Friday, 28 November 2014

Jolly & Bright (Heidi Grace)

I have 2 more layouts for you today as christmas inspiration. This time I have used a collection by Heidi Grace called 'Jolly & Bright'. This collection of papers has shimmer papers, glitter papers and flocked papers to make your layouts more eye-catching. The set features pinks so isn't the traditional colour way for Christmas but its still a fun set and its quite nice that it is different (I think this one works particularly well for baby christmas photos!) 

I used quite a few rub-ons from the Icon Rub Ons sheet on my first layout - there is a selection of different fun themed rub-ons to fill in any white spaces. It is difficult to see from the photographs but I have used a flock word paper and layered this with shimmer/glitter papers. The small banner of Gingerbread men are flocked :)

The doily shapes were cut using a new die by Couture Creations.

For the second layout I focused on the flocked holly paper. I cut another doily shape for this layout but in a white and added some white glitter glue to it to make it sparkle. The Say It In Crystals by Prima Marketing work really well with this collection as they are a mix of soft pink and white colours.

The border beneath the photograph is a new punch by Martha Stewart - it leaves large enough spaces to add pearl or glitter dots to.

As always you can find all the links to the products used below 

Charlotte x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sweater Weather Layout (Simple Stories)

I have an Autumn themed layout for you today using the Sweater Weather Collection by Simple Stories. Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year for photographs and the collections released by manufacturers featuring all of the lovely reds, oranges and browns always makes its way onto my desk!

 For this layout I used mainly papers with just a couple of embellishments which was the cluster on the bottom left hand corner of the photo. I mixed some paper leaves by Bazzill Basics (the pack contains leaves in a variety of lovely Autumnal colours) with a rhinestone leaf shape and a metal trinket by Bo Bunny. 

The circle in the top right hand corner was cut using a new Little B set of dies (you can find the link to this item below).

One of the papers used was made up of 4x6" quotes and cards which you can cut apart - I took the middle out of one to create a wooden style frame for my photo.

You can find the links to all of the items used below.


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Sneak Peek of December Monthly Mini Kit

Coming Soon ...

~ Charlotte ~

Sneak Peek of December Monthly Main Kit

Coming soon...

~ Charlotte ~

Cozy Christmas Layout (Simple Stories)

I have another Christmas themed layout to share today using the Cozy Christmas collection by Simple Stories. 

I recently saw a card with a shaker style banner embellishment and thought it would be a fun idea to incorporate it into a scrapbook layout. To do this you cut the banner shape and a shape out within it (christmas tree in this case). Cover the back with acetate. Then apply adhesive 3D foam pads around the outside edge of the whole banner except one little area where you can then slip sequins in. Once this is stuck to the page slip some sequins behind the banner and place the final 3D foam pad to secure the sequins in the shape.

The circle shape around the 'Dec 25th' card (cut from gold flurries paper) was cut using some new dies we have just received by Little B. In each set you get dies varying from small to large:

For the scallops die you are able to cut just a scalloped edge or you can cut the holes in the scallops as well. For my shape I placed the scalloped outer edge die on my cutting plate (Big Shot Machine), the inner die to cut the holes and then a circle die from the set below. I arranged all 3 on my cutting plate and kept them in place with some sellotape - I then ran them through my machine. 

You can find links to all of the products used below :)

Charlotte x

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Christmas Layout (Fabscraps & Sue Wilson)

I have a Christmas layout to share with you today. This one is largely using Fabscraps paper - a fairly new range of products to The Craftz Boutique website. For this layout I wanted to fold over 2 corners and use this space to make it look like there was a different layer beneath. 

After bending over the bottom left hand corner of the paper I used some Dies by Sue Wilson and plain cardstock to create a cluster of Poinsettias. I layered some with smaller Poinsettias and bent these up to make the flowers 3D. I finished these clusters using a brad and some glitter glue on the leaves.

You can find all of the products used on the links below.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Halloween Layout Using Watercolour Inks

I wanted to share a Halloween Layout today. For this layout I didn't use any patterned paper, I decided to make my own using just black and white cardstock and a variety of inks and stamps.

For the colours on the background I used 3 different watercolour paints (Im Not Limon, Pugnacious Purple and Pewter - you can find the links below). I added some water to a pot at a time, gave it a mix and then tipped the liquid out onto the paper. I then spritzed the paint on the page to water down and disperse the paint (with a mister filled with water) and moved the page around to get drip lines - I then heated with a heat gun. I repeated this with all the colours and then added some stamping in random areas on the pages and some rub ons. 

For the chipboard pieces, I firstly painted these in black acrylic paint. On the large Tattered Diamond piece I added some of the watercolour paints in areas and then added some Frantage Embossing powder in areas.

You can find the links to the products used below :)

Charlotte x

Monday, 17 November 2014

Authentique Cozy 2

I have another two layouts to share using the new Authentique 'Cozy' collection. Whilst the snow isn't quite here yet this collection arrived to us recently and its too nice to keep on the desk waiting for Snow! 

These two layouts were designed to go side by side in a scrapbook as both layouts have the same sized centre piece - this was created by matting a few papers on top of each other with rounded corners. I then used papers from the 6"x6" paper pad, stickers, die-cuts and cut apart enhancements paper to create a range of different embellished squares and rectangles - the white card stock areas will be where I attach my photos once the snow arrives!

You can find a list of the items used below :)

If you purchased the 6"x6" paper pad, the details sticker sheet and the die-cut components for the other two layouts shown in my previous post then you will not need to buy these again if you wanted to do these two layouts too. I used the leftovers from my previous two layouts as well as a couple more papers to produce these 2 layouts as well.

Thank you for looking, Charlotte x

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Authentique 'Cozy' Layouts

I wanted to share today two layouts I created using a brand new collection by Authentique. 'Cozy' is a winter themed collection in kraft and powder blue colours. The tag on the first layout is was cut using a Little B die set which will be in stock very shortly. The tag set of dies in particular are very useful as it gives you 10 tag dies in varying sizes and styles. I will add a link once this is in stock.

For the second layout I used the 6"x6" paper pad and a hexagon die - the 6"x6" paper pads are perfect when cutting out 'embellishment' pieces as it gives you the smaller prints. Before laying the hexagons down I used some Sparkle Texture Paste in White and a Crafters Workshop mask to add some snowflakes to the background. It is difficult to see from the photograph but the Prima Marketing Sprig already has some frosty glass glitter on each of the leaves so it is perfect straight from the packet for Winter themed photographs. 

You can find a link to all of the products used on these layouts below: 


Monday, 10 November 2014

Christmas Mini Album Kit...

We have just added a Christmas Mini Album Kit to the Website. This kit is perfect to create before Christmas, leaving blanks for photos and journaling to be added afterwards and would also make a great gift for someone.

In the kit you receive the chipboard album, book rings and all of the papers and embellishments you need to create the album below. The only additional items you will need to create this album is adhesive, a craft knife and a craft mat. 

The album features pages in different Christmas themed shapes including a Snowman, Christmas Tree, Stocking and more! To create the album each page is first covered with a sheet of patterned paper and then stickers, embellishments and cut-apart elements are built upon this. We created pockets on some of the pages to make the album more interactive and allow for more photos, journaling and snippets to be added.

The images below show you our pages within the album yet there really are so many different cut-apart elements on the papers included within the kit that you could really make this album unique to you. You can see a guide on how to prepare the base of each page at the bottom of this page. 

On the reverse side of the Snowman page we created two pockets to allow for snippets to be stored:

As well as decorating each page we also used some of the papers with some cardstock to add in additional pages such as this Journal page on the right:

Once we had completed our album we took some of the left-over cut-apart quotes and added these in as extra pages:

An additional extra page we created with the scraps at the end of the album is this 'Joy' page - ready for either a photograph or some Journaling:

To prepare each shape ready for decorating you will need some adhesive, a craft knife, a craft mat and a piece of paper that you want as the background.

We gave the edges of each piece a coat of paint first to stop any brown chipboard being viewed. After covering each sheet with paper you do not see the paint so the colour isn't too important and you could miss this step out if you wanted.

Next, add adhesive to one side of the chipboard shape - I used a roller mouse but you could use something stronger such as double-sided tape.

Stick the chipboard page to the back of your chosen paper and run your craft knife carefully around the edge of the chipboard.

Once you have cut around the shape, punch holes in the paper to allow for the album rings.

Flip the chipboard shape over and you are ready to begin embellishing your page. Remember to keep any scraps of paper left over from cutting around the shape as you can use these to decorate the pages as you wish.

Thank you for looking,

~ Charlotte ~

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Sneak Peek of Christmas Album Kit!

We have been busy putting together a fun Christmas Album Kit which will be coming very soon to the website! 

The kit will contain the chipboard album and rings (full of fun Christmas themed shapes) plus all of the papers and embellishments we used to create this album from scratch. Whether as a gift to give to someone at Christmas or to create the album and leave blank spaces ready for documenting your 2015 Christmas this is a fun project. We have created pockets on some pages allowing you to tuck photographs, journaling or any snippets you collect to remember your Christmas. 

This a sneak preview of a couple of the pages within the album: :)

Thank you for looking,


Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Hello Today Layouts (Kaiser Craft)

I have two layouts to share today using the brand new 'Hello Today' collection by Kaiser Craft. This is one of their November releases and is as it is mainly cream, brown and black colours it works really well with travel, masculine and everyday scrapbook layouts.

Click on the items below to see the products used on this layout:

You can see the products I used for this layout below :)

(If you were to do both layouts you would only need 1 sheet of 'New Paper' and 1 sheet of each of the cardstock stickers even though these are listed underneath both layouts)

An InLinkz Link-up

Thank you for looking

~ Charlotte ~

Saturday, 1 November 2014

November Monthly Kit - Pion Designs

Today I wanted to share the layouts I created for the November Monthly Kit. This months kit features brand new papers by Pion Designs. This new collection is called 'My Beloved Son' yet as you can see this set does not need to be used specifically for masculine layouts. These papers are so delicate they are perfect for a whole range of photos from feminine and romantic layouts to wedding and even vintage photographs.

A slit was cut in the main paper and folded back to reveal the soft printed pattern on the reverse side. Dazzlerz Texture Paste was added in places - this paste has a very pearly, smooth finish. 

 We coloured our White Satin Leaf trim with the same paint that was used on the chipboard.

To create the Pinwheel on the second layout we took a 6.5cm square of patterned paper and cut from each corner nearly into the middle. You then simply fold half of each triangle shape into the middle and use adhesive to hold in place.

Thank you for looking, 

~ Charlotte ~