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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!
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May 2017 Lookback – YouTube video

Hello friends! I thought my YouTube channel was looking very bare the other day, so I decided to make a lookback video with all the layouts that I created during the month of May. It was a very busy month and I created almost 40 layout!!! Say whaaaat!

So here it is! I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for visiting, and read you soon!

Scrapbook Layout – Tommy

Hello all!

Today I wanted to show you one of my NSD layouts a bit more in detail. For two main reasons: it is my first ever A4 layout and secondly, it is a scraplift of a newly discovered talented scrapper.

This is my layout:


And this is the layout that I scraplifted:



So this was my first time doing a layout on A4 format. This format is actually very popular. In America they call it 8.5×11 (which is very similar to A4 size, and because A4 is readily available here, British scrappers will normally just use A4 rather than buying the other size from America).

I must admit that I found the format a bit odd. I am so used to square! Even when I was scrapbooking on 8×8, it was smaller but still square. The verticality of it worked with this layout though, but maybe only because I was scraplifting an already made layout and I wasn’t trying to come up with my own original work!

The designer that I copied is Victoria Marie. She has been around for a while but I have only just discovered her. I love her style, as it varies and it can be quite simple and striking or busier with lots of layers, etc. I liked this layout above that I chose to scraplift because it would force me to use tons of embellishments that I have been collecting over time, that I rarely even look at because they are just not my style. However I loved how she made them work on her layout. And I am quite happy how my layout turned out!

A couple more closeups:

Tommy closeup

Tommy closeup2

I entered this layout on the NSD challenge about long journalling, and I tell the story of our first encounter with our first cat, Tommy. He is greatly missed and I wanted to make a layout about him.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout, and thanks for looking!

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National Scrapbooking Day Round Up 1

Hello everyone!

I really hope you have had an amazing NSD and that you have been inspired to get your stash out and work on some pages!

I was very lucky to play along on Friday night and most of the day on Saturday. My own personal challenge for NSD is to complete all the challenges posted on For the Love of Pretty Paper, and so far I am doing great, however I still have six to do!

Here are the first 11 (yes, ELEVEN!)

Challenge 1: Make a layout with a “Spring” or “Summer” theme. Use a photo taken in the Spring or Summer. Your title could include the word Spring or Summer.

Life's a beach

Challenge 2: Video Scraplift. Claire Murphy, Jess Claire and I created a scrapbooking process video and the idea was to watch the videos and choose one to scraplift. I chose to scraplift Jess’s, in Project Life format. Below are my original layout for the video and Jess’s scraplift.

Fun Summer Days

Evening walks

Challenge 3: Use the single page sketch and double page sketch from UK Scrap Addicts:


Now and then

Challenge 4: UK Scrap Addicts cut files. There were several to choose from, and I chose the Mandala one. I didn’t cut it, though, just printed it and watercoloured it.

Follow your dreams

Challenge 5: Tic Tac Toe challenge. I created a tic tac toe grid with several techniques to use. I created two layouts, one as a sample for the challenge and one I created during the actual challenge! Here’s both.

Embarrassing moment


Challenge 6: Songs and Films. Use a Song title, song lyrics  or Film Title or scrap about music/TV or films in some way! I went with the animated film The Gruffalo 🙂

We're going on a gruffalo hunt

Challenge 7: Video Scraplift. The same as challenge 2 but with videos from Sarah Roulston, Laura Rumble and Scrapbook Bex. I chose to scraplift Scrapbook Bex, although I still want to do the other two!

Easter Break

Challenge 8: Use a Big or Long Title or Lots of Journalling. I went for long journalling on a scraplifted page from Victoria Marie.


Challenge 9: Scraplift your very first layout (or one of the first you ever made!)

My tribe

And this is it for now! I will come back at some point next week when I have finished all the remainder layouts!

Thanks for popping by!

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