Monday, 28 July 2014

My visit to Wales and Some Scrapbook Layout Inspiration

Afternoon fellow blogging friends!  I hope you are all well and you have had a good start to the beginning of the week.
I had an amazing time at Dandie Crafts and met some wonderful crafters:) I was assisted by my crafting friend Vicky who did an amazing job die cutting extra flowers and flourishes for my afternoon demos:) Thank you everyone who made my trip to Wales a very memorable one and a big thank you to Mandy for your hospitality during my visit.....I hope to meet Debbie on my next visit:) (ummm assuming that I will be invited back)

So that was my weekend and I am now back in the craft room covered in glitter as I am prepping for 2 possible Christmas shows this Wednesday......this will not be confirmed until late Tuesday possibly even Wednesday morning! Don't you just love it when all your plans go out of the window ......I was planning on making a start on Septembers shows:) But hey as long as it is crafting I don't care:)
Now for todays project....I thought I would share a few of the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create scrapbook layouts. If you watched the shows and have been over onto the Heartfelt Creations blog you will know that the concept of this collection is that you can easily and quickly create a scrapbook layout using the dies. You can use all 4 sets which will allow you to fill your page with photos or as I have done on these layouts use just a few of the mat and layer dies. You also get decorative flourishes in with the die sets.
The 1st set is set 2B, 2nd set is 2A, 3rd set is 1B and the 4th set is 1A
Cut Mat Create 2B Die Cut Mat Create 2A DieCut Mat Create 1B DieCut Mat Create 1A Die
For more details on the concept please visit the Heartfelt Creations blog HERE
On this first layout I have also used a selection of the stamps that also are part of the Cut Mat Create collection:

  • I have chosen the beautiful dusky pink floral paper  for my layout which is from the cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • I have used 1B and 1A die sets to create the mats and layers for the photos and I have used the 2B and 2A sets also for the decorative vines/borders and flourishes.
  • The stamp sets that I have used are Birds and Blooms and Vines and Blooms. I fussy cut one of the butterflies out and added this to the corner of the stamped sentiment.
  • To high light the birds on the border I have added a little stickles glitter.
  • The flowers are from the Sweet Lullaby die set.
  • To finish off the layout I have added some flower pearls on a string from The Hobby House.
  • The 2 beautiful girls in the photos are my daughter Sophie being hugged by her friend Kelly:)
I have used a photo of my son Jordan and his girlfriend Lydia at there school leaving prom:)

  •  The dies I have used both the 2 and 1 sets to create the mat and layers for the photos and also for the decorative flourishes/vines and border.
  • I have used the border from the Vines and Blooms stamp set to create a frame around the main can just see it. I stamped it black just to bring the black from Jordan's suit into the layout.
  • I have used the flowers from the Sweet Lullaby Die set again in this layout.
  • I have also cut out a couple of the sentiments from the papers and added these to my layout as well as adding a little journaling.
  • The lilac floral paper is from the Cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • To finish off the layout I have added some deep purple and lilac pearls, a little stickles glitter and some cream lace.

On this final layout is my friend Vicky's daughter Abbie who was more than willing to do a little photo shoot in my garden a few weeks ago:)

  •  I have distressed the edges of the papers on the layout using a Tim Holtz distress tool.
  • The papers are from the Cut Mat Create paper collection.
  • So again using both the set 1 and set 2 die sets I have created the photo mats.
  • I have again also used the decorative die elements from the die sets.
  • The flowers are from the Sweet Lullaby die set.
  • I have cut out the 'cherish' sentiment from the paper collection and also added some lace and pearls.
  • I have decorated the layout with some cream lace and some flower pearls on string from The Hobby House.
  • To finish off I have of course added a little Stickles Glitter:)
Woohooo! finished:)..... I hope I have inspired those of you that are not into scrapbooking to maybe create a layout. Using these dies it is super quick and  I think that matting your photos onto co-ordinating card really does make your layouts look professional. Also don't just think of layouts being in a scrapbook tucked away....I make mine and use them as home décor: They make great presents too:)
I will be back tomorrow with a card that I plan to demo on Wednesday.....well that's if the shows go ahead:) I will keep you informed!
Take Care x


  1. Stunning pages Nikki and so personal with the precious photos. Just adore the flower sprays.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. Hi Nikki
    Beautiful scrapbook pages, it's not something I've tried but perhaps I should, a lovely way to frame special photos. Looks like everyone enjoying your demonstration and lots of lovely things on the table!!
    Best wishes, Pat

  3. Hi Nikki, looks like you had a good weekend. Love your scrapbook layouts especially those flowers, I am totally inspired to do some scrapbooking, and have been for some time, I just never seem to get the time, but I'm working on it. Hope you are on TV Wednesday but will be recording as I have my 2year old Granddaughter every Wednesday so definitely no time to watch till later.

  4. Hi Nikki,beautiful scrapbook pages, the papers are divine and your flowers are gorgeous.
    Glad you had a great weekend, the ladies have produced some lovely creations.
    I am not T work this week so hopefully you will have shows on Wednesday!
    Hugs Annie x

  5. Hi Niki, pleased that you had a super weekend in Wales. your layouts are beautiful. Hugs,
    Maggie x

  6. Hi Nikki lovely scrapbooks pages, just love the paper colours. Glad your weekend went well for you and all the ladies x

  7. Morning Nikki
    Thank you for sharing your scrapbook pages with us, I am a beginner so these have given me ideas for my pages
    Carol x

  8. I should have also said today is my daughters birthday, so I will do a birthday page for her too
    Hugs Carol x

  9. Morning Nikki, Lovely piccies of your trip to Dandie Crafts, the peeps look like they are having a fabulous time at your workshops.
    Your layouts are gorgeous, I told myself that 2014 was the year that I started scrapbooking, I haven't started yet (there always seems to be something else that takes priority haha), but I will definitely start soon, especially after seeing your gorgeous creations.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

  10. Hi Nikki, Fabulous Creations I don't do Scrapbooking, but I must admit yours look Tremendous
    Take Great Care
    Love and Hugs
    From Sam x

  11. Hi Nikki
    Looks like a good time was had by all in Wales , Loving your Scrap book pages and the flowers and scrolls are just gorgeous ,I really need to get these dies as i am sure i spend far too much time faffing about and measuring around my photo's . Hope the shows go ahead tomorrow , i have my fingers crossed
    Take Care
    Elaine H X

  12. Hi Nikki
    Looks like you had a lovely time in Wales. Love how you have used the matting dies on your layouts. I don't do scrap booking but could use these dies for cards. I have just watched your Christmas Festive show on. C &C. Who makes the bauble dies that you attached to the aperture card you made?. You were just about to tell us and Dean cut you off in your prime. I'm a bit behind in watching programmes I've recorded as I've been away. Look forward (hopefully) to seeing you tomorrow on TV.

  13. Looks like you were having a 'Wales' of a time! Lovely Scrapbook layout - the Heartfelt Creations Cut Mat Create system is so well thought out. I'll be eagerly awaiting news of any Christmas shows. Welcome back.

  14. Hi nikki
    Ur pages look superb!!! I especially like the one of ur son an his girlfriend I just adore the purples on that page. Those are my favourite colours
    Love Tracy from killie x

  15. Looks like you had a great time in Wales Nikki
    and the scrapbook pages look stunning, thanks for inspiring. x

  16. Wow Nikki. What wonderful memories, on wonderful creations you are making. Ive never tried scrapbooking, but love to admire those scrapbook pages that are as pretty and as detailed as your's. You always use colours Id never think of putting together, but you do it perfectly.
    Hope you are all feeling slightly cooler now !
    See you soon.
    Lancashire Steph xx


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