Monday, November 27, 2023

Beamish Day Out


Today I am up over on  The Mad Scrapper Blog with this layout of a recent day out at Beamish Living Museum in the North East of England.

I decided to use a couple of papers from Simple Stories Boho Baby collection along with some stickers. As always I like to add some stitching to my layout so after I had ripped my papers I did a running stitch using white and mustard threads.

The two photos of the girls are on a single mat and the one of Eleanor on her own is double matted and a little smaller too. The girls went in the school house so I chose to use the stickers of the ABC and the camera was perfect to reflect the smiles

They girls got to have a ride on the bus which went down well judging by the smiles. You can see more stickers used and you may just see my attempt at paint splatters, I used gold acrylic paint.

A few puffy hearts are dotted about the page along with little fussy cut stars

A closer look at the ripped paper and some splatters.

Here is Eleanor trying her hand at a hoop and stick she is a little star.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope I've inspired you to try something different with your papers. These maybe from a baby collection but you wouldn't know.
Pop in to the shop to see what other goodies you can find or if you are unable go online The Mad Scrapper  Janine will be happy to welcome you either way.


Here is the list of items used today:
Simple Stories- Boho Baby Twinkle, Journal Elements and sticker sheet.
Cocoa Vanilla Designs- Puffy Sticker hearts
White and mustard embroidery floss.

Friday, November 10, 2023

Jolly Christmas Memories


Today I'm up on the The Mad Scrapper Blog with this festive Beyond the Page Christmas memory book. 

I have to say straight away that I've had this MDF book for quite a few years and I know Janine has not got any left but you can still get a similar one from her. You will find all supplies listed below as well as the book. Mine comes with these huge ring clips but you could thread twine or ribbon through instead.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I have used the Simple Stories- Boho Christmas collection to cover each page and also made good use of the sticker sheet too.

Instead of showing you loads of photos I have a few collage shots to share of the pages and how I have covered them. I also made 3 extra pages from card just a little smaller than the original ones.
On the inside cover I have added a journal paper for notes and facing it I have the 2 mats for a photograph and on the other side a hidden tag for notes with another photo mat on the next page.
On this first photo you can see I have added 6 gift tags cut from the papers, one side has a pattern and the other side is plain so I added a To and From stamp so they can be used. Another photo page and on the reverse a place for a list with another photo page opposite 

Again more space for notes and photos on these next pages.

This photo shows the last page and the back cover. The Be Merry is a sticker which is raised to allow the photo to be tucked under if needed. The green plaid finishes off the back board.

This just looks so wonderful standing up there. You could add ribbons and thread or twine to the rings if you so fancied.

All throughout the book I have inked the edges and distressed where appropriate, all the holes for the rings have strengthener's on them, I have only added from my stash a little ricrac ribbon, some gems and some white Nuvo drops everything else is from the collection.

I hope I have inspired you to pull out any of your MDF books or to stop by to see Janine to see what she has or go online  The Mad Scrapper


Here is a list of supply's:

Friday, October 13, 2023

Wildflower Cards.


Here I am on The Mad Scrapper Blog today sharing 4 cards using the recent release from Simple Stories working along with My Minds Eye called Wildflower. I'm not showing how I made these just the finished articles. 

Here are the first 2 and I have chosen to make DL style cards for these two young ladies.

I have used the same pink gingham as a base layer on both  distressing the edges before sticking them down. I have added a Touch of Pink panel with the opposite side to the gingham on it and then a cut apart card to 2 mats picking up the colours in the paper to this card adding it in a jaunty angle. It has foam under for dimension which allows me to tuck under flowers from the pack along with some I have fussycut. I added 2 stickers from the sheet as well as a stamped birthday sentiment and a few pale pink pearls.

To this base card I have 2 layers one from Coastal and the other from the opposite side of the gingham and to that I added another trimmed down cut apart. I added a little bit of lace to the panel and a small cluster of flowers. I die cut the 21st using a cut apart piece I knew I wouldn't use so the colours all work. Again a few pearls to finish.

Here are the next pair and these are 5x7 side opening cards.
I have made another birthday and this time a thank you card. I have utilised the coastal paper for matting on both cards.

This card has a layer of vintage pink paper from Maja Design first with its distressed edges, then a slim panel of coastal with the pink bowing cats on it, I was able to cut it so you see 2 cats together. On top of that I added a circle then doily and then a cut apart giving the sentiment. Around one side I added flowers and leaves from the flower pack. I stamped my own sentiment and finished with pearls.

This next card has the pink butterflies matted on to the coastal paper, on top of that I added the big fussycut bloom which was lifted for dimension at the top allowing me to tuck under smaller flowers. I die cut the Thank You and again to finish I added gems this time around.

I hope I have inspired you to try and use up some of your papers this way. They really have come out better than I expected, so very pretty.
Check out other collections Janine has in stock at The Mad Scrapper  there are some beauty's.


Here is a list of supplies used:  

Wednesday, October 4, 2023



Today I'm sharing a 8x11 layout with you which I have used all supplies from The Mad Scrapper  on. The layout is of my cousin and her granddaughter on a recent visit to Mount Rainier in Washington State.

I have gutted out the centre of the green paper (a full list below) and taken the opposite side of Blossom paper and stitched around using black floss. Then I added a selection of Rub-Ons to fill out the paper. Before I attached them together I distressed all the edges.

I did a simple mat using the green behind the photo and the A side of the blossom paper.

Here you can see the main flower cluster from a selection in the store along with some acetate leaves. The sentiment strips were gifted to me from my cousin in the photo.

To finish off the layout I have added Kaisercraft gems and pearls.

A little closer look at the flower cluster.

I hope you have enjoyed this layout today, pop over to The Mad Scrapper  to pick up your supplies and say Sue sent you!

See You Soon.

Here is the supply list:
Vintage Artistry Rub-On's in Butter & Lilac, Everyday Essentials and In The Leaves Foliage
Kaisercraft Rhinestone's in Purple and Lavender Pearls

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Perfect Day.


Today I'm sharing another layout for The Mad Scrapper Blog and this time it is of my sister and her hubby on a recent visit to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in Rome. On this particular day they visited the Trevi Fountain and were able to get this lovely photo of themselves.

As it was such a sunny day I knew exactly which paper collection I would choose, yes Happy Days by Cooca Vannila. There is a full list at the bottom.

I started by taking a white Bazzilli card and adding a blue/sea looking paper at the halfway point. I took the rays stencil and inked through to the left of the centre line, then I made up my mats to go under the photo from pieces of the collection.

Then I added the heart strip across the join and added the photo to its spot. I added some funky foam under to allow me some clearance for tucking things underneath. I had sat and fussy cut a sheet of the flowers out as well as the fruit when I first received the collection so I had those ready to go. Some I added a piece of card behind for dimensions. I put the flowers down then added the little sentiment strip from one of the cut apart sheets. I also decided to trim the page down so I could add a nice bright boarder to it.

The right side I added a couple of lemons (well I thought I would!) along with some ephemera from 49andmarket. The top right flag banner was added because I felt that corner needed a little something and I topped it with the phrase.

This next photo shares a closer look at the bottom right little cluster I made up with more flowers from the kit as well as more 49 ephemera. I did a little bit of journaling but made it read like Jayne had written it.

This last photo shows the couple of banners added along with the Paradise sentiment. I found a little camera to add to the page which I added after I had splatted some distress ink around the page. To finish off I added some of the last few puffy stickers I have left.

Thanks for stopping by again today. Hopefully I have inspired you to use a holiday snap you have somewhere on your phone or in the draw.
For your supplies you can pop in to the bricks and mortar shop or do what I do and go online at  The Mad Scrapper  Janine has lots and lots to tempt you.


Here is a list of the supplies I have used on this page:
HAPPY DAYS – PUFFY STICKERS  sold out but you may already have them
49andmarket beach/sea pattern paper (sorry I can't remember what it was as I'd removed the manufacturer strip.
49andmarket Sherbet Strawberry Lemonade Ephemera Bits

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Joys of December


Today I'm sharing a project I have made for The Mad Scrapper Blog and I will be gifting it to my sister who is the manager of her Community Centre in Westmoor, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She loves Christmas and most of all putting together the events calendar to run up to the BIG day! She has a journal to take her through the days with every last thing documented.

I have started by taking one of those thin MDF stars available in stores and painted the edges cream and then drawn around it on my chosen Christmas themed paper. A list of products used is at the bottom of this page. I used 2 coordinating distress inks through the Dusty Attic stencil which I randomly placed around the star.

Then I decided to stitch around the edge for texture and add lots of rub-ons around but not where I knew my frame would be. I used just basic wet glue to adhere the paper to the MDF.

Once it dried overnight I gathered together what I knew I wanted to be my main focal point and started to add them to the star using foam and cardboard behind to give dimensions and to allow me to tuck things under the edges.

One of the things that happens every year is a letterbox arrives in reception for the children to post their letters to Santa and as long as they put in an address they will receive a hand written reply. So when I found this perspextive letterbox in my stash I knew it had to go on.

Most of the other goodies on here are from the ephemera pack and flowers by 49andmarket with some additional bits from my stash. These include the snowballs, glitter stars and the ribbon rose. I wanted to have an extended strip from the frame across to the other side so I added a small piece of the red frame which I had saved from last year which allowed me to stretch out my cluster.

I tucked a ticket with the holly jolly sentiment at the top which gave me something coming out from each side of the frame. I also touched the edges of the frame with glitter glue for sparkle.

The last thing I added was the boots sticking out from under the bottom with a touch of glitter to the soles. I haven't yet but will add some string or ribbon to the top to allow it to hang.

I hope you have enjoyed this project and it may inspire you to do something similar for your home or office. Janine has lots of Christmas collections coming in to store along with some already available so why not pop in if you live close or as I do go online at The Mad Scrapper  .


Here is the product list I have used:
Vintage Artistry Ephemera Bits
49andmarket Holiday Wishes Rub-On's
Enchanted Petals - Parchment

Monday, August 21, 2023

Sweet Photo Shoot.

Today I'm sharing a layout on  The Mad Scrapper Blog using the lovely collection recently released by Simple Stories who were working with My Minds Eye on this Wildflower collection still available in  The Mad Scrapper  store.

I will tell you what's happened here in this next photo. I trimmed down the plaid paper and distressed the edges, then I added the stitching to the corners because I had cut a circle and stitched all around it and stencilled some flowers on it but when I placed it down and the photo on top it just didn't look right so the circle hasn't made it but I couldn't do anything about this stitching so there it stays!!

I mounted the photo on to some pink card giving a nice nod to the flowers around the girls. I knew I wanted to use the BIG sticker from the sheet that comes with the pad but didn't quite know where I was going to place it so I put it on white paper and cut tightly around it. One of the sheets is full of pretty top tags so I added one of those with the tiny bit of journaling on it. The photo has a piece of chipboard under it which allows me to tuck embellishments underneath.

One sheet of paper is covered in these beautiful pink blooms along with smaller individuals and leaves so I sat and fussy cut the lot. That meant I could make my big bold clusters out of them. I chose to make two and added to the top right and bottom left of the photograph. Some lay flat and others had foam pads under for dimension. The you and me is off the sticker sheet too.

Here you can see the bottom cluster and the placement of the tag which I added the same green floss to. I have also used some flowers from the Floral Bits pack.

To finish off I added some pink and blue Kaisercraft pearls from my stash. Complete bliss is a sticker too.

Thanks once again for stopping by. I hope I've inspired you to dive in and fussy cut some of those big floral papers that come in collections because they work so well together. Check out the other papers and embellishments Janine has in that go with this collection.


Products used today available in store: