Feeling all Christmassy

the gorgeous Lagom kit really keeps that Christmas feeling going and I decided to use it as a way of recording what Christmas was like this year. I was inspired by this Stuck? sketch 
as well as the American Crafts DIY 4 gold foiled star transparency sheet. I decided to go for a subtle stamped background on the Bazzill aloe vera cardstock to echo the grid pattern on the sketch. I used a Kaisercraft grid stamp and some gold ink to cover most of the page
then I cut the transparency into a circle to go over the top (I traced round a plate) 

then it was time to chop up papers. Because I didn't have enough gold (!) I painted a few of them with some Heidi Swapp Colour Shine to give a lovely sheen to them and also painted three of the gorgeous wooden hearts with the mist as well
(When I finished the whole thing I flicked some of the mist over the page.)
 I cut out the letters using some new to me WPlus9 letter dies and some old to me glitter card.
To replicate the star on the sketch I tried a few things but in the end covered it in versamark ink and heat embossed gold powder. 
I layered everything up and almost done
 all that was left was to do the little fancy bit in the corner using the gorgeous amber Thickers and adding some journalling using strips of cardstock
and my final flair button. Love them so much :)

 



 

Like A Dream

I finally got around to scrapping my final photo from my Year 11 prom and I used a group shot of my friends. Now it's been half a year since the event, I think back on the evening almost 'like a dream' and that's where the title for my layout came from. I wanted to use clouds as they always remind me of dreams and I went straight for the gold star acetate sheet I hadn't cut into yet. 
 I ended up with this quite light, airy sort of layout with these gently floating blue clouds (that's how I imagine them!). I coloured on the silver side of the acetate with blue Promarkers, an alcohol ink marker, and dabbed them with my finger to blend a little. I like that you can kind of see swirls where the colour is separating. I adhered the clouds by placing the adhesive behind the photo cluster or by using a light dab from a glue stick.
 I used the American Crafts gold thread to sew 'Dream', I love that it looks quite delicate while still being textured. As you can see I tried to use light coloured layers behind the photo to stop it feeling too heavy.
 I loved using these dimensional, glittery flowers as my main embellishment. They are definitely not overpowering but are somehow still absolutely gorgeous.
I decided to try a little bit of cheesy journaling as a final thought about my prom experience. If you're interested in seeing more about how this layout came together, please watch the video below:

Thanks for having a look!

Winter days



can be fun but they play havoc with my photography. I've been in this house 6 months and still haven't found a good spot for layout capturing. With that moan over here is a page all about some winter fun

 We are lucky enough to live right by a lovely National Trust property called Killerton. Because the inside of the house is not that noteworthy they do a Christmas exhibit every year and this year dressed each room to celebrate one of Grimm's fairy tales. It was enchanting. 
I used the Lagom main kit again but after cutting up the papers and deciding on a kind of grid layout I  decided to give the kraft cardstock some wintery treatment.

I got out some glittery texture paste and applied it top left and bottom right of my page. It wasn't quite cold enough for snow but still pretty chilly so this was a good reminder. 

I added glamour dust to the edges of the papers  and some extra highlights to the hearts using glitter pen. 

I loved both the pine branch paper and tag so used them in different areas of the page. Having stuck down the papers and photos I couldn't work out where to place the journalling without spoiling the flow of the page. So I went for almost hidden journalling by adding another of the tags to the pine leaf one and making sure you can swing it out if you want to read the words!
 After adding my title with those fun glittery letters (which rather beautifully echo the deer's bow I think), I tucked in another of those lovely cards and just one snowflake and white/gold flower. 

It is so hard not to pop three of everything down on a layout for me. I decided more red was needed for balance so, yes, three little glitter shapes went on. As a final touch I reached for glitter glue and added more sparkly blobs.
The layout is even more glittery in real life. So many sparkles!



Danish Pastries!

Hey everyone,

I'm back again with another 12x12 layout made with the Nov/Dec Quirky Kit!
This layout was inspired by the beautiful custom squares in the Fika Embellishment kit. When I saw the one with a cinnamon roll on I knew I had the perfect photos to scrap!
When I went to Copenhagen in Dec 2015 with my friends we found this amazing bakery (I think it's a chain there), and they had delicious danish pastries. So every morning we ended up going there to eat pastries before going sight seeing, trying different ones each day!


I love kraft cardstock and so I knew I wanted to use that, but I was stuck on what other papers to use. Until I found this blue wavy paper (Shimelle Go Now Go paper from the main kit), which I originally overlooked because I had a plan for the hearts on the other side. Luckily I've got a spare sheet so I'll be able to use both sides.

I thought this paper matched with the blue cinnamon roll square and also the wavy lines remind me of the corrugated cardboard they make takeaway coffee cups from (which you can see in the right photo). 


I matted both photos on white cardstock because I wanted to highlight the white icing in the right photo. 
I then matted the right photo on a piece of brown paper bag, which I ripped and distressed the edges of. In the extras shop this month there was the Oh Joy Pinkfresh Studio acetate cut apart sheet, which is great because one side is gold and the other side is silver. I cut out the gold starry 3x4 square and cut it in half, and tucked a piece behind each side of the photo, so you can see a few gold stars on the brown paper bag.

For the left photo I added a strip of light blue patterned paper to the left hand side, which I punched with my new scallop border punch. This paper is actually the reverse of one of the custom squares from the Fika embellishment kit. 



For my title I used the American Crafts Follow Thickers from the Fika embellishment kit. I love these thickers because they're lovely and neutral - white with a gold outline - and I thought they again helped to bring out the white in the photos. I also used some Thickers from my stash which look like they're made of corrugated cardboard.


To the embellishment kit I added one of the adorable Freckled Fawn coffee cup puffy stickers and a Freckled Fawn cork heart with a gold foil outline, both are in the Fika kit. I also added a tiny word sticker from the Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy sticker pack (extras shop). 


Finally for my journalling I decided to use a kraft tag from my stash which I cut in half. I added American Crafts DIY shop gold sparkle twine from the Fika kit, and another coffee cup, heart and tiny word sticker! And I stamped "We ate this" with a stamp from my stash, as well as using a roller stamp to put the date under my photos.



I hope you like my layout, I would never have thought to use blue on this layout without the Quirky Kit to inspire me! I'll be back soon with some pocket page layouts made with the Nov/Dec kit!

Homemade planner makery mockery

Hi Leo here!

My current planner is due to run out of days in a weeks' time and I got myself in a dilemma because I love my current planner so I wasn't wanting to change the outside. But the inside obviously, it needs a refill. So first I do the thing of looking up refills and I'm thinking I want a change and looking out for something with grids, well there just wasn't anything that looked like what I had in my head. So that got me to thinking..... why not just make the refill pages myself? I get to make it how I can see it and it'll be easy plus I can gather all my Quirky Kit leftover bits from the year and use them to decorate it all up. Well, the initial bit was easy.

Gather some supplies, I bag up all my kit leftover bits after it's time for the next one so I have a bunch of random stuff to use up. Great for planner decorating because most of the things are small scale, little off cuts, pocket cards, embellishments etc.

I made a grid page design on the PC and popped in the month and the days. The margins I copied from my old planner pages, it's an A5 sheet with the left margin 2.5 and the right margin 0.5 then reversed for the back. The bottom right box is for extra notes. You could put a little to do list or put a space for important dates to remember, like birthdays etc.
Once I was done with the basics I decided to get all clever and thought, 'I'll not type in the dates I'll add in those with my roller date stamp! It'll be really simple to do that and I can change up the colours of the ink and it'll make it more homemade too'. How I wish I hadn't been so confident with my 'oh so clever' idea!
I've already got a calendar sheet to get all the right dates from in my old planner along with a bunch of plain paper I can re-use. There are also page on the internet you can look up dates on for undated planners like this one. Note - I have the correct dates at this point!

It started off well. I began on the Monday, the 9th for January. Got all stamp happy with the roller stamp. It's all good. I decide I'm on a roll (erstamp) and keep going with the pages for the next months.



I'm adding in some decorations too as I'm going along. The sheet of flat and puffy stickers were in the May/June 2016 lite kit and the washi is from the March/April 2016 embelli kit. There are some bits from the 2015 Nov/Dec main kit I'm finishing up too.


When I got to the end I filled in the excess squares with some patterned paper. I think this one was July/August main kit.











This is funny, little did I know how appropriate this would be!

It's about three hours later and I'm up to the end of March, just starting April before I realised the error of my ways. I'd started stamping February and March with Monday as the 1st! OMG. So the lesson you can learn from me is, keep your 2017 calendar right in front of you when filling in an undated planner! 
What do you mean it's only me who'd be stupid enough to know not every new Monday of the month starts with the 1st? Well yeah. I blame it on the roller stamp, once you get on a roll with them it's just one of those things you have to keep going with!

I guess it was good that I didn't fill in the whole thing before it dawned on me.
Here's my rectified February page. Like with the end of the month pages I added some patterned paper to fill in the excess squares at the beginning of the month. I'm using stickers to add in the significant dates.



At the start of each new month I'm making up some divider pages with scrap paper cardstock and embellishments.



While I was emptying my bag of kit leftover bits I found photos that I must've cut out to use and then didn't end up finishing projects for so I've put some page protectors, (simple stories sn@p 6x8 ones modified with a new paper margin and new holes punched out) in the back of my planner so I can plan out pages and make sure the photos I'm printing out get scrapbooked this year!








It was a project that took longer than planned but I'm happy that I could make something from stuff I already had to use. I'm all ready for the new year now both for planning and for new kit goodies!
xx Leo

How are you going with your planner set ups this year?

Brr

Hello everyone, I hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year's Eve!

I'm back today with a new 12x12 layout I've made with the Nov/Dec kits.
Most of the bits I used are from the Lagom main kit, as well as some bits from the Fika embellishment kit.
When I saw this Scandinavian inspired kit I knew the perfect photos to use would be from my trip to Copenhagen in December 2015 that I haven't scrapped yet. This photo is just a selfie of my friends and I on the trip.

I started off using the custom squares in the main kit, when I first saw them I just knew they would look great in a grid, and as I've never done a grid layout before I thought this would be the perfect way to start! I picked 7 squares and organised them so the colours were separated.


Next I matted the photo first with the Pink Paislee #18 patterned paper B side from the Main kit, then the B side of Simple Stories Silver White Winter, and finally the B side of Simple Stories #Nailed It patterned paper. This created a photo matt with greys, blues, black and white. 

To the top and the bottom of the page I added a thin stripe from the beautiful exclusive paper Just Fir you B side designed by Leonora! This helps to ground the layout on the page I think!

I then added one of the flairs from the main kit to one square, and a snowflake wood veneer to another.
I wrote the date "Dec 15" with an alphabet set from the Pinkfresh Studio "Oh Joy" collection - this wasn't in the kit, but a lot of this collection is available in the Crafty Templates store.


In the top left I made a cluster with a flag from Snow and Cocoa which says Brr and I thought matched the kit perfectly, a custom label from the main kit which I journalled onto, and a tiny word sticker from Pinkfresh Studio Oh Joy (available in the store).


Finally for my title I used "Brr" from the Snow and Cocoa wood veneer kit in the Fika Embellishment kit, along with another of those snowflakes and tiny word stickers.



I hope you like my layout, and it inspired you to use those custom squares in a new way!
I've already made my next layout so I will be back very soon!
Natalie :)

Quirky Kit Classes

Hi Subscribers!

The first of the new Quirky Kit classes has been sent out to all subscribers. You can also grab the download here, http://www.craftytemplates.co.uk/QuirkyClasses/QuirkyKitsClassDec2016.pdf



The classes are presented to you in this downloadable format so you can choose to print out the sheets to keep along with your kits or save them digitally to work from your phone, tablet or PC. The classes run through ideas using your kits as well as tutorials for layouts and tips and tricks you can learn to incorporate into any page or project you’re making. These are all designed to get you creating with your kit no matter what your scrapbooking experience so grab your kit box, dive in and see what you can come up with.

Have fun!

X Leonora