Wedding bells! ( part one )

Hello lovlies! 

Today I'm back as promised with my project life spreads! I have two to show ( one will be posted later this week ) as both are fairly simple as at the moment where having our home decorated! Who knew painting a few walls could be so messy, tiring and boring!?!


The paper used here is actually from the march April kit.. Oops, however I love using check papers and did feel really guilty for not having used it the month we got it. Matting my pictures, because why break the habit, I have used the Roselle Cardstock.


If look past the horrid selfies I have used the Nuvo drops to embellish and I think I went a little overboard on the whole layout however in this case it still works well. Again using the freckled fawn acrylic frame I snapped this into four small pieces and tooked it behind each photograph on the 3x4 cards. Sticking with freckled fawn I also used the puffy stars stickers.


Now I'm not sure if you can see but behind the lovely label there is a clear scallop piece, well that my fellow crafter is the protective film from the acrylic lawn fawn frames how cool is that, and as its really thin what I've done is just use a staple to secure it into place.

Also to embeliish I have used the wooden pieces followed with the celebrate gold foil stickers from the dancing on the ceiling kit... And everytime I see that kit I can't stop singing ' ooohhh what a feelinggggg, when we're dancing on the ceilingggg!' Haha!.

See you soon for part 2!

MelanieJoanne❤️



Scrapping Lite

I've got two layouts to share today, both made with the Cake Walk Lite Kit
Here's the first
 Yes we know how to party.... I love that pink background paper with the ombre tones. I thought the colours of the kit went very well with the Premier Inn decor but just had to add a  few touches (well a lot) of gold. I began by splattering some gold mist over the page. While that was drying I did the usual thing of when in doubt just chop bits from various papers and see what you think. I also chopped the menu card in half so I could put the journalling at the top. 


As I said, once I decided on more gold I really added more gold. I painted some gold glimmer mist onto some cardstock and when it was dry, added the three butterfly stickers and cut round them. 



I also added glimmer mist to the little house. The gold doily was a die cut that I chopped in half. I used the same gold foil card for the alphabet as the kit ones, though gorgeous were not gold enough!

 Finally, inspired by the Nuvo drops I got out my box of liquid pearls and stickles and added some gold, pink and green around the layout.

Here is page 2...
 This layout is based on a sketch but very cleverly I can't find the notes I made of where the sketch is from. I felt like doing a bit of mixed media background so added some Raspberry distress ink to some texture paste and threw in a little bit of glitter
while that was drying I painted circles on my paper with a sage colour mist and a silver wink of Stella pen. I also die cut some hearts using various papers - these were edged with Spruce distress ink and I highlighted all of the little "x" shapes with the silver pen (yes it did take a long time!) Oh yes, the lovely wee doves also got the silver pen treatment. 

Finally it was time to put it all together adding some of the cardstock labels for fun.
 I layered it all up and wrote my journalling. I used the alphabet from the kit but added in some old stickers for half the title as this alphabet doesn't include numbers.


 

THIS IS US

Hey lovelies I'm back again with another 12x12 layout to show you. (Keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming project life layout). 

Today I thought I'd share my latest page starting of with an aerial shot of layout. 


Starting off with title I just wanted something more, something simple that I hadnt used before. So looking through all the silly photographs of me and my cousin I just though 'This Is Us' we're always acting about and being silly together so this title just finished off a wonderful week spent with one 
another.


The background I have created I wanted to do something different and challenge myself to use more than one paper so here I have used Amy tangerine sure thing, dear Lizzy Saturday paper and rosette. For the background I laid down the sure thing paper and with the off cut I turned it over and placed that on top, with other sheets I cut out half circles and made a scollop border.




Let's talk clusters!. Clusters big or small are a group of embellishments put together randomly or if your more of a precise crafter then you'll probably spend ages finding everything to match and securing them in the 'right' place. I love little wooden embellishment and these leaves match with one of the patterned papers used in the background. On my last layout you saw me cut the carpe diem Expoxy metal pins up and use it as a flair, well today I've done the same thing with this little bird and I've just tooked it onto the photograph above. The today banner sticker was used from the Mambi Planner  sheet and finishing both clusters of I used the amazing midnight blue Nuvo drops.


The final finishes were the Nuvo drops to the corners to just give it more oomph and the fact that I have fallen in love with these may have something to do with it ;), and also I have edged the page in a black biro.

MelanieJoanne❤️


 




Duck-Duck

Hello everyone, it's me again!
As I mentioned in a previous post about a month ago now, we got a puppy and you may be seeing lots of future layouts featuring her. Yep, here she is with her favourite toy (which is actually a pigeon) Duck-Duck.

Here's the items I used to create this layout:

From the main kit:

  • Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life 11am Patterned Paper
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops - Midnight Blue
From the Lite Kit:
  • Freckled Fawn Grey Puffy Alphas
From the Embellishment kit:
  • Black & White striped buttons
  • Carpe Diem Reset Girl pack of 3 Washi Tape
  • Freckled Fawn 32 Puffy Star Stickers
  • MAMBI Sticks - My Life stickers
  • My Minds Eye Yes Please Stickers
From the Extra's Store:
  • Nuvo Crystal Drops Sweet Lilac
Here's how I created my layout with the above products:


 I started by cutting the Amy Tangerine paper in half diagonally and adhering it to the bottom left hand corner of my 12x12 sheet of white cardstock. Then came the most time consuming part of the layout the Nuvo dots. (I actually started this layout before bed one night so I could allow the Nuvo drops to dry properly overnight) I followed the cut of the patterned paper and alternated between the midnight blue and the sweet lilac drops and I love the effect.
When I woke up in the morning and went to finish my layout they were perfectly dry, no adhesive needed! I then trimmed my photo's and used a thin piece of double-sided tape to attach them together before sticking them in the centre of my page, making sure they were halfway on the white cardstock and halfway on the patterned paper. Then...came the embellishing.
I started with the title using the Freckled Fawn grey puffy alpha's from the lite kit (I need these alphas in every colour possible!) To make the hyphen - I cut one of the Q's up as I never use the q's and it worked great!  I then laid down several strips of the Carpe Diem Reset Girl washi tape under the photo's and used a few of the MAMBI my life stickers, one on the washi tape, one at the side of the bottom photo and one on the photo itself, pointing to Enya's duck.

I used some of the gold arrows from the My Minds Eye Yes Please sticker sheet which I placed on the photo's and also the large heart sticker on the right hand side. The smaller gold heart sticker I placed on one of the black and white striped buttons and this made it look like a flair badge..love it!
I finished my layout by using a few of the Freckled Fawn puffy star stickers and Hey Presto!

After doing a more complicated layout with my previous post, the mixed media one, I wanted to keep this one a little more simple. I contemplated doing some journalling to explain this is Enya's favourite toy, but I didn't know where to put it and didn't want to risk messing up my layout so I decided against it. The layout is pretty self-explanatory anyway.

I hope you like my layout, I will be back soon with a Project Life style layout.
Until next time...Happy Scrapping Everyone x

Sleepover Selfies!

Hello lovelys, I hope your all having a wicked time using this months kits, I mean how fantastic are all these papers and embellishments we have to play with!

As the kids have had time of school this meant my little cousin decided to move into mine for a week!. So while she has been here many pictures were take and using the snapchat app we had a right laugh with all the different things you could turn yourself into! 

For this layout I have used all red different kits so below I'm just going to list what I used so then I can get into how I created this look.

Hooray Main Kit:
BAZZILL Basics Roselle Cardstock (which is absolutely stunning!)
Pink Paislee Take Me Away Wooden Veneer Ephemera 
Freckled Fawn Acrylic Frames
Mint Wooden House Embeliishments
Tonic Nuvo Drops Midnight Blue

Cake Walk Lite Kit:
Freckled Fawn Puffy Alphas - Grey

Dancing On The Ceiling Embellishment Kit
Carpe Diem Expoxy Metal Clips



Oopps- sorry not sorry Leo! After I had backed my photos in the Roselle Cardstock I wanted to start creating my embelishment clusters and to do this I used the metal clips from the carpe diem collection. However I didn't want the clip part to cover my photograph so I cut it carefully and took the clip off, obviously saving that part later in case it came in handy.


Just above the image of me and my cousin being little cute animals I started my first cluster and as you can see I have used the freckled fawn acrylic frame in bright yellow, and I also snapped this frame in half so I can use it on my second cluster to bring them together. To finish of this embellishment bundle I used the Nuvo drops, which before this kit I haven't tried and I didn't know what to expect however there really easy to use I am investing and getting them in every colour! There perfect to add a little pop of colour to your page!



Cluster number 2 I couldn't wait to use these tiny little mint houses, There so cute and seen as though she slept at mine for the week I thought it was a brilliant opportunity to use it! The second half of the frame is again tucked under the photograph bringing both clusters together and finishing off with those Nuvo drops which again look great!, and not forgetting the arrow from the pink Paislee collection it not only points to title, and the fact I love using arrows colour is almost identical to the Roselle paper so once again for me it's about bringing the layout and the colours together.


Thickers and Alphabet stickers are my favourite thing to put onto a layout becuase a title for me is what makes the layout complete. Here I used the freckled fawn grey puffy alpha stickers and I have named it 'Snapchat selfies'. What I also liked about these is that they are repositionable and don't really make a mess of the paper if you haven't stuck it in the right place. There is noting worse that than trying to re-line up stickers that have jumped out of your hand and tearing the page, so these puffy alphas get a 10/10 from me.


An Ariel shot of my layout hopefully shows you how sometimes you don't need much to make an outstanding piece for your album. The background paper from dear lizzy Saturday I cut into four triangles and using my favourite side I used two and created a background that I've never tried before. 

Stick around for more uploads from me and the team! Have a nice day :) 

MelanieJoanne❤️




Using your kits and introducing some mixed media into your layouts

Hey everyone!
Can you believe we are a couple of days away from September? That's Crazy!

For my first layout from the July/August quirky kit I thought I'd mix things up a little bit (you may have noticed I like to do this)
Mixed media has taken the crafting world by storm whether it be simply using paints and inks or something a little more time consuming and messy, like using gesso and texture paste.
Now I am no expert by any means and still class myself as a noob when dabbling in mixed media..but every now and then I like to have a go (it is the only way to learn right?)
So here is my layout, what I used and how I came up with the end result.

Items Used

From the Main Kit:

  • Bazzill Roselle Cardstock
  • Pink Paislee Take Me Away #13 Patterned Paper
  • Pink Paislee Take Me Away Wood Veneer Embellishment Pack
  • Photoplay Fun with Friends Rosettes Patterned Paper

From the Lite Kit:

  • Kaisercraft Butterfly Stickers Pack

From the Embellishment Kit:

  • Freckled Fawn 32 Puffy Star Stickers
  • MAMBI Sticks My Life stickers
  • Dear Lizzy Good Vibes Thickers
 How I created my layout
I started by using a rose heart stencil I had cut from my Silhouette onto card. You can find the stencil here: I then used some of my liquitex texture paste and a plastic art spatula and scraped the texture paste over the stencil picking up the excess paste with the spatula scraping it a few times. I then picked up the stencil and repeated the process in a diagonal pattern. Once this had dried I made up a couple of mists using Martha Stewart pearlescent paints and water in a small mini mister bottle and sprayed over the hearts. I picked up the excess paint by dabbing it with a paper towel and then using the hairdryer (because I'm impatient) to dry the rest. Please note this does warp your paper a little bit and I should have used some gesso first. When I had got my desired look I set about adhering the butterflies where I wanted them. I folded the butterflies in half and used a tiny bit of super strong red liner tape just on the thorax so the wings were dimensional and stood off the paper somewhat.
I then set to work matting and laying my photo. I wanted to make a colourful layout and I find a black and white photo always stands out more when doing this.
I first matted my photo onto the Bazzill Roselle Cardstock then onto the Photoplay Fun with Friends Rosette patterned paper and finally I cut apart the pink and yellow part of the Pink Paislee Take me Away #13 patterned paper (B side)
I then began to embellish. I started with my title. I used the Pink Paislee Take me Away wood veneer arrow and heart embellishments, putting the heart on the rosette paper and drew around it and adhered it to the heart (I love to paper piece) Then using the Dear Lizzy Good Vibes thickers I spelled out my Love Us title, loving the way the bold black letters help to bring in the black butterflies too.
Finally using some more of that gorgeous rosette paper I cut 3 strips and attached one of the Freckled Fawn puffy star stickers to the end of each one.
TA DAAAA! Layout complete!
I panicked with my stencilling and texture paste a bit whilst I was doing it and messed up a little in the bottom right hand corner, but you can't see it cause that's where my photo went (even I mess up lol) but remember we can always cover it up and sometime our mistakes can be happy mistakes...meaning they could actually improve our layouts in a way we hadn't intended.

I hope you like my layout and feel adventurous enough to try your hand at using some mixed media with your quirky kits.
Until my next post, Happy Scrappin Everyone x

Creative Class #1 - Featuring Cake Walk and Dancing on the Ceiling Quirky Kits

Hi Leo here.

From this month I'll be uploading some free creative classes you can download and keep on your device, (smart phone/tablet/Kindle etc) or print out. I've set them to the same size as the Simple Sketches booklets so if you do print them off at home you'll be able to store them with your booklets.

You can use as much or as little of the class to create with as you want to take away. There's some tips in the steps you'll be able to take away and use as basic principles to build other pages too. In this first class items from the Lite kit 'Cake walk' and the embellishment kit 'Dancing on the Ceiling' have been used.

Here's the finished sample layout:


And here's the step by step to download in PDF format: http://www.craftytemplates.co.uk/JulyAugust2016QuirkyKitCreativeClass1.pdf

If you play along leave a link to what you make on the Quirky Kits Facebook Group, (for subscribers only) or via Instagram tagging @craftytemplates or upload your page to UK Scrappers and leave a link in the comments bellow.