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Scrapbooking Layout – Hello Nature

Hello fellow scrapbookers! It’s finally Friday! Are you ready for the weekend? I certainly am!

The layout that I bring you today I made on Wednesday morning. My husband and I were very lucky to enjoy a short break sans-kids in Exeter at the beginning of the week. On Wednesday morning he had a business meeting to attend there, so whilst he was gone I took the opportunity to scrap a page. I had taken with me my March Lottie Loves Paper kit and other bits and pieces. So I took a table in the hotel bar area, and off I went!

I must admit that I felt a bit odd. I have only ever crafted in “safe places”, aka, my house or a crop with other like minded people, so being in a public space, being looked at by complete strangers made me feel weird a couple of times. I got a couple of people kind of interested, asking to look at what I was doing and asking a couple of questions. The waitress who brought me tea said that she scrapbooked from time to time, “but nothing this big”. From her description I think she keeps a smash book of some sort.

So, without further ado, here’s my layout!

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As I have previously said, I took my Lottie Loves Paper kit, which has got papers from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and some embellishments from 1canoe2 Hazelwood collection. I also had some die cuts from the same collection, so I used those. On the layout there are also some paper laser cut flowers from Heidi Swapp, some faux sequins and other enamel hearts. I did some watercolour splattering. And the title is made of the hello sticker from 1canoe2 and the word Nature with puffy alphas from Freckled Fawn (which i love and I wish I had in every single colour)

A couple of close ups:

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I must admit that I did not love having so little to choose from. I suppose in a way it is good as I was then forced to use what I had, but for example, that title is not what I had in mind for my photo. I wanted the title to be about Mother’s Day, but I didn’t have the letters necessary in the two different alphas that I took. This title is actually the third one that I came up with that I actually had the letters for!

I decided to do some hand stitching around the border when I got home on Wednesday night. It felt like it needed something extra, and this month it’s all about stitching on UK Scrap Addicts so I decided to do that 🙂

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this layout, and thanks for stopping by!

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Scrapbooking Layout – Bubbly Boy

Hello lovely likers!

On Saturday I was at the Scrap Cafe crop in Bracknell and had a super great time. I sat with Roxy and Claire (both of them are in the UK Scrap Addicts team) and also with Georgia and Amy, who were newbies.. this was their first time crop ever!

Unfortunately I wasn’t productive as I normally am, only finishing three layouts! I blame all the chatting and giggling… 🙂

The layout that I am bringing you today was the second layout that I created. I will show you the first one later on this week! And the third one that I created I can’t show you until next month, as I used a sketch that will only be reveal in May, in celebration of National Scrapbooking Week, I mean, Day (06/05/17).

This layout was created for the April challenge over at For the Love of Pretty Paper. We have been given four different colour combinations to choose from and had to base our layout on these colours. The combination that I chose was “Bright and Cheery”. And this is my layout!

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Here are the colour combinations for the challenge:

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And a couple more of close ups.

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I really enjoyed creating this layout, as it was very simple, clean and straight forward. No faffing around looking for pattern papers! I ended up doing hand-stitching over the vellum paper, however, I got my sewing machine out as Roxy said that she could set it up for me! Unfortunately, we struggled to get it going, and I have ended throwing the machine away. It has only given me problems since day one! Maybe I may try again in the future, if I have £50 laying around which I fancy spending on a new sewing machine…

Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this layout and read you soon!

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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

More updates coming soon and sneak peeks!

Hello everyone!

Apologies for not posting anything in the last few days. I have actually been working hard on several projects all at once, but they are for the Silhouette Design Team so I can’t show you much at the moment!

I can, however, show you a little sneak peek of a few layouts that I have already finished but need to be kept secret for now! Shhhh…. Don’t tell anyone!

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I will be able to show more very soon! Until then, thanks for stopping by!

Maria x