Scrapbooking Crop – Stick it down double page entry

I went to my first scrapbooking crop yesterday locally. It was a bit nerve wracking entering a room of people who all knew each other but quickly just got on with some scrapping and chatted to the person next to me. Next time I might even get up the courage to talk to different people throughout the day / weekend or even arrange a crop more local to me.

I got round to making 5 layouts and 2 were for the the September Stick it down challenges.

This was the first layout I made with the sketch for a double page above.


I started with two pieces of white smooth cardstock but it looked a little bare so I added the black and white plus paper to each side to make it co ordinate. I had lots of fun with the embellishments on this page. I have added flowers cut from the Shimelle True Stories collection, red twine, acetate arrows, wooden chevrons, gems and a heart cut from my silhouette which is backed with all different scraps.


I created the photo matts with a collections from Amy Tangerine, Dear Lizzy Vellum and Shimelle to create a striking black and red page which is not a colour combo I use very often.


I did a bit of stamping on my page which I haven’t really done before. I used a stamp set with simple flower and leaves with a bold motif to make the two pages have continuity. And of course finished off the page with a spritz of Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in Sweet Cherry.


Hope you like it and thanks for reading! xx


September Clique Kits Challange


Hi There, I wanted to show you my entry for the clique kits September challenge using a sketch by Kristine Davidson which I really liked the look of.


Here is my interpretation of the challenge. I used distress inks on textured white cardstock to do a strong wash of colour with the pattern in the background. The photo was taken at the seaside on a recent holiday so wanted to get a fluid watery feel. I used Blue and White mists in the background as well as using some water pick up techniques.


I wanted the photo to pop so used some scrap paper to create a nice layer of paper and had a small embellishment cluster just above the photo using some die cut pieces. I created a simple cluster at the top of the page and wrote my journalling straight onto the background.

I really like how this turned out and was something different for me to try out. Thanks for reading!


American craft chipboard thickers from recent quirky kits

Random paper from Shimelle true stories, amy tangerine, maggie holmes bloom

Pink Paisley HEY – Take me away also from a quirky Kit

Jillibean Soup die cuts – Healthy Hello

Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers and tumbled glass.

Scrapping a Large Photo

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Hello There!

I very rarely scrapbook a very large photo but had this lovely one of my son covered head to toe in sand and loved the way it came out so wanted to have a large photo in my scrapbook. It happened to be a Glitter Girl prompt from a while back.

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Ii used one large cluster of embellishments which included a small portion of journalling as this is one of e few pages. I wanted to keep the colour quite samey with the blues and yellows to mimic the sea and sand in the photo.

I inked up some wood veneer with distress ink and colour shine to create a faded beachy feel. The swallow was a silhouette cut from another layout that I had left over. Shimelle also has been doing a few hand painted titles and thought that I would have a go with the watery feel of the page.

Thanks 🙂


Kaisercraft Boho paper which I got from the last Quirky Kit / Shimelle Starshine / wood veneer from the Range / enamel stars from Hobbycraft


Using up my Scraps

2016-08-24 13.57.15I have been watching Tori Bissell’s Youtube series on Scrapping your scraps and have plenty of scraps that I wanted to use. I had a couple of colourful photos from a recent family holiday that I wanted to scrap.

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Here I punched lots of large circles, stars and smaller circles and created a grid on the page and included 2 4×6 photos. I used a pink paper from Shimelle Starshine collection as a matt for the photos.

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I included a section under the photo to include some hidden journalling as I had a lot to write and the page was pretty full. I loved using my punches and scraps to create an interesting background for my photos

Thanks for reading 🙂


Mood Board Inspiration

Hello There!

Today I have created a layout inspired by Shimelle’s #20Project. The weekend challenge was to go onto Pinterest and search ‘mood board’ along with two terms of your choice. Here I chose black and white as I knew I wanted something different to compliment my 2 photos. The two photos are from a recent trip to Wagamama and my son trying to use chopsticks.

This is the mood board I chose to use. I loved the soft pinks and blue shades which I rarely use in my layouts.

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I chose to use a white smooth card stock as the background to create an airy feel, the paper is a random collection of scraps but the beautiful camera transparency was perfect for this colour scheme.

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The flowers were made using a cut file and my Silhoutte cutting machine. It was really good to get it out and use it. I backed the photo with layers of tissue paper to give it some dimension and pop off the page.


transparency – Hello Heather, HERE + THERE / Capture. Brads from Hobbycraft. Kaisercraft Boho Feathers. Heidi Swapp Colorshine.

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading and if there is anything you want me to try let me know 🙂


My first Layout

Hi there. I’m a relatively new scrapbooker. I’m not actually sure how I discovered scrapbooking was a ‘thing’ but started off a few years ago making cards and think I looked at a lot of card making tutorials on Youtube. I think one day I was recommended Shimelle and at the same time Home Sense seemed to have a lot of pretty paper pads and embellishments in the sale so I gave it a go.

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I’m not sure if I scraplifted the layout off anyone but had very minimal supplies. The craft cardstock was from cardmaking as well as the green banner and the paper and stickers were new. The stamping was due to me seeing people sewing onto layouts but that seemed like, and still does, too much effort for me.

I remember being very proud of my handwritten title using my Steadtler Triplus copying a font off of Google.

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I still like the colour combo and the way that it showcases those photos that might not have been seen.

And that was it! I was hooked and have many many more supplies now, many of them bargains as I hadn’t known about the UK online stores and was relying on the high street retailers products that I found quite quickly were not quite my style.

Thanks for reading, Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my virgin attempts at scrapbooking last October!


Summer Fun

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Hello! Welcome to my new blog about my scrapbooking, crafts, baking and general creating. I’m from the UK and have a 2 year old son who is my inspiration for putting photos and journalling down onto paper. I have had a ‘proper’ camera for a few years but have only just learnt how to use it and the fact I have an idevice that creates perfectly acceptable photos most of the time and just a pocket away!

I’ve always enjoyed card making and crafts from a tender age, especially as being part of the girl guides and a very active young child.

I’m relatively new to scrapbooking having created my first 12×12 layout just last year and have since finished O’s (my DS) monthly 0-2 year scrapbook (though if I were to have another one I’ll probably scrapbook more and write those important moments down), very simply have one or two page spreads of previous holidays as the memories aren’t as fresh and some photos are rather limited. I have always kept brochures, receipts, money etc from places I’ve been away and stuck them into my little scrapbook.

2016-08-23 19.22.16 I’m currently enrolled and enjoying Shimelle’s 20 Project and this layout was inspired by her Day 12 layout about using different colours for outdoors photos. Here my son and his mates are having a playdate with lots of green in the photo. I used her colour combo of green, blue and orange – though I excluded the red.

I have to admit I’m not sure what all the embellishments and paper that I have included on this layout but will include the ones I do know below. I really enjoyed trying something new with this colour combination.

Thanks for reading. x



Shimelle Starshine collection

Dear Lizzy Happy Place paper and Jillibean soup Pea Pod were both from the Beatific Quirky Kit from Crafty Templates

Heidi Swapp Colorshine – Teal