Kaiser Newsletter – Attitude! – Layout 3

The final layout for the newsletter is Boy Interrupted. Some of you have noticed that for my older boys, I often scrap pages about emotional times, issues and problems they have and my advice/response to those times.  This is another of those layouts. DS2 has been on a bit of a roller-coaster this year though no fault of his own. It has been a rough year for all of us as a family, but for him it has been harder than most. For one who the path was clearest, the future brightest – he is currently in a much darker place. And perhaps the most tragic aspect of this, is that some of those who should have been acting to help and support him, have instead turned their backs and let him down.

While I know that time will show that this is just an interruption to his life (hence the title) the betrayal of those he thought he should be able to trust has been an eye-opening shock to him.  The design of the layout is intended to depict some of the turmoil and context of the underlying reason for the layout.

The base paper for the layout is the reverse side of the aptly titled Trouble. I love the pattern of this paper and at some point I must do a layout that features it as a central part of the design.  Over it I have put a trimmed down and randomly edge-punched piece of Industrial – the embossed cardstock of the range. It has a great grid texture to it and is another paper well worth featuring on a layout. Over that is a trimmed down piece of Dude – again featuring the reverse side (grid pattern). Tucked under the left side of the photo is a section of Trouble (cut to show off the great pattern on it) – that I cut out of the base piece before I layered the other sections over it.

I used one of the star die cuts from the Collectibles Pack (oos) as a template to produce this star from the reverse side of Whatever. The star has been embellished with a randomly inked chipboard cog,  a metal Tim Holtz Gears piece, some leather twine, a section of star border sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet and some rubons from the Rubon Collection.

I had some trouble with getting some of the rubons to rubon properly – so I deliberately messed up the ones that were ok to give them all a distressed and messy look. Nothing in DS2’s life is neat and tidy at the moment – so a messy, half-finished look to the embellishments is fitting.

 Using a die cut star as my template again – I cut this star out of an underlying piece of Trouble – the hole is hidden by the other layers of paper. I really liked the pattern on it and couldn’t bear for it not to show somewhere on the layout. The chipboard piece is from my stash and has been inked and then coated with Black Soot Distress Stickles to give it that textured look.

The journalling (motherly advice) is on the tag hidden under the photo. I used a luggage tag as a template to cut one from a piece of the reverse side of Whatever. It has been embellished with a bit of leather twine and a a metal Tim Holtz Gears piece. More of the star border sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet and the rubons from the Rubon Collection finish off this corner of the layout.

Although there is a die cut ‘boy’ word in the Collectibles Pack – I chose to use it as a template and continue the reverse side of Whatever theme. It got a nice grungy inking too – which was much more fitting than the white bordered original die cut piece. This section of the layout features elements from the 6.5 Paper Pad – the two borders and the caramel embossed paper. The chipboard is all from my stash, but the funky alphas are again from the 12 x 12 Sticker Sheet.

There is further symbology in the chipboard pieces – the clock is broken up into 2 pieces – to mirror the broken time (period in his life?) he is experiencing and the 12 at the top is a reference to ‘Year 12’ – the year of his schooling that has been torn apart.

I borrowed a cool cogs stamp from a scrappy friend to make this section of the layout. The textured look you can see on the stamping is due to using a Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder.  I’ve popped this into the forum as my Techniques and Tips suggestion for this newsletter – so check it out in the forum to see how I achieved this grungy appearance.

After I finished the stamping, I randomly added metal and chipboard cogs here and there. Unlike the normal neat and efficient gears/cogs of a functioning machine (life) – these gears and cogs have exploded out and are in disarray. I couldn’t think of a better way to represent the chaos DS2’s life has been over the past few months. 

I have to admit I like Attitude! more than Technologic (though that does still own a special place in my heart) – but then it suits my teens down to the ground. I can see it working for  younger boys (pre-teens and those grubby, little boy photos) and I have seen some stunning layouts done for girls as well. Mary still has reasonable stocks of everything available – so make your life a little grungier and grab yourself some Attitude!


Kaiser Bonjour Newsletter Layout – 2

More Bonjour newsletter today. Sometimes you have just the ‘perfect’ photo for a range when it lobs onto your desk to use. This photo was it for me and Bonjour. I’d only taken it that week  – during the school holidays – and I knew straight away that it would look lovely with this particular patterned paper. We had been out for a girly day together (the brothers were reffing at a soccer carnival, so we were home alone) and had just come home from enjoying ‘Fluff’ at QPAC (fastastic live theatre performance for children – thoroughly recommend it if you ever get a chance to see it). Whilst I was bemoaning the need for the dreaded ‘mowing of the yard’, she was busy swanning around in the clover enjoying the feel of her new flower covered Mary-janes (the flowers of which – apparently – look like clover flowers). Sensing the chance at some photos – I ran for my camera and something to keep the afternoon sun off her head. This is one of the photos I managed to snaffle that afternoon.

Sadly – Ooh la la – uses a patterned paper that Mary has not been able to get into stock (as of yet). The Die Cut paper Nancy is gorgeous – the feature paper of the range. I’ve trimmed the middle out of it and then mounted the frame onto pop-dots over a piece of the reverse side of Paris. The matt for the photo is a patterned paper from the Paper Pad and it matches the colours of the other two papers very nicely. Once that was done there was very little left to do to finish off the layout. The Eiffel Tower pattern on the right-hand side needs nothing to enhance it. I added a token pink rose to the bottom and a few small roses cut from the patterned paper that were leftovers from other layouts – but other than that I have left it alone to speak for itself.

In two of the corners of the frame I have added some chipboard chicken-wire by Twiddleybitz. No logic to it – it just felt right with the photo and the frame. I’ve not even altered it – just left it as bare chipboard (a rarity for me). I love the rustic, vintage look it gives the layout – perfectly in keeping with the photo and the frame. I have ‘girly-fied’ it (if there is such a word) with a butterfly sticker (12 x 12 Alpha Sticker sheet) and rose (Kaiser Mini BloomFairy Floss) – but left it at that.

The alphas are my favs (Scrapware Lowercase Antique) (oos) and they have been girly-fied to the nth degree – just as a contrast to the rest of the rustic look. Well actually – the pink paint/black ink (2nd try) over  crackle paint (1st try) looked yucky and Kindyglitz hides a multitude of sins (believe me). Love how little bits of each layer come through though.

Down in the bottom right corner I added another flower cluster and my journalling tag. I found this one in the Paper Pad and it was just the perfect match. More of the Kaiser Fairy Floss Blooms and pink Posy flowers – and I managed to squeeze in some chippy leaves, which I inked black to offset the roses.

Many thanks to the lovely Miss Maggie – whose gorgeous lace parasol we had the loan of for our little photo-shoot in the backyard. Madame is very covetous – and can’t wait until she is a ‘grown-up lady’ and can have such pretty things. Mwah Maggie – we had a wonderful time with it.

Kaisercraft – December 25th

Oh my goodness – it can’t really be that time of year yet?? I am so not ready for Christmas ranges to start coming out. Kaisercraft’s December 25th is one of the earliest releases – but don’t pass it by thinking that you can wait until closer to Christmas before buying – you just might miss out – this is one of the nicer Xmas ranges and is selling fast. The colours can only be described as sumptuous – lush golds, deep reds and greens, rich creams and browns – all with a richness and elegance that makes creating with them an absolute delight.


For Little Red Hat I used the red reverse side of Peace as the base for the layout – but from it I cut out the music section and the santa/little girl design to use later. A large piece of Faith was centred in the middle (just hiding all the bits that were cut out) with a strip of Noel (striped side) running slightly off-centre behind it and the music section from Peace over it. That stunning gold patterned square is a paper from the 6.5 x 6.5 Paper Pad and I matted it on a little dark brown cardstock for contrast. A border punch design along one edge provides a small touch of whimsy.

The alphas are some old ones from my stash (SheHeidi Swapp and I forget what the little ones are), given a coat of Memento Rich Cocoa ink and lashings of Vintage Photo Distress Stickles. The tag is from the Mini Journal Tags – and I have tucked the edge of the cardstock under the design to help integrate the paper layers together. The star is an old Kaiser wooden Christmas flourish and has a soft gold ink (Maya Road) on it that makes it shimmer slightly.

This embellishment cluster has another of the Mini Journal Tags, over which I have placed a cut out section of the design from the Faith patterned paper. The 25 is a sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Collectibles sheet and I have popped it up on a bit of Couture Creations Foam Mounting Tape to give it some dimension. The chipboard branch piece (Leafy Stems) is by Dusty Attic and again, it has just been given a coat of the shimmery gold ink.

The red chipboard flowers though are by Scrapware and they have been sprayed with Red Velvet Glimmermist, before being ‘roughed up’ to pull the chipboard apart into layers. The pearl centre comes from the December 25th Jewels pack. I’ll do a separate post to explain how to do the flower roughing up technique.


The pearl flourish (Classic Chocolate Flourish) is also from Kaiser, but I have cut it up so that I could place it to suit the layout better. I’ve also matted the photo onto some dark brown cardstock and used a border punch to create an interesting edge to it. The complete design is a little wide – so I have used the photo to cover up about half the design – giving me just a thin, but still attractive pattern along the matt edge.

The smaller embellishment cluster has another of the chipboard foliage pieces partially hidden by a tag sticker from the 12 x 12 Sticker Collectibles sheet. A couple more of the altered chipboard flowers finish it off.

 Hmmm – I imagine now I will be fielding demands to get said hat out of storage ready for the silly season. Small someone was very excited to see them putting up decorations and toys in Big W today. All Hubby and I could do was roll our eyes and comment on the irritation caused by stores doing so MONTHS before Christmas. How to make parents love shopping – NOT.

Back again…

Yeah I know – it’s been a while. For various reasons I haven’t scrapped a lot over the past few months and I have not posted up here even the few I have scrapped. Mojo has been awol – but I have dragged him kicking and screaming back into the scraproom and put him to work. So far there are about a half dozen layouts to share to catch up with all that is missing and there are new works in the pipeline.  Maybe he just needed the warmer weather to thaw him out a little??

MSR – Challenge 1

Whoo hooo – loving it all so far. The challenge 1 criteria were right up my alley. Chop up your chippy; fussy cut your papers; distressing; use OS chippy and make 3 flowers.

Jules used the wonderful Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime papers that have been sitting in my stash for a looooooooong time whilst I sorted out a mini album and found the time to do it (and obviously haven’t yet). It didn’t take long to work out what I wanted – but it did take a long time to put together. Mostly because I stuffed up my title and had to do some last minute repairs, then changed my mind on my base papers and had to add another layer on piece by piece around the edges and of course decided that a second row of stitching was a good idea. Still – I like it better now than the original version.

Here it is as it was submitted. Apologies – it is blurry – it has been raining here for the last 2 days and I had to take the photos inside without the flash.

For those of you who have seen the photo before – yep – I have pulled out the old fairy photos again. This time I altered the dress colour from lilac to pink to better suit the paper colours. I did try to get a deeper, more rose coloured pink – but Photoshop did not want to play nice – so sugar pink is what you get.

Love fussy cutting and all those gorgeous fairies – where do you start? In this close-up you can see the distressing of the background paper and cardstock. I also distress inked the scalloped section. The stitching was a pain – but several episodes of “Big Bang Theory” made the time fly. There are at least two layers to most of the flowers – some of the top ones are up on pop-dots.

My favourite fairy – isn’t she a stunner? The chippy just above her is half a piece of Scrap FX flourish (challenge criteria) which I inked and then gave a clear coat of crackle paint. When that was dry I added a darker green (Forest Moss) Distress Ink and some Kindyglitz and gave it a short burst with the heat gun. Love the way it turned out.

My poor title chippy. It is half a title, that I cut to keep only the second word (challenge criteria) and it was originally painted cream, given a crackle paint coating and then another coat of green ink. I was hoping for something similar to the chippy in that Websters layout I did at the beginning of the year – but it turned out yuck. I had to add more ink – lots more – and then some Kindyglitz and my heat gun. I am very happy with how it finally turned out – it looks very distressed (lol – challenge criteria) though I think I was more distressed than it was. I had the layout all planned by then and it was the ONLY copy of that chippy title I had and SO were sold out of it. Arrrggghhhhh!! Very relieved it turned out ok. A happy accident really – since I LOVE the crackle look underneath it all. Can think of a few other upcoming layouts I might try this on.

The shaped green paper comes curtesy of an old Pink Paislee chipboard shape that I got in a pack of similar shapes and strips. I use them as templates – the original patterns on them being a little hideous. This one works particularly well on circle layouts – though I had to modify it a little from the original (it stuck out too far) by cutting a scallop out of each side. I have another layout where I have used this and I have to confess to being very partial to this design.

Here is the rest of the chopped up Scrap FX chippy and another of those lovely fairies. This one is Madame’s favourite – she is pink (what else?). Love the little title banner – cut that out of one of the papers and bent it so it looks like a real banner. Must remember that for the mini album when I finally get there.

I ADORE that little pink and white flower. It’s by Ada flowers and is a Megan flower. The very clever Rach at OS got them from New Zealand. Must have more. Neeeeeed more. They are perfect for this paper range. So if anyone knows where I can get my hands on more of these little lovelies – preferably in a large pack and not per flower – I will worship the ground you walk on (at least until my next ‘must have’). I did find that they come in many colours – thinking that might be a handy thing too. 😉

Sigh – I have to mention the monstrosity that is my hand-made flower (another challenge criteria). Not happy with it. I made three versions of my flower before settling for that one – simply because I had run out of time and patience. Yeah ok – so they are not that detestable – the flat out truth – it’s me. With a paper like this – where there are perfectly wonderful patterned flowers to cut out – AND where there is a perfectly matching pre-made flower – I just don’t see the need to MAKE one. But is it a challenge criteria and so I had to. I do confess (just don’t tell Jules and the other girls at SO) that I am going to take them off and finish the layout the way I would do it without challenge criteria. I may save the flowers for the mini album – I may not. They are easy enough to make – Retro flower punch (Med and Large) and some muslin dyed with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink and a Kaiser pearl brad for a centre.

So that’s the first challenge done and dusted. Everyone in the competition has to rate everyone else out of 10 (according to the criteria) and send in their ratings. The SO girls will also give a rating. This is then added to other ‘points’ earned from other things – and this total provides them with the rankings – no weekly scores will be given out, just the rankings.

Hopefully this has kick-started my very moribund mojo into first gear and I will be able to finish off the pile of layouts sitting on my desk.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Class Details

Absolutely stoked…

Doing a little dance here – happy feet, happy feet.

Kay – the lovely lady I bought the butterflies from for my cc layout – has asked to put up that layout in her Etsy store – on the page for her butterflies.

I am so excited. Every time someone goes to look at her gorgeous butterflies they will see my little layout there.

Hmmm – ok – now that I come to put it like that – that’s a little scary.

So do go and pop in here to see both my little layout and Kay’s stunning butterflies (yep – there are others and all equally as stunning).