Monday, 30 July 2012

Lilybee Design Step by Step

Hi girls. Hope you all had a great weekend and those who went to Heidi's Album class had a fab time with this talented girl. It is great to see the sun yet again though I find myself stuck inside glued to the TV watching the Olympics Opening Ceremony. Wasn't it great! Rowan Atkinson was definitely my highlight.

So with the last of my kit, I focused on what I had remaining of the LilyBee Design Buttercup range. I had also done a layout with this line which featured in the last newsletter, hope you liked it.

So here we go...

1. At the moment with a lot of my pages, I matt with a contrasting card stock. Here I used black as my base then trimmed half a cm off each side of the white card stock add painted around the edges slightly with an off-white paint to soften the edges. Then adhering the white onto the black being sure to leave an even boarder.

2. Now cut 3 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide from your patterned papers the make your tags. I used Buttercup Flower PotButtercup Robins Egg, and Buttercup Puddles. 2 of these strips need to be 8" long and 1 at 9 1/2" (my longer one is the Flower Pot paper). Pinch these 3 strips in half at one end to create an even fold to cut along your 'V' at the end of your tags. I then painted around the edge with my off white paint as you would when inking. Set aside to dry.

3. Cut square of white card stock 9" by 7 1/2" and crumple up. I have done this to create depth and texture to the page, then sew onto the base of your layout in the bottom left hand corner just under an inch from left side and bottom. I stuck it down with tape first to hold it in place whilst sewing.

4. Adhere the tags to the layout over your crumpled piece as shown. The tag on the left is slightly overlapping the middle and is adhered with foam tape. Then the horizontal piece slips under the middle and is also adhered with foam tape. I have done this due to the uneven surface they are adhered to though you may choose not to. Place then your 4" x 2 1/2" photos on your tags.

5. I found the boarder stickers from the Crate Paper's Storyteller, and Little Boy Blue to co-ordinate really well with the Buttercup line, and adhered the chosen stickers along the bottom of the horizontal tag and down right side of middle tag.

6. I then gathered other co-ordinating embellishments such as brads from Crate Paper Little Boy Blue, MME layered stickers, and title stickers from Simple Stories. I then made a small bunting from LilyBee Designs Double Dutch card stock stickers which I adhered with foam tape and looped then fine twine around other embellishments.

I really hope you enjoy this Layout, I think its really fun and Im pleased the way the papers match my wee mans first swim photos!

Love Belinda

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Simply Scrap your Stories - part 2

Welcome to the second installment of my Simple Stories album.

This time I have done my girls' first birthdays. Again, I have made it simple, just adding stickers on my left page, and some mist splatter of course. And again, my typewriter did the journaling.

On my right page, I went for one of the papers that are cut to size, with binder holes. That means no plastic covering the photo. I've never done this before, so not sure how it will keep. But when the album is closed it will have plastic next to it anyway, so I think I'll be OK. I also don't have any big, bulky embellishments that will fall off, so I am not worried.

I used one of the fun pockets to put the photo in. Love that effect!

Thanks for stopping by today, have you started your album yet?


Materials used:
Simple Stories Mix & Match System
Simple Stories Summer Fresh Papers & Stickers
Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Stickers (older line - sold out)
Crate Paper Random Alphas (sold out)
Studio Calico Mr Huey mists
Washi tape

Saturday, 28 July 2012

More Amy Tangerine......

Well this is my last post for the month, and I have to say I just loved working with the Amy Tangerine Lines from American Craft.

When my best friend & sister came out at the end of last year, we went to the Container Mall in Christchurch City, and the bright vibrant colours of the containers just suited these papers perfectly.

We took so many photo's and I wanted to have them all on one layout, so I decided to do a little mini Flip Album on the page to hold all the photo's taken on the day.

To hold the little album together I just used some Baker's Twine and a button and then a little Brad to twirl the twine around to keep it closed. 


I hope I have inspired you to try this papers out, the range is full of lovely bright vibrant colours, and will suit any type of layout whether it be birthday, boy, girl or seaside photo's - give it a try you won't be disappointed.

Products used in this layout

Amy Tangerine Paper - Oh My Galosh
Amy Tangerine Paper - Hanging Out
Amy Tangerine Foam Thickers - Lovely Blue
Amy Tangerine - Remarks Stickers - Alphas
Various colours of WASHI TAPE

TFL & Happy Scrapping 

Friday, 27 July 2012

New Release MME....

will be in stock on Tuesday 31 July.  Preordering still available for Paper Pads and Winter Wonderland - receive 5% discount by placing your order and making payment by 28 July.  All other products available for order and sending on Wednesday 1 August and restocks will arrive in a week or so for items that have already sold out.





Thursday, 26 July 2012

A little inspiration

Hi girls. What has happened to our lovely weather, all the better to Scrap in though don't you think! I recently made this 'thank you card' for a dear friend of mine that has a fascination with buying baby food, I think she can be held somewhat responsible for Louie's chipmunk cheeks! You could say it's a little big for a card, bit a little small for a mini album, but who can resist the chipboard shapes that Adrienne can cut up in the shop for you? And they start @ 53c! Much cheaper than any card bought don't you think.

I used Lily Bee Designs Double Dutch for the lettering, patterned paper and bunting flags. Along with Crate Paper chipboard stickers, bakers tine, and a white wash paint effect to finish it off.

So I hope this inspired you to think outside the square a little when it comes time to say thank you to that someone special...

Love Belinda

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Two Loves - Amy Tangerine and Shoes!

Sara Zenger back again for the final time this month!  I have a whole new line of products to showcase for you today!  Anyone else a BIG fan of Amy Tangerine?  :)  There is not a single Amy Tangerine collection that I dont love!

This Amy Tangerine line was perfect to showcase my new shoes that I love so much!  I did not need a ton of paper with this layout but I loved the diversity of this paper line, so many papers in so many colors! I cut the heart and camera out of this one sheet of paper and the picture fame (peeking out behind the photo) from another sheet.

You will notice I used my scraps of paper in a fun way on this layout.  Simply layering a few scraps of paper and a punched shape can lead to great results!

I also added lots of the coordinating fabric stickers on this layout, these give great texture!

Be sure to check out these products and the rest of this Amy Tangerine line at the shop!


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Announcing Guest Designers...

Introducing Jean McBride (nannywazo)...

I’m Jean McBride (Nannywazo) married to a wonderful man who has supported me and my wild ideas and spending sprees through good times and bad.
I originate from Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) and have always loved anything crafty, drawing, painting, sewing etc you name it I am sure I have tried it ‘Jack of all Trades Master of None.’( one of those!) My sister let the Genie out of the box in 1995 when she bought me a lesson on card making and rubber stamping while on a visit in Johannesburg. Since then my world has changed in many ways and directions and we now live in New Zealand where Scrapbooking took over from cards and rubber stamps and is at present my obsession. I feel very honoured to have been choosen by the Scrappin Patch Design Team and I hope I am able to contribute a little something to that amazing Scrapbooking gallery out there in cyber space."

And some beautiful inspiration from Jean...

And our final Guest Designer Hayley Stewart...

I am a stay at home Mama to three loud little girls, well the baby's not so loud but the other two make up for it,  so my days are filled with small people right now.
When it comes to scrapbooking, I love simple, I love story, I love typography.
My crafting motto is ... I will make beautiful things even if no one cares.

And some of Hayley's lovely work

We look forward to being inspired by the five Guest Designers over the next months......

Congratulations to you all for being selected by the Patch Design Team - a fantastic achievement. 

Monday, 23 July 2012

Basic Grey - Part 3

Hi everyone!

Another week has sped by, which means another post for me and more to share with you.
During the Stars in Their Eyes Competition, we threw a few curly challenges in, and instead of layouts the challenge was cards!  I know some people hate making them and others of you think you can't, but YOU CAN!  Just simplify the challenge - they are really just mini versions of layouts and just like layouts you can add as much or as little as you like.  The bonus is they are perfect for using up all those scraps! :)

Included in the Picadilly range, and usually with each range they bring out, BG provide a collection of four transparencies in a pack.  You could choose to include them in a layout, but I thought I'd make some cards with them, and you also don't have to keep the transparency as it comes.  With the two cards I have made with them, I have altered both of them. They are easy to attach too, with a drop of Dimensional Magic behind a part of the design - it dries clear so it won't be seen.

With this card I chopped a quarter of it off and then layered it up with a sticker from the range.  The sticker said Grateful across the middle but I wanted this sticker for a friend who has just been diagnosed with breast cancer so I stamped my own image onto cardstock and then adhered it - you'd never know :)

With this next card I chose to keep the shape but trimmed it to a small size and added clear stickles to the flowers, for a bit of zing. Its then been layered - 6 layers in total!, built up with adhesive foam.

With the inside I altered another sticker - the striped base said You & ME which is perfect for a layout, but I wanted this card for a friend, so I added a paper ribbon and adhered my quote over the top.

Well, thats it!, we've come to the end of a month of Basic Grey and Picadilly - I hope Ive managed to inspire you to get creative with an old favourite :) and also inspired you to have a go at altering some of those elements that come with each pack, after all nothing is ever what it seems when it comes to scrapping :)

Thanks for looking!

Friday, 20 July 2012


the first three of five wonderful, talented, creative Guest Designers chosen by our Design Team from those who participated in the STARS competition which ended last week.   We were in awe of the amazing talent of the girls each week.  No matter the design style each and every one wowed us!!!!!  These girls will be featured over the next few months.

Today join us in welcoming the first of three local girls..... Trace Agnew

Me? I'm married, have a menagerie of animals and live on a lifestyle block just North of Christchurch, but am originally a born and bred Aucklander. I've been scrapbooking for a fair while now and have made the best friends through this wonderful addiction.

And to give you a sneak peek of her beautiful work check these out...

Introducing another local girl  Vicki Parker 
I live in Christchurch, New Zealand with my hubby of 27 years (Andrew) and our 3 kids - Rebecca 21 (recently left home), Alexia 20 and Aaron 16.  I am a stay at home mum and spend my days running around after everyone else, walking our dog Brody, and trying to keep fit with aquajogging classes and swimming.  I have been scrapbooking for around 7 years after walking into a scrappy shop with a friend to see what it was all about and ended up doing a class.  The rest is history and I haven’t really stopped since.  I scrapbook for me and our family and love telling the stories via my layouts and also in our Project Life album.

And some of Vicki's gorgeous work....

Check back to meet the other three girls!!!!

And from the Kelly Foster

My name is Kelly Foster, I am 25 years old. I am enjoying a busy life in Minnesota, with my other half, Jeremy, and our two beautiful red-headed little girlies, Lilah (2) and Paisley (3 months). I started scrapbooking 2 years back, just wanting to preserve the thousands of photos I was taking!! I quickly became active with the online scrapbooking world, and my creativity just kind of "took off" and I have learned so much!! I am constantly experimenting with my style, but if I had to define what I'm currently doing, I'd call it "shabby/artsy/chic." I love lots of distressing, layering, and a little bit of messy. I love mixing lots of patterns together, and searching through the mess on my desk for fun bits and pieces to add to my layouts!! I've recently begun making cards, as well. I currently am designing for Once Upon A...Sketch, 2 Crafty Chipboard, and the Flying Unicorn Store. Thanks for having me here!!

And here is some inspiration for you......


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