Wednesday, 18 September 2019


Page two of my new cruise scrapbook, and I've used my Silhouette again; this time I've cut an outline map of Norway for a page about the ship and our itinerary. We sailed with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, and all their ships' names begin with B. We've previously been on Balmoral and Black Watch; this time we cruised on Boudicca from Dover.

I'd originally intended to cut Norway from the teal paper but I did a test cut first from printer paper and really liked the look of the white on the teal as a background so I changed my plan. My two photos (bought onboard) fit nicely in the space next to the map, with an 'Itinerary' card alongside. I went with a triangle of embellishment clusters and I'm really happy to have used that compass flair on the page; I've included it in the kits for both my last two cruise albums but it didn't find a home in either of them.

Paper - Pinkfresh Studio Out and About, Simple Stories I Am, Pink Paislee Atlas
Letters - Elle's Studio
Die-Cuts & Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio
Washi Tape & Flair - Unknown
Enamel Stars - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Memento
Mist - Mister Huey's

Silhouette Portrait
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Big Shot
Quickutz Tab Die
Nestabilities Circle Die
X-Cut Ticket Stubs Die

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Norway 2019

I generally make the title pages for my albums near the end, but I had a very clear idea of the page that I wanted to make this time so it's the first one instead.

Sketch by Laura Rumble for FTLOPP
I've wanted to use the Globe cut-file from the Silhouette Store for some time, and considered it for the title page of my last cruise album, but I couldn't work out how to incorporate it into the page. 

I wasn't initially inspired by last month's sketch over at For the Love of Pretty Paper but I did like the filmstrip that Laura included. It took a few weeks before I realised that I could substitute my globe for the ice cream in the sketch.

I cut the whole globe in white cardstock and inked the land masses, then cut the stand again in dark grey cardstock to layer over the white. The filmstrip is another cut-file, one from The Cut Shoppe that I manipulated to remove the original wording attached to it, and resized to suit the scale of my globe.

Cardstock - Bazzill, Craft Sensations
Paper - American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Oh Happy Life, Carol Wilson Fine Arts
Letters - American Crafts
Die-Cuts - Pinkfresh Studio Out and About
Puffy Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio, Elle's Studio
Enamel Dots - Pretty My Page
Ink - Memento, Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait
Hero Arts Globe Cut-File
The Cut Shoppe 'The Big Screen' Cut-Files

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Cruise Norway 2019 - A New Project

No sooner has one cruise album been completed than along comes another one. I finished last year's album pages a couple of days before we embarked on a new adventure, ordered albums which arrived while we were away and made their title cards on the weekend after we returned. 

Now it's time to get started on a new cruise album, though this will be a smaller task than the last one; it was a nine night cruise with six ports of call, only one of which was new to us.

I couldn't find a suitable collection for my last cruise album and pieced together a kit from an assortment of manufacturers and collections, but this time it's been much easier. Pinkfresh Studio released their Out and About collection at the start of the year and I fell in love with it immediately; the colours and motifs are perfect for me and I bought the 12x12 paper pack, the 6x6 pad, the die-cuts, puffy stickers and flat stickers.

There are only 16 sheets in the 12x12 pack though so I need some more papers to go with these (especially as I prefer to use patterned paper rather than plain cardstock for my backgrounds). I started by choosing more papers from Pinkfresh Studio, hoping that the colours would match across the collections as I was buying online rather than in person. There are a couple of 6x6 pads in this photo - I already had Let Your Heart Decide but Escape the Ordinary is a new purchase.

Out and About has certain similarities to Atlas from Pink Paislee which I had used for my Austria 2016 album. I've dug out my leftovers from that collection and will mix in some of these items (but probably not the bright green papers).

Finally I have a mixture of individual sheets from various manufacturers including Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Echo Park and Simple Stories, some old and some new. The vellum hearts and the cameras are both Shimelle papers that I intend to cut into strips to repeat throughout the album.

I've pulled out an assortment of small embellishments such as puffy stickers and enamel dots, more rolls of washi tape than are probably sensible, several alphabets and various part-packs of stickers to go with all of these papers. I'll pull other things from my stash as I go along too, and then keep them with my album kit until it's finished so that I can repeat them.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Cruise 2018 - The Albums

As I've worked on the album for our cruise to Spain, Portugal and Morocco last summer, it's become clear that this will be two albums. I kept the pages in a three-ring album (for ease of shuffling them or inserting extras) while I was making them, but I much prefer postbound or snapload for my completed albums.

I recently bought a couple of snapload albums to house these pages permanently. They have windows in the front covers so I have decorated two title cards which show which ports are in which album.

As I transferred all the pages I checked them over for anything requiring a little more adhesive, and for any spots that needed a tad more embellishment. There was one page (Balmoral) that I had originally left without any journalling until I'd finished the ones around it, and I've filled that in now:

I'd not managed to include our itinerary on either the title page or this one, so I made an extra card to slip in at the top of this one, using a word sticker from Simple Stories' Travel Notes collection, and added an arrow sticker behind it to indicate that it can be removed. I've also added the location to each ship photo.

With these two albums now completed, I'm ready to make a start on my new album for the cruise to Norway that we've just had.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt - Norway

We've just got back from a holiday in Norway, where I tried to find some interesting examples for the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt organised by Mary-Lou over at Patio Postcards

There are twenty items to find and photograph, plus two alternatives but I haven't given the hunt much attention this year and I was only on six last time I checked in. Some of these will be repeats, but I like to find as many as possible while I am in a foreign country.

1. An Outdoor ClockOn Stavanger Cathedral

2. Single & Pretty - A single flower in Olden

3. Repetition - Part of Anthony Gormley's "Broken Column" in Stavanger. There are 23 statues in total.

6. An Umbrella - Me in Eidfjord

7. A Curving Path - Hairpin bend in Flåmsdalen

9. A Bridge - In Hellesylt

10. Something Made of Stone - A picnic table in Flåmsdalen

11. Fish - Painted on a building in Stavanger

13. Two Colours of the Rainbow - Blue and Green for Floen

15. A Broken Bench

So there you have it, ten Norwegian finds to add to my UK ones. This brings my total to twelve (since some are repeats) with 24 days to go. My report card certainly reads 'must try harder' and I will be doing my best to track down what I can, while crossing my fingers for this unpredictable finds. I'll be back at the end of the month with my final tally.

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Balloons Birthday Card

I'm just posting with a quick card today made using Studio Calico's Heyday collection. I started off by covering the card with a number print paper (always useful for birthdays), and then wondered what to do next, before remembering that I had the ephemera pack to match, and discovering these balloons. I stuck the larger one flat and the smaller one on foam squares, added threads to them and hid the ends behind a stamped sentiment. So quick and easy that I'm wondering whether I have any more balloons hidden away in my stash.

Saturday, 31 August 2019

Side by Side

Finally, after eleven and a half months, I've finished my cruise album from last year. This page has four professional photos of me and my husband which were taken onboard to celebrate our silver wedding anniversary.

I've used an assortment of scraps from the rest of the album for this page and pieced them together across the width of the double page, using a border punch along one side of most of the papers. 

I wanted a title that would be meaningful without being too slushy and found a couple of quotes online that mentioned being side by side through life.

Using the border punch means that I have finally ticked off 'E is for Edges' in the ABC Challenges over at UKScrappers.

Cardstock - The Range
Paper - My Mind's Eye, American Crafts, Echo Park, Fancy Pants, Photo Play
Letters - American Crafts, Basic Grey
Pocket Cards - Unknown
Puffy Stickers - Pinkfresh Studio, American Crafts
Ink - Memento

Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch