Monday, September 7, 2015

Recipe challenge with Emma & Aimee

Hi everyone!  It's Emma (and Aimee) here to share a couple layouts we have made using a little recipe challenge I set!  These kind of challenges are fun way to get a page done and similar to our weekly 3 To Inspire challenge.

 OK let's get straight into it - the recipe for our layouts was:
  • Die-cuts (at least 5)
  • layers
  • stitching (machine or hand)
  • 1 veneer 
  • Cut file (and if you want to be extra tricky, try and use it as a digital stamp and your title)
First up I'll share my page - this is what I came up with!

My page started with the "#THATFACE" stamp which is actually something a little new from Kellie Winnell.  I'm incredibly fortune to be friends with Kellie so I was able to test out something new she's trying  - BONUS! ;)  

I repeated the stamp over a full page (6x8) and printed it onto vellum.   To do this I just opened the stamp up in Photoshop, set up my document size to 6x8 and stacked the stamp over and over until the page was full.  Printed as normal with my Canon printer onto a piece of vellum.  Easy one! 

The die-cut piece at the bottom is actually a piece of cardboard that came in the paper packs (to stop them from bending!) - I loved the colour so I ran it through the Cameo and used the negative of the  cut to make the title at the bottom of my page!

I'm a big fan of die-cuts/ephemera so I was super excited to see the Main kit this month came with a full pack from Crate Paper's new Wonder line!  Happy days!  I layered a few of the pieces at the top of my page, having only the top sections visible and the rest hiding under my vellum paper (which is backed up with white cardstock which explains why you cant see the bottom half of those pieces!).

This page came together rather quickly.  I love using digital files to create custom pattern paper - makes your page just that little bit unique :)

I'm so excited to show you Aimee's layout - I think she's absolutely smashed this challenge!


Hi! I can’t tell you just how excited I am to be here with you today. I was completely over the moon when Emma offered to do a joint post with me! I love recipe challenges and I love Emma’s style, so how could it possible go wrong? 

I have absolute mad love for this layout. I had both the main kit and sprinkles kit to work with this month, but the main kit was just so jam packed, there was no need to breakout the sprinkles.

One of Emma’s first stipulations was 5 or more pieces of ephemera - sounds like a lot doesn’t it? Turns out if you take into account her layering rule this is actually an easy fix. I even included my own ephemera from the cafe we visited and a heart from the Wonder Ephemera pack. The hardest part was stopping at one veneer. The veneers in this month’s kit are SO pretty!

I die cut my title on the silhouette and used a prima chalk ink (colour: dry sand) to stencil it on to the layout. I tried my best to pick a similar font to the ‘Merci’ on the transparency to add extra continuity.

Finally there is the matter of sewing - A long time ago Emma paid me a visit and even helped me set up my sewing machine. I naively thought it would be easy. I mean, all I wanted to do was stitch on paper, right? Ha…yeah. Since then I had to change the bobbin thingy to fix a pair of my husbands jeans. I followed what the peeps on youtube said and still nothing. Now I can’t get either the navy or the white thread back in. So until Emma comes back to visit I am restricted to hand sewing. I played around with a couple of ideas on how to include it in the layout, but ultimately decided easiest (read: laziest) way was to hand stitch on a few cute buttons from the kit. 

TA -DA! Mission Accomplished. 

It's just so awesome right?!  Thanks so much for joining in with me Aimee!  We will have to do this again ;)  I'd love to see YOUR take on this one too!!  Please upload to the gallery or link it up on the comments below so we can leave you some love :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Em & Aimee


  1. They look absolutely fabulous girls. I knew there was a reason you are 2 of my favourite scrap bookers.

    1. Thanks so much Marie! Hope you're going to join in? ;) Dont forget to tag me if you post on IG!!

  2. Yay!! Mission accomplished !! Here is a link to the post where my LO is...
    Thanks for a fun challenge :) Hugs Anna :)

    1. OMG Anna you are super fast!!!! Love, love, love!! See you didn't need the Cameo after all (although I still wish you wern't half the world away!) ;)

  3. What a fun challenge! Ladies, I loved both of your layouts! I hope that I'll have time to create once I go home. Thanks for the inspirations!! :)