Saturday, 4 July 2020

Snapshots from Bognor Regis

It's not often that I can put a whole year on one scrapbook page, but when I raided my parents' old photo album for my childhood photos there were just four pictures for 1972, and they all came from our summer holiday in Bognor Regis so they all went on one page.

I've had this large scrap of floral paper for a few weeks, and when I saw it with the pink I knew that I had the colour scheme for a new page. I lined the photos up in a row, layered them on some more scraps and machine-stitched a couple of overlapping circles around them. I used a mask for the two lines of chevrons for a challenge from For the Love of Pretty Paper and included a shaker pocket in my layers for a subsidiary challenge from the same group to combine one with any other challenge. 

Paper - American Crafts/Dear Lizzy Saturday, Crate Paper Random, American Crafts Shimelle Head in the Clouds, My Mind'd Eye Cut & Paste
Letters - Studio Calico, Creative Devotion
Puffy Stickers - OneCanoeTwo
Washi Tape - Dovecraft
Star Gems - Simply Creative
Enamel Dots - Echo Park
Ink - Memento
Stars and Micro Beads - from Stash

Sewing Machine
Big Shot & Dovecraft Tag Die
Pretty My Page Borders Mask

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Christening Day

I'm going back to my childhood for this page; I'm the baby being christened here. I had scans of two photos from the day and they are both quite small (as were the 1970s originals).

A two-photo page meant that I had another go at Hey Little Magpie's NSD recipe challenge (having failed at an earlier attempt when I couldn't make all of the elements work). This called for sewing, fussy-cutting, something shiny and twine or ribbon to go with the two photos.

Original Page
I spotted scraplift challenge #18 from Scrap Squad and made this the basis for my design. The original appears to be a DT page for The Digital Press but I haven't been able to find the original creator.

I chose a soft pastel floral for my triangle but didn't have many other papers that matched it so used Project Life cards for my photo mat and arranged the recipe pieces around them. I added the extra smaller triangle in the opposite corner for a challenge from For the Love of Pretty Paper to use at least two triangles on a page. 

Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Paper - Docrafts Spring Chic
Cards - Project Life
Doily - Dovecraft
Family Charm - American Traditional Designs
Washi Tape - Efco
Flowers - Unknown
Pearls - Scrapberry's
Gems - TPC Studio
Ink - Memento
Mist - Tattered Angels

Silhouette Portrait
Sewing Machine
Big Shot
Dovecraft Tag Die
X-Cut Bunting Die
Dovecraft Butterfly Stamp
Woodware Flower Punch

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt - June

Today's the day of the first link-up for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt organised by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards.

It's been a slow start here with just one photo taken earlier this month, and it was this deadline that finally got me out and about with my camera. I've not been far from home since the Hunt began so my finds this month are a mix of local nature and street furniture.

2. Something with or in a knot

6. Something in the shape of a triangle

7. Something that displays a rule(s)

8. A leaf longer than my hand

9. Something that starts with the initial of your name: Alchemilla mollis

16. Something with rough texture

17. Something naturally round

19. A stone/rock/pebble with some colour in it
Part of our local 'Covid Snake' of painted pebbles

A. An animal statue

C. Something with four sides

The hunt lasts until 30 September, so you have plenty of time to join us. Just hop over to Patio Postcards, declare your intent in the comments and Mary-Lou will include you in next month's link-up post.

Sunday, 28 June 2020

18th Birthday Card

It's my niece's 18th birthday next week, but I'm sharing her card ahead of time as I want to link up with Sketch-n-Scrap before the end of the month. I'm pretty sure that she doesn't follow my blog so it should be a safe thing to do.

I used Card Sketch #172 with some cocktail-themed patterned paper as my background, adding a strip of Happy Birthday paper and topping that with an '18' panel which I raised up with several layers of cardstock.

Friday, 26 June 2020

40 Years

My 'Starting Point'
Last year, I lightened my scraps box by making some 'starting point' pages, pages that I start off from a co-ordinating pile of scraps, layered up in a pleasing way, ready for a photo to be added later.

Normally I keep these pages as they are and just add more when I finish them, but on this occasion I'd left a hole to be covered by a photo and the photo I wanted to scrap was an old one and too small for the space.

I managed to dismantle my page without damaging any of the papers; I did tear the surface of the cardstock background, but just flipped it over and started again. This time I ran the red scalloped paper vertically, cut the florals down and moved them closer together, stitched a large circle, and added lots of extra layers.

Some of the extra layers came from another moodboard challenge at For the Love of Pretty Paper. Although it was a 'Sea of Green', and we had to use some green, there was no need for a monochrome page. I initially took inspiration from the various plants (hence my return to the starting point page with the floral paper), and then went back to it to see what other elements I could include, such as the stripes from the straws and some polka dot paper.

I also combined this with a challenge from Hey Little Magpie to include stitching on a page. I've seen some lovely chain-stitching on pages recently and decided to try it for myself. It does look pretty, but I'm not sure whether it was worth the extra effort over back-stitching.

Cardstock - American Crafts
Paper - Echo Park, Make & Create, Unknown Scraps
Acetate - Pink Paislee Atlas
Letters - Basic Grey, 
Tag - KaiserCraft
Label Stickers - October Afternoon
Heart Brads - Advent Calendar Swap
Puffy Hearts - Studio Calico
Rain Dots - Cloud 9 Design
Gems - Papermania
Ink - Memento

Fiskars Circle Template
X-Cut Scalloped Border Punch

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Kingswear from Dartmouth

Up to this point in my National Scrapbooking Day (Weekend? Week? Month??) crafting, I'd been making pages that I would have made anyway for my 2005 and 2020 albums, just tweaking them here and there to fit them to the easier challenges.

However, every year there comes a point when the challenges drive the pages instead, and I've reached that point for this year. This page came from a Lottie Loves Paper challenge to use a set of step-by-step instructions, which needed a single landscape photo. I don't have many single photos these days as digital makes multiples so easy, so I went back for a trawl through my old film photo albums for something suitable. 

This photo was taken in November 1998 but it felt autumnal to me, so I went with that idea and picked out an assortment of coordinating scraps for the page. I distressed all the edges of my papers for a challenge from For the Love of Pretty Paper and added the line of tags on the left for a challenge from Hey Little Magpie.

I missed Lottie Loves Paper's deadline for uploading this one so I had no qualms about moving, rotating or cropping a few of the papers when I wasn't entirely happy with their designated size or placement in the instructions.

Cardstock - Bazzill, Papermania, DCWV
Paper - Carta Bella Fall Blessings, Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar Soup, Little Yellow Bicycle Acorn Hollow, My Mind's Eye Chalk Studio II
Letters - Basic Grey, Jenni Bowlin
Wood Veneer - Creative Embellishments, Studio Calico
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Mister Huey's, Docrafts

Big Shot & Dovecraft Tag Die
Woodware Tag Punch

Monday, 22 June 2020

Father's Day Cards

It was Father's Day yesterday, so I have two cards to share, made for my father and father-in-law.

I based the first card on Card Sketch #171 from Sketch-n-Scrap earlier this month, using papers from Photo Play's Boarding Pass collection with a hot air balloon sticker which I popped up on foam adhesive. I didn't have any Father's Day sentiment stickers or paper, so I printed some myself and die cut the tag.

My second card was based around a crossword-patterned shirt and tie piece from a Simple Stories cut-apart sheet. I switched to a square card for this, and filled in the background with uneven quadrants of patterned papers from a 6x6 pad. I then cut a smaller tag from my printed Father's Day paper, matted it on a scrap of cardstock and used foam squares again to attach it to the card.