Saturday, 22 April 2017

Making Your Own Project Life Cards

Hello, hello, Karen here with my April Project Life post.

This month I decided to make my own project life cards to use for a Stampin' Up pocket page.  I used the utterly gorgeous Indigo Skies range from Kaisercraft (which is available from ATDML).

First, I cut a piece of 12 x 12 white cardstock into four 6 x 4 pieces and four 3 x 4 pieces and rounded all the corners, I used a 1/2 inch corner rounder on the large cards and a 1/4 inch one on the small ones.

Next I covered one side of all the large ones with paper measuring 5 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in (rounding the corners with my 1/2 inch corner rounder).  I then covered one side of two of the smaller cards and both sides of the remaining two small cards.

Next comes the fun part - adding embellishments to the patterned paper.  I treated each card as a little scrapbook page (minus the photo on most of them) and used die cuts from the corresponding Collectables pack and words from the manufacturer's strips cut from the bottom of the papers.

Finally I added my photos to the blank side of the cards, added two pieces of index cards ( from WHSmiths) cut to size on to both sides of one of the small cards and my title to the remaining small card.

This was a project that I really enjoyed making and as I have several lovely photos, from the Easter Weekend, still to scrap along with lots of scraps of paper, I shall be making a 12 x 12 page to go either side of this pocket page.

Hope I have inspired you to have a go at making your own project life cards.

Karen x

Saturday, 15 April 2017

April Virtual Crop - Class 3 with Mel

Welcome to the last class of todays virtual crop.

For this class I created two layouts using the lovely "On Trend 2" papers from My Minds Eye. The photos do not show the foiling very well but in real life the gold accents add a bit of sparkle and shine to the pages.

Click Here for the Instructions.

Don't forget to share your layouts on the ATDML # Create Facebook page as well as any challenge layouts you may wish to enter.

April Virtual Crop - Class 2 with Katherine

Hello, I hope you are enjoying the crop so far - I created 3 pages with the We Are Family collection from Simple Stories, and concentrated on using all the cut apart sheets for embellishments - and also the larger cut apart pieces that can sometimes be a little harder to use in a page. 

We also make some accordion/fan fold flowers.

My final pages is full of paper and all the little elements that you get in the kit.

I hope you enjoy it and have a fantastic Easter too.

April Virtual Crop - Class 1 With Karen

Happy Easter to all you Virtual Croppers.

Today I have two very Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy layouts made with the very pretty Painted Portrait range from Webster's Pages.

I have used a 7 x 5 portrait photo on both my layouts but to be honest any size or orientation of photo should work on these layouts.

The first needs a little bit of 'wiggly line' drawing

and the second is needs just a little straight forward measuring and cutting.

I hope you enjoy making these layouts and even if you weren't lucky enough to get one of the kits you are still welcome to play along, using different papers.  Please post on your layouts on our Facebook page.

The instructions for this class can be found here.

Katherine is up next and, as always, I can't wait to see what she has made.

Happy Scrapping

Karen xxx

Friday, 14 April 2017

April Virtual Crop - Inspired by Challenge

Hello ATDML scrapbookers and welcome to another virtual crop challenge. This challenge runs until midnight on the last day of April (30th) and there is a £5 ATDML gift voucher up for grabs for the favourite page chosen by the design team so why not join in and share your page with us? 

What are the rules? Well it's simple, just create a scrapbook page inspired by the image above. Will you feature ovals or circles or four of another shape? stick with the colourway or scrap your furry friends?  It is up to you, let your imagination run wild!

I created the page below inspired by the image. My layout started with four circles in the middle of my page drawn around a cup several times. Each time shifting the cup slightly to overlap the previous and not give perfect circles.  I then added splats of distress stains which, when spritzed with a little water I used to paint with and add colour around the circles.  I then stamped some circles in black and added some stars cut from patterned paper.  My four photos (2"x3") were mounted on black card before adding one to each circle. To further tie in with the inspired by image I added some chevron doodles around the circles.  I then added a stamped title and my embellishments and it was a great opportunity to use up some enamel dots I had left in my stash. My page had shifted to no longer being central as I had intended it, so to balance the elements falling towards the bottom of the page I added a strip of black card to the top of the layout and a strip of twine along the bottom.

To be in with a chance to win a £5 atdml store voucher share your page on our Facebook challenge gallery by midnight 30.4.17 and we will pick a winner early May. 

Have fun and don't forget to pop back tomorrow for your virtual crop classes starting at 10am.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

April Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hello, the Virtual Crop falls on Easter Weekend this month...the kits are sold out but you can still join in with the challenges, classes and chatter on the blog and in our facebook group ATDML#Create.

Class 1 - 10 am - Karen Moss

Layout 1 - 7 by 5" portrait

Layout 2 - 7 by 5" portrait

Class 2 - 12:00 - Katherine Sutton

Layout 1 - Three 4" squared (they will be trimmed to 3 3/4" squared)

Layout 2 -  Two 3 by 4" landscape with a white border

Layout 3 - Two 4" squared with a white border

Good to have a star punch or a 1" basic shape punch

Class 3 - 2 pm - Mel Hand

Layout 1 - 6 by 4" landscape

Layout 2 - 6 by 4" landscape

Monday, 3 April 2017

April Photography Prompts

Welcome to April's Photography Prompts. As always do feel free to share your photos for the month on the ATDML # Create facebook page.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Ready for summer

Now we have seen the first day of good weather (or as we like to call it in Scotland - summer) it's not hard to get excited about the next few months. Whether you are planning on jetting off to hotter climates or you are going to make the most of our local beaches, BBQ's in the garden or festivals there is plenty to look forward to.

Last summer my boss threw a Glastonbury event in his garden, a massive marquee, big screen to show the event and a gin bar - perfect!! The weather was also a good reflection of Glastonbury as it was mostly sunny with a little bit of rain.  We spent the afternoon (and evening) dancing away and the bright colours of the Bo bunny 'make a splash' range made me think back to the selphies we were taking that night.

 I started by cutting a 4"x10" trip of the blue side of 'floating' and cut an uneven banner-style section out of the end. I then cut a 4"x6" piece of the 'summertime' range and distressed the edge.

I then trimmed down the 'penguin & bucket', 'sandcastle', 'jam jar' and 'Aloha summer' from the 'vacation' paper and cut a 6"x4" piece from the remaining off cuts. ( i set aside the penguin and sandcastle elements for the next layout)

I layered the photo on the yellow side of vacation and then layered up on the blue floating and bottle cap lid side of summertime.

I then tucked the jam jar element under the photo and stuck down. 

Using the stripy side of summertime I cut into strips and stuck round a piece of string to create a banner.

Finally I finished it off with some gold thickers. 

With 'Aloha Summer' as soon as I saw the elements with the cute wee penguins buiding sandcastles, I thought of my friends little girls on the beach.  

I wanted to have that summer beach/ feel so I created the background paper around the photo while still showing the kraft cardstock.

First of all I mounted the photo onto the stripy side of a piece of 'summertime'.  

I then cut  2"x12" and 4"x12" strips of the blue side of 'ocean'.  I wanted the blue to fit around the photo so I cut a 2 1/2" x 6" section out of the 4"x12" strip.  I mounted this to the LHS of a sheet of kraft cardstock and the 2x12 strip to the RHS.  The photo and mount then fir comfortably in the gap.  I then cut a strip of vacation to fill in the gap between the 2 sides on the bottom and use 6x6 sun element from Ocean trimmed to fit into the gap at the top.

I also trimmed the pink scalloped section from ocean to frame the photo.

I then cut the penguin and bucket from his element and mounted it in front of the sandcastle (covering the wording) and mounted it in the bottom RHS at an angle

At the top in the space in the middle of the sun bordered section I stuck the 'aloha summer' element as a title and using scraps hand cut some clouds. 

Finally I trimmed a rubber ring from the 'floating paper and popped it in the bottom corner and added washi tape to 2 of the edges of the photograph to give it that old fashioned holiday scrapbook feel similar to the 2 elements on the page.

Friday, 31 March 2017

April's Scraplift Challenge with Karen

Hello, hello lovely scraplifters!  Welcome to the April Scraplift Challenge (even though it is the last day of March).

This month I am scraplifting Katherine's page called 'Remember'.

I really liked the stamping on this layout but as everyone knows I am not a proficient stamper - it often leads to a total meltdown when it inevitably goes wrong!  Therefore, I used text paper rather than stamping text and drew butterflies using my Silhouette and a white pen.

I cut and matted two shapes from two different papers as I didn't have any large die cuts to use.  I added a decorative strip at the top and bottom of my photo, in addition to three tags, also at the top of my photo.  

Finally, Katherine has used a ready made foam title so I used my Silhouette to make a script title in black too. 

As always, I am really excited to see what you come up with this month.

The ATDML March gallery can be found on the 'Information' section -  at the right-hand side of the ATDML shop site

Happy Scrapping x

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Remember with BoBunny Aryia's Garden

I wanted to share a page that I made using some of the larger Noteworthy pieces from the BoBunny collection Aryia's Garden.  I only mounted my photo on one of the co-ordinating patterned papers from the collection - the rest is just elements from the Noteworthy pack, a bit of stamping and a AC Thickers title.

I chose the 2 largest tags and then when I knew how much of the cardstock they were going to cover I started stamping with a text stamp (also BoBunny's) in white ink.  I then started to arrange my embellishments.  I layered up some of the large roses on foam pads and tucked some lace behind them.  I also used some gems to add a little more sparkle and the final steps were the title and also a little more stamp using BoBunny's new butterfly stamps.

It's a really quick and easy page to put together, and all the cutting out has been done for you.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Mixing it up - Project Life Plus

Hello, hello lovely ATDMLers.  Today I am bringing you a 'Project Life Plus' blog post which features the class I taught at my crop this month.

I sometimes have lots of photos from one event and one or two of the photos are really special, in fact too special to be lost among the other bits on a project life page.  They are so special they deserve a page of their own.  When this happens I make a 12 x 12 page with the special photo on

and a project life page with accompanying photos.

Sometimes, I have enough photos to extend my theme across two 12 x 12 pages

and two sides of a project life page.

Although, this time I used a photograph from a different family walk on the final page of the set.

Hope this gives you ideas on how you can mix and match 12 x 12 pages with project life ones.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

March Virtual Crop - Class 3 with Mel

I worked with the lovely Simple Stories Summer Vibes for this Virtual Crop and have made three layouts for you.

Click Here for my instructions and for the third layout!

I hope you have enjoyed the March Virtual crop, join us in April for another three classes. In the meantime if you haven't already, do check out the "Inspired By" Challenge for this month HERE

March's Virtual Crop - Class 2 with Ann

Welcome scrapbookers to another virtual crop day with your atdml design team.  Next class for the day is with yours truly and I hope you join in!

I have created three pages to inspire you today and I hope lots of you find the time to download the FREE instructions from our Website link and join in this weekend or another time.

Next class is at 2pm and don't forget our Inspired by challenge too which we posted last night on the blog (scroll down to find). 

March's Virtual Crop - Class 1 with Katherine

Good morning everyone and welcome to this weekends Virtual Crop, I hope you've checked out last nights challenge - post your creations in our Facebook group ATDML#Create, and come and join the chatter.

For this class we will make 3 pages using Craft Market by Crate Paper.  There is a little bit of playing with paint and distress ink, but you can adjust the pages depending on how messy you want to get.

For the 2nd page we do some weaving with acetate and stamping with the rubber end of a pencil.

Finally a page inspired by the super scrapper Nicole Nowosad you can check it out here.  It's a great way to use up border strips or any thin strips of paper that you might have.

I hope you enjoy the pages, check back here at midday for Ann's class.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Mar Virtual Crop weekend challenge - Inspired by...

Hello, hello scrapbookers!
It's the third Friday of the month ahead of our March virtual crop day which means it's time for another Inspired by challenge.  This challenge runs until midnight on the last day of March (31st) and there is a £5 ATDML gift voucher up for grabs for the favourite page chosen by the design team so why not join in and share your page with us.

What are the rules? Well it's simple, just create a scrapbook page inspired by the image above. Will you go monocrome? Feature a large initial? Use stamping on your page? Circles? It is up to you, let your imagination run wild!

To be in with a chance to win a £5 atdml store voucher share your page on our Facebook challenge gallery by midnight 31.3.17 and we will pick a winner early April. Have fun and don't forget to pop back tomorrow for your virtual crop classes starting at 10am.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

March Virtual Crop Photo Requirements

Hello everyone, here are the requirements for March's Virtual crop - all the kits are sold out, but you can still put together some papers on the day and play along with us, there is also plenty of chatter and a challenge to join in too.

Class 1 - 10am - Katherine

Layout 1

6 by 4" landscape (mine is black and white)

Layout 2

6 by 4" landscape

Layout 3

Three 3 by 4" portrait photos, mine are black and white

It would be good to have some white paint or gesso and also watercolours/distress stains/distress inks/water-soluble colours.  I use green, gold  and yellow (I used mustard seed,tarnished brass and pine cone).  Also a pencil that has a rubber on the end and a gold and white ink pad (or paint).  A 3/4" or thereabouts circle punch.

Class 2 - Midday - Ann

Layout 1

4 by 6" black and white portrait - birthday theme

Layout 2

4 by 6" portrait

Layout 3

Pair of 3.5" by 2.5" landscape photos

Class 3 - 2pm - Mel

Layout 1

Two 3" square photos

Layout 2

6 by 8" portrait

Layout 3

4 by 6" portrait

Do come and join us on Saturday, look out for the challenge on the blog on Friday night.  Our Facebook group is ATDML#Create.

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Jane's 'Saturday' video - pockets and pop-ups part 2

Ok - I know I'm posting on a Sunday, but I got drafted into hockey duty yesterday so I was away from my computer.
Today I am presenting part 2 of my pockets and pop-ups series and I have another pocket and a pop-up - both super easy.
Today's video also gives you a look at the whole book including a sneak preview of the two pop-ups I'll be featuring in part 3 (which will be in May).

I hope you find my video useful and that inspires you to have a go at pop-ups - please let me know if you have any requests for future videos.

Friday, 10 March 2017


I am a traveller - there is a big old world out there and I'm determined to cross every destination off my (ever growing) list.  Last year I was lucky enough to cross Vietnam off my list - it was a stunningly beautiful country with so much to offer and the food - Oh the food!!

One of my must dos when we were there was to take part in a cooking class and Hoi An was the perfect stop in the trip to do this.  Before we started cooking we were taken to the local market and were taught how to recognise and buy the raw ingredients - I was in my element.  So when I saw the colour and designs of The Kaisercraft Hanami range of papers I knew exactly what photos to use.  

I used some embellishments from the 'I AM' sheet from simple stories - the globe is so cute! I then added in some of these wooden elements which are perfect for travel pages.  As the Vietnam flag is a yellow star on a red background I wanted to add that in as a little nod to the flag.   

On the last few days of the trip we flew across to a small island just off the mainland called Phu Quoc.  We hired a moped and took of to a recommended beach on the island.  As we travelled the island it was incredible to see such an amazing place so untouched by tourism.  Local towns with unfinished roads and endless views of natural beauty.  After a few wrong turns we found a sign for the Paradiso cafe and we walked out through the trees to the most perfect beach - pure untouched sand and crystal clear water.  

The Island escape collection is ideal for these photos of which I have endless.  By combining the 'bird of paradise and the 'driftwood' paper, I was able to blend my photograph to run top to bottom.  I then cut the 'pink hibiscus paper out and layered up the flowers.  I used whole flowers at the front and then layered up the scraps underneath to give a feeling of depth and also the impression that you were walking through the trees as we did that day.  I finished of using some Theresa Collins letters and thickers ad well as a compass from the wooden elements.