International Scrapbooking Weekend!

Hi all!

I just wanted to come in quickly to let you all know that this weekend is (Inter)National Scrapbooking Weekend! (It’s actually “Day”, not weekend, but you know us scrapbookers, we like to make the most of things and we have turned one day into a whole weekend)

We decided not to run anything on UK Scrap Addicts as there were already so many groups having events, and with the new team having just joined, we really didn’t have that much time to organise anything properly. And from my experience in the admin team for FTLOPP last year, these things take a lot of organization!

So I have just been participating in challenges for For the Love of Pretty Paper, and I have completed three for the Mercy Tiara group. I am hoping to get at least two or three more today, and perhaps catch up with the ones I didn’t get to complete tomorrow, which is a bank holiday!

Read you soon!

Scrapbook layout – Double trouble

Hello everyone!

I’ve got a very special layout for you today as it has been created for National Scrapbooking Day! The lovely Natalie, who is admin on For the Love of Pretty Paper, asked me to collaborate with one layout for one of the challenges that they are organising for NSD and I was more than happy to oblige! The challenge is to make a layout without using trimmers or die cut machines, etc… Just you and your scissors!

And here is my layout:

Double Trouble | crafts by marialachica | Scrapbooking layout

I fussy cut all the speech bubbles which are from Shimelle’s latest collection and I also cut by hand the background paper!

Double Trouble | crafts by marialachica | Scrapbooking layout

Double Trouble | crafts by marialachica | Scrapbooking layout

And I also have a YouTube process video for you!

I hope you will join us with all the super challenges that they have organised for the weekend!

Cardmaking – Happy birthday (for The Social Papercrafter)

Hello all again!

My second project for The Social Papercrafter Magazine is a card based on a sketch. I very usually follow sketches for scrapbook layouts but I don’t do so for cards that often. I have in the past, but it’s not something I tend to do.

However, when I saw the sketch for the card in this edition of the magazine, I knew I wanted to give it a go. Especially, because the sketch is quite simple, which for me is much more helpful than when the sketch is quite complex with lots of detail, because then you tend to overthink things. With simple sketches, it’s easier to come up with a quick idea in your head and then extend that original idea.

And here are the sketch and my card:

Happy birthday card | crafts by marialachica | the social papercrafter magazine - May 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking and read you very very soon! (It IS National Scrapbooking Day -weekend, actually- starting tomorrow!!!)

The social papercrafter - Maria La Chica - Papercraft artist

Scrapbook layout – I miss you (Tom)

Hello everyone!

My first layout that I produced for the Social Papercrafter Magazine is a Pinterest scraplift.

For my first Pinterest Make and Review, I went to my general Scrapbooking board in Pinterest where I seem to dump every single layout I come across that I like… I should really tidy up my boards and maybe organise them by type of layout? Anyway… I have thousands of pins in there so I was sure to find something to lift. I didn’t have to look for long, though, as one of the latest layouts that I had pinned really jumped at me and I knew right there and then that it was “the one”. Lately, I have been making very simple and clean layouts, and that’s probably why this one by Sasha Farina for Studio Calico really grabbed my attention.
I miss you (tom) | Crafts by marialachica | The social papercrafter magazine - scraplift
As you can see, all the main elements of the original layout are also on mine: the photo with a tag behind, the other two clusters, the stamping and the stitching. I have added a few other bits to my layout, in order to make it a bit more “mine”. I really love a few ink spray splatters and sequins are my latest favourite embellishment.
I wasn’t sure of the process that the original designer followed for her layout, but this is what I did:
– First I started with the photo cluster. I have used Cocoa Vanilla Studio “Endless Summer” collection for my pattern paper and embellishments. I have used this collection before with kraft cardstock and I really love how it looks. I knew I wanted to use kraft as my background, as the colouration of the photo was calling for it!
– Secondly, I made the other two clusters and I positioned them roughly in the same place as the original layout. I ended up moving my top cluster a bit to the left, as I knew that I wasn’t going to add the stars elements of the original layout, so moving my cluster to the left balanced the layout a bit better.
I miss you (tom) | Crafts by marialachica | The social papercrafter magazine - scraplift

– Thirdly, I did the ink splatters. I used white Heidi Swapp Color Shine, which is not super bright white, but still gives a very lovely shine to the page. I used the “splatter” technique rather than actually spraying.

– Next, I stamped the “I miss you” sentiment in random locations. The stamp is from a very old Hero Arts stamp set. So old that I don’t even have the original packaging anymore and I can’t remember what it’s called!

I miss you (tom) | Crafts by marialachica | The social papercrafter magazine - scraplift
– And lastly, I stitched the cardstock. I used my ruler and punched holes after every centimeter. It is a much bigger gap than in the original layout, but I don’t normally have the patience to do lots of stitching, so the wider the stitch, the better for me! I used normal embroidery thread in an off-white colour.
– For the finishing touches, I used a couple of white enamel dots and a few sequins too.
I hope you have liked this layout and it has inspired you to actually try some of the pins that you have in your Pinterest boards! As you can see, you can copy a layout but by using your own papers and embellishments, you can make that layout your own!
The social papercrafter - Maria La Chica - Papercraft artist

The Social Papercrafter Magazine

Hello lovely scrapbookers!

Today I have some exciting news…. I am so proud to announce that I am involved in a new project called The Social Papercrafter! It is a digital and interactive magazine all about papercrafts. The UK scene isn’t short of cardmaking magazines, but scrapbooking always tends to be left behind. So when I was approached to participate in this magazine, I definitely said YES!

The magazine covers a very wide range of topics, from cardmaking to tutorials, to using crafting to improve your mental health and kindness projects. Of course, we could not leave scrapbooking behind and in the first issue there are two articles about scrapbooking, and one of them is mine!

Click HERE to access the online magazine.

Isn’t it exciting?!

The social papercrafter - Maria La Chica - Papercraft artist