Thursday, 3 April 2014

Scrapabilly Shares part 1

It's the beginning of the month which means kit time. Specifically, Scrapabilly kit time.

This month, Sylvia heard my pleas and put together a gorgeous BasicGrey filled kit with Spice Market goodies. Yummy! As soon as I saw this collection featured online, I knew exactly what I'd use it for and yes, three of the five layouts I am going to share with you today and Saturday feature our short trip to Dubai back in January 2009!

First off, let me show you the kit (find it in the shop here) ...

Lots of richly coloured papers and cardstock, a whole flurry of alphas - enough for the longest of titles, die cuts, ribbon, journalling spots and then a mini-spray mist and mask to encourage you to really play with colour and texture. So much possibility here and all the papers are double sided so there's definitely something for everyone.

I created five layouts, 4 (simple) cards and two gift tags with some scraps left over.

I didn't need to add much in either. Just some cardstock, a little ribbon, an extra alpha as I like to mix up the size and design of the letters, two kraft luggage tags, some mist and the mixed brad and flair set that goes with the collection. With colours and designs this bright and bold, nothing else was needed to showcase all that BasicGrey scrumminess.

As I mentioned above, I knew that I wanted to create some pages for Dubai as the colours and designs of the papers reminded me of the paper line Marrakech which had been so perfect for this trip but has been discontinued. So for my first layout, I decided to lift myself and recreate a page I made for the Scrapbook Magazine (UK) and which I featured on my Whimsical Musings blog last week (see here). It featured a flip book right on top of the page which can hold up to 16 photos. I included 13 on my Dubai page and have left three "pages" blank for journalling which I will do when I have checked some of the details of our trip.

I decided to experiment a little with the masks and to have a go at some simple tags. Placing the masks directly onto the kraft luggage tags, I sprayed over the complete tag to ensure a full sparkly covering using Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in teal (here) and Mr Huey in gold (here). To give the masked design more definition, I outlined the shapes with a Sakura gold pen (here) and a white Uniball Signo (here). You can see the full extent of the glimmer and shimmer in the close up photo below. I added the alphas to turn them into present tags but they could just as easily have doubled up as page embellishments. It was fun to have a go at this technique on the smaller tags so that I could test out the coverage of the mists etc and next time, I might give it a go on a full page if I'm feeling brave!

I liked the mottled effect the gold Mr Huey gave on the tag. I could have used kitchen roll to dab off the excess if I'd wanted a smother finished effect.

The Heidi Swapp Colour Shine (also in mini form in your kit) gave a much smoother effect without losing any of the shine. I would probably use the Colour Shine again next time if I wanted to have another go at this technique. 

Tune in again on Saturday for part two of my share.

Don't forget that all the Design Team creations can be found on the Scrapabilly gallery (here) and their blogs can be found in the right hand sidebar. Go and say hello!


  1. Oooh stunning pages Lisa ... the perfect subjects for the collection. WOW to that chandelier too! Love how you've included so many photos too. Great scrapping!

  2. Those kit colours go perfectly with you Dubai photos.
    Unfortunately all your pics won't load but the few I can see are gorgeous.
    The mask work on the tags is stunning - well experimented!


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