Saturday, 19 August 2017

Hello 17

We have monthly and weekly challenges in the For the Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group, and I've combined two of them here. The challenge for July was our choice of six sketches; I did a few of them and this was sketch 2. The weekly challenges are based on letters of the alphabet and we recently had G is for Gold.

This page is from my daughter's birthday when she and some friends had a sleepover. The sketch worked really well for a large photo of most of the group that one of them took, and two smaller photos that I took of the group sleeping in next morning and a few of them outside. The sketch hinted at a journalling block between the photos, but I used a number paper there and added a Project Life card further down for my writing. I embellished in the top-left and bottom-right of the page, and then added more bits around the title to create a loose line of embellishments along the diagonal. 

Paper - Echo Park Capture Life, Chickaniddy Crafts, Jillibean Soup, Project Life Cards
Numbers - American Crafts
Wood Veneer - Heidi Swapp
Chipboard Stars - Studio Calico
Acetate - Studio Calico
Die-Cut - Jillibean Soup
Butterflies - from Stash
Epoxy Sticker - Jo-Ann Stores
Enamel Dots - Eyelet Outlet
Mist - Docrafts, Mister Huey's
Ink - Hobbycraft

American Crafts Simple Scallop Border Punch

Thursday, 17 August 2017

He Likes a Box!

Another throwback page today; I made this one for three different National Scrapbooking Day challenges on Facebook: I used a sketch from Mercy Tiara and Creative Scrappers, a large title for For the Love of Pretty Paper, and stitched on the page for Hey Little Magpie.

Most of my NSD pages used old photos, and I picked a pair of my son as a toddler here. Small boy pages lead me to bright, primary colours, an older collection from My Mind's Eye in this case.

Paper - My Mind's Eye Collectable
Letters - American Crafts
Chipboard Stars - Studio Calico
Stickers - Crate Paper, Authentique
Washi Tape - Trimcraft
Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye, Doodlebug
Ink - Hobbycraft

Big Shot & Little B Arrows Dies

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cruise Canada 2015 - The Album

It's been more than a year since I made the last page from our Canadian cruise and since then the pages have been sitting in an unlabelled album waiting for a final check and a title card.

My annual albums are a mish-mash of pages in different colours and styles and they sit happily side-by-side as they are. However, when I make a themed album with one kit of papers I like to let it sit for a while and then review it to make sure I'm happy with all the pages and the balance of embellishments from beginning to end.

Whales - Before
I never intended to let my Canadian album sit for as long as it did, but I've returned to it recently for that final review. There was just one page that I wasn't happy with; the 'whales' page was a bit bare at the top and needed more embellishment - clusters at the top of the 'discover' paper and to the left of the photos to make a triangle with the existing cluster (which I also added to).

I've kept hold of the remaining papers from the kit pending this exercise, so it was easy to pull them out and add a few more pieces.

One final task was the album cover; I'd chosen one with a window and needed to make a title piece with a design around four inches square. I worked on a larger piece of paper which would fill the pocket without moving about, and marked the part that would be visible through the window, before assembling a design around an anchor die-cut. 

This is it in place, and the album has now joined the others in the lounge rather than being stashed under my craft desk awaiting the finishing touches.

Paper - Heidi Swapp No Limits
Letters - Jillibean Soup
Die-Cut - KaiserCraft
Puffy Stickers - Jillibean Soup, Bella Boulevard
Washi Tape - Little B
Ink - Hobbycraft

Big Shot & X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Story Time

Back in May, we had a 'Five Sketches in Five Days' challenge in the Lottie Loves Paper Facebook group. I did three before I ran out of month and returned to them as we approached the end of July. The last one was originally published by Shimelle Laine back in 2011, but some sketches are timeless. 

I made this page at a time when a broken router meant that my computer and printer wouldn't talk to each other so I had to pick an older printed photo to scrap. These are almost all 4x6 and I couldn't find a pair that I could crop to suit the sketch so I decided to go with a single photo. 

My paper layers follow those in the sketch, but I moved the stack of papers to the opposite side and moved the title to run up the side of them. The paper collection is intended for girls, but omitting most of the pink and floral papers gave a more neutral colour scheme. The cute die-cuts were a really good match for the orange and they remind of of old-fashioned illustrations in children's books.

Cardstock - DCWV
Paper - Simple Stories So Fancy, Dovecraft Sugar & Spice
Die Cuts - Studio Calico Heyday
Washi Tape - Dovecraft, Little B
Word Stickers - Bazzill
Puffy Stickers - American Crafts
Enamel Dots - Eyelet Outlet
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait
Big Shot, X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die & Dovecraft Nesting Stars Dies
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Friday, 11 August 2017

Purple Haze

Something of a throwback today, as I made this page in May and haven't got round to sharing it here yet. It has its roots in a walk I did in April, when I went to see the bluebells in Blake's Wood, and I both planned the page while I was there and ensured that I had the variety of photos that I would need. 

I saved making the page until National Scrapbooking Day as I was sure that there would be a song title challenge (and there was) but in the end I entered it in a tic-tac-toe challenge from For the Love of Pretty Paper instead, choosing the right-hand column - no patterned paper, large photo and die cuts or punches. 

Perhaps surprisingly, I made the page exactly as I'd planned in my head; I printed my large photo on cardstock to get a softer image, machine-stitched around the edge, and layered a woodland view and a circular close-up over it. I kept the embellishment quite simple, with a chipboard swirl that I'd previously inked purple and then abandoned, plus a couple of punched butterflies and a scattering of gems.

I'll be sharing a mix of old and new pages here over the next few weeks; I have quite a few that I made for National Scrapbooking Day and shared at the time on Facebook, but I haven't blogged them yet. I saved them to fill a lull when I had one, but I've scrapped and blogged fairly consistently since then and the posts keep getting pushed back in favour of new stuff. 

Cardstock - Teresa Collins World Traveller
Letters - American Crafts
Chipboard - Bazzill
Gems - ZVA Creative, Forever in Time

Sewing Machine
Butterfly Punch

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Happy Days

Christina's Page
This is the fourth and final page that I made for the Chinese Whispers game in the Mind the Scrap Facebook group. As always, I was scraplifting a page from Christina, and as soon as I saw hers I knew that mine would be a close copy, using insta-cards and a beach photo.

I'd imagined that beach photo being one of my children, but it appears that I've already scrapped them all so I went back to our university days and some really old photos of us on the beach at Teignmouth. There were two, so I adjusted the page slightly.

I wanted a cloud print for the background, but I couldn't find one so I compromised by painting white cardstock with mist. I arranged a grid of 3x3 cards at the bottom of the page and cut the sun and cloud from a 4x4 card. The title came from one of Shimelle's prompts for her 25 Days of Scrapbooking Words last month.

Cardstock - Colorset
Paper - Imaginesce
Insta-Cards - Simple Stories Good Day Sunshine
Wood Veneer - Make & Create
Letters - October Afternoon
Labels - Sarah's Cards Printable
Washi Tape - Little B
Enamel Dots - Simple Stories, Echo Park, My Mind's Eye
Mist - Cosmic Shimmer, Docrafts
Ink - Ranger

Big Shot & X-Cut Travel Mini Dies
X-Cut Circle Punch

Monday, 7 August 2017

Give the Boy a Spoon

I have another page from our Chinese Whispers game in the Mind the Scrap Facebook group for you today. This time Christina gave me a monochromatic page with a big block of photos. I rarely scrap black and white photos, so I knew from the start that my page would be a more colourful affair.

My starting point was to find a set of three photos that could be cropped to squares and I turned up some of my nephew as a toddler. Next step was to find a background paper; I wanted a bold print but one that was small enough to 'read' the pattern around the edges of the page.

I cropped and arranged my three photos on the page, and decided to use the fourth quarter for both title and journalling.

Paper - Karen Foster Design, Hot Off the Press, My Mind's Eye Bright
Letters - Hobbycraft
Stickers - My Mind's Eye, Jillibean Soup
Flair - Unknown
Washi Tape - Little B
Ink - Ranger

Big Shot and Cut & Make Doily Die
Hobbycraft Star Punch