Happy Little Man | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | July/August 2017

Hands up who squealed when they saw the Kite paper in the Maggie Holmes collection - My hand is firmly in the air!! So, when I saw this in the Lite Kit - I knew straight away that it was going to get fussy cut.

I teamed the kites up with clouds for a dreamy/sky feel. I used a cloud cut file and cut these using my Cricut (but you could draw a basic cloud shape and just cut them out with scissors instead). I backed these with different patterned papers from the kit and arranged them around the photo.

I then added in the kites ensuring that no 2 colours were too close together. So, there was some yellow to the left of the photo. I made sure that I used a yellow kite to the right to bring that colour to the other side of the page.

I then added in some black elements, mainly the tiny word stickers from Pretty Little Studio (I love these stickers!!)

Oh and the wood veneer sun from the Lite Kit went PERFECTLY too.

And here is the finished layout. Is it ok to say its one of my favourites?!?!

Fancy watching the process video then head over using this link to watch - https://youtu.be/prsTc8WH_fw

See you all again really soon!!

Claire xx

Travel Album - Day 2 (A walk to the next stop)

Hello everyone,

I hope all of you have been as productive and inspired like me. I have been really enjoying working on the travel album. Not while ago I had few days off, so I took the full advantage on catching on documenting our trip to Rome, the smaller size of the layouts have further motivated me because I don't feel overwhelmed. But if it's too much of these types of layouts for you then let me know, and I can change it up because there are three additional projects on my catch-up list. You know the usual scrapbooker adventures - so many things planned but not enough time as there are other things to deal with, especially if we require to take care of everyday responsibilities - work, family, etc.

The product I used from June/August kit:
  • Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel 'Belle' 12"x12" doublesided patterned paper
  • Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel 'Marquee' 12"x12" doublesided patterned paper
  • Kaisercraft Happy Snaps Sticker sheet
  • Sweet Talk co-ordinating labels
  • Pretty Little Studio Dream Big Die Cuts pack
  • We R Memory Keepers Cool Colors enamel shapes pack
  • To The Moon including die cut shapes
  • Wonder kit pocket cards
  • Previous kit leftovers - journaling cards, die cuts and patterned paper and stickers
  • From my stash - Simple Stories Posh Stickers, die-cuts, alphabet and heart dies and stamps

  • Now the first thing I did to create this page is select my pattern paper, and my inspiration has come from the die cut on the right side top card that says Best Day Ever, I pulled from that card four colours - teal, yellow, pink and black and white. I actually love to work with all of these colours, although it's just missing navy and then it's for sure my favourite lineup. But let's get back to the page, once I selected patterned paper, I cut all of them to the size I need and then brought some die-cuts and stickers from previous kits. Also, this time I wanted to use both my stamps and alphabet dies because I had quite a bit scraps left from last month kit and I wanted to use up.

    Similarly to the first picture I used 4x6 patterned papers and the card that has the title was my basis for selecting the other papers for this page. I forgot to explain one thing, all of my 4x6 pictures have to be overlaid with paper because they are not true 4x6 size, which annoys me greatly. This mishap happened because of the printing place I used - my local Boots closed and I had to order online, and the Boots online photo printing is run by Snapfish. And Snapfish always has been doing this, so I don't order from them. Today I guess I have short attention but when it comes to this page, I added few die-cuts and from my stash Simple Stories Posh stickers.

    The next page was even quicker to make, as it was more photo heavier. I backed my 4x6 photos and added one 3x4 card from the previous kits. I was saving this card as I loved it so much, but it went so well with these pictures that I had to use it. Once the basics were done, I started to embellish, and my usual style is to start with the labels and then die-cuts or stickers to finish the page.

    Continuing with the other layout style, the main card of this page is the left side 3x4 card that says Snapshot. One of the things I have noticed is that everyone had the same idea of using Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Carousel 'Belle' paper and I was no exception. I love that even though everyone had the exact idea, but the various ways it can be used and still looked different. And final touches that bring the layout together are embellishments - die-cuts and stickers.

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

    Happy Moment | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | July/August 2017

    I loved how the quirky made elements of this kit matched perfectly with the colours from Maggie Holmes Carousel. I couldn't wait to incorporate something from both into this layout. 

    My first job was to fussy cut the words from the Maggie Holmes Carousel "Happy Go Lucky" paper from the Lite Kit. I used this for my title "Happy Moment" and also cut some more for embellishments.

    I then layered vertically some of the ephemera pieces from the main kit and added in a few of the fussy cut words to create some interest to the right hand side of the page. I also used some of the stickers from the 12x12 Kaisercraft Happy Snaps sticker sheet from the Lite Kit to fill in some of the areas where the ephemera overlap.

    I love love love the "Fairgrounds" paper from Maggie Holmes which featured in the main kit. But it was far too busy so again I decided to fussy cut 2 elements from the paper. This is such a great way to make your paper and kit go so much further. Its a labour of love but so worth the effort with the end result. I fussy cut one of the ferris wheels (how sweet is that as an ephemera piece!) and also one of the carousels. These were added to my embellishment cluster down the left of the page. I then finished this off by adding some of those fussy cut words whilst popping some up on the foam pads from the kit to create some dimension and interest.

    And using that woodgrain background really sets it off nicely. This layout was simple (took a while due to do the fussy cutting) but demonstrates how to use those busy papers and really stretch your kit.

    I hope this brings you inspiration and feel free to give it a go!!! I would love to see your interpretations of my page.

    See you all really soon!!

    Claire xx

    Sweet Summer Layout - getting down to using the last bits of a kit

    Hi Leo here!

    I have just random bits left over of my main kit right now so I set to working on a layout to use up what I have left. I have lots of scrap paper pieces and a few die cuts and lots of the stickers. I also had one full sheet of paper to use so I decided to use that as my background so I can use the whole sheet at once seeing as the point of this one is to use up as much as I can!

    I've put together a process video so you can follow along with my as I made the layout. Apologies for all the umming on this one I didn't really know where I was going with it to start with - I usually have a plan but this time my plan was just use what I have in front of me so there wasn't a set vision I went with making it up as I went along!

    Sweet Summer Layout Process from Crafty Templates on Vimeo.

    If you don't want to watch the video here's a quick couple of photo stills one is of the layout when I'd added the paper layers with just the photo to be added on top and then the second one is the completed layout. I added some sketched circles with my compass before I glued down the paper layers as markers for where I added the stitching. I added the stitching in hand embroidery thread with a darning needle and used a simple back stitch.

    Have a go at seeing what you can create with your leftover pieces. x Leo

    Chilling | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | July/August 2017

    Hello Friends!!

    I'm back with a fun bright layout which is super quick to do (with a little preparation).

    I loved the bright pink cardstock and I had a photograph that I had been meaning to scrap for a while. I was wearing a pink t-shirt and it went perfectly with the cardstock (don't you just love it when that happens!)

    So, preparation is the key with this one. I loved the Belle paper from Maggie Holmes carousel from the Main kit and it just has to be fussy cut. This makes the paper stretch so much further and you can create multiple layouts with it then.

    I sat for about an hour (trust me, its worth the patience) and fussy cut these out. How pretty are they!

    I lined these up all along the bottom edge of the cardstock and overlapped them so there were no pink gaps showing through. I then backed my photo on white cardstock and added a doily behind. I then used some of the chipboard from the lite kit and added the amazing "today" perspextive from Bramble Fox which can be found as an extra in the shop.

    The layout needed some interest so I created another cluster to the top right of the layout using the fussy cut flowers. To this I added a chipboard label for the date and a Pretty Little Studios label to add a little bit of journalling (to be added still).

    And finally the title. I used the Freckled Fawn puffy alpha stickers to title my layout "Chilling". And its finished. So I used in total roughly half a sheet of patterned paper and a few embellishments. When you use a coloured cardstock background, especially a bright one, this really helps you to stretch your kit!!

    See you again really soon!!

    Don't forget to head over to YouTube for the process video!!

    Claire x

    Traveler's Notebook

    So today I have something a bit different for me, my first photo page in a Traveler's Notebook! You may recognise the photo, I used it in a scrapbook page but I accidentally printed it again in a smaller size so I decided to try this new format with it.
    The biggest challenge for me was probably the different ratio of the page, my original idea was to use a double spread but I wasn't quite sure what to do with the fold. I will definitely have to look at more pages for inspiration haha.
     I used my favourite technique of fussy cutting florals to add some embellishment (hint: that floral is actually cut in half so I don't cover up the pretty bit in the middle). I also thought a doily would look so nice and delicate in this smaller size.
     I added number embellishments for the 3 of us sitting on the sofa and chalk ink splatters (hint: try harder than I did to cover your photo because the ink goes a little strange on the glossy paper).

    Overall I really enjoyed this format, especially how quick it was. Next time I print off photos I will definitely think about printing some in a smaller size to fill the rest of my notebook.

    Paws Down I'm the Cutest

    Hello everyone!

    I am back with my 4th layout using the July/August Quirky Kit. Be sure to pop on over to Quirky Kit's  subscribers facebook group and also Instagram using the hashtag #quirkykits to check out the photo's of 8 more layouts I've created using this beautiful kit!

    Here's what I used and how I created this fun, cute layout:

    • Fancy Pants Dream Big Follow Your Dreams 12x12 patterned paper
    • Fancy Pants Shine Bright 12x12 patterned paper
    • Crate Paper Carousel Belle 12x12 patterned paper
    • Crate Paper Carousel Fairgrounds 12x12 patterned paper
    • Carousel Sticker Sheet
    • Tourist Label pack
    • Pretty Little Studio Dream Big die cuts pack
    • Pretty Little Studio Dream Big Hello Word Navy stickers
    • Thickers from a previous Quirky kit.
    I started this layout by cutting a frame for my white cardstock using the Fancy Pants Follow your Dreams patterned paper. The width was 1/2 inch all the way around. Before I adhered it to my page I used the left over piece of Carousel Belle paper I had and adhered it to the bottom of the white cardstock and then lay the frame over the top and adhered that.

    I proceed to mount all of my photo's on various patterned papers (all listed above) and then decided I wanted a large title so I placed the biggest photo off to the right hand side and the two smaller ones at the bottom left.

    Then came the title. I used some Dear Lizzy thickers from a previous Quirky kit as I really wanted the title to 'pop'

    I used the Pretty Little Studio die cuts pack and scattered some of the flowers around my photo and cluster at the bottom, and also added some of the rose stickers and stars from the Carousel sticker sheet. 
    I finished off with two of the tags using the Tourist label pack layering one on top of another. Popped on one of the Hello Word navy stickers, Wrote my journalling and voila! Layout complete :D

    I can't tell you how easy I've found creating layouts with this kit. The style and colour palette are right up my street! 
    I have a tiny bit left of this kit after the 11 layouts I've already made, so I will try and get at least one more out of it, but anything left will be shown on my September Kill a Kit video on Youtube which I will link on here once it's up.

    I hope you have a great rest of your week, and don't forget to come and say hello on the Subscribers facebook page! We'd love to hear from you x

    Happy Scrapping...Zoe xxx