Round Table | Simple Stories | Say Cheese at the Park

Tuesday 30 August 2022

Hi again everyone, here is another new layout for Simple Stories using the magical Say Cheese at the Park collection!

For this layout I wanted to make a feature out of the castle paper. I cut it out and then used it as a template to create a yellow circle to back it. I added two more layers of patterned paper circles to this, resulting in a ‘glow’ around the castle!  I was aiming to create a feel of fireworks behind the castle.

I positioned the castle onto a piece of white cardstock and then added long stitches in the same colours as the papers I’d already used: red, yellow and black.

I made three rosettes from patterned paper strips and added these to the top of the layout and I got my photos in place too, after mounting then on journaling cards.

For my title I used the cute letters from the Sticker Book. I stuck them to white card first and cut out the words leaving a narrow white border. I put this onto the castle feature.

I added a few embellishments using the Foam Stickers, Decorative Brads, Chipboard Stickers and Puffy Stickers. I also added a few Enamel Dots and a few splatters of black paint!

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping!

Niki xx




Say Cheese | Simple Stories | Say Cheese at the Park


Hi everyone! Here is a new layout for Simple Stories using Say Cheese at the Park Collection. The collection is Disney themed but also works for celebration photos and any theme park photos I think. I love that it’s versatile. I have lots of Disney photos to scrap though, so I delved into my old photo stack!

I love all the happy bright colours in this collection and wanted to showcase the patterned papers. So I chose a few of my favourites and cut them into strips. I cut these into banner shapes, distressed the edges and sewed around the edges of each with my sewing machine.

I popped my photos into one of the gorgeous Chipboard frames and then arranged the frame together with all the banners onto the layout.

I then had fun building up my embellishment clusters. I went for one either side of the photos and also added a small one at the top of the layout. I used embellishments from the Bits & Pieces, the Chipboard Stickers, the Decorative Brads and the Foam Stickers.

I added a few label stickers from the Sticker Book, handwrote my journaling onto one of the banners and then finished off each of my clusters with Enamel Dots, a few sequins and splatters of black paint!

I felt my layout needed a border so I trimmed down the white background and made a patterned paper boarder from that fabulous red spotty paper. I didn’t have a full 12x12 sheet so I just cut 1” strips and pieced them all together!

I love the brightness of this layout and was happy to have showcased so many patterned papers, I love how it turned out!

Happy scrapping

Niki xx



Nursery Class | Lottie Loves Paper Challenge | Simple Stories School Life

Thursday 25 August 2022


Hi everyone, here is my latest layout for Lottie Loves Paper, playing along with this week's challenge which is 'Stationery'. I am stashbusting today with the Simple Stories School Days collection from last year.

I used a large 7x5 photo which I angles and anchored over towards the right side, and created a huge cluster of embellishments over on the right. I've also used some Perspextives by Bramble Fox and sequins by Spiegelmom Scraps. There is also hidden journaling in a pocket behind the photo.

Play along over on the Lottie Loves Paper Community Group on Facebook.
Happy scrapping
Niki xx

Today | Lottie Loves Paper | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Storyteller

Friday 19 August 2022


Hi everyone! I have another new layout for Lottie Loves Paper using the beautiful Storyteller collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio! This time I’ve chosen to use lots of patterns from the 6x8 Paper Stack and have cut them all into triangles. I have been itching to make a layout like this for a while, ever since I saw a GoGo Getaway Sketch back in March and it’s been stuck in my head ever since!

I cut all the triangles by drawing them first and measuring them to ensure they were equal, then I cut them out and distressed all the edges and arranged them on the page with some overlapping others. I placed my photo on the centre point so that all the triangles looked as though they are bursting out from the photo. I outlined each of the triangles with a black pen.

I then embellished the layout with Storyteller floral ephemera, ephemera, chipboard stickers, Wooden Buttons and phrase stickers. I also added lots of black hearts from the Foam Phrase Stickers. I also dotted some little puffy heart stickers around with some sequins too. My title is a Bramble Fox Perspextive and I added a sub title ‘so happy’ using the black Foam Phrase Stickers.

I finished off by handwriting my journaling onto the light green triangle and then adding small splatters of black acrylic paint.

I love how this layout turned out, it was so much fun to make!

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx




Smile | Lottie Loves Paper | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Storyteller

Saturday 13 August 2022


Hey everyone, here is my latest layout for Lottie Loves Paper using Cocoa Vanilla Studio Storyteller Collection. I chose to use the blue paper with multicoloured hearts on, as a large feature on my background. I trimmed it down to about 10” square and distressed the edges and folded over one corner. I added my two photos with loads of Floral Ephemera coming out of the folded over corner.

I placed the word ‘smile’ which is a Bramble Fox Persepxtive onto the folded corner, it showed up really well against the yellow colour and was perfect because in this position it pointed towards my photos. These photos are of my girly who recently broke her arm, and even though this had lots of implications for her, she still walked around the whole time with a smile on her face.

I made another smaller embellishment cluster at the bottom of the layout and made journaling strips from the woodgrain paper from the 6x8 paper stack. I added Storyteller chipboard stickers, and wooden button stickers too. I also added a few phrase stickers from the Sticker Sheet.

My folded corner kept popping up so I added a few cross stitches using embroidery thread to keep in securely in place. I finished off with lots of gorgeous sequins and splatters of white paint!

I hope you have enjoyed this layout and happy scrapping!

Niki xx



All Aboard | Inspired by Shimelle

Wednesday 10 August 2022


Hey everyone! Today I have a layout to share that has been inspired by Shimelle! I was delighted to take part in this project and as Shimelle is such a huge inspiration it was an easy task!

I looked back through Shimelle’s archives and came across a sketch dated May 2013, and the layout Shimelle made for this sketch. The purpose of this sketch was to add a starburst to your layout and this is something I absolutely love to do so this was the perfect inspiration.

I decided to made a Harry Potter themed layout today because I recently visited the Harry Potter Studio tour with my daughter and several years ago Shimelle made lots of layouts about her trip to the Studio Tour, which I crushed over at the time, so this theme is another way Shimelle has inspired me.

There is one final way in which Shimelle has inspired me today and that is her block of two 6x4” photos. Together they made a 6x8” landscape block and my photo is a 6x8” landscape photo. I find this photo size particularly tricky to use and therefore I often look to Shimelle’s layouts when scrapping with this size to see how she has tackled the task. There are many layouts of Shimelle’s that use this photo formation and therefore lots of sources of inspiration.

I started off with a black background and I cut a 4x12” strip of patterned paper to turn into a starburst. I didn’t have much paper left from the collection I was using, (Witches & Wizards 2 by Echo Park Paper) so had to use one strip, rather than several different patterns. I used a pencil and a ruler to draw my starburst and then I cut all the pieces with scissors. I distressed all the edges and stuck them to the top of my black cardstock background.  Because my starburst was all one pattern I wanted to embellish it further by adding long stitches of black thread to each ray, and I also added punched stars in several different colours, as well as some tiny wooden stars too. This helped to make it more interesting and therefore more of a feature, in the absence of lots of different patterns.

I placed my photo centrally which is slightly different from Shimelle’s sketch and layout and I also added three more small photos to the bottom left corner. I turned the small photos into an embellishment cluster of their own by adding a few stickers, punched stars and fussy cut envelopes.

To the right of the small photos I added a small amount of patterned paper and two journaling strips. I didn’t have access to a white or silver pen when making this layout so couldn’t write directly onto the black background so journaling strips were my answer.

On the right I fussy cut a large stack of suitcases from a journaling card and added this as an additional area of embellishment.

For my title I used small (and very old!) alphabet stickers which I mounted first onto a plain piece of paper. I did this for two reasons: firstly to ensure they stood out against the background, and secondly so that I could raise the title as one piece onto foam pads. I finished off with splatters of white paint and a few more punched stars.

If you are ever struggling for inspiration then I would definitely recommend looking at sketches. They don’t have to be followed exactly and can just give you that little spark you need to get your creativity flowing. Even basic ones can get you thinking differently.

Thank you so very much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx 


Magical | For the Love of Pretty Paper Sketch Challenge

Saturday 6 August 2022

Hey everyone, I’m playing along with the August For the Love of Pretty Paper sketch today. I’ve rotated the sketch 180 degrees but otherwise kept to the sketch quite closely.

I’ve used two portrait photos instead of one landscape photo and I’ve put my title below my photos instead of above (as represented on the sketch when it is turned 180 degrees). I’ve also made my embellishment clusters quite a bit bigger but otherwise everything is in roughly the right place!

I’ve used the Witches & Wizards collection by Echo Park Paper and I’ve chosen papers and elements that have meaning and relate to my photos. For example, I’ve chosen a black background paper to represent the darkness of the Harry Potter series, I’ve chosen the green paper to represent Slytherin House because the Cursed Child play revolves a lot around Slytherin. I’ve used a large train embellishment because the train features a lot in the play, and I’ve used footprints from the Marauders’ Map because that features in the play too. It’s not always possible to choose scrapbooking supplies to suit your photos, but I do it as often as my photos and supplies allow because I do like my layout to have meaning rather than just always because the supplies were pretty! There’s nothing wrong with this approach of course but I like to have some links with my photos when I can. These things aren’t always obvious to others looking at the layout, but they do have meaning to me.

Enjoy playing along with the August sketch and happy scrapping

Niki xx



You are Cute | Lottie Loves Paper | Cocoa Vanilla Studio Storyteller

Wednesday 3 August 2022

Hi everyone! Here is a new layout for Lottie Loves Paper using the beautiful Storyteller Collection by Cocoa Vanilla Studio. I started off with that beautiful striped paper. I cut a section about 8” wide and then cut in between the coloured stripes. I distressed them all then stuck the back in position but I also made the ends into tabs by folding them under and securing with tape. I extended the colour of the stripes by using Distress Oxides.

I then added lots of Floral Ephemera to the ends of all stripes matching the colours, and added my photo too. I mounted my photo and added an Ephemera frame behind it. My title is ‘you are cute’ from the Foam Phrase Stickers.

I then added some of the puffy heart stickers and a few Bramble Fox Hearts. I also added a few more bits of ephemera to the stripes and added a few phrase stickers from the Sticker Sheet.

I finished off with some splatters of white paint and lots of sequins!

Thanks so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx





H2O | Simple Stories | Simple Vintage Lakeside

Tuesday 2 August 2022


Hi everyone! Here is another layout using the very beautiful Simple Stories Simple Vintage Lakeside collection. I started by adding my photo into one of the Chipboard Frames. I layered the frame with another frame, offset behind it. I also added a layer of patterned paper.

I chose a sheet of Simple Vintage Lakeside Basics paper for my background. I always love working with these as they are solid colours with beautiful printed textures on them. They are my favourite thing to use for backgrounds! I trimmed it down and distressed the edges significantly. I then mounted this onto a sheet of the checked patterned paper from the Lakeside collection. I love the brown and green tones.

I positioned the frames onto the layout and tucked un lots of leaves from the Nature Bits pack. I also added Foam Stickers, some icons from the Bits & Pieces pack and some Chipboard Stickers too.

I love phrase stickers so added a few of these at the top of the layout. These also served to cover up a random person in the background of my photo!

I added a few of the beautiful Decorative Brads, created another small cluster at the bottom of the layout and handwrote my journaling.

I also added a title using the two different fonts from the Simple Vintage Lakeside Sticker Book. I outlined the letters with a fine-liner pen to make them stand out better against the background.

I finished off with a few splatters of white paint.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing this layout and make sure to check out the Simple Vintage Lakeside collection, it is so beautiful for all your lake photos!

Happy scrapping

Niki xx



Just Add Water | Simple Stories | Simple Vintage Lakeside


Hello everyone, here is a new layout for Simple Stories, using the Simple Vintage Lakeside collection. I really enjoy working with the Simple Vintage collections, they are so beautiful and packed full of gorgeous icons.

I started off with a dark patterned paper with pretty foliage and butterflies. I drew a large circle centrally then cut this out. I distressed the edges of the circle and then backed it with a sheet of green paper from the Simple Vintage Lakeside Basics pack. I used foam pads around the edge of the circle to give it plenty of dimension.

I mounted two photos on the black and white striped paper and then set about layering them onto the layout. I used two of the Chipboard Clusters, overlapped slightly, as the base for my photos. I added plenty of Bits and Pieces, Nature Bits, Foam Stickers and some Decorative Brads around this area too. I particularly love the signpost that reads ‘trail’, ‘lake’ ‘lodge’. I also totally love all the ducks!

At the top opposite corner from the photos, I added another small cluster in order to balance out the large one with the photos. I love the wooden rounds that have phrases on. I chose the one that says ‘time to unplug’ and arranged that together with a mushroom and some leaves from the Bits & Pieces pack.

I added a chipboard title that says ‘just add water’ – how awesome is that!

I finished off with splatters of white paint and I also handwrote my journaling below the title.

Thank you so much for joining me today and happy scrapping

Niki xx