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

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Jellyfish || Mixed Media Scrapbook Layout

Hi all,

I have a layout to share today using mixed media. It looks complicated but is actually really simple, just a layer of gesso and then doodling on top. Back when I used to draw a lot, I found drawing lots of tiny circles really therapeutic... 


The picture was taken at The Deep in Hull. The backing papers are First Edition 'Kaleidoscope' and the stamp is by Visible Image. I picked up the sequins for £1 in The Range.

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

#7years || Scrapbook Layout || UK Scrap Addicts Guest Designer

Hi all,

I was delighted to be asked to guest design for UK Scrap Addicts this month.

The theme was clustering and here is my layout, using the Crate Paper 'Oasis' collection.


To find out more and see how I made it, head over to the UK Scrap Addicts blog now!

Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

5 Projects Using... Simply Creative Fiesta Fun

Here are 5 projects using the Simply Creative 'Fiesta Fun' papers from Trimcraft.  I love these papers as there are lots of little bits to cut out. There are instructions on how to make them below each picture.


  1. Cut two 12x12" sheets of patterned paper in half on the diagonal.
  2. Stick the two alternating halves onto another 12x12" sheet of patterned paper, so the corners meet in the middle. Trim off the excess.
  3. Add washi tape along the sides of one and down one vertical side of the other.
  4. Print two photos at 2x3" and mount on to patterned paper. Stick down.
  5. Fussy cut bunting and stick across the top of the page.
  6. Add embellishments and a title.


  1. Measure the cover of your notebook and cut a piece of patterned paper to fit the front and back, and stick both down. Add a border to the left side of the front cover.
  2. Stamp a 'day of the dead' skull onto white cardstock and colour with markers. Cut out and stick on a die cut circle. Stick this onto a small doily.
  3. Arrange alphas onto coloured cardstock, cut out and mount. 
  4. Stick diagonally across the cover.

  1. Download the 'Free Toucan Template' from The Craft Blog. Link > https://www.thecraftblog.com/freebies/downloads
  2. Trace the template onto coloured cardstock, cut out, piece and glue together.
  3. Using a compass or large circular object, cut a 10" ring from coloured cardstock.
  4. Lay the ring onto patterned paper and lightly mark where it will sit. Remove the ring and paint gesso around that area.
  5. Once dry, use the packaging technique to smoosh watercolours over the gessoed areas.
  6. Stick the ring onto the page.
  7. Add the toucan, as well as flowers and leaves to the ring. The flowers are die cut, the leaves are from the template.
  8. Use 3D Pearl Effects to add detail to the ring and flowers.
  9. Add a photo in the centre and finish with a title.


  1. Find a template for a pineapple, print and trace onto coloured cardstock. Cut out.
  2. On the main body of the pineapple, draw lines and stitch along them with yellow thread.
  3. Cover a 6x6" card blank with green cardstock. Layer 2 more patterned papers onto this base and add some twine, tying in a bow.
  4. Arrange the pineapple and stick down.
  5. Die cut a flamingo and add to the card, finishing with a sentiment.




For this card, I used free printables available to download on the Trimcraft website.

  1. Print and cut out the elements you want from the printables. Cut the inside from the film strip.
  2. Stick patterned paper in the apertures. 
  3. Add 3D Pearl Effects to the pineapple leaves, and coloured dots all around the pineapple.
  4. Die cut a sentiment from coloured cardstock and stick to a large pennant.
  5. Take a 13cm square of coloured cardstock and emboss. 
  6. Arrange the elements and stick down, using 3D foam to add dimension.
Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Life Is So Sweet || Scrapbook Layout || Crate Paper Carousel

Hi all,

I've been trying to catch up on my scrapbooking before a) I start my new job and b) Christmas crafting begins. 

Here is a layout using the Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes 'Carousel' collection. 

I loved the background paper and wasn't sure how to use it, but then I decided to fill the negative space with my photo and the gorgeous ephemera. 


Thanks for stopping by!
Emily xx

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