Tuesday, 11 August 2020


I'm sticking with my 2016 album for this page, filling in another gap with a double page from when we saw Muse at the O2 in April. 

I took a ton of photos and thought that this was going to be a photo-heavy page, but when I sorted through them there just a couple that were really much better than the rest and that I wanted to blow up large. I then added a third which wasn't quite as good but gave me a close-up of the band in action.

I was stumped for both page design and colour scheme so asked for ideas on Facebook. One lady shared a concert page where she used a cutfile and this got me going though neither my cutfile nor my colour scheme match hers at all.

I started with a black cardstock background and liberally spattered it with three colours of mist. I used a stars cutfile, backed some of the small stars with vellum, and filled some of the larger stars with die-cuts.

Cardstock - Craft Sensations, Papermania
Paper - Sandylion, HOTP
Vellum - Crate Paper
Word Stickers - Tim Holtz
Mist - Docrafts, Heidi Swapp

Silhouette Portrait & Paige Taylor Evans 'Stars' Cutfile
Big Shot & Dovecraft Star Die
Woodware Tiny Star Punch

Sunday, 9 August 2020

South West Coast Path Part 9

My husband and father-in-law have been walking the 630 miles of the South West Coast Path, one section per year since 2008. I'm currently working on my 2016 album which was their ninth expedition, a stretch of the north Cornwall coast.

I've made each year's pages on the same blue paper, and they are always photo-heavy which generally means a grid. This time I have three rows of 7cm high photos with stripey borders at the edges, holding clusters of die-cut and punched shapes.

Cardstock - Bazzill, Papermania
Paper - Craft Creations, Scrap Within Reach Elliot
Letters - October Afternoon
Washi Tape - Efco
Glitter Tape - Hobbycraft
Enamel Dots - Doodlebug, Marianne Design, Echo Park


Silhouette Portrait
Fiskars Postage Stamp Border Punch
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch
Big Shot
Spellbinders Circle Die
Little B Arrow Die
Dovecraft Star Die

Friday, 7 August 2020

Chepstow Castle

I'm filling in another gap in my 2016 album today, with a page from our holiday in Wales at Easter. We visited Chepstow Castle one afternoon, and I had sufficient decent photos to need a double page.

It's a rough scraplift of my 'Lift Me Up' page from last year, mostly flipped from left to right, but with some of the page elements moved around to suit my new set of photos.

Paper - We R Memory Keepers Free Spirit
Glitter Tape - Unknown
Pearls - Craft for Occasions, The Hobby House
Ink - Ranger
Mist - Docrafts


Silhouette Portrait
Fiskars Bracket Border Punch
Woodware Postage Stamp Punch
Hobbycraft Star Punch
Big Shot & Spellbinders Circle Die

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Family Fun & Games

I finished off my 2005 album recently, so I'm now switching from older photos to newer ones as I move to my 2016 album and attempt to finish that one too. I've drawn up a list of missing pages, six of them, and they are all doubles.

I'm starting in the middle of the year with photos from a family barbecue at my brother's house. They naturally fell into four subgroups, which suited the 'Kicked Up Quadrants' sketch from Shimelle's Start with a Sketch class.

Cardstock - UK Crafts
Paper - American Crafts/Amy Tangerine Shine On, American Crafts/Shimelle
Letters - Collage Press, American Crafts, SEI
Puffy Hearts - American Crafts/Amy Tangerine
Washi Tape - October Afternoon
Ink - Hobbycraft
Mist - Mister Huey's

Big Shot
Papercraft Essentials Tag Die
Dovecraft Label Die
Spellbinders Circle Die
X-Cut Bunting Die
Woodware Scalloped Circle Punch

Monday, 3 August 2020

Capital Ring 7 - Sudbury Hill to Wembley Park

At the beginning of the year, I returned to to the Capital Ring, a 78 mile circular walk around London which I originally started from Woolwich back in 2016. 

I walked from Hanwell to Sudbury Hill in February and picked up the path again in March. I had been planning to finish it this year, but that plan is now on hold for obvious reasons.

I caught the train from Marylebone out to Sudbury Hill Harrow, an hourly service on a stumpy two-car train, and watched it pull away from the bridge above.

A bit of road-walking, a muddy footpath 

and a bit more road-walking took me to Harrow-on-the-Hill, where I knocked off a couple of finds for the Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt

The High Street was upmarket, much as you would expect, with a pocket-sized village green to one side,

and a nineteenth-century fountain which has recently been restored to provide drinking water again.

The town is dominated by Harrow School, with many blue signs on the buildings which belong to them. This one in particular made me smile at boys' taxis being paired with deliveries:

 I caught a glimpse of Wembley Stadium's arch across a school courtyard, and would have loved to go closer, but the 'no trespassing' signs were out in force. I can't really blame them as the number of tourists swarming around in the summer must be a constant irritation.

Heading further into town, I picked off an impressive array of school buildings:

Druries, one of the boarding houses,

the school chapel, designed by George Gilbert Scott

the library, another George Gilbert Scott design,

and the Speech Room, their main assembly hall and an events venue.

My route path continued steeply down Football Lane and then across the school's playing fields (via a permissive path).

Looking back, I could clearly still see the school buildings mentioned above, and also the parish church of St Mary's.

I then climbed over the only stile on the Capital Ring

and crossed the road beyond to join the Ducker Footpath (which takes its name from the school's swimming pool)

soon regretting my decision to wear trainers rather than walking boots today. This path runs between two fences with hospital on the left, golf course on the right and no escape in either direction. I trudged onwards as the path became more and more pond-like, eventually giving up picking my way from island to island and just wading through it all.

I eventually emerged into Northwick Park, surprising a litter-picker who probably didn't expect anyone to use that path in those conditions. In many ways it's a pretty standard suburban park with playground equipment, an outdoor gym and some playing fields,

but it does have a special view, one of the Wembley Arch curving up above the local buildings.

More squelching as I crossed this waterlogged field and thankfully moved on to a bit of pavement-walking towards South Kenton underground station which marks the end of Section 9 of the Capital Ring. 

I ducked through the underpass and embarked on Section 10 following roads and alleyways to Preston Park

where I checked my progress towards the ultimate finish point at the Woolwich Foot Tunnel. 

Leaving the park behind me, I encountered this fellow

en route to Preston Road, which was a sharp contrast to Harrow earlier in the day.

A bit more pavement-walking took me to what my guide describes as a grassy pathway,

which was an ominously squelchy introduction to Fryent Country Park. The path crossed a field, climbing steeply, and then looking back I was surprised to still have Harrow in sight.

I followed the path through sparse woodland 

and emerged by a pond atop Barn Hill

where this heron wasn't bothered by my presence in the slightest.

Finding a handy bench with a decent view,

I ate a late lunch while watching the adverts scroll on Wembley Stadium below me. The clouds rolled in and a breeze picked up so I decided to check my phone for a weather forecast; the first drops of rain fell on the screen as it loaded, so I decided to abort my walk here and head for Wembley Park station.

My walk is on hold for now and I'm not sure when I'll get back to it. Travel on public transport is permitted again and I have been on a train, but I am in no hurry to get back on the tube if I don't have to.

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt - London Finds

We've reached the end of the second month of the Summer Photography Scavenger Hunt organised by Mary-Lou at Patio Postcards, so it's time to check up on everyone's progress so far.

I stayed local in June, and racked up ten finds on walks from home. With lockdown restrictions being lifted here now, I had to go up to London for a meeting on Friday last week; while I was happy to use off-peak trains I'm not ready to go on the Underground yet so I walked from Fenchurch Street to Smithfield which gave me the opportunity to do some scavenger hunting on the way. 

I also decided to book a visit to the Barbican Conservatory as it lay on my route, I had time for that before my meeting and it wouldn't be worth a specific separate trip.

All of these photos come from my London trip:

6. Something in the Shape of a Triangle
One I knew I'd find - the glass at 30 St Mary Axe:

And a surprise find close by - metalwork on The Leadenhall Building.

7. Something that Displays a Rule
In a seating area at the Conservatory:

8. A Leaf Longer than Your Hand
This one was huge, spanning the width of the walkway in the Conservatory:

14. Something with Wheels
I was going for either a black cab or a London bus; the taxi came past first:

20. Something with the number 7 in it
The facade of Princes Court, at 7 Princes Road:

Alt A. An Animal Statue
Two options for this one: a horse by the Bank of England

or a pair of dolphins at the Barbican Centre:

Alt C. Something with Four Sides
The Cornhill Fountain, erected in 1911 to replace one from 1859:

Most of these finds are repeats of items I ticked off in June, but I'm happier with the quality and variety of the photos this time. For example, my four-sided fountain is much more likely to make it to my final selection than the litter bin from last month. Only a couple are genuine new finds so I'm ending the month on 10/20 with 2/3 for the alternatives. Not too bad since we're half-way through, but it's only going to get harder from now on.

Thursday, 30 July 2020


This page is another with an old photo, made for a scraplift collaboration between the Scrap Squad and Scrap Academy groups on Facebook.

The original page that we were asked to lift was made by Suse Fish for Citrus Twist Kits back in 2016. I chose a single photo for my page, and flipped the design to suit the direction that my brother was looking in the photo.

I find that the colours of older photos don't work well with modern white backgrounds so I chose a distressed paper with a diagonal ombre print for mine and then went through my scraps box for coordinating pieces to make up the vertical strips and the layers behind the photo.

Paper - Authentique, Crate Paper The Pier, Jillbean Soup, American Traditional Designs 
Letters - SEI
Tags - Kaisercraft
Enamel Dots - My Mind's Eye, Pretty My Page, Marianne Design
Mist - Docrafts

Big Shot
Dovecraft Tag and Label Dies