Full Heart - Natalie - Jan/Feb 2018 Kits

 Hi everyone, 

I'm here today with my next layout created with the Jan/ Feb Kits.

Supplies used:

Main Kit:

- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide - Caper 12x12 Paper 
- White cardstock

Lite Kit:
- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide - Instinct Paper

Extras Shop:

- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide - Cardstock Stickers
- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide - Epoxy Heart Stickers
- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide - Puffy Heart Stickers 

For this layout I started with the PFS Caper 12x12 paper (the one with the hearts). This is such a gorgeous piece of paper, but I felt it was just too busy to be used as a background by itself. 

So I decided to use 3/4 of the page, but rather than just cut along the bottom line of the hearts, I decided to fussy cut out all of the spaces between the hearts, giving the hearts a cool 3D effect. This took a very long time using scissors and my craft knife, but I think it's worth it! After fussing cutting out the hearts you could then place them on a coloured background but I decided to go for white cardstock. I used foam pads to lift the hearts up off the page. 

To the fussy cut hearts I added a few of the epoxy heart stickers, which have a lovely gold finish on them. 

With the hearts finished, I just had to add my photo and a few embellishments, to finish the layout. I printed my photo at approximately 3.5 x 3.5 inches and matted it first on white cardstock, and then the PFS Impulse paper, and then the back of the PFS Caper paper (from the bottom 1/4 of the paper that I cut off). 
I added a phrase sticker and circular sticker from the cardstock stickers, and an epoxy heart, drawing in the pink and blue colours of the big hearts above. 

I always like to work in triangles when making my clusters, so I added a small cluster to the bottom left of the layout. I used a thin strip of the PFS Caper paper to base the cluster on. I then added the "Full Heart" puffy sticker which acts as my title, and a puffy and an epoxy heart sticker. 

I hope you like my layout and it inspires you to use your heart paper!! 

Natalie xx

Amazing - Natalie Jan/Feb 2018 Kits

Hello everyone,

I'm here today with my first layout created using the Jan/ Feb Quirky Kits.

Supplies used:

Main Kit:

- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Impulse 12 x 12 Paper
- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Stitched Frames

Extras Shop:

-  Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Puffy Stickers
 - Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Cardstock Stickers
- Pinkfresh Studio Let Your Heart Decide Epoxy Heart Stickers

When I opened my kit I knew immediately that I wanted to use the beautiful stitched frames to create a layout. I tried a few different arrangements but decided to use them in a simple grid. The aperture of the frames is 3x3 inches, but I wanted my photos to have a white border around them so I printed them slightly smaller than this. I printed in black and white as the frames are very bright and wouldn't match the colours in my photos. 

I used the Impulse 12x12 paper as my background as it is subtle enough but adds more interest than plain white cardstock.

Because the frames are already embellished and have stitching, you can make this layout super simple and quickly. However I decided to add a few extra embellishments, trying to keep the same colours together. So to the red frame I added a red flower and wavy border sticker both from the puffy stickers, and an epoxy heart. 

To the beautiful blue frame I added a puffy bird and heart sticker, and an epoxy heart sticker.

To the yellow frame I added a puffy heart and wavy border sticker to the bottom left. The top right had a blue heart stitched on but this did not match my colour scheme, so I removed that heart, and added a puffy flower sticker to hide the holes from the stitching. So if the frames don't work for you, you can always adapt them! 

For the final frame I decided to add my journalling and title rather than a photo. I wanted to use the puffy "amazing" sticker as my title but it was quite small alone, so I decided to incorporate it into my journalling. I added an epoxy and a puffy heart to the bottom right. 
Again I edited this frame because there was a hanging terrarium in the top right, which didn't match my layout at all, so I removed that and added a small tab from my stash to hide the stitching holes again!

So overall a very simple and easy layout, I hope it inspires you to use your frames up! 

Natalie x 

Journalling, (it's a) Challenge

This March I want to look at journalling on layouts, specifically the handwritten kind. I struggle a lot with adding journalling. I worry about it 'messing up' a page especially as I tend to leave it as the last thing to add. It's important to me to try to use handwriting as much as possible because I just think it makes the pages feel more love. Typing is great but it's also kind of impersonal - like writing in a book. For me handwritten things are always more intriguing to look at. One of my favourite heirlooms is the stash of letters and postcards looking back over 100 years into family life past and I hope that a small portion at least of the pages I make get to be looked back on in some way in the future. Maybe no one will handwrite any more in the near future, (I mean who doesn't love voice controlled stuff now, it's so going to take over the world!) so it could be something that's looked back on down the line in wonderment! I digress. So yes handwriting, important stuff. So onto the actual process. I did a double challenge with this. I looked at photo's I've had difficultly looking at for a while because of a lost family member. When I did get the photo out I just didn't know what to write so that gave me the idea to do kind of a stream of consciousness thing where I just looked at the photo and wrote down the first things that popped into my head to get my feelings both out and to put something down onto the page.
Writing it out on a scrap piece of paper first also gave me a chance to make mistakes off my page so I could then copy it out. In the main kit this month we've got these small alpha stickers and I decided to mix some of them up in my handwriting to really make a feature of the journalling.
I didn't like the floatyness of my writing so I then decided to add some stitching underneath the writing to ground it and also it'll help to keep the little letters down too.
The background I built up using squares of paper, (both from the Jan/Feb 2018 Quirky Kit Lite) I'd made with a paper punch and added across the centre of the page. I added two of the Jan/Feb 2018 Custom Card kit cards then my photo over the top. Then over the top of those I added one of the frames from the main kit with foam pads to give it some dimension off the page. I finished it off with a few of the stickers from the lite kit, (picking out all those blue/green jewel tones from the kit).

 The title I made up from the acrylic word in the main kit I added by hand stitching it down with embroidery thread along with some of the leaf trim from the main too. The dotty bit is washi tape from last years' May/June kit.

Hope you'll have a go at creating your own layout with lots of hand journalling. I'll come back next week with another style journalling filled layout and process to share.
Try out incorporating some word or alphabet stickers in with your journalling if you'd like to play along with these posts as challenges and pop in the group to share or if you're on Instagram use the hashtag #quirkykitgallery to add your page to the website gallery.

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!!!!