Hey Little Magpie Blog

Oldie but Goodie

Hi Magpies, this month, while waiting for all those luscious new collections to come in, I chose to work with Dear Lizzie ‘Happy Place’ & Amy Tangerine ‘Better Together’, two older collections, one of which I’d overlooked completely.

My first layout ‘Dog gone crazy’ is using a snapchat photo that my youngest daughter loves to take & this time we were turned into dogs!!! I first gessoed the white cardstock & added some inks using the packaging technique & added some coloured texture paste through a circle stencil. I cut the photo into a circle & used that in the centre of my design & then cut various sizes of circles out of the 6×6 paper pads, adding those in a diagonal line across the page. I stitched some embroidery circles, in 3 colours, & added some stamped words. The title is using the Hardcover puffy stickers in that fab bright pink. I finished the layout off with a few sprinkles of ink, some enamel dots, 3 exclusive flair badges, border stitching around the outside edge & a couple of Carpe Diem clear stickers, which I use on everything.

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My second layout ‘Love you to pieces’ came about from seeing that great die cut online. I cut it out on my silhouette & backed it with papers from both 6×6 paper pads. I then watercoloured around the edge of the heart & stitched around it 3 times. I added a few lines of zigzag stitching to add some texture & a few drops of Heidi shine in gold. I printed my photo 6×4 & then cut it up before backing it with white cardstock & push + pull paper & then pieced it back together adding various depths of foam tape behind each piece. I added a few pieces of paper behind my photo & added my title, again using the pink puffy stickers & a few from my stash. I embellished the page with some ephemera, stamps, clear stickers, bow paperclip & those gorgeous enamel hearts from illustrated faith, I have them in every colour & use them on everything. I finished the layout by backing it on the lovely blue & white polka dot ‘push + pull’ paper.

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My final layout for this month was a bit of a labour of love & for I while, during it, I wished I hadn’t started. I saw this quote on pinterest & loved it, knowing one day I’d like to use it on a layout. I sketched it onto black cardstock using my silhouette & a white sketch pen & then proceeded to prick holes all around it, that was the easy part, I then had to sew it!!! Which took me a few evenings, doing it slowly, as my eyes aren’t as sharp as they once were. Finally I was finished & I then set about making the feather. I cut out a rough feather shape from white cardstock & then cut each piece, layering them up & sewing them down overlapping them until all the white cardstock was covered up. I then sewed down the middle to define the feather. I misted a feather shape onto my black cardstock & added a few splatters. I kept my photo mat very plain as I wanted the focus to be on the quote & the feather. I ripped two edges of my cardstock & sewed it to a piece of Carpe diem ‘don’t mind me’ paper, & distressed the edges.

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I hope you have enjoyed looking at my creations today & don’t overlook some of the older collections in the store because of all the new goodies coming in. I hope I have shown you that they can still feature in your scrapbooking along with the new lines, until next time xoxo



Products used

Dear lizzie Happy Place;

6×6 paper pad

Hardcover puffy thickers pink



Amy Tangerine Better Together;

6×6 paper pad

Acetate die cut ephemera

Push + pull paper

Rotary phrase stamp


Simple Stories;

Don’t mind me paper

A5 planner clear stickers


Exclusive Flair Badges


Heidi Swapp Colorshine Gold


  1. Barbara

    Three fab layouts Julie but I think the feather is my favourite absolutely stunning x

  2. Jo Boland

    Oh my goodness Julie, your last layout is amazing and totally worth the time you spent doing it, stunning!

  3. Jackie

    Fab layouts, love the hand stitching on the last layouts, beautiful x