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

 

 

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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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Double page guest designer @ stick it down

Hello There,

I got the pleasure to be the guest designer for the double page spread after submitting my layout a few months ago and it being chosen 🙂 below is the sketch I was giving which I thought was really interesting as it was really up for interpretation!

We went to Poland a few years ago before we had our son but that was before I had a fancy camera (just a little compact,) so I knew I didn’t want the photos to be too big as the quality wasn’t great with any of the photos. It was one of those filler holidays where we didn’t quite know where to go but seemed like a good idea, unfortunately my husband was sick pretty much the whole time we were there and missed most of our prearranged trips. We did manage to go to the salt mines (if you go don’t be tempted to lick the walls) and the amazing interactive museum in the town hall, I would love to go back as the people and place was just fantastic, and the snow was beautiful!

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I started by using probably quite a bold pattern for the background from the Shimelle Starshine line (I love that line, I’m actually considering getting a second 12×12 paper pack)  created the diagonal stripe with more Starshine paper and added stitching to the top edge and added ample amounts of gold mist. I matted all the photos on paper and added a few strips of paper from the Shimelle True Stories line for the bottom grounding elements.

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I tucked in lots of little paper elements from both lines to create a cluster at the top edge and room for journalling, and some pom pom thread and cotton thread to add some texture. I added some chipboard stars and flowers and painstakingly cut out the globe from another paper (I am not good at cutting things out)

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I added turquoise glitter thickers for the very original title, and added dots of nuvo crystal drops in dandelion yellow. I love love love those drops – they look exactly like enamel dots but you can obviously added them in any place and size you like. I got my first one in the Crafty Templates kit a few months back and now need every colour!

Thanks for reading and thanks to stick it down for letting have a go at this fun sketch!