Basic Grey Highline Projects:

Cards, Mini Book and Scrapbook Layouts


Mini Book and Cards

by Charmed Cards & Crafts DT member Caroline Scattergood




Highline Cards and Layouts

by Basic Grey Design Team







Happiness Mini Book

By Caroline Scattergood


Products used for this project:

Papers used: Basic Grey Highline - See the Highline collection for lots of coordinating elements and more papers...

Everything else is designers own


I love the colour combinations with the Basic Grey Highline papers and thought a mini book would be perfect to showcase the versatility of them.

This book is a work in progress as I will be adding to it as I go along and over a period of time, but here is the basis of a very exciting project.  It’s nice to have the papers and the coordinating embellishments – the stickers, chipboard, frames and die-cuts - which will be added to the pages as and when.

 The photos show how I want the book to look when it is finished – with the ribbon as the binding.  However, whilst the book is a work in progress I will be using large book rings as the binding just so I can add more pages, pockets, leaflets, memorabilia, etc as I go along.



To start with I cut x20 21cm x 15cm pages from 12x12 patterned paper trying to utilise as many of the designs as possible.


To make a solid base for your pages stick two together, coordinating or contrasting the designs.  You then have x10 double sided pages.

I then sewed around every page to make them as sturdy as possible as I will be writing and sticking items to these pages over a period of time so I want them to withstand a lot of handling.



Take some mountboard (you can get this for minimal cost from a picture framing company, just ask for off-cuts) and cut to size with your craft knife.  I made the covers slightly bigger than the pages to accommodate other bits and pieces I will be adding to the book.  Covers are 25cm x 18cm.



To create my front cover I sewed the white calico to felt and then decorated with the hearts, buttons, beads, etc.  The felt acts as a good stabiliser so you can sew with your machine or by hand quite easily.




Take the felt pieces and sew around three sides, then slot the mountboard in and sew the fourth edge.  If you want to add ribbon as an additional closure like I did then you have to insert the ribbon before sewing around one of the long sides.  Do this for the front and back covers.




Then you can trim to fit – just leave a little fabric between your sewing and your scissors!



I created three holes for the binding with my Crop-o-dile.  Use book rings whilst it’s a work in progress, and then bind with ribbon when its finished.


Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014


Pink Flower Card

By Caroline Scattergood



Products Used:

Basic Grey Highline 12x12 Papers



I really enjoyed making the flowers with the Highline set.  I cut a load of different shapes and sizes with several different flower dies, then in the evening sat in front of the TV layering them all up together!  Silicone glue is good to layer them with but you can use any glue or tape.

I always feel I need to be doing something even when watching TV and making some flowers is an ideal use of my hands and is quite therapeutic too!

The mesh adds a lovely layer and dimension to the flower – always handy to have a bit in your craft box!  Add a button for the centre and then cover parts of the flower with Stickles.  Once the flower layers have been assembled I then scrunched the whole thing in my hand – it feels wrong because you are crumbling the paper but gives a more 3d effect.

The lovely pink frame on this card is from the Highline-Photo Frames, which add lovely coordinating designs to your project.

Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014





Everyday card

By Caroline Scattergood




Products Used: Basic Grey Highline

I love how this set of paper by Basic Grey has bright and vibrant as well as pastel shades, and this card highlights the more subtle range of the colours with the pinks, soft orange, and green.  Ideal for a shabby chic effect!

Firstly I cut part of the card blank off and used a border punch to create a lacy effect, which I replicated for the top too.  I then punched four circles out of the patterned paper and attached then to the base of the front of the card. 

Then I layered several colours of the pink paper on top of each other and sewed every layer.

I made good use of my dies and die cut several flowers and leaves.  I then layered the flowers to create the layered flower in the centre.  The mesh adds a lovely dimension to the flower.  I used silicone glue to adhere everything together and then glittered with Stickles-Crystal.

The Petaloo-Printed Darjeeling Collection butterfly beautifully complimented the orangey shades of the Highline-Designer Chipboard stickers sentiment.  I used a Viva Pearl Pen to add pearl dots as a finishing touch.

All edges were inked with brown Ink and then ruffled up to give a more aged look.

Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014


Happy Birthday card

By Caroline Scattergood


Papers used: Basic Grey Highline

I love sewing on my cards and I love it when the sewing is more random and not so neat!


Take a piece of white cardstock roughly the same size as the front of your card blank and cut out three holes using a hole punch.


Take scraps of paper and place behind the holes to show the pattern through.  Lightly glue in place but try not to add glue where you want to sew as it clogs up the needle!


Sew around the circles as neat or not as neat as you like!  Then sew some random diagonal lines.


Then sew this onto the card blank.


The ‘happy’ are die-cuts and the ‘Birthday’ is stamped.  I finished off with a rub-on swirl under the Happy Birrthday!



Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014

Star Card

By Caroline Scattergood



Paper used: Basic Grey Highline


Monochrome black and white cards look fab with put together with a pop of colour.  I struggle with a more masculine card but this type of colour scheme works really well, and the Basic Grey Highline has black and white amongst the colour scheme so I was able to do this card, as well as more feminine ones, with just the one set of papers.


I layered up the two yellow papers in the pack and sewed them together.


The stars were cut using a die cut and then were all edged with black Ink.  The white stars were covered with a little bit of Stickles-Crystal.  I love a bit of glitter!  I then placed the stars onto the card to create a banner effect and sewed them into place leaving long thread ends either side of the banner.


I then popped two smaller stars in the two top corners.

I then added some buttons, and used a rub-on for the ‘dad’ wording.

I love this colour combination and with the Basic Grey Highline set you can have it all – Pastels, Brights and Black and White.  Couldn’t ask for more from paper really!

Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014



"Wishes" Card

By Caroline Scattergood


Paper used: Basic Grey Highline


For the base of this card I used white cardstock and stencilled a design onto it using a blue Ink pad and sponge.

Cut out some stars with a die, and create a pop of colour to mix with the black and white stars.  The Highline paper has some lovely bright shades.

Adhere to the card and stamp a sentiment.

I then sewed the whole design onto the card base.

Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014



"Heart" Card

By Caroline Scattergood


Paper used: Basic Grey Highline

For this card I used the very bottom of the Highline12x12 sheet which had the black and white design with the strip of red running across the bottom.

The heart and leaves are die cuts.  I sewed some zig-zag stitching randomly on the heart to secure it to the paper.  The leaves are made glittery using Stickles.

The arrow is from the Highline Chipboard Stickers pack.

I put three little ‘pearls’ on the one side of the heart with a 3d Pearl Pen.



Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014





"Celebrate" Card

By Caroline Scattergood


Products used: Basic Grey Highline


I used white cardstock as the base for the card.  Using four coordinating designs of the 12x12 Highline paper I cut out a flag effect, just the right width for four to sit on the card with a little gap in-between.

Die-cut four circles from the Highline 12x12 paper.  The centres of these circles are embellished with Highline Stickers and then sewn around with black thread.

The hearts and flower are from the Highline Die-Cut Cardstock and Transparencies pack which has some fab little paper embellishments for your paper crafts.

I then stamped a simple sentiment.

Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014


"Hi" Card

By Caroline Scattergood


Paper and embellishments used are from the Basic Grey Highline collection

The base of this card was created with a stencil and spray ink.  Using a die-cut I then cut out the scalloped border and then randomly stencilled grey Ink circles onto the card. 

The leaves and flower are also die-cuts.  I glittered the centre of the flower with Crystal Stickles.

The ‘Hi’ sentiment is from the Highline Die-Cut Cardstock and Transparencies pack.


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"Hello" Card

By Caroline Scattergood



Paper and embellishments used are all from the Basic Grey Highline collection

I love the Highline Photo Frames pack – so many possibilities!  Part of them is transparent so it’s great to add a little something behind.

For this card I added some little die-cut orange dots behind and then added a die-cut scalloped frame which fitted perfectly by chance!

The flowers are from the Highline Die-Cut Cardstock and Transparencies pack, and the lovely coloured brad from the Highline Mixed Brads pack. I cut a piece of mesh into flower shape and tucked it behind the brad.

Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014




"50" Card

By Caroline Scattergood



Paper used: Basic Grey Highline

This is a very simple card I made for a 50th Wedding Anniversary.

The base of this card is using one of the 12x12 Highline papers which has a wood grain effect. 

The white heart is die-cut and the number 50 cut from gold glittered paper.

I then sewed around the heart a couple of times before then attaching to the card base.



Copyright Charmed Cards & Crafts 2014




Here are some lovely inspirational projects created by the Basic Grey Design Team using Highline.

Please remember that these are copyrighted to Basic Grey unless otherwise specified:



You're Awesome Card by Lisa Dickinson


Hello There Card by Lisa Dickinson

Shine Bright Layout by Kim Price

Best Wishes Card by Becky Williams

Happiness Layout by Becky Williams


Valentine Sweet Layout by Kelly Goree


Hello Card by Lisa Dickinson

Cool Dude Layout by Kelly Goree


Highline Tag by Melissa Phillips


Highline Card by Melissa Phillips



Look at this beautiful layout created by Missy Whidden:



and this fabulous layout by Amele Mordret:


Here is a lovely step by step project by Kim Price for the Basic Grey Team:

Love This:


In the top left corner of the layout Kim has used the  Printed Chipboard Shapes pack, “love this” speech bubble, adding a touch of added color with a light spray of orange mist – Kim says: "yes!, you can customise your chipboard pieces using mists, paint, stamps, inks, anything you have in your stash!"




As well as the Highline papers and chipboard shapes, Kim also used elements from Highline's Die-Cut and Transparencies, Waterfall pack, and Snippets.




The talented Nicole Nowosad  created these fantastic projects for Basic Grey using the Highline collection:


Hey Hey it's Your Birthday Layout.

By Nicole Nowosad




Best Moments Layout.

By Nicole Nowosad




You're the Best Card.

By Nicole Nowosad





You brighten My day Card - by Kelly Rasmussen


Hello Card - by Kelly Rasmussen





Love Layout - by Lisa Dickinson




Love This Layout - By Kelly Goree


Classic Bonka Layout - By Kelly Goree


Smile Layout - By Lisa Dickinson




Thank you Basic Grey for some amazing inspiration.

Find the Highline collection right here, and get creating!



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