Cyber Crop Challenges and Classes

Over on the Facebook Group today we're cyber cropping and there are a bunch of challenges and classes to follow along with popping up over the weekend. If you want to join us we're here:
If you can't join in over the weekend all the downloads I'm adding them here on the blog too as we go along so you can download and keep or print them off ready for when you get your scrapping time to play :)

Class One: 4 Squared, creating a layout with paper scraps and random embellishments,

Challenge One: Sketch Challenge, Creating a layout based on the sketch provided,

Class Two: Concertina Box Minibook. Create a minibook in a box keepsake following along with the class instructions,

Challenge Two: Lists, Create a layout based on your favourites right now,

Class Three: Stripes, a layout class about simple design principles you can use over and over.

Challenge Three: Alpha Sticker Mix Master. Every scrapbooker has random alpha stickers to use up so this challenge is all about becoming a mix master!

Thursday Challenge

Hi, here's another Thursday Challenge for you. Don't forget too there's the cyber crop this weekend over on the Quirky Kit Facebook Group,

Here's today's challenge:

Make a layout about something you cherish
-Use your favourite colours.
-Feature something you've created/homemade
-Use florals or something else beautiful found in nature as an embellishment.

Don't forget to share anything you've made, leave a comment to a link or post up on Instagram tagging @craftytemplates or on the Facebook group.

x Leo

Hey everyone,

I'm back with my second layout using the Jan/Feb Quirky kit, and again I used a geometric pattern.

I was inspired by this lovely paper in the main kit by Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams called Delightful.
I cut out colourful triangles mainly from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day "Tag You're It" paper in the main kit, because I wasn't a big fan of the sentiments on the cut apart tags but I loved the colours. 
I then spent quite some time trying to decide how to lay out the coloured triangles, whether to cover the whole page, or just one side etc. In the end I decided to form a triangle at the top of the page and another at the bottom to draw the eye to the photo in the centre.

I matted the photo with a thin piece of the blue paper from the Chasing Dreams Maggie Holmes "Lovely" B side. 

I then added this beautiful rose ephemera piece from the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day ephemera pack, in the embellishment kit. 
Along with a Quirky Kit exclusive cut-apart arrow from the embellishment kit, and a silver mirror acrylic heart sticker from the main kit. 
I love the Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams paper titled "Memories" from the Lite Kit, because the cameras are just calling out to be fussy cutted! 

To complement the rose on the left hand side of the photo, I found a sheet of paper in the Dear Lizzy Lovely Day 6x6 pad (not included in the kit), which has the same rose at the same size, so I fussy cut out another to add to the other side of the photo. And added another two of the exclusive cut-apart arrows.

Finally I worked on my title. I knew I wanted to keep this layout quite whimsical and that the teal thickers would be too much for the whole title, so I used some white puffy letters from my stash to spell out "class" and used the teal thickers for the number 6. To give the title something to sit on, I used a Quirky kits exclusive green geometric heart embellishment and another of the acrylic mirror hearts.

I hope you like my layout! I haven't added any journalling to this layout which I normally always do, but I know I will be making many more layouts and project life pages about this class, so I'll journal on those.
P.s. I have permission to share photos from this summer camp online. 

Thank you for looking!
Natalie xx

Love These Girls

Hey everyone, hope you are keeping well.
I'm back with my first layout created with the beautiful Jan/Feb Quirky Kits! 
I've created another two today, so look out for more layouts from me coming soon!
The latest kit has a lot of geometric aspects, and as I haven't done any geometric layouts before I decided to challenge myself to try it on each layout!

I started with this lovely heart paper (Echo Park Just Be You collection), from the Prismatic main kit. 
The first thing I did before I even knew what photo I was going to use was to stitch around 3 of the triangles with pink, yellow and green embroidery thread. 

I then decided which photo to use. I really liked the green, blue and pinky tones of the papers and stickers, they reminded me of a jungle, and I thought of this photo of me in China with the lovely green trees in the background. 
I matted my photo, which I printed with a white border, onto a piece of paper from Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams called Delightful. 
For my title I used the word love from the Dear Lizzy ephemera pack, which was in the Rhombus embellishment kit, and the lovely glittery teal thickers from the main kit. 

For my embellishments I added 3 clusters, one next to the title, one in the top left, and a small one above the photo. 
All of the embellishments next to the title came from the Echo Park Just Be You sticker sheet from the main kit, but I used foam tape to create some depth, and folded up the butterfly wings.

I added a similar cluster to the top left, including one of the geometric heart embellishments, exclusive to Quirky kits. 

I used one of the exclusive hexagon embellishments which said work/play and cut it in half and put it above and below the photo, along with another butterfly.

Finally I journalled around the outside of the heart. 

I hope you like my layout, and it gives you some inspiration.
Natalie xx

True Friends | 12x12 Layout | ScrappyNerdUK | March 2017

I love love love this kit. I couldn't wait to really get working on some 12x12 layouts and I am really pleased to be sharing with you my newest layout.

I've been watching some YouTube videos recently for inspiration and stumbled across Paige Evans using a "stamping off" idea where you masked an area that you didn't want to stamp and then stamped in the areas you did, leaving your masked off area unaffected.

So I used some inks from my stash (a light pink and light mint) to complement this kit and I used a random bunch of stamps.

I then removed the mask and it left a completely crisp line. I then decided to add some stitching around my masked area and used white embroidery thread for a tone on tone effect. This created a really soft look but you can try it with darker inks for a more bold, bright look. Try to match the ink pad you use with your papers.

I absolutely love tearing paper and the effect it gives. I use scissors or a trimmer to trim around the layers that I use behind my photo and I tear the bottom edge of the papers to create the look as detailed in the photo.

I decided to pop this up on some fun foam for a bit of height, to create a nice shadow underneath the layers.

Do you recognise the shape of the image that I masked off?

I used the heart paper from the kit for another project and I used it to trace around after I had fussy cut it out. I used this as a template to create this layout. I loved the straight lines of the heart and thought it would look perfect with the stamping off technique I was going for in this layout. I added some Thickers from the kit for the title - True Friends. I also used the acrylic shapes, a couple of the rubber embellishments and the gorgeous sequins as accents. I finished this off with a label tucked just underneath my photo to the bottom left. I added a tiny word sticker from my stash and a couple of teeny enamel hearts from my stash to complement this all.

I really hope this brings you some inspiration and I would definitely recommend giving the stamping off technique a go. If you're unsure how, then you can head on over to YouTube where there is a process video for this one and you can follow along with me.

See you all again really soon.


Texture and Layering Ideas

Hi, Leo here!

I've been posting some of the cards I'm making this month following the Daring Card Makers challenges to Instagram. Today I wanted to share a couple of ideas I've been playing around with. Making cards for me is a good way to play around with ideas I can then move over to scrapbooking. It's good to grab a stack of card blanks, (I make my own with spare card and my paper trimmer with the score blade in, easy as pie and you can even use up some of the heavier card weight patterned papers you have) and grab your stash and start just layering and messing around with the bits and pieces. A challenge is also a good way to help narrow down what you're using and that's what started off these two cards for me.
This week the Daring Cardmakers challenge is to create a card that features rough and smooth elements. So I sat with my Jan/Feb kit stash in front of me and thought about what to do. My first thought was to create some texture on the plain heart shapes but then I had a second thought and decided to add the texture to the stickers and keep the plain hearts the smooth elements. I cut out the stickers from the sheet and rolled them through a swiss dot embossing folder and my cuttlebug to add the texture.

The paper pieces were all scraps that were similarly sized and I then just trimmed them to be uniform and layered the three together to make into one piece with doublesided tape on the back. With them all coming from the kit and already being matched up I didn't really need to think about what matched but I did pull together all the coral/orange embellishments. That's another good way to help you pick out what you want to use just sticking to two or three colours. The "It's Your Day" bit was cut out from the Pink Paislee #16 paper from the Lite kit. 

This next card I made for last week's challenge which was a picture challenge you can see the picture here. Lots of the elements in the picture were black and white so I pulled out the black and white stripe bit of the Pink Paislee #16 paper and then I went into my other kit leftover stash to pick out more black and white elements. The picture had wooden furniture too so I picked out some wooden bits and pieces to use.

The embellishment kit this month has these mini transparency cards I've been thinking of ideas for. I picked one out to work into the card as it reminded me of the square windows in the image. I thought to use it as a layer to raise the title stickers over the top of the embellishments. To add it to the card I used some mini pegs and some of the super sticky tape to fix the pegs to the card then the transparency is fixed to the pegs to create the dimension off the card surface. That super sticky tape is really sticky, it even stuck itself to my desk! I wanted it to be good for sticking little embellishment bits down like wood veneer and rubber shapes and things like chipboard Thickers that don't always want to stick to pages. It does the job and then some! 😃 It's supposed to be crystal clear too so you can use it with sheer and clear embellishments.

Check out the new Daring Cardmakers challenges there's a new one every Friday and see what you can come up with. It's a great way to just get started with your supplies and if you're anything like me once you get started and get the playing bug it's pretty difficult to stop cutting and sticking!
x Leo

A wooden layout

I was intrigued to find the wood veneer sheet in my kit this month (the awesome Prismatic main kit, now sold out) and then decided it was the perfect host for my vanity project page! Et voila

 I've been a Church Minister for 24 years now (yes, I'm old!) and last summer changed jobs which means wearing a clerical shirt and dog collar much more often. So I decided to start an Instagram # to look at what I wear. It turns out I'm not in a shirt in all the photos but almost all of them show my love of 50's style skirts and dresses. It has become a real thing where I live that people are interested in what is on my skirt today! 

I picked out a fair few photos that I thought might work. I tend to take photos on my phone or Ipad and then transfer them to Instagram which is why I have copies! When I printed them out, two per 6x4 photopaper, some of them were not the right size for the circles so I was left with these. I always wanted a balance of photo and papers/decoration so that worked.

Looking at the clothes and the house can you tell what my favourite colour is?
Yup, it is red. There wasn't that much in the kit so I found what I could in the stickers and papers, added black (the other colour I spent most of my time in) as well as pops of yellow because yellow makes me happy too!
I traced around the outside edge of the circles onto the photos and the chosen papers then trimmed them out, stuck them down and trimmed again as I don't think I got it totally right the first time once!

The patterned paper circles were vehicles for my embellishments - mostly popped up on foam pads, and the journalling strips. Those lovely Thickers were just too big so I found some little Maggie Holmes letter stickers in my stash and used them instead. 
The Pink Paislee mirror acrylic star and heart were the final additions.
It was such fun playing with the wood veneer and I don't think I would have tried it if it hadn't been in the kit :)