Tuesday, 14 April 2020

White on white with Storyline


Here is another page using the lovely Storyline Chapters collection from Heidi Swapp.  It started with that massive tear and I did the yellow and grey which I liked - added a bit of dimension....then struggled to find a photo (I normally start with the photo and then look for the papers)....so my yellow/grey turned into a yellow grey and blue and I tried to subtly pull out the wonderful blue of the Mediterranean sea - Venice is just so beautiful and I think it is fairly impossible to get a bad photo of the city.

Anyway, my white on white was using one of my favourite Tim Holtz leaf dies - it comes with a range of different leaves but I think this is my favourite one - I cut it out loads of times and then trimmed them to make them fit around my tear.  I then added my photo with the pastel colours from Storyline and a few prima flowers and pale blue thread.  I then added lots of little gems just to add a little more colour.  Then a Pink Fresh alphabet - now these are lovely little alphas - perfect size and you get tonnes of letters on a sheet which really impressed me!



Here are my close ups for you to take a look at.


I hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the garden sunshine!

This weekend ATDML have a virtual crop online so do come and check it out on the blog and the Facebook group - I have a class coming up but you can pull together your own kits and join us.  There are loads of challenges too.



Thursday, 9 April 2020

The Duomo with a bit of mixed media



Carrying on with my Italian adventure we also popped in on Florence, actually we went across from Pisa to Florence and then via the Ferrari factory (yep special request!) to Venice.  The Duomo is just an amazing piece of artwork inside and outside and going up to the top was amazing - lots of little passage ways and breath taking art work - how did they do it!  Having queued and waited our turn, Mum stayed with her feet firmly on the ground and she is just in the V of sunlight on the last picture, taking a picture of us at the top.

This is more of the Storyline papers from Heidi Swapp and the top part of the page was my favourite paper...so I save some and tore it in half adding a lace border.  I then decided to dig my watercolours out, to keep the lines roughly in the correct place I painted a strip of water before I added the paint so the paint would only run in the wet bits, then I added the paint and tried my best to match the colours and let it drip down the page.  I used lots of the little tags and carried on with my hessian and thread theme from my other pages - I really like how the cream lace works with the colours in this collection.  The final addition was the title which I like little light box letters so I hung them from the top, just gluing them at the top incase the glue showed through (even though it was clear).  I really like the acetate so it didn't cover up much of my paint effect!

The weekend after next ATDML are having a mini April virtual crop, there are lots of classes which you don't need kits for - you can put together your own items and tonnes of challenges, so do check out their blog.  www.createdbyatdml.blogspot.co.uk and also the Facebook group ATDML #Create.

Hoping you are having lots of fun crafting and keeping well xx





Monday, 6 April 2020

Views of Venice with Heidi Swapp Storyline Chapters


Hello everyone, I've been having lots of dun with some of Heidi Swapp's Chapters collection - it's got a beautiful vintage feel to it perfect for my photos of Venice from last year.  With everything happening at the moment these memories feel even more precious and it was a wonderful holiday - Venice is just so beautiful.  We went on a gondola ride as all tourists do which gave us some beautiful snapshots of the city rising out of the water, there is something nice about travelling around in a boat with just the water lapping and no noise from cars!
On to the page I went with a classic washing line set up, I stuck my string down with some glue and added a few more textile elements in the way of hessian and some threads - I recently discovered a bag of many colour cottons....yes they will appear on lots of my pages as I explore them all!  I also added in a few elements from other American crafts collections - an old Crate Paper tag and one of the little frames from a summer collection plus Happy Travels banner which I think is from  one of Shimelle's collections.  So really the page is just lots of layers and then a good rummage through my stash to use up sequins and buttons...I'd forgotten how much I like sequins and those little embellishments!

Here are a few close ups.




I hope you are all keeping well and being very creative inside xx

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Vintage Traveller - Great Memories


Good morning everyone, there is so much inspiration buzzing around the internet today and I wanted to add a little bit more to it with a page that I created using Vintage Traveller from Simple Stories.  It's a beautiful collection with pastel blues and greens, maps, tickets, old posters....it's gorgeous.

We had a lovely family holiday to Italy - bit of a trip from Pisa over to Venice, there are lots of pages to come on this!  I decided to scrap one of my favourite photos of late which is me and my youngest on the water bus heading over to Venice, the colours and papers went perfectly.  

I started with my torn strips and layers around the photo, but in my kit I also had the sticker pack for this collection and there are a few sheets of rectangular  stickers, some with sayings, some images - they have the texture of some of the washi stickers that Simple Stories do. I often struggle with stickers like this, as they aren't messy so challenged myself to use them in a different way, as neat rectangles just wasn't working for me!  I decided to tear and layer them -  it was great fun to do and I was really pleased with the effect - adding a nice bit of texture without any paint!  The other way I added some texture was with some organza ribbon - it's been in my stash for ages and I added a pleated/stapled band being my photo - I'd seen this technique years ago and again it was using something that had been resting at the bottom of my ribbon box for sometime.  I started off by sticking it very lightly to the page with a tape runner - so the glue wouldn't show and then added staples so the pleats flattened.


I dug out some of my paper clips that co-ordinated - determined to use up some of the little bits in my stash that have been forgotten!  Did the traditional 3 cluster, so layered in a couple of stickers too.


Jill (from ATDML) sent me these fantastic travel thickers (Wander) by American Crafts - all black and white sentiments with a few photo frames and other little embellishments too.


I hope you have a fantastic National Scrapbooking Day!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Cocoa Vanilla More than Words and Watercolours


I am often guilty of doing single photo pages...you can't see the journalling here - I tend to add it after I've photographed the pages, so I don't have to cover up bits....it does go on there - honest!  

I took inspiration for the background from the More than Words papers and started with distress inks and broken china, tattered rose, squeezed lemonade and iced spruce.  I then added some dots using Kaisercrafts Faded Dots stamp and black ink.  Once happy with the layers I fussy cut some flowers and butterflies from the papers and added them around my photos- I used a few foam dots and added in some stickers from this collection too.


I love the hand-drawn elements on this paper - it meant my fussy cutting didn't need to be too precise too.


Here you can see the inky layers and the stamp in a little more detail, plus a little hand-drawn lettering on the letter stickers.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

ATDML Retreat classes with Pebbles Patio Party....a little bit more summer


Hello everyone, I wanted to share with you a couple of pages I created for one of my classes at the A Trip Down Memory Lane retreat.  It was a fantastic weekend with lots of scrappy friends, plenty of laughter and sharing with ladies I only see a couple of times a year!  It's amazing how a shared interest can build good friends really quickly.

Onto the pages...this one was fairly clean for me - no mess.  I used a starburst die cut from the Star Gazer collection by Kaisercraft (it has a dotty pattern and cream background on the front, but it is pure white on the back and this went better with the papers.  We backed the bursts and layered it all up, using the co-ordinating word stickers - really easy as long as you stick the papers on the back as you cut them out (otherwise it can take a rather long time to work out the puzzle and how to get it together!


There is a beautiful paper in this collection with lots of lovely words and phrases on.


I had to use the watermelon papers as this was a summer page!


The next layout used up lots of off-cuts - we used a triangle template and then arranged these on the page.  A bit of fussy cutting of blossoms and butterflies, more of the thickers and it was done.


I love this little blue butterfly!  I used the yellow striped paper for my journalling too.



So the class was pretty clean and simple, packed with lovely colours.  I hope you enjoyed the pages.



Saturday, 3 November 2018

Autumnal Layout with BoBunny's Floral Spice


Hello everyone, just a quick post today to share a new page that I made with the Floral Spice collection from BoBunny - it is packed with beautiful teals, purples and browns, perfect for Autumn. You can read more about it on the BoBunny blog - you will find the page here, so if you have time do head over and leave me a comment.


I did a little glitter paste mixing to get a two-tone stencil effect.


Here you can see some of the beautiful glittered chipboard pieces that they have in the collection.

Anyway, I will be back with more layouts having been on retreat with A Trip Down Memory Lane....loads of beautiful papers to play with and lovely friendships to catch up on too.  

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