Hillside Cottage Australasian Blog Hop

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Whimsical and fun, the Hillside Cottage Collection suits layouts for young and old. The soft blues, pinks, greys and yellows contrast brilliantly black for a ‘pop’. Add in the co-ordinated card making stamps and you have the makings of a fun Mother’s Day layout.

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Welcome to the CTMH Australasian Hillside Cottage Blog Hop. This hop features the artwork of some talented women from across Australia and New Zealand.

If you arrived from Doreen’s Blog, Scrapping and More, you are in the right place. If this is your first time on a blog hop, simply read on and enjoy my creations. Click on the link at the end of this post and it will take you to the next blog and so on and so on. Easy and fun! Best part- you can see several different projects you can create with Close To My Heart’s Hillside Cottage collection! When you land back here, you are done and it’s time to hit the scrapbook room for some crafting fun.

Hillside Cottage Papers

Celebrate motherhood

I am a new grandmother, known as Mimmy, and completely smitten by the adorable Miss Lily. I have loved seeing photos of her with other family members, watching them showering her with love and affection. Mother’s Day this year we were on the other side of the country but I spent time reflecting on how lovely it is to have a family that is so connected despite physical distance.

I can’t show you the photos – so just picture your own family in the gaps 😊

2105 Hillside Cottage layout

Make best use of your base page

This layout was inspired by a sketch made by Bernadette Lewin. Bernadette and her partner in scrap, Lynda Yeadon, run a monthly online scrapbook challenge just for Australian CTMH Makers. I love the ideas they share and play along as often as I can.

In this layout the Flamingo cardstock is the base with the black cut to 11 ¾”. Before you glue these layers together, cut a panel from the centre of each piece of Flamingo – one 10” x 6 ¾” and the second 10” x 11”. Use these panels on the front of the layout. This saves money and makes the layout less bulky.

Then it’s just a matter of adding the photo and colour blocks to these cut panels. The photo sizes are 5” x 3 3/8” and 2 ½” x 3 3/8”. Then trim the patterned papers to fit your gaps.

Hillside cottage stamps
Embellish with stamped thin cuts

The great thing about Close To My Heart collections is the way papers, cardstock and stamps all work together. I’ve used the Hillside Cottage Cardmaking stamp set for this layout. The Scandinavian folk art style of these stamps looks so pretty and the paired thin cuts make it a breeze to cut the shapes. Pop the die cuts up on foam tape to help them stand out on the panel.

The floral border is fussy cut from one of the printed papers. I cut the pink centre flower out, moved the leaf garlands in a bit and popped the flower on foam tape. Then I added the sweet little bird and a few flowers from the stamp set to finish this cluster.

You could add your story above this banner and use the space I wrote a story for extra photos if needed.

2105 Hillside Cottage banner

Create a Title that pops

The Simple Serif Alphabet Thin Cuts are about 1” high and perfect for smaller titles. I cut 4 of each letter in Mimmy from black cardstock, layered each letter using liquid glue and split the word to fit my title panel.

To create the sheen, simply cover each letter in Liquid Glass and set aside to dry over night.

2105 Hillside Cottage Title

Order your supplies

The Hillside Cottage collection is available, while stocks last, until the end of June, 2021. Choose papers, Cricut collection, stickers, co-ordinating cardstock, PML Cards and 2 stamp/thin cut sets individually. There is also a lovely card workshop kit and a scrapbooking workshop kit.

Check your consultant’s website. If you’re an Aussie without a consultant, come shop with me by clicking here.

Next up is Lauren’s blog, CTMH Craftings. I’m sure you will enjoy her creativity.

Happy Scrapping,

Products used in this project

X7268B Hillside Cottage Paper Pack
X7268C Hillside Cottage Coordinating Cardstock
Z3948 Hillside Cottage Cardmaking Stamps & Thin Cuts
Z3760 Simple Serif Uppercase
Z3761 Simple Serif Lowercase
Z6519 Blue Belle Stamp Pad
Z2825 Mink Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6515 Paprika Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6517 Lemonade Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z6504 Sage Exclusive Inks Stamp Pad
Z679 Liquid Glass
Z2060 Thin 3-D Foam Tape
Z3441 Dual Tip Multi-bond Glue
Z3372 Adhesive Runner
Z3396 Aluminium Cut Rail Trimmer
Z1836 Non-stick Micro-tip Scissors

Unless otherwise stated within the post, this is my original work. Please feel free to use as inspiration for your own personal use, but do not use my images for publication, contest/message board entries, or to sell. If my work inspires a work of your own, please give credit by posting a link to my blog. Thank you!

About Shaunna
Shaunna Richards is the founder of Passionate About Pages, a business built on finding connections to help women keen to preserve their memories though photos, memorabilia and storytelling in traditional scrapbook albums.

Shaunna’s 20+ years in the scrapbooking industry coupled with her teaching background make her the perfect person to show you how it’s done.



I very rarely use black cardstock for my layouts, it really is quite striking and looks lovely. A lovely layout 

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Shaunna Richards

It is so striking.  I used to use a lot of black backgrounds but haven't for ages.

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Lauren Moore

This is just adorable! I love the black background and the large title. 

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