Space Layout

I thought the actual name of this layout 'UKSDC' (UK space design competition!) was a bit sciency for a Quirky Kits blog post title so I cut it down to the key word 'Space'. When I first opened my kit I noticed right away that the black card, navy paper and a few of the stickers could work very well with a space theme so I ran with it.
Working on a black cardstock was a challenge I haven't tried before, but I love that even darker colours can pop off it. I created the background by using a large brush to paint gesso then doing layers of watercolours in purple, navy and black on top. I finished it off with some splatters to be like stars in the galaxy. 
 It was a really easy background to do and I tried to pick colours to match my layering. WARNING it did take a little while to dry but I think it was worth it.
 When embellishing my layout I decided to layer onto the photo because there was a lot of mess in the foreground. I also created clusters of punched and sticker stars to fit my theme.
 Even though the topic of my photo is pretty niche, I think a space theme can work for all kinds of layouts, especially for kids or with the new Star Wars film coming out soon!

Wonderful | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | September/October 2017

I'm back with some more inspiration for you using the September/October 2017 kit.

I used mainly the papers from Stargazer in this layout but took inspiration from Paper 1 from Paige Evans Turn the Page collection.

On the cut apart sheet there was a card that had a grid with "wonderful" spelled out (a different letter in each box).

I recreated this on a bigger scale by cutting 9 3x3 inch squares of patterned paper.

I then cut 9 2.5x2.5 inch of white cardstock and cut each of the letters from this. I layed them all down in a grid format just like the cut apart element from the paper. I then decided to draw some faux stitching around each letter as the white yardstick was getting a little lost on a few of the cards as it was white on white. This helped the letters to stand out from the background paper.

I then added some fussy cut elements in 3 clusters around the layout. I fussy cut the sentiment frames along with the flowers from the Paige Evans floral paper (I love to fussy cut elements from paper as this helps to get the most from it).

I layered the flowers up in clusters and added in a few of the stickers from the Stargazer sticker sheet.

Each cluster was finished off with a wood veneer from the Turn the Paige collection.

I then did a small amount of embellishing to the right of the photo to help it stand out.

I used a photograph of myself from when I was 10 (ish) years old and backed it with white card and then vellum. I used some foam adhesive behind to help it stand out from the background.

Adding the flowers and the sticker at the bottom helped to create some interest around the photo.

And here is the finished layout. I love how this turned out. I did add a couple of other elements to fill in the negative spaces on the O,D and R which I think just adds to the design.

Thanks for looking and I'll see you all shortly for more inspiration using this kit.

Claire x

On Safari | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | September/October 2017

Hello my friends - its great to be back!!

I've been MIA this last month due to illnesses, work and my birthday!!

But I am back to share some inspirational layouts with you.

I took inspiration for this layout from the cut apart sheet from Paige Evans Turn the Page collection. I knew straight away that I was going to fussy cut the banner pieces and reconstruct them to make my own banner with my photo in the middle.

Can you see the mistake that I made here?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I added some of the stickers and wood veneers. I love how the StarGazer and Turn the Page collections compliment each other and work so well together.

And the whole layout was finished off with some tiny word stickers from my stash and some Heidi Swapp Gold colour shine. I added the title in an arc above my photo to create some interest. I used the gold Thickers from the kit for these (and I'm slightly in love with them!)

See you in a few days for some more inspiration.

Claire x

Traveler's Notebook Fun

So after my first time scrapbooking in a Traveler's Notebook last kit (here), I decided to have another go! I was planning on just a single page, but I was having too much fun to stop, so I did a double spread/two singles with similar photos....
 There's not really any particular story for these pictures and they're not great quality, which is why I decided to put them in my notebook.
 The picture was so small I realised it just about fit on a kraft tag, then to jazz up the page I added pattern paper at the top and bottom. I know in the long run things like wood veneer and staples will add bulk, but I've decided to take a relaxed approach to this project.
 Since the left page is very bright, I kept more white space on this side. Since the photos are from a bird themed dance, I had to fussy cut these swallows. I found it a little difficult finding a nice sentiment to match the photo, so I went for colour over meaning.
Even though I'm only a few pages in, I'm really enjoying this notebook. Next time I print photos I'll definitely do some in smaller sizes!

Leaf Your Troubles Behind

Hello everyone!

I am back with my second layout using the September/October kit. This one features a huge hand sewn leaf, that took me quite a while let's say, to stitch..but more about that later. Here is what I used and how I created my layout:

What I Used:

  • Dear Lizzy Star Gazer Blissful 12x12 patterned paper
  • Pink Paislee Turn the Page no.16 12x12 patterned paper (both sides)
  • Pink Paislee Turn the Page no.15 12x12 patterned paper
  • Dear Lizzy Star Gazer sticker sheet
  • Pink Fresh Studio Escape the Ordinary Golden Foiled Wood Alphas
  • American Crafts Ella gold foam Thickers
How I created the layout:
I started this layout by browsing google for a nice big leaf shape that I could punch holes through using my Sizzix secret stamping weapon, which is this thing below:
It can be bought HERE

 I received this from my cousin last year for Christmas, and have been trying to use it as much as possible, as I really like the results it produces.

If you would like to use the same leaf image as me I will link that HERE and all you need to do is print it off and poke holes in it with any sharp pokey tool.

 I then settled down in front of the TV put my favourite Netflix fix on at the moment (Reign) and sewed away to my hearts content.

Once I had finished it I matted my 4x6 photograph on some of the Pink Paislee Turn the Page no.16 patterned paper (B-side), and then matted that onto the Dear Lizzy Blissful paper.
I placed it on the bottom right hand side as I was trying to avoid covering my beautiful leaf up as much as possible.

I then used some of the flowers I had fussy cut from the Turn the Page no.15 patterned paper as well as a fussy cut swallow from the Turn the Page no.16 patterned paper, these were added to the bottom left of the photograph. Sticking to the triangle embellishment theme, I added some of the stickers to the bottom right hand of the photograph too.

My title was created using a mix of both the Pinkfresh Studio Escape the Ordinary Gold Foiled Alphas (Which I adore!) and the American Crafts Ella gold foam Thickers.

The last little bit of embellishing I did was scattered some of the wood-grain sequins in various random places and glued them down to complete the layout! Here is it below...

I had so much fun creating this layout, and when my friend, Emma, took this photograph of me throwing the autumn leaves in the air I knew I had to come up with a title to reflect that, and so I did a little play on words too hehe...
I hope you like my layout and that I've inspired you to pull out your needle and threads and get stitching..The limits really are endless!

Until my next layout..Happy Scrapping! xxx

Autumn Journal Class - pumpkin prompt pages & next prompt


The next prompt in the class is 'Pumpkin'. Again how you use this as the base for your page is totally up to you. It could be in the photos you use, the subject or the bits and pieces you pick out to use.
I went with pumpkin carving photos and here's one of my pumpkins this year. I went with some really cute diddy ones, (weirdly I got more pumpkin out of these little ones that the bigger ones, more on that in later pages and how I spent four hours on Sunday cooking with Pumpkin!).

Here's my page following along with the prompt 'Pumpkin'.

The left side was dictated by the four pocket page protector used on the previous page so I picked out some cards to use again and fixed those to the back of the cards in the pockets already. The top right pocket is paper from the main kit cut down to size and the wooden star from the main kit is glued on top of the page protector and stamped with a date stamp.



For the opposite page I added my photos to two 4x6 pockets on the page protector. The top photo was printed to size, (4x6) and the lower photo was a square so I added some extra patterned paper down the sides.

I had a paper scrap to use from the page before it so I cut it in half and used two strips of it down the sides to make it up to the 6x4 size. I used this same blue dotty pattern paper to keep the flow of the pages going.

That's what the back looks like with the strips glued down the sides of the photo.

Next I added the alpha stickers over the top of the page protector as in the previous page. To line them up I used the card backing from the alpha pack lined up with the edge of the page protector to make a straight edge. To get the spacing right I put down the first and last letters to begin with then filled the rest in the middle.

Same with the smaller alpha stickers.

As a final touch I added some of the Pinkfresh puffy stickers around this side and the other to help tie them both together.
That's it - page done!

I'll leave you with the next page prompt and it's....

Spooky Stuff

So what are you thinking? Halloween costumes, maybe something you're afraid of, something that's creeped you out lately or anything else you can think of! I'll be back in a couple of days to share what I put together for this next prompt.
xx Leo

She's a Wildflower!

Hello everyone! New month, new kit and under 10 weeks until Christmas can you believe?
But less talk about the C word for now lol, here is my first layout using the September/October kit, what I used and how I created it, Enjoy x

From the Main Kit:
  • Dear Lizzy Stargazer Blissful 12x12 paper
  • Yellow and Blue 12x12 cardstock
  • Pink Paislee Turn the Page #15 12x12 paper
  • Pink Paislee Turn the Page #1 12x12 paper
  • Dear Lizzy Stargazer sticker sheet
  • Pink Paislee Turn the Page wood veneer
From my own stash:
  • A piece of orange patterned paper from my scraps bin
Here's my layout, and how I created it

  First off I started by cutting a 5 inch strip of the Blissful 12x12 paper from the Stargazer collection, and then cut a half inch strip of it, along with a half inch strip of the yellow and blue cardstocks that came with the main kit. I also cut a two inch piece of the blue cardstock for the left hand side of my layout to balance it all.

  I chose the placement of my photograph and backed it onto a piece of orange patterned paper from my scraps bin, along with a thin strip of the same paper so the blue block on the left didn't look too heavy.

  I then decided where I wanted my title and journalling to go before starting my embellishing.
  A couple of weeks ago I went on a scrapbook crop weekend to a hotel with fellow design team member, and now friend, Natalie Weller, and I observed her process when she creates layouts, as I find myself doing the same thing a lot of the time without even realising so it was good to learn some tips and tricks from her...Thanks Nat :D

  Natalie's embellishment clusters work in a triangular format and so your eyes follow that and (I found) the eyes are drawn to the focal image, which is your photograph and then the journalling to see what the photograph is about.

  So starting with my first embellishment cluster on the top left hand of the page. I fussy cut the banner from the Turn the Page cut-apart sheet, and the flowers from the Pink Paislee #1 paper. I layered the banner on the rest of the orange scrap paper and mounted it with some foam tape for dimension. I used two pieces of the Turn the Page wood veneer pack, and a star sticker from the Stargazer sticker sheet.

  The second embellishment cluster is on the top right hand side of my photograph, and I wanted to carry the same theme throughout so it flowed better, and I love the results.

  So again I used some of the fussy cut flowers, two wood veneer pieces and a start from the sticker sheet. I sometime struggle to use wood veneer on my pages, but this pack from the Turn the Page collection just works so well with my theme and there was some lovely small pieces which are always good... happy Zoe!

 The final cluster on the bottom left (thus completing the triangle) has my title She's a Wild Flower sticker, the sentiment banner and star all from the stargazer sticker sheet. as well as a wood veneer arrow pointing up to my journalling, which, for my 2017 album is all going to be done on the computer. It's a new system I'm trying out to see if I like it...

  BUT that aside TADA!! Layout complete. I will now be taking longer to think about how I approach my layouts and where I want to lead the eyes. I loved this format!
  Stayed tuned as I have two more layouts winging they're way onto the blog over the weekend.
  If you've tried out any new techniques lately, please feel free to share them on the facebook group, I would love to see them and I'm sure everyone else would too.
  For now, Happy Scrapping everyone!!! xxx