Friday, August 1, 2014

Creative Team article on Border Punch techniques for Scrapbooking Memories Vol. 16 No. 11

Hi everyone....just popping in to share my layouts & a few details on my 5th article for Scrapbooking Memories as Creative Team Member :)
The theme for this issue was Techniques, so I decided to do my my
article on punched border techniques......

My first layout is this one....
"Pennsylvania Log Cabin"

It showcases a few different techniques - partially punching around the outer edges of the page & also using strips of punched borders at different angles (in this case, in the form of an off centred cross).

I've used a few different border punches & have layered them together in under
my photo & paper layers.


 I always try to include some chipboard on my layouts, and for me it's none other than 2Crafty - layered in amongst my cluster


This was a little cottage called the "Pennsylvania Cottage" in the Ulster & American Folk Park in Omagh Co. Tyrone - a very fascinating & informative tourist park.
Next up....
For this page I've featured a whole LOT of punched border strips for my background.
I used a variety of border punches as well as a variety of papers from the same collection and have simply layered them across the page, with a few layers of lace in the mix, just to break it all up a bit :)

I also inked & lightly distressed the edges to help lift the layers up off the page so that they didn't look too flat.

I also created a punched border rosette that was featured as a step x step, including hand shots....and lookie there, another piece of 2Crafty chipboard :)
Glendalough is an amazing 6th centure Monastic site in Co. Wicklow, not far out of Dublin.
How all these amazing stone structures are still standing today is amazing & a credit to the engineering & building techniques of the time, as well as the Irish Heritage authorities for keeping these sites in such fantastic condition.
And that is all from me this time, I hope you have enjoyed reading about my article :)
Until next time....Keep calm & scrap on! lol  xx

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Simple Stories "The Story of Us" for All About Scrapbooks

Hi everyone....hope you are all well :)
I'm quickly popping in late on a Sunday night to squeeze in a layout to share, using the very versatile Simple Stories - The Story of Us for All About Scrapbooks.
I have been really surprised at the variety of layouts I've been able to create with this wedding themed collection of papers....and I've thoroughly enjoyed every creative moment working with it :)

This one is mainly made up of scrap strips....including the cut off strip at the bottom of most papers.
With a few diecut pieces added in & some stamping.
Here's a few close ups.....

There's 2 different Memory Box dies that I've used - Contempo Circle Border, which is the small circles one that looks a bit like punchinella.  And the other one is Loopy Rings, which is the larger circles that are interlocked with each other - I absolutely LOVE them & they are my new fav dies!!!
They are both available at All About Scrapbooks HERE and are great value as they can & WILL be used over and over :D :D




For more details on the products & techniques used pop on over to the AAS blog HERE
Thanks so much for dropping by....and have a great week!  xx


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kaisercraft DT - Bow & Arrow

Hello lovely peeps.....I hope you're all keeping warm on this super chilly Sunday morning! 
It was -3C here this morning :-0 I won't be venturing too far from my scrap room
until it warms up a fair bit :)
I'm back to share my creations that went up on the Kaisercraft blog on Friday - with the amazing "Bow & Arrow" collection.  This is a FUN collection...gorgeous colours, patterns & very versatile for any themed layout.  It simply is a "must have" collection - can't put it any simpler than that!
So first up is my layout.....

 I LOVE that "Spirit" background paper...isn't the woodgrain just gorgeous?!?
And the feathers?!?! are the best and I love them too!
I've created a bit of a cluster with some paper blooms, a variety of Collectables pieces - including those fabulous feathers! and some cotton thread.

Here is a closer look at the feathers....I've cut down each side of the feather at an angle to help make it look more create a more feathered look :)
Even more pieces of Collectables <3


And here's some chevron pieces that I've cut out from the Specialty Paper - chevrons.
Just one more reason to LOVE this collection <3 

 My photos are from the Carrick-A-Rede bridge in Northern Ireland....which was an AMAZING place to visit...and well worth all the steps that we had to climb back up to get back to our car!
Kaisercraft Products: Spirit – P1564, Fire – P1572, Stone – P1567, Chevron Specialty Paper – PS360, Paper Pad – PP944, Collectables – CT801, Olive Paper Blooms – F633, Iceburg Paper Blooms – F630, Honey Paper Blooms – F628, Olive Mini Paper Blooms – F650, Alpha Stickers Natural – AS254
Other: Ink, Cotton Thread
Next is another layout....
"Gangster's Ball"

This time I've used the "Stone" PP for my background...similar colours to the woodgrain one in the previous layout, but with those fabulous chevron's!

Here's a bunch of those fabulous feathers again :) 

And more pieces from the collectables pack - having the collectables pack with any KC collection, really makes it so easy to put a page together...they all coordinate so perfectly, so all the work is already done for you! :)



 Pics are of my DD & one of her friends at a recent fundraiser Gangster's Ball that a heap of them attended....they all had so much fun!
Kaisercraft Products: Stone – P1567, Heart – P1570, Rain – P1571, Paper Pad - PP944, Collectables – CT801, Alpha Stickers Natural (inked) – AS254, Pearl Pearls – SB713
Other: Ink, Brad
And last, but not least....a card
I've simply layered a few pieces of PP from the Paper Pad, some Collectables pieces & again, some more of those fabulous chevron's from the Chevron Specialty paper that I've coloured.

Kaisercraft Products: Earth – P1569, Chevron Specialty Paper – PS360, Paper Pad – PP944, Collectables – CT801
Other: Ink
That is all from me for now...I hope you have been inspired by this AMAZING collection :)
If you'd like to see what the other DT members have created - it's always amazing to see what other people create with the same products - then pop on over to the Kaisercraft blog for a looksie - you won't be disappointed!
The Bow & Arrow collection is available at All About Scrapbooks HERE
Thank you so much for dropping by today :) xx

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Simple Stories "The Story of Us" for All About Scrapbooks

Hello everyone....I hope you are all well :)
I am back again today to share a layout using the gorgeous
I've come up with a layout using a pic from our trip to Ireland last year using this wedding themed range of papers & embellishments - I really do love it when a collection is as versatile as this!
"St Stephen's Green"

St Stephen's Green is a gorgeous old park in Dublin, and we had a lovely stroll around it
at the end of our 2nd day there.
I've added a bit of background work & also altered one of the fussy cut pieces of PP 
to help everything tie in together.

Some gorgeous Petaloo & Green Tara flowers....and a little piece of my favourite chipboard - 2Crafty


This cute little die-cut camera was one of my fav pieces from the Bits & Pieces diecut pack
Isn't it just the cutest?!?

For all the information on products & techniques used.....please pop on over to the AAS blog HERE
We would love you to visit us over there :)
I hope you have been inspired by this gorgeous & very versatile collection.
Until next time....take care &happy scrapping! xx


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