Friday, August 30, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 12

Hello all... back again with a quick share of a layout I have created for you on behalf of
Have kept it simple this week as I have been scrapping my little fingers off here for the Royal Adelaide Show. Every year I seem to challenge myself more and more with my entries.. so now I am feeling very scrapped out.
So here is what I managed to create for you this week.

I have loved playing around with the Echo Park - "Love Story" paper range. I have always been a huge fan of mixing red with pink as had always thought that they just didn't go.. but some how they just seem to work.

By mixing it up with my embellishments I have been able to create plenty of texture with a mix of hand cut flowers and paper flowers I have had in my stash. I love being able to layer is all.

By adding in just a touch of black has also add a different element to the page. Seems to make the page not quite as girlie. Though have to admit did love adding a bit of bling with my title to the page.
Have you played around with colours that just don't seem to go lately ?
Have you checked out the Mad About Scrappin Store lately ?
Get Scrapping and check it all out.
TFL, M x

Friday, August 23, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 11

 Hello again.
Back this week to share with you another layout I have created especially for Mad About Scrappin.
This week I have played around with lots of stamps I have in my stash and also a piece of paper napkin to mix it up a little.
I have been loving playing with the "Well Played" paper range from Carte Bella. It is so versatile and love the colours.
So here's the full layout
By mixing it up with some of the stamps in my stash I have been able to add that little bit extra to the base paper I have used. Once again I have used a piece of patterned paper as the base of my layout. However to give the paper a bit of a differently look I have used some matching washi tape to create an uneven border to start with and then added some stamped images randomly where desired. I also lightly sanded the red journal card then double stamped it to tone down the brightness a little to match the base.
 Now I must say I was very lucky with this layout I just happened to have matching flowers to add to this layout that I had purchased from one of Mad About Scrappin's Flog It Friday sales.  By clustering them around my photo and grouping them with the journal tags I was able to add some extra colour.
My youngest daughter did think I was a little nuts when I was creating this layout however. To add a bit of height and texture to the page before I adhered anything I scrunched up a white paper napkin (just 1 ply) and adhered directly to the layout base. I then adhered everything else of top. I also added an old bingo card in to the mix of embellishment clusters. I had lightly sanded it to tone done the brightness of it.
The last party of this layout was adding in some twine and a few of the matching "Well Played" Carte Bella stickers. they finished the layout off nicely. I didn't add a title to this layout as felt the journal card said it all. Sometimes that is all the layout needs.
Had a blast playing with this layout. Super easy and nice and bright.
Till next week share.
Happy Scrapping.
TFL. M x

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 10

Welcome again to another week of sharing what I have been up for
This week I have mixed it up a little and decided it was time to scrap a photo of my son. I find that I take photos of all my children, but tend to scrap more photos of my girls. I enjoy scrapping boy layouts I just don't seem to do it often enough.
Now because I was making a boy layout I decided to mess up the card stock a little with some glimmer mist and mister huey sprays. I even let it blotch as I really like the effect of the ink that way. I also added a splash of white gesso paint  on top of the sprays in the centre to add a bit of texture.
I then decided to stick with a fairly basic colour scheme for this layout and used only the black and mustard coloured papers from the "Well Played" paper range by Carta Bella.
So here's the finished layout I had fun creating. 
Now to mix it up I found some old C6 size yellow envelopes in my stash when I decluttered a few weeks ago. I really wanted to add it the base of this layout but I found the yellow was a little too bold. So I inked up the edges, and lightly stamped it with a script stamp using an almost dried up staz on ink pad I had laying around. I then layered up my embellishments before popping on my photo.
 Then finally I added some washi tape and some matching buttons to finish off the layout. They added some extra height to the layout. Super easy and quite an effective layout if I do say so myself.
Have you played around with a new paper range lately that you would normally use ?
Have you created a layout on a theme that you wouldn't scrap normally ?
Why not think outside the box and check out some of the great paper ranges available in store at
Get Scrappin.
TFL,  M x

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Card Spotlight 1

 Hello all and welcome.
I would like to introduce you to our new monthly spotlight here at Mad About Scrappin.
We have been sharing with you many things here at Mad About Scrappin, which have all been scrap related. Most of the items have however been layouts. So to mix things up a little and to give you a few quick ideas of ways of using up scraps or just when you are wanting a quick fix, each month we will be shining the spotlight on cards.
Every fortnight we will bring to you a new card that has been created especially with you in mind. We will share with you a few tips we have used to create the card so that you may be able to create them for yourself.
So to start things off I have a card that I have created in less than fifteen minutes. I have raided my stash to be able to create this card as I hate to through away all the little bit.
I have also used this months Mad About Scrappin  challenge as a starting block of ideas to help create this card.
My everyday theme was a thank you card for a family friend to thank her for all her help recently when my Mum had a her car accident. 
I did love this challenge however as I could go crazy with a mixture of stamps I have on hand. White card stock scraps never stay white so I cut a piece to size, inked it up and stamped the card stock randomly holding the clear stamp in my hand rather than mounting it on a block to create a messy half missing image.  
 Now to continue with the stamping theme of the challenge I grabbed some old Kaiser flowers stamps and stamped some flowers to embellish this card. I adhered them at various heights with a little help from some 3D foam. Then blinged them up to add a bit of sparkle.
So.. super quick.. used up some scraps and card made in now time flat.
Why not pull out your scraps today and create a quick card for that someone special just because.
Till the next Card Spotlight.
TFL, M x

Friday, August 9, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 9

Welcome back to another week of sharing on behalf of Mad about Scrappin.
I must say that I really am enjoying sharing with you all every week what I have been able to create with the fun and creative kits that are sent to me by Leanne from Mad About Scrappin.
This week I have been able to play with a new line of products from Carta Bella called Well Played. Firstly all I can say that the minute I opened the sealed plastic bag the yummy smell of paper jumped out at me. Then I saw that the paper is an amazing quality and textured too.
So.. what more can I say.. pure heaven to work with!
Now.. some might say that the paper design isn't for the light hearted. The colours are a little masculine and dark. Plus the fact that they are also game themed. But this didn't stop me from creating a girlie layout with what I had to play with.
So... up for the challenge here is the full layout I created with this divine paper range.

By using both sides of the paper to create my pennants I was able to jazz up the page quite quickly. I then scrunched some natural twine ribbon up for the base of my flowers. Helped to create a bit of texture to the page and gave some more dimension. Lastly I had to add some butterflies (on my four year old's orders) to the page as no layout is complete without a butterfly! I also found that I didn't need to add a title to the page as the journal card said it all for me.

By adding in an old book page that I had laying around added a bit of extra texture to the page. I then finished the pennants off with some natural coloured twine and then punched some hearts from matching paper which were adhered using 3D foam.

Most definitely going to be playing with some more of this paper range in the next few weeks. Love how versatile it is and loved the challenge.
Have you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone lately with a new paper range you would normally use or trying a technique you haven't before ??
Time to get scrapping.
TFL, M x

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fussy cutting and stamping

Wow !!! So starts another much of this quickly disappearing year !!
And with the start of a new month comes a new monthly challenge from Mad About Scrappin.
I must admit that I had to think a little with this months challenge. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with this until I started to play around a bit and the challenge then fell into place.
I must admit that the part I loved the most about this challenge was the stamping. I use a stamp of some shape or form on almost every layout, card or off the page item. I like how you can add such simple decoration with a page without any huge cost. I also love how flexible stamps can be with their uses.
So here's the layout in full I created with this challenge in mind.
My original plan was to stamp onto water colour paper and then hand colour the images to match the basis grey paper that I had worked with. However, knowing that that can be a little time consuming I opted for the easy option. I stamped the images multiple times, hand cut them and layered them all using 3D foam to create dimension on the page.

Now.. for my journaling component I used a mix of chipboard letters to journal on page. I used a permanent marker to colour them all to make them all look uniform and then hit them with a little dimensional magic (which you can see is still a little damp lol) to add a bit of gloss to the page.

Why not give this months challenge at Mad About Scrappin a go.
Get creative and see where it leads you.
Dont' forget to check out all the fun goodies on sale in the Mad About Scrappin store while your at it.
TFL, M x

Friday, August 2, 2013

Mad About Scrappin - Layout of the Week - Week 8

Hello all. Back again to share with you yet another layout I have created using this amazing paper range available now at Mad About Scrappin.
I just love how versatile this paper range is.
Once again I have been a little time poor here with very little time to be able to spend scrapping. Most disappointed about that I must say.
So with that in mind I have kept this layout simple. I have tried to mix the papers up a little too because they are double sided I have tried to play with as many patterns as possible. Because this range works so well together my job was made very easy.
 I also decided to raid my kitchen stash of paper doilies to add a little bit extra to this layout. I had started to layer my embellishments only to find that the layout needed to have that little bit more to help the embellishments show up on the base paper.
Now I must also say that the fun bit about this paper range too is that even the designer strip on these papers can also be used. Half of the strip is patterned to contrast to match the paper range. I was able to use one of these strips to add just that little bit extra below.

Lastly I love being able to use washi tape on my layouts as well. For this layout I adhered some love heart washi tape to some scrap card stock I had laying around. I then cut it to size and it just help to make the  other papers strips stand out.
So that is it for this week from me. Hope that you have been enjoying the work that has been shared at Mad About Scrappin.
Looking forward to sharing with you something new next week.
TFL, M x