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.  

Friday, 9 September 2016

Let's swan about

When I was first looking at Crate Paper Bloom collection, I thought...swan paper?  How would you use that?  And swan embellishments? What do they represent??  Not long after, I remembered that we had been for a ride in the swan boat when we went to Masterton so I was super excited to use it!

I decided to use the scallops again; I had already used this paper for a double spread layout and decided this would be so cute if I used the greens and blues to make it look like waves, then used the swan paper as my background paper.  Ain't it crazy!  This was such a fun layout to make, and it's awesome to be able to use things that otherwise would stay in the stash.  I did actually use swans on the double spread layout I created as well (totally not related to swans), so I think they are almost all used up.  Hopefully there is another one left for my pocket pages!  

You & Me

The second collection by Paige Evans, Pink Paislee Take Me Away has a mix of brights, softs, girly and more masculine so it's a fab collection.  I often find that I change what I am doing halfway through a layout and this was one of those days. I started off with completely different photos and a different plan altogether, expecting to have a reasonably bright multiphoto layout.  I did decide quite early that I wanted to use my heart dies again, I've been into punching and die cutting at the moment for some reason!

I chose Paper 1 to cut my hearts out as it has a lovely purple ombre (tragically cutting into the cutaparts on the reverse) and I wanted to put those on the page fading up the page.
But once I had cut my hearts, I just could not settle on a background paper that felt right with my photo. After I eventually chose the lovely woodgrain of Paper 8 and stitched the hearts on, I felt oops...this is just not right with my photos.  I had pulled another photo out that I really liked and planned on using with Take Me Away so I thought what the heck, lets use that.

You may well think I went overboard on the hearts as I not only used the die cut hearts but used almost every beautiful pearl heart from the Foam Phrase Thickers.  I also used You & Me from the same pack to create my title.  It did seem a little extravagant but they really make a statement without being too overwhelming.  

To balance the page, I added a cluster on the right and added some word stickers from Cocoa Vanilla Love Always.  I also added some word stickers on the right side with one of the cute paper clips from the collection.

I wanted to add a few pops of yellow about the layout to tie in with the photograph, so matted the photo on the yellow paper and pulled a yellow scallop from my stash.

The other photos I planned to put on this page are currently waiting a new layout.  Hopefully they make it onto a page soon!

Ready Set Go

I love Crate Paper Cool Kid collection, it's full of the bright colours I love and has so many fun embellishments.  Though it has been marketed as a boys range, there is a lot of stuff in there that I plan on using for my little girl rather that the wee lad because she is much more into bugs and dinosaurs and super heros than he ever was.  However, for my first 12x12 layout, I did a couple of photos of my two boys at stock cars as I had just finished pocket pages for the other photos.  

I had put a challenge up on The Paper Teapot facebook group to scraplift someone that is an inspiration so I chose to scraplift Jen Schow as she is just awesome.  If you haven't checked out her YouTube, then you should and you can find it here.  This is the layout I scraplifted.  I really liked how she used triangles all over which is a shape I hardly ever use and I also really loved the softness of the vellum over the photo.  I also liked the minimal embellishment clusters.

Well, tho I tried to emulate Jen, my layout is brighter and has a bunch more embellishments, and I totally didn't even do the triangles on the photos.  Despite this, I still love how it turned out.  My husband still has to journal on it for me which will make it even more special.

My favourite things in this collection are the wood veneers (which are LAYERED!), the delightful puffy thickers and I am really loving the cutesy font used throughout the collection!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

She Blooms with Annelie Maddock

Guest Designer Annelie Maddock | Bella Blvd “She Blooms”

Hi everyone! I was so excited to be asked to guest design by Joanna, and even more excited when she told me I’d be working with the Bella Blvd “She Blooms” collection! The colours and patterns in this collection are just amazing, and bright colours happens to be right up my alley!!

If you have seen any of my work before, you know that I like working with white space. Whether or not my pages are full or paper and embellishments or not, I like to leave enough space on my pages for the eyes to rest a little. Even with a LOUD collection such as “She Blooms”, I feel I have achieved my white space!

Let’s have a look at what I did.

My first LO has a lot of white space, and another thing that I love – mist splatters. I also did a little fussy cutting, something I LOATHE, but these flowers just needed to get onto my page. And I think it looks quite striking?

A few strips of paper - backing with the black acetate word paper, some embellishments and a big title – that’s all you need. The Cocoa Vanilla Studio enamel dots and some faux stitching finishes off the page nicely. It’s sometimes hard finding papers that work with my girl’s bright clothes in photos, but this collection is just perfect for it!

My second page has more on it, but as the striped paper works as a mat for my white cardstock, there’s still a feeling of white space on there.

 On this LO I have also used my new favourite toy – the fringe scissors. If you were attending the latest retreat in Christchurch with me, you know I was quite obsessed with it and I had to order my own as soon as I had internet reception!!

Again, I have added Cocoa Vanilla Studio enamel dots, fussy cut flowers (seriously – two pages in a row?!) and some of the wonderful chipboard elements, to finish off the page. I also really love the stickers page that comes with this line, gives many options for layering!

For my last page, I wanted to add a mixed media element, but keep my “clean & simple” style. So I found a cut file with the “plus” and made my own mask. Works really well as there is a “plus” pattern in one of the papers in the “She Blooms” collection!

I also used a butterfly cut file, and covered the cut outs with different patterned papers. This has been done a lot lately, if you look around social media, and I’ve done it on other pages. It’s a really cool look, both for getting more patterns on your page, and to make the page really POP.

Finishing off with Cocoa Vanilla Studio enamel dots again, some stickers and chipboard – but also two chipboard hashtag words by ScrapFX that I sprayed with black mist before I added them to my butterfly. This time I outlined my title letters, to make them stand out a little, and I also got some journaling down. Yay me!

Thanks again Joanna for letting me guest design for The Paper Teapot, and thanks everyone for stopping by today.

Sometimes I blog here:, but I am more active as scrappinswewi on Instagram. Come see me there!

See you later!

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Guest Designer Sharon Newport with Blue Fern Tranquility

 Hi everyone in Paper Teapot-land !

My name is Sharon Newport, a scrapbooking farmer from Southland. 

 I have been scrapbooking since the late 1990s, when I came across an article in an American magazine at the dentists. There was an article about some person who did this “thing” called “scrapbooking” which entailed cutting perfectly good paper apart, then sticking it all back together again then plopping their photos on top and writing stories about them!!!! This was called “journalling”. At the time, I recall thinking, only in America could they take a noun and turn it into a verb by adding “ing” on the end. Anyway, my interest was piqued and I wrote down these two brand new words onto a scrap of paper to investigate further. Some days later we got ourselves connected to the world wide web, and I needed to think of something to search for…..SCRAPBOOKING. My world was changed in that moment. Hundreds of sites popped up in google, and I spent every waking minute devouring images of the amazing stuff people in the USA were doing with their photos! 

Finding products in those early days was challenging to say the least, but kiwi ingenuity kicked in and I started using my art products to make my own papers and embellishments. Thankfully it was not long before local shops here started to stock dedicated scrapbooking items ( although my bank balance may have been healthier if I had not found this addiction!!!)

I have four kids and a very understanding husband, and they are the focus of most of my pages, however we also love to travel locally and abroad, so these photograph themes also pop up in my albums. 
 I tend to go through “phases” of styles. At the moment I am loving the arty style that mixed media pages allow me to experiment with. This means that a lot of my pages are very bumpy, and I don't get many pages in albums. I tend to just use “special” photos to do this type of scrapbooking, and the rest of the time I switch between flatter more graphic designed pages and pocket scrapbooking style pages.

I also love to do art journalling, and find this no rules messy playing is fantastic fun. ( I also paint and draw, so I guess its no surprise that I am drawn to art products)

I was thrilled to be invited to be a guest designer for “The Paper Teapot”…..and ecstatic to be sent the latest collection from Blue Fern Studios to play with. To say these papers and chipboards are delicious is an understatement !!!  Blue Fern just seem to “know” how to put products together that are beautiful and of a superior quality. 

I reach for this brand of paper in preference to anything else when I am creating mixed media pages. I find that the weight of the paper is just perfect to hold the many layers of sprays and mediums I tend to throw at them. (They tend to buckle less than other papers I have noticed.) 

In the pages I created for The Paper Teapot, I used a multitude of mixed media products. Gesso, clear gel medium, texture medium, mica powders, gelato, stamps, stencils etc to create backgrounds that I could showcase these special photos from recent events….mainly our daughters wedding, and our sons graduation.

Papers, chipboard, and embossing powders are all from the company Blue Fern Studios. 

Thanks for looking,

If you want to have a peek at some of Sharon's other work, here is her blog.