Final 'Just Saying' Challenge!

Here are the details for the fifth and final of the new weekly challenges. The current challenge is called:
Just Saying
Each challenge post features a different inspiring quote or saying to use in full or in part on your project.
How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week over the next five weeks, (this being challenge number 5). Each new challenge will be posted here in the Facebook Group and on the Quirky Kits blog for you to follow along with, (both the same details). Press on 'see all' under announcements to catch up with any you've missed here in the group.
Complete all the Just Saying weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all the challenges is January 26th 2020. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kits!
The final challenge saying to feature is below:

" because when you stop to look around, this world is pretty amazing"
Remember you need to include either a part or all of the saying on your finished project.
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Just Saying #5 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Just Saying challenge #5 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Just Saying challenge posts here on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo

Christmas album in a box!

This year I decided to go a little outside the box for my Christmas mini album. Well I guess it ended up inside the box in the end!!


I started out with supplies from the current Quirky Kits plus some bits and pieces left over from older kits:
The first thing I did was to cut out squares from my paper and card measuring 10cm square. I then sized my photos to fit these pieces, (my photos were no more than 7cm wide so two could fit on a 6x4 size photo)

 I then started to build up the pages on the squares so they came together like really little layouts!

My idea was to string them all together to be pulled from out the box so I also created some dangling bits of individual stickers and sticker clusters to add between the pages.
The box was made from 12x12 white card. To make the base I used a full sheet. I've added the step by steps to the images:
Snip off four of the triangular pieces.
For the lid I used a 6 1/4 inch piece of card to start.
Fold it up just like the base.
Box done!
Next job was to decorate the box. 
I used Thickers to decorate the lid and a square of patterned paper. I squished out a giant pool of the Nuvo and stuck in some tree embellishments. I was thinking like a snowy hill with trees but it's kind of like a gold glitter lake, works for me!
More is more on Christmas projects!
Next I created some squares of paper and card to decorate the four sides outside the box.
Inside the box I covered the sides with more patterned paper. Then I got to fixing my pages inside. I had one end of the string to fix on the bottom of the box that I didn't want to come unstuck so I trapped it in place with lots of foam squares.
To cover these over I used a sticker with a cut in it that allowed the string to slide into.
Next I just needed to finish adding the pages.

For the last page I added a pull tab made with a piece of folded ribbon trapped between two paper pieces.


Just Saying Challenges 3 & 4

Hope you had a good Christmas!

Here are the next two of the Just Saying Challenges.
Complete all the Just Saying weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all the challenges is January 26th 2020. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kits! You can find the two previous challenges here on the blog to catch up on if you need to.

The third quote to feature on a project is this one:
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."


Remember you need to include part or all of it on your finished project so for this one you could simple use the 'dance in the rain' part of the quote as a title. Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice. For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Just Saying #3 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it. For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Just Saying challenge #3 when you post it so I can find it. For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Just Saying challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog. Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com

Here's the forth challenge quote to use:
"Forever is composed of nows".

This one is a quote by Emily Dickinson. 
The final quote of the Just Saying challenges will be posted up next week. You'll have until 26th January 2020 to complete all the challenges.
Once you've finished your creation for challenge 4 upload it to your platform of choice. For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Just Saying #4 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it. For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Just Saying challenge #4 when you post it so I can find it. For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Just Saying challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog. Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com

Have fun! xx Leo

Just Saying Challenge #2

Here are the details for the second of the new weekly challenges.
The new challenge is called: Just Saying
Each new challenge post will feature a different inspiring quote or saying to use in full or in part on your project.
How it works: I'll post up details of each new challenge every week over the next five weeks, (this being challenge number 2). Each new challenge will be posted here and also in the Facebook Group to follow along with, (both the same details). Complete all the Just Saying weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all the challenges is January 26th 2020. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kits!

The second challenge saying to feature is a quote by Walt Disney: "Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age and dreams are forever."
Remember you need to include part or all of it on your finished project. Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice. For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Just Saying #2 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it. For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Just Saying challenge #2 when you post it so I can find it. For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Just Saying challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog. Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com

 Have fun! xx Leo

New Weekly Challenge - Just Saying

Hi Leo here, happy new kit time!
Here are the details for the first of the new weekly challenges. The new challenge is called:
Just Saying
Each new challenge post will feature a different inspiring quote or saying to use in full or in part on your project.
How it works:
I'll post up details of each new challenge every week over the next five weeks, (this being challenge number 1). Each new challenge will be posted here on the Quirky Kits blog for you to follow along with, (I'll also add the same details to the Facebook Group).
Complete all the Just Saying weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! The closing date to complete all the challenges is January 26th 2020. All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kits!
The first challenge saying to feature is below:
Your project can be anything you choose but it must contain at least one line from the saying above. Not sure where to start? I've also added some layout ideas here picked out from Pinterest that feature long titles or big journalling spaces to give more ideas for how you could work the words into your project. 




Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Just Saying #1 Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Just Saying challenge #1 when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below any of the Just Saying challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
I'll post up the rest of the new challenges every Sunday for the next four weeks.
Have fun!
xx Leo

Nuvo Ideas

Hi Leo here!

It's new kit time, hope you're enjoying opening your new goodies!!
Three of the latest kit have Nuvo drops in them and I did show some ideas in the kit booklet on how these can be used for not just dots. Here are some more ideas on how you can play with your Nuvo's!

If you think of your Nuvo Drops as you would a paint or a mixed media item rather than just as something to make dots with you'll get much more out of them. The main thing I've learned over the years using them is to not be afraid of actually using them! I have some that are about 3 years old and they don't work as good as when they were 'fresh' so I'd defo recommend not being too precious with them.

The main thing you need to do before you start using them is to tap out the air. Have a scrap bit of paper or card to get the liquid flowing freely from the bottle before taking it to your project. You can tap the bottle on your desk first too to discourage any air pockets or bubbles.
One satisfying thing to do is to use detail on a patterned paper and 'fill in' the pattern with your Nuvo's here I'm adding some to a sheet of the 'Winterscape' patterned paper from the Crate Paper Snowflake line, (there is a sheet of this in the current lite kits). You can see how on some if the details I'm just 'dotting' it out and on other pieces I'm 'colouring in' with it.

Another thing that's fun to do is to 'write' with them. If you've ever done any icing on biscuits or cakes it's pretty much the same principle. Make sure there's no air in the bottle before you start and then begin 'writing'. You could lightly draw your word in pencil first to follow over the top of. If you have word or letter stickers already you can 'write' over the top of those to give them a different colour or a glitter coating! Here I went over the top of the 'fun' word and also the snowflake sticker.

You don't need to waste the drops you've dotted out to get it flowing either. Take any undried bits and dab them over the tops of stickers or other embellishments you have to give them an iridescent or glitter highlight.



Get experimenting and see what other ways you can create with your Nuvo's!
xx Leo



Lift It Challenges 4 & 5

New Weekly Challenge - Lift It
Here are the details for the last two the new weekly challenges. Apologies for the post here being late. I thought the posts would be added automatically but Blogger obviously doesn't like working from my phone, back to the good old way with the PC! The challenge deadline is Sunday 30th November. 
The new challenge focuses on a different layout to scrap lift every week. You'll need to use at least three of the design elements from the featured page on your layout.
How it works: 
Complete all the Lift It weekly challenges to be eligible for an extra goody in your next kit box! All projects must be new projects made specifically for this challenge. You can use any stash you choose but it's a great opportunity to dig into your kit box!
Layouts 4 and 5 to scraplift are here:



You need to include at least three elements from the page. It doesn't need to be a direct lift, (copying everything you see). Pick out your favourite elements that make up the page design then swap and change in new things to make your layout personal to you.
Ready to get going with your own layout?
Once you've finished your creation upload it to your platform of choice.
For Instagram tag @craftytemplates and mention it's for the Lift It Quirky Kit challenge so I can find it.
For Facebook add it to the Quirky Kits Group - on the post for each new challenge or else mention it's for the Lift It challenge when you post it so I can find it.
For blog add a link to your project from your blog in the comments below this or any of the Lift It challenge posts on the Quirky Kits blog.
Or if you'd prefer to keep your project private you can email them directly to Leonora@craftytemplates.com
Have fun!
xx Leo