Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Country Estate - three layouts

I had a play with some beautiful papers from Websters Pages Country Estate line. I added my all time favourite thickers 'honey' in copper and here is what I came up with....

They are straight in real life!!

Saturday, 17 March 2012

March Sketch

This is our sketch for March

and this is what our talented designers came up with

City Blues - designed by Jemma Sharrock

  a card - designed by Karen Cole

Forever & Always -  by Karen Cole

 How would you interpret the sketch?

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Echo Park

The March design team gallery is up for your viewing pleasure. This month Jemma Sharrock (Jimjams) joined the team and share several lovely projects with us too.

There is lots of inspiration for you if you are working with the lovely Echo Park papers, or even if you aren't, take a look at some of the projects that the team have created.

I wanted to share the story behind one of my layouts featured in the gallery this month. A little while ago I stumbled across this image on Simple Stories blog which had then been used by a designer (who originally found it on Pinterest) to create a layout. Given how popular hexagon shapes seem to be in the scrapbooking industry lately I thought I too would have a go and used my Echo Park papers from this months design team papers we were sent.

With busy patterns this is a great way of mixing up small pieces of them to create an eye-catching page! I used the original page to judge the approximate size of the stretched hexagon shapes, made a template from a scrap of paper and used it to trace around on the reverse of several patterned papers. The spacing isn't perfect and if you are a perfectionist for equal gaps this may not be the page for you, but I am thrilled with how it turned out. You may have noticed there are a couple of sticker embellishment clusters on the page too... I love this matching stickers that come with the Echo Park collections (and they work wonders on covering up the gap imperfections that I wasn't happy to leave!!). Why not have a go and use this image to inspire a layout or card. Once you have a template it comes together real easy. Enjoy!

Thursday, 8 March 2012

See - I told you so!

Yes, it was payday this week and yes, I did order most of the beautiful Prima Almanac range and yes I did have to drive over to visit Jill as I couldn't wait to get it in my eager little hands.

I certainly wasn't disappointed! I took it over to my crop yesterday and I feel that, after flaunting it around so much, the stocks at the shop will be diminishing rapidly :0)

So I did the unheard of - used some of my new supplies a day after getting them. I have eased myself in gently and only used two of the wooden buttons and a couple of pieces of paper (still several sheets and some blossoms left to stroke) and made this page.

I love that the cut off strip is patterned for the whole width and so it can be used for crafting (the brown strip in the centre of this layout).

The poem, by E E Cummings, is one of my favourites.

I am now deciding if I need to just look at these papers for a few days longer or get stuck in with another page.

What would you do?

Supplies used :-