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Friday 27 December 2019

The Legend of the Icelandic Yule Lads

This is my 4th Christmas layout made with the December Papermaze kit. This time I have used photos from our holiday to Iceland last Christmas. We learnt much about the legends and folk law surrounding the festivities from the tour guides, one of them read the fairy stories to us on the long journeys through the snow covered mountains. 

To purchase the kit have a look at the great new shop website, you will find all the products used on my post, and much, much more.  To see how the layouts were made - please see the blog.

From the kit I used: Fawn & Crabapple Dark Bazzill
Simple Stories - Holly Jolly collection - Home for the Holidays lacy/velvet ribbon2 paper fern leavesPrima paper flower
2 heart buttons
3 tiny paper roses

From my own stash I used:
3 wooden buttons
DMC Thread
3D foam tape
Burton's Nightmare font and my Cricut
Pink Fresh Studio Tiny Puffy Alpha Stickers - Everyday Musings

White Linen Dylusions Ink spray Stickles

I still have plenty of papers left so will be back with two more layouts soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 23 December 2019

2015 Christmas Lego - Gingerbread House

Today I'm back with my third Christmas layout made with the December Papermaze kit. To purchase the kit have a look at the great new shop website, you will find all the products used on my post, and much, much more.  Details of how the layout was made can be found on the Scrap Paper Scissors blog.

This layout using the Mistletoe Kisses SVG file from Pink Fresh Studio, shows photos of a Christmas Lego project my big kids enjoyed building - Christmas eve 2015.

From the kit I used:Kaisercraft - Enchanted collection - Imagine 
Simple Stories - Holly Jolly collection - Cozy Christmas
Authentique - Rejoice collection - Rejoice #22Fawn, Buttermint & Safari Bazzill

From my own stash:
Fired Brick Distress Inks
3D foam padsPink Fresh Studio Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers - Just a Little Lovely.
Bigz XL Alphabet Sizzix die WonderlandCrystal Stickles & Xmas Red Stickles
Chipboard 'Merry Christmas'
Glossy Accents

I still have plenty of papers left so will be back with three more layouts soon.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Sunday 15 December 2019

Advent Calendar Gift

Last year I made my Mum an Advent Calendar using tiny jam jars and lots of Doodlebug Designs Christmas Papers. This year I refilled these jars for her and made a new Calendar for my sister. 

For this box I found a pine craft and painted it with pale pink acrylic paint. Then I decorated it with papers and stickers from Kaisercraft's Sparkle collection.

I used a foiled paper called Shiny to cover the sides of the box, trees on the outside and the black on the inside.

I placed the jars in rows of five in the box, then measured the gap this left and with greyboard and duck tape I made a panel to fill the gap and stop the jars from rolling about. This also gave me a secret place to hide a gift. I covered the top of this panel with the snowflake side of Luster paper.

I also cut some of the quotes from the Luster paper and from the Sticker Pad to add decoration. The pad also provided other additional images, numbers and words.

The jars were filled with some favourite sweets.

Hope you are enjoying the box of treats Sylvie! Happy Christmas.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday 14 December 2019

Heartfelt and Homemade

Here is the second kit I made using the December Papermaze kit. This kit is a collection of Christmas papers, but several of them could easily be used for non-Christmas layouts too. Take a look on the fabulous new shop website, for the kit, the products used here, and much more. Please see the Scrap Paper Scissors Blog for details on how the layout was made.

For this layout I used this favourite old photo of my three babies wearing the Christmas Pudding hats I knitted for them in 1992. I have scrapped this photo before, but to keep things fair it has to be done three times so there is one of each of their albums! 

I was inspired by a layout on the Kaisercraft site by Trudi Harrison as a good starting point for my page.

From the kit I used:Authentique - Rejoice collection - Rejoice #22American Crafts - Heidi Swapp - Winter Wonderland collection - Poinsettia Lane Grenadine and Safari Bazzill

From my stash I used:Crochet Adorned, Large Festive Funky and Festive Greens  Sizzix Thinlits sets
Small doilies
Gold metallic cardstock
Forest Moss Distress Oxide Ink
Glossy Accents
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Simply White Gloss

I will be back with more layouts from this kit soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

edited to change date - this was 1992 not 1993.

Friday 13 December 2019

Merry Christmas Cousins

Merry Christmas - This layout features a photograph of my daughter Catherine, having breakfast with her cousins on Christmas Eve when she was doing Panto in Bromley in 2017.
This layout is the first of six I have created for the Papermaze DT for December.

For full details of how the layout was made please see the Scrap, Paper, Scissors Blog.

From the kit I used:

Simple Stories - Jolly Holly collection - Cosy ChristmasAuthentique - Rejoice #22
Butter Mints and Safari Bazzill
Papermaze exclusive star stencil
littery chipboard star

From my stash I used: Distress Oxide Ink Pads - Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive.
red dew dropsPebbles - Merry, Merry puffy stickers
Gold and white paper straw
Tim Holtz Ideology Quote Chip
Yellow star pins.

Sizzix Thinlit set - Retro Merry Christmas
Glossy Accents.
Crystal Stickles

Back with more soon.
Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Saturday 7 December 2019

Swiss Cottage

Swiss Cottage This layout is an old picture I have wanted to scrap for years, and shows my girls on the Isle of Wight, autumn half term 1999, when we visited Osborne House. I made this with the November 2019 Papermaze Kit.

Please see the shop and the blog for details on how the layout as made and the products used.

Items used from the kit:
American Crafts, Vicki Boutin - Wildflower and Honey collection Queen Bee & Blossom
Butterflies Printed Vellum Ruby Slipper and Cream Puff Bazzill
Papermaze exclusive wooden hexagon words
Petaloo Flower

Items used from my own stash:
Crafter's Workshop Chicken Wire Reversed Stencil
Distress Oxide Ink Pads

Memory Box Hexagon Dies
Glossy Accent
Martha Stewart Punch
old letter stickers

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Wellies and A Tutu!

It's Lynn back with the third layout created with the November Papermaze Kit.
How the layout was created and the materials used can be found on the Scrap, Paper Scissors Blog.

Wellies and A Tutu ... all a girl needs! This layout features photos of Jasmine having a great time in the New Forest.

Items I used from the kit:
Simple Stories - Winter Farmhouse - Warm & CozyAmerican Crafts, Vicki Boutin - Wildflower and Honey collection - Blossom

Carob, Jade and Festive Bazzill

From my Stash:
Bigz XL Sizzix Handmade Alpha die
Glossy Accents 

Scraps of the Bazzill
Sizzix Thinlits die sets by Tim Holtz - Funky Festive and Funky Foliage

Nuvo Crystal Drops - Metallic Caramel Cream 

That's all for today, I'll be back with the last November Kit layout tomorrow.
Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Wednesday 20 November 2019

Tiny Bundle of Fluff

Tiny Bundle of Fluff is the second layout I made with the November Papermaze Kit.

I used a photo of our cat when she first arrived at home as a tiny kitten, her ears were as big as her face in those days! I was inspired by the work of Caroline Aston.

From the kit I used:
Rain & Jade Bazzill
American Crafts, Vicki Boutin - Wildflower and Honey collection - Field of Dreams & Vellum Butterflies
Pearl Swirl
Leaves and Flowers

From my stash I used:
Distress Oxide Inks
Gabrielle Pollacco stencil (Mini Complicated Hearts)

tiny roses
American Crafts Thickers Pinkfresh Puffy Alpha Stickers (see the full range in the shop).

Please see full details of this layout on the Scrap, Paper, Scissors Blog. The Kit is available from the shop.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x

Monday 18 November 2019

Butterfly Confetti

Butterfly Confetti is the first page I made using the Papermaze November Kit for the Design Team. It shows Catherine and George's witnesses letting off butterfly confetti cannons after having traditional confetti thrown over them both as they emerged from the ceremony.

From the kit I used:
Pink Paislee - Indigo & Ivy - #12American Crafts, Vicki BoutinWildflower & Honey Printed Vellum
Jade Bazzill
From my own stash:
gold embroidery thread for hand stitching
Pink Fresh Studio Puffy Alpha Stickers (see the full range in the shop).

Please see all the details of the kit and this layout on the Scrap, Paper, Scissors Blog.
The kit and extra Bazzill pack are available in the shop.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x

Friday 15 November 2019

Pumpkin Patch

I don't often make double layouts, but I had a few photos of Scarlett at Tulley's Farm Picking a pumpkin and some lovely papers from the Pink Paislee - Paige Evans - Truly Grateful collection. The papers complimented the autumn colours as well as Scarlett's pink jacket. 

For the first page I used some Lace Bazzill as a base, and inked the edges with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink. I cut a 9" x 9" square from paper #23, I rounded the corners, inked it with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and mounted it onto a piece of Mardi Gras Bazzill. I Cut a strip of the same paper #23, 3" x 12", and mounted this onto more of the Mardi Gras Bazzill, rounding the corners and inking the edges, I placed it across the middle of the layout. I added the 9" square over the top of this.

With another 3" x 4.5" piece of #23 paper, I punched down one side with a Binding Edge punch from EK Success. I used the corner punch on the opposite two sides, Inked the edges and mounted onto more Mardi Gras Bazzill. This was added to the top right of the 9" square. I used a Martha Stewart border punch to make some 'lace' with Petunia Bazzill. This was used to border the side panels. 

The photo was mounted onto a piece of Beeswax Bazzill and added to the bottom left of the 9" square.

Then with scraps of the Bazzill used already, I die cut a lot of leaf fronds with two sets of Sizzix Thinlits from Tim Holtz - Funky Floral #1 and Funky Floral #2. These were arranged around the edges of the layout onto the Lace Bazzill.

I cut letters for the title with the Mardi Gras Bazzill and the Sizzix Bigz Die - Handmade. These letters were coated with Glossy Accents. Tulleys Farm was written with with Pinkfresh Studio Just A Little Lovely - Mini Puffy Alpha Stickers.

For the second page I used another sheet of Lace Bazzill. With a Tim Holtz Layering Stencil,  Distress Inks and a blending tool I inked small hexagons randomly onto the Bazzill. 

I cut some of the hexagons from paper #21 of the Truly Grateful collection, inked them and arranged them onto the layout. Then from paper #06 I cut the top and bottom rows of zig-zags cutting along the scalloped lines. I inked them and added them to the layout.

I decorated the points of the zig-zags with some tiny purple flat-backed pearls. Then I added some pink, mustard, purple and white pearls randomly over the layout.

Finally I die cut more leaf fronds as for the first page, and added then in pairs around the layout.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x 

Monday 4 November 2019

Love Sweet Love

Welcome to the fourth wedding layout made using the Papermaze October Kit!  This week I'm on the Papermaze blog with this layout showing George and Catherine in a field after the service using the very pretty, romantic kit.

The photo I have used is one of the professional pictures taken by Richard of The Other Day Photography just before the wedding ceremony at Cooling Castle Barn.

The items I used from the kit are:
Kaisercraft - Two Souls Collection - Leafy, Pinkini Bazzill, large pearls, twine, cream buttons.

From my stash I used:  Jet Black Archival Ink, Stitches stamps from 49 & Market, Distress Oxide Inks, Nuvo Crystal Drops, Nuvo Glitter Drops, Tim Holtz Thinlits Shadow Script #1 set, Pink Fresh Studios Tiny Puffy Alpha Stickers.

I have made four layouts with this kit so far and still have all of this left over. Plenty to make another layout or some cards.

Thanks for looking.
Lynn x


Together Forever

Welcome to the third wedding layout of the very pretty, romantic Papermaze October Kit
This layout features
Catherine and George outside the ruins of Cooling Castle. The photo was taken by Richard of The Other Day Photography after the wedding ceremony at Cooling Castle Barn.

Please refer to the Papermaze blog for the details on ho to make the layout.

The kit items used for this kit are:
Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Midnight - Moonlight, Powder Blue Bazzill, 6" x12" Amy Tangerine Flowers Acetate, 1 prima flower, paper flowers, gold mini pearls.
I added from my own stash: doilies, Distress Ink,
Sizzix Tim Holtz Thinlits - Small Tattered Florals set and Handwritten Love set.

Thanks for looking, more to follow.
Lynn x


Thursday 24 October 2019

Norfolk Lavender - October Papermaze Crop

Here is the layout I designed for the October Papermaze Crop last weekend. For details of the crops please see the shop site.

The photo was taken at Norfolk Lavender back in 1995 when the children were three years old, and we spent several holidays on the North Norfolk coast.

For this layout I selected papers from Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Botanicals collection.
I used Distress Oxide Ink pads, an old gardening book from a secondhand book shop,

Stamper’s Anonymous stamp sets - Flower Garden & Nature Walk and jute twine. 

I had fun making this layout, and seeing others make their version of the design. It was another successful crop day at Otley Village Hall.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x


This week I was on the Papermaze blog with the Papermaze October Kit!  I used the kit to create some layout's for my daughter's wedding and the pretty, subtle colours are ideal for Catherine and George's special day. So here is my second layout for October.
The photo I have used is one of the professional pictures taken by Richard of The Other Day Photography in the evening after the wedding at Cooling Castle Barn.
Please see the blog for details on how the layout was made.

The items from the kit I used are:
White Bazzill

Cocoa Vanilla Studio - More Than Words -  Precious
2 Tando chipboard butterflies, 1 mini butterfly stamp
I added: Distress Oxide Inks, Stickles, Gesso, Glossy Accents,
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits Cut Out Script set and Skeleton Leaves set.

That's all for today, back with more from this kit soon.
Thanks for looking,
Lynn x

This is Your Moment

Here is the first layout I made with the Papermaze October Kit! It is made up of some very pretty, subtle colours put together by Vanessa. It's as if the kit was designed for my daughter's wedding which was in July!

Please see the Scrap Paper scissors Blog for the details on how this layout was made.

The items used from the kit are:
Pink Paislee - Indigo & Ivy - 03,
Stonehenge Bazzill, Pinkfresh Studio phrase stickers, 2 paper cherry blossom flowers and frayed ribbon.
I added: vellum, Distress Oxide Inks, more blossoms, scrap of lace and
Tim Holtz Sizzix Thinlits set - Skeleton Leaves.

The photo I have used is one of the professional pictures taken by Richard of The Other Day Photography taken just before the wedding ceremony at Cooling Castle Barn.

Back with more from this kit soon.
Thanks for looking,
Lynn x

Monday 23 September 2019

Scotland Tour - Week Two

Hello, I'm back with more of our tour to and around Scotland. On Saturday we arrived at our self catering cottage - 'Cor An Easan' in Midtown, Tongue on the north coast. I think it's fair to say it's remote!

Our neighbours - photo taken later in the week in better weather.

Day 6 - 14th September - Rogart to Midtown, Tongue
We arrived at the cottage and unpacked the car, then off to buy supplies at the very small village store. The weather was very wet and windy so we stayed in and cooked a meal. We have plenty to do here with the books, DVD's and games supplied and the books and crafts we brought along with us.
52 miles travelled today making a total of 600 miles so far.

Day 7 -  Sunday 15th September
Weather still wet and windy but slightly better than yesterday. We took a short trip to the nearest Hotel for Sunday lunch. Interesting how many cars are just left to rot away in this remote area. These must be the oldest we have found so far.

Morris Minors
Day 8 - Monday 16th September - John O'Groats Trip 132 miles
Weather slightly improved again today and we decided to drive to John O'Groats - we are only 66 miles away so it had to be done! On route we stopped for coffee at an amazing place called
The Store Café, I will discus this further on day 11, as we liked it so much we wanted to go back and explore the area in better weather.

The bays we saw as we drove along looked inviting, we stopped Scrabster, near Thurso to take a few photos.

We drove on to John O' Groats, and spent a while there including having our photo taken at the famous signpost. 

Nomadic Boulders Statue & John O' Groats Inn

On the way back from John O' Groats we decided to visit The Castle of Mey, the Queen mother's home in Caithness. This was beautifully presented and all the guides were so very informative and had many amusing anecdotes to share. Unfortunately the weather was not suitable for the gardens and animal areas, but worth a visit to tour the castle alone. No photos were allowed inside but I have the guide book if anyone is interested.

Of course we had to have a cup of tea and a slice of Queen Mother cake in the restaurant!

Day 9 Tuesday 17th September
Today we stayed local and investigated local places along the Midfield coastline. This involved much walking rather than driving. As with everywhere we visited this week, we saw evidence of one of countless small settlements which were abandoned early in the 19th century, when people were evicted to free the land for commercial sheep farming.

Day 10 - Wednesday 18th September - abandoned visit to Durness

Miserable weather today but we set off along the coast to the west of the cottage this time, about half way there we stopped at a remote cafe, and after a cup of tea we decided to go back to the cottage! So no photos today

Day 11 - Thursday 19th September - Tongue & Bettyhill Area
We set off to return to The Store
Café, as we had found the atmosphere there so welcoming on Monday. The caked and drinks as self service with free refills. You can order sandwiches and soups etc. There is a piano and guitar which is available for anyone to use. The friendly girls serving there also seem to be running the laundry attached. 

Making sense of coffee!!
As we were leaving we were chatting to other customers and someone recommended a visit to Strathnaver Museum, which we could see from the café, lying at the bottom of the hill. It was in an old church, surrounded by gravestones. It shows the journey of Strathnaver’s mystical past, through the emergence of the Clan Mackay to the tragedy of the Highland Clearances. We spent some time here in the museum and surrounding area. Lots more photos taken.

As we drove home we saw a sign for Weavers Craftshop and café and decided to take a look. A very busy little place considering how remote the area. Friendly staff and I was asked by one of the ladies if I had made my hat. I explained it was a pattern I found online and remembered it came from Shetland Wool Week Blog. It is called the Baa-ble hat! I'm wearing it in the John O'Groats photo above. People have shared their makes on Ravelry and the pattern is available to download from there. I emailed the details later that day and received a lovely reply.

Here is a view of
The Ben Loyal and Melness Cemetry which is very imposing as you approach Melness from the causeway across the Kyle of Tongue. It was taken with Alan's drone.

Day 12 - Friday 20th September - Local area - Midtwon to Midfield Coastline

As the weather is so much better we decided to explore the coast line again.

Bird's eye view taken by Alan and his drone

At the end of week two we have travelled 1082 miles by car, which is 35 hours of driving, fuel cost so far - £0.00 - thanks to free charging in Scotland!
On to Skye tomorrow.

Thanks for looking
Lynn x