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Out and About, Scrapbooking

Celebrating Design Team fun

Now that my term on the Angela Poole Design Team is over for the year, I thought it’d be a great opportunity to record those fun times in my scrapbook album. Especially the hoot I had working with them as a demonstrator at the ICHF trade show.

I had plenty of photos to use, of all sizes, so turned it into a double-page spread 😉
My top tip for approaching a page (or two) with so many photos, especially of different sizes, is to think chronologically. I like to tell the story from the far left to the far right, across my paper(s) and jigsaw the photos in roughly that order.
Then I can fit my title, the embellishment clusters and journaling spots around them.

scrapbook pages, double page layout idea, celebration of Angela Poole Design Team work

I used lots of gorgeous goodies from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘Wild at Heart’ collection, which I bought here in the UK from the lovely Helen, at Ella Bonella.
The watercolour colour style of this collection and bold pastels are just my cup of tea!

I had lots of journaling to do as well as sharing lots of photos, both of cards I’d made also of my trip to the NEC Birmingham for the craft trade show, where I was helping Angela & co, as a demonstrator on the stand and in their workshop session.
You can read my blog post about that trip here!

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As well as all my photos and memory journaling, I created some fun layered clusters, especially thanks to the gorgeous ephemera and stickers in the ‘Wild at Heart’ collection. I added to these too, with some Pink Paislee ephemera (Paige Evans’ ‘Whimsical’ collection).

closeup of scrapbook pages, double page layout idea, celebration of Angela Poole Design Team work, left page

I had to use a good smattering of the cute panda puffy stickers, throughout – they were from the Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes collection ‘Willow Lane’. I’m a pandaholic so they definitely work on such a pair of happy pages about all my fun creative times!

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scrapbook pages, double page layout idea, celebration of Angela Poole Design Team work, right page
closeup of scrapbook pages, double page layout idea, celebration of Angela Poole Design Team work, right page

Thanks for stopping by as ever – I appreciate your visits! And I hope this was an inspiring look at how to use LOTS of photos in your scrapbooking. Do let me know if you try it! 🙂

See you again soon, Ruth x

close up of scrapbook layout idea using two different size photos
Scrapbooking

Summer scrapbooking

Hi crafty pals 😉
Today I’m sharing a scrapbook layout of a couple of our holiday photos – actually from last year, but I’m happy to be finally getting the last of those pics in the album!

We visited Pembrokeshire in south Wales for our 2018 hols, and it was just fabulous. These photos are ones I took when we had a day out on Skomer Island… it’s a fantastic wildlife conservation haven, particularly for seabirds.

scrapbook layout idea using two different size photos

As you can see, it was blue skies all the way! We did a lot of walking and lots of wildlife watching, especially all the gorgeous puffins.
I was inspired for this page to use plenty of colourful patterned papers – I love them!

It was based on a sketch from the Pebbles Inc blog, a while ago, which I rotated.

close up of scrapbook layout idea using two different size photos

I love all the layered effects, not just with the different papers, but also ephemera and stickers.
And I added extra texture with a wood veneer piece for a simple title.

close up of scrapbook layout idea using two different size photos

Then not forgetting a bit of journaling. This page fits in my holiday album with plenty of other layouts about our day out on Skomer, where I’ve done more memory-keeping, so this one didn’t need to say too much.

close up of scrapbook layout idea using two different size photos

Hope you liked this burst of colour and summery-ness today!
Enjoy your day, Ruth x

closeup of scrapbook page using a hexagons cut file and multiple photos
Cut Files, Scrapbooking

Scrapbooking with a cut file

It’s been rather super-busy here of late (including the fact we’re having a new kitchen put in – exciting!!) so finding time and space to craft, around all the chaos, is tricky right now! Luckily, last Saturday was the regular Mind The Scrap crop day which I love to go to for a creative day out 😉
It was a welcome chance to have some crafty ‘me time’!

Here’s one of the pages I made…

scrapbook page using a hexagons cut file and multiple photos

I have had this idea in my head for some time and was itching to put it in to practice! I had the pre-cut ‘Hexagon’ cut file, which I’d bought from Pretty My Page. I don’t have an electronic cutting machine, but this is a great way to buy them pre-cut.
This one starts out life looking a little differently, but I wanted to do a bit of trimming and make my own version…
I cut it in half to use it on the two sides of my page. I trimmed off the side borders too, then backed all the apertures with yellow patterned pieces. It was a really good way to use up plenty of the yellow bits in my stash of scrap paper bits!

closeup of scrapbook page using a hexagons cut file and multiple photos

I was inspired too by the current challenge over at the Ella Bonella Facebook group to use yellow and go for a summery vibe!

I thought the sunshiney look would be great for these wildflower photos from our recent summer holiday to north Wales, when we took a nature hike around the Great Orme. Stunning 😉

closeup of scrapbook page using a hexagons cut file and multiple photos

I arranged the photos down the centre of my page and used alphas and Thickers to spell out my title. Space too for plenty of flower chipboard and stickers to complement the theme. Plus, some butterfly stickers, like the ones we saw lots of on our walk, enjoying the wildflower nectar!

closeup of scrapbook page using a hexagons cut file and multiple photos

I made a good-sized embellishment cluster with some ephemera and a diecut bunny shape (to remember those bunnies who live up on the Great Orme!)
Then it’s finished off with some adhesive pearls and lots of Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Dandelion Yellow’.

closeup of scrapbook page using a hexagons cut file and multiple photos

I’m super-chuffed with this page – I’m really pleased how the cut file idea that I had in my head really came to life well!
What about you… do you like using cut files? I hope this idea was a bit of fun inspiration anyway 😉
Until next time, Ruth x

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Die cutting, Scrapbooking, Stamping

Holiday memories

We’re just back from a gorgeous week away – hence the blog’s been a little quiet! – but I’m sharing a scrapbook page today that I made before I went away. It’s fab inspiration for holiday memories, on those days when you take lots of pics. Holiday days out or any kind of day trip, in fact 😉
It features lots of photos that I took one day on our holiday last year, in Pembrokeshire, south Wales…

scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

I took so many photos that day – it would have been hard to take a bad photo, I think, these gardens at Aberglasney were so glorious! – and I have already made a couple of other pages about the day.

This one has several pics of different sizes. I decided to ‘nestle’ them together in a kind of block arrangement. There are a couple of 4x3in, one trimmed to around 3x3in, and a couple of 2x2in.

With the fantastic floral theme, I couldn’t miss the chance to use one of my fave paper collections from last year – the Cocoa Vanilla Studio ‘More Than Words’ range. I couldn’t resist this one, I bought up lots of it from Ella Bonella. For my page, I chose a beautiful dainty, springy background and a watercolour-style wash paper layered onto that.

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I used pastel turquoise ink and pink to stamp a couple of doily motifs (Waltzing Mouse Stamps ‘Dainty Doilies 2’, now out-of-business 🙁 ) and diecut them with Spellbinders scallop circles. A couple of little floral stamped images from here and there in my stash too… I thought they’d be cute layered up in the mix.

I made sure to use lots of bits of the ephemera pack and accent stickers from the same CVS ‘More Than Words’ collection, as well. My foam pads were great to help get dimension in the layers.

closeup of scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

I’d made sure to leave a big area for journaling as I had lots of say about the day – it was really helpful to plan out what I wanted to say first, on scrap paper, so I knew it would all fit in properly! Then I used some ancient alphabet stickers in sparkly red, by Making Memories to build my title.

Plenty of dinky puffy stickers and faceted gems finish it all off. And I used a mini wooden peg to clip the map of the gardens that I’d saved, onto the back of the layout. I love attaching tickets and maps from days out like this <3

closeup of scrapbook page, pretty layout idea with multiple photos

Hope you liked seeing my page today. Here’s to lots more gorgeous sunny, flower-filled days like that one!
Happy crafty times, Ruth x

Closeup of scrapbook layout, multi photo page idea with pets theme
Scrapbooking, Stamping

A pet-themed scrapbook page

Today I’m sharing a scrapbook page that I made as part of the challenges for International Scrapbook Day 2019. The event is usually celebrated on the first Saturday in May (this year, the 4th) but the team over in the For Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group postponed their celebratory challenges to the end of May.

To be honest that worked out well for me, as I have been able to join in with more of the fun!
Including this cute layout I made…

Scrapbook layout, multi photo idea with pets theme

The challenge was set to make a layout with the background either of a solid cardstock or a patterned paper predominantly in one colour, and no black or white.
I do enjoy using green patterned papers, as lots of my pages are about the outdoors and nature. And that is the case with these cutie-pie photos of my mum’s rabbits!

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Peek a boo!

As ever, it was fun to make little embellishment clusters, of labels and stickers tucked under my layers. Including those sweet puffy stickers of bunny faces, by Maggie Holmes 😉

Closeup of scrapbook layout, multi photo page idea with pets theme

I know journaling isn’t everyone’s high-point when it comes to feeling confident and getting the memories down on paper, but I think it’s important to record the story behind the photo (or photos!) and that includes my not-perfect handwriting. I’m sure that anyone looking at my layouts in the future will enjoy figuring out my scrawl to find out what was going on!

Plus I like to create lighthearted titles for my pages, and this one included a stamp I’ve got “Everyday Life” so I added the stickers to spell out …”at home in one’s castle”. I thought it was a cheeky way to fit the story about this cardboard castle we built as enrichment for the bunnies to enjoy, climbing and exploring in their play run!

Closeup of scrapbook layout, multi photo page idea with pets theme

Hope you liked seeing my scrappy inspiration today, anyway! I loved making this page 😉

Take care for now, hope you manage to fit in some creative time, Ruth x

Close up of stencilled detail, using the wet-and-dry two-step stencilling method on background of scrapbook layout.
Die cutting, Mixed Media, Scrapbooking, Stamping

Scrapbooking with mixed media

I don’t usually get very messy with my crafts – either my scrapbooking or my cards – (except maybe where ink blending is concerned!) – mostly because my style leans towards patterned paper backgrounds and showing them off. But using mixed media techniques is a great way to add dimension to pages.
Here’s a layout I made lately that’s really packed with texture!

Scrapbook layout idea full of texture - using mixed media stencilling, machine stitching and ribbons, and featuring a butterfly-themed embellishment cluster

I started off with plain white cardstock, and tried out the wet-and-dry stencil technique. It was a method that a friend shared at a crop I go to, and I wanted to give it a go. This woodgrain layering stencil by Tim Holtz is one of my go-tos… remember my passion for anything woodgrain, haha?!

The method of wet-and-dry stencilling I went for involves first ‘smooshing’ a wet medium on the reverse of the stencil. So I scribbled some aqua Vicki Boutin Art Pastel on my craft mat, spritzed it with water to ‘loosen’ the colour, then picked it up on the reverse of the stencil. It can help to blot with a paper towel if the liquid comes up through the apertures of the stencil.

Mixed media, wet-and-dry two-step stencilling method to use on background of scrapbook layout.

I secured the stencil (still wet underneath!) to my cardstock with washi, and then I applied the dry element, through the ‘proper’ top face of the stencil. This time in lilac, using another one of the Art Pastels, and stippling with a soft stencil brush to get the woodgrain pattern. It’s a fun double-layer effect!

Close up of stencilled detail, using the wet-and-dry two-step stencilling method on background of scrapbook layout.

Now for even more texture on this background, I added some pieces of ribbon, machine sewn in stripes and chosen to coordinate with my background and my photo. I adore ribbon, I always have, and this is a really fab way to use it on a page in a new way!
Plus then I carried on the stitching theme, with a machine sewn border all around the page to bring a subtle textural element, in white.

Close up of machine-stitched ribbons detail, to create a textured background on a scrapbook layout.

Now I could layer up my photo, and go for it with a layered embellishment cluster. Layering is definitely my ‘cup of tea’ and clustering is really fun!
There’s die cutting… dry embossing… a ticket ephemera piece… a stamped-fussycut-and-watercolored hydrangea tucked in there… plus that elegant diecut butterfly.

Close up of layered butterfly-theme embellishment cluster with stamped detail on scrapbook layout

A good smattering of stickers around the place, and the whole page is finished off with a simple title of Thickers and plenty of dots made with Nuvo Drops in ‘Bottle Green’ and ‘Violet Galaxy’.

I do usually add some journaling to my pages, after I took this last photo I went back to include some. It’s no bad thing to sometimes go back and ‘revisit’ a page after you think it’s done, right?!
I loved the subject of the photo – the border of planting in a garden we visited last summer. So I went back to look up what plants the gardeners had combined to such great effect, and journaled that on a note-style tag. You can see it in my first photo, of the whole page.

Hope you enjoyed seeing my page, and how I created the wet-and-dry-stencil background elements.
Thanks for stopping by, Ruth x

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background.
Die cutting, Scrapbooking, Stamping, Uncategorized, Watercolours

Rainbow crafts

I’m here to share a fab idea today that’s full of COLOUR! And what’s not to love about a rainbow? 🙂
This scrapbook page is one I made using products that were gifted as part of my Design Team commitments for Angela Poole Designs. You can apply the fun rainbow technique to any project, whether it’s a scrapbook layout or card, or even home decor and gift items.

Take a look at that colour…

scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background. plus sparkle heat embossed flower embellishment using Angela Poole Designs 'Perfect Peonies' stamp

With a background like this, “You colour my world” seemed like the ideal title to celebrate this special sunshine photo of me and my hubby! And the page doesn’t need too much else to detract 😉

I love that creating a mixed media backdrop for my page is so easy – you definitely don’t have to be experienced in watercolours, or even in mixed media.
Let me share my tips…

Start by using a heavyweight base cardstock – I think this one is by Coredinations, and I bought it from Mind the Scrap. It’ll stand up to being wet and won’t warp.
Apply plenty of clean water in a band across the top of your page, with a large paintbrush. I use a chunky, round brush that holds lots of water.

Now working before it dries, apply each colour of the watercolour paint in a good splurge, lifting the card to let the liquid drip and run a bit. Add more colour at the top to intensify the tone, and make it run down more.
Work across the whole of the top of the page, following the ROYGBIV rainbow sequence…

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background.

If your page is starting to dry out, add more water! Keeping the surface wet and the colours nice and wet too is the key to letting the shades blend and swim together.

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours to create a rainbow background.

I have a set of watercolour half pan paints, by Winsor and Newton – I only used 7 of course for this project, choosing the bright rainbow shades needed to create my ROYGBIV!
You can use any watercolour paints or water-soluble inks or sprays though – they don’t need to be high-grade artists paints. Even smooshing Distress Inks onto a craft mat or acrylic block then painting them onto your cardstock will look great. (I’ll have to share some projects where I’ve done this using the same technique, too!)

Then, a few splatters of each colour using a fine brush help bring a little bit of an artsy, flick-y look.

Next, I just layered up some patterned papers behind my photo. I chose a selection of pretty designs from the Angela Poole Designs ‘Buds to Blooms’ DVD-ROM.
I used strips of gold deco foil to bring out the shine in my rainbow shades, using Therm O Web Deco Foil in ‘Rose Gold’. It’s a fab effect, simply by laying down different widths of double-sided tape then burnishing the foil in place.

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours and girl deco foil accents
I repeated another foil accent strip behind a simple journaling cluster, too

It’s fab to see how that foil catches the light!
The perfect embellishment for my page had to be a glorious flower, stamped from the Angela Poole
‘Perfect Peonies’ photopolymer set. It’s a multi-layer stamping set, but I just went for the outline layer.

It’s stamped in embossing ink and heat embossed with Snowflake Tinsel embossing powder for extra sparkle. I fussy cut it and popped it up on 3D foam pads.
It looks super-pretty in real life, it’s a shame I couldn’t capture more of the glitz in my photos!

Close up of scrapbook page idea using mixed media watercolours and sparkle heat embossed flower, using the Perfect Peonies stamp set by Angela Poole Designs

The whole look is finished with a good scattering of clear sparkling sequins in ‘moonshine’ from Simon Says Stamp, and sweet vellum hearts and butterflies. I diecut these using the Angela Poole Designs ‘Magic Windows – Decorative Tabs’ die set.

Hope you enjoyed this look at my rainbow craft project today. And of course, hearing how easy it is to do – let me know if you’d like to see a video tutorial, (or indeed, of any other techniques!) as I’m hoping to do some filming soon 😉
Stay crafty and enjoy all the rainbows that come your way, Rx

close up of scrapbook page, layout of a day trip to Kew Gardens. Using hand-drawn tree ring background and hand-stamped, fussy cut peonies
Scrapbooking, Stamping

Scrapbooking a day out

<AD – gifted. As part of my Design Team work for Angela Poole, I was gifted products used in this project. They were all used of my own choice, and without obligation!>

I thought I’d share this page I made – not so recently, as it was for a Design Team assignment. I made this as one of my samples for Angela to include on the HOCHANDA TV debut of her Buds to Blooms collection.
I adore these peony stamps – I did when I first saw them, and still do, all these weeks after they are firm faves!! So it was great to use them on my layout about a trip we went on many years ago to Kew Gardens.

Scrapbook page, layout of a day trip to Kew Gardens, using had drawn trekking background and hand-stamped, fussy cut peonies

For the base of my page, I created a hand drawn tree ring. Starting in the centre, I drew roughly concentric circles and added Distress Inking in Tea Dye for texture. Cut out, it’s layered on a brown cardstock with torn edges to look like bark.

I chose a photo of my hubby on the lawns by the famous Chinese Great Pagoda, and layered it on a piece of spotty yellow paper from Angela Poole’s Buds to Blooms DVD-ROM.
Then of course it was time to have fun with the peony stamps!!

close up of scrapbook page, layout of a day trip to Kew Gardens. Using hand-drawn tree ring background and hand-stamped, fussy cut peonies
Angela Poole Designs photopolymer stamp set 'Perfect Peonies'

Each of the peony designs in the A4-sized set is a multi-layered image, with four stamps – I went for the smaller of the two flowers. There are two for the shading, one outline and a final one for the stamens in the centre. I created rich yellowy-orange peonies and the layers are super-easy to line up, with a notch in the edge of each stamp to show you how to align them! Genius 😉
I actually decided to go for a slightly rougher, more artsy look to my peonies, and deliberately didn’t align them exactly, then spritzed the ink with a fine water mist to try and blend the colours a little. No exact science but I wanted to try a watercolours-type look!

Then I fussy cut all my peonies to use as layered ephemera accents on my page. I also handout some leaf shapes, using another patterned paper from the DVD-ROM. I diecut a leafy-print green scallop as a background element for my journaling, too…

close up of scrapbook page, layout of a day trip to Kew Gardens. Using hand-drawn tree ring background and hand-stamped, fussy cut peonies

The whole layout is finished off with some gem flourishes from my stash and shiny gold heart stickers.

Scrapping this photo definitely brought back fond memories of our day out, and makes me want to go back to the Botanic Gardens and see the stunning flower and plant displays, trees and landscapes again!
Until then, hope you enjoyed my crafty inspiration today. Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon, Rx

Close up of scrapbook page - using Cocoa Vanilla Studios 'More than Words'
Scrapbooking

Double-page memories

Quite often, my scrapbook layouts extend to double pages as I find there’s plenty of photos from the day that I want to include. Plenty to see and plenty to remember!
This pair of pages is one that I’ve just made, finishing them off from a start that I made at the regular
Mind The Scrap crop day that I go to.

Scrapbook page, first of a double to remember a day walking in Pembrokeshire. Using Cocoa Vanilla Studios' More Than Words collection
Scrapbook page, second of a double to remember a day walking in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Using Cocoa Vanilla Studios' More Than Words collection

I really wanted to use the ‘More than Words’ collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studios – this is so lovely and the watercolour style really appeals to me. But as you can see, it’s not entirely for use in super-girly floral pages, even though that collection has lots of peachy, pink goodness!
I went for the dotty B-side of a cut-apart sheet for my bases, and then dry embossed a card piece (Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder ‘Bricks and Bark’) to create a textured strip to link the two pages.

Close up of scrapbook page - using Cocoa Vanilla Studios 'More than Words'

To bring out the texture, I blended Distress Inks and Distress Oxide, in ‘Tumbled Glass’, ‘Peacock Feathers’ and ‘Wilted Violet’ using the blending brushes – not the “life-changing” Picket Fence Studio ones, I’m afraid (as my budget wouldn’t stretch!). But a set of very similar makeup blending brushes that I’d describe as “almost-as-life-changing-whilst-being-much-more-affordable” 🙂

Then it was time to layer up lots more of the More than Words goodies – from more cut apart papers, the accessory stickers sheet, ephemera pack and the enamel shapes set.

Close up of scrapbook page, using Cocoa Vanilla Studios 'More than Words' collection
Close up of scrapbook page, using Cocoa Vanilla Studios 'More than Words' collection

I’m super happy to get these memories down and in my holiday album!
Hope you enjoyed stopping by for the inspiration, thanks for looking,
See you again soon, Rx

holiday, summer vacation scrapbook page, layout made using a pre-cut cut file butterflies design, backed with patterned papers. NUVO Crystal Drops used to make dot embellishments
Scrapbooking

A scrapbook page using a cutfile

Hello friends! Today’s craft idea is of a scrapbook layout I made using a cut file. It’s another one that you might have seen appear in last month’s Papercraft inspirations magazine, as I made it for a feature there.
(Plus, its always good to get another memory in my holiday album!!)

holiday, summer vacation scrapbook page, layout made using a pre-cut cut file butterflies design, backed with patterned papers

For the editorial feature about cut-files, I used this adorable butterflies one which I bought as a pre-cut from Pretty My Page. (There’s an amazing range, and great for me since I don’t own a e-cutting machine!)

I chose a couple of my fave 6x6paper pads, the old ‘Stella & Rose’ collection and the ‘Follow Your Heart’ one, both from My Minds Eye to back the openings in the cut-file. The pretty prints and pastel colours look adorable.

holiday, summer vacation scrapbook page, layout made using a pre-cut cut file butterflies design, backed with patterned papers. glitter ABC Thickers used for a title

The whole page is done on a blush textured cardstock which I inked the edges, and then a simple (but sparkly!) title was just the ticket. I added my journaling in one of the plainer butterfly openings, and the photos are popped up on foam pads.

holiday, summer vacation scrapbook page, layout made using a pre-cut cut file butterflies design, backed with patterned papers. NUVO Crystal Drops used to make dot embellishments

Plenty of coordinating dots created with Tonic Studios’ Nuvo Crystal Drops in ‘Bubblegum Blush’ were the perfect finishing touch 😉

Hope you liked this page inspiration.
Have you tried using cut-files in your crafting? Even if you don’t have your own machine, I encourage you to take a look at Pretty My Page for all the gorgeous ones there – I have already indulged in a couple more, and will definitely do so again!

That’s all for today, happy crafting, Rx