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

Selfie Queen... | Felicity Jane

Ha! Not...

This was such a fun layout to make, mainly because Felicity Jane floral papers are stunning and it's impossible to not make a feature of them with every layout I make.

And they're pretty great to fussy-cut whilst watching an episode Kirstie & Phil's Love It or List It... Don't judge; Kirstie & Phil are perfect.

Rain & Shine | Citrus Twist

No matter what good or bad things may be happening in our lives, we'll always have each other... Come rain and shine.

I used my October 'Waverly' kit from Citrus Twist. I used the Main Scrapbook kit, and Embellishment kit!

My Story Captured | Felicity Jane

Check out my post, with pictures of the full layout and a process video, on the Felicity Jane blog! x

Galactic Fantastic! | Felicity Jane

Hey lovelies! I'm over on the Felicity Jane blog with an outta this world layout! (I'm so punny...) There's also a process video in there too! x

Sleepy Head | Felicity Jane

This week Felicity Jane is collaborating with Tombow, so for this layout I decided to give the dual brush markers a whirl to create a watercolour background.

Watch my process below to see how this layout came together:

Do You Like Coffee?

... Only with my oxygen.

Oh Gilmore Girls... how I love thee! This layout is all about two of my faves: Gilmore Girls and coffee. 

Multiple photos on layouts aren't my usual thing, but there's something about photobooth pictures that make it easier for me to work with!

To create the photobooth strips I used an app called Pocketbooth, I couldn't recommend it enough!

I used my Felicity Jane 'Maggie' kit; I seriously loved the earthy and warm orange tones in it. If I had to choose my favourite pieces from the kit, it would probably be the cute little bird from the cut-apart sheet and those amazing wooden thickers, I can't get enough of them.

Coffee cup stains... the original mixed media technique!

Doing this really reminded me of being back in school and loving any sort of project that involved staining homework with coffee and tea and burning the edges, to get that "old-world" look. I probably even did it to my maths homework at some point... any excuse to not do maths!

Sequins, stitching and paper-piecing. Yup, classic me. But I just love making these kinds of layouts, it really is my scrappy comfort zone... You gotta do what you love, right?!

You & Me | Felicity Jane

Hey all! Apologies in advance because I'm about to spam you with a fair few posts posts... I've been super slack about updating on here. Oopsies!

So firstly we have a layout I created for Felicity Jane. Check out the blog post here, and you'll also find a process video over there too!

DIY | Cork Board / Moodboard Organisation | #MoodyMonday

Hey everyone! So for this week's edition of the Moody Monday series on my YouTube channel, I decided to take the mood board "thing" quite literally...

... by literally making a mood board!

I'm currently reorganising/decorating my craft space, and I decided that a plain old cork board was far too practical for my liking!

The board felt really cluttered with bills, documents and other bits of annoying paperwork that comes with adulthood, so I decided to make this super easy document file:

What you'll need:

  • one piece of 12x12 pattered paper
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • craft knife or scoring board/knife
  • bone folder (or in my case, the back of the ruler!)
  • stapler
  • drawing pins
  • Embellishments 

To make:

  1. Trim off the branding strip, and 1.5 inches from the top (or bottom) of your paper
  2. On the reverse side of the paper, measure lines at 1 inch and 1.5 inches in from the bottom of the paper and the right and left sides
  3. Score each of these lines
  4. To make the notch at the top of the folder, measure 1 inch and 2 inches in from the last score line you made, and draw a line 1 inch down from the 2 inch mark
  5. Cut diagonally from the 1inch mark to the 2 inch mark below
  6. Fold the score lines, and staple together to create the file shape
  7. Embellish however you want!
  8. Poke holes along the back of the file for the drawing pins and adhere the file to the board
    1. I found that adhering washi tape over the pins is great way to make sure they don't move and fall out when you're attaching the file to the board
    2. I also ended up attaching a piece of printer paper across the back of the file to make adhering it to the board less fiddly!

I'm in love with this file, it's such a handy thing to have to be able to contain and organise my paperwork. And an added bonus is that it's so cheap and easy to make!

I also made some pockets from a 4x12" piece of paper. I'm currently using these to house some random post it notes of project and layout ideas that I scribble down, so I don't forget them!

I jazzed up some of the drawing pins, by grabbing some of my favourite die-cuts, chipboard stickers and wood veneer and adhering a pin to the back of each of them with some glue.

 They super handy to hold photos and journalling cards and, most importantly, they're pretty!

To decorate the rest of my mood board, I gathered some of my favourite stickers, chipboard pieces and die-cuts and pinned them to the board wherever there was some empty space.

Truth time: I've been hoarding a lot of the pieces on this mood board, as I've been waiting for that "perfect" layout to use them on. But, let's be real, they've been living in a box for too long now... It's way better to have them on display!

To make the board feel as cohesive as possible, everything was kept to a pink, yellow, mint and gold colour scheme (what a surprise!!)

Have any questions, drop me a comment here or on the video below and I'll be happy to answer :)

Elsie x

Here's the process video:

Fantastic Mr. Fox | Felicity Jane

Eeek - my first ever Design Team layout *nervously bites nails*! Head on over to the Felicity Jane blog, where you can have a nosey at the full layout. There's also a process video, thrown in for good measure! x

Something Sweet

I'm back! All the technical problems with my YouTube are now fixed, phew!

Today I have two spreads in my Traveler's Notebook to share with you all. These are some of my first pages in my journal, and I'm seriously loving the process.

Have a look over my shoulder in the process video below...

I'll see you for another video tomorrow ;)

Elsie x