Christmas Memories 2016

Hello Everyone!

It's Leslie on the blog today! I'm happy to share this layout with you today that I made for the Scrappy Christmas in July Challenge!

At first I was a bit apprehensive, I have never scrapped any of my Christmas photo's. ( Yes I know! Sacrilege!) But I quickly got ideas on how to use non Christmas related kits and collections for Christmas layouts. In this layout I used the beautiful Flourish collection from Crate Paper. As I went through the embellishments (the millions that you get!) I couldn't wait to start. 

I started off by making my own background, I used plain white textured AC cardstock.
I knew I wanted that would grain paper horizontally across the page so I just lightly penciled a line where I would place it. Then I took my Heidi Swapp Gold color shine and added quite liberal amounts of it along the pencil lines, mostly keeping to the left hand side of the page. after adding the color shine I gently blew through an empty pen chamber ( couldn't find a straw) and it created these beautiful little splatters and lines. I also sprayed the gold color shine directly onto the page. 

One the color shine had completely dried I started layering the papers on the page. I used some 12x12 and some of the 6x8 pad to create the layering. I also did some fussy cutting from two of the other pattern papers, one with the yellow flowers, and the other with the pink flowers and green sprigs. I really liked the idea of the sprigs lining the photo cluster, so I cut a few out and added them to the layering. I also went into the 6x12 sticker sheet for that black and white rose sticker and then I also added some florals from the ephemera packs. I thought that this layout would be the ideal layout for those gold dimensional and bendable leaves, so I added a few to the layering as well. I used soem of the 12x12 chipboard sheet to create a cluster in the top right hand corner of the page. 
My title is put together with the little alpha stickers from the 6x12 sticker sheet and the gold puffy stickers. 

I really hope that this layout will inspire you to not only get your Christmas pics out to scrap, but to also go and have some fun with non-Christmas collections. It challenges you and makes you think out of the box.

I have a process video for this layout here:

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Home Sweet Home

Hello Friends!

Today I'm sharing this layout with you that I made using a Free cut file from the Paper Issues Shop. Head on over to their shop (link found on the right of the screen) to find hundreds of free cut files!

I used the beautiful Doodlebug, Hello collection to make this page. I was inspired by a layout that Paige Evans made by putting the embellishments on top of the cut file instead of backing the file. Doodlebug went above and beyond with the embellishments and different elements in this collection. You literally get hundreds of small, intricate, colorful and beautifully designed ephemera and embellishments to work with. 

If you follow me, you know I love fussy cutting, so regardless of how many embellishments I get I will always find that one page I can fussy cut, and in this case it was the page with all the beautiful little flowers on.

I did a little bit of mixed media on the background, I used my ink blending tool to smooth out some blue ink onto the white paper to look like clouds. I wanted to give the illusion that the wreath and house are floating in the sky. I didn't want to cover up too much of that background so I matted my photo on some tissue paper. The two birdcages seem to be hanging from the wreath, I created the 'chain' effect with a boarder strip for the 12x12 sticker sheet.   

The rest is pretty simple really, I backed my entire layout on a very dark and busy pattern paper to balance out the floral cluster on the page. I also distressed the edges and stapled one of the corners to add some extra interest and texture. 

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Life is Beautiful!


I'm excited to share this layout with you that I made for the Paper Issues Design Team for a challenge called, What's going down. Head on over to their Facebook page, Paper Issues Friends and fans if you need inspiration to scrap your photo's.

The photo I will be scrapping today is of my husband and his sister, they must have been about 4 and 3 years old.

I used the new Carta Bella Spring Market collection, and thought that the page of a shop window would be perfect for my background. I wanted to create a large element on the page, so I pulled out my Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils and drew a flower pot and a poppy. I also created the poppy's cut file by drawing a basic outline of the flower and using my craft knife to cut it out. I used some of the pink patterned paper to back the little poppy cut file I created. To add some dimension and interest in the flower I colored it with some Inktense pencils and just added some water with a fine brush to smooth out the color. 

I also did a lot of fussy cutting for the page. I cut the sprigs next to the big poppy from one of the papers with the tags on and the small flowers from one of the other pattern papers. 
I really like fussy cutting as it stretches my embellishments and it gives me a lot more to work with and so I am able to be more creative. 
I also used some of the chipboard elements and the 12x12 sticker sheet.

Lastly I drew a faint doodle line around the edge of my page. 

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And if you are a stickler for process videos like I am, here is a link to the video for this layout.


Hello Summer

Hello friends!
Today I'm sharing this layout with you that I made for the Paper Issues Design Team, for the challenge called Free File. If you are in need of some stunning cut files, head on over to the Paper Issues Shop and find the Free cut files. There are literally hundreds of free cut files, how awesome os that?

I used a fair amount of mixed media on this layout, Twinkling's H2O's Majestic and then two Gelato's, Snow cone and Metallic Mint. I tried to create a gradient effect, starting with light blue at the top of the page moving to a darker and deeper blue to the bottom of the page. I did apply Gesso to my page before I applied the mixed media, I was not sure how much water I would apply, so I wanted to be on the safe side. 

I used the beautiful Island Escape collection from Bella BLVD. I thought it woud be the perfect collection to document this photo of me holding up a drink with the beautiful blue sky and shallow waters of the Arabian gulf. 

To make the two Monsterra leaves I scanned one of the ephemera pieces into my Brother scan and cut, and had the machine cut the leaf. I drew a border on the inside of the leaf and cut on the line, this created the two cut files that I chose to back with two of the patterned papers. The other three leaves are from the Paper Issues shop Free cut files, the file is called Tropical Palms 2.

The rest of pretty basic. I did some layering with a 4x6 card from the cut apart sheet and added some of the ephemera flowers behind the photo. Lastly I added some sequins from my stash which I tried to keep in the same colors as the blue gradient. To finish off the layout I outlined the layout with a yellow Copic marker and an extra fine black Sharpie.

Remember, that if you use my code LESLIE when you check out of the Paper Issues shop you will get 20% off your purchase. 

If you like process videos, here is the link to this layout's video!


Hand in hand - Bella BLVD, All people, All nations

Hello friends!

I was super excited when I got the assignment from the Paper Issues team, 'Put it on an angle'.

I immediately knew just what I wanted to do. I have had this new Bella BLVD All people, All nations, in my stash for a few weeks now, and I needed to use it. 
The collection is beautiful, with vibrant bright colors, showing off bold patterns and interesting designs. I knew that this collection would be perfect for my idea for the challenge.

I usually have a picture that I want to scrap and then I build a layout around the picture, however, this time it was different. I designed the layout first and then I went on the hunt in my photo stash for the perfect photo. 

I decided that I wanted to showcase the beautiful patterned papers in the Bella BLVD collection, so I tried to use all of them in this layout. 
Talking about killing a kit in one layout? 
Well, here you go!

I used some yellow/orange mist from my stash and Heidi Swapp gold color shine to create the background on American Crafts textured white cardstock. I 'painted' with the nozzle and also made some big splatters and swirls with the nozzles directly onto the paper. I did not apply Gesso as I knew I would not use that much mixed media. 

I then basically just went through the papers in the collection and placed them in an order that would be one busy patterns followed by a muted or monochromatic pattern. once I had found the combination I liked I just slapped some glue on the papers and glued them straight to the page and on top of each other at different angles. I distressed the edges of the papers with my fingers and nails, I have no idea where my edge distressor is, but my fingers did great. You will see on closer inspection that I used a lot of staples to hold the edges and corners of the distressed papers down, this also adds extra interest and texture. I also stapled the photo to the layout without using much glue. I decided that I did not want to do a lot of embellishing on this layout as the background and various patterned papers were already adding a lot of color and pattern to the page, I did not want it to get too busy. So I used a few of the 12x12 sticker sheet stickers and doodled around the edges of the photo and the layout. 

I really hope you take some inspiration from this layout and please don't be scared to kill a kit with one layout. If you have a kit that has been sitting in your stash for a while, do something drastic and try to think completely out of the box. It feels awesome once you get to use those papers.

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If you are a stickler for YouTube process videos, you can find this process here!

Bye for now!   

Bloom with grace

Hello scrappy friends! 

It's me, Leslie on the blog today! 
I was so excited when I saw this month's sketch and that it had a sunburst on the background! I love making sunburst layouts.
However, with this layout I wanted to go a bit abstract, and less literal. 

So I got out some of my Mister Huey's Audrey, Sprinkler's Miss Mary Mack and some Heidi Swapp Gold Color shine because, why not!? A lot of splattering, splotching and smudging ensued, and I came up with my interpretation of a sunburst.

I chose to use the Crate Paper Flourish collection, because it is GORGEOUS! 
I fussy cut the butterflies from one of the 6x6 paper pad pattern papers, and I went through the copious amounts of die cuts and embellishments to frame my photo. Lastly I framed the layout with a frame cut out of one of the 12x12 pattern papers.

Head on over to my YouTube channel, Leslie Berner for the process video. 

Go and have fun with this sketch! There are endless summer layouts to be made with it's inspiration!
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Hi friends!

I haven't been very active on my blog lately, I have been trying to find my groove and get into a routine with my YouTube channel and posting at least 3 videos a week. It doesn't sound a lot, but believe you me, it takes time and work. But I like doing it, I just wish it wasn't so time consuming. 

But here I am! Yay! 

I'm going to try to get the blog post done for every video I upload from now on, and I'm going to try to catch up on the ones I have missed.

So today I'm going to share a layout with you that I made for a new series I started on my YouTube channel called, Stash Bash! I know, very original, but it is exactly describing what I want to do,
Yes, shouty capitals are absolutely necessary.   

Here is the layout....

So like I said, I needed to get my stash smaller, so I decided to go into my alpha stash and see what I can do. I hand cut my own 'cut file overlay'. It was really easy, hand cutting generic shapes without too much detail is really not that challenging. Try it!

The layering behind my photo is from my deep stash, I have no idea where I got them or who manufactured them.....Sorry....!

But I can tell you that the the cute book bag and pencil I got at a shop in South Africa, the lady that makes and sell these, uses her Silhouette, and you will be able to find the cute cut files in the Silhouette store. 

So yes scrappy people, that is it for this layout!
If you are a Process Video nut MEEEEEEEEE...........


XOXO - Bossy Scrapper, Paper Issues Challenge

Hello everyone!

I'm on the blog today, sharing my take on the Bossy Scrapper challenge.

Here is the list of requirements that I had to incorporate on to a layout.

I must say, I was more afraid f the list than I should have been! I don't usually start with a design or even sometimes the foggiest idea of what I want to do when I start making a layout. But having this little list made it so easy! It was such a cool experience. The longest part of the layout was choosing the collection I wanted to work with! 

As you can see I worked with the beautiful and soft Simple Stories, Romance. I have been making most of my baby layouts with this collection! The soft colours, muted tones and floral accents lends itself to a more innocent than a charming subject. 
I created my own 3x4 cards out of the 4x6 cards. It wouldn't be one of my layouts without fussy cutting, so the little flowers and leaves made their way onto the layout as my embellishments as well! I made my own tag out of one of the pattern papers and doodled around the edges to make is stand out a bit better on the white background. I also added some black and white bakers twine to the tag, and used my Tiny Attacher to secure the ends to the page. 

I used a few chipboard pieces as well, the little banner piece saying 'Hello Love', two of the flower clusters and the pre-made title.

Lastly, I added a border around the layout to bring everything nicely together.  

If you are interested in seeing exactly how this layout came together you can pop over to my YouTube channel and watch the process video.

And that is that!

      Have a great day!     

Be bold, be italic, never regular

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to share this layout with you. I made it for the first video in a series I started on my YouTube channel, called Freebie Friday. Each Friday I will taking a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues Shop and make a layout using it.

This week I chose the file called, 'Rhapsody Floral'.
I used the beautiful collections of Paige Evans, Turns the page and Take me away to back the cut files. I fussy cut the butterflies from a sheet from Take me away.

This layout is very sentimental to me. the photo is a selfie I took of me and my Granma at my cousin's kitchen tea. This Grannie is very special, she is the most unique and eccentric person I know! The inspiration for the layout design came from something I loved to admire when I was little. My Gran had these beautiful porcelain baskets with finely crafted porcelain flowers in them all around her house. I loved looking at them the colours, the precision, the perfection. I know I will never be able t recreate one of those beautiful baskets, but I can imagine myself looking longingly at one, missing my Gran.




Today I sharing this layout with you that I made for the Paper Issues Design Team. This is the second layout in a series that I am doing on my YouTube channel called, Freebie Friday. Each Friday I will be taking a FREE cut file from the Paper Issues shop and I will be making a layout.

This week I chose two cut files, ' cloudy circle' and ' sky's the limit'. 
This layout came together quite easily, the cut files took out most of the guess work of what to put where. 

For the background I grabbed some small ink pads from my stash, black, dark blue and light blue, and I applied the ink to the page in small circular motions using an ink dabber.
I blended the three colours together, until I got the hazy, softness that I wanted.

I popped the cut files up on some foam squares and added some dark blue sequins and some tiny silver gems. 

The butterflies are from a pattern paper from Maggie Holms' Chasing Dreams, the paper is called Monarca.

And that is that! Short and sweet!
I have the process video up on my YouTube channel, and while you are there, why don't you like and subscribe?

Have a great day! 

Astronaut Andre

Hello everyone! 

Today I would like to share with you a layout I made for a Paper Issues challenge called Scraplift Sunday. For those of you who are not familiar with Paper Issues, it is an online scrapbook shop that sell all the latest and greatest scrapbook goodies. They also have a Facebook page called Paper Issues Friends and Family, so go on over and have a look. There are daily challenges and updates and all sorts of fun to be had on the Facebook page. 

So, today I sharing my take on a layout for Scraplift Sunday. I used the My Mind's Eye, Blastoff collection and I did some mixed media on my background. I did the packaging technique with some H2O's Twinklings, a colour called Majestic. And that blue is truly majestic, it is so vibrant and rich and has such a subtle shimmer to them. 

The circles are 3 inch circles that I machine stitched with plan white thread. You will see that in some areas the thread looks all pulled and tattered, but I really like that effect, it adds so much texture. On the left I added the photo I was going to use and I cut it into a circle to fit nicely on top of that one blue circle, framing the photo perfectly. I used a bunch of the Mixed bag items and some of the Chipboard elements from the collection. This collection is so fabulous for boys! The colours are bright, rich and fun! I used a second photo and fussy cut around the cake, so that the cake looks like an embellishment. I really like the effect that it creates. I used the chipboard word 'Astronaut' for a part of my title and used some really old Thickers called 'Cinnamon' for the rest of my title.

If you want to have a look at the original layout made by the very talented Rachel Tallman, please head on over to the Paper Issues blog, I have a link for you to the right of my page!

Hope you enjoyed this one and found inspiration!