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Baby Boy

Hello Sequin Fans!  Welcome to my last blog post for SpiegelMom Scraps before switching over to the Instagram squad.

You know by now I like my layouts clean and simple with white space and also, monochrome.

Here, I have picked all of the flowers out of Chasing Azul (I have them tucked away for something else, keep an eye on the Instagram account!)

I’ve tinkered with this month’s freebie cut file.  I duplicated Baby, cut out the a, rotated the b and altered it in to an o.  Then I joined them all back together and cut our Baby Boy from vellum.

I added a flair button amongst a vertical line of sequins and called it done.  To make sure I had a guide to follow when lining up my sequins I drew a few sketchy pencil lines.  I figured that at least some little bits would show so picked a pencil that matched the sequins.

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

 

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Herbert

Hi Folks!  Laura here again with a photoless layout.  My pet budgie (parakeet) is called Herbert and I wanted to document the definitions of his name as they are rather apt… well one much more than the other!

I looked up the definition and origin of the name and the word and printed them out.  The other focus is the feathers flair button which is where I got my colour scheme from.  I wanted to keep the layout fairly clean and simple with the added colour coming from splatters and sequins only – no patterned paper at all.

I gathered some sequins; 2 Cool 4 U,  What’s Up Buttercup, Green Acres, Salt of the Earth and strung them onto some thread.  The flair is from Cuts2Luv and Evalicious.

I bumped my definitions on foam – I love the little shadow it throws around the edge.

If you want to replicate grab some Shimmerz inks here, and pulled out your SpiegelMom Scraps sequin stash and have fun!

Laura

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Cutting Up A Cut File!

Hey chaps, Laura here today.  I usually cut a few bits on my Silhouette Cameo when I have it out.  This means some cuts don’t get used right away, and sometimes the edges end up damaged.  Rather than through this large background piece away I decided to cut it apart, discard the damaged bits and keep the good bits!

I backed a few of the petal sections with the gorgeous blue roses paper from Maggie Holmes’ Chasing Dreams.  I adore this pattern and colour and I’m using it really sparingly!

Incidentally, it is a perfect match for Pandora’s Ombre sequin mix.

I filled a glassine bag with some Pandora’s Ombre and got a little sad that I had used nearly all of my supply.  I emptied about half out and threw in some tiny cheap white sequins that have been in my stash for nearly a decade!  I don’t use them as they are not perfect but behind glassine you can’t tell.

I then used the left over Pandora’s Ombre sequins to embellish the page.

Before adhering my cut file down I used watercolour and the packaging technique to add some blue to my background.  I also added foam adhesive to the back of the cut files for added dimension and cast shadows.

Thanks for looking!

Laura

 

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Watercolour, Cork and Sequins

Morning Friends!

I get these ideas sometimes… they come from seemingly nowhere and won’t leave me until I’ve made it into a tangible project.  This latest idea was to create a watercolour wild meadow with dandelion cut files on top.  I searched all the usual places and even asked my favourite designer if she had anything.  She had one but it wasn’t what was in my head!

So I doodled my own, took a photo and made it into a cut file.  It is not perfect, and it is NOT easy to get off the cutting mat but I got enough off to make it work for me…

I joined 3 together with a simple stitch and then got to work on my background.  I used my watercolour palette which is full of Daniel Smith watercolours.  A little experimenting told me the Azo Nickel Yellow and Kyanite Genuine mix together to make a wonderful green.  I added plenty of splatters – it’s my ‘thing’!

As I was looking through my sequin stash the colour of my cork embellishments caught my eye.  The went with the natural creamy-white watercolour paper and the hues of green perfectly.  I pulled out Wedding Bells, Strawberry Bubblegum and Cork Confetti in chevrons and butterflies.I get the rest very simple; the dandelion heads and painting were enough for me.  I added a simple layer of vellum to the photograph and chose a flair as my title.  I added a sprinkle of my sequins and a couple of butterflies.  I used the chevrons to direct the eye towards the title.

 

Thanks for stopping by today,

Laura

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Working with a Sketch

Hello Folks!

Laura here today with my version of a sketch…

I love working with sketches.  Sometimes I go off on a tangent and the finished layout looks nothing like the sketch, other times I use the sketch very literally.  This was a literal copy up to a point…

I got my ruler out and did a little maths to get my patterned paper sections exact.  I cut duplicate pieces in vellum so I could layer up with foam pads for added dimension and shadows.  They are very subtle layers but, I think, well worth it.

I stuck my glitter spot acetate down with 3d glue gel for even more dimension.  I only used the glue behind the glitter and one spot I knew I would be adding an embellishment.

When I had finished my literal copy I felt the bottom needed something extra so added some bunting.  I used some yellow baker’s twine to anchor my pennants.

When it came to embellishing I added some Salt of the Earth sequins and Shooting Cork Stars.  These stars are quickly becoming a favourite of mine.  They are small enough to add to most layouts without overtaking but still adding the gorgeous cork texture and colour.  They are also easy to alter with gesso or paint if you fancy the texture but not the colour!

Thanks for stopping by today,

Laura

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Sequins and Shimmerz

 

Hey there, Laura here today with a Dazzlerz/sequins combo…

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I made a photo collage in PicMonkey of the same photo repeated three times, two in black and white and one in colour.  Under the black and white photos I added some black acrylic ink and some black sugar paper torn from a sketchbook.  Under the coloured photo I added some vellum and Red-iculous Dazzlerz and Gold Stardust.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

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Beautiful Moment

 

Hi Folks, Laura here today using a mix of sequins and flair from Accent Scrapbooking.

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The majority of the supplies came from my like for ever kit featuring Dear Lizzy.  The patterned paper was screaming out to be fussy cut!

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I love these flair.  You can find this pack here.

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I added a little colour to the washi tape with some Inktense pencils and a water brush.

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And also added a little colour to the fussy cut paper flower.

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And here is the layout in full…

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I used Lilac Twinkle sequin mix and the flowers from Sweet Pea.

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

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Light Up Sequins

 

Hi there, Laura here today.  I recently got some new toys – namely some tiny LED stickers and copper tape.  During my first session playing with them, I knew I wanted to try and light up some sequins…

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I cut a few flowers on my Silhouette Cameo and backed them with vellum.  I backed the negative of the flower with patterned paper.  I lay down my copper tape and LED stickers over the patterned paper.  When I offset the flowers slightly I managed to cover the majority of the copper tape and keep the nice aesthetic.

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I went for a multi-font title.  The pink and yellow would be too much for the whole sentence and I wanted my photo and the lights to remain the focus of the layout.

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I placed my battery behind the P of pick and when pressed all three of the flowers light up…

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I’ve used Moonshine Delight and Holiday Traditions for my sparkle.  I specifically picked Moonshine as it picked up the light beneath and magnified it.

Here is the video…

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Strawberry Bubblegum

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I openly admit I don’t like pink.  I often get sequin mixes with pink in nonetheless, and usually struggle to use them to their best.  I fell in love with the greens in Strawberry Bubblegum and was determined to use the whole mix rather than just picking out the greens!

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I started out with my watercolour palette and painted a branch.  I used a Daniel Smith colour called Burnt Tigers Eye Genuine which granulates and gives a great bark effect.

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I then set about adding my leaves and blossom.  Initially, I tried matte medium to adhere the sequins but quickly reverted to my old favourite of glossy accents.

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I fussy cut a few birds from a Dear Lizzy paper and perched them on my branch.

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I then set about making a paper frame for my (very unflattering) photo.  I wanted it to look like a framed photo that you would hang on a wall so I found some wood grain paper and mitred the edges.  I then ‘hung’ my photo from the branch.

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You have to record the cute moments even if the photo shows off your extra chins!  Here Herbie Budgie was all snuggled up under my chin keeping warm.

Here is the process video if you are interested:

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

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Backing Cut Files

 

Hi Chaps.  Laura here today using one of our free cut files.  You can find all our cut files here, and tag your Instagram photos with #smscutfile when you use our files – we love to see your work.

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I have just got my hands on the latest sequin releases.  My favourite (I love them all, but you know!) are the little stars ‘Stargazer‘ but I was also really taken with the yellow mix ‘What’s Up Buttercup‘.  Using them as my cue I pulled out some yellow papers and an assortment of black cardstock with different finishes.

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I spent some time cutting out pieces and backing the cut file.  I tried to spread the colours and patterns out as evenly as I could.  Once the hexagons were backed I added some black ink splatters and a sprinkling of sequins.  Very clean and simple, but also bold with a big impact.

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All that was needed to finish it off were the name and date tucked in, and a final ribbon tab for an extra splash of yellow.

I love the white space and the limited colour palette.  How about you?

Laura

 

 

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Kindness and Confetti

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Sequin confetti, of course!  Hi, Laura here today with a bunch of ATC’s.  I am taking part in a swap you see… 52 cards themed ‘Love, Kindness and Hope’ and in return, I get 52 cards from all over the world made by different artists.

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I start with a master board – a big piece of watercolour paper that will eventually be cut down to size.  I made three sheets with different colours using mainly Shimmerz sprays in different finishes.  I added some stencilling with Dazzlerz paste for some texture.

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Next, I moved on to the fun bit – filling up 52 little glassine bags with sequin confetti.  I won’t list all of the sequin mixes I used as there are far too many!  You can find them all here!

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I printed out the phrase “throw kindness around like confetti” and trimmed them down to small slips of paper.  I have all my elements ready now so I set up my sewing machine.  I picked a background, a glassine bag of confetti and a sentiment slip and ran them through my sewing machine on a straight stitch.

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It was good fun whizzing them all through not having to worry about straight lines!

ATCThey’ve now been parcelled up and posted and the tricky bit begins… I have to wait for them to be swapped and posted back!  I’m not very good at waiting!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Laura

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Tackling a moodboard with Laura

 

Hi Guys, Laura here for my first post of the year.

Have you seen our January challenge over in 15 Minutes to Scrap?  It has been set by our lovely Hannah and it is to use this mood board as inspiration.  Hannah also asks us to pay particular attention to textures and use one of the textures displayed in the mood board.

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When I start scrapping based on a mood board the first thing I notice are the colours.  I adore these colours – rich teals, metallics and greys are what stand out to me most.  However, you could also run with duck egg, wood, and white with a pop of mustard.

Next, I notice the finishes – wood grain, velvet, hammered metal and – my favourite – woollen pompoms.  Seeing as Hannah specified texture I thought I would attempt to make some mini pompoms for my layout.  After five attempts I came up with something usable and gathered some other supplies…

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I knew I wanted to make a segmented sequin shaker pocket from vellum.  My vellum has a slightly grey tinge to it which I thought matched the mood board colour scheme perfectly.

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I pulled out my sewing machine and the darkest teal shade of thread I had and made a film strip style pocket stuffed with aqua marine dream sequins.

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I started working on a mixed media background combining metallic washi tapes and inks.  The trouble was I couldn’t make it work as a big piece…

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No problem, though – it had all the right colours and textures to work with the theme it was just too big.  The solution was to cut it down into smaller pieces.  I plumped for the star shape as it matched both the photo and the sequins.

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As I worked with my ingredients and referred back to the mood board I was inspired to go for a segmented look… the board has 9 boxes, but also looking at the middle column you have window panes, rectangles of colours in the swatch and geometric areas of colour in the art work.

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This also gave me the opportunity to add copper pen work.

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I added the writing after everything else was finished.  I always forget how nerve-wracking it is writing directly onto a layout!!  My tip is to sketch it out very lightly in pencil and wait over night for the ink to dry before erasing the lines.  Also write confidently (I find going too slowly makes me more likely to wobble) and move your  wrist along the paper (if my wrist is not comfortable the writing won’t be fluent.)

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I’m so pleased with the texture the pompoms give.  I’m not sure how this will work in an album – it might be one for a box frame.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll join us over on the facebook group for Hannahs challenge.

Laura

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Using Up Stash To End The Year

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Hi Chaps, Laura here today.

As we finish this year and look towards the next we all have ideas and goals.  One of mine is to use up some of my older stash to make space for the new goodies that will be announced at CHA.  I sorted through my box of SpiegelMom Scraps supplies and pulled out the bags of old sequin mixes that only had a few left or the mixes where I had used all but one type of sequin.  As I plonked them on the desk to reach for the next box to rummage through they landed in a waterfall effect, layered down one on top of the other.  I liked it and thought why not add that to a layout?

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I left them in their original bags minus the branding and pulled out some complimentary threads.  I ran the top of the bags and the background through the sewing machine giving me floating shaker pockets.

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All stacked up one on top of the other looks really fun and is surprisingly tactile.  I found myself flipping them up and down and playing with it!

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Then I moved on to the next feature – my big title.  I hand cut the letters and stitched around the edges in the same coloured thread I used to attach the waterfall of sequin pockets.

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And what a great subject for my last layout of the year.  Only a few months to wait…

Let me know if you have any tips for using up sequins, or have a go at this type of layout.

Happy New Year,

Laura

 

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Need A Quick Christmas Present?

 

Hello Crafty Friends!  Laura here today, and if you are anything like me there will be one present you have forgotten!  Well, I’ve got you covered!

I’m a bit obsessed with sequins – but you already knew that! – and it stands to reason that that obsession spills over in to shaky things… shaker pockets in project life, shaker cards, shaky areas on a layout…  I’ve gone one further – shaker coasters!

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It takes seconds to make.  1. Grab an empty fillable coaster and a packet of sequins.  2. Fill.  3. Clip shut.  4. Ta da!  I used Peachy Sherbet but any mix that doesn’t include very tiny sequins will do.  They manage to work their way out somehow!

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I found my fillable coasters on a promotional products website.  The kind of place that sells blank keyrings, pens and badges to businesses who personalise them and give them away to customers.

Carrying on with the fabulous 12 days of discounts…

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Today’s code is 17SEQUIN and don’t forget to leave a note if you are combining shipping!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laura

 

 

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How To Make Christmas Cards With Reindeer Die Cuts

 

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Hi Folks, Laura here with some Christmas cards.

First up this deer is from a dingbats font.  I scaled it up in Silhouette Studio and cut it on my Cameo.

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I threaded some Holly Berries sequins onto some cotton and tangled them around the antlers.  I secured the threads on the back and attached the reindeer to the card with some adhesive foam.

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The second reindeer silhouette is from a photograph.  If you play with the contrast settings in some photo software (or alternatively ‘posterise’ the image and set to two colours) you can get a silhouette outline and trace this in your silhouette software.

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I set him against a shaker background full of Alma Mater sequins.

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This third reindeer is another dingbat.  I played around deleting some lines and adding others so I could give him a red shaker pocket for a nose!  The nose is so stuffed full of Christmas Wishes sequins that it doesn’t actually shake!

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Thanks for looking,

Laura