Sunday, 16 June 2019

June 2019 Virtual Crop Class 3 with Mel

Hello and welcome to class three of this months virtual crop. My class uses the Say Cheese 3 collection from Simple Stories but although these are papers themed around Disney you could definitely amend the pages to suit non Disney photos - one of my layouts in non Disney themed.

All the instructions can be found here for the four layouts I made.



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

Next month we won't be having a Virtual Crop, instead we have our summer bumper weekend of Cyber Crop fun! Write it in your diary to save the date 26th - 28th July 2019!

June Virtual crop class 2 with Tricia

Good Afternoon Campers

I hope you are enjoying the classes so far!

For my class, I'll be using the lovely pastel shades of the Pink fresh 'Simple and Sweet' range.  The mix of greens, blues, yellows and pinks can be combined in a variety of ways to suit both male and female subjects or a mix of the two.

In March I was lucky enough to head off to Japan for our honeymoon and even luckier to get there at the start of the cherry blossom season!

I used a mix of the pink shades of paper mixed with this fab die cut to create a page to compliment some photos of the sakura foods available.  Using a mix of the phrases and also the wooden stars, I added accents and dimensions to the page to create a feeling of the layers of 5-star petals.


For the second layout, I had this fab picture of my friend's children feeding the lambs at our local farm.  I used strips of the bluer tones hand in hand with the burnt orange of the MME 29th Street Market range to give warmer shades to the layout.  As it was farm photos I loved the gingham and floral accents and I couldn't resist creating halos of stars to draw attention to the title. 



I hope you enjoy the class today and I can't wait to see you all sharing your variations on the ATDML facebook gallery.

June 2019 Virtual Crop Class One by Karen Leahy

Good morning everyone - Dolly here with another virtual crop class for you today.

I was thrilled to get to work with the gorgeous Websters Pages Growing Up Girl papers, along with some lush Bo Bunny and Alison Kreft.

I had fun creating three pages for you, with full instructions obviously, and at least one of them might take you out of your comfort zone as it might put you IN FRONT of the camera instead of behind it. However, panic not. As always there is total flexibility in what you scrap - though it would be lovely to see YOU in your pages.

These are two of the pages I have created for the class.

The first is a moment of silliness, but hey - scrapbooking should be about the fun things in life as well as the ordinary and the celebratory, right? 




 The second page is what I would call a classic for me. One photo, fussy cutting, pretty papers and colours and quite clean and simple.


The third page - well you will need to see it on the instructions.

I hope you enjoy the class and I can't wait to see what you come up with for this one.

Have a great Sunday everyone.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

VC Weekend Album Covers Challenge Edition 6

Welcome to June's Album covers challenge, I can't believe this puts us at the half way point of our album covers challenge.

This month I was inspired by an album that reminded me of my teenage years. Much the same as the No Doubt album from February anything by Blur, regardless of the release date reminds me of my late teen and the Brit Pop years!


This album was released in 2000 and is a "Best of" compilation, it's album cover is clean and simple but also pays homage to the 1982 Queen album Hot Space


From both of these albums I took the grid of four design. The rounded font on the blur album reminded me of some silver thickers I had so I went ahead and used those over the grid of four photos on my layout. They are however a total pain to photograph so for clarity, all the lettering is the same silver font.


This will probably be the simplest layout I put together all year - four 5" photos with the edges inked, white cardstock and on top of that the acetate cover from a pack of Vicki Boutin Mixed Media paper and some thickers!

I loved the colourfulness of both the album covers and so I mirrored that by choosing these photos of graffiti at the East Side Gallery that Isabelle took on her trip to Berlin this year.

I do love a grid although I more frequently use a grid of 9, 16 or even 25 but I was reminded of a layout I did a while ago with a grid of 4 which I am adding below for a more visually calm example if the graffiti and the colourful acetate background is not your thing!


Saturday, 8 June 2019

June Sketch Challenge




 Hello ladies. Dolly here and I am pleased to bring you your sketch challenge for June.

As usual, interpret the sketch however you want ... flip it, move it, add to it, add less - just let it inspire you to create a record of another memory.

Here is the sketch for this month.




and here is my page that uses the sketch this month.



I would love to see what you come up with a remember to post your page everywhere and in the album in our facebook group here   

Have fun everyone.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge K


And we are already on the letter K for our twice monthly alphabetical challenge and your letter K prompts to help prompt your next paper craft project are as follows.

And I am fully aware I spelled Kaisercraft incorrectly in the above, but we'll gloss over that and look forward to being inspired to create from the list. I have illustrated the challenge with a Kaisercraft Blessed page of my Kids - how will you rise to the challenge??


Just pick one or more of the K prompts to start your next page and share your inspired creation with us on our Facebook group in the Alphabetical Gallery.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

May Colour Challenge


Hello ladies - Dolly here with your monthly colour swatch.



Something a little more dramatic this month - though remember you can use tones of the colours to soften it down if you wish.



The sample page for  the swatch this month was made using Simple Stories Kissing Booth



The colour swatch album is looking a little sad so please, if you do create a page - and we would love you to - add it to the album here


Sunday, 19 May 2019

May Virtual Crop Class 3 with Debs

Welcome to this Sunday's afternoon class using the Bloom and Grow range from Simple Story.

Since we are all likely to be feeling full and relaxed after a Sunday roast I thought I'd keep this class pages simple.  So if you fancy a little gentle hand cutting and arranging fantastically coordinated  papers from this range then play along. No complicated techniques to master this afternoon.


 Instructions can be found here and please join us on the ATDML # Create Facebook page to share your pages. We'd love to see what you have done,
Wishing you all a gentle scrappy afternoon.
Debs x

May Virtual Crop Class 2 with Mel

Hello and welcome to class two from todays Virtual Crop. This month I challenged myself to work with the Graphic 45 Flutter collection. Graphic 45 and me are not natural bedfellows, I admire the things other people make with it, I often love a couple of the patterns but I struggle to make it fit with my style. However, I really liked some of the florals in this collection and the bold colours were right up my street so I threw caution to the wind and signed myself up for this kit!

I made three layouts and am really pleased with the outcome. For this class I made a basic sketch and then altered it three ways to get my three layouts.

Click Here for the sketch and full instructions

Here are two of the layouts...



Don't forget to share your creations over on the ATDML # Create Facebook page and join us at 2pm for our final class of the day with Debbie.

May Virtual Crop Class 1 with Katherine

Hello everyone, here is my painty, messy class using distress inks and a large chipboard alphabet.  We will be making 3 pages with the papers from Party Time and Happy by Websters Pages.  Even though Party Time is birthday themed I've made lots of travel pages, so they are pretty adaptable.



In this one we look at layering an inky effects on alphabets as well as a bit of water colour painting to bring the page together.


In this one there is a template to create the sun and clouds - you don't need a silhouette but will need a craft knife or good pair of scissors.


In this page I use the waste from the chipboard alphabet to create a background and pull together all the yellows and greens that are in the papers.

I hope you enjoy creating them.



Saturday, 18 May 2019

Virtual Crop Weekend Challenge - Album Covers Edition 5

Welcome to this months Album covers challenge. My album of choice this month is Bowling for Soup Drunk Enough to Dance. I love this album because of the interesting design, because the title speaks to me (I NEVER dance unless I have had a good few drinks first!) And finally because one of my best festival memories is getting right to the front row of the crowd for Bowling for Soup, enjoying a cracking set and then being lifted over the barrier by security to get out afterwards as the next band due on were rubbish!

So here's the cover...



















For my layout I used the four vertical elements to include three photos and a journaling box. I did give some thought to adding quirky angles to my photos but in the end decided to offset the position instead.

For my title I added a two line title in different fonts.



As soon as I chose this album I knew which photos I wanted as I had already printed the 5x2 vertical images of Isabelle climbing and jumping off the pillars at Ferry Meadows. However because they were quite small I felt like the whole lot needed to be contained in a smaller space so added the doodled border 3/4" around the edge.

I ended up using very little patterned paper which meant I could use up some scraps from the Studio Calico Yearbook range from several years ago. In my stash I had some of the Bramble Fox perspextives including the sub title pieces as well as the arrows, chevron and camera.

I hope you enjoyed this months album cover challenge, do head over to our Facebook Group ATDML # Create this weekend for the Virtual Crop on Sunday and if you have a go at the Album Challenge do upload your layout to the Album Challenge Gallery.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge J

Another letter for our Alphabetical challenge and who would have thought we have the letter J next eh?!!


And your prompts are as follows:

Pick one or more or all of them to inspire a layout, the purpose after all is to get our photos and memories into albums...and this time you have the perfect excuse for including journaling too (which I am aware I have spelled incorrectly in the above - forgive me!).

My layout tells the story via JOURNALING of our JOURNEY to find the seal statues on the Island of Lobos off the Fuertaventura cost. and My J layout was perfect with this travel collection from Simple Stories too! Available in the shop if you are lucky and they haven't sold out!


Saturday, 11 May 2019

May Sketch Challenge





Good morning ladies. Dolly here with the monthly Sketch challenge for ATDML.

I hope lots of you will be inspired by this one which uses just one portrait format 4" x 6" photo.




 Here is the sample page for it, made with the gorgeous KaiserCraft Blessing collection.





 I used stencils for the Paris words and postmarks but as the sketch shows, splatters, stamping, anything you fancy works just as well and of course, any fancy edge on the right-hand side..It is the sort of page that also lends itself to lots of fussy cutting if that is what you enjoy. Clearly, I do!

I would love to see what you create and there is a gallery for your pages made with any of the sketches HERE 

Have fun and I can't wait to see what you come up with.


Saturday, 4 May 2019

Happy National Scrapbooking Day with a little bit of Simple Stories Vintage Traveller


Good morning everyone, there is so much inspiration buzzing around the internet today and I wanted to add a little bit more to it with a page that I created using Vintage Traveller from Simple Stories.  It's a beautiful collection with pastel blues and greens, maps, tickets, old posters....it's gorgeous.

I decided to scrap one of my favourite photos of late which is me and my youngest on the water bus heading over to Venice, the colours and papers went perfectly.  I started with my torn strips and layers around the photo, but in my kit I also had the sticker pack for this collection and there are a few sheets of rectangular  stickers, some with sayings, some images - they have the texture of some of the washi stickers that Simple Stories do.  I decided to tear and layer them up behind my photo to create a real mix of patterns and colours - it was great fun to do and I was really pleased with the effect - adding a nice bit of texture without any paint!  The other way I added some texture was with some organza ribbon - it's been in my stash for ages and I added a pleated/stapled band being my photo.  I started off by sticking it very lightly to the page with a tape runner - so the glue wouldn't show and then added staples so the pleats flattened.


I dug out some of my paper clips that co-ordinated - determined to use up some of the little bits in my stash that have been forgotten!


Jill sent me these fantastic travel thickers (Wander) by American Crafts - all black and white sentiments - you will see a few more on my pages in the gallery


I hope you have a fantastic National Scrapbooking Day, do come and share your pages over in our Facebook group ADTML#Create.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

ATDML Alphabetical challenge I


Oh now you would have thought this letter may be quite tricky but I have managed to come up with some prompts for you as we continue our Alphabetical challenge.


Where will these prompts take you? I can't wait to find out!


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

April Colour Challenge


Hello everyone - Dolly here with the monthly colour challenge.

I had the chance to work with the gorgeous Cocoa Vanilla More than Words and Midnight collections as well as Pink Fresh Studios Indigo Hills so they inspired the colour choices this month.




I hope you like the swatch and remember, tonal variations on the colours work well too - they don't have to be the exact shades.

This is the page that inspired the palette this month.



I do hope it inspires you to make something and, when you do, please share it int he colour challenge gallery HERE

Monday, 22 April 2019

Kaisercraft Blessed collection

I have been working with the gorgeous Kaisercraft Blessed collection this month and it is so beautiful and so many of the papers lend themselves to fussy cutting and I do love a bit of fussy cutting

 I used white cardstock for the background and then fussy cut some of the flowers from the Gratitude paper which is such a gorgeous mix of pinks and pale blue greens.



The page was really really simple to complete just adding some of the strips from the Friendship papers which also supplied the title block.


Just adding a few hearts and butterflies punched out of the scraps finished the page really quickly.
Gorgeous spring collection to enjoy whilst we have this stunning weather.



Sunday, 21 April 2019

April Virtual Crop Class 3 with Mel

This month I used the lovely Patio Party to make my class layouts, the bright sunny florals seem to have come at just the right time as we enjoy beautiful weather over the Easter weekend..



Instructions can be found HERE. There is plenty left over in the kit to make a third layout and I would love to see what you do with your pages, do come over to the ATDML # Create Facebook page and share your creations.

April Virtual Crop Class with Ann


My class today features a wedding themed layout (though the kit allows you to go for a more generic general love theme if preferred) where I added a little flicked paint to the white cardstock background to break up what would otherwise be quite a basic, graphic page but this is entirely optional.

I also made a mini book to house all the lovely retreat photos I would have from our weekend away and to make the most of the beautiful Ephemera pack pieces in the kit.



As always we would love to see what you make with your class kit so please share with us.

Your instructions for these projects can be found HERE and I hope you enjoy making them.
Happy Easter to you all, and enjoy virtual crop day x