Circle of Trust | 12x12 Layout | ScrappyNerdUK | March 2017

I was so excited to see the large circle wood veneer piece in this kit and immediately knew it was time to get out my circle punch to use for this layout.

Firstly I decided to heat emboss my wood veneer piece and this is one of my favourite techniques to alter wood veneers.

I used some gold Papermania embossing powder and my heat tool to set it and I love the effect it gives. It is a great way to make bespoke changes to your wood veneers and so why not give it a try on your next project - even use the same technique on your circle wood veneer from the Jan/Feb kit.

Next I used a 3 inch punch to punch out my photographs and formed a circle of photos.

 I punched a total of 8 photographs and left the 4 corner spaces blank for embellishment.

I then added some patterned paper to the middle 4 circles and I chose to use the special Quirky Kits papers that said "All you need is love" and some Chasing Dreams paper by Maggie Holmes to complete the 4 inner circles.

I then used the shape of the circles to add my title "Circle of Trust" as this was a layout all about the friends in my life that I adore and trust.

I finished the embellishments in the middle with some stickers from the Echo Park sticker sheet and loved the 3d effect of the butterflies in the recesses of the wood veneer.

I then added stickers and sequins to each of the four corner circles. I mounted my layout onto a sheet of white 12x12 cardstock as I was going to include this in my album and completed the edges with a straight black border with a few messy squiggles to add interest.

And here is the finished layout. I hope that this has bought you inspiration as to how you can use your wood veneer piece and made you think outside the box when it comes to using multiple photos, heat embossing, different textured papers to fill the circles and using the lines of the layout to create some interest with the shaping of the title.

The Best

Hey everyone, I'm back again with a 3rd layout made using the Jan/Feb Quirky Kits. And again I'm working with the geometric theme! I was inspired to use a hexagonal pattern on my layout thanks to some of the hexagonal die cuts and enamel dots in the kits.

Using one of the die cut hexagons as a template, I cut out a dozen hexagons from a range of papers from all of the kits. I laid them out diagonally across the white cardstock and left some gaps to stitch hexagons instead. 
I used one of the hexagons I cut out as a template, piercing holes in it, so all my stitched hexagons would be the same size.
I stitched using green, black and pink thread to match the colours of the layout. 
I also added some of the smaller die cut hexagons from the main kit, and these gorgeous Freckled Fawn enamel dots from the embellishment kit. 

I matted my photo with white cardstock and then a lovely peach coloured patterned paper by Dear Lizzy in the main kit. I added foam tape on the back, to help lift the photo up from the busy background.

Across the centre of the page I added a ripped strip of the "Stay True" paper from Chasing Dreams by Crate Paper in the main kit, which has typewriter font on it. And then a strip of the "Lovely" paper again Chasing Dreams.

To this I added my title, "The Best" using the gorgeous teal thickers, a camera sticker from the Echo Park Just Be You sticker set and a rubber star by Amy Tan. These embellishments were all from the main kit. I also added a few Dear Lizzy "Lovely Day" tickets which were not included in the kits. 

I typed my journalling up on my computer using a typewriter font I downloaded, and printed it onto white cardstock. This is one of my favourite ways to add journalling!

And so here is the finished layout. I hope you like my geometric pattern and that the Jan/Feb kits have inspired you to try something different! 

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.