Sunday, 10 December 2017

Here We Go Again

I'm not feeling particularly motivated by my cruise photos at the moment so, rather than force myself to do those pages and potentially be dissatisfied with the results, I'm switching away for a while.

I'm combining a couple of stash challenges for this page, with photos from last weekend. For the last four years we've headed up to the Lake District each December for a black tie ball; it's fabulous excuse to break out our posh frocks and a great start to the Christmas season. 

First up was an Advent Calendar 'Grab Five' challenge in the For the Love of Pretty Paper Facebook group. One of the admin is opening a calendar envelope each day for six days and we have to use five stash items and a specific technique on a page. This week's items were sparkly washi tape, flair or similar, 6x6 papers, black letter stickers and mist, plus hand-sewing for the technique. I cut and stretched the 6x6 papers and substituted large brads for flair.

I'm also linking to this month's tic-tac-toe challenge at Scrap Our Stash. My original intention had been to do one of the diagonals - mist, holiday theme and sequins - but I forgot all about the sequins and used wood veneer stars instead. I was going to go back and add them, but then I realised that I had the middle row instead - journal card, holiday theme and something gold (doily, washi tape and mist).

Cardstock - Papermania
Paper - Simple Stories Classic Christmas, Fancy Pants Merry Little Christmas
Letters - American Crafts Thickers
Word Stickers - American Crafts
Doily & Journal Card - Unknown
Washi Tape - Hobbycraft
Brads - Simple Stories
Enamel Dots - Simple Stories
Wood Veneer Stars - Studio Calico
Ink - Hobbycraft
Mist - Docrafts
Thread - DMC

X-Cut Circle Punch

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The New Church

Another page from Tasiilaq today. The last one was the old church, which is now a museum, and this is the new church which has replaced it for worship.

Page design is simple and straightforward with two 4x6 photos matted together and layered over a vertical panel. The embellishment cluster is a repeat of several elements already used on other pages.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Echo Park We Are Family, Basic Grey
Letters - Simply Creative
Washi Tape - Little B
Enamel Dots - Echo Park
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts
Ink - Ranger

Big Shot
Little B Arrows Dies
Quickutz Tabs Die
X-Cut Camera Die
X-Cut Star Die

Monday, 4 December 2017

The Old Church

I have another page from Greenland to share with you today. This is the Old Church in Tasiilaq which was reopened as a museum of East Greenlandic life once the congregation grew and built a new larger church in the 1980s.

I printed a couple of photos - the church itself and one of the displays inside - for this page, though I've already made another page for the reconstruction of a traditional turf house which is a part of the new museum. 

Cardstock - Crafts Sensations
Paper - American Crafts/Shimelle Go Now Go, Echo Park, Pebbles, My Mind's Eye
Vellum - Crate Paper
Letters - American Crafts, Basic Grey
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Brads - 7Gypsies
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug
Washi - Unknown
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Big Shot & Quickutz Tabs Die
X-Cut Circle Punch

Friday, 1 December 2017

Advent Calendar 2017

Last year I organised an Advent Calendar Swap with 20 other people via Facebook, which I blogged about here and scrapbooked here. No sooner was it over than people started talking about what they would do 'next year', but then the group went quiet. 

Come September, I quietly changed the group name from 2016 to 2017 and the response was immediate and positive. The group has swelled to more than 60 people and this year 48 took part in the swap. Each of us prepared 24 envelopes of scrappy goodies and sent them to me. Chaos ensued as the parcels stacked up in my house, and once they'd all arrived I swapped all the envelopes round and sent them back out to their new owners.

The envelopes and packages varied hugely in size and style and I love them all (though they made repacking into a tricky 3D jigsaw puzzle).

A good many of the participants sent me their offerings in pizza-style boxes, so here are a few of them refilled and heading back to their owners:

Today's the first of December and it's time to start opening them at last. I hope that they bring a little bit of joy to all these ladies as we start the Christmas season.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt

It's that time of year again - December is almost here, and that means the start of the annual Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt.

It officially starts on Friday, but Eileen  published this year's list a few days early over on her blog, A Bracelet of Days. There are 25 items to be found between 1st December and the spring equinox on 21st March next year.

I spent last weekend in Lincoln, checking out the university with my daughter and unknowing took a couple of photos that would have been perfect for the hunt, if only I'd taken them a few weeks later. 

This is the University Library (no. 11 on the list), converted from an old warehouse:

and there was this display of luggage (for no. 2) in the window of a shop selling Harry Potter merchandise:

Sadly neither of these will count, but I'm looking forward to finding alternatives to them, plus the other 23 items. Here's the full list:
  1. Men at work
  2. Luggage
  3. Domestic trivia
  4. A Winter's Tale (or tail)
  5. Passengers
  6. Wrapping paper
  7. On the water
  8. Silver
  9. In the making
  10. Having fun
  11. Library/Book shop
  12. Stationery
  13. A line of ...
  14. Stones
  15. Bow
  16. A sense of history
  17. Many
  18. Signpost
  19. A pair of ...
  20. Detail
  21. Handle
  22. Symmetry
  23. A heart
  24. Steam/smoke/mist
  25. A peek inside
All the prompts are open to interpretation, so it'll be interesting to see what the other participants come up with, especially when they live in countries other than the UK. Please do join us this winter.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Splendid Isolation

I'm staying in Greenland today for a page from Tasiilaq where this signpost was positioned outside the small souvenir shop cum tourist information centre. I've not journalled about the sign specifically, but used it as a chance to write about the large size of Greenland and the isolation of its small communities.

I always keep an eye out for map papers when I'm shopping, and made use of one from Pebbles here, marking the location of Tasiilaq with an enamel star.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations
Paper - Pebbles/Jen Hadfield, Echo Park Note to Self, Photo Play Boarding Pass, Basic Grey Serenade
Letters - Fancy Pants, Basic Grey
Sticker - Photo Play Boarding Pass
Mistable Clouds & Star - Studio Calico
Enamel Dots - American Crafts/Shimelle
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts
Paint - Plaid

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Ammassalik Fjord

More icebergs today, as we reached Greenland and cruised Ammassalik Fjord en route to Tasiilaq. I had so many photos that, even with ruthless editing, this had to be a double page. I printed my photos in two sizes and matted them in three blocks. Careful cutting and stretching meant that I only needed to use one piece of each of the striped and light kraft papers for this layout.

Journalling in the space on the right, and two embellishment clusters in opposite corners to finish. These clusters are larger than my norm as I took advantage of the space available to use a couple of the stickers from the Boarding Pass collection. I'd intended to use the ship on the right hand side where it would have been sailing towards the photos, but they fitted much better this way.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Bazzill
Paper - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Pink Paislee Memorandum, Jillibean Soup, Amy Tangerine
Letters - Hobbycraft
Stickers - Photo Play Boarding Pass, Studio Calico
Enamel Dots - Marianne Designs
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts

Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Fiskars Shape Cutter & Circles Template