Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Layout on Wednesday

I thought I would share with you this double page layout I made using the beautiful 'Paisley Road' papers from Prima.

I wanted the photo of my Mum on her birthday to really stand out so I used the buttons as a frame and also cut out a number of flowers from one of the papers to also use on the frame and to bring a cohesive look to both pages despite the different coloured papers used.  I stuck the title letters on to acetate which I then lifted by adding blobs of Glossy Accents underneath the letters so that the title stood out more.  Cutting out the flowers took a bit of dedication (even for me who loves cutting out!) but I am pleased with the result and think the effort was worth it.

Materials used:-
Patterned Papers: Prima 'Paisley Road' - 'Bhangra', 'Modovi Ikat' and 'Panaji'
Cardstock: Bazzill 'Bitter Chocolate'
Buttons: The Button Company 'Tropicana'
Journaling Pen: American Crafts 'Precision Pen .03 Point Brown
Font: Cricut 'Jasmine'
Adhesives: Stix 2 'Craft Foam Pads' 12mm x 12mm x 2mm', 'Double-sided flushedge tape 9mm x 50m' & Ranger 'Glossy Accents'
Other: Acetate, own black buttons

Monday, 25 April 2011

Photo or Story led - what sort of Scrapbooker are you?

Most often my scrapbooking is 'event' scrapping, so birthdays, Christmas, family get-togethers etc and, as I am sure you all do, I have loads of photos from these sorts of things.  But sometimes it is the story that initiates my scrapbooking and in those cases I will find a photo to showcase the story rather than adding journaling to photos as I would for say one of my children's birthdays.  Two examples below demonstrate where I have been led by the story I want to tell rather than the photos I want to showcase.

This layout 'Being Your Mum' allowed me to talk about the relationship I have with my daughter and the joy I have had being her Mum.  She is now 16 and this photo was just one I loved of the two of us together so the photo was there to enhance the story.

And this layout 'And then there were 3' tells of how our holiday last summer was the first one where my son, now 18, didn't come with us.  We were very lucky that he had been happy to holiday with us for as long as he did and our holiday was shared with many other family members and we had a great time but nevertheless, this was a new era of our lives and I wanted to document it.  The photo was purely one from our holiday that had the three of us in it.

Both layouts were made using the Bellaboo March Kit 'For the Record' which uses the papers from Echo Park's range by the same name.  This was a deviation to Echo Park's usual style but was an absolute joy to use together with all the embellishments included in the Kit and if you would like more details on the kit then can be found here

So if your usual scrapbooking style is more 'events' led then why not try something a little bit different and let your layout be led by 'the story'.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

New Delivery from Jillibean Soup

I just love Jillibean Soup items; the papers have a lovely fresh feel to them, some ranges are printed on Kraft paper which gives them a really different feel, and I love all the bits and pieces they produce to go with their ranges and also those that stand alone.  So you can imagine I was very excited to take delivery of a huge Jillibean order that arrived this week.  Having spent several hours uploading all the items to the website (!), you can now view all the items there but just to wet your appetite I have included a few pictures here. 
This is Anejo Cheese from the Blossom Soup range.

 Frozen Strawberries from the Chilled Strawberry Soup range (all papers are printed on Kraft paper).

And Dry Mustard Powder from the Dutch Mustard Soup range.

We will be putting together some samples using the new products very soon so make sure you keep checking back.  Wishing you all a very Happy Easter.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Welcome to our Blog!

It is so exciting to be at the beginning of our Blog journey with you.  Our aim is that we can get to know our customers better through our Blog and be able to tell you about what is happening in the store from new products, to samples we have made, our monthly crops, sketch challenges and new techniques we want to share with you.  We would love to hear from you; feedback about products you have bought from us, layouts you have made or items you would like us to stock.  So do give us lots of feedback and I hope you will enjoy the journey along with us.