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

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

On Fleek || Scrapbook Layout || Dovecraft 'Kiss & Make Up'

Hi all,

I have a scrapbook layout to share today using the Dovecraft 'Kiss & Make Up' collection by Trimcraft.

I know it may seem narcissistic to use selfies on scrapbook layouts but this collection really lends itself to scrapping selfies.

This layout got a bit messy, I made the mistake of spattering drawing ink onto the page and it went everywhere and looks a bit messy. I'm not that happy with it but sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

I made this layout as part of the National Scrapbook Day challenges over on the 'For The Love Of Pretty Paper' group on Facebook, the challenge was to make a layout based on this sketch, designed by Laura Rumble for UK Scrap Addicts:

The challenge has ended now but there is no reason why you can't use this sketch for inspiration anyway. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Birb Watching || Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

Here's the first of a series of blog posts that come under the umbrella of 'Emily Loves Scrapbooking Again!!'. There'll be a new layout comprised of non-design team products every Saturday for the considerable future. 

"You stopped loving scrapbooking?!" 
Well, not exactly. But I overthought every single layout I made. 
I'd love to be on a scrapbook design team so I could concentrate on scrapbooking but this is the hand I am dealt right now and I am very grateful for my current opportunities. 
Another problem for me was and is, dolla. I've finished uni and haven't worked out what I want to do with my life yet. So I'm saving what I can and that means I can't justify a scrapbook kit subscription. 

But then National Scrapbooking Day happened.....
I am a member of the 'For The Love Of Pretty Paper' UK scrapbooking group on Facebook. Over that weekend they posted 12 challenges and during the weekend and following week I completed every single one and loved it! I really enjoyed getting stuck in with my stash and not having to stick to any particular brand. I even got completely caught up with my 2017 scrapbook. 

Here is a layout I made for a 'tic-tac-toe' challenge, to pick three items from a table of nine. My choices were fussy cutting, die cut and ink spatters. 

The picture I used is of my boyfriend on a recent visit to the local nature reserve. We had heard a 'birb' (what he likes to call a small bird, it's very sweet), but couldn't see it. Here he is looking for it, camera at the ready.

To make the layout I chose to use my Heidi Swapp 'September Skies' paper pad. I picked it up a couple years ago in TKMaxx before they made the ridiculous decision to stop selling scrapbook supplies.
I fussy cut the floral paper and layered behind the photo, adding die cut birds on top and finally my title, journalling and ink spatters.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 18 May 2017

How To Make 3 Cool Cards Using The Dovecraft Monochrome Goody Bag!


I have three projects to share today using one of the new 'Goody Bags' from Trimcraft. There are several to choose from and today my projects are from the Monochrome Goody Bag. There are instructions below each image.

Each pack has a selection of 6x6" and 8x8" patterned papers, 6 sturdy coloured 6x6" card blanks with envelopes, sentiments, buttons, flowers and gems, as well as a project sheet to get you started. They're perfect if you're no good at choosing co-ordinating supplies, if you need stash in a particular colour (like I needed some purple things last year so I bought a purple 'goody bag' - this was before I was a Trimmie!). They'd also make a great gift for someone who is just getting into cardmaking or scrapbooking. There are so many possibilities with these goody bags as I am about to show you.

1.       Cut a 14cm square from patterned paper and mount onto black cardstock and cut out, leaving a small border
2.       Position a star die in the centre and die cut.
3.       Cut two pieces of acetate just larger than the aperture, stick the edges together, leaving a gap.
4.       Fill the gap with sequins and then seal.
5.       Stick the pocket behind the aperture and then stick the whole thing to a 6x6” card blank.
6.       Die cut smaller stars from vellum, and ‘happy birthday’ from black cardstock and attach to the card.
7.       Finish with a die cut pennant and spatters of black and gold ink.

 1.       Cut a 14.5cm square from patterned paper. Ink the edges with black ink and then stick to a 6x6” card blank.
2.       Cut a 14cm square from a different sheet. Ink the edges with black ink and then stick to the larger square.
3.       Cut four 6.5, four 6 and four 5.5cm squares from patterned paper. Ink the edges and then stick a small, medium and large square together.
4.       Arrange the four layered squares onto the card and stick down.
5.       Draw around the acetate backing of the large ‘with love’ stamp onto vellum and cut out.
6.       Stamp the ‘with love’ stamp onto the vellum and mount onto patterned paper. Cut out, leaving a small border.
7.       Layer up paper flowers, stick a brad through the centre and through the ‘with love’ piece.
8.       Stick the whole thing to the card. 

1.       Cut a 14.5cm square from patterned paper and stick to a 6x6” card blank.
2.       Cut a 6.5cm square from patterned paper and mount onto black cardstock and cut out, leaving a thin border.
3.       Cut a length of silver thread and loop and stick in the centre of the square.
4.       Die cut two flourishes from black cardstock
5.       Die cut a dragonfly in black and silver and stick the silver on top of the black. Stick on top of the looped thread along with the black flourishes.
6.       Cut two 1.5cm wide strips of patterned paper, invert an end of both, stick to the centre of the card and trim off the ends.
7.       Stick the decorated small square to the centre right of the card.

8.       Finish with a sentiment, buttons and splatters of black ink.

I hope you've been inspired by my cards - I had a fun day making them whilst watching the Formula One!
Thanks for visiting!

Emily xx

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Lovely || Scrapbook Layout || First Edition 'Sweet Nothings'

Hi all,

Today I have a layout to share with you using the First Edition 'Sweet Nothings' paper pads by Trimcraft. It has a really gorgeous pink, peach and aqua colour scheme, with lots of florals. There's a cut apart sheet (well, 3) in each pad and that is what I used to make this layout. It is a shame that First Edition pads do not have matching embellishments but these cut apart sheets make up for it a lot and allow for a wider variety of creative inspiration. 

The picture I used is a selfie of Nathan and I before a date night. I believe this one was Wagamama (again!)

Step by step:

  1. Cut apart the cut apart sheet in the 'Sweet Nothings' 12x12" paper pad.
  2. Take a 12x12" sheet of bookprint paper and paint gesso across the centre and up and down the left side of the page. Leave to dry.
  3. Paint watercolour onto plastic packaging with plenty of water. Smoosh onto the gessoed areas.
  4. Arrange the long border pieces along the centre of the page at different angles. 
  5. Print a photograph at 4x4" and add other pieces of the cut apart sheet behind it, along with a coloured doily. 
  6. Punch holes in tags and add twine through the holes. 
  7. Stick the 'I love making memories with you' piece on the left side.
  8. Add a length of crochet trim beneath the title.
  9. Finish with adhesive pearls. 
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 13 May 2017

You & Me || Scrapbook Layout || Pebbles/Jen Hadfield 'Simple Life'

Happy Saturday!

Good news - I have finally finished scrapping my Edinburgh photos! This is the last layout and we took the selfie while we were waiting for food to arrive in the Slug & Lettuce. I don't know why I'm looking over --->. Perhaps I wasn't ready. Who knows?

I mostly used the Pebbles/Jen Hadfield 'Simple Life' collection here - I have the 6x6" paper pad and the printed wood veneer - as you may know I'm always on the lookout for something a little bit different and these definitely fit the bill. The rose on the left is fussy cut from the paper pad.

The backing paper is from Maggie Holmes 'Shine' and I added gesso and used the packaging technique with some teal gelato.

The other elements in the layout are mostly OneCanoeTwo 'Hazelwood'.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 11 May 2017

How To Make Super Quick Cards || Simply Creative Around The World

Hi all!

I have another card making tutorial for you today, showing you how to make super quick and easy cards. These are great if you're a beginner or you haven't much time to craft.

These cards are made using the Simply Creative 'Around The World' papers and Dovecraft large sentiment stamps from Trimcraft. I love the little balloons! 

1.       Cut a 9x13.5 rectangle of white cardstock.
2.       Spray blue ink onto plastic packaging and smoosh onto the cardstock. Leave to dry.
3.       Stamp a large ‘happy birthday’ onto the piece of cardstock.
4.       Fussy cut hot air balloons and stick around the sentiment.
5.       Mount the whole thing onto patterned paper and then onto an A6 card blank.

1.       Stamp two balloons in black into onto white cardstock.
2.       Colour the balloons.
3.       Stamp a large ‘thank you’ onto white cardstock.
4.       Cut a square around the sentiment and mount onto patterned paper twice.
5.       Cut a 8x15.5cm rectangle from balloon patterned paper. Mount onto more patterned paper and stick left of centre onto a 6x6” white card blank.
6.       Add two strips of washi tape across the card.
7.       Stick the ‘thank you’ onto the card.
8.       Stick the balloons to the right of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

#Snapchat || Scrapbook Layout || Dovecraft 'Kiss & Make Up'

Hi all,

I have a scrapbook layout to share today using the Dovecraft 'Kiss & Make Up' collection from Trimcraft. It's just so cool, right? I also used some machine stitching on this. It's optional but gives such a great effect (except when it comes unthreaded and the air turns blue.... ). There's a tutorial on how to make it below the picture. 

So, the pictures. My cousin Caroline and I were messing around on Snapchat at our grandparents' house at Easter. At the time I had a Windows phone so didn't even know what Snapchat really was.... I know, right?! On the day of writing I should be getting an iPhone.... not my birthday yet but my OH doesn't want me "crying" over a glitchy phone any longer... 


1.       Using an old credit card or a palette knife, spread a layer of gesso across the centre of a 12x12” sheet of textured, coloured cardstock and allow to dry.
2.       Spray red ink across the centre of the page. You can use a stencil if you want.
3.       Print your photos at 2x3”. Mount them onto tissue paper and then onto patterned paper.
4.       Stick both onto a piece of patterned paper and mount onto another. Stick this onto white tissue paper.
5.       On the left side of this, stick three patterned tags so they are peeking out from behind. Stick the whole thing in the centre of the layout.
6.       In the top left and bottom right, stick lengths of washi tape and ribbon.
7.       (Optional) Using a sewing machine and various colours of thread, stitch along the ribbon and washi tape with straight and zigzag stitches. Also stitch around the photos and a zigzag down the left side.
8.       Ball up your offcuts of thread and stick behind your photos.

9.       Finish with brads, tags and chipboard stickers.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Love You || Scrapbook Layout || Pink Paislee 'Moonstruck'

Happy Saturday!

I have a layout to share today using my favourite sheet of paper EVER. Yes, you heard me right. I have a favourite sheet of paper. It is from the 'Moonstruck' collection by Pink Paislee, I got it in a 'Like For Ever' Kit last year (I don't know if that still exists?) and I had been hoarding it.

Hoard it no more, I said! I chose to use it to scrap this picture of my boyfriend in the pub on our trip to Edinburgh.

I didn't want to cover the paper up too much though as it is so gorgeous so I opted to paint a small area behind where my picture and embellishments would sit, with gold acrylic paint. I covered various pieces of wood veneer with the same paint and arranged them in a diagonal across the layout. I then added some Pusheen stickers (why not, eh!?), more Moonstruck bits and pieces and gold word stickers. The title is from a rub-on sheet by Jen Hadfield. I finished it off with some spatters of gold ink - I can't find the docrafts gold spray ink any more and it's a real craft staple for me, but thankfully my friend had some spare so sent me it - forever thankful!

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 4 May 2017

How To Make A Super Sweet Card || Simply Creative 'Make A Wish'

Hi all,

Today I'm going to show you how to make this super sweet card using the Simply Creative 'Make A Wish' papers and First Edition dies from Trimcraft.

 Donut worry, it's super easy! 

1.       Using a compass, draw a circle on white cardstock just smaller than 6 inches in diameter. Cut out and die cut a circle from the centre. If you have a large circle die set you won’t need the compass.
2.       Using 3D Pearl Effects, go around the edges of the donut as well as across the entire donut to look like icing.
3.       Die cut another, smaller donut from patterned paper and stick on top of the larger one.
4.       Die cut sweets from textured cardstock. If any have open areas then back them with patterned paper.
5.       Arrange the sweets around the donut and stick down.
6.       Add 3D Pearl Effects in white to the sweets to make them look shiny.
7.       Stick the donut to a square of patterned paper and then stick to a 6x6” card blank.

8.       Finish with a sentiment in the centre.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Betsy Ann Poole || Scrapbook Layout || My Botanic Garden || Cherish The Memory DT


Today I have a layout to share using a photograph of my great-great-grandmother, Betsy-Ann Poole. I was shown the picture when I was at my grandparents' house a couple weeks ago. I took a picture of the picture on my phone - I love to scrap old photographs, and family history really interests me. Not sure why, I think I am just curious.

I recently got on the 'Cherish The Memory' design team, and the 'My Botanic Garden' collection by StudioLight was in my kit and it was perfect for a layout using an old photograph.

This layout may look complicated but it really isn't if you break it up into little steps:

  1. Cover the area behind where you know your picture and ephemera will sit, with gesso.
  2. Use the packaging technique to smoosh co-ordinating watercolours onto the background.
  3. Stamp around the area with a pattern stamp.
  4. Print your photo and mount.
  5. Cut a selection of patterned papers and arrange behind the photo, along with tags and other ephemera. Most of what I used here is from a 12x12" sheet that I cut apart. 
  6. Add more pattern stamping and embellish. 

 I don't think I'd do vintage all the time but it is a nice change when I do do it. I love all the layers and ephemera in this collection - there are die cut and decoupage sheets available as well as the 12x12" papers. You can buy the collections from Cherish The Memory HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Friday, 28 April 2017

Bee-autiful! || How To Make A 9x12" Scrapbook Layout || StickerKitten 'Bee Garden'

Hi all,

I'm back with another layout using the 'Bee Garden' collection from StickerKitten. You can get your hands on the collection HERE.

The picture I used is another from my little bee shoot last summer. I found you need a fast shutter speed to capture the bees well. Will have another go this year!

I'm so into making 9x12" layouts right now. They seem to be easier to work with as there is less space to fill so this is a great thing to have a go at if 12x12" intimidates you, or you don't have as much time to scrapbook.

Step by step;
  1. Cut 1cm off the top and one side of an A4 sheet of white cardstock.
  2. Spray fuchsia ink onto spare plastic packaging, add a little water and press onto the white cardstock and move around until the area you want to cover is covered.
  3. Mount your photo onto patterned paper. Try to alternate plain and patterned.
  4. Cut up hexagon patterned paper and stick around the layout.
  5. Stick the layout onto an A4 sheet of patterned paper.
  6. Stitch around the layered photograph and stick onto the layout.
  7. Stitch around the inside of the white cardstock. 
  8. Add a title and crystal drops to embellish.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Simply Creative Chalkboard Cards!

Hi all!

I have a couple of cards to share today using the Simply Creative 'Chalkboard' papers by Trimcraft.
I have to say black and white is never my crafty cup of tea, despite me dressing in black 90% of the time... ha ha! 
I had to drop some colour in there and here is what I came up with. 

This first one uses the new Dovecraft wooden stamps. I stamped them onto squares of white cardstock and added spray ink to each. 

This next one has a pop of yellow. A lot of the Dovecraft ranges have patterned wooden frames but if you flip them over you can paint whatever colour you want onto the other side. 
The mixed media on this card is spatters of yellow watercolour and the stamps are from the Dovecraft 'Blooming Lovely' collection.

Like the look of the fancy folding on this card? You can follow a tutorial HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Emily xx

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

It's My Party And I'll Make A Wish If I Want To || Scrapbook Layouts || Simply Creative 'Make A Wish'


I was super excited last week to receive my new DT kit from Trimcraft. Included was an 8x8" scrapbook covered in lipstick print. I was in love!

I decided to use it for my smaller scrapbook layouts and the first layouts I made were using pictures from my 21st birthday party and the Simply Creative 'Make A Wish' papers.

The smaller size makes this scrapbook perfect for beginners and the funky design will make it a great gift for any young relatives who might enjoy scrapping.

Thanks for stopping by!

Emily xx

Saturday, 22 April 2017

You Are The Sunshine In My Soul || Scrapbook Layout || Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Wild At Heart'

It's Saturdayyy!

Today I have a layout to share using the 'Wild At Heart' collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. It took a while for the collection to become available here in the UK and as soon as it arrived I ordered some things from Hey Little Magpie. I got a sheet of the 12x12" paper, the chipboard frames, die cut ephemera and sticker sheet. Cocoa Vanilla is one of my favourite scrapbooking brands, everything is so gorgeous and a pleasure to work with.

The pictures are of a recent 'date night' (read: Nathan really wanted a Wagamama, I am just, and I quote, a "by-product" (when my mother commented that he spoils me)) . I was taking selfies before we set off. This is the first selfies we have taken since Nathan had his hair cut. He brushes up quite well :0). I can't say why I'm laughing in the second picture. I just kept pressing the shutter on my phone.

I chose this paper because I am obsessed with watercolours. Need I say more! I added some of my own behind the picture and embellishments by using the packaging technique. I tried to emulate the colours that were on the paper already. Once dry I grabbed a heart stencil and painted select areas in 'Payne's Gray' (the best watercolour shade!) 

After that, the layout was super simple to make. I stuck the photos onto the large chipboard frames and layered them up with foam tape, then arranged the embellishments around it. 

Right, it's Nathan's birthday today. He's 22 now. Way to make me feel old. (He was 14 when I met him!!). As I write this ((April 1st)) he's not decided what to do for it so hopefully by now we have something planned. If not then we'll probably end up in Wagamama again...! Would have liked to have gone away but the final uni deadline is less than a week away and it wouldn't have been wise to plan anything.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Black and Gold || 9x12" Scrapbook Layout || StickerKitten 'Bee Garden'


Today I have a layout to share using the Bee Garden collection by StickerKitten. 

Last summer I took lots of pictures of the bees in our garden and they are perfect to use with this collection.
The stamps in the collection are so gorgeous and I just had to try some heat embossing with them.

The stencil is by Prima and I used it with some Nuvo embellishment mousse.

Here's what is in the collection. You can find it HERE.
I'm so in love with the sequins!

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Spring Has Sprung || Scrapbook Layout || Dovecraft Blooming Lovely

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today using a photo of the gorgeous flowers in the Museum Gardens in York. I took my boyfriend's new camera and it takes brilliant shots and I love it. I only use my own camera now for project photography. 

I used the Dovecraft 'Blooming Lovely' collection to make this layout and here is a step by step guide:

  1. Stick an 8x8” sheet of patterned paper in the centre of a 12x12” sheet of patterned paper.
  2. Cut a 7” square of vellum and stick in the centre of the 8x8” sheet.
  3. Print a photograph and mount twice.
  4. Cut a wooden frame in half. Stick one half behind the top right of the photograph and stick the other half on the left side of the 8x8” sheet.
  5. Cut  a coloured doily in half. Stick one behind the top right of the photograph and one behind the bottom left.
  6. Cut a length of washi tape just wider than the 8x8” sheet and stick towards the bottom of the 8x8” sheet.
  7. Cut adhesive banners in half and stick on the left and right of the tape.
  8. Add a length of ribbon above the left side of the tape.
  9. Stick down your mounted photograph on the right side of the layout.
  10. Stamp ‘Spring Has Sprung’ onto white cardstock, cut out and stick behind a wooden frame. Fill in the gaps with patterned paper and washi tape. Stick on the bottom left of the photograph.
  11. Add a line of buttons along the still visible parts of the washi tape.  
  12. Add floral stickers, die cut butterflies and flowers to finish off the layout.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout || First Edition Paradise Crush

Happy Saturday!

I'm back with a new mixed media layout, I think I've finally got my mojo back. This layout is made using the First Edition Paradise Crush paper pad by Trimcraft. If you're one of my American followers then you can now pick up this paper pad (and 'Storyteller') too in Michaels. Funny how we struggle to get our hands on scrap supplies here in the UK, I never think of it being the other way around!

The picture was taken at the BioParc in Fuengirola, Spain. I asked (instructed..) my boyfriend to stand under this huge building so I could take the picture. It's untitled. Not a stylistic decision, I'm afraid, I'm just bad at titles...! 
 Step by step:
1) Take a sheet of coloured, textured cardstock and using an old credit card, paste gesso in the centre of the page. Leave to dry then add a couple more layers, depending on how thick the gesso you're using is.
2) Paint watercolour paint onto plastic packaging and 'smoosh' (press down) on top of the gesso. Repeat on more packaging with co-ordinating colours.
3) Print your photo at 2x3" and mount onto patterned paper.
4) Fussy cut flowers from the paper pad and cut a coloured doily in half.
5) Arrange the cut out items behind the photo in the centre of the page and when you are happy, stick them down.
6) Using a patterned stamp, stamp in co-ordinating colours behind some of the elements of the page.
7) Finish with stickers and adhesive gems.

If you're wondering what watercolours I use, they are by Reeves. I bought them when I was in art school and I still love them. 

Today my family and I are celebrating Christmas. With one thing and another, we never actually had Christmas dinner all together so it will be good to have a catch up with everybody. Fingers crossed no one asks about uni/etc :) :) :)
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Mum || Scrapbook Layout || Dovecraft Painted Blooms

Hi all,

I have a scrapbook layout to share today using a picture of my lovely mum.
It was difficult to find a picture of her that went with the pastel floral, posh-ish theme of the layout - we are a rather silly family so most pictures are of mum asleep, with something sticking out of her head, or in one case, in the stocks.... I did however find a nice one from a wedding a couple years ago.

This layout uses the Dovecraft 'Painted Blooms' collection. Here's a step by step. Don't be put off by the machine stitching on here, it's not essential!

  1. Take two 12x12” sheets of patterned paper. Cut one slightly smaller than the other, distress the edges and stick the smaller one on top.
  2. On the left side of the layout, stick a doily and three printed tags. Stick a brad through each hole in the tags.
  3. Stick an 8x8” sheet of patterned paper in the centre of the layout.
  4. (Optional) Use a sewing machine to stitch around the edge of the smaller sheet of 12x12” and the 8x8” sheet in co-ordinating thread.
  5. Die cut ten butterflies from patterned paper.
  6. Make two faint pencil lines on the right hand side of the 8x8” sheet, making 5 marks 1 ½ inches apart on each of the two lines.
  7. Using the sewing machine, manually stitch (by rotating the wheel so you do not go too quickly and mess up!) down the pencil line to the first mark, add the first butterfly and stitch through the centre of it. Keep going until there are five butterflies on each pencil line. You shouldn’t have to rub out the pencil marks as they should all be covered up by stitching.
  8. If you do not have a sewing machine, you could stitch by hand or just stick the butterflies down.
  9. Add an adhesive gem to each butterfly.
  10. Add a photograph on the left of the layout and add a floral paperclip in the top left.
  11. Add floral tape and crochet trim to the bottom of the 8x8” sheet.
  12. Finish with a title, die cut flower and a bow in the top left corner.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx