Friday, 20 January 2017

Picture Perfect | The Cut Shoppe

Hi everyone!

Today I'm up on The Cut Shoppe blog sharing a layout that I created using one of the new cut files available from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store!


I absolutely love this photo of my youngest daughter with my nephew! It's so sweet how much they adore one another!

This is the new 'Bless Your Heart' cut file set that I used on my layout...

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I used the heart that has the word 'love' repeated. I cut it from white cardstock and then backed three of the words with light grey patterned paper. I then added small pieces of foam tape to the back of the heart to give it some extra dimension.

Here are some closeups of my layout...


I created a cluster on the top left hand corner of the heart using some die cuts. I tucked some in peeking out from underneath the heart and added others on top. All of the patterned papers and embellishments on my layout are from the Cocoa Vanilla Studio 'Love Always' collection.


I created another little cluster on the bottom left hand corner of my photo using some more die-cuts, chipboard, and a paper bloom.


I added one more cluster on the top right hand corner of the photo to complete the visual triangle. This one includes another floral die cut and a flair button.

I finished the layout off with some journaling and enamel dots.

Thanks for joining me on my blog today! Why don't you head on over to The Cut Shoppe etsy store to check out all of the new cut files that were added this week!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Our Adorable Kitten | Stuck?! Sketches January 15th Challenge

Hello scrappy friends!!

It's time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! Let's take a look at the fabulous sketch that Laura has designed for us...

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And here's my take on the sketch...


I documented a sweet photo of our new little kitten, Sasha! She is so beautiful and we all adore her!

I used the Crate Paper cute girl collection for this layout, which was so perfect as there are quite a few images of cats throughout the papers and embellishments in this collection!

Here are some closeups of my page...


I added a Charms Creations Terrific Tab to the top left hand corner of the photo, and I popped a little word sticker on top to give it some extra detail.


To the left of the title I created a little cluster that includes a Charms Creations DIY chevron, and a couple of flowers from D-lish Scraps.


I love combining different fonts to create my titles! On this page I used two different Felicity Jane alphabet stickers, as well as the gold word 'adorable' which is a sticker from the Cute Girl collection!


On the sketch there's a vertical photo as well as the horizontal one, but I decided instead to add a tag in that spot. How cute is that kitty cat sticker to the right of the tag?! I added a cute little bow to the sticker to make it look even more girly!

I finished my layout off by adding some journaling and a sprinkling of star sequins and stickers!

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by January 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout! Thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment as well - it is always very much appreciated!

Mandy

Monday, 2 January 2017

Love | Stuck?! Sketches January 1st Challenge

Hello friends!

It's time for a fun new sketch challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the fabulous January 1st sketch designed by Laura Whitaker...


And here's my take on the sketch...


I switched it up a little by flipping the sketch horizontally and using one horizontal photo instead of two vertical ones. The photo that I scrapped is a recent one of my three kids on the day that we put up our Christmas tree. I totally love those happy little faces!

Charms Creations is one of the sponsors for this challenge and our design team were lucky to receive a DIY star each to use on our layouts!

The patterned paper that I used is from the Pinkfresh Studio Christmas Wishes collection.

Here are some closeups of my layout...


For my title I used a Flutterby Designs wood veneer word. I added some thin strips of foam tape underneath it to give it lots of dimension!


The Charms Creations DIY stars are perfect for altering with inks/paints, but I liked the look of it left white on this layout, so I simply added some word stickers on top for some extra interest.


For the little cluster in the top corner, I used a couple of strips of washi tape, and a wood veneer piece and flair button from Felicity Jane.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by January 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:



Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout! Thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment as well - it is always very much appreciated!

Mandy

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Miss Granger | Scrap the Girls January Challenge

Hello & Happy New Year!!

I hope you all enjoyed welcoming in the New Year, and I hope that 2017 brings many wonderful things your way!

Today I'd like to share with you my layout for the Scrap the Girls January challenge! This month we have a mood board challenge...


It's not a colour palette that I've used before, but I loved the challenge! And it forced me to pull out some older papers and use up some stash, which is always a good thing! Here's what I came up with...


My eldest daughter Abigail recently went to a Harry Potter Movie Marathon Sleepover party at her friend's house and she of course had to dress up as Hermione Granger. I love that she put together a costume with things that we already had, and I think she looked awesome!

I used patterned papers from the Heidi Swapp Wanderlust collection, which worked perfectly with this colour palette!

Here's a few closeups...


I created my title using a combination of Felicity Jane alphabet stickers and Maggie Holmes Thickers. I added a Cocoa Vanilla chipboard arrow underneath the title.


I made the broomstick using a cut file from The Cut Shoppe. It was the perfect addition to a Harry Potter themed layout! I also added a few more Cocoa Vanilla embellishments, including the frame tucked in behind the photo, the flair button,the chipboard star, and the strip of stars tucked under the side of the patterned paper. They were all from different collections, but they worked perfectly together on this layout!


I created a little cluster in the top left hand corner of the page that includes another cut file from The Cut Shoppe, a Cocoa Vanilla little word sticker, and a Maggie Holmes star.

I finished the page off with some typed journaling and stamped stars.

I hope that you play along with us this month! Link up your layouts on the Scrap the Girls blog for your chance to win a prize from our sponsor...


If you haven't done so already, go check out the super inspiring layouts that the rest of the Scrap the Girls design team have come up with using this mood board! This will be my final month as part of this team. I've had so much fun designing for Scrap the Girls, and want to say a big thank you to Krisy for having me on the team!

I'll be back later today to share my layout for the Stuck?! Sketches January 1st challenge.

Mandy

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Christmas Album | Felicity Jane Studio

Hi scrappy friends!

Can you believe that 2016 is coming to a close and that very soon we will be welcoming in 2017?! This year has flown by! But there is so much to be thankful for from this past year, and I look forward to what 2017 will bring!

Today I'd like to share with you another page that I've created in my Christmas album using the Felicity Jane 'Oh, Deer' and 'Hello, Christmas!' kits. In case you missed seeing the first few pages in my album, I shared them over on the Felicity Jane blog, and you can see them here. I'm documenting all of our Christmas memories since 2004 when our first baby was born, and today I'm sharing my spread for 2006...


I love that this spread is all about the photos... These beautiful people are all so dear to me and I love looking back at these precious memories that we shared together. I used patterned papers from 'Hello, Christmas!' kit, and a few embellishments from the 'Oh, Deer' kit. I love that these two kits coordinate seemlessly! How gorgeous are the acetate pages in 'Hello, Christmas!' kit?! I love this one that says 'believe', and it was an easy way of adding more detail and interest to my spread without having to do any work!

Here's a closeup of the left hand side of the spread...


I had so much trouble narrowing down the photos that I wanted to include on this page, so in the end I decided to create 6x8 collage of my favourites. Because this side was quite photo heavy, it didn't need too much embellishing. I simply added the year on the left hand side of the bottom photo using Felicity Jane white Alphabet Stickers, and a sticker from the 'Oh, Deer' kit on the top right hand corner. I also added a strip of the washi tape from the 'Oh, Deer' kit down the right hand side of the page.


On the right hand side of the spread I included a photo each of Andrew & I with Abigail. She was 2.5 years old this Christmas, and it was so lovely seeing how much she really enjoyed the festivities this year. Love these special memories!


I used a card from the 'Hello, Christmas' kit in the top right hand pocket. I love the scallops, and the pretty colours, which coordinated perfectly with my photos! I typed my journaling onto vellum and then cut it up into strips to add to the card.


Okay, this is my favourite part of this page... a shaker pocket!! I filled the pocket with pretty sequins from the 'Oh, Deer' kit, and added a label which I stamped on using one of the 'Hello, Christmas' stamps. I love the movement and interest that the sequins add to the page... So much fun!!

Well that's it from me for today, and this year!

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the past year, and wish you all a very happy and safe New Year!

Mandy x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Joy | The Cut Shoppe

Hi friends!

Today I'd like to share with you a layout that I created for The Cut Shoppe! There are so many gorgeous Christmas themed cut files available from The Cut Shoppe Etsy store! I decided to use the Tinsel Town cut file set to create a festive layout featuring my two beautiful girls...


I created a grid style layout as I thought that this would be a great way of showcasing some of the super cute cut files as well as the beautiful patterned papers from the Felicity Jane 'hello, Christmas!' kit!

I used three of the cut files from the Tinsel Town set on my layout:

The Tinsel Town cut file includes 8 Christmas themed images, that can be used for your scrapbooking and papercrafting projects.

Here are some closeups...


Using the Tinsel Town set, I cut the word 'Joy' from patterned paper and then added foam tape to the back to give it some dimension! I love how this makes it really pop off the page!


I matted the photo with black and white striped patterned paper and then tucked a tag under the right hand side.


I kept this section quite simple by just stamping a cute little phrase and adding a fussy cut Christmas decoration.


Next I used the Tinsel Town cut file set to cut these cute little Christmas Trees. I added foam tape behind one of them to create some varying dimension and depth. I popped a Felicity Jane flair button on top which has a cute little reindeer head on it to tie in with the reindeer ears that my daughters are wearing in the photo.

To finish the layout off, I added some stars that I cut from white cardstock using the Tinsel Town set and I also scattered some wood veneer stars.

Head on over to The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store to check out this cut file set as well as the other fabulous Christmas designs that are in store! Also don't forget to pop over to The Cut Shoppe blog to download the free cut files that are available there... There's a free cut file being added each week during the month of December.

I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very blessed Christmas and to thank you for your support during 2016!

Mandy

Thursday, 15 December 2016

You+Me | Stuck?! Sketches December 15th Challenge

Hi there!

It's time for a new challenge over at Stuck?! Sketches! If you're looking for a good sketch to inspire your creativity, then I know you'll love the December 15th sketch that Laura has designed for us...

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Here's my take on the sketch...


I really love the design of this sketch, and it was perfect for scrapping this recent photo of my eldest daughter and I.

Here are some closeups of my layout...


Using wood veneer words is an easy way of adding titles to your layouts, particularly when you leave them raw. I really love this wood veneer phrase from D-lish Scraps!


I added a flower cluster on the bottom left hand corner of my photo using some lovely flowers from D-lish Scraps.


Here you can see some of the layers behind the photo, including patterned papers and a beautiful lace doily. I also added a Crate Paper sticker on the bottom right hand corner of the photo and tucked a tab under the side of the photo.


As on the sketch, I added another embellishment cluster in the bottom left hand corner of the layout. This one includes a Charms Creations chevron, as well as a flair button and a rose from D-lish Scraps.

If you haven't done so already, I hope that you'll head on over to the Stuck?! Sketches blog and take a look at the fabulous layouts created by my fellow design team members! We'd love you to play along with us by creating a layout based on this sketch! Link up your layouts on the Stuck?! Sketches blog by December 29th to be in the running to win a prize from one of our very generous sponsors:

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Thank you so much for visiting my blog and taking a look at my layout! Thank you to those who take the time to leave a comment as well - it is always very much appreciated!

Mandy