Stick it down challenges – December

Hi There,

Over the busy festive period I don’t usually get too much scrapbooking done, I know that JYC or December Daily are beyond me! I hope you have all had a great Christmas time and have a happy new year.

This month I tried both the single and double page sketch challenges from the Stick it Down  blog. First up the double page with sketch below.

I tried to keep where possible to square elements and lots of florals. This layout was a family friends recent wedding which was just a lovely autumnal wedding, the highlight being whole lamb joints with Moroccan spices for the main!

Their colour theme was reds, navy and oranges with a real rustic feel so I wanted to represent that in my layout.

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Single Sketch

The Single Sketch was quite similar to the double page with square photos seperated.

I kept the 2 areas for embellishment with photos from our tree. We don’t have a traditional tree and each year we buy one or two new family chosen decorations so it looks like a total random mishmash which suits us.

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I sewed a vellum triangle tree filled with glitter and sequins, I saw the idea from Laura Whitaker‎ on the Scrapbook like a superhero Facebook page. I added some silhouette cut stars from glitter cardstock – I added a lot of splatters and tree stamps from a Shimelle Christmas kits from a few years ago.

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Thanks for looking

Supplies:

Vellum Cheveron paper, Heidi Colorshine, little by little – Shimelle

Double Pages

Hi There

I must admit I usually make single pages – or a single and a pocket page for more photos but recently I’ve been having a but of fun with double pages.

The first is this page from our wedding album of our parent and grandparents wedding days. We actually included these photos at our wedding as was a lovely idea my mum had. It was great to see how the styles of weddings have changed over the years and include our beloved family. I coordinated the two pages with the colours of yellow, gold, pink and navy and added different element to make them both work as individual but complimentary pages. I rarely buy more than one piece of paper which does make these pages have a different look.

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Also I took my Lego obsessed boys to an event in Birmingham last weekend. Needless to say they had a great time, there was even huge Lego pits of different colours to jump into and build, a Lego safari which took a lot of bricks and hours to make. Lego is a big thing in our house anyway, as I’m sure it is for many of you. I ended up using a lot of the Shimelle papers from Starshine, True Stories and Little By Little. I made huge cut file saying Lego and coloured it using distress inks, again the two backgrounds are different but I made them coordinate as well as I could bringing in other colours and papers to help them blend.

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I’ve added a couple of close ups of the two layouts below. Thanks for reading!

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Supplies: Shimelle Paper Pads from different Lines, Silhouette Cameo

 

Scrap Lift

Hi There,

I’ve not been getting much time to scrapbook and sometimes the easiest thing to do is to find a page you like and copy it! I made this page about our towns painted pebbles and the ones we made to add to the collection.

2017-10-02 17.13.21-1I found this lovely page online with these little squares on the left hand side but cannot find the original that I scrap lifted at all! I used a range of little by little, starshine and scraps from my basket to make a multidimensional layout. I finished it off with stamping, sequins and a cutout title from my silhouette.

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I loved making this page as it was very quick and simple using a previous idea – I will link to the maker of the page (it had a title of I like PINK) if I find it!

Thanks for Reading
SUPPLIES

Paper from 6×6 Little by Little paper pad: Heidi Swapp Colour Shine in Navy

Autumn Fun

Hi there,

It’s still feeling pretty warm this October with only a few days of rain and lots of sunshine. We’ve been making the most of it playing outside in the leaf litter. I just loved this photo of my little boy making leaf angels.

2017-10-20 17.23.39First I used my silhouette to cut out this free template from Paper Issues in watercolour paper and painted them with different autumnal colours.  I spritz the background with some gold and red Colorshine spray as I’m not great with white cardstock. I waited for them to dry before sticking them down a little and sewing over the layers with my machine and included some cool large copper sequins and some butterfly and leaf sequins I stole from my sons sequin stash.

2017-10-20 17.23.16I didn’t mind that the stitching was a little messy and organic. I added more droplets of mist over the leaves and added more small sequins in orange and gold and some Nuvo drops in a lovely yellow/mustardy colour. I also added some foam squares under the leaves to give them a bit more dimension.

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I matted my photo with a few scrap layers of paper including one vellum piece and added some rub on stars, some cotton thread, thin wood pieces and some phrase stickers. I loved how it turned out and just made me happy!

Thanks for reading

Supplies:

One Two Canoe Creekside Rub on Stars/ Shimelle Little by Little Sticker Book/ Paper Issue Cut File/ Nuvo Dots in Dandelion Yellow/ Heidi Swapp Colour Shine

 

 

Cool Kid

Despite having the Cool Kid collection for a while, I have only used one sheet because I love it so much. I need to get using it while I do love it! It’s great with my high energy toddler photos.

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I really love those slightly puffy stickets for the Eat, Sleep, Rawr and stars. I thought red and black were good compliments to the yellow and orange of the photograph.

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Can’t wait to take more photos to use more of this line!

Thanks for Reading

 

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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Thanks for reading!

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 🙂