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Hi there Magpies, Sheena here again x

Today I am sharing with you 2 further layouts I have created using Simple Stories – Simple Vintage Botanicals. I absolutely love the soft tones this range has to offer.

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My Daughter sent me this photo of her in a cafe in Prague & the floral background was my reason to scrap it with this range.

I loved the dreamy watercolour design this Simple Vintage Botanicals – Shine Bright patterned paper had so I based my design over the the bottom right so not to cover too much of it.

I used vintage music paper and net as a base for my photo which sits on a Vintage Botanicals chipboard frame.

I wanted to create a seamless feel so I tucked in a 4×3 journalling card with a lovely sentiment, then added die cut and hand cut flowers around it. I tried to keep to the pink and green colour theme and continued to add embellishments, buttons, brads and stickers then my Vintage Botanicals chipboard title to finish off.

For my second layout I wanted to use the 12×12 banner sticker sheet as I thought it was a great addition to this Simple Stories range.

Follow your Dreams.

Using white cardstock as a base I added the b side of the Vintage Botanicals – 2×2 elements paper to the top of the cardstock and machine sewed it in place. Using the top banner sticker from the 12×12 sheet I attached it loosely using foam pads. Using the banner shaped tag on the sticker sheet as inspiration I cut various patterned papers into banner shapes to compliment it then machine sewed around them before popping them underneath the sticker edge.

Using Vintage Botanicals die cuts, chipboard and stickers I continued to embellish the banner using foam pads for depth. I added a small photo over the sticker frame. I removed the sticker pegs and replaced the with little wooden ones.

The layout title came from the sticker sheet and was just embellished with a few die cuts and enamel dots.

I hope these have inspired you to use this Simple Stories – Vintage Botanicals range. We would love to see what you create over on our Facebook group.

Till next time x

supplies used – Simple Stories – Simple Vintage Botanicals

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Hi Magpies, Julie back with you again today sharing 2 more layouts using Crate Papers All Heart collection.

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I first started by adding some oxide ink, to my background, using the lovely colour Seedless Preserves & added lots of splatters & circles, inked through a stencil & drawn round after & a few stamped words from the stamp set, all over the background. I cut my cut file quite big & backed it, with papers from the 6×8 pad & added my photo inside the ‘O’.

I then added a few ripped pieces of wash tape & stitched them in place to add the rest of my title to.

I ripped & distressed a small piece, top & bottom of the layout & backed with Be You paper. A few bits of ephemera & some corner stitching finished off the layout nicely.

You Got This Girl

For this layout I wanted to add a border around the edge & auditioned a few of the patterned papers but decided to make my own, so I added some of the wash tape all around the edge of a sheet of cardstock & then sewed another piece of cardstock on top.

Again I added a bit of mixed media, to the background paper & then cut 8 4×4 pieces & distressed the edges, stitched around them & added them to the centre of my layout in a haphazard way. I put a couple of tags, from the ephemera pack, up the top & my photos along the centre line, tucking in bits & pieces of ephemera, going down the page. The finishing touch was 3 different coloured threads, going top to bottom of the layout which I stapled into place.

Thanks for joining me today & I hope you have enjoyed seeing my take on this fab collection. I’ll be back next month with more creations.

Products Used:

Crate Paper All Heart

Ranger Oxide Inks

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Hi there Magpies, Philippa with you today sharing two more projects using Simple Stories Vintage Botanicals collection.

I decided to make a tag album with the idea that I’d include some photos of my Mum and Dad in their younger days. I felt the collection would compliment the vintage photos!

I accept that old photos are not as crisp and clear but I don’t mind that.

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I started by die cutting tags in 3 different sizes from a variety of papers. To embellish the tags I used Bits & Pieces from the Die Cuts, stickers from the 12 x 12 Combo Sticker sheet and some of the Chipboard Elements. For added interest I used hand and machine stitching and pieces of vintage lace from my stash. Where I used machine stitching I stuck two tags back to back to hide the messy bits!

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I created a pocket on one of the medium sized tags and on another I machine stitched around three sides only so I could tuck in an envelope for secret journaling (see below – tag with photo on).

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I’ve still got some photos to slot in and will add some handwritten journalling. I’m pleased with how it turned out and hope I’ve given you some ideas!

For my second project I documented a family day over the Easter weekend in my traveller’s notebook.

A travellers notebook page is a great way to use small bits of ephemera and paper scraps! I’m currently using my webster’s pages notebook but could easily be tempted by some of those on offer in the shop right now! Take a look at the American Crafts Journal Studio Travellers Notebook Bundle – Amy Tangerine Life Journal. It’s amazing value and a good place to start if you’ve not done a TN before.

I’ve really enjoyed working with this collection. I’ll be back next month with something completely different!

Happy scrapping!

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Hey there Magpies! The moment I got back from Plannercon Europe in Brussels, I knew I had to share how I would be memory keeping my trip! I got a tonne of swag from the event, and I also made sure to keep lots of keepsakes from the different places I visited all in preparation for a major memory keeping sesh!

A Memory Keeping Masterclass

There were lots of amazing freebies in the swag bag as well as items I got from the destash table. The first thing I did when I sat down to memory keep was sort out all the pieces I wanted to use. In some cases I had to cut down items like this take out bag from a cafe I went to.

Then, of course, I had to print out my photos. Once again I grabbed my HP Sprocket and made sure to brighten my images before printing.

For this memory keeping spread I wanted to try something a bit different. I chose to use Amy Tangerine stickers instead of my classic Happy Planner sticker value packs. If you’ve ever followed Amy, you’ll know that she does this style of memory keeping a lot so it felt natural to use her stickers. I especially love her collaboration sticker book with American Crafts because it contains these fun letter stickers.

As I knew I had a lot of elements for this spread I decided to use notebook paper instead of my weekly pages. It also meant my creativity could spill out and I could fill up more space with pictures. The Squad Life Happy Notes lined notebook from the Happy Planner is the perfect place to memory keep. The bright pink pages are adorable and, because it is Classic sized they can fit right into your planner!

To begin with, I placed my photos and other elements. On this page, I also used some of my hotel key card wallet. Then once the positioning was right I stuck them down. I followed up with the stickers. This gold ‘major heart eyes’ was literally my reaction when I saw the Grand Place. Just a note, the sticker is really fiddly so be careful if you’re using it!

Time To Get Technical

Now I am excited about this little planner hack! If you’re printing photos, of any size, but especially pocket printer ones, the Happy Planner Box Punch becomes a very important tool. It punches out the exact size of the Classic Happy Planner boxes! Perfect if you want to fit something in your planner, be it a photo or scrapbook paper. And the punch also comes in Big!

So I grabbed my punch and a couple of my photos, as well as this Colourful Boxes sticker pad. I used the punch to make my photos smaller, then created these little photo doors so I could put multiple pictures in one place!

Again it’s a little bit fiddly but the effect is fantastic! Take a double box sticker and fold it in half carefully, pressing the paper side together not the sticker side! Then take one of your now smaller photos and press it to the sticker side. It should cover one half of the folded section pretty perfectly. You can use either side of the sticker, depending on how you want the door to open. Finally, press the remaining sticky side to the paper and voila! One awsome sticker door ready to roll.

You can also put another photo on the inside, like I did, or just fill the space with more stickers or a bit of secret journalling. Really, the sky is the limit with this idea. They can fold to open horizontally too, and you could even do the same trick with Big or Mini stickers for different sizes. But if this all sounds a bit much, the Happy Planner also make premade Flip Journalling Stickers that are already folded over so all you have to do is use them!

Punch It

Another brilliant tool is the Happy Planner Punch. Again it comes in Classic and Big and is an essential piece of kit if you use a Happy Planner. It lets you punch any pages with the right holes to fit the discs. I used my Classic punch to add this brochure and map I got from a museum into my memory keeping spread.

Just a heads up, with thicker items, like these you will need to only punch a couple of pages at a time as the mechanism can’t handle a thick stack of paper.

That Final Flip Through

When it comes to memory keeping I do like to let the pictures and stickers speak for themselves. There is room here for me to add some notes but it’s not essential.

I did use a few stickers I received from the event because they are of key Brussels’ landmarks. And it saves me from writing!

In the end, I documented two days of my trip. On the Thursday I was mainly travelling so I have documented my train journeys and hotel.

On the Friday, I did a lot of sightseeing. I walked all over Brussels and even went to the museum, hence the ticket and broucheurs.

Aside from all my photos and keepsakes, the Amy Tangerine stickers just add little bits of positivity. This quote is one of my all time favourties from the Stay Sweet sticker book.

And That’s A Wrap

Well, there we go Magpies, a little look at how I memory keep after a trip. As you can see it doesn’t have to be perfect and can really just be a case of sticking things you like to the page. And with that, I leave you. This is my last post, so I hope you’ve enjoyed all the planner goodies I’ve shared with you and it’s inspired you to get creative in your own planners. Go HERE for an archive of all of my posts, and if you want to keep following me do check out my Instagram, @veryimportantplans. Until we meet again. Stay golden Magpies! Victoria xoxo

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Hi Magpies, Jackie here with my 2nd blogpost using Shimelle – Sparkle City collection.

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My first layout, I kept the format simple, well I did for both of my layouts for this blogpost. I cut some of the patterned papers, slightly bigger than my photographs to add behind my photographs, and also added a vellum envelope as I wanted to add some hidden journalling.

I added a tag to my envelope, which I die cut from some patterned paper, and added my journalling as well as a sticker from the Shimelle – Sparkle City sticker and washi booklet.

For the title I used Shimelle – Sparkle City Thickers and mini alphabets from the sticker booklet.

To finish the layouts I added Shimelle – Sparkle City Die Cut Ephemera,  I also added a few labels and puffy alphabets from Elle’s Studio.

I decided to kept the manufacture strip on the bottom of the layout and trim the top edge, it just added some more interest to the page.

That one place we went …

My 2nd layout, again kept to the same format as my previous one, added a few patterned papers  behind my photograph.

My title is a cameo cut file.

Adding embellishments from Shimelle – Sparkle City die cut ephemera, 6×12 sticker sheet, Glitter Enamel Dots and some labels from Elle’s Studio.

I also added a stamped phase from Shimelle – Sparkle City Stamp Set.

I’ve enjoyed working with this collection, I love the combination of colours which works really well with a variety of photographs.

Please share your layouts over on our Facebook page, we would love to see them.

Till next time,

Happy scrapping


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This collection has been lots of fun to use, with it’s bold colours and quirky elements!

To start my first layout I splattered some blue and green ink to the lower half of the base page. Then I tore two wide strips of paper and glued them to the top of the page. (Thanks to my fellow teamie Julie for the inspiration!)

I chose an equally fun photo and backed it with a few layers of patterned paper. I glued the photo in place and added two clouds alongside it cut from one of the collection’s papers. I placed a chipboard phrase above it with a little chevron.

Then I added a tag to hold my journalling, which I’d typed and cut into strips. Plus, a cute chipboard ice cream van alongside it and a few enamel dots and hearts around this part of the layout.

I chose a title from a set of American Crafts Thickers and added some chipboard chevrons below it, plus a phrase sticker and more enamel dots. I think they are my favourite embellishment!

To finish off I added a chipboard camera and another phrase sticker under the journalling tag.

My second layout is far more simple because I used a large cut file as the overall design. It’s often tricky to find embellishments for teen boys – or even grown men! So I chose this cut file as it has mainly leaves and wasn’t too feminine.

Using papers from the collection I back filled the leaves and then cut a decorative circle for the centre. I backed the centre with the wide striped paper as its simple design didn’t overpower the photograph.

I cut the photo into a circle to match the overall style of the layout and glued it towards the top of the middle circle, with a white cardstock border. And I die cut the title to work with the puffy phrase stickers

That’s all from me this month, so until next time, happy scrapping everyone!

Items used: https://www.heylittlemagpie.com/brands/my-mind-s-eye/happy-days.html

https://www.heylittlemagpie.com/embellishments/stickers/element-stickers/american-crafts-vicki-boutin-color-kaleidoscope-phrase-icon-puffy-thickers.html

https://www.heylittlemagpie.com/embellishments/stickers/element-stickers/american-crafts-vicki-boutin-color-kaleidoscope-phrase-icon-chipboard-thickers.html

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My second post using Happy Days from MME and 2 more clean and simple layouts. This first one couldn’t be easier, I just used two of the journalling cards on either side of a photo! Lucky for me there are lots of bicycles in this collection and I have been working out on an exercise bike. I completed a ‘virtual’ ride the length of the mainland UK and documented this. I loved the bicycle brad in the Decorative Brad pack and had to use that! 3 of the enamel dots completed my simple LO.

My next layout is another simple one, in my favourite grid style LO. I base the grid around the size of my photo, some patterned paper to either side and then some washi tape and scallops above and below. I went around the scallops with some Nuvo Dots and used one of the fabulous lady stickers from Jen Hadfield’s, Out & About collection.

You need to check out the whole Happy Days collection from MME, it’s fabulous! See you next month Magpies xXx

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Hello! I’m back this month sharing my Week in the Life which I participated in last week along with Ali Edwards and lots of fellow life documenters (scrapbookers). If you’ve not heard about this project before click here. Essentially it’s a project of documenting your life in photos and words for one week of the year. Although lots of us documented last week, you could document any week of the year. I first took part in 2008 and have participated most years since. You can see some of my past WITL projects on the Hey Little Magpie blog here (2017) and here (2014). This year I decided to document it in a traveler’s notebook, rather than an album and so far I’m really pleased with how it’s looking. I’m half way through the week, which I’ll share in this post, and the rest I will share later in my next blog post on the 24th May.

Here’s a look at my process… first I took lots of photos during the week and uploaded the most significant ones to my Instagram stories. This allowed me to document the time and caption, and each was automatically saved to my phones memory.

During the week I stamped lots of useful phrases and words using the Elle’s Studio stamp sets Days of the Week and Here + Now. I stamped in black Staz On ink on to smooth white cardstock. I love these stamps! There’s lots of really useful stamp sets by Elle’s Studio, but I narrowed it down to these two.

Next I searched for traveler’s notebook inspiration and set about planning my spreads, let’s just say they evolved a bit!

and then I began the making process…

Here’s a look at Monday through to Wednesday. [NB. All the product information can be found at the bottom of this post]

At the back of my traveler’s notebook, I have a zipper pouch which is fab to store stamped images, embellishments, journaling cards and pre-written journaling on vellum.

Thanks for stopping by, you’ll find all the products used listed below.

Products Used

Traveler’s Notebook (Mine is a Freckled Fawn one from a few years ago, but there are lots of others and similar ones available here. Freckled Fawn TN Zipper Pouch, Freckled Fawn TN Refills. (note that different companies may use different size refills, so check sizes before mixing and matching).

Elle’s Studio Stamps. See above for links to those used.

Stickers – Paige Evans Horizon Cardstock Stickers from Pink Paislee. Jen Hadfield Along the Way Cardstock Phrase Stickers from Pebbles Inc.

Papers – Paige Evans Horizon Paper No.3 and Paper No.16, Maggie Holmes Willow Lane paper, Jen Hadfield Chasing Adventures collection from Pebbles, cameras cut from Maggie Holmes Sunny Days paper.

Chipboard embellishments – Elle’s Studio

Layered heart embellishments – Pinkfresh Studio Everyday Musings.

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Hi Kay here sharing 2 layouts from this stunning collection! I don’t normally do flowers but I’ve gone out of my comfort zone on this one! The fussy cutting took an age but I think it was worth it in the end. To add dimension I mounted some of the flowers on 3D foam. I added a few of the clear stickers, some of the word stickers and 2 flair badges.

I finally added some butterflies for a little extra detail.

For my second layout I used a Silhouette cut file and the gorgeous papers from the collection to back it. I mounted it onto my background sheet with 3D foam to add dimension and make it stand out.

These papers are so beautiful that they don’t need too many embellishments to be added. I really like the clear stickers as they add just the right amount of detail. I love the flair too, they are adorable and I’m guilty of hoarding several packets!

I feel like I could carry on and on using this collection! It really is so lush!

I hope you enjoy this collection too!

Happy Scrapping!

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You can always rely on Crate Paper for a fun but pretty collection – All Heart ticks all the boxes. There is a bit of a retro feel with a modern twist. Although there is a teen feel, it’s a great collection for any fun photos.

I had a rainbow idea in my mind so I used watercolours to paint around the outside. I then stamped the sentiment using an alphbet stamp set. This set by Ink Road stamps word work well.

The Cardstock Sticker pack has a good variety of stickers, while the puffy stickers are just adorable.

I used a Vicki Boutin stencil similar to Botanical set. Outlining with a fine line gives it a stamped look. I try to be very light with my pen.

The All Heart Acrylic stamp set is great value and perfect for fun details. Play I wrote the journaling around the ‘lead’ on the headphones cut file. I had the idea to use the Thickers to emphasise my theme. To add a splash of colour to the background, I used Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide ink before adding my cut files. I layered the stickers and stamped images to add a bit more depth.

I hope i have inspired you to think about collections a little differently. I’m back later this month with more layaouts using the All Heart collection.

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