Wednesday, 22 May 2019

On the Farm

Di's Page
Back before National Scrapbooking Day, I saw a layout by Di Willcox that I was inspired to scraplift using an old pack of 2x12 paper strips from My Mind's Eye. 

That page had to wait a while, though I did make it for an NSD challenge from Bramble Fox to use four or more patterned papers on a page.

Knowing my colour scheme from the paper pack, I picked a trio of old photos from my grandparents' friends' farm, somewhere we visited regularly in my childhood. I matted them on cardstock which I turned into a pocket for journalling. I haven't written it yet, but I want to include the back story and why this farm is significant.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - My Mind's Eye Bloom and Grow
Letters - Jillibean Soup

Big Shot & X-Cut Pennant Die

Monday, 20 May 2019

Monkey Business

We've been having 'A Prompt a Day for the Month of May' over at For the Love of Pretty Paper, and on Day 10 Natalie challenged us to use all 10 of the prompts so far (or rather, nine of ten since we'd had both Flowers and No Flowers). The other eight were Rainbow, Animals, Stars, Primary Colours, Stencils, Envelopes, Two Photos and Ombre.

I started out looking for two photos of animals, but came across a couple of pictures of my dad and my cousin on a climbing frame that I could give an animal-y title instead. I based my page on a sketch from Crafty Templates, and brought in the rainbow (and also primary colours) via the paper strips behind the photos, though I have to say it took ages to find six papers that were similar in tone and colour intensity.

I ticked off stars with my background paper, stencilled two rows of chevrons and decided on monochrome embellishment clusters which include all the other items.

Paper - Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes Carousel, Crate Paper Random, Sandylion, Kelly Panacci, Various Scraps
Letters - Tim Holtz
Border Sticker - Echo Park
Tag - Lakeland
Flowers, Tags, Labels - Unknown, from Stash
Brad - Pebbles

Pretty My Page Chevron Stencil
Big Shot & Sizzix Tiny Cards & Envelopes Die
Dovecraft Butterfly Stamp & Die
Dovecraft Label Die
Hobbycraft Star Punch
Woodware Tag Punch
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch

Saturday, 18 May 2019


Alix was my French penfriend when we were teenagers, and I was inspired to scrap this photo of her (the only one I have) by a prompt at For the Love of Pretty Paper to use envelopes on a page. I can be pretty literal at times, and penfriends and envelopes fitted together in my mind.

I'm combining National Scrapbooking Day challenges again, starting with a scraplift from UK Scrap Addicts for their 'Attack of the Clones' challenge. I sketched and stitched the swirly lines, which satisfied the requests for stitching which came from both Hey Little Magpie and Bramble Fox.

I did my best to kill off a 6x6 pad with this page, cutting and stretching some of the papers. There are so many patterns that once I'd added my envelopes I didn't feel that there was a place or a need for much embellishment, just adding a few subtle punched flowers.

Paper - My Mind's Eye Wild Asparagus, My Mind's Eye Just Splendid
Letters - DCWV
Gems - Simply Creative
Thread - DMC

Big Shot & Sizzix Cards & Envelopes Die
Craft Creative Flower Punch

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Sticks & Stones

I've gone back in time again for this page, with a trio of 1980s photos of my siblings on Cannock Chase. 

The page was triggered by a challenge from The Cut Shoppe to use one of their cut-files on the vertical. I chose Very Squarey, which is a square file, sized it to 8x8 to fit the width of my Portrait and duplicated part of it to make it 8x12.
HLM Starting Point

I realised that the file and photos would work with a Starting Point from Hey Little Magpie, and followed a This or That challenge from Lottie Loves Paper when it came to embellishments. I chose spotty paper, handwriting, enamel dots, word stickers and arrows.

Finally, I linked up with UK Scrap Addicts who asked us to scrap photos from an outdoor game (among other options).

Cardstock - Stampin' Up!
Paper - Heidi Swapp Vintage Chic,  4Heures 37 Eiffel Avenue, Carta Bella Fall Blessings
Letters - October Afternoon
Word Stickers - My Mind's Eye
Glitter Tape - Unknown
Washi Tape - Little B
Enamel Dots - Simple Stories
Ink & Mist - Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
Woodware Tag Punch

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Postcards from Looe

I'm in Cornwall still with this page; the last one I shared was our holiday cottage on the edge of Looe, and this time I have three views of the town itself which I printed at 4x6 and stacked in a column. It's a variation on a page design that I've used many times before, but it's one where you can ring the changes and get different looks. On this occasion I used stamps and stencils on an 11" square of cream cardstock for my background, and matted it a multi-coloured 12x12.

That background was prompted by a plethora of similar National Scrapbooking Day challenges - Stashbusting wanted us to use either a stencil or two stamps while both Bramble Fox and Hey Little Magpie asked for stamping.

For the Love of Pretty Paper have 'Prompt a Day for the Month of May' and I've combined three here - stars, primary colours and stencils.

Cardstock - Stampin' Up, Bazzill
Paper - My Mind's Eye
Letters - Creative Devotion, WHSmith
Cards - Project Life
Puffy Flowers - OneCanoeTwo
Washi Tape - Ebay
Ink - Hobbycraft, Ranger, Memento, Docrafts
Mist - Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait & Filmstrip Cut-File
That Special Touch Grid Mask
Heidi Swapp Stars Stencil
Dovecraft Butterfly Stamp
The Works Clear Stamp Set
Heidi Swapp Arrows Stamp
Studio Calico Stars Stamp
American Crafts/Shimelle Word Stamps

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Pink Flamingo

Pink Flamingo was our holiday cottage for a week in Looe at Easter. I'm determined to keep my 2019 scrapbook up to date, so there will be more Cornish pages coming soon.

I based my page on a sketch originally from Page Maps which was set as a National Scrapbooking Day challenge by Hey Little Magpie. I replaced the large tags on the sketch with Project Life cards for an extra photo, title and journalling, but then used a column of small tags tucked into the side of those.

Of course, I've combined challenges again: Bramble Fox asked us to use die-cut pieces (my tags) on a page and Lottie Loves Paper set a 'This or That' challenge from which I used spotty paper, handwriting, enamel dots, word stickers and a camera.

Paper - Crate Paper/Maggie Holmes Bloom, Kesi Art Kiss My Neon, Pink Paislee/Paige Evans, Laura Ashley
Letters - Tim Holtz, Creative Devotion
Cards - Project Life
Die-Cuts - OneCanoeTwo
Label Transparencies - Studio Calico
Word Stickers - Jillibean Soup
Cork - Studio Calico
Puffy Stickers - Paperchase
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug, Teresa Collins
Camera & Gems - Unknown
Ink - Hobbycraft
Mist - Mister Huey's

American Crafts Scallop Border Punch
Big Shot & Dovecraft Tag Die

Friday, 10 May 2019


I've had this stars cut-file sitting on my desk for ages; I don't remember now which photos I cut it for or why I didn't use it, but it had been there long enough.

National Scrapbooking Day is always a good time for random photos and random supplies and I fulfilled three NSD challenges while creating a permanent home for my cut-file: The Cut Shoppe asked us to use any of their cut-files with torn paper; Bramble Fox just wanted to see plenty of stars on a page; UK Scrap Addicts asked for a large element for their 'Death Star' challenge from a Star Wars themed day. 

The original cut-file (Oh Little Star) was a 12" circle, but I have a Silhouette Portrait which can only cut 8" wide so I'd cut 2/3 of the circle, and now I positioned it to one side of the page and covered the cut edge with a torn strip of paper. I dived into the archives again for a single photo - me, my siblings and our cousins 35 years ago - which I layered up with patterned papers.

Finally, For the Love of Pretty Paper have 'A Prompt a Day for the Month of May' to get us using more of our supplies; the prompts can be combined so here I have Stars, No Flowers and Primary Colours for 3rd to 5th May.

Paper - SEI Moravia, Simple Stories, Pink Paislee Indigo Bleu, 4Heures 37 Eiffel Avenue, Basic Grey
Vellum - American Crafts
Letters - American Crafts
Glitter Tape - Hobbycraft
Enamel Stars - Freckled Fawn
Washi Tape - Unknown
Gems - Papermania
Pearls - Scrapberry's
Ink - Hobbycraft
Mist - Docrafts

Silhouette Portrait & Oh Little Star Cut-File
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch