Beep Beep Joy

Hey, Leo here!

I've been delving into the Jan/Feb kits. One of the challenges I set in the Four for February challenges in the Facebook group was to create a title with patterned paper and I've had that in my head to do since then. So that was my starting point for this layout. Everything after that kind of flowed organically!

I started off with pieces I have from the main kit. I don't have a complete kit so I supplemented with some of the Amy Tan watercolour tags from the embellishment kit and a few cards from the Custom Card kit. I picked out the two red papers to use first. To start off with I filled one of the Pinkfresh frames with some of the camera paper.

Then I grabbed the Pink Paislee paper sheet and cut out some of the designs that worked with my photo. At this point I'm not 100% sure I'll use all of them but I've cut them out and I'll play around with them as the layout builds up.
The watercolour tags I liked because you can add in your own colour. I decided to go with a light blue to accent the blue heart on the Pinkfresh frame I've already picked out to use. I used a water soluble crayon I had, scribbling some onto a scrap piece of paper then lifting off the colour with a wet paintbrush and painting over the design so the resist pattern comes through. You'd need to use watercolour type paint on these I think as the resist looks like a wax so acrylic would stick although it might work if you buffed off the paint when it dried. The pack comes with two of each design so there are some to experiment with!
Next I hand cut out my title. I sketched the letters on the back of the patterned paper first then flipped the letters once cut out.
Once the letters were cut out I played around with the position on a card background. I wanted the edges of the letters to look a bit neater so I added some stitching around the edges. The thread from last years May/June kit matches this Pink Paislee paper so it was a nice happy accident!

Once I'd finished with the stitching I played around a little bit more with the title. I've added some of the puffy alpha stickers and the other pieces are the cuts outs from the Pink Paislee paper. The title looked too floaty so I added one of the long stickers across the bottom and then added some of the Echo Park paper above that.
Next I needed to get my photo down. I backed it with some black cardstock first then added it uner my title. I've started to tuck the embellishment bits I picked out under the side. The blank tag is from the Lite kit I think, I don't have full kits to use so I'm having to mix and match a bit! I'm going to add my journalling to that last.
Next I've added two of the Custom Cards alongside my photo, I've used these like I'd use a patterned paper. I picked out the blue one to work again with the powder blue accent I've got going on. I've used the same angle as the title to kind of keep that flowing into the photo.
Now I'm adding the embellishment bits I've made clustered over the top of the cards. I'm using my trusty glue stick because it gives that little window of time to be able to play around with the positioning before it sticks permanently.
I have the main kit sticker sheet to use so I've grabbed some of those to add more embellishment.

This is what I've got so far. The thing that was bugging me was the white space in the bottom left corner so in the end I decided to fill it up with one of the cut out pieces from the Pink Paislee paper. The colour of that one also echoed the colour of the title so I think it helped to bring the two halves together.

 Finally! One finished layout:

Hope you're having fun with your new kit box! xx Leo

Best Day Ever | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | November/December 2017

It's me again!!

Just playing catch up with sharing inspiration from November/December kit. These layouts can easily be adapted to use the contents of the current kit so don't be afraid to try something like this with the kit you're currently working with. 

One of my favourite things to do is to create a circle of embellishments. It really frames the photo nicely. So I had lots of scraps of paper left so I decided to punch these out using a 2 inch circle punch and overlapped these in a circular pattern.

I then added some kites and flowers to a few areas around the circle to create some more interest. 

I fussy cut the title from the Maggie Holmes Carousel patterned paper and mixed it up with the alphas from Freckled Fawn (its a great way to use up alphas when you don't have enough letters left to make a whole title).

This was all placed onto a black cardstock background and I added a few star wood veneers from my stash and finished it all off with some journalling using a white Signo gelly roll pen (which I believe was in the previous kit).

Give this a go and see what you can create. I'll see you again soon for some more inspiration.


Beach Boys | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | November/December 2017

Hey i'm back!! Told you I would be....

Just playing catch up with my layouts for the blog and bringing you one of my faves from the November/December kit...

So when you are low on patterned paper, grab some tags and make some embellishment clusters to use on a plain cardstock background. I just used some manilla tags from my stash and set to work by fussy cutting the kites and the flowers from the Maggie Holmes Carousel papers (which I absolutely love) and just started layering these onto the tags.

I then added in some ephemera, stickers, word phrases and just kept building the clusters on the tags to create 5 in total for this layout. These tags are a great way of using up left over embellishments and storing them away for when you might be in a scrappy slump or when you want to make a quick layout.

And I layered these so they were cascading down the page in a diagonal order, adding twine to the tags that didn't overlap the photo. I then added my title using the amazing Freckled Fawn alpha stickers from the kit and a few splashes of White Heidi Swapp Colour Shine from my stash and hey presto!! This layout came together in super quick time and I love the finished look (is is ok to say I love the finished layout overtime?!).

See you all again really soon for some more layouts using previous/current kits.

Claire x

Rainbow Layout | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | Mixture of leftovers from previous kits

Hey everyone,

So i've been so busy creating, its left little time to write my blogs!! I'm so sorry but I am back here and raring to share what I have been making for you all.

So I created this layout during a Facebook live video over on Quirky Kits group and I had such fun making it.

 So I was coming to the end of the previous kit (Sep/Oct) and really only had odd embellishments left. So I grouped all of what I had left from previous kits and decided to combine them all to make a rainbow layout. This is one of my favourite things to do!! So I found all of the red/pink/yellow/green and blue stickers, tags, ephemera, enamel dots and chipboard that I had and started grouping them together in colour order.

I placed the photo in the centre of the white cardstock and set to work by having "strips" of embellishments going vertically down the page, leaving some white area around the whole edge. I started with the bigger embellishments and filled in the smaller gaps with the little pieces of ephemera (this was satisfying to get them used up!) and then adding in the small stickers until the whole strip was complete for each colour. I didn't really worry about where I was placing them or whether they were overlapping. In my opinion it is best to just go with it and enjoy the process and to not get bogged down in the detail too much.

And the finished layout is here. I love rainbow layouts so I knew I was going to love this no matter what it was going to finish looking like. It has lots of random ephemera and stickers (flamingos next to clouds next to cameras next to ampersands) and I just loved the colour and playfulness that it doesn't matter on the relevance of the ephemera/stickers.

I hope this brought you some inspiration and if you do want to give this a try then be sure to head on over to Instagram and tag me @scrappynerduk and @craftytemplates in with the #quirkykits so we can see your creation.

See you really really soon!!!!