Let's Celebrate & A Farewell

Posted on June 26, 2015 by

The June Main kit was so fun to use, everything I created had multiple patterned papers that I just had to use all on one layout.  This last layout for the month was no exception.  
My baby girl turned 12 a couple of weeks ago, and that, of course called for a page in her honour.  
The June kit was packed with so many gorgeous Pink Paislee chipboard pieces that I built my page entirely around them.  
Layering and more layering was the recipe for getting as many fabulous little pieces onto one page. How fun it was to mix so many patterns too.  It's easy to do if you keep everything in moderation, not using competing patterns in close proximity.

If you look close enough here you will notice that the photos were printed just a tad smaller than the frames.  The layering and added embellishments, both hide the empty space, and add to the fun and flow of the design.

To keep the top frame cluster level I used a few 3D foam adhesive pieces underneath, they will help hold the bulk securely in place.

Lots of journaling on this page.  I really wanted to share the story of my girl at 12, and the way she fits so perfectly into our lives with her sweet, silly girl, funny self.
I have been blessed to have had the opportunity to share my work with all of you over these past 6 months.  Ria and Amy have been wonderful leaders and super supportive of the decision I've made to take an early departure from this wonderful team.  This girl of mine, her two sisters, and their dad are needing me to be a little more free around our home.  It has been a whirlwind of a season around here, lots of changes for all of us, including my going back to work full time.  It's pretty incredible the way a life can change so dramatically within 6 months.  Today, I thank you for taking the time to read my posts and encourage me with your "likes" and comments.  It has been a real pleasure hanging around with the Paper Camellia team, and all of you.  Thank you Ria for inviting me into your fold, and allowing me to show off your gorgeous kits.  I wish each of you all the best, I'm sure we'll be seeing each other around the world wide web real soon.

Posted in June 2015 kits, pink paislee, Sherri Funk

You 2 Lovelies

Posted on April 23, 2015 by

I love when a kit gets you so inspired you barely have all the items out of the package and you can see a layout coming together in your head.
That was the case with this page I created using the April kit.  I knew as soon as I saw those leaf die cuts how I was going to use them.  The rest of the design just fell into place once I had them down on the page.

The Maggie Holmes chipboard sheets are so fun, with varying patterns and coordinating colours.  I just had to incorporate a few pieces into this layout.   To keep my title from over taking my design I clustered it together, and chose the tiny alphas from the My Mind's Eye package to help complete it.

Journaling on tag may be an addiction of mine.  I am a big fan of telling the story behind the photo.  For me it's the primary reason I scrap, it's not just about wanting to look at pretty pictures years from now, but about remember the story behind the photo for generations to come.  Using shipping tags tucked behind my photo helps me to keep enough white space for my liking while still getting the full story down on paper.

Are you in the habit of story telling also?  What is your trick to getting it all down without compromising your design?  I would love to hear your tips in the comments.

You can still get your hands on the April Kits right here in the Paper Camellia shop.

Posted in April 2015 Kit, April 2015 Kits, Crate Paper, Maggie Holmes, Sherri Funk


Posted on April 17, 2015 by

Hello! Jennifer here to share a layout I created with this month's Main kit!  Ria has put together another winner with beautiful papers from Crate Paper, My Mind's Eye, and Jen Hadfield for Pebbles! 
For my background, I used a fun cut file created by design team member, Sherri Funk! 
I layered a few of the acetate pieces from the Maggie Holmes Confetti Ephemera Pack by Crate Paper under my photo.  My title is from the Celebrate Chipboard Thickers pack which includes fun words as well as numbers!
Using a circle punch, I added in various patterned papers to some of the circles as well as a few of the gold Maggie Holmes Confetti enamel shapes!
Included in the main kit are an entire pack of On Trend sticker sheets from My Mind's Eye! That means 5 sheets of cuteness!  I added this "Happy" tab to the top of my photo and layered it with a gold accent acetate from Maggie Holmes' Confetti collection.
More chipboard loveliness from Crate Paper as well as a pennant sticker from On Trend. Also you can spy the gold and blue paper from Jen Hadfield! Love all of the gold accents!
I love these acetate pennants from Maggie Holmes' Confetti line!  I placed them at the top of my page and then stitched through. 
Thanks for stopping by today! Check out the Paper Camellia Current Kits to get this month's kit as well as see the fun Add-On Kits!  Keep checking the Paper Camellia blog for sneaks of May's kit!  Have a great day!

Posted in April 2015 Kits, Crate Paper, Jennifer Haggerty, Maggie Holmes, My Mind's Eye, Pebbles, Scrapbook Layouts, Sherri Funk, Silhouette Cameo

Oh Happy Day

Posted on April 10, 2015 by

The big chunky die cuts in the Maggie Holmes Confetti ephemera package are so fun to use.  I love the font, and the gold foil.
These photos were perfect for the sentiment.  I usually use very thin double sided tape to adhere these types of cuts, but thought it would add a fun touch to the design to use my sewing machine to stitch straight through it instead.

One of the best things about Paper Camellia kits is that you can usually combine left over items from one kit with the next kit you receive.  Those gold Heidi Swapp numbers are a perfect example, with touches of gold in the April kit, it made it easy to decide what I had in my stash to use to add the date.  And those gold stickers from the My Mind's Eye sticker pack are so versatile.  I've used them in a few different way on my layouts this month.   Here I've added some 3D foam adhesive to the underside to give them some dimension off the page, then topped them with some enamel dots from my stash.

Clustering is possibly my favourite way to design a page.  Gathering little groups of randomly sized pieces create the perfect clusters.  The key to great layering, is to ensure each piece is a different shape and size from the rest.  In this section alone you can see 7 different layers.  Had I used 8 different layers of the exact same shape my cluster would look more like a bulky mess than this, simply because rather than creating movement to your page, your eye remains fixed, as though it is trapped in that one bulky spot.  

If you struggled with layering, perhaps this is the help you need to break out and try it again. Be sure to share you work with us in our Gallery, we'd love to leave you a little love.

Posted in April 2015 Kit, Maggie Holmes, Sherri Funk

On Pointe

Posted on March 30, 2015 by

I have been holding onto this photo that my daughter snapped one day while watching her friends practice before Pointe class.
This photo perfectly sums up why it is that so many little girls want to grow up to become ballerinas.  There is just something so attractive about pretty, pink pointe shoes.  Pair them with a beautiful tutu, and we're sold.

The colours in this month's kit are so soft and feminine it was finally time to scrap this memory.  I used some 3D adhesive to pop the tiny close up photo off the page, and added a little chipboard butterfly and gemstone to embellish it, making it stand apart just a bit.

I am a sucker for seam binding , and love the Ria includes it so frequently in her kits. Here all I did was weave a piece of thread through it with a needle and gathered it a bit creating a pletes.   I used my sewing machine to stitch it down.  I am only sad that I did not place it a little further down from the base of my photo, I miscalculated how much of the pointe shoes would be covered once the ribbon was stitched down.  Live and learn right?  The key to layering that chipboard piece onto the metal arrow was to stitch it on, I love the way it looks, and now I know it will not fall off in a week.

How are you using your March kit.  I would love to see some of your neat ideas. You can share them with us in the Paper Camellia gallery here.  I'll be sure to leave you some love.

Posted in March Kit, Sherri Funk

Our Summer Thing

Posted on March 12, 2015 by

There is so much to love about the fabulous new I AM collection by Simple Stories, and the sprinkling of Pebbles goodies make is so fun to work with.  Pulling elements form the Main and Add On kit makes for on ful layout.  Full of beautiful colours and textures.
I just love the colours and the textures of the chipboard elements.

I don't know about you, but I am still a sucker for banners, and this chipboard banner is no exception.  To prevent the adhesive from wanting to lift I added just a little machine stitching to the white portions of the pennants.
It was way to perfect a match to not add this gold doily from my stash to the chipboard cluster at the top of the page. And I kind of wish I had a lifetime supply of those perfect gold sparkly Heidi Swapp alphabets.  That way I could hoard some and use the rest.  I know you know what I'm talking about.
The March Add On Kits may be sold out, but there are still a few March Main Kits available in the store, you can get your hands on one right here.  
And did you recognize this design?  It's based on the March sketch by Kristine Davidson.
Linking up in the comments section of this post could earn you a $10 gift certificate to the Paper Camellia store.


Thanks for stopping by today friends!

Posted in March 2015 Kits, March Kits, Sherri Funk, Simple Stories

The Many Faces of Belle

Posted on March 06, 2015 by

I loved the way there were sheets of Simple Stories patterned paper that could be cut up into individual 2x3 cards in the March kit.  They make is easy to crete pocket pages, and or full layout pages alike.  

I cut apart 2 different squares for this design.  The patterned papers in the I Am collection are so gorgeous it was difficult to finally cut into one to create.  With both A and B sides worthy of any project, cutting them apart, brings a twinge of pain.

Here I layered a few pieces for the chipboard pieces in the kit.  I find you get the best adhesion when you add just a little double sided tape to the underside.  How cute is that little bird anyway?

I placed my journaling down the side as I ran out of room for it, in my original design. Initially, I had contemplated adding a thin black strip of paper down that same side to create balance, but I'm glad I didn't as the black ink balanced it out quite nicely.

See that chipboard pennant. I cleverly pulled through a piece of the seam binding ribbon to create a sweet little bow on top.  

So many great, and interchangeable elements in this month's kit, it was pretty much impossible to keep them separate.  I hope you're having fun with the March kits.  Don't forget to link up your creations to our gallery so we can all ooh and aww over them.

Posted in March Kits, multiple photos, Sherri Funk, Simple Stories