Frozen in Time

For this layout I wanted to play with the vintage elements in the kit. This is very different from my normal style, so to ease me into it I used my usual white background so I still had that clean feel. The photo is from my grandpa's house, it's a nice photo of my family but the decor is pretty dated (even in black and white!) I thought this would make it suit the layout.
 I love the butterfly paper so I fussy cut a few to arrange around the photo. I was planning more but my photo is so small I didn't want it to be dwarfed.
 In terms of journalling I did a line at the bottom of the layout just to get in my thoughts, but these word stickers kind of sum up the gist of my emotions.
 The curly glittery writing definitely suits the word 'frozen' and I liked using a mix of alphabet stickers for the title.
After photographing the layout I decided to add some ink splats for some contrast. I hope this helps you go out of your comfort zone.


When I only have a short amount of time to play, sketches are just a dream! I used two from the most recent booklet that Leo put together.

 This one tells the sad story of saying goodbye to our old car following a simple shunt. Because of its age and mileage it was written off almost immediately.
I was inspired by the thread to do some simple embroidery and used the same idea as in the sketch - a speech bubble. It would probably have looked better to have the words inside the bubble or at least the same side as the bubble points too - but it doesn't...

I picked out some of the papers that toned with the photos and the backing page. I drew the speech bubble on the back and with a needle from my ancient Making Memories craft kit (including hammer and implements to add brads the proper way - that's how long I've been crafting!), made some regular spaced holes on the back of the layout and used the thread from the kit to backstitch the pattern. I listened to an audio book whilst doing it (the amazing "the Girl with all the Gifts") and it didn't take much time at all.

I thought it would be fun to use the alphabet tile paper to make the car's registration. That worked because the "s" looks a bit like a 5! That wasn't meant to be the title, the tiny letter stickers (not from the kit) were and in hindsight I wish I could swap them round.

Because there was so much space around my too small title I added the sparkly bow ties. Nothing to do with the car really! A die cut, black tab or two and some sequins later and job done.

The second sketch also features sewing but I decided once was enough!
 I always love it when special moments happen - like the green of my drink and the veggies being an exact match to the green of the little phrases!

This sketch has lots of layered strips and a big one just under the photo and basically that us what I did. A black outline does help each pattern pop in my opinion and I use a lot of the branding strips as well as everything else. I chose my layers, put them on the page to see if I liked where they were, took them off for outlining and then replaced them roughly where they had been but always wondering if they were placed as well as before. Yes, taking a photo and looking at it would be a better idea!

I had to use this sticker as Carys can use chopsticks and I can't!
The flower was on one of the lovely cards but I cut it down to look better on this page
More of those lovely sequins!

Typhoon Problems - Natalie

Hello everyone! 

I'm back today with my second scrapbook layout and a mini Project Life insert with the May/June scrapbook kit! 

I started off with this beautiful background paper with rain clouds on (Kaisercraft Curious B side, Lite Kit), and was thinking about any stories to do with rain I wanted to tell. I decided to scrapbook about when I was caught up in a typhoon during a trip to China. 

This layout was quite simple to put together because I followed a sketch, which required a 6x4 photo, a journalling block and a 4x4 photo along the centre. As you can see for my 6x4 photo I used a collage of 3 photos. 
I used my scallop border punch, which I absolutely love, to create two borders using the beautiful pink spotty paper (Kaisercraft Muse B side, Main Kit), above and below the photos. 

 I decided to type my journalling out, using my favourite typewriter font, and printed it on plain white cardstock. 

For my title I used these gorgeous silver alphas (Heidi Swapp, Main Kit), I love the font it's so whimsical. I also used some Elle's Studio white alphabets from my stash (the same style as the mint alphabet we had in the last kit). I thought the white alphas worked perfectly, against the white background, as I wanted it to be subtle.
I added a cloud wood veneer from my stash. 

In the bottom left hand corner I added another strip of scalloped paper, to echo the design above. As well as this cute compass embellishment, which I made by using my circle punch on one of the cards from the Custom Cards Kit, designed by Leonora! Remember you can always edit the custom cards to make them into embellishments if you wish!
As well as another wood veneer, and a tiny silver heart which is from the Heidi Swapp alphabet set (I love when alphabet sets include little matching hearts and stars). 

I decided to create a small 6x12 project life insert to go alongside the 12x12 layout. This is one of my favourite things to do, as I often find a 6x12 insert is enough to just expand the story a little more, and to add a few more photos. 

I used more of the beautiful cloud paper, and printed off a screenshot about the typhoon from Wikipedia, something I've not done before, but will definitely be doing again!
The pink and white striped card is from the Customs Card kit, designed by Leonora, and the colour is an absolute perfect match to the pinks in the Kaisercraft papers! I added some more wood veneer, another tiny silver heart, and two grey heart die cuts (exclusive in the Main kit). 

I really like the colours of this layout, and I hope you do too! 
See you soon, with more inspiration from the beautiful kits!

Double the trouble

Hi Leo here!

This double layout's kept me busy for a few days now. I started out with the idea to do a pocket page then still had a 6x4 photo to scrap from the same photos so I decided to make it into a double layout with a single page on the opposite side. The pocket page is a Design A page protector that I've adapted using sewing to give it 12 3x4 size pockets by just sewing with the machine down the middles of the 6x4 pockets to split them into two. I've then filled in with the pockets using the cards and embellishments from the kit and I've added some more embellishments from the embellishment kit. The Pinkfresh chipboard was in the last custom card kit so I had a few of those to use up.

The pocket shaker card was created by filling the pocket with the sequins and the die cut, (from the lite kit) then I've stitched around it to seal them inside.
Next the single page, it's a 9x12 size as I like to mix up my pages in my album. I've started the layout the day before by sewing the 'go' part of the title right on to the Heidi Swapp paper from the main kit. I used the die cut letters from the last main kit, (March/April) to draw around then stitched along the lines. The rest of the title I used a circle of patterned paper, (one from the lite kit, I'm using up lots of the scrap bits I have left over) and I've added a banner over the cut edge that itself is cut from a custom card turned to the white side and the letter stickers are fixed over the top. I started the layout basing it on the take 5 challenge that UK Scrap Addicts are running right now.  I picked the 'use numbers' part of the challenge and there are five others I needed to incorporate, 'use a patterned background, use a half sheet of stickers, use embossing powder and use a large title. So this is the point I need to use some numbers and I made a count down from 10 to 1 to run along the circle, (guess at this point it's a semi-circle?) edge.
The embossing powder element I worked in using a tiny heart stamp and some turquoise embossing powder over them. They're kind of scattered around the background. After those I added some more enamel dots from the lite kit. and my leftover sticker sheet is the tiny butterfly stickers that were in the custom card kit.

To finish it off I've gathered the scrap paper pieces I wanted to use and made some more in the same shape by cutting some of the pocket cards from the custom card kit in half. My photo I've trimmed down a little then matted it to one of the 6x4 custom cards. On one of the pieces I've sewn a star like I created on the video in subscribers group last weekend.

To start with I'm going to add my photo and because I know I want to add more around it I'm just added my adhesive to the middle on the back of my photo. I've added it to the page with the 'moon and back' paper from the lite kit behind it.

I love this glitter tape in the custom card kit it's all the look of glitter with none of the messy application! To use it I've cut the top corner off a piece to make it into a kind of arrow.

I've then added the tape over the top at a slight angle to try to show movement, like come on let's go! :)

Now I'm just mirroring the elements on both sides using the paper pieces I have and another piece if the tape.

I still felt it needed a little more to bring the eye up from the photo to the title so I've use the tiny heart stamp again and added a little more yellow.

And here's finally my finished layout!

Hope it's given you some idea on how to use the custom card kit cards in different ways. :) xx Leo

St James | ScrappyNerdUK (Claire) | May/June 2017

Hello Friends - I'm back with another layout from the May/June Quirky Kit.

Please do not adjust your settings - this layout is monochromatic - again. I love the black and white from this kit!!
I decided on a grid layout for this so selected only the papers that were grey black or white (or a mixture) and cut 3x4 inch pieces and laid them in a grid format of 3 across and 2 down.

I also printed my photo in black and white. The photo itself wasn't of great quality as it was taken with my iPhone in low light so the quality was quite grainy. Changing it to black and white or sepia really does help mask the poor quality of any photo - free little tip there for you.

On this I even used some of the tissue paper from the kit to layer behind my photo.

 I then set about embellishing each of the 5 remaining 3x4 inch rectangles. I grabbed a tag from the ephemera pack from the main kit as it was in this gorgeous grey wood grain and I added a little black and white twine from my stash. I then punched out a couple of hearts from the black half of the Kaisercraft Stargazer paper from the Lite Kit. I then added a sticker that says "stay magical" from the Pinkfresh Studio the Mix No.1 phrase stickers pack from the Main Kit.

Next I used the same paper and added a grey heart from the ephemera pack and topped this with a Heidi Swapp bow from the main kit. This was finished off with a chalkboard tag to the right with a couple more word stickers layered over the top. I then added an enamel dot from the Lite Kit and used some of my own stash to add in a little polka dot washi tape and a Tim Holtz Tiny Word sticker (because I can't help myself!!)

Then I used some of the Kaisercraft Mischievous paper from the Main Kit. I used another piece of ephemera from the die cut pack in the main kit and date stamped this with a little stamping off to give the effect of a ghosted image where the ink becomes less each time I stamp.
I wanted this to look cohesive to the other parts of the layout so I included another little strip of the washi from stash and again a word stick, chalkboard tag and enamel dot was added to the top of this card. I then pierced all the way around the ephemera die cut and used the embroidery floss from the Main Kit to add some stitching detail.

I then added a chalkboard sticker from the embellishment kit and used the Gelly Roll pen from the same kit to add my journalling. Again, I used the thread to sew all the way around this label. Although I decided to use a monochromatic theme, I did add in a single pop of green and these appears all throughout the layout.

I then added my title "St James" to another of the chalkboard labels and adhered this to the card next to the photo. I then added two holes in the centre of the layout and used some of the embroidery floss to create a straight line between the two rows. I secured the loose ends in place on the back of my layout with some washi tape.

And here is the layout in its entirety. See you all next time!!

Claire xx

A very Pink layout

For my first layout with this kit I wanted to use cardstock as a background, before I accidentally cut into it for layering. This pink is a gorgeous shade and I had a photo in mood lighting that  I had slightly over saturated to match. It's barely visible but I did a light circle of white gesso where I was going to put the photo.
 This photo is from a party (the title is a joke about the host's misspelling) and I like that the glittery elements and sequins suggest the fun lights and decorations. The Heidi Swap letter stickers are lovely, they make the title look almost hand written.

 I layered papers and embellishments behind the photo. I made the layers very thin and adhered in the middle of each piece so that the edges would be a little ruffled. The polka dot washi lets the pink peek through. I emphasised the bow with a little black fineliner.
I think my decision at the start to match the photo with the cardstock helps make the layout cohesive. I hope you're enjoying the kits so far!

June Selfies - Natalie

Hello everyone!
Sorry it has been so long since my last layout, I've been really busy with exams.
I made this layout today during a revision break, and will be back with more after my final exam on Wednesday. 
For this layout I started with the background paper which is "Muse" from the Kaisercraft Daydreamer Collection, which was in the main kit.
I love busy backgrounds so knew I had to use this as a background. It's perfect for those of us who like the mixed media look but don't have time or want to get messy!
This paper can be rotated round and used in any orientation, but I chose to have it this way, with the black line along the bottom to ground the layout. 

I picked this recent selfie of my mum and I from the Take That concert we went to a few weeks ago.

I matted my photo using the B side of the Paper Fuel Smile paper (Lite Kit). The musical notes 3x4 card, and the June tag are both from the Custom Cards Kit. This kit is perfect for pocket page scrapbooking, but you can also use the cards on traditional scrapbook pages! I thought the musical notes were perfect as we were at a concert. And I liked how the June tag had pink and yellow which matched the background beautifully, but also brought in the green and blue too. 

For my title I used the black Heidi Swapp glitter alphabet stickers from the Extras Shop, along with the word June from the tag.

Under the photo I added two labels, which co-ordinate perfectly and again are from the Customs Card kit. I also added a tiny word/phrase sticker from the Pinkfresh Studio pack (Main Kit). And one of these lovely Heidi Swapp bows (Main Kit), which I have never used on a layout before!

I also added some tiny silver hearts, which I made by using the silver glitter washi tape (Custom Cards Kit) and my heart punch. This is a really good way to use up your washi tape, which I've been experimenting with recently. You can use any punches, I've even used my scallop border punch on a piece of washi. And I added some sequins from the Main Kit.

To mirror the bottom part of the layout, at the top I added another label die cut, phrase sticker, bow, sequins and a washi heart.

And finally I added a smaller embellishment cluster to the left of the photo, with an arrow sticker, sequins, heart and a black tab (American Crafts DIY shop - Main Kit). 

This layout was quite out of my comfort zone but I really enjoyed making it, and I'm happy with the final outcome. I hope you like it too! See you soon for more layouts with these gorgeous kits!