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Happy Never Goes Out Of Style | More Than Words | Ulrike Dold

By | 2018-02-12T09:07:57+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Cut Files, Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi everyone,

Ulli here today sharing my first layout with the gorgeous new More Than Words collection with you. This collection is so amazing and I am so in love with all the beautiful pastel colors!!!

I´ve made a 12×12 layout and my starting point was the super cute “Happy never goes out of style” sticker from the accessory sticker sheet. I knew directly that this would be the perfect title for a photo from our little boy.

First I cut out a big heart which is made of many little hearts with my Silhouette Cameo. I wanted to use the colorful “Effervescent” paper behind it. But first I decided where I should place my photo later and backed three hearts with enamel dot and enamel shape clusters in blue, grey and yellow. Then I backed the whole heart with the patterned paper.

I glued my photo behind the pretty frame from the More Than Words ephemera pack and placed it with foam dots on my layout. I splattered some gold and black paint across the page and added the “Happy never goes out of style” sticker as my title and two of the adorable die cut flowers on the frame.

I punched a dear head from white cardstock with my Big Shot and glued the “Little moments” banner and a leaf over it. I used also my stapler to fix it and added an enamel heart over it.

I stamped “Love You” with the lovely More Than Words clear stamps on my layout and added many of the chipboard hearts from the chipboard sticker sheet and the chipboard titles on my layout.

I glued some punched white hearts with glue dots on my layout. Then I added five word stickers from the accessory sticker sheet on the frame and used for two of them glue dots to add some dimension.

To underline the cute title I added chipboard arrows on the left side against the title.

I added the round “Love you so much” sticker on my layout and stamped the date with a roller stamp under the frame with my photo. Then I wrote the journaling under it. I finished off my page with some enamel dots here and there and the “My darling” ephemera banner.

I hope you like how my first layout with the amazing new More Than Words collection turned out. I can’t wait to see what you will create with this pretty new Cocoa Vanilla collection!

Till the next time, Ulli

February Guest Designer | Adele Toomey

By | 2018-02-24T17:03:52+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi everyone!

I am so happy to welcome Adele Toomey, our special February guest designer, back to our blog today. (If you missed her first post earlier this month, make sure you check it out here.) Adele has been busy creating some more with our brand new ‘More Than Words’ collection, so without further ado, I will hand over to her to tell you about it…

Hi lovelies!
I have been creating like crazy with the More Than Words collection this week – it’s such a stunner of a collection! I love using the soft tones for baby photos, and including those delicate floral patterns in my paper layers.

Today I have created a 9×12″ layout for my 2017 albums. I love using this size and find the rectangular composition a lot easier to work with than square 12×12″.

 

This week, I challenge you to use the More Than Words collection to experiment with a different sized layout than your go to design!

Head over to my Inkie Quill YouTube channel to see the full process video. 
Go and get your craft on today! 
Adele 🙂
There you have it – another gorgeous layout from Adele. We are so happy that she could join us this month to share some of her beautiful work. If don’t already subscribe to her YouTube channel, make sure you do. No only is she very talented, but she is also lots of fun to watch as well!
Until next time, happy scrapping!

So Adorable | More Than Words | Tarrah McLean

By | 2018-02-23T15:22:51+00:00 February 23rd, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi everyone!

It’s Tarrah McLean back with you and today I am excited to feature my first layout created using the AMAZING More Than Words collection!

One of my favourite things from this brand new beautiful collection are the gorgeous stamps! Now I am not much of a stamper, however when I saw these stamps I knew I had to feature them on a layout!

I started off by stamping the large floral cluster in black and then worked my photo and layers around this design. I knew I wanted to have some sprays of embellishments out each side of my layers as shown here.

This photo is of my 2 gorgeous nieces in the bath tub! They are such happy and beautiful little girls! I just love that I can use pink lots more now! A couple of lace doilies help to ground my layers against the woodgrain patterned paper from the More Than Words collection…

I used lots of different embellishments all from the More Than Words collection on this layout including: vellum, ephemera, enamel shapes, cardstock stickers, flair and chipboard stickers too! I love how the hearts here at the bottom look as though they are hanging from the stamped flowers!

I hope you have started creating with your More Than Words collection? If you have, make sure to upload it to the Facebook community for us all to see!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Tarrah x

Cherish | More than Words | Emma Wood

By | 2018-02-22T09:45:21+00:00 February 22nd, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words|

Hi friends!  It’s Emma on the blog today with my latest page using the gorgeous More than Words collection!  This year one of my scrappy resolutions is to try new techniques out instead of doing the “same old thing” every single time.  I have always loved how other creatives use paints/mixed media on their layouts, so my challenge for this layout was to use those paints!  Every now and then I pick up paints when I’m at the craft store with grand plans of using them on my layouts but never actually do.

I absolutely adore the soft colours of the More than Words collection but I thought it would be fun to try and team it up with some brighter colours.  I picked a neutral piece for my background (white with black spots) and started by painting circles in shades of pink.  Circles are one of my all-time favourite shapes and I kept things very fancy-free by using my fingers to paint the circles.  Then I started adding some bright contrasting colours – I went with what I had in my stash which happened to be yellow, teal and light blue.

Once they had dried a bit I added some white paint (to soften some of the brighter colours) and then added black outline circles on top of the coloured version.  I used a couple caps off various cans/bottles (in different sizes).

Now I’m not one for “messy” but I really had fun playing with the paints and I was rather happy how they turned out!  I almost didn’t want to have to cut it up for my page!  But as you can see below, I did ;).

Now I’m not sure what I did wrong but the paint made my cardstock warp quite a bit so to help flatten it out, I added another piece of card underneath and machine stitched all the way around to stretch/flatten my top paper.  The added bonus about doing that is it put a subtle border around my page also!

Because the background of my page is so full of colour I wanted to keep the embellishments to a minimum and have them neutral (reduce any issues with colours clashing!) – fortunately there are so many pieces in this collection that can be used for any colour theme.   My journaling is typed up on one of the 3×4 cards from the “Collage” patterned paper and my photo sits directly underneath.  I used one of the chipboard titles for my title and positioned it vertically up the page alongside my photo/journaling (that script font is the best, right?!).

The photo I picked actually has quite a bit of blank space on the top LHS (which is inevitable given the height difference between these two kids when they stand side by side, ha!) so I popped one of the stickers on top of my photo to cover it.

To finish off my page I popped a few of the black chipboard hearts at the top RHS and bottom LHS of my photo, stamped a couple more and added a few of the word sticker phrases at the top of my page (I absolutely love those word stickers!).

I really, really enjoyed creating the background for this one – using the paints was so fun!  It’s a different style for me, and although I’m not entirely sure I love, love this one (it’s just so different from what I usually do, lol), I am so glad I gave it a shot!  I still have a lot to learn about using any type of mixed media on my layouts, but given I enjoyed this so much, I’m hoping it will give me the confidence to try something similar again soon.

I hope this inspires you to use those paints/inks in your stash to alter the colour scheme of any collection (and if you’re anything like me, it also means stepping out of that comfort zone and trying something new!).

Take care, Em xo

 

Awesome Memories | You Rock | Sue Plumb

By | 2018-02-21T12:44:18+00:00 February 21st, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hi everyone!

Sue Plumb here today to share a mixed media layout I created using the ‘You Rock’ collection. I make no secret of the fact I love creating boy pages, and I certainly love adding a bit of mixed media into my pages too. For this layout, I decided to document a couple of photos of my boys swimming in their Nana’s pool over the Christmas holidays.

I wanted to emphasise the water theme of my page, so I started with wood grain print of the Plus One paper; then applied white gesso and used inks over the top to create a water inspired background. I also smeared some coloured texture paste with a thin palette knife around my page to provide a textural element and a feeling of movement.

Once I had the background complete, it was time to start working on the paper elements of my page. I started cutting and layering assorted size pieces of patterned paper in the focal area where I knew my photos were going to be placed. I used pieces cut from both the Stripped and Galactic papers in my layers, which I also mixed with some frames from the die cut ephemera pack to give more depth.

Once all my layers were in place, I added my two photos on top, adding some scrap cardboard behind them to mount them up a little higher. I also added some more pieces from the die cut ephemera pack with foam tape behind them to provide more dimension.

The next embellishments I added were some wood veneer stars from the wood veneer pack; along with some stars that I fussy cut from the Starshine paper; and some yellow enamel shapes.

For my title, I used the “awesome” word from the wood veneer pack, which I coloured using some gesso (smeared on with my finger) and one of the same inks I had used on the background; then added the little “memories” banner from the die cut ephemera pack to complete it.

Thanks for stopping by today so I could share this with you. I will be back again in a couple of weeks with another project to share. Until then, happy scrapping!

Hello Heart Breaker | You Rock Layout | Raquel Bowman

By | 2018-02-19T10:47:00+00:00 February 19th, 2018|Inspiration, You ROCK|

Hey everyone, it’s Raquel here with you today on the CVS blog. Today I am sharing a new layout I created just for fun using the You Rock collection. I took this photo of my little man in December and knew right away that I needed to scrapbook it using the You Rock collection.

Here is the layout that I created:

This photo of my boy just captures his little cheeky personality to a tee! I wanted to document on this layout how I think he is just the cutest little man and what a heart breaker he will be when he is older. His little smile and cheeky ways has everyone around his little finger, no joke!

I decided to focus on a layout base of whited card stock (like always, I know) teamed with blue and a contrast of black. I loved the boldness of the black in this layout design, it really compliments the black and white photo well.

The photo itself as I mentioned is printed in black and white with a white border. I also added a small mat of black card stock to help the photo pop and a layer of patterned paper in the design ‘Random’. I added a binding edge punch to the edge of the right side for further texture. The photo mat itself was also adhered to the page with foam adhesive. I love to add tabs of some kind to the top or side of my photos, I didn’t have one from this collection to use that worked with the colours and design I had in mind for this page so I decided to use the ‘the original’ sticker from the accessory sticker sheet instead. I just made sure that all you can see is the text of the sticker rather than the journaling space too, and it worked and looks like a tab.

The hello from the title is cut from a metal die by Sizzix and I cut and adapted the tiny word stickers to read ‘my little heart breaker’. I used a journaling label from the cut apart sheet to help ground and rest the tiny word stickers on otherwise they were going to blend too much into the background. The ‘splats’ and also the stars that feature on this layout are also a Sizzix die and was cut out with the ‘Experimental’ patterned paper or just plain textured black card stock.

The journaling was typed on my typewriter and cut and adhered in strip form. It is not lengthy journaling but I was able to express what I wanted to in that space on the page.  I added black spatters using an India ink to the background of the page in a diagonal direction. I went a little crazy with how much I added and ended up covering g up quite a bit of it with my photo, I think it adds a grunge look to the page – perfect for documenting boys, and especially this photo of my man.

To help balance the top heaviness of my layout I added a small cluster to the bottom right corner of the page. This includes a label sticker with the date and more die cut splatters and stars.

The entire page was bordered with the star design paper in the collection. Again the black pattern really adds a boldness to the page that I was wanting to add and also the stars tie in with the embellishments used on the page. I also machine stitched around the edges for that added detail.

Thanks so very much for stopping by the blog today. I hope that you have left inspired or with an idea for a future project.

Raquel xxx

WONDERFUL MOMENT | MORE THAN WORDS | GWEN WRUCK

By | 2018-01-28T16:54:15+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Design Team, Inspiration, More Than Words, Wild at Heart|

Hi Creative Friends,

Gwen here on the blog today, I hope you are all well!  I thought for this layout, I’d try and combine something from an older collection with the new MORE THAN WORDS collection.  Zoe always does a fab job of not only giving us something fresh and new but also having it work with what we have and I love that!  I also have to add here that I was itching to use the divine RADIANT paper with those paintbrush strokes on it and in fact, it is the only pattern paper I use for this one!

The next thing I pulled from my stash was the Chipboard Frames from the Wild At Heart collection.  There were quite a few bold patterns in this collection, however, there were also some really lovely watercolour elements and softer tones too.  I pulled the ones I thought the best fit with the colours in the RADIANT paper and set them out on my page.

Now came the fun bit!  I had a heap of candid shots taken of Miss 11 at a family Christmas party last year and whilst there wasn’t really a shot that stood out to me to belong on a page by itself, the shots as a group told of the pure joy she was having at the time.  They were the perfect choice to fill up some of the frames I had pulled for my page.

It took a little bit of juggling to decide which photo should go where; the one photo where she was looking at the camera became my main photo and the others filled in the gaps. With a design element like this, once it is sorted the rest of the page comes together really quickly.

Next was my title, for this I used the Chipboard Sticker pack which included both words “Wonderful” and “moments” – for my title, I simply left off the last ‘S’ to make it “Wonderful Moment”.

I have then added a few other Chipboard pieces including the sentiment “You Make My Heart Sing” and a bunch of chipboard hearts.  I also pulled some flowers and butterflies from the Die Cut Epherma pack.  I love how on one photo it looks like she is looking at the butterfly!

This finished out the page, a nice and quick layout for me which I love!  I am loving seeing everyone’s creations using the new collection, be sure to keep sharing them with us on the Facebook page!

Until next time,

Gwen

xo

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