Paper Trail Blog Hop – Jubilee

Welcome to another Paper Trail Blog Hop and this month the focus is on the Jubilee papers.

If you have come from Connie’s blog,  you are in the right place and if you have just popped in to visit then feel free to have a good browse.  The blog hop is circular so once you have visited everyone you will end up where you have started.

I have found this paper range very challenging because it really encapsulates America to me and not so much New Zealand.  The papers are beautiful and as usual with Close to My Heart papers there is a wide range of colours and patterns for all occasions. For this layout I have picked out the beautiful green toned papers as these colours and patterns did remind me a little of New Zealand and the photos I have chosen went well with the blues and reds of the cardstock.

For this layout I have used the Bottom Border – Triple Combination from the Reflections Scrapbooking Programme book.  I love this pattern and use it a lot as it is great for both landscape and portrait photos which I have shown here.  One side is completed with using landscape photos and the other side with portrait photos and I have used different elements for the triple combination.

CTMH Jubilee layout

I have used my Artbooking Cricut cartridges to cut out the photo frames from Indian Corn Blue for the photos.  This was quite important as both the photos and the background paper are really busy and I needed a solid colour to make the photos stand out more.  This cartridge is great and easy to use and I don’t know what I would do without it now.  I adhered the frames to the photos and then onto the background paper.  I also placed some blue patterned papers to cover the bottom of the portrait photos and also tie in with the patterned paper on the other side.

I have used a combination of zip strips and patterned paper to edge the panels of Cranberry cardstock.  These have been distressed with Cashmere ink and then placed on the background paper.

I have discovered dimensional elements and how they can add something a little extra to my work.  You can stamp them, distress them, paint them, cover them with paper and much more.  Here I have used the dimensional elements that match with the Artbooking cartridge set and stamped them using both Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue inks.  The arrows have been finished off using blue epoxy bubbles.  The rosette dimensional element has been stamped using the stamp set from the Artiste Cricut cartridge bundle using Outdoor Denim ink.

CTMH Jubilee layout

To add some interest to the page I have embossed some Indian Corn Blue cardstock with the Quatrafoil embossing folder and distressed it with Cashmere ink.  I then cut the pinwheels out of the Artiste Cricut cartridge and stamped them with Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue inks and then topped it off with a blue epoxy bubble.

This page features my son doing demonstration of Taiha – this is a wooden spear type weapon that Maori men train very hard to use in warfare.  A Maori Kaumatua (respected elder) came to the school and taught the children how to wield this weapon.  The children also had moko printed on their faces to make them look more fierce.  The sentiment ‘Sweet As’ has come from the New Zealand Greetings stamp set and is a very popular one in New Zealand.  Also to keep with the theme of New Zealand I have added a stamped kiwi and some leaves that have been stamped using Topiary ink and fussy cut out and then distressed with Cashmere ink and then placed on the page.

This other page features my son dancing around the maypole.  They were having a cultural day and doing different dances and traditions from different cultures.  I have used the Pinwheel SOTM from last year to keep with the motif of movement and stamped with both Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue which incidentally picked up the colours of the clothes the children are wearing.  The pinwheels have been adhered to Indian Corn Blue cardstock that has been embossed using the Quatrefoil embossing folder and distressed with Cashmere ink.

I have cut the journalling tag out of Colonial White cardstock using the Artbooking Cricut cartridge and stamped with the coordinating stamp set in Cocoa.  I then distressed with Cashmere ink and completed the journalling.   I love this little tag as the ruled lines make it so easy to write the journalling neatly.

To complete the layout I have stamped onto the dimensional elements using the coordinating stamp sets from the Artbooking cartridge and distressed them with Cashmere ink and placed them on the layout.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Colonial White, Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, 

Paper pack – Jubilee

Inks – Outdoor Denim, Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry, Cocoa, Cashmere

Stamps – New Zealand Greetings, Pinwheel SOTM (NLA), Artbookimg

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Artiste

Embossing folder – Quatrefoil

Blue and Green Epoxy bubbles

Dimensional Elements

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here and seen how much fun the Jubilee papers are.  Now hop on over to Karen’s blog here to check out her fabulous creations.

Happy Crafting


Australasian CTMH SOTM Blog Hop – ‘Kaboom’

Hello and welcome aboard our Stamp of the Month Australasian Close to My Heart Blog Hop. If you have arrived here from Monika’s Blog A Glitter of Sprinke then you are in the right place. If you landed here by accident, no problem, please join in by following the link at the end of this post. 

Today I would like to share with you a layout which features June Stamp of the Month ‘Kaboom’   available exclusively throughout June for $29 or for just $5 when you spend $75

The Jubilee range of papers go so well with the ‘Kaboom’ stamp set especially as the ticket image actually says ‘Admit One to a Real Jubilee’ I have got my inspiration from the WOTG for Jubilee but then added my own twist.  I loved how the patterned paper edged the layout and I have copied it here but I have used the kraft cardstock as base instead of the blue cardstock base.

I have then used the big star burst and one of the smaller star burst stamps and stamped the background with Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry and Honey randomly.  (I have got this idea from another CTMH consultant on Facebook).




I have basically followed the Front & Centre – Accent Band pattern in the Reflections Scrapbook Programme with a band along the centre.  I love these books as they give all the instructions on cutting the pieces as well as showing alternatives to suit your photos.


CTMH Jubilee layout using the June SOTM set - KaboomFor the centre band I have used Indian Corn Blue and Cranberry cardstock.  I then matted the photos with Indian Corn Blue cardstock and placed them on the above and below the centre band.  I have been wanting to do the cute owl in the Artbooking Cricut cartridge for ages and thought it would go great with the school theme.

CTMH Jubilee layout

The owl has been cut out using Slate as the base of the cut, Cashmere for the top layer and then I have laid it all on Cocoa cardstock and trimmed the cardstock around the owl.  The tree branch has been cut using Olive cardstock and the leaves from Topiary. The apples have been cut out of Cranberry cardstock and distressed with Cranberry ink.  All cut pieces have been distressed with Cashmere ink.

CTMH Jubilee layout

I have also used the Artbooking Cricut cartridge to cut the title on the left ‘think, grow, learn’ out of Topiary cardstock as well.  The letters on the right layout is from Art Philosophy and I have cut them out Topiary.  Again they have been distressed with Cashmere ink.

CTMH Jubilee layout

To embellish the layouts I have stamped the movie ticket image several times to make the two tickets.  The first ticket I stamped the image with Cocoa ink on Colonial White cardstock and trimmed it with scissors.  I then stamped the same image with Indian Corn Blue on Colonial White cardstock and I then trimmed the middle part out and adhered it to the first image.  The second ticket was created by stamping the image with Cocoa onto Indian Corn Blue and then fussy cut out.  I then stamped the image with Cranberry onto Colonial White cardstock and trimmed out the middle and adhered it onto the the blue ticket.  I then placed them over the ticket image already on the paper to create some dimension.  The ‘fun’ image has also come from the ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set and I have stamped this with Indian Corn Blue ink onto a round dimensional element and then distressed with Cashmere ink.  This was then placed over the tickets.

The ‘Lets Celebrate’  image has been stamped with Cocoa ink on Colonial White cardstock.  I then stamped the same image with Cranberry ink   on Colonial White cardstock and just trimmed the ribbon and then adhered it onto the original image.  I then placed it over the corner of the top photo.

The gingham button has been created by gluing the paper onto a dimensional element using the Bonding Memories glue.  I trimmed around the edge and then used a sanding tool to sand the inside to reveal the star shape.  I then glued some Cranberry cardstock underneath and then trimmed closely.  To finish off I have distressed again with Cashmere ink.

The mini starbursts have been cut using the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge using varying  sizes.  The small size was ideal for the mini starburst image and I have stamped several using Honey, Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue ink.  I have distressed them all and then added them randomly throughout the layout.

The ‘What a Blast’ image has been stamped using both Cranberry and Indian Corn Blue Ink onto the medium sized cuts and edged with the same colour ink before placing over another slightly larger cut which had already been distressed with Cashmere ink.  This created an illusion of a dimensional element and went well with the layout.

I have actually finished the journalling as well by using a hidden tag under the last photo.  Normally, I find the journalling the most difficult part but for this layout it was quite easy as the photos were really fun and I can remember it like it was yesterday (in reality it was too many years ago to count!).  I have cut the tag from the same page that I have cut the ticket shape from the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge so there is some continuity within the layout.  I have distressed again with Cashmere ink and wrote the journalling with a marker.  I have cut strips of gingham paper to make some tags and then placed the tag behind the photo.  This is a great way to put journalling on a page without disrupting the layout.

Finally I have placed some strips of patterned paper and dove tailed them for some added colour.

This was a fun layout to do as the photos were interesting and the ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set and Jubilee papers went so well with the colours and theme of the photos.

Materials used:

Cardstock – Indian Corn Blue, Cranberry, Kraft, Colonial White, Olive, Topiary, Slate, Cashmere

Paper – Jubilee

Inks – Cranberry, Indian Corn Blue, Cashmere, Honey

Cricut Cartridges – Artbooking, Art Philosophy

Dimensional Elements

Reflections Scrapbook Programme

Kaboom‘  is only available until 30 June  from your CTMH consultant and if you would like to purchase it please visit my website here.  I’d love you to leave a comment before heading off to the next stop, Shaunna’s Blog Passionate About Pages

Happy Crafting