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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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,

 

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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,

 

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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!

 

 

My Favourite Layout – #scrapbookingismysuperpower

Hi There, I’ve not done much scrapbooking over the last few months – I got a new job and was trying to balance the new routine, I have been told by doctor to lose weight so my evenings have been popping to the gym when the little one goes to bed. I have to admit, I’m not doing great! I’m quite a stubborn person and need to make my own decisions even if it is for me own good! I also went on a family trip to Disney World which was brilliant, my little boy loved it, especially meeting Ariel and the water parks. It will never be warm enough in the UK for a waterpark!

I’ve been inspired this month to play along with the photo challenges set by Shimelle this month. Day 1 is to take a photo of my favourite layout.

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This is one of my favorites because it has my son’s artwork in it. Clearly it’s not super great, he is only 3 but I love seeing the evolution of his artwork, like most mummas. He really loves painting but I can for the life of me get him to colour in or draw! He just likes getting messy too much. I try and fit in one arty project in a week- though as the weather gets nicer, it gets harder to avoid the sunshine!

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Otherwise this is a pretty simple layout. 2 3×4 pictures from different ages, some journalling cards and the background is that lovely Starshine paper with the big moon – which I love but really couldn’t make it work for a background for my pictures!

The little enamel dots are from poundland and reminded me of the seaside and the picture behind. The letter stickers were also a bargain buy in B&M which I have never been in before to find these and some Shimelle knock offs!

Thanks for reading – Hopefully I’ll be back sooner rather than later with updates 🙂

Monochrome boy page

Hi There,

February in our house is super busy, it seems like every family member has a birthday and the NCT group I’m part of all have their children’s birthday parties this month too. So I have been spending a lot of time eating party food and stopping my son eating too much cake and getting a bit hyperactive!

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Despite a lot of the time trying to avoid a ‘blue for boy’ colour scheme it really is my favourite colour! I started this page by using acrylic paint through a star stencil to make the background.

I used some papers and scraps from Shimelle’s Starshine collection and Crate Papers Little you as a matt for the photo. I wanted to page to have a messy look to it to couple with the titles, what you can’t see here is that he was digging for buried treasure in the garden and his hands are covered in mud!

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I tried to keep the stamping messy and the placement of the sequins and used acetate arrows to help focus you in on his face as the lovely star background is a bit busy. I love those little pom poms which I got from a kit a while ago from UK based Quirky Kits

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Thanks for reading and back to quarters of sandwiches and sausage rolls 🙂

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