Big Wheels!

Hello Ladies, it's Daphne again! How was your last week?! Well, I was busy because I did my second PDF of the layout class for UKScrappers (you can get it HERE) but today there is a quick LO for you with "The Milk Bar" Kit: Zennor Village

I altered the picture to go with the colours of the Kit (I think Shimelle did a tutorial for that). I really was fascinated by that big wheel at Zennor (West Cornwall) which was still working and I cut out a paper one to go on my layout!

And instead of covering the paper wheel with the journalling card I just slipped it behind it! The page protector will have a cut as well so you can easily get to the journaling!
Have a great week - August is nearly over, so enjoy it now! (And if it's raining, why not go inside and scrap?!)

What's Cooking?

Would you like a first peek at the new kits? Here's my working board for both upcoming kits out next month 'Hazelnut Coffee' and 'Rocky Road'.

I began back in June researching the colours of the autumn/winter 2011 season that Pantone predict and picked out the more muted tones along with a couple of jewel tones of golden yellow and orangey red as the colour palette. There are lots of blue and grey tones in the kit that are warmed up by a little golden yellow, red and the rich chocolate and black coffee browns. For me this ideally sets the tone of autumn in the UK. The grey days interspersed with the odd blue sky day but all the while it's brightened up by the jewel toned leaves on the trees. My favourite part of this new kit has been picking out some adorable kawaii letter sets & I've found some really cool embellishment  and journalling cards they add just the right kind of quirky twist to the altogether more 'grown up' look of these yummy Quirky Kits.
xx Leo

Some things in life are for free!

Hello Ladies, it's Daphne again and today I want to show you one of my favourite layout: It's a big-picture-LO and I really like doing these! From every adventure or trip I try to order at least one bigger picture which will cover more paper than it leaves blank!
And look those colours from "The Milk Bar" - how perfect is that?!

My Journalling this time can be found on the top of the page - normally I put down the date and the location, but this time it was the other way round; and the date is next to the title on another label from Elle's Studio! I think I'm in love with them! ;)

I added some flowers and the alphas are out of my stash as well, but looooook those tickets!!! They fit so very perfectly! And did you spot Leo's stitched heart from last week's post?! I did one as well! It's not that hard, why don't you try it?!
Finally, there is the sketch for this layout! We would love to see your creations, so why don't you link them in a comment?! Thanks for sharing them with us!

More ideas in book form!

Hi Leo here!

I've been busy making a little idea book/notebook. You can also use this as a mini book or a memorabilia book. It's a good way to use off cuts of papers so I've mixed up the last few pieces of paper from the last kit along with some of the new paper and bits and pieces from this months kit. This is a stitched book and I've used a sewing marching but you can hand stitch it together or use staples too.

OK so start with your cover. Pick a paper out and cut it to size, my book is going to be 6x8 inches so I've cut out two pieces of paper for my front and back covers to 6x8 inches. You also need to make a book spine so cut out another piece of paper to 2 inches wide by the length of your book so in this case 8 inches. Fold the paper in half then fold in both the edges towards the fold so you end up with your strip of paper with three folds in it.

Glue the paper pieces to the strip so the edge matches up to the first fold on each side of the strip.

This forms the cover of your book and it allows for lots of expansion inside. If you want to make your book thicker just make the spine wider.

Next cut out some pages you can make them different sizes but keep them under the size of your cover so in my case I've made my pages all smaller than 6x8 inches. Fold the pages in half then one at a time match the fold on the page to the fold down the middle of the spine and glue it down with a little bit of glue stick, you only need a bit down the center line just to hold it in place while you stitch it together.

As well as paper pages I've made a pocket from an envelope that I've trimmed down then sewn along the edge. I've glued that in so it's slightly overlapping the fold.

Keep adding the pages matching the fold down the middle of the paper page to the fold down the spine.

Here you can see how my pages are all different sizes.

For one of the pages I've sewn one of the strip journalling cards along the edge like a tab.

Once all your pages are together how you'd like them sewn down the fold of your book. Use the largest stitch on your sewing machine if you're using one. If you're hand stitching use three stitches one in the middle and the other either side of it down the fold. If you didn't want to sew it at all you can also use a stapler to staple along the spine - again use three staples one in the center and the others either side of it all equally spaced out.

Once it's fixed together it makes a nice little book. I like the look of the mixed up page sizes and you can be guided by how large or small your scraps are and not just having to find paper pieces large enough to make full size pages all the time.

After making the book I still had some off cuts too small to use as pages so I used them inside and to decorate the cover.

I added some of the stickers from the Sassafras journal stickers sheet to add a little more decoration to the pages.

I've added the ideas sticker to the front of my book along with the paper scraps and some washi tape.


The ideas sticker has a shaped backing on it that is perfect for using as a mask too so I used it inside my cover spraying over it with mists.

 The cross stitch fabric and thread in the lite kit this month is great to make your own cute and quirky embellishments. I'll share some more ideas using the cross stitch materials another time.

So there we go a cute little book ready to fill with ideas. I've always like to collect little inspiring bits and pieces from magazines or printed out from things I've seen online or things I've snapped photos of on my phone. Idea books are a great way to get your creativeness off the ground.

Have fun xx

'The Milk Bar' Quirky Kit - Sketch & Layout Ideas Book

Hello Ladies! Today I want to show you my 'Sketch & Layout Ideas' book! To decorate a book filled with blank pages to scribble in my ideas and sketches came first into my mind when opening up my "Milk Bar" kit and saw that thick and glittery chipboard sticker (and Leo did mention this idea as well, didn't she!?).
So here we go:
I bought a blank sketch book already a couple of weeks ago and started to layer some paper strips from the kit on it:

The big rectangle you can see in the first picture is the background paper of the 'ideas' chipboard!
After sticking these papers down with double sided tape I decorated the circle with the dragonfly and the button.
But when sticking down the big chipboard I thought: There is some pink missing! But where to attach it?! The pink thread came in mind!
So I sqeezed some glue (for that kind of work I always use Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive) around the chipboard and lined up the thread. Sticky fingers allert! The glue will dry clear so you won't see any mess!
There we go - enough pink on the cover now, right? And I added some more bling to the dragonfly circle!

Do you have a book where you can scribble in your ideas?! I never would have thought I need one, but some months ago I started drawing sketches and it was fun! I don't use every sketch I create, but most of them! So watch out for my next project - there will be a sketch with it!
Have a creative week!

"The Milk Bar" Quirky Kit - with Guest Designer Dapfnie!

Happy August everybody! Is it holiday time already?! Have you packed your bags heading to the beach?! We are still "stuck" in Dorset, but will have some days off to get the holiday feeling (and make pictures and scrap them).
Meanwhile I will show you my first layout I made with this month's Quirky Kit "The Milk Bar" and mixing in some of this month's Quirky Kit Lite 'Ice Pops'. It really was a challenge for me because those who know my style: I like it colourful! But - have a look at this layout! There's colour enough, right?!

I love the pinkish-purple PP by Sassafras - just the right colours for the flowers on my picture! As if this picture just waited for those paper ;)

The pink ribbon, (from the Quirky Kit Lite) has the perfect width to make those ruffled flowers! I added some paper flowers out of my stash and with a punched butterfly the perfect trio was arranged!

As I saw Elle's Studio handmade layers pennants I thought: they must flutter on my layout! And so they do, right?! I just used my bone folder to make those waves and glued it onto the page with two foam pads.

I just LOVE those clouds! They are perfect for every outdoor scrap page!
In the beginning I wasn't sure how to use the pink thread (I'm not a cross stitcher or embroiderer), but it kept my buttons and my cloud from falling off the page (wait until the next layout/project - there are more ideas coming!).

And as most of the time I used my sewing machine for attaching the paper - perfect with the pennants by Elle's Studio!