Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Projects Using... Simply Creative Chalk To Me

Here are 5 projects using the Simply Creative 'Chalk To Me' papers from Trimcraft.  There are instructions on how to make them below each picture.



  1. Cut a 4" strip of striped paper and stick to the bottom of a dot-print 12x12" paper.
  2. Cut a floral border and stick across the join.
  3. Cut two rows of garland print paper and stick across the top of the layout. Use 3D Pearl Effects on some of the dots to make them look like lights.
  4. Print your photo and mount, add 3D foam to the back and stick down.
  5. Fussy cut different elements from the paper pad and stick to the left of the photo.
  6. Add sequins and adhesive gems.

  1. On a 12x12" sheet of black cardstock, paint white gesso in the centre to the right, and two more areas just above and below.
  2. Use coloured chalk with a stencil over the gessoed areas.
  3. Using the same chalk, draw a border around the edge of the page.
  4. Spray the page lightly with hairspray to set the chalk.
  5. Print your photo at 4x4" and mount onto patterned paper and add foam to the back.
  6. Fussy cut bunting from patterned paper and stick to the page, adding your photo on top.
  7. Add die cut stars and a title.
  8. Spatter white ink across the page, making sure you don't get any on the photo.

  1. Stamp a large sentiment onto white cardstock. Once the ink is dry, die cut around the sentiment with a large circle die.
  2. Arrange paper flowers around the circle and stick down. Add an adhesive pearl to the centre of each flower.
  3. Layer coloured cardstock and patterned papers onto a 6x6" card blank.
  4. Add the topper to the card.




  1. Print your photo at 2x3" and mount onto white cardstock.
  2. Cut pieces of coloured cardstock and patterned paper. Stamp designs on the coloured cardstock in black ink and add ribbons too.
  3. Add a length of washi tape along the bottom of an 8x8" page.
  4. Arrange the pieces on the page and stick down.
  5. Finish off with stickers and a date stamp.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Go See Do || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today that involves the Mini...  but not mine, for once!
Back in June I went to a classic car show with my parents. It was the hottest day of the year, 35 degrees in the shade so sadly I didn't take many pictures as I felt like passing out most of the day! Of course I had to take pictures of the Minis though... 


I mostly used the Shimelle 'Starshine' collection here. The backing paper is one I've been hoarding for a few years, it's by Sei. I got it in a surprise bargain box and it's got a gorgeous green foil on it.


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

5 Projects Using... Dovecraft Baby Steps!


Here are 5 projects using the Dovecraft 'Baby Steps' collection from Trimcraft. Yes, it is a baby themed collection but I don't have, or know, any babies, so I had to think outside the box with these proejcts. There are instructions on how to make them below each picture.


  1. Paint an area of gesso on the left towards the bottom of the page. Paint a smaller area to the far right of the page and allow to dry.
  2. Use the packaging technique to smoosh yellow watercolour across the gesso.
  3. Once dry, stamp polka dots in black across the gessoed areas. Take a repeat pattern die cut and use it as a stencil to add pattern to the background with a black fine liner.
  4. Print your photo in black & white. Cut several rectangles to mount it on and distress all the edges and add black ink. Arrange and layer up. 
  5. Cut up frames and doilies and arrange behind the picture and to the right of the page. 
  6. Continue adding embellishments until you are happy with the layout, and then stick everything down. 

  1. Cut a little from the edges of a 12x12" sheet of white cardstock and stick onto a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper. 
  2. Fold two corners of the white cardstock in on themselves. Stick a yellow doily under the corners you have folded.
  3. Using a ruler and piercer, pierce around the edges of the white cardstock.
  4. Stitch through the holes with yellow and gray twine. 
  5. Cut rectangles of different sizes from patterned paper. Distress the edges and arrange them in the centre of the layout.
  6. Stick some of the strips down. Add 3D foam to the back of the rest before sticking those down too. 
  7. Add strips of ribbon to the layout.
  8. Print your photo and mount several times onto patterned paper. Stick to the layout.
  9. Die cut small circles and add your title to them.
  10. Finish with flowers, journalling and photo corners.


  1. Paint gesso down one half of an A4 piece of quality white cardstock.
  2. Once dry, use the packaging technique to smoosh watercolour paint on top of the gesso. 
  3. Choose five wooden frames and back each one with patterned paper.
  4. Stick the frames down the side of the layout, hanging off the edge. Once stuck down, cut off the edges. 
  5. Print your photo at 2x3" and mount onto patterned paper. Add foam to the back. 
  6. Stick the photo down and add some of the frame off-cuts behind it.
  7. Add a title.
  8. Finish with paper flowers, bows, buttons and ribbon.

  1. Cut an 8" square from patterned paper, and a 2x8" piece too. Stick to an A4 sheet of white cardstock, overlapping them slightly.
  2. Print your photo at 3x4" and layer.
  3. Stick a yellow doily to the back of this, as well as a tag or two. Stick to the layout.
  4. Add a title and stick co-ordinating stickers around the page.
  5. Add another tag and some lengths of ribbon in the top right of the page, trimming off any excess.



  1. Cut a 4 inch wide strip from a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper and stick along the bottom of another full sheet.
  2. Add a length of ribbon to the join.
  3. Cut a doily in half, sticking one bit above the join and the other in the bottom right corner of the page.
  4. Cut a rectangle from patterned paper wide enough to fit three wooden frames across it. Layer up with more patterned papers and coloured cardstock.
  5. Stick patterned papers behind two wooden frames, trimming off any excess. Add a small photograph behind a third frame and stick onto the layered papers. Add a tag behind the layers and then stick to the page.
  6. Arrange tags and paper flowers around the page and stick down, adding an adhesive pearl to the centre of each flower.
  7. Add buttons, bunting and bows to embellish.


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Wonder Years || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a mixed media layout to share today.

It started out very differently with lots of big areas of yellow, red and blue on a white background. It was a mess.... so I had to come up with a Plan B! Instead I painted the colours onto watercolour paper and punched out circles. In the end I even punched some circles from the original background. 
I drew around the circles and added more paint behind them, allowing it to run down the page. 
The circles are stuck on with 3D foam and I added coloured thread around them too.

The picture was taken in Liverpool, there was a street where there was lots of umbrellas hanging between the rooftops. 

The title is from 'Wonder Years' by The Summer Set. Here's a video is you fancy a listen...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPsw2JUk1bA

Anyway, the coloured thickers are by Docrafts (I know, right?!), and the stickers are (I think) Amy Tan? The chipboard piece is from My Mind's Eye 'Jubilee'.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Cosy || Scrapbook Layout || Simply Creative 'Go Wild'


Here is a mixed media scrapbook layout I created using the Simply Creative 'Go Wild' papers by Trimcraft. There's full instructions below the picture! 



  1. Paint gesso over the right side of the layout.
  2. Once dry, use the packaging technique to smoosh green ink across the gessoed area. 
  3. Allow to dry and then pierce the ends of each 'stitch' on the paper and stitch across the painted areas with co-ordinating thread.
  4. Cover a plain frame with patterned paper and stick your photo in the frame. Add 3D foam to the back and stick to the layout.
  5. Fussy cut embellishments and stick around the photo. Add some in the bottom left too.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 2 September 2017

WKND || Scrapbook Layout || Crate Paper Oasis

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today that I'm super excited about....
I finally got to scrap a pool photo!

One of my favourite scrappers is Missy Whidden and she uses a lot of pool photos. I don't have any. Until my lovely cousin came round and said her phone is waterproof. On came Snapchat... and we were away! 


I mostly used the Crate Paper 'Oasis' collection for this layout, plus a little mixed media.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

5 Projects Using... Simply Creative Floral Notes


Here are 5 projects using the Simply Creative 'Floral Notes' papers from Trimcraft. There are instructions on how to make them below each picture.



  1. Die cut several butterflies from different papers.
  2. Take a 6x6" sheet of paper and flip it over, drawing diagonal to diagonal to find the middle. Pierce at this point.
  3. Die cut a small circle from patterned paper and pierce the centre of this too. Connect the holes and secure with tack.
  4. Arrange the butterflies around the circle and stick down with glue. Remove the circle, it's just a guide to help you get the butterflies in a perfect circle.
  5. Stitch around the circle.
  6. Stick to a 6x6" card blank.



  1. Take a sheet of 6x6" floral frame print paper. Cut a square of co-ordinating paper just smaller then the inside of the 'frame'. Distress the edges.
  2. Stick a small doily towards the bottom of the smaller piece and trim off the excess.
  3. Stick this piece to the 6x6" piece.
  4. Cut pennants from patterned paper and arrange like bunting across the top of the card. Add twine to the top. Add a button to each pennant.
  5. Add a die cut bicycle, gems and a sentiment. Stick to a 6x6" card blank.


  1. Cut the centre out of a 12x12" floral frame patterned paper.
  2. Stick the frame onto patterned paper using 3D foam to add dimension.
  3. Print your photo at 4x6" and mount onto patterned paper.
  4. Cut three more pieces from patterned paper at 4x6" and arrange on the layout, distress the edges and stick down.
  5. Add embellishments and a title.


  1. Take an A4 sheet of white cardstock and trim a little from the side.
  2. Paint grey watercolour onto plastic packaging and smoosh onto the piece.
  3. Stamp floral designs in black ink. Once dry, colour with a little watercolour.
  4. Cut a piece of patterned paper to A4 size and stick the stamped piece onto it.
  5. Add a length of washi tape along each side. 
  6. Add a 3x4" photo, and mount with patterned paper and vellum.


  1. Cut a diagonal down a piece of 12x12" patterned paper. Use a border punch to create a scalloped edge. Stick to a piece of 12x12" patterned paper.
  2. Add a length of ribbon down the diagonal.
  3. Print your photo at 4x4" and mount. Stick to the page.
  4. Using a circle punch or die, cut small circles from various papers. Cut some from vellum too and stick the vellum pieces under the paper ones.
  5. Arrange on the page and stick down. Add the title onto some of the circles.
  6. Stick sequins and buttons around the page.


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx