It’s Summer

While it is quite clearly getting darker and colder in the mornings I still have a lot of summer scrapbooking to finish. Autumn is my favourite time of the year and have already done our yearly chestnut pilgrimage to the local woods with my family.

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But this page is about the lovely lovely warm summer. I cut out the title ‘It’s the Summer’ using 2 different fonts and backed the larger Summer part with a holographic foil I brought from a local shop, I love that it’s all rainbowy and fun. Ijust love this photo of my son getting soaked in the garden and used up some more rainbow diecuts and stickers which reminded me of the summer. I included some spritz of blue colour shine spray and backed it on a fun paper so it wasn’t too white.

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Thanks for Reading!

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Crop Fun

I went to the fab Mind the Scrap anniversary crop in Bristol over the summer which was the most fun! I didn’t stay into the night but met some really lovely ladies (including one who covered my page in bright pink Color Shine Spray, luckily it was salvageable by removing the photo and adding some more to make it look intentional.) I managed to get about 1 layout per hour done – so I did 6 in total. I really like cropping with other people, I’m neither shy or outgoing and do get a bit nervous meeting new people but the scrapbooking community are really friendly and good fun.

My first layout was based on a Shimelle Sketch from one of her classes (I think design decisions but can’t remember for sure!) including some pieces from the Little by little collection.

2017-08-14 14.21.30Next I did a double page (the other side was a pocket page) with most of the photos of our anniversary weekend to Cambridge.

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I made a page for the August UK Scrap Addicts competition which was based on clustering that month – They do fun challenges each month which I like to join in on!

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Next I was trying something a bit different to add movement. I really love that blue floral vellum. I think I mostly did one page layouts as I think they come together a bit quicker. I usually make some page kits to take with me which also makes it a bit easier, trying to include ephemera that I want to use up.

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This was the page that got covered in pink ink, wasn’t too much of a stretch to make this page more pink. Having a little boy I do tend to steer away from pink, but it was nice to use for a page about our new kitten Artemis. I liked the background paper as it reminded me of the texture of her fur and I had to use that cute cat paper!

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Finally this more bold page (based on another Shimelle design layout i loved) of us going to the Science Museum. I loved the copper vellum from Shimelle’s go now go collection. I borrowed my neighbours’ Tim Holtz tiny attacher and needless to say it’s going on the christmas list!

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For the love of pretty paper – July Sketch Challenge

Hi There,

Last week I entered this layout into the FTLOPP scrapbooking group where they have weekly alphabet challenges and a monthly challenge. This month it was sketches and they had 6 to choose from. I went with this one below

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I tend to keep quite accurate to a sketch as when I use them I’m trying to make pages quickly and it helps my process. Below is my take on this sketch. It’s quite true except I staggered the lines in the background using up paper from the Shimelle Starshine collection here as I have lots to use still.

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I gave the background layer a bit of texture by sewing up and sides of each strip, inking the edges and giving them a little bit of a tear. This layout was meant to be pretty silly with it just being some fun snap chat photos as my son is obsessed with playing with it at the minute, especially the dog one.

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All the enbellishments were from the Starshine collection and I was trying to use up a couple of letter stickers before throwing away the rest and added a few silvery enamel dots and x’s

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I really enjoyed joining in the on this challenge and this a little time to get involved if you wanted to as well,

 

Thanks for reading

 

 

White on White Layout

Hello,

Today I’m bringing you a layout I made for this months challenge over on the UK Scrapaddicts Blog which is a layout with a photo (or I guess photos) of 6×8 or larger.

My photo is our first holiday away with our son who was around 21 months at the time to Iceland. Which I would very much recommend to anyone. It’s a beautiful country and really set up for the under 5’s and he had a blast!

The was taken at the Skagofoss waterfall on our way to the glacial lagoon. We went at the end of October and most of the day it was snowing except for the 30 minutes we were here where the sun was shining and got this beautiful rainbow in front of the waterfall. Of course we had to stick my son in front of it, this was literally the only time he would let us put him down!

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I’ve been really enjoying the recent white on white style of layouts – using texture rather than colour. I tend to like a lot of busy patterns and colours so keeping it simple was quite hard for me. The photo was was quite dark and using the plain colours really made my son stand out in the photo.

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I cut out a few sizes of flowers from my silhouette onto white card and added some sequins, gems and punched flowers to create 2 clusters of embellishments on the diagonal. I had a very limited amount of white letters so ended up with the title of unique view. I usually include space for journalling but I know the other side of the 12×12 page will be a pocket page for photos and journalling and thought it looked better without,

Hope you like my layout and have fun with this months challenge 🙂

 

Travel page using ephemera

Hi there,

I’m bringing you a project I did recently of a travel page of a holiday I went on as a student to Dublin. I had a go at stenciling with gold acrylic paint and covered some in glossy accents to create a different texture. I have to admit that I’m not that good at it! I kept catching the edge of the stencil and making a mess but it was fun. I put a few blobs of nuvo crystal drops in a light yellow colour and waited for it to dry.

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Where i’ve put the photo is actually the brochure/map from the Guinness factory, which is just a have to do while you are there, even though me and my friend both hate Guinness. What is amazing is the view from the tower at the top and the Guinness caramel chocolate bars which I brought for gifts and were eaten before we got back on the plane.

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I added a few more photos and places for journalling inside but it folds out again to have information and a map of Dublin.

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I layered a load of random embellishments from different collections but the main ones were from a sticker sheet from the Echo Park Getaway collection and I attempted to have a go at making a paper rose which turned out really cute!

Many Thanks for reading 🙂

 

UK Scrap Addict Challenge – June – Rainbow glitter fun!

Hello, I’m loving the new UK Scrap Addicts blog and they have a Facebook page. This month they have 2 mood boards to use as an inspiration this month and I chose the cut rainbow theme and loved the watercolour zebra.

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I’ve seen Amy Tangerine doing the watercolour and straw technique and wanted to add it to my page – if you haven’t seen it its basically watercolour blob, get a straw and blow the paint in all directions. It’s so fun and easy!

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So I created a rainbow background with that technique and added rainbow glitter to look like it was escaping under the photo – i used a 3×3 black and white photo to contrast with all the colour in the background

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The hello script lettering made me use the cherish thicker with added sparkly for fun and layered the photo with some small pieces from my scrap basket. I put the photo up on foam pads to create dimension and added a wood veneer for the date.

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Finally I pulled up the bottom corner for a space for journalling and added a piece of paper from Shimelle’s Little by Little,

 

Thanks for Reading 🙂

 

Grandma’s Reading Chair – Cut Out file from Paper Issues

Hi There,

My little baby boy (who is 3) has just started preschool today, I just can’t believe how quickly the time has flown. This time next year he will start school, I never quite believed it when people said cherish the time, it goes so fast. At the time I had a grumpy baby who wasn’t sleeping, or a toddler kicking off because I wouldn’t put quinoa in my trolley (true story) but I do feel like I have cherished his early years.

I was lucky enough to have a cropping weekend away to get some layouts done which I had done a bit of prepping beforehand including cutting out this free file from Paper Issues.

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If you haven’t checked it out their website it is really fab and have a large collection of free files as well as awesome layout ideas and shop.

I had recently purchased the little by little 6×6 paper pad from my local hobby craft after saying that i really wasn’t too keen on the critters and thought it was a little too feminine for me, it didn’t last long as I have the sticker sheets,m buttons and one of each of the 12×12 paper sheets now!

2017-06-13 12.47.30I didn’t want to add a title to this one as it was already quite busy with all the different papers in the background and I kept the embellishments quite simple too!

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Thanks for reading, I hope you go and have a look at the paper issues website and have a go making a layout with this cut file!