The Big Mini Album Project

Hey everyone,

Guess what I'm back and back with a big project nonetheless. You might think wait how a mini album can be a big project, but believe me it has been. I have been away for really long time and there have been quite few changes in my personal life both bad and good and that has in turn affected my crafty mojo. Enough on that, let's get into the album - it's a mini baking recipe book, which I created as a present in mind for my little sister.

When it comes to the materials I used, I have been using mainly the previous months kits - Scripted, Citrine and Party Up Lite Kit. There are few items that I did add from own stash such as small alphabets, die-cuts and stickers. The album itself was from WRMK 4x4 kit, which I got from TkMaxx.

As you can see in all of the pictures, there are few things that I kept similar throughout the album - one side of the page often was title and ingredients, while the other one would have the instructions of the recipe itself, but there are exceptions as well.

Inspiration: Yellow die-cuts from my stash and Navy star paper that was in one of the kits.

Inspiration: 3x4 card that said Wonderful, I cut this card apart and laid letters vertically instead of being horizontally. Once I finished the pages, I realised that I didn't have title, so that why I went through my stash and found a tag that was sent to me from pen pal.

Inspiration: The flowery paper from the previous kit. then I added few mint and pastel pink stickers and letters. While the other layout I wanted to use the orange die-cut and paper with scripted words, both of them made me want to make orange style layout for a Carrot Cake recipe, which is quite suitable. :)

Inspiration: Colourful papers on the right side - various coloured words and flowery mint green one. As you can see in the first layout I used various die-cuts and stickers to pull the colour paper to life. I'm actually quite pleased that I used some foodie die-cuts, such as, the cup of tea and strawberry. 

Inspiration: Colourful papers on the right side, I just love these papers (have been hoarding them).  

Inspiration: Both tags were the starting point, the first one already had the colourful line on the bottom, while the second one was created to finally use up washi strips that I had in my stash (if I remember correctly from Maggie Holmes collection). As you can see these recipes were short ones and that's why I decided to add title and ingredients on the tags.

Inspiration: Paper with coffee/tea cups and geometrical paper on the right side was used to start the pages.

Inspiration: Cactus & Llama and the paper on the right side with black & white flowers.

The final part was to create the ending of the mini album and as I loved the flowery paper so much, I thought that I need to use it once again to bring the album together. But as the album felt a bit empty still, I decided to add a pocket using paper bag that I got from the kit. First thing I did cut 2 strips of paper to stabilise the punched holes. And create recipe cards that sister can swap and add if necessary. In total I added 6 more recipes on the cards, these were more complex recipes as I had more space to write.

Below are the inserts in the pockets.

I hope you all enjoyed looking at this mini project! 
Talk to you soon, Agnese.

Natalie - Happy

Hi everyone,

I'm back today with a 3rd layout from the March/ April Quirky Kits! 

Products used:

Main Kit:

Crate Paper Flourish - Calliope 12x12 Paper 
PFS Be You - True 12x12 Paper
PFS Be You - Die Cut Ephemera pack
PFS Be You - Fabric Tags 
PFS Be You - Leatherette Tags
PFS A Case of The Blahs - Flawsome 12 x 12 Paper
Websters Pages The Good Life - Natural Wrapping 12x12 Paper

Embellishment Kit:
PFS Be You - Wood Epoxy Buttons 

Previous Quirky Kit:
The blue mat behind the photo is a custom card from a previous kit.

For this layout I took inspiration from a sketch in the Quirky Kit Facebook Group (if you're not already a member, then why not!). 

I absolutely love woodgrain papers so I started off with that as my background and then decided to lighten up the page by layering white based papers.

I know some people say you shouldn't combine blue and green, but I did and I like it! I matted my photo on a light blue card, from a previous custom cards kit. I then added the script paper and the leaf paper. The green geometric strips are actually thin strips from where I trimmed the leaf paper.  

Around my photo I added my title which is a piece from the ephemera kit, on 3d foam pads. I added a fussy cut camera - I absolutely love the camera paper in the kit, I've fussy cut them all out and have them in a bowl on my desk and I just can't stop adding them to layouts, they're just so pretty. 
The flower puffy sticker is from my stash and then I added the rose gold leaf ephemera piece and a wooden button.

To the top right I added one of the fabric tags which I folded in half to make it look like a tab, and added a wood button and a leaf from the ephemera pack.

I always try to embellish in a triangle on my layouts, so I added another embellishment cluster to the bottom left of the layout. So I have a cluster in the bottom left, around the photo and the top right, which all include rose gold leaves, to bring the layout together.
I added another fussy cut camera, wooden button and a beautiful leatherette tag. 

I hope you like my layout and you are inspired to try one of the sketches in the group too. 

This layout has no real story and no journalling, which is unusual for me, but it was fun to just play with the beautiful products and not worry about the story! I have written the date and place on the back though for when I look back in the future.

Natalie x

Wake up....It's Time for School | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | March/April 2018

I took inspiration from the One Canoe Two paper in the main kit and as soon as I saw the banner pieces on the cut apart sheet, I knew straight away that this was going to form the main design of my layout.

I cut all the banner pieces from the paper and laid them across horizontally on the page creating a long banner. I then used this banner to add on some of the leatherette stickers along with a couple of wood buttons.

I secured all of this down with a small amount of double sided tape and ran it through my sewing machine a couple of times to firmly secure it to the white cardstock. I used a couple of different stitches to create some interest on this and left the end strings visible on the layout.

I loved the big moths on the same paper and so decided to fussy cut these out also and placed one to the left and one to the right of the banner.

I love the colours in these papers and the whole kit just compliments itself. I especially love the pops of navy in this kit and so the Thickers were going to work so well for this layout.

I added in some flat alphas from my stash in a coordinating navy colour and finished it all off with a little flourish of die cuts to the top left of my photo.

Give this layout a try.....If you have used this paper then try cutting some banner pieces from other papers in the kit and use those instead. 

See you all again really soon.

Claire xx

Explore | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | March/April 2018 Kit

I am having such a blast in the Facebook group by bringing you live scrap along videos. If you aren't already in the Facebook group then please come over and join us. I am to do a scrap along at least once every 2 weeks and its so much fun!!

So this layout is what I created during todays scrap along live.

I layered 2 patterned papers behind a piece of white cardstock (which I had trimmed down to 11x11). I just had these peeking out to the left hand side of my layout.

I went with a colour way of black and white and then added in splashes of green.

Green is my least favourite colour and try and avoid it when scrapbooking if I possibly can, however, using the papers behind the white cardstock enabled me to use it with only a peek of it showing.

If you wish to make the most out of your patterned paper then be sure to cut into the middle of your paper and just use the outer frame (unlike me on this occasion!)

I then fussy cut out the mason jar from the Twilight cut apart sheet and this enabled me to tuck in all those floral pieces underneath it. I mirrored the florals to the top right of the photo also and added a wood button to each cluster.

I even added a lone wood button to the bottom right of the page. This was strategically placed after having a little accident with the ink splatters that I had added. Whilst I was sticking my title down, I put my hand into the wet ink splatters and smudged them everywhere. Nothing a wood button cannot fix!!

I tried a technique on this layout also where I created my own patterned paper by using an offset of white card and repeat stamped a few of the sentiments from the Heidi Swapp stamp set all across the off cut. I made sure to have some of the stamps hanging over the edge also and placed this as the final layer underneath my photo. I love how this turned out and will be certainly doing this again - perhaps with different coloured inks?!

And here is the layout in its full glory. I hope you can join me next time for Facebook live inspiration!! Be sure to try out some of these techniques - especially using those stamps to make your own backgrounds!!

See you again soon.


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Hello everyone!
I am back with my 3rd layout using the March/April kit. This time I wanted to focus on the XO paper from Webster's Pages The Good Life collection called Hugs and Kisses.
When I saw this paper in the extra's store I knew I had to add another sheet to my basket  because it reminded me of noughts and crosses and that's exactly what I wanted to create. So here are the items I used and how I created my layout...

From the Main Kit
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - Ephemera Pack
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - Brave 12x12 patterned paper
  • Webster's Pages The Good Life - Hugs and Kisses 12x12 patterned paper
From the Lite Kit
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - True 12x12 patterned paper
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - Kind 12x12 patterned paper
From the Embellishment Kit
  • One Canoe Two Twilight - Wood Veneer embellishment pack
I started by gutting the middle out of the Webster's Pages XO paper as I wanted to save as much of that as possible for future layouts. That left me with a border which I adhered the B side of the PFS Be You Kind paper onto. 
I then cut half inch strips of the PFS Brave patterned paper (B-side) and adhered two vertically and two horizontally to form the noughts and crosses grid. 
From the XO paper I had gutted I cut out equal X's and O's and arranged them randomly in the grid squares, but making sure one of the rows was all X's.
I was then able to matt my photo onto the PFS True (B side) paper and mounted it with foam tape to make it stand out from my busy background.

Then came the embellishing. I used the mason jar and grateful wood veneers from the Twilight collection and placed a couple of pieces of ephemera behind it before I stuck it all down. Mason jar was also mounted on 3D foam tape.

Using some more of the ephemera from the main kit, I placed a journaling spot on the middle left square along with a couple of leaves, which I felt complimented my photo really well. I finished off by placing three wood veneer acorns in a triangle format and another leaf in the top right hand corner to complete my layout.

Soaking up the Sun

Hello everyone I can't believe we are on our second week since receiving the kits...that's madness! I have already made 3 12x12 layouts plus a project life page focusing on using the stamps, and have just pulled my kit out to create a layout focusing on the project life cards, which I am going to use in a different way (I hope lol)

Anyway, I is my 2nd 12x12 layout I created, and what I used. Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

The Main Kit:
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - True 12x12 patterned paper
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - Die cut ephemera pack
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - Brave 12x12 patterned paper
The Lite Kit:
  • Pink Fresh Studio Be You - Real 12x12 patterned paper
  • Crate Paper Flourish - Kate 12x12 patterned paper
  • Pink Fresh Studio The Mix #2 - Grey puffy alphabet (from Jan/Feb Main Kit)
I started this layout by fussy cutting most of the (bigger parts) flowers from the Pink Fresh Real patterned paper. Once I had done this I started to lay them down on the Crate Paper Kate paper trying to re-create the frame as best as possible. Before I stuck them all down I opened up the PFS ephemera pack and added in some more of the floral pieces as well as some of the leaves, a little bird, a journaling spot and a little tab for the date. I adhered them all down and then set to work on my photograph.
For the layers on my photograph, I used the PFS True patterned paper and also some of the Brave paper. I'm one of these people who find it hard to do "messy" layers so they are a quarter inch wide and a half inch wide. I popped my photo on top and then mounted the whole piece on some 3D foam tape to make it stand out from the busy background I had going on.
I finished up by using the PFS In the Mix #2 Grey puffy alphas from the Jan/Feb main kit to form my title "Soaking up in the sun" and placed the date tab on the top right hand of my photo.
That's it! Very effective but easy. The most time consuming part being fussy cutting the flowers, but if you pop on some tv or Netflix lol you'll find you've finished in no time!
I hope you like my layout as always I had fun creating it. You can find all of my layouts including my quirky kit ones on my Instagram: instamemories86 and also on the Crafty Templates gallery on the main website... I will be back next week with my 3rd layout. Until then...happy scrapping!!