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#Happy Cottage Living with a splash of Gold

Hello everyone I hope you have been enjoying the last days of Summer before the Autumn nights set in.  I have been enjoying the nicer weather and spending time organising and printing photos from my recent holiday so I can begin working on the albums.  Whilst looking through older pages I realised I had a bit of a love affair with coral last year and I really like how it looked on pages so I decided to look at what was in the shop and had lovely coral tones.  I was drawn to the Pebbles Jen Hadfield Cottage Living collection, the coral and pink tones mixed with pops of black drew me in.  I then ventured over to the Websters Pages #Happy collection and picked a few other tones that would work well.  I made myself up a kit and set about making as many pages as I could, I came up with 5 in total.

My kit consisted of the follow supplies:

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – 6×6 Paper Pad

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Dotted Blossoms Paper

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Gallery Wall Paper

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Love Notes Paper

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Sunrise Sunset Paper

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Gold Circle Stickers

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Gold Dipped Tags

Jen Hadfield – Country Living – Puffy Phrase Stickers

Websters Pages – #Happy – Good Stuff Paper

Websters Pages – #Happy – Stargazing Paper

Websters Pages – #Happy – Storyteller #1

Websters Pages – #Happy – True Blue Paper

Websters Pages – #Happy – Tags and Prompt Stickers

Websters Pages – #Happy – Sentiments 4×6 Sticker Sheet

Websters Pages – #Happy – Alpha and Shapes Sticker Sheet

Websters Pages – These are the Days – Essential Lines Paper (This is a substitute as the bokeh paper from the #Happy collection has sold out in the single sheets but is available in the collection pack)

I pulled in a few letter stickers wood veneer and sequins from my own stash.  I also used dies and flair which can be found in the shop.


My first page I created was using the lovely ombre paper from Jen Hadfield,  I love how the gold compliments the corals of the papers and the pops of black brings it all together.



The gold dipped tags make a perfect space for journalling as well as being a great base for clusters.  I have a video for this page up on my YouTube Channel today.

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The next page was the first one I have made for my travel album, and I picked the colours form the tones on the photo.  I like how the #Happy pages have a printed gold/glitter effect rather than foiling, it adds a different texture.  I did add some sparkle over the top to give it a bit of shimmer.





I used my dies to cut the planes from the 6×6 papers and layered these over the Jen Hadfield- Gold Circle Stickers and make my own flairs


The #Happy Stargazer paper was one of them papers that I could have easily kept in my stash and just got out and stroked every so often, but I challenged myself to use it with one of my favourite photos of my trip.




I used several elements form the cut-a-part sheets to create embellishments for this pages, one of the 4×4 cards also made a great start of my title.  I used a few stickers from the Crate Paper Journey Collection.


The finial two pages I created were using the Gallery Wall paper, I am always drawn to papers with frames on as they are so versatile.  In this case I cut the frame out to base my photo clusters on.  I also fussy cut the flower paper out to make my own embellishments.  The frames are also great on the 6×6 paper size too.




I went with a  background paper that was bold and would help my clusters stand out.  The small circular tabs made a great base for my embellishments.


For my final page this month I decided to use up the remainder of the frames, before they were forgotten in my stash, I decided to do a bit of mixed media on this page to change the look of the frames up.   I just used gesso through a couple of stencils to create some background texture on top of the beautiful bokeh paper.



I really wanted the photo to stnad out so I mixed media clusters really create contrast aginst the background.  I would say this is my favourite of the bunch, and I must do some more mixed media soon.

As I mentioned I will have process videos for all of these over on my YouTube channel over the next week, and I would love for you to come and stop by and say hi.  I hope you all have a wonderful September and enjoy playing with all the wonderful new goodies that are arriving in the shop.

See you next month




  1. Rachel Millington

    Great work Nancy, I love them all but the Be Awesome LO is my favourite! It’s fab!

  2. Claire

    The way you’ve used the gold circle stickers to make your own flairs is sheer genius Nancy ! I thought they were flat from the picture on the website but you’ve made them look domed – fabulous .

    Loving your layouts – all so very very gorgeous.

  3. Jackie xxx

    a lot of great layouts and memories captured, love how you have used this collection.

  4. Julie Taylor

    Lovely pages Nancy, great idea to make a kit & love the last page with the mixed media, cool photo too

  5. Natalia

    Wow Nancy, as usual your pages are so fun and vibrant! Great use of your kit items but I have to say my favourite is your be awesome page, because it simply is awesome! The frames and how you have embellished them totally has the wow factor!

  6. Lesley

    Nancy such lovely pages. I love how you did the gold epoxy aero plane discs in ‘ Hello Heathrow’ inspired me to make my own. The Colours are beautiful.