Friday, 29 August 2014

Happy Friday to You....

Kerry Brown!!!

You are the lucky winner of the Kaisercraft 'Mix and Match' goodies :)

Please email me at with your address.

A huge thank you to Chrissy and Merly Impressions for donating this fabulous prize!!

Guest Designer - Stephanie Berger

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this lady's work! 

Today we have the amazing Stephanie Berger as our Guest Designer and she is one clever cookie :) You wait till you see what she did with this month's sketch..

... but let's find out about her first!

My name is Stephanie and I am 32 years old.
I have been married to the most loveliest and caring husband for 6 years.
But are together for about 16 years (since we both were 16 years old).
He is my best friend.
We do not have kids - so the most scrapped theme is my dear hubby.

Shortly before our wedding I started writing my blog
First this blog started as an exclusively Scrapbooking-Blog.
Today it is also most about scrapbooking - but now I also write about our adventures, our life and other creative things.
We are far away from our families - and so it is the best way to keep them up to date.

I think I have always done something like scrapbooking.
Cutting out newspaper pieces to decorate my pictures.
The thing called scrapbooking I discovered about 7 years ago.
Daddys 50th birthday was in advance and I wanted to make an album about his life.
And now - now I capture our whole life in pictures to scrap about - so I can match both of my favourite hobbies; scrapbooking and photography...

In my best future imagination, hubby and me are old, sitting on a swing and we are looking at all the pictures and remember our great life.
Scrapbooking is the best balance to my job at the office.
It calms me down...
And it connects me to a plenty of lovely and cool people.
I have met so many people online and in real life.

So let's take a look at Stephanie's work; after reading her bio I now understand why her layouts are always so tranquil :)


And now for Stephanie's sublime interpretation of our sketch:

This makes me happy. Thank you so much to Stephanie for sharing her glorious work with us, it has been fantastic to see more of her :)

Thank you for popping in today, see you soon ;)

Ali (Ed) x

Thursday, 28 August 2014

South of Market - Product Review

There is something about Studio Calico that catches my breath and makes me sigh every time I see their products :)

I don't know if it's the colours they choose, or the delightful embellishments or that their collections are always on the right side of chic; but whatever it is they make my heart skip a beat and the South of Market collection is no exception!!

When I opened the box I ooohed and aaahed over every paper and little treasure and couldn't wait to get cracking with it.

The 12x12 papers are fabulous. The A sides are farm themed; but only a couple of them are heavily so. The B sides are typical Studio Calico with fabulously gentle, graphic designs in a contemporary colour palette.

I just so happened to have a couple of photos of my grandies at the farm...happy coincidence or what?! However, my third layout is of my grand-daughter and my dad on his birthday just to prove that this collection is worthy of any kind of photo.

First up is my no holds barred farmy layout ;) 

See what I mean about the subtlety of the colours, they're fun and bright but not in an 'in your face' way.

I am totally in love with the cork stickers and the woodgrain stars! Thank goodness you get a lot of stars in the pack otherwise I would be in danger of hoarding!!!

I mean, seriously, could you get a better wood veneer for this layout? LOL

Yummy, scrummy Thickers in this collection. I am a huge advocate of the large chipboard variety.

Next up is a layout using the B side of the Grass Fed paper. This was a real dilemma as I adored the navy background on the A side! However, I am really glad that I went for it as the colours just sing against that beautiful blue.

Note the heavy influence from Riikka and Terhi - well what's the point of a DT if you can't pinch their ideas???! Those girls love a pencilled circle (and so do I!!)

More delicious cork and this detail shot gives you a 'patchwork' of the papers :)

I cut this sheep out of the Farm Fresh paper.

Sweet little chipboard stickers are the perfect finishing flourish.

Finally, it's the layout that is not farm related at all!! In fact it's quite girly...see, I told you there was something for every occasion ;)

My girl is as sweet as those strawberries :)

Remember the woodgrain stars? Well, you get white ones too!

and yet more cork!!! I LOVE it! 

I love the pink and yellow combo, fresh and summery...perfect for this time of year!

Thank you so much for joining me today. I hope South of Market has tickled your fancy ;) 

For more information please visit Studio Calico.

Ali (Ed) x 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Pockets with Pizzazz - Els

Hey there, paper fans!

I'm so happy to be here today to share one of my Project Life spreads with you. To be honest, I'm a Project Life newbie. After a few months of hesitating, I finally decided to jump on board early June. And today I would like to share my very first spread, that I made a few weeks back, with you.

I intended a rather loose way of approaching this project, since I didn't want to stress about making weekly spreads. So I'm letting the amount of stories I have to tell determine whether there are weekly spreads or spreads combining several weeks together. Since we went on a weekend trip the first week of June, I had plenty of stories to tell and made a double one.

The everyday small things in life have always been present in my scrapbooking. And definitely in my Project Life there has got to be room for the small things that give color to our lives, like my freshly blooming peonies.

CAS is my way to go in papercrafting, and same counts for this project. Keeping things simple also helps me staying stress-free with Project Life, and helps me keeping the process as little time-consuming as possible. I picked out a few standard sizes for my photos, and all journaling is handwritten for that reason.

This first spread is still my most favorite one. We're a few weeks later in the mean time, and I have to say I totally adore this project. I was sceptic before starting, but going through my album warms my heart. I love seeing all the pictures and stories documented, and so does my family. And that is the reason we do it, right.


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Product Review - Kaisercraft

Good Morning!

Sandra here today to share with you a little bit about the new  Kaisercraft 'Mix & Match' Collection which is available from Merly Impressions

I must say I really enjoyed working with this, it's something so unusual. I have only been scrapbooking for a year so I have missed some of the previous collections! Its possible that you have seen something similar; but its new to me! I really like the red with the kraft, so simple and yet so striking! Wonderful work Kaisercraft!

I could have created hundreds of layouts with this lot, but let's start with my first one which is a take on Merly Impressions monthly challenge that you can join in with :)

My first look at this paper gave me a kind of 'Christmas feeling' but once I started to play with it, I loved it! Adding embellishments and stickers from the collection and red Kaisercolour paint gave me this result! 

The sticker sheet, is absolutely amazing, it has few different styled words and add ons that are the perfect addition to this collection.

I'm a fan of red but before there weren't many collections to match my reddish soul, this one did it perfectly!

For my second layout, I tried to keep it matching the red and brown colour:

Because I already made red painted layout, I have added another colour to it, a lime one. I must say the more I see these papers, the more I want to play with them! They are definitely worth trying!

here's a closer look, I tried to match the colors and papers to make my layers.

With two messy layouts, and the papers working brilliantly with that look and taking the paint perfectly, I decided to make last one not so 'colourful'  once again the papers haven't failed me! 

yes, I do know we are reviewing Kaisercraft for you today, but I must say that Amy Tangerine is fitting into this collection as well, and come on, let's agree we all use bit's and bobs from other suppliers! :D

and the last one, I promise! :D

Did just exactly the same thing, kept to the red paint but this time added a bit of yellow, Kaiser paper is more than happy for you to keep layering the paint on!! 

So if you are looking for a unique collection, something totally different; a collection with a clean look that can be altered easily; Mix and Match is for you!

What? You would like to have a play? Our fairy godmother Chrissy, owner of Merly Impressions, has waved her magic wand :) Leave us a comment and make sure you like us on Facebook and you could be the lucky winner of some Mix and Match goodies!!!

The draw will be done on Friday, 29th August, good luck ;)

Have a lovely day!


Monday, 25 August 2014

Two Turtle Doves....

Hello lovely scrappers!

Today I am going to share how mixed media light has become a part of my scrapbooking style. I call it light as I use it together with classic scrapbooking in a rather subdued way. If you want to experiment more with textures and mediums, check out all the cool art journalling that is currently so popular!

The art mediums on my canvas have been used to blend in with my own style, romantic and shabby. My article in the current (Aug/Sept) issue of Scrap365 Magazine describes more of the different techniques with mists that I have also used on the canvas I am sharing with you today - Turtle Doves.

I love to work on 3 mm thick 30 cm x 30 cm (12 inch x 12 inch) canvas. Even if the canvas comes pre-primed out of the store, I still give it one extra thin coat of gesso before I start working on it.

A canvas doesn't buckle if it gets a little bit too wet or the embellishments used are heavy. Another bonus is that it looks fabulous when framed! This one was given as a gift to a lovely lady.

Here I have used multiple layers of soft, chalky mists - I'm counting to 5 layers - and made sure that each layer was completely dry before I continued with the next. I really like misting with chalky white over stencils as finishing touch. It gives a lovely soft and subtle touch. Just like applying make-up, little by little rather than a generous slab unless that's what you want to achieve of course.

Product list: Prima Marketing Inc - mists, chalks, flowers, leaves, lace blooms, vines, jewels, resins, stencils, stamps.
Stash: acrylic paint, gesso, matte gel medium, stamps, stencil, beads and sequins.

The doves were bought from a local craft store and are made of styrofoam and feathers. Rather sweet I think! Sparkly jewels and sequins for added interest and stamping of course.

A tip to make alphas stick to your canvas surface is to swipe some matte gel medium with your finger over and around them. The gel dries clear.

I have used brown inks when stamping to blend in with the golden brown colour scheme of the flower clusters.

A resin angel reclining among the petals, tucked in lace flowers and golden leaves for even more golden occasion.

There you are, many layers of mists and inks and it still looks soft and delicate. Give it a go if you haven't tried it!

Happy creating! xox Eila

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Product Review - Papermania

Hello lovely scrappers,

one of the loveliest parts of my job is being sent things to review. When the Docrafts box arrived I was a little unsure at first, as whilst I love pink, there is an awful lot of it in the Papermania Wild Rose collection!!

If I were creating a layout 'just for fun' this would be a fabulous collection to slot in with my existing stash. Personally, I would prefer to have an accent colour or two alongside it, but with all that said, the prints on the background papers are so deliciously feminine they worked with my love of CAS white :) 

Let me show you what I mean:
I die cut some hearts out of the papers and stitched them down as though they were hanging. 
There are some delightful details in the Wild Rose Capsule collection like the crocheted lace and the lace paper; and I am besotted with the buttons! 

For my second layout I painted some manila tags to give some accent colour. The floral font that has been made for the Wild Rose collection is as sweet as can be :)

I have also used an Ali Edwards stamp set; the dots and the title.

For the third layout I wanted to layer up strips of paper to create a ruffles (like the Dear Lizzy paper; do you remember?) but when I opened the box and saw all the ribbon in there it made sense to use that! Some of it even has an adhesive back!

This time I put it onto a grey cardstock with the intention of using more grey accents; but I appear to have forgotten that along the way!  

The butterfly is a Scrap365 wood veneer that has been embossed with WOW! Ruby Slippers. The 3rd Eye heart stamp has been embossed with WOW! Primary Cardinal Red. The chipboard house is also from 3rd Eye and has been dabbed with a pink Gelato crayon.

Docrafts are renowned for being an 'affordable' brand so next time you are thinking about adding to your stash, why not consider getting some bits from their Capsule Collections? Can you believe that the most expensive thing here was the paper pack at £6.95 for 32 sheets!!

This is what I used:

For details of your nearest stockist click here.

Thank you so much for popping in today,

Ali (Ed) x