Natalie - Blissful - March/ April

Hi everyone!

I'm back with my first layout using the gorgeous March/ April Quirky kits!

Supplies used:

Main Kit:
PFS Be You Ephemera Pack
PFS Be You - Brave Paper

Lite Kit:
PFS Be You - Real Paper 

Embellishment Kit:
PFS Be You Wood Epoxy Buttons

Previous Quirky Kits:
Dear Lizzy Stargazer Chipboard Titles

Own Stash:
Puffy flower stickers x3



For this layout I started off with the beautiful "Real" paper from the Lite Kit, I knew I wanted this as my background so I went searching for photos with pink flowers! I decided on these photos from my trip to Shanghai Disneyland in 2016, with the beautiful pink flowers in front of the castle.





In order to embellish around the edges of the page, I used pieces from the ephemera pack, such as the lovely rose gold leaves. As I had a second piece of the "Real" paper I fussy cut some of the flowers and laid them on 3D foam pads to add some dimension. I placed some of the fussy cut flowers directly over the same flower on the paper, but some of the fussy cut flowers I used to cover up flowers on the paper that I didn't want. 

I also added some of the epoxy wooden buttons from the collection, these are rather thick and have a glue dot on the back, so I normally take the glue dot off to make them a little thinner, and just stick down with PVA glue.




I stuck my two photos together and matted them first on the reverse of the "Real" paper, which is a green gingham, and then onto the "Brave" paper. 


For my title I used a Dear Lizzy Stargazer chipboard title (from a previous Quirky Kit), as it matched the rose gold accents so well. 
I typed my journalling on the computer and trimmed them into thin strips, which I always love doing.


As you can see from this side shot, the layout has a lot of dimension which I love!


I hope this layout inspires you to use the floral paper too as a background! 

Natalie x

Blessed!

Hello everyone! It's new kit time again!! Woooooo!!!

I absolutely love new kit time, stalking the poor postie, lol. This time my kit arrived on the Thursday, which was perfect timing as I went to a 3 day/night crop this weekend. It was great fun and I managed to get 3 12x12 layouts completed as well as a Project Life style layout. The first of which I am uploading today is probably the simplest of all the layouts I created, but It took quite a while because of all the cutting involved.
So...without further ado, here is the first layout, what I used and how I created it...enjoy x

From the Main Kit:
  • PFS Be You - Brave 12x12 patterned paper
  • PFS A Case of the Blahs - Flawsome 12x12 patterned Paper
  • 1 Sheet 12x12 smooth white cardstock
From the Lite Kit:
  • PFS Be You - Kind 12x12 patterned paper
From the Embellishment Kit:
  • One Canoe Two - Twilight wood veneer embellishment pack
And here is the finished layout:
 I started this layout but cutting up all the square pictures from the PFS Kind patterned paper from the Lite Kit. Once I had done this I layered my photograph on both the PFS Brave and flawsome papers leaving an extra quarter inch top and side for the 1st and an extra half an inch for the bottom layer. I then adhered this to my 12x12 white, smooth cardstock.


I then decided that I wanted to lay the squares I'd cut out around it, trying to leave the same amount of space between each one (I hardly ever measure. I pretty much do everything by eye)

Once they were all laid down I mounted every other square on foam to give it some interesting 3D dimension.
The final adding touch was my title, which was the "blessed" word from the One Canoe Two Twilight wood embellishment pack from the embellishment kit.


That completes this layout. As I mentioned above, pretty simple but was a little time consuming with all the cutting.
I love the way it turned out and myself and my partner make really cute teddies...In my opinion anyway lol.

I'll be back later this week with my 2nd layout so be sure to look out for that!
Until then...Happy Scrapping!!!







(Freaky) Bavarian Man | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | November/December 2017 (Catch Up)

Who doesn't love a bit of woodgrain paper!!?!!

It is my favourite background paper to use (if i'm not using white cardstock of course?!)

I have this photograph of the huge Bavarian Man inflatable at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and thought it would work well with this wood grain paper.

So I created a "shelf" for my photo and embellishments to sit on. I used the floral/bird paper from the Good Vibes collection and set about fussy cutting a few of these elements ready to use as embellishments around my photo.

I tucked some of these into the black and white paper that ran across the bottom of the layout.

I even added some enamel dots into the centre of the flowers to add dimension.

I love how these birds and flowers surround the bottom of my photo. And birds were apt as the bavarian man was holding some sort of bird on its hand. (This huge inflatable freaked me out as it was huge - I still get weirder out thinking about it now - Have you ever been to Winter Wonderland and know what inflatable I'm on about? Were you freaked out too?)



I then added another cluster to the right hand side of the black and white strip of paper and added a little tag sticker from the Good Vibes sticker sheet. To this I threaded some pink twine (from my stash).

That bird you can see, was fussy cut out of one of the custom cards and it it works so well in that little cluster. Again a couple of enamel dots were added for dimension.

Oh year - and those little plus signs were on the Pink Fresh alpha sheets too and worked perfectly in the clusters.



I finished this layout by using the PinkFresh alphas and simply titled it Bavarian Man - now I look back at it I think I might go back and add a sub title  - maybe add in Hyde Park or Winter Wonderland - It will save from adding in journalling to state where we were.

Thanks for visiting the blog and I can't wait to come back to share some more inspiration with you.




Claire xxx


It's All Good | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | November/December 2017 (Catch Up)

I loved making DIY embellishment clusters and used one on my last layout and again on this one. It really helps the layout come together so quickly and is great if you don't have much time for scrapping and want to get a quick layout done in-between cooking dinner, sorting the kids out or even when you are lacking inspiration!!




So I grabbed one of my DIY clusters for this layout and this had the title already done for me too!! This is just a layer of custom cards, a tag and some stickers - all co-ordinating from the same kit (November/December 2017 kit).


I added in some stamping using a stamp and some black Versafine ink from my stash.




I was running low on papers from this kit when I made this layout so decided to cut all of my leftover papers into strips to use as my main design feature.

I layered these over each other and created a vertical strip down the page, adding in labels and stickers as I went.

I even ran a few of the strips through my sewing machine to create some extra texture but you could add some hand stitching instead if you don't have a sewing machine.

A few enamel dots were doted around also to add some dimension.





The layout was looking very "straight" so to combat this I added in some circular elements. I found a yellow circle sticker from the Good Vibes sticker sheet and a matching custom card which I punched out using a circle punch. You could always use a circle die for this or hand cut one of your own design. I then added in a third circle which is a label sticker to add some more ghost stamping.

I layered my photo on a contrast paper (I used the black and white stripes paper to make it pop against all the colour). And hey presto - layout complete!!

LOL!

Hey everyone, as you may or may not have seen..I shared the second layout i'd be uploading to here on Instagram yesterday. I was hoping to get this post up last night, but as usual, life got in the way! But I am here now, kind of...My partners bearded dragon almost set fire to our flat!!! I won't go into detail so to cut a long story short...She'd knocked her basking log onto her bulb and it was burning filling her tank with smoke. I got her out straight away and you'll be pleased to hear she is safe and well...I'm just waiting for my breath to return!

But anyways, the layout!
Here is what I used and how I created my page - I hope you like it.

From the Main kit
  • PFS Let your heart decide - Caper Paper (B side)
  • 1 Sheet Black Cardstock
  • Pink Paislee Pick me Up - Paper #13
From the Lite kit
  • Kaisercraft sticker sheet
  • Vicki Boutin All the Good Things - Social Butterfly paper
How I made the layout...

I started this page off by trimming a quarter inch off both the bottom and one of the sides, and adhered it to the black cardstock to give it a border. I felt it needed something heavy as it was a busy patterned paper.
After I had done that I got the blue doily like border strip from the Kaisercraft sticker sheet that came in the main kit and lay it across the page knowing I wanted to adhere my photograph on top of it. Before I stuck the picture down I mounted it onto some of the packaging from the Joy Parade alpha that came in the main kit, because I liked the washi tape style packaging and thought it went nicely with my background paper and also allowed me to bring some yellow into this page.


I fussy cut 3 of the butterflies from the Social Butterfly paper, that came in the lite kit. 1 blue 1 yellow and 1 pink/red colour. These formed my triangle of embellishments. From the Kaisercraft sticker sheet also in the main kit I used the washi style border strip and cut it in half and laid that above and below my photo and also added the laugh out loud tab, which was perfect for this photo of my partner and I goofing around on Snapchat.
I then cut the happy flag from the Pink Paislee pick me up paper #13 and mounted it on double sided foam tape to give it some dimension and popped the yellow butterfly with it to finish off that small cluster.






































I wanted to make the layout more bottom heavy so I grabbed the long "fall in love with as many things as possible!" sticker also from the same sticker sheet and lay that above my photo. This gave the grounding effect I was looking for.
My last cluster in the top right hand corner consisted of a circular sticker, another one of the sentiments from the pick me up paper, also mounted on foam, and the last of the 3 butterflies, and that completed my layout!






































Here is the completed project! I hope you like it. For myself and my partner, there are no better times than when we are having fun and just making pure idiots out of ourselves. Lifes far too short to be serious all the time. Have fun letting your inner child out :D






































Until my next post...Happy Scrapping xxx

Think Happy | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | Various Kits

So....I have been too busy creating with the kits.....that I had left myself little time to get these all up on the blog for you.




 This layout came together so quickly..... and thats all because of the  pre made embellishment clusters that I had made. Heres one that I had made previously and grabbed to use on this layout.







I loved this ledger paper and the problem is I just hoard paper I love. But I have learnt to use it or lose it as you can fall out of love with that special paper you have been saving!!

I fussy cut this banner piece from one of the cards in the custom cards kit and added in a few tiny word stickers, a few star wood veneers and a flair button (all from my stash).






A few splashes of Heidi Swapp colour shine and a custom card to compensate for the lack of journalling and this layout is finished. 


See you all again soon for some more inspiration.

Claire xx



Monkeying Around | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | Jan/Feb 2018

Facebook Live has been my recent jam and I love bringing these videos to the Quirky Kits group to share some inspiration.

I wanted to use the leaf ribbon and it popped so well against the black cardstock. This was a fairly straight forward layout to bring together. The hard work is already done with the co-ordinating products already chosen for us.

I used the heart paper from PinkFresh Studios to add decoration to my layout by fussy cutting these. Although they weren't all full hearts, you can still use them by layering them under each other.

I added in a couple of stickers from previous kits (and this feels liberating using up older stash too!!).

Look at how pretty that ribbon looks above and below the patterned paper. It fitted thematically too as I had lots of trees in my photo. This was not planned but worked really well.




I decided to add a title and sub title to my layout as I loved both alphas in the kit. I used the black and white ones from Fancy Pants to create my title of Monkeying Around and added a sub title with the PinkFresh alphas (in grey) by adding At Monkey World. I loved this as a design element and will look to do more of this on future layouts.


And the complete layout is here. Loved the addition of that little bird sitting on the ribbon, looking down at the photo. I completed the layout by adding a faux stitch border around the whole page using a white gel pen.



Thanks for stopping by and i'll see you very very soon for more inspiration!!

Claire xx