Happy Moment | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | July/August 2017

I loved how the quirky made elements of this kit matched perfectly with the colours from Maggie Holmes Carousel. I couldn't wait to incorporate something from both into this layout. 

My first job was to fussy cut the words from the Maggie Holmes Carousel "Happy Go Lucky" paper from the Lite Kit. I used this for my title "Happy Moment" and also cut some more for embellishments.

I then layered vertically some of the ephemera pieces from the main kit and added in a few of the fussy cut words to create some interest to the right hand side of the page. I also used some of the stickers from the 12x12 Kaisercraft Happy Snaps sticker sheet from the Lite Kit to fill in some of the areas where the ephemera overlap.

I love love love the "Fairgrounds" paper from Maggie Holmes which featured in the main kit. But it was far too busy so again I decided to fussy cut 2 elements from the paper. This is such a great way to make your paper and kit go so much further. Its a labour of love but so worth the effort with the end result. I fussy cut one of the ferris wheels (how sweet is that as an ephemera piece!) and also one of the carousels. These were added to my embellishment cluster down the left of the page. I then finished this off by adding some of those fussy cut words whilst popping some up on the foam pads from the kit to create some dimension and interest.

And using that woodgrain background really sets it off nicely. This layout was simple (took a while due to do the fussy cutting) but demonstrates how to use those busy papers and really stretch your kit.

I hope this brings you inspiration and feel free to give it a go!!! I would love to see your interpretations of my page.

See you all really soon!!

Claire xx

Sweet Summer Layout - getting down to using the last bits of a kit

Hi Leo here!

I have just random bits left over of my main kit right now so I set to working on a layout to use up what I have left. I have lots of scrap paper pieces and a few die cuts and lots of the stickers. I also had one full sheet of paper to use so I decided to use that as my background so I can use the whole sheet at once seeing as the point of this one is to use up as much as I can!

I've put together a process video so you can follow along with my as I made the layout. Apologies for all the umming on this one I didn't really know where I was going with it to start with - I usually have a plan but this time my plan was just use what I have in front of me so there wasn't a set vision I went with making it up as I went along!

Sweet Summer Layout Process from Crafty Templates on Vimeo.

If you don't want to watch the video here's a quick couple of photo stills one is of the layout when I'd added the paper layers with just the photo to be added on top and then the second one is the completed layout. I added some sketched circles with my compass before I glued down the paper layers as markers for where I added the stitching. I added the stitching in hand embroidery thread with a darning needle and used a simple back stitch.

Have a go at seeing what you can create with your leftover pieces. x Leo

Chilling | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | July/August 2017

Hello Friends!!

I'm back with a fun bright layout which is super quick to do (with a little preparation).

I loved the bright pink cardstock and I had a photograph that I had been meaning to scrap for a while. I was wearing a pink t-shirt and it went perfectly with the cardstock (don't you just love it when that happens!)

So, preparation is the key with this one. I loved the Belle paper from Maggie Holmes carousel from the Main kit and it just has to be fussy cut. This makes the paper stretch so much further and you can create multiple layouts with it then.

I sat for about an hour (trust me, its worth the patience) and fussy cut these out. How pretty are they!

I lined these up all along the bottom edge of the cardstock and overlapped them so there were no pink gaps showing through. I then backed my photo on white cardstock and added a doily behind. I then used some of the chipboard from the lite kit and added the amazing "today" perspextive from Bramble Fox which can be found as an extra in the shop.

The layout needed some interest so I created another cluster to the top right of the layout using the fussy cut flowers. To this I added a chipboard label for the date and a Pretty Little Studios label to add a little bit of journalling (to be added still).

And finally the title. I used the Freckled Fawn puffy alpha stickers to title my layout "Chilling". And its finished. So I used in total roughly half a sheet of patterned paper and a few embellishments. When you use a coloured cardstock background, especially a bright one, this really helps you to stretch your kit!!

See you again really soon!!

Don't forget to head over to YouTube for the process video!!

Claire x

Traveler's Notebook

So today I have something a bit different for me, my first photo page in a Traveler's Notebook! You may recognise the photo, I used it in a scrapbook page but I accidentally printed it again in a smaller size so I decided to try this new format with it.
The biggest challenge for me was probably the different ratio of the page, my original idea was to use a double spread but I wasn't quite sure what to do with the fold. I will definitely have to look at more pages for inspiration haha.
 I used my favourite technique of fussy cutting florals to add some embellishment (hint: that floral is actually cut in half so I don't cover up the pretty bit in the middle). I also thought a doily would look so nice and delicate in this smaller size.
 I added number embellishments for the 3 of us sitting on the sofa and chalk ink splatters (hint: try harder than I did to cover your photo because the ink goes a little strange on the glossy paper).

Overall I really enjoyed this format, especially how quick it was. Next time I print off photos I will definitely think about printing some in a smaller size to fill the rest of my notebook.

Paws Down I'm the Cutest

Hello everyone!

I am back with my 4th layout using the July/August Quirky Kit. Be sure to pop on over to Quirky Kit's  subscribers facebook group and also Instagram using the hashtag #quirkykits to check out the photo's of 8 more layouts I've created using this beautiful kit!

Here's what I used and how I created this fun, cute layout:

  • Fancy Pants Dream Big Follow Your Dreams 12x12 patterned paper
  • Fancy Pants Shine Bright 12x12 patterned paper
  • Crate Paper Carousel Belle 12x12 patterned paper
  • Crate Paper Carousel Fairgrounds 12x12 patterned paper
  • Carousel Sticker Sheet
  • Tourist Label pack
  • Pretty Little Studio Dream Big die cuts pack
  • Pretty Little Studio Dream Big Hello Word Navy stickers
  • Thickers from a previous Quirky kit.
I started this layout by cutting a frame for my white cardstock using the Fancy Pants Follow your Dreams patterned paper. The width was 1/2 inch all the way around. Before I adhered it to my page I used the left over piece of Carousel Belle paper I had and adhered it to the bottom of the white cardstock and then lay the frame over the top and adhered that.

I proceed to mount all of my photo's on various patterned papers (all listed above) and then decided I wanted a large title so I placed the biggest photo off to the right hand side and the two smaller ones at the bottom left.

Then came the title. I used some Dear Lizzy thickers from a previous Quirky kit as I really wanted the title to 'pop'

I used the Pretty Little Studio die cuts pack and scattered some of the flowers around my photo and cluster at the bottom, and also added some of the rose stickers and stars from the Carousel sticker sheet. 
I finished off with two of the tags using the Tourist label pack layering one on top of another. Popped on one of the Hello Word navy stickers, Wrote my journalling and voila! Layout complete :D

I can't tell you how easy I've found creating layouts with this kit. The style and colour palette are right up my street! 
I have a tiny bit left of this kit after the 11 layouts I've already made, so I will try and get at least one more out of it, but anything left will be shown on my September Kill a Kit video on Youtube which I will link on here once it's up.

I hope you have a great rest of your week, and don't forget to come and say hello on the Subscribers facebook page! We'd love to hear from you x

Happy Scrapping...Zoe xxx

Happy Day - Natalie

Hello everyone,

I'm back today with another layout using the Jul/Aug Quirky Kit! 

This time I was inspired by Zoe to create a wreath using those beautiful florals!
I actually cut out all these flowers over summer when I was at home from university and didn't have many scrap supplies, so this layout was very quick and easy to make as all the hard work had already been done!

I really love using subtle patterned papers as my background, particularly woodgrain, so I chose to use this beautiful grey woodgrain (Echo park Summer Fun "Sweet Treats", Lite Kit).

The floral paper is so beautiful (Maggie Holmes Carousel "Belle", Main Kit) but very delicate so rather than fussy cutting straight against the lines I left a thin white border around the flowers, which I actually really like. Around the floral wreath I alternated sticking the flowers straight on the paper, and layering with foam pads (Main Kit), to give dimension. As the picture below shows I cut out some of the smaller flowers and used the foam pads to add them on top of the bigger floral piece, to add even more 3D dimension. Unlike Zoe I decided to leave the flowers uncoloured.

For the title I decided to use this fussy cut phrase (MH Carousel, "Happy Go Lucky", Lite Kit), again I had already fussy cut all the phrases from this paper ready to use. From this one sheet of paper you have so many title options, it's brilliant!
I really liked how the bright yellow contrasted with the more muted tones of the rest of the layout. And again I used foam pads to lift the title off the page.

Around the wreath I scattered these small blue and yellow flower die cuts (Pretty Little Studio Dream Big Die Cuts, Main Kit), to add a further pop of colour. 

I added two of these chipboard tiny word phrases (Freckled Fawn, Lite Kit). I love these as they just add so much more dimension than normal tiny word stickers, and I love the type writer font.

Finally I added a small amount of journaling, which I typed on my computer using a typewriter font. 

I hope you like my layout, and it gives you another way to use that beautiful floral paper!

Natalie x


  Sometimes in life you've got to remember to be grateful of what you actually have in your life and not get carried away with all the other things we want but don't need!

So this layout took  me 3 days to make in total. Not because it was difficult but because me and fussy cutting don't mix very well lol...I used to love cutting up paper etc. But now I'm impatient and want things done ASAP! It just show's with patience and perseverance something beautiful can come out of it. 

So here is my layout, what I used and how I created it...

 What I used:

  • Maggie Holmes Carousel Belle 12x12 Patterned Paper
  • Black and White Stripe Ribbon
  • Labels from The Tourist die cut pack
  • Pretty Little Studio Beautiful Day Hello Word stickers
  • Pink Tulle fabric
  • Pebbles Jen Hadfield Heart of Home Hannah Word Phrase Thickers
  • (From my own Stash Crayola Pencils for colouring the flowers)
I started this layout by cutting out lots of the flowers from the Carousel Belle 12x12 patterned paper and colouring them in with Crayola pencils (yes not many people realise the shading and dimension you can get by using bog standard Crayolas)

They really do leave a beautiful finish. I believe they can also be used as watercolours as well either with water or baby wipes (although don't quote me as I've never actually tried out that method...yet!)

 Before I stuck down my photograph and flowers I mounted the photograph onto the pink tulle. I adhered the black and white stripe ribbon across the centre of the page and I think with the black and white photograph and the bright coloured flowers, it gives the look real impact.

Using the Pebbles Jen Hadfield thickers, which I bought from the extra's store, I placed the word grateful down over the flowers at the bottom of the photograph.

I finished off this layout by adding a label and flag from The Tourist Die Cuts pack from the main kit and one of the Pretty Little Studio Hello Word navy stickers on that reads "enjoy the little things."

Such a simple, yet really pretty layout. It was the colouring and the cutting that was the most time consuming part of the layout, but that's only because I'm quite particular with my colouring.

I hope you like this layout and I've inspired you to have a go at fussy cutting those flowers...also don't be afraid to paint, colour or even paper-piece the flowers. You'll love the result, I'm sure!

Until my next post...Happy Scrapping everyone! xxx