Sunday, 29 April 2018

Sketchy Sunday no. 178

It's been a while, but I've been doing a spot of scrapping and in the process a sketch was born. This one uses one of my go to shapes, the star and is great for using up some glitter scraps too. So, without further ado I give you sketch no. 178.

And here's my layout inspired by the sketch. Simple, but effective with a pop of glitter. 

I used the Simply Creative Stargazer paper pad which was part of my recent Trimcraft Design Team kit. The title was cut on my Cameo and some of the stars I popped up on foam pads for a little depth. 

I've also been doing a spot of pocket page scrapping. I was intending to just slide in the pics and add a couple of paper panels, but I discovered my Canon Selphy printer does not actually print true 6 x 4, I found a note buried in the small print to say approximately 6 x 4....great! So, I decided to print them smaller and mat on paper panels, I actually like the way they came out. 

I used First Edition Perfect Allusion papers for this one and cut some tree shapes to frame my story. 

For this one I used the First Edition Bee Happy papers and layered up the honeycomb papers for depth in the centre square. 

These pages are going in with my normal 12 x 12 layouts, the album is going to be a real mix and match. 

Now, just a movie recommendation....if you haven't seen it yet do see The Greatest Showman, it's a gem of a film. 

Happy Scrapping

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Don't Worry, Bee Happy!

The First Edition Bee Happy papers proved to the perfect excuse to indulge in a series of reminders to live a more mindful life in the form of some ATCs.

Of course, all of those good intentions deserve a treat, so a little chocolate box was next on the crafty project list. Here's the how if you'd like to make your own version.

1. Cut a piece of black cardstock 11.5cm x 15cm. Score at 3cm and 8.5cm down from the 11.5cm edge. 
2.   Score at 3cm, 6cm, 9cm and 12cm down from the 15cm edge. Cut at the score lines on the 15cm edges to the first intersecting score line to create 3cm square tabs on both sides with a larger center panel.
3. Fold at all the score lines and unfold. Apply glue to alternate tabs on both edges and adhere the 1st tab to the 2nd tab and the 3rd to the 2nd, this makes the box base. Adhere the 4th tab to the 5th to create the box lid. 
4. Mat the box front, back, lid and sides with patterned paper. Cut the side panels of the lid on the diagonal from the front bottom corner to the back top corner, to form a triangular end panel on both ends of the lid. 
5. Die cut, punch or hand cut several flowers in different patterned papers and layer adhering to the right top edge of the box. Add gems to the centres. 
6. Take a copper number 4 and U sticker and adhere together, overlapping slightly as shown in the photo. Cut a ‘Honey’ from patterned paper and adhere with foam pads to the front of the box adding the 4U just in front of the ‘Honey’. 

Happy Scrapping

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Beyond the Shore

As soon as I received the First Edition Beyond the Shore paper pad I couldn't resist cutting out the sparkling mermaids and once I had them it was a case of what to make first.

For project number one I came up with this mini book. Having seen the myriad of party decor for mermaid themed get-togethers, I thought this would be the perfect place to keep those special memories.

Obviously cutting into those papers generated some scraps and the excuse for a small run of ATCs.  A little glitter experiment led to some sparkly seaweed additions and a collection of gems made for plausible bubbles.

To finish up I covered one of my fav alterables, a Dominos box, using the same techniques. My little niece has her eye on this one. 

This paper pad has definitely made it into the favs pile.

Happy Scrapping

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Chocs Away!

If you're someone who likes to get with the season, even if it's just in a small way, these two quick projects may be the ones for you. If you like the designs, I used the new V&A Craft Papers from the 12 x 12 pad for both of these projects.

First up is this simple card, perfect to go with a box of chocs for friends.

Embossed foam cut in an oval makes a sugar free egg with a cute die cut bunny to top it off. 

Now, for those Creme Egg fans I designed this Easter bag, the perfect size for an egg and a few minis too. 

If you'd like to make your own version of this bag here's the how:-

1. Cut a piece of cardstock 14cm x 21cm. Score at 5cm down from the 14cm edge. Rotate the cardstock a quarter turn and score at 5cm, 10cm, 15cm and 20cm. 
2. Trim away the 1cm x 5cm section and taper the 1cm edges of the 1cm tab remaining. Mat the 5cm x 9cm sections. 
3. Fold at the score lines to create the body of the pinch bag and seal with the 1cm tab glued to the inside of the first large section.
4. Cut along the vertical score lines of the sections at the bottom of the box tube. Fold over the sections and using a strong glue seal the base of the box.
5. Pushing the sides of the top of the box gently into the centre point, pinch the back and front panels together. Punch a hole through the front and back sections. Thread a ribbon through the holes.
6. Cut an oval of brown foam and emboss with a floral pattern. Die cut a rabbit from glitter felt and adhere to the foam egg. Adhere the egg to the front of the bag. 
7. Pop in the creme egg and a few smaller ones and tie the ribbon to seal. 
Happy Scrapping

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Feeling Bookish!

Have you checked out The Works? If you're a crafter or reader it's well worth a look. The craft department is great for all sorts of goodies and there are some real bargains to be had. I'm not affiliated with the store, just an avid fan.

I picked up this plain wooden book box on my last shopping trip and set to work with Dovecraft Nature's Grace papers. A little patience and a sharp pair of scissors and voila!

A pretty finished project and the perfect home for a matching waterfall mini album. Soon to be filled with photos from our patch of Eden, aka the local park. 

This book style is so quick and easy to make and holds a surprising amount of photos, perfect for a special occasion gift album. I think this set it would be gorgeous in wedding papers for that special day. 

If you'd like to make your own version here's the how. 

1. Cut two pieces of chipboard 16cm x 10.5cm and cover both in patterned paper. These are your book covers.
2. For the waterfall, cut five pieces of black cardstock 9.5cm x 8.25cm. Score all five pieces at 1cm down from the 9.5cm edge. Fold at the score line to create a 1cm tab. Round the bottom edge of the large flap on each page. Cut a piece of black cardstock 8.5cm x 8.25, round the bottom edges only.
3. Bind the two chipboard covers together, I used a Bind-it-all, but you could use book rings or ribbon. Blend black ink around the outer edges of the front and back cover. 
4. For the waterfall bottom page adhere the 8.5cm x 8.25cm black cardstock piece to the inside back cover of the book 1.5cm from the bottom edge and 1.5cm from the bound edge of the cover, with the 8.25cm edge horizontal. 
5.Apply glue to the visible side of the 1cm flap of a waterfall page and adhere butted up against the top edge of the bottom page.  Adhere the second 1cm flap directly above the 1st with no gap between. Repeat for all pages. 
6. Mat the pages with a variety of patterned papers, inking the mat edges before applying.
7. To create the pocket, cut a piece of black cardstock 10cm x 12cm. Score at 1cm and 9cm down from the 10cm edge. Rotate a quarter turn and score at 1cm down from the 12cm edge. Trim away the 1cm square corner sections and taper the edges of the 1cm sections. Fold the 1cm sections to the back. At the edge with no tab, trim the right corner in a diagonal as shown in the photo. Apply glue to the 1cm sections and adhere the pocket to the inside front cover. Mat with patterned paper, inking the edges before applying. Cut a tag to fit the pocket.
8. Fussy cut some flower elements from patterned paper matted on black cardstock and ink the edges. Create your title using print, stamps or stickers and frame with a wooden frame. Adhere the frame to the front of the book. Add the fussy cut flowers, tucking some just under the frame and some adhered using foam pads. 
9. Fill with memories and pop into the book box. 
Happy Scrapping

Saturday, 17 March 2018

ATC Nature Series

I've been catching up on a few craft projects using my last Trimcraft DT kit and in a determined effort to make use of my scraps I've taken to making small series of ATCs. I'm completely addicted to these little art panels and my scraps pile is definitely getting a work out.

This set were made with the Dovecraft Nature's Grace papers, perfect for a spot of fussy cutting.

I added some leftover stickers from the same design line to finish this card. 

I went fussy cutting crazy and finished with a little pop of glitter card die cuts for this one.

On the subject of ATCs, while doing my weekly shop in Sainsbury's I noticed they're selling little pre-made ATC style cards, they must be getting very popular. Can't say I'm surprised. 

Happy Scrapping

Thursday, 1 March 2018

My Digi Tech

It’s about time I did a little crafty app round up, it’s been a while since my last one and so time to share what I currently have installed, just in case you’ve missed a gem. I’m not affiliated in any way with these apps, so it’s just my personal recommendations if you’re looking to add a techy tool to your crafty arsenal.

Let’s start with an old favourite, the Project Life app. If you’re a scrapbooking fan, which if you’re reading scrappy blogs I assume you are, this app is well worth having. Priced at £2.99 and with a bunch of digital kits available it’s great if you find yourself running short of time. Now it’s available on Android too. Although, for me, I don't think it will ever replace paper completely, it’s a great option for creating layouts on the go - my daily commute is often very productive now.

Now, when it comes to photo editing I admit to doing most of it on my iPad as it has the best screen of all my gadgets. I use a few different apps, depending on what tools I need, although sometimes the standard edit tools on the Photo app are all that’s required.

Firstly I go for Snapseed, it’s a great photo editing package. I also use Pixelmater and the new kid on the block Picture Perfect. These apps have plenty of tools and are not too difficult to master, so between them I can generally achieve what I'm after.

I’m not a big effects user, but I do like the colour masking available using Colour Effects which is FREE, so no excuse not to give that one a try. Here's the type of thing you can achieve.

PicStitch, this one’s a collage photo app. Great for adding extra images to a layout with a bit of a different style or add extra images into your Project Life pages without the need for different style pocket pages or digital frames.

These next two apps are great fun and ideal for creating unique art work gifts on the quick. WordPack (99p) and Wordificator are word cloud apps. I use mine to create personal title spots, embellishments or Project Life cards. Here's how I used it on a Project Life app layout.

Now for that mother of all time-suckers, Pinterest. Looking for inspiration, quotes or just something for dinner, this is the app for you. Make up your own pin boards, private or shared with the public, but be warned, the time just gets away from you - that doesn’t mean I don’t want you to check out my boards, which you can access with the links on the right.

If you have any fav apps you’d like to share, please leave a comment with the details, I love to try new ones.

Happy Scrapping