Our Bonnie Lass

Hello everyone!
I am back with my second layout using the November/December regular quirky kit. This one is featuring our puppy, Bonnie. I wanted to do a little montage of her puppy photos as they grow up so quickly and we often forget how adorable they were as babies. I used lots of the CratePaper Good Vibes collection. But check below for a full listing of the items I used and how I created this layout.

What I Used:

Crate Paper Good Vibes - All Good 12x12 Patterned Paper (Both Sides)
Crate Paper Good Vibes - Flourish 12x12 Patterned Paper
Crate Paper Good Vibes - Sticker Sheet
Crate Paper Good Vibes - Ephemera Pack
Pink Fresh Studio Escape the Ordinary - Leatherette Alphas
White Pom Pom Trim

From my own Stash:
Tonic Studios Nuvo Glitter Drops - Golden Sunset

How I created my layout:

I started off by layering my 2x2 inch photographs onto vellum and arranging where on the page I wanted them. I had only a 4x12 inch strip of the pink Flourish patterned paper left so I cut it into 2 12x2 inch strips and popped it at the bottom of the page, leaving a gap in the middle where I wanted my title to go.
I added some red liner tape along the bottom of my page and popped on some of the lovely white pom pom trim, which works really nice because of the white polka dots on the background paper.
I used some more of the vellum, and put the leatherette pink fresh studio alphas on so my title stood out from the background paper more.
It was then time to start embellishing...my favourite part yaaaay!
I fussy cut one of the birds and some of the flowers from the All Good patterned paper. I formed a small cluster on the left side of the title and used one of the gold stars from the Good Vibes sticker sheet, as pictured above.
On the right hand side I used some more of the fussy cut flowers, alongside the cork star and love out loud pieces from the ephemera pack, using my nuvo drops from my stash on the star. The little bird was also from the sticker sheet.
The last cluster was formed to the right of the photographs. I layered up some of the larger pieces of ephemera, another cork star and a bird cut from the All Good patterned paper. I love the paint strip so much!
And that is my layout finished. Here is the overall page.
As you can see my clusters form a triangular formation and I have one star in each cluster, as well as flowers in each cluster. This is one of my favourite layouts I've made so far this year. It's so bright and cheerful, and I feel it doesn't need any journalling as sometimes the pictures tell the story.

Join me next time when I will have a blog post about using non christmassy papers to document december in my travellers notebook!
Until then, Happy Scrapping! xxx

Love Out Loud - Natalie

Hello everyone!! 

I'm back with my first layout using the Nov/ Dec kit! 

My first layout is a New Year's Eve themed layout, which is actually from 2014/5 not this year, when I went to New York City for New Year's! 

Products used:

Main Kit:
- Simple Stories 2018 Cheers Paper 
- Crate Paper Good Vibes 6x12 stickers
- American Crafts Sweater Weather Cozy Paper

Lite Kit:
- Photo Play Vintage Girl Razzle Dazzle Paper

Extras Shop:

- Crate Paper Good Vibes Puffy Phrases

Own Stash:
- Gold Heidi Swapp Colour Shine
- Gold sequins 
- Black enamel dots

When starting this layout I knew I wanted to use the NYE wordy paper from Simple Stories, but it was just too busy to use as a background. Then I found this sketch by Laura Rumble for Speigelmom Scraps, which was just perfect for a NYE layout!

I don't have a cutting machine, so in order to cut out the star I just printed a star from Microsoft Word and used that as a template to cut out my star. Making sure that I included certain words on the paper that I wanted to be included on my star. 

I swapped the sketch around so my star was in the right hand corner. 
Before sticking my star down I used gold Heidi Swapp colour shine spray to create gold splatters across my page. As some of the splatters were rather large I had to let this dry overnight. 

I stuck my star down using foam pads, and added my photo. My photo is just 2x3 inches in size, and was printed using my HP Sprocket portable printer that I got for Christmas! 

I then decided that the background was too plain, I don't often like using white cardstock as my background, so I cut 1 inch strips of the black striped paper from the Lite Kit (Photo Play, Vintage Girl, Razzle Dazzle), and used these at the top and bottom to help contain the layout. I used my distressing tool to roughen the edges to add further interest. 

I added small labels for journalling in the top left and bottom right, and these were fussy cut from Sweater Weather Cozy paper from the Main Kit. 
I added some more gold splatters at the top left to draw your eye upwards.

Finally I added my title "Love Out Loud" and added puffy star stickers which came from the same puffy phrases sticker set (Crate Paper, Good Vibes, Puffy Phrases). I also added gold star stickers (Crate Paper, Good Vibes 6x12 sticker set) and finally some gold sequins and black enamel dots from my stash.

I really like this layout and hope it inspires you to scrap your NYE photos!!

Natalie x

Best Friends

Merry Christmas and a very happy 2018 to all of you!
I hope you had a great Christmas and new year. If you're anything like me you ate too much haha.

So here I am with my first layout using the Nov/Dec quirky kit. I opted for the Regular main kit as the colours were so bright and cheerful! As soon as I saw this paper in the subscribers extras shop I new I had to purchase it. The lines were screaming to have some string art on them. Lets see what I used and take a look at how it turned out:

What I used:

  • Crate Paper Good Vibes Hashtag 12x12 patterned paper
  • Crate Paper Good Vibes Passion 12x12 patterned paper (both sides)
  • Crate Paper Good Vibes Ephemera pack
  • Crate Paper Good Vibes Sticker sheet
  • Marianne Design Gold & Silver enamel dots
  • Orange and Brown threads
How I created the layout:

I stared by grabbing my secret stampers weapon and pokey tool, and poking holes (carefully) where all of the lines ended on the paper, being careful to stay away from the edges so I didn't split or tear the paper.
I then alternated between the orange and brown threads connecting the dots, rather than doing a backstitch (I wanted long loose lines of thread).
Once I had completed this, I backed my photograph onto 2 pieces of the Good Vibes Passion paper, using both sides as layers and adhered it to my background.
I loved the look of those papers on top of each other and once I had stuck them down I decided I wanted to focus my clusters around the top left corner and bottom right corners of the photograph. 
(As a scrap-booker I am trying to not be so literal with the embellishments I use, as designers insist on adding embellishments such as cacti and flamingo's etc to their ephemera packs that I have no idea how to use. I am sure I'm not the only one who struggles with this...so I am letting go of those thoughts and just using them because I can.)
So as you can see from the photograph above this layout features 3 cacti...just because they go with the colours in my photograph. I laid this underneath the #lovethis banner and popped one of the cork stars on top and a gold glittery enamel dot.

The other embellishment cluster features the best friends tab, one of the flower clusters from the good vibes sticker sheet and a journalling tag, also from the ephemera pack, which I will do my journalling on at a later date. I finished it off with another gold enamel dot and some matching orange and brown thread looped through the hole in the tag.
I popped one more tiny enamel dot on the bottom left corner and called it finished.
I loved how this turned out and I'm hoping companies will bring out more patterned papers like this so I can create a similar layout again in the future.
Join me again next week, where I will be uploading my second blog post, showing you a couple of different ways you can use the pom pom trim from the main kit.
Until then...Happy Scrapping, Everyone xxx

Quick and Easy Gift Tags

Hi Leo here!
It's getting that time for gift giving so this week I've been making some gift tags. I got out my Christmas theme main kit and took out the December Days die cuts pack and Crate Paper Falala stickers pack. I also had a pack of Pinkfresh December Days 6x6 patterned paper pad that was in the extras shop. I also pulled out the foam pads, white paper doilies and some label tags from the Custom Card kit that were all leftovers from my July/August kits. Basically I'm just using bits that are out on my desk that match the Pinkfresh Studio bits I've picked out to use!

To make the basic square tags I've cut a sheet of the 6x6 paper in half then folded it in half again to make a3x3 folded tags. You can use any paper you have to make these, they're ideal for using up paper off cuts too. I like using the 6x6 pads because they're white inside so handy for writing a message on the inside too.

Next I've picked out some of the die cuts from the pack. I looked for ones that had spaces on for writing and messages that worked for tags too. In the tag I've added a bit of bakers twine, (from kit packaging).

The tag I've glued to the base at an angle then added some foam pads to the 'Be Merry' die cut.

Then added the die cut over the top.

Here's another one:

With this one I've used a Custom Card kit label and stickers from the Crate Paper Falala sheet. Sorry about the bounced light I was making these at night time, (only time I had that's peaceful!) with the lamp on.

Here's the finished tag:

This one mixed the die cuts and the stickers together, (the holly sticker is from the sheet, the tag and red snowflakes from the die cut pack).

This one's just the joy die cut fixed on with foam pads:

With this one I stapled a die cut to a label then glued it to the base.

The added more die cuts along side it.

This one mixes up a die cut with the stickers again. I liked the die cut but the message wasn't working for me for a gift tag so I picked out the stickers to layer over it.

I've added another sticker just tucked underneath.

I also made some gift labels with some doilies. I just added labels, stickers and die cuts to the centre:

Here's another one, this is the one I actually made first!

 They get very addictive to put together! I took a few more photos in the morning but the light's still not good. We only get about an hours good daylight just lately!

And here I've started adding them to my wrapped up gifts. I think they work to add an extra special touch and they don't take hours to slave over it's just a nice fun way to spend an hour with some Christmas music on! My gift wrap is from Wilkos, (was a bargain 50p!) it's really cute. I wish I'd picked up two packs of it now though. You can never tell from the packets what it's like but it's really lovely thick wrap.

 Have a lovely Christmas! I'll be back to do some December Daily album putting together in that week after Christmas day and before new years day. xx Leo

18th Birthday Cards

Although I like to take my time with scrapbook layouts, I prefer when cardmaking is short and sweet. That's why I decided to make 2 birthday cards at once, using similar colour schemes, to save time. I had a couple of guy friends celebrating their birthdays recently, so I thought the navy and purple in the kit would work really well.
 In this first card I was going for quite a messy look, which is why I freehand drew the '18'. If I was going to spend more time I would have machine stitched the top piece of paper, but I think drawing stitches is still effective (and much quicker!)
 This card is a lot cleaner, but I still included a few different textures. I love the serrated edge from a paper bag some of my kit came packaged in, and I think the chipboard star and foam stickers add dimension.
Here you can see the two cards together and although they share similar colours and the '18', they're still quite different designs. Now for some news: I'm afraid this is my last Quirky Kit blog post! I'm so grateful to Leonora for giving me this opportunity and I have really enjoyed the last year or so on the team, but I think it's time for me to just use up my stash for a bit. Thanks for reading!

She's A Wildflower | Travellers Notebook | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | September/October 2017

Hello friends,

So, I've really jumped on the travellers notebook bandwagon (i've dabbled before) and I love the smaller format to document those photos that are just not 12x12 worthy, or indeed those duplicates we've all got lying around and can't quite bear to part with.

So here it is.... I've used the September/October 2017 kit for this one and kept to using just a few scraps left over from the kit and added a few stickers.....That's it. Lets see below how this one came together.....

 So I started on the left hand side of the page and used some of the scraps of papers I had left from the kit. I just layered these papers to create some layers behind my photo. I then fussy cut out the circular floral piece to create my own ephemera and tucked this just underneath the photo. I then fussy cut the "You are Magical" from the Dear Lizzy "Find Joy" paper and finally added a sticker from the Dear Lizzy sticker sheet and this was the left hand side finished. Quick, easy but effective.

Then onto the right hand side. I grabbed my leftovers pot and rummaged through and found these kits from the last kit. They were the last 2 I had left and knew that it would work on this layout with using the cut apart from the Paige Evans, Paper number 1 from the Turn the Page collection. I layered in some clouds that I had lying around from a pervious project and a little banner piece which again was from my left overs from previous kits.

I just love how you can use up so many odds and ends on a travellers notebook....and how quick and easy it is to for these layouts to come together.

And this is the finished layout. I chose not to add journalling to this one as there isn't much of a story to tell and so fantastic to be able to get this photo scrapped without having to worry about taking hours to scrap it in a 12x12 layout (because lets face it ladies, every photo seems worthy of a 12x12 but there just isn't room to store 100+ albums!!)

I hope that this has bought you inspiration and if you haven't tried a travellers notebook then please give it a go. You do not need to invest anything for a travellers notebook and quite easily make your own with some white cardstock and a sheet of double sided paper.

See you next time

Claire xxx

Natalie - Adventure

Hey everyone,

I'm back with a second layout made using the Sept/ October kit.
For this layout I decided to focus on the Pinkfresh Studio "Escape the Ordinary" puffy stickers that were in the embellishment kit. This set has lots of puffy triangle stickers, and so I decided to make a layout based on triangles!
As the "Escape the Ordinary" collection is very nature themed, and I am not sporty at all, I asked my cousin for a photo of her mountaineering. This is a photo of her at the highest peak in Morocco!

I started by using white cardstock for my background and cutting out two equilateral triangles (6" height approximately), (PFS Escape the Ordinary, Wander and Chase, both from the Main Kit). 
I placed these facing opposite directions, and added my photo in the middle, with a white matt to help it stand out. 
I then cut out smaller triangles to create my embellishment clusters at the top left and the bottom right. The green dashed paper is the back of Chase, and the yellow triangle is actually cut from a hexagon from Pink Paislee Turn The Page Paper #17 (Lite Kit), which matched the yellow in the Pink Fresh Studio collection perfectly!
I added a variety of sizes of puffy stickers to my two clusters.
Next to my photo I added the "You'll move mountains" ephemera piece (PFS Escape the Ordinary ephemera, Custom Cards Kit), which fitted my theme perfectly!

Next I worked on my title. I used a Freckled Fawn acrylic word from a Quirky Kit earlier this year for my title, as the colour was perfect! 
I decided to add a further embellishment cluster next to my title, so cut out a blue spotted triangle (Dear Lizzy, Stargazer, Marigold Merriment, Main Kit), added another puffy sticker, and a leaf ephemera piece.

Next I worked on a further embellishment cluster, in the bottom left, where I wanted to place my journalling, which I typed using a free typewriter font. 
Finally the layout was seeming a bit too bare for me, as I usually always work with patterned backgrounds, so I decided to add a border to two sides of my layout, something which I seem to be doing all the time at the moment. The blue spotty paper adds just enough colour I think (Dear Lizzy Stargazer, Marigold Merriment, Main Kit), and I gutted the back so I still have most of the paper free to use!

I hope you like my layout, and that it inspires you to use triangles! 

Natalie xxx