the main kit. And I loved the florals which I knew that I just had to fussy cut out. I made this into a cluster to the bottom right of the photo.

I then also used some of the floss by separating the strands and created a messy bundle of this underneath the cluster and glued this all down into place. I then added some more of the floss to the left side of the photo to create some more interest around the photo.

I added 2 of the Heidi Swapp bows to the layout also as these matched perfectly.

This was all finished off with a few clusters of sequins dotted around the age in 3 areas, to create a visual triangle.

And the finished layout....

Stay tuned for tomorrows inspiration. Bye friends!!

Claire x

Run woman run!

5 years ago I did Couch to 5k and was working my way up to 10k (well i was running 7 pretty regularly) when I moved to Devon and you know, hills. So it all stopped. Then a new group started up where I live now - which is flatter than Torquay and I decided to give it another go. And now I am running a few times a week. So expect many running themed layouts to come (I say run, its more like a small stubby strawberry lolling along in my opinion!). I went to a Parkrun and my lovely husband surprised me by turning up to cheer me at the end  and take photos. Sadly so far its still my only Parkrun, but I hope to have another go soon! 
Anyway, it all needed celebrating and the most important thing is how helpful the fabulous kit was (as ever!)
 Seeing as my running gear is all pink (why? why does most running gear come in pink?) the peachy pink papers were perfect. I decided to keep the rest neutral with lots of grey and some pops of green and pink from those fabulous phrase stickers. The grey diagonal stripe behind the photo isn't paper, its the backing card from some of the embellishments.

I chose some toning butterflies to represent me changing (!) and fussy cut them out. The writing on the photo was done using Picasa. I gave everything an outline to add some definition and then played about until I was happy with placement and stuck it all down.

It was pretty simply done and a fairly swift layout to do - having everything together as a kit means you can concentrate on having fun playing and telling the story which is what it is all about for me! 

Pre- DMB Project Life Page - Natalie

Hello everyone!
I'm back today with a 12x12 Project Life page using the May/ June Quirky Kits. 

I decided to do a Project Life/ Pocket Page layout as I've been making a lot of 12x12 layouts recently, and these floral cards from the May/ June Customs Card kit were just so beautiful! 

This layout was really quick and easy to make, taking less than 30 mins (a miracle for me), as I had already printed the photos and put them in pockets around a year ago (hence the rounded corners). These photos are from before a university summer ball. 

I thought the colours in the floral pattern, the pinks, greens, purples and blues matched the dresses we were wearing perfectly. 

I decided to use this floral 4x6 card from the Customs Card Kit for my title card, as it was so busy I decided to add a small title, using an acronym rather than the full title. The black glitter Heidi Swapp alphabet was from the Extras shop, and then I used some tiny letter stickers from my stash to spell out "pre". I then added a label, from my stash, there was a label in the Customs Card Kit which matched perfectly, but I messed up my stamping so had to find another! And finally one of these beautiful butterfly 3D embellishments (Customs Card Kit). 

I added two filler cards to this spread, both from the Customs Card Kit. On this filler card all I did was simply add a butterfly.

This filler card is beautiful it's a text print with splatters, so no need to add them yourself! I kept this card very plain as my layout is very busy and I wanted somewhere for your eyes to rest. 
I added two flowers which I fussy cut out from the exclusive ephemera pack in the main kit. And just added two tiny phrase stickers.

To this photo I added a label which I love because it has the same floral design (Custom Cards Kit). I just added everyone's names on the label, and added a further fussy cut flower.

I then saw that the main kit exclusive ephemera pack had a tag with the same floral design, so I decided to use the tag to add some extra journalling, by just placing the tag behind one of the photos (super simple to do if you're using a project life style page protector).

To the tag I added a black tab (Main Kit). Normally I would stick the tab on the back, however as I was going to journal on the back I didn't want you to be able to see the glue, so as the tabs were adhesive backed, I just added two back to back to attach them to the tag. And I added another two tiny phrase stickers.

On the back of the tag I added some journalling. This is a great idea for if you have secret journalling you don't want others to read, or you simply don't have room elsewhere on your layout for journalling. 

I hope you like this Project Life layout! See you soon with more layouts using the new July/ August kits!! :D