Celebrating Dads

This layout features in the new kit booklet this month and here's a bit more of an in depth look at it.

The background has been created with a texture paste and one of the sheets of lace paper from the embellishment kit. They're quite thick card so they lend themselves to be used like a stencil quite well and then what's been spread over the lace paper can then be painted over or if you've used something like a spray ink carry on covering the whole lace paper piece in the spray so you get the stencil and then the coloured lace paper piece to use.

The title has been created with the hand stitching thread in the main kit. The title was sketched onto a piece of white cardstock and then an old T-shirt was put underneath to provide some cushion and then the holes made. I'm using a darning needle for the nice large eye to use with the thicker thread and it's also not sharp so there's no danger of a sharp prick!

The stitching has then been added leaving no gaps so it's easy to read your word. You just use a regular back stitch for this, (coming up with the needle on the hole before your stitch then back down the hole behind it).

Once it was completed I've tied the end and added some tape to fix all the thread ends and then cut it out around the edges.

Here's the layout base before the photo and little embellishment bits have been added. I've cut out the the texture paste section to use as a matt.

To add some extra details I've added a line of hand stitching. This was achieved using a light pencil line drawn on the layout down the left side. As with the stitched word the holes were pierced first with a needle and a soft T-shirt underneath to add cushion.

To complete the layout the butterflies were cut out from the main kit paper and some of the main kit tags and labels were added. The 'thankful for you' paper piece was cut out from one of the lite kit papers.

Hope you decide to embrace hand stitching on your projects! I made sure everyone has some thread in their kit boxes so you can have a play and the ideas here show it can be really simple to add just a little bit to your projects.

Have fun with your new kits!
x Leo

Welcome to Beijing - Natalie

Hello everyone! 

I'm back with my third layout using the Mar/Apr Quirky Kit (even if it is now mid June and the May/June kits will be here anyday)! 

I love the succulents paper from the Main Kit by Kaisercraft's Wildflower collection, so I went looking for some photos that would match this. I decided on these water lily photos from my trip to Beijing last summer. 

I used "Wish" from Pinkfresh Studio's collection "Dream On", which I just absolutely love, and I've already used it as a background before (luckily I bought extra sheets in the extras shop!). 

I cut a piece of the Succulents paper around 8 inches tall, and cut out 2 green scalloped borders from the Elle's Studio paper in the Main Kit from their "Live Laugh Love" collection. 

For my title I used an alpha set from my stash, as I thought the mix of pink and green matched the photos perfectly. And then I handwrote the rest of the title - the first time I've ever done that! 
And I added the "Happiness" ephemera piece from the Elle's Studio ephemera pack in the Main Kit. I added 3 pink enamel dots and an enamel heart (from the Freckled Fawn pack in the embellishment kit). The title is on a piece of woodgrain paper, from Elle's Studio - you could also use the woodgrain tag from the ephemera pack, but I already used that on my previous layout! I cut the piece of paper on one side to make it look like a flag banner - a theme which runs across the page. 

By placing the woodgrain paper next to my vertical and horizontal photo, I created a rectangular block, a good way to use multiple photos on a layout!

I created a cluster in the bottom left to separate the two photos. All of these pieces came from the ephemera pack in the Main Kit. And I added an enamel heart from the Marianne Designs Project NL enamel dots which were in the extras shop, and co-ordinate perfectly with the kits.

Finally I've still got an addiction to diagonal Heidi Swapp Colour Shine splatters! And added some enamel dots from the Freckled Fawn and Marianne Designs packs.

So here is my finished page, I hope you like it! 
The colour scheme is quite similar to my previous scrapbook layout "Beautiful Yangjiang", however they are from separate trips to China so will be different albums! 

Hope you are all looking forward to the new kits!! 

You Got This Girl | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | March/April 2017

Hello Friends,

So, we're fast approaching the next kit being released and I'm sure you're down to just a few scraps of paper left by now. I certainly am.

I absolutely loved the Bella Blvd paper, Magnifique from the Main Kit. I just couldn't bring myself to use a whole sheet as the background so I decided to fussy cut the top and bottom clusters from the paper and save the middle flowers for another layout.

I decided to make these flowers stand out a lot more, I would use black cardstock.

I love the contrast between black and the colours in the flowers. 

I next chose my photo. Sometimes I choose the photo and work my papers around the photo.  I did the complete opposite on this one. I chose the paper that I was hoarding and didn't want to use (it was just tooooo pretty!!) and had a flick through some photographs that I had printed, and I found the perfect photo. The colours in my jumper matched perfectly the light pink in the flowers and the colour of my nieces clothing matched perfectly the dark pink colour in the flowers. 

I didn't want to over embellish this layout as it was busy with the flowers. So I used one of the cut parts from Jillibean Soup, Bite Size Bits Papers. Beneath this I layered a couple of the 3x4 cards from the pocket page kit to bring in some of the yellow from the flowers. 

I created a small cluster to the top right of the photo. I used a heart die cut from the Elles Studio Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces and layered a yellow heart sticker from the Jillibean Soup sticker sheet from the Lite Kit. I then added a square pink sticker that says "just be you" and a row of hearts, which were all from the sticker sheet. 

I added in a couple of tiny word stickers (Tim Holtz) from my stash to bring some white into the cluster and added a couple of mini staples.

Although the black cardstock gave me the contrast that I wanted, it did feel somewhat empty in the open spaces. So I watered down some white acrylic paint and splatted some over the bigger black areas on the page. This led me to thinking about doing a space type layout with the same technique!! So I jotted that one down in my book of inspiration to go back to later and revisit that idea. 

And here is the completed layout. I did add another flower to the bottom left of the 3x4 card and secured it with a brad (from my stash) and I was really pleased with out this one turned out. Its really spurred me into using the remnants of the paper on my next layout. Be sure to keep a look out for that one over on the Crafty Templates Facebook group.

If you have any questions or if you want to just reach out and say Hiya!! then leave me a message down below.

Happy Scrapping Friends! x

We Found a Waterfall | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | March/April 2017

I'm back again with another layout. I was inspired to make a big title layout with the Jillibean Soup Bowl of Dreams Die Cut Alphabet Set.

So I started with some white cardstock (pretty usual for me) and selected my photo. I chose a selfie my husband took when we were on holiday in Wales last year when we went on a trek (I nearly didn't make it!!) to go and find a waterfall. 

So I had to decide where I wanted to place my giant title. I knew I wanted it to the left of the page and the photograph to the right.

I trialled my title in a couple of positions before committing to it and sticking it down. I lined my title up so it was parallel to the left edge of the cardstock.

I then also lined it up so the title was parallel to where the photo would be placed and I found that I liked this placement much more.

I committed to this placement and got it stuck down but some tacky glue.

It left too much of a white space to the right so I grabbed the Wish paper from Pink Fresh Studios from the Main Kit and placed a strip of this down the right of the page. I loved the symbolism of this paper as it reminded me of a waterfall with those falling triangles. 

I then moved onto my paper layers. The colours in this kit really speak to me and I love that there are a lot of colours to work with. This helps with having lots of options when embellishing. 

So I grabbed my papers and started cutting rectangles from Jillibean Soup, Bowl of Dreams, Think with Purpose paper (both sides) and Jillibean Soup, Bowl of Dreams, Make Magic. I then tore some of the edges to give it a little bit of interest and stuck all of my layers together.

You'll notice that I try and make sure I have the same colours on both sides of the photo so where I have the paper with the crosses on to the left of the photo, I have also mirrored this over to the right to balance it.

Then onto the embellishing. So I decided to create almost a waterfall of embellishments down the right side of the photo. So I used the Elle's Studio Live Laugh Love Bits and Pieces Die Cut Shapes packed and placed a label banner and a date die cut above the photo. These colours matched in perfectly with the browns in the alphas to the left.

Then I continued to the bottom of the photo with another label tab, a camera from the Jillibean Soup Pea Pod Parts Die Cut Set from the Lite Kit and a sticker from the Jillibean Soup Bowl of Dreams alphabet and embellishment sticker sheet, also from the Lite Kit.

I felt it was a little imbalanced so added a small strip of the paper from the right to the left, used some arrows from the Jillibean Soup Pea Pod Parts Die Cut Set, a few tiny word stickers from the Jillibean Soup Bowl of Dreams alphabet and embellishment sticker sheet and finally a rubber camera from Pinkfresh Studio Dream On, Rubber Chips embellishments from the Embellishment Kit.

I love how this layout turned out. So colourful. No need for journalling as the title tells the story.
I hope this inspires you to try a layout with a big title.

Until next time.....

Explore | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | March/April 2017

Hello Friends.

I'm here with my latest layout using March/April 2017 kit and I really wanted to inspire you to use the fabulous custom cards to make a layout. I love project life to document my every day life and if you're anything like me then you'll swoon over pretty journalling and filler cards.

If you think that the these cards are purely for pocket pages then you are mistaken and seriously missing a trick. My challenge to you is to use these cards in your other scrapbooking formats, traditional 12x12 layouts, 9x12 layouts (or A4 if that's your preference), Smashbooks, Travellers Notebooks and so on. These cards (custom cards from Quirky Kits) are so versatile and I'll show you how.

I chose to make a 9x12 layout using only (well 99%) custom cards and this will make your kit stretch so much further.

I started with a white piece of cardstock and I knew straight away that I was going to create my embellishments from the custom cards. So I went through these cards and found there were 2 cards with butterflies and another with a beautiful floral print.

This gave me the inspiration to make a start. I fussy cut the butterflies and the floral out of the custom cards and already I had 3 pieces of "ephemera" to use.

I knew that this wasn't going to be enough to embellish my page with (and that is completely my style to add all the things!!!!). So I found there was a 4x6 card that had these clouds (photo to the right) and "weather report" written on it. I set to work by fussy cutting those flowers to add to my page.

I was loving where this layout was taking me. As the cards are all colour co-ordinating, you do not need to worry about getting your embellishments to match, as its already done for you!!

Next I decided on the photo. I know a lot of people start with the photo. I like to be the odd ball and make a start on my layout and then find a photo that will work (I have hundreds of photos printed so I have a lot to choose from). I then used another of the 4x6 cards to layer behind my photo, with an added velum layer in-between. (velum from my stash - if you don't own velum then you need to go and buy some!! Its great for layering and it can also tone down those loud papers)

Next I used the journalling card that had the "captured" title and this was a perfect space to add my journalling. I'm not one to add much journalling (if any) to my layouts and so I used this space and some tiny alpha stickers (from the lite kit) and filled in these details with minimal information.

If I had a bigger story to tell then there is plenty of space to write on this card. I did cut this journalling card down slightly and backed it with another co-ordinating 3x4 card to make it pop off the white background.

I used the acrylic word "Explore" for my title and set to just getting my embellishments stuck down. No procrastinating!!!! I used the branding strip from one of the 12x12 papers to layer over the clouds to bring some of the black tones up to the top of the layout. This also created some interest at the top.

And here is the finished layout. I used a couple of the words from the branding strip to layer over the butterflies also. I then used a tag from the Elle's Studio Die Cut Pack from the Main kit and added a bit of black and white twine. Its not a tag without twine! I also added the "remember this tag" above the photo to bring some of the green colour down into the photo layers.

Then all finished off with those AMAZING Nuvo Jewel Drops.

So, I used a total of 7 custom cards, 1 branding strip, a tag, a label die cut, a tiny bit of twine, an acrylic word for my title, a few small alphas for the journalling and a small amount of Jewel drops.

I'm not one to toot my own horn, but I LOVE how this layout turned out and I would say that it really challenged me - but it didn't. Once I looked at the card individually, I could see straight away that there were lots of inspiration on all of them.

REMEMBER - My challenge to you is to grab your custom cards and make at least 1 layout with it. Whether you scrap traditionally or TN's or even if you scrap in Project Life format - grab those cards and do something different with them.

Don't forget to upload these to the Crafty Templates Facebook Group!!

Keep your eyes peeled for more layouts using the custom cards.

See you all next time!!


Laugh and live colourfully with friends

Hello everyone,

Now continue with the project I shared with you in the previous post, especially the first best friends story. I'm coming back with new layouts again. But you might have noticed that I didn't use this months' kit in the previous layouts. Although in today's post I have used it plenty, and also I used the monthly inspiration booklet we receive with our monthly kits. I loved to use it as a basis for these layouts as I had a creative block due to unusual size - 8x8.

The main colour inspiration of these layouts actually comes from the Jillibean Soup embellishments pack, as I think those word phrases worked amazingly as a title of these pages. Besides, the picture matched quite well, as the main idea of both pictures is the fun times my sister had with her best friends at various overnight trips they had. As you can see the main colour scheme I chose was orange and mint/blue with white through both of the pages in order to calm the brightness of the papers and heaviness of the black background. 

About the first layout, I started it by drawing in pencil the placement of the papers, then by using the paper corner and one side of the straight paper, which mean that I needed only to cut one side and shorten it. To finish all of it, just added a label and few embellishments.

The second layout is even more straightforward, just cut out 5 rectangular pieces of paper, backed the picture with black&white paper to lessen the impact the bright colours have on the picture. As the picture needs to stand out, I added again label to tell a story and two hearts, the one works as a title.

I hope you enjoyed this post and talk to you soon, Agnese.

Beach camping memories

Hello everyone,

I have loved this month's kit, and also I have finally started to work on one of my wishlist projects - sister's album. It has kept me so occupied that I haven't done anything regarding posting and sharing these layouts with you. So today I decided enough is enough and I need to share this with you as it might inspire you and also you might have suggestions for me. As this is a very different style of project, usually I do either 12x12 project life and 12x12 traditional layouts, but my sister wanted a smaller, less expensive and quite simpler in design album. After some research I finally decided to use Hobbycraft 8x8 black album, which cost only around £3, so a total bargain in her and my book. Of course, this size of album caused few challenges, the size and quality of pictures, also more pressure not over to embellish, as the smaller size can faster become too busy.

But in any case, this is how far I have gotten at the moment, but first, let me give you an idea of the project itself. My sister's album would consist of three parts - her two best friends story's and then final part is her favourite pictures which represent important memories. Today I will start sharing with her first friends part, but you should keep note that I have blurred faces on these pictures and also notes of the pictures are written in my native language - Latvian, but you can see the rest of picture and layout. :)

The first page is the beginning of this friends' section when you open the album, then next two pages can be seen underneath, and for that reason, there is a common underlying tone - green. Most of the things I have used are either from my stash or previous months' kit, and I tried to use up these puffy stickers. The first picture showed the memory when my sister with her friends had a velo (Bicycle) trip which also included camping on the beach, and the next picture shows that my sister typically can eat salad even without a fork on the beach. :) She is quite active and loves outdoors, both of us have spent most of childhood around beach, see and various outdoor activities.

I hope you enjoyed it and watch out tomorrow for the next layouts from this project. Talk to you soon, Agnese.