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Some of you may have one of these 12x12 sheets at home, long forgotten in your stash! Why not get it out (or pick one up in the shop for £1) and create a layout.
Colouring in is very relaxing!
And here is a finished layout to inspire you:
"My Grandma" by our Carolyn
Carolyn has painted the outside of the Prima frame with distress inks, and used some pretty patterned paper from Pink Paislee for the centre.
As the Prima Paintable is heavy weight card you can also use watercolour paints as well as mica paints, Sakura pens, Aquamarkers or Promarkers to colour. Very versatile.
The butterfly has been cut with a craft knife and the picture slipped underneath. Carolyn has also done this with a few of the swirls. A title cut on her Vagabond, plus a touch of lace completes this gorgeous page!
A Baby Canvas
Here is another idea - perhaps to hang on the wall of a nursery, or as a gift for a new parent.
I have painted the sides of a medium canvas (£3 available in the shop) with green acrylic paint, and then made a border on the front of the canvas with 2" squares of different co-ordinating patterned paper. The inside square of green card measures 4"x4".
Some of the squares have been embellished with buttons, or dimensinal stickers, The white card behind the flower opens so a little photo of the baby can be put inside.
Here are some of the "ingredients" I used:
This is an ideal project for using up scraps, or left over embellishments. You can see the canvas on display at the craft centre.
A Baby Layout
How about "borrowing" this idea and creating your own bright and beautiful baby layout using whatever papers and embellishments you have to hand?
Here are the close up details:
(Thank you to Kars for the layout and inspiration)
A Further Stash Buster Layout!
Just wanted to share this "Vantastic" layout made by Jan Benskin that celebrates one of her hubbies loves - his van!
Jan has turned the sketch on it's side like Pat, and used co-ordinating stickers from the Cosmo Cricket collection to embellish the page.
It just shows how very differently a simple sketch can be interpreted!
Another Stash Buster Layout!
Pat has turned the sketch from Stash Busters on it's side, added one very large photo and lots of beautiful stitching to create this lovely "Menorcan Memories" page featuring her brother!
Stash Busting Layouts!
Here are the two sample pages from our Stash Buster sessions. The inspiration for the circles originally came from Shimelle and are a great idea for using up lots of embellishments. Both layouts are on display at the craft centre.
This first layout has been made by Carolyn, using patterned paper from "The Girls Paperie" collection. The pretty doily shaped circles are from a Nelli Snellen multi frame die - this shape is the smallest in the set.
Carolyn has also used a Martha Steward lace edge punch as a border to create this beautiful layout.
Jenny has used the same sketch and manged to use up lots of old embellishmen that she has had for several years!
The title letters and cogs have been embossed with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE). Jenny has used a Tim Holtz fragment for the date, and the circle on the right hand side pulls out to reveal her journalling.
The little boy in the photo is Christopher, who has just graduated from Cambridge - which just goes to show it is never too late to scrapbook our memories!
A Scraplift of a Scraplift!
This design appeared in the Scrapbook Inspirations magazine a couple of years ago, and this first scraplift was made by Zoe Varney, as well as several other scrappers including Susanne some time ago.
It just goes to show that a great design can always be used over and over again, as this month Trudy made this beautiful layout when cropping, using Zoe's layout as her starting point!
Trudy used a page kit from the shop, and added the gorgeous new ribbon roses to the design rather than pearls.
Here is a close-up:
Need a challenge? Then why not scraplift this scraplift yourself? It would be great to see what you come up with!
On the Same Wave Lengh!
Just wanted to share two different layouts made at our special crop night last week. Carolyn and I were both thinking along the same lines when we made pages about our very loved pets!
Here is my layout:
Everyone at special crop night chose a kit that contained co-ordinating cardstock, double sided patterned paper, chipboard flower shapes, wooden doiley embellishments, a piece of glitter paper, candi, tulle and bakers twine.
Here is a close-up:
We also had a sketch that we could use if we wanted to. Carolyn has turned the sketch on it's side for her page:
The chipboard flowers look great inked, painted or covered in patterned papers. The wooden doilies made lovely flower centres:
Even more Canvas's!
We have run two further workshops and there are lots more photos to share. Everyone started with an identical kit of materials - but they are all so different!
This first one was made by our own Carolyn:
This one by Jane Towse:
Next Anna Cox:
Vic Davies went home with four blank canvus's and a pot of multi-medium, so I guess this is the first one with more to follow!
Janice Nunn - work in progress:
and her finished canvas:
and our Rachel:
Rachel also made this mini canvas using the same techniques:
And I have managed to finish my second canvas -they are great fun to make!
Canvas inspired by Tim Holtz
Yesterday we had fun altering a canvas and using lots of Ranger products - distress stains, Claudine Hellmuth paints, matte multi medium, rock candy crackle paint and perfect pearl mists and well as lots of distress ink. I had great fun making this, using the techniques I learnt at Tims workshop:
As well as a sentiment the hinge clip could also hold a small photo!
Red Nose Day
I love the way that Loiuse Curtis has used a variety of layers for this great layout of her son's red nose day fun. Her great choice of patterned papers and colours, and the repeated circle shapes help to re-inforce the theme of the page.
Louise has cleverly hidden her journaling underneath a lift up red nose!
Little Ray of Sunshine
Tina Williams has been inspired by the Spring theme of this months Scrap Club and created this stunning layout.
Tina has used a piece of 12x12 Prima Jack and Gill patterned paper for the base of her layout...and has then built on the pattern using beads, wooden embellies, felt, buttons and chipboard!
Here are a few more close ups to enjoy:
I love the way that Tina has embellished this felt die cut sun shape to highlight the title:
I just love this latest layout by Pat that celebrates the Queens coronation. Pat has used a 12x12 sheet of Vintage Union Jack paper (£1.14 in the shop), which would also be perfect for Street Party layouts, or pages that celebrate our armed forces.
Pat has also used lots of Cardwork Candi to create a border on her photo mat, in the centre of flowers, and clustered on her journaling tags - this colourway happens to be called Patriotic!
Here is a close-up of some of her layered flowers and slotted ribbon detail:
Pat has made the bunting embellishment herself!
Not a Scrap of Patterned Paper!
I wanted to share this layout created by Pat. The entire layout has been made with plain card stock - but Pat has hand doodled the pattern!
Here is a close up of her doodling
(practice from many hours sitting in meetings she says!)
A Special Gift
Kayleigh Churchman, one of our teenage crafters, has made this lovely 6"x6" book as a gift for a teacher who has gone on maternity leave.
Kayleigh has cut lots of images to decorate the book using mostly the "New Arrival" cartridge from the craft room, and has bound the book with the Bind-it-all machine. What a thoughtful gift - and beautifully made!
Pat has used the kit from special crop night to create this stunning heritage layout. The stitching is gorgeous. Pat has used a Bazzil Institch template for the 12" swirl. The Prima flowers are so beautiful and match the feel of the page perfectly.
I also spotted some stitching on this this charming layout by Sue Faulkes. Sue has used the Basic Grey Curio collection and has cleverly cut out motifs from the packaging to use on her page!
Liz Wiseman has made this great layout. Some nice ideas for using ribbons on this page, and lots of little details for added interest. The more you look, the more you see!
Liz has used a sewing machine to create the zig zag border.
Memories are so important, and however beautiful or artistic a page, without any journaling a huge part of the story is missing. The layout below was created by Liz Wiseman, and is a well designed and lovely page to look at with some great creative ideas.
However, the journaling takes this layout for me to another level - one that is meaningful and worthy as it celebrates the story of Pamela.
...and here is that all important journaling:
Some Good Ideas!
Maggie Styles has been working on her memory album to celebrate the life of her son Greg and has just completed this double layout "Work of Art".
Lots of good ideas here: the metal border (made with sequin waste) , the paper weaving, and I really like the way Maggie has blown up a photograph to use as background patterned paper.
The titles have been cut using the cricut "Stamped" cartridge. Here is a close up of the paper weaving, mesh and the background paper:
Jenny has made this lovely layout using a photograph of Rachel as a baby. The papers are from the latest Basic Grey Curio collection. As soon as Jenny saw that large rose I knew she would just have to cut it out
Jenny has only used two pieces of 12x12 double sided paper on this layout. Here is a close up of that cutting out!
Jenny's layout is on display at the craft centre if you would like a closer look. The title "Perfect" has been made with grungeboard letters. Jenny has coloured them with an Antique Pink Promarker.
Getting More Mileage from your Scrapbooking Class!
If you recently completed the Autumn Splendour class using the Basic Grey Pyrus collection, then why not create the layout again, but this time using a completely different collection of papers? I have recreated the layout but this time using double sided papers from the Echo Park Wintertime collection. I only used two 12x12 double sided patterned papers for this layout, plus some scraps of card stock!
"Friends" Scrapbooking Class
Here are a few photos of the layouts from our latest scrapbooking class at A Maze of Memories:
We used this great linen effect double sided patterned paper from The Black Market Paper Company "Ebony & Alabaster" collection:
During the class we used punches in lots of different ways. For corner detail we used corner punches - this one is a favourite - String Lace by Martha Stewart.
We made our own scallander's to embellish the page:
As well as punches, we also used the EK Success Circle Scissor and EK Success Curvy Cutters during the class.
If you missed this class we will be repeating it on Friday 3rd December 10.30-1pm. Please book in the usual way.
This is a fantastic example of paper piecing by Lesley Cook.
A great technique for creating one of a kind unique embellishments for your page. All the clothes have been cut out free hand.
I love all the little details especially the coat hangers, and the way Lesley has embellished the clothes with a few gems and even a little buckle on the dress belt!
The cloche hat was Lesley's personal favourite - really cute!
This layout has been made using the Olivia Basic Grey Page Kit. The kit contains sufficient materials to make four 12x12 layouts. I have also added some buttons, twine, a few pearls and a strip of white card punched with a Martha Stewart edge punch to this page. I have also used one large photo rather than the two 6x4 photos shown on the page instructions.
A close up of the title. I have added it to the tag and added a button and twine.
A close up of the journalling and floral embellishment. I added a few pearls as well. The kits are a great starting point for your own creativity, or can be made exactly as per instructions!
We made this layout inspired by a fabulous design by Kelly Gorree for Basic Grey using the Pyrus collection of patterned papers.
The focal embellishment was stamped using the matching clear stamp set by Basic Grey, heat embossed with white detail embossing powder, and then coloured with bleach for a different effect!
The leaf is a Hero Arts cling stamp that we inked with a mixture of distress inks. The brads are Pyrus glazed Brads that match the collection of papers. Twine adds an autumnal feel to the page.
Why not have a go using this basic design but substituting different papers for an entirely different feel, or rotate the design on it's side?
...and finally, eight cards made with left overs!