Well, as promised earlier, this is a look at my pages from the March Project 3265 kit by Digilicious Designs:

It is yet another beautiful kit and a real joy to work with.  I just love the versatility of digital kits, and the best thing is you can use them again and again unlike paper kits when once you have used the paper, that is it, it is gone.

I didn't make quite so many pages this time round, mainly because my folder was getting full and I wanted to leave room for inserting photos, tickets and stuff.  I used an A5 folder which I recovered using the Project 365 January kit, and the pages are made from papers printed into A4 cardstock.  I print two pages to each sheet of A4 so that when folded, they fit into the A5 folder nicely.

I love all the delicate flower work in this kit, and the butterflies are just gorgeous (there are 3 different ones in the kit).  there weren't quite as many notecards this time round, which gave me the chance to create my own pages (not that I couldn't have done that with the earlier kits though, but I just felt lazy and used the notecards!).  

the alphas in this kit are really gorgeous.  I love the grungy type of paper/element, so they really fitted in well.  Then just look at this dress model.  Isn't it gorgeous?!  It really makes me want to go and get the Tim Holtz sewing room die!

I love the little "note to self" too.

Please excuse the over exposure in the photos.  My office has no windows, so it is all artificial light plus the flash from my camera, and even messing around in photoshop afterwards doesn't seem to fix it quite right (which probably has more to say about my poor photoshop and photography skills rather than anything else ;) ).

Then look at the double page of the bird baskets hanging from the trees - I just sat and ooh'd and aah'd when I first saw this in the kit!

I really need to start using this book now that it is complete but where on earth do I find the time?  Life seems so busy at the moment, with work and everything else that is going on.  I know I am always saying this, but I really need an extra hour a day and an extra day a week to be able to stand any chance of getting half the things done that I need to do!

This week would have been ideal to catch up on crafting, but if my mum is up to it, we will be going to Alexandra Palace for the craft fair there.  the really good things is they have free parking, so that means I can drive to London and park for free not that far from the city centre.  Now that was an offer too good to miss as parking in London is extortionate!

I'm really looking forward to this.  Dad is coming along too (so he can go wandering around London whilst we are at the craft fair) and my daughter is also tagging along as she is going to meet her boyfriend in London.  He's getting the coach up and they will spend the day sightseeing.  Mum and I will be having a whale of a time at the craft fair and hopefully will pick up some bargains.  I have heard that it is a great event if you are a stamper and much better than the NEC, although there are nowhere near as many exhibitors.  If you are going, look at for me and my mum.  I'll be the one with glasses carrying all the bags and she's the one with two walking sticks!

Happy scrapping!

I fell in love with January Project 365 kit from Digilicious Designs, so when she created the February kit, I just had to get my hands on that one too!

Isn't that gorgeous? And what's more, it's on sale at the moment too!  I just love the colours in this kit and that flamingo is beautiful!

Well, I used mainly the notecards from the kit and printed 2 notecards on sheets of A4 cardstock.  I then either folded the cardstock in half and stuck them together to make 2 pages back to back, or used another double page printout to create 4 pages.  This is what I ended up with:

I put the dates on the first page and then on the second page created a pocket to old tags, etc as you can see form the "admit one" ticket just sticking out.  The page on the top right is a double spread and the butterfly on the bottom right was actually printed and cut out to give some dimension.

These are more pages from the book, again some with pockets and others with elements printed and cut out from the kit:

There are more pockets on these pages and close ups of the elements:

I have to say that this series is turning out to be one of the best collections ever and I love every kit so far.  They are all different, so it is not a case of elements, etc being recoloured for each month.  Each kit stands on its own and the notecards, papers and elements are all unique.  One or two elements are similar (the pointing hand, for instance) but that is only to be expected in a Project 365 kit.

I've actually just finished making more pages with the March Project 365 kit so will be back later to show you pictures of those but unfortunately, I now have to go check my inbox which has over 400 unread messages in it....this is what comes of not checking your emails over the Easter weekend!

Happy scrapping!

Well, I hope you have all been enjoying the Easter break and haven't had to work over the weekend.  I have been very lazy and have spent most of my time crafting although I did manage a trip to Attingham Park with my daughter as well as a shopping trip!  

Last week was a real rush to try and get everything finished before Easter.  I ended up spending all of last Wednesday night making Easter baskets and Easter milk cartons to give as gifts on Thursday, so as a result didn't get to bed until gone 2 am....I really don't know how people manage to get everything done well before time.  I always end up leaving everything to the last minute and rushing to get everything finished as things always take me longer than anticipated....maybe I should just try to be more organised and make a start well before the due date?

Anyhow, I was lucky enough to be able to work with Clearly, by Aimee Harrison Designs:

It is a gorgeous kit and the whole collection is actually on offer at the moment so is a real bargain!  Whilst it is not your typical Easter kit, there are some really lovely papers in there.  I only ended up using three of them, but this is what I made:

I found the cross box template at http://papercrafterssampler.blogspot.co.uk (it's from February 2011 and you can find it in their library).  This was the first time I had used this template, so you will have to excuse the bending of the box.  For some reason, the top and the bottom ended up being almost the same size, so I had to squash one inside the other, resulting in the bending. Mind you, I could well have cut out the bottom (or top) by mistake twice, which wouldn't surprise me as I was in a rush to get it made!  The template was easy to use, but it was just fiddly putting everything together.  I also printed out the template onto the gingham paper and then cut the rectangles to fit the box.

I added a flower made with another paper from the kit and my ever faithful tattered floral die from Tim Holtz/Sizzix, and the butterfly is one of the kit elements.

Next I made a woven Easter basket, again using a kit paper and made another flower (with the tattered florals die, of course!) and added a skeleton leaf. The paper was printed on on 2 sheets A4 card stock and I cut strips about 1 cm wide and wove them together.  I found some pale blue matching ribbon in my stash and wrapped that round the handle (which was made from two strips of the printed cardstock stuck together).  The handle was fastened to the basket with brads and then I added the fake grass and the chick which were from the 99p shop.  the whole thing was finished off with mini Cadbury eggs and if you look carefully, you can just see the yellow of a Caramel egg under the fake grass.

The blue basket was given to my daughter, but I actually made some using one of the brown papers in the kit which, to be honest,m I think turned out better.  the strips were wider (about 2 cm) so they were easier to manipulate and weave.  I was really pleased with how they turned out.  

You can see the milk cartons I made as well lurking behind the baskets.  They were so easy to make, it was basically a case of using the template from Stampin' Up and sticking the whole thing together.  The only fiddly it was trying to work out how the top went together, and the ribbon soon hid any mistakes I made!  I actually think the cartons would have looked better with tags or a label at the front, but since it was 2 am by the time I had these finished, I really didn't feel up to doing any more!

Then finally, I made a gift holder for my youngest son, and yes, I know it's a bit girly but I was experimenting and needed a large holder to cover the Cadbury mini eggs hidden inside, plus it was Saturday evening and I needed this ready for Easter Sunday morning!  As you can see, the tattered florals die was used again (oh, I love that die!) on the kit papers along with my distress inks. The trim at the top and bottom was made using one of the kit papers and the Tim Holtz Alterations vintage lace die.  

I reckon the all of these can be used other than at Easter so why not give it a go yourself?  I love being able to use digital papers, and elements as you never have to go back to the shop to buy more when you run out - you just print some more!  

I'm off not to run a payroll - no rest for the wicked, eh?  So have fun whatever you are doing and happy scrapping!