Friday, July 26, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 7

Hello all and welcome to another week of sharing some ideas with you of ways to use some of the amazing products here at Mad About Scrappin.
This week I kept things fairly simple with the layout I created. I wanted the photo to be the main feature of this layout so chose the use the more muted patterned papers. But I also wanted the boldness of the red components to shine through too.
So here's what I managed to come up with.
 For my embellishments I really wanted to work with the patterned paper itself. So I decided to drag out some of my old Kaiser flower stamps and stamp some flowers using a dove grey staz on ink. This made it not quite as bold as stamping with black so they blended better with the greys in the patterned paper. By adhering them with various heights of 3D foam tape I was able to create dimension in my layout. I then finished off the centres with a bit of bling using self adhesive bling.
I also love being able to hand stitch on some of my layouts just to add that little bit extra. This time around I have used a pale grey blue floss to blend in with the grey blue of the base flourish printed paper. Just added that little bit extra without taking over the page and being too bold in colour.
Super simple and quick layout this week for when we are all feeling in need of a quick scrap fix.
Looking forward to sharing again with you next week what I have been up to with goodies from
Till then.
TFL, M x

Friday, July 19, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 6

Welcome again to another week of sharing. 

This week I have had a chance to make a major mess using some glimmer mists and template from 

I have also had a chance to play around with a few scraps of this yummy paper again to create this latest layout.

I don't know why but I just cant seem to leave a piece of white card stock white all the time. I must admit too I rarely scrap on white for fear of getting it dirty or smeared before I have finished the layout.

Now.. for this layout I just couldn't leave the card stock white. It was firstly too stark for the paper scraps I was using and secondly it just didn't work with the personality of little Miss in the what I hear you say... well I just couldn't scrap this photo of my little Miss scruffy as it just doesn't match her personality.. she is messy, a comedian and better known as Miss 

I find sometimes when I scrap that I want to let the view have a little insight into the subjects personality or nature in the way I scrap the photo. So with that in mind I felt I needed to "mess up" the card stock base with a little help from a template from Mad about Scrappin and some light misting of matching glimmer mists I had on hand. I also flicked some of the glimmer mist directly into the card stock. 

To add a little bit more depth to the base I then lightly ink and stamped using my hand as the stamping block using a invoice stamp with Staz on ink. This means that you don't get the whole stamp image stamped and created an uneven image. I even used this technique on two pieces of scrap white card stock that I was using the embellish the page.
Now.. I wasn't real sure about using hessian and how I could work with it. I loved being able to fray it a little to expose some of the thread gave me the look I was hoping for. Then I found using double sided tape directly onto the card stock base where I wanted it held it well. By mixing up my paper scraps to the size and colour combinations I was happy with I created dimension by adhering some using layers of 3D foam tape. Then to finish the layout off ad make it look just a little feminine I sprinkled on some matching sequins and buttons.

I must admit I had quite a lot of fun playing around and making a bit of a mess. 

Have you played with anything outside your comfort zone lately ?

Why not give it a try and check out the Mad About Scrappin store for lots of fun goodies to play around with today.

Happy Scrapping.

M x

Friday, July 12, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 5

Wow.. hard to believe that a month has gone since we began sharing with you layouts that we have created using products from the Mad About Scrappin Store. I have enjoyed sharing with you all tips and techniques that I have used to create all my fun filled layouts and looking forward to another month of being able to continue sharing ideas with you all.

Now .. I must say that this months goodies were VERY hard to cut up. I am so in love with this line of paper as it was so versatile to play with and I was very reluctant to cut the paper at all.  So many choices to play with as the paper is double sided and so easy to work with for many layout or card ideas.

So I decided to start off this month with a fairly simple layout using embellishments that I have created using the paper itself. 

Now with wanting to use the patterned paper to create my own embellishments for this layout I pulled out a few chipboard flower shapes I keep in my stash just for this purpose. Yes I know I could have used punches, but I just didn't have the punches that I wanted to use... so I set to work using some of the scraps to create my flowers. 

 By holding the three flowers shapes together using brads I was able to shape with flowers to create dimension without having to wait for the adhesive to dry. Then is was simply a case of laying the flowers on the layout until I was happy with their placement and adhering them using 3D foam tape. 

As you can see I haven't added a title as such to this layout either.. I have used one of the journal cards to do all my talking for me and to provide my title. 

I must say that when I first saw these little heart beads I crinkled up my nose a little and wondered what on earth I was going to do with them. I have a bucket load of these myself along with alpha ones that I am very guilty of buying and NEVER using lol. 

However.. being up for a challenge I set to work to be able to use these in  my layouts some way. That was when I got the idea of being able to use them to add a bit of dimension to my banner across my page. I must also admit that I have rediscovered the beads I NEVER use and think I will be playing with them again some time soon. 

Why not try out a new technique or play around with some goodies that you haven't used for a while.

Its all about thinking outside the box.

Check out what new goodies are in store at Mad About Scrappin.

Get scrapping.

TFL, M x

Friday, July 5, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 4

Back again to share with you the last of the layouts I created using this fun filled kit from 

Okay.. so remember how frugal I have been telling you I am .. well when it comes to patterned paper I am extremely frugal. One of the main reasons I don't use patterned paper for my background is because I just can't justify the expense. 

However because I am super lucky to be able to have so many goodies to play with from 
Mad About Scrappin, I can break out of that box a little. 

With this layout I wanted to be able to use the heavily patterned paper as my background, but I wanted to break it up because it was just a little too busy for what I wanted to do with it. So being frugal I cut away the centre of the paper that i knew I would be hiding behind the orange print paper I was using to tone it down a little. Then to bring the background colours back again I have used two of the journal cards to provide a mat  for my photo. 

Yes... as you can see I went a little crazy when it came to adding some bling to my layout. Remember that just because the sequins are already on string doesn't mean they have to stay that way. I decided that I wanted to add a frame to the orange paper so with a little help from the sequins in the pack and some seed beads in my stash I hand stitched my own border. 
  Such a simple way to create a layout with a real summery feel.

Why not step out of your comfort zone and play with some colours you wouldn't normally use. 

Till next week  when I will be showcasing a whole new kit.

M x