Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – November …

This month’s Kaisercraft collection is the Summer Splash collection – “Bask in the sunshine with our Summer Splash collection! Whether it’s at the beach, by the pool or on a cruise, it’s time to enjoy the fun that summer brings. Featuring colourful fish, pristine beaches and clear blue water, these papers are perfect for capturing your summer holiday memories!”

The Creative Kit Club’s November Kit was the perfect kit of goodies to use for my summer holiday photos. (The photos from the 2 layouts were from a family holiday in Moonta Bay).

The first layout features the ‘sunshine’ die that comes with the kit (even if I did cut the word) and the 2 add on dies that you can purchase.

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Wiggle waves

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Interlocking Scribble Circles

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What I loved about the November kit was the texture I was able to create with the papers, the netting and the scribbles circles.

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The second layout highlights some of the textural embellishments that come with the kit – the natural string, epoxy dots, netting, half cooked rice paper, burlap and the calico fabric.

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You can order the November Summer Splash Kit now! Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” ~ John Mayer

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Memories …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Heritage/History’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout using a 1957 photo of my mum, aunt and uncle. It’s one of my favourite photos :)

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The spotted background paper is from Pink Paislee – from the Parisian Anthology collection  – Fancy Filigree.

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I then machine stitched a ‘Life is Beautiful’ frame which I had cut from a paper called ‘Mirror Mirror’ from the Bella! Ever After collection.

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To add texture to the background I stamped the background with bubble wrap that was coated with black acrylic paint. I also stenciled the background with light molding texture paste. I stenciled a border on both sides of the background paper.

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The stencil – Kaisercraft’s 6×6 stencil – Lace Borders.

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Texture paste – Golden Gel Mediums

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Rather than go with the traditional heritage colours, that is often used for a heritage layout, I decided to use colour. The main colour was going to be blue with splashes of gold and brown.

Using a blue printed paper from the Grace Taylor Vintage Collection paper pack, I outlined the flowers with a black marker and then cut them. Outlining the flowers gave them added definition.

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I used the blue side of the American Crafts – Finders Keepers Collection – Treasure paper to die cut a couple of pieces to place on both sides of the photo.

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The die – Kaisercraft’s decorative die – texture stained glass

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The butterflies were cut from 2 different Kaisercraft papers:

Indigo Skies Collection – Chambray

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Mix and Match Collection – Butterflies.

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The final piece of paper to be fussy cut was the Honeysuckle paper from Kaisercrafts’s Forget-Me-Not collection.

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Other embellishments included:

  • A stamp cut from K&Company Life’s Journey collage embossed paper sheet –

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  • 2 stamped sentiments from Ali Edwards – Technique Tuesday – Favorite Memories

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  • American Crafts – My Girl Collection – Printed Chipboard letters – Kitten – Black – numbers

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  • Authentique – Petite Type – letters

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  • a chipboard frame, a stop watch, a gold heart and lace

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I received a 2nd prize ribbon for this layout :)

“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” ~ Branch Rickey

Sweet …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Children’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout featuring my niece Bella.

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My inspiration for the colour scheme used in the layout was Bella’s beanie. With that in mind I found the perfect background paper to use – Bo Bunny’s Petal Lane paper:

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I didn’t like the bike on the paper so I cut the paper diagonally. Inspired by the yellow in the Bo Bunny paper, I used another piece of paper to replace the bike – Webster’s Pages – Strawberry Fields – Balloon Bouquet:

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I machine stitched the Bo Bunny paper and the Webster’s Pages paper onto another paper. Then I added a strip of black and white chevron paper to the bottom.

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FYI, the chevron paper is from Ruby Rock-It’s Bella! Celebrate Paperz range.

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Another Bo Bunny Petal Lane paper (Sunshine) was ideal for this layout. For fussy cutting and embellishing the photo of Bella.

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I matted the photo on the frame –

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I fussy cut the circle of hearts and the word ‘LOVE’ –

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I added the 2 mandalas to the corner cluster –

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I did cut the other 2 mandalas from the paper with the plan of adding them to the layout – I they weren’t ideal so I ditched that plan. Sometimes less is more. I added a metal embellishment to the centre of the yellow mandala.

You have to think outside the box when fussy cutting papers –

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And last, but not least, the flowers from the paper were cut –

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Once I added all the Bo Bunny fussy cuts something needed to be added to the upper right hand corner and it had to be black and white (to match the frame, the circle of hearts, the yellow mandala and the chevron strip). I went to my ‘go to’ patterned paper and fussy cut a few black and white flowers.

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The flowers were from a KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet

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The yellow pearls in the centre of the flowers are Kaisercraft pearls.

The final touches to the layout were the alphabet thickers –

American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Foam letters – Fantastic – Salmon

Dear_Lizzy_thickers     Isabella

American Crafts – My Girl Collection – Printed Chipboard letters – Kitten – Black

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“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~ Shakespeare

Celebrate love …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Wedding/Special Occasion’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout with a wedding photo of my cousin Jen and Adam.

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The background paper and the strips of paper at the bottom of the layout were from a 12″ x 12″ paper pad: Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Shine

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I added texture to the background by using acrylic paint (mixed with texture paste) and a stencil.

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(Kaisercolour acrylic paint – Candy)

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(Prima 6×6 stencil – Tubaroses)

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I matted the wedding photo (5″ x 7″ portrait printed with a white border) with 2 frames that were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad and pink paper at the top.

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The next part was creating the 2 corner flower clusters.

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Both clusters featured fussy cut flowers from 2 different papers. The pink flowers were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad.

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The blue flowers were cut from a Ruby Rock-It – Arcadia – Be Calm paper.

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The bottom cluster featured the word ‘LOVE’ which were fussy cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. There were also a couple of vellum die cut embellishments – ‘today’ and ‘CELEBRATE’ – these were from the Hello Sunshine range.

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The top cluster includes a Paperhouse Productions Vintage Romance Snapshot ‘Cherish’ sticker. I also added a white Heidi Grace Design heart pin.

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I attached a date sticker label to a foil eyelet tag (from The Craft Stall) and adhered it to the photo using foam tape.

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#Best Day Ever – from the Hello Sunshine range. The wood veneers – Studio Calico Wood Veneer – Shapes – People. Another fussy cut flower from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. Underneath all those embellishments is a strip of printed tissue paper machine stitched onto the background paper. I did the same thing at the bottom of the photo.

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The geo heart was another vellum die cut from the Hello Sunshine range. The alphabet wood veneers were from the Fundamentals range from Ruby Rock-It.

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I was pleased with how the layout turned out. I followed some design rules that I try to stick to when working out the design of a layout. Repetition – I used 2 sets of wood veneers, 2 strips of machine stitched tissue paper, 2 banners (the date banner and the vellum banner), 2 frame photo mats – repetition creates unity. The vellum geo heart goes with the diamonds in the bottom strip of pink paper.

There’s also repetition with the colours. The bottom strip of paper – with the pink diamonds – was my inspiration for the pink fussy cut flowers, the pink paper at the top of the photo, the pink background texture paint and the cherish sticker. It also helped that the ‘cherish’ word was blue which matched the Ruby Rock-It blue fussy cut flowers. Gold is repeated with the vellum die cuts – #Best Day Ever, today and the heart. Black and white is featured in the date banner, the word ‘LOVE”, the strips of patterned paper and the photo.

The flower clusters are arranged in such a way that they create a visual triangle – the flowers lead the eye from the top of the page down to the bottom of the photo and then back up to the top of the photo.

I also learnt that when scrapbooking you should try to tell the story by having some of the following – who, what, when and where. I have the who (Adam and Jen titled via the wooden veneer alphabet letters), the when (the date sticker label) and the what – it’s pretty obvious – a wedding :)

Anyways, after all that … I got a 2nd prize ribbon … :)

“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally

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Christmas in July – lollipop reindeers …

This is such a cute idea for Christmas in July AND Christmas!

I made these reindeers last Christmas. I made some for the Adelaide branch of the South Australian Country Womens Association and I made extra (for sale) with the proceeds going to the South Australian branch of the RSPCA.

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I’ve made them again for a CWA Christmas in July event coming up this weekend. This time around the craft store didn’t have any brown paper (luckily I had some leftover from last year). I bought other coloured paper! Nothing wrong with blue reindeer is there? ;)

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The reindeers are quite easy to make. You can get the free printable template here.

To make the lollipop reindeers, you’ll need:

  • coloured paper (I used Vivaldi paper A4 120gsm)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • sticky tape
  • lollipops

Print out the template. Cut around the outline of the reindeer. Cut out the nose and the middle of the template.

There are 2 folds. Fold the reindeer in the middle.

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The back strip gets folded down and then brought to the front of the reindeer after the lollipop is attached to the reindeer. The stick of the lollipop moved so I taped the lollipop onto the back of the reindeer template.

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Add double sided tape to the back strip and then fold them over the front.

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And there they are! The cutest reindeer lollipops. EVER.

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Happy crafting!

“Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.” ~ John Waters