But Which One Is Nemo?…

Hi scrappy friends! It’s Pol back again with another layout using the really cute and fun Under The Sea collection by Echo Park. Now I’ve eased you in gently with my last layout that I kept quite simple, this one is typical Pol style – bright, busy, with tons of fussy cutting and some stitching!

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This is one of those pages where the more you look, the more new things you spot! For once I started my layout with a photo in mind rather than picking one halfway through the page. This photo I took of the clown fish when we went to The Sealife Centre was calling out for the cute clown fish paper.

To start with, I used my Silhouette Cameo3 to cut the large clown fish shape using black and white cardstock and the orange paper from Under The Sea. I adhered it to white cardstock, pierced holes around it, and hand stitched it with contrasting colour threads. Once I had finished, I cut around it and attached it to my background paper.

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To mimic sand at the bottom of the sea, I adhered torn paper strips to the bottom of my background paper. I then added weeds and coral that I had cut out with my Cameo in various papers.

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I then used all the fish, crabs, shells, starfish, and turtles I had spent an evening fussy cutting from the Ocean Friends and the Border Strips papers, and tucked them in and around the weeds and corals.

To finish off I tucked my photo slightly behind the large fish, and added my title using white and teal thickers. The story behind the title is funny – when we saw the huge tank of clown fish at the Sea Life Centre, my 7 year old son pointed and yelled “but mum, which one is Nemo?”!

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Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be back later in the month with a layout using the beautiful Kaisercraft Bombay Sunset collection.

Busy bees…

Hi everyone sorry I’ve not posted for a while we’ve had a bust few weeks

I was on holiday in lovely doniford bay in warchet with my family

Have you seen some of our lovely new stock

Just Keep Swimming…

Hi guys, Pol here today and I’m so excited to be here with my first scrapbook page for Thompson’s Crafts!

I’ve created a simple layout to start with, using the Echo Park Under The Sea collection. I love this collection, it’s fun and cheerful, and perfect for Jake, my little water baby! I chose this photo of him proudly showing his latest swimming award.

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I wanted to create a watery, under-the-sea feel to my page, so I chose this lovely blue fishy background paper. I then used the packaging technique; this is where you spray your ink spray onto a scrunched up plastic bag or the like. Add a spray or two of water to dilute the colour to your preference, and squish the plastic onto your paper or cardstock. Be aware though that the more water and ink you use, the more likely your background is to get warped and wrinkly. I try to just do a couple of sprays and lightly squish the plastic onto my cardstock. If I feel more colour is needed I can gradually build it up this way.

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Next, I cut a few strips from the borders page and adhered them to the top and bottom of my paper using adhesive tape. I ripped the edges to give the effect of waves, and I gently curled them over in various places. I then tucked my photo and title card behind the bottom ripped edge like treasure peeking out of the bottom of the sea.

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I added a nautical flair badge with striped twine wound around it, and then it was time to decorate my page with stickers to really finish off the under the sea effect. I stuck them to my page using 3D decoupage glue – this is my absolute must-have in scrapbooking. I tend to use it more than 3D foam pads as it means my embellishments are movable until it dries. I deliberately kept my layout simple and clean as it’s my first post, those of you who are familiar with my work will know this is quite unusual for me! But I’ll break you into my ‘busier’ layouts gently!

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The title card I chose ‘Just Keep Swimming’ was perfect for my little guy, considering that when he started swimming lessons 9 months ago, he couldn’t swim at all and hated putting his face in the water. Now he’s a regular little water baby who will swim underwater and dive in at any chance he gets!

Thanks for reading guys, I’ll be back soon with another layout using this cute, fun collection. Bye till then!