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Scrapbooking Layout – My ballerina

Good afternoon everyone!

I am having a disastrous crafty afternoon. I have started two projects and both of them have gone wrong! So I decided to down tools and write a blog post instead. As it happens, I have a layout to show you! On Monday night I sat down to scrapbook after quite a while! National Scrapbooking Day was quite intense and I didn’t fancy scrapbooking much since.

I love the page I created so much! Over 90% of the materials used came from current and past Lottie Loves Paper kits. I forced myself to use up some embellishments which have been sitting there for too long! The papers are from the current kit, Oasis collection.

And here it is;

My ballerina

Sorry I haven’t got any close ups. I didn’t take any yesterday and today is super gloomy and rainy so the light is not great to take any more photos.

I hope you have liked this layout and thanks for stopping by!

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Silhouette UK Blog – One cut, three layouts

Hello all! Today I am over at the Silhouette UK Blog with a little tutorial on how I used one cut with my machine to create three different projects!

Because, if you are anything like me, you like to make the most of your scraps! (I am known to keep pieces smaller than two inches square, oops!) so being able to make three different scrapbook pages out of one cut is a win in my book!

I used a file from the Silhouette Store called Sunburst Square, but I am sure that this will work with any background files. I have used the cut as a stencil, the normal cut page and the negative space. And these are my layouts!

  1. Cheeky Smile. This was the first layout I made, as I used the cut as stencil and needed to be done first! I used acrylic paint and Heidi Swapp Color Shine for my background and then a mixture of elements from the Starshine collection and other enamel shapes from my stash. I also did a very very very lazy stitching around the border, as I felt that the page needed something extra. It is super lazy because there are only four holes in the page 😀Cheeky Smile
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  2.  Usual Suspects. This was the second one. My intention originally was to flip the cardstock and use the other side, as this side was all full of ink and paint splatters. However, I actually loved the way it looked, so I created my layout on this side! I love rainbows, so I had lots of fun creating this one with a mixture of pattern papers and buttons.Usual suspects Usual suspects2 Usual suspects3
  3. Wonderful you. For this layout I used the remaining bits. I had added some perforated lines to the “rays” on the cameo, so I had stiched through most of them, using three different stitch patterns. This was actually quite fun to do! I attempted to channel my inner Missy Whidden doing some gesso and watercolour background, however, I think I still need lots of practice! For this layout I used mainly Pink Paislee’s Oh My Heart collection.Wonderful you Wonderful you2 Wonderful you4
    I hope you have enjoyed these layouts and thanks for stopping by!
    Maria x

Second Paige Taylor Evans and BOAF workshop

Hello lovely crafters!

On Saturday I attended my second workshop with the ladies of Birds of a Feather and the super talented Paige Evans. She is due to go back to America in June, so I have a feeling this was the last chance we got to work with her up close and personal!

She came up with four gorgeous layouts, designed with her newest collection with Pink Paislee “Oh my heart”. And once again, I am so happy with all four of them!

This time I was a bit disorganised and I didn’t prepare the photos with the dimensions that we were advised to take. I had been so busy with UKSA, Lottie Loves Paper and Silhouette, that I just didn’t have the time! So what I did was take all the photos that I had already printed ready to scrapbook. As it turns out, with some strategic cropping, I was able to find everything that I needed and they suited the layouts too!

The workshop was at a different venue this time, and I must admit that the room was not as big as the one in Coventry and I felt a bit pushed for space. I had no room whatsoever to put my things, and I had packed very lightly! The lunch wasn’t as good either. Don’t take me wrong, what I had was perfectly fine, but there weren’t hardly any options to choose from and nowhere to sit! We had been told that it was going to be a finger buffet, but then they served foods that needed to be eaten with a fork and a knife… hardly finger food!

This time we were sitting in tables of two (versus long tables the previous time) and I sat with Christina, whom I already know from FTLOPP and the Artful Angels crop. She was a delight to be with, and we really got on very well! We had a photo taken together, but it is in her camera, so I need to wait for her to send it to me!

I also met so many familiar faces from the Internet world. As it turns out, the amazing Beata Valint was there too and I didn’t even realise! I met Nikki, who is in the Silhouette team with me, and Emma who is in the UK Scrap Addicts team too!

And without any further ado, here are my layouts!

Heck Yes

Love your laugh

The good life

Ice cream lovers

And a photo of me with the talented lady:

Paige and me

I hope you like the layouts as much as I do!

Read you soon!

Maria x

Scrapbook Layout – The beginning of our adventure

Hello all!

Yesterday I attended my second crop of the month (gasp!) and it was with the lovely Artful Angels ladies. This is one of the layouts that I made at the crop, and it is a scraplift from the lovely Sarah, who attends the crop and who is also the owner of Lottie Loves Paper, where I get my monthly embellishment kit from.

This is her layout which I scraplifted:

sarahs scraplift

And this is my take on it!

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The background stripey paper is from Kaisercraft “Back to basics” collection, and the butterflies are cut from my 6×6 Crate Paper “Chasing Dreams” paper pad. The “adventure” copper thicker is from Shimelle’s “Go Now Go” collection, and the other alphas are Basic Grey from my stash (similar to these ones)

I added some watercolour to the white cardstock using the packaging technique, and I also matted my photo in some pink and gold paper from my stash (do not know the manufacturer).

This is the very first photo that I have scrapbooked about my wedding, and I have really surprised myself using pinks, as the main colour scheme of my wedding was turquoise/teal and black… Maybe I will scrap another photo in those colours another time 🙂

A couple of close ups more:

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I hope you’ve liked this layout and I hope to read you soon!
Maria x

Scrapbooking Layout – Beautiful

As I get ready to attend another crop next weekend (Scrap Cafe in Bracknell), here I am sharing another layout that I made at the Artful Angels crop last month.

I added the stitching at home only recently, as I thought that it needed something else and it was looking a bit bare in the edges. And so glad I did! It really works very well.

I just used my watercolours directly into the cardstock, I didn’t prime it with gesso first. But it is a 300gsm cardstock, so very thick, and I knew that the watercolour would be fine on it.

I then borrowed a few tiny punches from the crop table and went through my stash looking for papers that would match the watercolours. The papers used under the photo and for the photo corners are from the gorgeous Sunshine and Happiness collection by Simple Stories. It is such a bright and colourful collection, I love it!

So, as you can see, a very simple layout, but I just love the simplicity of it and how the photo is still the focal point. I hope you like it!

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And a close up:

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