Tuesday, 15 August 2017

5 Projects Using... First Edition Floral Fusion!


Here are 5 projects using the First Edition 'Floral Fusion' papers from Trimcraft.  There are instructions on how to make them below each picture. Lots of scrapbook layouts in this post! I felt so inspired with this paper pad.



  1. Print the photos and cut out, leaving a thing white border around each edge. Mount onto patterned paper.
  2. On a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper, mark out lightly where you want the photos to sit using a pencil.
  3. In the flowers/circles around where the photos will sit, stitch to each of the corners using thread. Add a brad in the centre of each flower.
  4. Draw a line across the diagonal of the page, up to where the stitched flowers start. Cut in a straight line up to the flowers, then fussy cut around the flowers.
  5. Back onto a contrasting piece of 12x12" paper. 
  6. Add washi tape along the join and finish with a title.


  1. Cut a 12x12" sheet of double sided patterned paper down to 10 inches square. Fold the corners to the centre, and then make another fold so the corners are facing outwards. 
  2. Stick this to a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper.
  3. Print your photo at 4x6" and mount. Add foam to the back.
  4. Stick in the centre of the folded paper. 
  5. Stick the folds of the folded paper down so they do not stick up.
  6. Stick a title on a piece of co-ordinating patterned paper. Stick to the layout and use a chalk marker to colour the stickers.
  7. Fussy cut a bird and stickdown.
  8. Add a pennant in the top left and bottom right corners and finish with an adhesive gem.


  1. Cut along the diagonal of a 6 inch square piece of patterned paper and stick in the top left corner of a 12x12" sheet. 
  2. Cut 6x9" and 6x6" pieces of patterned paper, distress the edges and arrange on the layout with the 6" piece on top. Stick down lightly.
  3. Stitch around these pieces, and the edge of the layout, with red thread. Fold the edges of these up a little to add some dimension.
  4. Print your photo at 4x6" and mount onto patterned paper, distressing the edges. 
  5. Die cut several pieces of bunting from patterned paper, distress the edges and arragne in two rows along the bottom of the layout, stick down and add twine to connect them.
  6. Stick your photo down.
  7. Die cut the title and stick down.
  8. Finish with flowers, gems and ribbon.


  1. Cut a 12x12" sheet of striped paper into strips. Save two of the widest strips and arrange some of the rest at an angle in the centre of a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper. Stick down.
  2. Stick the widest strips along the top and bottom of the page. 
  3. Print 2 photos at 2x3", cut apart and mount onto patterned paper, adding foam to the back to add dimension.
  4. Fussy cut flowers and add to the layout, adding the photos on top.
  5. Finish with a title and sequins.

  1. To make the fan, die cut a circle and make a cut from the outside to the centre. Then, concertina fold. 
  2. Create a tassel using embroidery floss. There are lots of tutorials on how to do this on Youtube. 
  3. Stick the tassel to the back of the fan.
  4. Die cut a circle for the fan to sit on and glue down, holding it in position until it sticks. Add a larger die cut circle to the back.
  5. Cut 6 strips of patterned paper, 3x9cm each. Weave them together and then mount twice.
  6. Cut a 14cm square from patterned paper and adhere to a 6x6" card. 
  7. Stick the woven square to the right of the card, with the fan on top.
  8. Finish with a sentiment.



Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Success! || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today that I thought I'd already posted but apparently not!
It's mostly using the Shimelle 'Starshine' collection. 

I wanted to make a page about a pretty awesome week I had when I got my uni result, had my first interview and found out I'd got the job.


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kiss & Makeup Birthday Card!

Hi all,

Just a quick post from me today to share a card I made using the Dovecraft 'Kiss & Makeup' collection from Trimcraft. 

Instructions are below the picture, it might look complicated but it was quite easy to make.



  1. Die cut several hearts from patterned paper, in two different sizes. I did 10 of each. Stick the small on top of the large.
  2. Cut a 14cm square from patterned paper and turn over. Draw across the diagonals to find the middle and pierce.
  3. Cut a circle from scrap paper and pierce the centre of that too, line the holes up and adhere with tack. This will help you get the hearts in a perfect circle.
  4. Arrange the hearts in a circle and stick down with glue.
  5. When the glue is dry(!) go around the circle a few times using a sewing machine.
  6. Mount the square onto coloured cardstock, and then to a square card blank.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

5 Projects Using... Dovecraft Perfectly Pink!

Hi all!

Here are 5 projects using the Dovecraft 'Perfectly Pink' collection from Trimcraft. There's a bit of everything here! There are instructions on how to make them below each picture. 


  1. Add gesso across the centre of a 12x12" sheet of pink cardstock
  2. Once dry, use the packaging technique to smoosh pink spray ink across the gessoed area. 
  3. Take a pack of wooden frames and back each one with patterned paper.
  4. Arrange across the layout and stick down when you are happy with the arrangement.
  5. Print your photo and mount. Cut a doily in half and stick one half behind the photo and the other to the left of the page. Add pegs to the photo and stick down.
  6. Finish with accordion flowers, a title and other embellishments in each frame.


  1. Cut 4 inches off the bottom of a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper. Mount onto a 12x12" sheet of contrasting paper.
  2. Cut a doily in half and stick one bit on the top left and one on the bottom right of the page.
  3. Stick a length of ribbon across the top and bottom over the centre paper.
  4. Fussy cut several flowers from floral paper. Stick some over the doilies.
  5. Print your photo and mount several times onto patterned paper. Add a doily behind and stick to the layout. Add more fussy cut flowers. 
  6. Finish with a title, gems and buttons.



  1. Cut 2 hearts from acetate. Stick together with 3D foam tape around most of the edge. 
  2. Through the gap, add sequins. Seal the gap.
  3. Cut a heart the same size from patterned paper and cut an aperture in the middle. Stick on top of the shaker element.
  4. Die cut a large tag and cover with patterned paper.
  5. Stick the shaker element on top.
  6. Decorate with paper flowers.



  1. Cut rectangles the same size as a  die cutphoto frame, from acetate. Stick a photo frame to one of the acetate pieces. Add 3D foam around each edge and the inside joins in the photo frame.
  2. Add sequins into each compartment. Add the other piece of acetate to the back.
  3. Cover a card blank with patterned paper.
  4. Stick the shaker element in the centre.
  5. Embellish.

  1. Stamp a large sentiment in black ink on a card blank.
  2. Fussy cut flowers from patterned paper. 
  3. Stick the flowers on the card, around the sentiment and so they are overlapping each other and the edge of the card.
  4. Leave to dry and add a couple of small embellishments. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Scrapbook Layout || First Edition 'Sweet Nothings'

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today using the First Edition 'Sweet Nothings' papers from Trimcraft.
The layout is a scraplift from the ladies at CreateCraftRepeat , which were scraplifts from RoseyPoseyStudio.

The picture is of Nathan and I on our anniversary. I thought the paper with the hearts matches my little bow. 

  1. Use dies to cut bunting from different patterned papers.
  2. Arrange the bunting in rows across the layout and glue to a 12x12 sheet of patterned cardstock. Try and pick something plain-ish so your bunting stands out.
  3. Print your photo at 4x4" and mount onto patterned paper.
  4. In the area your photo will sit on, add a thin layer of gesso.
  5. Cut lengths of twine and stick across the top of each row of bunting.
  6. Stick down your photo, using 3D foam.
  7. Add a small peg to the ends of each length of twine. Stick the pegs down. 
  8. Finish with a title and the date, and bows to embellish.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

5 Projects Using... Simply Creative Sugar Rush


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


  1. Cut several pieces of patterned paper and arrange on a 12x12" sheet. Distress the edges and stick down.
  2. Cut a piece of acetate and cover in confetti glitter glue (allow a few hours to dry) and cut in half.
  3. Print your photo at 4x4" and mount onto patterned paper.
  4. Using the same glitter glue, cover the alpha stickers you will use for your title. 
  5. In pink ink, stamp some emojis, die cut or punch them out and colour their eyes with 3D Pearl Effects.
  6. Arrange the glitter acetate, title and embellishments and your photo, then stick down.
  7. Punch little hearts from glitter card and arrange around the layout.
  8. Spatter the layout with coloured ink.


  1. Take a board (I think this one is from shirt packaging) and layer up patterned papers onto it. On each layer, distress the edges and then add ink.
  2. In between the layers, have doilies and paper flowers sticking out from the edges. 
  3. Stamp flowers up the left side of the piece.
  4. Paint the birdcage using white paint first and then your chosen colour. 
  5. Stick the birdcage to the piece and allow to dry.
  6. Using a heat gun, stick ribbons to the left side of the piece. 
  7. Add flowers too. To make the large flowers, cut petal shapes from foam, add a little colour and then use a heat gun to make the petals curl. Use a heat gun to stick the petals together and finish with a button.
  8. Add bunting and gems to the birdcage.


  1. Stamp four flamingos onto different papers and cut out. You may need a craft knife for the fiddly bits. 
  2. On an A6 card blank, stick a length of washi tape along the bottom.
  3. Arrange the flamingos so they are standing on the tape. 
  4. Finish with adhesive gems and a sentiment. 


This card uses free printables available to download from the Trimcraft website.


  1. Print and cut out your chosen elements. Cut the centre from the frame and stick the swan tag behind it, trimming off the excess.
  2. Arrange the frame and 'thanks' banner on patterned paper and stick down, including a leaf in the sandwich. Cut around the edge leaving a small border.
  3. Stick in the centre of a 13cm square of patterned paper. Stick to a card blank.
  4. Finish with co-ordinating buttons.


  1. Die cut 36 hearts from patterned paper. Arrange in a grid on a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper so there are 6 in every row and column. Stick down with glue when you are happy with the layout.
  2. Using a sewing machine, sew lines down each column of hearts. You could also stitch manually and try different embroidery stitches. 
  3. Print your photo at 3x2" and mount. 
  4. Add 3D foam to the back of the photo and stick the the bottom right corner.
  5. Add a few embellishments but use them sparingly.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Time To Create || Scrapbook Layout || Simple Stories The Reset Girl

Hi all,

I have a super quick and easy scrapbook layout to share today, using the Simple Stories 'The Reset Girl' chipboard stickers & washi tape. I got them as part of a kit last year and they've been sitting around because I never really scrapbooked about creating before....
Until National Scrapbook Day happened and I wanted to scrapbook the layouts I had made during that weekend. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Changing Things Up!

Hey all,

Had a bit of a rethink this week.
With so many projects for Trimcraft, I had layouts scheduled up until November already. Crazy, right! I have been so inspired lately!
However, I realise that one blog post per project might not be the best way to go about things...
So I am going to introduce...

'5 Ideas Using'...!

Every Tuesday I will post 5 projects using the same (Trimcraft) paper pad or collection. There will be a variety of different ideas and types of projects in each post. Maybe you will see something new you want to try. This way I get to share my DT projects, inspire my readers and free up some blog space for future projects. Hopefully it'll be a more interesting format for you all!

And each Saturday I'll try and get a scrapbook layout up using my own stash. Last week I ordered some things from the new collections and I am really looking forward to using them.

Today I have some write ups to do and I might bake.
Have a fab day!
Emily xx

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Beautiful Day || Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout & Process Video

Hi all,

I have a new layout to share today, and a little process video too. I didn't use any particular collection here, I just went through my stash and picked out some bits that were blue. 


Here's my process video, it's in timelapse. I bought a little clamp to hold my phone above my desk so I can film top down now!


Thanks for stopping by! 
Emily xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Mini Mixed Media Canvas || StudioLight 'Romantic Vintage'

Hi all,

I have a little mixed media canvas to share today, using the StudioLight 'Romantic Vintage' collection from Cherish The Memory.

Back when I was in high school I loved painting (not that I was that good!) and I bought little canvases from The Works but never ended up using them.
 I figured 7 years in a box was too long so I got one out, flipped it over and painted it with Distress Paint. 

I stuck one of the die cut pieces in the back and layered up more inside and outside the frame. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Secret Garden || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a little story to tell you today.
It all started one weekend when I was experiencing Anxiety.
I am so much better than I used to be but sometimes life makes you overthink and then diminishes any creativity. So I was in my craft room at a loss...
Then my parents walked in and said they wanted to craft with me.
I nearly cried!

Mum was sat on the floor next to me cutting out bits of wallpaper like she did when she was young (in the 50s and 60s there were no scrapbook supplies, so they had to cut bits out of magazines and newspapers) , and dad was laid on the floor reading. We had coffee and biscuits and it was lovely.

Here's what I started making that evening and finished off the next day. It's using mostly Maggie Holmes' 'Shine' & 'Bloom' collections. The picture is of me (wow!) a few weeks ago when I had a photography morning with my dad at the local garden centre. They have show gardens there and I was sitting looking at all the tadpoles in the pond, and dad took my picture.


Here's Ma & Pa keeping me company <3



Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

ATCs || StudioLight 'My Botanic Garden'

Hi all,

Quick post from me today, here are some ATCs that I made using the StudioLight 'My Botanic Garden' collection from Cherish The Memory.
I made them by cutting up a 12x12" sheet that had ATC sized prints on it, and decorated them with the die cut ephemera from the collection.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Embrace Life || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today using a watercolour background.

I had just bought the Pink Paislee 'Fancy Free' chipboard sheet and I wanted to use them to make a layout. I grabbed a piece of 12x12" white cardstock and mixed up watercolours to match the colours in the chipboard sheet. Then, I painted circles in each colour, making sure the layer below was dry so that the colours didn't go muddy. Once that was all dry, I stitched more circles using the sewing machine.
The picture is of Nathan and I in York recently. It's our go-to place if it's a lovely day and we fancy a walk around and a nice burger. We like the Slug & Lettuce as it's right by the river, and we always make sure we get a window seat.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

How To Love Your Sequins! || Flamingo Cards || First Edition 'Sweet Nothings'

Hi all,

So you know I'm obsessed with flamingos...?
And shiny things?
Here are a couple ideas for you to use your sequins. 
These cards are made using the First Edition 'Sweet Nothings' papers from Trimcraft. 


  1. Cut a pink tag from the cut apart sheet in the 12x12" Sweet Nothings paper pad. Use it as a template to cut a tag from white cardstock too.
  2. Die cut a flamingo from the pink tag. 
  3. Using 3D foam, stick the flamingo tag to the white tag.
  4. Put glue in the aperture and add sequins.
  5. Add strips from the cut apart sheet to the bottom of the tag. Add twine to the top of the tag.
  6. Die cut a sentiment from patterned paper and stick to the bottom of the tag.
  7. Use a green gelato or watercolour paint to colour a small white doily. Stick this behind the tag once dry.
  8. Cover a plain frame with patterned paper and stick behind the doily & tag.
  9. Behind these stick a scrap of patterned paper.

  10. On a 6x6" card blank, layer up a 14 and 13.5cm squares of patterned paper.
  11. Stick the tag layers onto the card, sandwiching silver thread while doing so.



  1. Cover an A6 card blank with patterned paper.
  2. Cut a 14.5x10cm piece of white cardstock.
  3. Lightly draw a teardrop shape on its side towards the bottom of the piece of cardstock. 
  4. Add blue and silver sequins using glue.
  5. Around the edge of this and around the edge of the piece of cardstock, odd dots of 3D pearl effects.
  6. Add a die cut flamingo and die cut sentiment.
  7. Finish with more dots and adhesive gems, then stick to the covered card blank.


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 1 July 2017

(Un)Lost || A4 Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today and it's quite different from what I normally do as it's clean-and-simple.

It was one I created for a National Scrapbook Day challenge, and the challenge was to be inspired by a song. The song I chose is "(Un)Lost" by The Maine and I've put it below the picture if you fancy a listen. 

Anyway, I chose to use this picture of my boyfriend, taken at the top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh. At this point I was still getting my bearings, it was very high up... Nathan was already sat quite happily taking pictures. I took this one on my phone. 

I tried to come up with a clever way of having the lyrics from the song on the page - I didn't want to stamp them (too big) or die cut them (even bigger), so instead I put some A4 cardstock in the printer and printed the lyrics. 

The papers are from a... American Crafts or Studio Calico 6x6" pad called... Darling Dear! I think they're super old but they matched my picture. I cut strips the same width as my 3x4" photo and lightly stuck them down before stitching through them.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Fold Out Card Using The Dovecraft 'Kiss & MakeUp' Collection


Hello hello hello!

As you may know I'm always on the lookout for something different to try. I was scrolling through Instagram one day when I found this by jakscraft2. I thought "how hard can it be?" so out came some 12x12" cardstock and I had a go using the Dovecraft 'Kiss & Makeup' collection by Trimcraft. If you scroll down there is a video on how to make it! 


Here is the video:


The front when the card is closed:


And finally a close up:

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Monday, 26 June 2017

LIFE UPDATE - THINGS ARE LOOKING UP

Hey gang,

These past few weeks have been super stressful. First I had uni work to finish and hand in, then there was a whole to-do which meant I couldn't exhibit my magazine project. Then I had to decide what to do with my life.... I was between applying for Hobbycraft or volunteering until I found something better. Hobbycraft would have been fab but it involved Commuting (shudder) and it wasn't enough hours.
Then I found Perfect Job.
I wrote an application.
I got an interview.
I bought Grown Up Clothing for the interview.

And now I will describe the last few days of last week.

Wednesday: Found out I had got a 1st in my magazine project, which brought my final grade at uni to a 2:1 which I am absolutely over the moon about!

Thursday: Interview.

Friday: Phone call saying I had got the job. Evening out with my parents to celebrate.


Wondering what the job is? Well, recently on my travels I had seen a shiny new building being built. For a while I was curious what it would be, until I saw the job being advertised. It is a brand new sixth form college and from September I will be the Visual Arts Technician. So basically I will be showing people how to use cameras and Photoshop, among lots of other things. It's creative but doesn't require me to actually make stuff, I just get to help other people make stuff and achieve their creative ambitions. Cool, eh? From the sounds of it, no two days will be the same. For once in my life I'm excited to do something that requires me to leave the house. And I'll be getting paid for it!

The best bit is, I can buy craft supplies guilt-free! Woohoo!

And you know what? I AM ME AGAIN! For so long I was stressed, anxious and miserable. But once I got that phone call... Now I can forget about sorting out my life and craft, which I haven't felt like doing much over the past month or so.

So my first ever job application and I got it. I still can't quite believe my luck but I'm glad to have taken another step in life.

I still hope to be designing, so this blog should still be updated, although maybe less frequently.

Thanks for reading!
Emily xx






Saturday, 24 June 2017

Today || 9x12" Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a layout to share that I made for a National Scrapbook Day challenge. 
The challenge was to use a big title - either a large size or a long title or lots of journalling. 
I chose a large title and I had this piece of chipboard from the Pink Paislee Fancy Free collection. 

The picture is of the contents of my backpack on a recent visit to the local nature reserve.


I used scraps to back the apertures in the title. Most of the embellishments are from the Cocoa Vanilla Wild At Heart collection.

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, 22 June 2017

Lighthouse Father's Day Shaker Card || First Edition Wild Flower

Hi all,

So I know Father's Day has been and gone but I wanted to share the card I made for my dad. I didn't want to blog about it beforehand and ruin the surprise as he is a good one and appreciates handmade cards.

The instructions are below the photo so you can make your own shaker card! The papers I used are from the First Edition Wild Flower paper pad by Trimcraft.


1.       Cut the thick part of a blank photo frame down so that all side are equal.
2.       Cut 2 squares of acetate and 1 of patterned paper the same size as the outside of the photo frame.
3.       Stick thin tape around the edge of one square of acetate, stick the other to it and before you seal it, fill with sequins.
4.       Stick more thin tape around the outside of the pocket and stick to the frame. Stick the square of coloured paper to the back of the pocket.
5.       Die cut a lighthouse from patterned paper and add detail with 3D Pearl Effects. Stick to the frame.
6.       Cut a 13cm square of coloured cardstock and stick to a 13.5cm card blank.
7.       Cut 2 rectangles from patterned paper, one 7x13cm and the other 7x2cm. Stick one on each side of the coloured cardstock.
8.       Stick your shaker pocket on top of the card, in the centre.
9.       Die cut three portholes, stick along the bottom of the card and add ‘dad’ on top of them.
10.   Using the inside of the portholes, stick down the left side of the card and add a small button in the centre of each with a little twine threaded through.

While I'm here, here's another card made using the same collection.


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

8x8" Scrapbook Layouts || Dovecraft Goody Bags

Hi all,

I have some layouts to share today that I did in my little 8x8" scrapbook, using the pink and black Dovecraft goody bags by Trimcraft. 

This first one uses die cut circles and a fine liner to add sketchy interest to the page. The picture has a little bit of colour but not so much that it distracts from the rest of the page.

Remember that card I shared last week that had lots of hearts die cut from the front? This layout uses the hearts that were die cut. Clever, eh?


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 17 June 2017

How To Use A Cut File Without A Silhouette Machine

Hi all,

Today I have something to share which blew my mind when I found out.
You can use a cut file without a cutting machine!

I found out during a National Scrapbook Day challenge where the use of a cut file was required. You can print the cut file on your computer and use it as a printable.
What I chose to do was open an A4 document in Photoshop, add the mandala design twice and have it overlapping the edge both times. I printed it onto A4 cardstock.


This layout was the perfect opportunity to use up some of the Papermania Neon collection that I adored a couple years ago. I traced around the edge of the mandalas with PVA glue and then added the glitter. This was quite time consuming as I could only add one colour of glitter at a time but I was so pleased with the result.
I also used neon paint in pink and yellow to fill in some areas of the mandalas. I added neon gems, 3D pearl effects and neon tassels too. 
I printed my photo to 3x4" and mounted onto neon cardstock. I added neon glitter strips around the layout, sequins and neon buttons to finish off.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 15 June 2017

I Think Pink Is My Colour || Card Tutorials || Dovecraft Pink Goody Bag

Hi all,

I have some cards to share today, along with some step by step instructions so you can try making them for yourself. 
They are all made using the Dovecraft pink goody bag from Trimcraft (they come in other colours too, I received the pink and black in my design team kit.) I also used a little of the black for one of the cards.


  1.  Cut two 5x14cm rectangles from textured cardstock. Mark the centre both vertically and horizontally and die cut a heart directly in the centre. Die cut another equidistant from this heart and the top, and the same from the bottom. Do this for the other piece of cardstock too.
  2. Cut another 5x14cm piece, this time from patterned paper. Add three of the die cut hearts down the centre, using the pieces you cut them from as a template. Use 3D foam tape for this so they stand out. Add 3D pearl effects around the edges of the top and bottom.
  3. Cut two more 5x14cm pieces of patterned paper. Using the pieces the hearts are die cut from, stick them on top with 3D foam dots. 
  4. In the top heart of one and bottom of the other, stick small buttons.
  5. In the top and bottom of the opposites, die cut a filigree heart and add to the centre.
  6. Arrange all three pieces on a 6x6" card blanks.
  7. Finish with a sentiment and adhesive gems.



  1. Cut a piece of patterned paper to 14.5cm square and stick to a 6x6" card blank.
  2. Layer up paper flowers, alternating between pink and black. Add a large adhesive gem in the centre. Stick to a die cut star. Add thread behind each layer to add texture.
  3. Stick this to two small rectangles of patterned paper and then stick to the card.
  4. Die cut small gears and tuck in between the flowers and layered papers.
  5. Die cut a sentiment and stick to the card.
  6. Add ribbon on either side of the card.
  7. Finish with ink spatters.


  1. Take a card blank from the goody bag.
  2. Using small heart dies, arrange on the card blank front and die cut. Keep going until there are apertures across the front of the card.
  3. Using up scraps, stick a scrap behind each aperture and leave to dry.
  4. Add patterned paper on the inside of the card to cover up the back of the scraps and ensure a professional finish for your recipient.
  5. Finish with a sentiment. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Peacock || Scrapbook Layout || First Edition 'Wild Flower'

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today using the First Edition 'Wild Flower' paper pad by Trimcraft and a picture of the lone (poor thing) peacock that resides at a local garden centre I visit a lot with my parents (what can I say, they do fantastic breakfasts!)



  1. Print your photograph at 3x4".
  2. Cut 5 3x4" pieces from patterned paper. Arrange with the photo onto a larger piece of patterned paper so they are equal distance apart, stick down and cut around the hole thing, leaving a small border. 
  3. Add some embellishments like doilies and tags on top of the cards.
  4. (Optional) Stitch around some edges of the little cards in co-ordinating colours.
  5. Using 3D Pearl Effects, add dots around the edge of the papers.
  6. Stick the whole thing onto a 12x12" sheet of patterned paper.
  7. Finish with journalling, gems, die cuts and a peacock feather.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Suits You! || Scrapbook Layout || Pink Paislee 'Moonstruck'

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today using the Pink Paislee 'Moonstruck' collection. It was made for a National Scrapbook Day challenge (yep, I completed 12 of them!) and the challenge was to use leftovers - so what I used here was what was left over of my November Like For Ever kit. 



The picture is of my super handsome boyfriend taking his first changing room selfie... The purpose being that he was trying on a suit and wanted to show me what it looked like. It was student night at our local shopping centre so he took the opportunity to get a nice suit with a discount. I felt very proud. I enquired for permission to scrapbook the picture and to my delight, permission was granted. Oooh.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx



Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spring Blossom || Scrapbook Layout || First Edition 'Sweet Nothings'

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today that I created for a challenge on National Scrapbook Day. The challenge was to scraplift a layout by one of the UK Scrap Addicts team, so I chose to scraplift this one (< link) by Maria La Chica.
This layout uses the First Edition 'Sweet Nothings' paper pad by Trimcraft, and a picture of the stunning blossom trees I saw in a garden in our village.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Right Now || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have another layout to share today that I made for a National Scrapbook Day challenge. This one was to document a selfie/your life 'right now'. 
I chose to use this pic of me and Nathan before a date night, I was happy because I had my twirly new dress on and I felt so good!


I've had this gorgeous foiled paper in my stash for a while (Can't remember what collection it's from, though!) I also had these beautiful chipboard stickers by My Mind's Eye that perfectly matched the olive green of my dress. I finished it off with lots of gold embellishments.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Bee-autiful Cards! || StickerKitten 'Bee Garden'

 Hi all,

I have some cards to share today using the 'Bee Garden' collection by StickerKitten. At time of posting, Sarah will have been on Hochanda promoting her products and these first two cards are what I sent to her for use on the show, along with two A4 scrapbook layouts. I'm always happy to help out a friend and it's so exciting to make things for the telly!

You can pick up the collection HERE. < (Link)

The Bee Garden paper pad has a mixture of watercolour patterns and also kraft papers with delicate black linework and I tried to use a bit of both for my projects.

This first card is made using the kraft papers. I also used the stamp set and heat embossed the designs in gold.


This next one uses the watercolour papers. I decorated the wooden bee using Dovecraft 3D Pearl Effects. 


Finally I made a spinner card. I didn't send this in for Hochanda as the spinner didn't quite work right and I perhaps need another try. I'd never done it before so let's say I've learnt from it! 


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

York || Scrapbook Layout || First Edition 'Wild Flower' || Step By Step

Hi all,

I have a pretty, watercolour-y scrapbook layout to share today using the First Edition 'Wild Flower' paper pad by Trimcraft. 

The picture is of the ruins in the Museum Gardens in York. 


Step by step:


  1. Spread gesso across the centre of the page and allow to dry.
  2. Scribble purple gelato or paint purple watercolour onto plastic packaging, add water and then smoosh onto the gesso.
  3. Cut two strips from 12x12" paper, one 1" wide and the other 3" wide. Stick to the page, leaving a small gap in between.
  4. Add a length of ribbon and a length of washi tape in the gap between the patterned paper. 
  5. Print your photo at 3x4" and mount a couple of times with patterned paper. Stick down in the centre of the page.
  6. Die cut several pennants from patterned paper and textured cardstock, layer and stick to the top left and bottom right of the page using a stapler. 
  7. Add floral stickers and a title.
  8. Finish with ink spatters, adhesive gems, buttons and flowers.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Summer || Scrapbook Layout || OneCanoeTwo 'Hazelwood'

Hi all,

Summer is here and I have a layout to share using a very summery picture I took on a recent visit to Potteric Carr, our local nature reserve. It's a beautiful place with a huge variety of habitats and wildlife and a great place to go to get away from everything.

I mostly used the OneCanoeTwo 'Hazelwood' collection (my favourite collection ever!) for this page. 


The layout was created as part of the National Scrapbook Day challenges over on the For The Love Of Pretty Paper Facebook group, this one was to make a spring or summer themed layout.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx


Thursday, 25 May 2017

Blue Tit || Scrapbook Layout || StudioLight 'My Botanic Garden' || Scraplift Yourself

Hi all,

I have a scrapbook layout to share today using the StudioLight 'My Botanic Garden' collection that you can pick up from Cherish The Memory

I must admit, I cheated a bit with this - the picture is printed from Wikipedia - I tried for ages to get a decent picture of the Blue Tits in our garden but they are too far away and too fast. But, I had this idea of using a picture of the little birds with the collection so to Google I went.


This layout was created for one of the National Scrapbook Day challenges over on 'For The Love Of Pretty Paper' on Facebook. The challenge was to 'scraplift' one of your oldest or even your first scrapbook layout. Here is a pic of the new layout with the one it was scraplifted from. I made it back in 2006. In my defence, there wasn't anywhere near as many scrapbook products available and also, I was 12 years old! I really enjoyed scraplifting myself.

Thank for stopping by and I wonder if you will try scraplifting yourself too!
Emily xx