Friday, June 28, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 3

Hello again all.
Thanks again for joining me for another Mad About Scrapping Layout of the Week.
Sharing with you this week a VERY quick and simple layout using scraps of goodies from this yummy kit.

Before I start I would like to let you in on a little hint on using patterned paper as your base layer. Especially if you intend to mist on it or add ink blotches which can wrinkle your paper. Paper grades are all different. Some papers I have are a lot thinner and just wont hold up to being the base of a layout very well. To solve this issues I ALWAYS adhere a piece of card stock (those colours that you get that you NEVER know what to do with!) to the back of the base piece of patterned paper. It strengthens the base and prevents the base from warping too much when adding a wet medium to it.
Okay. So this weeks layout I did use patterned paper as my base. I also used a piece of "yucky" card stock to strengthen the base as I have added ink blotches.
Simple stripes of scrap paper and card stock worked a treat to add a bit of colour and texture. But mainly I have let the pattern of the base piece of patterned paper shine through.
Using up your scraps of patterned paper to create your own colour coordinated embellishments is super easy with a little help of a stamp and some punches. 
Don't forget too if your alphas aren't the right colour a permanent marker works a treat then add some dimensional magic to them to add some gloss. 
 Why not play around with some of the tips yourself.
Thanks again for stopping by.
See you next week.
TFL, Michelle x
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mixing it up with scraps

Once again I have played along with a fun challenge at Mad About Scrappin.
This month is also no exception with how fun filled the challenge is.
So.. here's my take on the challenge. I have been doing a major clean out of my scrap room and decided to create this layout using up old scraps of patterned paper I wove together to create a very different background. Then I added a mixture of old embellishments and glittered chipboard letters to finish it off. Really helped add to the summery feel of my photo and used up my old stash at the same time! The words for happiness in our house is "good times" and found that on a journalling tag which was perfect for this layout. Times spent together that make us smile.

Here's my frame.. I wrapped a chipboard circle in some funky matching washi tape and framed the word on a journal tag that just seemed to fit.
My "Joy" word has come is the form of a J is for tag I found floating around in the bottom of an odds and end embellishment bag I had.. Just crying out for the word joy to be added to it using tiny letter stickers.
Why not give it a go!
TFL, Michelle x

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 2

Welcome to our second week sharing with you another layout that might help inspire you to get creative with the goodies in this Mad About Scrappin kit.
But before we start I would like to say thank you to everyone for their positive comments about this new idea we have started at Mad About Scrappin. We all love sharing our work with you and it is so nice to hear what you think.
So.. After making a major mess with all the misting in our layout last week I decided to play around with using one of the yummy pieces of patterned paper as my background. I don't do this often as I do struggle with how to work with large patterns in the background and their positioning in regards to my embellishments... especially when the paper is as bold as this one.
Well I decided to work WITH the bold background paper and layered the card stock on top of it. I border punched the card stock, randomly embossed it and then lightly sanded to reveal the core colour. This helped to add a bit of texture to my page along with toning down the bold card stock a little too. 
I was also luck as I had a photo that colour matched the papers just perfectly. However I didn't want to photo to get lost in all the bright patterns.  By then placing my photo onto a contrast piece of lighter paper it tied in the base patterned paper and also helped the photo to stand out too. 

I decided to keep the pennant flags and the butterfly the raw chipboard colour as I felt the layout didn't need any extra colour. I was lucky to have a tag in my stash in chipboard too which finished off my embellishments perfectly. By using these in their raw state it brings to boldness of the layout down a few notches.
So there you have it. Another simple layout created by mixing it up a little to tone down the boldness of the paper.
Thanks again for stopping by and looking forward to sharing with with you another
Layout of the Week again next week.
TFL, Michelle x

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Book of Laces - Off the Page

 A month or so ago I came up with the idea to make a Book of Laces, and I literally mean a 'book of laces' and since then I have made four of these wonderful projects.

I like to give lace as gifts or include them in swaps that I'm doing and I though it was a lovely way to package up some lace prettily without it weighing too much because we all know what the postage costs are like these days!

I used the Kaisercraft 'True Romance' collection papers for everything, you only need four sheets of 12x12 paper and that will give you the covers, four insert spool pages and a stick pin holder at the back. Only the spine is made from light weight chipboard.

To decorate my little book I went around some of the flower images with clear stickles and then used a gorgeous collection of  flowers on the front cover, added a little beaded trim and some pink wheat spray all from Mad About Scrappin and finished it off with a couple of butterflies cut from the Kaisercraft 'Enchanted Garden' glittered butterfly paper. Some gorgeous seam binding, also from Mad About Scrappin was used to tie the book closed.

On the inside, I ran some pretty lace down the inside cover to hide the joins and a little beaded trim and filled the book up with some very pretty laces all held nicely with the crystal topped pins from the Mad About Scrappin Store :)

I hope you like this Book of Laces, I think it turned out incredibly pretty and the lady who received it also loved it :) 

For a full tutorial on how to make a Book of Laces you can visit my Youtube Channel, just look under the Tutorial section :) -

Thank you for stopping by today :)

Jeanette xx
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Preppy Girl

Hi All
Lou here to show you how easy this months challenge really is...
1. Use a word for happiness, well lets go to the thesaurus for this.
Happiness can be
beatitude, blessedness, bliss, cheer, cheerfulness, cheeriness, content, contentment, delectation, delight, delirium, ecstasy, elation, enchantment, enjoyment, euphoria, exhilaration, exuberance, felicity, gaiety, geniality, gladness, glee, good cheer, good humor, good spirits, hilarity, hopefulness, joviality, joy, jubilation, laughter, lightheartedness, merriment, mirth, optimism, paradise, peace of mind, playfulness, pleasure, prosperity, rejoicing, sanctity, seventh heaven, vivacity, well-being.
I used the word delight (tick)
2. Next use an altered embellishment,
this can be as simple as changing the colour of your alphas which I did (tick)

As you can see these alphas are a green/black colour but I wanted a solid black for my title, so hey pesto I grabbed one of my black pens and went colouring.

3. Last criteria, use a frame of some sort (tick)
I used a Polaroid frame from Kaisercraft and I altered this by adding some arrow stickers to it.

I also altered the main glitter alphas in my title by adhering them to black cardstock then cutting them out before placing them on my page for further oomph

The papers I have used on this page are from Summer Stories range from Teresa Collins, lots of gold glitter which is very trendy at the moment. I purchased these from Mad about Scrappin Here.
 Here is the full page of the June Facebook Challenge,

I added stickers from Heidi Swapp, and used some embellies from Freckled Fawn.

Make sure you give this super easy challenge a go and link it to our Facebook page
so you can be in with a chance to win this month.

x Lou
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Brightening things up


Okay.. so found this post in my blogger box and some how it has fallen through the publishing loop.... not quite sure why or how..
The lovely Leanne from Mad About Scrappin sent me some fantastic goodies to play with last month once again.
Here's what I had to work with.

So.. I must say I really didn't know where to start as the papers were so yummy. I just didn't want to cut them.
Because I didn't want to cut some of them I used them whole page as the base for the first layout I created of my eldest daughter..
I also love using the textured card stock for the base of this cute layout too. Simple way to showcase the texture and used up some of the scraps.
Lastly I used the whole sheet of patterned paper for this layout also. Just cut it away to create a border and then cut the centre piece slightly smaller again. Lots of ink and distressed teamed up with some old book pages helped finish off this layout.
Super fun and simple layouts created using this kit and plenty of goodies left over too.
TFL, Michelle x
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Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 1

I am pleased to bring you this week the first look at the kit I played around with this week.

Now.. I must say.. the kit is very bright, bubbly and a bit girlie looking.
However don't let that scare you off of grabbing all these goodies!
Now as most of you may have seen with the work I have created for Mad About Scrappin, I do like to mix up my styles a bit and push myself to create layouts from paper that people wouldn't normally expect.
So with that in mind I decided to create a layout of my son... YES !! my son !! using this range of bright pinks, oranges and orange retro looking papers. I don't feel that those colours should be limited to just girlie layouts.
I used 1/4" x 9" strips of the mixed patterned paper to create a woven background on the textured white card stock. I then used the card stock butterflies in the pack, lay them where I wanted them and lightly misted the while layout with some Mr Huey's Black Mist.
Some areas I did heavier than others and when the chipboard butterflies where lifted up they left a perfect masked image for the background.
I then stamped more butterflies onto scraps of the patterned paper and misted butterflies as part of my embellishment clusters.
Added a bit of bling with pink glitter alphas for the main part of my title and pink sequins to the centre of the chipboard butterflies.
I finished the layout off using letter stickers to complete my title.
Super easy but quite effective.
Who says girlie paper can't look great for a boy layout!
Looking forward to sharing with the next Layout of the Week.
Happy Scrapping.
M x
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Exciting and New !!!

Hello everyone.
On behalf of
and myself, Michelle,
 I would like to introduce you to something new and exciting that is starting this week on the
Drum roll please...
Each week on a Friday morning we will be showcasing a layout that has been created using a paper kit that is available exclusively at Mad About Scrappin.
Will give you a look at what is in this months paper kit along with a fresh new layout each week that showcases the products in the kit.
We will also give you a few tips on how we have created the layout that we hope will inspire you to get creative yourself.
Make sure you tune in THIS FRIDAY when our first layout goes up.
Happy Creating,
Michelle  x

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June Challenge

Hey everyone, its Jo and I'm back to share with you my take on this months challenge.

My choice of word to replace happy was joy, and the frame I made using my nestibilities.  I then painted it and crackled over it .  The paper is an Echo Park pack from Mad About Scrappin.  All the flowers are also from the store.  Leanne has some lovely ones in at the moment so pop over to the shop and have a look.
Check out the full details for this months challenge on our Facebook page and have a go.  We love to see what you create!
Thanks for allowing me to share
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Thursday, June 6, 2013

And the June challenge is LIVE :)

Hello Mad Fans!

This months MAS challenge is a beauty:

How easy is  that!
and here is my take on the challenge:


Another word for Happy: I have used Joy
An altered embellishment: I have added Twinklets to one of the MAS large roses :)
A frame: I added a chippy frame around title.

oh and I altered this little resin bird too :)

Luv Renee xox

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Tiny Shabby Altered Box

My son bought me a few little boxes from the thrift store for Mother's Day so I decided I would alter one, using a variety of gorgeous flowers from the Mad About Scrappin Store, I couldn't really go wrong.

I first Gesso'd the little box and then coated it with one coat of white acrylic paint. On the base I placed four half back pearls for the feet and then covered the lower section with a wide lace adding some pearl trim around the top edge. The lid was decorated using a small lace trim around the edge along with more pearl trim and then a wedding applique was put on top. 

A beautiful selection of Mad About Scrappin flowers were then arranged on the lid in a way so that a tiny little frame could be propped up. I used some green acrylic wheat spray that was purchased from the Flog it Friday event on Mad About Scrappin's Facebook page to break up the pinks and then I slightly glittered some of the flowers, added a few pearl beads and tucked a lovely piece of lace behind the picture.  Finishing it off was a Stick Pin and piece of gorgeous seam binding to be used as a closure.

Inside the box I placed three more gorgeous flowers and a wider lace from Mad About Scrappin and finished with more pearl trim. Once it was finished I filled it with some dainty little vintage laces.
I think this little box turned out beautifully and reminds me a little of a cake!!!

I hope you like this little box :)

Jeanette xx
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