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.