Friday, 7 April 2017

April Scrapbook Kit

We have done all of the hard work for you by coordinating papers and embellishments to make scrapping seamless and easy.   And if that wasn't enough our Design Team have created some gorgeous designs to inspire you. 

The kit includes 
1 sheet Fancy Pants Joy Parade Happy To Be Free Paper
1 sheet Fancy Pants Joy Parade Life is A Party Paper
1 sheet Fancy Pants Joy Parade Wrap It Up Paper
1 sheet Simple Stories Whatever #Nailed it Paper
1 sheet Simple Stories Faith Shine Paper 
1 sheet Simple Stories Charity Paper
1 sheet Simple Stories Inspire Paper 
2 sheets Bazzill Basics Marshmallow Paper 
1 Pack Simple Stories Posh 4x6 Clear Stickers (contains 3 sheets with 96 stickers)
1 Pack Cocoa Vanilla Free Spirit Ephemera
1 Pack Millie & June Thickers
1 Pack Fancy Pants Joy Parade Sentiment Stickers
4 Wood Veneer Feathers
Enamel Dots

You can purchase the kit HERE on our website.
You can purchase the Paper Only Kit HERE

Created by Helen Munro 


Created by Julie Best


Created by Michelle Henderson


Created By Natalia Palmer


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Magical Moments with Julie Best

I have two new projects that I am starting this year, this tends to happen every year but one of my projects is more important than any other, so I have to commit to it and get it done. You can join me on the journey if you like.
My Aunty has been diagnosed with late stage alzheimers and I am not being mean to say that it has turned her into a pleasant, happy elderly woman (who loves to dance A LOT), but with a terribly bad memory.
She enjoys living in the past, but this means that she can sometimes (or a lot) forget who her now family is. So this year I am making her a family tree album. I will start with my Aunty and Uncle  and add all the children, grandchildren and if I can get it done, the great grandchildren, I will name them and put current occupations and where they now live, like an indepth phone book. Unluckily for me, my family are great at children making. This is a labour of love my Aunty will love it and will be able to remind herself when confusion sets in who she is talking to, the challenge will be in getting her to remember where the book is.
Joanna has ordered me in Simple Stories Snap 6 x 8 album so she can keep it by her phone for a quick reference.
Even without alzheimers I figure this is a great xmas idea for family far away, or for those getting older, we all like those nostalgic moments, damn it I think I may have talked myself into a few more projects..
Magical Moments
The second project, is to order the same size albums as a miniature project life. I am terrible at project life and ended up feeling pressured to complete it even though I was only doing monthly. However the great thing about project life, is you record things of interest and not have to do it in a 12 x 12, which was time consuming and also people would wonder why there was a 12 x 12 of concrete kerbing in your album. So I am doing an album for each of the boys labelled Magical Moments, I have the feeling a family one may also appear. I will not put any pressure on myself to have them all be works of art they may just be a page of journaling to record that particular moment, nothing may happen for a few months but then three things may happen in one month. The great thing about doing it is that it will record the boys special moments throughout the year in order. I am super excited about this as I often put off scrapping photos for their 12 x 12 because the photo may not be good quality or I haven’t quite caught the moment, in these albums it will not matter it is the moment that counts.

If anyone is interested I am happy to post progress on these albums as I go and you may want to join in, I would love to have some company in what is project life but not, full page scrapping but not. Come and be a rebel with me..

Monday, 9 January 2017

School Photo

The Paper Teapot runs monthly challenges and this months challenge is a sketch one.  Here is the sketch which is one from Sketchabilities.

I wanted to use my son's school photo with Crate Paper Cool Kid which is totally not what I imagine most people would decide on when looking at this sketch!  At first I planned on turning the sketch on the side but then I went with it, just mirroring the main design.  I like what I did but it didn't really stay true to the sketch so maybe I'll have another go and make a pretty page.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Hey Santa! Is she naughty or nice

I fell in love with the Bella Blvd CHRISTmas collection as soon as I saw it.  It reminds me of making little salt dough ornaments at Christmas time when I was a kid and in particular, making a little baby Jesus in a 'manger'.  I pretty much begged Joanna to get this collection in!

It seems a little ironic that that the first layout I create is all about Santa and presents and nothing to do with the holy family!  Anyway, I wanted to use this new range but I always wanted to scrap this photo and the colours worked nicely so why not.  The Paper Teapot has a facebook group that runs monthly challenges and this month it is my turn to choose a challenge so I decided that I wanted to have a triangle as a main design feature.  I often see lovely layouts with triangles but tend not to use them so it is a challenge for myself as well.  Since it is December, and a Christmas photo, it seemed that triangles that looked like trees would be cute so that is what I went with. 

I wanted to add some stitching so went around the trees with white thread and then around the border with a red shiny thread.  I actually over embellished this page, to the point where I thought I had gone overboard so I removed some elements!  Some of the embellishments are from my stash and some are from Pink Fresh Oh Joy collection. However, my favourite is the little reindeer which is from the Bella Blvd clear cuts pad and I fussy cut him out.  Ain't he sweet.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Paige Evans Take me away

I have a whole bunch of layouts to share with you today using the Page Evans Take Me Away collection.  Looking back over the layouts, I'm surprised that more are not pink and at how much green I used but I'm happy with the lot I have created.  I still have another couple of layouts that could be made from the range too!

The first layout I created was not what I planned but my obsession with sewing and die cutting made me do it.  This is a pretty soft and quiet page for me with the lovely woodgrain background tho I could not help adding lots of the beautiful pearly hearts from the thickers.  I added one of the little paperclips as well, these are so sweet.

The next layout is the layout I planned on making to start with, well the photo and all the layers beneath.  I didn't like how it was turning out tho so changed things up and used the lovely green ombre background.  This is a bit unusual for me in that I have three photos on this layout but they all need to be there to tell the story (despite having already told the story in my project life, sometimes I just need to tell it twice hehe).  I decided to go with a diagonal design and added some of the yummy chipboard from the collection in both corners to balance it out.  The pearly thickers made another appearance, oh I just love these ones!

I had a bit of a break from this range but came back with a vengeance and created 4 more layouts plus 1 project life layout over about four days...Isn't it strange how sometimes coming back to something brings a lot more inspiration? Oh and a card!

My third layout was a totally difference look.  I decided to pull the yellows and greys from the collection and I did plan on not adding anymore colour but wanted to add the chipboard floral piece so I decided a little bit of pink and green would be ok.  This layout is part of the December challenge for the Paper Teapot facebook group but I won't tell you what the challenge is!  It was going to be a pretty minimalistic layout too but as usual, I couldn't stop myself and once I started adding floral bits, I thought...heck!  It's a photo of my graduation and wreaths are sort of scholarly right, lets form a wreath around the photo. Hah!  So I did, and I love it, but then I really really really love wreaths.  I also added the yellow tassel from one of the Paper Teapots embellishment cute!  I do need to add the date yet, it was a long time ago so I need to find my degree! was almost 20 years...eek!

The next thing I wanted to tackle was the stunning acetate.  I'm sure I am not the only person who has this and thought it was lovely but wondered how to use it.  I knew I would not use it all in one layout so I fussy cut one bunch of florals out and them looked at what to use behind this.  I started with white cardstock and this would have been lovely but because I was using this beach photo and I had another piece of green ombre paper, I tried the floral over this.  I was pleasantly surprised with how it looked as I thought it might have altered the floral colours too much. I really wanted the lovely woodgrain paper on this layout too so matted the entire layout with it.   There was the cute cutapart that I decided to use as my title adding on the word sweetheart with letter stickers and the final touch was the bow from the chipboard sheet.  Another not so embellished layout....I have been restrained!

My next layout is the one that took me the longest and was the hardest to complete.  I've never been very good at sticking to things when I get bored.  There...I admit it! hah!  My mother used to get pretty frustrated with me as I wanted to do things but then once I had tested it...that was it, over it and didn't really care anymore.  I guess that is why my scrapbook is full of lovely things and why I enjoy it so much because I can get something done and then be on to the next thing.  Now, I do enjoy cross stitch, I really do, even tho it takes ages.  My mother will be pleased to hear me say that as her love is embroidery.  However...cross stitching on a piece of paper is NOT for me.  I admire Paige Evans hand stitching on her pages but I'm for sure not going to be one of those scrappers. EVER!  I was bored of stitching about two minutes into it because it took longer than I expected and was trickier than I thought.  But I finally finished this layout using the cross stitch design as my template.

Here is a close up of the stitching.  I added some watercolours using the packaging technique and Tim Holtz inks.

My next page was a pocket page and I used a green paper as my background and cut it into pieces to fit the pockets.  I used a few embellishments from my stash including butterflies from the WRMK wildflower collection which is one of my favourite ever collections.

My final page, I used a lot of large pieces of paper on and machine stitched around them all.  I used the same green paper as I used in the pocket pages...this seems a shame as the reverse side is a jolly nice woodgrain!

And that is it.  Except for the shaker card I made using a heart die cut left over, some of the acetate and sequins from The Paper Teapot embellishment packs.  This was fun..and I don't make cards!

Friday, 18 November 2016

Make a wish - Now I am 4 and So much fantastic fun

I love Cocoa Vanilla and Make a Wish is a fabulous bright collection which is all I could ask for in a collection really!  There are loads of fabulous embellishments with each collection which suits my magpie tendencies quite nicely and I especially love the vellum pieces!  I have created two layouts so far, one for my daughters 4th birthday, and one of her at the park.  I would also like to make a more boyish page for my sons birthday so I will share that when I get it done.

Here is the birthday layout, which is over the top but suits my wee girl so much as she is often over the top.  I decided to use a birthday card she received as the title piece as the colours fit nicely and it's a cool way to add something to a page as a keepsake.  

As you can see, I attempted to tone down the background paper (but how could I not use the full sheet, it is seriously my favourite thing in the collection) by adding some vellum but it didn't really tone down the page much!  I'm all good with that though as I love the loudness.  I adding lots of layers behind the photos as well as one of the gorgeous doilies and then went crazy with the embellishments (I could go crazier, truly I could).  My favourite embellishment is the cake with a bow on it, how cute.  And daughter is wearing a hair band like a sweat band.  Love her!

My second layout was actually supposed to be the first as I decided to use the Tim Holtz distress crayons for a background to tie in with the cut apart. When I started creating with that background and the birthday photo though, it just didn't feel quite right as it felt to airy and summery.  I had another photo (not actually a summer one) that I wanted to scrap so I  decided to set aside the background for later.  Here is the finished layout, sorry it is a bit wobbly.

I was very excited to discover that I had washi tape that worked perfectly so put strips of that up either side and I knew I wanted to use lots of florals so used a large piece of the floral paper as a strip too.  My title is rather convoluted....I carried it down to the cutapart and then on with the & and heart, so it reads There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy & you are 1.  I'm quite enjoying doing the odd extra long title just for a change.
The wood veneer heart and the sequins were from the embellishment packs Joanna has in store and the fantastic in the title was from the Paige Evans Take me away collection.  

49 & Market..My sweet kitty and XOXO

Hi Natalia here with two layouts I created with 49 & Market papers.  I was pretty nervous when Joanna sent me these as I'm not very good with shabby chic or mixed media so I wasn't entirely sure how things would turn out.

Here is the first layout I did, with what I would consider to be lots of mixed media hah!  I was inspired by Sharon Newport with this one, from modge podging old book paper to using watercolours on my page.  I did forget one vital thing tho...I didn't clear gesso my base page!

I love how this range has purple in it, as I had purples flowers in my wedding bouquet and my cake flowers.  I enhanced the purple by using purple water colours and purple flowers.  

My second  layout is of my darling cat Charlie who died last July aged 18.  He had been part of my life for such a long time that I have been putting off scrapping any pages because I knew I would find it hard.  Anyone with fur babies will understand!

I decided to make a plainer, less exploratory page for this so the only mixed media is on the chipboard which is a Blue Fern dangle that I cut in half and even then, it is just paint.  

This was another page with undertones of purple but I tried to keep from it being to purple as I wanted the bring out the warm reddish tones as that seemed more cat like!  This page was more about the fussy cutting which I still love to do.  The trouble with fussy cutting can be knowing when to stop, it is so tempting to just keep adding more and more...

I still have some paper left, and I'm trying to decide if I try some more mixed media as the paper is very very sturdy and holds up really well.