Participation in Advent Calendar Swap

Hello everyone,

One of my goals this year was to participate in various swaps due to the fact that I was caught up with my project life albums and other projects, so I didn't have anything else to work on. This months swap was the Advent Calendar and the idea was that I create 19 envelopes with the number 15 and other four with the number 23. Then after that, I send the parcel with these envelopes to the swap moderator and she sorts it and sends back the ready made advent calendar.

I thought that as I still have many bits left from the kit and I have loved working with it as well. I used it to decorate the envelopes in the swap. However, I had to pull some number stickers from my stash. Here are the finished envelopes that I sent. 

Mainly I used my dies to cut out various shapes, but at the same time I cut out some flowers or leaves and of course I used a bit of stamping, which I love.

I hope you enjoyed this post even though it was a quick one, Agnese.

#Forever Strong Crew

Hello everyone,

Continuing with the theme of my previous posts I am still working on scrapbooking my graduation day, but I promise this is the last layout, as I wanted to ensure that every part of that event is included in our project life album, but didn't want that it takes up the whole album.

The materials used to create this layout was again from Scots Pine Lite and Willow main kit. Actually out of all layouts I have done this month, this one was my favourite to make and the look of it as well.

The first thing I did was to select the papers I used behind the picture based on the three colours - black, navy and pink. After sorting the placement of the photo and the background, I started to work on embellishing it. So the idea behind all the die cut flowers came from the Pinkfresh die cut pack.

The final step was to work on the title, similar to the previous traditional 12x12 layout. As one of the papers is black, I thought it is a good idea to use black word thickers in the kit.

I hope you enjoyed this post and love this layout as much as I do, Agnese.

Quick Scrapbooking with the Lite Kit

Hi Leo here!

Today I want to share a layout created with the 'Scots Pine' Quirky Kit Lite. With the last 3 lots of kits we've had I've tried to put together kits to make it quicker for you to create pages to try to combat the 'I can't get time to have a crafty play'. The custom cards and sheets in the kits are designed to co-ordinate with everything in your kit as well as an aid to create pages really fast because you're not having to cut up paper to mix and match, they're a great grab and go embellishment. They also work as journalling spots and breaks for titles.
I've done some step by step photos to share how I've worked with the cut apart sheet from the Scots Pine lite kit on this layout.

OK so to begin with I've cut apart one of the sheets to give me nine little cards.

Next I've cut a 5.5" wide strip from the Sierra paper, (the part with the yellow stripes). Then I've cut out a 4.5" strip from the Morland paper, (the part with the blue paint on the flowers).

Then I've cut a 3" strip from Morland  to use the side with the blue flecks pattern. 

 Then I've spliced them all together to make a full 12x12 sheet. I added glue along the edge of one paper then added the next on top. I've used a sheet of 12x12 cardstock just sat underneath like a template to get the edges of the papers to be square as I'm gluing them together.

That's my background sheet done. You could just as easily use a full sheet if you wanted to, I just couldn't decide which of the bits of the papers I wanted to use so I've cut apart the bits I wanted to use and put them altogether.

Next I've cut apart my photos. For this layout I've got six small photos. These have been made by adding three photos to a 4x6 size photo sheet before printing. You can do this with photo tools like Google Photo using the collage option really easily. If you have photos to use already you can cut them apart to make a shutter effect dividing them into threes or fours.

OK next I've picked one one of the cards and glued it to the layout so it's between where the black dots on the paper start and finish.

Then I've glued one of the photos on top.

I've just carried this on working across my page from right to left.

Now I just need to add some title details to my page. I've picked out the titles from the sticker sheet in the kit that work best for my page. I've added one to the right edge, just because this is where I ended up with space in my layout. I also like how it's sat where the dots finish as it leads the eye into the photos/title.

To 'ground' the title, (I say ground a lot and I just mean to stop something looking like it's floating around a page) I've gathered together the three remaining cards and just fanned two out to make a background for my title then the final one with the leaf pattern which didn't fit with my layout I've just flipped it over to use the journalling side instead. This fanning out of the cards could be another way to create a layout background if you have one photo instead of the split up lots of smaller photos.

Next I've pulled out the Gather foil stickers from the kit and just added some to the cards alongside the photos.

Then finally I've got the Nuvo dots from the kit and added some copper dots to compliment the black ones already on the paper. These also work to tie in the copper coloured stickers.

Tada, one finished layout! It took about 30 minutes, if that to create my layout and I was writing up my step by step and photographing as I'm going along so if I skipped that part it'd have been even less time spent. I still got the same sense of satisfaction too. This kit really does make it really quick and easy to create a page! I'm a total procrastinator too so if I can do a quick layout, anybody can! Get your kit out of the box if it's still sat there and get creating. The biggest hurdle is always making that first step to getting started. ;)😉

xoxo Leo

Fun Friends

Hey guys......December already?

Here's a layout I recently made, the kit was quite autumnal in colour scheme, but the photo I chose to use is from a summer trip.

I loved all of the Maggie Holmes Gather collection that we received and the pretty pink floral paper was my favourite. I didn't manage to pick up an extra piece of this particular sheet, so to make the most of both patterns I chopped it and turned one piece over and covered the join with the polka dot trim.

I also backed it all onto black cardstock for stability and to tie the layout together.

To back the photo I used the tissue paper that the kit came wrapped in, and popped it up on 3D foam. I then played around with various embellishments, including the Pinkfresh Studio ephemera and Reset Girl chipboard until I found what I liked. I had been wondering where I would use the planner girl piece, so was pleased to stick it down.

To finish I used the gold phrase stickers and some gold splatter most. I also used a 'cool' bobbie pin tucked over the ribbon.

Thanks for taking a look!


Before anyone runs away in fear, this layout is not about reptiles; it's about the southernmost point of mainland Britain (hahaha...) This is yet another photo from my summer holiday in Cornwall with my brother and grandmother and I wanted to try a fun 'collage' of geometric shapes from a Pinkfresh studio Indigo Hills pattern paper.

I like to think that the overall layout looks either like scales or piles of rock and I tried to go for muted greys and yellows with pops of bright blue. I found the easiest way to make the shapes by hand was just to cut them pretty randomly and position them on the page. Don't spend too long perfecting the positions as they're pretty likely to move as soon as you start sticking! I then used gesso around the shapes, making it more opaque towards the edge of the layout to add dimension.
I added thin layers behind my photo to make it stand out and clustered some hearts. I pretty much just went for the obvious when it came to the title, there's no real 'story' to this page so I didn't try journaling but I wanted to remember where the photo was taken. 

 Adding ink splatters created some contrast on the page and scruffed it up a bit.
 I love this camera from the Reset Girl chipboard stickers and it nicely filled in the space after the title.
I'm not sure if 'cool' is exactly the word for a family outing but I love the bright blue and I think the sign/arrow shape kind of links to how the Lizard is about direction (being far South). I hope you enjoyed this post and as we finish our kits, this kind of design is perfect for using up scraps!

Hey everyone,

Can you believe it's nearly December? Hasn't this month gone fast?

With sneaks being released for the next kit and the extras shop now open, hands up who is a little behind with last times kits?

That would be me then!!

I've had a busy time recently, but I'm determined to get caught up in time for the new kits arriving.

So onto my new layout. This is a called 'Beautiful' and uses a mix of products across the kits. I have used:

Main kit:

White Cardstock
Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills Ephemera
Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills 'Blue Valley' Paper
Navy Cut Apart Label

Embellishment Kit:

Reset Girl Chipboard
Pinkfresh Studio Indigo Hills Chipboard Hearts
Bertie's Bows Glitter Ribbon

Custom Cards Kit:

Baers Garten Flair

Extras Shop:

Prima Fluttering Flowers Stencil
Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Fresh Copper

Own Stash:

Heidi Swapp Color Shine, Navy

I didn't have a set idea when I started this layout, all I knew was I was eager to crack open the embellishment mousse. So I picked the Fresh Copper colour to use with the Prima Fluttering Flowers stencil as I liked the scattered look.

After spreading over the central section of my cardstock I left the mousse to dry for approximately an hour. In the meantime I went through my box of embellishments and looked for anything that matched the colours in my photo.

The photo I picked is a picture of my son from a few years ago. We are in the park on a spring morning.

I have matted the white cardstock onto a piece of the Pinkfresh Studio paper, I 'gutted' the middle so that I can use the leftovers on another layout.

I don't often use ribbon in my scrapbooking, so it was nice to receive some in the kit. I picked out the glittery one as I thought it was a good match for the colour of the mousse. I layered up the ribbon, which is a technique I often use in card making. It creates a good amount of texture to the layout. I topped it with one of the small chipboard hearts. This was quite fiddly to do, but was worth it in the end!

I then layered around my photo with various pieces of ephemera, a cut apart label, chipboard and some flair.

Finally to finish I used some navy blue mist and used the splatter technique.

Hello Big Ears

Hello everyone, I'm back with my 4th layout using the September/October kit. Although this is my fourth post on here, it's not the fourth layout I made. This was actually one of the last layouts I made using this kit, as I wanted to do a post on how to use up your scraps of paper, and any left over embellishments you may have.

Listed below are the items I used.

From the Main Kit:
  • Bazzill Butter Swiss Dot 12x12 Cardstock
  • Crate Paper Gather Kate 12x12 paper
  • Crate Paper Gather So Sweet 12x12 paper
  • Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills Pinnacle 12x12 paper
  • Simple Stories The Reset Girl Speckle 12x12 paper (both sides)
  • Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills Die Cuts
  • 1 of the Bookmark Embellishments 
From the Lite Kit:
  • American Crafts Shimelle Go Now copper foil stickers

From the Extras Shop:
  • Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills Studio Puffs

Here's I created this layout:

I started off by gathering some of my leftover scraps of paper and using my 3 inch (I think) circle punch to punch a random amount of circles. I arranged them on the paper and lay my photo on top to see what it would look like, but the photo didn't pop so I decided to do some really thin layers using the Simple Stories Reset Girl Speckle paper, using both sides as they contrasted.
I still thought it needed a little something else behind it, so I used one of the bookmark embellishments to layer behind it. When I was happy with how it looked I committed and adhered everything down using double sided sticky tape (my best friend).

I then came up with my title but I felt the gold thickers I had didn't quite give it the look I was going for so I used some of the Dear Lizzy thickers from the August/September kit that I had leftover, spelling out Big Ears, to go with the photo of my puppy sticking her ears out...bless her!

I then set to work on embellishing. I wanted to keep the Embellishments fairly minimal on this layout, as I wanted the focus to be on the photograph and the patterned circle background.
I started off lining the copper foil dot border from the Shimelle go now go sticker sheet on the right hand side. I then added the clouds from the same sticker sheet at the top of the border and used the Pink Fresh Studio Indigo Hills puffy sticker hearts to act like raindrops. I thought it looked really cute.

I finished off by adding one of the Indigo Hills die cut flowers next to my title and the Shake It Off sentiment and the always remember circular journalling sticker from the Shimelle sheet again, but laying it over the edge of the white card and cutting it from the back to give it a straight edge.

I will fill in my journalling and this layout will be completed!
The thing I find when using kits to make your layouts, is it's really fun when you first get it cause you want to put everything you can onto your layout, but I also love when you hardly have anything left and it poses as more of a challenge.
Share your leftovers layouts on the Quirky Kit subscribers Facebook group, and tag me in them. I'd love to see what you create.

Until my next post everyone, have a lovely weekend and...Happy Scrapping xx