Saturday, 18 February 2017


I'm continuing with the album from our 2013 Norwegian cruise today, with two pages from Longyearbyen in Svalbard. This album ought to be coming together quite quickly as I'm working with divided page protectors and 6x6 pads, but it's really tricky deciding which page protectors to use where and what size to print each photo. 

The first page is on the back of my last one so that was one decision made; I have to work with the pockets I have. I think this may be my favourite combination of pockets, a mix of portrait and landscape slots, but I only have a few of this design. 

Obviously my title needed to go in that long 2x12 pocket and next I filled the top-left pocket with a watercolour map of Spitzbergen (from; I have used these maps for each port we visited) plus a bit of information about the town. Next to that we have a small photo and some journalling for our foggy arrival. Below that, the large photo is the view from ship to town along the coast later in the day and the small one at the bottom is a close-up of a disused aeriel tramway on the hillside. The bottom left pocket has two road signs from the town; the polar bear danger is real here.

For the next page, I had a batch of landscape photos, but I knew that I had a portrait photo to go on the back so I chose a page protector with four 4x6 horizontal landscape pockets and one 6x8 vertical pocket. This meant that all the journalling on this side had to go in one large block. The photos are: my daughter with a polar bear sculpture; a row of wooden house; huskies in a compound on the edge of town; arctic terns. 

Paper - Pink Paislee Portfolio, Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu, My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart, My Mind's Eye The Sweetest Thing
Letters - Basic Grey
Die-Cuts - Pink Paislee Portfolio
Label Sticker - 7Gypsies
Wood Veneer - Studio Calico
Chipboard - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found
Gems - Papermania, Dovecraft
Enamel Dots - Teresa Collins, Papermania
Washi - October Afternoon, Trimcraft, Tesco

Big Shot, Alphabet Dies & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

X-Cut Small Circle Punch

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Heading North

One project that's been on my mind recently is the album that I started for our cruise to Norway in 2013. We're cruising again later this year and it would be nice to finish that one before we go. Looking back at my blog I did the last page for this album in September 2014, more than two years ago, so it's high time I picked it up again.

I'm working with divided pages for this album, and a yellow, blue and grey colour scheme using four different 6x6 pads plus a few coordinating 12x12 papers. I've kept the supplies in a separate box all this time, so they were easy enough to pull out. I was stuck previously on a page as we left Nordkapp, so I'm leaving that one alone for now, and moving to the next day. 

As the title says, we were "Heading North" from the top of Norway to the Svalbard archipelago deep inside the Arctic circle. This was a day at sea so I don't have many photos; the two I wanted to feature were one landscape and one portrait so this dictated the page protector that I used.

Those main photos were one of Bear Island, which marked the approximate half-way point, and one of our children that evening when we had our second formal night. My title went in the 2x12 pocket and the map is cut from a sheet of Webster's Pages vellum. The middle pocket has some information about Bear Island, and the bottom one is a summary of our day, with pictures from Wii bowling (which can be tricky on a moving ship).

Paper - Pink Paislee Portfolio, My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart
Vellum - Webster's Pages Hello World
Letters - K & Company
Frames - Echo Park This & That
Button - My Mind's Eye Lost & Found
Washi - October Afternoon, Trimcraft, Efco
Gems - Dovecraft, Paperchase

Big Shot & Alphabet Dies

Wednesday, 8 February 2017


We've had the same car for the past 13 years; we bought her new and she's been a good runner, but the time had come to retire her recently, and she's been scrapped (both literally and figuratively).

I used the latest sketch from Stuck?! Sketches, adapting for one photo and a journalling block rather than the three photos depicted. 

I also swapped the star for a circle cut file (from Laura Whitaker) which I backed with scraps from a 6x6 pad.

Paper - KaiserCraft Seaside, My Mind's Eye Quilting Bee, Jillibean Soup
Letters - Hobbycraft, American Crafts Dear Lizzy
Chipboard - Studio Calico
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug
Ink - Docrafts
Mist - Docrafts, Mister Huey's

Silhouette Portrait & String Art Cut File
Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die
American Crafts Notebook Border Punch
X-Cut Circle Punch

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Say Yes to NCS

I posted a page recently about my daughter and her team-mates graduating from NCS (National Citizen Service) and this page comes a couple of months earlier in the album, as she started the experience with a residential trip to Norfolk where they were originally put together.

She came home from this trip and told me she had photos for me to scrapbook, having asked her friend to take some of her on the abseiling wall and taking the 'leap of faith'. I picked two pairs of photos, printed them at 4x6 and ran them across a double page; alumni of Shimelle's Design Decisions class may recognise the design of the page from a double in her final set of videos.

Paper - Simple Stories A Charmed Life, Pink Paislee Paige Evans, Studio Calico Snippets
Letters - Trimcraft
Stickers - Studio Calico Snippets, American Crafts Shimelle, Teresa Collins
Chipboard - Studio Calico
Ink & Mist - Docrafts

X-Cut Circle Punch
Hobbycraft Star Punch

Monday, 30 January 2017

Hallowe'en Pumpkins

I'm sharing another 2016 page with you today so the album appears to be back on track, at least for now. This one's from Hallowe'en when my daughter's Explorer Scout Unit tried their hands at pumpkin-carving.

Believe it or not, this page started out from a Stick It Down sketch. I had three photos, two landscape and a smaller square, and I initially rotated the sketch to suit them. As I went on, I dropped the smaller photo, added in more paper layers and rotated the background back again while keeping the photos at 90° to the original. Hopefully you can still see the sketch in my finished page.

I used old October Afternoon papers from several collections and fussy cut most of the embellishment pieces from a Witch Hazel paper. The frame on the photo highlights my daughter's Harry Potter pumpkin.

Cardstock - Craft Creations?
Paper - October Afternoon Witch Hazel, OA 9 to 5, OA 5 & Dime
Letters - October Afternoon Daily Flash
Die-Cut & Brad - October Afternoon Witch Hazel
Enamel Dots - Teresa Collins, Doodlebug, American Crafts/Shimelle
Ink & Mist - Docrafts

X-Cut Circle Punches

Friday, 27 January 2017

Guesting at Stick It Down

I'm the guest designer at Stick It Down today, with a card based on their January sketch.

As I posted a couple of weeks ago (A Year of Cards), I want to change my approach to card-making in 2017. No more making random cards just because a sketch or challenge appeals to me; each card should be made with a specific person in mind. 

So... this card will be for one of my nephews, probably the older one but as he'll be 21 next birthday I may make him a specific '21st' card and pass this one to my younger nephew instead. I chose the Mr Mister collection from Papermania and picked a retro gaming print for the main pattern on the card, with complementary papers for the border and the circle. I made my circle larger than the one on the sketch, bumped it up on some scraps of chipboard and moved the sentiment to lie across it.

Stick It Down have three sketches each month, for single and double scrapbook pages as well as cards, so hopefully there's something for everyone. Why not pop over, take a look and link up your creations too?

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

NCS Graduation

Having said last post that I am going to forget about 2016 for a while and scrap whatever photos take my fancy, I'm back to it almost straight away. 

This page is from December when my daughter and her team-mates graduated from NCS - National Citizen Service. This is a government scheme for 16-17 year-olds delivered in three parts - Adventure (outdoor activities away from home), Skills (workshops in a university or college) and Make a Difference (a community project that they choose, plan and deliver). See
for more information, especially if you are in the UK and you have a teen.

I worked with another sketch set as part of the January challenge in Facebook group For the Love of Pretty Paper, but I flipped it horizontally and swapped the two smaller photos for a larger one. I also replaced the frame with a longer strip of paper to give me a place for my journalling.

I used new Echo Park paper for my background and found an excellent match for the colours in an old My Mind's Eye 6x6 pad. I kept the rest of the papers to simple monochrome patterns to calm down the busy background.

Paper - Echo Park Everyday Memories, My Mind's Eye Just Splendid, Photo Play Fun with Friends, American Crafts, Crate Paper
Letters - American Crafts, Pebbles
Sticker - Echo Park Everyday Memories
Enamel Dots - Fancy Pants, Doodlebug, Trimcraft
Ink - Docrafts
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer

Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circle Template
American Crafts Notebook Border Punch
Hobbycraft Star Punch