Thursday, 21 March 2019

Coordinating ranges

Don't you just love it when two different scrapbook ranges just work together? When the colours, the design, the ideas just blend and you can dip in and out of both knowing it will coordinate.

I have been working with both Cocoa Vanilla papers and Pink Fresh Studio and I loved that they worked together on this page.

I used pink and navy cardstock as the background and stamped the join. The beautiful pink and white flowers were cut from a piece of the Pink Fresh studio Indigo Hills 2 Glen paper and the smaller flowers were cut from the reverse of the same sheet.

The title block, word block and journalling block were all cut from Cocoa Vanilla Midnight All the Little Things and the quality word was cut from Cocoa Vanilla More than words Noteworthy. Two different manufacturers, three different ranges and they blend beautifully. Makes scrapping so easy. 

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge F

Yes we are back with another Alphabetical Challenge for you and next up is the letter F and your prompts are...

So many options for this challenge and you can share your pages in our Facebook Gallery HERE.

I have illustrated my page below which features stamped "Flowers" which were then "Fussy cut" out and added to a page about "Friendship". I look forward to seeing what you come up with based on our prompts above and we will see you next month for the letter G.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

March Virtual Crop Class 3 with Ann

What a burst of colour I have for you lovely scrapbookers today and my Pink Paislee/Crate paper March VC kit.

Create clusters of colour in the first two layouts and make the most of the amazing Ephemera pack in the last page.

As always your instructions can be downloaded from our website using this LINK.
Enjoy and do share your creations as I suspect there will be lots of variations with this one!

March virtual crop Class 2 with Tricia

Morning Campers 

This month I've been getting ready for summer with the hot, bright colours of Echo Park's 'Fun in the Sun'.  The range is full of punchy primry colours and geometri shapes and I loved carrying that theme across my pages.

Choose a day from summer last year and use a mixture of the phrases and stickers to tell us what you loved about it or use the alphabet stickers to create your own.

The papers contain a lovely mix of hot colours that team perfectly with the cardstock stickers in red, yellow, green and pale blues.  Grab your favourite summer photos, find the instructions here and lets get going!

I hope you enjoy the class - I look forward to seeing your creations over on the Facebook page.

March Virtual Crop with Katherine

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a lovely scrappy weekend, here is my class using Kaisercraft's Factory 42.  It is a very industrial and grungy page with a few techniques.

You will need baking parchment, inks and some gesso.

My first page looks at making the most of the large die-cut cog and then a stamping technique with baking parchment and a way to create brickwork without a stencil...

My 2nd page is perfect for using up scraps and was inspired by one of the stickers in this collection...very parquet flooring and satisfying to make!

I hope you enjoy the class, you can find the instructions here.

Don't forget to come on over to the ATDML # Create Facebook Page and share your creations then come back here at midday to see Tricia's class.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Virtual Crop Weekend Challenge - Album Covers Edition 3

Hello, it's Virtual Crop weekend which means it's time for the third instalment of our Album covers challenge.

This month I was inspired by an album from a group I love, they were one of the few groups that my husband and I both liked way back when we first got together and in those days we did a lot of driving most weekends following our football team so they provided the soundtrack to many a road trip.

Parallel Lines by Blondie was released in September 1978 and was their third studio album. I love the striking black and white stripes which provide the background to this album cover and the pop of red they used for the title.

For my layout I decided to keep the black and white strips but add them onto a kraft background. I cut long banner shapes into the kraft cardstock so that my black and white strips of cardstock would sit behind rather than on top of the kraft cardstock.

I knew that I wanted a black and white photo to keep the colour to a minimum and allow me to purposefully choose which colour to add. As the band are all wearing black and white using a black and white photo echoed this nicely.

Initially I had planned to look for a red alphabet in a font similar to the one on the album or to cut a similar style font but in the end I used the Letterman Thickers (one of my favourites) as they mirrored the font used by Kaspa's Restaurant so tied in with the subject of my layout.

For embellishment I did add a little more than just red but I felt that the little border strip with the yellow, aqua, orange and green just gave the over all effect a little boost.

I was really pleased to find the "Gather"  perspextive in my stash which worked well on the layout, we are excited to be becoming a stockist of Bramble Fox products and those of you joining us at the retreat should have a selection of these gorgeous products available for you to buy and they will appear on the website shortly after that.

I hope you have enjoyed this months Album Cover Challenge, please do share your creations over on the ATDML # Create Facebook page and add them to the Album Cover Challenge Gallery.

Join us tomorrow for three fantastic classes from Ann, Katherine and Tricia!

Friday, 15 March 2019

Excited by florals

I guess you are all like me and are excited by new papers and supplies.

When these gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla 'More than Words' papers arrived on my doorstep this week I just couldn't wait. First there was a lot of smelling - please tell me I am not the only one to love the smell of new papers!

Thent here was the stroking. And there is even more stroking when they are double sided papers - double the pleasure. These papers are seriously lush.

Then there was the irresistable urge to fussy cut. Don't you just love papers that lend themselves to fussy cutting?

And finally there was the first page.

And let's face it - who doesn't need flowers to bring that touch of Spring to our lives?

Saturday, 9 March 2019

March Sketch Challenge

Hi it is Dolly here and welcome to Sketch Saturday everyone - the second Saturday of the month always sees a new sketch to challenge you.

This is your sketch for March

As always the sketch is there to inspire you not constrain you and I can't wait to see what you come up witht his month.

Remember we would love to see your pages added to our gallery in the facebook group here

This is the page I made from the sketch and I look forward to seeing yours.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge E

Good morning crafty ones and welcome back to another Alphabetical Challenge and as you may very well have guessed we are moving on to the letter E

We have loved seeing your entries in our Facebook Gallery and can't wait to see you add to it with our next set.

So how will this set of prompts inspire you? You can pick one or more to kick start your layout and I have illustrated an example below. My "E" layout features lots of "Ephemera" and "Embellishments" and a photo of my boys and I "Exploring" on our holiday last year.

I look forward to seeing your creations soon! Enjoy and I will be back on the 20th with the letter F.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Colour Challenge February 2019

Hello everyone, Dolly here. It is the fourth Wednesday of the month and so that means time to play with a colour swatch

I don't know what it is like in your part of the world, but here on the south coast it is chilly, even though we haven't really had the much longed for snow.

As it is February, and of course we should expect cold in the winter, I have selected a wintery cool swatch this month, but I have made a page that isn't by any means a traditional snowy wintery page using the swatch.

Here is your swatch for February

and this is my page using that swatch as a basis.


 As always you can play with the colours, using different tonal values on your page and using more of some colours and less of others. You will find that the beige colour helps to give a little bit of warmth to your page.

I hope you enjoy the challenge and I can't wait to see what you come up with. Remember to upload your page to the colour challenge gallery here

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Adding a bit more colour...

Hello everyone, Katherine here - this month I wanted to take a look at adding a bit more colour to pages, especially when you have quite neutral papers.  So the benefit of neutral papers like Hello New Year from Simple Stories and also Winter Wishes from BoBunny is that any photo will go with them,  but then I like a little more colour.  I often use inks and am loving the distress oxides at the moment.  For my first page I chose colours from my scarf and added them in a band, then adde some bits of stamping in co-ordinating colours and other embellishments that matched - the perfect sort of page to put together if you sort everything by colour.  The black and white of Hello New Year worked perfectly to give a break from all the colour around my photo.

I loved that technique so much that I also used it in this months virtual crop - there are some instructions about how to add distress inks and oxides using just a little bit of plastic if you haven't tried this technique yet.

Winter Wishes does have a mix of blues in with browns and creams, it's a beautiful wintry collection, for this one I wanted to pull out the orange of my husbands coat...and didn't have orange paint!  I started with gesso and then mixed in some of my brusho inks in reds and yellows until I got a shade that I was happy with.  Still wanting to continue the mess I added some sparkle with BoBunny's confetti paste in silver, a few punched snowflakes and nuevo drops and I was done.  

Dig out your neutral papers and add a bit of colour!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge D

Letter D makes is Alphabetical Challenge appearance today and tempts us with the following prompts to inspire a page. Remember you can choose one or more or all of the prompts, the choice is yours.

As always you have two weeks to rise to this alphabetical challenge after which time we will move on to the letter E. I hope you are enjoying these challenges. Please do share your pages in our gallery HERE

Sunday, 17 February 2019

February 2019 Virtual Crop day with Ann and Kaisercraft

Hello lovely crafters where I hope your Sunday is planned to be a relaxing one. By the time this post goes live I will have been out on a chilly rugby pitch side watching my boys so it's a good job my class kit today is sunnier colours.

I have created two pages, on embracing the recent trend to feature triangles on your layouts (which I am really having a phase on at the moment!)

And my second page I went a tad fringe scissors crazy! You don't have to use fringing (or herb scissors as they are also known) you can use normal scissors and it'll take a little longer, or just add unfringed strips of paper and stickers instead for a similar but less textured look.

Your instructions can be found HERE and I hope you are inspired to have a go..and there may even be a bonus project at the end as well.

Don't forget to share your creations over on the ATDML # Create Facebook Page.

February 2019 Virtual Crop Class with Katherine using Shimelle's Box of Crayons

Hello, welcome to my colourful class using Shimelle's box of crayons.  There is stamping, inky mess, layering and distressing with a little bit of doodling too!  There are 3 pages altogether, the one above being the messiest - dig out your distress oxides (or other water-based inks) to create a rainbow effect.

For this page it's all about layering the curves and then we use some stamping to add a different sort of layer behind the photo.

A really nice and quick page with a little bit of fussy cutting, some doodling and hand cut paper strips.

I hope you enjoy the class.  As always do come over and join in the chatter on the ATDML # Create Facebook page and share your creations.

February 2019 Virtual Crop class with Karen Leahy

Hello everyone and I am so thrilled to bring you a class which celebrates something we all love but don't often scrap about - our wonderful crafting and creating.

I think we all craft in different ways. Obviously scrapping is our main love! But many of you sew and paint and draw and create things in all sorts of wonderous ways.

The class uses the amazing Echo Park I'd Rather be Crafting papers and I look forward to seeing your pages over on the ATDML # Create Facebook Page.

I made three pages - and still have things left over!

There are instructions for three layouts and you can find them here

Join us as midday when Katherine will be here with your next class.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Virtual Crop Weekend Challenge - Album Covers Edition 2

Hello and welcome back to the Album Covers Challenge. It was great to see several people joining in and posting their layouts based on The Beach Boys' That's Why God Made The Radio from our January challenge. (It's not too late to go back and have a go at that one!)

This month our album cover is No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom" Album. It was their third studio album and was released in October 1995 - for me that meant it coincided with my first term in sixth form and I can remember "Don't Speak" one of the tracks on this album playing on our sixth form common room speakers quite a lot!

I am a fan of a big circle so I loved this album cover and, as before I found it helpful to make a sketch to plan my layout. In this instance I substituted a 4x6 photo in place of the foreground figure.

I sorted through and wanted to use some of the Paige Evans Whimsical collection but took nods from the blue and yellow in the album artwork. When it started to come together I had to flip my design so that the photo was on the right and the embellishment cluster on the left as the photo I wanted to use had Olivia looking towards the left and I usually prefer my subject to look towards the middle of the page rather than off to the side.

For the title I dug out some Thickers in a blocky font to match those on the album artwork and, although they didn't make it onto the sketch I noticed the flies on the edge of the circle on the album cover and added some clouds to echo their placement.

I hope this gives you a little inspiration before the Virtual Crop tomorrow. Don't forget to join us tomorrow morning at 10am for our first class. Over on the ATDML # Create Facebook Page we would love to see what you are scrapping and if you have a go at this challenge please do upload it to the Album Covers Challenge Gallery.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Prima Midnight Garden

The new Prima Midnight Garden papers are so lush - such rich deep colours and great for fussy cutting too.

When we went to New Jersey recently a trip to Carlo's Bakery was a must. Not sure if any of you are Cake Boss fans, but the original store in Hoboken is a must. We were so thrilled to meet many members of the family including Mauro, Joey and - of course - Grace.

The papers just worked so well with the top I was wearing (even though I cut most of it out of the picture I know it is there!)

The papers leant themselves perfectly to fussy cutting

Now - in the words of Buddy himself ... 'Who wants to eat some cake?' 

Wednesday, 13 February 2019


Hello Campers 

I'm well and truly over the coldness and dreaming of spring already.  However, the weather has made for some lovely winter walks and photo opportunities it brings. I've been using Prima 'Spring Farmhouse' this month which are a gorgeous mix of rich shades and neutral tones with lots and lots of floral elements. These can take some time to cut out but the time and effort is often worth it to bring together these elements as one collection.

The midnight Garden paper has a gorgeous gradiated hue radiating from the centre which provides a good focal point for the pices.  I used floral elements from 'Rose reciepts', 'simple things', 'beautiful life' & 'Full heart' 

Using Kraft cardstock and 'More roses please I layered 2 sections to act as a staggered photo mount. I wanted to draw the eye through so i created a 3/4" thick frame 8" wide to sit around the  photomount.  
The title 'wander' was cut from the 'simple things' paper and tucked behind the photo.

Once these were in place I layered the flora and fauna around the base of the photo using a mixture of tape, foam pads and creating texture by shaping the leaves.

The neutral side of the collection works in a lovely colour pallet of washed out woods, gingham and patterns with a homespun feel.  For Simple Things I teamed these with some gold elements for a subtle effect.  

I handcut the wreaths staying as close to the shape as possible and alongside the long pennant shapes, I used a collection of wooden strips to create a photo mount.  All the paper's tile strips have a patterened back and I used these to bring colour to the layout.  

It's not long now to the retreat and I'm looking forward to seeing you all there - there are some cracking new ranges we can't wait to share with you.