Saturday, 4 November 2017

Busy Bees layout using The Wild Hare kits (04.11.17)

Good morning bloggers

This is a different kind of post to what you would normally expect from me! I only went and got myself a kit!! I never thought I'd do that but The Wild Hare Kits are no ordinary kits! They are tailor made just for you so no risk of getting pretty girly cute stuff if that's not your thing! It's not!!

I am very pleased with my kit and will easily find a use everything chosen for me. The binder clips will be the trickiest items to use.

I didn't hold back with my first layout and definitely wasn't frugal. I used three full 12x12 sheets of cardstock here! I absolutely couldn't wait to get started!


From my kit:

Bazzill Sugar Wafer Ombre cardstock

Echo Park Once Upon a Time Great Hall cardstock

Pink Fresh Studio Boys Fort Thumbs Up cardstock

Pink Fresh Studio Escape the Ordinary leatherette alpha stickers

Camera paper clip

2 flair badges

From my stash:

Tim Holtz tiny attacher staples
Heidi Swapp color shine gold
Impress poppy red dye ink pad
Dear Lizzy roller phrase stamp
Christmas words stamp

The Great Hall cardstock is my absolute favourite item from the kit. The alpha stickers and flair badges are pretty darn cool, too!

This layout is to be the first layout in my Christmas 2017 album! Whoop Whoop! I'm going large this year and doing a 12x12 album, as last year I filled two extra wide 6x8 albums to bursting! I shall be doing a mixture of layouts, pocket pages and add-ins.

Thanks for looking, stay wild and Merry Christmas!

Helen xxx

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Dont stash your Stash series Have a happy ... layout (03.09.17)

Good evening bloggers

This weekend I've been catching up with Project Life but I've managed to create a couple of layouts, too!

This layout has been in the pipeline for seven years! I always knew I would create a layout with these photos but, until now, hadn't gotten around to it! I've been inspired by a recent carousel layout created by Mercy Tiara on YouTube. The composition of this layout is also partly inspired by Shimelle.


I've dug deep into my stash and used some older papers here. The purple 12x12 is AC Primaries. The patterned 12x12 is AmyTan Sketchbook 2012 and the bunting paper is AC Dear Lizzy 2010.

I've added a homemade flag.

The alphas are from Home Bargains UK.

The Prima metal stars are pretty much my all time favourite embellishment!

A little bit of stamping and some Heidi Swapp color shine to finish off.

I'm very pleased to have created this layout. It's been on my mind since my early days of scrapbooking. Any Elvis fans out there will "get" the title!!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Don't stash your stash series - West Wind layout (29.08.2017)

Good afternoon bloggers

Today's layout uses lots of scraps and a very old piece of Simple Stories Say Cheese 12x12 cardstock.


It's a simple layout but it packs a visual punch!

I have to confess to using some new purchases on this layout. My stash has been very much depleted this year and I've added to it here and there recently.

The metal leaf embellies, the glitter alpha stickers and the wood veneer house are all new to my stash.

I've used a white gel pen for the journalling and a roller phrase stamp for the date.

The title comes from the name of the boat in the Elvis movie Girls Girls Girls.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Don't stash your Stash series "Lubbock High School" layout (26.04.2017)

Good evening bloggers

Here is another layout for my Don't stash your Stash series. This layout incorporates many of my favourite elements of my personal scrapbooking style.


It's a clean grid style layout, my signature style. Other than bright and bold, the only other style I really like is a vintage/1950s colour scheme and this is shown here.

Of course, everything came from my stash and there are six elements that would not be intended for scrapbooking. Even I wouldn't have thought that I could incorporate that many into one layout!!

I do like a simple layout with the photo and/or title telling the story and don't always include separate journalling as is the case here.

The two 12x12 background sheets are Coredinations. I've added some card ephemera, a Kraft banner, punched stars, Tim Holtz letter stickers, AC Thickers and gems.

The six non scrapbooking items are the vintage postcard, book pages, gingham jam pot covers, doilies, badges and "glasses" brooch.

I originally purchased four of those "glasses" brooches from a jewellery shop with the absolute intention of using them on Buddy Holly layouts! I've had them for many years and three are now on layouts and the fourth is in my jewellery box!!

HELEN'S CRAFTY TIP: Don't forget to look in your scraps box for suitable paper and card when starting a new project. Once you've cut into that scrap don't put it back again. After all, it's been put in there once anyway. Grab your favourite punches or dies and use it up straightaway. I like to punch tags, small circles, stars and hearts.

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Don't stash your Stash series (cheat edition!) "Eric Morecambe" (23.04.2017)

Good evening bloggers

Here is the latest layout in my Don't stash your Stash series. I have to confess to having cheated a little bit here as the chipboard alpha stickers are a 2017 acquisition! 

However, they were a gift from my mum so I didn't actually buy them!!


The yellow 12x12 sheet is from the Coredinations Roy G. Biu. cardstock pack. The other cardstock is from Simple Stories Say Cheese. I've cut down one 12x12 sheet and used three sections. I also punched out the stars from the same sheet.

The chipboard alphas are from The Little Craft Company. Oh boy, that hashtag drove me crazy! It doesn't look quite right no matter how I place it!!

I've printed the song lyrics from the internet.

The date stamp is a Dear Lizzy phrase date stamp and I've stamped this using the Brilliance Moonlight White pigment ink pad.

I've added some gems.

I resisted the temptation to keep adding to this layout. I had thought about stamping some stars or suns on the yellow space but in the end I just wanted it to be bright, bold and simple. 

It was a dull day and the photos are dark but the layout is bright and bold!

This is a very simple but effective layout created from just two sheets of 12x12, some alphas and gems. I think it could be a favourite of mine!

Thanks for looking, sorry I cheated! I'm sure you'll agree that those alphas were made for this layout!

Helen xxx

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Don't stash your Stash series "Mud Wellies" (06.04.2017)

Good evening bloggers

Oh boy, I've really dug into my stash for this layout!



The background 12x12 is from the AC Primaries pack and the other 12x12 is from the WRMK 2007 White Out Collection called Explore - Hubcap.

I've added card ephemera, PL cards, a tag plus layering card and handmade paper from my scrap box. There are some BoBunny Happy Tail Dog journalling cards.

I've added wood veneers, a flair badge, a Dress It Up beach themed piece, brads, buttons, a gem, a magnet clip, ric rac ribbon, twine and thread.

Theres plenty of stamping and I've added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat word stickers.
The ink splatters are Dylusions melted chocolate spray ink.

Almost everything on this layout is stash that was just waiting to be used! Lots of odds and ends and bits and bobs of leftover pieces.

I've managed to get two more titles here from two older alphabet sticker packs. 

I think I'm the only person ever to struggle to use the Tim Holtz word stickers but I'm really making an effort with those!

Thanks for looking.

Helen xxx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Don't stash your Stash series "The Twist Kid" layout (31.03.2017)

Good morning bloggers

Another layout in my series and this time I've brought out the big guns!

There are certain layouts that create much emotion and this is one of those layouts for me! Music is very important in my life and, in particular, the music of Billy Fury. This photo was taken in the City of Liverpool, the birthplace of Billy, and it's where he's remembered with this statue in his honour.


The hard to use item on this layout is the 12x12 background card from the 2009 DCWV The Mod-Retro Stack. As beautiful as it is, the preprinted wording on this card needed to be relevant to the story. I've finally settled on a photo and story that deserve such a beautiful background card!

I've taken on a recent Shimelle challenge here to make stamping a feature on a layout. I think this Hero Arts Music Star stamp is perfect for adding interest to this layout and making a feature of the blank space.

I've created some layering with my card scraps, some card ephemera and some Project Life cards. I've used my large circle punch to create a little cluster from scraps.

The title has been created using DoCrafts Papermania Persimmon alphabet stickers.

The added texture is wood veneer pieces, an enamel dot and a brad.

I punched out a music note from silver card and I've have added several of those pesky Tim Holtz word stickers.

I've used Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine and October Afternoon phrase stamps inked with Distress Ink Dusty Concord and the journalling has been written using the Purple Star Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

HELEN'S CRAFTY TIP: If you are clumsy and impatient like me and get ink on your beautiful layout you can usually find a way to fix this. Look closely at the middle star and you will see that it's been stamped on a different paper and cut out. Its covering a rather large unintentional ink splodge! Try to be more patient than me!

Thanks for looking. If you like what you see why not add my blog to your followed blogs. I'd be glad to have you!

Helen xxx