My lovely MAMIL

middle aged man in lycra that is!
I just about finished off my Lagom main kit with this layout. Hardly any paper left but still lots of lovely embellishments as you get so many with a kit. 
As the "gorgeous" outfit featured is black and blue I decided to inject a bit more of those colours into the layout by adding Blueprint Sketch distress ink into some white embossing paste on a craft mat and then spreading it on to heavyweight white cardstock through a stencil
I then decided it needed more black as well so outlined every single little square with black pen.
I turned one of the gorgeous icon squares into a gift by wrapping some of the ribbon that decorated the kit around it.
I layered up papers behind the photo, adding black outline to everything because I like it (and in this case it matched the stencilling). I added the December from the cut apart sheet which I also used for journalling. When I had finished writing there was a bit of a gap so I used some of the dots from the Amber thickers which also tied that side of the layout to the extra long title
The title proved a bit of a challenge as I had run out of "r"s. Upside down "j"'s kind of work don't they?
Et voila...


Accordion Mini Album


Hey guys, I hope you're all excited for the new kits, what I can tell from the extras shop looks great. My last project using these kits is an accordion mini album I made for my best friend's 17th birthday. It only took a morning to make and it's such a nice way of highlighting some of my favourite memories with her over the past year. (Warning: many creepy smudged out faces in this post)
Here's how I constructed it:
1. I cut 4 strips of pattern paper 4"x 12" 
2. I scored on alternating sides of the paper every 4" (these measurements can be adapted depending on what size you want.)
3. I stuck the strips together with washi-this might not be very strong
4. I added an extra square as a front cover
And here it is, remember it's double sided: 

 I went for a very simple cover and interior to keep the making process fairly quick and highlight the photos.
 The flair is quite chunky but I love a bit of gold!
 Watch out for irrelevant coffee puffy stickers just because they're cute.
 I cut a journaling card into a rough circle shape.

 Imagine some really crazy faces in the picture on the right, haha.
 I used a mini heart punch with leftover pieces from the journaling cards I fussy cut.
 Thanks so much for taking a look! I think this works so well as a gift idea and my friend was really happy to receive it, so maybe have a go with any kit leftovers.


London Photoshoot - 12x12 layouts

Hello everyone,

As promised in the previous post, here today I am sharing two 12x12 traditional layouts I made to record Martins favourites pictures from the photoshoot he had two days before Christmas. It was a wonderful day, but quite chilly, the main areas were London Bridge and Southbank. Here are the products I used for these layouts:

Mysa Lite kit:
  • American Crafts Shimelle Go Now Go, Hike patterned paper sheet
  • Elle's Studio 'Tis the Season Everygreen patterned paper sheet
  • Echo Park Everyday Memories sticker accent sheet embellishments pack
  • Freckled Fawn glitter cork sticker embellishment pack
  • American Crafts Doll Puffy Thickers, alphabet and number stickers embellishment pack

Lagom Main kit:
  • Smooth white cardstock x 1 sheet 12x12
  • Bazzill Aloe Vera canvas texture cardstock sheet 12x12
  • American Crafts Shimelle Go Now Go, Date patterned paper sheet  12x12
  • Simple Stories #Whatever, #Nailedit patterned paper sheet  12x12
  • Echo Park Everyday Memories, Months of the year patterned paper sheet  12x12
  • Chalkboard/watercolour tags set embellishment pack
  • Patterned and icon squares embellishment pack
  • American Crafts Amber Thickers, glitter foam alphabet and numbers embellishment pack


So the first layout includes more structure, it involves two patterned papers and two cardstocks, and as you can see, I kept it simple because to show off the pictures. Each picture also has a small description that gives few facts about the location. Also I draw a black line around to ground the squares and tie in the darker tones from the pictures. The second layout was done in a similar way. However, I add some mixed media to highlight the beautiful red glittery thickers. The snowflakes are made using Cricut and coloured with blue spray, and the colour behind the letters are achieved by using black ink and sponge.


I hope you enjoyed this post and talk to you soon. Agnese

Special December Date Night

Hello everyone,

So continuing with the previous post of mine, I have been recording our December memories at the moment. However, the focus of today project life spread is a particular event that took place in December - Our Date Night. This time it was a very different night, as it was a Friday and it meant that I need to work during the day, while Martins entertained himself by walking around London and exploring London Bridge area. You should look out for the next post, as I made two special layouts with Martins favorite pictures from that photoshoot. But let's get back to this layout, the first page just shows the ending of Martins Christmas party and the beginning of our Date Night.


    The second page starts right after I finished work and we went to Byron to have dinner before the main event of our Date Night. So you might ask what the main event is - A Christmas Carol play, but with a twist. I loved it so much, it was such a unique experience, and I was happy to go after work. But when looking at the theme of this spread, I tried to keep it in blue, pink and cream colour and the products I used from the both kits:

Mysa Lite kit:
  • Simple Stories Frostbite patterned paper sheet 12x12
  • Echo Park Everyday Memories, Journalling Cards patterned paper sheet
  • Freckled Fawn glitter cork sticker embellishment pack
  • American Crafts Doll Puffy Thickers, alphabet and number stickers embellishment pack.
Lagom Main kit:
  • Simple Stories #Whatever, #Nailedit patterned paper sheet  12x12
  • Chalkboard/watercolour tags set embellishment pack
  • Tonic Studios Craft Perfect white sparkling star flower embellishments pack
  • American Crafts Candy Stripe paper clips embellishment pack


Also, I added an additional booklet and tickets to this spread that we received from the play. I thought that the tags that were included in the kit can be used to enforce the tickets and I attached to the booklet. 



I hope you enjoyed this blog post and don't forget to look out for the next post which is connected to this layout. Agnese

It made it all worthwhile

In the photo I have scrapped here I am very cold and very wet and that was at the start of the walk I had to do. But in remembering the disaster that was a walk that only I turned up to, I had great fun making the page...
 I again used a Stuck? sketch
but only had one photo to use so added in the relevant month from the
Echo Park Everyday Memories, Months of the year patterned paper sheet. All the papers and embellishments are from the wonderful Lagom main kit 
I kept pretty firmly to the sketch but did add in a layer at the top. I felt that more of that Simple Stories #Whatever #NailedIt patterned paper needed to be seen as it looked so much like (very pretty) rainclouds.

I chopped, punched and layered the various papers from the kit and outlined them all which matched the January section from the Echo Park paper. I circled the date and emphasised it with glitter glue.
It didn't actually snow but I took artistic license and used the wooden snowflakes anyway, adding some more glitter glue on top. I tucked one of the lovely exclusive cards into my layers, after rounding the corners to echo the tag on the sketch.
As I wanted a long title I decided to use some skinny dies for the letters. That was a good idea until it came to outlining and sticking down. I layered on some die cut stars in various sizes and considered myself done.



Project LIfe - December everyday moments

Hello everyone,

I'm back again with a monthly project life spread and this time my monthly spread has more pages than the previous year December. But let's look at the beginning of December, it was nothing special month although there were a lot of small memories to record like for instance, my husband and I had been learning how to solve Rubik cube original, and Martins got pretty competitive at work there is a vast collection of various ones. While I had to find a dress for my Christmas party at work and a lot of late night for Martins to finish assignments for his studies. 

Some of the products I used:

Mysa Lite Kit:
  • Echo Park Everyday Memories, Journalling Cards patterned paper sheet
  • Echo Park Everyday Memories sticker accent sheet embellishments pack
  • Freckled Fawn glitter cork sticker embellishment pack
Lagom Main Kit:
  • Simple Stories #Whatever, #Nailedit patterned paper sheet  12x12
  • Echo Park Everyday Memories, Months of the year patterned paper sheet  12x12
  • Patterned and icon squares embellishment pack
  • American Crafts Amber Thickers, glitter foam alphabet and numbers embellishment pack


Even though I didn't take any pictures from my Christmas Party, my husband's celebration with work colleagues was different as it's all day event - including different activities around London. As the pictures show, he visited Tower Bridge, Southwark area and finished the evening with a party at Rumpus Room, which I also attended. As you can see when it comes to decorating my cards, I keep quite straightforward them and I try to keep it coherent throughout it. For example, when looking at these two particular pages I tried to have red, gold and cork elements. 


I hope you enjoyed this post and look out for more these type of spreads this week, as the main event of December still ahead. :) Agnese



Flipbook - Winter Hello

Hello everyone,

    
    Finally, I have some time to share my projects with you. I have been quite busy more than during Christmas, which is unusual. I have been loving creating flipbooks for my penpals, and I am always looking for new people to exchange letters and flipbooks. I have been using Mysa Lite and Lagom Main kit for creating this particular flipbook and here are some of the products I used:

Mysa Lite kit:
  • Simple Stories Winter Wonderland, Frostbite patterned paper sheet 12x12
  • Freckled Fawn glitter cork sticker embellishment pack

Lagom Main Kit:
  • Simple Stories Winter Wonderland, Silver White Winter patterned paper sheet 12x12
  • Just Fir You/Candy Stripe patterned paper sheet, (made for the Lagom kit)  12x12
  • American Crafts DIY 4 gold foiled star transparency sheet 12x12
  • Chalkboard/watercolour tags set embellishment pack
  • Patterned and icon squares embellishment pack
  • Snowflake laser cut wood shapes
  • American Crafts Candy Stripe paper clips embellishment pack


How I go about creating a flipbook? The main thing I always have a list of things I need to include, but otherwise I just have fun in creating it. The list includes Letter;  Mail Tag; Tags; Die Cuts; Stickers; More or Extra things and PL cards. For this flipbook, the base of each page was created from using 2 white textured cardstocks in the kit and cutting these papers in 6x5 size. Then I took patterned papers and cut them in 5.5x4. To finish the base I added glittered washi tape from my collection and punched holes in the paper, this allowed to thread white ribbon that holds the book together. However, for the front page of the flipbook I decided to use the beautiful acetate sheet rather than patterned paper, as the simple white textured paper together with that sheet looks so beautiful. 


However, when it comes to decorating, this time I kept it simple as it brings out the beautiful winter papers that were included in the kit. Some of the decorations I did use were - wooden snowflakes, square embellishments, tags, paper clips and finally I used black alphabet stickers from my stash. But throughout the flipbook I used also stamping, which I usually do. The final stage of flipbook is adding the swap goodies for the penpal, most of often I select the ones that are in the same theme as a flipbook or based on the penpals preference.



I hope you enjoyed this post and talk to you soon again, Agnese.