A Rainy Day | Altenew Scrapbook Collection Blog Hop + Giveaway

'When life throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles."
- A.A. Milne

Hey friends - I'm so excited to be part of the Altenew Scrapbook Collection* Blog Hop! This kit is incredible, I've been totally blown away by how gorgeous it is.
I have a quick flip through of the kit and the process video for my layout here:

I was inspired by all of the faux watercolour textures on the papers, and so I decided to create a rainy day scene!

I really didn't need to do much to the papers to create my scene because there's so much of that gorgeous watercolour pattern on them. I added some clear sequins for some extra sparkle to make it look like rain drops. I also used a white pen to draw a highlight on all of the water elements.

Of course I couldn't resist a bit of fussy-cutting; these florals framing my photo are completely stunning! And another one of my favourite embellishments from the kit are the chipboard pieces, the bike is my favourite, I really had to stop myself from hoarding it!

In case you're interested, I used this cut file for my paper piecing. I've had it on my wishlist for ages, so I was excited to finally use it. This kit was it's perfect match!

Now, onto the good stuff ;)


Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to THREE lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog* by Wednesday, July 19th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, July 22nd.

And I'm giving away a $30 gift certificate here on my blog! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before 9am GMT Friday July 21st, and I will announce a winner on July 21st here on my blog!

Make sure you hop along to all of the other wonderful ladies for more inspiration and chances to win!

Elsie Robinson - YOU ARE HERE!

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Rain Boots & Flowers

Need to get back into this blogging thing... One blog post a week? I think that's totally doable. Please gently remind me if I forget/don't stick to this unofficial promise I've made to myself on my Insta ;)

I've been seriously loving working with my Citrus Twist kits the past few months. I got my May kit in the post this week, and I'm itching to get stuck in. But I better start sharing my April projects first, right?

You can find the first layout I made with the April 'Sophie' kit here on the CTK blog, and on my YouTube here. I was inspired by Beauty & the Beast and so I extra love how the layout turned out!

Okay, now here's the latest layout I've made with the 'Sophie' Main Scrapbook and Embellishment kits.

I was inspired by this post from Crate Paper's Instagram. Title's are rarely my starting off point for layouts, but I absolutely loved this phrase and I immediately knew I wanted to paper-piece some Wellie boots together. Classic me...

The Pinkfresh Studio alpha set from their Dream On collection is incredible. I never really buy letter stickers, I only use ones I get in kits, but I'm seriously tempted to buy an extra set of these. They're perfect.

Talking of Pinkfresh, the puffy stickers in the Dream On collection are almost sinfully soft and puffy! I didn't know stickers could be so soft and pillow-like; I'm so glad to have these in my life.

I would highly recommend picking up the 'Sophie' exclusive ephemera from the CTK store if you can. I've really noticed that a lot of ephemera packs are full of die-cuts that are on the larger side, but it's nice to have smaller pieces to dot around your pages and the Sophie ephemera pack has the perfect mix. I absolutely love it, it's a gorgeous addition to have in your stash and full of beautiful images.

See you soon,
- Elsie x

Daydreamers & Stargazers | Citrus Twist Kits

Hey lovlies - join me over on the Citrus Twist Kits blog today, where I'm sharing a layout about making mixed media work for my style of scrapping! - Elsie x

Be Unstoppable | Citrus Twist Kits

Uh oh - I've been a bit of a busy bee and have been severely lacking on blog posts, I'm sorry!

But today, I am remedying that and have a Citrus Twist Kits layout to share with you, using this month's Kinsley kit.

This month's kit had a really beautiful soft and dreamy feel, so for my first layout using the kit, I went along that same vibe.

I've missed stitching my titles, I haven't been doing them as much as I'd really like to recently, so my title was actually my starting point.

I picked the word 'dream' and chose a nice and simple script font and then spent a *few* minutes stitching. I have a video tutorial here where I show you how I stitch on my layouts, in case you're interested.

I absolutely love paper '8' from Paige Evans for Pink Paislee's Take Me Away collection; I think it might be one of my favourite all time papers. I love the mint to pink ombre with small scallop detail and I knew I wanted to feature that somehow.

Because my title was 'dream' I went with the 'z' sleep thing... I don't know a better way to describe that!! Graphic? Motif? Eh... The 'Z thing' will do!!

I used a serif font for the Z's as that would contrast nicely with the title's font. I gradually made the Z's slightly bigger than the last and cut them out following the paper's gradient.

I popped the Z's up on some foam and weaved in some hand-stitched clouds, and did a tone-on-tone thing using some of the embellishments, and my butterfly punches on some scraps (classic Elsie - ha!!).

I also got a bit mixed-mediary with a star stencil and some modelling paste, I love that extra bit of detail on the background. I'm kinda addicted to a stencils and modelling paste combo at the mo, I think it's such an effective, but easy technique!

I created a bit of contrast from all the mints and pinks, with my border by using that beautiful ochre/yellow exclusive CTK paper.

Also that eyelash piece is cut out from a WRMK tag from the Sprinkles add-on. I think it kinda looks like the cloud is sleeping - so adorable! 

Thanks for stopping by today, and remember to check out the awesome Citrus Twist Kits site. The kits are stunning, I'm absolutely loving working with them.

- Elsie x

A Full Heart | Citrus Twist

Join me over on the Citrus Twist blog today, for my first layout as part of the Design Team - eeek! The other DT members are incredible, so have a stalk of the blog whilst you're there for some scrappy eye-candy! x