Monday, May 18, 2020

Photoplay - Tulla & Norbert's Excellent Adventure Pt.2

Hi everyone! How's your May long weekend going? It's been a strange one with the current events. I have been busy in my craft room, playing with this fun Photoplay collection from
This layout uses a lot of ephemera and stickers from the kit, along with some brads and ribbon from my stash. I love brads! This simple photo is so reminiscent of summer days at the lake. The best of memories.
The next layout was based on the Creative Scrapbooker's May Sketchy Challenge. Here is what it looks like.
I look forward to using their sketch every month. Sometimes it's just what I need to create something different than my usual style.

I moved a few things around to suit my photos, but kept the general idea of the sketch. I matted some of the stickers on white cardstock, which makes a sticker into more of an embellishment. 😎
I hadn't worked with Picket Fences Paper Glaze before. It is so creamy and lovely to work with! It comes in a lot of beautiful colors and are available at Scrapshotz. I will do more with it in the coming days, but started off with a simple background for my gnome Happy Birthday card. I also made some simple cards using the ephemera and stickers. These are such fun images in such happy colors!
The Polaroid frame is a Mama Elephant die, and the dots are Nuvo Glossy Crystal Drops in Caribbean Ocean. I love these drops. Perfect embellishments and they are available in so many colors and textures! Here's a link to find the assortment at Scrapshotz.
Thanks for stopping by.

Be sure to have a look at this collection for all your summer photos!

Stay safe and well. 

Tulla & Norbert's Excellent Adventure - Photoplay

Hello! I've been dreaming of sunshine and summer days, working with the Photoplay "Tulla *& Norbert's Excellent Adventure" collection by Becky Moore. Such bright, fun colors and of course, the sweet gnomes that are both trendy and timeless, wearing flip flops and swimming trunks. Really, how can you resist?

My first layout has a typical summer photo on it. Girls in sun hats drinking cool drinks. I used lots of stickers, including the title and flip flop banner, as well as pieces of the cardstock ephemera. I stamped and colored the watermelon and fish images, then used some Nuvo drops on the watermelon treats for dimension. Lots of foam squares give layers of texture to the layout.

This layout had water photos, but they were really dark and I thought that I needed to tone down the bright colors to suit them. To do that, I matted all of my layers on black cardstock.

The center photo was popped up for interest. The surfboard was stamped, colored and covered with Glossy Accents for shine. To make "summer" stand out from the patterned paper, it was mounted on black cardstock too. Even with all the black on it, this layout still screams summer fun!

I'll be back next week with another layout from this collection and a couple of summer cards. Have a great long weekend! Stay safe and well!

Originally published May 15, 2020 on the Scrapshotz blog.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March Scrapshotz Kit - Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story - Take 2

Pastel rainbows and blooms! This pretty line of paper makes you long for spring! On this layout I used the rainbow to write my journaling. Under the matted photo, I put a trio of the lovely tags and at the bottom is a bit of popped up ephemera. A few enamel dots spread over the page and it was complete. 
For my second layout, I found this older photo of my granddaughter and had to laugh! Since we are social-distancing and self-isolating, the world is worried about having enough toilet paper. This toilet paper pile is pure gold right now! I used a couple of frames to do my journaling in, and popped one on top of the other.
There is a cascade of blooms mixed with chipboard circles down the diagonal of the page and I used plenty of pop dots to give it dimension.
And finally, the cards from the scraps! I love using left over bits of ephemera and scraps of leftover patterned paper to create cards for my stash.
This one is just a tag embellished with a few drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops.
This happy card was created by stamping the sentiment from the Stamping Village Happy Birthday set (available here!) right on a leftover tag, then adding a bow of binding tape and some enamel dots. I colored the hearts with a watercolor pen.
These cards used leftover paper blooms from the kit with a frame on one and the other highlighted with Nuvo drop centers. These cards will work for any event.
This card used another pretty frame and I used a greeting from the Taylored Expressions - Simple Strips Stamp Set Birthday.  These sentiments, along with the dies and the backer dies, are made in advance and stored for quick card making! Taylored Expressions has a few different sets that are cut with the same dies. Love them!!! 

Thanks for stopping by for a look at my kit projects. Be well and safe, everyone!

Originally published on the Scrapshotz blog, March 31, 2020.

Monday, March 30, 2020

March Scrapshotz Kit - Pinkfresh Studio My Favorite Story

Hello! I sincerely hope this finds you all well and busy at home during this time of social distancing. I manage to keep busy in my craft space. Thank goodness for our hobby! Today I am sharing a couple of layouts created with the March Scrapshotz kit - Pinkfresh Studio's "My Favorite Story."

This simple layout has an Emerson quote that I thought was appropriate not only for the photo, but for this uncertain time. I used the new Lawn Fawn Oliver's Stitched ABC's Die Set. (I noticed that at present, this set is out of stock, but I'm sure if you let Sandy know, she can get you one!) I used a Zig marker for the handwriting in the quote.

The photo is nature at her finest and is highlighted with a Studio Katia stencil called Light Ray, using Vicki Boutin Wildflower & Honey Colour Wheel Pigment Ink gold. This metallic ink is solid and awesome, and it's hard to photograph how pretty it is.
I finished it off with a banner from the ephemera pack that I popped up on foam squares. I was planning to write a bit about this crazy time we're living through right now, but decided that I would like to put my thoughts in a note, put it in an envelope and put it behind the layout.
My second layout today used the Creative Scrapbooker challenge sketch for March 2020, shown here.
This color-blocked patterned paper from the My Favorite Story line needed nothing added. I loved this quote and knew that it definitely applied to my granddaughter, so used the beautiful white Thickers included in this months kit to put it on a black cardstock panel. The white printing is done with a Gelly Roll pen.

The blooms were fussy cut from another sheet of the patterned paper, then some were popped up with foam. The flower centers were embellished with drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black. I love how they give the blooms some added life. I also embellished the page with some of the enamel dot stickers included in the kit.

Thanks for stopping by. Keep yourself and your families safe and well.

Originally published on the Scrapshotz blog, March 23, 2020.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pinkfresh Studio - Super Cool 2

Hi! It's Lorraine back today with a couple of Pinkfresh "Super Cool" layouts.  This bright, versatile paper line is available at!

For this school photo I used a alpha stamp in my stash to create the title, and cut it out twice to give it a shadow with the red cardstock. The number 7 is a Mega die from Altenew.

For an embellishment that would stand out on this patterned paper, I stamped a Tim Holtz Book Sketch stamp with blue Momento ink, colored the image with copics and used Ranger Glossy Accents to achieve the shine and depth that it has. To keep each book separate, I applied the glossy accents to each book and let the layers dry in between. This gave the books a piled up look, rather than a smooth finish.

For this layout, I used a sketch from PageMaps for inspiration. I love to look through their monthly sketches for a jumping off point! I stamped the "Hashtag" and "Moments" and embossed them with white embossing powder and added the "Family" from a past kit's thickers - this one was the Heidi Swapp "Wolf Pack" line. Enamel dots and puffy stickers finished it off.

I fussy cut some banner flags from a sheet of patterned paper in the line and grouped them in threes around the page.

And here is my 2 pager for the month. I like my 2 page layouts to work together, but both sides are able to stand on their own a bit. This one has the multiple snap chat pics on the left and the title, main photo and journaling on the right.

The small photos were piled up by adhering the bottom of each picture with glue tape and using a foam pop up under the top. Interspersed throughout are puffy stickers and enamel dots.

The pale blue of the line's Thickers needed a boost, so I outlined the letters with a black pen. There wasn't any punctuation in the pack, so I used a "weeded" inside of an "O" and cut another spare bit to create the exclamation point. The dashes on either side of "Chat" are the inside of the "A's."

Last but not least, I created a couple of cards with leftover pieces that are perfect for teens - teen boys, even! Not an easy task, as teen boys don't really want flowers, cute animals or mermaids! There are plenty of suitable ephemera parts for them.

Thanks for having a look! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask in the comments, Have a great week, and be safe out there!

Originally published on the Scrapshotz blog March 12, 2020.

Pinkfresh Studio - Super Cool

Hey gang! I am sharing my layouts today created with the bright, fun, Pinkfresh Studio paper line  called "Super Cool." Living up to it's name, it uses lots of trendy icons, shapes and images that are currently in fashion and very "cool." Check out the line here!

The circles in this border contain lots of interesting images. They reminded me of bubbles, so they were an obvious fit for this fun bath time photo! Watching TV in the tub definitely gets a "thumbs-up" and a "Like" from me! I cut out and popped up a few of the elements in the right hand border, and used my typewriter for the journaling spot. Sequins from Wild Whisper Designs and Pinkfresh enamel dots in the line continued the "bubble" effect, and the "Super Cool" Puffy Alpha Thickers make titling a breeze.

For this layout, I used a wide strip of the teen verbiage patterned paper along with some of the acetate speech bubbles that come in the line.  I especially loved that the words are so positive and encouraging. I thought that hand-writing the title gave it more of a personal feel, conveying just how proud of this young man we are. And that smile!!!! ❤❤❤

Thanks for having a look! You can find this great line in the Scrapshotz store here
Originally published on the Scrapshotz blog on March 10, 2020.

January Prima Marketing Scrapshotz Kit - Pt 2

This photo is a blast from the past! I have to smile looking at my kids at this age. Because it's kind of an old photo, I had no problem giving it a vintage feel with this gorgeous paper line from Prima Marketing. The "Darcelle" line has some lovely tones of burgundy and the blooms included in the kit are really beautiful.
Here is a boyish page with the same line. This paper is filled with numbers and file drawers, so a school photo is just right for it. The kit thickers have just the right amount of glitter and have a great classic font.

And now for a few cards! There is plenty of variety in tones and moods created from scraps and sentiments from the chipboard and paper.
That's a wrap for my January kit projects! Thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions about any of this, please leave a comment and I will get back to you!
Originally published on the Scrapshotz blog February 27, 2020.

January 2020 Scrapshotz Kit - Darcelle

Whenever you have Prima Marketing papers to work with, you have to expect lots of blooms. This "Darcelle" paper collection is no exception. I chose to create my first layout with this kit for my granddaughter's school photo, so the flowers fit and were gorgeous on it. I fussy cut the top corner spray and the bottom blooms from the second sheet of the same paper and mounted these on foam. I used some of the ephemera pieces and cut out some of the quote panels from another sheet. I mounted some of these on foam and turned up the edges on others.
Here is another photo that shows some of the variety of layers and textures.

For my second layout, I wanted to showcase the versatility of the line by creating a more masculine layout, this one for my oldest grandson. 
Once again, I used foam squares and a little distressing to get the dimension I wanted. There are so many great quotes in this kit, the hardest part was choosing which to use.
 I have some more projects coming up with this beautiful kit, so look for that in the next couple of days. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Originally published on the Scrapshotz blog on February 25, 2020.

November Scrapshotz Kit - SS Winter Farmhouse Take 2

Hello! Welcome to another post showcasing the fabulous November Scrapshotz kit! The Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse line is just about Christmas-y enough to use on those holiday photos, but simple and fun for everyday winter pics!

I loved the chipboard mittens banner sticker that I used on this page, and the "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is perfect for the snowy day. The portrait photo is matted with a slightly larger mat than the landscape photo, and is also popped up with foam dots for extra texture. I used 3 clusters of enamel dots in the gorgeous neutral colors.

And of course.... cards. There are plenty of card friendly elements in this kit. Along with the patterned paper, I used some chipboard stickers and added a holiday sentiment to these. Some stickles on the snowman and snowflake and a bow for the window, and done!
 For these two, I cut out some of the squares on the patterned paper and matted them as card elements. Some ribbon, twine and a trio of enamel dots complete them.
Thanks for joining me here! I hope I've given you some ideas on how to use this fabulous kit! See you in December!!!
Originally published December 1, 2019 on the Scrapshotz blog.