Traditional Layouts

Where’s a Patronus When You Need One?

Do you ever have a really random conversation where you say something that sparks a layout idea?

Recently at work I was talking to a co-worker about the never-ending saga of how cold my house was during the winter and made the comment “It’s almost like there’s a dementor* floating outside my window sucking all the heat out of the room”.

As soon as I said it, a layout idea was born!

I knew right away what I wanted the layout to look like the comment I had made – A dementor hovering outside my window, looking in.

I started off by taking a photo of me in my room from my window, which was actually harder than it looked due to the space and trying to get enough of the room in frame without actually having be be outside standing on a ladder!

I traced the dementor from an image found online, and then cut out two layers – black cardstock and a vellum overlay for added visual interest. I added sewing as this is a look I’m loving at the moment for added detail, including sewing some bricks to reinforce the image that this page was actually the outside of my house.

To finish off I fussy cut some flowers out as the layout was looking a little empty. I made the choice not to colour the flowers, so that the focus of the layout was the window and the pop of colour it produced compared to the starkness of the rest of the page.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

* Dementors for those who don’t know, are creatures from the Harry Potter universe that suck all the joy and happiness out of you when you’re around them. They also turn the area surrounding them cold and frosty, which is the aspect of them that I was focusing on for this layout.

Project Life: Reconnect

One Little Word is not a project I’d ever really given too much thought to until recently. I knew of it, and found it to be fantastic and interesting idea, but I knew it’d never be a class I’d participate in myself. Much like when I was at school, I find following classes, even ones you can change up to be frustrating. It’s nothing to do with the classes themselves, which are always excellent, but rather my inability to learn in this way. It’s something I should probably work on!

In these first few weeks of the new year, I thought a lot about the changes I wanted to make in my life. Since moving house this past summer I’ve become a bit of a hermit, and hidden away from social interaction. The reasons behind that aren’t important, but what is important is that I don’t want that to be the case in 2017.

I decided to focus on one word this year that would help me change that – ‘Reconnect’. I want to focus on building my social connections up again, and ‘reintegrate myself in to society’ as it were.

Working with the Felicity Jane “Sophie” Kit, I picked a globe as my layout focal point, to visualise the connections I want to focus on, both close to home, as well as those who live farther away from me.

I kept the embellishments light, as is my style, and focused on nature, using flowers as well as birds from Pinkfresh Studio and Freckled Fawn.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

Paige Taylor Evans Workshop: Weekend Recap

This past weekend I got to experience something totally new for me – scrapping with other people!

Though I chat to people online often, until last Saturday I’d never met another scrapper in ‘real life’ before. Sure I’d gone to a few craft shows, but they were for all crafts, mostly focused on sewing and I never talked to anyone there (expect my mum!).

That all changed though when I sighed up for a workshop run by Birds of a Feather, and taught by Paige Talyor Evans. For years I’ve seen my friends go to events like this over in the US, but we never seemed to get them here in the UK. Naturally when I heard about this event, I signed right up!

The workshop was on the Saturday, but I had a full three day weekend planned. Friday morning was spent getting my hair cut (one has to look their best after all!), before spending the next 4 hours travelling up to Walsall. Once at the hotel I just wanted to order some room service, get in to my PJs and relax, however that wasn’t to be. Upon unpacking I discovered that while I had my charging leads, I’d forgotten the plug to connect them too!

With my phone already close to death, this wasn’t ideal! Kind people in the workshop FB group offered to let me borrow theirs, but with several devices and a lot to do on line (my UKSA layout went up that day) I really needed my own. Thankfully Amazon Now delivered to the area, and in a few hours I went down to the lobby to pick up my order of two USB plugs (one of which will permanently stay in my suitcase from now on!). The lady on reception had never seen anything like it before.

With phones now charging, room service delivered (lemon & thyme chicken with mash and stuffing, yummy!) and PJs on, I spent the evening watching the first few episodes of Quantico before getting an early night.

Saturday started with checking out of the hotel, and meeting up with everyone for breakfast at 8.30am before heading in to the classroom. It seems everyone had read my FB post about my lack of USB plugs, as almost every person who spoke to me opened with some variation of “are you the girl who posted about the chargers?”, I’ll never live it down!

Paige taught us how to make 4 layouts using her new “Oh My Heart” collection. These were quite a change for me – I don’t really scrap 12×12 anymore, and I tend to go for the clean and simple look these days. It was fun to go back to this style though, and maybe I’ll try to scrap a little bit more in this style again in the future.

The classes were a lot of fun. We were sat two to a table, and I was next to another first timer, Rebecca. We both had a great time, chatting and laughing throughout the day while we worked on our pages.

Paige was a great teacher, showing us how to put together the layouts without rushing us, and with easy to follow instructions. We got to chat to her a little as she went about the room, checking on our progress.

In between layouts I’d pop to the Hey Little Magpie shop. I tend to shop their for my scrappy supplies 99% of the time, and we each had a £10 voucher to spend. I have to admit, I was worried about my bank balance, what with being able to go in an touch all the paper in person for once! They had a lot of the newest lines, and I couldn’t help picking up one or two items!

Here are the layouts from the weekend. The first three I finished and love. I still need to add journalling to them but I’m happy with how they look. The circle of flowers is my favourite, I love the colours!

The forth? Well Paige’s version looked great, but it just wasn’t working for me. I think my issue was the painted strip across the page. I couldn’t get it subtle enough, and from then on out nothing seemed to fit for me. It probably didn’t help that the layout was for 2 photos, which I’d somehow overlooked, and thus only had one I could use. I eventually decided to call time on the layout rather than waste embellishments on something I wasn’t loving.

I’m a little disappointing that I couldn’t finish the final layout, but sometimes, even with expert teaching and a great example to scraplift off it just doesn’t work, and that’s okay. As scrappers we know that not everything goes our way all the time. We can look at what went wrong for us, and learn from it.

At the end of the day, we all took a group photo. I’m in the middle behind Paige and Jackie.

Photo by Jackie Ashton (Birds of a Feather)

After the event was over, I got to chat to Rebecca down in the lobby for a while which was lovely, before heading over to Birmingham to visit some friends. It was great catching up with them, as it’d been a quite a long time since I’d seen them. The next morning we had brunch at the Loco Lounge and it was yummy! A great way to spend my morning before starting the journey back home.

I want to give a big thank you to all the Birds of a Feather ladies for running such a great event, and to Paige for teaching the classes. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I’m back for another event!

I filmed a video sharing my layouts, kit, and what I bought. If you’d like to watch it, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

UK Scrap Addicts: Love Tonight

Hi everyone! Guess what? In case you were unaware, I’ve joined a new design team!

I’m now a part of the UK Scrap Addicts Creative Team, and I’ll be creating layouts for their YouTube channel once a month.

The UK Scrap Addicts aims to promote scrappers from the UK, as well as scrappy businesses based here, such as kit clubs and shops. Make sure to check out their website as they have several resources pages dedicated to this pursuit.

Each month we will have one or two topics to focus on, which we will base our layouts around. This month our prompt was multiple photos. I decided to create a Valentine’s day layout – about a ‘date’ I took myself on. Typical me!

If you’d like to read more about this layout, and see additional photos, please check out my blog post over on the UK Scrap Addicts blog. You can find my post here.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

The Crafty Maven Getaway: 2017

A few weeks ago I was up on The Crafty Maven Getaway for Scraplift Saturday. For my assignment I decided to scraplift a layout by Paige Evans, which I thought would work well when converted to a 9×12 layout. I decided to create a cover for my 2017 Project Life album, since I thought the large hand cut letters from Paige’s layout would work really well for my numbers.

This was the inspiration piece we were working with. It has bright pops of citrus colours, as well as contrasting black and white. This isn’t the colour palette I’d be drawn to naturally myself, so I embrace the challenge of stepping out of my ”colour comfort zone’.

I normally use my Felicity Jane kits for my Project Life, but the kits tend to learn towards softer shades, so I delved in to my stash instead to rustle up some goodies.

I knew right away that I wanted to do a mixed media background. In converting the layout to 9×12, I was left with a lot of unused white space. The ‘packaging technique’ is a great way to help fill that space in. I used three colours of mists for my background – Dylusions Fresh Lime, Colour Shine’s Butter (which also added some lovely shimmer) and Distress Mist in Cracked Pistachio. I added the latter to bring a slightly softer shade on green on to my layout, so it didn’t stand out as much when put in the album with my other softer toned layouts.

I also added some modelling paste to the page, using one of Amy Tangerine’s stencils. Triangles are meant to be quite ‘in’ this year, so I thought that was a good one to use!

For the numbers I looked to my 6×6 paper pads. I always forget to use them, so it was good to dust them off! The yellow paper was from Echo Park’s Capture Life collection, and the others were all from Amy Tangerine’s Plus One – The colours matched the mood board perfectly! I also added some Heidi Swapp puffy glitter alphas to finish my title off.

When it came to embellishing the page I kept things fairly light. I added an enamel geotag, as that element also featured on Paige’s layout, as well as some puffy stickers from Pinkfresh Studio’s Felicity collection.

If you’d like to watch my process, you can check out my video below or click here to watch it on YouTube.

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