Sunday, December 21, 2014

Blind scrapping .. with Alz

We tried something different during December's mid month cyber crop in The Scrap Suite on Facebook. We scrapped blind!! Not heard of 'Blind scrapping' before? Its a fairly simple concept .. you're given a list of materials you'll need, along with your usual tools and adhesives, and then you follow step by step instructions on how to construct the layout. But you don't get to see what it looks like before you start scrapping. So you have to have complete faith in the instructions and your ability to interpret them. Plus you need to be able to be flexible when selecting embellishments and their placement to make the instructions work for you. It can be a lot of fun!

Sisters Friends

As the person running the challenge I obviously needed to create a page and write down the materials I used and the step by step instructions. The above layout was what I came up with.

If you wanted to replicate my layout you'd need the following D-lish Scraps products in your arsenal .. Washi TapeColoured TulleFlair Buttons, a white Bitty BagPinkfresh Studios Enamel Wood Veneers, Freckled Fawn Arrow Paper Clips, AzaleasCherry BlossomsAsters, small Roses, a large Shipping Tag, 3.5" Star Doilies and Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard.

To ensure my step by step instructions wouldn't lead anyone astray, I followed them to create the following layout. Oh and its lucky I did because a few of the instructions needed 'tweaking'.  ;)

Picture Perfect

I made a few adjustments here and there but otherwise the instructions worked to a tee. I didn't use quite so many D-lish Scraps products on this layout as the collection I was working with had quite a few elements that were already perfect. I did however use .. some of the new, completely divine, pink flowers from the Little Birdie Holiday Elements range, Flair ButtonsWashi Tape, 3.5" Star DoiliesFreckled Fawn Paper Clips. Coloured Tulle and a Scrap FX chipboard title.

Honestly? I loved the way this layout came together. Because I knew what I was doing the second time around, it was so quick and easy that I wanted to keep on using the same design all weekend LOL!

Anyways, on the off chance that you'd like to create this layout for yourself, and you're not a member of The Scrap Suite on Facebook, Amanda and I thought we'd pop everything you needed to know here. If you do decide to give it a go, please share your layout with us. Perhaps join The Scrap Suite or email it to Amanda. Happy scrapping!

  • photo .. 4x6” landscape
  • photo .. 3x4” landscape
  • cardstock x1
  • patterned papers x3
  • white bitty bag
  • large shipping tag to be used as a template (store measurements .. 48x96mm)
  • 3.5” star doilies x2
  • Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard
  • alphas for your title
  • 7” banner or bunting (will overlap the top of your 4x6” photo)
  • Pinkfresh Studios chevron arrows x9
  • Freckled Fawn arrow paper clips x2
  • flair buttons x2
  • washi tape x2
  • tulle
  • sequins
  • azaleas x2
  • cherry blossoms x2
  • cosmos daisies x5
  • small roses x4
  • sewing cotton
  • optional .. products to colour your chipboard unless you want to leave it raw
  • optional .. mists or sprays if you want to have a few droplets on your page
  • optional .. Tim Holtz tiny attacher for stapling down corners
  • optional .. glitter for creating sparkly flowers
  • optional .. Kindy Glitz to add sparkle to your chipboard and adhere your sequins
  • all measurements are in inches
  • measurements are given height then width
  • all patterned paper edges are distressed, sanded or inked .. the choice is yours
  • my layout is very ‘girly’, by changing your embellishments you can make it any theme
  • flowers don’t have to be exact .. use mine as examples for what sizes you need
  • only apply adhesive to the centre of patterned papers so you can slide things beneath
  • substitute items in the materials list for similar items you have in your stash
step by step instructions

1.   Label your patterned papers (“pp”) 1 to 3.

2.   Cut pp #1 to 10.5x9” and stick to cardstock far to the left and down so its off centre, about an inch or so from the bottom and about 5/8th" from the left.

3.   Cut pp #2 to 11.5x6” and stick on top of pp #1 almost to the very edge of the left of your cardstock and only about an inch above the bottom of pp #1.

4.    Stick one of the 3.5” star doilies in the top left corner of where pp #1 and pp #2 join, overlapping both pp equally.

5.   Slide (and stick down) the other doily beneath pp #2 and overlapping pp #1 in the bottom right hand corner.

6.   Use the shipping tag as a template to cut five tags from pp #3 .. tuck three behind the top left of pp #1 at staggered heights and stick down .. set the other two tags aside.

7.   Decorate the white bitty bag with washi tape and stick it, lying on its side with the opening to the right, on top of pp #2 in the bottom right hand corner .. just above the bottom edge and about 2.5” from the right edge .. LOL maybe use repositionable tape!

8.   Staple together the two remaining tags from pp #3 at an angle so that one slides into the white bitty bag and the other one sits on top then slide them into the bitty bag.

9.   Unwind lots of sewing cotton, make it loosely messy and position it in the left hand corner of pp #2 (but not right in the corner) .. over the top of the cotton adhere the decorated (I painted mine white and put Kindy Glitz on top) Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard.

10.  Stick your banner/bunting on top of pp #2 just beneath the edge, from the top right hand corner across the page .. make sure you’re able to slip the top half an inch or so of the photo underneath the banner/bunting.

11.  Using adhesive only at the top of your 4x6” photo, stick down your photo sort of in the middle of pp #2 so that it overlaps the bitty bag, the Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard, and slides under the banner/bunting.

12.  Using foam dots, stick down your 3x4” photo on a slight angle, overlapping the top left corner of your 4x6” photo, overlapping the Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard, and the doily.

13.  Unwind more sewing cotton, make it loosely messy and position it on pp #1, across the page from the right of your 3x4” photo .. over the top stick down your title (mine is two words, using alphas about 1” high, with one word quite close to the top right corner of the 3x4” photo and the second word underneath it but about 1.5” from the 3x4” photo).

14.  This next step is important .. stick one of the flair buttons and a cosmos daisy, one above the other, at the end of the tags where they stick out from the bitty bag .. make sure they are not stuck to anything else.

Now its time to embellish your page ..

15.  Slide your arrow paper clips, one along your bitty bag overlapping your washi tape and the other on pp #1 in the bottom right hand corner overlapping the doily.

16.  Stick your chevron arrows down in groups of three .. three pointing down towards the 3x4” photo, three pointing inwards towards your title, and three pointing upwards towards your 4x6” photo to the left of the bitty bay.

17.  Cut a strip of tulle, tie it into a bow and stick it in the hole of the tag in the top left hand corner of the page.

18.  Next up are three clusters of flowers .. the bottom right cluster comprises an azalea, two cosmos daisies, a cherry blossom, and two small roses .. this next bit is crucial .. make sure when sticking this cluster down that the flair button and cosmos daisy on the tag become a part of the cluster but don’t prevent the tags from sliding out .. you now have hidden journaling .. yay!

The next cluster comprises a cosmos daisy, cherry blossom and small rose placed in the corner where the two photos meet on top of the Scrap FX crazy circles chipboard.

The final cluster is an azalea, flair button, cosmos daisy and small rose placed to the top left of the 3x4” photo, overlapping the photo and positioned so the tulle bow becomes a part of the cluster.

19.  The final step is to scatter and stick down some sequins .. I used Kindy Glitz as it’s a glue and any excess is glittery rather than being plain glue.

20.  optional steps

*   When the layout was all stuck down I went around and secured the corners of the patterned paper with a Tim Holtz tiny attacher. Its not necessary but I like the look of the tiny staples. You could leave your layout as it is or just add a little adhesive under the corners if you wanted to.

*   I also ‘flicked’ some sprays onto my page but covered my photos first LOL!

*   Using glossy accents and diamond dust I added a glittery touch to my azaleas.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


Morning everyone - this is the last post for me for 2014 so I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and safe new year  - and I will be back in January with some new layouts.

This last layout is completely different from the previous 2 - back to my heritage layouts.  This is a photo of my mum when she was 18 months old.

I have used 7 Dots Studio Paper from the Destination Unknown College for the background and the tags behind the photo.  Background stencil is The Crafters Workshop with Shimmerz Paints Texturez in Artie Choked.  The second stencil is from Tim Holtz.  For the background colour I used Glimmer Mist - Gumdrops.  The edges of the tags have been distressed and inked with distress ink - Bundled Sage.

These gorgeous flowers are from Little Bird and I have created a link at the bottom of this post.

I have also linked other products from the D-lish store like these metal figarines.

This gorgeous background stamp is a Tim Holtz Stamp

The title has been embossed with Stampedous Aged Silver embossing powder.  Random dots are Liquid Pearls in Dark Chocolate.

Products Used:

Little Birdie Boutique Elements Flowers
Little Birdie Vintaj Flowers
Little Birdie Kraft Expressions Butterfly
Washi Tape
Metal Bird
Metal Flowers

Thanks for stopping by, and once again have a lovely Christmas and I shall see you in 2015 :)

Friday, December 19, 2014

FAMILY.................. BY LYNN

Hi, Lynn back again with another leavers dinner photo.  I chose a very pink layout today :)

I have used Aida Demisiewicz paper from the Tender Morning Collection.  I created the background using  Glimmermist - Pop Rocks and Lindy Stamp Gang Spray - Bougainvillia Fushsia.  I then covered it all with white gesso focusing it in the middle of the page.
I used two stencils - TCW brick stencil and Memory Box rings and puddles.

The chipboard hearts were painted with Lindy Stamp Gang Magicals - Witches Potion Purple and I then applied dimensional magic and glitter.

The Chipboard title was inked in black and coated with Dimensional Magic.

The stamps I used are from Gabrielle Pollacco and Tim Holtz

I have randomly applied the purple glitter to the flowers and around the layout.

Products from D-lish store are listed below the photos, with a link to the store

Here are some close ups:

Products used

Sequined Bow
Pink Glitter
Freckled Fawn Woodchips - family
Scrap fx Hearts
Little Birdie Holiday Elements
Little Birdie - Boutique Elements
Oriental Lillies - pink
Fabric Flower
White Tulle
Flair Woodgrain Button

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my last layout before Christmas tomorrow

Thursday, December 18, 2014


I love this time of year - not only because it is Christmas, but also because it is leavers dinner time for the high schools and I can get lots more photos!  This is a picture of my son's girlfriends twin sister. (not that they look alike!)

I have used Pion Design Papers from "A Day in May" Collection.  I just adore their papers. On the background I have used a 7 dots Damask Mask and Glimmer mist - gumdrop and mustard together with Lindy Stamp Gang spray - Treasure Island Aqua.

The chicken wire stamp is from Deep Red.

All the other goodies on the layout are from the D-lish store and I have linked them to the shop at the bottom of the blog.

Here are some close ups:

The chipboard title from Scrap FX - Remember Wordlet Theme and Frame  have been embossed with Lindy Stamp Gang Embossing Powder "Midnight Bronze".

The birdbath is a die cut from Cottage Cutz - Victorian Birdbath.

Product Used

Flair button - Defining words
Flair button - month
Oriental Lillies - Lime
Jewelled Cabochons
Single Blooms - Eternity
Vintage Roses - Petite
Bitty Blooms - Green
Green Leaves - From Leaf Spray
Cosmos Daisies

Thanks for stopping by and looking forward to showing my next layout tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Papercut Labs 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!


We're squeezing something a little different into our usual blogging schedule today, to bring to you our instalment of the Papercut Labs 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

The crop is still happening right now and runs until the 20th of December so you still have a few crafty days up your sleeve. You can find all the event details here and the main event can be found here on facebook.

There's a truckload of awesome sponsors on board for this event. Here's a detailed list:

Wednesday, 17 December 2014: D-lish Scraps (YOU ARE HERE)
Thursday, 18 December 2014: Studio Calico (via Natalie Elphinstone)
Friday, 19 December 2014: Papercut Labs

D-lish have donated two awesome embellishment packs filled to the brim with all the sorts of things you will need to make your papercrafting shine!

WOW! Who wouldn't want to win one of these?! 

Now lets have a look at our Christmas inspired project we have to share with you all today.

I've created this adorable festive layout of my beloved poochie Max dressed to the 9's in his wee Santa suit! Although he looks totally gorgeous his little face doesn't show the same level of enthusiasm ;) lol

Sad Santa


I've used loads of D-lish Scraps embellishments to layer up her photo; Chevron Bags, gold Bitty Bags, Foil Doilies, Journal It's and washi tapes. Then embellished with one of our new Alder Flowers, wood veneer stars, mini peg and Freckled Fawn arrows.


The top cluster includes a mini wood veneer postage stamp frame, flair, more veneers and a reserved part of the gold Bitty Bag. You can find a detailed product list below.


Products used:

Happy Scrapping  and Blog Hopping
cheers Wendy x x x

dlish DT

Monday, December 15, 2014

You make me Happy ........ by Cindy Porter

Hi everyone it's Cindy here, thanks for joining me today for my third post this month.... Today I'd like to share with you a small canvas I created.... 
"You make me Happy"

 Tigers are my happy place.... and I love this photo from my Tiger experience in Dreamworld...

 this flair button from the 'life in boken' set is absolutely perfect for my canvas.
My background was created with the Scrap FX circle weave stencil....

 I used one of the 4.5"paper doilies and sprayed it with some Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays to match my canvas...

I created a cluster using a medium rose, mini roses,  and a couple of leaves... I used sequins for the flower centres... I also used a little rhinestone heart....

I also used the sequins and rhinestone hearts to decorate the canvas.... 

As a little bonus I videoed my process of creating this canvas... I hope you enjoy it...

till next time
happy creating

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Merry Christmas...... by Cindy Porter

Hi everyone it's Cindy here, thanks for joining me today...and welcome to my second post for this month .... Today I'd like to share with you a Chrissy layout I created...

I created this layout using Kerry's sketch challenge for the current cybercrop.... I found this a big challenge for me as we were limited to using only two printed papers (cardstock is ok)...

 I used one of the chocolate coloured paper doilies and coloured it up with a little inka gold... I also used the inka gold to re-colour the Freckled Fawn orange "fun" paperclip to an earthier tone to match the layout...

 I created a flower cluster on my layout using..... Vintage RosesRoses and Cherry Blossoms, along with some white fern leaves  and a Journal it ticket both coloured up with some inka gold....

As I had chosen a chrissy pic for the layout, I selected the Scrap FX "merry christmas" chipboard title and one of the little wood veneer reindeers, both of which were coloured up with more inka gold... Now don't forget Amanda has not long been getting the Scrap FX products and will order things in for you that she doesn't have listed....

So I hope you will come join in on the cybercrop challenges over at The Scrap Suite... you have until next Friday to get them done and maybe win some awesome prizes...

till next time