Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Simple Stories Here and There Layouts

Hello! Today I have two scrapbook layouts featuring the Simple Stories "Here and There" Collection.

If you did any traveling recently, this will be the collection for you! The main colours are dark blue, dark orange and pink. They really make light and bright pictures jump off the page. The shop has the kit and many embellishments available.

The first layout was inspired by the September challenge sketch in the Scrap Shotz Facebook group. I tend to have a hard time leaving white space on a page so this sketch was good for forcing me to use only one corner of the paper. 

To start, I double matted my photo. Then I cut some strips of paper and used a cardstock sticker for the strips at the bottom. The diagonal paper came in the kit but I added a piece of ribbon for dimension. The flowers are fussy cut from one of the papers. The rest of the embellishments are chipboard stickers or cardstock stickers. The final touch was to use a white pen to journal and then splatter some gesso.

My next layout was built around the title. I used my Silhouette Cameo to weld together the letters from the font. I backed each letter with a different colour from the striped paper in the kit. It always takes me so long to do but it was worth it. This page has more cardstock stickers for embellishments. I kind of cheated with the photo matting and just put strips of paper down the sides of the photos. Overall, I'm glad I got three more large pictures from our Wisconsin Dells trip on a layout!

That's all for today. Have fun scrapping!

Friday, September 29, 2023

Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Happy Days

I don’t know about you but I am not ready to let go of summer just yet! I love a good sweater and a warm pumpkin spice latte as much as the next crafty gal but I would also take another month of summer if someone asked me. So I have decided that playing with the Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Happy Days goodies from the Scrap Shotz shop will keep summer alive in my scrappy space. 

I love the happy theme of this collection - sunshine, rainbows and happiness! The classic goodness of a Cocoa Vanilla Studio collection. For the layouts below I had the following goodies on my desk: Happy Days Collection Pack, Happy Days Title Stickers, Happy Days Ephemera, and Happy Days Floral Ephemera.  

Ok here is the fun I had ;) 

September Sketch Challenge 

For my first layout I played with our September Sketch Challenge. I love the sketch’s focus on the lower right of the page but also the touch of design across the bottom. So classy. 

This sketch design gave me a perfect opportunity to use this word pattern background - I knew the busy pattern wouldn’t steal the show with a single focal point on the lower right. Instead of the straight lines of the sketch, I let the rainbow curves of the Happy Days collection guide my design. 

A black and white photo made sure the ephemera really popped off the page and didn’t draw attention away from the amazing florals embellishing my photo. I will add my journalling to those empty tags along the bottom (in my own hand writing!) before I drop this one in my 2023 album. 

If you get a chance to play with the sketch, drop a photo in the September challenge album on the Scrap Shotz Facebook Group for a chance at a prize! 

Grunge Up Those Rainbows 

I love Cocoa Vanilla Studio’s bright and fun style but I really, really am a grunge-girl at heart. So I decided to ‘grunge up’ the rainbow. 


I used my black journal pen to messily trace the lines between each of the rainbow colours. Then I added a few spritz of water to some Tonic - Nuvo Crystal Drops in Black Ebony and used a small paintbrush to flick some splatters on the page. 

I printed my photos in 1x2 to make a wonky photo strip down the right of the page - I added at least a couple different patterns from the Collection behind each photo for some depth and contrast to the rainbow. I added the fun sketched frame from the ephemera pack to draw attention to my main photo and the flags from the pack as well in and around the others. The phrase stickers I added to bring some white to the layout so there was a place for the eye to rest on all the busy! I will add journalling in a column to the left of the photos before putting this one in my Scotland Trifect 2023 album. 

Inspired to Doodle

I had such fun with this layout! First, I took out my stash of Lindy’s Stamp Gang - Magicals from the shop and the striped rainbow pattern from the Collection and matched Magicals to each colour section of the stripes. Then I used the Magicals, mixed with a bit of water, and the packaging technique to splotch the colours next to the corresponding colour down the middle of a white 12x12 cardstock. I ripped the stripe pattern for the left hand side of the page. 

Before adding my photos and ephemera, I used my journal pen to trace the lines between the colours on the stripes, added some black splatters and a few random stamps here and there to add to the ‘mess’. 

I printed 6 photos for this layout, 2 are 2x3 as the feature photos and the other 4 are 1x2. I backed the photos in white to create some space between the photo image and the colourful background. For the larger photos, I added a couple of Collection pattern papers behind too. 

Liking the doodle look of my journal pen on the stripes, I decided to keep going and create my own leaves to pop out behind the florals ephemera pack goodies. To make these, I literally doodled loops connected to a line on white cardstock and then fussy cut them. I like the pops of white/sketch look with all that colour. To make the florals match the doodle look a little more, I also doodled some lines on each flower. 

I am off to play some more with his amazing collection, stay tuned for part 2 … 

Monday, September 11, 2023

49 and Market for Travel Memories

Hi y’all! Brande here sharing some travel memory projects brought to you by the amazing inventory of 49 & Market goodies in the Scrap Shotz shop! 

I used the Vintage Artistry Everywhere collection as my go to kit for these pages adding in some goodies from the Vintage Bits and Essentials collections too. 

Loving the Film Strips 

I love the film strips that 49 & Market have designed! I find myself designing a page then before adhering everything down I decide to also tuck a few film strips in behind and it’s next level! That’s what happened for this one. 

I started with the pattern paper and added a bunch of the messy rub ons, some splatters and a cluster of photos with a few embellishments was almost where I stopped .. then the film strips happened! One of each colour which then inspired the little circle chipboard embellishments to finish it off. Next level from my original vision. 

Words for the Win 


The Vintage Artistry Everywhere Rub-Ons come with a sheet of the most fantastic travel / adventure / explore the world words. I used a bunch of them to frame my layout! I tried to make a few a little off the page and a few fully on the page - sort of mimicking a pattern paper look. 

Then I added some splatters and a stencil pattern with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Unchartered Mariner. I used this colour to also inspire the embellishments - adding mostly blue touches here and there, and of course more of those amazing film strips! 

Forced Perspective 

For this layout I was inspired by the geo tags in the 49 & Market goodies. I love that they point to where you were, where you want to go a map .. or in this case, where the eye should focus on a layout. I cut the black/white pattern paper on this layout  to mimic the bottom of the geo tag that is sitting there all pretty in the middle of the page. 

From there, I created a cluster of small and even smaller photos, added some embellishments to connect all the photos and a few circles cut with the 49 & Market pattern papers. I repeat stamped the word happy over and over in black and coordinating Distress Inks (worn lipstick, twisted citron) behind the photo cluster. 

If you had the pleasure of seeing the Scrap Shotz crew at the Scrapbook Carnival in Edmonton and Calgary this year you may have seen these layouts on display.  

Thanks for swinging by! 

Monday, August 28, 2023

Simple Stories - Simple Vintage Essentials

Hello! I am back in my craft room after a busy summer. It feels pretty good to being back in creative mode. I was excited to work with this line. "Simple Stories Simple Vintage Essentials" is very monochromatic, and I love how colors pop on it!

These older photos of my sweet granddaughter make me smile, and her bright coat helps them jump off the page. I used a few different patterns from the patterned paper pack, cutting squares at 4.5 inches and mounting them on a mat, that was mounted on a dotted background that was adhered to a cardstock base.  Over the quad patterned paper, I mounted another pattern in a larger square, popped it up on foam and used that as the base for my photos. The gold heart accents and the gold thickers are from my stash and the clipboard clips are from the Chipboard Clipboard ephemera pack. 

I really like the pattern on this paper with all the rulers on it. I mounted a 8" strip in the middle and built my layout up from that, using foam to pop up the photo, different words from the foam sticker sheet and a die cut Hello from my stash. The postcard and other layering bits were from the ephemera packs, and more of the clips from the Chipboard Clipboard pack. I knew that this photo was going to be on a layout as soon as I took it. That's my sister climbing up the ladder on our RV attempting to get a cell signal at the Big Valley Jamboree. 

This layout was fun. The layers under the photo were already done for me, I popped one of the ephemera pieces on a bit of foam, then mounted it on another. So easy to get the multi-layers! I put that onto a patterned paper piece that I cut around the tags about halfway up the page, distressed them a bit, inked the edges and sewed around it a couple of times. The flowers are 49 and Market blooms that also had a bit of distressing. I used the labels from the ephemera pack with the inserts intact. (You can use the frames or the words separately if you'd like.) To give the labels a bit of dimension, where ever you could see them, I put glossy accents on the rivets to make them look 3D. I also put glossy accents on the clips and on the heart under the photo. 

Of course, I ended my scrap session with some cards. These were fun and easy to create, and I think they'll be ones I use quickly. They'll be great for office greetings and occasions.

Thanks for having a look! Anytime you have a question, please just ask. Have a great week!


Thursday, August 17, 2023

More Scrapbook Layouts & Pocket Pages with Simple Stories Trail Mix!

Hello friends! Karla back again today with four MORE fun layouts using the awesome Simple Stories Trail Mix collection! If you missed Monday's post with the first four layouts and a video created with the same supplies, be sure to check that out HERE! For the first layout I used the fun background paper that reminds me of flash cards, above and below my photos. 

I added in some Bazzil Cardstock in a matching colour and matted my photos with the Fall Color Vibe 6x8 Paper Pad. I created a pocket in the photo on left and used the cut apart journaling library card as a piece that can be pulled out. Last year we decided to recreate a photo (the OG!) from 2018 with all the kiddos from our yearly camping trip. I used some Simple Stories Color Vibe alpha stickers on the top of this card.

I used the foam stickers along with various stickers and ephemera from the collection and embellished with The Robin's Nest Dew Drops.

Next, I created a pocket page documenting our meals in the shelter at the campground.

I used some of the 4x6 and 3x4 cut apart cards to tuck into my pockets.

Then I layered stickers and tags to finish it off.

I turned over the pocket page and filled the backside with more photos and embellishments.

When I'm creating a pocket page I normally add the photos I want to be on the page and then decorate around them.

I chose the nature cards and images for this page and added a friends chipboard sticker.

Lastly, I created a page using more of the reds and browns from the collection.

I added various strips of the left over papers and some splatters with Tim Holtz Mica Spray for a few shiny splatters! 

I added in some stenciling with the Tim Holtz Brush Hex Stencil from the mini 3 pack and Distress Oxide Ink. I added in some more of the The Robin's Nest Dew Drops to finish off the layout! 

I can't believe I made 8 layouts in the last few days using this Simple Stories Trail Mix collection! I still have a few more things left in the collection and I already have plans for them ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a happy crafty day!

PS. Don't forget to stop by the Scrap Shotz Facebook Page at 1 pm MT on Thursday for a fun LIVE Demo - every week!! 

Monday, August 14, 2023

Scrapbook Layouts with Simple Stories Trail Mix!

Hello friends! Karla back today with four fun layouts using the awesome Simple Stories Trail Mix collection!! This is a wonderful summertime, adventure collection, which could be used into the Fall! This first layout we made Live on Facebook, but I've added an edited video below which you can view on YouTube! Be sure to scroll down to see three more projects!! Seriously I just couldn't stop!


I used the Creative Scrapbooker July sketch as a starting point for this layout, but flipped the orientation. I added in Distress Oxide Inks and a Vicki Boutin World Traveler Stencil from her Where To Next Collection.

There are so many fun elements in this collection - I used the Decorative Brads, Patches Bits and Pieces, Chipboard Stickers, Foam Stickers and the 12 x 12 Collection Pack, which also includes stickers. I also pulled in some of the Fall Color Vibe papers from the 6x8 paper pad. There are lots of fun papers available in the Color Vibe Line

I added on The Robin's Nest Dew Drops and some hemp twine for my cut apart tag and then journaled on the tag and around my photos.

Next, I created a layout using the August sketch from the Creative Scrapbooker VIP Group. I added in some stenciling again with the Distress Oxide Inks. The colours just happen to go perfectly with our Summer Colour Palette Challenge in the Scrap Shotz Papercrafting Facebook Group! You have until the end of the month to add a project for a chance to win! Check out the Album with details HERE!

I added the Decorative Brads and used various pieces from the collection to add a few clusters of embellishments.

I created my title using the Foam Stickers, Patches Bits and Pieces and a sticker from the collection pack!

I added a few Oxide Ink splatters with the Tim Holtz Splatter Brush, which always gives a cool effect!

Thirdly, I created a layout documenting our travels out to the mountains.

I used one of the 4x4 cut apart cards and those pretty Color Vibe papers and created a grid design with strips of patterned paper.

This cute camper is so fun!! I added in a cluster of embellishments and those lovely The Robin's Nest Dew Drops!

Lastly, I used the beautiful trails and trees paper and the August sketch from the Creative Scrapbooker Sketchy Challenge FB Group

The cut apart tags are great for journaling on, making tag booklets or just as decorative elements.

I added a foam sticker title, a cluster of embellishements and matted my photo with some of the Color Vibe Fall paper. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love how these all turned out! And, I'll be back on Thursday with FOUR more layouts with this collection!! 

PS. Don't forget to stop by the Scrap Shotz Facebook Page at 1 pm MT on Thursday for a fun LIVE Demo - every week!!