Monday, 18 September 2017

Last Chance Sunset

Our main family holiday this year was a cruise to Iceland, Greenland and Norway and I have all the supplies picked out for a new album. I'm working with a large kit of papers, making mostly traditional 12x12 pages, not in chronological order and using as many sketch challenges as I can fit to the photos, but beyond that I don't have much of a plan.

The first sketch that caught my attention came from Sketch-n-Scrap at the beginning of the month, and suited a couple of photos from our last night onboard. This was the only evening that we had a decent sunset, and I paired up a larger sunset picture with a smaller picture of my husband and me.

The oranges in my sunset looked terrible against the kraft cardstock that I'm using for all my backgrounds, so I adjusted the paper layers in the sketch to use a large panel of aqua map paper across the page behind the photos.

I'm not normally a fan of banners, but the Boarding Pass sticker sheet has one so this seemed like a good time to use it. Now I know it won't be left over at the end.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Paper Boarding Pass, Creative Imaginations
Vellum - Crate Paper Boys Rule
Letters - Fancy Pants, October Afternoon
Chipboard - Studio Calico Mistables
Washi Tape - Little B
Word Stickers - Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes
Enamel Dots - Echo Park
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts


Big Shot, X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die & Spellbinders Circle Die

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Iceland, Greenland and Norway - A New Project

It is very rare for me to get excited about a new scrapbooking range, or to buy most of it as soon as it is released, but I did exactly that earlier this year. The collection in question was Boarding Pass from Photo Play Paper, which I thought would be perfect for a scrapbook from our cruise this summer. 

I bought the 12x12 collection pack, the 6x6 pad and the ephemera back in April and since then I have been putting together a collection of complementary papers ready for a new album. These are mostly from Echo Park, with a few from American Crafts, We R Memory Keepers and Pink Paislee.

I'll be making all the pages on kraft cardstock, and I have gathered an assortment of cardstock and plainer papers to go with the patterns.

I have a few map print papers too, though I'm not sure if I will use them or not. For smaller papers, I have some 6x6 sheets and cards from My Mind's Eye's Hello World, journalling cards from an older kit and some decoupage papers for layering.

I have Mistable stickers in four different shapes, some map stars that were left over from my last cruise album and new puffy stickers from Bella Boulevard and American Crafts/Shimelle. I've also pulled out both enamel dots and pearls in coordinating colours.

More embellishments include stickers and die-cuts from October Afternoon, tags from American Crafts/Amy Tangerine and Ormulu, an old set of die-cuts from atd and some acrylic words. I also have several washi tapes picked out, including two cream and gold tapes with stars and arrows.

Finally, I have stencils, stamps and dies that I can repeat throughout the album without fear of running out. The stars dies will work well to repeat with the star puffy stickers, and I have a circle die the right size to fit the globe in the Shimelle stamp set.

It feels like I have a lot of 'stuff' and I will undoubtedly add still more as I go along. I'm hoping that I have sufficient variety that I won't get bored of working with them. I don't have any letter stickers here yet as I will pick those for each page as I go; I'm actually hoping to cut a lot of them with either my Big Shot or my Silhouette.

Most of the page for this album will be traditional 12x12 pages, but I still haven't decided whether I will combine them with divided pages. I'm not going to work chronologically either; I'm hoping to use as many sketch challenges as possible for the album so I'll be picking out photos as and when I see a sketch that inspires me.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Snips & Snails

Time for one final throwback page, the last one that I made for National Scrapbooking Day back in May; I can't remember the challenge details, but it definitely included the use of circles. 

I chose a circle cut file for the background of my page, cutting it in a paper I liked and layering it over a plainer grid paper. Too late, I realised that I had the papers the wrong way round as I had too much of the background on show and very little of the patterned paper that had I wanted to see. I rescued the page by selecting some of the circles that had been cut away and placing them inside larger circles on the page.

I wanted the cut file to almost fill the 12x12 page, but I have Silhouette Portrait which has an 8" cutting width, so I designed my page with a full length column of photos so that I could remove the central part of the design and just cut the two sides of the file on the Portrait. 

My photos are old ones of my son and nephew, I picked an appropriate Project Life card to act as a title and added three clusters of embellishments to complete the page.

Cardstick - Bazzill
Paper - Heidi Swapp, Cloud 9/Fiskars, My Mind's Eye
Puffy Stickers - American Crafts
Enamel Dots - Studio Calico, My Mind's Eye
Chipboard Stars - Studio Calico

Silhouette Portrait

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Festung Hohensalzburg

Last page from Austria last year, and it's another double. This one comes from our second day when we visited Salzburg and its fortress. I kept putting it off I had a load of photos of both the outside of the buildings and the inside of the state apartments. Once I was committed to tackling this page I made a 'shortlist' of pictures and realised that the double page I'd intended might not be enough. Shimelle to the rescue, as I used another class from her 4x6 Photo Love series; the November class was designed for eleven 4x6 photos on a double page with a 12x6 divided page protector in between, though I adapted it for eight 4x6s and four 4x3 photos.

The left page and front of the divided page protector have photos of the outside of the fortress and the first part of my journalling:

The back of the divided page protector has photos of the chapel, more journalling (with one of our tickets tucked behind) and the view from one of the windows; the right page has photos of the state rooms, also known as the Regency Rooms.

I still have quite a few papers left from the kit I'm using, but I tried to use scraps for the page rather then cutting into any new sheets.

Cardstock - Bazzill Dotted Swiss
Paper - Pink Paislee Atlas, American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Letters - Jillibean Soup, Jenni Bowlin Studio
Washi Tape - Ebay, Little B
Enamel Dots/Shapes - Pink Paislee
Puffy Stickers - Fancy Pants
Ink - Hobbycraft

Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die

Sunday, 10 September 2017


This is the penultimate page from Austria last year. I haven't worked in chronological order, but it's actually the last but one that I will make, and will also be last but one in the album. 

We walked up to a viewpoint above the lake on our last morning, and I wanted to include both a large photo of the view and some smaller ones from the walk on my page. I took a class from Shimelle Laine called The 20 Project last year, and this double page design came from one of her prompts. She had used 10 small photos on the left and a 4x6 print on the right, but her design was very adaptable to different numbers and sizes of photos.

I've been working with Pink Paislee's Atlas collection for this section of my album, but I didn't have two papers the same left for my background. I've used dotted Swiss cardstock for some of my double page backgrounds, but I wanted a pattern here as so much of the background is on show. I thought a soft yellow would be best with this set of photos and found two pieces from Dream Street Papers (which are undated, but so old that they are single-sided).

I had planned two areas of embellishment, one on each side, but once I added my title it seemed obvious to fill the space next to it with a third, smaller cluster.

Paper - Dream Street Papers, Pink Paislee Atlas, We R Memory Keepers, My Mind's Eye
Vellum - My Mind's Eye
Letters - Jillibean Soup
Transparency - Pink Paislee Atlas
Tag - Pink Paislee Atlas
Washi Tape - Ebay, Little B
Puffy Stickers - Fancy Pants, Jillibean Soup
Enamel Shapes - Freckled Fawn, Pink Paislee
Ink - Hobbycraft

X-Cut Corner Punch

Friday, 8 September 2017

On the Pilgrim's Way

Today I'm sharing another page from our holiday in Austria last year. We were staying on the edge of Wolfgangsee, and my husband decided to spend a day walking the 27km path around the edge of the lake. Many of his photos were similar to those we took when we visited the lakeside villages earlier in the week, so my page concentrates on a section of path known as the Pilgrim's Way. The way is marked by a series of stone crosses and passes a small church on the mountainside on the site where St Wolfgang lived in the 10th century.

My page is a scraplift of another 2016 page, which breaks my 'rule' about repeating page designs within an album, but I don't expect anyone to notice.

Paper - My Minds Eye, Pink Paislee Atlas, Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine
Letters - Jillibean Soup
Washi Tape - Ebay
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Enamel Dots - Echo Park, Pink Paislee
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer
Ink - Ranger

Big Shot & Little B Arrows Die
X-Cut Circle Punch

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt - Foreign Finds

We're three-quarters of the way through this year's Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt which has been put together by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards; there's no link-up for August, but I'm sharing my recent finds anyway.

I do like to find as many items as possible while we're on holiday each year, and we've just come back from a cruise to Iceland, Greenland and Norway. I had found seven items at the end of July, but I always wipe the list clean and start again while we are abroad.

Some of these will make the final cut come the end of the month, but there are others where I have better versions already, and some where I'm not happy with what I have taken so will carry on hunting.

My foreign finds are:

1. Something Fuzzy
Akureyri (Iceland) - This was our cruise ship, the photo taken at night, from a mile away, on maximum zoom, so I'm not surprised at the fuzziness; however I love the way it came out like an impressionist painting.

2. Bubbles
Námafjall (Iceland) - The boiling mud pots of the geothermal landscape.

5. A Seasonal Relaxing Space/Item
MS Black Watch - The pool area at the back of the ship. More relaxing in warmer climes; this photo was taken in Scotland.

6. A Pipe
Briksdalen (Norway) - No idea what this pipe is for.

7. The Inside of Something
Tasiilaq (Greenland) - The inside of a traditional turf house, dug into the hillside, the winter home of up to four families.

8. Rust or Something Derelict
Reykjavik (Iceland) - We walked past a property with a garden full of 'sculptures' made from repurposed/recycled items. 

10. Something Yellow
Ålesund (Norway) - The building of a ship's chandler.

14. Someone Fishing
Reykjavik (Iceland) - On the harbour wall as we were leaving.

15. Something Crafted from Wood
Raykjavik (Iceland) - A piece in the Sculpture Garden.

16. A Baby (Human or Animal)
Tasiilaq (Greenland) - Animal babies for me, three adorable husky puppies.

21. A Plaque
Ålesund (Norway) - A plaque on a tower above the town, which I think says the tower was a present from Vancouver on the 100th anniversary of Ålesund's founding.

22. A Dial
Akureyri (Iceland) - The clock on Akureyri's church.

23. Something Powered by Wind
Reykjavik (Iceland) - A yacht just offshore.

25. A Hat
Ålesund (Norway) - My son has an obsession with hats (but no idea that I have taken this picture).

I'd found a paltry seven items for the hunt during June and July, but I'm now on a much more respectable eighteen (as some of these are duplicates of previous finds). I do actually have two more bagged but not shared here as they were not taken on holiday, so just five left now.

Rather annoyingly, I've had the chance for the summer toy and the seasonal food or drink, but didn't think about photographing them at the time. Feet and something underground shouldn't be too hard to achieve, but the kite or balloon has proved elusive so far.

The hunt ends on 30th September this year, so just a few weeks to go now.