Weekend Market Newsletter Layout 2

 With My Dad My Hero I’ve returned to a more structured masculine layout. I find these easier to do than the more arty, messy ones like the sketch layout 🙂 whch was actually done after the first newsletter layout and before this one.

The base for the layout is the reverse of Postage – a lovely golden brown pattern. Over this goes a cut down Dot. Both papers have been edge distressed. Tucked under the Dot paper along 2 edges are strips of punch-edged Vintage Label – reverse side up.

Apologies on the slightly out of focus images for this layout – it was overcast and raining when I was taking them and almost impossible to get good shots. 

Because of the complicated dot pattern on the underlying paper, I’ve kept the title chipboard very simple – with just an inked coat of Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. This was one large title – by Imaginarium – and I’ve snipped it into 2 pieces so I could ‘tuck’ them into the edges of the patterned paper.

 Above the photo I’ve layered some strips of Around the World, (both the face and reverse side), topped with a pennant of Stripe. Across the base of the layered strips I’ve placed one of the stickers from the My Dad My Hero Sticker Collection (oos). 

To the right of the photo I’ve made an embellishment cluster using some paper strips, twine and a couple of clock charms from my stash. I’ve rolled the paper strips and bound the rolls together with the twine, popping one of the clocks on top of the rolls and tucking the other underneath them.

At the bottom of the photo is another cluster of paper layers matching the one above the photo. This time, however, there is a different sticker from the My Dad My Hero Sticker Collection (oos) and one of the decorative brads from the Brad Collection.

In the other bottom corner of the layout is the rest of the chipboard title and you can see the offset matt I used under the photo. This is one of the die cut shapes from the reverse side of Die Cuts.

With three boys – I plan on several more photo shoots with their father so I can make the most of the rest of my collection of Weekend Market. I’ve also got my eye on some of the more feminine papers in the range  – the ones that Michele has played with. So you might want to run – not walk – to the store and get in quick, before both of us get in to replace our stash of this very versatile range.  😉

Mary does have a restock of oos items coming in next week – so don’t dispair if something you want is not there at the moment – check in next week and grab it then.


Compass charm

The tag from my last layout was made using some Tim Holtz products and a bronze compass charm from my2angels. The charm was just the perfect finishing touch to the tag. You name the theme – Tracy has a charm to match.

Weekend Market Newsletter Layout 1

Shopping for paper ranges online can sometimes be a bit hit and miss. Ranges that look exciting onscreen, can disappoint in real-life and sometimes ranges that look ho-hum or ok onscreen turn out to be real gems when you get them in your hot, grubby (or should that be inky?) little hands. I underestimated Weekend Market and I am not ashamed to say it. It was almost a ‘spec’ buy – I thought it might turn out to be something nice and thus worth getting a paper or two – and then when it got here, and I saw it in all its glorious jewel hues, I kicked myself for not getting more – a lot more.

The colours are rich and luscious – tawny, golden and russet browns; sapphire blue, a heavy, golden cream; with just the hint of turquoise and light blue here and there. Although it is at first glance, gloriously masculine, there are sufficient touches of lace and flourish here and there to make feminine pages easily accomplished as well. I must confess that I have left some of the ‘themed’ pages alone – the luggage and tag ones for example – but you’re mad to not buy the range just because you don’t think you can use those themed papers. And as with any range from Bo Bunny, the reverse of the papers are worth the purchase price alone.

Believe in the Impossible is mostly composed of the reverse sides of the Weekend Market range. I used the reverse side of Vintage Label as the base. Of the two dark blue toned papers in the range – this has the richer and more vibrant colour. Over that went a half piece of the reverse side of Rulers, followed by a thinner strip of the reverse of Tapestry (oos).

These three papers provided the foundation for the layout and in keeping with the strong masculine lines I wanted it to have, I’ve left the paper edges straight cut and not distressed them at all – other than to ink along the edges. With such rich and strong colours I don’t feel the need to clutter the layout with as many embellishments as I would normally add. Let the paper speak for itself – you don’t want to drown out the photo with too much.

The chipboard title is from my stash and is by a company called WOW. They have a nice range of titles and are well priced. This one has been inked with a combination of Rusty Hinge and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Underneath the title you can see half of a die cut journal shape from the Noteworthy pack. I inked around the edge of this with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  Tim Holtz’s Distress Ink range has a number of different ink colours that match well with the Weekend Market papers and I have primarily used them rather than other inks.

On the top right of the photo I added a tag cluster. It has been made by combining a Tim Holtz Journalling Ticket with a tag cut from the Cut Outs paper. I’ve added a rubon from the Weekend Market Rubon Collection; a section of Tim Holtz film strip; some twine and a bronze compass charm from my stash. Just underneath it is another die cut journal shape from the Noteworthy pack. I’ve further embellished it with some of the rubons from  the Weekend Market Rubon Collection.

Underneath the photo I went with some more of the Noteworthy  journal shapes. I chose them more for their strong colours and interesting designs than for using them as journalling. The glass cabochon you see I made for myself with some spare patterned paper from the Weekend Market range.

Underneath the photo is most of a die cut shape from the Cut Outs paper. I’ve tucked it under so that only the quote on it shows. One trick to using die cut shapes you have to cut out yourself, is to ink the edges to hide the white paper edge left from cutting. I’ve used Aged Mahogany Distress Ink for this edge – it’s a very nice match for the colour of the patterned paper.

To the upper left, you can see the other half of the die cut journal shape I mentioned earlier. The Noteworthy pack has its usual interesting collection of shapes – though this time more of them are decorative elements than journalling spots.

The final embellishment on the layout is this gorgeous chipboard Compass Rose by Dusty Attic (oos). I’ve already complained to Mary about it going out of stock – so look for a restock soon, when she gets sick of my whinging about it. 🙂  To it I added a circle of paper left over from another layout and then popped on top of that is one of the decorative brads from the Weekend Market Brads Pack. The inking you see is a mix of Chipped Sapphire and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

I’m really happy with the way this layout came together. The colours are rich and vibrant and really work well with the photo – and for me, are a perfect showcase on how easy it is to use this range for strong masculine layouts.

For the Techniques/Tips for this newsletter, I have added to the forum a step-by-step on how to make this layout, as well as providing a list of all materials needed.  Re-stocks of oos items in this range are due in next week – so check out the store for some of this gorgeous range.

More charms – made to measure

 Apologies – totally forgot to post this. I’ve been too exhausted from the Scrapbooking Expo up here in Brisbane the think of it – 3 days of scrappy mayhem attending classes and helping Tracy out at her my2angels booth.

In making up the sketch layout, I begged Tracy for the finishing touches to my Bo Bunny Trinket. She was more than happy to whip me up a pearl and butterfly charm dangle that matched in with my layout colours perfectly.

There is another pearl and butterfly charm dangle on the seam binding bow tied to the journalling tag (hidden behind the photo). I’ve also altered one of her Bronze Filigree Crosses – cut them in half, bend their tips up slightly and whallah – you have gorgegous metal leaves for your flowers.

 Don’t forget that Tracy has a DT call out at the moment for my2angels. If you are a 12×12 scrapper or cardmaker and think you have the time, energy and commitment; and would love to share your skills with us, we’d love to see you apply. Check out the call here – and be sure to email Tracy with your application.

I’ll be back with my Weekend Market layouts for Mary’s newsletter shortly (after the newsletter goes out); but right now I am playing with some French Kiss for Tracy and planning how I am going to practice what I learnt at the Expo classes in my upcoming Attitude layouts for Mary. So many ranges to play with and so little time to play with them in… 😉








June Sketch Layout – Bo Bunny Weekend Market

Moments Like These is the Forum sketch layout for this month and is an arty, feminine layout using Bo Bunny’s Weekend Market. I’ll be showcasing a few masculine layouts using this range a little later in the week – but they’re designed along more formal lines than this layout.

Lol – no – she has not suddenly turned into a brunette – this is the photoshopping style I have been using for my sons’ photos recently – love the whole teen moodiness of it – and out of curiosity I tried it on a couple of photos of Madame. I really liked the edginess it gave this particular photo and had to scrap it like this.

There is almost a blue tint to the photo and it just screamed to be used with Weekend Market, with a focus on the darker blue elements of the range.

This time the base paper is the gorgeous Tapestry. I was actually so happy with the way the paint splatters went, that I found it hard to add any other patterned papers – finally I worked out a way to add a strip of Stripe ; a punched section of the reverse of Vintage Label; and sections of a die cut element from the reverse side of Cut Outs. But that was pretty much it – this is definitely a ‘less is more’ design. Unlike the straight edges of my boy layouts with this range – this one has had all edges distressed with a Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser.


The title is by WOW and comes from Scrapping Outback – though it is sadly out of stock now. Like the other chipboard on the layout – Dusty Attic Wrought Iron Trim Set  and Dusty Attic Mini Chandelier,  it has been given a coat of Vintage Photo Distress Ink (and speckles of Aged Mahogany) and then one of Crystallina Kindyglitz and whilst both are wet, it has been dried under a heat gun.

The paint splodges are actually ink – Vintage Photo Distress Stain and the splatters are All that Jazz Glimmerglaze and Blue Suede Shoes Glimmerglam (both by Tattered Angels).

Here and there you can see randomly added amber and blue rhinestones from the Weekend Market Jewels Pack, along with some clear cabochons I altered with a smear of Blue Suede Shoes Glimmerglam added to the base of the cabochon.


 The Dusty Attic Heart Flourish was treated the same as the other chipboard and then decorated with rhinestones from the Weekend Market Jewels Pack.

I used an oval trinket from the Weekend Market Trinkets Collection to embellish this chipboard piece at the top of the layout. Added to the trinket are some pearl dangles and a cute little butterfly charm from my stash.

I trimmed the top and bottom from the die cut element (from the reverse side of Cut Outs) and only used those – popping them on either side of the photo and keeping the middle bit to use somewhere else. The original piece was not wide enough for the photo without doing this. 

 The journalling is on a tag hidden behind the photo. So you can pull the tag out easily, I added a bit of crinkled seam binding coloured with Blue Suede Shoes Glimmerglam and finished it off with a small butterfly and pearl charm dangle.

 Underneath the photo I added 2 of the gorgeous flowers from the Prima Kennedy – Blueberry pack. They match the blues in the layout perfectly.

To enter the Sketch competition – check out the forum here and then upload your entry into the gallery by the end of the month to be in the running for your selection from the Prize Cupboard.

MFT Die-namics Rolled Rose Die

For my Forever Spring layout I made a flower using the Rolled Rose  Die-namics die by MFT. Like all my MFT dies, I got it from Michelle at The Stamp Spot. This is my go-to place for MFT dies and Spellbinder products. Using these dies makes it so easy to make the rolled flowers that are popular at the moment.

To make mine I used a piece of patterned paper and popped it and the die through my Cuttlebug. Then I lightly distressed the edges with my Heidi Swapp Edge Distresser.

Once all the edges were distressed, I ran a matching pink chalk ink over them.

Making the flower is so simple – grab the loose end with a pair of tweezers and then roll the paper around it to build up the flower. The circular end bit provides a base to your flower when finished – all you need is a sticky dot or some glue. Let it loosen upfirst though until you are happy with how it looks and then add a glob of glue/glue dot to the bottom and hold the it all down until it sets.

There are heaps of tutorials on you-tube that show you step by step how to do it – I’ve just listed the basics and I have to admit it is so simple you can do them without having to watch anything.

To finish the flower off I popped a loose pearl into it – but you could add some stamens, a bead or button – anything that takes your fancy really.

I readily confess to being more of a bought flower girl than a maker of flowers girl – but the ease with which I was able to put this together has me tempted to see what else I can do with these dies. They work on a wide range of materials – so I am curious to see how they go with fabrics or hessian. I’ve seen some stunning samples done with felt too.

Anyway – pop in to see Michelle at The Stamp Spot and check out her range of over 100 MFT Die-namics dies. The re-stocks are in, so now is the time to get in and stock up. 😉