Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week 9: Back to School

Hello everyone!  How about we go back to school....in March.  I have this school picture of my daughter and just had to make a layout with it.  She's growing so quickly!  I used some great Heidi Swapp products and I absolutely love the way it turned out.  I encourage you to pull out your child's current (or past) school pictures and highlight them on a layout.  Here is my process:

Aqua cardstock
Patterned Paper: Heidi Swapp, Webster's Pages
Stamp: Ali Edwards
Ink: VersaFine
Alphas: Sassafrass
Clear Stickers: Freckled Fawn
Enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
Wood Veneer: Freckled Fawn
Paperclip: Freckled Fawn
Stars: Studio Calico
Other: square doily, yellow paper pad, flowers

Thanks for joining us today and please let me know if you have any questions.  I'd love to see you over on my blog: The Scrap Angel.  

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Design Team Call

I'm looking for SCRABOOKING designers for the Layoutaweek blog!!

You would create one scrapbook page (single or double page layout, Project Life style is ok, must be 12x12 or 8.5x11 - no mini book pages), once a month to post on the http://Layout-A-Week.blogspot.com blog. It must have a tutorial with either a video or step out pics. There is no monetary compensation at this moment BUT I will send you a box of STUFF to create with AND promote you on social media AND add you to the Hydrangea Hippo designer group where we chat about design stuff. 


- You must have a blog
- 1 post a month of a 12x12, 8.5 x 11 scrapbook single or double page layout (Project Life style ok). This post will be on the Layout-A-Week blog
- Must be tutorial or video showing at least a technique - does not have to be the whole project, just a technique
- Multi-photo layouts encouraged
- Be active on social media. Sharing your work on social media is a plus!
- Good photography is a plus
- Term: 6 months


- GENEROUS Box of crafty supplies
- Promotion on Hydrangea Hippo and Layout-A-Week social media accounts
- Access to the Hydrangea Hippo designer group where you can get feedback, mentoring, and more
- Bio on the Layout-A-Week Blog
- Opportunity for cross promos and blog hops (possible)


Send an email to jennifer[at]hydrangeahippo.com with:
- a link to your blog
- a short bio (max 300 words)
- a link to a video or stepped out tutorial you've done in the last 6 months
less than 300 words about why you want to be on the Layout-A-Week team

Deadline to apply is March 5, 2015. Thanks!

Together with Sewing

Hi everyone!  Nancy here today to share with you a fun technique that will add lots of texture to your scrapbook pages, sewing.
Supplies Used:
Cardstock, Kraft and Yellow - Darice
Patterned Papers, Embellishments - Crate Paper Open book
Sequins - Unknown

The process for this project was really quite simple.  After cutting my kraft cardstock to 10" square, I added just a bit of adhesive to the back of my kraft cardstock in the middle to hold it still, then ran the stitches from my machine around the edge twice. Don't add adhesive where you plan to sew or it could gum up your needle.   Don't worry about being perfect with your stitches here, the little bits of wandering just add more interest.
From here I layered my patterned papers and photos.
Added a few embellishments
The last step was adding a few sequins for a bit of whimsy and sparkle.
I really love the interest that the stitches added to my page, and hope you give this technique a try.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Green is a colour I love working with, especially if it's TEAL green LOL !!!! but this time I've really pushed myself and used sage green.
Start by painting and when I say painting I mean pop a bit of paint on a baby wipe and rub onto the cardstock.
Next spritz a bit of a water based spray onto your resist mat and using the lid, make some circles on the cardstock.

With the ink still wet, sprinkle on some Embossing powder, shake off and heat set

Next, using a piece of watercolour card, spritz with a lighter ink, then lay a stencil over and spritz with a darker ink. Dry with a heat tool.

Whilst I had the embossing powder out, I inked up a few flowers and a polaroid frame and embossed those.

Added a few splatters with the ink before sticking it all down.
Thanks for looking
Marion xxx

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Week 5: Old School

Hello everyone!  Sarah here with a fun 8.5x11 layout.  I'm going old school and scrapping a picture of my husband and I before we got married.  I have recently realized I hadn't scrapped any pictures of us when we were dating....whaaa???  That was such an important time, so I'm taking care of that and going back and scrapping our dating pictures (circa 2000-2002). Here is my first one.  We took some great pictures on the beach before he left for Basic Training for the Air Force.  I took one of my favorites and used the BEAUTIFUL beachy line by Webster's Pages (designed by Adrienne Looman).  How gorgeous are they?  Check out the video for my process.

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: Adrienne Looman for Webster's Pages
                                Crate Paper (Maggie Holmes Styleboard line)
Alphas: Amy Tangerine Thickers - Goodness
Wood Veneer: Evalicious, custom
Enamel dots: My Mind's Eye
Flair: Studio Calico
Vellum stickers: Studio Calico Color Theory
Other: square doily, lace ribbon, burlap

I hope you enjoy it and please come on over to my blog: The Scrap Angel

Have a great week!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Working with Scraps

Hi everyone, Nancy here today.  Do you ever have scraps of paper you really want to use, but just don't have quite enough to really make the page work?  How about a few techniques to fill in those blank spaces.

Supplies Used:

  • Glitz Designs Patterened Papers, Chipboard, Overlay, Stickers
  • Prima Marketing Flowers, resin
Step 1:  I had quite a few photos from this day at the beach so I began by plaing them in an eye pleasing arrangement.  I love making multi-photo pages as they really can set a mood for the event.

Step 2:  Knowing I needed to make this a two page layout I began cutting my scrap papers to stretch across the two pages.  Since the second page had fewer large photos, I started with it.  It is easiest to hide the missing pieces of paper when you have large photos to cover.
Step 3:  As you can see, I didn't have quite enough of the "wave" paper to go all the way across the first page.  I added a bit of stripe along the right side, but that still left a hole on the left.
Step 4:  I used one of the large stickers from the collection to hide the missing paper and added my photos.  Since you can't see under the stickers, you can't tell there isn't paper underneath.
Step 5:  After mounting one of my stickers onto additional patterned paper, I attached my other photos, a few stickers and a piece of an overlay to the second page and my layout was complete.
Had I not said anything, no one would have ever guessed that I pieced this page together with odd bits of leftover paper scraps.

My scraps are often some of my favorite papers and I love using each and every piece.


What's not to love about hexagons....I admit, I'm rather addicted to them and any excuse to use them I will !!!
So for this month's layout I grabbed my chance !!!
Keeping the background in plain Bazzill, I used the Sizzix Hexagon thinlits and the KaiserCraft 75 Cents Collection 'Penny'. This is where double sided card stock comes into its own....
I cut the background ones in all the same size. Note to self. when sticking down the hexagons, it's always a good idea to wear glasses !!!
 I then cut the next size down and mounted these over the top of some of them with foam pads.
 I added a bit of 'flickage' using the Heidi Swapp Color Shine in White, embellished my photo and adhered that to the page.
Then just added a few tiny gold sequins.
Thanks for looking
Marion xxx